FAVOURITES: 13 Red Lipsticks

Hello ladies!

Sorry for the lack of updates! I am into my second week of internship and my schedule has been pretty packed with work, events and other activities, leaving me with no time for leisure. Only managed to squeeze in time to blog today since my Mom made me dinner at home.

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It has been 4 months since my last FAVOURITES entry and I’m pleasantly surprised that the series has reached out to so many lipstick fanatics like myself! *waves* Thanks for the support, guys! And yes, I know I promised a continuation somewhere in my MLBB post. Well, this is it! It took a long while to be up because of my decreased presence at home, which had only allowed me to do shorter reviews like new M.A.C launches. To make up for the wait, I’ll be featuring 13 of my favourite red (any shade of red) lipsticks instead of the usual 10! Yay to more lip goodness! 🙂

Love dark lipsticks? Check out what top my list here! Or here if you’re into nude lipsticks 🙂

(Actually I just couldn’t choose lol)

If you’re still searching for a perfect red lipstick, look no further! For all you know, you could just find one right here 🙂 Even if you’re not a huge red lipstick person (like me), I feel that you should invest in at least one for special occasions like proms, weddings and your company’s Dinner & Dance!

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Overview. Do you own any of these?

If you’re surprised to see so many M.A.C lipsticks topping my list, you must be new here. I’m an absolute devotee of M.A.C so naturally more than 70% of my lipstick stash are from the said brand.

I’m gonna kick off the list with some recently-launched and reviewed-before M.A.C lipsticks just to create suspense.

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The first 3 (from left): MAC in Strange Journey, Oblivion and Stunner.

1. M.A.C in STRANGE JOURNEY

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Strange Journey is a yellowish brick red with Matte finish.

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The Halloween collection in 2014 did offer some of the best reds I’ve ever seen from MAC and one of them was Strange Journey. It wasn’t the most popular choice from that collection (sold out nonetheless) because according to some people, it’s too orangey? But look, it doesn’t appear like that on my lips right? 😀

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C’mon, it’s really not that orangey!

Read more about it here.

2. M.A.C in OBLIVION

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Oblivion is a vivid blushred with Amplified finish.

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As you can tell from my lips, Oblivion is slightly hydrating and opaque, a bit like lip tint. It’s my favourite red lippy at the moment.

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In fact, all the lipsticks from The Rocky Horror Picture Show collection are drop-dead gorgeous!

Read more about it here.

3. M.A.C in STUNNER

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Stunner is a clean red with Matte finish.

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One-third of the MAC x Nasty Girl collection and the least popular of the lot, it is no doubt a very dupe-able shade. MAC has a couple of colours similar to this. Hence, it took quite a long while to sell out (when the other two shades were already gone by the end of the launch week). But still, it’s still a very pretty shade of red, isn’t it? 🙂

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I find it to be very flattering on my skin tone!

Read more about it here.

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The next 4 (from left): MAC in Ruby Woo, Lady Danger, Russian Red and M.A.C Red.

4. M.A.C in RUBY WOO

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Ruby Woo is a very matte vivid blue-red with a Retro Matte finish.

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Like the other Retro Matte lipsticks I own, Ruby Woo tends to be a bit more drying, so multiple applications are needed to completely fill the lips. And while you’re at it, you’d feel like you’re colouring your lips with a red crayon (the dryness and inconsistency). It takes a little more effort to be removed.

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But it’s very long-lasting and it gives the perfect matte texture! This explains why it’s one of MAC’s best sellers.

5. M.A.C in LADY DANGER

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Lady Danger is a vivid bright coral-red with Matte finish.

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Highly raved and recommended by lipstick users and on beauty magazines around the world, Lady Danger has proven to be one of the best orange-red lipsticks in the market. Perfect for fall, it can be a little drying though (I think this is a common problem for the older MAC Matte lipsticks) but it’s not as bad as Ruby Woo.

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Looks better on fairer skin.

6. M.A.C in RUSSIAN RED

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Russian Red is an intense bluish-red with Matte finish

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Russian Red to me is like a cousin of Ruby Woo – both are the ultimate timeless red lipsticks that lovers of sultry lips would know for sure.

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But it’s better than Ruby Woo because it glides more smoothly and it definitely didn’t make me feel like my lips are peeling from the rough application.

7. M.A.C in M.A.C RED

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M.A.C Red is a vivid bright bluish-red with Satin finish.

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Another lipstick with a gorgeous sheen that leaves behind a lip tint-like stain after a few hours of wearing.

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It’s smooth and doesn’t feather despite it being creamy.

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The next 3 (from left): MAC in Chili and Viva Glam Rihanna, Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 Pirate.

8. M.A.C in CHILI

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Chili is a brownish orange-red with Matte finish.

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Swatched it on my hand before purchase and fell in love with it instantly (plus, MAC was having a collaborative sale with Sephora ION at that time!) It’s not your typical red – it’s a sophisticated red that doesn’t appear too “intimidating” like the others.

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Love it but don’t think I pull off the look. I’m sure it’d be very flattering on warmer skin tone 🙂

9. M.A.C in VIVA GLAM RIHANNA

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Viva Glam Rihanna is a blue-red with Frost finish.

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Rihanna is no stranger to the MAC community. Having worked with MAC twice (or thrice?), she has produced countless of incredibly gorgeous lipsticks (hate myself for not getting anything from her 2013 Holiday collection). This one I’m holding right here is no different. The frost finish leaves your lips looking moisturised and healthy.

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Andddd I love that it is not in the standard packaging too. *thumbs up*

Moving on from M.A.C…

10. Chanel Rouge Allure in 99 PIRATE

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99 Pirate is a blue-red with a beautiful sheen.

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Originally released in 2012, it was recently repromoted in the new Allure Rouge range with an improved formula that helps keep lips supple and protected. I saw it once on BoA (one of the pioneers in K-Pop) and thought it really looked pretty on her. Heh.

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The new formula also made it more pigmented!

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High-end brands differentiate themselves with their unique packaging. Chanel uses the push-to-open mechanism for easy handling.

Of course, being an ardent fan of Urban Decay, how can it not be on my list, right? 😉

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The final 3 (from left): Urban Decay in 69, F-Bomb and Bang. (yes, all the sexual connotations)

11. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in 69

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69 is a bright red with pink undertone.

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My favourite red from Urban Decay, it’s very pigmented, moisturising and has a very nice cool undertone.

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It’s prettily bold and extremely emollient. LOVE IT TO BITS! (In case you’re wondering, Catfight is way darker and pinker, hence it does not qualify to be on this list)

12. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in F-BOMB

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F-Bomb is a classic red.

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Extremely creamy with a not-so-strong blue undertone, this is even redder than the reddest MAC lipstick in my stash. It’s probably called F-Bomb because it transforms the user into a bombshell with this insanely pigmented red. A mini version of F-Bomb is also included in the Full Frontal Lipstick Stash.

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Forget about red undergarments. This red lipstick is sure to bring you lots of luck and fortune at the gambling table this Chinese New Year 😀

13. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in BANG

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Bang is a bright orange-red.

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The “Lady Danger” of Urban Decay, it actually bears a stark similarity to the popular orange-red MAC lipstick but this is a tone darker. It is also more buttery and saturated.

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This bold colour will turn heads on the streets!

And finally, some swatches to conclude this post:

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Swatch of all the featured shades! Whoops, my poor planning led to the mess towards the end hehe. But yes, some of them are really dupes of each other!

And there you go, different variations of reds to choose from for a more glamourous look. 😉

What do you guys think? Feel free to share with me some of your favourite red lipsticks in the comments below! I believe there are some mention-worthy red lipsticks, or cheaper dupes which you can get from drugstores at half the price of those featured here.

That’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Read also:
FAVOURITES: Top 10 Dark Lipsticks
FAVOURITES: Top 10 MLBB Lipsticks

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Treats for Your Pets: My Greedy Pet

Hello everyone!

Noticed my new banner? I have finally replaced the old with one that has a less in-your-face of myself so I hope it won’t be that much of an eyesore anymore haha. My pet Pomeranian, Chubs, has once again made a special appearance on my banner and some of you might be wondering why when I had never blogged about dogs before. Well, I tried to on many occasions but I simply had nothing to write about. So I ended up thrashing my drafts.

Then last June, the managing committee of my estate organised a Most Photogenic Pet Contest in an attempt to integrate the new residents into the neighbourhood. Residents with pets were encouraged to participate. I thought it was a great opportunity for Chubs to mingle around with other dogs because he’s a rather shy boy (snarls at home but retreats into fear when he’s outdoors) so I registered him for the contest!

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Garbed in a Pooh cloak (actually, a rain coat) purchased from Taiwan! It’s a little big on him so we had to pin the excess cloth with a small safety pin.

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Hey Mr. Photogenic!

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Side profile!

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To show my support, I was also dressed to the theme. Hehe!

Unfortunately, he was only awarded the consolation prize because he was so scared stiff that he just laid flat on stage the entire time, ignoring all my commands! He even had to be carried down from the stage as he refused to move no matter how much I nudged him. This silly fella 😐

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Among the consolation prizes was a $15 voucher for My Greedy Pet (MGP), one of the sponsors for the event. MGP specialises in home-cooked pet food and they offer delivery of the food right to your doorstep – perfect those with busy schedule (but only night delivery on weekends to cater to the working adults). According to their website, “the food…are prepared using only the freshest ingredients and home-cooked to perfection without the use of sugar, salt, gluten, artificial colouring, oil or preservatives.” Sounds really healthy to me. As I navigated my way through the end of the menu (an amazingly wide selection of food by the way), I found myself drooling over the pictures even though the food isn’t really meant for human consumption (bland for us). Well… if I like it, so would Chubs the glutton. 😆

In fact, Chubs had a taste of their food at the event and he seemed to love it, plus I hadn’t properly pampered him for a while. So I rang MGP up to place an order for an 8-day basic Tingkat package (S$50.20 before discount) which includes four types of customisable dishes: Diner Dash, Fetch the Meatball, Fatty Patty and Sing to the Don. There are other higher-tier packages too that offers more food choices, albeit pricier. The amount of food differs according to the size of the dog (small, medium and large).

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Cute takeaway box!

What I like about MGP is they allow the choosing of meat, carbs and vegetables for each dish, regardless of the type of package. With this flexibility, you are able to tailor the meal to greater suit the appetite of your furkid. My Pomeranian for one doesn’t really like rice and carrots so I’m definitely going to exclude those for my future orders.

On average, he took less than 10 minutes (seriously) to clear the box. And ever since the first time he ate the food, he had been anticipating them at the sound of the door bell. My greedy pet, indeed.

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“GIVE IT TO MEHHH”

The delivery ran over a span of four weekends (consistency of delivery days is required), mostly during the day. No one was home most of the time when the food was sent, so it would be left hanging on my door (don’t worry, nobody would seriously steal a box of dog food). Afterwards, Myndy, the owner (I think) of the virtual shop, would inform me via phone that the food had already been delivered. Talk about great service! 🙂

Anyway, here are what I got for Chubs! Not gonna elaborate on the taste because I didn’t get to try them (duh) 😛 But I did take a whiff of them before I gave it to Chubs. They smelt decently good (but to your pets, they smell absolutely heavenly). And healthy – that’s for sure.

Day 1: Diner Dash (Beef, Mashed Potato & Sweet Peas)

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Yummy!

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Day 2: Diner Dash (Pork, Pasta & Green Beans)

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Ifeel that this is Chubs’ favourite. I guess he just loves pasta

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Day 3: Fatty Patty (Chicken, Mashed Potato & Sweet Peas)

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I tore the chicken patty into smaller pieces for easy digestion. Or else, Chubs would just gobble everything down without first chewing them, as if someone’s gonna steal his food -_-

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Day 4: Fatty Patty (Beef, Brown Rice and Green Beans)

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This was when I found out Chubs’ dislike for rice because he didn’t finish it

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But he ate everything else. Every single bit, no less

Day 5: Fetch the Meatball (Pork, Pasta and Sweet Peas)

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The colours are just wow, so inviting

Day 6: Fetch the Meatball (Beef, Brown Rice and Broccoli)

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Tore the meatballs as can be seen here

Day 7: Sing to the Don (Beef & Sweet Peas)

The name is a take-off of a popular story “Sing to the Dawn” by author Minfong Ho. “Don”, or Katsudon, is a Japanese food, a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried pork cutlet (but steamed beef in this case), egg, and condiments (Wikipedia). Gotta love MGP’s attempt at being creative.

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Day 8: Sing to the Don (Pork & Carrot)

Topped with rice and egg, like the above.

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Pardon the poor quality. This was photographed by my Mom as I wasn’t home at time of delivery

And that’s about it! If you’re considering about treating your pet to a gourmet feast, perhaps you could start from My Greedy Pet. They also offer a 7-day trial package if you’re uncertain whether your dog likes the food. I personally find their prices rather affordable as compared to those at pet cafes. And what’s more, they deliver to your home at no extra cost! 🙂

It can also be a great birthday gift for your furkid! How about celebrating his/her birthday for the whole month with a 28-day package? Because that’s what I’m planning to do this June! 😆 Chubs the greedy boy is gonna be so happy.

Thanks for reading guys! 🙂

My Greedy Pet
Choa Chu Kang Central Post Office
PO Box 250
Singapore 916839
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Delivery Hotline: (65) 6649 0099

Hong Kong, the Land of Dim Sum (PART 3)

Hello everybody! Hope your Christmas and New Year were a joyous one!

My holiday is drawing to an end and I’m down to my final week before I embark on my 6-month internship next January. Before life gets busy again, I shall wrap up my Hong Kong travelogue with this post detailing my fourth to sixth day in the bustling city! 🙂

* * Day 4 * *

(Times Square, Avenue of Stars & Tim Ho Wan)

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Narrow buses (12.8 metres long, 2.5 meters wide and 4.4 meters tal) for narrow streets

The memory card in my camera had already reached its maximum capacity by this day (thanks to Disneyland) so we went to scour for a spare at Times Square and eventually got a 32GB one for about HK$120 (roughly the cost in Singapore). Prior to that, we were quoted more than twice the amount for a similar memory card of the same capacity at another shop. The salespeople there seemed shady and were very eager to pounce on us the moment we spoke Mandarin Chinese (Bf did the talking since he’s more equipped with IT knowledge) so yeah, do take the precaution of checking the prices before purchasing, if you’re intending to buy any IT stuff. Overcharging scams (especially tourists) are rampant no matter where you go.

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Christmas brownie from Starbucks!

Bf is one ultimate movie buff with a weird habit of needing to watch movies in every city he visits. Even back home in Singapore, he has to watch at least one movie of any genre except horror once a week. I’m not really a movie fanatic so I was quite reluctant to spend precious time in the cinema, especially when I’m on a holiday. But Bf’s insistence meant that I had to accede to his request or all hell would break loose.

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Movie at Cine Times, Times Square

There was limited movie selection at that time so we settled for the 3D version of Exodus: Gods and Kings.

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Received free Lindt chocolates for buying the movie tickets

The price of the movie tickets (HK$145 is about S$25) is a great example of the city’s high cost of living, so don’t expect dirt cheap prices for entertainment. Frankly I wasn’t very happy about paying HK$290 for a pair of movie tickets when we could’ve spent it on something more Hong Kong-exclusive. The 3D effect was absolutely unnecessary and the best part? I zonked out because I wasn’t in the mood for any biblical movies. :\

Due to hygiene reasons, 3D glasses were not available for loan so we had to purchase them at HK$10 each. If I’m not wrong, Singapore cinemas also have this practice.

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Cool toilet cubicles with availability lights (lights up when the cubicle is in use) at Times Square!

The escalator leading to Causeway Bay station is just an elevator ride away from the cinema. We hastily took the train after the movies to Avenue of Stars because dusk was falling. Avenue of Stars is modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honour people who had contributed to the Hong Kong film industry.

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Keep RIGHT on the escalators in Hong Kong

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Interchange at Admiralty station. Notice how the Chinese translation of our Admiralty differs from theirs? Ours literally translates to “海军部”, in case you didn’t know

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Alighted at Tsim Sha Tsui, the nearest station to the Avenue of Stars

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To get to Avenue of Stars, it is stated online that we’d need to take exit J of Tsim Sha Tsui station. However, we found out that the nearest exit to the tourist attraction was actually exit L so I don’t know why it was written that way.

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You’ll pass by landmarks like the Hong Kong Space Museum (you have to cross the road)…

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and the Hong Kong Museum of Art

The huge hemispheric dome of the Space Museum was really eye-catching! That’s definitely going to be on my itinerary next time I visit Hong Kong. The popular stretch of waterside promenade is just behind the Museum of Art!

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The 4.5-meter tall Hong Kong Film Awards sculpture, located at the entrance of the Avenue of Stars

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Christmas caroling!

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Hong Kong skyline again!

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With the ferris wheel in the background, this place kinda resembles Singapore’s Marina Promenade right? I told ya these two cities are mirror image of each other

The entrance also leads to Victoria Harbour on the right, so be sure to turn to the correct direction!

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Huge clapperboard along the promenade

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One of the many bronze statues

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And this.. and many many more!

The smell attract us to this makeshift stall selling   grilled squids

The smell attract us to this makeshift stall selling grilled squids at HK$30 each (quite expensive but it is really tempting!)

Here are some of the more prominent celebrities and filmmakers in my book 😀 Excluding the deceased, those without the artiste’s signature or hand prints most probably couldn’t make it for the opening ceremony.

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Malaysia-born Michelle Yeoh makes it to the walk of fame!

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Let’s take a break from the stars and see Bruce Lee in action! This is the actual reason for visiting this place

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Leon Lai’s hands look stumpy lol

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The end of the avenue

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Gorgeous backdrop

Like the Peak Terrace, you could also engage any of those professional photographers stationed around to take pictures and print them out instantly for you. We used their services because we were too shy to ask passersby for help (we were using a DSLR and some might not know how it operates). The images turned out to be rather impressive. The service isn’t very expensive too so it’s definitely worth a shot!

We were too engrossed with those stars on the floor that we totally forgot about A Symphony of Lights – a light and sound show along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront that’s staged daily at 8pm. I don’t remember hearing anything exceptional too as we were strolling along the promenade :\

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Nice Christmas decorations!

After that, we left for our dinner at Tim Ho Wan! I wanted to see if the standards vary from country to country. Since Tim Ho Wan originated from Hong Kong, it has to be way more awesome right? I was so thrilled!

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We went to the Sham Shui Po outlet!

Snapped some pictures on our way to have dinner because that’s what tourists do.

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Hidden passageway at the MTR station. Just kidding. Bf needed to take a dump urgently so the station staff allowed us into their toilet. It’s actually accessible to anyone even though the door is locked. Just ask anybody working at the MTR and they will give you access to their washrooms 🙂

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Dwellings everywhere!

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And the search for Tim Ho Wan begins! Wanted to find without the help of GPS

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Floor graffiti hehe

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We’re near!

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And here we are! Spot this huge L-shaped logo hanging above the road

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NO QUEUE! Let’s enter!

I noticed that you don’t have to wait to be seated if there isn’t a queue outside the restaurant. You just enter and ask for a table. Don’t just stand at the entrance and expect anyone to invite you in because that makes them think that you’re still deliberating whether to dine there. I actually like this way better as it gives me ample time to browse through the menu at the entrance without feeling pressured to enter.

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Chinese and English order chits. Prices are about the same as in Singapore

Unlike the Singapore outlets, they didn’t seem to have monthly specials which features new dishes to keep customers coming back. It’s working well here so I wonder why it’s not introduced there.

I honestly feel that there are more food choices in Singapore so if you haven’t been to Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong yet, don’t worry. You’re not missing out on anything because most dishes, if not all, can be found back home 🙂

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Not much variety for drinks (HK$10)

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But there’s Pu-Er tea! (HK$2 per pax)

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The legendary Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (HK$18 for 3)

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Yum yum yummy

The buns were softer, less crispy and more vulnerable to crushing so I had to hold it with extreme care. But it definitely tastes as good as the first time I ate it in Singapore. More detailed review here.

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Soup dishes are a must-have to go along with your meals in Hong Kong! This is Double-boiled Papaya Soup with Snow Fungus (HK$15)

I seldom order soup dishes at Tim Ho Wan knowing that I would be fully satiated from all the side items. But somehow dining in Hong Kong makes me feel extremely obliged to drink soup (maybe because of the cold weather). This double-boiled soup is sweet, refreshing and not forgetting, nourishing.

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Steamed Malay Cake (HK$16) but this is not on the English menu. Try asking for this verbally!

The upgraded version of our very own Huat Kueh, this sponge cake-lookalike is very soft and fluffy. It’s nice but it’s nothing spectacular. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re gonna order a lot of food.

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Deep Fried Spring Roll filled with Shrimp and Egg White (HK$20)

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Close up! I must have this every time I dine at Tim Ho Wan or I’d feel that I’ve missed out something!!

My favourite food after the baked BBQ pork bun, this always comes to my table piping hot. You could literally see steam emitting from the open ends of the roll. But that doesn’t stop me from taking the first bite out of the crispy roll within seconds after it’s served (though it really burns my tongue lol) because the egg white inside tastes best when it’s hot.

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Steamed Fresh Shrimp Dumplings (HK$26)

This is Bf’s must-have dish at Tim Ho Wan. The skin is thinly smooth and yet it can hold the prawns (which are extremely fresh by the way) well despite my poor chopsticks handling skills.

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My main course was Congee with Pork and Preserved Egg (HK$16)

Thick and gooey, this congee is a perfect combination for a light dinner! Of course, mine wasn’t light anymore with all those side dishes. It is fragrant, properly seasoned and the nicely diced pork and preserved egg make it extremely easy to eat.

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And Bf’s one was Steamed Rice with Beef and Pan-Fried Egg (HK$21)

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Unveiling what’s below the egg

This systematic dish is completed with a fried egg and a thick layer of beef above some white rice. But it’s another ordinary and disappointing dish that’s probably left in the steamer for too long. Bf commented that the beef was overly braised as it was too soft and sticky. He ended up leaving half of it uneaten.

As for desserts, we had…

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And for desserts, we had Tonic Medlar & Petal Cake (HK$10)

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Close up!

Don’t know why it’s called a cake when it’s obviously jelly. But whatever it is, this has a really unique appearance and taste. Called Tonic Medlar and Osmanthus Cake in Singapore, it’s served cold and has this pleasant fruity taste which I find really appealing. However, being jelly-like, I had difficulty transporting it onto my plate because it kept slipping off my fork and chopsticks! Grrr.. I think I need to attend classes on handling utensils.

The bill came up to about HK$174 (S$30) for all those dishes above! Cheap or what? There’s also no taxes to pay! Do note that this outlet (not sure about the rest) does not accept credit card so do remember to bring sufficient cash in smaller denominations (if I remember correctly, they do not accept HK$1000 bills).

Tim Ho Wan (Sham Shui Po)
G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street
Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 2788 1226
Opening hours: 8am – 9.30pm daily
For other outlets, click here
Nearest MTR: Sham Shui Po

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On our way home, we overshot our intended station (Causeway Bay) and ended up at Tin Hau because both of us were using our phones. Hahaha tourist boo-boo.

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The subway we took to get to the MTR station!

* * Day 5 * *

(Ladies’ Market, Argyle Center, 涛记香港仔鱼蛋王)

Whenever I go abroad, my luggage would already be filled to the brim by the third day. But strangely for this trip, it’s not even expanded yet! It’s already the fifth day and I hadn’t really bought a lot. I was starting to feel deprived of shopping but I couldn’t buy much as we had already blown our money on food, foot massages (relatively cheap there!) and entrance fees to attractions. We were trying to preserve some of the remaining funds for traditional Hong Kong snacks for our folks back home.

Knowing that I’m such a shopping queen, Bf kinda took pity on me and approved my shopping itinerary at the very last minute. We were supposed to be going to Ocean Park that day but we couldn’t get out of bed in time for the hotel shuttle bus. The theme park also has shorter operating hours so it wouldn’t make sense going there after noon.

So we decided to spend our final day “walking” around Ladies’ Market and the shopping areas in the vicinity! 😀

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Mong Kok MTR station

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Umbrella vending machine at Mong Kok MTR station! So coooool

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Description of the umbrella. Looks like it’s quite durable!

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Life is made easy by the Octopus card because everything (and I mean everything) can be paid using it. Why can’t Singapore follow suit and stick to ONE card instead of churning out more variations of it?

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Saw another Maxim’s Cakes outlet and was tempted to take pictures of the cute 3D cakes!

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Had this Mango cake for teabreak

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And this honey cake as well!

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Welcome to Mong Kok! One of the most densely populated areas in the world.

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FOOOOD

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So many hotels that charge at an hourly rate – if you know what I mean

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Ladies’ Market. Nothing much to see and most of the stuff they were selling were even pricier than those I saw at Temple Street

Under the influence of Bf, I bought a Winnie the Pooh bed sheet set, and also a toothbrush holder with a Pikachu face on it (lol). That’s all I bought at Ladies’ Market because you can’t really find great bargains there. Despite its name, not everything is targeted at the ladies (although majority of them are). There are also shops that sell unisex and IT stuff. You just gotta keep looking around 🙂

You would also see people touting foot reflexology and massage services along Ladies’ Street. If you find the price quoted to be too high, you can try your luck at negotiating for a lower cost because they are usually rather desperate for customers. I casually remarked that HK$118 (for 45 minutes) was too pricey and surprisingly the person lowered the price to HK$110 (not much difference but it’s still moolah) on her own free will. Bet Bf was secretly beaming with joy because he was complaining about his sore feet (pain from walking too much) just a moment ago.

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Met a (greedy) new friend at the foot massage parlour! His name is Xiaobai

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Bf was particularly excited to see this vehicle of the Emergency Unit (E.U.) on the road, thanks to the HK TV series called E.U. we watched a few months back

Mong Kok has a lot of commercial buildings and we got lost trying to find Argyle Centre. We were at one point led further away from our destination because the police officer whom we enquired about the directions gave us the wrong information -_- There were many police officers patrolling around the area, perhaps on a mission to prevent the protest from taking place there. And in case any of you are wondering, we did not encounter any protesters throughout our stay in Hong Kong so it’s pretty safe if you avoid the areas of demonstrations.

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Finally found it using GPS

If you’re a shopaholic, this is the place you have to visit if you’re in Hong Kong. The items at Argyle Centre are relatively cheaper than those at night markets, and it has many levels of shops and boutiques for you to explore.

I bought 3 pairs of shorts for just HK$100 at one of the shops in front of an escalator. Exchanges were supposedly not allowed as these items were on sale. But the kind salesgirl still went ahead to measure my waist and hips and thereafter advised me on the size I should take. She also told me that I could try them on at the mall’s toilet and exchange for different size within the same day if they didn’t fit. However, I hated the hassle of trying on clothes so I only wore them for the first time at home. Although the shorts are a little tight on me (blame it on my bulging tummy), the quality actually seems reasonably good. Strangely, the buttonhole on each pair of shorts were still sealed so I had to manually cut it open.

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Doesn’t this place remind you of Far East Plaza? And a little bit of Bugis Street

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For Hello Kitty lovers

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We stopped by this tuck shop as we felt like munching on something!

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Hong Kong’s Curry Fish Ball. The fish balls there taste different from the ones we eat in Singapore. Theirs are more chewy and the texture is a little similar to cuttlefish ball. It’s still very delicious nonetheless!

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Milk Tea with Pearl to quench our thirst

I satisfied my shopping urges with a bag of shorts (as mentioned earlier) and 3 sets of undergarments – a panty and wireless bra – made of the most comfy and stretchable Nylon, that costed me only HK$480 in all. That’s less than S$90 for 3 pairs of extremely good quality intimates. Where else to find?

We grabbed a quick bite at BreadTalk (our homegrown Singapore brand) at the ground floor before heading to Jordan for our dinner.

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But first, how about some appetizers? Haha

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Yay, finally got to try the original 鸡蛋仔 (egglets, HK$10) in Hong Kong!

Oh gosh, I kept pigging out in Hong Kong. But I couldn’t help it because the food was too irresistible! Even a simple snack like the egglets could make me go gaga. And that explains my expanding waistline 😥

By 10pm, most of the shops were already closed and we were left with a few eateries to choose from. We eventually settled for 濤记香港仔鱼蛋王 (Tao1 Ji4 Xiang1 Gang3 Zai3 Yu2 Dan4 Wang2) just across the road from the egglets shop.

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濤记香港仔鱼蛋王 specialises in fish balls

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Front

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Iced Lemon Tea and 鸳鸯 (mixed coffee and tea, both at HK$10 each)

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Beef stew (HK$25) with rice (HK$3)

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I had my qualms about the taste at first because it looked kinda bland. But it’s surprisingly good! It’s no doubt a simple main, but the flesh was really tender and savoury, not a single bit tough at all.

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Fish ball soup (HK$25)

The fish balls had the same kind of texture as the ones we had at Argyle Centre but these were definitely fresher and bouncier with a springy consistency. The soup was light but tasty and didn’t overwhelm the palate.

濤记香港仔鱼蛋王
No. 209 Shanghai Street
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui

That night we tried flagging for a cab back to our hotel because we had an early flight to catch the next day. But there was no taxi in sight for almost 20 minutes, and it was freezing cold! We kept having to change our position because some shameless people were also trying to cut in front of us. Well, when in Rome, do as the Romans do right? So we followed suit and eventually got a cab. Ha, suckers!

* * Day 6 * *

(Departure)

It was time to bid Hong Kong goodbye. As much as I couldn’t bear to leave. all good things must come to an end.

We hired a cab to Hong Kong station (also accessible by MTR, just 4 stops away) to take the Airport Express Line (AEL) because the hotel shuttle bus was fully occupied. The roads were clear that morning so it only took us less than 15 minutes to arrive at our destination. The cab fare was less than S$10 (around HK$50).

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Tried buying train tickets from the ticketing machine but failed (forgot why)

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So we went to the Customer Service counter instead to purchase the tickets! And they were even cheaper than if bought through the machine

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Neat!

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Elevators to take you down to the platform

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On the train! Spot the cemetery in the background. Hong Kongers have learned to co-exist with the dead

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Airport station

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Weigh your luggage here! It’s a really useful tool and I wonder why Singapore doesn’t have this

Check-in was done at Terminal 1 but our departure gate was all the way at Terminal 2, so we had to take several escalators (shuttle bus is also available) to get there. Food souvenirs can also be bought at the airport, albeit pricier than in the city.

And that’s about it! 🙂

People had been telling me how impolite the Hong Kongers are before the trip but I experienced nothing of it (if you disregard the cab thieves at Jordan because they are everywhere). Instead, I was overwhelmed by the friendliness and hospitality of the people who attempted to converge to our communication style when we couldn’t express ourselves in Cantonese. Hence, I truly enjoyed my stay there.

The next time I go to Hong Kong, I will certainly set aside days to tour the outlying islands like Lantau and Lamma, as well as its neighbouring regions Shenzhen, Macau and Guangzhou. Also not forgetting the remaining parts of Disneyland which we failed to explore due to lack of time!

Hope you enjoyed my Hong Kong travelogue and thanks for reading my first post in 2015! 😀

Read also
Hong Kong, the Land of Dim Sum (PART 1)
Hong Kong, the Land of Dim Sum (PART 2)