Lounge Review: Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Singapore Airlines Silverkris Business Lounge, 19 December 2016

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

I flew on Singapore Airlines’ business class from Hong Kong to Singapore, granting me access to Singapore Airlines’ Siliverkris Business Lounge in Hong Kong International Airport. The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge is pretty large, and has four areas. The food and drinks offered were excellent.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

Upon entry, there’s a small sitting area with some sofas and laptop stands. I guess if you are short on time, this would be the spot for you to get some work done, while waiting for your flight. Going beyond the bathroom/showers, you’ll get to the main area, which is divided into three main segments.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

First, there’s there bar and dining area, with some bar stools, and tables and chairs for dining. To the left of the bar counter is the entrance to the first class lounge. There’s a buffet with an excellent offering right behind the bar.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

Beyond the dining area, is a general lounging area, where there’s seating for groups. And at the far end of the lounge, there’s individual seating, so for those looking for some quiet and privacy to get some work done, you can sit in those individual booths.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

The food and drinks offering in the lounge was excellent. There were some stir-fried starches, fried chicken, salads, desserts, and even haagen dazs ice cream in the fridge! I didn’t have breakfast, so I went to town on the buffet.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

There were also two cooked-to-order dishes on offer – laksa and fishball noodles. The servers went around proactively taking orders from lounge patrons. I ordered the fishball noodle, which was excellent.

Hong Kong International Airport Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge

I also had some champagne (Chandon Moet for business class), and a fruity mocktail, which was excellent.

All in all, service, food and drinks in this lounge were all great! My only complaint is that there were only three bathroom stalls in the female bathroom, and one of them was out of order. When the lounge got crowded, it did lead to a bit of a wait from time to time.


Macau and Hong Kong, 22-26 August 2012

Another classic Macau/Hong Kong trip with the folks, i.e. daddy got the itch to gamble.

With the exception of Tiger Airways, there are no real direct flights going from Singapore to Macau (who woulda thought!). Nevertheless, no reason to fret. If you do want to head to Macau from Hong Kong, it’s actually pretty easy. You don’t actually have to even go into Hong Kong. There is a direct ferry link from Hong Kong International Airport, and you don’t have to clear immigration. Just look for the signs in the Hong Kong International Airport, buy your ferry tickets, and you’ll be on your way.

This time, we stayed at Galaxy Hotel, which is just beside Venetian Macau. It touts itself as the only integrated resort in Macau to date, and its facilities are pretty impressive. They have quite a number of pools, including a wave pool, a lazy river, and a jacuzzi, and a fake beach. Be sure to bring your access card with you, if you want to check out their facilities. It’s a pretty packed facility, so expect the usual waits, e.g. check in, dinner, etc. You’re advised to book in advance if you want to have a buffet dinners at one of the dining establishments that offer them. I do kinda like the casino, as it is bright, as opposed to some other casinos, which tend to be dim. Call me cheap, but the free milk tea they offer in the casino is pretty good, too!

After a day in Macau, we headed towards Hong Kong. I did my usual round of shopping and eating, but that has become somewhat routine. I decided to explore another suburb this time round. As it was hot and my aching feet were killing me, I opted to take a bus to Tuen Mun. There is a pretty nice waterfront promenade, where you can get views of ships/tankers docked far from shore. It is also possible to go to some of the outlying islands and Macau from Tuen Mun pier.

Come night, my family decided to explore the seafood options at Leiyu Mun. Here, you are supposed to be able to shop for your own seafood by weight, and bring it to one of the several restaurants available, and ask them to cook it according to your preference for a fee. It can get pretty pricey. Four seafood dishes worked out to more than 400 SGD for the five of us.

Galaxy Hotel (and its pools)

View from Tuen Mun Promenade

Shopping at Leiyu Mun

Leiyu Mun at Night

Hong Kong – Stanley, 01 September 2011

We had an afternoon flight, so we decided to venture a little. In my random, open a map and point fashion, we ended up in Stanley. To get to Stanley, take the MTR to Central, and at the Central Exchange bus station, take 6, 6A, 66, and 260 (I think). The Hong Kong tourism map is amazingly helpful for this purpose.

I think the highlight of this trip is the bus trip. The last time, I got to southern Hong Kong via the tram, so I saw mainly cityscapes. But this time, we went by southern Hong Kong. One would not think of Hong Kong as a beach destination, but guess what? They do have quite a number of beaches, for instance, at Repulse Bay. I spotted at least three beaches on the way to Stanley.

After arriving in Stanley, we didn’t really go into Stanley market. In any case, it was like about 10 am, and most of the people opening the stores were not early birds. There was, however, the spectacular Murray House which was built in the late 1800s, which still stands there. There is a restaurant there open for lunch, if you want some of the 19th century ambience. Otherwise, I think Stanley is kinda like a laid-back escape for Hongkongers who are looking to get away from the city. They do have a decent-looking hotel there as well.

Southern Hong Kong beach at Repulse Bay

Hong Kong is very island-y

Stanley Market

Murray House

Hong Kong, 31 August 2011

I split from my family today, as I had some shopping to do. They went to Shatin, and Wong Taishin temple, which was conveniently on the same subway line as Mongkok. I went to Kowloon.

Having stayed in the hotel in Kowloon in my previous visits, I decided to try and do something a little different. I have always walked by Kowloon Park without ever going in. I decided to walk through it this time, rather than walk by it. It was a nice oasis of calm and green from the hectic pace of life in Hong Kong, and the horrible haze. I also went into the free Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, and took a look at the temporary exhibition, where they showed photos of old Hong Kong buildings, and had a pretty good write-up on the architectural heritage of Hong Kong. Wish I could remember anything from that! In any case, it was a nice little break.

I went on my little shopping spree (quite a lot of my clothes come from Hong Kong), with a little break in between, where I went for the tasty macaroons at Jean-Paul Hevin, which is located in the long mall that runs from Harbour City to Ocean Terminal. It is a little closer to the Ocean Terminal. When I turned around, lo and behold, I saw a battleship (American?) with choppers aboard. You do get some interesting surprises sometimes, when you least expect it!

After my little shopping spree, I decided to just walk around the Kowloon area. Going with my tourism philosophy of letting random signs lead me to cool places, I followed signs pointing to Heritage 1881, which led me to the Hullett House/Hotel. This sea-facing building used to be government administrative buildings including the fire station, police headquarters, and stables. It also functioned as a guide for seafaring navigation. I had their afternoon tea set (280 HKD/~40 SGD), which was nice, but also kinda pricey. I guess I was paying for the ambience? So that ends my day of adventures.

Kowloon Park

More macaroony goodness from Jean-Paul Hevin

Hullet House

Afternoon Tea at Hullet House

Macau, 30 August 2011

We went to Macau today, from Hong Kong. We boarded at Harbour City, Hong Kong, and it took about one hour. Ferries leave Kowloon Ferry Terminal about every half an hour, and it costs around 150 HKD. If you have a Visa card, they have some deal.

We went to New Lisboa, which is just beside the old Lisboa. Eh… Well, no photos to show for it. If you are gambling happy, Macau does try to lower the cost for you, and make it the most convenient thing to get to casinos. Most major casino-hotels offer free, frequent shuttle services to their casino-hotels from the ferry terminal, and the land border with China. We hit the jackpot machines. Moral of the story? Know when to quit! 😛

As we got back to Hong Kong pretty late, we had the buffet dinner at Royal Plaza Hotel. It runs from 5.30 pm to 1 am, and it was excellent. Although it was rather pricey at around 400 HKD (30% discount for hotel guests), they had some pretty good stuff, like oysters, and cheese-baked lobsters. I was very impressed by their dessert selection, which included a chocolate fondue! I was stuffed, and had to do quite a bit of work on the treadmill after that!

Taiwan to Hongkong – Kaohsiung to Hong Kong, 29 August 2011

Another travelling day – we moved from Kaohsiung to Hong Kong. What was uneventful travel turned out to be more exciting – we had to keep up to date with the weather report, as a typhoon was coming to this part. Our flight was delayed for two hours, but we were informed in time, so we arrived in the airport in time for our flight. Although we got there in time, there was another delay, as the plane coming to pick us up couldn’t land. The typhoon that was coming was starting with bring with it strong winds and an insane amount of rain. The Taiwanese were certainly prepared – they took down all the signage hanging at the airport, and changed the automatic doors to create air traps. It was quite an experience for me, waiting it from the safety of the Kaohsiung Airport.

In Hong Kong, we stayed at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Mongkok, Kowloon. It is located beside a huge mall, Grand Century Place, and inside Grand Century Place, is the Mongkok East MTR station. A 15-min walk will bring you to Mongkok MTR station, and there is also a bus transit centre in Grand Century Place, making Royal Plaza Hotel very convenient. The rooms were average, but there was a nice little sitting area that was like a balcony, and the views were decent. Mainly a residential area.

The gym was a little smaller, and had about four, up-to-date treadmills, two stepmasters, and about the same number of stationery bikes as treadmills. They also had a couple of weights machines, and a decent-sized swimming pool.

We had dinner at a Teochew place on the 7th floor of Grand Century Place. It was cheap, but also very forgettable. Thankfully, dessert made up for it, as I had my favourite Hui Lau Shan 許留山, which specialises in fruity desserts, particularly mango. They also have other Chinese desserts like hashima and bird’s nest. I went with my usual order of Mango Warrior 芒果神兵, which is mango pudding, mango puree, mango cubes, topped with mango ice cream. Costs around 40 HKD, which works out to around 7 SGD. If you are a mango fan, do try it!

Massive pedestrian bridge at Mongkok

Garden Street from the Mongkok pedestrian bridge

Mango Warrior

Hongkongers’ entertainment at night