Saturday, January 16, 2016

Best of a #Travelife 2015: Cash windfall and some shopping for a little black dress in Hong Kong


This is part of our series on the best experiences in a #Travelife for 2015.

The view from our suite in Hong Kong
One Friday night in April, in Hong Kong living a #Travelife, Mr. XX returned earlier than expected from three days of business meetings in Macau by taking a quick helicopter ride across the New Territories and Victoria Harbour to Central.

"Couldn't be bothered to wait for the ferry," he said, when I saw him at the hotel, meaning he didn't want to wait for the hovercraft from Macau.

Fair enough, and that gave us a bit of time before dinner to walk around IFC Mall adjacent to our hotel, shopping for nothing in particular.

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A WELCOME SURPRISE

Neither of us is a big shopper, and shopping malls full of brand names you can find everywhere hold almost no allure for me unless they're on sale. But it was nice just to walk around and observe everything, and see what was new in the Hong Kong stores.

Hong Kong stores have become such an enigma, ever since they began catering to the mainland Chinese market.


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Then Mr XX suddenly said, out of the blue: "Let's each buy something we like."

I looked at him with a perplexed expression, trying to decide whether he was stating the obvious, teasing me, or suggesting something extraordinary. We were in Hong Kong's retail mecca, after all, and, yes, I could probably find a hundred things to buy in an afternoon if I really tried.



A WINDFALL AT THE CASINO

Sensing my confusion, he explained with a smile: "I had to go to the casino with some people last night, and I ended up at the blackjack table."

Looking very pleased with himself, he continued: "I actually won a bit of money, so I thought we'd split it between us for a little treat."

How nice of him to give me half. And I can't tell you how much he'd won at blackjack, except to say that the amount was somewhere between "decent" and "something to write home about."

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FIRST STOP: CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN

Straightaway, we went to Christian Louboutin's display at Lane Crawford, obviously to find something for me. I only wear Louboutin and a few other French designers for heeled shoes as the French understand the need for glamour and comfort in the same shoe, without looking silly, compared to most.

Unfortunately, as this was in Hong Kong, all they had were shoes with incredibly high heels for partying, rather than the more reasonable lower heels I like.


So I ended up not choosing any shoes from Christian Louboutin.

Then for some reason, we forgot about looking for something to buy after that, as it was almost time for dinner, and we had a reservation at one of Hong Kong's best restaurants that night.

Dinner in Hong Kong, living a #Travelife

NO SHOPPING EXCEPT FOR GREEN COKE

In the end, after that long weekend in Hong Kong, living a #Travelife, I ended up buying absolutely nothing except a couple of cans of green Coke at City Super.

This is Coke made with Stevia , and it was just launched last April in certain cities, including in Hong Kong.

Then the next time I remembered my little cash windfall from Mr. XX was at Hong Kong airport a few days later, as I was killing time before my flight to Koh Samui on Bangkok Airways. After Hong Kong, I'd booked a week at the Absolute Sanctuary detox spa in Koh Samui, you see.



A LITTLE BLACK DRESS
AFTER MY OWN HEART

This was when I spotted the kind of little black dress I like -- classic and comfortable, but with an unusual twist. The type of dress you can wear all the way from a 10 AM meeting to a smart lunch to a cocktail party and then a stylish dinner.

Of course, I bought it with a bit of the cash windfall still in my pocket, as such black dresses are so hard to find. And so useful in a never-ending #Travelife.

THE MULTI-PURPOSE BLACK DRESS

In Koh Samui last April,
living a #Travelife

And I bought this just in time, too, because I wore this new black dress just one week later to one of these 10 AM to 10 PM things -- from breakfast on a beach in Koh Samui, to lunch in Hong Kong, to the closing cocktail party for Madrid Fusion Manila, and an intimate dinner with one of the visiting Michelin-starred chefs. 

In other words, on just another day in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

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