As the days passed in Hong Kong I realised that a lot of the things I was doing were either free or quite cheap. The most expensive thing when I was there was obviously my trip to Disneyland but I had quite a lot of spending money. I definitely could’ve gone more overboard but I also allowed myself to spend quite a lot extra than I would’ve done normally. I love being able to take a suitcase on holiday, it means way more room for souvenirs. So I decided to write a list of the things I bought whilst in Hong Kong. Enjoy!
I’ve tried to order it correctly but some of it may be incorrect!
Hong Kong Disneyland Tin
I didn’t buy much at Tokyo Disneyland – the shop me and my friends went in at the end of the day was heaving so I felt like I couldn’t have a good browse because everyone was in there and they were getting on my nerves. I bought a plushie, a postcard and a present for our friend Hirst but that was it. At Hong Kong Disneyland I went earlier in the evening when the shop was still quiet and managed to come away with a few goodies.
When in Tokyo Becca had bought a Pokémon tin and I always regretted not getting one similar so when I saw this one in Hong Kong Disneyland I knew I had to have it. I haven’t tried the cookies inside yet because to be honest I don’t imagine they’ll taste amazing and anyway I was more interested in having the cute tin so I could store whatever I wanted inside of it. I’m glad I bought it because it’s so sweet!
Winnie the Pooh Key Ring
I think Winnie the Pooh is my favourite Disney character – it changes all the time but he was when I visited the Tokyo park too and he was the character I was most excited about meeting at Hong Kong Disneyland (don’t care how lame that makes me sound, I love him!). When I saw this cute Key Ring of Winnie wearing a raincoat I just knew I had to have it. He’s now on my back pack. I also saw a larger plushie wearing the raincoat and I was so close to caving in but decided not to because I doubt I would’ve done much with it but God it was difficult because it was so cute!
Disney Key Rings
I knew I had to get my friends a present from Disneyland; it wasn’t even up for debate. I was having a good look around with no idea what to get when I spotted these key rings. I wanted one for myself and realised I could grab my friends favourite characters. The one pictured above is the one I chose for myself – I don’t think Winnie the Pooh was an option with these ones and I also absolutely love the Toy Story films.
These are the ones I bought for my friends – Mulan for Becca, Belle for Hirst and Alice for Jess. Then at the airport there was a Disney store – a small one in the airport and a bigger one once you’re into the departures lounge. I had a good browse in there and then decided to also get a couple of key rings for my friends Sorcha and Emma – Ariel for Sorcha and Spider-Man for Emma. I think they’re so cute, if there’s any at the Florida one I might get a couple more!
Disneyland Fridge Magnet
I normally give magnets away as a gift – normally to my Mom or my brother’s ex-girlfriend but never really bother with any for myself because like, the fridge isn’t mine, it’s my parents. But when I saw this magnet I just couldn’t resist. It’s gone so many cute characters on, including my fave Winnie the Pooh so I decided to get it. When I eventually get my own place it’ll come with me and be the first magnet on my fridge!
As the Halloween event was on when I visited Disneyland the cast members were giving out different things. When I was queuing to meet Mickey and Minnie there was a cast member giving out candy to children and he eventually offered me some too so I accepted because like free candy, why not? Unfortunately once I had them I realised they were marshmallows of which I’m not a fan but hey it was still free candy! Other cast members were also giving out stickers – I’m not sure if this was just for the Halloween event or if they always do this but it was a nice touch. I was too shy to specifically ask cast members for the stickers but I managed to get these two – one from the woman in the shop who cashed up my items and another from the woman at the front of the Mystic Manor ride who handed one to me. They’re so cute and they’ll look good in my scrapbook!
Disneyland Travel Tag
Something else I picked up from the airport on my way home. I do already have a luggage tag, its Harry Potter themed but when I spotted this I couldn’t resist. It’s gone straight onto my suitcase, I love it so much – I hope my Mom doesn’t bloody lose it when she borrows my case!
Toy Story Pen
This was the last thing I picked up from the airport store. As previously mentioned, I really love the Toy Story movies so when I saw this pen I decided to get it. The idea was I’d take it to work with me to write messages but I tried it out at home and it’s bloody heavy and difficult to write with! So I’m not sure if it’ll end up at work.
Hong Kong Snow Globe
Since me and my friends visited Luxembourg I decided to start collecting snow globes for all the places I visit. The only one missing from my collection at the moment is Amsterdam – I was meant to look for one actually on my stopover on the way to Hong Kong but the plane had been delayed and I was so fucking stressed about missing my flight that I sprinted straight to the gate and sat there without moving until we are all called onto the plane.
Luckily I did manage to find one for Hong Kong. I had been worrying I wouldn’t find any as I hadn’t seen many tacky gift shops in Japan or South Korea but when I visited the Big Buddha statue there were a couple of stalls that sold water, fruit and souvenirs. The cold water was a saviour and I spotted this cute snow glove which was the perfect size for my collection and also contained Big Buddha, one of the things that had drawn me to the country in the first place. It’s now taken pride and place on my travel memories shelf.
Little Buddha Figure
I hadn’t realised how much stuff was at the top of Victoria Peak when I visited, I just figured it would be like the top of a hill – I hadn’t realised Madame Tussauds was up there along with a bunch of places to eat and souvenir stalls the moment you entered. I had a good browse through all of them and although there was a lot of stuff not all of it was incredible. I decided to get this little Buddha figure though because as mentioned, the Big Buddha had drawn me to Hong Kong when I’d been looking at things to do and it was one of my favourite things I saw whilst there. It’s also been added to my travel memories shelf.
When me and my friends visited Amsterdam I’d bought a lucky cat figurine that I’d put on my desk at work. I thought I was leaving my job so I brought the cat home and then when I realised I wasn’t going I never took the cat back, it stayed on my travel memories shelf. My cat from Japan is also on the shelf but I wanted one for my desk at work again. So I bought this one from Victoria Peak and I’ve put it on my desk – hopefully it will bring me some luck! God knows I need it.
I really like scrapbooking my adventures so postcards are always a good idea as you can stick them in and they’re a good reminder of where you’ve been. The photos also generally look better than the ones I take so it’s just a bonus all around really!
Hong Kong Magnet
I’m never really sure what to buy my Mom as a present so I’ve settled on fridge magnets now as she’s collecting them from places she visits as well and she always buys one for my brothers fridge so I’ve started doing the same. This one was the best one I found and I really like it.
Jackie Chan Photo
I don’t know, okay? You weren’t allowed to take photos on your phone with Jackie Chan and I figured I’d never likely go back and get my photo taken with him again so like why not?
Ocean Park Key Rings
I didn’t get much from Ocean Park but I absolutely love sea lions/seals, they’re my favourite animals and after visiting their enclosure I decided to buy myself the little key ring with a seal wearing pyjamas. I decided to grab my friends one each too – the Whale for Becca as I know she loves orcas, the penguin for Jess and the turtle for Hirst. It wasn’t until I got home that I realised although I’d got my friends some cute gifts I hadn’t really got them anything that screamed ‘Hong Kong’ – whoops!
I spent so much money on those key rings that I got given this free fork at Ocean Park. I don’t imagine I’ll ever use it but like hey, who doesn’t love a freebie?
BT21 Chimmy Key Ring
I wasn’t all that fussed about BT21 when it was first announced, it wasn’t until earlier this year when me and Becca saw BTS at Wembley and visited the BT21 pop-up shop that I actually decided I liked it. When I saw someone with a Line Friends bag with the BT21 characters on I knew I had to visit the store. I was a bit nervous about visiting Causeway Bay as a lot of protests had taken place there but I figured if I went first thing in the morning it might be okay. As I was planning this very spookily my sister popped up to me saying ‘Don’t visit Causeway Bay’ – she has colleagues in Hong Kong who had been advising her where the worst of the protests are happening. Desperate to visit the Line Friends store I very badly ignored her advice.
Although J-Hope is my bias I still think the ‘Chimmy’ figure is my favourite so I went for this little key ring. It’s now on my backpack right next to my Winnie the Pooh figure. It looks so cute!
BT21 Tata Pen
I can’t really remember what made me pick Tata but I guess the pen must’ve been the cutest one. This was another one where I wanted a cute pen to take to work so I settled on this one. I did take this one to work earlier this week, used it for one day and then it bloody ran out of ink. Ripoff. A friend on Twitter has advised me of a way to potentially get it working again but I haven’t had chance to give it a go yet. We’ll see I guess!
The notebooks were all so cute – I was only going to get one but I narrowed it down to these two and in the end I just couldn’t pick. My original plan had been to also take these to work and use them for note taking etc as I use notebooks the most when I’m at work but mine is the bog standard one that comes with the stationery orders, other people have ones they’ve bought themselves and they look much cuter. But these look a bit TOO cute for work, I’m not sure I want to use them to scribble people’s phone messages inside. Ah, I don’t know!
BT21 Eye Masks
As my friends Becca and Jess are also BTS fans I decided to get them both something from the BT21 store. I have no idea why but I settled on these eye masks. I got Koya for Becca because she chose Koya back in June when we visited the BT21 store and chose Shooky for Jess as Suga is her bias. Hopefully they like them and find some use for them?
Line Friends Gift
I spent so much at the Line Friends store that I got given this free gift. Looks like a key ring and a lip balm. I’ll probably use the key ring, I bloody love key rings.
Toy Story Plushies
One evening I decided to visit a shopping centre as I’d heard there was a K-Pop store. It wasn’t a ‘store’ as such, there was some K-Pop merch but you couldn’t take them off their little hooks without getting the member of staff to do it for you and I wasn’t feeling very confident. I didn’t want the things THAT badly, I’d have bought them if it was easier but like I wasn’t desperate you know?
However, I came across a little arcade with claw machines and couldn’t resist having a go. I’d had a go on a machine in Tai O Fishing Village the day before but had been unsuccessful – I partly blame the two little kids that stopped to watch me and were going “Ooooooh – AHHHHH!” as I played, it was a bit off putting but bless them they were cute haha. I had a go on the machines here and managed to win on the Toy Story machine before heading off to have dinner. After dinner I decided to have one more go and for some reason ended up back on the same machine… And won all over again. As I didn’t get Hirst anything from the BT21 store I’ve decided to give her the spare plushie.
So there we go, that’s what I bought from Hong Kong! I splurged a little but definitely could’ve spent a lot more I think!