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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
Yiu Fai Guest House
Flat E, 5/FL., Golden Crown Court, 66-70 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Web site: http://www.yiufaiguesthouse.com