The last day of our trip. Our flight wouldn’t be until 12:45am the next day so that meant we had to be at the airport before that time. Since this was our last day, we did some more shopping on items that a couple of colleagues requested for us to buy.
Check out time at the Tai San Guesthouse was at 12 noon so we freshened up and left our baggage at the receiving area so Ate Yolly could clean and scan the room.
September 7, 2010
Hong Kong Trip Day 6: Hong Kong to Cebu
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)
Healthy Dessert store (Hui Lau Shan)
We went back to Mongkok center in order to buy some hard drives (I bought a portable 750 GB hard drive for about 4650 Php — here in the Philippines, the cost is only good for a 500 GB). Logan bought another tennis racket and Cindy bought some other souvenir items.
We also bought some chocolates at one of the MTR stations. The chocolates did NOT come out cheap when we computed it.
We got back to the hostel to collect our things and bid our farewells to Ate Yolly. We also met some other Filipinos who just arrived for their vacation — my, my, the guesthouse is always booked!
So we carried our luggage (and it was a lot!) and proceeded to the A21 bus stop near the building of our hostel. We waited for about 20 minutes when we had to ask questions if it was the proper area to wait — and it was NOT! We were advised to cross the road and stay in front of the Parklane Shopping area bus stop. Sweating profusely, we waited for another 25 minutes before the A21 route bus passed.
We arrived at the airport and headed directly to the baggage counter in order to leave our stuff as we needed to go to the CityGate outlets afterward. But we were unaware of the huge rate that came with it.
We had about 10 bags and luggage when we tallied it at the airport and we were shocked at the fees of the deposit. Leaving 10 bags at 10 HKD per bag per hour would be insane. If we’d be gone for 4 hours, we’d have to pay 400 HKD or 2400 Php — that’s crazy!
We stepped aside and had to reevaluate our items. Luckily, with Cindy’s backpacking skills, we were able to compress some items. The rest of the bags, we figured that we’d just carry them while shopping. So we were able to trim down the number of bags to 3 from 10. It’s amazing what pressure and money can do to maximize baggage space. hehe.
Baggage Counter Fee: 10 HKD per hour per bag!
I was covered with sweat because of the heat and all the carrying that I had to change shirts at the airport. It was about 2pm already and we needed to drop by the Citygate Outlets one more time in order to finish some pending shopping requests.
The cheapest transport from the Hong Kong airport to CityGate would be the S1 bus. It’s really cheaper according to the officer whom we asked for directions. We did some last-minute shopping and then ate at the Food Republic again.
We took the same route to get us back to the airport from CityGate (Bus S1). We also surrendered our Octopus cards and I got an 87 HKD refund because of the 50 HKD deposit as well as the remaining credit left in the MTR card. The Octopus card is really a convenient item that you should not forget in Hong Kong!
We still had time to kill so we hung out at Hui Lau Shan or Healthy Dessert and spent our remaining hong kong dollars eating.
29 HKD – Sago with Pomelo and Mango
29 HKD – Strawberry and Mango Crystal Jelly
34 HKD – Sago in Mango Juice with Extra Mango
We used up most of our hongkong dollars to also get rid of the excess change and then proceeded to check in our luggage as we were going to wait at the airport lounge for our flight.
getting inside the airport for Hongkong to Cebu flight
We checked in our luggage for the plane and brought some hand carry items. However, there was a problem in the scanning section because Cindy forgot to put a Swiss knife back in our check-in baggage. We didn’t want to throw the knife away so we had to bring out a bag and then had it checked in again. Only, since we already went beyond the number of kilos (15), we had to pay extra for the excess baggage – around 600 Php for that Swiss knife alone (bummer).
We burned the time using our laptops with the remaining hours that we had. HKIA has a very nice airport and the seats are all comfy too.
The plane departed around 12:45am and we safely landed on time. We arrived in Cebu at about 3am and Doi fetched us. The first place we stopped since we were a bit hungry was Jollibee! All the food eating in another country made us crave for some good old Langhap Sarap meals, hehe.
Photo courtesy of Doi
It was a great experience and I’ll be rounding up a few more entries on some food shops as well as my thoughts on our trip to Hong Kong. This was my first trip abroad and surely, this is something I’ll truly remember.
Food: 13 HKD each – Late Lunch at Citygate Outlets (38HKD for 3 people)
29 HKD – dessert at Healthy Dessert
Miscellaneous: 120 HKD – airport baggage counter for 3 items in 4 hours (10 HKD per bag per hour)
–87 HKD – Refund from the Octopus Card
* 1 Hong Kong Dollar at 6 Philippine Pesos
Check out my blog posts about my Cebu to Hongkong trip here:
- Hong Kong Trip: From Cebu to Hongkong
- Hongkong Trip: Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok Computer Center
- Hong Kong Trip: World Trade Center & Times Square in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai
- Hong Kong Trip: City Gate Outlets and Disneyland
- Hong Kong Trip: Ocean Park
- Hong Kong Trip: Victoria Peak
- HongKong to Cebu
- Modern Toilet Restaurant in Mongkok
- Tips and Things to Know about Hong Kong
- Total Budget Expense of our Hong Kong Macau Trips
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