What I Ate: Hong Kong Part II

September 15, 2017 Hong Kong

After shopping in Hong Kong, we had dinner with our friends and they took us to a restaurant in Kowloon. I happily followed our friends to get to this place and they took care of ordering our dinner. It was a local's only place.
They always order the best dishes!
This one was my favourite - deep fried squid with cashews. I like anything with nuts for added crunchiness.
And we also ordered sweet and sour pork, rice, steamed chicken with soy sauce, and eggplant on a hot pot.
We went to Bing Kee for the Hong Kong style milk tea. I got hooked to drinking milk tea after this. It's so good! And this restaurant is just off an alley and you sit on plastic stools and they have really tiny folding tables for customers to use.
It's the best drink on a hot day.
The tea was delicious and the chicken wings are the best! The perfect snack for me :)

Macau Pandas

September 12, 2017 Macau

I have a mild obsession with pandas and when I was planning my visit to Macau, I found out that they have a giant panda pavilion. I knew I needed to go see the pandas.
After visiting the sites and hoarding snacks, we went to the Venetian casino to walk around. I thought we had plenty of time to see the pandas but quickly realized we spent a lot of time at the casino.
Taking the bus was out of the question so we took a taxi to the pavilion.
I was panicking but thankfully we made it in time. There was no line to get the tickets and we rushed to the building where the pandas live. Of course the first thing we saw was this cutie eating bamboo. Just chilling and eating.
I have no idea if this is a male or female panda. Loved watching him/her though walk around their home. We only spotted 2 pandas. The babies were not here.
It certainly made my year! I was so happy I went here. And of course I hoarded some items from the gift shop. I bought key chains, stickers, and a stuff toy.

Macau snacks

September 6, 2017 Macau

I want to wish you all a Happy September! I can't believe summer is over now :( Such a bummer but looking forward to a very busy month of September.
You can't go to Macau without sampling or hoarding snacks. We were told by our friends from Hong Kong to try all the snacks.

And you can't miss it because each store will have a person outside ready to entice tourists with samples to lure you inside their stores.
You can buy so many different types of snacks and some are in fancy boxes.
The beef jerky is the most popular! They have a lot of different types. I'm not a fan so I didn't sample them.
They also have different types of candies. I bought ginger candies and they are the best! It's really strong but it helps a lot if you have a sore throat. I bought the pack on the far right.
I also bought pineapple tarts for my friend Keiko. She loves them!
 I saw people purchasing suitcases full of snacks!
This man was making my absolute favourite snack - peanut cookies! He was making it from scratch and I watched him for a few minutes.
He used a wooden mold to create the cookies.
They were absolutely delicious! I wished I had room to buy a suitcase full of peanut cookies :(

Macau Day trip

August 29, 2017 Macau

 
Taking a day trip to Macau was so easy! We took the highspeed boat from Hong Kong to Macau. You have to bring your passport with you on this journey.

It takes about 1 hour to get there. We did not have to make a reservation in advance.

Once, we arrived in Macau, it was a quick line at the Passport Control and we took the bus to take us to the city centre. 

The buses in Macau are cheap and it runs frequently. We stopped at Senado Square. From there we started our walk to find the sites in Macau.
We stopped by St. Dominic's Church. I love that this church is painted yellow. I have never seen such a colourful church before.
After the church visit, we kept walking until we reached the Ruins of St. Paul. The church burned down and the only remains are the facade and the stairway. It is the most famous and most photographed landmark in Macau!

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