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Galley Cafe-1881 Heritage

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As I mentioned in my previous post we were really exhausted and tired from walking under their sharp sun, we searched for a place to rest our legs and drink coffee to freshen up and get our energy back to continue walking and exploring the area.

We found a beautifully decorated cafe called Galley. We wanted to sit outside and enjoy the greeny colours but we wanted a lot of AC because we are not used to walking in the sun. We were seated inside but because the wifi wasn’t strong so we changed our seats and got the ones near the window. You know, we have to whatsapp our family and instagram what we are doing every now and then 😛

The service was good at Galley, the dessert we ordered which I forgot its name was really delicious and I can still feel the yummy flavour, but the prices were kinda over-rated, I believe because of the area. It’s full of wealthy people and the hotels are really luxurious. But it’s worth it 🙂

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1881 Heritage-Kowloon

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As I said before, I did a lot of googling before going on this trip with my hubby and one of the interesting places I’ve found online is 1881 Heritage. I didn’t know how to find the place there, and I thought will let the taxi driver take us, but guess what? When we finished walking at The Avenue of Stars, and the bought ride, we thought of walking to explore the area and see what’s there and we were also going to Harbour City. While we were walking, we found this huge entrance and I was like “That’s the place, this is 1881”.

The building was really huge but not much inside it, only few cafes, restaurants and a couple of very expensive shops 😛 We went up and saw some statues and stuff of the British Empire, it’s a also a mini museum where you can read about the place, I didn’t have the time to read because we were really exhausted and wanted to sit down and drink coffee or whatever.

This is a must see place in Hong Kong/Kowloon.

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Avenue of Stars-Hong Kong

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This place is one of the most famous places in Kowloon. You get to see the Symphony of Light show from there, walk along the harbour, get inside the museum of art, take a boat ride. You can do many activities from there. Walking is one of the best. You get to explore the city from another angle.

Not many statues over there, but you’ll see some interesting figures and you can take photos with them, I actually loved taking photos with some of the directors there 😛

Walking in the sun might be hard a bit because their sun is really sharp and hits straight on the head. Just take a quick walk and leave the rest after the sun set where the lights of buildings reflect on the water and the view becomes amazing.

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A Boat Ride Around The Harbour-Kowlon

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While we were walking around the Avenue of Stars, we reached The Museum of Art and spotted a huge old boat waiting for passengers to hop in. My husband suggested we have a look. When we went their they told us a 1hr boat ride costs 100 HKD which is the equivalent of 3.700 KD per person. We got inside the boat immediately and ordered some refreshing juices to enjoy when the boat starts sailing.

I can’t tell you how beautiful and magnificent the ride was. The seats were super comfy as if you were in a spa. Just like huge sofas where you can spread your legs and enjoy a relaxing nap if you want too, i did that 😀 The weather was amazzzzzing, the cool breeze coming and going, the beautiful buildings of Hong Kong and many other things that made it ride to remember.

One of the things that we really miss in here is sailing in old boats. Why we don’t have public rides in Alboom or whatever boats we have? That would be fun to enjoy from October tip April. I’d love to see such thing in our country.

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Hong Kong Day Experience-Harbour City (Kowlon)

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One of the best restaurants that we dined in. Quality of food, quantity of food, variety of dishes and prices were all perfect. I remember we were walking around Harbour City, a very huge mall. You just can’t imagine how huge it is. We were hungry and exhausted, and we couldn’t find any restaurant to eat at. We asked a Chinese man where we can find a restaurant to eat at and he guided us to Hong Kong Day. The place looked decent, and when we saw the prices on the menu, we were shocked because it was kinda cheap considering it’s located in a big mall.

We ordered Coconut Seafood Soup, Beef Noodles and Seafood Baked Rice. We didn’t imagine the food would be that delicious. Really yummy and tasty. We ben went to the place the very next day and ordered the same exact food.

The service was very good, the staff were very friendly and helpful. We loved the whole experience.

If you’re going to Hong Kong make sure to visit Harbour City and eat at Hong Kong Day.

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Bubba Gump Experience-Hong Kong

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When we were visiting The Peak and exploring the place, we saw Bubba Gump situated almost at the top of Sky Access. The location was perfect to enjoy a delicious meal with a stunning view. It was very crowded so we had to wait around 20 minutes for a table.

When we sat down and started scanning the menu, almost all the dishes were seafood so it was perfect. I’ve heard of the restaurant but have never tried it before. Some meals had alcohol in it, it wasn’t written in the menu but the waiter was kind enough to inform us about it.

We ordered the seafood platter, oyster with rice and shrimp with rice. The food was really delicious, so yummy. The service was just perfect even though it was full house, everything arrived on time.

The price was kinda over-rated but we enjoyed the experience and the taste.

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The Crazy Streets of Kowlon-Hong Kong

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Kowlon is the other part of Hong Kong across the harbor. You can visit it by a boat, train or taxi. We decided to try the metro for the first time because it was close to our hotel, so why not? We walked around 15 minutes to the Wan Chi station and from there we got 2 single tickets to Tsim Sha Tsui station. We reached our destination in 10 minutes and from there we started walking and exploring the city.

Everything was closed around 10 am which was a shock. Later on, we came to know that they open around 11 or 11:30 am huh?! We kept on walking until we found Starbucks (All their local cafes are closed), we sat down, rested our legs and drank coffee, and waited til the shops opened.

We went to many places which I will talk later on in separate posts such as: The Symphony of Lights show, The Avenue of Stars, 1881 heritage and The Ladies’ Market. But for now, enjoy the pictures of the crazy streets of Kowlon which are very very very crowded but have lots of life and action.

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The Peak Lookout-Hong Kong

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When you finish from the Sky Access and you head to the Peak Galleria, you’ll find outside on your right a cafe situated on a hill called The Peak Lookout. It will mostly be very crowded so you better reserve your table in advance. We got a table outside overlooking the mountains and the green forests. The view was really amazing, not to mention the beautiful cool breeze. Drinking coffee will be wonderful.

We ordered 2 coffees and a strawberry panna cotta. It was okay, not that wow but eatable. We loved the place, the view, the service, the location. Everything was amazing.

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The Peak-Hong Kong

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Up up we go …

One of the most amazing places that you have to visit when you’re in Hong King is The Peak. It’s one of the top attractions in the city and the highest point in Hong Kong. When you go up to the Sky Access, you’ll see both sides of Hong Kong facing the famous harbor.

We went to The Landmark place to get tickets, the queue was really long but it was moving fast, I wondered how it would look like in summer *cries*. We go our tickets round trip with sky access for 150 Hong Kong Dollars for 2 persons, that’s around 7 KD which was really good.

The tram comes up and down every 10 minutes, you’ll see alot of people waiting for it and think there won’t be an available seat for you, but that’s only your imagination because, there’s a seat for everyone even when it’s crowded. The trip up to the peak was kinda scary because the road gets nasty at the end.

We climbed many stairs just to get to the sky access and the view was more than wonderful, amazing, fabulous, superb, wow, what else can I say? Loved the whole feeling. We saw lots of buildings in Hong Kong and the weather was so cool, the breeze was more than refreshing. I didn’t expect Hong Kong’s weather to be like that, loved it.

After finishing from the sky access, we went to the Peak Galleria which was a decent shopping mall, bought few things for Baby Jana from there and enjoyed walking in the Garden Terrace.

We had coffee and desserts in a beautiful cafe which I will write about it soon, and had late lunch in Bubba Gump on the top of the peak, the view was more than amazing.

Had lots of fun over there. It’s a must visit place in Hong Kong.

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Lagoon Park; Amwaj Islands-Bahrain

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My dear friend TripleSisters advised me to go and visit Lagoon Park which is located in Amwaj Islands (Muharraq). Asked few people around & it was very easy getting there by car (husband driving). The place is very new, I believe it has been recently opened. It’s neither big nor small. The place has many cafes & restaurants, you’ll definitely enjoy your time there if the weather is good (it was very cool when we went there), we enjoyed the cool breeze. You can take your family there & enjoy your time, they have a play area for kids, you can rent a bicycle & enjoy taking a ride around the park, you can go jogging or walking as I did with with Juju 🙂

We really enjoyed our time there & you must visit the place when you’re in Bahrain.

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Majestic Rotana Hotel-Bahrain

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When we decided to have a break & go on a road-trip to Bahrain, my husband asked me to check Booking.com & take a look at Bahrain’s hotels. Majestic Rotana caught my eyes, 2 story suite for only KD 55/- & it’s a 5 start hotel. The space was very important to me because I wanted Baby Jana to enjoy her time. We booked it & wrote a remark through Booking.com that we’ll be arriving early by car. After 1 day, my husband received a call from the hotel asking him when are we going to arrive & he informed them it will be around 10 to 11 am.

When we arrived, our room was ready, we didn’t have to wait til 2pm as many hotels do. The hallways’ smell was really beautiful & relaxing. Our suite was in the 3rd floor, the room was really BIG, didn’t expect it to be like that, the kitchen was also huge & very well-equipped. the living room had a welcoming oranges plate, the bedroom was also spacious & the bathroom was beautiful.

The service of the hotel was great & efficient. The staff were very helpful & nice specially a young girl called Fatima. Everybody wanted to help us in any ways possible.

The hotel opened its doors on the 13th of March 2013, we knew that when we checked out because everything was so new & beautiful so we thought of asking them.

If you’re a family & want a good hotel with a good location & space, then Majestic Rotana is your perfect choice.

Thank You Majestic Rotana for making our stay one of the best & will be remembered forever.

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Celebrate The Year of The Snake at Burj Al Arab-Dubai

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Chinese New Year celebrations will continue for seven days in the world’s most luxurious hotel

Burj Al Arab is expecting a peak in Chinese visitors for Chinese New Year, starting from 10 February 2013.

In the last three years, the ease of securing UAE visas has helped attract a record number of Chinese tourists and businesspeople to the UAE and many have made Burj Al Arab their prime destination. Contributing to this success, the hotel’s authentic Far East Asian dining destination, Junsui, is drawing on the expertise of Chef Foong to create a week-long, celebratory experience for the Year of the Snake.

“Chinese visitors are among the top three fastest-growing guest segments for Burj Al Arab. Our experience in meeting the needs of these guests, as well as the insight of our Chinese colleagues, has enabled the hotel to create memorable offerings and celebratory moments for occasions such as Chinese New Year,” said Heinrich Morio, General Manager for Burj Al Arab. ”For Chinese travellers coming to Dubai, Burj Al Arab has become a must-visit destination and the place to celebrate the most significant occasions.”

To launch its Chinese New Year celebrations, Burj Al Arab will project a massive red calligraphic serpent artwork on the sail-shaped exterior to welcome the Year of the Snake.

On the evening of 10 February, the hotel will host Chinese dignitaries and their families to witness the traditional lighting of the lion’s eyes to initiate a series of traditional lion dances.  To the accompaniment of the Chinese zither music, Chinese delicacies hand-selected by Chef Foong will be served from live cooking stations, while children’s Chinese craft activities will entertain the youngest guests. The celebrations will continue for one week in Junsui, with traditional dishes including Fa Gao (Chinese-style cupcakes) and Nian Gao (new year cake) served alongside Dim Sum and Peking Duck.”

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