Something I’ve always wanted to do was to spend my birthday in another country. The problem was I didn’t really want to be alone on my birthday in another country. Not that anything was wrong with that but up until two years ago I wasn’t all that confident in myself. Awkward, timid, aloof could be a few words that describe me. I didn’t like the idea of being alone in a foreign place trying to make friends and honestly, I didn’t really know it was an option. Travelling alone was this thing everyone told me not to do. I’m glad I finally stopped listening to them.
So when the chance came to spend my birthday in Hong Kong I was more than thrilled. I went birthday crazy and planned my big day 2 months in advance like the little perfectionist I am.
So how do you spend your birthday in Hong Kong?
I spent it eating.
I didn’t plan all of the eating, some, but not all. Aaron was the enabler of most of it. He has those unicorn genetics that allows him to incinerate whatever he eats but me? Forever feeling like a cream puff. Oh well.
We woke up in our apartment with no food but for the ice cream we had bought the night before but never gotten around to eating. So happy birthday to me I had ice cream for breakfast. After that Aaron supprised me with a tin heart of chocolates so I ate that while we got ready to head to The Coffee Academics for more eating.
A short drive later we arrived to the cafe and I was in awe of the interior. It was so cool from anything I’ve seen.
I ordered a soy latte and then an order of mozza sticks and an order of crackers with 3 different kinds of dips (vegetarians don’t eat the foie gras). I contemplated hard about getting the vegetarian quiche but decided that mozza sticks would be enough. I really wish I would have gotten it still. Along with the dessert pie. But it’s just something I’ll have to do when I go back!
After an amazing brunch we wandered around and ended up finding this giant shopping centre which I wish I remembered the name of! I ended up at TopShop because my birthday tradition is I go shopping and by all those clothes that I tell myself is to expensive.
The great thing, there’s a lot, about Hong Kong is that it is well connected so finding a subway station was easy because well.. we were getting hungry and I wanted to go to Dim Sum Square for my birthday lunch. An amazing place if you’re looking for some good dim sum.
But the thing about subways is that there is lots of places to get snacks so when I saw the cookie place I knew I was done for.. cookies are my favourite. Aaron reinforcing the cookie idea, got a bag of them. 3 different kinds of cookies later we started walking towards Dim Sum Square.
It wasn’t the most vegetarian friendly place but they did have sautéed noodles with veggies, these green wonton looking things with veggies in them and of course, all the desserts. Custard buns and sponge cake.. so good.
After lunch we went back to the hotel to digest and then made our way to SoHo for some more shopping. I love that Hong Kong has so much of a British influence in it because we found a Mark and Spencer’s and I raided their food. I love M&S. There is so many healthy options and there is so many things that a pre made and healthy and look delicious. Soups, salads, sandwiches, everything.
After shopping and getting ready we headed to the Ritz Carlton’s Ozone Bar for late drinks and appetizers.
It was a hectic time to get there and I think cabs in Hong Kong are difficult, it’s better to just use the subway station, but once we got to the Ritz all was well. I had an apple cinnamon drink and we tried some fritters and samosas.
It was a birthday well spent.
The great thing about travelling is that you can do the simplest things and it still becomes a great story because it was an experience you’ve never had before. Birthdays aren’t an easy thing for me but being able to do and try new things made it less scary and gave me something to top for this year!
Have you every had a birthday abroad? What was your favourite birthday experience? Share your birthday experiences in the comments below!