A bookworm in Hong Kong, Part 1

I was clearing space on my laptop tonight, and I realized I haven’t properly blogged about my vacation in Hong Kong a few months back, other than that Winnie the Pooh ride and the Little Prince ceramic cup I got from the airport.

The months have flown by in a blur — I can’t believe August is ending! But because I’d give anything to get away right now (I need this upcoming long weekend to recharge), here’s a photoblog of my trip.

last minute check at the airport!

in-flight reading… (but I got distracted by the Trivia game in the touch-screen console!)

My sister Bambi is based in Singapore, so we (me, Enzo and Tattie) met up with her in Hong Kong. Bambi got me some Borders loot (it hasn’t closed in Singapore) and a bookmark from church:

I packed V for Vendetta and Newton (my Nook) for the trip,and our suite at the Grand Century had reading lights, but I was often asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow! That, and because V is a signed copy and I was scared it would get soiled if I took it out of the hotel room.

The itinerary my sisters put together (that’s what older sisters are for!) was packed and the only thing I got around to reading properly was my trusty Insight Guide Hong Kong. It went everywhere with me — the attached maps (country/street/mtr) were my favorite part of the book.

Here we are at Snoopy’s World in Sha Tin.

it’s a lovely public park for Peanuts fans! (and near IKEA, tee hee)

Here’s my favorite photo at Madame Tussauds (The Peak) — with the great Bard himself!
No queue for Shakespeare: I was the only one eager to get a photo!

And it was a rainy day at Disneyland, but it was still the happiest place on earth!

checking out Tarzan’s library — I wonder how he deals with mold on his books!

I do like Classic Pooh better, but Disney Pooh will have to do :D

Mouse, meet MAUS!

Plotting my bookstore expedition


There’s a Dymocks in practically every mall (there used to be one here in Manila, but it didn’t last long):

The Peak


and a pretty one at IFC mall

There are even bookstores at the train station, like this one:

I also found a CP Plus bookstore in Citygate:

And I wanted to go to Swindon Book Co. in Tsim Sha Tsui, but I didn’t get a chance — it was closed when we passed by, sadface.

As you can see, it was not for the lack of trying that I did not buy any books in Hong Kong.

But wait, there’s still the secondhand shop expedition! I’ll tell you about it in another post.

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8 Responses to A bookworm in Hong Kong, Part 1

  1. neknekenken says:

    I would love to visit the Peanuts public park. The Snoopy Bus is too cute!

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Highly recommended for all Peanuts fans.

      I was singing — “Happiness is, finding a pencil, knowing a secret, telling the time.”

  2. Monique says:

    I love the Minnie Hat you had on while you had your pic taken with Pooh!

  3. Iya Santos says:

    Next time we go to HK, I want to visit Snoopy Land! There’s another bookstore in Prince’s Building Central, above Dymocks, but I can’t remember its name. It has a lovely children’s section and sitting area with bean bags.

    • Sumthinblue says:

      I mean to go back. Only had a couple of hours to trawl the book shops in Central; it’s really hard when the people you’re with have an agenda different from yours.

  4. I hope Borders still survive in SG. Its one of my fave places there. Hay! =(

    • Sumthinblue says:

      Mine’s Kinokuniya.

      But I LOOOOVE Bras Basah Complex — it’s like a minimall full of secondhand bookstores.

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