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It has been 3 months since the DBF and I last saw each other. (After the engagement, I went back to Manila and have not been back to Zurich since.) This was the longest time we were apart so we decided to meet-up in HongKong even only for one weekend.

I decided to fly to HongKong a few days before him. I had 2 things on my agenda:

1) Order a custom-made wedding band
2) Look for the most comfortable pair of wedding shoes

I knew that I would get a good deal for both in HongKong.

The DBF was a little bit worried about me travelling alone in HongKong. And that’s coz he wasn’t present in my life yet when I would go there alone to bargain hunt!

My parents were not even worried a bit about me travelling alone there coz they knew that the place is practically my second home in Asia. When we were last there as a family, they even flew back to Manila ahead of me because I needed at least a day to shop around by myself. Nobody in my family dares to accompany me when I’m shopping because they know that I would rummage all the stores first before I decide to buy something.

I’m the type of shopper who has to know all the merchandise in all of my favorite stores first before I decide on spending my money on something. I don’t care if at the end of the day, I couldn’t feel my feet anymore. πŸ™‚

Anyway, I got to check both items on my list.

I got to order my wedding band from a friend’s trusted Chinese jeweller. I will be able to get it before I fly back to Zurich in November. Shoutout to Aimee C., Angelica C., and Cholo C. for accompanying me to the jeweller and for facilitating for the payment and pick-up of the item! Thank you for the kindness!

I had a bit of a problem with what I wanted at first coz almost all of the stores in HongKong only produced rings in 18k gold. I was afraid our contact would also be limited to that metal. I wanted platinum setting. It’s hypoallergenic and it matches the ring that the DBF gave me.

Good thing the private jeweller accepts custom-made platinum jewellery! I was sooo relieved!

Here’s a similar ring to what I ordered. It looks nice next to my engagement ring coz it picks up the shape and color of the main stone.


I had 2 days to roam around HongKong Central, Mongkok and TST. I spent at least half a day looking for a pair of wedding shoes. Unlike most girls, I’m really not into shoes because I have wide feet. I am all for comfort when I buy a pair of shoes. I also only have at least 3 pairs to last me more than a year. I only stick to mostly beige as well because I can pair it with anything.

That being said, I knew that for my wedding day, comfort is the primary priority. And because comfortable shoes for big feet are so hard to find nowadays, I went to all of the trusted shoe brands I could find. From Christian Louboutin to Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo to Valentino, Roger Vivier to Saint Laurent.

I ended up with these top 2 options:

Valentino in Monaco Blue and Beige


and Low-heel (3in) YSL Tribute in hard-to-find Beige


I also considered the pale pink version.


I posted the shoes on my Instagram and my friends voted for the beige Tributes. Thanks to my good friend Amelie B. for finally convincing me to buy it! She says she’s “not French for nothing!” πŸ˜‰ Thanks also to my benefactor cousins Kaye and Bea C.!!! ❀

I didn't really shop for anything else after that! Gone were the days when just the words "sale sale sale" were enough to make me go all Tazmanian devil at the shops! πŸ™‚ I've matured significantly already!

I didn't spend a lot on hotels in HongKong because my dear couple friends C and A adopted me at their pad in TungChung!

Look at my room! The view was spectacular!


This is me with A roaming around the CityGate outlet mall just a few minutes away from their condo. Thank you for listening to my non-stop stories! I miss you already! πŸ™‚


I also stayed at my dear French friend’s pad at the Mid-level Towers in Central. We met at Central, ate at my favorite Xiao long bao place Din Tai Fung at Silvercord Mall, and had drinks at Cafe Havana in Lan Kwai Fong.









I stayed the longest at the IFC Mall, Alexandria House, and the Landmark!












The weekend came and it was time to meet my hot fiancΓ© at the airport!


I thought of creating this sign last minute. I stole a used bond paper at the travel and tours counter of the arrival area. πŸ™‚

This weekend was really intended to be a double date with C and M.

We spent the weekend gorging on dimsum and HongKong style meals. We also went bar hopping. We lounged at a rooftop bar called Sevva. Then we got drenched in the rain looking for what was dubbed as the “best party bar in HongKong”, Play. Then we capped the night at Dusk til Dawn where a Filipino band was playing.

The DBF almost didn’t make it to HongKong but God is good and He gave us the much-needed time together.

It was a short but sweet weekend. I got to know more about the guy I’m gonna marry and my conviction to stay with him for a lifetime was all the more solidified in that so short a time. I am grateful.







Til my next getaway,



Hi, I'm d. My blog, Cool Detour, is all about refreshing breaks from the usual. Follow me for travel, makeup, and lifestyle stories. :)


  1. Hello Denise,
    the title of your post caught my attention πŸ™‚ I spent my childhood in Hong Kong, so your article and the photos brought back fond memories…sounds like you had a wonderful time. The Landmark has always been my favourite!
    have a lovely day, best wishes

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