When I think of Hong Kong, I think of the bright neon lights, the crimson red taxies, the fiery woks from the roadstalls, and of course the packed skyscrapers.
I had a chance to visit Hong Kong in August of 2016. I was hired as a photographer for a good friend whom just got married. We were supposed to shoot at Disneyland Hong Kong but unfortunately for us, Thypoon Nida strucked just as we landed on the island.
Long story short the theme park was closed for several days, most of the public transport system was suspended and we had to improvise our trip.
We strolled around Mong Kok, Kowloon - the most dense area in the world certified by the Guinness World Record.
Hong Kong is a large island, inhabited by more than 7 million people - most of them are of Chinese descend. The word "Hong Kong" actually means Fragrant Harbor which fits its role as an international trading hub.
This country is densely populated and I'm sure many had seen photographs of cramped apartments in this city. The article states that even a square foot of real estate costs upward of $1300 which is insane.
Thankfully, Typhoon Nida was not as bad as expected and public transport ban was lifted just several hours after it was ordered. Since Disney Land is situated near the sea, it remained to be closed until the end of our trip.
Mong Kok is Hong Kong's busiest and most congested shopping district. For sneakerheads, Mong Kok is home to the fabled Sneaker Street - a busy street filled with sportwears and shoes.
The sneaker wearing culture is unlike anything I've seen. Just scroll my photos and see what they are wearing on their feet. I was looking at people's feet most of the time when I was here.
Perhaps a little too obvious to some.
Fa Yuen Street, Mong Kok,
By Train: MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit D3. Walk along Argyle Street to Fa Yuen Street.
*Recommended for those looking for sneakers and sportwears.
This famous tourist spot runs from Argyle to Dundas Street. This place is so famous that it was said even LeBron James shops here.
Adidas, Nike, Puma, New Balance, Onitsuka Tiger you name it, the shops are blistering with shoes. I am more of an Adidas fan so my window shopping steers toward that direction.
A Primeknit Stan Smith! Prior to the NMDs and Yeezys, Stan Smith and the Superstar series are the defecto Adidas shoes to have.
I did not buy any shoe though because my budget is very tight. It certainly was hard to resist the temptation of buying one. The sellers here are all knowledgable on current sneaker trend and news. I can't comment on the price here because I did not compare with our local prices.
The newer generation do speak English fluently.
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok
By Train: MTR Mong Kok Station, Exit E2. Walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.
By Bus: 1, 1A, 2, 6 or 9 from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and get off at Nelson Street
* A place to buy cheap clothes and souvenirs.
Food, jewelry, watchess, souvenirs, clothing - this is the Ladies Market's fort.
These miniature fridge magnets are the perfect souvenir to bring back home.
You do feel safe strolling around here. Policemen are doing rounds everywhere.
Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is the country's official currency. Its ratio between our currency the ringgit hovers around 2:1 which means 1000HKD is roughly around RM500.
Hundreds of stalls cover this more than a kilometre long street.
As always with this type of market, ask for half the asking price and negotiate from there.
And buying in bulk can lead to a very low price point.
I think this is the only place in Hong Kong where I really spent my money.
Off to our final destination for tonight.
We walked actually.
Let's Go Create
1/F Chip Lee Building
180 Sai Yeung Choi Street South
*A perfect place for any Lego fan.
I love Lego, and finding this somewhat of a hidden gem was a joy.
There's not much for me to say about the place. I am admiring all these rare and expensive Lego sets
The modular Creator Series can cost upward to RM800 here in Malaysia. Here after conversion it's only around RM600.
My friend bought this set as a souvenir.
It was a long day and we were dead tired. And hungry. Since halal food is quite hard to find we bought some instant noodle pack to cook at our motel.
We went home with an Audi A3 via Uber which looking back I'm not even sure why we did because it was ridiculously expensive.
On the next entry I'll write about the various halal restaurants in Hong Kong so stay tuned. And of course what Hong Kong looks like in bright sunlight.