Macau | Cotai

We woke up with a bang this morning as the building work in the hotel started at 9:25am, right underneath us. We looked again at the “Apologies” information letter that stated the work would start as “around 10am”. Unacceptable, so I complained to the manager and got us some free breakfast for tomorrow. Note To…

Hong Kong > Macau | Ruins of St. Paul’s

​It’s Tuesday today and we opted to start the day at a slightly slower pace — still feeling a little sluggish from the weekend flight. We made it to the hotel breakfast at around 10am and loaded up on congee, hash browns, sausages, fruit and juice. A few hours relaxing in the hotel then turned…

GALLERY: Jardin de Jade 蘇浙匯 | Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Since we departed Toronto, everyone’s been asking for food photos. Of course, Hong Kong is known for its cuisine, not just of Cantonese dishes but its international selection. On our first night in Hong Kong, my parents took Darren and me to a restaurant near our hotel in Wan Chai: the Michelin one-star (2015-2016) restaurant…

Hong Kong Day 2 | Mid-Levels Escalator

Our first full day in HK and we woke up with a general plan of exploring a few of the areas on the south side of the island. This soon escalated into so much more!  First on the list was the Golden Bauhinia Square and surrounding comic book statues. We arrived just before six or…

Hong Kong Day 1 | Victoria Harbour Star Ferry 

So we made it to Hong Kong!  Let’s start by talking about the flight… it was brutal! Anyone who says otherwise regarding this 15-hour long haul in economy is just straight-out lying. The plane, crew and general flying conditions were perfectly fine – it’s just the time that makes this so challenging. You can do…

YYZ to HKG: The Journey

Today started earlier than most weekends in the Darren/Jane household as we snoozed (just once) the 5:30am alarm. How to dress for a 15-hour flight that takes you into Sunday afternoon in Asia…? We went for super casual! We checked and double-checked our packing lists and ventured down to the taxi for 6:30am. It was…

Before Hong Kong: Jane’s Top 5 Picks

Since I lived in Hong Kong when I was young and last visited four years ago with my family, my picks are a combination of favourites from childhood memories and new places I want to explore with Darren. I speak Cantonese, so Hong Kong should be easy to navigate, right? 5. Food, Malls and Markets When I…

Before Hong Kong: Darren’s Top 5 Picks

Jane has been to England a few times and I’ve been able to show her the sights and sound of where I grew up. Now the tables have turned and I can submerge myself in the city she called “home” for much of her childhood. Here are my Top 5: 5. Sai Kung’s Floating Fish…

Before Tokyo: Jane’s Top 5 Picks

Somehow, creating a Top 5 list for Tokyo was not too difficult. And yet, I’m still overwhelmed by the fact that we only have four full days in the Japanese capital! I better put my walking shoes on. It’s going to be a hectic one! Here are the five things I’m most looking forward to…

Before Tokyo: Darren’s Top 5 Picks

With only five nights in Tokyo there’s going to be a lot to pack in. Here’s what I’m thinking of my Top 5! 5. Senso-ji and the Asakusa Neighbourhood A must-see 7th century Buddhist Temple that offers exceptional architecture and traditions. The Main Hall adheres to the day, and seems to open at sunrise (6am) and closes at sunset (5pm). It’s…

Only 5 Days To Go

So we’re only a few days away from leaving Toronto and venturing 7,700 miles west towards Hong Kong, and I for one am super excited! We booked the flight with Air Canada back in April and this has given us six months to finalise the details of the trip. We’re in the home-stretch now of the…