Hong Kong Trip 2013: An Introduction

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Hong Kong. A city two hours away from Manila, a place where thousands of Filipinos work, and a destination close to my heart. Like what I mentioned in my previous blog, Fil and I have been there twice since we got married. Last August 8 to 12 was our third trip (the last one we had was back in 2010), and this was our first time to travel abroad with just the two of us.

We left work Thursday afternoon for NAIA International Airport. Our Cebu Pacific flight was only a few minutes late. We arrived in Hong Kong around 9:30pm and left the airport fifteen minutes before midnight via A21 bus.

discussing HK Itinerary with Fil

discussing HK Itinerary with Fil

Ours was a full flight.

We got first row seats!

Fil with Vince Rodriguez, someone we met in the plane who turned out to be a follower of Christ as well.

Fil with Vince Rodriguez, someone we met in the plane who turned out to be a follower of Christ as well.

the long line in the immigration area -- long yet fast paced.

the long line in the immigration area — long yet fast paced.

While Fil waited for our luggage to arrive, I scouted for this to fill up our water container.

While Fil waited for our luggage to arrive, I scouted for this to fill up our water container.

This was where we added money to our octopus card, making our tour around Hong Kong quite convenient.

This was where we added money to our octopus card, making our tour around Hong Kong quite convenient.

Maxim's Airport Station was were we had a quick dinner before taking the bus.

Maxim’s Airport Station was were we had a quick dinner before taking the bus.

Shoot first before you chew!

Shoot first before you chew!

It took us one hour to reach the Tsim Sha Tsui bus stop. We sat on the top level of the double-decker bus, and ate ginger candy to prevent us from getting dizzy. Every time the bus stops and passengers alighted, Fil would look down at the people exiting, and I would look at the CCTV screen provided. Yes, we were a bit paranoid that someone would get our one and only luggage, because we left it in the luggage area, right behind the bus driver.

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Hong Kong was quite bright and slightly awake even when it was already past midnight. Most of the stores were already closed, but there were still people walking around, signs blinking non-stop, as if it was illegal to leave the streets dark and empty.

The nice and long tunnel to city

The nice and long tunnel to the city

look at how bright the lights are!

look at how bright the lights were!

The hostel we stayed at was quite near the bus stop – only two small blocks away. The direction given by the hostel’s website was clear. However, since there were several hostels in the same building, we slightly got lost looking for it. We went to sixth floor of Golden Crown Court, then realized that the reception area was in the fifth floor. We went down through the “fire escape” stairs, and met a guy who told us where to go.

13th stop of A21 bus -- what you will see across when you get down

13th stop of A21 bus — what we saw across the street when we alighted the bus.

Our room was as small as a private hospital room, but it was clean and comfortable. We quickly put the two single beds together and unpacked our things. Instead of resting early, both Fil and I fell asleep around 3:30am, excited because we were finally there!

Our room in Yiu Fai Guest House

Our room in Yiu Fai Guest House

we had our private bathroom

we had our private bathroom

the hostel provided slippers, TV, hair dryer, water heater, cups, and even adapter in the room.

the hostel provided slippers, TV, hair dryer, water heater, cups, and even an adapter in the room.

this was how I packed our clothes, and the reason why we needed to unpack.

this was how I packed our clothes, and the reason why we needed to unpack.

This became my makeshift vanity table. The only mirror in the room is inside the bathroom.

This became my makeshift vanity table. The only mirror in the room was inside the bathroom.

Expect that the next few entries that I will write will be about our trip – the establishments we went to, the mishaps and misadventures, the food we ate, and the lessons we learned.

So excited that I can finally write again!

lobby of the reception area. Our room was the door behind the reception area.

lobby of the reception area. Our room was through the door behind the reception area.

the hostel has a water dispenser for their guests

the hostel has a water dispenser for their guests

I do not know how the system works, but it seemed that three hostels have the same reception area.

I do not know how the system works, but it seemed that three hostels have the same reception area.

Entrance to Golden Crown Court is right between Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank. Very easy to find.

Entrance to Golden Crown Court is right between Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank. Very easy to find.

Yiu Fai Guest House

Flat E, 5/FL., Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Tel: (852)23024812

Fax: (852)27240571

Email: reservation@yiufaiguesthouse.com

Web site: http://www.yiufaiguesthouse.com

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