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Lost in Hong Kong: Day 3 – Zoological and Botanical Garden, Ladies’ Market, Cafe de Coral

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Now we’re back to my Hong Kong series! Knowing that our itinerary for the third day is packed, you’d think we’d wake up early. Nope, it didn’t happen. We were up by 6:00 AM and after singing a quick ‘Happy Birthday’ song to Sydney with our morning voices, we dozed off again. I think it’s because we got our fill of Ocean Park in half a day that we thought it’ll only take that long to roam Disneyland – which is also included on our third day itinerary. Add that to the fact that we were tired and our feet were cursing us out, we overslept. First wrong decision of the day.

Getting Lost in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Obviously very lost and has to google every landmark we see.

Second wrong decision of the day was trusting Google Maps. According to Google and Google Maps, it should only take about nine minutes of walking from MTR Central station to reach our first destination of the day, Hong Kong Zoologinal and Botanical Garden. Guess how long it took us? About an hour.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

If only I was rich, I would so shop here.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Not so many people are out and about by 11AM, it seems.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Prada!! Always reminds me of The Devil Wears Prada.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

We are smiling in here but in reality, we were taking a break to catch some needed air.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Not so obvious from the photo but the road was very steep and we just climbed it!

The only pros of this getting lost bit is 1. I can now check [get lost in a foreign place] from my bucketlist, 2. We got our daily cardio exercise and 3. We got a glimpse of the high class living in Hong Kong. We ended up in buildings boasting of Louis Vuitton and Hermes among others before walking in a mostly deserted streets that houses an elementary school and a chapel. We finally got directions from a fellow Pinay when we were so closed to just going back to the MTR station. Thanks ate!

Zoological and Botanical Garden

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

The back of sweatshirt says “Ever” if you saw that from the featured photo. What-ever.

Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden is the Central Park of Asia. Getting lost was worth it. If we had hours to spare, it would be lovely to just take a stroll in the place and sit down in the benches. And they have tulips that were very lovely and lively!

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Taking advantage of the (almost) empty garden!

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Central Park vibes!!

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Funny how we got this photo; Yuna’s phone was perched on top of a bench and she has to run before the timer goes off.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places

Tulips, tulips, tulips.

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places (1)

More flowers that I have no idea what they’re called!

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places (1)

In memory of…

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places (1)

Look at all that green!

The garden was said to be the first garden in Hong Kong and probably one of the biggest, too. It’s categorized into two sections: the east garden and the west garden. We were only able to roam the east garden – specifically the Fountain Terrace Garden. A bronze statue of the deceased British King George VI, the Children’s Playground, Bird House, Jaguar Cage, and Plant Greenhouse are also seen in the east garden. The west garden is mainly the home of mammals and reptiles – including a flamingo, a lemur, and turtles!

Zoological and Botanical Gardens is open from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.

Cafe de Coral

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My favorite place to eat in!

Café de Coral is where we had our lunch and dinner for the day. It’s sort of like a fast food chain but food options are different from every branch. We saw a branch in Central and another near Ladies’ Market. All the dishes we had from this fast food were so good and worth the money. They’re also really affordable – you can get rice meals for HKD33 inclusive of drinks. I loved their fried chicken with cream sauce meal!

Hong Kong Day 3; Richel Goes Places (1)

N4 was so good, I swear!

Café de Coral is open from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Ladies’ Market

Ladies' Market; Richel Goes Places

The hustle and bustle in Ladies’ Market.

For a night market, they sure close early. We arrived around 10PM but a lot of stalls were already closing! We weren’t able to take photos at all as we rush to shop. Shirts are going at a rate of 8 shirts for HKD100 (PHP670). Character USBs (64G) goes for 6 for HKD100. Sets of magnets and keychains go for HKD50 (PHP335).

It was fun to shop in Hong Kong; the haggling part is really entertaining! Some even just agree to whatever price we ask for! Haha! I didn’t want to overspend too much, but I was really eyeing some bags, gloves, and boots! Good thing I was and still am on a shopping ban or else bye bye savings. We finished shopping in 30 minutes and spent another 30 minutes just roaming the streets and trying to soak in as much of Hong Kong on our last night.

Like I said on the introductory paragraph, we also visited Disneyland on our third day but I’ll be talking about that on my next post! 🙂

What’s your favorite garden?

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38 Comments

  • Reply
    Melanie M.
    March 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Awesome photos, Richel. Too bad I missed visiting Zoological and Botanical Garden during my last HK visit. Next time nalang 🙂 Looks like you guys had sooo much fun. Looking forward to read more of your adventures in and out of the Philippines.

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 3:28 PM

      Hi! Thanks for dropping by, Melanie! Yes, there’s always next time. This is just a peak of the garden as we were running out of time to explore it. 🙂

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    Viviene Kok
    March 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    Steep roads and getting lost. My favourite. Hahahaha 🙂 Those tulips look gorgeous and it seems you girl has lotsa fun exploring HK! x

    Happy Weekend Richel!

    Real Life Nerd

    http://www.vivienekok.com

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      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:34 AM

      Why would you love steep roads? It was a struggle to walk up on them! Hahaha! We ended up finishing all our water before reaching our destination, but it was really lots of fun! Totally memorable. Have a nice week ahead, Viviene!! 🙂

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    Jannette
    March 20, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    Amazing shots! I’ve always wanted to go to Botanical Garden. 🙂

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      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:29 AM

      Are you from Hong Kong? It was a pretty neat place. Too bad we weren’t able to explore all of it. xx

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    Z. (@hellozauni)
    March 20, 2016 at 5:52 AM

    Oh wow, this is so lovely. I have never been to Hong Kong, so getting glimpses (especially of food/menus) is a treat! Fried chicken with cream sauce? What?! Sounds brilliant. Also you guys look so happy in all your photos. Where else would you like to travel?

    hellozauni.com

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      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

      I would have taken lots of photos of the menus but when in Hong Kong, fast food literally means fast food. You have to order and eat as fast as you can! Haha! Yes, fried chicken with cream sauce! It’s my personal fave from all the food I’ve eaten when I was there. We’re planning to travel in Asia first; we have a trip planned to Korea late this year and maybe Japan next year. A Eurotrip is also in the plans but that might take years! 🙂

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    elabellaworld
    March 20, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    Even though you got lost, I am sure you had such fun! I don’t really trust Google Map anymore, I got lost quite a few times because of it 🙂

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:45 AM

      It was really fun – although I think I’ll be using maps more than I’ll use Google Maps now! Haha. 🙂

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    misslovelyattitude
    March 20, 2016 at 1:22 AM

    looks like you all had a lot of fun 🙂 so cool 🙂
    http://www.youtube.com/c/MissLovelyAttitude
    http://lovelyattitude.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:18 AM

      It was loads of fun! 🙂

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    Anne
    March 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

    This looks like so much fun! I’ve never been to Hong Kong but it surely is on my list. 🙂

    Anne’s Scribbles and Doodles | Instagram | Bloglovin’

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      Hope you can visit soon! And if you ever need help with the itinerary or anything, feel free to send me a message. 🙂

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    Lauren Napper
    March 20, 2016 at 12:09 AM

    Lovely post! It sounds like you’re having/had an amazing time, so super jealous that I am stuck in boring ol’ England when you are out in Hong Kong! So amazing! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 21, 2016 at 9:17 AM

      In retrospect, I’d rather be in England! Hahaha! 🙂

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    Monique | WritingMonique
    March 19, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    So awesome! The botanical garden looks incredibly beautiful!
    WritingMonique

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      Richel V.
      March 19, 2016 at 6:34 AM

      It does. Reminds me of New York’s very own Central Park!

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    Mimi Gonzales
    March 18, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Oh, I know how it feels like to get lost because of stupid Google. Hahaha. Sometimes, they just can’t be trusted, really. I’ve been there, too, and got lost. Good thing I was with really fun people, so it didn’t feel like hell having to walk around in the middle of the night trying to get to our hotel that time. Haha. Btw, I love your photos! 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 19, 2016 at 7:04 AM

      If I was travelling alone, I would have dragged myself to the next destination within fifteen minutes of being lost! Hahaha! Thanks, Mimi! 🙂

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    Ochi Bernadas
    March 18, 2016 at 7:08 PM

    Is Sonya’s Garden considered a ‘garden’? LOL! Too bad none of you guys brought a camera! The destinations are really breath-taking!

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

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      Richel V.
      March 19, 2016 at 6:36 AM

      Just googled Sonya’s Garden and it does look good. Let’s count that as a garden, lol. I’m thinking of what camera to buy now for our future trips! Any suggestions? 🙂

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    Dianne
    March 18, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    If I were very tired the previous day, I might have done the first mistake too! I don’t use google maps, I only use waze for mobile maps. Is waze also available in HK? Not sure if that’s a dumb question or not haha! I bet walking in HK is way better than walking here in the Philippines. If I were to walk for an hour under Mr. Sun here, I might have been dead tired by the time I arrived to my destination. But your photos in Botanical garden looks like you guys still have full of energy! 🙂

    That’s a real steal in the Night Market!! 8 shirts for Php670.00! Are they good, or just so-so?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 19, 2016 at 8:04 AM

      I don’t know if there’s Waze there.. and isn’t Waze for cars? I don’t know, hahaha! It’s def better walking in HK. I don’t have to worry about my things and getting lost in shady places, lol. It was also still winter so it was pretty cool and you won’t really get sweaty – total opposite of walking in the PH right now. We spent ten-fifteen minutes laying down on the benches to recharge before taking photos! Haha! And the scenery improved our energy levels. 🙂
      They’re really good for the price. Not the best quality pero hindi naman mukhang cheap, lol.

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    Lily Rose
    March 18, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    This looks like you girls had an amazing trip. So much fun!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

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      Richel V.
      March 18, 2016 at 3:54 PM

      It was really fun. 🙂

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    Nerdy Maria
    March 17, 2016 at 9:52 PM

    Looks like your third day was a fun one even through you got lost a bit. But hey! It makes it even more fun! 🙂 I can’t wait for your Disney post 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 10:05 PM

      It definitely made it more memorable! Haha! We were just laughing it off when we were on the train ride to Disneyland. 🙂

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    Lindsey Elyse
    March 17, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Great pictures! Looks like so much fun – I’m always so skeptical about trusting google maps as well, that very same thing has happened to me way too often!

    Lindsey Elyse | lindseyginge

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      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 9:35 PM

      Really threw us off! I used to trust Google Maps so much before. Hahaha!

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    ashleyclaisse
    March 17, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Hongkong is so wonderful specially at night!!

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      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 6:25 PM

      It’s wonderful any time of the day! Although I might be bias since we visited during winter and it’s not that hot, haha!

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    Jewel Clicks
    March 17, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    whooaa! great post! Makes me missing HK 🙂

    getting lost is an adventure!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 6:24 PM

      Getting lost is both a pain and adventure, hahaha!

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    jay&gee
    March 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    This is really a travel goal 🙁 These are the places we have not visited 🙁 I like your post!! Making me miss Hong Kong so much 🙂 Visit mine too.

    http://www.theco-sins.com

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 5:09 PM

      Hi! Thanks for dropping by my blog! Just writing these posts makes me want to book a flight to Hong Kong ASAP, tbh. 🙂

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    Gabrielle “Crystal” RoseBonniee
    March 17, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    Looks interesting and wonderful. Wish I were there too ♡

    ♡ Avon Incandessence ♡

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      Richel V.
      March 17, 2016 at 9:35 AM

      Thanks! Do a visit in HK sometime. 🙂

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