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Hongkong Travel Tips - You Must Read It Before Going To Hong Kong
Hard Lessons To Learn
There is a saying "All Work and no play makes a dull boy". We need to relax, somewhat a sort of stress management because working hard all day is tiring.
I'm going to give you some travel advice according to the real story of my life. I'm gonna tell you my story but at the end of every episode I will tell you right away the lesson I have learned from several trips I made which I have compiled.
It's 5 o'clock in the morning and children can’t sleep anymore. They're excited. After almost one year working every day, finally we can shout out loud: "We're on holidays!".
Going To The Airport
Every travel I normally wear my favorite black and loose pants with multi packets and plain shirt to be comfortable and to move freely. We immediately went to the airport. I have a couple of friends who brought us there on time, one car and one pickup that contains our luggage. When we reached the airport, I found out that I left all my money in dollars denomination that was in special wallet besides my wallet I normally used everyday. We cannot go on vacation without this money since we have nothing to spend. I have 30 min left before check-in time, so I decided to go back home to pick my wallet. Luckily my friend's car is almost new and in good running condition, so he drove the car very fast in turbo speed and I just hold my breath and silently uttered a prayer. And I was able to get back in the airport just on time.
Lesson - Double check everything if you don't miss anything money, bags (you can put number), and most importantly your passports especially if you are a first timer going on vacation. You tend to forget many things out of your excitement.
Hong Kong Arrival
We arrived safely in HK airport almost @5 in the afternoon. We didn't make an advanced hotel booking because our friend assured us that there will be no problem, there are plenty of rooms anywhere and could easily get one since it is not a peak season. When we are about to call our friend, problem is we don’t have any HK coins or roaming cell phones. So we asked another traveler to give us some favor. There's a dollar exchange machine just right after coming out of the immigration but with a lower rate and does not dispense coins. We call our friend who promised us to take care of us and bring us to our accommodation but the problem we can't contact him for some reason. Therefore, we are on our own feet. So we are force to get an expensive hotel and just arranged it at the hotel booking area after coming out of the immigration. The credit card are the normal mode of payment so be ready.
Lesson - You must have a well planned and prearranged hotel bookings, never rely verbally with your friends or relatives who may be also working there unless it is 101% sure. Bring extra money, just in case the credit card doesn’t work. You might have to call your international bank to fix it for you and therefore incurred additional expenses in long distance call. I have a friend who got the same experience and they borrow some money from us to cope up with the crisis. Another thing is, you can just leave your luggage at the airport, there's a rental place to leave your luggage at the airport. If you have a stop over only, you must carry a minimum luggage or just 1 bag that contains all your clothes enough for the duration of your stay instead of carrying all your things to hotel and then back to airport and then to your final destination. For a family, you must have one common big bag if desired that contains everything your family needs during the stay. This will allow you to move freely during the transportation period to the hotel accommodation.
We took the double deck bus at bus terminal to add more experience in viewing Hong Kong while going to the downtown. You have to get your own ticket. There are limousines also if you prefer. Going to the main city is also much easier; all you have to do is ride an MTR from the airport. The MTR goes all the way to the entire city and will allow you to move freely from north to south and east to west but sometimes it is very crowded. If you have kids, hold them securely in order not to lost them.
Lesson: I have another friend who lost his kids at the MTR area during their trip, luckily he found the kids after searching.
There are so many restaurants everywhere. Foods are all enticing and smells very good. Duck, snake, chicken, and pork are displayed on the windows. There are also different varieties of fish in the aquarium; just point it and they will cook it for you. Along the streets, you can also find street foods. Some are called aphrodisiac and exotic foods. After eating, we stroll a little bit but suddenly I felt something. Where is the comfort room? We went inside to 2nd restaurant in order to find a comfort room, I told my wife just to order a little salad or coffee and wait for me. I saw the waiter and I asked him where is the comfort room? The guy answered me back “at the end of the hallway”. So I walk and saw it, “there you are”, but unfortunately the door is locked. Somebody is using it, there’s someone inside. So I wait outside saying to myself “common get out”. At last the door opens, so immediately I went inside. But another problem I encountered is: there is no water, not even a tissue. Luckily I have some tissue on my pocket.
Lesson - Do not eat too much while traveling and drink only mineral water, then get to know the nearest pharmacy if possible. Do not experiment on foods such as sushi etc. if you are not used to it or you may get diarrhea.
After roaming a little bit, we've reached the Hong Kong Museum and watch the bay view while waiting for our scheduled viewing of documentary film in the planetarium. During the film showing, honestly speaking we all fall sleep may be due to tiredness. The film we watched is about the Ancient Greece civilization and the planetarium is in a big big wide screen. The usher then told us "wake up, the film showing is over".
Day 1 – Disney Land
We woke up early in the morning and went to HK Disneyland. There are so many rides such as the steam train that will bring you to the vast area of Disney Land. Al rides are all free and enjoyable. The kids meeting the Disney land characters could have pictures with them. The one I enjoyed in our family bonding is the 3d cinema because the cartoon character seems to live with you and in your side and you become part of the story. At one time, when the cartoon got wet due to a splash of water, we also got wet by real water sprinkled from the top of the auditorium. At night before the closing is a colorful and spectacular fire works. We all did enjoy the trip.
Lesson: I run out of video space and battery to capture all events specially the fireworks, so be prepared always including digital cameras.
Day 2 - Ocean Park
Ocean Park is a very educational place for kids and adult alike, fun rides are all very thrilling and will bring you to the extreme experience. There's a spectacular oceanarium where you can view in the glass window thousand of species of aquatic resources even in the under water level. Let me tell you one thing that amazed me, I saw 1 species that resembles like a plant or some sort of sea weeds, it's green in color. I thought it is only a plant but hey, it is not a plant, it is actually a fish, it is moving and there's a label in front of the glass telling its scientific name.
Dragon Roller coaster - Looks scary. The parent waits at the fence, the coaster begin to move with screeching sound, it slowly climb to the top, and stay there for a while. I am sweating due to nervousness. The coaster suddenly descended and everybody is screaming in different language. I just cant imagine what will happen if we are in the loop segment. When we are in the loop, our body turns upside-down and we can only see the sky, still terrified by the sudden change of position and feelings. At the end of the ride when the coasters stops, there was moment of silence while we are still in the awful shocked, waiting, what will be next move of the coaster. Then when we realized that the end of the journey, kids are all crying - cry of victory, they have finished it up to the end successfully.
Lesson - Our life is just a simple roller coaster. There are ups and downs, there are twist and turns, but at the end, you'll emerge as victorious once you hold on and overcome the challenges.
Abyss turbo drop - it is characterized by its vertical ascent and rapid descent ride on a tower of 62 m height (around 20 floors) to let a 5 sec. free fall of your body. It descend very fast so your body will be left as if it's hanging in the air separated from your seat to allow a free fall.
Lesson - I was really terrified by this ride, and I promised my self I will never never ever ride that machine again. My kid is so dizzy and vomiting, so don't forget to bring plastic bag.
Day 3 - Ngong Ping Cable Car
Of all experiences. riding in a cable car is the most relaxing moment while having a 360 degree view of HK. It is NOT as frightening as compared to the roller coaster or abyss turbo drop. We went to the end safely on a place called giant Buddha's temple. There's plenty of restaurant there and with good delicious foods. When climbing up to Buddha's temple, around thousand steps, you will be tired when you finish. But there's free ice cream at the top.
Lesson: Important thing is you must wear a good rubber shoes for every travel or hiking adventure.
Overall, our trip is really satisfying with a minimal cost of a thousand dollars for 3 days and 5 members. So for those who have not yet experience a leisure trip, now that you are equipped with my personal travel advises, what are you waiting for? What are you gonna do with your money? There's a wise saying that says, "save some, and spent some". Your ultimate goal in life is to live happy. So enjoy life and live life to the fullest.