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  • Japan & Hong Kong Starbucks Mugs

    Culture,  Food,  Travel

    Japan & Hong Kong Vacation Recap

    I changed the theme on my blog last night. What do you think of the new layout and look? I’m really liking the change! I do have some little kinks to work out, but other than that I’m loving it. Now that I’ve been back from my Asian vacation for 2 weeks, I thought I’d do a quick recap, highlight some of my favorite things, and share what I didn’t get to do that I want to do in the future. Japan My flight to Japan was a smooth 12-13 hour flight from Newark, NJ to Tokyo, Japan. Japan was amazing! The people are super nice, polite, and helpful. It’s…

  • Hong Kong - Lord Stow's Egg Tarts

    Food,  Travel

    Foodie Diary: Hong Kong

    My trip to Hong Kong was filled with food. Seriously, so much food! As I did for Japan and previous other trips, I’m recapping what I ate. This isn’t everything as I skipped photographing most breakfasts and a few other meals here and there that didn’t seem significant enough to take photos of. I also missed some photos when I was at family dinners because it was hard to take photos. Chinese dinners are usually family style also so there are so many dishes – too many to photograph all of them! Without further ado let me share what I do have – which is still a lot! When we first…

  • Hong Kong Airport - United Lounge

    Food,  Travel

    Hong Kong -> Home

    Exactly one week ago I was on my way home from Hong Kong. You know, after a quick 15 hour flight. Honestly, the flight didn’t feel too bad because I was able to sleep for stretches of time and I watched 2 movies. It was very bizarre to leave Hong Kong at noon on my birthday and arrive back home in New Jersey around 3pm the same day. The week in Hong Kong was full of family, eating, and shopping. A lot of eating – I’m posting my Hong Kong food post tomorrow and there are so many photos! After being picked up from our hotel we arrived at the airport about…

  • The Peninsula - Hong Kong

    Food,  Travel

    Hong Kong Park + Afternoon Tea @ The Peninsula

    I’m officially back at work and still so sleepy by the afternoon. But this week is a busy one with social plans and possibly jury duty (please don’t pick me!) and an equally busy weekend coming up so maybe next week when things slow down I’ll feel more rested. Last Wednesday, on my last full day in Hong Kong, I started the morning off by going on a short walk in Hong Kong Park which is just a walk through Pacific Place and escalator ride away from my hotel. It was a short stroll so I didn’t explore much of the park besides the little pond and fountain. There’s a…

  • Hong Kong - Central at night

    Travel

    Hong Kong Wandering

    Today’s travel post about my trip to Hong Kong is a bit different because on this particular day there wasn’t anything in particular we had planned to do or see. We just walked around, ate at multiple stops, shopped a little, and tried to avoid the rain. It was a slower paced day, which was nice since we’d been going nonstop for so much of the 2 week vacation. We started out the day in Causeway Bay for a really good lunch at Pepper Lunch – a chain at a food court – and then did some more shopping before heading over to Wan Chai for freshly made chips and…

  • Conrad Hong Kong - pool

    Travel

    Wan Chai + Pool Time in Hong Kong

    Monday was a slower paced, more relaxing day in Hong Kong. We took the MTR one stop to Wan Chai to do some shopping – primarily food/dried goods shopping. My parents wanted to stock up on things that are either hard to get or you can’t get in the States and I got some snacks for myself and gifts for others. Then, we took the ding ding to Causeway Bay because my dad had lunch plans with old school friends. I didn’t get any shots outside, except for one across the street from Times Square. While my dad was at lunch, the rest of us went to do some more…

  • Victoria Peak

    Travel

    Central, Symphony of Lights, & Victoria Peak

    I’m now back in the States and writing from New Jersey! I had a great 2 weeks in Japan and Hong Kong. Luckily, I still have a few travel posts to write up so I can relive vacation and forget that I’m going to work on Monday. On Sunday, the day started off a little cloudy with some on/off rain. We took the MTR over to the Central District for a dim sum lunch with family in one of the Exchange Square buildings. After trying to get there early so we could walk around the big mall next door and being unsuccessful, we had a delicious lunch which I’ll show…

  • View from Lei Yue Mun

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    Rainy Hong Kong Day + Lei Yue Mun

    Saturday was another on/off rainy day in Hong Kong, but we didn’t let that slow us down. As mentioned in previous posts, Hong Kong is made up of different islands. We took a taxi to Lei Yue Mun, which I knew was across the harbor since we took a tunnel there, but I wasn’t sure exactly where it was. My dad said something to me about being by an inlet, but I looked it up on Google and learned that it’s a short channel separating Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It’s also a fishing village, which I knew since we were going there specifically for a seafood lunch. While there…

  • Big Buddha - Lantau Island

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    Hong Kong Tram + Lantau Island

    Friday was my first full day in Hong Kong and as mentioned in yesterday’s post my family is from here, but this is my first time visiting. If you don’t know, Hong Kong is made up of many little islands and a few bigger ones. I’m staying on Hong Kong Island, where my parents were born and my dad grew up (my mom moved to the States when she was very young). So Friday, we booked a half day tour to Lantau Island – one of the islands of Hong Kong – so that we could go to the Po Lin Monastery where the big Buddha is. Obviously, I had…

  • Hong Kong - night

    Travel

    Japan –> Hong Kong

    On Thursday, I woke up at 4:30am and got ready to get picked up for the airport. I flew from Tokyo to Hong Kong in about 3-4 hours. Once through security, my family and I did some duty free shopping, got some food in the ANA lounge, and relaxed a bit before our flight. The flight was delayed due to the bad weather from the typhoon, but luckily it was only delayed an hour. The flight was pretty comfortable and didn’t feel that long. Definitely not as long as my initial flight from New Jersey to Tokyo and not as long as my flight home from Hong Kong is going…