Happenings: July

My sister has been staying with us for the last ten days and sadly flew back to Sydney yesterday. We miss you Aunty Sarah! While we had a fantastic whirlwind of the time, I unfortunately neglected this blog – sorry. I did however have lots of new experiences and discoveries that I can now share with you – you’re welcome!

So sit back and relax as I fill you in on the latest and greatest of our Hong Kong adventure.

– We took the train across to TST (very convenient on the red line from our local Admiralty) and did some window shopping, then ate dumplings at Din Tai Fung which were AMAZING (we did want to try the Ritz Carlton but it was booked out). We then took the ferry back across to Central which is obviously a must-do and would be amazing at night. All in all a fun and affordable day out.

photo-6– We experienced the wonder that is HONG KONG DISNEYLAND! This was such a fun and magical day, and we can’t wait to go back for Heike’s birthday. Yes, it was too hot. July is NOT the time to visit HK Disney. It was also slightly expensive, but not too much so considering it is Disney and they could essentially take you for everything you’ve got like some theme parks. This is a smaller Disneyland from what I’ve heard, and what I remember from my trip to Anaheim as a teenager, but really PERFECT for the 3-10 age group and certainly the place of my little girl’s dreams. I can imagine tweens/teens being difficult as there aren’t many thrill rides, maybe three or four. We also went without Walter which was an excellent call as he is a one year old whose main interest is running and playing with trucks, and I saw many screaming overheated babies. He would have hated it. But us girls had a lovely time – can you tell whose favourite princess is Aurora?!

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photo-7photo-9– We partook in far too much eating, drinking and general partying in and around Central HK. This included but was not limited to drinks at rooftop bars Sevva and Woolloomooloo, dinner at Brickhouse followed by drinks and too-late dancing in Lan Kwai Fong, yet another night at HK Races, dinner at (excellent) Greek restaurant Souvla followed by drinks and too-late dancing at Drop in Soho, and of course some dinners in our local Starstreet area – we love Pizza Express with the kids. I’m now tired, sober and enjoying crackers for dinner to recover.

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photo-23 – We discovered Repulse Bay, which is now known as “my happy place” – shopping and cafes directly on the beach? Water free from plastic bags? Yes please!

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photo-20– We also spent some time hanging out at Stanley Beach – less amazing but also lovely.

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photo-11-It was my birthday, which we’d planned yet another night out for, but we were trapped inside due to a T8 (Typhoon Level 8/10) warning being hoisted. We actually got a little excited for the drama but alas, nothing happened, and we spent the night indoors playing celebrity heads.

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– We finally took the children to Victoria Park, which they thoroughly enjoyed. We first took a swim in the public swimming pool ($17HK for adults and $8HK for kids) before spending ages in the playground areas (there are sections for smaller and bigger kids) and taking a walk through the park to Causeway Bay, finishing off the afternoon at King Ludwig Beer Hall with a stein.

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– There was lots and lots of quality family time, including an entire day spent indoors recovering from one of the aforementioned nights of dancing. Despite this fellow below showing us he has truly become a toddler (look at that cheeky face!) we just could not get enough of the little rascal – and he does give good cuddles to make up for any naughtiness!

photo-21So that was our ten short days, that felt like five days but in writing this post seems like we fit a lot in! Showing guests around Hong Kong is certainly trickier with little ones in tow, but done right both kids and adults can have their fun.

Right, I’m off to bed at 8pm, still recovering from all those late nights!

Z

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