It all started with a ‘Pho’

Being an expat in Hongkong is not that easy.

New culture. Different lifestyle. Difficult language. No friends–these summed up my first two months in Hongkong.

Boredom and homesickness were my companions. My husband was most of the time at work and sadly, we only had much time at night, during weekends or holidays.

I was longing for my family and close friends back then. For an extrovert like me, this I tell you, it’s really hard to be alone. Thank goodness! There were Facebook messenger, Twitter, and Whatsapp for communication purposes.

One day, my husband asked me if I wanted to meet the Filipina wife of his colleague. Of course, I said YES. I had been waiting for that moment to happen, the moment which could possibly give me new friends.

Her name’s Ruth. She’s a wife of a Hongkong national working in the same company with my husband.

Before I met Ate Ruth personally, her husband messaged me on Facebook. He asked if it’s ok with me to meet Ate because she’s also alone and bored. Woooaahh, we were in the same boat huh. Anyway, he gave me her number and told me about his high hope of me being friends with Ate.

Our supposed meeting in the first week of November was postponed because I went to the Philippines for a short vacation.

It was in the last week of November that I met her and her then-one-month-old baby boy. Our rendezvous was at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin. She’s very nice and accommodating, something that really made me think she’s the one I’ve been waiting for in Hongkong haha.

My new friend and I strolled around some shops. You know, women and shopping sounded almost the same! hahahaha just kidding. I wanted to buy some nice clothes then, and gladly, she helped me decide on which clothes to take.

We had our merienda at Viet’s Choice, her favorite restaurant. It was my first time to eat in a Vietnamese restaurant.

Oh, how I liked the delicious taste of the Vietnamese noodle soup called pho. The rich, savory taste of its soup base, the yummy combination of ginger, fresh mint, cilantro, onions and other herbs, the flavoursome chicken meat, and the good taste of the flat, long rice noodles caught the attention of my picky tastebuds.

My favorite kind of Pho. Sliced Vietnamese ham gio lua Pho with iced milk tea

Another kind of Pho. Sliced beef brisket Pho with hot milk tea

Of course, I ordered my favorite milk tea. It’s always my choice of drink whenever I was in an Asian or local restaurant.

I was really glad Ate Ruth chose Viet’s Choice. We really had a great time eating and having conversation there. In addition to that, we also discovered that we shared some common traits. Nice to know!

Who would have thought that the start of a good and strong fellowship just happened in a restaurant called Viet’s Choice? It was indeed a special place for Ate and me.

Fast forward to the present —–

Oh, how I miss eating pho and drinking milk tea.

And…

how I miss my close friend.

Like what I’ve said, it’s not that easy to be an expat in Hongkong, but because of the presence of Ate Ruth and her family, my social life in Hongkong became colorful. 😀

I do hope to see her again in the future. Guess where? In Hongkong or maybe in the Philippines.

Time flies so fast. For sure, we will see Ate Ruth again. Maybe not so soon, but definitely after a few years.

But for now, hello Facebook and Whatsapp! hahaha

Time to pause for a while and eat some dinner.

Gute Nacht. Bis Morgen.

JL

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Craving for Milk Tea

One thing I miss about Hongkong is the authentic milk tea which you can buy anywhere in the city. This delicious drink is really a must-try once you set your feet in the Fragrant Harbour of Asia. Its fragrant aroma, distinct taste and smooth, creamy texture will definitely make you crave for it more and more (like what happened to me lol).

Milk tea is already part of Hongkong’s cuisine and culture. Like what Bernice Chan, a senior writer of South China Morning Post, has said–“Milk tea is uniquely Hongkong.” Indeed. The Asia’s World City is undeniably famous not only because of its sprawling skyscrapers, huge business hubs and the magical Disneyland, but also because of MILK TEA.

Hmmm, sorry, coffeeholics, you have to admit that milk tea is getting more attention now than ever before. Thanks to Hongkongers and the milk tea lovers out there (I’m raising my hand as well!) It’s the number one competitor of coffee in Asia, I guess. Nevertheless, milk tea is still as popular as Jackie Chan, the international superstar who happens to be a Hongkonger himself.

Ah………. missing Hongkong so much and craving for milk tea hahhahha. Anyway, this shall pass. I mean the craving. Why? Because I am going to make my own version of Hongkong milk tea soon. Thanks to this great site . I have finally found the simple recipe of my favorite drink (uh oh caramel macchiato, please don’t be jealous haha). To all my readers and followers, please do check it and you’ll be happy to know that wherever you are at the moment, you can actually make your own milk tea. Nice, isn’t it?

Enough of the cravings. I have to sleep soon, so I will have the energy tomorrow to do household chores, to run some errands, and yeah, to make my very first Hongkong style MILK TEA. I will update you about the success or (fail) of my first attempt soon. Please stay tuned.

P.S. The above photo was taken by yours truly. If you want to use it in your website or blog, kindly put some credits. Thanks!

xoxo

JL