So mom booked us a somewhat last minute trip to Hong Kong because her promo for Mabuhay Miles was about to expire and it would have been a waste not to use those free tickets.
We stayed there for four days and three nights. Here’s a quick rundown of what we did there:
May 31, Friday: Arrived HK at around 10pm.
June 1, Saturday: The first half of the day was the city tour. First stop was the Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars.
Saw familiar names like Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Jet Li, etc. Tried looking for artists from Wong Kar Wai films but I only remembered Maggie Cheung. D:
After that we were given time to shop, but well, there wasn’t much to find at the store, really.
Then we spent the entire afternoon in Disneyland! I actually expected more exciting rides, like roller coasters, but there wasn’t much. Honestly speaking, I liked the Universal Studios in Singapore better. We still had fun, though. I liked the shows. Hearing the songs again made me miss a lot of things about my childhood.
The lights show and fireworks in the evening would have been better had it not rained! It was just little drops at first, but in the middle of the show people had to scramble off the street and find cover. Not to mention the fact that Disneyland probably earned more because many (including us) had to buy umbrellas! And of course, I couldn’t really take photos anymore because I didn’t want to risk the camera for a few shots. But I tried. :P
June 2, Sunday: We spent the whole day in Macau. To get there (and back), we had to take a ferry ride which lasted for an hour.
The tour included a visit to the temple, the ruins of a Catholic Church and a hotel. I found it interesting how the government actually includes the Venetian as part of their guided tour of the city. I mean, it’s the only hotel that’s part of a tour! And it’s not even historically relevant. It’s probably just that they’ve built around and inside the hotel.
Macau’s like a mini vegas with all the casinos. According to our guide, from the 1980s up until the early 2000s only ONE Chinese businessman owned all (about 10) the casinos in Macau. Now there are over 15 casinos owned by different people all over the world. Well, mostly the same people who own all the other casinos all over the world. Talk about rich and powerful.
June 4, Monday: No guided tour in the morning because my brother had to enlist for his subjects, Fortunately he ended earlier so we used the time to go shopping!
After scouting branches of H & M, Giordano and Bossini, we headed to Mongkok for more finds.
Well, my brother and I once again proved our mom’s bargaining skills. She was able to reduce a 220 HKD Beats by Dr. Dre earphones to 90 HKD, a straw hat from 100 HKD to 40 HKD and a leather backpack from 200 HKD to 70 HKD. The conversion falls around PhP6 = HKD 1, so just do the conversion. :P
In the afternoon, we had another guided tour, this time at Victoria Peak, Hong Kong’s highest mountain, where Madam Tussaud’s Wax Musuem is also located.
We really enjoyed the wax musuem. ‘Nuff said.
June 5, Wednesday: Homebound! Got picked up at the hotel at 4:45am because our flight was at 8:25. When we got to the airport, the check in counters weren’t even open yet. :O
And now it’s back to reality.
Work, school, life.
Looking forward to our next trip!