|First Photo of the day. At the Mactan International Airport.|
By Foot, Bus and Train
Around the last week of February my sister and I went on our very first trip outside of the P.I. We planned on traveling since we were kids and now we got the chance to do it.
I will be dividing this post into many parts describing what happened per day and a separate post for the Itinerary my sister made which I would like to commend her for for its 99.99% percent accuracy, I'll tell you what the 1% is in this post and It's actually really funny, I still laugh and smile every time I ride a Jeep, Van or Bus.
HONG KONG DAY 1:
Let me start by informing you that this blog or post will not tell you how Hong Kong was separated or any of the history of the country. This will be all about our experience when we got there.
Before we even arrived to Hong Kong we were already excited. During the flight my sister, Jewel and I kept talking about what to expect, laughing our ass off of what's happening around us, looking at the magnificent view of the clouds and the sea below. I of course ordered a meal during the flight since we were not able to eat breakfast that morning. So lets start day 1, arriving in Hong Kong.
|A view from the top. The clouds were like marsh mellows that I either wanted to eat or sleep on.|
February 26, 2014
We arrived in this gigantic airport not knowing where to go and what to do.. Fun Right? Well, here's are a few tips we learned that might help you out.
- Hong Kong is a traveler friendly country. The signs are easy to read, the people and very nice and although they don't speak English as their second language they will try and understand you and give you their answers but believe me, you won't need all of that because you can just follow the trail of bread crumbs left by the country for you.
- Since you are coming from your own country (for us it's the Philippines) its almost a guarantee that there are other tourist traveling with you, so during your flight or even while waiting, try and observe the people around you and check them out. If your'e the type of person that talks to strangers then try and befriend them so you'll have other people to share the experience with.
- Know how to read maps and direction, it's a skill worth having. And become confident inside and out. Never be afraid to go out from your comfort zone and never be afraid to ask a stranger for help.
- LASTLY, this tip applies to everyone in any occasion.. If it's dark, don't go there - I learned that from one of the best travel vlogger in the world, Sonia of Sonia's Travel. You can find a link to her YouTube page below.
So when we got there, we saw a few tourists so we decided to follow them to start the process. The signs were helping us too. We went to immigration and it turns out Hong Kong doesn't stamp passports anymore, instead they electronically tag the passports. We then moved along and looked for the bus to Mong Kok. For more direction and details please see the links to my other post detailing my sister's AWESOME itinerary. Here are the pics for day one.
Langham Hotel and Mall
|this mall was ginormous.. we rode on an escalator that took us from the ground floor to the 12th.. so imagine if you stumble or drop something while riding.. scary as shit.|
Avenue of the Stars
|we bought our Disneyland tickets at the Avenue of the Stars Disney Kiosk. Our Disney land adventures will be on a separate post. DAY 3.|
|I could not believe how realistic the wax figures were. I had my picture taken with my favorite ones. I'll post a separate article about the fun times we had at Madame Tussauds. Stay tuned. Here we have the lovely Edward Cullen.|
|The view of Hong Kong taken from the Peak Tram|
|posing while waiting to ride the Peak Tram.. didn't notice the lady at the back before.|
|Victoria Peak Tower. Its where Madame Tussuads is at too.. great view and awesome sites. P.S BRING A JACKET!|
|Enjoying the night scene at Victoria's Peak|
|Waiting patiently for the bus to arrive which will take us to TST and then will ride an MTR gonig to Mongkok|
Our first day was a blast. And i agree with what my sister said. The FUN moments were never the sites we went to, the food we ate nor the fact that we went all around HK. It was the moments were we got lost, accidentally riding roller coasters twice, trying the very hi-tech MTR system and all the little stuff that made us laugh out loud, those things made this trip unforgettable.
Many thanks to the following for making this trip more than awesome.
Sonia of Sonia's Travels. Please check YouTube page through the link below
- She gives out helpful travel tips and boosts your confidence while traveling. I love her and she is awesome. Check her videos out.
Ivan, who handled my class while i was away
and my ever loving and supportive Parents.. love you lots.
Stay tuned for the following post:
Hong Kong Day 2: Ocean Park and Night Markets
Hong Kong Day 3: KidsRus - Hong Kong Disneyland
Madame Tussauds: The Wax Museum (The not so scary version)
Jade's Cookbook - Simple but Laysho
Hong Kong Itinerary - Sister Made Stuff