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A Chilly Day in The Spring - 2017 HK Photo Diary Pt. I

Another trip to Hong Kong! We have been planning this trip since last year and when the day had finally come, I was super excited! But one thing I definitely didn’t anticipate was... my flight from Pekanbaru to Kuala Lumpur got delayed for almost 3 hours! I supposed to have those 3 hours to spend leisurely at KLIA2 waiting for my next flight to Hong Kong, but at the end I remembered I ran like I was mad chasing my flight to HK (God knows how long the walk I had to do in KLIA2 and thanks to my ‘excellent’ habit of never exercising, it became extra challenging for me LOL).

Thank God I made it to the boarding gate at the exact time they started boarding and the flight departed on time so I made it to HK not too late at night to meet the girls (they took direct flight from Jakarta to HK so they reached earlier in the afternoon). And at last, my adventure in HK could finally begin!

It was already my n-th time going to HK, and so goes the same way with the other girls. That’s why we decided to skip all the mainstream tourist places (that’s right, no HK Disneyland, no The Peak, no Ngong Ping – though I haven’t really been there before), and aimed for more ‘hipster’ places to take cool pictures LOL – yes, our main goal going to HK was to take cool Instagram pictures #youngstersthesedays.

If you search on Google with the keywords “Instagram-worthy places in Hong Kong”, then you’d absolutely see this place in the recommendation. Sai Wan Swimming Shed was our first destination of the day after having our quick breakfast at Fairwood (local fast-food chain).

Sai Wan Swimming Shed is actually just a place where locals can have a swim at the wide ocean, but when we went there, there weren't actually a single swimmer; all we met were the ones who came just to take pictures. This place can be reached by taking the MRT to Kennedy Town plus another 20 minutes walk from the station.

We didn’t forget to stop by a random stair just to take some pictures and glad to say that I finally had my first Instagram post in 2017 taken here LOLOL. But really, why can’t random places in Indonesia at least look as Instagram-worthy as this though?

Right to the next destination, we took another MRT trip to Central area to find a place called ‘Hollywood Rd’ since people say that there were some cool painted walls to take pictures, but apparently we found it quite hard to find this place, since when we reached there, there’s not even a sign or trace of some cool walls or something.

We passed through Upper Lascar Row which was a kind of vintage market where they sold some very ‘Chinese-styled’ vintage goods and took a quick look of the places, nothing much of things that I liked here, though.

We also happened to bump into this hipster spot which sells overpriced fried mantou that was apparently pretty popular among Instagrammers; Little Bao. The fried bun with ice cream was so greasy that you can feel the milk from the ice cream and the oil from the bun together in your mouth; I was really not a fan. All my other friends fancy the pork belly bun, even though I, again, didn’t find anything that could make me like it (I expected a lot more from a HKD 88 (!) priced bun, you know). But oh well, you’d never know unless you try, right?

Guys, remember the wall I was telling you? We finally found it! And I really don’t understand the hype of the walls LOL, I mean it’s just this one wall and everybody was taking pictures like the wall had some kind of amazing history or what. But anyway, since we got here already and since we took the long walk JUST for this, do you think we were crazy not to take pictures too here? So, here you go.

For dinner we had a date with Ribka’s family at the Admiralty area, so while waiting for the time, we stopped by Causeway Bay for a bit and while we were strolling around, we saw Yee Shun Milk Company stall and decided to give it a try, since it was quite famous too. Vika and Rheta, who were milk drinkers found this really good and they liked it (don’t ask for the opinion from a non-milk lover for this).

Alright, that was all for our first day in HK and you probably can have this as a reference when you visit HK the next time. Hopefully I’ll be motivated enough to continue writing for the next posts since I still have some cool places to share with you guys #fingerscrossed. Have a great day y’all!

PS. Thank you @clararheta for taking lotsa cool photos of me!

Check out the other parts of my Hong Kong travel series here:
- Part II: My Happy Place
- Part III: The Rainbow Blocks

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