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 🙂

Autumn in Japan Day 2

Autumn in Japan Day 2

From Kansai International Airport, we had to take the bus and travel to Fukushima, Osaka and reached Guesthouse U-en. It was a cheaper accommodation compared to a hotel but we enjoyed a traditional Japanese tatami room, with common pantry, but with separate toilet and bath for female and male guests. We also found out that other guests accommodated are Koreans, Americans, Brits and Japanese. It was also near the train station and other tourist spots in Osaka.

The next day we went to Universal Studios in Osaka. There were very long queues in each of the rides so we decided to experience a few rides since we still want to explore other places in Osaka. We enjoyed the highly immersive high-speed roller coaster ride with Spiderman, the boat ride that encountered the fierce teeth of Jaws, and lastly, watched the 4D presentation of Sesame Street (though we thought it was Shrek’s Adventures but we were an hour early so we had to enjoy what’s currently showing). Then the parade of the stars came next.

The Jurassic Park attraction of the park is still in construction so we had to leave that part of the theme park and just enjoyed watching the shows on the street, rummaging through the toys and gift items in the gift shops and of course trying cute and uniquely-packaged food available in the food stalls and restaurants all-over the place.

Since I was able to tour and visit Universal Studios Singapore – where I loved seeing the set of The Mummy in Egypt, I can say that Japan’s Universal Studios has fewer attractions and it’s smaller. But it’s also nice that I was able to see what it has to offer. By the way, one of its most visited parts is the set of Harry Potter, but we chose not to visit that place.

Afterwards, we went back to the guest house to rest for a bit and got ready to visit another tourist spot. But before that, we went to a nearby food house to have dinner. I enjoyed the alfa-alfa and the vegetable salad as well as the miso soup. The fried chicken nuggets and the tenderloin plus the cups of rice and tea quenched my hunger. 🙂

Since we’re already full, we can now walk to our last destination for the day – the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden Observatory. It was really fascinating to see Osaka at night on top of the Observatory. Although I’m also afraid of heights – that fear dissipated as I looked at the sparkling lights of Osaka Prefecture.

After feasting our eyes, it’s now time to go back to the guest house on foot. Yep, since it’s only a few blocks from the guest house we were able to save on taxi fare. I enjoyed the walk since that side of Osaka is really peaceful at night. I loved seeing commuter bicycles properly arranged and parked at designated places, vending machines conveniently placed for the thirsty or hungry pedestrian, tidy streets with properly placed signs, the peaceful surroundings, and of course, well-disciplined Japanese men and women on their bicycles or walking fast-paced but diligently following traffic signs to reach home.

Because of the long walk, I had a long and dreamless sleep.

The next part of this post is about: the Osaka Museum of Natural History, Nagai Botanical Garden and our Trip to Kyoto

Autumn in Japan Day 1

Autumn in Japan Day 1

 

“At last! We’re in JAPAN!”, I was really ecstatic upon reaching Kansai Airport on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 after experiencing a lot of troubles during our departure from NAIA (maybe I’ll write another blog regarding that later). As expected, the airport is very clean and spacious and the staff are very polite and helpful. After having our landing stamp on our passports we explored the enormous structure.

First, we went to the Money Changing Booth to change our dollars to yen. Then, we visited the Information Center where we were guided by a very friendly receptionist on what promos and packages are budget-friendly regarding train tickets for our tours and trips.After buying the tickets, we were also given exact directions on how we can reach our accommodation.

Then, since we’re already famished, we looked for a fast food booth and found Mc Donalds 🙂 – they really have big servings and we enjoyed our dinner. Beside Mc Donalds they also have Tsutaya and my niece was really happy upon seeing it. Now it’s time to see their trains and travel to our accommodation.

And that will be the next part of this blog.