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Exploring  Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

Exploring Batangas One Road Trip at a Time

This is your next Batangas weekend wanderer guide! Let’s explore the towns of Lobo, Bauan, and Taal.

Hanoi, Vietnam: 4 Days, 1 Backpack and 100 USD Pocket Money

Hanoi, Vietnam: 4 Days, 1 Backpack and 100 USD Pocket Money

It has all the beautiful textured disarray you see in movies, a remarkable food culture that will introduce you to new and unusual combinations of flavors. With the just right amount of English where you still need to struggle to get around and to actually feel that you are traveling.

Bataan Travels: Bataan/Manila in 50minutes!

Bataan Travels: Bataan/Manila in 50minutes!

Did you know that Bataan is one of our favorite spots to chase the ever so beautiful sunset? We were there a few months back when we visited the majestic Las Casas de Acuzar and have written an article piece on it. You may check out our complete travel guide HERE.

Our only beef with our Bataan vacation was the land travel. Traffic in Manila has been our worst enemy and now some part of Pampanga gets heavily congested as well! There are just too many unregulated vehicles by the government- Okay, so I am not going to use this article as a rant channel. We’re all for fun here and good experience. Yes? How about’ we tell you that you can skip the whole shenanigans and long haul of land travel?

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

From the typical 4-5 hours of travel by land from Manila to Bataan not including traffic! travelers can now reach the Mall of Asia (MOA) in precisely 50 minutes with the d Fast Ferry boat via Manila Bay.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

Operated by the 1Bataan Integrated Transport System under its president Goody Ilagan, commuters will also be given free shuttle service from Orion Port all the way to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South, making the travel experience easier and more convenient. It is safe, fast and reliable.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan
M/V XCG Express. Photo: Bataan Integrated Transport System, Inc.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

Weekdays

  • Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 10:00 AM / 1:30 PM
  • Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 11:45 AM / 3:15 PM

Weekends

  • Manila to Orion – 6:30 AM / 1:30 PM
  • Orion to Manila – 8:15 AM / 3:15 PM

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

Effective 15 March 2018, you can book online to reserve your seat when you travel to Bataan and Manila. The fare for those booked online is P450. Walk-in passengers fare is P799.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan
1Bataan Facebook Page

 

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

Additional Information:

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

  • Efficient
  • Fast
  • Airconditioned
  • You’re helping out with the local tourism industry
  • Commuters will also be given a chance to ride a free shuttle from Orion Port to Dinalupihan in the North and AFAB-Mariveles to the South.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Bataan

 

Here are some of the few recommended places to stay during your visit with some of the best prices you could find online.

 


The Oriental Bataan

The Oriental Bataan


The Duyan House at Sinagtala Resort

The Duyan House at Sinagtala Resort

The Duyan House at Sinagtala ResortThe Duyan House at Sinagtala Resort

Situated in Bataan, this hotel is in the same area as Bataan National Park. Regional attractions also include El Kabayo Riding Stables and Tree Top Adventure Subic. High-speed internet swimming pool



 

 

 

 


Hotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa

Hotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa

Hotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort and SpaHotel Kamana Sanctuary Resort and Spa

Situated in Bataan, this resort is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Zoobic Safari and within 9 mi (15 km) of Ocean Adventure Park and Tree Top Adventure. Subic International Raceway and Bataan National Park are also within 9 mi (15 km). High-speed internet swimming pool


 

 

 

Other Hotels and Resorts in Bataan guaranteed with the lowest prices Click Here.

There you go fam. Do a day trip or stay overnight. You can totally do a quick weekend getaway with your friends and loved ones. Take lots of photos and tag the Fat Girls Day Out crew on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #FatGirlsDayOut to get featured.

Oh, wait before I forget. We crafted this perfect summer playlist while you’re out and about during this trip!

Check out our other curated playlist on Spotify HERE– hit follow.

As we always say in all our travel dialogues, Go Forth and Wander! and When You Return Home Become a Storyteller.

Calaguas Island: Dazed and Sunsets (Travel Guide 2017)

Calaguas Island: Dazed and Sunsets (Travel Guide 2017)

Long Daze Stare on its Blue Waters and Sepia Sunsets

62 Countries Visa Free List for Filipinos (2018 ed)

62 Countries Visa Free List for Filipinos (2018 ed)

No financial documents, no appointments, no hassle. Just book a ticket and go!

Palawan Series: Puerto Prinsesa, El Nido or Coron?

Palawan Series: Puerto Prinsesa, El Nido or Coron?

If the Philippines will join a beach or island universe competition our main representative should be Palawan. Recently The Best Island In The World in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.  Most islands are undeveloped and untouched. Although recently, locals have been telling us that majority of the islands are being bought by private large corporations. Hopefully, capitalism won’t spoil Palawan and its natural resources.

 

Map from Go Destinations

 

Astonishing seascapes, rock formations, lagoons, powder white beaches, jungles, diverse marine, and wildlife may it be under the sea or in its forest. It is a dream destination to all of us. There’s so much to do and I know that this article won’t be able to do justice, but I will share what I know and my experience of Palawan. Every year I make sure to return because I want to be reminded of that such place do exist. Living in the city can be numbing and will leave you lifeless if you stay too long.

 

First to See: Puerto Princesa, Palawan: A City Inside a Forest

Puerto Princesa is a coastal city and the capital of Palawan. The main town already has a lot of developments and buildings that leads to congested traffic in most parts of the city. Now, going a bit farther away outside the main town never fails to amaze me. To explore Puerto Princesa you may need to take 4-5 days to really enjoy the place. The Department of Tourism (DOT) has various international promotional campaigns hyping it as the eco-capital of the country. It has a thriving restaurant scene and in its outskirts, there are various outdoor activities that you’d definitely enjoy.

How to go to Puerto Princesa?

On an average, there are 13 flights that go in and out of Puerto Princesa by local commercial flights coming from Cebu, Manila, Caticlan, and Davao. Make sure to keep an eye for promo fares as there are plenty to choose from.

Popular and one of the cheapest way to go around the city is thru their unique tricycles or you may take jeepneys.

Where to stay in Puerto Princesa?

Every time I’m in Puerto Princesa I always stay in a quaint bed & breakfast called The Green Space. It’s just 5 minutes away from the airport and walking distance to good restaurants around the city. It’s very clean, nice and spacious.  They only have 10 rooms and their beds are perfect! They make sure that each linen that they use has 400 and above thread counts. Each room comes with a set breakfast which is fairly reasonable. A room will cost you around 1,900php-2,200php (40USD) that can accommodate up to 3-4 people. I highly recommend this place.

Should you want to check out other options CLICK HERE to check out the TOP 10 Puerto Princesa accommodations that fit any budget.


 

What to do in Puerto Princesa?

Popular for its subterranean river tour in Sabang or underground river tour known by most, it is considered as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. The underground river is flooded with many tourists but you cannot blame the hype because its limestone formations is an incredible sight. However, the actual boat ride thru the caves is quite short. The boatmen serve your guide as well. They’d tell you random corny yet quirky jokes during the ride but nevertheless, it was fun.

The tourist boat that’ll take you thru the underground river

 

You’ll go thru a forest reserve prior to embarking on your tour boats and there are a lot of monkeys around the island and thru the forest. Be vigilant as they tend to steal bags that contain food. This little fellow stole our bag and we actually have all our money and phones inside. Good thing he dropped the backpack.

 

Cost is 1,000php-1,500php (20-25 USD) depends on the agency or how you can frugally organize this tour.

Logistics and prerequisites: Go to Sabang Port which is 2 hours drive from the city. Make sure to rise up early and book a van or jeep to go to Sabang Port. From the kick-off port, you will ride a boat going to the underground river Park. The average travel time is 45 minutes or so.

Book at least 2-3 weeks advance prior to your flight to Puerto Princesa as I have mentioned that there is a high influx of tourist for this tour. You may opt to coordinate with local tour organizers.

The Sabang Beach is beautiful in the morning as the forest background creates this mist of fog during sunrise.

Sabang Beach/Port during sunrise
Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach

Island Hopping in Puerto Princesa

The best bet is going to Honda Bay. Made up of numerous smalls islands each is unique and rare.

 

Starfish Island, Luli Island, Cowrey Island to name a few. You may do snorkeling, go free diving or play beach volley or take as much selfie as you want.

Starfish Island.

The whole day trip can last the whole day so make sure to plan early and return back to the city before dusk.

Logistics: Boat rentals are normally 1,500php (30 USD) then split it among your group. Don’t forget to tip the boatmen as well.

 

Explore the City and Eat

Entrance to the Badjao Restaurant

6 years ago as a first-time visitor, I asked my tricycle driver if he could bring refer a 1st-time tourist to any of the restaurants in the city that could best represent Puerto Princesa. Confidently he smiled at me and said: “Okay ma’am ako bahala alam ko na po!” (Okay sure, I know where to take you!). He drove me to this Restaurant called Badjao, at first I was reluctant coz’ he was driving thru a secluded place to my surprise there’s actually this serene restaurant. A floating restaurant actually built in a mangrove area offering picturesque views of Puerto Princesa’s seascape. Perfect for lunch to mid-afternoon venues. Serves fresh seafood and other local Filipino dishes.

There are a lot of restaurants and eateries to choose from so make sure to talk and ask the locals which ones are their recommendations. Below are some of my other recommendations;

Puerto Princesa has a lot of activities to offer although it could get crowded with tourist, but it does not yet tarnish the experience and enjoyment of the place. You’ll get the convenience of the city and nature that co-exist well together as one.

Second to See: El Nido, Ageless Towering Limestones to Sugary Beaches

 

8 years ago it was a sleepy fisherman’s village. Electrical power comes only after 5 pm until it will get interrupted again at 9 am the next day because it was just run by a generator. As tourism boosted and the majority of the visitors are coming from European countries you could see that foreigners outnumber the local tourist. Main streets are cramped with tour agencies, souvenir shops, restaurants, bars and mini convenience stores.  In any case, it added convenience and livelihood to the community and its visitors. These small proprietorships didn’t tarnish the beauty of the town but even complemented the place. Electricity now runs 2/47 with fewer interruptions.

Town of El Nido

I normally stay for four to 5 days whenever I’m in El Nido. The town centre is so easy to get around with because it’s quite small and everything that you will need is within a block’s worth of walk. Locals are very friendly as they greet and smile at you as you pass by them.  Most restaurants are owned by the French and Swedish folks who loved the town so much that they decided to make it a home.

View from the main town

El Nido is a gateway to bacquit archipelagos. Limestone verticals, cliffs, bays, secret beaches that you have to go thru underneath a limestone to get to the other side

 

How to go to El Nido

Once you leave the Airport in Puerto Princesa, you will see the shuttle vans waiting outside. They will take you to El Nido for P500 (10USD) within 3-5 hours. Don’t expect too much leg room though but these vans can take you to El Nido pretty fast. If you’d like more room and is not pressed for time you may opt to take the bus which will cost you roughly 350php (7 USD). Chartered flights are available for the few discriminating travelers.

Where to stay in El Nido?

A lot of accommodation of options for those who are frugal travelers like me. There are air-conditioned rooms with decent toilet & bath for as low as 500php-650php (12USD).

I normally stay at  Ricgem Place (click here for rates/availability) it’s reasonable and the accommodation is better than the most budget alternatives. Moreover, the owners are pretty flexible when it comes to checking in earlier and checking out a later time. I recommend this place for travelers on a budget yet would still want privacy and AC in their rooms.  It’s simple, basic and clean. Consider renting rooms in town will let you be close to restaurants and beachside bars, but also closer to the everyday sights and sounds.

Here are the TOP 10 consumer rated El Nido accommodations/lodgings that can fit any budget (click this link)

If you want some cash to splash consider getting an accommodation in the archipelago itself. There are pretty plenty to choose from. To name a few that’s pretty popular are:

It’s very easy to book accommodations and plenty to choose from it will be just a matter budget allocation and availability of the place. Research, compare and read POV of travelers who stayed at your chosen place.


What to Do in El Nido?

Normally they subdivided normal tours from Tours A, B, C, and D. You may book ahead thru agencies or book directly when you arrive in El Nido as there are quite a number of local tour agencies that you could talk to and will arrange everything. Tours can range from a low as 900php (20USD) to 1,200php (25USD). All packages come with a guided tour, safety equipment, buffet lunch and boat transfers. All boats are manned by a ship captain, lifeguard, and 1-2 ship caddies.  Island hoping starts at 9 AM and ends at 5 PM.

Tour A

Tour A is one of the best and most popular because of the variety of areas that you could go to in one day. During the day, you will discover beautiful lagoons, beaches and snorkeling spots. I suggest you start your Day 1 with Tour A as this is more physically demanding.

  • Small Lagoon
  • Big Lagoon
  • Secret Lagoon
  • Shimizu Island
  • 7 Commando
Seven Commando Beach

 

Tour B

  • Snake Island (intertwining sandbar)
  • Pinagbuyutan Island
  • Entalula
  • Cudugnon
  • Other snorkeling sites

**Quick Tip: Make sure to bring lots of cash as ATMs are limited

Lunch buffets are served and cooked by the boat crew. Freshest catch grilled right in the boat, proteins either grilled or stewed and fresh tropical fruits to end every meal.

Tour C

  • Helicopter Island
  • Matinloc Shrine
  • Secret Beach
  • Star Beach
  • Hidden Beach
Front dock of Matinloc Shrine

Tour D

  • Cadlao Lagoon
  • Ipil Beach
  • Paradise Beach
  • Pasandigan Beach
  • Natnat Beach
  • Bukal Beach

Ice cream vendors riding small boats will randomly appear right in the middle of the ocean.

The restaurant scene in El Nido is pretty strong. I recommend trying the following places:

  • Trattoria Altrove (one of the best brick oven pizza!)
  • Art Cafe
  • Squiddos
  • Bella Vita El Nido

If you enjoy going out a night there are lots of sunset sessions that happens beachfront playing loud music from dub, house to reggae from bars offering happy hours.

El Nido by its true nature is an eclectic town from its people, commerce, and archipelagos. Make sure to do your research ask other tourist and guides. Wrapping it as schizophrenic travel spot and to those who are fickle and who’d like to have options. This place is for the adventurous. Stunningly presented in its entirety as you leave this place it will keep calling you back because you will never run out of things to do.

Third and Last Place to See: Coron,  Ultra Blue Waters

Coron is the last place to see in Palawan as each destination will definitely overpower the other if not followed by ranking. The beauty of Coron in its truest nature will overpower Puerto Princesa and El Nido. They are both beautiful, but not in equilibrium as this place is.

This place is a tropical heaven on earth. It’s not difficult to understand why the Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Coron as the top beach destination in the world. Located in the Calamian Islands in the northern part of Palawan. Remarkable marine live, sunken WWII Japanese shipwrecks, stunning lagoons, limestones, nature reserves, marine gardens, turtles, white perfectly white powder sand beaches.

How to go to Coron?

Coron has a functioning airport for commercial flights so it’s relatively easier to travel here than in El Nido. From the airport you book a van taking you to the town or to your nearest booked accommodation. Check our local commercial flights that’ll take you to Busuanga Airport.

Where to stay in Coron?

When I went there with my friends we decided to rent a local’s house thru Airnb as we’d rather cook our own meals by ourselves so to save some money and also seize the opportunity of getting fresh seafood and produce from Coron. We were able to get a whole bungalow house with good AC,  a functioning kitchen, and a wonderful front porch for just 4,000php (80USD) splitting the cost to amongst us in the group. It’s a good way to live like the locals and a great way to save a few bucks especially if you’re traveling in a group. Get 1,000php/20 USD worth of credits free when you sign up in Airbnb CLICK HERE.

Just like in El Nido you have options to stay inland or to one of the island resorts let know that staying in a private resort will cost you roughly  20,000php-50,000php (500-1000USD).

Here are the TOP 10 CORON updated list of accommodations/hotels that can fit any budget.


What to Do in Coron?

To go around and to go island hopping, of course, you’ll need to hire a boat within the Coron Bay that’s on the near opposite side of  the public market. A boat will cost you 1,500php-2,000php (30-40 USD). Boat fee will exclude island entrance fee. Prepare 50php-100php (1-2USD) bills as each islands does have an entrance fee.

You may do these tours:

  1. The Coron Island Tour (beach, snorkeling)
  2. The Malcapuya Loop (beach, snorkeling)
  3. The Culion Tour (historical tour)

The tour of Coron is very relaxed and more calming as compared to El Nido’s erratic activity options. Coron is the best place to go scuba diving and snorkel as there are plenty of fish, corals and live shells. There are also a lot of sunken Japanese was ships due to the bombing of the US in WWII.

Lakes and its lagoons

Stunning formations erupting from the sea waters of Coron. Hidden among these cliffs are 13 mysterious lakes, the two (2) most famous ones are the Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake. The rest of the other lakes are protected sites not available for tourist activities.

View on the way to Kayangan Lake

A short but exhausting trek across a steep rainforest will take you to Kayangan Lake, covered limestone hills, the crystal clear lake is so enchanting that you could spend hours swimming in its preserve.  Perfect temperature for swimming.

Kayangan Lake boardwalk

The water is interesting as it’s mix of salt and spring water but make sure to wear a life vest for safety reasons as it could get really deep.

Barracuda Lake. You either have to climb the ladder to go to the other side then do a jump or swim right under the boulders.

White Sand Beaches. 

Imagine ideal postcard beaches with electric blue water as it meets the perfect powder white sand. Everything marries well together in symphony.

Beautiful white-sand beach and ultra-turquoise waters, which serve as a sanctuary to Dugongs and sea turtles.

Time is not in a hurry in a place like Coron. Ask your boatman to park the boat and take an afternoon nap amongst the Talisay trees while splashes of sea water sing you to your slumber.  When you wake up from your nap you’d see the perfect blue sky with stunning seascape, wanting never to return. A vacation so ideal that you will dream about it for months to come.

Clownfish are everywhere

**Quick Tip: Make sure to bring lots of cash as ATMs are limited

Limestone Formations

There are other activities available to do in Coron like trekking, hot springs, exploring coral gardens, scuba diving and visiting Calauit Safari. These are optional activities. You have to explore the islands and lakes before anything else and then if you have more time do the other activities.

Coron sunset

For perceptive travelers who are willing to go great distances for the rewards of clear waters and pristine white beaches. Palawan is unpredictable regardless of how many times you’ll visit the place.

See another perspective of Palawan by The Full Frame Narrative

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Palawan

The Full Frame Narrative

 

 

In conclusion, I am not recommending you to choose one from the other but rather see all three places in succession.

Go forth and wander. Experience and tell its story when you return home.

 

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Siargao Island: Never Wanting to Return to the City

Siargao Island: Never Wanting to Return to the City

I want more of Siargao, I want to settle there and get a dog.

Bantayan Island: Resiliently Beautiful

Bantayan Island: Resiliently Beautiful

Complete travel and experience guide for Bantayan Island, Cebu.

Hong Kong: Welcome to Pleasure Island

Hong Kong: Welcome to Pleasure Island

Hong Kong is probably one of my favorite cities in Asia that has a New York City cool vibe yet maintain a port Asian ambiance at the same time. Expect a lot of eating, a lot of drinking and a lot of shopping.

 

 

Hong Kong consists of multiple islands: Hong Kong Islands, Kowloon, The New Territories and a number of smaller islands. It still remains quite small and is filled to the brim with more than 7 million people, making it one of the most densely inhabited cities in the world.

 

 

Surrounded by people with infinite energy, appetite, and taste for the finer things in life. Shopping malls, small to big stores, night bazaars. People come to Hongkong and actualize what it means to be a consumer. If I could give in to my pursuit of desires, but after a weekend, I realize that I can never keep up with this city. Nevertheless, I’d do it all over again.

 

 

Interdependent from China, Hong Kong has benefited greatly from the influence and built by its British colonizers and the hard-working economy of the Chinese. Stellar in its financial market, culture & arts, food and all the Louis Vuitton shops you could see in every damn corner of the city. In its bipolar state, you can find yourself in certain situations where you can pretend you’re in an old Kung Fu movie.

How to Get There

One of the best ways to book your flight to Hong Kong is thru Kiwi.com, they find you the lowest rates across hundreds of airlines with a guarantee from canceled flights, rescheduling, and delays.

 

 

 

 

It is really easy to get into the city. Their airport is pretty efficient and has lots of signage to a fault.  You won’t see enough ground airport staff ushering you where to go because of everything channels efficiently. Once landed you landed, you’ll breeze your way thru immigration, grab your bag make your way to the available transfer services.

 

 

You’ll have options depending on your budget and how pressed your time is. I normally go these options below:

  •  Airport Express  The fastest and most convenient way to the city. Takes 24-30 minutes tops. Starts at 250 HKD (1,650php) and you get discounts If you purchase more than 2 tickets. It comes with an unlimited ride with their very efficient and well-connected MTR.

 

  • You may purchase your tickets at the airport

 

  • Public Buses: They’re all categorized per location and strategically placed in one central location outside the arrival area. It is relatively cheaper and efficient as well. Although, it will take you longer to get to the city as it needs to do stopovers. It follows a strict timetable. It is 24/7 operations. Make sure to check the published schedules and rates. Fare rate will cost you 20HKD-40HKD (120php-240php)

 

Click on this map image for a complete scheduling and fare prices

Tip: Upon arrival make sure to get your Octopus Card at the airport to avoid the hassle.

Accommodation

If you are staying for just a couple of days, you could stay in around Central-Hongkong Island as it just has enough energy and calmness to balance your day.  If you want the tension and chaos yet the reward is being in the center of it all, by all means, you look for places around Kowloon area. Click this link for accommodations ranging from lowest-mid-high that can sure fit any budget.

 

 

Plenty of pension inns, guest house in Tsim Tsa Tsui that offers A/C rooms and hot shower for just 250 HKD (1,500php). Don’t expect ample room space though. You are getting what you pay for.  Do your research and read guest reviews. Notable areas for backpackers are the Chungking Mansion (click here to get rates and booking) as it is pretty near the Stars of Boulevard.

 

Getting Around 

There are plenty of ways to get around Hong Kong, whether it’s by taxi, ferry, rail, bus or tram. The city claims one of the world’s safest, most efficient and frequent public transport systems and a convenient payment method in the form of the Octopus Card.

Reloadable card used for MTR, Buses

Book you Octopus Card in advance here

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How To Stay Connected

We use the Flexiroam X ultra-thin microchip, you just add a thin film strip to your SIM and enjoy data roaming in over 100 countries. Hassle free of not renting out any wifi devices in the airports and making cash deposits. You don’t have to change your SIM or subscribe to any local telco or have an open line phone when you are traveling. Easy, convenient and cheaper way to get data.

Click here to get your kit

The Food

Food in Hong Kong is like a religion you have all the people constantly eating. The street scene is really strong and even the high end as well. Their food is no bullshit no holds bar flavor but at the same time, they can also do some refined dishes. Hong Kong is a great place to come when you are hungry.

 

The city is packed with so many dining options. From that place behind a hardware store, along fishing alleys to high-end Michelin star rated restaurants. I never get tired of eating my way thru Hongkong. They have generous servings of whatever it is on their menu.

  • Yat Lok for their Michelin star roasted goose*** highly recommended
  • Ebenezer’s.
  • Australian Dairy Company
  • Cafe Hoi On
  • Green Waffles Dinner
  • Flying Pan
  • The original Tim Ho Wan

 

For local Chinese fares and adopted Japanese street foods. Anytime of the day if you are hungry the food scene is always alive and ready to satisfy your palate.

Dimsum

Brawl, scrape and scream your way through the noise and throng of hungry eaters to get your hands unidentified baskets where only your nose can guide you. Pick blindly, you’ll never be far from something delicious, just be open to eating whatever you pick up.

  • Dimsum Square
  • Dimdimsum Dimsum Specialty Store
  • Lung King Heen
  • Yan Toh Heen

Michelin Rated street food stalls

Michelin stars are synonymous with quality. They’re normally handing out stars to the best and most consistent restaurants in the world- not to mention expensive ones.But not anymore as they’re able to review and hand out starts to humble food stalls in Hong Kong that offers an ecstatic adventure to your taste buds. I won’t be indicating the address as you can easily look for each on Google Maps. I clustered them per area.

TST

  • Cheung Hing Kee
  • Fat Boy 第三代肥仔
  • Mammy Pancake

Mongkok

  • Joyful Dessert House
  • Kee Tsui 奇趣餅家
  • Three Potatoes叁薯

Jordan

  • Block 18 Doggie’s Noodle
  • Block 18 Doggie’s Noodle 十八座 狗仔粉
  • Kai Kai 佳佳甜品

Wanchai

  • Butcher’s Club
  • Kelly’s Cape Bop
  • Keung Kee 強記

North Point

  • Lei Keung Kee 利強記
  • Mak Kee 麥記美食
  • Tonkla Thai Snack 迦南泰國小食

Sham Shui Po

  • Hop Yik Tai 合益泰小食
  • Kung Wo Tofu 公和荳品廠
  • Kwan Kee Store 坤記糕品

Tsuen Wan

  • Chin Sik 千色車仔麵
  • Wing On 榮安小食

Drinks

But if you want a taste of the local bar scene, head down to the areas surrounding Lang Kwai Fong, the popular, surreal bar street, filled with clubs and drinking holes you’ll always wonder how you ended up in and talk to locals or people who are also travelers

  • Post Republico
  • Pontiac
  • Rummin Tings
  • Liily and Bloom
  • The Woods
  • Ping Pong
  • The Envoy
  • Honi Honi
  • Quinary
  • Origin

Shopping

Bespoke suits to knock off items, need a new set of knives? Or buy the latest beauty products from around the world. It caters every budget, may it be from a need perspective or simply being a compulsive buyer and you’d want to treat yourself. Houses variety of shopping areas, chic side streets, a block long of just sneaker or your nerdy budget bazaars. and a mix of markets where you can haggle to your heart’s content. The city has no sales tax thus making it one of the most visited places in Asia for shopping.

(image from China Highlights)

Sights to See:

  • Man Mo Temple
  • Tsim Tsa Tsui Promenade
  • Peak Tram and Victoria Peak (Central  Hongkong)
  • Victoria Harbour  (Central  Hongkong)
  • Sik Sik Wong  Tai Sin Temple  (Lantau Island)
  • Po Lin  Monastery and Big Buddha (Lantau Island)
  • Lai Chi Wo (Sha Tau Kok)
  • Temple Street Night Market
  • Parks all over the city

 

Things to Do

  1. Hongkong Disneyland
  2. Ocean Park
  3. Ngong Ping 360
  4. Victoria Peak
  5. Madamme Tussands

There are plenty of things to do in Hong Kong you may get discounted tours and tickets from



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A few tips and reminders:

  • Food: the Cheapest decent meal with rice will cost you around 38-58HKD (250ph-382php). Same price with Singapore’s pricing but double the size.
  • Useful Apps: Google Maps and Google Travel
  • Hongkong -Central controlled chaos. Whereas, Kowloon is loud as and aggressive.
  • Best exchange rates are at the Chungking Mansion (36–44 Nathan Road) money changers. They buy Philippine peso at a relatively higher price as compared elsewhere.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of walking.
  • Optimize the use of MTR or their subway system as it will take you do different places efficiently and quickly.
  • Buy 1 a gallon of bottled water instead of buying smaller bottles as it’ll save you a few extra bucks. Coke is relatively cheaper than water in Hongkong for some reason.
  • They don’t give out napkins and does not serve service water.
  • Buying street food make sure to know what you want and point them out quickly
  • Bring your own eco bag or shopping bag as it will cost you a few dollars (5 HKD) if you request their plastic bags. Of course for high-end items paper bags are free.
  • Don’t use your roaming option for SMART and GLOBE as both services are bad and expensive. You’ll only get a 3G network with only 1GB limit. Advisable to get a FlexiRoam Simcard Adapter

Useful Official Sites:

Beautiful stair murals at the Hong Kong Cultural Center

Hong Kong has an intricacy that defies definition. The only place where you can see relics near the Chinese border, a Buddhist Temple, High Rise skylines or you could be splurging on a new Chanel bag- all within 4 hours followed by a night of LKF drinking session or an opera? Or even karaoke. Hong Kong is so intense and so full of potential. Given their wonderful transport system that won’t stop you to jump from chaos to another.

There is this raw underlying energy in this place. So much energy, everything is open 24/7. Nothing is ever closed. There are so many things to do on the island regardless how small it is. Every mood you are in there will always something to do. You will never feel lonely in this city because there are so many people walking around

 

Surrounded by beautiful things and with one of the richest people in Asia, a great testament hat hard work and dedication can take you to the top. Things are becoming more Chinese, but if you review their history books only just 20 years ago Hong Kong is this cluster of islands given back by the Great Britain to the mainland.  But beyond the entire materialism element, 1 out 5 residents are living below the poverty line. Prices of space and land have been increasing detrimentally and the cost of living has been rising for years.

One of the best cities in the world and we’re lucky enough that it just a 2-hour plane ride away from Manila. Every couple of months I feel its charm calling me – Hong Kong bates you in swallows you and spits you out. Leaving you to desire her more and more.

As we always say. Explore and wander! and become a storyteller when you return home.

Make sure to book all tickets ahead of time so you’d be able to get the best price. Helpful links and tools below.

 


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