"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Janki Birla

"My Day out in Hong Kong with Shawn Mendes" by Janki Birla


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We asked our readers to write an essay titled "My Day out with Shawn Mendes". Here is one of the entries. It has not been edited.

On a day out with Shawn, the 7/11 next to us would produce an irresistible scent of garlic noodles, luring us in. We would devour our delicious breakfast, along with tasteful curry fish balls. Our desire for cultural street food would overpower any other emotions in us, so we would visit the stall across from Times Square in CausewayBay and buy classic egg waffles (雞蛋仔gei dan jai). To complete our meal, we would head over to the ShareTea stall about 5 meters away and drink the most flavourful bubble tea.

On a day out with Shawn, I would take him to Shek O Road, to the start of the famous Dragon’s Back hike. The warm weather during would be perfect to go on this active and athletic venture. That 4-hour hike would make both of us feel completely free and out of this world, especially with the breathtaking view of the South China Sea from the top!

On a day out with Shawn, we would go visit all the high-branded malls; however spending the most time in the second tallest building in Hong Kong, IFC 2, a purely branded building with claws reaching out from the top. Although the temperature on the inside would feel a lot more cool and comfortable, the hustle and rush would definitely be the same as it would be outside. However, with 7.3 million people living in an area of 2,745km2, what would you expect?  

On a day out with Shawn, he would be taken to Central; where the nightlife of Hong Kong is most prominent. With Lan Kwai Fong being packed with restaurants, bars and people, we would eat quality pizza from Ciao Chow and be completely satisfied. 

Hong Kong is a city that never sleeps, a city of life, and a city I call home. If I was ever lucky enough and got the chance to spend a day with Shawn, I would make sure he not only hears but also experiences the saying, “Hong Kong is the best of both worlds”. 

Check out the rest of the entries here.


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