Monday, December 19, 2011

Winter Break 2011-2012!

It's finally here! It's a few days before my Winter Vacation and I've compiled a list of things I want to do. So now I ask--What would you do in these locations?

So close...


  • December 21, Kokura-Osaka
  • December 22, Osaka-Manila
  • December 27, Manila-Boracay
  • December 30, Boracay-Manila
  • January 2, Manila-Macau
  • January 3, Macau-Hong Kong
  • January 8, Hong Kong-Seoul
  • January 9, Seoul-Fukuoka
Things to do:
  • Show off my Japanese to my friend in Osaka
  • Eat lechon
  • Go to at least 2 restaurants as seen on No Reservations (Travel Channel)
  • Scuba Dive in Boracay (2 dives)
  • Surf in Boracay (waves permitting)
  • Get a cheap massage on the beach
  • Find the smiling horse on a Red Horse
  • Order food in Tagalog
  • Gamble at the largest casino in the world, The Venetian, Macau
  • Eat dim sum
  • Eat until I'm full and keep eating
  • Chow Fun, Roast Duck... did I mention dim sum?
  • Get a "real" American Pizza (Pizza Hut or better)

The real reason I'm going to the Philippines...

What am I missing?


  1. I didn't know you were going to HK! DIM SUM. I'm totally jealous :9. I can't remember - have you been there before? What part are you staying in? There's so much good food I don't even know where to start...

    1. Go to a Hong Kong-style cafe (chaa chaan teng) during afternoon tea time - not the fancy British-style hotel kind - and get a milk tea, coffee, or a mix (written like yin yang, pronounced more like yuen yeung) and an eggtart (dan taat), a pineapple bun (ball law bao), or both (time it right and you get the fresh ones).

    2. Eat wonton mein (but more like one ton min not wan ton main) and fishballs & oodles (yu daan fun).

    3. Go to Australia Dairy Company ( and eat an egg sandwich.

    4. Eat dessert at a HK-style or Taiwanese-style dessert place.

    5. Eat at a dai pai dong (HK version of yatai), though at your own risk.

    6. Eat tofu as dessert (dau fu fa).

    7. Eat food (e.g., curry fishballs/ga lei yu daan) from street stalls (kind of like yakitori stands), but at your own risk.

    8. You ate snake. Not sure about your stance on shark fin (yu chi), but I think you can still legally eat it in Hong Kong (but it's not cheap; the ones from street stalls aren't real).

    9. Lan Kwai Fong is popular among expats/tourists etc. and overpriced, but it is a nightlife district.

    10. Touristy things: ride the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, Ave. of Stars, standing on the Tsim Sha Tsui side (by the Ave. of Stars) and watching the buildings across the harbour light up at 8pm, take the Peak Tram up to the Peak, bus/taxi up the mountain then walk up to the big Buddha (or take the cable car).

  2. *noodles, not oodles.

    Oh, and there are CPKs and Pizza Huts in Hong Kong in case you can't find any better places.