So I just got back home from my Cebu to Hong Kong flight courtesy of Airphil Express. I was planning to write random stories between the six-day vacation but whenever I got back to the place we stayed for the night, I’d usually doze off, tired from the daily activities. So in true blue backlog fashion, let me share short pieces of different highlights of this Hong Kong trip.
July 28 – August 3, 2011
Hong Kong Trip
Airphil Express Inaugural Flight
First time to experience being invited by an airline company. This is to witness the maiden flight of Airphil Express from Cebu to Hong Kong. I didn’t realize this to be that big of an event, complete with speeches from department heads and presentations until I was there. I found out later that this was the first flight of the budget airline to Hong Kong.
Airphil Express at the Pre-departure area
Rode the cable car leading to Ngong Ping Village so I could finally see the giant buddha. This was the main tourist attraction that I wasn’t able to see due to the bad weather when we visited Hong Kong last year.
Finally met the Giant Buddha.
Shows in Disneyland were one of the things that I missed out on which is probably the reason why I didn’t enjoy it as much last year. My faith has been renewed and I’m now agreeing that this is indeed the happiest place on earth. *tongue out*
Lion King production
Was fortunate enough to have a tour to a recently launched observation deck on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center – which is the 4th tallest building in the world and the tallest building in Hong Kong. The Sky100 provides a 360-degree panoramic view of Hong Kong and this just opened in April 2011.
view from the 100th floor of the ICC Tower
Central Mid-Levels Escalators Hike
Carrying a 60-Liter backpack, I was able to ride the central mid-levels escalators and hike back to our starting point for almost a kilometer. These are a series of moving staircases which is said to be the longest outdoor escalator in the world. I brought my backpack which had all my stuff for the 6-day travel (laptop and camera included) as we were still waiting for our next place to stay to become available. It was good exercise though.
Hiking the longest outdoor escalator in the world
OFWs in Hong Kong
Aside from the usual tourist spots, I had the chance to meet Filipina domestic workers who are based in Hong Kong. Each one had different stories and I had the pleasure of talking to them, understanding how life is a constant challenge for survival in order to send money to their loved ones back in the Philippines.
scene at the HSBC Building in Central district every Sunday
Hong Kong Food
I didn’t want to miss out on eating authentic food so I made sure to stuff myself with noodles, fish balls, dumplings, etc. everyday. I even had a number of rounds buying the famous eggette.
Eggette (doesn’t sound right in the Cebuano language)
Had a funny experience as well when it took five minutes for the attendant in a noodle shop and I to discuss my order. After some time, he finally gave up and told his boss to talk to me so he could read the menu in English.
white noodles with beef
Different districts were filled with so many people walking and shopping. I usually don’t like to be in a huge crowd but I couldn’t help feel the energy because of the people around me. That’s why when I was back in Mongkok, my favorite district, I was grinning all over. I’ve a number of paparazzi shots too, which I plan to post as a separate entry in this blog.
busy night as always
I’ll write more detailed accounts of these stories when I have the time. These are just a few sights I’ve shared though I don’t know how to deal with the many entries waiting to be posted. Oh well, a lot of travel bloggers can surely relate and at least I have something to write about.
Back to the Daily Grind
I’m all tired but happy. Now I’m preparing myself for another day back at the office. I’m a little sleepy with all the travelling but all is well. I’m really glad for this unexpected opportunity to travel again. I’ll share more detailed accounts of my HongKong trip soon.
at Mongkok station
Photo by Estan
I’d like to thank Airphil Express for making this Cebu to Hong Kong flight possible. Like their Facebook Page for more updates on cheap fares and promos. I’d also like to thank the Hong Kong Tourism Board for the arranged tours.
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