Like every metropolitan city, Hong Kong is always bustling and fast-paced. As much as I appreciate the city’s liveliness and energy, once in a while I do crave some quiet time. After being in Hong Kong for a couple weeks, I took a day trip out to Tai O, a fishing village that’s a bit over an hour’s drive away from city centre. Also known as the Venice of Asia, Tai O is a pedestrian only village that is engulfed between mountains and the ocean. Tai O is dramatically more tranquil and slow-paced than Hong Kong, which makes it an excellent getaway from the city smog and crowds.
I’m occasionally surprised by how my style has changed over time. Years ago, my go-to outfit would be a plaid shirt and jeans with a leather jacket. I would seldom reach for athletic wear and I was opposed to wearing sweatpants outside of home. Under the influence of the sporty trend we now have in 2014, my current go-to outfit is a sweatshirt and joggers (tapered sweatpants); This is what I wore when I walked around the peak of Hong Kong’s Tai Ping Mountain. I really appreciate the comfort and practicality of athletic wear, so I sure hope that this trend is here to stay!
From Kuala Lumpur I flew to the final stop of my trip: Hong Kong. Hong Kong is my hometown and it’s where all of my relatives reside, so this city has been close to my heart for my entire life. Hong Kong is also home to world class food, divine shopping, and amazing sights, so no amount of time here ever seems enough for me. If you haven’t visited Hong Kong yet, I highly highly recommend it!
Normally I’m not too particular about hotels when I’m travelling, but because Kuala Lumpur is home to the world’s most affordable five star hotels, I decided to splurge a little more on my accommodation. I picked Traders’ Hotel because of its golden location and the view of the Petronas Twin Towers that its rooms offer. It was rather dreamy to wake up and fall asleep to the sight of these towers every day. My stay at this hotel was unforgettable and I’ll definitely stay here again next time I visit Kuala Lumpur!
My most anticipated activity in Kuala Lumpur was to visit the Batu Caves. The Batu Caves are a series of natural caves that house Hindu temples inside. These caves are about a half-hour drive outside of KL and are frequently visited for the purposes of both worship and sightseeing. I had seen a lot of photos of the Batu Caves prior to my visit, but seeing them in real life was even more of a breathtaking experience than I had expected.