Shopping, NOT those give-away but memorable and meaningful items
As the clients already told me they did not like those T-shirts, fake-antique or those easy-dying embroidery, we decided to squeeze some time to high-end upscale shopping boutiques.
We first went to Shanghai Tang and picked some notebooks, ball pens and Christmas ferries and decorations and of course they were wrapped and packaged fantastically. Then, we moved to Pedder Bldg to get some good wines for dinner. Blanc de Chine was one of favorites but it was not on the way. Then we moved somewhere at the junction of Lan Kwai Fong and Stanley Street to line up for local dumplings and pudding on street with other office ladies.
After simple snacks then we moved along to explore the snake soup cuisine but found that they might be too big for us before we had our dim sum lunch. We then decided to take the warm herbal smoothening tea only before the next egg tart adventure. It was followed by a 20-mins shopping at G.O.D where we found chopsticks, Hong Kong collectibles, dining matt, XO source, jewelery box, coaster etc. It was around the afternoon tea time so we got our dim sum lunch in a very local dim sum restaurant, with the traditional Guan Di facing the door and a must-see seafood aquarium. It was so wonderful that clients found the small old ivory shop near the Graham Market where they treasure-hunted an ivory peanut, two Buddha statues with fine craftsmanship and the old owner still used the pink paper to wrap it until we asked for the bubble-paper we found at the corner. Yet, at the time that I would like to gather the members together, one of them skipped away to buy and piece of dried sausage. Yes, it should be bought in pairs but the client could ask for one piece and bit on it before I could stop him to do so as it should be steamed first.
This was not the end. Since we still had to go to the local book stores to find authentic Chinese cooking books with translations, one pair of clients had to go along with me while the others still had to get something from the wonderful Cats Street for a little Buddha and also the calligraphy brush. I could not imagine if we could still shop at the Chinese Arts and Crafts in case they were not rushing back to the airport.
It was a crazy shopping tour that I had never had, and of course it was overtime but I did enjoy it. Maybe next time I should add the shop at the Post Office, Star Ferry, PMQ, TDC where there are more interesting items around, but only if time allows.