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Travel Log #7.1: Hong Kong

July 13, 2012

Hong Kong

My first trip abroad with my family. I enjoyed it a lot, then again, not as equally as making your own plans and itinerary for the day. I’m talking about where I want to go? what to eat? what to buy?  should we leave now and rest? cos no, my happy dying feet won’t give up no matter what.

I’m a sucker for making-the-most-out-of-every-moment as much as possible. So for my Hong Kong part two, with the wonderful company of my friends and my lovely beau, I made sure to make the most out of the trip! Yey! that means Disneyland until closing time! 😆

Where we stayed

Definetly not a fancy hotel. We are budget travelers. I got used to being prudent in spending every cent (because of our beach trips) plus we’re only staying like 6 hours in the room just to sleep. You can google Mirador Mansion in Nathan Road and you’ll see a lot that offers a place to stay at a reasonable price. I initally opted for the number one (out of 62) Hong Kong B&B and Inns in Trip Advisor, Hello Inn, but it was fully booked at that time. I did not know about hostels until someone suggested it to me. My friend referred Cosmic Guest House (also in Mirador Mansion), they have ensuite rooms, free wifi access and Filipino guests too.

Landed safely. All smiles

It was already dark when we arrived in Hong Kong, there was nothing much to see but those 7/11 convenience stores on every block. From HK Airport, we took A21 bus that goes along Nathan Road.

Day 2

Our schedule:
8:30AM – 12:00PM Ngong Ping 360 Cable car and Giant Buddha, Lantau Island
12:00NN – 1:00PM Lunch at Ngong Ping Village
1:30PM – onwards – Disneyland
11:30PM   Back to Nathan Road

First day trip

Woke up early. Took a bath. Had a quick breakfast. At about 8:30am, we were headed to the nearest MTR station from our place, Tsim Sha Tsui, in Nathan road.

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From Tsim Sha Tsui (or any MTR station at Nathan road), get off at Lai King interchange station and then get on the train bound to Tung Chung (the orange line). You will be able to see the Tung Chung Town centre.Go straight to Ngong Ping 360 main terminus and buy round trip tickets at HKD125.00 each.

Toppet and I, Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

Toppet and I, Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

Emz, Tin and yours truly :)

Emz, Tin and yours truly 🙂

Ready to get on the 360 360 Ngong Ping cable car.

ready to get on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car

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hahaha  😀

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we love the pole!  😆

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the boys. Christian, Alvin and Toppet.

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Spotted. The Giant Buddha!

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at Ngong Ping Village

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not much people around here

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long way to go to the Buddha

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Ngong Ping Village

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walking with Buddha

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getting there

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its as if the Giant Buddha was waving at us. well hello there too!

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this reminds me of the movie “The Forbidden Kingdom”

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touch the sky!

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260 steps to go!

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Giant!

look at the clouds. not the arms :lol:

look at the clouds. sorry about the photobombing arms

He proposed and she said yes! Congratulations guys! :-D

He proposed and she said yes! Congratulations guys! 😀

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you could just see how supportive we were! everyone was holding a camera!  even me 😆

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again, congratulations Alvin and Emz!  😆

Tin and Christian

;-)

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one last closer look

8 down, 252 steps to go!

8 down, 252 steps to go!

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the stairs made us all hungry!

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can’t stop looking at the clouds.

After our delightful lunch at Ngong Ping Village, it’s cable car time again. We made our way back to Tung Chung Town Centre and Tung Chung MTR Station. We took a quick look at the Outlet mall and used the washroom to freshen up. I wanted to stay and look around some more but my plan was to stick to the schedule. Can you imagine seeing outlet stores of Roxy, Billabong, Nike, Adidas and much more? The good part was, those did not even look “outlet” to me! Ugh, I know I’m going back! (sorry I have no pictures, mother nature issues).

Next: Disneyland 

The child in me is saying tick tock, it’s already 1:00PM. Tung Chung is minutes away from Disneyland.

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From Tung Chung, get off  Sunny Bay interchange station to Disneyland Resort Line find and ride the cute Disney train (yes that pink one!) to Hongkong Disneyland.

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We’re finally here! 😛

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and we are 1,115 kilometers away from Manila!

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It’s a small world ride..

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the parade just started! everyone was looking forward to it.

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show us your moves Minnie, Donald and Goofy!

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Shake that booty Donald! quak quak! 😆

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The disney princesses. oh wait. where are the prince?

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Stitch: “rawr” …

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Green soldiers

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Never miss the Lion King show. never.

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Awesome performance and production!

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Toy Story Land, the latest park in Disneyland HK!

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Fireworks. *teary-eyed*

What can I say, it was a fun-filled day for us. So fun that I didn’t get to take a lot of pictures. Here are some photos from my friend’s camera. Special thanks to Tin and Christian  😎

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at the airport

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at the MTR

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Ngong Ping 360 main terminus

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this is exercise

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let’s take a break and snap a shot 🙂

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Disneyland with the gang 😆

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while waiting for the Lion King show

Disneyland until closing time, just what we planned. We were all so hungry that we decided to buy our dinner at a 24/7 Mcdonalds in Nathan road. Toppet and I had BigMac, fries and a Strawberry milkshake.  It was too late to take pictures because we downed our food in less than 10 minutes, or so it seemed. Maybe I didn’t want any proof too because my mouth was so full and there was no pausing. 😆

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