Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 3 of 6 - Alvinology

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – Day 3 of 6

A vanilla chocolate truffle greeted me in the morning, courtesy of Mira Hotel
A vanilla chocolate truffle greeted me in the morning, courtesy of Mira Hotel

On my third day in Hong Kong, I met up with Peter, Catherine, Ming Choy and Siew Kian in the morning for breakfast at Macau Restaurant, walking distance from the Mira Hotel.

The restaurant saw good business, with people streaming in and out constantly of their packed tables.

We ordered some of the usual Hong Kong breakfast items like the the Po Lo Bao (菠萝包) or pineapple bun; noodles; egg tarts; among other items.

The food was not too bad, but if we knew we were going for a second breakfast after this one at a better place, hosted by the HTKB folks, we would that have ate so much.

Macau Restaurant where we had our first breakfast
Macau Restaurant where we had our first breakfast
Macau sandwich set which I ordered - too tough for my liking
Macau sandwich set which I ordered – too tough for my liking
Toasted Po Lo Bao (Pineapple Bun), spreaded with peanut butter and butter
Toasted Po Lo Bao (Pineapple Bun), spreaded with peanut butter and butter
Jam and butter pineapple bun
Jam and butter pineapple bun
Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Ming Choy enjoying his noodle
Ming Choy enjoying his noodle

After we assembled at the lobby with the rest of the travel group, we headed to another Cha Chaan Teng (茶餐厅), Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳) for a second round of breakfast. I was too full then, but managed to share a quarter portion of macaroni with Rachel who follewed us to pledge her support for the omy.sg teams at the Dragon Boat Carnival.

For a review on both the Macau Restaurant and Tsui Wah Restaurant, check out Catherine’s entry. 🙂

Making our way to breakfast again
Making our way to breakfast again
We had breakfast again here at Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳)
We had breakfast again here at Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳)
Inside the restaurant
Inside the restaurant
Morning chat before eating
Morning chat before eating
Breakfast round 2 for Catherine, Peter, Siew Kian, Ming Choy and me
Breakfast round 2 for Catherine, Peter, Siew Kian, Ming Choy and me
Rachel ordering, and then enjoying her breakfast
Rachel ordering, and then enjoying her breakfast
Rachel's macoroni and ham breakfast
Rachel’s macaroni and ham breakfast
Egg and toast which was part of the breakfast set Rachel ordered
Egg and toast which was part of the breakfast set Rachel ordered

When we arrived at the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港) where the carnival was held, the bunch of us who were supposed to be competing quickly changed into our sports attire. I initially was to compete in the bath tub race, paired with a UK TV journalist. She backed out last minute, hence saving me from getting wet.

Spreaded over three days with races lined up from morning to evening every day, the dragon boat carnival is a big event in Hong Kong, seeing participation from over 12 countries and 191 teams this yet.

Celebrities from Hong Kong as well as Korea were also among the competing paddlers. We saw teams from TVB and Dream Team from Korea. The latter was responsible for attracting a large crowd of teenage fan girls, braving the summer heat to catch a glimpse of  their favourite Korean idols.

You can read more about this event via Catherine, Jerome and Lawrence‘s blog posts.

Registering ourselves in at the media reception tent
Registering ourselves in at the media reception tent
Victoria Harbour where the dragon boat carnival was held
Victoria Harbour where the dragon boat carnival was held
The Bounty - the tall ship which we sailed in the night before
The Bounty – the tall ship which we sailed in the night before
Me with the other four omy.sg bath tub race representatives
Me with the other four omy.sg bath tub race representatives
Peter showing off his Singapore jersey
Peter showing off his Singapore jersey
Lots of teenage girls were gathered for the Korean stars
Lots of teenage girls were gathered for the Korean stars
Evil Gin taking pictures of envious teenage fans who also wants to be in the VIP/media area
Evil Gin taking pictures of envious teenage fans who also wants to be in the VIP/media area
The four contesting bloggers were the centre of media attention
The four contesting bloggers were the centre of media attention
Violet and Darren
Violet and Darren
Foreign media interview for Darren and Violet
Foreign media interview for Darren and Violet
Dragon boat race going on
Dragon boat race going on
Exciting races, one after another
Exciting races, one after another
Great way to kill heat during the summer isn't it? :)
Great way to kill heat during the summer isn’t it? 🙂
Singapore's Pink Spartans in action
Singapore’s Pink Spartans in action
Rowing to the finishing line
Rowing to the finishing line

Four of the bloggers were representing the Singapore media, under omy.sg, competing against other international representatives in the bath tub race. Violet and Darren formed a team while Geck Geck and Peter formed the other.

We cheered out lungs out for them. Violet and Darren came in second while the other two capsized. Peter and Geck Geck were very good humoured about it all though, laughing through the whole incident in self mockery.

I do not have much photos on the bath tub race as I was situated at the competitor’s dock which was a distance from the finishing line. However, the other bloggers got them though. Check out Jerome’s post for a detailed report on the capsize, complete with photo evidences. Read Darren, Peter and Geck Geck‘s blog entries for their first-hand experiences in the bath tub race.

Time for the bath tub race
Time for the bath tub race
Our four cheery paddlers
Our four cheery paddlers
Excited about the race
Excited about the race
Darren, the dragonboater, giving his professional tips
Darren, the dragonboater, giving his professional tips
Audience braving the heat to catch all the actions
Audience braving the heat to catch all the actions
The teams rowing off for the bath tub race
The teams rowing off for the bath tub race
The two teams were neck-to-neck at first
The two teams were neck-to-neck at first
And then down goes Pete and Geck Geck...
And then down goes Pete and Geck Geck…
Rescue boat coming to save Pete and Geck Geck
Rescue boat coming to save Pete and Geck Geck
Darren and Violet put on a good fight, but eventually came in second after the Philippines team
Darren and Violet put on a good fight, but eventually came in second after the Philippines team
Darren and Violet rowing their way to second place
Darren and Violet rowing their way to second place
Lots of TV crew around
Lots of TV crew around
omy.sg interview with our four bath tub race representatives
omy.sg interview with our four bath tub race representatives
Geck Geck and Peter after their bath tub capsized
Geck Geck and Peter after their bath tub capsized
The team from TVB won a trophy too
The team from TVB won a trophy too
To Yu-Hang (杜宇航), who recently starred as the young Ip Man in cinemas
To Yu-Hang (杜宇航), who recently starred as the young Ip Man in cinemas
Another picture of To Yu-Hang
Another picture of To Yu-Hang
Korea's Dream Team on stage for an award
Korea’s Dream Team on stage for an award
Another picture of the Dream Team
Another picture of the Dream Team
The guy with the ribbons on his hair is called Alexander, of Korean boy band, U-Kiss fame
The guy with the ribbons on his hair is called Alexander, of Korean boy band, U-Kiss fame
I don't know the name of this guy with earring, but he should be from another boy band and is popular with the fans too
I don’t know the name of this guy with earring, but he should be from another boy band and is popular with the fans too
Victory pose! The Dream Team won either an award for best dressed or most popular team - can't remember.
Victory pose! The Dream Team won either an award for best dressed or most popular team – can’t remember.
Lapping up all the attention while rousing their fans
Lapping up all the attention while rousing their fans
This one is for Aussie Pete - an Australian team won something too
This one is for Aussie Pete – an Australian team won something too
Singapore's Pink Spartan won a large trophy
Singapore’s Pink Spartan won a large trophy
The victorous Pink Spartans who did Singapore proud
The victorous Pink Spartans who did Singapore proud
The elated Pink Spartans
The elated Pink Spartans
Geck Geck in her brief encounter with stardom - can you see To Yu-Hang (杜宇航) in the background?
Geck Geck in her brief encounter with stardom – can you see To Yu-Hang (杜宇航) in the background?
My colleague, Ming Choy acting cool
My colleague, Ming Choy acting cool
Rachel and I at the stage area
Rachel and I at the stage area

There was also a Singapore dragon boat team which competed in the dragon boat competition, the Pink Spartans. They won their race, making Singapore proud.

The Pink Spartans is a dragon boat team for cancer survivors and supporters.You can find out more about them via their official website:

Formed in May 2009 by 32 breast cancer survivors and supporters, the team’s mission statement is:  There is life after cancer. With our lives we honour those who have gone before us and who fought cancer bravely. Listen to the drum beat, follow your heart, make every stroke count. Let us unite and continue that fight.

You can watch the video coverage of the event via omy.sg, which nicely sumarises the entire event.

Pete got himself a temporary tattoo of the dragon boat carnival before we headed back
Pete got himself a temporary tattoo of the dragon boat carnival before we headed back
Another one behind his neck
Another one behind his neck
Eating ice-cream under a tent as we waited for our pick-up bus to arrive
Eating ice-cream under a tent as we waited for our pick-up bus to arrive
We spotted a colourful TVB van
We spotted a colourful TVB van
TVB star spotted?
TVB star spotted?
Darren pretending to be a TVB superstar
Darren pretending to be a TVB superstar

After the competitive event, we headed back to our hotel to freshen up. I went for a quick swim in the hotel’s gorgeous indoor pool and also took a shower in their futuristic shower room with changing lights and themes.

Rachel and I then headed out for some shopping. We discovered the yummy Gong Cha (貢茶) Taiwanese tea chain while shopping around the Tsim Sha Tsui area. They serve the best bubble tea we ever tasted. It is available in Singapore too at City Square  and Novena Square, but as usual, we get the inferior stuff in Singapore.

Sale always make us happy :)
Sale always make us happy 🙂
Shopping for a room clock
Shopping for a room clock
A character from the manga/anime, Deathnote
A character from the manga/anime, Deathnote
Notebooks disguised as wuxia novels
Notebooks disguised as wuxia novels
Cool Shanghai designer products
Cool Shanghai designer products
Kinky underpants section
Kinky underpants section
Cutesy Hong Kong home-grown brand - Chocolate Rain
Cutesy Hong Kong home-grown brand – Chocolate Rain
Astroboy suitcases! I would have bought one of these if not for the fact that I just bought a new suitcase recently.
Astroboy suitcases! I would have bought one of these if not for the fact that I just bought a new suitcase recently.
Colourful street walls
Colourful street walls
Spotted the AE86 car in the manga/anime, Initial D on the street
Spotted the AE86 car in the manga/anime, Initial D on the street
Shopping time!
Shopping street
The addictive Gong Cha bubble tea - Rachel and I drank this everyday in Hong Kong
The addictive Gong Cha bubble tea – Rachel and I drank this everyday in Hong Kong
Rachel with the two cups of tea we bought
Rachel with the two cups of tea we bought
"Roll" sponge cake shop beside Gong Cha which also has very good business
“Roll” sponge cake shop beside Gong Cha which also has very good business
Small frozen cake rolls
Small frozen cake rolls
Tri-bike spotted
Tri-bike spotted
Cat specialty shop
Cat specialty shop
Some funky artwork showcase in a shopping mall
Some funky artwork showcase in a shopping mall
Long escalator we went up while shopping around
Long escalator we went up while shopping around

After shopping, I headed back to rejoin the bloggers, my colleagues and the HKTB folks for dinner while Rachel headed off for her massage appointment.

We had a rich and sumptuous dinner at the Hong Kong Old Restaurant (香港老饭店), located at Miramar Shopping Centre, just across our hotel. You can read the review of this restaurant on Catherine’s blog entry.

It is really called the Hong Kong Old Restaurant
It is really called the Hong Kong Old Restaurant
All seated for dinner
All seated for dinner
Our dinner menu
Our dinner menu
Eggs with walnuts
Eggs with walnuts

Chicken with peanuts dish

Cold Pig's Trotters - they look kind of scary, but was yummy. Peter ate quite a few.
Cold Pig’s Trotters – they look kind of scary, but was yummy. Peter ate quite a few.
Shark's fin soup
Shark’s fin soup
Ham in beancurd skin
Ham in beancurd skin
Crunchy beancurd skins with vegetables stuffing
Crunchy beancurd skins with vegetables stuffing
Stirred fried prawns in chilli sauce
Stirred fried prawns in chilli sauce
Fried fish with sweet and sour sauce
Fried fish with sweet and sour sauce
Spring onion pancake
Spring onion pancake
Cheers!
Cheers!
When you travel with bloggers... everything also must take pictures! :)
When you travel with bloggers… everything also must take pictures! 🙂
The noodle dish - we were all too full to stomach much when this was served
The noodle dish – we were all too full to stomach much when this was served

I then went to Chee Kei (池记) to look for Rachel who was enjoying a crab porridge there. As the night was still young, the two of us made our way to Temple Street (庙街) to snoop around.

Chee Kei restuarant where Rachel was having her dinner - I met her there
Chee Kei restuarant where Rachel was having her dinner – I met her there
The crab roe porridge that Rachel was savouring alone when I arrived
The crab roe porridge that Rachel was savouring alone when I arrived

We lingered there for quite a few, soaking in the vibrant night scene which Singapore is seriously lacking, sans for clubs and pubs which I do not enjoy going.

Snooping aroun in Temple Street
Snooping aroun in Temple Street
Clothing stuff
Clothing stuff
Walked past a very old building
Walked past a very old building
Circle K convenience stall - they also sell cosmetics, hence Rachel likes to visit them whenever we passed by
Circle K convenience stall – they also sell cosmetics, hence Rachel likes to visit them whenever we passed by
Hui Lau Shan dessert - Rachel love their mango stuff
Hui Lau Shan dessert – Rachel love their mango stuff
Rachel enjoying her drink
Rachel enjoying her drink
Me enjoying my drink
Me enjoying my drink
Lots of magazine choices in Hong Kong - particularly those naughty variety
Lots of magazine choices in Hong Kong – particularly those naughty variety
Bored vendor
Bored vendor
The streets were still quite crowded at night
The streets were still quite crowded at night
Rachel blending in with Hong Kongers with her magazine in the train
Rachel blending in with Hong Kongers with her magazine in the train
Hello Kitty toys
Hello Kitty Mcdonald’s toys
Rachel and I love these cute train courtesy ads
Rachel and I love these cute train courtesy ads
Sua Ku Singaporeans never see umbrella being sold in vending machinese before
Sua Ku Singaporeans never see umbrella being sold in vending machinese before
We bought a caramel coloured umbrella from a vending machine
We bought a caramel coloured umbrella from a vending machine
New umbrella!
New umbrella!
Chilli truffle in our hotel room when we returned
Chilli truffle in our hotel room when we returned
I love the sharp spicy taste to the chocolate
I love the sharp spicy taste to the chocolate

This rounded up the third day of my eventful Hong Kong trip. Stay tuned for day four whereby we visited the filming location of the multiple award-winning Hong Kong movie, 《岁月神偷》 (Echoes of the Rainbow, 2010).

Read my previous Hong Kong trip blog entries:

Day 2: Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market and Goldfish Market; Gingko House at Gough Street; make-over with Celia Wong; and on board the Bounty

Day 1: Dragon Boat Carnival Opening, Robatayaki at Busy Suzie

Hong Kong Summer Spectacular with HKTB – A Prelude

Flying Off to Hong Kong in a Few Hours

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7 comments
  1. Circle K is a convenience store. I do not remember it selling cosmetics. I kept checking out all the convenience stores cos I was looking for a shop that sold the one2free top up card for the pre-paid SIM card.

    The cosmetics shop that I kept popping into is called Bourjois. And I only bought two Olay products okay.

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