Far From The Maddening Crowd HK: Volume 2 – Kingsound Headphone Shop

Despite the fact that this may be considered somewhat of a “specific” interest to some, I have noticed an increasing number of people who invest money in an extra pair of headphones in an attempt to improve the sound quality produced from their MP3 devices.

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Technics Техникс” by Камалян001Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Some people are happy with the headphone/earphone selection provided by HMV and Hong Kong Records (and to their credit, they are relatively extensive). However, if you want an even bigger and more impressive range of products to choose from, you may want to check out Kingsound Headphones in Mong Kok. Not only do they stock various internationally branded headphones and earphones ranging in price from around $200HKD to $4000+HKD ($26USD to $513+USD), but if you’re a true “audiophile” and want to upgrade your speakers/amps/cables/interconnects, you can do that there too.

They have set up stores around various locations in Hong Kong, but I have only been to their two shops located in the Mong Kok area. Please check out their website (which I linked previously) for the other addresses, but I will attach the Google Map location of the shop I frequently visit:

Mong Kok Flagship Shop
Room 1202-1206
Golden Era Plaza
39 Sai Yee Street
Mong Kok
Tel: (852) 3586 0201

They make a strong effort to ensure their website contains a comprehensive list of the products they offer, which a lot of companies fail to do, so you might want to check that out. Enjoy your new audio equipment.

Far From The Maddening Crowd HK: Volume 1 – Dundas Street Food

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HK Mongkok Dundas Street view Sai Yeung Choi Street South Taxi Oct-2012” by HeleikoanoofuteiOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Hong Kong prides itself on the vast amount of street food that’s readily available at all hours of the day. As long as you have around $20HKD – $40HKD (approximately $2.50USD – $5.20USD) in your pocket, you’ll be able to enjoy the delicious snacks that the traditional streets of HK have to offer.

One of the best places to experience this is Dundas Street in the Mong Kok area. You won’t know where to look, as your attention can’t possibly be captured by one out of the hundreds of shop signs you face all at once. The entire street is lined with quaint food stalls selling both Chinese and Western cuisine at reasonable prices, and traveling from shop to shop literally takes about 8 steps.

If eating at one of the most famous traditional street vendors, displaying an abundance of squid, preserved tofu, and fish balls doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always grab the biggest slice of pizza HK has to offer at Paisano’s New York Style Pizzeria. Pizzas are priced differently depending on their toppings, but the cheapest from what I can remember is a slice of Margherita which will set you back roughly $25HKD ($3.20USD).  Bring a friend, and if you two can finish their entire 24″ pizza within a set time frame (around 20 to 30 minutes), it’s on the house and your names get added to the “wall of fame”. Of course, you can indulge in other dishes such as subs and calzones, or forcefully chomp down on a salad (yay…).

HK TST night 嘉蘭道 Granville Road restaurant Paisano's Pizzeria pizza Dec-2013

If you’re looking for something to wash all this delicious food down, bubble tea and coconut milk stalls are also found on Dundas Street. A Circle K convenient store has been placed there for easy access should you want something ASAP.

I guarantee if you walk down Dundas Street and try something different from each shop, you will not be disappointed. Make sure you bring your appetite along with your patience, as waiting in line can be annoying for those who aren’t used to it!

Here’s a Google Map link for Paisano’s on Dundas Street, so after you find that, you’ll be able to find all the other good stuff.