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Hong Kong Holiday Part 3

February 22, 2011 1 comment

December 29 – Ngong Ping: Cable Car and Village

Cable Car

The Ngong Ping  Cable Car reminded me of what I knew about Hong Kong when I was a child about country landmarks and tourist spots.  Riding on it is like a “dream come true” in a sense.  In this ride, we saw a glimpse of Hong Kong’s green hills, top view of the city, and some interesting sites such as the Giant Buddha.  Comparing from Singapore’s cable car, the trip was longer and there was more to see.  Hence, I found amusement on it.

Stop at the Cafe House Display

Ngong Ping Village had interesting things to offer- both fancy man-made stuff and meaningful landmarks/destinations. While, of course, we still enjoyed posing for these showcase in the themed village, I preferred the more relevant ones that reflect the culture of the Ngong Ping area.   After all, they are the reason why the place is more unique and worthy of a visit.

Giant Buddha at the backdrop

We were happy to take pictures of the Giant Buddha by the background.  We did not attempt to get close to it as that means having to walk further and climb stairs. That’s too much for Yanna and us to bear.

The mini-theatres offered shows that were fascinating because they were interactive. “Walk with Buddha” was cool where you get to move from one part of the place to watch Buddha’s bio in animation, to experience the prayerful silence  and some other audio-visual experience.

Street Adventure

And oh, the crowd.

Lastly, we attempted to go to the crowded shopping places in some street market but were too tired to make the effort.

Malls Are Not Baby-Friendly

We found that while in the shopping district area, it was difficult to find a mall with a bigger space- they all looked like small commercial centres with all stalls and boutiques all over.  Hence, finding a toilet to change diapers for my daughter was difficult.  We had to walk around not in one mall but along the street to find other locations. We finally found one where there is a room for the disabled. Little did we know we have yet to endure a more  disappointing experience.  While queuing (although it was not long), there was one who tried to enter the toilet as if he did not see the queue. That was pathetic. One more thing, before we got inside the toilet, some security man was knocking on the door and so we told them there was someone inside with a baby.  And so he left.  When we had our turn, the same security man, it seemed, started knocking at the door.  We ignored.  But he persisted and after a while he unlocked the door! Oh my, oh my- I was not able to scream in anger but instead with my tired but patient face, I  told him we’re in with a baby. Grrrr. One more story to tell about Hong Kong!

Great Time

I would not want to end this with a sad note about the toilet experience.  Indeed, our last stop- Victoria Harbour waterfront was another fun shooting time- Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong skyline, Junk Ship and the Museum. Further, the cool breeze of the night condensed the heat of our tiredness.  I must say, overall, we had a good holiday after Christmas.

COMING UP NEXT: Macau Side Trip…

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Yanna’s Fans

February 19, 2011 1 comment

Another addition to Yanna's collection of fans (Hong Kong Disneyland)

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Yanna's Fans

February 19, 2011 1 comment

Another addition to Yanna's collection of fans (Hong Kong Disneyland)

Categories: Moments

Hong Kong Holiday Part 2: Budget Cheat List, Disneyland

February 19, 2011 3 comments

BUDGET CHEAT LIST

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

Hongkong Holiday (Part 1)

February 13, 2011 Leave a comment

The Climax of the trip: Photo-op with Mickey and Minnie

It was our first family trip- with Yanna who celebrated her 2nd birthday then.  Hence, the choice was Disneyland in Hongkong.

Dec. 26, 2010

HOTEL

We stayed at Panda Hotel which was located in Kowloon.  We took the shuttle bus from the airport (HKD 100 per person) which was about 30 minutes trip.   As we were used to travelling by train and bus, though it was far from the tour spots, it was not a big deal. But of course, hotel nearby was preferable.

Hotel per day: roughly HKD 958

Impression: Room was small but was still fine for us.  There’s a feel that the room was not cleaned for the day before we occupied it as there was some dust.

WEATHER

We found the weather colder than expected.  I was in bermudas and whoa it was cold but I could wait to get to the hotel.  It was scary to keep Yanna out in the street. So we did not stay long outside.

ACTION

We roamed around scanning the malls and attended the Mass at a nearby church. We checked out local food for some adventure but it was not anything new from what we have in Singapore (Wanton noodle and fried rice).

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