hong kong part ii



So since my last post, quite a few things have passed - I finally got my HSC results (and can breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief), the world didn't explode, I caught up with friends, etc etc. Anyway, this post is dedicated to Disneyland because I took a lot of photos there (over 500 to be honest with you)! My family went on our last full day in Hong Kong which wasn't really ideal, but then again it was the only day forecast not to rain. Even though I've been to two Disneylands now it never gets old... in fact, I'm really hoping I can visit the others sometime in the near future!



Yep, the Disneyland here has it's own special train and station! The carriages even had Mickey-shaped windows.







The prettiest shop displays in Main Street. Even though I went in early December, they had already decked out everything for Christmas...





Tiny birds that are literally EVERYWHERE. Probably not a good thing if you're slightly scared of birds (like me).





Such lovely figurines! I really regret not buying one now... In case you can't tell, there was actually a guy making them there in the shop.











Not pictured, but the clock's puppets come out to dance every hour. Even though It's a Small World is kind of a ride for babies, I still love it...





It's Jasmine and Aladdin! Can you believe I only watched the whole movie for the first time last month? I had a sad, sad childhood...







Warning: it's impossible to leave this ride without singing the song to yourself for the rest of the day (or week).





My sister eating fried chicken... with complimentary gloves?! Definitely something I'd never seen before, but then again it makes sense.









I'm not about to lie, this character creeped me out a little bit...  it just looks too weird and human-like to be Stitch!





Toy Story Land! The rides are pretty fun (especially the RC Racer one) but I swear, they are way too short...







I happen to really like Tarzan's Treehouse for some reason. FYI, everything here (tree and leaves included) is fake...







... even this fake elephant that is scarily real-looking! Can you blame me for initially thinking it was alive...



The same balloons actually light up at night. This is a random thought, but I always thought it'd be so cool to live near a Disneyland! Think about it, if I were one of those schoolkids I could just drop by after school or whenever I felt like it...





At nighttime everything looks completely different. Funnily enough, I feel like more people actually come in after dark.









Me looking kind of ratty in Main Street. Again, sorry about the picture overload and lack of commentary on this post... but anyway, I can't believe it's already Christmas Eve where I live. In that case I guess I'll be wishing you a very merry Christmas, happy holidays, and I'll see you all soon!
Posted by : Mani

hong kong part i



Bye Sydney! If you squint, you can spot the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House in the distance. So as of four days ago, I'm home from my trip to Hong Kong and Singapore. And while I was glad to finally sleep in my own bed again, I can honestly say that the short trip was worth it! Recently I'd been feeling cooped up in Sydney, and really wanted the chance to escape for a bit (even if it just meant shopping, eating and sightseeing for ten days straight)...  To be honest, it's taken me ages to compile a post because of the sheer number of photos I've accumulated, so sorry if these travel entries are a bit long-winded. Anyway, enough rambling and moving on with it:





Transiting between Changi Airport and Hong Kong. That laksa was actually quite nice and made the wait a tiny bit more bearable...





My feeble attempt at navigation. Thank goodness for the MTR railway system though, it makes getting around a million times easier.





Shrimp balls and egg waffles. I'm already missing the street food vendors over there... so convenient yet so delicious gahh.



Walking around Mong Kok. Ladies Market is pretty touristy, but fun to experience just for kicks. I much preferred shopping at Langham Place Mall (not pictured) where they have H&M and Monki. I may have gone a tad crazy there just because we're deprived of everything in Australia...







So many different Instax films in one place! Sadly, I didn't get the chance to pass that shop again so I came home empty-handed. Shame because I've been on the look out for an Instax 210 camera, but I guess I can always search for one of those on eBay.







Christmas! Christmas everywhere!! I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that everything is better during the holiday season...







Times Square in Causeway Bay. I lost count of how many times we visited Sasa during our trip, since there's probably one on every block in Hong Kong. Plus it doesn't help that it's so damn tempting (not to mention cheaper than Australia for most brands)!







It's beyond me why my parents wanted to eat Vietnamese food in Hong Kong, but whatever...









Yeah, I think I enjoyed those Lego installations a little too much for someone my age... still, you have to admit that they're pretty impressive!


Starbucks mocha praline that wasn't all that nice (I knew I should've just gotten hot chocolate)... But hey, they have special drinking straws for hot drinks here! I'm not sure if it's just a thing in Asia or I've been drinking at the wrong coffee shops my entire life.





In Miramar Shopping Centre. We went purely because my mum decided that we needed to stock up on clothes from Uniqlo before we left... but really, who can blame her? Hopefully the rumors about it opening in Sydney soon turn out to be true!






No idea what these are but aren't they adorable?! I'm not usually fond of pastries but just the smell wafting out of those bakeries was amazing...




Ferrero Rocher Christmas tree near i-Square. Admittedly, I would've liked it better if it was made out of real chocolates...





A bit random, but I loved the interior of this shopping centre! If you haven't already noticed, there are a billion malls to choose from in Hong Kong.





Again with the pho, hah! Let me know guys, are these extra long posts annoying to read? Just asking out of curiosity, because I realise that it probably would've taken a lot of scrolling to get to the end of this post... Anyway, thanks again for reading and I'll be posting part two soon!
Posted by : Mani