Where To Get Lunch For Under $100 In Central

No need to break the bank for a good meal

 

As one of the busiest and most expensive cities in the world, Hong Kong can be a difficult place to find a delicious and affordable lunch – especially if your work hours are spent in the Central district. As part of our series, entitled Where To Get Lunch For Under $100, we’ve put together a list of affordable eats that will satisfy every craving. Whether you’re looking for local soup noodles, a healthy meal, Korean comfort food, or piping hot ramen, we’ve got a few to choose from. Here are 12 places we’ve selected to get lunch for under $100 in Central! (Note: this guide does not include the area of Soho, as we will be featuring those places in another guide just for that section. Stay tuned!)

Read more: Where To Get Lunch For Under $100 in Sheung Wan

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Your {Hoboken Checklist} Before the Sun Sets on Summer

It happens every year, but I’m never less baffled: summer flew by, September is here, and warm temperatures will start to cool. As we find ourselves forced indoors by the changing seasons, there’s no better time to make sure you’ve accomplished the outdoor activities that you won’t see again until May. From dropping layers of clothes to dropping temperatures–here’s your Hoboken checklist before summer ends and autumn begins on September 22.

1. Fitness in the Park

pier a

There are only four weeks left to participate in Fitness in the Park:

  • Mondays: Fitness at Pier A
  • Tuesdays: Yoga at Pier A
  • Wednesdays: Fitness Under the Viaduct

 

2. Pier A

pier a

Have you sprawled out on the cool green grass and stared at the World Trade Center? Run through the fountain? Had a picnic? Read a book in the shade of the trees? There’s no greater simple pleasure in Hoboken than basking in the beauty of Pier A.

 

3. Food Trucks

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In a couple months, Amanda Bananas will be nothing but a sweet dream. Whether you’re uptown at Pier 13 or downtown at Pier A, take advantage of the deliciously unique food truck scene.

 

4. Zog Sports League

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Fall league registration ends on August 31st for fall leagues. Winter leagues will be available, but let’s not pretend it’s as good as playing kickball outside on a warm summer night (and drinking at Willie’s after).

 

5. Ride a Bike

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–riding a bike is one of the best activities of all time. You can participate in the Hudson Bike Share and snag a rental or take your own wheels out for a ride on one of the many bike routes in the area.

 

6. Pier 13

pier 13

It almost feels too obvious to include this one on the list–but it’s an absolute must. Sipping their killer sangria on a sunny Saturday, watching a movie under the stars, playing bocce ball and mini golf on game night–max out all the benefits of this warm-weather hotspot.

 

7. Drinks on the Roof

dubliner

Why is it so fun to drink while sitting on top of a building? I don’t know the answer, but I’ll inevitably miss the ability to sit on a rooftop while relaxing with some food and drink as soon as it’s gone–and you will too. Head out and up at City Bistro or Dubliner to sneak in those last few rooftop times.


Written by Brittany Temple

Brittany is a bona fide Jersey girl (sans stereotypical sky-high hair) with an obnoxious laugh and a super fast-paced walk. You can hear her on-air and behind the scenes at SiriusXM where she serves as the Executive Producer on the political talk show “Make It Plain with Mark Thompson.” In her free time she can often be found using the reliable combo of blind faith and beer to cheer on the Devils, Jets and Yankees. Oh, and, she’s not yelling at you–that’s just her natural volume.

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8 Lessons to Help You Take Ownership of Your Job

Learn from these lessons

While we all have different opinions about the role of work in fulfilling our lives, we can’t deny its relevance in shaping our identity. We’re told from a young age that we must discover our passion or ‘dream job’ to be complete. Even if this is the case, which more often is not, the daily grind is inevitably monotonous, leading us to prematurely question our decisions or career path.

What’s not emphasised enough about our professional lives is the fact that we won’t always feel what we’re doing is meaningful, and should instead learn to find meaning by renewing our motivation and taking ownership of our jobs. Aside from the benefit of elevating our performance, what’s more important is its ability to transform our attitude for work and life. So, are you ready to make a change?

“No one is coming to save you. Are you going to save yourself?” – Jason Lengstorf

This may sound harsh, but no one actually cares about you – at least not your success. Not your boss, not your colleagues, not your friends. Okay, your parents do, but that’s about it. We lament our manager for not recognising our talent, or our co-workers for not cutting us some slack, but not only do they have zero obligation to do so, we become victims of our own naiveté for believing they should.

This may seem like a downer, but it’s actually a liberating concept rather than an isolating one. Think about it like this: no one cares about whether you succeed or whether you fail. No one will remember that mistake you made, the time you embarrassed yourself, or when you veered from the status quo. With that in mind, caring about what others think starts to seem rather pointless.

The moment we feel empowered by the autonomy of being accountable for our own actions is the moment we start living for ourselves, rather than waiting for someone else to.

See the difference between ‘fault’ and ‘responsibility’

“Fault looks back, and responsibility looks forward.” – Rick Ackerly

No one likes to take responsibility for something they’re not at fault for, that’s a given. But responsibility and fault take on different meanings in a professional environment, as you can easily be responsible for something going wrong even if you had nothing to do with it.

Aside from the obvious case of having to take responsibility for your team’s mistakes when you’re in a management position, the more common scenario is one where it’s difficult to identify who’s really at fault. For instance, if you fail to meet a deadline because a colleague asked you for help on something that should’ve taken an hour but ended up taking half the day.

Instead of fixating on who’s at fault, look at who’s responsible (in this case, you), take the necessary actions to rectify the situation, and move on. John Coleman notes in Harvard Business Review that “fault always looks back at who should be blamed, while responsibility looks forward at what can be done differently in the future,” enabling learning in the process.

“Focused. I’m a hustler. And my hustle is trying to figure out the best ways to do what I like without having to do much else.” – Mos Def

Our education system and professional sphere dictates that we must fit our skillsets and responsibilities into specific moulds, consequently separating what we ‘should’ and ‘shouldn’t’ be doing day to day. Worse still, it leads us to sometimes believe that we’re too good for certain types of work. There are a few reasons why this line of thinking can be destructive:

(1) You’re losing a valuable learning opportunity. People say that everything you learn will be useful down the line, no matter how irrelevant you think it is. I can say from my own experience that this is true. My first job involved a good deal of customer management, meaning I had to deal with the angriest people on the internet (did I mention they were also bridezillas?). At the time, I didn’t consider putting up with abuse that makes YouTube’s comments section look like a Canadian gathering was a good use of my time, but I’ve seen just how helpful it is to know how to deal with angry clients at every job I’ve had since.

(2) Making uncompromising distinctions between you and your colleagues’ responsibilities goes against the very nature of organisations. Companies should be fluid in the sense that it’s constantly evolving and growing. If you’re not able to adapt, then it’ll soon become clear which cog is jamming the machine.

(3) It’s no secret that the world belongs to hustlers. When I say ‘hustle’, I’m not talking about lying, stealing, and scamming your way to the top, but working your ass off when your competitors are Googling what the entire cast of Laguna Beach is doing now (Justin Bobby cut his hair?).

Know what motivates you

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” ― Zig Ziglar

There are countless resources on how to manage your relationships with others, but nurturing a healthy relationship yourself is the foundation of it all. Understanding your personal motivations to excel at work is pivotal in countering the natural ebb and flow of our interest and passion.

Psychologist David McLelland asserts that all human motivations can be placed in three broad categories: (1) the need for achievement, (2) affiliation, (3) power. We can be motivated by one or all three, but our values typically place these catalysts into a hierarchy.

For instance, if you thrive on social interactions and value it above achievement and power, then your lack of motivation for your desk job likely comes down to the need to adjust your role to be more client facing, or one that requires you to travel more.

“The only possible way to have it ALL is with structure and the discipline to keep to it, to make it a routine.” – Margot Hattingh

If I ask you to name three meaningful moments in the past year, what would you say? It’s probably along the lines of travelling to Egypt, getting your driver’s license, or seeing Pitbull in concert (praying this isn’t true). Either way, I’m sure those weekly sales reports didn’t come to mind. While we associate meaning with new experiences or when we step outside of our comfort zone, scientists have recently discovered that the opposite is also true.

According to Scientific American, our conception of meaning is grounded in significance, purpose and coherence, with recent findings focusing on the latter. Psychologists from the University of Missouri found that regular routines can engender meaning, noting that “coherence of an ordered life also lays the groundwork for pursuit of larger goals,” making it just as important as ‘significance’ and ‘purpose’.

Establishing and maintaining daily routines – such as keeping detailed to-do lists, following the five-minute rule, or finishing challenging tasks before lunch – may seem tedious at first, but turning them into a habit will help you see meaning in the mundane tasks we need to perform everyday.

There’s no success without discipline

“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly.” – Julie Andrews

We may want to get into the habit of going to bed earlier so we’ll get to work on time everyday, but without discipline, we’ll soon find ourselves watching RuPaul’s Drag Race until four in the morning (who, me?). So where does discipline come from?

The answer is: knowing how to delay gratification. The most straightforward approach is simply using the “out of sight, out of mind” method. It’s not sufficient to go on willpower alone, as committing to a desired outcome beforehand – which in this case could be removing all devices from your bedroom – is an effective way to get your mind on the track to change. If you still find it difficult to introduce new habits, try identifying a trigger (e.g. bedtime), establishing a routine (e.g. going to sleep), and rewarding yourself (e.g. coffee the next morning).

It should also be noted that this only works when applied to every aspect of our lives. If you don’t eat well, exercise, and manage your mental well-being, there’s no way you’ll excel at work. In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg details a study where participants were asked to exercise regularly even though they never had the habit of doing so. Over time, every single one not only made it a habit to work out regularly, but also managed to improve at least one other part of their lives, whether it was quitting smoking, eating healthier, or getting promoted at work.

“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” —Nelson Mandela

It’s true that people are happier when they’re passionate about what they do, but we falsely buy into the idea of discovering our passion when we should be cultivating it. This goes back to the notion that what we get from a job is proportional to what we put in, meaning we must actively shape our passion by pursuing the outcome we strive for.

A large part of igniting passion for your work is to invest yourself into the company’s success. If you have a solution to improve an ongoing issue, then don’t be afraid to voice it, and take lead to fix the problem. If you find yourself feeling passionate about a particular area of work, then direct your efforts in that area, and share this goal with your manager. Rather than focusing on the work you don’t care for, structure your time so you can dedicate more time to develop in areas you are interested in.

It’s also important to take pride in your work, even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally applaud yourself for. Try taking a few minutes at the end of every work day to reflect and jot down one thing you’ve accomplished that day, one thing you’re grateful for, and one thing you hope to achieve the following day.

Explore your life’s purpose

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ― Lou Holtz

The overriding takeaway for taking ownership of your job is self-awareness. Understand what you want out of life, and remind yourself of these goals everyday to get there. I’ll end with this: money can buy happiness, but the disclaimer is that it only applies when you’ve earned it through your own effort and hard work.

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Hong Kong’s Best Waterfall Hikes

Get out and explore these easily accessible, wonderful waterfall spots!

 

TLC clearly never spent much time in Hong Kong. You should definitely go chasing waterfalls because they are right next to the rivers and the streams that you’re used to. Hong Kong’s hilly green spaces are home to dozens of these flowing cascades. While several of them are a mission to find, you’ve probably been close to many of the natural wonders without knowing. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most accessible spots, just off the trodden trailDo keep in mind, the amount of water flowing will all depend on how much it has been raining!

Read more: Hikes You Need To Do Before You Leave Hong Kong

 

Sheung Luk Stream Sai Kung

Sheung Luk Stream, Sai Kung, near Sai Wan Beach

Cliff-jumping opportunities abound in this tiered series of waterfalls and natural pools hidden in the hills between Sai Wan and Ham Tin beaches in the Tai Long Wan cove. They are a perfect side stop for a day trip to the beach or during a camping staycation weekend.

Getting there:  From Sai Kung town, take the 29R Minibus from outside the McDonald’s to the Sai Wan Pavilion, or take a taxi. You will see signs from there to Sai Wan. You will reach Sai Wan after about 40 minutes. Walk past the restaurants and follow the path left onto a larger neighbouring beach where tents may be set up. Stick to the left until you see the end of the stream and trek into overgrown shrubs where you will find fenced off farmlands on your left. Continue forwards and watch your step as you climb uneven and rocky paths that are shaded by overgrown leaves. Follow this for 15-20 minutes and you will see the waterfall.
Length:  3.5 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns:  There is a cement foot bridge that crosses the river – don’t go over it. Stay on the path to the left. As the path is mostly off-beat, it will be best navigated with someone familiar with the area.
Get home: Either hike back out the way you came or arrange a sampan which will take 45 minutes and cost around $100 from Sai Wan or Ham Tim, the next beach over in the inlet. You should arrange your boat before you leave Sai Kung town as they can get full, or may not be running due to weather.

Bride’s Pool and Mirror Pool, Plover Cove, near Tai Mei Tuk

Bride’s Pool and Mirror Pool, Plover Cove, near Tai Mei Tuk

Urban legend holds that the area gets its name from a bride who fell into the pool and drowned when she was being carried in a sedan chair during stormy weather. Today, there is a clearly marked, paved and flat path to get to the falls. There are some beautiful trails around Plover Cove, so it’s worth using these as brief picnic and snack stops during a full-day of wandering in the area.

Get there:
 Take the MTR to the Tai Po Market stop. If it’s a Sunday or public holiday, you can take the 275R bus to the Bride’s Pool stop found at exit A3. Any other day, just hop in a taxi, which will take about 25 minutes. From there, there are clearly marked paths for the Bride’s Pool Nature Trail. Once past the trailhead, go down the stairs and over the bridge where you’ll need to turn left to arrive at the falls. Shortly you will see the signpost leading you to Mirror Pool. For Bride’s Pool, trace your steps back to the crossroads and walk in the direction heading towards the barbecue site. Through the barbecue site and up stairs and you will find yourself at Bride Pool.
Length:  Less than 1 km to Bride’s Pool and less than 1 km beyond that to Mirror Pool
Time at a leisurely pace:  30-45 minutes (one way)
Avoiding wrong turns:  Since there are so many trails around here, the signs are very clear on directions. If in doubt, Google maps is your friend.
Get home: Call or hail a taxi from the trailhead if there are no busses. Spend some time in Tai Mei Tuk, a nice waterfront area filled with restaurants and bike paths, on the way out. There are busses or taxis to take you back to the MTR from there.

Read more: Sassy’s Top Beginner Hikes in Hong Kong

Ng Tung Chai, New Territories, Tai Mo Shan, Near Tai Po Market and Kadoorie Farm

Ng Tung Chai, New Territories, Tai Mo Shan, Near Tai Po Market and Kadoorie Farm

The North-western face of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong’s tallest peak, boasts some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the city, with the highest being 35 meters tall. It’s the perfect place for swimming and picnicking, with a cultural stop at the Man Tak Yuen temple along the way.

Get there:
  Take the MTR to Tai Wo station. From there, take the 25K minibus to Ng Tung Chai Road. Get off the bus and continue onto the road for about 10-15 minutes until you see a path that branches off to the right. If you’re in a taxi, simply ask to go to the Ng Tung Chai waterfall path. Stay on the main path, where signs to the waterfalls are clearly marked. Follow straight on past the village houses until you reach a rock-paved path heading towards a temple. Continue past the temple as you reach Bottom Fall (the first fall on the main path). The path gets much steeper beyond that but the views further up are worth the climb.
Length:  3 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns: Stay on the main path; it takes you to all of the falls and is much less slippery and steep than shortcuts that might tempt you.
Get home: Go back the way you came or continue to follow the path and take the first big right turn to Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. You’ll see a pagoda roof sticking above the trees near the path. It will take about as long to get there as it would to walk back and is worth the side stop. You can get a taxi from there or take the 64k back to Tai Wo station.

Read more: Sassy’s Guide to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong

Silvermine Bay Waterfall Hike

Silvermine Waterfall, Lantau, near Mui Wo

Even easier to get to than Tai O falls, this series of waterfalls begins less than two kilometres from Mui Wo Pier. There are three sets of falls, the Silvermine lower falls, Pearl falls and Silvermine main falls. They are all heavily dependent on rain flow, so there isn’t much opportunity for swimming in summer– make the most your trip by visiting in the wet season.

Getting there:
  From the ferry pier walk towards the beach and follow it along towards Silvermine Beach Resort. Right before Silvermine Beach Resort, turn left and head straight. You will see signs for the waterfalls and shuttered Silvermine Cave.
Length:  About 3 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace:  About an hour
Avoiding wrong turns:  The path will fork about 300 meters after you leave the beach, stay to the left of the creek, taking the left path.
Get home: There are some much longer hiking paths connected to these trails but for a short trip, the easiest path is simply back the way you came.

Read more: The Best Swimming Pools in Hong Kong

Wong Lung Hang Stream Hong Kong

Wong Lung Hang Stream (Yellow Dragon Stream)

This hike is made all the more exciting by the fact that you can actually trek through the stream! Wong Lung Hang (WLH), or Yellow Dragon Stream is one of Hong Kong’s most picturesque, introductory-level stream treks. Lung Mei (Dragon’s Tail) falls is a very scenic gorge, surrounded on all sides by waterfalls and there are a few falls on the route with opportunities to climb up some of the waterfalls with ropes – but this is best left to experienced climbers. For those just wanting to appreciate the view, there are also pools to swim in.

The more adventurous can keep on the trail all the way to Mui Wo and get the ferry back rather than retracing their steps, but we have to advise that this is for advanced, experienced hikers and climbers only. Be prepared to get wet on this hike!

Getting there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung and take a taxi to Chek Lap Kok Village. Walk to Wong Lung Hang Picnic Area and begin your trek along Wong Lung Hang Country Trail through to Wong Lung Hang Stream. At the end of the stream, go left towards a downward slope and begin the walk towards the stream. Onwards, follow the dam on the right and climb to cross the water pool where you will see the stream. Big rocks along the waters help to make access to the waterfall a little easier.
Length: 10km (approx)
Time at a leisurely pace:  Three hours there and three hours back. Wong Lung Waterfall is two hours into the trek and one hour into the stream where there is a really nice pool for swimming.
Avoiding wrong turns:  There are a few smaller streams merging into Wong Lung Hang but you must stay on the main stream.
Get home: Head back the way you came and take the MTR from Tung Chung

Ma Dai Stream Hong Kong

Ma Dai Stream

Ma Dai Stream is located in Ma On Shan Country Park in the New Territories and is one of Hong Kong’s  best-kept secrets. There are opportunities to go canyoning here and to slide through the water but this needs to be done with an experienced guide. The waterfall itself can be appreciated by a relatively short hike, although be prepared to get wet as you’ll need to scramble over rocks.

Getting there: Take the MTR to Tai Shui Hang and leave at Exit B. Head left and follow along Hang Tak Street. At the end of the path take the road on the right which will eventually lead you to a dam. The trail towards the stream will be on the left, just before the dam. Following the trail, turn left at the end where you will see another dam and bridge. Cross the bridge, turn left and you will arrive at the entrance of the stream and the beautiful Hero’s cliff.
Length: 5km (approx)
Time at a leisurely pace:  Two hours
Get home: If you keep following the path you will hit a fork, turn left and keep on the path past the private farm and on to Man On Shan Country Trail. Take a left past the picnic area and on to Man On Shan Tsuen Road and follow directions to Hang On MTR.

Lotus Stream Hong Kong

Lotus Stream

Lotus stream is one of nine big Streams in Hong Kong located at the upper right hand corner of Tai Lam Chung Reservoir. The trek takes you past a variety of waterfalls; Rainbow Fall, Louts Fall, Fairy Lotus Fall and Curl Dragon Fall. Take spare clothes and swimming gear for this one. 

Getting there:  The widest variety of bus routes are from the Tsing Yi MTR stop. Head out of Exit A to get to the bus terminal. Take KMB bus 251M, 263M, 264M or 265M and get off at the stop right after Tai Lam Tunnel. The journey will take around 20 minutes. Once you get off, go behind the bus stop and follow the path where you will find a minibus stop. Once you see the Tai Lam Chung Country Trail trailhead, you will have reached the beginning of the hike. At the first intersection, head left for 10 minutes where you will reach a catch-water paved road. Head right at the next intersection and follow the path upwards to arrive at Kat Hing Bridge. Here, cross the bridge and turn right immediately to begin the trek towards the stream. From there, follow red ribbons tied around branches and trees to guide you towards the stream. Since the path is mostly hidden amongst overgrown bushes, watch your step for slippery rocks or overgrown roots. Still confused? Reliable signposts are placed along the hike to ease any uncertainties that may arise throughout these jungle-like trails. For more detailed directions visit here.
Length: 10km (approx)
Time at a leisurely pace:  Roughly five to six hours
Avoiding wrong turns:  At one point you do need to cross the stream so be prepared for this. Keep right at the top of the waterfall and after about 20 meters, you will see  a path on the right that climbs up the hill. Take it and it will lead you to the trail
Get home: At the end of the trail in Sham Tseng, make your way to the bus stop in front of Rhine Gardens and there will be 234A, 52X, 63 getting you to the Tsuen Wan MTR.

Ping Nam Stream Hong Kong

Ping Nam Stream

This hike takes you up near Wilson Trail section 10 and off-the-beaten-track along rocks and through streams to a stunning waterfall. Hula Skirt fall is the first waterfall you encounter followed by Twin Falls. There are also great views along the Nam Chung Trail and on a clear day you can see Shenzhen in the distance.

Getting there:  From Fanling MTR station, leave the station at exit A2 and  take the 78K bus or the 56k minibus to Nam Chung. Once off the bus, cross the road and head right towards Luk Keng Road. The stream will just be a quick 35 minutes ahead. When you reach an intersection, turn right and go straight ahead until you reach the dam. Follow the stairs on the right and turn left once at the top. Continue alongside the railing and turn left onto a dirt-road before heading down towards the stream. While walking over the rocks towards the stream, beware of slippery cracks and puddles especially during rainy season.
Length: 6km (approx)
Time at a leisurely pace:  5 hours (including a dip)
Avoiding wrong turns:  At the dam (2.5 km from the bus stop), don’t try to jump the fence, climb the stairs on the right, then head left at the top, following the railing. Then left again there’s a loosely defined footpath going through the bushes, that’s where you are going.
Get home: The same way you came.

Tai Yuen Stream Hong Kong

Tai Yuen Stream

This is another series of falls in the Tai Mo Shan area with a stream running from Tai Mo Shan to Yuen Yuen Institute. Two waterfalls; Cliff of Flying Monkey and Jumping White Dragon are two standout falls on the hike however please be advised that getting to these requires a steep scramble directly up the rock face and is definitely for confident and competent climbers.

Getting there:  From Tsuen Wan MTR station exit at B2 and head towards Shiu Wo Street to catch the 81 minibus. Get off at the final stop which is Western Monastery on Lo Wai Road. The trail towards the stream begins at the back of Yuen Yuen Institute where you will find a footpath that leads towards the stream. Follow the path past Lo Wai Village and you will find catchwater facilities of Tai Yuen Stream. Continuing onwards and you will reach the entrance of the stream.
Length: 2 km
Time at a leisurely pace:  40 minutes from Yuen Yuen Institute
Avoiding wrong turns:  Follow the stream
Get home:  Back the way you came

Read more: Top 5 Night Hikes in Hong Kong

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Eleni H, published on 2 September 2015, and was updated by Carrie Johnson on 21 August 2017.

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Where to Get a Good Foot Massage in Hong Kong

Sit back and relax

 

We don’t need an excuse to go and pamper ourselves, but it’s a well-known fact how much walking we do in Hong Kong. Our FitBits constantly congratulate us when we reach an astonishing number of steps! With all of these hills and crowded streets, it’s especially worse when we have to navigate in heels (basically torture for our feet!).

Carve out some much needed time for yourself and head over to a foot massage parlour. Make it a girls’ night and splurge a little on pedicures together! Give your feet some R&R and we promise you’ll leave feeling like you’re floating on cloud nine.

Read more: Skincare in Hong Kong: Five Refreshing Facials

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{Progressive Dinner} in Hoboken by Bike

The thing is simple. The possibilities are endless. Start at one end of Hoboken…end at the other, and stop at a different restaurant for your appetizer, entree and dessert. But don’t worry — you don’t have to do it by foot.

Hudson Bike Share is one of the coolest and least utilized resources in Hoboken, with so many stops around the mile square, it is easy to get to where you want to go. In this case, where you want to go is to three different restaurants in one night, which is a piece of cake right? Well…maybe at the last stop.

Make a progressive dinner your next dinner in Hoboken, but before you, go, here are a few things to remember:

  • You will need to have the Next Bike App and a debit card to rent the bike, so you may want to do that in advance. Visit their website for all the info you’ll need.
  • Start early – you don’t want to be eating until midnight.
  • Don’t drink TOO much, it’s unsafe on bikes…plus you probably won’t leave enough room for dessert.

So here it is…a progressive dinner with Hudson Bike Share; one from downtown, one from uptown, so pick the journey that is best for you!

North to South

Stop #1 Appetizer

cheese and meat

Chef’s Combo Plate @ Bin 14

Start on 14th Street and hit up Bin 14 for a delicious cheese and meat plate or Stingray Lounge for some fresh shucked oysters and a craft cocktail. When you’re done, walk to the water on 14th and Sinatra, admire the views and pick up your first bike. Ride along the water, and drop your bike at 11th and Washington.

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Renting a bike outside Pier 13

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Cruising by bike enjoying Hoboken views

Stop #2 Entree

This is the main event, and since you are going to be burning some calories on those bikes, you might as well go big, like a dish of fresh pasta from Sorellina Italian Kitchen, the roasted chicken from Amanda’s or the short rib from Elysian Cafe. All set? Walk to 8th & Garden and hop on your bike for the long haul downtown, but it’ll be worth it, because dessert is waiting for you on the other side!

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Roasted Chicken @ Amanda’s

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Locking up the bikes on 11th & Washington

Stop #3 Dessert

Drop your bike off for good at the 1st and Washington drop off, and head to Antique Bar and Bakery on 1st and Willow for a wood-fired chocolate chip cookie (or one of their other amazing baked desserts), or walk towards the water and swing by Halifax inside the W for the apple fritters or a peach sundae.

 

Don’t want to walk back? use this map to find the bike station closest to your home. Or take a $5 cab outside the Path Station. (You’ve earned it after all this cycling.)

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Beyond delicious skillet cookie @ Antique Bar and Bakery

 

South to North

Stop #1 Appetizer

Start out with fried calamari from Blue Eyes, candied bacon from the the Ainsworth or chorizo mussels from the Cuban! Then head to 4th and Washington to pick up your bike, ride along the water and then cut inland for stop #2. Drop your bike off at 8th and Garden!

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Fried Zucchini and Calamari @ Blue Eyes

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Headed for Stop #2

Stop #2 Entree

Now once again, the entree is what matters, so you’re going to want to sink your teeth into one of Hoboken’s best, like the Otto Strada 1-lb meatball, the Anthony David’s lobster risotto or the pretzel chicken from 10th and Willow, all only a couple blocks away. Once you’ve digested to your own comfort level, it’s time to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grab your next bike from 11th and Washington, and take the scenic route along the water to 15th and Garden. 2 Down. 1 to go.

meatball

the One-Pounder @ Otto Strada

Stop #3 Dessert

Uptown Hoboken has a lot of great restaurants, a few of which have desserts that are definitely worth venturing up there for. So on your last stop, walk a few blocks to Porter Collins for a seasonal cobbler or Dino & Harry’s for a Nutella sundae!

cobbler

Seasonal Cobbler (Summer Peach) @ Porter Collins

Whether you live uptown or downtown, Hudson Bike Share has a spot for you, and Hoboken has a restaurant. So grab a group of friends, your next Bumble date or your adventurous grandmother, and head out for a night on two wheels. Follow this guide for a great progressive dinner in Hoboken or print this map and make your own!


Tabi is Jersey-born, but took a brief stint as a “Hey y’all”-saying, hair bow-wearing southern girl while attending the University of Kentucky! Finally landing back in the north, she can be found in her preferred color wheel (black, grey & white), with sneakers on her feet and an aggressively long walking stride. Tabi is constantly trying to balance equal but conflicting obsessions with mac & cheese, bourbon and bathing suits, but mac & cheese and bourbon always win.

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8 Workouts for People Who Hate to Work Out

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There’s always pressure to keep up with health and fitness trends, with perfectly toned influencers plugging their brand new ebook and fitness centres meeting the demand for new, innovative classes — but what if we, umm… don’t really like working out?

Not all of us find it easy to spring out of bed and go for an early morning run, or hit the gym after a hard days work, we’re quite content streaming trashy re-runs and Deliveroo-ing Hong Kong’s best eats. So, here’s one for our ‘fitish’ girls (ie. semi-fit; kind of fit; someone who likes the idea of being fit but equally likes food). We’ve put together a list of activities that are fun but also sneak in a workout. We’ll class that as a win!

Read more: Free Workouts in Hong Kong

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Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

For Your Little Black Book

 

Whether you have lived in Hong Kong your whole life or are new to the scene, finding help when you’re in sticky situations can be difficult, or worse, chaotic. To help you out, we have compiled a list of essential numbers and apps to add to your contacts. From part-time cleaners to dry cleaners and online groceries, we’ve got you covered, girls!

Read more: 6 New Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Online Groceries
Food Delivery
Part Time Cleaners
Dry Cleaners
Moving Vans/Driver
Handyman/Running Errands
Doctors at Home
Beauty Needs at Home
Entertainment

Online Groceries:

honestbee grocery delivery Hong Kong

honestbee

Grocery shopping in Hong Kong is no easy feat! Visiting at least two different stores to find all of the ingredients for spaghetti Bolognese is frustrating (to say the least), which is why honestbee is bookmarked and on speed dial! When it comes to meal planning and keeping our fridges stocked, Asia’s leading online grocery concierge service has it sussed.

Forget fighting rush-hour crowds and order all of your fresh veggies on your lunch break using its easy-to-use website. Offering next-hour grocery delivery, honestbee will deliver fresh produce all over the island, to major parts of Kowloon and Shatin in New Territories.

honestbee is also currently the only food delivery platform in the 852 that allows you to place cross-district orders, recently expanding to Kowloon; Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan and Hung Hom. There is no delivery fee or minimum spend which means ordering from your fave restos (we’re slightly obsessed with its extensive Chinese picks – San Xi Lou’s Sichuan Smoked Duck, anyone?) is a no-brainer. Delish eats are just a click away.

sassy perk

Use the promo code SASSYGRO when spending over $400 and get $150 off your grocery delivery, valid until 30 September. Getting food delivered? Use the promo code: SASSYFOOD when spending over $300 and get $150 off your food delivery, valid until 30 September. Both offers are for one time use only, terms and conditions apply.

honestbee, honestbee.hk

Read more: Top Online Groceries Delivery Sites in Hong Kong

Jou Sun

If you have no time for grocery shopping and are looking for healthy, organic and local selections, Jou Sun is your best bet. From organic daily produce, brand name food items to household essentials, you’ll find high-quality products from this one stop, online personal grocer. As a bonus, it even offers free next day delivery!

Jou Sun, www.jousun.com

La Boucherie

Looking for premium beef, pork or poultry? Hong Kong’s online butcher La Boucherie’s got you covered with its diverse selection of traditional French products ranging from quality meat, to cold cuts, pastries, bread and even beers and champagne. All items directly imported from France with free home delivery for orders over HK$500!

La Boucherie, www.laboucherie.com.hk, 2562 1382 

Farmer’s Kitchen

Established in 2014 under the direction of Katie Campbell, Farmer’s Kitchen is your go-to when it comes premium yet sustainable meat freshly delivered from Australia. From 100% grass feed beef and lamb sourced from the company’s own farms to sausages and meat packs, you’ll get everything you need here! For next-day delivery, order before noon from Monday to Friday.

Farmer’s Kitchen, www.farmerskitchen.com.hk, 9556 0070

Pacific Gourmet

Believe in the pleasure of dining at home? Look no further than Pacific Gourmet. Providing a myriad of quality food products sourced from Australia and Norway, an enticing range of deli items and award-winning wines from all over the world, you’ll be guaranteed a complete gourmet dining experience at no better place than your own home.

Pacific Gourmet, www.pacificgourmet.com.hk, 2898 0221

Food Delivery:

Food Delivery Hong Kong

No time to cook? Don’t worry, because the technological era of the 21st century has blessed us with home delivery options a plenty with just a tap on our phones. Besides having a large variety of cuisines and diverse dishes from premium eateries to choose from, they also deliver impressively fast, so dinner will be ready in literally a flash!

Deliveroo, deliveroo.hk, download the app for iPhone and Android here

Food Panda, www.foodpanda.hk , download the app for iPhone and Android here

UberEATS, www.ubereats.com, download the app for iPhone and Android here

honestbee, honestbee.hk, download the app for iPhone and Android here

Part-Time Cleaners:

Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

Merry Maids

No need to don those rubber gloves, as Hong Kong is rife with top quality home cleaning company to help you out with chores around the house. To start with, check out Merry Maids, a professional team of 40, renowned for providing services such as helping with moving into a new place or moving out, deep cleaning and even window cleaning. You can even tailor-make a regular schedule choosing from their premium or hourly plan, making it flexible for busy girls too!

Merry Maids, www.merrymaids.com.hk, 2857 4038

Smart Home

Take the pressure off cleaning by enlisting the help of Smart Home. With home assistant services including pre move-in and post renovation cleaning, pest control, air-conditioner cleaning and more, you’ll be guaranteed a squeaky clean apartment by the time you come home.

Smart Home, www.shome.com.hk, 2717 1196

Prestige Home Services

Serving Hong Kong since 2000, Prestige Home Services pride themselves in excellent customer services and home cleaning. They offer a multitude of services ranging from part-time helpers, deep cleaning, marble, carpet to upholstery and curtain cleaning. With even weekly and monthly packages to choose from, housekeeping has never been easier.

Prestige Home Services, www.phshk.com, 2893 7387

Top Maids Home Cleaning Co.,

Looking for something on the more affordable side? Top Maids Home Cleaning Co.’s got you covered. With regular housekeeping, spring and office cleaning services, you’ll be tremendously impressed by the affordable price tags and reliable services.

Top Maids Home Cleaning Co., www.topmaid.com.hk 2151 1280

Dry Cleaners:

Impressed Laundry Service Hong Kong

Impressed

Living in the teeny-tiny apartments that we do, only the select lucky few have room for a washing machine! The rest of us make do, dragging our overflowing bags of laundry to the closest laundrette only to hope that they’ll have our work dress dry cleaned in time for Monday. Well, times are changing girls! Founded by two ambitious entrepreneurs, Impressed launched an easy-to-use app that is changing the laundry game here in Hong Kong. Making chores a breeze, Impressed offer a free pickup and delivery services (with a minimum order of just $180) as well as speedy and efficient dry cleaning service. Forget rushing back to grab your garms before the shop closes, this service hours are also extended to 12am, every day of the week – you can even track the process and pickup/delivery status with real-time in-app status updates! Download the app for iPhone or Android here.

Read more: Get Impressed with a new Laundry app taking over Hong Kong

www.impressed.hk

Jeeves Hong Kong

Hands up if your laundry is piling up in your apartment and you’ve got no time to sort them out? If you are, check out London’s finest dry cleaners, Jeeves! Providing services that focus on high quality clothing and meticulous fabric care such as dry cleaning, retexturing, handbags and briefcase restoration as well as wedding dress preservation, your problems will be solved in a flash.

Jeeves, www.jeeveshongkong.com, 2973 0071

Park Avenue

With its constant emphasis on quality, service and cleanliness, Park Avenue “The Fashion Care Specialist’ is your go-to when it comes to high-quality dry cleaning and laundry. With the professional dry cleaning, leather and suede restoration, garment repairs and alteration services, your laundry is definitely in good hands.

Park Avenue, parkavenuehk.com/parkavenue, 2893 9368

Vogue Laundry

One of the leading commercial laundry companies here in the 852, Vogue Laundry strives to ensure quality and reliable services that cater to both personal and corporate needs at an affordable price. Whether you’re looking to freshen up household items or seeking professional help for dress alterations, simply put Vogue Laundry on speed dial!

Vogue Laundry, www.voguelaundry.com, 2480 2419

Clean Living

With 39 shops across the SAR, Clean Living is easily one of Hong Kong’s largest clothing service providers. They offer a wide array of services ranging from professional dry cleaning and laundry, special stain removal, cleaning of fur and leather to fabric care. Best yet? Free pickup and delivery even to areas like Discovery Bay, Park Island and Tung Chung!

Clean Living, www.cleanliving.com.hk, 2333 0141

Moving Vans/Driver

Moving Companies in Hong Kong

GoGoVan

Whether you’re transporting goods or passengers, make your process less arduous by enlisting professional help from some of the best services in town. GoGoVan is an app-based platform that connects drivers and customers and makes transporting goods both convenient and efficient. Download the app for iPhone and Android here.

GoGoVan, www.gogovan.com.hk, 3590 3399

Uber

A phenomenon quickly taking the world by storm, Uber has made its presence strong in our city. With just a touch of a button, you are now able to request your own private driver during any time of the day. Perfect if you live in a city that is non-stop 24/7! Download the app for iPhone and Android here.

Uberwww.uber.com

Allied Pickfords Hong Kong

If you’re relocating to or across the SAR, enlist the help of Allied Pickfords Hong Kong to make your process less stressful. Since its establishment in 1984, the company has prided itself in providing seamless home services ranging from domestic to international moving and even office and household goods relocation in more than 40 countries.

Allied Pickfords Hong Kong, www.alliedpickfords.com.hk, 2736 6032

Asian Express International Movers

Offering services that caters to international, domestic, local to even office moves, Asian Express International Movers promises to provide high levels of service demanded by both prominent corporate and private clients. As a bonus, it even provides handyman services!

Asian Express International Movers Ltdwww.aemovers.com.hk, 2893 1000

Read more: Moving Within Hong Kong: Who to Use and How to Do It

Handyman/Running Errands

Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

Odd jobs around the house can be tricky and time-consuming, but in Hong Kong we are blessed with plenty of services to give us that helping hand. Whether your home is in need of an urgent renovation, or you simply need someone to run errands and pick up groceries, these services are here to handle your to-do list. Providing professional and reliable services at reasonable prices, your problems will be fixed in a flash. They’re only a phone call, Whatsapp or a tap on your phone away!

Ace Handyman, www.acehandyman.hk, 9078 1918, 6302 0004

Cheuk Kei Professional Maintenance Company, 5518 1445

Hello Toby, www.hellotoby.com, 3703 3250

SpotHelpwww.facebook.com/spothelp, 6190 7100

GoGethk.goget.my, download the app on iPhone and Android here

Read more: Our Go-To Handymen in Hong Kong

Doctors at Home

Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

Sickness does not wait. If the waiting time of the crowded emergency rooms clinics is too long, or your loved ones are simply too ill to leave the house, there’s always a better option: enlist the help of doctors at home. Offering high standards of personalised medical care, these experienced doctors will come to you and provide emergency or routine medical care in the comfort of your own home, office or hotel.

Hong Kong Home Doctorwww.hkhomedoctor.com, 6628 5365

Doctors Directwww.doctorsdirect.com.hk, 2338 0527

Hong Kong Emergency Medicine Centre, www.emchk.com, 2889 6999 (Central Clinic), 2889 6900 (TST Clinic)

Beauty Needs at Home

Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

In need of a quick trim or an updated makeup look for a night out? Bring the glam squad to your own home with these app-based beauty providers delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup, nails services and more to wherever you are!

Sponge, gosponge.com

WeCut Asia, www.wecut.asia, 3796 6268

FabPros, www.fabprosapp.com

BloomMebloomme.com.hk 9703 9134, download the app on iPhone and Android here

Entertainment:

Essential Numbers and Apps Every Girl Should Have On Hand

The Entertainer

Who doesn’t love a good deal? With heaps of buy-one-get-one offers available on the app, save money on meals in Hong Kong’s coolest eateries, cocktails and cool activities around town at a one off payment of $475 (but keep your eye on its website for flash sales as they often slash the price!). Download the app for iPhone and Android here.

Klook

Explore the best of what our city has to offer and make the most of great deals on food, wellness activities, tours and attractions. Time to start ticking off that bucket list, girls! Download the app for iPhone and Android here.

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What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Recommendations and tips for travelling through Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Rich with culture, Cambodia is a must-visit for backpackers and holiday goers alike! Famed for its ancient temples and stunning beaches, if you’re stopping through, Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island should be on the top of your bucket lists. Go for a sunrise stroll through Angkor Wat or join in a spot of yoga on the beach – here’s what to do and where to stay in these unique regions.

Read more: Siem Reap: Things To Do Beyond The Temples

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Where to Stay:

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat is one of my top three places in the world! I passed through three times in six weeks and made sure I stayed nearby so I could TukTuk over for the break of dawn and take a morning stroll through one of the wonders of the world. When passing through I stayed at Jasmine Lodge, which cost a slightly more “hefty”(for Cambodia and backpack standards) charge of  USD10 per night (roughly $80).

Staying here meant that I got my own room (and a well-deserved break from dorm shares!). After having been through some some ups and downs with previous shared rooms, this room was ‘lush’. It came with AC, a complimentary (TukTuk) airport pickup and my complex had a small swimming pool and bar. A few friends of mine have had some bad experiences with their rooms being dirty in other hostels nearby but mine was clean, the sheets didn’t smell (bonus!) and all of the lights worked.

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Koh Rong Island: If you’re making the stop and heading to Koh Rong I would recommend staying at Monkey IslandA great hangout that’s perfect for disconnecting from the world for a couple of days, I stayed here with three friends who met me back in Siem Reap after my meditation sessions in Battambang. Our rooms had no hot water but came with two double beds and mosquito nets. Honestly, I actually didn’t mind how basic is was as I tend to enjoy a couple of chilled out days during my travels. I’m always in the ocean and it makes heading home to hot showers and fluffy sheets even more satisfying!

Check out Monkey Island’s hippie café which is chilled, offering simple Western, Thai and Khmer dishes; simply sit in the main area, drink coffee and watch the world go by. It also helps to stay on this side of the island as the main strip gets hectic at night! If you have more of a budget I would recommended staying at TreeHouse Bungalows.

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Activities and Cultural Attractions:

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat is an obvious must-see! Purchase a multiple day pass and get there half an hour before sunrise (ask your hotel to book you a TukTuk); locals sell coffee and snacks even though it’s still dark so it’s worth beating the crowds to get a good spot on the waterfront and bag the best ‘water reflection’ photo. September is one of the best times of the year to go as the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox take place in the months of March and September, and the sun rises exactly behind the temple’s central tower. If you have time, the Banteay Srei (Lady Temple) is more than worth a visit. A little further to get to, the temple is made of gorgeous sandstone carvings which give off a light pink hue.

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Tip: Hire a guide if you’re keen to get in-depth historical and cultural background information on the temples, and will also help you to arrange transport to and from your hotel/hostel. According to Tripadvisor, if you “arrive in Siem Reap in the late afternoon, go and purchase your pass at 5:00pm. They will let you into the compound and you can catch a sunset (the sunset shots are great at Angkor Wat westside). Your pass will be activated the next day.” Check out other do’s and don’ts when visiting Angkor Wat here.

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Koh Rong Island: This island is super chilled out! Go ahead and book your usual beachy musts and sign up for day tours which include jungle trekking, snorkeling and kayaking and then spend your evenings sipping cocktails at one of the many beach bars — keep an eye out for one of several drop-in yoga classes which take place on the beach, too! If you’re travelling through Cambodia you can also get to Koh Rong by taking the ferry from Sihanoukville.

If you’re looking for an experience that’s truly different, I spent ten days in Battambang taking part in a silent retreat. A course which practices the ancient traditions of Vipassana Meditation (and taught from direct linage of Buddha himself), I chose to stay at Dhamma Latthika Vipassana Meditation Centre which didn’t charge but asked for a recommended donation of between USD40-80, but there are a fair few centres across Cambodia to choose from.

Tip: Only change US Dollars (you will be hard pushed to find somewhere that will buy back Cambodian currency!) and make sure to keep lots of ones and fives with you to tip with.

What to do in Cambodia: Backpacking Siem Reap and Koh Rong Island

Foodie Must-Tries

If you’re heading to Angkor Wat don’t shy away from the boxed breakfast provided by the hotel (check before hand to see if it’s included in the price!) and enjoy a Mango Smoothie or Cambodian Coffee (condensed milk with coffee) from local street vendors or a nearby café. You’ve probably heard about Cambodia’s infamous ‘Happy pizza’ – but I would say don’t do it! More than likely it will be a pizza with some basil and can be twice the price of a regular pizza. Do try all the local flavours however! My favorite dish is, without question, Cambodian Fish Curry (Amok), and grilled seafood.

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{Phoneless and Confused}: The Night We Went Out and Our Phones Stayed In

You know that feeling when you’re out at a bar and you go to grab your phone in your back pocket and it’s not there. Your entire life stops. You feel naked because you don’t have that piece of stainless steel to hold on to. You quickly begin to imagine a future without that comforting bright screen shining into your eyes, and it doesn’t look promising. Imagine that feeling on repeat every 4 minutes for an entire night.

phone plug

The Hoboken Happy Hours squad decided to sacrifice their cell phones for a night and report back on their findings so that you would never have to put yourself through the trauma. We all agreed to set our alarms, plug in our phones next to our beds before the night began, and meet at Willie McBrides for pitchers of Bud Light. Here’s what went down.

Look Ma, No Hands!

flip cup

Once I got over the initial pit in my stomach from not grasping a phone all night, I was surprisingly relieved to discover that I actually had TWO hands for activities. Not only did my drinking game skills drastically improve, but I was able to hold a drink AND shake someone’s hand at the same time. Who would have thought?! It was a complete relief to know I couldn’t possibly lose the most expensive possession to my name. Instead of having an $800 iPhone sticking out of my pants, I had a $10 disposable camera. Yes, I said disposable camera.

The Origin of a Selfie

selfies

Upon deciding on this experience, I knew right off the bat that we needed a way to document the night for our records. Here’s a fun fact – Although they were tucked away and covered with dust, disposable cameras are still for sale at your local CVS. I purchased 4, considering the amount of selfies that are typically taken in a given night.

We wound up the film, turned on the flash, snapped some group shots, and quickly began receiving looks from across the bar. Turns out, most people just wanted in on the fun. It was a little unsettling to not immediately be able to check to make sure I didn’t have a double chin and proceed to harass my friend until the picture was deleted off her phone. Fate was out of my hands, and I knew that every picture would be developed, with or without my approval. The worst part was waiting another week for the photos to be available for our viewing pleasure.

Remember Landlines?

flip cup cheers

After 100+ games of survivor style flip cup, the team decided it was time to move the party to our next destination, The Madison Bar & Grill. In reality, Willie’s was closing and we had no other choice. However, we didn’t have the means to figure out if The Madison was still even open. Without Google, I figured it was a lost cause and immediately changed my thought process to getting my hands on some pizza. Turns out, there was another solution. We had the bouncer at Willie’s call The Madison to retrieve this information for us. The conclusion – The Madison was open, and the night was still young.

What Time is It? Half Past a Freckle

disposable camera

I honestly can’t tell you what time the HHH team walked into Willie’s to begin the festivities. I also can’t tell you what time we decided to leave and schlep across town to The Madison. All I do know is that early in the night, numerous people stated that they only wanted to stay at the bar for an hour or so. However, without the constant reminder of the time plastered across our screens, that “hour or so” turned into three chugging contests, two bottles of half-priced rose, and an unknown amount of debates about ZogSports kickball. In that moment, I realized that watches were so much more than a fashion statement and that I should probably make sure mine was showing the correct time in the future.

Uber Everywhere

walking

The time had come toward to end of the night to safely transport my drunk self into bed. But how was one supposed to make this happen without the comfort of sitting in the back of a stranger’s car? I walked out of The Madison feeling lost, exposed, and scared. Thankfully, we took advantage of the buddy system for the first half of the walk, until we had to split ways at Church Square Park to get to our individual apartments. The second half of my walk was long, boring, and painfully quiet without my RapCaviar Spotify playlist. Needless to say, after being extra cautious and overly aware of our surroundings, the entire squad made it home safely.

Living in the Moment

group selfie

There’s no denying that the Hoboken Happy Hours crew always has a good night together. But on that particular Wednesday (yes, it was a Wednesday), it is safe to say that we made the most of our company due to the lack of interruptions in cyberspace. There was no excuse not to cheer on your flip cup survivor team because you had to catch up on Instagram or find the right geotag for your Snapchat. In between drinking games, everyone would be huddling with their teams to talk strategy or dancing like Miley Cyrus circa 2013. Although that may sound like something you would never want to see in a public setting, it was truly a beautiful thing. No interruptions, no notifications, no social media, no phone calls from mom… just a group of friends living their best lives at a smelly Hoboken bar.


Written by Gab Cerami

Gab is a full-time desk jockey, but fuller time foodie. Born and raised in New Jersey, Gab made her way to Hoboken a year ago and has been on the hunt for the trendiest food scenes in the NYC area ever since. You can find her cooking her way through Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook (#gabandchrissy) and spending too much time capturing the right light to photograph a plate. Follow @brbcookingdinner on Instagram to check out all of her food pics and captions that include rap lyrics that replace the word “Yeezy” with “cheesy”.

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