Hong Kong | Best of British Food Festival

So we’re back in HK and it’s a warm Sunday morning. We know Monday is going to be a long day – exploring Stanley, Repulse Bay and Victoria Peak – so today we decide to meet Jane’s parents at the Best of British Food Festival. We woke up a little late and missed the complimentary…

Tokyo > Hong Kong | Don’t Miss The Train!

I travel a lot. I’ve spent the best part of the last 6 years going from airport to airport across the world. As such, I’d consider myself a bit of a “pro” when it comes to flights. Alas, this mini-trip to Tokyo wasn’t too well-thought-out back in April when we booked it: The flight departure…

Tokyo Day 4 | Sensoji and Tori No Ichi

When I was growing up (in Cambridge) my family would often host students to stay with us while they attended university – somewhat like AirBnB for students! My gran had one-such Japanese student named Nobby in the early 1990s, and he was around for almost 5 years. Fast forward 20 years and he still comes…

Tokyo Day 3 | Meiji Jingu and Roppongi

We were determined to get out and see Meiji Jingu Shrine after our failed attempt yesterday. Again we struggled a little with starting early – I think we’re just about caught up on that red eye now.  We polished off a persimmon for breakfast and walked to our local subway station, heading towards Yoyogi Park.  Today felt a little…

Tokyo Day 2 | Shinjuku, Harajuku and Shibuya

So it’s day 2 in Tokyo (although technically we arrived midday yesterday, so we’re half-counting this as full-day 1) and we have our eyes firmly set on some big views. We’re a little slow to rise today, out of the apartment around midday, and decided to make lunch our first stop.  Jane and I have…

Tokyo Day 1 | Tokyo SkyTree and Pokémon Centre

It’s Tuesday afternoon and we’ve spent the last three hours catching up on missed sleep from our delayed flight. Now it’s time to take our first look at what Tokyo has to offer! First on the list was to figure out the transit system. We know our local subway stop is Shin-Okachimachi (the taxi driver’s repetition is…

Hong Kong > Tokyo | Unexpected Delay and Red-Eye Flight

Our Monday was supposed to consist of flying to Tokyo at lunchtime and enjoying our first night in a new city. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be – at around 8am we woke up to see the dreaded “Flight Delay” email from Jetstar. Instead of a 1:55PM (Monday lunchtime) flight we had been pushed back…

Our Magical Day at Hong Kong Disneyland Pt. 1

Let me prelude this post by stating right off the top that I’m a huge Disney fan. So if I sound a little completely overexcited, just be excited with me, okay? On the day before we temporarily left Hong Kong for Tokyo, Darren decided to take us (me) to Hong Kong Disneyland… YIPPEE! By 8am…

Hong Kong | Mong Kok & Lan Kwai Fong

Saturday. We decided to “go with the flow” a little today and not stress too much on when, where, what, etc.  We ventured from our hotel at around 11:30am and decided to shoot straight for some breakfast based on Yelp recommendations. We took a quick MTR ride up to Mong Kok and worked our way…

Hong Kong | Lantau Island

So we’re at the end of our first week in Asia and decided to tackle one of the “must-see” HK attractions and visit the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. This involved taking the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village – right by the Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha….

Macau > Hong Kong | McWings & Beef Brisket

Another day, another change of hotel. We first enjoyed our complimentary buffet breakfast, loading up on a hybrid of western and Asian delights: bacon, sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, dumplings and noodles. Once checked out, we went for a short walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf to stumble across a peculiar area – imagine a mix between an…

GALLERY: Bi Ying 碧迎居 | Cotai, Macau

On our last of two nights in Macau, we satisfied our appetite from a long afternoon and evening of hotel browsing in Cotai with a fabulous — or should I say glamourous? (staff at the Golden Reel at Studio City are trained to wish you a glamourous day) — dinner at Bi Ying 碧迎居 in Studio…