Teatime

Just spent another couple days in Hong Kong, and as usual, I strolled around Central and looked for some good places to eat.

Having a piece of cookie and a cup of tea is a good way to kill time. Not just formal English one, different restaurants (it’s very typical that in this place any restaurant (no matter Chinese,  Italian or Thai) )could have their own afternoon tea set. But this time I tried a homely cafe/gift shop who only concentrate in afternoon tea.

IMG_5450Walking along the escalator from Central to Mid-Levels, there are lots of bars, restaurants, nail shops…then we see the Prince Terrace. Like a little garden above the chaotic commercial area. There are only a few restaurants there, and here is the little place called Another Fine Day.

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Go with their tea set, you could write a letter to someone and send it one year later. (@Fashionmimo)

Go with their tea set, you could write a letter to someone and send it one year later. (@Fashionmimo)

The English country style decoration is  homely and comfy. And it’s lucky that we were the only customers. The tea set contains  cookies, salmon tarts and muffins. We also tried the rose soda. If we only consider the price and the product, it’s kinda below the Hong Kong criteria. But I would say it’s totally a different experience that you could chill on the sofa and really  enjoy your afternoon tea time rather that queuing up in the Peninsula (Peninsula is also good though).

Since there are so much choices of afternoon tea in Hong Kong, maybe next time I should make a recommended list of those restaurants with awesome tea sets and great views, but I still have no idea where the edge is:) (@Fashionmimo)

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Kyoto

Before I get started today, I wanna say THANK YOU for over 50 followers in a week!  I considered a lot before starting up at a new platform with no connections at all, but thanks for all those kind supports and comments 😀

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Here I’m gonna talk about Kyoto. I have been there twice this year, one in February, one in April (perfectly missed the sakura season though). Rather than Tokyo, people say this is the real heart of Japan. I can’t tell if this is correct, the only thing I can tell is every time I visit Kyoto, my desire to stay becomes stronger.

The Sights

Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, also known as the city of ten thousand shrines. It’s nearly impossible to visit all these sights, but somehow we may want to avoid the most busiest sights. There are some following advices:

1. The Gion(祇園) Area – You are not gonna miss this popular area. A famous district near Kamo River, filled with shops, restaurants, teahouse and Geisha entertainment. I believe it’s the busiest area of Kyoto at night, with different  restaurants and Izakaya(Japanese mini bar) along the Kamo River. With 10 minutes walk, you’ll see another famous sight Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺). However it’s way too famous that I found it hard to enjoy the view with tons of visitors.

The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)

The Kamo River.(@Fashionmimo)

A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)

A Geisha House in Gion, it looks like a normal restaurant at daytime but at night, it only welcome people with membership.(@Fahionmimo)

Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)

Just outside Gion, there is the busiest area along the Kamo River. (@Fashionmimo)

Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)

Tea house near Kiyomizu-dera. (@Fashionmimo)

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2. Kinkaku-Ji-The golden temple has already become a symbol of Japan. Located in a fancy Japanese garden. It’s nice to chill at the garden and enjoy a cup of Matcha 🙂

The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also amulets. (@Fashionmimo)

The tickets of Kinkaku-Ji, also known as Japanese amulets. (@Fashionmimo)

The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)

The map of the garden. (@Fashionmimo)

3.Fushimi Inari-taisha (伏見稲荷大社)-It’s located at the outskirt of Kyoto, so we took railway to get there. It’s really a good place to shoot some pics with the representative Torii Path across the mountain.

The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)

The Torii Path. (@Fashionmimo)

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4. Arashiyama(嵐山)-on the western outskirt of Kyoto, famous for it’s bamboo forest and picturesque views with cherry blossoms or autumn leaves. It’s also a great place to enjoy natural hot spring.

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The Ryokan 

Since you are in Kyoto, trying the Japanese ryokan is a must. I suggest to book earlier in case there would be a shortage of rooms in peak season. This time I tried two ryokans, and I strongly recommend the Kyomachia Ryokan Sakura, traditional ryokan with advanced facility, also English-friendly. And if you are asking me which district would be better to stay at, I would suggest Higashiyama-ku (東山区) or Shimogyō-ku (下京区).

Lobby of the hotel.(@Fashionmimo)

Lobby.(@Fashionmimo)

Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)

Our Tatami Room. (@Fashionmimo)

Transport

Taking the Shinkansen or JR can reach any other big cities in Japan. In town, rather than the metro, I suggest to take a bus. It’s cheaper (500 yen for one-day trip with unlimited rides) and more convenient, cuz it covers most tourist sights.

Hope this article would help you if you are also interested! ;D (@Fahionmimo)

When Salmon Meets Thai Spice

Greyhound café-a brand from Bangkok now is getting popular in Hong Kong. You know, in this fast paced, expensive city with extreme competitions, a new brand could be easily squeezed out if you cannot catch much attention ASAP. But the fact is, this brand is occupying HK’s luxurious areas: Central, Tsim-sha-tsui, Kow Loon Tong… It’s not that common for a Thai restaurant to reach such high achievements, in Hong Kong.

I’m already a fan of it, so…hope that you could tolerate my following little-bit exaggerated description.

Here comes my must-haves:

1.Salmon Carpaccio in Spicy Hot Sauce 

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With best reputation, the fresh salmon slices swim in special Thai spicy sauce. The spicy sour sauce is like a catalyst, making the salmon tastes even fresher.

2. Crepe Cakes

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The very first time when I tried the banana chocolate crepe cake, I nearly shouted out! Come on! I will have a lifelong crave for this. Then I kept trying the strawberry crepe cake and the coconut one, they are all cute. But the banana one is always my favourite.

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Compared to those surprising appetizers and desserts, the main dishes are kinda “average”. I mean, they are all delicious, but you can try them at any Thai restaurants. So my advice is, to try more appetizers. (@Fashionmimo)

Hong Kong Branches

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Shop 1082, Podium Level 1, Central

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Shop OTG01, G/F, Ocean Terminal,
Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Festival Walk 
Shop L2-42, Festival Walk, 80 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon

Krabi, Phuket

People have diverse understandings of tropical heaven. To me, it’s quite simple. All I want is a peaceful place to chill at, some friendly locals to make friends with, and some mysterious sights/culture to explore, that’s all.

When I arrived Krabi, they told me it was the best season to visit, lucky. In Thailand,  December and January are the peak season of tourism. The weather is good and it won’t be too hot. After that, the long rainy season comes. Not good for tourism, but a favour to farmers.

Compared to Phuket, Krabi is kinda “new”. Thus there are fewer tourists and you will find this place less commercial. But still you can find lots of good resorts in Krabi like Sofitel, Sheraton and Rawi.

A floating restaurant in Krabi town. (@Fashionmimo)

A floating restaurant in Krabi town. (@Fashionmimo)

About the beach, there are several main beaches in Krabi. Ao Nang beach is popular among tourists, you can chill at the beach for a whole day, watching the long tail boat floating on the crystal clear ocean. Those seafood cravers can also easily get refreshed with those countless beachside restaurants and shops.

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Taking 30mins fast-speed boat to Phi Phi island, it’s time to just dive into the sea or to do some snorkelling.

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Market on Phi Phi Island. (@Fashionmimo)

Market on Phi Phi Island. (@Fashionmimo)

Sounds like Krabi is already a heaven for me, but I still needed to visit Phuket. Why? Because no one should miss the night life in Pa Tong Beach 🙂 Pa Tong is regarded as an old fashion: noisy, crowded…also mysterious. Hearts beat faster than usual under the neon lights, everyone’s face is getting blurred. Grab a beer and watch a pole dance show… good enough! (@Fashionmimo)

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Annecy

Last summer, I dropped by Annecy on my way from Lyon to Geneva. This place was mentioned many times by locals when I stayed in Lyon. When they talked about Annecy, I could see excited glow on their faces: indeed, if you understand southern French’s idyllic fantasy, Annecy is the right place with no doubt.

Near the Lake Annecy, here is the busiest area full of tourists and shops.

Near the Lake Annecy, here is the busiest area full of restaurants and shops. (@Fashionmimo)

If you decide to depart from Lyon, trains and buses are both available. Personally I would suggest you to try the Blablacar(https://www.covoiturage.fr). It’s the most popular and trusted ridesharing website in France, the bonus is you could make friends and understand more about your destinations when sharing the journey with friendly local people. One hour drive, 5 euro costs, I cannot ask for more 🙂

I just spent a day here ,so I didn’t explore much about this place. But if you are also with a tight schedule, the Lake Annecy would be very nice for a one-day trip. Walk along the lake and the river, have some seafood in the restaurants… If you want a better view of the landscape, renting a boat and relaxing on the lake would be perfect.

The Lake Annecy

The Lake Annecy (@Fahionmimo)

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Also, the Annecy Castle and Palais de l’Isle are famous sights for those who wanna explore more. (@Fashionmimo)

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