Around HK: Oolaa, IFC, Ma Wan Bay, and Avenue of Stars

An amazing and packed Sunday.

After finally getting home by 4, we went out for brunch at Oolaa in Mid-levels. As our taxi pulled up in front, I felt like I was in LA. Palm trees, Californian vibe, and wholesome Western breakfast. Except it was right across the street from the extremely local cooked foods market. The beauty of Hong Kong! The Eggs Benedict was  extremely filling and very tasty. Highly recommended go-to brunch place, although its best to book a reservation as they are wildly popular.

Hong Kong’s weather is amazing….ly fickle. One minute it was sunny and hot, and the next it was pouring. Literally, a torrential downpour. We escaped to Andrea’s office for a bit, and soon I headed out to meet up with Karen at H&M. We definitely had a blast catching up, chilling around Central, going up to the IFC rooftop, and picking up some LGB macaroons. Fun times.

Andrea and I reunited at 4pm to ferry to Ma Wan and Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark of Ma Wan is the world’s only full-sized replica of the Biblical Noah’s Ark. The distinctive Ark on the Ma Wan waterfront overlooks the Rambler Channel, Tsing Ma Bridge, as well as the beautiful Ma Wan Bay Beach. The weather was amazingly sunny, although equally amazingly humid. The sunlight, fluffy clouds, and picturesque views made it worth it though.

BFF in Ma Wan

We caught a shuttle to Kwai Fong, where we did more shopping hauls. We migrated to Mongkok Langham Place and continued at Jill Stuart, Shu Eumura, and NARS. I was happy to visit my buddy at the Benefit Counter, although he seemed to rather mortified at their new pink summer uniforms. After perusing various counters and shops around the mall, we moved out to the streets. Oh Mongkok – how I have missed you! The extreme population density, the hustle bustle, the energy. I love it! Even Ladies Market seemed not as sucky as usual (I am spoiled by Taiwanese night markets). I was finally able to get a great bargain on a gorgeous print of Hong Kong – it will be the centerpiece of my new room!

We explored the length of Ladies Market, picked up some classic Hong Kong street eats: fish ball and egg waffle balls, and snuck into a Starbucks to feast. We also dined on some salmon sashimi we picked up in Kwai Fong. Very interesting, but fulfilling meal.

Last but not least, we headed to Tsim Sha Tsui for Avenue of the Stars. Surprisingly, it was Andrea’s first time visiting at night. The weather was in our favor, and the skies were amazingly clear. Hong Kong island’s lights twinkled back at us and took our breath away. We followed the Avenue of Stars taking pictures, finding the handprints of various Hong Kong stars, and even got some Mobile Softee.

Beautiful HK Skyline, we meet again.

Harro.

BFF @ Avenue of Stars

So excited for Mobile Softee!

Ooh, and when we finally arrived back in Sheung Wan, we had a lovely late night snack at BBQ. As tradition dictated, I indulged in fried cheese balls and the world of taste bud orgasm.

M

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