Happy Hong Kong Tales Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my Hong Kong blog. What did we do and how did we do it?

First, the tickets! We were able to buy during a Seat Sale of Cebu Pacific Airlines. We bought the tickets around October and our flight was on June the next year. We got them for only less than 5k! After buying the ticket, we realized that we got so much time to plan out our trip. So to “save” money or to feel like we’re saving money, we decided to buy other things in separate months. Because of this, we did not felt our expenses at all!

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Happy faces while waiting for boarding! 🙂

Second, the accommodations! It was going to be my fourth time already and my last time was fairly recent. I choose where we are going to stay. We stayed at Dragon Hostel (Sincere Guest House) which is just near Mong Kok Station. This is where we stayed last time and the location is very good. I highly recommend this area! It is just near Ladies Market and Langham Place. It is the perfect area for people who wants to shop for cheap shoes and gadgets. We booked this area around March already. We got it for less than 1k per person per night. I bet you could get it cheaper if you can book earlier!

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Happy Lianne because we keep on booking cheap! LOL 

Third, the attractions and activities! Where to buy? Klook, of course. We first bought HK Disneyland tickets. If you’re familiar with Klook, it best to remember that after your first purchase they usually send you discount vouchers for activities in the same area. Next, we bought Peak Tram tickets. Then we bought Lantau Island day tour. Lastly, we bought sim cards from Klook using the points I’ve earned from my last travel. Others would suggest that you buy an Octopus card but we didn’t because MTR tickets are very easy to buy from each station and the lines are very easy to navigate.

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Happiest kids at the happiest place on Earth! Disneyland!!!
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Slinky! Did you noticed our shirts? 😉
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Ngong Pin 360! Best way to view Hong Kong.
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Clear skies. Majestic gates.
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Still wasn’t able to reach the top. I still have a good view though.

Last, the final itinerary! Because of flight changes by our airlines, our trip got extended and our flight hours were more convenient. Pro-tip number one, check-in online! This will save you time and lines for web check-in are usually shorter. Pro-tip number two, the internet is your friend. Check out blogs to finalize your itinerary. Plan out your trips but be flexible, things would not always go as planned. Since we would arrive at lunch, we scheduled the Peak Tram on our first day because we could still fit it in and it is not an exhausting activity. Disneyland was for the next day because we know that we’re gonna be rested enough to enjoy it the whole day. Third day is for Lantau Island. Fourth day is just for random roaming around the city. Fifth day, was our flight back to Manila. Every night we were able to go the market and shop a little. Because our activities were already paid for, all the money we brought was spent on food, transpo, and shopping. I didn’t brought a lot of money because I have no plans on shopping. If you’re planning on making “tipid” more, then bring food! “Mag-baon” ka. There’s no harm in making “tipid”.

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Victoria Harbour
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Random pictures. Structures. Following Ciara. LOL!
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Find focal points. Pieces of art around the city.

While planning this, I’ve realized something. As a traveler, my priorities changed. In the past, it’s more about finding the cheapest promos of fares and activities. It’s also more about doing 100 things at a time. Now, I’ve realized that comfort has a price and that I’m more than willing to spend for it. Also, I’ve learned that phasing is important. Quality and not quantity. My body and energy can’t keep up anymore if I’ll plan 100 things at a time. I need to strategically limit the activities that I want to do. And that’s totally fine. I don’t need to do everything in one go. Positively thinking, we can always go back! But it’s a different rule for “pasalubongs” to oneself. LOL. If you saw something that you want, don’t deny yourself too much. It’s okay to splurge! Budgeting differs when you’re on a trip.

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Food trip is a must in every travel!
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Down times or relaxing moments are important to have.

Ultimate pro-tip, don’t forget to enjoy. Breathe. Chill. Explore. Do what you went there for! Think positively, don’t invite negatives vibes. Speak only positive things. Declare positive situations regardless of what you may hear. Fill your thoughts of positive outcomes. Take time to feel your surroundings. Be thankful. Feel the favor upon you. Be grateful. Appreciate even the smallest things. Enjoy!

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Happiness is a choice. Always choose it.
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Happy Hong Kong Tales

At last!!! I’ve been waiting for this travel since last year. This is my first time to travel with my ‘True Friends’. These are my friends since high school and for the past few years we’re the ones who has been there for one another. And this is our first out-of-the-country travel! Yeeeaaaay for us!

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Camera ready happy faces!

Planning this was so easy! Maximize the apps in your phone like Traveloka and Klook. They still have the lowest prices for hotels and activities. Also, it helped that two of us have already visited Hong Kong. This was my fourth time already. Why did we choose Hong Kong? First, tickets were on sale! We got ours for only Php 4,000+. Second, no visa required. Third, it’s a good country to visit for first time travelers. Lastly, Disneylaaaaaannnnddddd.

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Happiest place on Earth ❤

Like any travel, there are some realizations that hit me during this one. First and the most important one, positive thinking comes a long way. Days before our trip, it was raining hard in the Philippines and I knew that rainy days have also started in Hong Kong. We would always talk about “What the weather would be like when we go there?” I would always answer positively even though weather forecasts would disagree with my statements. “I bet it would already be sunny when we get there!” or “It will not rain, promise!”. Lo and behold, it didn’t. Weather forecasts said it would but it didn’t. Actually, it was so sunny already during our 3rd day there. I have always believe in the power of WORDS. So, the more you speak negatively the more it will happen. So why not speak positively?

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Friends that travel together, stays together. LOL!

Second, everyone is different. Travelling within a group? There’s always gonna be some ‘hassles’. But that’s alright! It’s natural. Why? Because you have different personalities. Different preferences. Different temperaments. Everything, especially if it’s your first time to travel, will be a case of trial and error. What works and what doesn’t? Just remember to keep your CHILL.

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We’re extra AF with our shirts!

Lastly, enjoy. With our fast-paced life, we somehow forget how to enjoy. Especially the small things. I’ve enjoy this travel very much because of my friends. I’ve enjoy the food. I’ve enjoy how we use their public transportation. I’ve enjoy the long and exhausting walks. I’ve enjoy the humid weather. I’ve enjoy all. It’s just a matter of how will you look at these things. Will you choose to just simply enjoy them or to find fault in all? Because you’ll always find one! Enjoy the exciting moments as well as the down times. Enjoy the loud as well as the quiet. Enjoy the ‘going to’ as well as the ‘going home’. Just enjoy.

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YAAAAASSSS!!!

So there, dear readers! Next post will be on what we did and how we did it. Cheers, to more travel. 

Hoarding Hong Kong

You can assume from the title alone that we had plentiful experiences during our trip to Hong Kong. Indeed dear reader we had hoarded Hong Kong. Again, it is a trip wherein we’re on the save side rather than the splurge side. Also, it’s a diy tour yet again!

Be sure to wear your most comfortable pair of shoes because Hong Kong main mode of transportation is walking (oh, the horror!). I think this is why you usually see them looking sexy and fit! If you are on a spontaneous tour buy your Octopus card already at the airport, it’s your electronic ticket for the MTR, buses, and a lot more. Plus, any left amount from your card can be redeemed again from their airport stall.

It was forecasted in the news that on the day that we will tour Hong Kong there would be a thunderstorm. Well, it wasn’t sunny for sure but there’s no thunder nor storm. Still, Hong Kong is a very humid place so wear light clothes during this season. We first tried our luck with The Peak. We rode the tram to reach it then a bus to go down, made us saved some hk dollars to be added to buy our pasalubongs. It’s a little bit disappointing reaching the peak of The Peak because of the weather, it was so foggy we couldn’t see anything. So after there we went to Tung Shung to ride the cable cars going to the Ngong Ping Village where this big Buddha is located. Since we were limited in time we were not able to roam around the village that much which is too bad because it is so pretty there! The cable car experience is not one to be missed. Tip, if you’re afraid of heights opt for a one way trip cable car and ride a bus to go down.

After those stops, lo and behold, we had reached Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m a happy girl dear reader. We rode the Mickey Mouse train going there, it was so cute. I was so excited to go back to Disneyland! First and foremost we ate at Tomorrowland, I had this sumptuous chicken wings and fries. Yum! Then the Disney Parade started, it was simply magical. My favorites are the princesses’ float, elegance and beauty oozed and Toy Story’s float that represents my childhood. We also watched a show there presenting The Lion King. We rode rides and lots of attractions. My favorite is Small World and Space Mountain! Then during the night the fireworks at Sleeping Beauty’s castle was just amazing, red, gold, and lots of animation lighted up the sky.

After Disneyland we went to Tsim Shia Tsui which is very anticlimactic, I mean really…after Disney. We went there to check out the Avenue of Stars and see the scenic view of the water and the city. You could all see this big buildings and famous company names.

Last stop for hoarding Hong Kong would definitely be their airport! You can do your shopping there and everything is already there. It is really really really huge plus it is also beautiful. Shops are many and variety is offered. I love their airport!

That’s it dear reader. I did hoarded Hong Kong a little. I will definitely come back a third time up to the nth time! It’s really worth hoarding.