Hong Kong Escapade: Day 3

Hong Kong Escapade: Day 3

October 15, 2012 – A childhood dream came true 🙂

Te Veck was asked to do an errand for a work colleague so we went to Mong Kok and visited Capital Computer Center. Afterwards, we had our brunch at Mc Donalds and travelled to Sunny Bay.

” A dream is a wish your heart makes, when you’re fast asleep

In dreams you will lose your heartache, whatever you wish for you’ll keep ..”

The moment I was waiting for since I first saw a Disney movie 🙂 – it’s now time to live the dream at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

The Mickey Mouse Train

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inside the mickey mouse train

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The Welcome Arc and the Theme Park Ground

First thing I did was to look around and appreciate things around me – then came the photo opportunity with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Since it’s only 2 in the afternoon the queue is short.

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Then, we looked at the paintings, drawings and caricatures at the Animation Academy at Main St. U.S.A.  

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then watched the street parade where I really got teary-eyed since the realization hit me – my dream really came true – A childhood dream came true 🙂

Next, we went to Tomorrow Land where we boarded the space mountain high speed roller coaster. Then to Fantasy Land where we saw Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, the Royal Banquet Hall, Cinderella Carousel, Snow White’s wishing well but wasn’t able to see the Golden Mickeys and experience the train with the “It’s a small world” song background.

In the Adventureland, we boarded the Jungle River Cruise where we have seen animatronix.

Next is the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars – an outdoor roller coaster at the Grizzly Gulch.

And then we decided to go separately so the couple with me can see the attractions at the Toy Story land and board the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.

 

while I scan souvenir shops and then later on watch the Festival of the Lion King musical show. The actors and actresses really have very good singing voices – I enjoyed every bit of the musical.

After the show, I found Te Veck and Ya Rex waiting for me outside the theater. Again, we had our pictures taken and then redeemed the gift.

To end the Disneyland experience, we waited for the fireworks display. It was a play of lights, firecrackers, projected images and videos as well as famous Disney music and theme songs.

We also took pictures at the Mickey Mouse Train Station before leaving Disneyland Resort.

“Have faith in your dreams and someday, the rainbow will come smile at you,

No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing,

The DREAM that YOU WISH – Will Come True!”

Before going back to our hotel, we ate Chinese food at a local restaurant in Mong Kok – and they really have large servings.

Then, we bought preserved delicacies and boarded the bus back to our hotel.

The next day is our flight back to the Philippines and I can say that I really enjoyed my vacation in Hong Kong.

Photos (c): Te Veck

Hong Kong Escapade: Day 2

Hong Kong Escapade: Day 2

October 15, 2012

After resting for long hours it’s time to travel and explore tourist spots again.

We ate Thai food at a small restaurant near the hotel. Then, we took the way going to the underpass to reach the bus stop and travel to the Prince Edward MTR Station .

Through Te Veck’s navigation, we reached the Tung Chung  station where we found the City Gate Outlets mall.

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Ngong Ping 360 degrees cable cars on the horizon

There we boarded a Ngong Ping 360 degrees cable car (another milestone) and reached Lantau island. On our way to the island, there were Lord of the Rings-like views and scenery :), also saw the airport and at the distance I also saw other cities.

We also  had the opportunity to taste their native delicacies: soya soup, fish ball, dumplings and the sweet and spicy rice noodle rolls.

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enjoyed our snacks

Tourist spots in the island

Sunset in the island

Before the day ends, our next goal was to visit Victoria Harbor and see the Avenue of Stars.We had fun taking pictures, saw The Peak at the horizon, and of course the lights of the buildings along the harbor. There were floating restaurants and we’ve seen a lot of tourists just enjoying the view and the cool breeze.

Then came the Symphony of lights – I was really happy to experience the play of lights and the music from the orchestra. It was relaxing for me and its the perfect way of ending a day of walking and exploring different places.

Hours of walking and queuing left us tired for the day but instead of directly gong back to our hotel, we decided to visit their night market and buy “pasalubong” for our loved ones. We also found a small Pinoy restaurant and which served “tocilog”, “tapsilog” and “chicksilog” at the Jordan station in Kowloon.

Since somehow we got used to looking at maps, we were able to find our bus stop and reached the hotel to rest.

Tomorrow I’ll be living a childhood dream :).

Photos (c): Te Veck 🙂

Hong Kong Escapade: Day 1

Hong Kong Escapade: Day 1

Since it’s already October, I was reminded of another tour I’ve had in the past. It was my second time to travel outside the Philippines and was really excited since I’ll be fulfilling a childhood dream 🙂

October 13, 2012

It was 15 minutes before 7am so we need to Hurry! We really have to hurry! It took us a long while to reach Clark International airport and our flight is at 7am. I was with Te Veck and Ya Rex and after settling fees at the airport, we were able to board the plane. 1 and a half hours passed and we arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport. We gathered our checked-in bags and bought entrance tickets to the tourist spots we’ll be visiting plus the octopus card which was able to bring us to a lot of places.

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Hong Kong International Airport

We boarded an A22 double decker and reached Regal Oriental Hotel at Kowloon before lunch time. It was my first time to ride at the front which made it easy to take a lot of pictures and even videos 🙂

After having biscuits and noodles and some freshening up, we proceeded to the bus stop and travel to their train station and reach the Central Station where we met fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses. 🙂

The Peak

At the Central Station we had to walk going to the Peak and be part of the long queue of tourists who will board the Peak Tram.

Madame Tussaud’s Wax figures

Bubba Gump Restaurant  at the Peak

Since we’re already famished, we tried the delicacies found at the restaurant made famous by Tom Hanks’ movie.

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inside Bubba Gump restaurant
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The Sky Terrace

Sight-seeing and picture-taking followed. People from all around the world sat together and enjoyed the scenery.

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sweet couple at the sky terrace
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Victoria Harbor as seen on top of The Peak
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structures and their night lights

Had a throbbing temple afterwards, maybe because of the change in temperature since it was somewhat hot and I’m used to the weather in Baguio City where October is cool. My head was really painful, I thought I will collapse, but prayer really helped. One downside, we had a hard time talking to the locals in English regarding how we can return to our hotel. Despite the headache, we reached our hotel after walking almost 2 kilometers. What a night! I had a long and dreamless sleep afterwards.

Stay tuned for the continuation of my vacation in Hong Kong. 🙂

Photos (c) Te Veck 🙂