Quantcast
Latest Stories

Kooky fashionista finds in HK’s shopping festival

By

CLASSIC sunglasses at Kapok

The terrible traffic jam didn’t stop us from catching our flight (by a few minutes) to Hong Kong via Dragonair.

Picture five antsy passengers silently praying in the car for a delayed flight while craning their necks to see how bad traffic was, then running from the car to the check-in counter in lightning speed.

Once settled on the plane’s surprisingly comfortable cushioned seats, we quickly forgot our recent mind-numbing situation.

Dragonair, a full-service airline and a member of the Cathay Pacific Group, combines luxury and practicality with its award-winning range of products and services and more affordable fare.

Passengers enjoy premium amenities without having to burn a hole in their pockets.

Known for its enjoyable in-flight experience, Dragonair has been awarded Best Airline in China for six consecutive years, as well as Best Regional Airline in Southeast Asia in 2008 and World’s Best Regional Airline in 2010 and 2011.

WDSG Art and Craft Department

With its Manila and Clark flight services, Dragonair brings HK, dubbed “Asia’s World City,” closer to every Filipino.

“The introduction of the Clark service is a significant and timely milestone for Dragonair in terms of airline development as it marks its further expansion in the Philippine market, which is a very important passenger segment in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Wilson Yam, Regional Manager, Southeast Asia, Dragonair and Cathay Pacific.

Widely known as a shopping destination, HK has offerings that range from renowned fashion houses at Pacific Place to high-street brands and local designer labels at The One, iSquare, and K11 (the world’s first art shopping mall).

We certainly wasted no time in reacquainting ourselves with HK’s much-awaited Shopping Festival (two months of irresistible sales and dining promotions in various malls).

 

Shabby chic

Shopaholics can also put their moola to good use in hole-in-the-wall shops where they can score vintage and quirky finds.

FRIENDLY cabin crew and premium amenities at Dragonair

Scouring the WDSG Art & Craft Dept. store was like stepping into an old cowboy film, with its threadbare pillows and shabby chic furniture positioned against faded walls and classic Ralph Lauren shirts lined up on a rack.

If you prefer trinkets and kooky goodies like I do, Day Dream Nation on Wing Fung St., Wanchai is a must-visit. Owned by local designers, the trendy store sells one-of-a-kind accessories and cute printed clothes.

For unique tableware, Ray-Ban aviators and rare books, hip lifestyle shop Kapok doesn’t disappoint. While you’re perusing the store’s eclectic merchandise, you can also have a cup of coffee in its quaint café.

“Hong Kong is a spectacular city with a wonderful mixture of must-sees and must-dos

that appeal to all kinds of visitors, whether families, groups of friends or even businessmen—and Dragonair aims to be the Filipino’s preferred airline from Clark to this must-see destination,” said Martin Xu, Country Manager, Dragonair and Cathay Pacific Philippines.

ONE OF Conrad Hotel’s rooms with a view of the harbor

After a day of shopping, we got some much-needed R&R at the Conrad Hotel where we were warmly welcomed by chocolates and a cute cuddly bear on a very cozy bed.

Located on HK Island, the luxurious hotel is at the heart of the Central Business District and offers direct access to exclusive shopping at Pacific Place, and is within walking distance to shopping and entertainment areas in Causeway Bay, Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai.

Making our stay more interesting was the hotel’s Shisha Night by the poolside.

For chow time after a day of shopping, one of the hotel’s restaurants, Nicholini’s, which has been awarded Hong Kong and Macau’s Best Restaurant by Hong Kong Tatler for 20 consecutive years, serves delicious Northern Italian dishes.

If you’re craving  good authentic dim sum (as we were), Michelin one-star restaurant Tim Ho Wan, the Dim-Sum Specialists, would satisfy your palate. The usual long queue of people outside the restaurant is proof of its success.

Capping our trip was a visit to the swanky Dragonair lounge where the top-notch treatment continued.

Xu concludes: “Dragonair’s goal is to give passengers an experience to remember by making their travel safe, reliable and enjoyable—from the time they book their flights with us, to the moment they arrive back home.”

Visit the Dragonair website at www.dragonair.com/ph


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Dragonair , fashionista , Hong Kong , shopping festival , traffic jam , Travel



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  4. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  7. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. 12 other things you can do at Pico de Loro Cove
  10. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  6. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  7. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  8. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  9. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  10. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?

News

  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help
  • Celebrating Easter and creativity in New York
  • Man wins half marathon, dies in Argentina
  • Clouds to bring slight relief from summer heat
  • Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
    Marketplace