My friend and I love to cook together. We get our Spotify playlist up: spotify:user:kataklysm08:playlist:6xj1zy1N3R3ln4VLWz0EB3

We pour some wine and we get cooking.

The first time we did this though I was blown away by the amount of spices that my friend added to the frying pan. “You are so brave, aren’t you worried that you will make the taste too strong?” I asked. “Oh no! Not at all. That’s what Hong Kong food is all about. We love the strong flavors here!”

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In that moment I realized why I am so in love with this city. Hong Kong is a sensory overload!

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Touch, taste, sound, sight and smell. Hong Kong fills all of your sense to the extreme every day!

Sight:

When one speaks about a beautiful landscape an English countryside or an exotic beach comes to mind. Personally, I have found city lights to be one of the most beautiful sights.

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I was sitting at the TST harbor with some friends once who just could not understand how I found the city skyline so beautiful. “There’s nothing green” they both complained.

What I see when I look at the bright lights of this city is hope, possibilities, adventure, excitement and so much more! I am so in love with the city lights. One of my favorite things to do is sit at Sevva or and CÉ LA VI and admire the city at rooftop level. The twinkling lights have an enchanting effect on you. You feel as if the city has become magical and you are capable of anything. It’s uplifting and enticing.

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Sound: I am not going to talk about the quality of them because they range vastly. But there are always music gigs happening in Hong Kong.

From the grimy Wan Chai bars where you can simply have fun with bands rocking out some originals at the Wanch. You hear a wealth of different musicians on any given Monday. Good or bad they have fun and you have fun always. Walking in you are welcomed with a family atmosphere. Overwhelmingly loud and exciting with the drummer beating the crap out of his broken drum kit and the guitarist nearly breaking his rusty strings. You can get a good night of grunge there.

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On the flipside, you could go to an intimate open mic venue such as Morrison Cafe. Again a family feeling! When you walk in you are just welcomed so warmly. Here you will hear softer slower songs. Musicians writing their feelings out hoping someone will like it. Most of the time though Morrison Cafe turns into a collective jam night with almost everybody coming together to play covers. Softer on the ears and sweeter for the soul.

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Music events such as the past weekends Shi Fu Miz, showcasing international DJs. Hearing french beats or Japanese beats! Making you move and groove with other festival goers.

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Intimate electronic DJs with independent events such as Fortune Sound. Bringing to Hong Kong American-inspired chilled beats.

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Rock your Happy Wednesdays at Happy Valley Racecourse. Head up to Adrenaline to listen to the covers you know and love sung by the amazing Jennifer. Or swing down to the beer garden for some loud rock’n’roll!

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Relax at the Grand Hyatt Champagne Bar listening to the standards and sip on a champagne cocktail.

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All this and so much more, you can feed your ears something every day and night in this city.

Smell:

Incense at the beautiful temples of Hong Kong. From Sik Sik Yuen in Wong Tai Sin to The Big Buddha on Lantau. Have an incredible spiritual experience and smell the burning incense.

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Go to the wet markets and smell all of the amazing fruit. Or the cooked food markets with all of the vendor’s creations.

Repulse Bay, smell the sea air!

Touch:

Go shopping! Hong Kong gives the best shopping experience! You can find the most expensive and luxurious couture, or you can find the hottest trends at Zara. You can go cheap and get something from Cotton On or H&M or go even cheaper and spend a day at Ladies Market.

So many fabrics and so many choices. Or Sham Shui Po has any fabric, lace, button, anything you want you will be sure to find it there. So much to see and to explore!!!

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Feel the amazing creams and serums from the hundreds of skincare ranges that Hong Kong houses.

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Taste:

A Sha Tin Dim Sum breakfast at Maxim Place, a beachy lunch at Limewood in Repulse Bay.

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Try a tea set at the Grand Hyatt Cafe and then end your day off with glamorous dinner at Wagyu for some incredible beef. The choices for food are endless in Hong Kong. So many cultures and so many culinary styles. The list is truly endless!! I haven’t even gotten to the amazing cocktail creations of IQ or the amazing Japanese dessert hideaways. Hong Kong gives you a little bit of everything.

As I said, Hong Kong is a sensory overload experience. I’m not saying you will like it, I’m not saying you won’t. But the experience cannot be denied and is hard to replicate.

We sat down to our home cooked dinner, poured another glass of wine and put on a movie. I thought, this is why I feel so fulfilled in Hong Kong, every sense I have is fed all the time. This city truly never stops and I love it for that.

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Kat Coetzee