We arrived at Pacific Mall around noon and headed upstairs toward the food court. Majority of the stores in the mall had just begun to open, giving off the feeling that the entire building was just waking up.
While waiting, I observed that a chef from the booth across was making noodles (- and might I add, making them rather loudly). Though I was unable to capture the process in its entirety, watching him form rope-like rolls of dough and then proceeding to slam them into the working surface was quite an entertaining way to pass time.
While I did spot a few locations while in Hong Kong in the summer, I don't believe I made any purchases at It's Skin. Already having checked other stores for hand masks, I was devastated that this store also happened to be sold out. What remained were foot peels and nail masks, thus I decided to invest in those for the time being.
(Please note: the full album can be viewed HERE.)
I decided that it would be wise to leave the cafe within 2 hours, as transfer tickets would expire after that. However, once we boarded the 53 back to Finch, we were told that we had to pay AGAIN in order to travel back, as our previous ticket only permitted transferring to three specific bus stops...in the same direction on the same bus route. This was news to me as the two hour grace period permits both eastbound and westbound travel and transfers on any bus when using the PRESTO system on Miway buses. The fact that a total of $10 (in CASH - ie. the MOST TIME-CONSUMING and INEFFICIENT of paying on public transit) had to be spent solely on busing was just extremely frustrating for me. Needless to say, I will NOT be taking the TTC buses ever again. I would rather opt to travel via YRT even if it would require more time; there are so many issues with the TTC that makes me wonder how locals use this without undergoing a daily dose of utmost annoyance.
That aside, we sprinted for the express bus when we finally reach Finch Station, only to watch it pull away as we arrived at the stop, heaving. Thankfully though, we were able to make the last bus of the hour and return home to the city of well-organized, efficient public transportation systems in one piece.