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.

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