If you were to ask me to describe Hong Kong, I would tell you one word. Regrets.
I felt that my whole time spent in Hong Kong was regretful because I was there for such a short period. I joked with my friend that we came, we saw, we shopped and we left. We did all that in less than 48 hours.
I could blame it all on the flight but I shouldn’t – the timings were not favourable as we had a night flight, the only timing available because of a fare offer. We arrived in Hong Kong at around 5am on a Monday and was back at the airport at 4am on Wednesday for our flight back home.
I regretted not doing more research. I thought that I wouldn’t have much time to see much anyway and so decided to just focus on shopping. I gorged myself on shopping malls, cheap bargain stalls and night markets – I thought I was in shopping heaven.
If people were to tell me about the amazing food in Hong Kong that they had found, I would tell them, I couldn’t remember what I ate. Street food was delicious but where was all the good restaurants with all the awesome goodness of Hong Kong cuisine? I regretted not finding out more about the many food options.
So I shopped and I spent. I went home with a luggage full of new treasures and not much more of Hong Kong itself.
The irony of all these? I have yet to wear any of the clothes after all these months. All because I did something I told myself never to do. I bought them without trying it on. Because why? It was cheap!! And the shops didn’t allow me to try it on.
So, yes, I regret all the shopping that I did in Hong Kong. So much for making it into a shopping trip.
Hong Kong, I will do you better next time. I promise.