The worst part of travelling for me is when it’s time to go back home. Last day is always the my least favorite day for two main reasons; 1) it’s time to go home 2) there’s always something I had to do or place to visit at the very last minute to maximize the trip.
On our last day in Hongkong, just a few hours before the flight, we decided to have a quick trip to the Peak Tower to visit the Madame Tussauds wax museum. It was a last minute decision as it was originally not part of the day’s itinerary. We were at the Ocean Park that afternoon but the rides were closed due to non-stop rain. Since there were nothing else to do at the park, we decided to go up to the Peak to visit the wax museum. With the map one hand and umbrella on the other, we patiently waited for our bus which in fact took us about 20 minutes. We were initially thinking that we were on the wrong station but eventually our bus arrived.
Once we got off the bus, we literally ran to the building entrance and asked around for the exact location of the museum.
We left the museum after taking some photos then we bought a few pieces of fridge magnets before we went out of the building. Fortunately, we arrived at the bus stop just in time. To make our last day more interesting, we missed our stop and we ended up at the last station. We were feeling all exhausted already so we hoped on a cab to take us to our hotel. When we reached the hotel, the staff handed us a piece of paper saying that they were waiting for 15 minutes but they had to leave because of other passengers who were also trying to catch their flights. So, we hailed another taxi going to the airport.
It still makes me smile every time I think of how long it took me before I was able to finally book my travel to Hongkong. It’s just a little unusual as HK is normally one of the top items on my friends and colleagues’ list of travel destination. I used to say “how come I’ve never been to Hongkong when in fact I’ve been to as far as U.S.A. and as remote as Gobi desert?”
Our trip to Hongkong last year was in time for the 5th anniversary celebration of the Hongkong Disneyland. We didn’t know about it until that day when our guide informed us of the schedule of the grand parade that afternoon.
Once I entered the park, I felt like a little child again getting all excited to see Mini, Mickey and the rest of the gang. It was such a shame we were not able to pose with Mini and Mickey as they were about to get ready for the parade when we got to the photo op area. The atmosphere was very festive and everyone was sitting on the pavement patiently waiting for the grand parade. Inside the park, life seemed to be easy and people were wearing huge smile on their faces.
Disneyland is definitely the happiest place on earth.
After getting off the tour bus, we headed to the train ticket booth and bought ourselves ticket to the Citygate mall for a little shopping. We returned to the park just in time for the parade. We deposited our shopping bags in the lockers inside the park before we started wandering, like kids, inside the park.
Patiently waiting for the grand parade
…. I wish life was always this colorful
Can i have some ice cream please?
What is park visit without ice cream? It was the largest serving of ice cream I’ve ever had in my entire life. 🙂
It was one afternoon in February when my friend called me up at work to inform me of the sale airfare. I didn’t have second thoughts and said yes right away. We spent a couple of hours that afternoon looking for cheap airfare. The destination: Hong Kong and Macau. We figured out that we could do both in just four days and 4 nights; it was a very limited time as we both have a very hectic work schedule.
We were both very busy at work ( busy means working 7 days a week for more than 12 hrs a day) weeks before the trip so we decided to have our HK hotel booking and airport transfer through a travel agency. It was the first time I had an agency took care of my hotel bookings.
I was having a really hectic schedule but I thought this short break would at least give me a breather, besides the plane tickets were booked as early as February. I only had about 4 hrs of sleep the night before the trip as I was still finishing up some work assignments for my staff and I had to get up early to attend a meeting. Two hours before the flight to Manila, I was still sitting there in a meeting analysing the clients’ requirements and trying to fit them in a tight project schedule. Not only that, I still had to travel 1.5 hours to get to the airport.
Fortunately the traffic was not bad and I finally arrived at the airport 30 minutes before the flight. By the way, I was still living in Manila when I booked that flight, that’s why it was kind of complicated. When I arrived at the airport in Manila (T2), I went straight to T3 and decided to just stay there and wait for the flight to HK. So it means waiting for 5 hrs. First thing I did was to have a nice lunch. I still got nearly 4 hrs of waiting after having my pasta and Italian bread
lunch, so I thought I would head to a salon to have a haircut. Unfortunately there was not a single salon at the airport, so I went to a spa and had a relaxing massage instead. I had plenty of time at the airport; I even had time for a nice cup of coffee before my friend finally arrived.
We were both feeling exhausted when we arrived at HK airport. As instructed, we went straight to the waiting area to wait for our tour guide, to take us to our hotel. We waited for over 30 minutes but there was still no sign of her so I decided to call her up. To my surprise, she told me that we didn’t have bookings with them; in short they were not expecting us at the airport. The worse part was that we didn’t even have hotel booking, when in fact I have already paid for it weeks before the trip. That person was kind of rude, she raised her voice when I told to double check her list and to do it quick as it was getting late already. I was
nice to her, I even tried to speak slowly so she wouldn’t have a hard time comprehending what I was saying. She insisted that there was no hotel reservation under my name or my friend’s name. So I called up the travel agent in Manila to inform him of the situation and to find us transportation and hotel room for the night. It took them over an hour to fix everything, and it turned out that we really had a valid transportation and hotel booking. Unfortunately, it was late already and they couldn’t pick us up at the airport anymore, they told us to take a cab to our hotel and they will reimburse the fare. It was a bit of nightmare, really.