I’m in Hong Kong for the long weekend to attend the wedding of one of Mr. Cinical’s friend. Call it also an extended weekend holiday for myself!
- This is my 4th time in HK and I like the sense of comfortable familiarity with this city. Yes, I’m still a tourist, but I know instinctively how to navigate the alleys, I walk purposefully to the correct exits in the MTR, I know which malls/restaurants I like going to. I’m less reliant on the tourist map. But I still struggle with understanding Cantonese.
- I must rave about the hotel I’m staying in. It’s called “Jia”, a boutique hotel in Causeway Bay. There are some hotels that makes you feel like you don’t even want to get out of. “Jia” makes me feel this way – it feels like home.
- I think the biggest contrast between Singapore and Hong Kong is that Singapore is more planned and pruned, while Hong Kong is more haphazard or more organic in its development. I love that Hong Kongers live, work and play in the same area, with the commercial & the residential side-by-side, while Singapore prefers clear delineation. It’s interesting to see the entrance of luxury-brand shop, “Shanghai Tang” located right next to the cobbler, by the alley of Exit D (Central MTR), or the Gage street market with its fresh meat and produce in the heart of the Soho clubbing district.
- Hong Kong weddings are riotous and fun! The one I went to had lion dancing, mahjong playing sessions, and even karaoke!. There’s also tons of food, 12 courses, as opposed to the 8-10 courses in a typical Singaporean Chinese wedding dinner.
- Apart from the wedding, one of the highlights of the trip was chancing upon the 打小人 festival in Yau Ma Tei, a distinctly much more local part of Hong Kong, where you can pay a middle-aged auntie/lady to hit a paper figurine of a person that’s making trouble for you. It’s supposed to rid you of bad luck.