This will be a series of blog entries on how we got to Hong Kong from Cebu. Because of the information we got online was so helpful, this is my way of giving back to the community in sharing my experience for those people who might also need the information.
Hongkong Trip: Going From Cebu to Hong Kong
September 1-2, 2010
This was my first time to go abroad so I was apprehensive because I didn’t know how many issues we would be facing that would prevent us from setting foot onto foreign soil.
There were three of us (Cindy, Logan and I) and we were all first-timers so this was something we’ve looked forward to ever since we booked tickets about a year ago. We paid only 1200 Php each for the round-trip ticket from Cebu to Hong Kong using Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare.
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
It was crazy because supposedly, there would be 8 of us on the flight but due to personal and budget reasons, most weren’t able to join. What’s even worse about the flight was that this happened after the Philippine hostage crisis wherein Hong Kong tourists were taken hostage by a police officer who was discharged from his post. We didn’t know how we were going to be treated there.
However, that didn’t stop me from pursuing the trip knowing that it took me a year’s worth of saving on a monthly basis to come up with some cash for this vacation.
We rode a taxi from the city to the Mactan International Airport and presented our passport and eticket to security so we could get inside the terminal. After converting the etickets to boarding passes and paying the terminal and travel tax fees (Ouch!), we proceeded to the Immigration center for the staff to interview our purpose for traveling. The immigration officer told us that we needed to fill out the departure card and we had to go back to the counter to get the Departure Cards.
Paying the terminal fee and forgetting hurrying up to fill out the departure card
Cebu Pacific Piso Fare flight to Hongkong at 1204 Php all in!
We also ate dinner prior to the flight so we wouldn’t have to spend much on the airport. When we boarded the plane, there were about a third of the people who occupied the whole aircraft. I guess there were really a lot of those who postponed their trips because of the hostage incident. The flight was great, it took 2 hours for us to arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. When we arrived and I finally put my feet on Hong Kong grounds, I was ecstatic.
reading Cebu Pac’s Smile magazine and filling out our arrival cards for the Hongkong Immigration
We arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) around 12:45am which was actually on time. My stomach was grumbling and there was a 7/11 store wherein we bought some noodles and a coke.
walkalator and information center at the airport filled with free maps! Yep, FREE!
Must-have Maps are (Hongkong map and the MTR station map!)
We spent the remaining hours at the airport because surfing the internet while I slept on their chairs because we forgot to buy a universal adapter for the electrical outlets. The sockets didn’t match our standard plugs and I had no more battery left in my laptop. Cindy and Logan surfed while I recharged some energy on the airport chairs. It was a going to be a long day in the next few hours.
surfing at the HKIA, buy a universal adapter so you can plug your devices in
napping at the airport. it’s going to be a long day in a few hours
It was about 3am and we didn’t want to go directly to the hostel since we were on a budget and it would be expensive if we were to check in the Tai San Guest House right away knowing that it’s already morning. At least we saved a thousand bucks each.
1204 Php – Airfare ticket Cebu to Hong Kong (Back and forth using Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare)
300 Php – Fare from Cebu Asiatown IT Park to Mactan International Airport
1620 Php – Travel Tax
550 Php – Terminal Fee
7 HKD – cup noodles
8 HKD – bottle of coke
* 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