European Discovery!!

InnisbrookHey guys, how are you all? Today I wanted to share with you guys tons of pictures of my trip across Europe. I took a trip with Contiki tours which is an organized tour for individuals between the ages of eighteen or thirty-five. The trip was really spectacular. I went from London to Amsterdam, Rhine Valley, Munich, Innisbrook, Hopfgarten, Venice, Rome, Florence, Paris and back to London again… ALL IN TEN DAYS. Really this was one of the most life changing trips I’ve ever taken. I really didn’t take any pictures in London because I’ve been to the city so many times but here are some highlights from my trip.

My favourite city of the entire trip is definitely Venice with Florence being a close second. I just love how the cities are so warm and exciting. Venice was a dream, really. And we really didn’t get to spend enough time in Florence because we were literally there for less than a day and then quickly hopped back onto the coach bus for France. Rome had been one of my most looked-forward-to destinations but in general the city didn’t live up to the dreamy expectations I had had in my Latin and ancient history studies. The highlight of Amsterdam was the Anne Frank Museum and later in Germany, we took a detour into a concentration camp in Dachau which was a really eye-opening and humbling visit for me. Innisbrook and Hopfgarten were the coziest and sleepiest towns I’d ever been in. We were literally whispering on the streets because of how tight-knit the community was. My favourite part of Rhine Valley was the wine tasting because their white wines and ice wine was just absolutely A-MA-ZING.

On the bus >v<France though was probably one of the most hectic days for me. The night we arrived in Paris, we headed to the Eiffel Tower, went all the way to the top, checked off my bucket list and then ran down EVERY SINGLE STEP back to the coach bus cause we thought we wouldn’t make it in time hahaha. The next morning, my travel buddies and I woke up extra early to get into the city by seven. Since the Metro is so convenient, we got into the Notre Dame on Easter Sunday which was really wonderful. Next stop, I headed to the Louvre while my friends headed shopping. Then over to Angelina’s for some delicious brunch and (famous) hot chocolate of course. Finally, we walked down the Champs-Elysees and hiked up to the Arc de Triomphe. The entire trip ended with a fabulous night at Moulin Rouge with singing, dancing, good food and good wine. All in all, it was an absolutely magical and fantastic trip. If you guys get the chance you should definitely take a tour with Contiki cause it’s a great way to meet new and diverse people from all over the world.

These are just some of my main highlights from the memories on my trip. Hopefully in the next week or so I can skim through my travel video clips and put together one or two vlogs to share on my channel. Till then, I hope you guys enjoy some of these pictures =)

Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Munich in Germany, Innisbrook and Hopfgarten Austria…

Venice, Rome and Florence in Italy…

Paris, France…

– Cloudy

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Aropa @ K11

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Hi guys! As promised, I’m introducing another cute travel café that you should definitely stop by at. It’s called Aropa and is located in the K11 mall within the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station in Hong Kong. I had high tea there with my parents and a Tiramisu that was TO DIE FOR! Seriously, the tiramisu is the best thing there, with a steaming hot cup of earl grey tea and you’re good to go.

IMG-20130617-00025The best thing about this high tea was that there was a good balance between finger foods and dessert. Aside from cakes and mini sandwiches, they included tarts, some biscotti and other unique pairings.

The service is really great and if you go during the week there aren’t that many people because the café is located on the uppermost level of K11. If you’re planning on travelling to Hong Kong soon are you live around the area, I strongly suggest you grab a few friends and have tea there!

– Cloudy

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How Sweet is too Sweet?

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It has been grey and gloomy since I got back to Canada and the rainy weather can really get you down. So lately, I’ve been munching on these super sweet and fruit hard candies I got from Sticky in Hong Kong. Located in K11, underground in one of the branches of Tsim Sha Tsui’s giant MTR station, these candy makers are cool and collected professionals even as they handle hot and gooey hot candy.

IMG-20130617-00035Inside the store, there are tons of flavours and designs to choose from. Every candy is made and designed to show a little picture
or words settled in the innards of the candy. The candy starts off as a giant roll and chunk of hot mouldable sugar. The candymakers keep rolling and stretching the candy till the roll becomes small and thin enough to cut into the little chunks that we pop into our mouths. The process is totally mesmerizing to watch!

K11 is a little mall within the station that specializes in confectionary and desserts. If you have a sweet tooth like me, it’s the place to go to for gourmet chocolates, specialty cupcakes and other tasty treats!

Thanks for tuning into another little travel blurb! Stay tuned for another feature found in K11!

– Cloudy

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Riso Secreto Review

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Looking for a cute cafe around Yau Tong? Well, just off the MTR is the Domain, a new mall that recently opened. Riso Secreto is on the second floor near a clear set of windows. Sipping Riso’s mango tea or having their cuppacino while nibbling on honey sausages is a simply splendid way to spend the afternoon. The masquerade theme makes the experience all the more enjoyable.

IMG-20130620-00070Around the cafe is 3-4 floors of different stores. There’s something for everybody but especially for kids… The giant toy store and arcade on the fourth floor is definitely a hit with the kids. There’s also a bookstore, an artist feature store for crafts and jewelry as well as a small music store for piano sheet music. Of course, like every other mall, there are plenty of fashion brands and a few shoe stores. What makes this mall great is that its convenient, off the MTR and right next to the bus terminal.

Hope you guys enjoyed this travel post… I left Hong Kong so quickly that I didn’t get a chance to post all my little travel blurbs. So I’m gonna rewind a bit and keep posting all the reviews and rants that I’ve been safekeeping for a while.

Thank you so much for reading! I’m sure I will talk to you guys very soon!

– Cloudy
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Café Kool Review

IMG-20130623-00153Hi everyone! I am ecstatic to share with you guys and all-you-can-eat restaurant in a hotel where the food is absolutely delish. For the many all-you-can-eat places I’ve been to, the food gets worse and worse as I return to the restaurants every few months. Cafe Kool is one of, if not THE best all-you-can-eat restaurant I’ve ever been to.

Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, inside Shangri-La Hotel

Rating: 5/5 happy clouds 5 Clouds Transparent

First of all, there is a wide selection of food. Whether you feel like Japanese sushi, Indian curry, Chinese dim sum or Mexican quesadillas, there’s something for everyone.. Salad DIY bars are super fun and at Kool there’s a noodle bar, pasta bar and sushi bar.

The layout of the restaurant is wide and flat. All the main foods are located in the far inner areas while desserts are right at the front of the restaurant, easily visible when you walk in. The room is lit with mellow amber lights for golden ambiance but you might be too busy enjoying the food to notice LOL

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The dessert bar is my favourite. Since dessert is the last part of the meal, its usually what people remember the most (well, aside from the lobster). A lot of all-you-can-eat restaurants stuff you full with the main dishes and expect you to skip dessert (which means they’re dessert probably sucks). What I love the most about his dessert bar is that its a fusion style of both western treats and Chinese sweet soups and cakes. We should scream because there’s also ice cream that follows a Tim Horton’s Coldstone style. You first select a number of flavours or toppings. Then the chef behind the counter will mix and mash everything together to create your own unique tailored sundae. Don’t forget to choose your favourite syrup!

The meal also comes with one free drink, ranging from HK styled lemon tea to English earl grey or coffee. There’s definitely something for everyone here, even the pickiest of eaters will be delighted at the different delicacies.

If you’re around Tsim Sha Tsui looking for a good meal or you need a place to plan a special dinner, go ahead and book a table at Cafe Kool. Word of warning if you’re thinking of making date night here, it gets pretty loud due to the flood of tourists staying at the hotel (and the number of screaming kids) especially in the summer months. It’s a great place for a big family dinner. Hope you guys enjoy the food here as much as I do! Cheers!

– Cloudy

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Teatime on Granville Road

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IMG-20130622-00112Hi guys! Today I’m reviewing an awesome tea shop called Gong Cha that I found on my walk down Granville Road. I tried the Lychee Oolong Tea with aloe and lychee jelly which was a real treat because Canadian chinese tea shops don’t usually give flavoured oolong as an option. Gong Cha is a great place to grab a refreshment after a heated walk down the street and it’s next to a really cool snack shop with curry fishballs, red sausages and the like. The name of the snack shop escapes me but they have my favourite chinese snack- waffle eggies- in original, chocolate and taro flavour.

IMG-20130622-00106For all you travellers searching for the noms, the streets of Hong Kong have the best snackies that really reflect the culture and taste of the town.

Hope you guys enjoy this review and thank you so much for reading. Happy snacking!

– Cloudy