Dragon’s Back Hike


Times flew by just as if you were fasting forward the video cassette, 6 months back into home land but yet I cannot forget how easy access Hong Kong is for hiking. You can hike any peak on any given good weather weekend without any advanced planning. Unlike my Brecon Beacons hike in September, took 3 days off for hiking.

Having been real slow with sharing some of my Hong Kong highlights, I pull myself to write up the hikes now esp its the best season in HK right now to hike. Hong Kong is still standing at above 25C degree, making it the perfect time to explore the nature again.

And here I am, sharing one of my beloved hikes in HK that I have experienced… The Dragon’s Back.


All hidden before sunnies, I am sure my friends wouldn’t mind I shared this photos on my blog! There you go, a bad example of hiking gear was to wear converse to hike. Make sure you wear shoes with good support to your ankle for any hikes.


Off we go, we took the bus to Shau Kei Wan MTR, Exit A3 towards the bus stop, for bus 9 towards Shek-O, alight at To Tei Wan on Shek O Road where you will see the hike sign that we took a selfie from.

From that starting point, we decided to finish the hike at Shek-O and aiming to hop on the Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) for a dip of water to end our day. Literately, as soon as you start the hike you will not get lost, but rather crowded with loads of hikers around.


That day was a warm day with loads of clouds blocking the sun, else I am sure I will get burn like crazy!  The path are all clear without any shelters, so you have to make sure you’re sunscreen covered, visor or hats ready for this harsh sun. Think HK has the deadly sunshine compare to UK…



Look at the landscape views that you get from this hike,  any hard work is worth it right?


And yes, our aim was to walk down hill to the Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) and there its where we was aiming.


Time flies when you’re having fun, a few more jokes, resting stops for the nice view, viola, we arrived at the bay to enjoy some chilled out by the bay. Enjoyed a few snacks by the stall nearby, brought a red bean ice lolly and sat by the bay….

Some useful information
Starting point:
From MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3, take bus 9 at Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus to To Tei Wan, Shek O Road.
End point: Walk from Tai Long Wan to Shek O. Then take bus 9 at Shek O Road back to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. From here, public transport is available to other destinations.
Distance: 3 km over duration 2 to 3 hours depending on your pace

Top Five Gelatorias of Cinque Terre & Pisa

There are times that you would feel really guilty regarding what you’ve eaten into your belly! We all to some extent tends to be really cautious of what we eat during our daily meals, however, when we are away from home and on holiday, your cautious mind relaxes and think this is he time to indulge in foods that you cannot get back home..

…and this is the same with Italy. What they are famous for?? GELATO!!!

My 5 lists of gelato places in Cinque Terre and Pisa region. Its always so good to be back to Italy and explore different area.

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La Bottega del Gelato, Pisa
We had a very satisfied meal on our arrival night and googled the nearest gelato place that are still opened and found this little gem across the bridge. It’s roughly about 10 mins walk from Pisa Centrale Station and it is super easy to get to, just walk down through the main road of all the shops, cross the bridge and you will see it by the little square full of locals/tourists.
I’ve got mine in a waffle cone with hazelnut and pistachio flavour gelato for 2.50E and from then onwards, I was shocked at the price that I have to pay in London!! The gelato texture in La Bottega was on the soft side but the flavour was awesome!!

Love Italy once again OVER a gelato!

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Gelatoria Vernazza, Vernazza
Next up, its the famous Gelatoria Vernazza, the name says it all. Its located in Vernazza the town that I called home for the 4 days while I was there. Pretty amazingly it was only diagonally opposite my studio flat, I had to control myself every on my way back to the flat. It was super tempting….. honestly!
Once again, I had the same flavours as the last location, hazelnut and pistachio flavour, oh la la.. I thought the previous one was good. This one is even better! Not only the gelato was more dense in terms of texture so were their flavours too!

The only downside of this place is, they use an icecream scoop on me? whyyyyyy not the traditional gelato scoop?

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Gelatoria Il Porticciolo, Vernazza
After getting back into Vernazza from the afternoon hike, I said to myself I need to this gelatoria by the dock, else I would not have enough time to fit them all in. I am glad I choose to try it on the spot, because the following few days this gelatoria closes early or I wasn’t in town early enough before their shop closes. Definitely a great gelatoria, I tried Pistachio and Mango sorbet, another classic combo of mine! I can tell you not only the pistachio flavour taste so great, real smooth and not artificial taste. The mango sorbet was really greatly made, love the texture..! Definitely on my recommendation list for you.

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Gelatoria Alberto, Cognilia
This was already on our list even before we depart for our trip, their infamous signature Nutella gelato was waiting to be tried… We instantly noticed his gelato shop as we walk into the centre, you cannot miss it, at the entrance to the center of the town. We decided to try the gelato after our lunch instead… and I have to say do not missed this place, I went for nutella and coconut flavour, I wanted something lighter to balance the richest of nutella, I was right! Their nutella gelato was so rich in flavour and really smooth in texture that it was good to pair it with something light.. Definitely worth giving a try!

Forget about the calories you are taking, you’re on holiday!

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Bar Centrale, Riomaggioire
I really was trying to hold myself back from eating another one but as we wander around Riomaggioire, we got a little bored after our lunch by the pier, thinking shall we go back to vernazza or wander around a little more? In the end, we went to get ourselves a gelato before chilling by the benches and start people watching activities (Saw two cool oriental bikers in their motorbike!). Can’t fault much but yet I find their gelato a little lack of flavour and generally on the bland side. Texture wise was pretty smooth but melts relatively fast.

Think I have absolutely nailed it with my accommodation location!  I do think my top two choices are within Vernazza, so make sure they are on your list to visit!

Two top choux places to visit in London right now

Anyone don’t do eclairs here?? Ask any of my girl friends, all of them would not decline any eclair offers? I am not talking about the chocolate eclairs in purple and gold wrapper, I am talking about the choux pastry eclair if you love both.

Before all the fancy offerings on the market, after a few round of eating supermarket eclairs. Our favourite ones is from Marks & Spencer, their cream is the best of the all with proper smooth vanilla whipped cream, though I still reckon the chocolate ganache on top is slightly too thick for my liking.

What’s next? Here comes along the recent infamous Maitre Choux taking the famous eclair scene from Paris to London; opened their little boutique in the museum district… also stepping into the competition is my favourite chocolatier Pierre Marcolini opened a shop near Baker Street with a selection of eclairs too!


I have to tell you, if you ever do make your way to Maitre Choux, make sure you go early during the busy busy busy busy (Have to emphasis this!) weekend where EVERYONE go and make a visit, by 3pm on the Saturday that I have visited. They only have about 5 flavours left on the shelf. I was like… err… where’s my favourite pistachio? Howdy, straight away I have choose a sharp raspberry cream favour and the classic vanilla flavour.

What’s the verdict? Choux pastry was good and still in perfect texture; the cream… i cannot fault much considering I kept it out of the fridge for almost half day since I was chilling in the Sky Garden. The little eclair was still in good taste, good look and went into my tummy feeling satisfied.

This definitely worth a visit, yes it is expensive but even just give it a try, each was £5 a pop but now has gone up to £5.20-£5.80 depending on the flavour that you are going to take home with you.

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In comparison to Maitre Choux, the pastry with Pierre Marcolini tends to be on the bit soft soggy side, anyone can tell me if this is due to “buying it at the end of the day” issue? but if the shop offers consistent quality goods, then it shouldn’t….  on the good note, their flavours were amazing; I particularly love their passion fruit one where the sharp zingy of the passion fruit cream cuts the rich texture or added some colour to the boring choux pastry that I was eating into.  On the other hand, the raspberry cream was more on the sweet side… filling was equally as good but I felt let down by the pastry.
The only issue was, MY fault, they were kept out of cold environment for the whole night while I was dining at Chiltern Firehouse, my apologies eclairs….

I really wonder what’s next in the London scene?

Must see and to do in Malta


How was your summer?? Did you enjoy the breezy UK summer, it didn’t last long did it?? The summer feel a little longer for me and I did not wore my long coat once (apart from in my South Korea trip!) but that’s because I was in Asia… this will probably not repeat again unless I move back home.

The most surprising trip I have ever encounter would probably be Malta. Malta was never a place on top of my list, until the moment that we all try to visit a country that four of us have never been before. That said, after all the cross checking and flight checking, Malta is it!  One friend did the flight, another did the car rental and I did the apartment so the person flying from HK will just board the flight with us…  and the next thing was the memorable journey to the airport where we have missed our flight… then arrived to this amazing country that I have never imagine it to be before!



A separate island of Malta; there’s an extensive list of places to visit. I would suggest you to wake up pretty early to get a good day out of this island, otherwise returning back and forth not only will cost you more time and monies.  We drove to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal in the main Malta island side. As you drive, follow the road signs and line up at the ferry terminal area (loads of parking lanes on the ground), you don’t need to pay for going into Gozo Island, just drive through into the ferry and park as they instruct you to. Enjoy your chillax moments on the deck and admire the sea scenic views; watch it as the ferry approaches the Gozo island it feels like you’re approaching a real size island model.


Azure Window was the first sight that we drove to as we arrive to Gozo. I had a bit of funniest moment of my life where my cannot wear contact lenses due to red eye infection, instead I had to wear my optical frame on top of my sunny! Crazy!

Had a few snaps in front of this Azure window we decided to go for some fun and see if we can walk closer to the window itself. I risked my shoes from getting wet and step on those rocks…. only made it to half way though!!

Sad to say, we did not have any swim wears with us, else I am sure we can have some water-playing moments by the Azure window too. Not to mention, Inland Sea was actually behind the Azure window though it looks nothing like what Google images tells me…


We drive around and led ourselfes to the Xlendi Bay. Drove among the coast side and found a car park right next to a restaurant, as our bellies are screaming hunger. We parked up and enjoy our lunch admiring this view above! The views, the sun and relax moods that set us yes, we are holidaying in Malta…


Feeling sleepy after lunch and from the warm sun. We decided to have a little wonder around the hilly area near the restaurant, overlooking groups of tourist lying by the coast area sunbathing…


Our trip could not go without any back shots… I don’t think I will ever jump down this height though!


We drove our way to the next destination Qbajjar Bay but we cannot see many tourists which is good if you want some quiet time alone however the location or the to chill seating area wasn’t as pleasant as I would like and we decided to drive off among the coast to find something a little more interesting! And to our surprise, we saw a family working on these salt pans. I am curious how long will it take the sea water to dry up before they can harvest the salt… it must be a long and patient process!

We then drove off to the other side of the island and found ourselves to arrive at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, it was late and we did not manage to go in for an exploration, only being able to admire the building from far! ohh.. there’s a public toilet opposite this basilica.


It was almost the end of the day, we drove to Mgarr Ix-Xinl Bay for sunset in Gozo. The drive to this bay was pretty dangerous, it was right next to the cliff and I can see the edge by the passenger seat and to make it more difficult there was an income car and that we have to stop aside. Can’t imagine if there wasn’t that space, what can you do if not??


The effort of the drive wasn’t worth it as we found ourselves in a bay that the sunset doesn’t come through and you will never guessed we drove all the way back to the other side of the island back to our first sight, the Azure Window for this amazing sunset. We watch it until the egg yolk disappeared into the sea level before we set ourselves back to the Mgarr Habour/terminal for our ferry to the main Malta island. A note, you have to pay for your ferry ticket this time!



After a day of exploring Gozo, we thought the wise thing to do was to explore one area of the main Malta island and for the sake of driving journey etc we decided to explore the centre of Mdina before heading down to cover the coastal area.

Mdina which is known as a quiet city as soon as you step through the small gate from the car park area, straight away you will notice these sand colour walls and building. Its like another world within the country side of Malta and how quiet this city is,its probably we started from the back because as soon as you walk to the front gate, loads of tourist flooding through…

While exploring around this quiet city, make sure you stand by the observatory area to admire the green lands of Malta and go to a nearby cafe to enjoy a cold smoothie with their strawberries meringue gateaux. Refreshing and surprisingly light texture!


You certainly cannot leave Mdina before some “modelling” shots in these alley ways !

We continue our drive down to look for Dingli cliffs. First glance it doesn’t look much special until we found a view where we can admire this Dingli Cliff. It was pretty scary when you try to stand there and take a photo… we tried standing as closed to the edge as we can and of course, being a bit safety conscious, I can only reach to as this far!


And we went a little extreme with this modelling photo shot by standing outside the cliffs! What was I thinking with my friends? Thinking back its really dare devil attitude…


Thinking its probably the most unbelievable things I ever do while on trip….


While on this Dingli cliffs, we saw this bench so obviously its designed for us to admire how beautiful landscape that you can see from Malta right?? We say this is such a lonely granny post!!!


Following our roughly planned route, we decided to go Blue Grotto and luckily we got there before we missed the tour time, I wouldn’t say its the most amazing cave scenes I seen before (Hvar’s Blue cave was the most amazing one!) nevertheless, it was still amazing to go there and see the rock/cave formation in Malta is like. And of course, don’t forget to bring your swimwear to enjoy a bit of bay scene and bathing….


We went on a boat tour for about 8 euro; the tour guide wasn’t the best and drove super fast around the cave and doesn’t give you enough time to have a proper look at the caves….  though, I’ve got a bit fascinated by how these cave were formed.


After the boat tour, we stayed around and chill a bit under the sun. Posing for any photography moment. We stood to overlook whether those guys opposite us will jump of that 5m jump board, that must be nerve wrecking!!


As time goes by it was late afternoon, we decide to drive to the nearby Gnerja Bay for some chilling time and see if  we could get some late lunch. And by the time we finish our late lunch it was almost time for sunset where we walked across to the empty area to wait for the sunset.

I have to say, every time you are on holiday, do make sure you have tried your best to catch the sunset… it have been an unforgettable memories of every single sunsets that I watched while aboard….


Comino Island – Swimming/ Snorkeling

We decided to have a little sleep in before we have a Mi-goreng with an egg before we head to Comino Island via Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal for the lovely blue lagoon and sun. Make sure you keep your ticket for the return ferry. This was a bad mistake as my belly was sticking out (Not that it was any flatter…!) all the time while I was there. However, we quickly got over this thinking and enjoyed the lovely blue sky and clear water while we can.

Make sure you rent a sunbathing deck so you don’t need to sit on these bum-hurting rocks and people step over your possessions! We tried snorkeling with our gears but there weren’t much to see… while you’re swimming down under; make sure you are preventive with jelly fishes they seems to be swimming around this clear blue sea with us! My friend got stung by them and got pour vinegar over it….


We certainly took a waterproof camera with us so that we can do all sorts of photos on the sea.. look at how amazing this sea is, huh?? We tried doing those flipping hair post but failed!!! And also we tried taking photo under the sea.. it was so fun!

By Don’t forget to fill your belly up by the foods stall near the entrance to the island, my personal favourite being the kebab stall! Perfect snacks to end this Comino Island part of our trip.



We ended the last day of our trip in the cities before we head to the airport for our flight home. Sad to say so! However, since we only have a limited time in Valletta before riding off to Airport including a lunch in Valletta, certainly it was a bit of a rush, just in case of traffic etc. I cannot emphasis how identical each building/houses looks like and how this gives it a unique atmosphere of Malta.

Not to mention, before you go off make sure you pop by Xpadrilles AATMalta and grab yourself a few pairs of this authentic hand made espadrilles. I love them to bits. I would suggest to get a size down as the material get loosen once you have wore it a few times! I had countless embarrassing moments where mine kept on falling off while walking! In fact, I have counted…14 times within an hour!!!


We also drove to Vittorosia, one of infamous fish towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua; with our limited time, we choose to visit Vittoriosa due to this picturesque view. The sun was at its peak when we was walking about this small town, my lordy, it really burns your skin!

Tips for Malta trip

We find having a car really help with this trip, like any other city we preferred to travel by train and public transportation but with Malta, a must will get you going a lot faster and easier. Of course, the additional benefits will be you can just throw your swimwear bags in the boot for any last minute on sea activities!

Make sure you plan and map well to the area that you’re interested in visiting; jot down the places of sights that you want to go, if one doesn’t suit your visual liking you can always drive to the next one. Don’t waste time driving from one sight of one direction to the other sight of the opposite direction. Group the sights together and visit them together…

Of course, don’t forget to wear sun protections with you. And as mention above, don’t forget to bring your swim wears, flip flop and towel in your boot for any last minute beach lying activities.

I have had a wonderful time in Malta and I would recommend you to visit it at least once in your lifetime!

Things to do in Reykjavik

CNV00013 (2)Its about the time of the year that we plan a head for the winter holiday. And I thought I would share a little of my Iceland trip so that you guys can get planning and roughly know what to expect in a long weekend in Iceland…

Apartment K
Thingholtsstraeti 2-4, Bergstadastraeti 3 and Ingolfsstraeti 1A.
*Check in for all locations is at Thingholtstræti 2-4
Reykjavik, 101, Iceland, +354 864 5719
The amazing apartment that we stayed at during our stay and is nearby a few supermarkets, very easy to make your food purchases and cook it to save cost. Beside the restaurant closes super early… if you go on tour, you might not be able to come back in time to each.
The only downside of this place is they deduct your cost before your arrival; cancellation is 7 days before your booking.. !

Golden Circle tour (whole day); highlights –
Þingvellir National Park
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Skálholt church
Geothermal Powerplant, Hellisheidavirkjun
We decided to  use Grayline for this tour, just because our friend recommended this tour vs Reykjavik Excursions, it covers a slight more sights… smart yea? smart traveller compares… ^^
*Note; this finishes really late and if you go to Northern light tour after this, you don’t have much time for dinner…

IMG_7809Gullfoss waterfall; a must a must…

Geysir hot spring area; make sure you wait for it to erupt.

Þingvellir National Park, it was snowing at the time we went, this just gives another amazing photography scene.

South Shore Adventure (Whole day); highlights –
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógarfoss waterfall
Reynisdrangar Cliffs

CNV00104Reynisdrangar Cliffs; i wish i drive in Iceland…  will be amazing if my photos have no human in it!

Skógarfoss waterfall; pity when we went there the in winter, day light was short….

DSCF4051Blue Lagoon
You can book a Blue Lagoon tour, we went for tour that take us to Blue Lagoon and then also take us to airport straight after it. Its only 20 minutes away from airport… make it easier by either first or last sight of your Iceland trip.

Whale watching tour
Unfortunately, this got cancelled on us but I have read up some amazing reviews, worth a go if you have the time.

Northern light tour
Again, we went with Reykjavik Excursions for this tour. We had the most amazing tour guide… they come and pick you up from the hotel and drop you to the reception, once you pick up your ticket, you can go to any Northern light coach and wait for it to drive off…

Kaffitar (or any other coffee shops, got a full list below)
Bankastraeti 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Only had time for one coffee shop… even though i find the shop a little dark, not my style!,  but the coffee was great!

Perlan & Saga Museum
This place was recommended by the tourist office nearby, we took the taxi across as we had a free day when our whale watching tour has cancelled on us. Not the most spectacular sight in Reykjavik but it was great to see and understand a bit more of the Viking history.

Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
No doubt, this is the landmark of Reykjavik, an absolutely must that no one will miss this! The amazing shot above is taken at this church’s observary level, make sure you go up!!!
Note, the street leading to this church has sme amazing fashion collections and not to missed the Photography shop, I brought a nice Iceland photography book.

is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
A little walk inside was pretty amazing, the architects inside and there was a small photography exhibition worth to see.

Few useful information…

Reykjavik tourist infrmation centre
Aðalstræti 2, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 590 1550

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – best hot dog in town
Austurströnd 3 -170 Seltjarnarnes, +354 511 1566

Be aware that a lot of the restaurant closes early, we often finish like 7-8pm from our full day tour and once we even finished at 9pm which leave us not enough time to dine at restaurant. I would highly recommend anyone to go for apartment and cook at night.

As much as you can get away with trainers, hiking shoes etc.. the best piece of item that i brought with me was North face Amore II snow boot. This saved my legs from getting frozen.

Oh yeah! if you decide to rent an apartment and cook. Make sure you start collecting your sugar/salt sachet from your usual eat out. Save you money from buying the big bag salt/sugar in Iceland.


Coffee shop list
Te og Kafi, Laugaveger 27, Lækjartorgi
Bergsson, Templararsund 3, http://bergsson.is/
Mokka Kaffi, Skólavörðustíg 3A, 101 Reykjavik, +354 552 1174 http://www.mokka.is
Kex, Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavik, +354 561 6060, http://www.kexhostel.is
Kaffismiðja, Kárastíg 1, 101 Reykjavík, +354 517 5535 http://kaffismidja.is