Together we end COVID-19

It is time we all start to take precautions and end this pandemic once and for all. It requires everyone to take part in isolating oneself for a month without having much contact with others so to enable this deadly virus to die off itself.

If necessary to go out, then take extra care as not to come in contact with anyone that has flu-like symptoms. Remember not to rub your face with your hands while you are in public places in order to minimize the risk of being infected as you might have touched the fluid of the infection. Always try to wash your hands before and after meals. When you are in public places where you might contact with the virus on your hands, try to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap as it helps to get rid of this virus.

We all have to practice good personal hygiene at all times especially in crisis like the COVID-19 situation. As long as everyone play their parts in prevention, it will be soon over and everyone can get back to their normal routine in life. Help yourself as well as helping others to prevent further spreading of this virus together.

Please share this information for those you know of and spread the news of how you can help to prevent further spreading. If you are staying in Singapore, you can download the TraceTogether app which helps to do the contact tracing via Bluetooth as we normally do not know who we are actually in contact with while travelling in public places.

Stay healthy!

Contact Tracing Mobile App By Singapore Government

With the wide spread of COVID-19 worldwide, we are indeed happy to see that Singapore Government has taken a further step to help with TraceTogether mobile app is the world’s first contact tracing app in order to enhance contact tracing efforts as to control the outbreak. As we learned that this TraceTogether app was developed by the Government Technology Agency which can easily downloadable by anyone using Singapore mobile number with Bluetooth function.

You will be required to give permission during the setup and also need to enable the Bluetooth function so that it will be able to detect other parties in close proximity which is 2 metres apart or up to 5 metres for at least 30 minutes. This information will be recorded and stored locally within the users’ phones for 21 days of the incubation period of the coronavirus. This will be a much better solution than relying on the memory of interviewees as it can be difficult to recall all contacts during a period of 14 days as well as those other strangers in the street that they do not have their information. As such, this app will be able to facilitate the process of contact tracing in a much better and faster way. At least it will also give us awareness of whether or not we had come in contact with those infected with COVID-19 without guessing if yes or no. This will actually help you to take all necessary action in advance to monitor your health regards to any sign of flu-like symptoms. As what we like to have this type of early detection to reduce much risk of spreading the virus and in return protecting our families and loved ones.

It is rest assured that no personal detail like names will be collected including user’s phone contact list or address book. As such, the app will only address who you are in contact with that maybe exposed to the virus. It will store the logs in the local users’ phone which will be encrypted. It means that logs do not contain user’s phone number but just a set of cryptographically generated temporary IDs. Therefore the logs will leave the owner’s phone only when the owner uses the app to send the information to the authorities as to help to facilitate contact tracing. Other safeguards which will be the app will only be active during the outbreaks and will cease when contact tracing ends. Then the app will prompt the users to deactivate the functionality.

This TraceTogether app can be downloaded via Google Play Store and the Apple App Store from your mobile phone. Just need to turn on your Bluetooth to be in operation without the need of Wifi or mobile data.

Thumb Up for this Initiative!

Day 6 in Hong Kong holidays

From Hotel to Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong:

  • Total travel time is about 23 mins.
  • From Hotel walk about 4 mins, 160 m to Jordan Station
  • Take the MTR Tsuen Wan Line  to Central Station
    • Total travel time is about 7 mins (3 stops)

From Central Station Walk about 8 min , 600 m to IFC mall.

Once we arrive at IFC Mall we will proceed to Tim Ho Wan for breakfast:

Shop 12A Hong Kong Station (Podium Level 1 IFC Mall) Central 站 12A 鋪 (IFC 地 庫 一層, Central, Hong Kong Opens daily:  9:00am – 9:00pm

DimDimSum Dim Sum Specialty Store:

  • Walk about 16 min (1.2 km) via Canton Rd
  • Head south
  • Turn right toward Canton Rd
  • Slight left toward Canton Rd
  • Slight right toward Canton Rd
  • Turn left toward Canton Rd
  • Turn right toward Canton Rd
  • Turn left toward Canton Rd
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn right onto Canton Rd
  • Slight right at Wui Cheung Rd
  • Turn left toward 偉晴街
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn right onto 偉晴街
  • Turn left onto Man Wui St
  • Turn left to stay on Man Wui St
  • Destination will be 20 m away on the right.

Must-try:Steamed beef balls, chee cheong fun, Piggy Liu Sha Bao  (HK$21/SG$3), or salted egg custard buns/molten custard bun, siew mai.

That’s all the activities we had for the day. Be back again for the last day in Hong Kong’s vacation. If you had experience in Hong Kong, please do share your comments below. We love to hear them and do have a great day ahead.

Day 5 visiting Hong Kong

Today we will explore the Mong Kok District after breakfast for bargain shopping and eating.

From Hotel to Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳/华冰厅) we will take the Tsuen Wan Line from Jordan Station.

  • Total travel time is about 17 mins.
  • Walk bout 4 mins, 160 m to Jordan Station
  • Take the Tsuen Wan LineTsuen Wan to Mong Kok Station
  • Travel time is about 4 mins (2 stops)
  • From Mong Kok Station Walk about 5 mins, 400 m to destination.
  • Take exit Mong Kok Station Exit D2
  • Head north on Sai Yeung Choi St S toward Argyle St
  • Turn right onto Mong Kok Rd
  • Turn left toward Bute St
  • Turn right onto Bute St

To Order:

  • Famous Traditional Egg Tart
  • Butter Polo Bun (Pineapple Bun 菠蘿包)
  • French toast

Note:  There is a minimum order of one beverage per customer. Morning is also the best time to get their most fresh and piping-hot Polo Bun.

After filling our tummies, it’s time for some exercise.  We will visit the Goldfish Market – A free Seaworld and Aquarium in the street! 

From Kam Wah Cafe (金華冰廳/华冰厅) to the Goldfish Market:

  • Walk about 1 min (31 m) via Bute St to Goldfish Market/Tung Choi St
  • Head east on Bute St toward Goldfish Market/Tung Choi St

Turn left onto Goldfish Market/Tung Choi St

Next, we will visit Fa Yuen Street Market for some shopping.

  • Walk about 1 min (130 m) from Goldfish Market via Bute St and Fa Yuen St
  • Head south on Goldfish Market/Tung Choi St toward Bute St
  • Turn left onto Bute St
  • Turn right onto Fa Yuen St
  • Destination will be on the left.

We will have a light lunch of congee at Sea View Congee (海景粥店)

From Fa Yuen Street Market to Sea View Congee (海景粥店):

  • Walk about 4 mins (350 m) via Fa Yuen St
  • Head south on Fa Yuen St
  • Turn left toward Fa Yuen St
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn right toward Fa Yuen St
  • Turn left onto Fa Yuen St
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn left onto Argyle St

After replenishing our energy, it’s time for shoe shopping at Sneaker Street.

From Sea View Congee (海景粥店) to Sneaker Street:

  • Walk about 3 mins (240 m) via Argyle St and Fa Yuen St
  • Head east on Argyle St toward Sai Yee St
  • Make a U-turn at Sai Yee St
  • Turn left onto Fa Yuen St

We will stop for a rest and tea break at Joyful Dessert House, Michelin Star Street Food 2016 To order:  Mango Napoleon

After a much needed break to rest our weary legs, we will continue with our exploration to the famous Ladies Market for some bargain shopping.

We will continue our foray into bargain hunting at Argyle Centre 旺角中心.

We will continue with more bargain hunting shopping at:

A:  Hong Kong Industrial Centre 香港工業中心

B:  Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Plaza 長沙灣廣場

  • Total travel time is about 12 mins via Tsuen Wan Line from Mong Kok Station

A:  FromArgyle Centre 旺角 中心to Hong Kong Industrial Centre 香港工業中心:

  • Walk about about 2 mins, 120 m to Mong Kok Station
  • Take the Tsuen Wan LineTsuen Wan line to Lai Chi Kok Station
  • Travel time is about 7 mins (4 stops)
  • From Lai Chi Kok Station walk about 2 mins, 120 m to destination.
  • Take exit Lai Chi Kok Station Exit B2
  • Head west on Cheung Sha Wan Rd toward Tung Chau W St

From Cheung Sha Wan Wholesale Plaza 長沙灣廣to Hong Kong Industrial Centre 香港工業中心:

  • Total travel time is about 3 mins (260 m) via Cheung Sha Wan
  • Walk heading east on Cheung Sha Wan Rd toward Tai Nan W St
  • Turn left onto Tai Nan W St
  • Turn left onto Cheung Sha Wan Rd
  • Destination will be on the right, 180 m

After all the shopping, it is time to head back to the hotel for a good rest and re charge for another day of exciting activities.

Day 4 in Hong Kong holidays

Breakfast will be at Star Café for their signature tomato beef noodles.

From Hotel to the Star Café:

  • Walk about 5 min (450 m) via Nathan Rd and Kimberley Rd
  • Head south on Nathan Rd toward Hillwood Rd
  • Turn left onto Kimberley Rd
  • Turn right onto Carnarvon Rd

Destination will be 46m away on the right.

To order:

  • Beef Macaroni in Tomato Soup (蕃茄牛肉通粉)

Instant Noodles with Luncheon Meat in Tomato Soup (蕃茄餐肉出前一丁麵)

After breakfast, we shall visit the Hong Kong Science Museum District.  Free entry on Wednesdays.  Opens at 10.00 AM.

From Star Café to the Hong Kong Science Museum District:

  • Walk about 9 min (650 m) via Granville Rd
  • Head south on Carnarvon Rd toward Kimberley St
  • Turn left onto Granville Rd
  • Turn left onto Science Museum Rd

Destination will be 23 m away on the left.

It is time to reward ourselves to a Michelin-Starred Street Eats at Fat Boy.

From Rise Shopping Arcade to Fat Boy:

  • Walk about 1 min (140 m) via Hau Fook St
  • Head south on Granville Circuit
  • Turn right toward Hau Fook St
  • Turn left toward Hau Fook St
  • Turn right onto Hau Fook St

Destination will be 48 m away on the left.

After our little treat, it is time for lunch at Sun Kee Cheese Noodles.

From Fat Boy to Sun Kee Cheese Noodles:

  • Walk about 3 min (230 m) via Carnarvon Rd
  • Head west on Hau Fook St toward Carnarvon Rd
  • Turn right onto Carnarvon Rd
  • Turn left onto Kimberley Rd

Destination will be 30 m away on the left.

It is time to reward ourselves to yet another Michelin-Starred Street Eats at Mammy Pancake.  Famous for the original pancake.

From Sun Kee Cheese Noodles to Mammy Pancake:

  • Walk about 4 min (350 m) via Carnarvon Rd
  • Head east on Kimberley Rd toward Carnarvon Rd
  • Turn right onto Carnarvon Rd
  • Turn right to stay on Carnarvon Rd
    • Destination will be 58 m away on the right.

We will have ice cream at yet another Michelin-Starred Street Eats at Owl’s Choux.Gelato.Coffee

From Mammy Pancake to Owl’s Choux.Gelato.Coffee:

  • Walk about 1 min (170 m) via Hanoi Rd
  • Head northeast on Carnarvon Rd toward Hanoi Rd
  • Turn right onto Hanoi Rd
  • Turn left onto Mody Rd
    • Destination will be 3 m away on the right.

After all the eating it is time to work off the calories by taking a stroll to the Garden of Stars.

From Owl’s Choux.Gelato.Coffee to Garden of Stars:

  • Walk about 5 min (450 m) via Chatham Rd S
  • Head east on Mody Rd toward Chatham Rd S
  • Turn right onto Chatham Rd S
  • Turn left onto Salisbury Rd

That ended our day’s activities which was pretty much of fun and entertaining. We will talk more about the next day affair. If you had been to Hong Kong and wish to share, please kindly write your comments and we will be happy to read it. Thank you and do have a great day ahead.

Day 3 visit in Hong Kong

One of the best view from tall building as you could see very nice and yet unique bird-eye sighting of almost everything. We could see the high hill in the background while all those buildings just far below with clear blue sea for the ships and boats in sight.

From Hotel to Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Take the Kowloon Motor Bus Company (1933) Limited, bus 1A to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier for a short ride into Wan Chai. This way gets the best view.

  • Walk About 3 mins , 140 m to Tak Shing Street
  • Take Bus 1A Star Ferry
  • About 7 mins (4 stops) to Destination
  • Alight at Star Ferry stop
  • Walk about 1 min , 55 m to Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

We will have our breakfast at Capitol Café.

  • From Wan Chai Ferry Pier walk about 3 min , 240 m to Wan Chai Ferry Pier; Convention Avenue
  • Take Bus 8P Island Resort
  • Travel Time is about 4 min (2 stops)
  • Alight at Stewart Road
  • Walk about 3 min , 170 m to destination Chrisly Café, Kwong Sang Hong Building Block B-d, 6 Heard St, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Breakfast Set which consists of macaroni with ham, eggs, toast and milk tea. Need to specify a change to scrambled eggs.

  • Scrambled eggs with black truffle
  • Black truffle and cheese toast 校长多士
  • Scrambled eggs on toast à la carte
  • Toasted French Bun (Condensed milk bun) 奶油豬仔包 (nǎi yóu zhū zǐ bāo)
  • Hot Milk tea

After breakfast, we will take a short walk to the Blue House Clusters and House of Stories (Close on Wednesdays)

  • Walk about 9 mins, 650 m from Capitol Cafe via Wan Chai Rd to Destination.
  • Head southeast on Heard St toward Wan Chai Rd
  • Turn right onto Wan Chai Rd
  • Turn left to stay on Wan Chai Rd
  • Turn right onto Queen’s Rd E
  • Turn left onto Stone Nullah Ln
  • Destination will be on the left.

After exploring the the Blue House Clusters and House of Stories, we will have tea at Kam Fung 金鳳茶餐廳

  • Walk about 4 mins, 290 m from the Blue House Clusters and House of Stories, via Tai Yuen St to destination.
  • Walk Heading north on Stone Nullah Ln toward King Sing St
  • Turn left onto Queen’s Rd E
  • Turn right onto Tai Yuen St
  • Turn left onto Cross St
  • Turn left onto Spring Garden Ln
  • Destination will be on the right.

Lunch will be at Lan Fong Yuen 蘭芳園 (Central MTR)
to eat the award winning pork chop bun, french toast, chicken chop instant noodles and milk tea.

Chicken Steak Instant Noodles with Green Onion Sauce 蔥油雞扒撈丁includes a drink. The chicken is moist and tender attached to a nice piece of salty crispy skin.
Condensed Milk Butter Bun

1 pork chop bun, 1 pan fried chicken instant noodles 蔥油雞扒撈丁 (cōng yóu jī bā lāo dīng) and 1 iced milk tea (凍奶茶 dòng nǎi chá) or Milk tea (絲襪奶茶 sī wà nǎi chá) = HK$75.00

Just another day had passed while we were enjoying ourselves with food and shopping in Hong Kong. If you had been to Hong Kong, please do share with us your comments for your experience. Do have a great day ahead.

Day 2 in Hong Kong vacation

House Specialty for pudding

Visited the famous shop for the Steamed egg pudding with almond flavor as well as the steamed milk pudding with egg white. Overall, we found it to be not as what we expected comparing with those that we had elsewhere in other countries. A little kind of disappointment though.

After breakfast we will visit Level 55 of the IFC mall – for a bird’s eye view of Hong Kong and photo ops.

After the quick photo ops, we will proceed to The Xpresso cafe at The Excelsior for piping hot Portuguese Egg Tart by Lord Stow’s.

Cross over to observe the firing of the Noon Day Gun.  Must be on time.

After observing the firing of the Noon Day Gun cross back to The Excelsior.  Explore the Fashion Walk Area for some window shopping/shopping.

Proceed to Victoria Park for more photo ops with the Statue of Queen Victoria.

Statue of Queen Victoria

Take bus 19s from Hong Kong Mansion, Sogo to Victoria Park. Stroll over to Hong Kong Central Library via the overhead bridge.

Lunch will be at Din Tai FungYee Wo Branch.

Continue to Times Square for some high end window shopping/shopping and viewing Times Square Area.

Dinner will be at Joy Hing Roasted Meat.

From Times Square we will journey to Joy Hing Roasted Meat for dinner.

Take a bus to Golden Bauhinia Square, Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN”, Central Promenade, The Reunification Monument for Photo taking. Take Bus 8P Wan Chai North, 3 mins (non-stop) to Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Ani-Com park@ Harbour “FUN” is at the promenade and open space near Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. Symphony Of Light show at 8:00pm. Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong or the Golden Bauhinia Square gives you the best vantage view of the show.

After the Symphony of Light Show we will head back to the Hotel.

IFC, Level 55
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Address: 8 Finance Street, Central,Hong Kong Island

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Centre on the 55th floor of Two IFC is the place to be. Here you can learn such fascinating things as the life-cycle of Hong Kong’s $10 polymer note and, perhaps most useful of all, how to tell a real $100 from a fake one.

For those of you not interested in any of this, there is always the view. It’s okay, as far as Hong Kong skyscraper views go. On one side there is Central, with views of Victoria Peak, the Bank of China Tower, and the other buildings of Hong Kong’s central business district. On the other side, looking west, you can look out over the harbour towards West Kowloon and ICC.  You can even see Lantau and the Tsing Yi Bridge on a clear day. It’s not particularly easy to get photos because of the reflections, but for the two directions in which you can see, it’s worth the trip.

Hong Kong Central Library 香港中央圖書館
Opening Hours: Daily – 10:00am to 09:00pm
Address: 66 Causeway Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

One Hong Kong Central Library is the largest library in Hong Kong, flagship library of Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL) and using of Hong Kong Public Library headquarter, functioning as the territory’s National Library. It is located at the intersection of Moreton Terrace and Causeway Road in Causeway Bay.

That is the end of Day 2 in Hong Kong. We will talk more about Day 3 another time. Hope you too enjoy viewing the photos and if you had been to Hong Kong, please do share your comments with everyone.