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Hongkong | Around the city in 2 days

Less than a year living in Sweden and we were on our way again to visit the Philippines! We could have went all the way straight but we thought that it could be fun to visit at least one Asian county before Cebu so we decided to stay in Hongkong for 3 nights. Travel time wise there was not much of a difference, we still had to endure 20+ hours of flying and waiting to get to Hongkong from Sweden. When we arrived, we immediately bought the octopus card for it is apparently very useful in Hongkong and the remaining balance can be refunded after the trip for a fee of 9%. We took A21 bus from the airport going to our hotel and we were told by the driver that our stop has passed when we asked so we went down and started walking with our luggage. Along the way, a lot of foreign people (non Chinese) were offering us a room to stay and they were everywhere in Nathan road. After going through what felt like a maze, we finally reached our hotel.

What we did:

We played lost tourists as usual. We had 2 full days in Hongkong and as always we do not have a detailed itinerary of the trip. We set 1 or 2 places to visit and we are done, the main goal is always just to get a feel of the city we are visiting, try local food and not be stressed with a piece of paper.

“It is in getting lost that we sometimes see the beautiful unknowns.” – #thegumbschstravel

The first day was wet. It was raining and not just raindrops but it was as if somebody was pouring buckets of water from the sky. We went out for breakfast and was a bit disappointed because of the heavy rain but to make the most out of the situation we thought we do indoor activities instead. After breakfast we bought a tram card day pass and headed to the Central. We were walking around the mall called Landmark and were feeling poor with all the branded and expensive boutiques we passed by. We checked the window and noticed that the rain has stopped. Since the tram peak was walking distance (everything is if you have the time) from where we were we took the chance.

  1. Took the tram to Victoria Peak – We were lining like everyone else to the ticket counter to buy the ticket only to be told to go directly to the entrance because we had the octopus card. We proceeded to the entrance, tapped the card and took the tram all the way up. Half of our view was covered by fog though, I bet it looks a lot better on a sunny day.  

  2. Walked to the Avenue of the Stars – Our hotel was not too far from the Avenue of the stars so it was easier to visit. We managed to be here before and during the dark sky. 

  3. Rode the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car – I am scared of heights, just looking at the cable car and imagining myself in there makes my heart beat faster and my knees shake. I was not so convinced of the idea but the assurance from my ex boyfriend that it will be fine because the cars are from an Austrian company (yes this is true) helped me get over the fear by an inch. We took a one way ticket just in case I chicken out after the first ride. It was not bad, not at all. In fact, I enjoyed the cable car I can ride it again!  

  4. Climbed 268 steps to get up close and personal with the Big Buddha – It was not too high but I still had to take a few stops to catch my breath. After the Big Buddha, we took the bus going to the tram station and it was fun to try another route going back. 


  5. Shopped for my new iPad – I have always wanted to buy a newer one for my 2nd hand iPad mini before was getting slower for my games and it only had 16GB of memory. I have checked out stores in Sweden and was only aiming for a 32GB because it was affordable for me but decided to buy it when we are back from the holiday. When I checked the apple store in Hongkong, the amount it costs to buy a 128GB iPad is the same as that of a 32GB in Sweden so of course I took the chance. Apparently, it is tax free there that’s why it was a lot cheaperIMG_5684
  6. Wandered around the streets of Hongkong and got lot lost a few times – This is why we do not have an itinerary, we end up getting lost anyway :P.
    Hongkongs skyscrapers are fun at the same time scary to look at for someone who has fear of heights like me. It seemed like there is always a tall building everywhere we looked.

Where we stayed:

We stayed at Butterfly on Prat for 3 reasons:

  1. Good reviews online.
  2. Reasonable rate.
  3. Location.

Review: We love the hotel. Should we decide to go back we will stay here again. They did not have the breakfast option but it is not much of a deal for they are located to where a lot of food shops are.

Butterfly on Prat has:

  • Friendly staff.
  • Beautiful, clean rooms.
  • Close proximity to a lot of restaurants and small eateries.
  • Close proximity to the tram stop.
  • Close proximity to the bus stop going to the airport.
  • A mobile phone with internet for their guests to use in going around the city.


Where we ate:

In this trip, never in a fancy restaurant. Food in Hongkong can be expensive but it can also be affordable if you aim for the cheaper places like we did. We loved our food and we did not have to pay too much. Dimsum is heaven!


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Gothenburg | Botanical Garden

I have never been to the Botanical Garden so we decided to pay it a visit. It was cherry blossoms season and I saw a lot of posts in instagram taken from the garden so I found another good reason to go.

Pay the entrance

There is nobody by the gate to collect the entrance fee so one can easily ignore it and get in for free, but how selfish is it to only enjoy the place and not help in maintaining it. Drop the money or swish it away!


Appreciate the flowers

Twenty kronor entrance fee and we got so much more than what we paid for and expected. The garden was blooming! We were greeted by flowers in the entrance and everywhere else and it was fascinating to see tulips from the ground and not wrapped in a paper or in a bouquet like how I normally saw them in the flower shops back home.

Never miss the viewpoint

There are signs inside the garden including directions going to the viewpoint. It is not too high but you will walk on rocks to reach the top. It could get slippery when wet so watch out. From the viewpoint you could see the city including the fountain from Slottskogen if it is on. The view from here is spectacular because you will see that a huge part of the city is still green. This is one of the many reasons why I love Gothenburg.

Walk around

Walk and take pictures, the garden is beautiful and clean.

Rest, nap or play

A normal view in Gothenburg on a sunny, warm day is people in the parks or gardens having picnics or just hanging around enjoying the sun. The Botanical Garden is not an exemption, a lot of people go here just to relax under a tree or have a picnic while the warmth lasts.

Har du besökt botaniska trädgården? Vad tycker du? (Have you visited the botanical garden? What do you think?)

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Gothenburg Coffee Shop | Baka Cafe & Bistro

Part of the Hisingen visit was to have fika at one of the coffee shops where we have the Enjoy discount. The shop is called Baka.

Location: A few meters away from the Eriksberg crane. It is easy to find.

Place: Average size for a coffee shop I would say. They have wooden tables and chairs inside which is quite cool for me.

Food: The shrimp sandwich was amazing! Homemade sandwich with really fresh shrimps and tastes great. We would come back here again just for the sandwich.

Service: Good, we only had a sandwich and cold drinks so we did not have to wait too long.

Price: Since we only paid half of what we ate, it was cheap for the quality of the sandwich we got. It is still affordable though if you do not have the discount.


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Gothenburg | A bit of Hisingen

Hisingen is one of Sweden’s biggest islands and it is connected to Gothenburg centrum by a bridge. The closest I have ever been to the island was when I went to Backaplan, an area with quite a lot of shops and I was there to shop of course. I have never explored it that much for it has always been out of way for me when going home, so one sunny yet windy Saturday I dragged my husband to get to see a bit of Hisingen.

Take the boat!

Instead of taking the tram or bus we decided to take the boat that stops at Lilla Bommen. The boat ticket is the same cost as the tram and it is like a DIY hop on hop off only that we only hopped off twice. The good thing about being in the boat is you get to see the side of Gothenburg city from the ocean, a different yet beautiful perspective. I suggest going to the boat’s open area normally on top so you get a good view and take better pictures. You can also take your bike to the island if you want, the boats have a place for them.

Walk around!

Since it is an island, there are pedestrian lanes by the ocean and there is nothing better than exploring the area by foot. You feel the wind and smell the ocean while walking around and you can stop anytime and maybe sit down and worship the sun or just relax.

If you have not been in this part, it will be a good idea to do so. Something to explore on a free day.

Jag kommer tillbaka här snart! (I will come back here soon!)

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Gothenburg Resto | Sjöbaren

What excites me most when someone in the family here has a birthday is the dinner at a restaurant where I get to try really good food. May is my mother-in-law’s birth month and since she loves fish, we ate at a fish restaurant called Sjöbaren, in English it means the sea bar.

Location: Located in Haga, one can get off Järntorget or Hagakyrka tram stops and walk towards the restaurant. It is accessible.

Place: Sjöbaren has 2 floors so it can seat a few more compared to Goda Grannar. We were seated in a table that can accommodate 4 people and I think the table is too small. Me and my husband’s elbows were too clingy, they keep touching each other.

Food: Excellent, I had an amazing starter and main dish. The shellfish and fish were fresh and were cooked prefect.

Service: Not good. We waited for maybe 45 minutes after we finished the starters before the main dish was served and that is bad. We were all wondering what happened to the orders but we stayed patient. When we wanted to pay we asked the waiter for the bill and she acknowledged but kept doing other things, we waited for maybe 20 minutes and I asked the other waiter for the bill and in an instant we had it. So I guess the delays were caused by one of the waiters for she also took our orders at the start. Oh well, we were happy with the food, just not the waiting times.

Price: It is fine dining and the food was amazing so I say you get what you paid for and the price is acceptable.



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Gothenburg | Saltholmen

Sunny day on a red day Thursday so we decided to head over to Saltholmen to be a little close to the ocean, to smell the salty air and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Saltholmen is tram 11’s end stop and you can take it from the central station. As expected, the tram is packed and we were standing for a good 30 minutes from Järntorget. It is also the gateway to the different islands in Gothenburg, there are boats going to the archipelagos where people have their summer houses as well so you can imagine it can be really tight and warm inside tram 11 on a sunny day. Saltholmen can also be reached by bike because there is a bike lane all the way through, this is probably something I can do with friends during summer.

When we reached the Saltholmen tram stop we did take a boat to the islands for it was not part of the plan and we have to meet our friend for lunch. We only explored the area and relaxed a bit by the ocean. We walked around passing by the different docked yachts and drooled over them. We stayed there for maybe 90 minutes just walking around, relaxing and of course taking pictures. Saltholmen is easy to go to and cheap, you only need a tram ticket to get there.

Väl värt ett besök! (Well worth a visit!)

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Gothenburg Resto | Tara’s Turkiskt Kök & Bar

Too many restaurant reviews backlog and I blame it to the good weather, it has been harder to stay home and work on my posts because the sun is calling and I need some vitamin Ds and heat. So, here goes another cuisine I tried a month back using our Enjoy food coupon, Turkish food from Tara’s.

Location: Perfectly situated. Located in Södravägen, the closest bus/tram stop is Berziligatan or Körsvagen.

Place: Since the weather was starting to be better when we ate, they already had tables and chairs outside and it was where we had our food. I love how they have trees, it gives a refreshing, close to nature feeling. I never went inside but I would say they have a quite big area including outside seats.

Food: I ordered the grilled dish with chicken, lamb and beef because I wanted to try a little of everything. I like how the beef was done, not well done, not rare. The chicken and the lamb were pretty dry for me. One thing that I loved here though is the rice. I don’t know what they mix with it but it was heavenly, I would go back here for the rice and grilled beef.

Service: Average, they were packed when we were there so the waiters were running back and forth.

Price: Cheap with the discount card for one dish was free but also for the food you get even without the card, it is still affordable.

Bread and olives, complimentary
Main dish
Heavenly rice