I did a lot of research prior to our trip and most of the info I got came from the Hong Kong Thread of PinoyExchange (PEx). Thanks to commoner who created the thread and to all the PExers who contributed. :)
We were a party of 5 adults and 1 kid (a senior at 62yrs, then 29, 26, 25, and 18 yrs old, and a 2yr-old-kid). The promo tickets were bought in February 2011 (tagal ng paghihintay, hehe).
OCTOBER 27, 2011, Thursday (Diosdado Macapagal International Airport: CLARK-HONG KONG, Tsim Sha Tsui, Victoria Peak)
|the kid is excited! :)|
|at the tarmac|
|inside the plane|
Lahat ng kinatatakutan ko sa immigration officers (IOs), walang nangyari. I just wrote my position title (records officer) and walang hinanap na papel or company IDs. Hindi rin hinanapan mga kasama ko, probably since nakita nilang family kaming magtravel. Tinanong lang kung kaninong anak yung bata (sa akin!), kung ilang days kami at kelan ang balik. I just showed the IO our return ticket when she asked when we’ll come back.
We also bought food inside the plane dahil sa maaga nga kaming nagising at nagutom na rin kami. Over sa mahal! Mineral water was Php50.00, hot choco was Php80.00, cafe mocha was Php80.00 also and ham and cheese croissant was Php100.00. Nakakaloka!
On time ang CebPac, galing! And we landed 25minutes earlier than scheduled so around 8:30am nasa HK na kami. Haba ng pila sa immigration. Nainis pa yung HK IO sa amin kasi yung mom ko and sis-in-law humiwalay sa amin ng pila tapos nung nakitang mauuna kami, lumipat sila sa line namin (magkatabi lang kasi yung pila). Hindi pala gusto ng mga IOs na ganun palipat-lipat so he told us to separate. Kaso di namin naintindihan kung ano ang gusto niyang mangyari kasi nga alam ko dapat sama-sama sa immigration officer kung family na nagtravel so sabi na lang n’ya “Oh, don’t bother!” tapos kinuha na lahat ng passports namin. Then kinausap na in Chinese yung katabi nya, siguro para magrant. Hahaha! :)
Ang tagal namin sa loob ng airport kasi picture-picture pa and I can’t find the China Travel Service (CTS) booth. ‘Di ko na kasi nareview uli yung video ni pretty sa pinoyexchange HK thread. Nasa dulo pala sa right yun.
Upon exiting customs, foreign exchange, etc., derecho lang pala hanggang dulo, nasa right side puro travel agencies. Dalawa ang booths ng CTS pero isa lang yung nag-entertain sa akin that time, yung A04 booth.
|the CTS Booth in HKIA|
Disneyland (Adult) HKD340.00
Disneyland with 3-in-1 Dining Coupon (Adult) HKD413.00
CURRENCY EXCHANGE AT AIRPORT: 1USD = 7.08HKD
My sister-in-law had to exchange 100USD in the airport kasi wala pa siyang baong HKD. Kami naman we bought HKD in Czarina a few days before our flight and exchange was 1HKD = 5.62Php. We also bought octopus cards for our easy travel around Hong Kong.
From the airport, we rode the A21 Bus to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). Nalito pa ako sa stops kasi tama naman yung bilang ko and I was even holding the guide of Golden Crown pero lumampas kami. Parang may ginagawa kasi sa isang area ron, sa tapat ata ng Chungking Mansion. Paglakad kasi namin nakita ko na yung HK Space Museum so alam kong napalayo na kami, hehe..
Pagdating namin sa Golden Crown Guesthouse, inasikaso kami ni Ate Lina, yung Pinay caretaker nila. Hindi na kami nakapagpicture dito, video lang :D Sinamahan na kami sa room kahit di pa kami nakapagbayad ng deposit kasi magpapapalit pa lang ako ng USD sa Wing Hoi. Yung mom and brother ko sa Room 602 (Renovated Couple) then kami sa Room 615 (Quadruple). Maganda yung Quadruple Room ng Golden Crown. Pero after a few minutes, tumawag si Ate Lina at pinapalipat kami sa Room 603 beside my mom’s room. Tingin ko nagkamali sila kasi ang ganda nung nabigay sa amin eh naalala kong may Superior Quadruple Room na sila. Mas maganda dun sa superior kasi may nakasave na movies na puwedeng panoorin sa LCD TV tsaka mas sosyal at bago ang itsura, hehe.. Yun lang ang shower area may glass doors at maliit kesa dun sa regular quadruple room na maluwag ang shower area. Wi-fi was bloody fast! As in! My husband was able to download a lot of movies in just a short time. :)
WING HOI EXCHANGE RATE (October 27, 2011): 1USD = 7.76HKD
***UPDATE (August 8, 2012): Wing Hoi Money Changer in Mirador Mansion is already CLOSED. The owners are already enjoying their retirement. :( Scroll down to see the post of Kinyo in the Ultimate HK PinoyExchange Thread or see this picture of Wing Hoi taken by Kinyo.
|we ate lunch here|
|with lobster balls|
Malamig ang hangin sa HK, parang Baguio, kaya masarap maglakad. Kaya pa ang lamig kahit jacket lang or shawl / scarf ang suot. Most ng kinainan namin eh yung mga recommended ni delisyus (fellow PExer) like Wah Kee Snacks in TST where we had our lunch. We ordered noodles with different toppings (5 orders = HKD105.00 plus HKD30.00 for 5 orders of Coke). Not bad. :) Marami ngang customer kasi hindi nawawalan ng pila. Kaso lang, yung ibang kasama ko, ayaw sumubok ng HK street food. Maanghang kasi because of the curry sauce sa noodles or di nila type yung environment ng resto. So they ate at a nearby Mcdonald's.
We visited The Peak on the first day. Dahil 430pm na kami nagising sa sobrang pagod, ‘di na kami nakaikot sa TST area. Derecho kami sa CTS sa Nathan Road. Madaling makita yung building pero medyo nahirapan akong hanapin yung CTS branch, aakyat pa pala ng stairs and it’s not along Nathan Road, nasa side yung entrance. We bought our Peak Tram Round Trip + Sky Terrace + Madame Tussauds there, it’s only HKD 183.00 each.
We rode Bus 15C at Central Ferry Pier to the Peak. Sinuwerte kami na nataunan namin yung open-top bus. The walk from Central MTR Station to the Pier was manageable. Sa footbridge kami dumaan and since scenic ang view, enjoy kami sa paglakad. We even saw the HK Apple Store there dahil connected sa IFC yung footbridge. Nahirapan lang kaming hanapin yung bus stop ng Bus 15C. Malayo na nilakad namin dun sa area na maraming bus stops tapos nasa kabilang side pala. If coming from the footbridge facing the Pier, turn right. Kami kasi nag-left. Nag-iisang bus stop siya sa part na yun, tapat ng Pier No. 7 ata or 8 if I’m not mistaken.
|Jackie Chan! :)|
|with President Obama|
|lamig sa Sky Terrace! brr!|
We ate dinner at Tsui Wah Restaurant at The Peak Galleria. Food is relatively ok, nothing special. We ordered Hainanese Chicken, Malaysian Beef Curry (spicy!), Shrimp Dimsum, Fried Rice and burger with fries plus juice / milk tea / shake. Our total bill was HKD 427.00 (or Php2,398.80). It's the first time that I experienced dining at a resto where there are waiters but you settle the bill on your own at the cashier.
|Malaysian Beef Curry|
|burger with fries|
|our own booth at the resto|
We went back to Golden Crown after dinner (around 10pm) and called it a day. We rode Bus 15C from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus and alighted at the Central MTR Station (it's one of the stops). We're lucky that Ryken is used to traveling so he was very cooperative the whole time. It was a nice welcome in HK! :)