Manila Invades Hong Kong

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breakfast

In my opinion, one of the worst things that can happen to you while on a short holiday in a foreign land is to get sick. Alas, no one's exempted, not even good old me. Who would have thought?

So, after just a couple of hours being in a highly uncomfortable, alcohol-induced coma, I woke up with the second worst headache of my beautiful life (nothing beats my hangover in Corregidor). In fact, I woke up suffering from the 10 plagues of Egypt. I had hangover, running nose, headache, and chills. Okay that's 4, but you get my point, right? Right! I should go back to sleep, but I couldn't. My splitting headache just wouldn't let me. I just wanted to die again. It would've sucked if I did without even seeing 2IFC properly, but at least I wouldn't have to smell the incense in the elevators anymore.
going under...
However, the world will be a sad, sad place, so with that, I found my will to live and go on. Okay, enough of that crap.

Since I couldn't sleep, might as well... lie down for the next couple of hours, which is exactly what I did. Besides, I was waiting for my roommates to go out so that I could take photos of our room for my review. However, I swear to Angelina Jolie that one of them never leaves the room, ever. Now why are you in Hong Kong again, sir? So you can lie down in bed all day and night while using your laptop? Grrr! Well, whatever. I'd just take photos later, whether he's there or not. Just hope he put some clothes on. Ick.

I finally mustered the strength to get up. I just had to remind myself that I was there to see HK and not lie down all day like a lazy cat (unlike the guy on the other bed).
me at the MTR Causeway Bay Station
So, I faced the challenging task of taking a shower, wondering why they won't get a user-friendly water heater. Of course I always have to blame someone else for my shortcomings hehehe. Anyway, after an epic struggle in the shower, I finally went out to have lunch at (drum roll please) McDonald's! They should pay me for this! It was already past 2PM when I finished. Then, I went to buy medicine in a pharmacy just across the street, but when they showed me what they have, I changed my mind and just decided to bear the headache until I go back to Manila in 2 days. No offense, but I just didn't want to take something I'm not familiar with, although the box did say paracetamol. I just had to laugh at myself - what an idiot.

After that, I went for a walk along the street that I didn't know the name of yet, and by chance came upon one of the entrances to MTR Causeway Bay Station.
Sir Thomas Jackson
Very nice! So, excited for my first real subway train ride, I went down and found a tourist information desk and finally got myself a map! I'm such a genius! Bwahahaha! Now armed with a map, I bought a one-way ticket to Central Station to check out the sights. Going deeper into the underground and figuring out which subway line to take was such a very exciting experience for me (we don't have subways in the Philippines, which sucks big time). I noticed every detail - the cleanliness of the station, the speed of the escalators, the efficiency of the ticket machines and the entrance and exit points, and of course, the train itself. Everything's in sync, and a very welcome change from the chaos that is Manila.
Bank of China Tower
MTR rules!

The feeling of order vanished the moment I stepped out of Central Station and into Statue Square. Whoa... am I back in Manila? There were Filipinos everywhere! In fact, I think all of them were Filipinos, except for the occasional Caucasians. It's both crazy and amusing! I tried my best to hide my smile behind my hoodie as I quietly took pictures while half-listening to the chatters. I think I picked up some gossips, some heart-wrenching stories of hardships, and some funny and silly nonsense, too. I salute them for their sacrifices in order to provide a better life for their families, and thankful that I was there as a tourist and not as a worker. Not that I would mind living and working in HK, but I'm sure life it's not a walk in the park for most Filipinos there.
HSBC Tower


A-ny-way, I had another reason to rejoice - skyscrapers! Hundreds of them all around me! I felt like a 2-year old on his first trip to the zoo, although in place of animals, there were steel-and-glass structures. I felt so giddy that I'm sure I looked like a psycho there, smiling to myself (thank goodness for my hoodie). All those buildings that I only used to look at in books and pictures, those buildings that I sometimes dream about (I'm not kidding here), all a few steps away from each other. It was heaven! I didn't mind the stiffness on my neck from all the looking up I did. I just walked and walked and took photo after photo, wishing that the sky was clearer.

Using my map, I walked my way from Statue Square to the IFC complex. There it was, the IFC buildings, 2IFC being my favorite in the world (dreamy eyes).
2-IFC
Such a lovely sight - tall, sleek, and modern, with glass walls reflecting and reaching for the skies, and shaped like a pen*s. Erm... okay, that's not one of the reasons why it's a lovely sight, so hold your, erm... horses. You know what I mean. A-ny-way, I went inside IFC Mall to look around, admiring its modern and sophisticated ambiance (I love malls, too). I think I spent at least an hour just walking around the area, yet still couldn't get enough of it. My plan to go to The Peak was scrapped, thinking that it might be too late in the day for that. Instead, I had to drag myself out of the mall and back to Central, and eventually, back to the hostel, again admiring the efficiency of the MTR. If I become the president of the Philippines, I'll surely build one in Manila. Too bad I hate politics.

Back at the hostel, after dinner at you-know-where, I rested my aching feet. i think I walked more during this holiday that I did in my entire lifetime. Didn't matter, I had a good day. If only this cold would go away...

JeAr says:
hahaha!!!
Posted on: Mar 29, 2009
kokfoo83 says:
i felt the same as you are...and that shape...i wonder why build it like that,instead i said it looks like pen**s,i would said it as catus...as my dad always said my catus look like pen**s...so,it means the same...haha
Posted on: Mar 28, 2009
JeAr says:
i know right! i love trains, especially subways (since we don't have them here in manila)... have u tried the MRT here? it's awful during rush hour, my goodness! that's why i loved HK's MTR, very organized and such...

well, i didn't have enough time to check out Jollibee HK, although I would've loved to try it out... they say the food tastes less tastier there lol :D
Posted on: Jan 13, 2009
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breakfast
breakfast
going under...
going under...
me at the MTR Causeway Bay Station
me at the MTR Causeway Bay Station
Sir Thomas Jackson
Sir Thomas Jackson
Bank of China Tower
Bank of China Tower
HSBC Tower
HSBC Tower
2-IFC
2-IFC
Bank of China Tower
Bank of China Tower
2-IFC
2-IFC
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
2-IFC
2-IFC
Christmas Tree, anyone?
Christmas Tree, anyone?
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
the Pinoy crowd at Statue Square
skyscraper overload
skyscraper overload
Jardine House
Jardine House
Exchange Square
Exchange Square
Exchange Square + Jardine House
Exchange Square + Jardine House
im guessing that bag is full of m…
i'm guessing that bag is full of …
Exchange Square + Jardine House + …
Exchange Square + Jardine House +…
Exchange Square
Exchange Square
view from the elevated walkway
view from the elevated walkway
view from the elevated walkway
view from the elevated walkway
view from the elevated walkway
view from the elevated walkway
IFC Mall entrance
IFC Mall entrance
2-IFC
2-IFC
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
map of IFC Mall complex
map of IFC Mall complex
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
inside IFC Mall
view from IFC Mall
view from IFC Mall
1-IFC +
1-IFC +
Four Seasons Place
Four Seasons Place
2-IFC
2-IFC
HSBC Tower
HSBC Tower
Jardine House + 2-IFC
Jardine House + 2-IFC
BOC Tower + Cheung Kong Center
BOC Tower + Cheung Kong Center
Bank of China Tower
Bank of China Tower
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
hawkers galore
Lippo Centre
Lippo Centre
Bank of China Tower + Citibank Pla…
Bank of China Tower + Citibank Pl…
Citibank Plaza
Citibank Plaza
Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak
double-decker bus
double-decker bus
tram
tram
tram
tram
skyscraper overload
skyscraper overload
skyscraper overload
skyscraper overload
MTR Central Station
MTR Central Station