I decided to blog about the last two days together cause I didn’t have any pictures of the last day:p
Well since we were travelling with a group of adults who didnt really know where they wanted to go, we decided to sign up for a day tour to Ngong Ping and certain other attractions.
It really did seem appealing cause they would provide a bus and we wouldn’t have to travel by ourselves:D
Don’t ask me about the cost cause I really cannot remember. HAHA.
The bus came to pick us up at 7:45am.
Talk about it being crazy early… I was up by 6am to wash my hair and get it blow dried. YAWNS
Our guide was called xiao Zhu (little pig in chinese) and he kept making references to SHOW LUO who’s nickname is also xiao zhu hahaha.
He was a pretty interesting fella.
The first place that he brought us to was the avenue of stars.
There was this mother and son pair on the same tour as us and they were from Su Zhou. They were really nice so they kind of redeemed the unpleasant experiences I had with some of their fellow countrymen.
The boy was seven and really cute! HAHA.
He was afraid to get down the tour bus cause the tour guide said that if anyone liked Jackie Chan he’d be really upset and LO AND BEHOLD, the little boy’s favourite star was Jackie Chan.
Silly tour guide.
Anyway, It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies:)
Wasn’t really interested in any of the handprints cause Taiwanese stars are my cup of tea, not Hong Kong stars:p
The harbour view was really beautiful though:)
i likey very much:D
Oh did I mention? It was CRAZY COLD that day.
Probably also cause my top was really thin but it was damnnnn cold.
I didn’t have my iphone with me so I didn’t know the temo but I’d estimate that it was about 9degrees? BRRR
it was the only day that I took my scarf out for personal wear.
Normally I used it to wrap my camera which so happens to be super sensitive to the cold weather HAHAHA.
really love the pic of this boy.
His mum set the dials and just told him to take a picture but he knew how to:)
Now i’m gonna work hard to get a D7000:D
There is really a different feel when you look through a view finder to take photos.
the iconic statues:)
I just realised that the one in Hollywood has the same ones..right?
After a short walk around and settling our business in the toilets behind Starbucks,
we headed to the Wong Tai Sin temple where people in Hong Kong often go to pray for peace?
The guide said that we couldn’t pray from prosperity from this God.
At first I was pretty reluctant to enter the temple cause of my Christian belief but after a while, mummy and I decided to go in to experience it a little?
and also cause we were given one and a half hours there and it would suck to stay on the bus.
These lamps are filled with oil for devotees to light their joss sticks.
I couldn’t figure out if this statue is of Confucius or? Does anyone know?
Temples are such an integral part of Chinese culture just like how Churches are to Western countries.
I’ve been to many Asian nations and temples abound everywhere and are most definitely on the list of places you will visit especially when you go on tours..
For example, the Taiwan trip I went with this group of people plus quite a few others took us to at least 10 temples.
Although I do not share in those beliefs, I do have to admire the craftsmanship of those temples.
The Wong Tai Sin temple is really well built as well.
Here’s a bit of the traditions of the temple.. I couldn’t find any information about the deity in question though.
Annually, from January 1 to 15, the temple receives numerous visitors, such as those whose prayers were answered returning to thank the immortal. Wong Tai Sin’s birthday on the 23rd day of the 8th lunar month, and the Chinese New Year holidays are the busiest times for the temple.
On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, thousands of worshippers wait outside the temple before midnight and rush in to the main altar to offer Wong Tai Sintheir glowing incense sticks when the year comes. As the tradition goes, the earlier they offer the incense, the better luck they will have that year.
Most of the visitors come to the temple in search for a spiritual answer via a practice called kau cim. They light incense sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until a stick falls out. This stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and then the soothsayer will interpret the fortune on the paper for the worshiper. Often the same piece of fortune is taken to multiple booths for verification purposes. Some booths offer palm reading service.
the kau cim in question
mama and I !
I love pics like this cause I help block mummy’s face and make her look skinnier:p
a taoist ritual.
Uncle Pax said that you cant see this in Singapore anymore cause people are busy with the paper chase and won’t bother being trained in taoist traditions
After visiting the temple,
we headed to the TSL jewelery showroom which was like the United Nations headquarters cause they had staff who could speak in almost all the languages of the world hahhaha.
Some of the aunties bought stuff from there but mummy and I didn’t cause it was really pretty pricey.
We then headed to the most exciting destination of the day.
THE NGONG PING 360 cablecar!
The most awesome thing was that since we had joined the tour, they had bought express tickets for us and we could skip the snaking queue… (mind you it was a really long queue)
and enter the cable car in the VIP ZONE!:D:D:D
The views were amazing!
plus the siew mai thingy we had at the station were oh so wonderful in the cold weather:p
I’m glad that I don’t have a fear of heights hahha.
So after a 25min ride we reached the top of the mountain where the giant Buddha was located.
listening to the tour guide:D
tibetian flags? or rather Buddhist flags.
the little boy:D
He’s feeling all forlorn cause it’s not time for him to go to Disney yet.
Mummy in her new jacket looking like an Eskimo:p
It was really hard to pack that jacket into the luggage BTW.
Then we had the most “wonderful” vegetarian lunch.
Seriously, it wasn’t my cup of tea cause everything was flour. ALL TYPES OF FLOUR.
Patriot was the best… he ate halfway, then decided to take out a slice of his own bread from breakfast to munch on. >.<
Once again, no pictures of the memorable food:p
So after lunch,
we decided to conquer the stairs to see the Buddha.
It was pretty funny though cause all the adults were huffing and puffing up the stairs:D
I thought this looked pretty good.
decided to take pictures with the scenery instead of the Buddha haha.
a lazy doggggg. It didnt even bark when I crept super near it:D
After finally getting to eat my Sesame Paste. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??? I only got to eat ONE BOWL during my whole trip and NO PORTUGUESE eggtart when I was in Macau! *sobs* that just warrants another trip to Hong Kong in the near future.
So after a while, we headed back down the mountain.
alrighty so the photos stop there.
After heading down, we went to the citygate outlets which were near the cablecar station at Tung Cheng.
There were too many people to my liking so I ended up not getting anything although I would have liked to get a pair of crocs.
The food republic there was awesome though!
It totally totally reminded me of home:)
A lady from that particular nation almost got into a fight with a man of the same particular nation as well and nope, they weren’t related.
They were fighting over chairs and I still remember the last sentence she said was “你坐這邊會早死！！！＂
yup. and she did reach out and whack the guy a few times.
Scary.. Uncle Pax and I were there to witness the whole thing and ready to run in case things started flying cause we were only two tables away.
So after that, the tour bus brought us back to the hotel where we washed up and headed to a restaurant for dinner and to make up for the vegetarian meal which Uncle Pax hates,
we ordered Shen Zhen Chicken, Peking Duck (my fave!), Fish and Pork:p and just one dish of veggies:p
It came up to about SGD 11 pax so it wasnt too bad.
After that, we headed back to Mong Kok to go visit the H&M at Langham place cause we missed it the day before:p
Aunty Tracee and her sister wanted to find the famous Lao Po Bing (wife biscuit) which had an outlet near Mong Kok so I brought her there while Aunty Pat and her family went to Langham place first.
The shop was really really small and when we got there, the Lao Po Bing was already sold out and Aunty Tracee was told to come back at 10.30am the next day when a fresh batch would come out.
So we headed back to Langham place to H&M. OH HOW I LOVE H&M!
I bought a lace half top from there and decided to get more the next day since Aunty Pat needed to head to the H&M at Central which was their flagship store to get stuff for her daughter.
So we headed back.
Patriot wanted to get a watch from Swatch so I went with him to a store near our hotel while the adults went back first cause they were tired.
We got it and headed back and couldn’t find the adults>….<
While waiting for Patriot, I headed up to Muji to get something for my cousin Zheng Kang and I bought markers cause I couldn't find colour pencils… which I found at the muji store at the airport. ARGH.
So we headed to the airport after that and that's that.:D