The first time I was in Hong, I stayed in Tsim Sha Tsui. I found it very touristy and not at all as I had expected Hong Kong to be, and after my one week stay, I was quite certain, that I would not visit Hong Kong again. Luckily my friend AC talked me into giving Hong Kong a second try, and together we went on a girls’ trip to Hong Kong. This time we stay on Hong Kong Island, and it was a completely different experience.
Borderline Collective in Mae Sot also offers cooking classes so you can learn to make all the delicious dishes on the menu at the Tea Garden restaurant that Borderline also runs. Before I came to Mae Sot, I had never tried Burmese food, so it was like discovering a whole new world. My immediate impression is that Burmese food is less spicy than Thai food, but with the same preference for fresh ingredients packed with flavor.
I joined Poul on his layover in Fort Lauderdale, and one of the days we rented a small Cessna and went for sightseeing along Florida’s coast. None of us have a valid certificate for small piston engine airplanes, so we went up with an instructor. It turned out to be a really good idea, because then we had our hands free to take photos and videos of the beautiful flight.
After Hong Kong, I went to Mae Sot in Thailand, close to the border to Myanmar. Here, I was meeting with Borderline Collective, which is an organization supporting migrant and refugee women from Myanmar. The women are organized in smaller autonomous collectives based in the small villages along the border.
Poul arrived in Hong Kong one day later than I did, so I decided to go out to the airport and take a photo of him, when he landed. It was very windy and rainy that day, so it was only me and a few other plane spotters at the end of runway 07L. Poul’s flight was delayed out of Dubai and then put in a 20-minute holding upon arriving in Hong Kong, but I had tracked him on FlightRadar all the way from Dubai, so I knew when it was time to get my camera ready.
Best lunch we had in Hong Kong? That must be the lunch at Madame Ching! Madame Ching is located on Star Street which is a small but trendy street located uphill from Queens Road. You will not see a lot of tourists up there, but Star Street is popular among the city’s expat crowd, and most of the restaurants we passed seemed busy.
It’s been almost a year since my last haircut, so when I saw this street lined with hair salons in Causeway Bay, I decided that now was the time. But the salons all offered the same services at the same prices, so how to choose? Then I saw a young girl with fab looking hair stepping out of one of the places, Leighton 23, and the problem was solved; I’m going in.
Nearby the hotel in Hong Kong was a really nice cafe, Cross Cafe. I went there for breakfast and had a set menu with macaroni soup with ham (or spam), toast and scrambled eggs. Macaroni soup is a popular Hong Kong breakfast dish, and yes, it tastes a lot better than it looks. The white broth was rich in flavor and the mix of green peas, carrot and ham made me think of a soup version of old-school Danish tartlets (tarteletter).