WHEN IN HONG KONG..

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I spent an amazing week in Hong Kong, reuniting with Nathan and spending good quality time with family before heading by train to China for the weekend. I'm not one who usually has Hong Kong in mind when I'm thinking of a getaway but it's a city that has come to stay with me for all the right reasons, that I can sometimes see myself living there. I love the similarities in lifestyle to Singapore so it definitely feels close to home. And on top of that, there is so much culture here, eating at a local cha chaan teng (or simply a local Hong Kong Cafe) with some places offering food 24/7 so you'll never go hungry, going through the streets of pet shops followed by a stroll through the flower market in Mong Kok and enjoying the skyline from some of my new favourite institutions such as Seafood Room in Causeway Bay. I also got to explore a couple of restaurants in SoHo like YardBird and it was delicious and an experience in it's own. 

It was the monsoon season so it rained every day during my time there, so it really allowed me to enjoy the 'slow life' despite the hustle and bustle that is a city like Hong Kong- I found myself reading my new book over lunch, or simply enjoying some traditional milk tea in Mido Cafe for a slow afternoon. We also decided to take the ferry out to Cheng Chau Island to see a different side of Hong Kong. It is a seaside town just about 30 minutes by ferry from Central Hong Kong where we cycled around the town. It's a little of a blast from the past, like you've travelled back 50 years in time. No tall buildings, no cars... just a lot of bikes, boats and dogs! The town is known for it's seafood, traditional desserts and old school snacks like egg-waffles, fried ice cream and frozen pineapple which you can enjoy while riding your bike towards the Cheung Po Tsai cave and enjoy the view and rock formations. There is simply too much to see and do for a day so it's perfect for a little escape. 

I couldn't have done Hong Kong better this time around- the food was amazing, together with the views of the skyline I got to enjoy everyday. So glad I made it out there! Off to Jogjakarta next week. I'm stoked to explore a new part of Indonesia and can't wait to share my adventure here. Hope y'all enjoyed the images! 

SHAM SHUI PO

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Earlier this morning when I decided to fight insomnia and get up to explore the streets of Sham Shui Po... I've travelled to Hong Kong a handful of times but I don't know what took me so long to get here, especially when I'm always complaining I want to experience more of local life. The markets here are known for their cheap electronics although I saw more of wet markets consisting of fresh produce, dried seafood and vegetables and a lot of raw meat hanging in all sorts of places. The scents and sights were a feast  and I couldn't stop looking up because I felt like that was where life really happens. Sham Shui Po is one of the earliest developed areas in Hong Kong and it was once the most commercial hub of it's territory. Now, it's mainly made up of public housing. The buildings are in serious urban decay, so cramped I was wondering how much of a commodity it was for a local to be living here in such conditions. But I guess despite the intricacies, this is what makes Hong Kong what it really is. An urbanised city known for it's tiny apartments and a perfect blend of the old and the new. This is a city where you can travel back in time making a trip down to one of these streets. 

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I recently read and watched a documentary of the Kowloon Walled City and coming here was probably the closest I could get to experiencing what it was really like back. Though this is nothing like what the Walled City really is, it was a glimpse of the real Hong Kong come to life. 

LIGHT IN THE WINTER

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Photos by Zoe

I just got back from the best adventure in Hong Kong two weeks ago but just thought I'd share a couple of images I shot while exploring Causeway Bay with Zoe. I love anything that makes me feel like a princess so even though this skirt was as poofy as a wedding dress and getting in everybody's way, I was happy. Zoe and I played prince and princess for the day without even realising it, she happened to be in a casual little suit while me in my poofy ensemble. The whole conversation about princes and princesses started a couple of months ago when I saw that Zoe had gone to Paris and I was obviously going 'omg' at her beautiful images- she then suggested we make a trip there together in the near future but I've always sworn to never go to Paris until I met a prince to take me there, or at least, have the capability to go to Paris and come back with lots of Chanel and Celine using my own money. The first thing Zoe said was 'I'LL BE YOUR PRINCE!!!!' so now this is our thing. We're basically attached.

I love how Instagram and blogs have made the world a much smaller place and allowed me to meet people, since my guide to Bangkok wasn't exactly a blog post, I guess you can call this is my first for 2015. I was going through alot of anxiety before the new year but overall, 2014 had been a year of overwhelming opportunities and I met so many new people I now call friends that I know I am going to keep. Zoe is one of them. And so are an amazing other bunch of people I met in Hong Kong who will slowly be introduced to this space. We shot these at the roof of Tyson place where we spent a lovely afternoon having girly heart to heart talks over bubble tea. The light was amazing and it's hard to believe this is winter in Hong Kong! I guess Hong Kong does have it's own magical moments and I'm lucky to have been able to experience this with my little prince.

Thank you guys for the responses to my guide! I loved hearing from everyone through comments and emails. Ps, how is everyone liking the new layout? I'm still working on small little details here and there so I'll do proper introductions to the new space and the direction I aim to be heading for the year 2015 with Missingavenue. It's pretty exciting and I can't wait to be able to start a new adventure with everyone of you!

15 HOURS IN HONG KONG

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I've always believed that wherever you are (travelling to) in the world, you'd always have a good time as long as you're with the right company. I've been to Hong Kong 3 times in my life now, the first with family, then a quick stop with my aunt before making our way to Tokyo, then recently with Jordus. I would say each time, I wasn't necessarily with bad company but none of the memories I've had in Hong Kong have ever been left imprinted in me. (Sorry HK-ers!) And maybe it's my fault for just not doing enough research. These were taken when Jordus and I had 15 hours in the city and even though the both of us had been before, did a good amount of research, asked for recommendations, we still found ourselves bored and lost in fancy designer mall kingdom. I guess coming Singapore, the last thing I need is another fancy mall. So we just ended up taking pictures!

I've had really good roast geese at Yung Kee, walked through the streets of Mong Kok, shopped at Tsim Cha Tsui….OK really, it is my bad. I'm not saying I've never enjoyed Hong Kong but it's has never been somewhere I have missed or crave for and right now I want to change it. 

My challenge is for anyone who has been to the city or lives there to come up with recommendations of any kind. Food and activities…from your best memroies. This might seem impulsive and crazy but if I get good responses, I will make a trip down to Hong Kong. Go to as many as I possibly can and share each experience here on the blog so maybe what you get return is another in-depth guide. It's exciting! I'm excited to hear all the recommendations so keep them coming in! Feel free to email or leave a comment!