Monday, October 15, 2007

Hong Kong 2007

I wish I could travel as often as I want. Yung tipong every month may ibang country na pupuntahan. Ang saya siguro non. Anyway, here’s a rundown of our recent Hong Kong trip. It’s our family’s first out-of-the-country trip so we’re all very excited. Although, di pa kami nakakaalis ng Manila nagkaproblema na kami. Hay sus! Apparently, my father did not have a booking in Cebu Pacific’s system simply because he and my brother have the same name. Different middle name (mother’s maiden name) lang. The problem was Cebu Pacific’s online registration did not have the field for the middle name so pareho talaga sila ng name na lumabas sa system nila. I found out later from an officemate who used to be in PAL that the system usually cleans up the list of passengers at pag may nakitang duplicate name talagang automatic na dine-delete. We waited for a long time sa check-in counter dahil pabalik-balik yung tao nila from the counter to their office which is nowhere near the counter. Napaka-pathetic ng NAIA Terminal 1! Wala man lang phones sa check-in counter (which is a very useful tool dahil nung nasa HK airport kami going back to Manila via phone lang nag-confirm yung staff sa check-in counter nila)! Argh! Kakahiya to think na yang terminal na yan ang nagho-house sa lahat ng international flights to and from Manila (except PAL). Sana buksan na nila yung Terminal 3 para naman di nakakahiya ibang biyahero. Mas maganda pa ang international airport ng Davao!

Okay enough ranting about that! We arrived at the HK international airport around 7pm. Katuwa kasi dun kami sa kabilang terminal nag-land so we had to take a short train ride to go to the Arrival Hall. Kaaliw haha! Good thing nagpa-arrange kami ng pick-up sa hotel kaya worry free na kami pagdating. We just exchanged a few dollars for us to buy their Octopus card. Pagdating sa hotel ayos lang sandali ng gamit tapos gala na agad. Well, nagdinner lang muna kami tapos saka gumala. Super okay yung location ng hotel namin kasi pagbaba on our left is a Chinese resto then on our right 7-Eleven. Tapos ka-parallel lang ng street namin yung Temple Street so nakapag-night market agad kami. Although wala naman kaming binili nung first night haha. Ikot ikot lang sa night market then sa Nathan road. Ay mali! Meron pala kaming nabili na shirts sa Giordano hahaha. Alam nyo naman sa HK every corner ata may Giordano.

When we went back sa hotel pinlano ko pa kung anong gagawin namin kinabukasan. Gusto ko kasi mapanood namin lahat ng shows sa Disneyland. Di baleng hindi na makasakay sa lahat ng rides kasi mga tanders naman kasama ko hahahaha. Before we went to Disneyland, we passed by the Avenue of Stars and the Promenade. Then from there we took the Star Ferry that will take us to the other side, HK island! Super saya sa Disneyland! It truly is the happiest place on earth! Here are our major stops:

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1 picture taking with “floral” Mickey mouse in the HK Disneyland Railroad
2a picture taking with Jack Skellington
2b Space Mountain
3 Mad Hatter’s Tea cup
4 lunch at Clopin’s Festival of Foods and picture taking with Alice in Wonderland
5 The Golden Mickeys
6 Fantasy Gardens – picture taking with Minnie and Mickey mouse
7 Mickey’s PhilharMagic
8 picture taking with Donald and Daisy Duck, watched the Disney on Parade and bought some pasalubong at the gift shops
9 Festival of the Lion King
10 dinner at some pizza place – Hades’ pizza if I remember it right
11 Sleeping Beauty Castle
12 The Disneyland Story
13 pictures taking with the pumpkin characters (this is before we went to Tomorrowland in the morning so this should be #2 also) and watched “Glow in the Park” parade and “Disney in the Stars” fireworks

Don’t mind the numbering hahahaha! Nalito na ko sa pagkakasunod-sunod. As you can see we barely explored Adventureland. We were just so tired. Probably from the heat. It was so humid and felt like we were back in Manila during summertime.

To be continued…

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