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Let’s Go To Asia – Travel Video

27th September 2015

So as the astute among you may have noticed, we are already finished with our trip. We are in lovely Australia. I still have a few posts about our trip to come, but I recently finished editing this little video together and couldn’t wait to share it.

So here is just a few of the best parts of our trip:

The Food of Hong Kong

6th May 2015

noodles Our Hong Kong trip can be summed up with one word….FOOD! We ate our way around the islands of Kowloon and Hong Kong.

Since it’s been a long time since we were in a Western country I have to warn you that we spoiled ourselves with the tastes of home. After all , Hong Kong is like being in a fancier version of London…and with better noodles.

So what treats did we discover… skirt burger the diner 2 skirt burger the diner the diner

 

  • The Diner – Skirt Burger & Memphis Burger

Lee and I sometimes joke that he should have a special section on this website dedicated to his burger reviews around the world. I can’t tell you how much this man loves his burgers. So when I tell you that Lee thought the Memphis burger may have been the best burger he’s ever eaten you know that its a good’un. I am not a connoisseur like him but the Skirt burger is the best meat and bun to cross my lips….and just look at that cheese!!!

The Diner’s website…no booking necessary and after 10pm on Wednesdays ladies get free Mojitos double happiness butchers club double happiness

  • The Butchers Club – Double Happiness

Yes, it’s another burger. Lee checked many lists for the best burgers in Hong Kong and on ten lists he found a different ten recommendation every time so we had to try a few.

The But hers club is a famous Hong Kong restaurant  with a minimal menu that includes 1. Burger and 2. Fries. That’s it….unless you know about the secret menu that is. The double happiness was huge and I fought to finish it. Lee spurred me on…so much so that I’m starting to think he’s a feeder.

it wasn’t my favourite since the cheese wasn’t great but still tasty. We’d just been spoilt at The Diner.

The Butchers Club (you need a QPR reader to view the secret menu) french toast

  • Hong Kong French Toast. I waxed on about this heart attack on a plate in our last post. To summaries: Bread, peanut butter, condensed milk fried and served swimming in more butter. I think you gain calories just looking at it.

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  • Tea – Lee was reunited with his one true love…an English cuppa. Just filled with condensed milk instead for a sweet , teeth crumbling kick.

 

  • Dumplings- we discovered this is more of a Northern Chinese thing but Hong Kong special BBQ pork buns were fantastic. They cost pennies and can be found in lots of cheap restaurants for about 10p

egg tart hong kong

  • Egg tarts – left over from the Portuguese conquest of Macau, these little delicious tarts were creamy, rich and perfectly custardy cadburys in hong kong pork pies

plus some extra treats…. It’s safe to say our time in Hong Kong wasn’t spent hungry.

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Our South East Asia Grand Tour – One Month Re-cap

22nd April 2015

I can’t believe that we’ve been traveling for a month. It feels like yesterday I was excitedly posting on Facebook that we had one month to go before we left Korea. Now we have seen 5 countries, 12 cities, 11 planes, 5 trains, an endless amount of buses and more delicious foods that you can shake my ever growing belly at.

So what have we been up to? I realise I have been trying to update you all slowly but here is a quick recap for those of you who, like me, are partial to the odd list.

 

8 Japan

Kyoto – One of the places I most wanted to visit when moving to Asia. It didn’t disappoint. Geisha sightings, delicious markets and bamboo forests made this place unforgettable.

kyoto2_5 Best part of the trip: Feeding the Japanese snow monkeys in Arashiyama monkey park

Best tasty treat : Our first try of Okonomiyaki

 

10 Nara –  An adorable small city where deers rule the roost and temples are abundant.

Best part of the trip : Getting up close and personal with the deers.

Best tasty treat:  Green tea ice cream

 

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sorry…had to do it

Osaka – A fast paced city full of bright lights and active locals.

Best part of the trip: Seeing the bright lights of Dottonbori

Worst part of the trip: Getting our plane turned around after we left Japan for an unexpected extra night in the city. Although not the worst city to get stuck in.

 

12 The Philippines

Manila – We only stopped off here for the airport but we did it 4 times so it feels silly not to include it.

Best part of the airport (apart from leaving it) :  WENDY’S!

11 Boracay – Absolutely stunning which makes it even more annoying that its been swamped by tauts and con men that run up and down every inch of this spectacular beach.

Best part of the trip: Discovering the quieter areas of the beaches for ‘downers’…or sunset cocktails.

Worst part : Hiding from the sun even though I love it so and getting pick pocketed by our waiter and his accomplice.

23 Bohol – Beautiful chocolate hills and lovely quiet villages.

Best part of the trip: Seeing the Tarsiers

Worst part: Lee getting horrible food poisoning/parasite that would stay with him for 10 days.

13 El Nido – Beautiful beaches, glorious sunsets and island hopping

Best part of the trip: Snorkling for the first time and being utterly lazy.

Worst part: I got hit by the evil food poisoning/parasite here that knocked me for 6.

15 China

Guagzhou – a bustling city on the up.

Best part : Seeing the Canton Tower and the great area surrounding it.

Best tasty treat: A tiramisu latte from the Hello Kitty cafe.

4 Guilin – A small town surrounded by the Chinese mountains.

Best part of the trip: Visiting the Longji rice terraces

15 Yangshuo – A small village hidden in the mountains with an almost Mediterranean feel.

Best part : The incredible mountains we saw on our river cruise.

Tastiest treat: Coconut and champagne ice cream from a street seller

Best bargain: A blue and white porcelain bracelet for £2

18 Hong Kong –

A bright, exciting mix of British culture ,Chinese food and tradition.

Best part: ALL OF IT, especially celebrating our 10 year anniversary here.

Worst part: our wallets are much lighter now

Tastiest treat: The legendary ‘Skirt Burger’ from The Diner

The Stats

Average spent on hotels per night: £4 per person

Average spent on food and drink: £15 per day but this was the expensive part of our trip with Japan and Hong Kong taking a large part of our money.

Average puppies hugged: 2 a day (it’s definitely puppy season in Asia)

Amount of local beers drank: faaar too many

Photos taken: it’s best to not think about it but I’m glad I bought my hard drive.

 

What’s up next? I hear you cry…well maybe you didn’t cry that but i’m going to tell you anyway. Our next month has a trip through Vietnam where we are spending 3 weeks exploring all it has to offer and then we are hoping over to Cambodia to see those famous temples and get our beach fix. Fingers crossed it will be as fun as the first month…just maybe a little cheaper.

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Falling in Love with Hong Kong – pt 1

20th April 2015

18 Hong Kong. Where have you been all our lives. The politeness of Britain combined with the food of Asia…Lee says that Hong Kong is like the UK had a night of firey passion with China…enough said really.

We only had a short time in this fantastic city but we fitted in as much as we could. After only ten minutes I knew I wanted to return again and again.

16 17 I mentioned in my last post that part of my Asia bucket list was to see rice paddies , well another thing on the list was definitely to get some photos of excessive NEON. Hong Kong did not disappoint.

12 13 14 15 We started off by heading to Mongkok on the Kowloon side of the city and wandering the market streets. We passed through the jade market and lots of clothes markets but the highlights for me were the goldfish, flower, and bird markets. I asked my friend Jacky (more on this great fellow below) about the goldfish market . He told me that In every Chinese household people should have 9 fish. If one of the fish dies it is a early warning sign that your luck is about to change…think of it like a canarie in a mine. I love discovering little tid bits like this about countries. The bird market did make me quite sad since I just wanted to buy them all and free them but the markets are still beautiful. We smelt the flower market before we saw it and the smell seemed to follow us throughout the day. mmm nothing beats a flower market…well maybe a food market.

7 9 10 11 We were lucky enough to spend some time with my good friend from home. I  met my friend Jacky just before university in Wales when we were bright eyed youngsters about to study animaition. I didn’t live with Jacky during university but he became our adopted housemate and was forced to stay and cook for us all far too often.  He has been a firm friend ever since. While we were growing up he  told me a lot about his home town of Hong Kong but it was just a pipe dream of college students that we would ever both be in the city at the same time. Fate must have been on our side because our trips overlapped without any planning (nailed it!).

3 6 Jacky showed us the bright lights of the Hong Kong skyline and the …um ‘interesting’ light show that happens every night. To be  honest the Hong Kong skyline is enough without the light show so it doesn’t really matter that it’s a crappy light show. Jacky is a actual photographer, unlike me who just points, clicks and hopes for the best. Lee thought that I actually knew what I was doing with the camera. This idea was shattered after he witnessed a ten minute lesson that Jacky gave me.  The boy knows how to use a camera and he showed me a few great tricks.

4 8 20 He also introduced us to the magic that is Hong Kong French Toast. You’d assume that this would taste like the  French Toast the rest of the world eats but you’d be wrong . Imagine you got two pieces of bread, spread a layer of peanut butter and condensed milk on them and then deep friend them. Then they are finished off with a TON of butter .  I have never found a food I couldn’t eat but this was so sugary and salty that my jaw ached. I LOVED IT! Lee fell silent with the happiness and has spoken about the toast every day since. I think he’ll return just to taste it. We finished the meal off with some delicious Hong Kong sweet milky ice tea and lots of giggles. This has been the only time I was glad that I didn’t live in Hong Kong since I know Lee and I would eat dumplings and heart attack bread/ french toast every day. We’d last about a week before a coronary.

1 5 19 I can’t think of a better way to see a city than with our own personal guide.

and that was just the first day …..

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Tokyo Arcade

2015 Travel Plans

19th February 2015

So I think I owe you all an apology. For the last few weeks i’ve become a little bit obsessed with my up coming plans to the point that I have kept mentioning it without giving any details.

So I thought that I’d share with you some of the things we’re hoping to achieve over the next year.

First, there are to-do lists…EVERYWHERE. My flat looks like a bombs dropped because there are about ten jobs going on at once but I’m hoping that it will all fall into place really soon and we will be ready to roll.

First I suppose it’s important to share with you what our plans actually are so here is our 2015 travel plans:

Tokyo Arcade Japan

Japan is somewhere magical to me. It’s a place mentioned in movies not a place that exists. When we went to Tokyo last year I was in my element and I fell in love with the place. Last night I was chatting to a friend who’s going to Tokyo soon and I couldn’t stop gushing about how much fun they were going to have. This time around we aren’t going to the bright lights of Tokyo, instead we are heading to Kyoto and Osaka. Kyoto has been high on my list for a long time and I feel guilty that one of the places i’m most looking forward to going over the next few months is our first stop but I just can’t wait to be surrounded by the history and beauty of this place….and the sushi!

 

El Nido Palawan Island, Phillippines Been here, truly magnificent and glorious!  http://www.lifebeyondthehorizon.com/philippinesparadise/The Philippines

Lee and I had never considered a trip to the Philippines but after seeing all of our friends fantastic pictures we quickly added it to the itinerary so we will be stopping in on Bohol, Boracay and El Nido. Here’s to sandy beaches and drinks with the locals.

 

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China

We went to China a few months ago but we can’t wait to go back. We wanted to see some impressive landscapes and the countryside of China is definitely the place to do this. We are heading to Guangzhou and Guilin …all the G’s. I’m not going to lie, I’m in it for the dumplings.

 

Hong Kong, China | 21 Most Colorful And Vibrant Places In The WorldHong Kong

I know listing Hong Kong as a separate country is debatable but I have a very good friend from Hong Kong who thinks of it as a different place and the British Visa application was different for Hong Kong compared to China so I think it’s fair to list them side by side. We are looking forward to climbing Victoria Peak and meeting up with my friend who happens to be visiting at the same time as us. Woohoo

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Vietnam

Vietnam is another place that’s been high on the list for a long time. We are starting in Hanoi  then going to Hue, Hoi an, Mui  Ne and Ho Chi Minh. We are looking forward to cooking classes, pho, and 12p beer… as well as all the culture/people/sights of course. We are going to the home of PHO!

Angkor Wat Cambodia / Watched the sunset here while drinking a horrid local wine and eating a crispy fried frog. A beautiful place & a wonderful adventure.

Cambodia

Next stop is a bus trip across the boarder into Phnom Penh. We don’t have long there before we are off to Sihanoukville. Before you all rush to tell us its not great we are only there for the night before we head to Koh Rong Samloem. A small island with about 5 hours of electricity a day. I’ll be celebrating my birthday here and I can’t wait. Sunsets and cocktails..woohoo. Lastly it wouldn’t be a trip to Cambodia without a sunrise trip to Angkor Wat in Seim Reap.

skyline2 Thailand

We are having a ‘do over’ in Bangkok since last time we had such a disaster (which you can read about here). People always think because of this we didn’t like Bangkok but I loved the place. I can’t wait to go back and see the place properly this time. Then it’s up north to the bloggers paradise that is Chiang Mai. Unfortunately , It’s rainy season when we go to this part of Asia . Our original plan didn’t have Thailand on it at all , instead we wanted to see Laos and Myanmar but the rain means we have to skip them this time, as well as the beaches of Thailand but I’m really excited to see Chang Mai after hearing so many great things. See you soon Pad Thai. You will be in our bellies.

Singapore's Supertrees at the "Gardens by the Bay". I see I'll have to go back to Singapore to see these by night.Singapore

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am for this country. Is it for the history? slightly. Is it for the culture? marginally. Is it because one of my best friends is moving there a week before we arrive? HELL YES! This is a selfish stop for Lee and I to see one of our favourite humans…and maybe go to Sesame Street in Universal Studios, which for a Muppet fanatic is the holy grail.

Rice terraces close to Ubud. Bali, Indonesia To book go to www.notjusttravel.com/anglia

Indonesia

When we came to Asia this was high on my list of places to see. We are spending a lot of time here and seeing Yogyakarta, Ubud, Nusa Lembongan, Gili Air and Kuta Lombok. We can’t wait. Yoga, monkeys and beaches. We also may be dragging one of Lee’s best friends to meet us for a weekend so I can’t help but jump around a little bit when I think about journeying to this magic country.

The dolphins coming to shore at Monkey Mia, Western AustraliaAustralia

Lastly, but definitely not least is our new home for the year, Australia. This isn’t a country I ever wanted to live in , that was until Lee sold me on it because he is in love with the place. I am now fully on board and can’t wait to experience every inch of the place. We are starting in Perth but who knows where the year will take us.

Extra stops in 2015

Obviously we don’t know what will happen with the rest of the year but there are definitely some places we’d love to pop into:

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia

When we are in Singapore we are very tempted to just run over the border and have some food there to say we did it. We are a little bit addicted to adding countries to our list but we will definitely be back to spend some proper time there soon.

Wow, just wow! Bridestowe Lavender Farm, Tasmania - by Tim Clark

Tasmania

I realise this is still Australia but I really want to pop over to this lavender filled paradise.

Fiji IslandsFiji, Tonga and Samoa

It would be rude to not visit these places while we are in Australia surely….let alone the Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu…ect

New ZealandNew Zealand

Once again this country is so close to us when we are in Australia that we would love to go and see the place but maybe we will do it at the end of year in Oz.

Here’s to an exciting year ahead.

 

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