November 08, 2011

Hong Kong!

I'm back! It's been a while since I last sat down and wrote about another exciting adventure. My last first semester did not go smoothly but it sure was unforgettable and again, with God's help, I was able to survive it with flying colors! I got my well-deserved rest as soon as sembreak started. Well, aside from my 8-hour (or so) sleep and afternoon naps, I was able to spend some time with friends whom I haven't seen in ages and at the same time, catch up with my series. But what made this break extra special is my Hong Kong trip with the Ongers! 

Riding Hong Kong's MTR
It was a 4-day adventure that gave me the opportunity to witness the marvelous sites of Hong Kong. It also gave me the chance to spend time with my boyfriend and his amazing family! True enough, their company made this trip all the more fun!

It felt like we own the place!
As a first-timer, I had high expectations and Hong Kong did not only meet them, it also exceeded them. For one, Hong Kong's International Airport blew me away - especially if we are to compare it with ours. It was pristine, capacious and packed with a lot of stores and restaurants to choose from. It also followed an organized system that made the whole airport experience hassle-free. This first encounter already overshadowed my benchmark.  

From the airport, we rode a shuttle bus service to the hotel. At first I thought it was a bit pricey for a simple bus trip but apparently, we had the whole bus to ourselves! Now that is worth every penny!

Our very own shuttle bus service
We checked in at Panda Hotel. The good thing about this hotel is that it's situated right above a mall. Food, clothes and other items are escalators or elevators away. Lady luck stayed by our side a little bit longer because as soon as we got to the hotel, one of our rooms, which the girls immediately had dibs on, has been upgraded to a suite!

Sweet, indeed
After settling down and enjoying the comforts of our room, we headed on to our first stop: The Peak

The Peak is one of Hong Kong's well-known landmarks and as expected, it was packed with a lot of tourists. Riding the tram was part of the experience. The ride was short but the view was breathless. When we got to our destination, we decided to visit Madame Tussauds first. I'm sure most of you already know Madame Tussauds' works of art because the place is known for its waxed celebrities. There's one in Las Vegas, New York, Washington D.C, Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool, London, Vienna, Bangkok, Shanghai and of course, Hong Kong. We couldn't help but feel starstruck as soon as we saw the waxed figures of our favorite celebrities. They may not be real but this is the closest we can get to them!

Finally, The Peak! We didn't expect a cold weather in Hong Kong so I merely slipped on a simple dress and a blazer to cover it up. I was fine with it until we reached the The Peak! It was freezing up there! In fact, it's the coldest I've been to. The wind and the elevation of the area would explain why. Good thing, I had my snuggle buddy with me plus the view was simply incredible - so incredible that it made me forget about the chilly wind. We were supposed to watch the symphony of lights but we were too far from it that we can barely hear the music. We saw the lights but it looked pretty dull without the music so we just took advantage of the view. It was hard to take pictures, though, because we were all freezing and our hair almost covered our faces - well, except for the boys. 

The view from The Peak
We had to sit right next to each other to keep ourselves warm
My snuggle buddy
The commute going back to our hotel was long that we had to walk till our feet were on the verge of giving up. We went back exhausted but happy nonetheless, because our first day went amazingly well. We also didn't mind riding the MTR (HK's MRT) because it was so efficient that you'll actually enjoy riding it everyday - I know I did. 

Our second day was reserved for no other than Disneyland! At this point, I'll let my pictures explain our magical experience.

The Disneyland Train
The rides
The parade
The fireworks
It's really true when they say that Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. The walking part may be beyond tiring but the experience made it worth every walk. Everything was magical from the rides to the parades to the gift shops and of course, the fireworks! My childhood flashed before me. The magic, the characters and the stories I've cherished when I was a little girl lived before my very eyes. It's as if my childhood memories engulfed me and welcomed me back home. The only difference is that I finally found my prince charming.

Peter Pan and Tinkerbell
Our attempt of making it look real
Before capping the night off with Disneyland's fireworks, we had a buffet meal at Disneyland's Hollywood Hotel. We were supposed to eat at the Disneyland Hotel but unfortunately, it was already fully booked and can no longer accommodate guests.

Disneyland Hollywood Hotel Buffet
Our third day was spent on yet another theme park adventure: Ocean Park! While I was excited to try the rides in Disneyland, I was terrified with Ocean Park's because they all seemed pretty dangerous to me. Yes, I'm weak and my upset tummy did not help at all. I wasn't alone, though, because only a few of us had the guts to try the most dangerous rides. As for me, my trip already felt complete as soon as I saw the pandas!

The rest of the day was spent on shopping!! Did I mention I went gaga over H&M? Yeah. Most of my savings went there. No regrets though, hihi. 

On our last day, Tim and I decided to prepare breakfast for everyone. It's my way of thanking his family for sharing this adventure with me. After breakfast, most of them headed to Kowloon to shop while Tim and I, together with his siblings, stayed in the hotel to rest. After everyone has returned, the other half prepared to leave for the airport while our group stayed to shop some more!

Tired feet, aching body and an exhausted wallet - these are nothing compared with what I've experienced in Hong Kong; an experience that surely made my last sembreak MEMORABLE.

Of course, all of these will not be possible without Tim and his family.

God bless the Ongers!

*Credits to Alyssa Ong for the amazing photos


Tim :) said...

Very nice. Don't you just miss HK? But don't worry, we'll have more. Maybe Singapore next time? Or Korea. Just be ready to walk again and hopefully your tummy cooperates. Haha. My family and I enjoyed your company :)

Yvette Espiritu said...

I'll try my best to stay fit hehe. Looking forward to having more adventures with you! I love you :*

Anonymous said...

This is amazing Yvette! You're so lucky! :)

Yvette Espiritu said...

Thank you! God is good :)