Hong Kong Trip 2011: The Peak

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From Kowloon, there are many convenient ways to get to The Peak Tram.  You can take the Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island and take the 15C bus from the terminal beside the Central Ferry Pier Building.  It’s a 5-minute bus ride to the lower Peak Tram terminal in Garden Road. But we wanted torture, sorry, I meant adventure, so we walked north from the Central Ferry Pier Building all the way to Garden Road.  That’s really far, so far that my feet were screaming “mercy” during the entire uphill walk.  It took us 20 minutes to get from the […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Avenue of Stars

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  After settling in, we finally went on our first tour on foot. From our guesthouse, we crossed the street and walked the length of Nathan Road towards the Avenue of Stars, which is located at the Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade.  This HK$40 million project officially opened on April 27, 2004, in celebration of the best names in Hong Kong’s film industry including Jet Li and Jackie Chan.     I’ve always been curious to see this busy avenue with my own eyes. Well, it wasn’t that impressive. I don’t know.  Maybe I’m not really easily impressed but we […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Ngong Ping 360

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After a hearty breakfast, we decided to roam around Nathan Road first so we went to Kowloon Park.  It spans to about 13.47 hectares and is located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district just across our guest house in Haiphong Mansion.  The area used to be the British Army’s Whitfield Barracks.  It was first opened to the public in 1970.  Apart from vast and well-maintained open gardens, the Kowloon Park is also the home of the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre, a small aviary, a Chinese Garden, a beautiful maze garden, a Bird Lake, a sculpture walk, swimming pools, and […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Local Eats

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One of the best things about traveling to a new country is trying the local eats, am I right? So here are some of the local eats we tried in Hong Kong. The beef noodles that we ate at a small restaurant in one MTR station.   Flaky, savory pastry. We bought this home as a pasalubong. They’re filled with corned beef-like, dried slices of beef.   Chicken chop rice meal from the Citygate Outlets mall food court. Red bean dessert from the Citygate Outlets mall food court.   Jet and I like checking out the differences in local McDonald’s. I […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: Walking Around

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  Starbucks Coffee at Tsim Sha Tsui East Promenade. They say it’s the best Starbucks Coffee branch here in Hong Kong.   The overpass at the Sha Tsui East Promenade. We purchased our Hong Kong Disneyland tickets at the Avenue of Stars Kiosks and we got a free umbrella in celebration of their 5th year anniversary.  After breathing in the sights and sounds of the promenade, we took the escalator near Deck N Beer and Starbucks to get to the overpass that would take us back to Salisbury Road. Kath trying out her photography skills at Salisbury Road. And here’s […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011 Part 1

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    To say that we’ve planned our Hong Kong vacation for months is an understatement. We planned for it way too much that we even downloaded Google Earth to get a bird’s eye view of where we would be staying for 5 days. Jet even memorized Hong Kong’s MTR system for god’s sake. But looking back, I’m glad we did because it paid off big time. Unlike other tourists who wanted to see Asia’s World City for the first time, we decided not to get one of those tour packages from travel agencies with a planned itinerary because, as […]

Coron Trip 2011: Day 3

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I had an allergy attack the night before and spent the night scratching my legs and arms while Jet panicked because we didn’t pack anything for my allergies. Good thing I was able to sleep at a decent hour and woke up earlier than usual so we wouldn’t miss our airport service. We also packed our things the night before so we won’t panic in the morning.         Dried fish (daing), dilis, and dried squid at P50.00, P10.00, and P150.00 each respectively.     Coron Public Market   After we settled our bill and a quick breakfast, we […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: HK Disneyland

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Jet and I are not really amusement park enthusiasts but when in Hong Kong, might as well get the HK Disneyland tour out of the way. We reserved an entire day for this, here are some of the photos from our trip.   I loved the street designs more than the rides.   Nope, we didn’t buy snacks. Amusement park food items are always so expensive, it’s no longer amusing.     We are also not fans of haunted houses in theme parks. But we ran out of rides to check out.   Out of all the park attractions, I […]

Hong Kong Trip 2011: HK Star Ferry

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  After exploring the beautiful Victorian architecture at 1881 Heritage, we crossed Salisbury Road to get to the Hong Kong Star Ferry Terminal near the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower to cross the beautiful Victoria Harbour to get to Hong Kong Island.  Now, there are many ways to get to Hong Kong Island from Kowloon.  The fastest way is to take the MTR but since we have yet to pick up our Airport Express Travel Passes from the Hong Kong MTR Station, we decided to board the double-decker “Shining Star” ferry for the experience.  After all, it was named as […]