Sunday, July 20, 2008

I'm Back

Actually I have been back a week but can't seem to get back into the groove. Cheryl and I had a fantastic time in Honkers (is that just an Australian nickname or is it global?) but we sure wore ourselves out. It was hot, wet, steamy, crowded and with all the walking I lost 1 1/2 kilos!

One of the best parts was meeting up with Allison. We managed to have lunch, get in a bit of shopping and later in the week some drinks out.

It is amazing how you can meet up with an internet friend and talk away like you have know each other for ages! We could talk about you all as though we both had the same circle of friends :) And how funny that HK now has Spotlight - Allison blogged about that here. Cheryl and I didn't venture out to see it (but I was tempted to see if it looked the same).

Shopping was a bit hit and miss. Fabric wise I only bought a few pieces.
Two green pieces from the Western Market - one is a nice cotton shirting and the other an unknown blend (the vendor did say viscose something or other but I have my doubts). The grey is a linen blend purchased from the Yen Chow Street Market in Sham Shui Po.

Yes, that is the market under the trees!

While out in Sham Shui Po, I stocked up on zips!


I also bought some trims, buttons etc.

We also dropped into Angus International for some silks. That was an adventure in itself. Finding the place, going up the ancient lift and into a private residence. They were renovating their store and the stock wasn't there but the remnants were! So here we were rummaging through neatly packed silks in someones kitchen, without aircon. It was hot!!! They did not have a lot, just basics. This is what I got:
As to other shopping, I bought three RTW suits, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 handbags, 2 pairs of jeans, a Chanel trench (nice find in an outlet shop), makeup, perfume and some things for the girls.

I have uploaded all my photos here. Enjoy!

18 comments:

a little sewing on the side said...

May I be the first to welcome you back and say thank you for sharing the pics of your trip to Honkers.
And, that is the first time I ever heard that term! (cute!)

Lori said...

Welcome back, sounds like a wonderful time.

AllisonC said...

Hi Vicki, I loved meeting you both too, isn't the internet amazing. Your daughter did a great job photoshopping out my shiny face! The Brits call it Honkers too!

Debbie Cook said...

Welcome back! How fun to shop and meet new sewing friends.

We Americans usually don't make up such fun nicknames for anything. Or even UNfun ones. I think it's one reason why we love your accents and general way of talking so much.

Birgitte said...

Thanks for the wonderful slide show! Made me want to visit, just wish it wasn't so far away... Rain or shine, "Honkers" looks like an exciting place. And seeing you lounge on the bed with a drink, made me really long for a vacation!

Tany said...

Welcome back, Vicki!

I remember when I met up with Isabelle in Paris, we couldn't stop talking! We spoke about our common blogging friends, sewing, and we also went fabric shopping together!

Linda said...

Glad you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your trip and showing us all your sewing related buys!

Cherie said...

Vicki, this peak at another world from me was very fun. Your photos really did give us a lot of the flavor of HK! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicki,
Thank you for all the wonderful tips about fabric shopping. Yes, Angus International is one of my favorite destinations for mail order silk. I can't rave enough about them.

Cheers
Pink

Sew4Fun said...

Welcome home Vicki! You were very restrained with your fabric and shoe purchases. This cold weather of ours must be hard to take after the heat of HK.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Glad that you're back and that you had a good time!

angie.a said...

LOL, I've never heard "Honkers" before, so maybe it is an Australian thing!

Glad you had such a good time!!

paco peralta said...

Vicki, I am sure that we lack hours to speak ..... and what we do not speak the same language ..... jjj. hugs, Paco

Mara said...

Hi Vicky,
last week I was in Hong Kong too, a long way from Greece. I visited Angus' kitchen too, and I was very much disappointed, as it was not what I had expected. Not to mention that bamboo scaffolding which was all over the narrow staircase. I liked the huge Harbor Mall and the chain stores "Shanghai Tang" and "Kinji". They had tasteful silk clothes, but expensive prices, even on sales. On our way back, we stopped over to Dubai, to see the new developments there. Of course, shopping there was more expensive than Hong Kong.

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Your photos have given me a thirst to experience Hong Kong for myself! I'm glad you had such a great time. You look fantastic!

Claire said...

Vicki,
I had such a good time going through your pictures. The narration made it feel like I was right there with you. It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful vacation and it sure made me want to go to Hong Kong someday. The only thing stopping me (other than money) is the 24 hr plane ride from the east coast of the USA. YIKES!!!

KateS said...

Thanks for the wonderful info on HK - a friend who grew up there keeps telling hubby and me we must go. You Blog is very well written and useful (and interesting!!).

Nancy W. said...

Sounds like you had a great trip. Glad you're back safely.