A typical street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
I’m back after a great holiday, though still suffering a little from jet-lag.
Having made the decision to keep an eye on my spending, ie not ‘shop til I drop’ this holiday, I would say that I did pretty well, although I did come back with a suitcase bursting full of stuff – I’ll explain later!
Most of my spending went on eating/drinking and travelling – in the case of the latter, I opted for the cheaper buses and underground (and walking) as opposed to the more convenient taxis.
For the first time in years, it pretty much rained most days while I was out there, although the temperature averaged 26C, so it was very hot and humid. It felt as if the whole country was under a perpetual cloud and my family accused me of dragging Manchester weather over with me!
Under a cloud – view from my sister’s apartment
I spent a lot of quality time with my family and friends – we enjoyed a fun (but rainy) weekend in Macau with all the kids. I taught the kids how to play ‘Battleships’ using pen and paper which they loved – there’s hope for the ‘iPad generation’ yet!
When I did venture into shopping centres, I was quite happy just browsing and as I was under no ‘pressure’ to shop, it was very relaxing.
From my shopping list, all I managed to buy were my green tea teabags and I bought lots of them. I also stocked up on instant ramen noodles – not very healthy but like fast food, nice to eat once in a while. What filled the rest of my suitcase coming back were ‘donations’ made by various members of my family – well, I don’t believe you’re ever too old for hand-me-downs! So, I got t-shirts, a couple of jackets, a pair of boots and a designer handbag which I would NEVER have bought myself due to its ridiculous price
. My friends will no doubt think it’s a fake I’ve picked up from the market!
Anyway, aside from a small amount which I owe my sister (I ran out of HK dollars and she paid my share of a meal we had), which I will be able to pay back by the end of the month, it’s been a successful and fairly frugal trip and I can continue to be on track with my savings.