Happiness Everyday: Food & Dine Festival 2012
Surprisingly, mom is interested in the festival (Potential customers are not only young adults, but everyone!) and therefore we went there today.
Thanks for the perfect weather, it was still very comfy and enjoyable joining the festival in the crowd. This year, the whole venue was divide into 5 area with different themes (Bordeaux, Italian, New Product, Ridel Grand Tasting, Wine Culture).
The newly added Sweet Pavilion was my mom’s target. Unfortunately, it disappointed us. Snack for wine (i.e. ham, cheese) was great! A ham set costed only HKD 30! It was soooo good that we brought 2 extra set and 1 cheese set back home.
The festival is definitely perfect for people who like wine. Each glasses of wine costed HKD 10 - 20 only. Where else can you get such a good deal? Next year, I will come back to drink! :)
Happiness Everyday: Awesome Tai O With White Dolphins!
This is the first time we went hunting for dolphins. Luckily! We saw them!!! Super lucky & happy! :)
Everything on Lantau Island - Tai O (Eastern Venice), Ngong Ping, Big Buddha is so much difference from the city center of Hong Kong! Really love Tai O - it still preserve the culture, neighborhood of the a fishermen village! Really lovely!
Besides of seeing white dolphins, we met a very nice “egg roll” stall owner and he treated us some nice egg rolls! Thanks nice Uncle! :)
After having good fun in Tai O, headed to Big Buddha by taxi (taxi is cheaper than bus if you have a party of 3!). The wind up there was surprisingly chilly! Is this really July in Hong Kong?
Finally, headed back to Tung Chung by the cable car and ended our day at the outlet mall.
A super awesome and lucky day! Tired, but super awesome! :D
Love Tai O! :)
P.S. There are now 2 bnb in Tai O! Interesting to see this fishermen village evolving into a more and more vibrant place for travelers! Wanna try the bnb!
Happiness Everyday: A Beautiful Monday - Tsim Sha Tsui
One of the nicest ways to enjoy Tsim Sha Tsui on a beautiful afternoon - Ride on Star Ferry. Then walk along the harbor. From Ferry terminal to the Star Avenue. Enjoyed the nice walked with soft breeze, golden sun, and very importantly - a lot less people compared with a weekend!
Love Victoria Harbor! Awesome Tsim Sha Tsui!
Happiness Everyday: Lovely Stanley
Stanley is one of my favorite places for a weekend getaway in Hong Kong with nice beaches, interesting market, and good food. :)
Arrived Stanley at 4pm (this is the best time to go the Stanley Main Beach - 1) The sunshine is mild; 2) People start leaving so it would not be too crowded). Bought some drinks and snack from Waston and headed to Stanley beach for a nap. This is the most awesome nap! A nap with soft breeze and sound of wave. It’s heaven! Eventually I didn’t read the book I brought since it was too comfortable that a nap cannot be avoided at any costs. :)
After enjoying the beach, we went through the market and headed to King Ludwig at Murray House for dinner. Finished off the lovely day with German beer, salad, farmer roll, and pork knuckle. (the restaurant not as great as before, but still good)
What a relaxing day! LOVELY!
Happiness Everday: Cycling Fun at Tai Mei Tuk
Tai Mei Tuk is the best place for cycling in Hong Kong. There are both easy and difficult routes for cyclists to choose from.
Easy Route - Water Dam of Plover Cove Reservoir
Hard Route - From Tai Mei Tuk to Luk Keng, the border between Hong Kong & Shenzhen
We chose the hard route to avoid the crowd of the Easter holiday. However it had so many uphills that we did not manage to finish it. We could only finish 3/4 of it. Next time when we have trained up our body for the summer, we will concur this route once again!
I love Tai Mei Tuk, the heaven of outdoor activities in Hong Kong! There are so many fun things to do there -
Happiness Everyday: The Peak, Hong Kong
Being on the Peak makes one feel like the King of Hong Kong! Everything is under my feet! Yay! :)
Happiness Everyday: Hong Kong Exploration - Lei Yue Mun
Lei Yue Mun - One of the most famous places for seafood in Hong Kong!
Instead of going to have seafood, we went there before lunch hour to see her quiet side. It’s a simple and peaceful village with no excessive facilities. A few things that impressed me the most -
Explore Hong Kong More! Awesome! :)
Happiness Everyday: Ocean Park
Good fun visiting Ocean Park! The weather suddenly became very nice once we arrived! Yeah! :)
So many new things since I last visited. The park now has a lot more sections. The new aquarium looks smaller than before but its new design is quite nice. Thrilled mountain, the new ride, is really exciting! I love it!
Surprisingly, there were not many people on Sunday! Most of the rides only took me less than 10 minutes to line up. LUCKY! :)
Happiness Everyday: Vaccination for India
Took 3 shots (Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Inactivated Poliomyelitis) at the Department of Health. It costed HKD 680. Not bad.
Final Item Left for India - Visa Pick Up
Happiness Everyday: Wong Tai Sin Temple
Perfect weather going to the temple with a visitor! Today, I found out these amazing facts about the temple!
About Wong Tai Sin Temple
The temple is famed for the many prayers answered: “What you request is what you get” (有求必應) via a practice called kau cim.
In the early 20th century, Leung Renyan (梁仁庵) spread the influence of Wong Tai Sin from Qiaoshan (樵山), Guangxi province of China to Wan Chai, in Hong Kong. On the main altar of the temple stands the painting of the Taoist god, which was originally brought to Hong Kong from Guangdong province in 1915. In 1921, under the advice of an enlightened one, they moved the temple to Rosy Garden, its current position.
Annually, from January 1 to 15, the temple receives numerous visitors, such as those whose prayers were answered returning to thank the immortal. Wong Tai Sin’s birthday on the 23rd day of the 8th lunar month, and the Chinese New Year holidays are the busiest times for the temple.
On the Chinese New Year’s Eve, thousands of worshippers wait outside the temple before midnight and rush in to the main altar to offer Wong Tai Sin their glowing incense sticks when the year comes. As the tradition goes, the earlier they offer the incense, the better luck they will have that year.
Most of the visitors come to the temple in search for a spiritual answer via a practice called kau cim. They light incense sticks, kneel before the main altar, make a wish, and shake a bamboo cylinder containing fortune sticks until a stick falls out. This stick is exchanged for a piece of paper bearing the same number, and then the soothsayer will interpret the fortune on the paper for the worshiper. Often the same piece of fortune is taken to multiple booths for verification purposes. Some booths offer palm reading service.
Recently, Taoist weddings have been performed here.