A few weeks ago, I had to fly to Hong Kong for work. It was supposed to be just one quick meeting, so I was thinking of taking an early morning flight there then flying home the same day. But then, my mom suddenly said she wanted to go with me, and we decided to stay a few days.
I haven’t traveled with my mom in years! It’s funny how she doesn’t seem to realize I’m in my late 30s now and still makes me pose for solo pictures at every corner.
We mostly shopped for toys and other stuff for the kids… had to get a balikbayan box for all our purchases from Wise Kids!
One thing we did differently was to take the Star Ferry instead of the MTR to go back and forth from Central and TST. The harbor views were really refreshing, and it was sooooo cold!
Aside from the shopping, we also enjoyed all the eating we did. Nothing fancy, just walked into a bunch of places with our shopping bags in hand and no reservations required.
Our first stop was the Crystal Jade just across the street from our hotel, where had a quick snack before I rushed off to my meeting.
I love Crystal Jade’s xiao long bao! I was so excited when they opened in Manila, but sayang that it’s not the same.
For dinner, Mom and I decided on Modern China in Times Square. The minced pork is really good. I always enjoy wrapping food and eating with my hands, but I would have preferred having lettuce cups instead of the sesame pockets, which were a bit oily.
For dessert, we walked to my favorite Cong Sao Star, which used to be located on the ground floor of Holiday Inn Express just across Times Square. They relocated to a new location just a stone’s throw away, and even if it’s not as easy to find, there’s always a line.
We decided to get our desserts to go.
The next day we had breakfast in our hotel. Meh.
Far better to take the Star Ferry to Kowloon for yum cha at Ye Shanghai!
The dimsum selections are delicious, but I also love Ye Shanghai for the XO sauce on every table. I’m addicted to XO sauce!!
After shopping at Harbor City, we headed over to the Ikea on Causeway Bay where I wanted to check out the high chairs.
We stocked up on small kitchen and picnic stuff instead, and after shopping, grabbed some quick snacks at the Ikea bistro.
And then after hauling back our loot to the hotel, we decided to a quick and cheap dinner at Tai Hing before calling it a night.
Tai Hing is well known for their iced milk tea, but to me it’s just all right. I really like their sweet and sour pork, though.
The next day, we had our last lunch together at Cafe Landmark. The lines can get really long during lunch time, so it’s best to go early.
Mom and I decided to spit one pasta and one sandwich between the two of us. The lobster linguine is so delicious and portion size is generous. They also have a daily set lunch, but that day it was chicken curry and we weren’t in the mood for that.
My mom had to catch an earlier flight back to flight due to a last minute embassy interview early the next day. I took her to the airport soon after lunch, then took a long nap back at the hotel.
Later that night, I did some last minute shopping at Muji, and ended up having dinner at Muji Cafe&Meal right inside the store.
I chose 3 different salads and ate them with yummy Japanese rice. Who knew salads with rice would actually be good? This was my last meal before flying back home.