ADDICTED TO DO MORE AND MORE SHOPPING
During my 2 visits in Hong Kong, shopping were always on the top of my agenda. Here are some "extra ordinary" shopping activities that I will always smile while I recall...
"Louis Vuitton's Hunting (1995)"
Suani has already flown back from Cairns. I met her, Larry and Anthony in MTR underground station in Central. Since we all hold foreign passports, we hoped we could get LV products more easily. The products were very exclusive in Hong Kong, and I heard that they didn't sell to local Hongkongers. What a pity!!
We visited all the 5 LV's stores in Hong Kong since not every stores would like to sell to all of us the items we wished to buy. They said the products were out of stocks and the only one left was for displaying. But we noticed they had the products on their drawers or cupboard.
Up to now I still had no idea why the shopkeepers were so rude and unfriendly to their customers. They treated all customers like thieves!
"Shop Till My Pocket Really Drop (1995)"
Anthony took a day off so we were ready to explore the city shopping complexes. We were on the going from dawn until past dusk.
Since most shopping complexes were in the full swing around 10am, we spent the morning in wet market.
We went to major department stores in Causeway Bay and Central. We then moved on to Admiralty to give a visit to Pacific Place for buying a camera.
Before crossed to Kowloon peninsula to Tsim Sha Tsui area at the late afternoon, I had to call Citibank to adjust my card limit. After faxed several papers from Anthony's office, here we were... continueing our shopping activities.
We ended our shopping day by visiting the lively Nathan Road.
"Browsing Bustling Night Markets (1995)"
Anthony and I agreed to meet at MTR underground station in Central. This time we would like to explore the night markets. Wow... I could not wait any longer since I heard that night markets is the best place for bargain stuffs.
From 6pm onwards, Temple Street is given over entirely to pedestrians. Inexpensive men's T-shirts, jeans, sweaters and sportwears are the main items for sale. Also, it is a popular place for fortune-teller and impromptu Chinese opera performances.
Street markets are lively aspects of Hong Kong. The stalls on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok which known as Ladies Market sells everything from ladies' clothes to jeans, shoes and accessories.
"Bargain Shopping Till I Almost Collapsed (2000)"
Tired and sleepy from our trip to Shenzhen and Macau, I promised myself to take some sleep soon after we reached our hotel. Checked in South Pacific Hotel during lunch time, we felt a little bit starving. Soon after stored our luggages, Jeny, Lita and myself were going to Times Square, Hong Kong's most biggest shopping arcade, for having our late lunch. I heard from Jeny that Lita was upset with her this time. Since I was getting sick of Lita's bad attitute, I paid no attention at all of this situation. I didn't even know how the two of them get clashed. I didn't really care!
With a tired-body, I dragged myself to Sam Sui Po to join the girls for bargain shopping. Located near Hong Kong's old airport, it was quite far from our hotel room in Wan Chai. Again, MTR made it easy to reach; in less than 30 minutes we were on Sam Sui Po. What a wide place, with thousand of shops selling almost everything and anything. We were looking for clothes lots but turned out in stationary lots. After bought many items, we moved on but turned out in computer lots with many shops selling porn VCD. With the last efford, we found out the clothes lots that we looked for. The clothes here were really cheap but quality told the prices. Lita was very excited! She did a lot of shopping here. I was almost dying, walked for hours without drinks and breaks. I asked for a quick break but Lita disagreed. Soon after she fully satisfied with the shopping spree, we were on our way to our hotel. Jeny and I were almost collapsed.
"Last Minute Shopping (2000)"
On my last day in Hong Kong I still hasn't bought any gifts yet. I din't want to get in any trouble with Lita so I told her and Jeny that I would like to go on my own way this day. The girls still had a week stay. While Jeny heard that I would browse around Causeway Bay and Central, she spontanously chose to join me. And everybody could guess what happened with Lita, of course she chose to join us also since she spoke no Mandarin and Cantonese.
Most of the stores in Causeway Bay were still closed down at 10am. We dropped in DKNY where Jeny bought several items. I couldn't find any pairs of shoes I like here. We then moved on to Pacific Place where I bought a handbag.
We rushed to Hong Kong's Euro Christmas at Hong Kong Exhibition Center in Wan Chai. A very long walked to reach the "Heineken Stars On Ice" show. Personally I didn't want to watch this show but Lita insisted. Quite similar to the Lido Show but performed on the ice skating ring. Actually the show was quite entertaining, it's worth the HK$60, but Jeny and I were really tired and sleepy during the show so we tried hardly to wake up.
Another long walk to reach Euro Chrismast Bazaar. From the advertisement I read, it is said we will experience Christmas atmosphere in over 15 European countries. What we saw and experienced was absolutely different. There were many kiosks selling expensive Europe-made bric-bracs! Next time, never believe in advertisement anymore!
The time is running over me. I asked the girls to go back to Causeway Bay. We took a long walk to find out the MTR station. After walked for a while we still could not find out one. Blessing in disguise, we found out a huge shopping complex sold every thing you asked for. We bought many items here... clothes, bags, shoes... When we walked out from here, I had no more time and energy...