Hong Kong 2012

I’ve got some old photos of my overnight trip with sis in Hong Kong, on the way back to Singapore from Shanghai, after visiting mum. Since sis has never been to Hong Kong prior to this trip, I was assigned the planning role. I liked the location of Nathan Road (nearer to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station) and thus booked Imperial Hotel. Transport from airport to hotel was convenient with the airport bus. Room was small but adequate for 2.

Our hotel in Hong Kong

Our hotel in Hong Kong

Bathroom

Bathroom. Shower gel was available for use.

The busy shopping belt was right below our hotel, extremely convenient. We could just walk out of the lobby, cross the road and enter one of the many shopping centres. After shopping up a storm, return to the hotel to off load the shopping bags and then continue.

Drizzling so not many people on the streets. The malls were crowded!

Drizzling so not many people on the streets. The malls were crowded!

Dinner was at a random cha chan teng. The thing about Hong Kong is that you can hardly get horrible food. Even the worst I’ve tasted, were also of Crystal Jade standard (ie, no horrible food tasted so far)

Mandatory veggies after all the meat in Shanghai

Mandatory veggies after all the meat in Shanghai

Our favorite 脆脆猪. Can't find similar ones in Singapore yet. :(

Our favorite 脆脆猪. Can’t find similar ones in Singapore yet. 😦

Pig face eating 脆脆猪

Pig face eating 脆脆猪

Testing out the soft skin mode on my (then) new cam

Testing out the soft skin mode on my (then) new cam

Wanton soup. Super thin skin

Day 2 breakfast:Wanton soup. Super thin skin

Day 2 breakfast: bo luo yao

Day 2 breakfast: bo luo yao

Day 2 breakfast: eggs and ham.

Day 2 breakfast: eggs and ham.

Saw a couple getting married and the carplate was super cute

Saw a couple getting married and the carplate was super cute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shanghai 2012 – Part 5

Completely forgotten to blog about the food in Shanghai till I saw the “lost” photos. There was one weekday where mum had to work, and left sis and myself to our own devices. So we went out to the city, hoping to shop and grab lunch. We went to a shopping centre at the end of 人民广场 and went to one of the restaurants that was having a 50% discount lunch promotion.

Cheap lunch. Only ~S$17.20 for dim sum lunch

Cheap lunch. Only ~S$17.20 for dim sum lunch

Pan fried carrot cake

Pan fried carrot cake

Har gao

Har gao

Guo tie

Guo tie

Huge guo tie!

Huge guo tie!

The only thing that wasn't very nice - dumpling soup

The only thing that wasn’t very nice – dumpling soup

The next day, we decided to just hang out near home and went to Thumb Plaza, about 15 mins walk away. Gosh, lunch that day was so expensive (compared to the dim sum lunch). That night, we warned mum and her colleagues not to go there for a ‘simple’ meal.

Expensive lunch

Expensive lunch

Mango sushi roll

Mango sushi roll

 

Tempura soba

Tempura & pork cutlet ramen

Tamago

Tamago

 

Cold Stone Creamery ice cream

Cold Stone Creamery ice cream

Shanghai 2012 – Part 4

Yu Yuan

Yu Yuan

We visited Yu Yuan after Xin Tian Di, but sadly we were too full to try the famous xiao long bao there. We did have ice cream though! 😛

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Flavours of snuff

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What is snuff??

Came across this interesting shop and bought some snuff for my sister. It’s quite funny when she uses snuff coz it looks like she’s sniffing drugs (but she’s not, obviously!).

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Apparently, there are as many Apple staff as there are Apple customers

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Ren Min Guang Chang in daytime

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Interesting aquarium display in the shopping centre, but sadly, the glass cracked and the fishes (& sharks) died in March 2013.

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Interesting vending machines that sell food coupons (something like Groupon, but physically available)

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You know why this picture was taken right?!?

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Homecooked tofu soup, Korean style

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Korean Kimchi pancakes

Us girls wanted to reward mum & her colleagues with a homecooked meal, so we made a pseudo-Korean meal for them. The tofu soup was chockful of ingredients, ala Tan Family style! Always more ingredients than anything else. LOL

Other than shopping and eating, there really really isn’t much to do in Shanghai. It’s very much similar to Singapore, just that signs and language are in Mandarin. I went again in Aug 2012, and I stayed at home 80% of the time coz it was so freaking hot. Like really way much hotter and humid than Singapore. A 10 min walk to the nearby shops had me dripping sweat, and the Starbucks staff asked me if I was ok (like if I was going to pass out from the heat). Embarrassed mucho?

Shanghai 2012 – Part 3

We also met up with jie’s university friend while in Shanghai, and she treated us to a feast. No, seriously, a FEAST.

辛香汇. a restaurant so popular, you will have to make reservations at least 6 months in advance, or be prepared to start queuing for lunch at breakfast time.

辛香汇. a restaurant so popular, you will have to make reservations at least 6 months in advance, or be prepared to start queuing for lunch at breakfast time.

sis & her friend, bijun who generously treated 4 of us to lunch.

sis & her friend, bijun who generously treated 4 of us to lunch.

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拌鸡尾菜

拌鸡尾菜

钵钵鸡

钵钵鸡

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麻婆豆腐

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this might be 红油猪耳.. i’m not sure

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some tomato soup?

 

干过QQ粉

干过QQ粉

水煮鲶鱼

水煮鲶鱼

馋嘴牛蛙配莴笋

馋嘴牛蛙配莴笋

糖醋里脊

糖醋里脊

麻婆豆腐

麻婆豆腐

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see! so much food left! but it's the traditional shanghainese culture to provide a table full of food for their guests.

see! so much food left! but it’s the traditional shanghainese culture to provide a table full of food for their guests.

Stuffed from lunch, we walked to 上海新天地.

It was like being on a 1930s Shanghai movie set

It was like being on a 1930s Shanghai movie set

the old vs the new (in the background)

the old vs the new (in the background)

Shanghai 2012 – Part 2

Staying at mum’s place also meant that we can cook her a meal, and cook her breakfast we did!

French toast with caramelized bananas

French toast with caramelized bananas

Mum’s place was pretty near the Shanghai Science & Technology museum (its basement houses a lot of sellers selling counterfeit goods) and so we headed over for some shopping!

The outside of the museum (day view)

The outside of the museum (day view)

The outside of the museum (evening view)

The outside of the museum (evening view)

Intentional design??

Intentional design??

Our loots from the fake goods market

Our loots from the fake goods market

We also visited Tian Zi Fang, a place that has loads of traditional souvenirs and quirky stuff. There are also many good restaurants and pubs there.

Tian zi fang

Tian zi fang

Mum insisted I take this photo coz I'm also a cow (my zodiac)

Mum insisted I take this photo coz I’m also a cow (my zodiac)

Inside TZF

Inside TZF

Shanghai architecture

Shanghai architecture

Ate non-stop. The cheesecake on the right was the bakery's best-seller, and it was really good!

Ate non-stop. The cheesecake on the right was the bakery’s best-seller, and it was really good!

I brought my office laptop over so that I could connect to Facebook and Gmail through my office’s VPN server. Otherwise, you cannot usually go to these sites using China’s internet server.

Fwah! Huge monitor! :D

Fwah! Huge monitor! 😀

The seats on the Shanghai subway are flat (unlike SG's where they marked out each individual space), and my sis asked me to sit in between her and mum.  Thanks jie, but I don't think my butt can fit in there.

The seats on the Shanghai subway are flat benches (unlike SG’s where they marked out each individual space), and my sis asked me to sit in between her and mum.
Thanks jie, but I don’t think my butt can fit in there.

Seriously, there isn’t much to do in urban city Shanghai, except to eat and shop. And we Tan girls are also not adventurous, so we stuck to what we knew the best: shop and eat.

Mum & me

Mum & me

eh, why mum smile so happy here!?

eh, why mum smile so happy here!?

lunch at a thai restaurant in kerry park

lunch at a thai restaurant in kerry park

spring roll appetizer

spring roll appetizer

prawn cakes

prawn cakes

minced chicken with basil. man, this was spicy fiery hot

minced chicken with basil. man, this was spicy fiery hot

veges!

veges!

pineapple fried rice

pineapple fried rice

cute vintage bike

cute vintage bike

at night, we went to 人民广场 and i really like the clash of old and new shanghai buildings!

in the middle of 人民广场

in the middle of 人民广场

hazy night, so can't see the pearl of the orient

hazy night, so can’t see the pearl of the orient

an old building

an old building

my shop!!

my shop!!

Fresh ginger, pear and carrot juice. I doubt there's carrot though...

Fresh ginger, pear and carrot juice. I doubt there’s carrot though…

poutine fries

poutine fries

buffalo wings

buffalo wings

grilled salmon

grilled salmon

fish & chips

fish & chips

surf & turf

surf & turf

steak

steak

Shanghai 2012 – Part 1

Mum started on a new job in Shanghai in 2012 February. Don’t get started on “oh poor dad, he’s all alone in Singapore. And who’s taking care of you and your sister now? How is your mum able to leave the family behind to work in Shanghai?” Don’t. We are all fine and happy for her that she got a wonderful job offer, and we all support her decision. So don’t even go there. Besides there’s Skype and Shanghai is only 5 hours flight away. No biggie ok? Anyway, dad visits her almost every month in Shanghai and brings her lots of wonderful food.

Sis & I visited her in May earlier this year and we think we enjoyed our stay there, but we probably would not want to stay for long. And being apart now really makes me love my wonderful orange mummy more now! xoxo.

We took CX there and ‘luckily’ for us, our connecting flight to SHA was being CANCELLED due to bad weather in HK. Bloody cancelled, not delayed. We were lucky because I was eavesdropping on another passenger’s phone call and realised that a lot of flights were being delayed for ages. No wonder there were so many people in the transit lounge! I immediately checked the status of our flight and realised that it was being cancelled. So we went up to the airline counter and asked for a solution. They managed to get us on a flight (which was supposed to take off the previous night) which was even earlier than our planned one. Thank goodness! After solving that huge headache, we were relieved and went shopping. Did I mention how wonderful HK airport is for shopping? We bought a pretty wallet for mum since it was going to be mummy’s day soon.

Waiting, and waiting, and waiting for our flight

Waiting, and waiting, and waiting for our flight

Taking the Maglev (Shanghai speed rail) to meet mum

Taking the Maglev (Shanghai speed rail) to meet mum

Long Yang station

Long Yang station

Hi mum!! You're much skinnier now!!

Hi mum!! You’re much skinnier now!!

And my dear sis bought me this ring from HK airport. It's a tad loose on me now though

And my dear sis bought me this ring from HK airport. It’s a tad loose on me now though

It was a short taxi ride from Long Yang station to mum’s apartment. Her place is huge, considering that she’s staying alone. But I guess she had us in mind when she chose this apartment. It’s just that she has a lot of cleaning work to do with such a huge living space.

Entering the apartment

Entering the apartment

View from mummy's place in Shanghai

View from mummy’s place in Shanghai

Master room

Master room

Kitchen

Kitchen

Living room

Living room

Dinner was at a nearby restaurant, about 10-15 minutes walk.

The Tan girls!

The Tan girls!

Bi Feng Tang, apparently a very popular restaurant chain in Shanghai.

Bi Feng Tang, apparently a very popular restaurant chain in Shanghai.

Some dimsum dish

Some dimsum dish

Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao

Carrot cake

Carrot cake

Stir fried long beans

Stir fried long beans

Carbs

Carbs

Oh we love this! Toasted buns with condensed milk

Oh we love this! Toasted buns with condensed milk

Pot stickers!!

Pot stickers!!