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Feeling nostalgic in Hong Kong
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I used to go to Hong Kong at least three times a year, I even had a Hong Kong frequent visitor card. Sadly, that card has expired.
Ever since I got my multiple-entry Japan visa, I just stopped going to Hong Kong regularly. As my cousin would say, Japan is the new Hong Kong.
I had not been to Hong Kong for more than a year. I had to go this year because of a medical checkup required by my dad’s bank. The trip was sponsored and timely because I’ve been feeling lonely ever since my son left for China to study for six weeks. I figured, five days in Hong Kong will help pass the time till my son is back.
I decided to stay at Gateway Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui because two years ago my friend Penny recommended it. She said the bathrooms were Penny-approved and most likely chuva-approved. She was right. I absolutely loved the bathroom!! This was on the Club Floor by the way, Room 1421.

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My friend Rem and I had shared a room with two beds. This was my bed. Interiors very mainstream but I can’t complain because the aircon is cold and the bathroom is great!!

Gateway Hotel

Gateway is a great place to stay if you have only a few days because the hotel is connected to the mall. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor and you’re right smack inside Harbour City Mall with a bridgeway to Silvercord Mall.
This is where my grandparents used to stay when they were alive and where we’ve been shopping since I was a kid, with its low ceiling and constantly changing brands/shops.

Harbour City

I feel very sentimental about this place, particularly Tsim Sha Tsui. Many years ago, this was the happy place of our parents and grandparents—the love of which their generation has passed on to my generation.
Hong Kong is a mere 90 minutes by plane from Manila. Even for someone who hates flying, this isn’t bad at all. We had the smoothest Cathay Pacific flight, by the way.
I wasn’t close to my maternal grandfather, but I can feel his spirit around. I know he loved this place.

Canton Road

For some reason, I think of my Lola Paying when I ride the ferry because she also loved Hong Kong. I wonder if she liked the ferry too.

Hong Kong ferry
Hong Kong ferry

I didn’t get to shop that much, but that’s OK. I still have clothes with tags from my Tokyo trip last September. I did buy that small Globetrotter from Lane Crawford I’ve been eyeing for years. I can finally afford it.

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A trip to Hong Kong is never complete without a meal at La Vache!, which serves the best steak and fries in Hong Kong

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and the best “unsweet” chocolate cake!

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The neighborhood

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Elgin Street
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It’s always good to see friends in Hong Kong, like James Acuña and Alexandra Seno who we met at Second Draft.

2nd Draft

Really liked the fried chicken and grilled squid!

2nd Draft
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Couldn’t help but notice Jack the bartender/barista who is half-man, half-Schnauzer

Jack at 2nd Draft

As for my checkup, it went really well. I came home with a clean bill of health. I had a great relaxing trip, and I love Hong Kong all over again.

Cecile van Straten

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