Having flown the nest to start an exciting Aussy adventure, a stop off in Asia's hotspots felt entirely necessary. Starting in the bustling capital of Hong Kong, we bounced down to Bali for cultural exploration and indulgent bliss.
[MUSIC: MØ - ‘Kamikaze’]
00:00 - Air Bnb Apartment on High Street, Hong Kong Island
00:16 - City shot (pan / spin) from outside the IFC mall (central HK)
00:18 - 00:29: Neon signs around Temple Street, Kowloon. (MTR from ‘Hong Kong’ to ‘Kowloon’)
00:30 - Traditional Chinese food from just off Temple Street.
*there are loads of hidden gems, which look intimidating at first, but the food is undeniably brilliant. Be ready for the fast pace ordering and eating quickly!)
00:37 - Temple street market stalls
*lots of cheap electrical goods and bizarre gifts.
00:42 - Tram from Central Hong Kong to Happy Valley
*GET AN OCTOPUS CARD (like an oyster card) for any public transport - it’s mega cheap. Also, on the trams, unlike on the MTR, you don’t have to pay until you ‘tap out’ at the end of your journey.
00:54 - Happy Valley horse racing stadium
01:06 - (time-lapse) traffic in Central Hong Kong.
01:10 - View of HK Island cityscape from Star Ferry ride to Kowloon. (use ‘Octopus card’ for cheap travel - 5min boat ride)
[MUSIC: Tetris theme tune (dance remix)]
01:18 - Street performer (questionable!) outside shopping mall on Kowloon bay.
[MUSIC: The Him - ‘Feels Like Home’]
01:27 - Back streets of Soho area (lots of cool cafes / shops / markets around Wellington Street / Bonham Street)
01:38 - Hong Kong’s longest set of uphill escalators, taking you from the IFC Mall on 1st street up to Bonham Road.
01:40 - MTR ride on Island Line to Wan Chai
01:42 - Erotic water fountain strip tease (by me) outside Wan Chai station.
01:50 - Cable car ride from Wan Chai up to Buddha statue & temple (Beautiful view, but at the top, it get’s quite commercial, which is a bit of a shame)
02:27 - Actually shots of a different temple in Soho, Hong Kong Island (cheeky).
02:45 - Tai Yo, fishing village. (Got a bus from the top of the Buddha in Wan Chai, down to Tai Yo). Local town with locally caught seafood restaurants - quite tricky to find amongst the windy wooden paths, but have faith! (And wear mozzy spray, or you’ll get eaten alive)
[MUSIC: Mura Masa - ‘Love for That’}
03:05 - (Tilt down) shot of cityscape (HK Island) from the top of ‘The Peak’.
*Again, quite commercial when you reach the top (I think I spotted a Starbucks - boo) but the view is incredible and you can hike up from the reservoir at the bottom of the valley - takes about 1 hour.
03:06 - The IFC building (right) time-lapse shot.
03:07 - Traveling shots around central HK in taxi.
03:13 - Cat Cafe, Chai Wan - Free to enter. Drinks quite pricey, but you get to pet the family of cats lounging around. *The owner is SO excitable (especially if you buy the adorable fortune cookies / talk to her about cats - you’d think she’d grown tired of it!)
03:22 - Taxi up to ’Lover’s Rock’ (cross-cut with shots of walking up to ‘The Peak’)
03:32 - ‘Lover’s Rock’ is rumoured to bless those who visit with fertility and good luck in love. You’re supposed to bring an offering of red wine to leave at the shrine (we may have drank ours).
*the walk from the nearest drop off point takes about 25 - 30 mins, but again the view from the top is spectacular
[MUSIC: Jamie XX - ‘Loud Places’]
03:47 - View from ‘The Peak’ (with tourist ice cream - modelled by my beautiful friend Annie)
03:52 - Shots of city from overground walkway between Star Ferry and IFC mall
03:55 - Driving shots from inside taxi (not sure whereabouts, but anywhere you drive has these fantastic skyscraper views)
[MUSIC: Martin Solveig - ‘intoxicated’]
04:11 - CCTV footage from apartment
*weirdly, we were able to spy on all activity from our TV - so think twice before you start necking on with anyone in the lift!
[MUSIC: Kiko Bun - ‘Sweetie’]
04:13 - GV’s from Bingin Beach, Uluwatu.
04:26 - Time-lapse shot walking through beach path down to Bingin Beach.
*Beautiul, white sand, non-touristy beach. Equipped with hot surfers and friendly locals.
04:30 - GLITTER!! (modelled by Annie) and various dancing shots from our first (beautiful) villa: Bingin Beach Villas (Booking.com link: booking.com/hotel/id/the-bingin-beach-villas.en-gb.html?aid=357011;label=gog235jc-hotel-XX-id-theNbinginNbeachNvillas-unspec-id-com-L%3Aen-O%3AosSx-B%3Achrome-N%3AXX-S%3Abo-U%3AXX;sid=a97b856dc365c51fcf412541978d8a42;dist=0&sb_price_type=total&type=total&)
04:48 - Mopeds on various roads near to the villa *everyone goes around on mopeds, and you get funny looks if you walk everywhere like we did - but we styled it out
04:50 - Non-poisonous (but BLOODY SCARY) spider, in Ubud (during trek to rice fields)
04:51 - Rice fields of Ubud.
*tour guide from Puri Sunia Resort brought us here to get stuck into some rice farming - amazing
04:56 - Shots from inside Puri