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Friday, October 8, 2010

Hong Kong Part III Shopping and Madame Tussaud

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On our third day in Hong Kong, we planned it for shopping. Our first stop was to go to this bling bling shop that I had seen at youtube. I was really excited to go to this shop upon seeing that video that I jotted down the address ang google-mapped it. It was near our hotel and also near a mall named Dragon Centre where I was planning to take them after for shopping.

We rode to Sham Shi Po station and exited at A22 and walked. If there’s one thing I really love about google maps is that you can actually drag this person icon on the street so you can have a 360 degree view so it was easier for me to locate the shop. Unfortunately, it seemed like it was too small than what was shown in the video, very disappointing for me. I was hoping to find ready-made crystallized stuff but to no avail. We then proceeded to the next shop where I spent HKD100.00 for crystals 8 grams for HKD20. I was very pleased when the vendor handed back the extra HKD100.00 to me, she was very honest because I mistakenly paid twice. She also knew that I was Filipino and I never felt any negative energy from them and they were so nice to me.

I know my parents were getting impatient to shop so we walked towards Dragon Centre which was two blocks away, it was 10 am and the mall was already open but a lot of shops are still close. We found out later that most of the shops open at 11 am which is so unlike the malls we have here when  malls open at 10am, every shop should also be open and you’d be fined if you open or close late. My mom in particular didn’t like the place because it was a bit of a reminiscent of MBK in Bangkok. But she shopped a lot at the Bossini store below. Our purchase reached a HKD400 that we got a stroller bag for the price fo HKD100.00. That bag was a blessing in disguise because it was easier for my Dad to drag it around and put all the things we shop inside it.

We were at a lost where we would go next. I suggested that we go first to Golden Center where electronics can be found at cheap prices. My mom was able to buy an 8 GB USB stick for HKD90 while in the Philippines it costs  about  PHP700-PHP1000.00. We then rode the MTR to Admirality since my sister said we can go visit Pacific Place, a mall that  a person from the HSBC branch in Dragon Centre recommended. It turns out, this mall sells high-end products that we can’t afford (we can actually afford them but we won’t spend that much on stuff). Noon was fast approaching and we can’t find a fastfood where we can eat. Finally after  45 minutes of searching, we were able to find a KFC branch near a building  beside Queen’s Plaza.

In my personal opinion, shopping in Hong Kong for those on foot is very inconvenient because malls usually sell high-end and branded stuff and they are usually 2-3 floors only. If you want those cheaper brands like Giordano, Esprit  or random unbranded stuff, you have to walk on the street because they are housed on stall or shops along the MTR stations or around the long Tsim Sha Tsui road. It’s very much unlike Bangkok where if you want cheap stuff you can go to MBK and if you want  shops with high end products you can cross the street and go to Siam Paragon and if you want mid-level price range, you can just go to Central Plaza which is just beside Siam Paragon.

After our lunch, we scoured Queen's Plaza and I splurge on make-up from Sasa and Watsons's. I was able to spot a stand were they sell miniature perfumes for as low as HKD22, the perfect pasalubong. I splurge on that too and my Mom and Dad also bought a lot of that for pasalubongs. I insisted we go to Sogo at Tsim Sha Tsui so that after shopping, we could hang out by the Avenue of the Stars. So we rode the MTR again and walked a long way towards the Sogo Exit ( if I remember correctly is F and J2?).  It was a good timing because Sogo was having a birthday sale and a lot of stuff were discounted at more than 30%. My sister and mother each bought Lacoste bags now priced at HKD350-HKD390 when their original price is around HKD690. You can’t buy any original Lacoste bags at that price in the Philippines. I was able to buy a COBO bag that can be a shoulder or a sling bag. It originally cost around HKD800 but I bought it at HKD390. I never heard of the brand but it’s made and registered in Italy and the handles are pure leather. One bag brand that intrigued me the most is Che Che, I haven’t heard of that but their bags are super cute but they cost a whole lot.

A lot of cute ballet flats from Hush Puppies were also on sale but I didn’t buy because they were still expensive for me and I’m very comfortable in my Gold Ecco flats. People flock to Longchamp were some bags were sold at only HKD650-HKD900 from their original price of HKD1050-HKD1400. After shopping there, we went outside Sogo and walked to Avenue of the Stars. We relaxed for awhile before walking back to our hotel for a rest. After our rest we ate at the dimsum shop beside the hotel and we went out again and went to Ladies Market were we weren't satisfied again. The stuff they sell are the same and there was a bunch of rude foreigners who block edthe entire street like they own it. One in particular, told my sister to "shut up" when she said , "Excuse me " to pass.  We checked out some stuff at Broadway but their cameras were a bit expensive.

On our planned itinerary, we were supposed to go to Macau the following day but my Mom and Dad preferred that we stay in Hong Kong and shop again. We went to Harbor City were once again, most shops are of High End brands such as Louis Vuitton (people are actually lining up to go inside), Channel, Prada and etc. We went to the Esprit outlet and I was able to buy myself a pair of nice jeans. We also went to Silver Cord Mall before going to Victoria's Peak.
See that man with the child, the line extends from there and circled 4x that day

We rode the MTR to Central where I found a lot of Filipinas flocking around the garden. We then walked upwards to the Tram Station which was an additional torture to my feet. I have taken Mefanamic Acid that morning and it's effect is wearing off as well as the salonpas pads I placed on my heels. When we came at the top there was a very long line.  We waited for an hour to ride the Tram. My Mom was really in a bad mood and my feet were really aching. The worst part is, their were foreigners who pushed just to get into the Tram almost squashing the tiny kid held by his Chinese Grandpa.

When we finally arrived at the peak I felt so drained and I nauseous. I guess it's my fear of heights and fatigue. We spent an hour resting outside The Peak and then it was time for my sister and I to go see Madame Tussaud's wax figure.

You can't take pictures of Jackie Chan with your own camera but the rest, you can. My sister and I spent a lot of time taking pictures of each other with different figures. I have my favorite though, Aaron Kwok's. I also loved Cecilia Cheung's figure. Just a trivia though aside from the famous Edison Chen Scandal, I know about Cecilia because she is Nicholas Tse's wife and they both got married here in the Philippines at Amanpulo a very exclusive beach resort where stars like Mariah Carrey stayed. It's a whole island to be rented and it has it's own landing strip.

I was a bit disappointed with the Museum too because when we were younger, Nido sponsored a wax museum in our city at Victoria Plaza and each wax figure stood with a nice background or setting. Like a figure of Dracula would be standing near a coffin or Frankenstein in a laboratory complete with sound effects while the wax figures except for some like Aaron Kwok and Madonna are just standing without nice backgrounds, in particular Nicole Kidman's figure where you could see a door behind her.

Since Halloween is near, there was also a haunted asylum which really scared me. I just had my head bowed all the time because I was scared. Ghosts would just appear out of nowhere scaring  people off.

with Aaron Kwok-so cute!

Janice Vidal is part Filipino -CantoPop Idol

Barbie Hsu-Meteor Garden Star

Cafe de Coral @ Argyle
hot pot

If we lined up for an hour to go up, another hour is spent for going down and I barely have the energy to take pictures. I was so drained. I practically dragged myself to ride the MTR, I might as well just rolled down the hill. We stopped at Mongkok station and had dinner at Cafe de Coral where I had their steak. It was just good, I prefer Pancake House's steak. I would have liked to look around at Argyle Center but everyone was so tired so we went back to the hotel and packed our bags for the trip home the following day.

Our last day, we were supposed to go to Nan Lian gardens but surprisingly, my mom is still not finished with her shopping (it made my sister and I do a pact that next time we go abroad, it'll be only the 2 of us). We went back to Golden Center where she bought her Sony Vaio Netbook at HKD3600+. We also went back to Sogo where we had a sumptious Japanes lunch (reminds me of Rai Rai Ken) and we also went back for the scarf she wanted at a shop in Harbor City before we went back to the hotel to get our bags. We rode the taxi back to HKIA and had our Octopus card refunded. We had some last minute shopping done at the Disney store at the airport before we boarded our plane.

hehehehe! did they buy the entire HK?

So this is the end of our HK trip. Once again, thanks to the people at PEX for all the tips.  I hope returned the favor with this blog. Ciao!


Anonymous said...

(it made my sister and I do a pack that next time we go abroad, it'll be only the 2 of us)

pact siguro

barbie hsu? doesn't look at all like her

will be reading your hk trips part 1 and 2 next!

Whizzer's Rose said...

thanks, gonna correct it :-)
yup, her face looks a bit bloated

Krish said...

thanks for posting. would help on our trip on November. :)

Whizzer's Rose said...

glad to be of service- ur welcome :-)