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 sandwich set which I ordered – too tough for my liking
Toasted Po Lo Bao (Pineapple Bun), spreaded with peanut butter and butter
Jam and butter pineapple bun
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.
We had breakfast again here at Tsui Wah Restaurant (翠華餐廳)
Inside the restaurant
Morning chat before eating
Breakfast round 2 for Catherine, Peter, Siew Kian, Ming Choy and me
Rachel ordering, and then enjoying her breakfast
Rachel’s macaroni and ham breakfast
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.
Registering ourselves in at the media reception tent
Victoria Harbour where the dragon boat carnival was held
The Bounty – the tall ship which we sailed in the night before
Me with the other four omy.sg bath tub race representatives
Peter showing off his Singapore jersey
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
The four contesting bloggers were the centre of media attention
Violet and Darren
Foreign media interview for Darren and Violet
Dragon boat race going on
Exciting races, one after another
Great way to kill heat during the summer isn’t it? 🙂
Singapore’s Pink Spartans in action
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 postfor 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
Our four cheery paddlers
Excited about the race
Darren, the dragonboater, giving his professional tips
Audience braving the heat to catch all the actions
The teams rowing off for the bath tub race
The two teams were neck-to-neck at first
And then down goes 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 rowing their way to second place
Lots of TV crew around
omy.sg interview with our four bath tub race representatives
Geck Geck and Peter after their bath tub capsized
The team from TVB won a trophy too
To Yu-Hang (杜宇航), who recently starred as the young Ip Man in cinemas
Another picture of To Yu-Hang
Korea’s Dream Team on stage for an award
Another picture of the Dream Team
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
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
This one is for Aussie Pete – an Australian team won something too
Singapore’s Pink Spartan won a large trophy
The victorous Pink Spartans who did Singapore proud
The elated Pink Spartans
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
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.
Pete got himself a temporary tattoo of the dragon boat carnival before we headed back
Another one behind his neck
Eating ice-cream under a tent as we waited for our pick-up bus to arrive
We spotted a colourful TVB van
TVB star spotted?
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 🙂
Shopping for a room clock
A character from the manga/anime, Deathnote
Notebooks disguised as wuxia novels
Cool Shanghai designer products
Kinky underpants section
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.
Colourful street walls
Spotted the AE86 car in the manga/anime, Initial D on the street
The addictive Gong Cha bubble tea – Rachel and I drank this everyday in Hong Kong
Rachel with the two cups of tea we bought
“Roll” sponge cake shop beside Gong Cha which also has very good business
Small frozen cake rolls
Cat specialty shop
Some funky artwork showcase in a shopping mall
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.
Cold Pig’s Trotters – they look kind of scary, but was yummy. Peter ate quite a few.
Shark’s fin soup
Ham in beancurd skin
Crunchy beancurd skins with vegetables stuffing
Stirred fried prawns in chilli sauce
Fried fish with sweet and sour sauce
Spring onion pancake
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
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
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
Walked past a very old building
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
Rachel enjoying her drink
Me enjoying my drink
Lots of magazine choices in Hong Kong – particularly those naughty variety
The streets were still quite crowded at night
Rachel blending in with Hong Kongers with her magazine in the train
Hello Kitty Mcdonald’s toys
Rachel and I love these cute train courtesy ads
Sua Ku Singaporeans never see umbrella being sold in vending machinese before
We bought a caramel coloured umbrella from a vending machine
Chilli truffle in our hotel room when we returned
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).