Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hong Kong Trip 3/4/2011

Hey everyone!

As promised, im off to share some of my trip with you!!! it was a busy 2 weeks, family dinners every night. Afternoon im went shopping for either clothes or supplies!!! yup, supplies are a lot cheaper over there. I did a lot of calculating to make sure im getting a better deal!.

Lots have changed over the years, there are more mainland Chinese people shopping in Hong Kong now. They are flaunting their wealth over material items they purchase. There were long lines of people stand outside expensive high end stores waiting for their turn to go in and shop. it is absolutely crazy how much money they have and im still only talking about Chinese people from the mainland. The Chinese people from the mainland compared to the Chinese people in Hong Kong are really different. My aunt tells me that the reason why we see so many Mainland Chinese people in Hong Kong shopping is because the Chinese government is actually allowing them to be able to - i guess - "show off" their wealth or something like that.

I ate a lot of great food!!! ranging from American to French, Indian to Indonesian, lots of Japanese food too (before the earthquake happened).

I spent a lot of time with my aunts and uncles. I received many beautiful graduation gifts from them including a gorgeous diamond ring! The lady at the diamond shop was so nice she taught me how to look at a quality diamond, the cuts, clarity and the settings. I was absolutely excited. She also mentioned that most of the diamonds here in America lack quality and clarity but yet they are charging an insane amount for it. Im referring more to Jewelry exchange stores etc. NOT expensive high end stores. I say that because I actually have small diamond ring bought at a Jewelry Exchange store here in CA that my bf bought me and we compared the rings. I guess, its a good idea to educate yourself when buying an EXPENSIVE figgin' diamond ring because thats a lot of money!!! haha~

Heard news of Japans earthquake and nope, we did not feel anything. After the earthquake, many people did not eat Japanese food. You see Japanese restaurants completely empty! You hear Chinese people buying huge amounts of salt thinking that the little parts of iodine will help protect them from the radiation but some salt are not even made with iodine anymore. Many other Chinese people are hurrying to buy Japanese products before they raise the prices. In my opinion, this is absolutely mad because EVERYTHING in Hong Kong are all products from Japan. You have products like stationary items, food items, clothing, beauty products and many more are all from Japan.

hmm... what else... ahh PICTURES!!!! enjoy!
Business class seats on Cathay Pacific. My dad upgraded us as a gift. The seats fall down into a bed, it even has a massage function!!! Super comfy, slept a lot of the ways, the service was excellent (of course right?!) I told my dad, great, now I will NEVER sit in economy again!!! haha~

 The view from the plane!!! absolutely amazing!

Hong Kong dollar bills are so colorful!!!! It goes up to $1000 bill and as low as $10 bill. $100HKD = (give or take) $12USD. These were my red pocket money from Chinese New Year that my dad saved for us!!!

Delicious pork with crispy skin!!! mmmmMM... The yellow "thing" is what i called "rubber bands" because they are stringing, crunchy, yet chewy!!! but its actually..... JELLYFISH!!!

FYI: I do not drink this, its absolutely gross but i thought of putting it in here to give a little info about the culture. This is what you call "bird saliva porridge." Basically, the saliva is from Swallows. I know your wondering how they retrieve the saliva. They live in a cave where their nests are made with their own saliva. This dish is consider exquisite because its hard to acquire the nest because its in a cave and i guess its "dangerous" to try and retrieve it. Plus the most important part about this dish is they say its good for you. Its suppose to give you soft skin

HSBC bank on the right and some other bank on the left (i forget =P)

Extremely ONE TALL BUILDING but thats not the tallest!

This is the TALLEST BUILDING in HK!!! Its called the IFC tower.

Big Chanel store

Louis Vuitton Store

I have to say a lot of NICE EXOTIC cars in HK. This is the new Ferrari Italia, its absolutely beautiful. (Im a car person hehe)
The Chinese people value on luxury - most of them, the rich ones - so i saw so many exotic expensive cars in the city!!!! everything ranging from services and people treat you like your royal. Even McDonald's are fancy tiled or marbled restaurants. 

Delicious Indian food .... MMmmmM YUM!


Panoramic View of the City side!!!! it was a very foggy day


So while we were in Hong Kong, my dogs was at a board house!!! This board house was different, there was no kennels so the dogs were able to run around freely. The do split the small and large dogs. Here are some pictures of them (the owner made sure she posted pictures on her facebook to update her customers):
They were so cute sleeping together

Bagel (top), Cookie (middle), Luckie (bottom)

Unfortunately, after we picked the dogs up, Luckie had an ulcer in his right eye he had to wear the "Cone of Shame" for a week!!!

Driving back from the doctor!

BUT he didnt let the "cone of shame" stop him from being himself!!!!
He was still normal and absolutely didnt mind the CONE at all!

Then after Luckie was well and the ulcer was gone. COOKIE was sick. She was diagnosed with "Kennel Cough" which shows symptoms after 10 days of usually from interaction with other dogs. Her cough lasted for 10 days, she is now better after cough pills and antibiotic medicines. I had the doctor do an x-ray to make sure they werent missing anything. Turned out that Cookie was also diagnosed with a thing called "Collapsed Trachea" which is common amongst small dogs. Its when the airway at the middle part is collapsed downwards leaving a smaller gap making harder for her to breath at times. Doctor says that the good news is some dogs tend to live till their old but the bad news was it isnt treatable. He said there is a possibility the she may sufficate from it. He even told me he had a lot of patients that have the problem but only 4 or 5 have actually died from it. 

Now we are cautious, we changed her collar to a harness so we dont pull on her neck area. She cant be under the heat long to wear she cant breath it can make it worse etc. So this sucks but I hope she lives long.  


Thats about it!!! Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed reading it!!!  :)


22 comments:

  1. WOW! I am so glad you shared. I found this so interesting. I love the indian food. YUMMY

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  2. wow, amazing trip and pictures. And I LOVE the cone of shame!!! my husband has this thing he uses during flight training that looks like half a cone of shame that they wear to block their view out the plane windows. I call it his dog collar, so it made me laugh!!! Hope your puppies get better soon.

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  3. What a wonderful trip! Your dogs are adorable...glad they are better.

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  4. Great photo's!! Massage seats on a plane? Why can't I ever fly on those planes? lol

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  5. You're so lucky to go to Hong Kong. I can imagine the less expensive costs, but I'm not that great with currency, hehe

    Your dogs are adorable and hope they're all well.

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  6. This is so interesting, not at all how I picture Hong Kong. I guess all big cities now have the same stores - some of those photos could have come from anywhere in the world.
    But not that soup!

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  7. Looks so interesting. Loved seeing the pics!

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  8. Thank you for taking me with you on your trip through your pictures! Lovely dogs! :)

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time in Hong Kong!

    I am sorry about your dog. Hope she lives a long time!! <3 I know what it's like to lose a dog.

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  10. what a dream trip! Hope to get to Hong Kong myself one day!

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  11. How cool is that! I would love to travel overseas.

    The puppies are adorable!

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  12. Thanks for telling us about your trip....and the pugs. lol. Glad you had a good time.

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  13. What a great post. I miss a photo of the lot of bead supplies you must bought, but can imagine.... :)))

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  14. Looks like fun! The plane upgrade looks like the best way to fly! :)

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  15. The real question is, did you enjoy that approach into Hong Kong airport? I have experienced it, and the pilots are so experienced the passengers don't realize it is a difficult approach. I'm glad you had such a good time. I too will pass on the Swallow saliva...

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  16. What an exciting and wonderful trip. Bet the Pug babies were glad to see you.

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  17. Really enjoyed your post, and the pics are great ... even the (gulp) "bird saliva porridge".

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  18. Looks like you had an amazing time! Thanks for sharing your trip and photos.

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  19. WOW! Thats amazing, so fascinating! your dogs are so cute :) Cone of shame- hehehe!

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  20. Love seeing your HK pictures! The buildings there have changed a lot in just the past few years! I'm loving your dogs as well :)

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