Tuesday, January 29, 2013

hong kong hostels

Here's a review I have for the place I stayed in Hong Kong last month.

We decided not to stay in hotels or any rather higher end places but stayed in a backpacker inn/hostel, just like the ones I stayed in Europe. Plenty more room for spending on the super good food instead!
The thing about these hostels is that they were located right in the middle of town where everything was accessible everywhere.

The first hostel we stayed in was Ashoka Hostel in Tsim Tsa Tsui.
We took a while to find the place itself because one thing that completely slipped our minds was that buildings were stacked very high up and we kept looking for our hostel on the ground floor.
But it was on the 14th floor of ChungKing Mansions. The whole 15 floors were similarly filled with other hostels.
Right down the road you could see Sheraton Hotel and even Louis Vuitton. MTR stations were also everywhere so location wise, I think staying anywhere in Hong Kong isnt a problem.

Bed room for three

Our pathetic but at least private bathroom. 
This is definitely the smallest bathroom ive ever bathed in!

A mall right opposite us

The second hostel was Hong Kong Inn located in Causeway Bay. 
Again, location was really good, although expect to be sandwich left right and center in Causeway Bay.
Then again, thats the experience right?
I dont remember the amount of times we went out roaming the streets of Hong Kong going through every street, having their street style food and being tourists-y.

Room for three again

Very very decent toilet

Looks almost very homey and quiet but I assure you, all we could hear was crowds and cars honking

I would definitely recommend Hong Kong Inn though seasonally, it may be pricier than Ashoka (we managed to buy it at the same price for both hostels: approx RM80+ per night per person).
Ashoka was slightly dodgier for some reason but if you keep your eyes peeled, and walk in groups, all should be good.

Hope this helped!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

the red beanbag & artisan roast coffee

So excuse my absence lately.
My life hasnt been particularly interesting lately apart from spending plenty of time at my orthodontist's, which you will see why in a minute.

So today was an exciting day!
Met up with Lillian and Xin Yi, and what we enjoy doing is trying out new places to eat or recommending places to each other that we've tried and enjoyed. In today's case, we decided to try The Red Beanbag located in Publika; something that all of us have yet to visit.

It has also been a while since I took my Canon & my 50mm out for a trip.

Reached at about 11am. The queue was surprisingly long and we were put on the waiting list.
It was my first visit to Publika so I gladly explored the area.

Stumbled upon one of my favourite shops (that ive previously seen appearing at bazaars) : Outdated.
Brand new old goodies. If you get my juxtaposition.

Keep calm & keep fighting

Came back in about 20 minutes and we were seated right away! 

Lillian's Nexus

First up! Speciality Baked Eggs RM17.90

Eggs Cracked Into A Baking Dish Of Lamb, Beef & Chicken Bratwurst, Sundried Tomatoes, Aubergine, Potatoes & Cheese, Baked To Perfection & Served With Crusty Bread

Skyscraper RM14.90
Stacks Of Fluffy Pancakes Served With Maple Syrup And Seasonal Fruits

Egg's Atlantic RM17.90
Poached Eggs With Hollandaise, Asparagus, Mushrooms & Smoked Salmon, With Two Pieces Of Fluffy French-Toasted Bread

Food was amazing, ambiance was good, price was reasonable. Loved it!
Thought I may be abit biased since breakfast food is my preferred food of choice.

As usual, our day didnt end there. We took a drive to Taman Tun to try another place; Artisan Roast Coffee.
It seems to be a norm for us to not settle in one location for our foodie outings. loveeeee.

Cheesecake RM10
Not your typical cheesecake in my opinion. Very much more cream cheesy but good.

Flat White RM10

Latte RM10

Today was a good day
Practically sums up what i love: breakfast food, coffee, cake and seven hours of lovely company.

The Red Beanbag
Lot A4-1-8, 
Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1, 
Kuala Lumpur 50480.

Artisan Roast Coffee
4 Lorong Rahim Kajai 14  Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 
60000 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor,

Ohh and also a picture to explain why ive been to the orto so many times (if you havent already guessed) :


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