Hello! Here’s my entry about our Hongkong Adventure last April 11 until April 16, 2014. This is a very long post but I hope you’ll enjoy!!
This trip was planned from months ago. We didn’t bought a tour package so we had to search for our own itinerary. Let’s just say that we took this first family trip out of the Philippines in a more adventurous way!
Our flight was with Tigerair from Clark to Hongkong and vice-versa. Flight from Manila to Hongkong costs twice the price so it was more budget efficient to take the longer route than pay more. And also getting to Clark was no fuss since Trinoma has a designated lounge for passengers who will ride a bus going to Clark. Fare was 200 pesos each.
The bus left Trinoma at 1:00 pm and arrived at Clark Airport about 2:30 pm. Our flight was at 6:00 pm so we were just in time for checking-in and other procedures.
We won notepads, pen, eco bag and sports sun block from this Tigerair promotional area. You will pick from the magic bowl a piece of paper with certain prizes in it. And voila, you got a prize! Though we had fun, it was very unfortunate that our flight was delayed for 2 hours and the waiting area didn’t have enough and proper ventilation. Needless to say, it was hot, humid and very uncomfortable. ANYWAY, it didn’t ruin the Happy Family’s mood because we were all excited!! We left clark at 8:30 pm and arrived at Hongkong International Airport about 11:20 pm.
OMG! We were really here look at those signage with Chinese looking characters. Haha!
Jennifer Lawrence had the biggest billboard inside the airport. She’s beautiful!!
FIRST TIP: Get yourselves an Octopus card. Octopus Card is your way to everything, you use it to pay for the train, bus, outlet stores, 7-eleven, grocery and more! So for us who do not have a tour package, it was a must since we will use the public transpo every day.
We had to charge our gadgets because we still have a long day to go.
Few steps away was a shop that sells all sorts of camera. Too bad I didn’t walked-in cause I might make turo-turo something that I want to pabili. Haha!
Just one block away was even moreeeee shops!! These shops were endless.
I admire how all streets and landmarks were properly indicated. Hindi ka talaga maliligaw sa Hongkong, just follow the signs. Lahat ng road signs kumpleto, lahat ng street name meron, dapat dito rin sa Pilipinas ganito eh.
Taray talaga mag-posing nitong si sisteret eh. Angle kung angle!!
Swatch overload! Compared to swatch boutique in PH, they have more variety and costs more. Its amazing because almost every street have a tailoring shop specializing to corporate attires for both men and women.
Hongkong Park, The Peak Tram , Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace 428
Our first destination was The Peak 😀
To get into Peak Tram Terminus we rode the subway.
From Tsim Sha Tsui Station…
My mommy likes the “priority” seat. TOINKS!!
… we got off at the Central Station. The nearest MTR station going to the Peak Tram Terminus. The first train experience was good. We enjoyed how fast it went and how disciplined locals were while riding the train. Almost all of them were just holding their gadgets and mind you, most phones were Samsung brand. They do not patronize Apple gadgets here.
Oh hello to my sister enjoying the station. We were lucky since it was not crowded at all.All MTR stations have multiple exits that takes you to different locations. All signage were tourist friendly so don’t be afraid of taking the public transportation. Anyway, the sign says that we must exit at J2 to get into Peak Tram Terminus so we walked through and…
After getting out of J2 Exit we found ourselves in the Chater Garden, where most Filipinos gather during Sundays.
We walked towards the Bank of China….
(I read a blog on how to get there so we followed what was written there.)
We had to cross a street….
Oh Hello Bank of China!
This beautiful landscape was part if BOC still. We can’t resist taking photos.
From there we just walked and followed the signs.
Since we were exploring and we didn’t have time to chase we enjoyed the park.. Todong pasyalan talaga ito!
Look! There were so many places to go to! You just have to walk like WALK!
Just little tents with superb paintings. It was really good but costs too much. 😐
This park was situated in the middle of these skyscraper buildings! It was a two-thumbs-up view!
Just us drinking from the water fountain which was censored. Once you step into the fountain, it will automatically sprinkle some water! Cool! I wish Philippine Gov’t will fund drinking fountains too since our weather is hotter than HK thus we need to re-hydrate every moment.
The best thing we did here in HK was to EAT, EAT and EAT! Walang diet talaga! Haha! Those ice cream were literally iced, as in matigas ng bonggabells. Ayan tuloy si mudra napa-ngiwi na.
While they go crazy eating their ice cream, here I am joking around the signage. I wonder when will I register mine. Hmmm. Not too soon people!!! Hahaha!
Oh its just me, the bench, ice cream, my aunt’s bag and my nganga smile. *Wink*
These guys had the best paparazzi shot ever! Thanks to me and my canon dslr. 😛
Aside from the buildings surrounding the park, these cultivated trees were so beautiful! Each tree has their scientific names hanged on them which amazed me even more.
Just a quick snapshot of mommy at this squash centre. Picture picture lang para may ebidensya! Haha!
WOAH! Look at that line! Of course, we didn’t want to line up there! So we bought a special package which includes the ticket for the tram (back and forth), Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace 428 plus the special lane. *Evil Laugh*
Here’s the price list of the package we took. I know it’s costly but it’s totally worth it!
After a few moments, here comes the train!!
Selfie-selfie pag may time!
When we got off the train, PICTURE AGAD!! 😀
A closer look of the train and its railings.
Our ticket to Madame Tussauds.
We didn’t waste anymore time and went inside the wax museum!
Oy Daddy! Sino yan ah? Mas matangkad sayo yan!
Just my dad playing with Yao Ming! Naks!
Costs 70 HKD. 50 HKD for the hand (Any hand gesture is okay), 10 HKD for the color and another 10 for the stand.
It took about 15 to 20 mins to finish.
There it is!
TIP: You must hand carry. Next is.. Okay my dad’s wax hand turned into a mashed hand just the day after we got back. Meaning, it melted. 😦 Yes, I know it’s sad… But we had a big laugh about it since my mom shouted “Hon, yung kamay mo natunaw!!!” with a very worried and confused tone. It’s as if my dad’s real hands just melted.
Just jamming with these awesome guys!
Can’t help but sing out hearts out with our buddy Freddie!
Mare! Bet ko yang blonde hair mo ah! Party girl ka talaga! Haha!
My momsie with Teresa Teng 😉
Spidey dito lang sa cheeks ah, magagalit ang parents ko! Charrotttt!!
Feeling super gwapo naman tong si Astro Boy, ang porma talaga eh!
We are so loving Hello Kitty’s uber pink room!
Oh I miss being a kid! I used to watch Doraemon and sometimes I wish I had all the things in his pocket.
That’s the end of our Madame Tussauds Tour! We had so much fun inside, it almost drained us! I super love this wax museum and it was a great way to officially start our HK trip! Naks 😉
This is what the tram terminal looks like up in The Peak.
Inside The Peak there was a clothing brand that was named as such (photo above). They had cool designs and I love how the symbols were incorporated with the clothes too!
My hungry face. Yes! Ganda ko pala pag-gutom!
After munching on those burger, we had time to roam The Peak and look what we found – super white doggies! They were furry and I want to “GRRRRR” them!!
This was the whole The Peak Building.
It seems like I’m holding the old lady’s head. Toinks!!
We were lucky since there was a play happening while we wait about 4:00 pm to get into the Sky Terrace 428. Unfortunately, the play was in Cantonese so I was not able to get the story. 😦
We met these adorable kids while we were sitting on the steps watching the play.
Also right in there was an Information Booth which my mom and dad took an opportunity to ask for best spots in HK. The lady’s name was Miki, she got us an awesome places to visit which most are for free! Thanks to this lady our HK trip was super suliiitt!!!
What a view!! It was so much better in the evening.
We were so lucky that the weather was just right for walking and leisure. And since we were enjoying the cool breeze while walking we stopped by a church before heading to the MTR station.
I can’t remember how much this meal costs but I think it was about 30 to 40 HKD. It was a bit pricey but was delicious.
Right after eating, we went to the grocery to buy shampoo, food and these noodles. Yummeh!
Our second day was a Sunday!
We originally planned to go to Disney Land however many of our friends and Miki (The girl from the info booth) told us that it will be too crowded so we decided to visit temples and gardens which Miki also suggested. I will try my best and guide you through with the directions to help you if you come to HK. Naks! 😛
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Our guesthouse was near at Tsim Sha Tsui Station which of course explains our photo below. When using the MTR, this was our starting point.
Please excuse my morning- bloated face. I was in a very good relationship with the bed. Haha!
Our first destination was the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple which is at the Wong Tai Sin Station of the Kwun Tong Line. To get to Wong Tai Sin Station, we switched train lines from Tsuen Wan Line (where Tsim Sha Tsui Station belong) to Kwun Tong Line and the nearest interchange station was the Mongkok Station. Was that confusing? Haha! In HK all train lines are connected so when you get there please remember my TIP below.
TIP: Get the MTR map since it will save you time and money. The last thing you want to happen is to get lost and ride a cab which is EXPENSIVE! And though you need to expect getting lost it is still advisable that you don’t because it will turn your mood upside down and might ruin your wonderful vacation. So get a map and ready some Elementary-English Vocabs too so communicating to the locals in case you need to ask for directions is easy and effortless. Most of the locals can’t speak English 😐
We arrived at Wong Tai Sin Station and exited at B2. All MTR stations have different exits but don’t worry all exits are labelled properly and the nearest landmarks from the exits are also written – So getting lost will never be an option! 😉
The welcoming ark.
My momsie and the entrance. She’s unprepared here.
I am year 1994 and my animal sign is a Dog so here’s my photo with the awesome Dog!
The Wong Tai Sin Temple’s claim to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings make it as much a scenic attraction as an important religious centre. (http://bit.ly/1n115G7)
The temple commemorates the famous monk of yore, Wong Tai Sin (also known as Huang Chu-ping), who was born in the 4th century and became a deity at Heng Shan (Red Pine Hill). In 1915, Taoist priest Liang Ren-an carried a sacred portrait of Wong Tai Sin from Guangdong in southern China to Hong Kong. Now housing this precious portrait, the Wong Tai Sin Temple is where worshipers pray for good fortune through offerings, divine guidance and fortune telling. (http://bit.ly/1n115G7)
I was very lucky to witness how locals take their religion seriously and you can feel it just by looking on how they give their respectful bow and lighting their incense. Of course, I prayed and made a wish just like them.
Just at the exit, different shops selling lucky charms were located. Looks as if it came from Binondo. Haha!
Chi Lin Nunnery and Nam Lian Garden
Welcome to the Nan Lian Garden! It was a huge garden situated in the middle of high-rise buildings.
This Garden and the adjacent monastic complex of Chi Lin Nunnery are built in Tang Style. The ancient landscape garden was adorned with springs, hillocks, trees, flowers and plants. Nan Lian Garden follows the rules of traditional Chinese landscape gardening techniques. A person has to visit this elegant and serene garden personally to believe its beauty.
The landscape was really relaxing and it brightened up my mood! It is a must visit here in HK.
Does this wooden artwork looks like a trash bin? Cause it is! Bonggabells ng basurahan oh!
We were lucky to find a tourist who was a photographer and asked him to take a photo of us. Oh yeah! 😉
What a picturesque view! This is the Pavillion of Absolute Perfection, it is situated in the center of the Lotus Pond, it is an octagonal shaped timber structure. there are eight old pine trees around its pavillion.
Most of the trees you’ll find here in Nan Lian Garden is called Buddist Pine.
Welcome to the Holly Path. 🙂
Look at her colorful shoes! Hihi. Kidding aside, this area was so relaxing because you can hear the birds and the meditation music playing all over the Garden. The structure behind is called Song Cha Xie, it is located at the northern bank of the Blue Pond. It is formed by the Xie (house built at the water side) and its connected corridor. It is an ideal place for appreciating the scenery and for enjoying fine tea.
Make sure to come and visit this garden when you go to HK. Btw, behind those waterfalls was a restaurant which you can dine.
Me and the map because I’m feeling like DORA, the explorer!! The Garden has an area of 35,000 sq. m so needless to say the map should be this big too. Haha!
Also within this massive garden was different museums which includes this rock museum! Awesome!
These rocks were cold which was very refreshing to hold and maybe hug? Cause my mom did! Haha!
C’mon guys! Give it a big push! Haha!
While wandering within this super relaxing garden, these were hanged all over the place. So it caught my mom’s attention and with further observation we concluded that it is the rain gutter or rain pipe, in Filipino – alulod.
Honestly, it seems like a senseless design purpose thingy but no it was the most important part of the building and this was a very clever idea!! We will have these made for our house. Hahaha!
After a few more stroll in the garden, we found the Chi Lin Nunnery. There is a connecting bridge from the garden to the nunnery so it was easy to locate. The photo above shows the signage at the entrance.
Behind me is the structure of the nunnery.
I am using the Manual mode of my camera (Canon 600D) and luckily the sun, the weather, the skies were cooperating and so I’ve got so many beautiful shots without having to change modes from time to time.
This was where my jaw-dropped right to ground because it was so beautiful, solemn and you can feel how sacred the place was. I couldn’t get enough of looking at it but we had to leave. This snapshot I got was a reminder of how majestic this place was and unfortunately, my phone camera didn’t gave justice to how amazing it was. You must definitely go here. I may sound over-reacting but for me, it was one of the highlights of the trip. 🙂
That’s the end of the garden and nunnery stroll!
Our next destination ………… *Drum Roll*
The Ladies Market or Mongkok!
Shopping Time!! 😀 Mongkok was the best shopping area that we went to.
If you have read my Day 1 entry then you would know that the best thing we did here was EAT, EAT and EAT! BWAHAHAHA! And our cravings were satisfied here in Mongkok since there were many food stalls which offer wide variety of street food. Yummehh!
This one was their favorite and it was chilly snail or in Filipino, suso. Bilisan niyo po yung pagbigkas ha, mamaya kung ano na yang sinabi niyo. Hahaha! And the moment I knew what it was (which was after eating loads of it)I am in total “Yikes and Ewww” cause I don’t eat it.
Picture picture sa gitna para may effect. Haha!
This was at Bossini. Yehes! Sosyal! Pants were sale at 330 HKD for 2 pairs so me and my sister got 1 each.
My favorite fruit shake for only 20 HKD.
This one was a pancake. I forgot how much this was 😦
OMG!! This was my super duper favorite! It’s a fried dumpling. It’s for 16 HKD.
Along the road were entertainers.
My feet really hurts here but I gotta enjoy the moment!
WE LOVE THESE EGG TARTS! IT TASTES AMAZING! Sobrang sarap talaga as in! It melts in your mouth and ohhhh… delicious!! You can buy these on bakeries along Mongkok. Price varies from 3 to 5 HKD each tart.
Sunday is Filipino Day here in HK and here at Central all Filipinos gather up. The photo above even shows a program led by Filipinos. It was nice to see our kababayan gathered up to support each other.
We ate at Cafe Coral, this was a roasted duck which my Dad was ultimately craving for.
Look! Ayan sila! Nakatutok sa The Buzz!
After eating we headed to Causeway Bay riding a bus, not the air conditioned bus, it was the bus we all are dying to ride. Haha! Thanks to Tita Divine we’re able to ride this majestic old school double deck bus! Hihi :”>
Excuse my exhausted face. I was really tired that time from all the walking but thankfully the weather was cool enough to relax.
A photo of the bus stop.
I guess these were advertisements for renting a flat, business numbers and all sorts.
If you wish to visit the ever famous IKEA and their crafty things then you must visit Causeway Bay. You can get here through the MTR as well.
Avenue of the Stars
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui.
Here at the Avenue of the Stars, you can witness a light show and get a good view of the city lights.
I was having a hard time getting a good photo using my Manual mode or even Portrait mode and I was too exhausted to change modes for different light settings so what I did was to capture using the Video mode. It was a lot easier 😀
It was foggy thus the photos were blurry…
Excuse my “Ate, uso powder” face. I was super tired here… My body was calling for the bed!
I know that these guys had amazing time with their catch-up session and we were glad that Tita Divine was there with us!
Temple Street Night Market at Jordan Station
Here’s my mom with the bus on the background. I wish PH will have double deck buses going to provinces. That would be awesome 😀
I can’t remember where this was taken because after we went to Temple Street, we went back to Mongkok again. So I can’t remember where this was. Haha! BTW, it was easy to go from Jordan and Mongkok because it was a station away.
When we went to Mongkok most of the shops were closing too because it was like 10 in the evening. So there’s nothing left to do but eat! This was kikiam and it was yummy too!
Going back to our place we decided to take a bus however we were too late for the last trip 😐 So we took the MTR. :)) There’s a funny story here. Upon entering the station I saw 2 Filipinos going out the station, I knew that they were Filipino since the other said “Lasing na ko” and I hastily asked the lady “Bukas pa po ba?” and she was shocked to the highest level, she was not expecting me to ask her and speak in Filipino so we both laughed about it then she said “Opo, bukas pa po”. Her facial expression was priceless! Hahaha!
Our Day 3 adventure was at Disneyland! Many people have commented that Ocean Park is better than Disney in terms of rides and amenities BUT BUT BUT as a first timer, I’d still go to Disneyland, it’s because Disney is Disney. (Did I made a point here or what? Haha!)
There is a dedicated MTR line to the Disneyland Resorts, you just have to switch lines. It’s easy!
This is the exterior of the Disneyland Train. I love those Mickey Mouse shaped windows, I’d have it in my room soon. 😉
Good thing, maraming Pilipino sa Hongkong, pwedeng makisuyong magpapicture. 😉
TIP: Take a photo at the Thank You sign once you get in there since it gets too crowded when you leave and it’s probably night time so flash might ruin the moment.
We didn’t have to line up to buy our tickets since my mom and dad got it already from a shop near our guesthouse, it was quite cheaper than those being sold here at Disney and btw, online tickets are even more expensive.
TIP: Get your tickets before you go since it is cheaper.. Also most money changer shops can give you a bundle prize for both Disney and Ocean Park pass.
The moment we entered we went straight to line up and have a photo with Minnie and Mickey which took about an hour. Okay, here’s the story behind the photo above. That little girl’s leg got stuck to the fences and the crew were attentive to situation and the little girl got a pass too.
TIP: If you wanted to have photos with them so badly, make sure you do it “first” since it will take up your time and this is the only moment Minnie and Mickey will be together. There is a another area where Disney Characters are open to photos however Minnie and Mickey are in a separated tents.
I feel like a princess too!
Me and the Clock!
Me and Donald Duck in his Chinese inspired costume!
Food is allowed in the premises but you can also opt to eat at their cafeteria. Though it’s costly, I can guarantee it’s YUMMY!!! I even kept those cups for remembrance. Hihi!
If you are following my blog then you would now why this photo is mandatory! Hahaha! I once played a Sleeping Beauty… Well for graduation portraits only. If you haven’t seen that CLICK ME.
This is the current fashion here – PRINT ON PRINT OOTD.
We didn’t waste time and watch a live play. The story was The Lion King!
I enjoyed the play just like a kid!
Look at how detailed their costumes were, the kids love it!
We went to Tarzan’s Tree house!
His name is… Dicky! Hello Mr. Dicky! Hahaha! 😀
Kung anong ganda ng smile ko siya namang sama ng tingin sakin ni Ate! OMG! She hates me!!
Here I am enjoying Tarzan’s crib. Naks! Lakas maka-jungle ng vibe dito sa Tree House ni Tarzan!
Here was Disney’s 3 little pigs. Haha! Thank god my hands were fast enough to capture these 3 piglets roaming around Disney. Oink Oink!!
I can’t get my hands off my camera!
I love how I captured these candid moments! 😀
Tigger and Eeyore were playing with kids too! Cute!
I love Aurora’s dress here. Gusto ko siyang pantulog, BONGGA!! Haha!
Nakaka-insecure ang kili-kili ni Cinderella. Ang puti talaga!
Here’s Beauty, where’s the beast? 😛 BTW, Beauty here looks like a Korean. Hmmm. Asian inspired lang? Haha!
Shake it more Kuya! I am really loving these shots.
Hi there Tink! 😀
When I saw this photo, all I can think of was the “It’s more fun in the Philippines” Ads. Please note that I own the photos and I didn’t post process it using any photo enhancing software, it’s really from the camera’s awesome capture and my talent in photography.. EHEM! Hahaha!
Medyo nakakatakot yung face niya 😐
Full shot of Lilo and Stitch’s float.
Selfie at the entrance of Small World!
Every section has a theme and it shows different countries too.
The song “It’s a small world” was also translated in relation to the theme. So the beat, lyrics and mood changes as the ride goes.
My camera was set to manual so I had to make-kalikot it every time the light changes. It was a bit difficult but the results were not that bad.
I wish I could ride an elephant that way. Haha!
Cute little Japanese girls. 🙂
They are wearing traditional dresses. Amazing! The designers of the costumes did a good job 😉
It really looks like there is a small world in here. I can imagine them being in real in the evening when there’s no tourists around. Haha! Just like “night at the museum” movie.
Cheers for the Philippines!! Yey!! “Ang mundo ay maliit” song was playing all over. 😀 Proud Filipino here!
Nakakatuwa na pati bahay-kubo natin ay nandito!
I love how tasty the colors here were. The lighting gave life to these little cute dolls.
Look at that headdress! Peg ko yan pamalengke. Charr lang! Haha!
Next play we watched was the Golden Mickeys. I love the weather in HK not too hot but not too cold. I wish it was the same in PH 😐
I love how dramatic this curtain was.
The setting I used on my camera was… The video setting. Haha! It’s adjusts so good to the lighting so I just need to press the shutter button and Voila! Amazing shots!
Good thing we were seated at the second row, I was able to capture all the moments. Hihi!
This production was with Toy Story. And BTW, the language used was Cantonese so we didn’t understand a thing though there’s a translation screen flashing at both sides of the stage still we weren’t able to utilize that, we were more focused on watching the play.
This was an excerpt from the movie Hunchback of Notre Dame and the guy who played it was Gwapo 😀 Haha!
And this was our favorite movie of all, Mulan 😀 This guy was singing so intensely that I can see all his facial expression from my seat!
Beauty and the Beast.
I was so lucky to capture this moment! It was just a split of seconds! Proud amateur photographer here. Haha!
Wee! they had confetti flying everywhere!
Our happy faces says it all. Excuse the mega flash. Haha!
We were Disney astronauts for a second. Toinks! BTW, we tried only one ride and its a roller coaster ride in space inspired background. It was not too scary but enough to make you feel dizzy. It’s bitin nga lang 😦
Say Cheese! After a super tiring day, we sat on a bench and waited for the fireworks display. We were tired enough we can’t move an inch. Haha!
While me and my sister splurge on seating and enjoying the cold breeze while gazing to sleeping beauty’s castle, my mommy and daddy decided to tour around and bought some yummy bread 😀
Smile! She enjoyed this trip more than us 🙂
Yummy!! I don’t know how much was this but it’s really yummybells!!
The castle looks magnificent with the lighting! Excited for the fireworks display!
I used the manual setting for my camera to capture the colors more vividly and I want to practice my photography skills too.
The show started from the famous castle fireworks you see on their logo which in real life was a fail 😐
I’ll use this shot for my office desktop. Hihi :*
Or maybe this one. I don’t know! I love all the shots! Those were real fire and we can feel the heat from where we were seated.
The whole show had excerpts from Disney movies.
And this was the finale! I can’t believe it ended too fast!
Good Bye Disneyland! I wish to visit you soon maybe in Japan? Wee!! :*