Hong Kong Central

Having not been to Hong Kong since I was ten or so, I grossly underestimated how overwhelming the city could be. The buildings, streets, people, sounds, smells, and heat (since we went in the peak of summer!) engulfed you everywhere. Lunch was always a struggle, involving long queues and frantic yelling, easily my least favourite…

Park Island

While most people visiting Hong Kong prefer to stay in the Tsim Sha Tsui district (for obvious reasons, there the Hong Kong harbour is met with a sea of plush malls, street shops, and traditional markets), V and I were lucky to be hosted by my dear friend Bertha and enjoy a home stay in…

Wisdom Path

The Wisdom Path is a short walk from the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. On our hike to the Wisdom Path, tired from the long walk and the oppressive heat, V and I joked that it was apt to call it the Wisdom Path because people would age and wise up just trying to…

Big Buddha

Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (so named because the three-storey altar the Buddha sits on is modelled after the base structure found in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tian…

Ngong Ping Piazza and Po Lin Monastery

Walking through the Ngong Ping Village, we found ourselves in the Ngong Ping Piazza, an open space linking all Ngong Ping’s spiritual and scenic attractions: the Ngong Ping Village, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, and the Wisdom Path. The defining feature of this piazza is the ornamental archway built in the northern architectural style of the Qing…

Ngong Ping Village

Our 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung took us straight to the entrance of the Ngong Ping Village, a culturally-themed village designed to reflect the cultural and spiritual integrity of the Ngong Ping area. When we stepped out of the cable car station, I actually gasped at the view! Everything looked so pretty and charming, it felt…

Escape to Solitary

I think every once in a while, we all need a break. To me, that break came 2 weeks ago when I went to Bintan, Indonesia with 3 of my high school friends. We got a pretty cheap deal through Groupon, and paid about $180 per person for 2D1N trip, including ferry transportation, land-transfer to-and-from…

To Ngong Ping by Cable Car

It’s crazy how time flies when we are enjoying ourselves. V and I took the entire month of August off, we blinked, and September is here already! Well, to be entirely accurate, V took the month of August off. I left my job, right after my assignment in Perth ended. Yes, it’s a significant change…

City of Singapore

Top: Al & Alicia Bubblegum Kooky Tank Trousers: Al & Alicia Graphite Captain Trousers Cardigan: Al & Alicia Charlie Cardigan Sandals: Everlane The Slingback in Fig/Rhum Bag: Rebecca Minkoff MAC bag Here’s the perfect example of the speed of urban transformation in Singapore. When I first arrived in 2002, Marina Bay was a stretch of coast line…

Gong Cha

I thought I’d share with you one of the things I missed about Singapore when I was living in Australia: Gong Cha’s bubble tea. Gong Cha prides itself on natural, healthy, freshly brewed tea, but it also sells coffee and fruit juices. Their best drink, in my opinion (and I am a tea drinker), is…