Friday, March 21, 2014

Hong Kong With Kids: Day 3 (Ocean Park)

I'd visited Australian Dairy Company a few times in my previous trips to Hong Kong, and I always wanted to go back. This long queue was proof why this place is so, so, so good. And this place is not only frequent by tourists, but by locals as well.

But with kids around, queuing this snake-long queue wasn't such a good idea.
And since this place was just around the corner where our apartment was, we decided to do a take-away this time.

Take-away was pretty easy. 
I walked past the snake-long queue and told one of the waiter in Cantonese that I wanted to do a 'take-away', and he just flipped out a note pad and a pen in his hand and said 'ok, order now'.
I gave him my orders, and he handed me a small slip of paper which he has written down the amount I needed to pay, together with my orders in chinese. 
Hubby then headed to the cashier for payment. He returned with no receipt or any paper slip. Hmmm..

But in less than 5 mins, someone came out and shouted our orders, and we went to collect our food.
Wow, most efficient and fastest take-away ever experienced!

Let me tell you this, their Scrambled Egg Toasts were to-die-for!!
It was really, really, really good, even eaten as a take-away.
The scrambled eggs were milky and yet not too soft. Salty and yet not too salty, and was not too egg-y. And the toasted bread was not soggy. Just perfect!
Usually Shern eats this with ketchup, but with these he ate without complaining because it was too delicious. This is a MUST ORDER! 

Mum loved their Steamed Milk Custard. Very soft and smooth, with a hint of ginger taste, and not too sweet either. Delicious as well. 

I ordered their Ximut Milk Tea and it was good, but nothing spectacular.

Their French Toast was super delicious as well, try this too. But for takeaway, they cut this into small pieces. But still tasted good. Not overly fried and non-soggy. 

Australia Dairy Company  澳洲牛奶公司

G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
2730 1356
Mon to Wed & Fri to Sun: 07:30-23:00
Closed on Thu

With very satisfied tummies, we headed off to the MTR station to catch a train to Admiralty Station to head to Ocean Park.When you get off, take Exit B and then turn left for the Bus Stop. 
Just before heading off the exit, we saw a Tourist Booth there selling Ocean Park tickets at 10% cheaper, so we bought our tickets from there. 
At the bus stop, take the Bus 629 to Ocean Park. (HKD$10.6 for adults / $5.30 for child) You can also use your Octopus card to pay. 

Shern was happy that this Bus 629 is a double-decker bus again!

 At the Ocean Park entrance. Some kind soul helped us take a group photo.

 These lovely dolphin balloons and erm..Mr. Shark greeted us. Is that a shark?

At Ocean Park, Khye was on the stroller while Shern walked about to see anything he fancied, and to go on rides.

Here we were, queueng up for the Carousal Ride. 

Daddy rode with Shern.

While I rode with Khye.

Look at their facial expressions while waiting for the carousal to start moving. Like father, like son. LOL.

It was a pretty carousal with all the different sea creatures. But as it moved and the sea creatures bobbed up and down, Khye got a little scared as it felt like the other sea creatures were headed towards him.

So I moved him to a safe little carriage. haha.

 In the carriage, Khye was ok, though still a little unsure of what was going to happen.

A nice friendly gentleman helped us take a photo of the 2 of us.

We spotted this vintage double decker bus near Old Hong Kong. 

 A nice spot for a photo with the cable cars hanging on top.

Then time for more kiddie rides. The Mini Train ride.

And this Bugs Flight ride. Ok, I made up all these ride names as I don't remember their actual names. lol.

 And all 5 of us sat in the Ferris Wheel.

Ocean Park has these 'money-sucking' booths where you needed to pay extra to play, which I find it "cheating" as we paid so much already for the entrance fees.
Anyway, I think this Fire Fighter water shooting booth costs HKD10, if I am not mistaken.

Shern had fun shooting down those fire flaps, and Khye had fun aiming too. And I like that they provide these Step Stools for kids who are not tall enough. It really helps Khye to be at the correct height for aiming.

Another "money-sucking" booth hahaha...the Motor Racing booth, which both kids loved.
Another HKD10 for a quick spin for Shern but he had fun.

Khye had fun too by just turning the steering wheel all by himself.

We saw some blackboards with chalks and my kiddos became artists.
Such simple things and yet give kids loads of fun and rev up their creativity.

And then Shern got on to this Frog Hopper. 

He rose higher, and higher, and higher...

And when it jerked and dropped down slowly, the kids squealed and they had so much fun.
Shern said it was a little scary too.

Then the kids spotted this playground nearby. 
It was not very big, but spacious enough and it looked so much fun. Of course they wanted to play in it at once!

The big brother was busy hopping between sticks expertly,

Shern scaled a mini wall climbing,

And also slid down the longer slides,

As for Khye, once he finished going through the tunnels and had a taste of sliding down the slides...

that was all he wanna do. To slide down the slides again and again. I think all in all, he went down the slides 50 times.
He slid down, and then I heaved him up again, and then he slid down it again. Repeat. 50 times.
He is one heavy baby you know. 

Have a look at this very short clips of him sliding down and him having so much fun.

Yes, Khye is one happy baby on slides.

A photo of both of them enjoying the slides side-by-side.

There was also a Bouncing Castle next to the playground, which Shern went in again and again. He even made some friends there. I did not take a photo of him there because I was busy keeping an eye on Khye on the slide.

Shern requested for a photo with this stationary train.

After the playground, we had the worse ever lunch in Hong Kong, inside one of the restaurants in Ocean Park.
First of all, choices are limited. Secondly it was freaking expensive. What you see here, excluding a hot dog and baked spaghetti and 2 diluted drinks costs us HKD400.
The baked spaghetti tasted so horrible I couldn't eat it at all.

After lunch we rushed to take the cable car to the other side of the Ocean Park to catch the Dolphine Show at 3.30pm. 
By then, Shern was so sleepy and tired he konked out while queuing for the cable car. 

So left us to enjoy the view of the cable car ride.

Lovely views of the many cable cars huh? 

Once reached the other side of the park, we rushed downhill to get to the Ocean Theatre to catch the famous Dolphins Show. We were panting even by walking downhill. Couldn't imagine if it was uphill!
We were late so we ended up standing all the way behind to watch the show.
Nevertheless, the show was good, though a bit too short. Or was it so good so it felt short? lol.

Then we met another 'money-sucking' booth. We went near one to watch the other people playing it. It was expensive. HKD50 for a basket of balls. 
And the lady was so good that she passed one of the balls to Shern and asked him if he wanted to throw it. Of course Shern wanted to so he asked me if he could. My mum and my heart melted and seeing how much Shern wanted to we decided 'okla, we are here to enjoy and spend money' lol. 
So that was how we wasted another HKD50.  

The coloured holes you are supposed to land your ball in are actually smaller than the rest of the holes. So the odds are biased in the first place. So of course Shern didn't win, and he got a bit disappointed. lol. That was why I called it the 'money-sucking booths'

And then we decided to just go back the other side for pandas and then call it a day. We were all tired and we wanted to catch the last bus back to Admiralty Station which was at 5pm. 
And that was when we needed to walk uphill to get back to the other side. Boy, it was really hilly and quite a climb to get to the Cable Car Station. You can sit the Ocean Express back (kinda like an MTR), but since Shern fell asleep and didn't enjoyed the cable car ride so we decided to take the cable car again).

This time Shern was happy and alert.

Then we walked past Old Hong Kong again.

Shern saw a vintage 'ding ding' / electric tram there and wanted to explore inside it.

And then we went to see the Pandas before we left.
Saw both pandas out from their 'cave'. One was eating some bamboo leaves.  

The other was resting. 

We took some photos with the sleeping panda as the background. 

And this was Shern trying on a Panda hat. haha.

And then it was time to say bye-bye to Ocean Park. Thank you for a fun day!

Then since we were in Hong Kong Island, we took the MTR to Causeway Bay, Exit F to get to the shopping district at Causeway Bay for dinner.
Took mum to see the said busiest traffic intersection in Hong Kong.

It was crowded with people on a weekday evening, and the whole road's buzzing with people and flashing lights from the billboards. There are also many people carrying billboard signs as there is a strict 'Stick No Bill' law on the walls or so I heard.

Then we went in search of 'dai pai dong'-s to have dinner. I remembered a street there having many of these but could not find it. In the end we found it. I forgot to see the name of the street, but once you exit the MTR Exit F, turn left and then is the street on your right.
Saw this busy dai pai dong and ate one of the yummiest dinner. Beef Brisket and Intestines Noodles, and also Wan Ton Noodles. The Beef Brisket was so yummy, we ordered another plate of just Beef Brisket (forgot to take photo. sad.). HKD80 but so worth it!

Then just nearby there was this stall and we saw many people queuing up to buy the snack.

We bought one in the end together with a soya drink. It was good. But it was too big and the chunky size of the glutinous rice gave me quite a shock if I eat the whole thing all by myself. But it was really good. There was a crispy 'yau char kwai' with meat floss inside and it was salty and sweet at the same time. Delicious if you eat in moderate portion to my opinion.

After that it was time to go back to our apartment. 
I really appreciate how much space and privacy we have staying in an apartment.

And how Khye could just play on the floor with his train and having a good time while the adults chill. 

Ok, good night for Day 3. 

Click for Hong Kong With Kids: Day 1 (Ocean Park)  
Click for Hong Kong With Kids: Day 2 (The Peak - Star Ferry, Open-Deck Bus, Tram, MTR)

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