"Hong Kong, Revisited"
02.08.2007 - 05.08.2007
I imagined how enormous the degree of engineering efforts that were done on the construction of Hongkong MTR lines. Majority were constructed underground, while our Manila’s MRT lines are built above ground! Hongkong MTR definitely pales in comparison to the european railways (Germany, Belgium and Netherlands) where the railways were also built underground but have more than five levels built one on top of the other while Hongkong’s MTR has at most only two levels. However, it is already very significant if one has to consider not only the technical feasibility but more importantly the construction costs involved.
From the Mongkok MTR station, we simply took Exit D to walk up from the underground railway and just walked for three minutes along Argyle St towards Sincere Building. Sincere building is right at the corner of Tung Choi St. and Argyle St. and on its 7th floor is the Dragon Hostel.
No doubt, as sociologists would say it, the best way to understand the culture of a people is to live with them. Although we did not intend to understand the Hongkong chinese culture in four days, suffice it to say that the hostel that I had booked through the internet was ideally located as it gave us the opportunity to stay in the place considered within the heart of Mongkok, Kowloon side of Hongkong.
Sincere Building houses several hostels frequented by european and asian budget-conscious tourists. Likewise, it has residential units occupied by chinese families, commercial units used as chinese restaurants, shopping stalls etc…
After checking-in, we went down and looked for a chinese restaurant to have our first hongkong lunch. I remembered Mongkok restaurant in Quezon City and thought that probably it got its name from this area in Kowloon, Hongkong. I immediately looked for chicken feet on its menu which is my favorite in the Mongkok Restaurant in Quezon City. I was disappointed that the chicken feet is not in the menu in the restaurant where we decided to have lunch. We shared a bowl of noodles with a lot of meat (chicken and pork), vegetables prepared for two persons for lunch. It was great at HK $ 85 (P510)!
After that heavy chinese lunch, we immediately walked along Tung Choi St where the Ladies’ Market occupies the street to explore the chinese goods (hand bags, dresses, t-shirts, neckties,jewelries, etc…). It is similar to Bangkok’s Night Market but the prices are more expensive than its counterparts at 168 Mall in Binondo and at the Greenhills tiangge. Imagine, a ladies blouse costs HK$ 38 which is already P228 while in Greenhills it could be bought at only P150!
We walked along the stretch of Fa Yuen St, another shopping street, where the prices are similar to the goods in Tung Choi. We spent the rest of the afternoon, walking along the stalls of the shopping areas.
Considering that these are Hongkong bargain shopping areas, and moreover, it is now suppose to be a Sale season , the prices of the goods may be cheap for the local chinese and the tourists, but since my wife is a veteran Greenhills shopper, we decided not to shop there but instead I promised to just give her shopping money for her to do shopping in Greenhills, here in Metro Manila, Philippines where similar items are definitely lot cheaper!