Exploring Hong Kong 2017

I love how modernity and tradition in this vibrant city of Hong Kong intertwine. Exploring this fast-paced urban jungle, I was able to see a modern city rich of ancient culture.

Here are some places we visited during the trip:

Mongkok: This place is known for Ladies’ Market where you do bargain shopping of bags and clothes, Temple Street Night Market for street food and just about anything (toys, clothes,souvenirs), and Sneaker Street where shoes and sports stores are located.

Tip: Bargain! Bargain! Bargain!

Central: It is the business district of Hong Kong. Skyscrapers, luxury malls with high-end brands, fancy restaurants, and night clubs surround this financial hub. You can also find here the oldest Temple in Hong Kong, the Man Mo Temple.

Tip: Go to the rooftop garden of IFC mall and enjoy the view. It’s open to the public. 🙂

Tsim Sha Tsui: It is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. You can watch Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights in TST Promenade and appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline. It’s interesting to watch street performers and try out one of Hong Kong’s favorite snacks… egg tart.

I’ve only seen a part of Hong Kong and I know there’s more to explore, more places to see, more food to try, and more people to meet. I will definitely visit this dazzling city again.

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All Hyped Up for the Disney Parade

I felt like a kid again! I was uber excited to see the Disney characters most especially the Disney princesses (for real). We watched all three parades: Flights of Fantasy, Mickey’s Halloween time Street party, and the Villains Night Out parade. We went to the roundabout near the Main Street and scouted for the best spot 15 minutes before the parade starts. We were able to get good seats – no obstruction. 🙂

The Disney in the Stars Fireworks display started at 8pm. I watched this fantastic sight before me with awe…and an open mouth. It gave me a surreal feeling! You better not miss this.

7 Tips for your Hong Kong Disneyland trip

I celebrated my birthday at the Happiest place on Earth – Disneyland!!! Carla and I had a fun time meeting the Disney characters, exploring the different rides and attractions, and watching the parades. We enjoyed the Iron man experience, Grizzly Gulch mine cars, Toy Story RC racer, and Star Wars Hyperspace mountain…all these thrilling and intense roller-coaster rides.

Some HK Disney tips and tricks:

1. Come on a weekday. We went there on a Monday and the park is not crowded at all. We didn’t have to queue for so long.

2. Visit the City Hall to get a Birthday badge or your First Disney visit badge…it’s free!

3. Greet Disney characters and crew and they’ll hand you special Disney stickers.

4. Download the Disneyland App. You can locate where the characters are, check shows and parade schedule, and view the map.

5. Be strategic with your route. We started with the best attractions where most people would queue for – Iron Man experience. We toured the park thrice. First, we started from Tomorrowland and toured counterclockwise. We followed the map and made sure we tried all the attractions. Next, we didn’t follow a route and just went wherever. Last, we boarded the train that circuits the park.

6. Stay hydrated! Buy a bottle of water and refill at water stations.

7. Watch the “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks. It’s the best thing ever!

Going to Disneyland is entering a world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy. Yes, it is the Happiest place on Earth!

First Time in Hong Kong

It was our first time to go to HK and Carla’s first time to ride a plane. From Manila, we boarded Cebu Pacific’s Airbus A330 at Terminal 3. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, we bought Octopus card (HK$ 150, with HK$50 as deposit). This is what we used to pay for our MTR rides and bus rides for the entire trip. The A21 bus took us to Nathan Road where our guesthouse is located. After check-in, we strolled around the area near the guesthouse and had dinner.

Going to Hong Kong and traveling within the metro is a breeze. Thanks to their efficient transportation system.

Some tips:

  1. Most tourists stay in guest houses along Nathan Road. You can find a comfortable place without breaking your wallet. Make sure to book at least 2-3 months before your trip. We stayed at Pearl Premium Guesthouse in Mirador Mansion. The location is good as many shops, restaurants, and tourist spots are within the area. It is not as busy as Chungking Mansion…an interesting place for you to find out.
  2. The best rates for money exchange is at the ground floor of Chungking Mansion. Be vigilant and transact only with legit money changers (Those with stalls and not with people outside the building).
  3. Download the MTR app. You can track and check which station is closest to your destination.
  4. Enjoy and explore the city! Hong Kong has a lot to offer. You’d be surprised to find small shops or restaurants inside those tall buildings. There’s an underground McDonald’s in TST.

 

Where we stayed:

Pearl Premium Guesthouse (booked using hotels.com)

Address: l0/F, Block F, Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

***The room is clean. They change towels everyday. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Room is small like most guesthouses but everything that you need is available…plus you’d only stay there to sleep and take a shower. It has a ceiling fan and a good working AC. I enjoyed my stay here and I’m happy to recommend it to you guys. ***