5.04.2009

67. IN ASIA: May 4 - May 27


This post will be used for updates during my trip to Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, and Tokyo. Keep checking back! & Expect lots of pictures when I come home!

May 3, 2009 - It's the night before I leave for my flight. I miss downtown/1 King West/men in suits already. I should go to sleep now..especially since I only got 5 hours of sleep the past 2 nights and I have to wake up in 6 hours.

May 6, 2009 - it's 6:30am here now & I woke up an hour ago to lots of birds chirping. The plane ride was horrible yesterday..way too long & the woman beside me was pretty annoying. But I did see some cute pilots. Hmm not sure what else to say because I'm still not sure what we're doing today but I guess shopping hahah. The weather is too hot and humid for me but hopefully I can survive.

May 8, 2009 - tomorrow we'll be off to Guilin for 5 days! The past few days I've gone shopping & got 4 new tops & a trenchcoat-ish thing so far. The shopping is amazing but I'm actually not enjoying my trip as much as I thought I would. I actually wanted to leave really badly on the first night but I dont want to get into it here. Wifi is also extremely hard to find. Yesterday I went to a Starbucks and spent $22HKD on a green tea (like double the cdn price) & the guy told me I have 20 min wifi but turned out I needed an account or something so I couldn't go on. All stores here close at around 10pm and it's always very crowded everywhere. I love that it's always busy though.

So I just went to Yves Saint Laurent & got a Y-MAIL clutch!!! The one I've been wanting for a long time! But I actually don't have it yet. I have to go pick it up when we come back from Guilin. I got a haircut yesterday & dyed my hair..it's now completely orangey-brown/copper :D

May 9, 2009 - I'm sitting in the airport now waiting for our flight to Guilin. This morning we went to the cemetery to visit my grandparents' and great-grandmother's graves. It was a huge cemetery..on a hill full of huge eagles.

May 12, 2009 - In Guilin now..I deleted everything I wrote before, for special reasons lol. If you missed it: Guilin is AMAZING but I wrote in too much detail then added people I met on this trip to FB and didn't want them reading what I wrote.
I basically talked about how amazing the scenery is & the drastic change of culture..& cute hotel bellboys. ;] Anyways we're going back to HK again tomorrow and I'm so depressed. Tokyo in 3 days though!

May 13, 2009 - in HK once again. In a few minutes we're zooming right over to YSL to pick up my YMail heheheh. Then going shoe shopping. Believe it or not, shopping everyday does get a bit boring. I cant wait until Tokyo for better shopping, Mt.Fiji, hot springs, & so much more. I really miss Guilin now. I can't believe I deleted my past few updates I made during the trip!! I regret it now. Remember when most of you thought that Guilin was a place to relax? Well it was the most tiring few days of my life. We did so much walking..up and down mountains in 30+ degree weather. It was worth it though. I felt like a backpacker but in nice hotels. It was a good experience..I will come back to explore China again soon. I want to visit more of these off-the-beaten-track places now. I love culture shock. But I hate uneven patina & dirty handles - bringing a damier azur speedy to a place like Guilin was not a good idea.

May 15, 2009 - so like I said, I got my YSL yesterday!! After that, we went shoe shopping & got 5 new pairs of shoes :D I'm not even sure how we're going to manage bringing everything back but I'm sure we will somehow. lol. Then we went over to Kowloon, walked around, and looked at cell phones. There was an entire mall full of cell phone stores..I'm not exaggerating - there mustve been like 100 different stores. I saw the Japanese ones I want but they're soooo expensive. And they don't even have it in the colour I want. I was thinking of getting the Giorgio Armani phone in white for roughly the same price..of course there's less features than a Japanese one but I love how it looks and I mainly use my cell for texting and pictures anyways. Depends how much I'm going to end up spending in Tokyo because some people we know who's been there is telling us to be prepared to spend at least 100,000 yen per person (about $8000)!!!! Are Japanese products really THAT hard to resist?! Enough shopping-talk for now. Today we're going to the beach :)

May 16, 2009 - Tokyo tomorrow! It's going to be a 4 hour flight from HK. Then 5 more days after that until I'm back in Toronto. I really can't wait because I can't stand HK anymore. I really like the city, the people are really nice, etc.. -deleted content- I really want to write out everything here but I don't really feel comfortable publicizing all my family problems.
My favourite thing about HK - riding in a taxi at night while listening to Hotel Costes. They seem really light and go soo fast..even at turns so sometimes it feels like we're flying. I guess it's a bit dangerous but it's a fun ride.
Another thing is that everything is so much cheaper than in Canada. Well food at least. And public transportation. I think like 5 or more times cheaper? I'm not sure about clothes though..I guess it's all roughly the same - HK just has way more different styles.

May 17, 2009 - I'm at the airport now waiting to go on my 5th flight in 2 weeks..to Tokyo! By the time I'm back in Toronto it will be 8 different planes in 3 weeks hahah. Well I'll update more at the hotel tonight.

May 17, 2009: Part II - I'M IN TOKYO!! We arrived this afternoon..all we did was go to a mall. It wasn't a really good mall I think, judging by the clothing stores. I mean the prices of everything were a lot cheaper than I expected. Our dinner was cheaper than restaurant dinners in Toronto. Anyways I managed to find one nice clothing store. As I mentioned awhile ago, I hate jeans. But this store had a lot of Red Pepper Jeans -- OMG I loved ALL of them!! It's really rare for me to find jeans I love so I had to buy a pair..I wanted more but they were kind of expensive. The SA there was sooo nice though (& stylish like all other Japanese people) He said he liked my pants and my necklace and patiently waited while I tried on 4827492373 different things. At the mall we also got dinner and ice cream..it's the first time I've had such a serious language barrier. Some Japanese people know literally no english. But they're all very, very, very stylish..especially the boys. ♥ More later..my internet runs out in 30 seconds.

May 18, 2009 - I'm currently on the slowest internet connection ever and this Japanese keyboard is really weird. Today all we did was go around the area in our tour bus, looking at Mt. Fuji from different locations. I think the reason why I'm not impressed by it is because I've seen way better - for example the Rocky mountains in BC/Alberta..like 4284927489 Mt.Fujis. It was actually pretty boring today. My Guilin trip was a LOT better. Right now, Tokyo isn't fun at all but hopefully it'll get better. Japan is good for the shopping (clothes, electronics, food) but not for a real travel experience. Maybe a city like Kyoto would be better for scenery. I did get a pair of shoes today though - the store managed to find us an SA who knew some english..he was really nice and even walked us to the door (holding our shopping bags for us) as we were leaving..then bowed as we left. I really wish I could go back to China again - there's so much more to see there and to experience. The BIGGEST difference between these two countries is this: JAPAN & CHINA

May 19, 2009 - omg I thought spending 100 yen for 10min of internet was expensive..I'm now using 100 yen per 5 minutes. So to make this quick - this tour thing is still pretty boring. I've decided to come to Japan next time alone because there's soooo much to see and do and BUY that it's just impossible to do all that you want when you're constantly looking at the time to go back to the tour bus. I got some new clothes today and a bunch of VOODOO DOLLS!! They're really cute - I might give a few of them away when I get back if anyone wants. Today we went to Shinjuku for a couple hours to shop at Isetan. The streetstyle in Tokyo is really the best in the world. EVERY SINGLE PERSON is well dressed - even the really old people. I've never seen so many Birkin bags in a single day. It's so amazing..you really have to see it to believe it. My new obsession: Japanese boys hahah. They have the coolest hair ever. It's like anime hair but really really nice. And really nice shoes. And Goyard bags. And really cool jeans. And they're all really tall and skinny. We were on the street when one of them started saying something to me and tried to give me a piece of paper/flyer or something..I didn't take it so he just threw it at me. Then he picked it back up off the ground because Japan is most likely the cleanest country in the world. I think I'm going to take Japanese lessons one of these days. I love Tokyo!

May 22, 2009 - I am currently back in Hong Kong..we got back at like midnight last night. We did some jewellery (pearls) shopping yesterday then went to the Ginza district! The 4-hour plane ride was really nice. Before we even took off, I found out the last few rows were empty so I sat at the very back row and had 3 seats to myself. I think it might be even better than first class hahah..I know it's highly unlikely but it would be amazing if I can have an entire row to myself again on the 16+ hour flight back to Toronto. Today is the opening of the Louis Vuitton (A Passion for Creation) exhibit here in Hong Kong. I'm going there in a few hours. Frank Gehry (!), Richard Prince (!!) & Marc Jacobs (I THINK) will be there!!!! Too bad I don't have my House of Holland "Do Me In The Parc Marc" shirt with me hahahah. & Too bad I don't have anything from the Richard Prince/LV line.
So there's about 6 more days until I'm back in Toronto -- we'll be going to Macau one of these days. I'm going to try not to buy anymore clothes and shoes especially. The only thing I still need to get is a cell phone!

May 24, 2009 - I'm in Macau right now at the Venetien casino. It's really nice here..like the "Las Vegas of Asia". Two days ago I went to the LV exhibit which was really amazing but we weren't allowed to take pictures. I went to the Frank Gehry and Richard Prince lectures! It was so cool being able to see them in person. I bought a huge book that was only available to buy at the exhibit - a limited edition of 500 copies (I got #360) it comes in a glass like case. We also went for afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel after that - really expensive but soooo good. Yesterday we went to an island (Cheung Chau) but it was pouring rain all day. I finally got my cell phone!! Not a Japanese one but the LG Secret..black label collection or something like that. It's black with gold trim & the top looks like leather. I hope it won't ever be available in Canada. I'm at a Portuguese restaurant now.. Macau is very Portuguese. Casinos later..wish me luck! ;)

May 27, 2009 - Finally going back home! I just survived a 12 hour plane ride from Hong Kong. Now I'm in Vancouver!! Actually inside the plane and still have wifi..weird. 5 more hours until Toronto :) expect an update and a few pictures tonight.. maybe.
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30 comments

  1. Have a fantastic trip!:)

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  2. awwww your cat!!~
    omg~ hope you have an amazing time =]!!

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  3. I'm in hk airport!! & it's impossible to edit posts using my ipod =\ so I'll update in comments? ugh annoying anyways the first thing I bought was a starbucks watermelon juice in a cute bottle.

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  4. A damier graphite just walked by me!! lol

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  5. did you got the damier graphite???or just some random person with no pikachu costume was carrying it near you?
    At least where you live you have Starbucks, we don't where I live so when I travel I have an impulsive addiction to Starbucks and nobody understand me haha

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  6. no I didn't lol it was a random guy.. which is sooo rare to see in toronto
    The starbucks was at the airport..there isn't one around where I'm staying now =(

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  7. how adorable is your cat coming with you ? :P

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  8. Hahah no he didn't come =(

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  9. I HATE HOW HUMID IT IS IN ASIA. i thought i was going to die last summer. so not looking forward to it this summer.. ugh

    HAVE FUN!!!!! p.s how long was your flight?

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  10. I hate the living conditions here..ugghh
    lol I can't even remember..like 17 hours total I think?!

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  11. yup, sounds about right that 17 hours!

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  12. TIFFANY its like $22 HKD = less than $4 CAD -_-"" so its almost the same price! ooooh i want a Y-MAIL clutch for a while now tooo, but toronto doesnt have any :(

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  13. wifi is going to be even harder to find in guilin lol

    i hate how hk always feels soggy @_@

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  14. Starbucks tea is only $1.73 in Canada lol

    I'm hoping our hotel will have wifi..

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  15. XD told you guilin was amazing!! haha during your next trip to china you shouls pay a visit to "jiu zai gou"
    its sooo beautiful, alot of pandas live around that area

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  16. YSL mail clutch- <3
    Your trip sounds marvelous so far... while back here in toronto, it's only been recently things are picking up in life right now, have SO much to tell you!!! Loving the evenings now. :)
    x

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  17. the trip sounds amazing! guilin and the shangri-la place and the performers! amazing!

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  18. i'm soo jealous you got the ysl clutch! i love those! so pretty

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  19. LOL hahha hotel bellboys...like julian wasn't good enough for you?!?! who can withstand julian and his beautiful harp!! *sigh* i will always have a special place in my heart for julian hahaha

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  20. Julian's more than enough but really...there's no such thing as too many hotel bellboys, security, etc..especially when they're foreign and smile at you! Hahahah

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  21. tiff $100,000 yen is about $800 :O

    every single time i come back from tokyo i have to pay a fine for my overweight luggage @____@

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  22. i meant around $1,000 USD not $800 my mistake

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  23. Lol you're right.. wow I'm so confused. I never bothered to do the calculation but my mom said we exchanged $8000 cdn..& got 100,000 yen?! Hmmmmmm I'll ask her about it later

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  24. im leaving for tokyo tomorrow, maybe ill bump into you somehow lol

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  25. so i see korean toilets = japanese AND chinese. cuz we have both, but never at the same place, obviously. just depending on if we're in the countryside or the city. sounds like a lot of fun!

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  26. hahah well Japan is mostly those nice ones..but today I actually saw the squatting ones too. it was so funny - there were signs beside the door that said 'western' or 'japanese' style (western was sitting)

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  27. don't forget lv is EVERYWHERE lol
    almost every girl in tokyo has something LV on them haha

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  28. I know!! boys too -- most of them have a damier wallet in their back pocket hahah

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  29. Awe you toured Japan with a company? :(
    I was hoping you'd do it the cool way and just run around on instinct and check out all the crazy/interesting things going on. Sure you may get to see some crazy stuff but how often do you get to be involved in it when you are on a tour bus? I wanted hilarious Japan adventure stories :(
    But hey.. at least you got pictures.. Right???

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  30. I'm doing it that way next time for sure..I hate joining these tours lol
    I have some pictures but not as much as I took in Guilin..& I didn't buy anything extremely weird =(

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