Hong Kong – Kowloon

I had fun in Hong Kong.

Part of me wished I didn’t have to go alone, but hey, I know I wouldn’t be able to pack everything in a tight 4D3N schedule if it’s otherwise.
There’s too much to see and do. I left Hong Kong knowing that there’s always going to be something new to experience when (not if) I do return one day.

As a tourist destination, Hong Kong can be roughly divided into 3 parts – middle-class Kowloon to the north, cosmopolitan Hong Kong Island to the south-east, and idylic Lantau Island to the south-west. That’s good for me because I can pretty much plan my time evenly among the three.

My journey began at Kowloon. I stayed at a hostel in Mongkok, Kowloon, which is not so bad a place if it weren’t for the cesspool of hourly-rate hotels and prostitution dens littered across every nook and corner of the streets.
Kowloon is a very tightly-packed area. At one point in time, it was named the most densely populated place on the planet, and I believe them.

You get shops located on the 9th floor, storerooms behind restaurant tables, and coffee houses with bars – not because it’s chic and stylish, but because there’s simply not enough space to go around for everyone.

Where the heck do all these people come from?!

My first day in Hong Kong, I had to share a table in a Wanton Mee restaurant with two other strangers. It was strange to me, but for them it seems pretty normal. Looking at how people living here squeeze through one another all the time with difficulty, it’s hard not to feel lucky living in a landed house.

Chungking Express, famous for that Wong Kar Wai movie of the same name, has a VERY liberal definition of the term “deluxe hotel” and “mansion”

Kowloon is the Petaling Street and Geylang of Hong Kong.
What Kowloon lacks in the glitz and glamour typical of central Hong Kong, it more than makes up for it with its distinct Asian flavour.

The rows and rows of run-down tenement buildings, bright protuding signs and streetside vendors while an eyesore to some, certainly lends a lot of character to the middle-class Chinese ground.

Btw, there’s one interesting thing I noticed about kids here. The kids here, when you take photos of them, THEY POSE.
We’re not talking just any boring “Si Qian Jin” pose kids here do.

“Oi! Quick quick take photo lah. Damn sien pose liddat.”

THEY DO THE ACT CUTE POSE! Just like FireAngel, but so much more damn cuter lah.

One touristy place I did visit was the Avenue of Stars on the Tsim Tsa Shui waterfront, otherwise known as Hong Kong’s answer to Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The Avenue of Stars is definitely a must-go place for all tourists, not just because it features the commemoration Hong Kong’s most celebrated actors and actresses, but because you get the best view of Hong Kong Island’s spectacular skyline. I must say it is among the best in the world.

I stayed at the Avenue of Stars for The Symphony of Lights show heavily hyped by the tourism board. It is basically a choreographed spotlight-fest atop skyscrapers. Though beautiful, it was nothing to shout about.

Before the end of the first night, I went to this bar called Felix, a swanky little place on the top floor of the Peninsula Hotel.
Judging by the number of wealthy-looking businessmen and bevy of supermodel beauties chilling out in this Phillipe Starke-designed bar, I’m guessing this must be one of those “hi-so” place to hang out at in Hong Kong.

I made it my point to sample a city’s signature drink at its top bar whenever I travel.
Rumour has it that the world’s first Screwdriver was mixed here at Felix. For non-alcoholics, a screwdriver is basically vodka orange.

Over here, this simple mix of drink set me back HKD$99/RM50 a pop.

The view was worth it though.

I tried getting Bruce Lee’s physique, but failed miserably.

Coincidentally, the week I was there was Bruce Lee’s 33rd Anniversary. The Hong Kong Bruce Lee Association (wtf? Where’s the Kuching Kenny Sia Association?) set up a series of life-sized posters on the harbour to pay tribute to their nation’s most iconic character.

The legendary founder of Jeet Kun Do who achieved cult status internationally would’ve been 66 years old if he were still alive today.

Dammit Bruce! Can’t a guy take a photo without you sabotaging it with bunny ears?
[a lot more to come…]

It was tragic. The day I returned to Kuching, I heard news of the Sarawak Club house razed by a dawn fire. The following day, another building in the middle of Kuching city got caught up in flames.
Sarawak Club was where I learnt how to swim. The gym was where I lifted my first dumb bell and the Badger Bar was where I used to have my frequent dose of ribena and sprite. I can only express shock and sadness to see such a sentimental part of history turned into ashes.

76 Replies to “Hong Kong – Kowloon”

  1. zomg i’m first omg..
    lol nothing better to say, i come here for the laughs hahaha.. keep it up man

  2. err…. so… wats so special abt the Screwdriver(vodka orange)? is the taste reli worth RM50? 0___0!!!

  3. Hey dude, screwdriver was first mixed and stirred in the oilfield of Bakersfield CA, where I workd, with a real screwdiver back in 1920s.

  4. dunno if this is good news to u or not: u look thinner than when u went to thailand lar!!! oh happy daay~~~
    btw, been to hk before. nice place. but kept getting ripped off by the stupid tour guide. yeesh. next time i’m going alone.

  5. I think the price of oranges or Sunkists?? was quite reasonable. But not for bananas and dragonfruits!
    A glass of Screwdriver for RM50. Aiks.. I can’t afford.
    As for pictures, I like the scene in pic 12. And you look much more slimmer in last pic. haha..
    Btw, did you go to LKF? I wanna ‘see the world’~~

  6. hey, u look great in the pics, really looked like u have fun. How’s the weather over there? Is it sweltering hot? I’ll be going there in another 2 weeks and am pretty worried about the heat.

  7. hong kong sure has changed a lot. haven’t been there for the past 9 years. maybe i’ll go again and visit the places you recommended.

  8. You make me feel like going to HK!!! Have to get closer with my Hk friends now …hmm… try to get free stay if they have any more walking space in their house =)

  9. Felix is one of the cooler places on Kowloon side. Did you use the bathroom there? It’s like you’re “peeing on Kowloon”, heh heh.
    As for the “act cute” pose, Fireangel is cuter! Whahahahah!

  10. you make me feel like going to HK lah…
    i love vodka (orange flavour? hmm..)but i am underage 🙁 (but i drank before)
    btw, the leng zai standing next to bruce lee should move his butt off, he’s spoiling the figure bwahaha 😛

  11. u took a better photo of the HK cityscape at nite than me. did u bring along a tripod or uve got super steady hands?

  12. Aiyah, kenny! – don’t keep me in suspense. Please post photos of you surrounded by hot hongkong girls as soon as possible.

  13. the kids in ur picx hu pose.. well darn kewt but yet… d lil guy… well he sort of lukx like u tho… the younger version of u in TAIWAN

  14. Agree with you Kenny. You’ll never have enough of Hong Kong. I’ve been there 7D6N last year but still it’s not enough for me. Guess 1 months will make it out :p
    -> That should be me who post it. Wonder why it change to AntoniA.. bug?

  15. If you think ‘Xiang Gang’ is polluted, better look at the river in Tabuan Laru (Kuching),… I was shocked to see the whole river filled with rubbish, completely covered,.. Sad!

  16. All those piccies are making me miss HK.
    Well,… looks like you had lots of fun.
    Hong Kong’s a great (but expensive and totally cramped) place, isn’t it?

  17. Greetings Kenny,
    Congrats on a well written trip. The streets sure looked packed, similar to what you’ld find at Petaling Street of yesteryears. Hmm… Bruce Lee, ayy? I was reading the papers this morning and I found an article on “Donnie Yuen” saying how much he admired Bruce Lee. But hey, if you wanna earn those muscles, cut your trip short to the gym and instead concentrate on body weights exercise. More effective, that wat.

  18. Hey Kenny,
    The Peninsular is the most famous hotel in Hong Kong and it is known as one of the best in the world…

  19. Kenny, how nice. Lucky you for having a good trip from hustle and bustle of works. I am missing Kuching already. Stuck in NSW due to heavy workload that expected by the management. Howbeit, you didn’t drop by Disneyland? The ticket is too costly? If you afforded it, all of us could read more about your journey in Disneyland Theme Park, who knows. hehehe..

  20. Kenny,
    Can I meet up with you in Kuching. I’m Ms. Vicky Fong. Would like to engage your services for the opening of Sands & Venetian Macau in August. All expenses paid for. You will be part of the crew in the Malaysian media, nearly every Asian country will be there.
    My email is as above. Thank you

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