If you ask me what my dream destination would be, I would easily say Hong Kong. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been fascinated by the culture, the views and the aesthetic of the country. And I couldn’t be happier that I finally visited this destination. Best of all, I flew there for over a week both mixing play and work making it my first foreign blogger event thanks to the Hong Kong Tourism Board! Exciting.
Arrived in HK on a Monday ( Oct 23, 2017 ) and upon landing, I can already feel the different pulse of the city. I loved the cool weather, I can wear my windbreakers and parkas without sweating. From the get-go, I was taking in as much of the sights and the sounds of the city: red cabs, skyscrapers, temples, aromatic smells from its cuisine, neon signs…everything! It’s as Instagrammable as I imagined it to be.
The first two days was spent with my friends exploring areas like Tsim Sha Tui, Victoria Peak, Wan Chai and Mongkok. These are fairly easy to navigate thanks to the super convenient modes of commute in the city.
But don’t be afraid to get lost! Half of the fun is the adventure in discovering works of art, small cafes, shops and other points of interest. If you’re afraid of getting lost, I suggest bringing a Flytpack with you or turning on your Smart roaming. Google maps is your best friend. Check out some of the places we went to.
Pocket Wifi from @Flytpack
We also went to Disneyland, and it was overwhelming! I just see these characters on TV and it’s amazing how I got to meet them. We were at the park the whole day enjoying the rides and of course, making cool memories.
By Wednesday, I met up with King and Niche of Group M (one of my favorite PR people) to get briefed with our project with Hong Kong Tourism Board. What’s the project? It’s called the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival! Basically, it’s a huge gathering of the world’s best winemakers to showcase their products in HK. The Victoria Harbour is transformed into a maze of bubblies, wines, yummy food and other gourmet offerings. And so off we went!
Exploring the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival was truly delightful! Having met some of the best influencers from Malaysia and Singapore, it made me feel validated that what I’m doing back home is getting recognized. I cannot wait for more doors to open, but for now, let me enjoy that event.
Anyway, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival this 2017 is its 9th installment and is organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. It ran from October 26-29 and admission was at 30 HK dollars – sulit for what you’ll be experiencing inside is an exploration of over 400 wine and dine booths. With over 5 zones showcasing products from 20 countries and regions, the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival was indeed a feast for the senses. From exclusive tastings to alcohol appreciation, you’ll find them all here.
If you’re planning to travel to HK during the months of October or for Halloween next year, I urge you to tryout the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival before partying at Lan Kwai Fong! It’s not only a place to make your tastebuds happy, it’s also really educational. I learned about how wines were made, and how different the products are. I also got acquainted to my new fave type of wine – moscato. This event is truly taking food events to a whole different level. To know more so you can plan your travel, visit discoverhongkong.com/winedinefestival.
After that yummy event, we spent the last days in HK exploring more sights. This time, we looked around the streets of Quarry Bay, Sheung Wan, Mongkok and Central. The district was busy preparing for Halloween so it looked really festive. And of course, our trip would be complete without a visit to the colorful block of Choi Huang Estate. Oh HK, you were truly magical. ( More photographs below )
I can’t wait to book another ticket and ready for more to #DiscoverHongKong.