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Hong Kong Holiday Part 2: Budget Cheat List, Disneyland


I just thought it was more helpful to share the budget here as this is the more interesting thing that people want to know- friends, readers and fans alike.  I know you have seen my wife’s Facebook pics and it’s too much to see them again here 🙂

Plane fare (budget): SGD 1145.97 for three (we paid for two coming to HK, and since Yanna turned two while at trip, we paid three going out of HK)

Hotel (Kowloon area): SGD 166.25 per night

Typical meal: Average SGD 6.00

Transport: Buy an Octopus card- SGD 25.00. You can use this in trains, buses and also in other establishments like restaurants. You can use it up for three days travelling in trains and buses.

—Price of Octopus Card (1 HK$= .16 SGD):

  • Adult: Deposit $50 + Stored Value $100 = Price HK$150
  • Child: Deposit $50 + Stored Value $20 = Price HK$70
  • Senior: Deposit $50 + Stored Value $20 = Price HK$70

Places to go (the ones we went to):

—Disneyland: SGD 56 per adult

—Cable Car (round trip): SGD 26 per adult

—Other places we went to were public ones so there was no entrance fee or anything.

Most of the costs above are available online.  You can check to verify.  The meal on the average is based on what we had from the KFCs/low to mid-end local restaurants.

DISNEYLAND – December 27

Surfing Mickey in the backdrop

Turkey and Mickey pancake

It is wise to wake up early and get to Disneyland asap. But you may have to take your breakfast there. Well the Turkey and the Mickey pancake is not so bad for an experience.

Fancy background

The 'Candid' Pose

Yanna's nap break

Travelling with a toddler should take into consideration her nap breaks.  Your itinerary should be flexible, loose and is open to just hanging around doing nothing.  Of course, my daughter gets the priority every time.

This girl is a Disney diehard, can't you see?

While Yanna had fun, it was more a learning experience for her.  At her age, she may not fully appreciate what’s the trip all about.  However, we can see the glow in her eyes seeing the colorful characters, the animated houses and places, the Lion King show, and the rides- her response were new words she learned (by repeating what we said) when we told her about those things.

Yanna's homage to Mickey and Minnie

Waiting for 1.5 hour is not a joke! And who are we queuing up for? No, not the Pope, no- nothing to do with Glee, mmm not Charice and not Journey. It’s Mickey and Minnie! And guess what: Just a few more minutes before we did our shoot, Yanna had her chance to hug Minnie out of our official turn! How? The Disney couple had their 5 minute break (toilet?).  On their way back, Yanna and I positioned ourselves near the opening where they would return to the pavilion for the shoot while my wife did the queueing.  And on their way, Yanna ran to them for a hug and surely they could not resist this beautiful cute little girl!  That could have been a perfect stolen shot of all!  Oh well, I still love to tell this story as my remembrance.  In the end we had our turn.  Yanna had her own solo pose with Mickey and Minnie for her birthday.

Categories: Parenting, Travel
  1. Rey
    February 20, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I’m glad to see that you had your blog started. Good for you. Very nice, informative, and well-written posts. I can relate to your long queues to see Mickey and Minnie. We’ve been to DisneyWorld in Florida a few times, and they’re all the same with the long lines to get to an event, a ride, or see a character. It is all a matter of timing. The last time we were at Disneyworld, we went in April. The weather was perfect, in the 80’s(degrees F), the lines were not as long(as it is if one went in the summer plus not as hot). The challenge me and my wife had when we went for the first time with the kids a few years ago when Eddie(my son who was three years old then and was just recently potty-trained and Tawny was one year old) had to go to the bathroom suddenly when you were waiting for a ride for almost an hour already! Well, it was a very very long line, the bathroom was probably half a mile away and he couldn’t wait any longer(He was doing that I’m-about-to-pee-myself dance)! So what did we do? Well, this is Cathy, my wife’s idea. She got one of Tawny’s diapers, opened his pants slightly and just held the diaper close to him as he did what he has to do. It was very discreet and thanks to my wife’s quick thinking and preparedness(with a few plastic bags to put soiled stuff in), everything was settled in a matter of minutes!

  2. pinoyleonardo
    February 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Kuya Rey! Thanks for the comment and happy to hear from you. Please share this with others in your facebook etc. By making the first comment, I hope this will start the ball rolling for more comments.

    I’ve started about 5 blogs already but have not been able to sustain. When I started this out, I just had to write something to “launch” it. That’s why you will notice it started out with sharing our night prayer with Yanna 🙂

    I thought you were also blogging. Did you start something out?

    • Rey
      February 21, 2011 at 2:25 am

      Really don’t have time right now. But I will soon… probably around April.

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