Hongkong Highlights

But first an airline mishap.


Nothing too major this time. Just nearly missed my flight because apparently it was rescheduled to almost one hour earlier. But I did make it to the check-in counter right before they closed. Yay.


To call the weather uncooperative would be an understatement. And then there is the threat of H7N9. And a really bad case of PMS. Thank goodness I had excellent company.

Has it really been two years already? 

The boyfriend and I met at the Hongkong airport, and then we were off to Macau. We had dinner at The Venetian, and for the first time in my life I was not able to finish my steak.


I figured, since we were being fancy and all, I could finally bust out that smoky eye I've been practicing ;)


The next day it was drizzling, but it was our last day in Macau so we decided to take a walk around the city. It turned out to be a hike of kilometric proportions, which of course did wonders for my mood (hashtag: sarcasm). To make matters worse, my favorite green flats were bleeding into my feet. So there I was, getting more upset by the second, and slowly turning green from the toes up. I was the Hulk.

Le Porkchop bun

So the boyfriend, fearing for his life, ran off and returned with a bag of piping hot porkchop bun. Oh my goodness, the porkchop bun. It's a slab of very tender pork, bone included, wedged inside a bun. No bells, no whistles, just pure awesome. It was so good even my feet were happy. Disaster averted.

That night, upon returning to Hongkong, the boyfriend got me a pair of comfy shoes because apparently, there was even more walking to be had, and we would both like to make it out of this trip alive.

These shoes were made for walkin'
We also found a porkchop bun restaurant near our hotel. So guess what I had for dinner? :D


The next day the sun finally decided to shine, so we decided to visit The Peak.


The better pictures are with the boyfriend, because I was being a lazy ass (and he has a dSLR, so why bother?).

Intermission: Can anyone explain this to me, please?


Next stop: Ocean Park!


To be honest, I found the aquarium a bit meh. Although I did like the hammerhead sharks, and the Chinese sturgeon fish.

But anyway, the main point of visiting this country, really, is the panda.


Background story: Japan used to have a panda, Ling-Ling, in Ueno Zoo, but it was already dead by the time I visited. And then, when I stopped having trips to Japan (read: resigned from my ex-company), they acquired a new one! Now, Singapore also recently got a pair of pandas. But when I visited the zoo, they weren't there yet - I missed them by a week! And so I had to go all the way to Hongkong to finally catch a glimpse of the elusive panda.


And he did not disappoint. I arrived to see him stuffing his face with leaves, after which he walked around, took a massive dump, and plopped his ass on a rock and slept - ah, the awesome life of a panda.

The remaining days were spent, ah, shopping. Primarily because, even with the comfort shoes, I was beginning to get upset with all the walking. We did manage to squeeze in a short trip to Disneyland.



Hongkong is indeed the shopping mecca that it was promised to be, but I think I did pretty well in terms of EQ-control. I guess it helps that the boyfriend is there to balk at the crazy prices of the shoes I try on and to say things like "mukha siyang print na suot ng mga nanay".

Before heading off to the airport I bought a box of Laduree macarons for us to share before parting ways (*sniff*). At first he was complaining about how expensive they were (even though it was my treat) but the moment he popped one into his mouth he started asking me if he could get it in Manila :p


The seasonal flavors - Yuzu Chocolate and Strawberry Mint - were awesome, but my favorite remains to be Salted Caramel (we got two, see). We finished the whole box in all of five minutes, and then it was time for me to board my flight. Sigh. But there's always the next one to look forward to.

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