Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hong Kong: Day 2

Day 2: HK Disneyland

Our hostel is very near the TST MTR station. Two buildings away lang, MTR station na. We went to HK Disney via MTR. At first, I was really hesitant for my mom since naka-wheelchair nga siya. Good thing I asked Ate Lina (Pinay staff in our hostel) about it. Worried ako since walang lift yung nearest MTR exit sa hostel and there’s no indicator sa maps kung san located ang lifts. Ate Lina showed me where the lift going to the MTR station is and assured me that all MTR stations have lifts. It was so easy and no hassle at all :) We arrived at Disney without a sweat. And the locals are very considerate. They’d let my mom go in/ go out of the train first and they’d move to give my parents space. Another thing, sa train, I usually carry Lucas going in and walang palya, when there's no seat available, someone will give up his/her seat for me and Lucas :)

1.     Kakaiba ang weather sa HK when we went to Disney. Humid and hot. So  if you are going there around the same time (August), bring lots of shirts for the kids and you, an umbrella and kung may handy fan kayo, bring it na rin. Bring water rin since hindi naman mahigpit sa Disneyland. Mahal din ang water dun. There is a water refilling station in Adventureland. I don’t know lang where pa yung iba.
2.     Rent a stroller if you did not bring yours. Mahirap maglakad-lakad lalo na pagod na si kiddo. Just put a towel or lampin as lining sa stroller. Parang plastic material kasi eh and makakadagdag pa sa init. If I remember right, HK60 ang rent plus HK200 na deposit.
3.     Several rides have a fast pass. Get fast passes rather than lining up. At least you will not waste time lining up. Puedeng ikot ikot muna then go back when it’s your fast pass time na. Ang dami, as in ang daming tao sa Disney this time compared nung first time namin ni hubby (December 2007). I guess summer break kasi nila don?
4.     If you are with a big group, better to separate kasi iba iba kayo malamang ng gustong puntahan/rides. What we did was to agree on a place where we will meet. As in kung  hindi tayo magkita-kita the whole day, dito tayo magkikita ng ganitong time para sabay tayo umuwi. We just ensured lang na minimal yung time na alone lang umikot sina Daddy (I think nag-solo lang sila when my mom got sleepy and chose to rest in one area).
5.     Check out the schedule of the shows. Then schedule your rides around those times.

Funny hirits of my nephew Matty:
At Disney, tiempo nandun sila sa area where Mickey and Minnie do visitor greets and pic taking:
SIL: Uy, sina Mickey at Minnie. Picture tayo. Pila pila.
Matty: Ma, ayan na sila oh. Kita mo na sila. Picturan mo na! Wag na pumila. Ang init  init eh...
*Oo nga naman, kita na sila eh :) * Ayaw na niya ng picture na kayakap sila.

At Disney pa rin, they passed by the teacup ride (itong ride na ito, hindi ko maintindihan kung bakit blockbuster na blockbuster. Sa lahat ng daan namin sa kanya, laging mahaba ang pilya. As in mahaba)
SIL: Gusto ninyo sumakay? Tara, pumila tayo...
Matty: Ay wag na. Meron naman  niyan sa Pilipinas eh. Dun na lang tayo sa mga shows Mommy. Malamig pa.
*Wala nga naman Golden Mickeys at Festival of the Lion King sa Enchanted Kingdom. In fairness, silang mag-anak ang halos na-complete yung rides and shows.

At Sogo Mall near HK Museum of Arts. Nagpapalipas oras kami since matagal pa ang Symphony of Lights Show. Since humid at mainit, we decided na better kung ikot ikot na lang kami sa mall.
Matty: Tita, puede ba bumili na kayo? Pagod na pagod na ako eh. Kanina pa tayo ikot ng ikot dito. Bumili na kayo para makaupo naman tayo.
*Oops.. sorry po :) 

 With Kuya Matty: Lucas' first train ride

 Just arrived at one of the happiest places on earth

 Rented a stroller for the little guy

 At the parade

 Hay. Haba ng pila. When it was Lucas' turn, ayaw na niya. Okay, so si Daddy at Mommy na lang :)

Nasulit ang pagkuha ng fast passes

 Hot and humid sa labas. Solution? Visit all the souvenir shops. Then park the stroller kung may space. At least mahaba ang nap ni Lucas.

 Disney Princesses. Where is Princess Tiana?

 Love the colors
 My boys

 My parents. Taking a break from all that heat...

 Pinays in It's a Small World..


 Kaya siguro nagkalagnat the day after, pawis pawis then nagbasa...

 with Holly Shiftwell

The castle at night
JJ's turn

 Lucas with Lolo Popsy and Lola Momsy

Mickey Mouse Waffle...

 Reasons why I love this trip. (kasama yung kumuha ng picture, yung mga nagkokodakan sa may Disney entrance at yung mga nasa Tung Chung Outlet nang mga panahong ito)
 rare family shot

 at Sunny Bay station. Uwian na :)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hong Kong: Day 1

Travel Dates: August 7 - 11, 2011
Travel Companions: JJ and Lucas, Popsy and Momsy, TJ and Meng (plus Matt and Migs) & Chissa and Bodie (8 adults + 3 kids)

Our CebuPac flight was at 7:55AM. On time naman umalis yung plane and we arrived in Hong Kong 15 minutes ahead of schedule. Immigration took time. We went out of HK airport past 11 AM na. We went straight to our hostel (Golden Crowne Guesthouse in Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tui area). After checking in, my dad, mom and my sister and her bf went out to check the vicinity and look for places for lunch na rin. Kami naman since gutom na si Lucas, we went out na to eat. 
Prior to our flight, Lucas and my  nephews played at the NAIA3 walkalators. Wonder why they weren't turned on?

After lunch, we just took a rest and settled in our rooms. We unpacked what we can unpack like yung mga bottled water na dala namin and other snacks. Late afternoon, we went to the Hong Kong Museum of Art to wait for the Symphony of Lights. JJ and I didn’t really like the said show when we first saw it in 2007. But aside from my dad, it’s everyone’s first time in HK. So naisip namin, we’d let them see for themselves and decide kung maganda ba yung lights show. 

We were a bit early at the HK Museum of Art so we decided to go to Ocean Terminal before the show. My parents just stayed in the Sogo Mall to pass time.

Lucas: while we are waiting for lights show.
 With Daddy, in front of HK Peninsula

At the Ocean Terminal

Mommy and Lucas with Mater

My boys :)

After the show, lahat sila, mejo na-bore daw :)  But they agreed that it is a must for first-time HK visitors. A few minutes after the show, we walked back to the hostel. My brother and SIL bought food from KFC na lang. We had dinner at the sitting area of the hostel. Then since Disneyland ang pupuntahan the next day and puyat dahil early flight, we decided to call it a night.

1.    Put your umbrella in your check-in luggage. Ang dami naming nakitang umbrella near the immigration area. As in one huge container. Good thing hubby read sa site ng Cebu Pac na no-no ang payong sa carry-on baggage.
2.    Bring a pen in your carry-on baggage. This is for filling up the arrival/ departure forms. Also, if you are travelling with your family, write your passport, flight and other details in a piece of paper for easy reference when filling out the forms. Sometimes hassle to check everyone’s passport number and date/place of issuance while filling out the forms.
3.    Since no free meal during the flight, bring snacks for you and the kids. Also, it was a relatively short flight (2 hours) but we still brought toys for Lucas and my nephews. Good thing kasi wala pang 30 minutes into the flight, the kids got restless na.
4.    If you are with your toddler, I suggest you bring a stroller. My mom uses a wheelchair and ang hindi lang niya napuntahan is yung Night Market sa MongKok. There were times na naglalakad-lakad sila ng Dad ko along Nathan Road and never sila nagka-issue sa wheelchair ni Mommy. Same thing with MTR and sa malls. I guess that means the place is good for strollers too. Kami kasi we didn’t bring ours. Hand-me down kasi yung stroller ni Lucas and we are not sure kung kaya pa na magheavy-duty walking around. Hinayang naman kami to buy a new one just for the trip. But if you have one, bring it na lang. It will make your life easier.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Lucas :)

Happy happy birthday sweetheart.

You are so kulit these days and you try Mommy and Daddy's patience everyday. But despite Mommy's kasungitan sometimes, know that I love you with all my heart.