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Day 1: Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History

2 Oct

We planned to visit five museums over the course of our stay. However, we ended up visiting only two and that was on our first day.

Here are the interesting museums in HK that you can visit.

From Nathan Road near Tsim Sha Tsui Exit B1, we took an A21 bus to get to the Hong Kong Science Museum and paid 8 HKD with our Octopus Card. The driver of the bus was very friendly. He was more than happy to talk to somebody in English. He told us when it was time to get off at 119 Chatam Road South and pointed the Hong Kong Museum of History across the road.

If you have the time to visit most of the museums in HK, it would be better to get this pass. This weekly pass will save you some money. This is available in all the museums.

I initially thought we would be able to cover more places on our first day since the Science Museum and the Museum of History are just across each other. It turned out the Science Museum was so big we spent almost two hours there.

They had different exhibits on construction which were quite amusing.

This plasma ball looks more magical in person as you get to see purple-colored currents, which the camera failed to capture.

I didn't pay much attention but I think this was about the amount of groceries consumed within a particular period of time, if not their nutritional value.

Cathay Pacific plane and the Junk

There are four floors to this museum catering to the many different branches of science. It was kind of hard to resist the interactive exhibits. So yeah, an hour will pass you by before you even know it. 😉

There were more of these puzzles. 😉

Head on a plate?!

This reminded me of that scene in The Night at the Museum. :p

After we finally managed to get ourselves out of the Hong Kong Science Museum, we crossed to the history museum. It has a more serious atmosphere to it. It was quiet and we saw only few visitors. But it was still big. And still, we spent more time in there than we had planned.

Stone Age

Junk is the famous symbol of Hong Kong.

This is a part of a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony.

Chinese Opera

Photos in this post are from Ate R, P, and B. Thanks, guys! 🙂

Lunch, Hong Kong-Style

26 May

This is where we had our first meal in Hong Kong.

After spending some time in our rooms, we went out to Haiphong Road to look for a place to eat. We wanted to try a local restaurant. So when we spotted Golden Lake Restaurant and had seen the affordable meals on their menu, we went inside.

It is just a very small place where people only eat and leave as soon as they are done. It is unlike the usual restaurants we have here where people idle away their time chatting and eating.

On a totally unrelated note, I am trying out this collage effect I recently learned. Thanks to Jestina for teaching me. 🙂

There were a lot of diners that we initially had to separate into two groups and share tables with other customers. But since people walk out of the restaurant right after finishing their meals, all six of us eventually got seated in one small, round table at a corner.

I paid 30 HKD for this meal.

I ordered a pork chop meal. It had two slices of pork and a big helping of rice. I hardly finished everything. I noticed that food in Hong Kong come in big portions.

I did not order any drinks. I always carried around with me a bottle of Bonaqua from 7 eleven. Let me just tell you that this water did not cause me any stomach trouble. Plus, this is a product of Coca- Cola so you can be assured of the quality.

A 1.5L bottle costs less than 10 HKD. (Photo from Google.)

The taste of the pork chop was okay. Although, I would have wanted it well done as it was a little too tender for me. 😉

The Hotel and a Park

24 May

After arriving in Hong Kong, the first thing in our itinerary was to look for our hotel. We stayed at Golden Grown Guest House which is located along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Days before our trip, I made a research on how to get there from the ferry terminal. There are two ways. The first one is to walk from the terminal and pass by The Toy House and World Finance Tower. Once you find the Imperial Building, turn left to Haiphong Road. At the end of this road, you will find the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station on your left. Then you will have to cross the street and walk towards your right. This time you will be walking along Nathan Road. The hotel is just a few steps away from the pedestrian lane. It is before Carnarvon Rd.

Hong Kong map. The area in green is the Kowloon Park.

The other way is what we took. From the Arrivals Hall of the terminal on the 2nd floor, we had to go down the escalator and go up to the 3rd floor (Promenade) to find a walkway that connects to Kowloon Park. We had to go down to the ground floor because there is no escalator that connects the 2nd and 3rd floor.

A lake in Kowloon Park with the flamingos

We walked passed a lake then took the road on the right to get to the main avenue of the park. We passed by the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre. We just walked straight ahead and found ourselves the park sign as we turned left.

Some shots taken in Kowloon Park. The park sign (bottom right) faces Haiphong Road.

We continued to walk towards the left and found ourselves exiting to Nathan Road. Facing Nathan Road, the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station is on the right. We just walked towards a pedestrian lane to cross to the other side of the street. We were walking very fast and found ourselves outside Mirador Mansion. This means that we already went past the Golden Crown Court building. We walked back and asked a local where we can find the building.

The entrance to the building is narrow. The sign above the entrance is made of black granite with gold letters. It is not very obvious so it is easy to get lost. You can also look for Standard Chartered Bank. The hotel is beside it.

As we entered the building, we went straight to the 5th floor. That’s where their reception area is. It was a busy day as a lot of people were trying to check in. But I just showed a print out of our reservation details from their website, showed my passport, paid the balance, and we were given the keys right away.

I just made the reservation through their website. It's very convenient and effective. For your inquiries, you can ask by writing on their guestbook. We got two rooms so we had to give them HKD 200 for the keys. They returned the money when we checked out.

The lady at the reception counter accompanied us to our rooms on the 6th floor.

This picture is from their website but our rooms look very similar to this one minus the swivel chair.

The sleeping area didn’t have a lot of space to move around in but it was clean. The toilet and bath were spacious enough. There was a heater that we had to turn on15 minutes before taking a bath. Our rooms had a hair dryer and a tv (which we didn’t pay much attention to because the shows were in Chinese). The staff also cleaned the rooms everyday that we were there. Another thing I like about the hotel is that it takes less than a minute to get there from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station Exit D1.

For some reason, not even one of us remembered to take a single picture of the room or of the building. That’s why this post doesn’t have any pictures showing the details of our rooms. 😦

By the way, do not be surprised to find other guesthouses in the building. A lot of buildings in Hong Kong, like Chungking Mansion and Mirador Mansion, have several guesthouses inside.

If it is your first time in Hong Kong, staying in this area is highly recommended. It is near an MTR station, a bus stop, the ferry terminal to Central, and other must see spots. There are also a lot of stores and restaurants nearby.

Off to Hong Kong

20 May

We woke up at around 6, took a bath, packed our things, and checked out of the hotel. By 8, we were already on a bus to the Ferry Terminal.

I can't remember the bus number but I remembered we paid MOP 3.20 each

This time, we were headed to Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui China Ferry Terminal) since it’s nearer our hotel. So we went on the New World First Ferry instead of Turbojet, which goes to Central.

Buying our tickets for the 8:30 AM ferry

There are certain sailing times in certain days when tickets are offered at a discounted rate. So be sure to check their site for the schedule and prices.

We were lucky! We only paid 135 HKD instead of 155 HKD.

Again, you will have to be ready with a departure card to show to the immigration officer.

View from inside the terminal

We got on the boat on time but the trip took longer than I expected. It wasn’t a smooth ride, too. I almost p*uked! 😦

Inside New World First Ferry

I was so glad when we docked. I was still feeling sick when I was lining up at the immigration counter (This time with my arrival card that was given onboard.). But then, I was already in Hong Kong. The excitement made me forget the seasickness in no time! 😉

SETTING FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND

27 Apr

We arrived in Hong Kong at almost midnight. Cebu Pacific’s only direct flight from Cebu to Hong Kong leaves late at night daily. The first thing I noticed when we got there was how huge the Hong Kong International Airport was. We even had to get on the train just to reach the immigration halls.

Waiting for the train

Maps of all sorts for your travel around Hong Kong are available everywhere in the airport.

Once we got our passports stamped, we proceeded to get our bags and headed for the bus station.

Baggage carousel

It was only after I saw the bus did I realize that we didn’t have octopus cards. P and I asked several airport personnel where we can get the said card. However, nobody understood what we were talking about. That’s when it dawned on me that English is not as common as I thought it would be in Hong Kong.

Octopus card

Both of us went back inside the airport. All we saw were just octopus card reloading machines. All customer service counters were also closed. We then decided to just buy food from 7- eleven so we will have some change for the bus. We were going to Macau Ferry Terminal in Central via the N11 bus of Citybus. The fare was 33 HKD each. Buses in Hong Kong and Macau do not offer change. So you really have to prepare the exact amount.

A11 bus becomes N11 at night (please excuse the trash can)

The ride to Central took an hour. Since it was very early in the morning, the terminal was almost empty.

Macau Ferry Terminal

Before we got to the official ticket counter of Turbojet, there were several people who offered us tickets at a much cheaper price. But we wanted to be safe so we just bought our tickets from the Turbojet counter for 168 HKD.

Turbojet ticket for Hong Kong to Macau

Our passports were again stamped before we got on the boat.

Up Next: Our Macau Adventure

SUMMARY OF MY HONG KONG- MACAU TRIP

24 Apr

This is not the itinerary that I made before we left. We were not able to cover all the places in the initial itinerary. Everything was huge and amazing that we tend to spend more time than we expected at each destination. This here is what we actually accomplished.

Ruínas de São Paulo

March 25 (Thursday)
9:00 PM Fly off to Hong Kong
11:50 PM Arrival in Hong Kong

March 26 (Friday)
12:10 AM Immigration and baggage claim
1:00 AM Dinner from 7- eleven
1:30 AM Ride bus to Macau Ferry Terminal
2:40 AM Arrival at the ferry terminal
4:00 AM Ride ferry to Macau
5:00 AM Arrival in Macau
5:30 AM Arrival at Hotel Man Va
7:00 AM Visit Senado Square
7:30 AM Breakfast at McDonald’s
8:00 AM Visit Cathedral, St. Dominic Church
9:00 AM Check in at Hotel Man Va
11:00 AM Visit St. Paul’s Ruins
1:30 PM Lunch at 7- eleven
3:30 PM Visit Na Tcha Temple, Lou Kau Mansion
8:30 PM City of Dreams
9:30 PM The Venetian

Largo do Senado

March 27 (Saturday)
8:30 AM Departure from Macau
10:00 AM Arrival in Hong Kong
10:30 AM Kowloon Park
11:00 AM Check in at Golden Crown Guest House
12:00 PM Lunch at Golden Lake Restaurant
2:00 PM Visit Hong Kong Science Museum and Hong Kong Museum of History
4:00 PM Head to Sha Tin
5:00 PM Visit Ten Thousand Buddhas, New Town Plaza, Snoopy’s World
7:30 PM Dinner at McDonald’s
9:20 PM Shopping in Mongkok (Ladies’ Market)

Tian Tan Buddha

March 28 (Sunday)
9:00 AM Breakfast at Golden Lake Restaurant
10:30 AM Ngong Ping 360
3:00 PM Citygate Outlet
3:30 PM Lunch at Food Republic
5:30 PM The Peak Tram, Madame Tussaud, Sky Terrace
8:30 PM Walk back to the hotel
10:00 PM Dinner at the hotel

Hong Kong Skyline from the Sky Terrace

March 29 (Monday)
9:30 AM Buy breakfast from 7- eleven
10:00 AM Avenue of the Stars, Clock Tower
1:00 PM Hong Kong Disneyland
2:00 PM Lunch at Corner Cafe
10:00 PM Dinner at Pizza Hut
10:30 PM Shopping in Mongkok

Traditional Chinese Junk

March 30 (Tuesday)
10:00 AM Nan Lian Garden
11:30 AM Lunch at Food Republic
1:30 PM Ocean Park
7:00 PM Shopping at Haiphong Road
8:30 PM Get bags from the hotel
9:00 PM Ride bus to the airport
11:00 PM Dinner at Popeye’s

Note that we arrived in Ocean Park at 1:30 PM. They close at 6:00 PM. Since there were a lot of shows going on, and some would even last for about an hour, we only got to explore one side of Ocean Park. I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see those pandas. =(

The park was full even on a Tuesday! The lines for the cable car and ocean express were too long that we just gave up the idea of crossing.

PLANNING MY FIRST TRIP ABROAD

21 Apr

Hong Kong International Airport

Sometime in January, Cebu Pacific offered discounted seats for Cebu- Hong Kong- Cebu. My friends and I booked our tickets  for March immediately. I was tasked to do all the planning since we wanted a DIY trip.

Here are some links that have been very useful for me:

12hk (The Unofficial Guide)

Ambot Ah!

Citybus

Discover Hong Kong (Museums)

Frommer’s- Hong Kong

Hong Kong Disneyland

MTR JOurney Planner

My Little World- Hong Kong

My Little World- Macau

Ngong Ping 360

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Pinoy Exchange- Hong Kong 1

Pinoy Exchange- Hong Kong 2

Pinoy Exchange- Macau

I am grateful to the owners of and those who posted on these sites. These really made making an itinerary much, much easier.

I hope that you too will find these useful and enjoyable to read.