we almost left him

Hong Kong Travel Blog

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cable ride.

It was 10pm, the night before we left for Hong Kong,  when I have finally packed my stuff for this trip. I still feel like the worst packer ever. I packed lots of unnecessary stuff with me like tons of colored pens (they have cute shiny glitters haha), a sketch pad (which i didn't even use), diary (too lazy to write) and many others.  My brother still haven't packed and he wasn't even home. I have been texting him to come home and just pack his stuff so I can finally go to sleep since we will be leaving early the next morning.  Got a bit pissed when I found out he was out drinking but good thing he finally came home, packed his clothes (and he only did it for five minutes). I should definitely ask him for packing tips!

Anyway, we were at the airport three hours before our flight the next morning but the line was already packed with people.

catch my breath and then pose!
We met up with Abet, a close friend from high school and checked in our bags.  We had no problems or whatsoever until we got to the Immigration! The Immigration officer said that my brother is not allowed to leave the country without a parent or a legal guardian because he's only 17 and still a minor.  I thought a not-so-minor sister would be enough but they asked for a letter from the government  that says i am the legal guardian but I didn't know anything about those stuff so I didn't have it. Oh my poor brother!  He was really looking forward to this trip and then he couldn't go.

But did he make it or not? Well, he did. I was able to talk to the senior officer of the immigration and she asked to talk to my mom on the phone which I let her do after I have reached my mom on the phone.

enjoying hongkong. my brother, abet and me
  The senior officer made me promise that I would really come back to the country with my brother because there will be a problem if I didn't.  So yeah, we were going to Hong Kong!

I did feel like the best sister ever. I was already thinking of calling home to pick up my brother because he wasn't able to make it and me, I will still go on with my trip.  I have already bought this tour package and I didn't want to waste money.. come on! Hahahaha. But I'm glad he did make it.

Abet worked on planning this trip mostly. I just gave him the money for me and my brother and he did all the planning, researching and buying of the tour packages. I was too lazy to even think about it at that time.

So, we got on the plane, slept a little bit and then we have arrived in Hong Kong.

crazy stairs. they almost killed me
The weather wasn't so bad but it was cloudy and a bit rainy.  We have managed to find the guy who's managing the tour, got on the bus and checked in our hotel. After some little rest, we left, walked around outside and looked for a place to eat. I was expecting everyone in Hong Kong to be able to speak english but the people who were working in the restaurant we ate at didn't understand a word.  So ordering our food was quite a challenge.  I liked the food that I had but I didn't think Abet did.  I just didn't like my iced tea because they weren't exactly the iced tea i was used to. The iced tea there tasted completely like tea.. only with ice. I mean.... hahaha I sounded stupid. Well, the iced tea I was used to didn't taste like tea. Eh?

After filling up our tummies we headed to the east of Hongkong (or was it west? i really don't know hahaha).

a bit blurry....
We went to the Ngong Ping Sky Rail to see the big buddha. It's in a small island of Lantau.  We had a very relaxing cable ride to get to that side of Hong Kong even though the area was a bit foggy and we weren't able to see much of the sceneries.

We got off the cable car right next to the Ngong Ping Village. A cute little theme park where you can shop some really nice (and slightly pricey) souvenirs, eat and also enjoy some attractions like Walking with Buddha, the Monkey's Tale Theatre and the Ngong Ping Tea House. The ticket we bought included those three attractions (plus the two way cable car journey). After doing them, we walked our way to see the Tian Tan Buddha which was visible from up a hill even in a foggy day.

he's got pretty weird hands, that jackie chan guy.

So here's the deal, the Tian Tan Buddha is up on a hill and to get near it you have to climb the stairs all the way up. Abet and I planned on counting the steps but I didn't do good. I tried but after 20 steps I lost counting as all I can think about was to breathe.  But it was a great experience. The view up there and getting close to the buddha was all worth the exhausting climb.  Climbing down wasn't as hard as climbing up so Abet was able to recount the steps. I didn't try again. 

After that we got on the cable car again and went to the city center. We reached the Victoria Harbor and walked along the Avenue of Stars. I especially love that part of Hong Kong. It was already pretty dark so the lights of the skyscrapers were on. Hong Kong is known for these tall buildings and I found them really beautiful.

we love hong kong
  And then my camera ran out of battery. What a pity!

Later that night we watched the Symphony of lights which I found quite underwhelming (I thought they would be fireworks hahahah so stupid) then had dinner at KFC. I tried my luck again with iced tea but this time i had to mention w/ lemon. So how was it? It still tasted like tea. Only this time they have put lemon in it. Real lemon. Couldn't drink it but I was really thirsty so I finished them all up.

We walked more around the city after dinner. We finally found that really long escalator. I felt a bit underwhelmed simply because getting on it is just like getting on any other escalators.  But just for the experience and just so we can brag about doing it, we got on until the very end.

me and my brother
  But the escalators run only at one direction at once so that night we got on, it was running up. We had to walk all the way down after that.  We were then walking around the Soho area until we finally decided to call it a night. 

We got on the subway and even though it was past midnight (or just before.. i dont really remember), the station was still packed with commuters. It was as if it was still rush hour in Hong Kong.

Oh well, Hong Kong is cool. I'm loving it.

darlingwish says:
aoisoba, madami ka ba naishopping dun??
Posted on: Jan 06, 2008
darlingwish says:
yep, wayne, i loved HK too. wanna go back!
Posted on: Jan 06, 2008
aoisoba says:
nasa lan tau island kayo :) madami mabibili sa shenzen diba hahahaha
Posted on: Jan 06, 2008
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cable ride.
cable ride.
catch my breath and then pose!
catch my breath and then pose!
enjoying hongkong. my brother, abe…
enjoying hongkong. my brother, ab…
crazy stairs. they almost killed me
crazy stairs. they almost killed me
a bit blurry....
a bit blurry....
hes got pretty weird hands, that …
he's got pretty weird hands, that…
we love hong kong
we love hong kong
me and my brother
me and my brother
in ngong ping
in ngong ping
i didnt exactly get THE POSE
i didnt exactly get THE POSE
idol hahaha
idol hahaha
hes holding on. hahaha he was sca…
he's holding on. hahaha he was sc…
me. pretending that i wasnt scare…
me. pretending that i wasn't scar…
if you fall... it shouldnt hurt mu…
if you fall... it shouldnt hurt m…
Tian Tan buddha
Tian Tan buddha
Tian Tan buddha
Tian Tan buddha
me and my brother
me and my brother
Tian Tan buddha. pretty huge yeah?.
Tian Tan buddha. pretty huge yeah?.