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Missing Hong Kong…

September 7, 2009

Whenever we have a long weekend here in Pinas, I would always find myself thinking of going somewhere else. It’s always nice to spend that 3-day weekend in a short getaway without having to file for vacation leaves (VLs) from work. And during those special times, I would always find myself checking air fares to Hong Kong.

I have been there twice already and I always enjoy my time in HK. Just recently, I always find myself telling a friend that I miss HK so very badly. And that I wish to go back there within the year… hopefully in December. The weather is so nice during that time because they have winter season there. I’d definitely have the chance to wear my brown boots (a great steal from Dumond, a Brazilian brand) and trendy trench coat (another great steal I got from an Ukay shop in Baguio)… things I couldn’t wear here in Manila. But I know it’s a bit too impossible to feel winter time there this December as I have an upcoming travel to another Asian country next month. I know I would be freaking bankrupt after that trip.  Poor me! Well, I will just save up for a few months more so I could visit HK in April and celebrate my birthday at Disneyland.

I guess you are wondering what is it with Hong Kong that I miss a lot. Well, here’s my top 10 list:

  • The Clean Streets. I am really amazed with HK’s cleanliness. I have tried walking around the whole day just wearing slip ons and that proved to me how clean the place was. My feet were still freaking clean when I reached back home at night. Kung sa Pinas, ‘pag labas mo pa lang sa kanto eh sangkatutak na alikabok na agad ang nasagap ng paa. Hehehe!

  • The Convenient Transportation. HK is really known for its convenient transport system, may it be subway train or buses. Their MTR System is really awesome that it can take you anywhere in HK. All trains are strategically connected to each other to give commuters prime convenience. Well, even the buses are numbered and has time schedule so passengers would know where and what time to take the ride. 

  • The Tram. The cheapest mean of transportation in HK. A tram ride only costs HK$2.00 (roughly Php14.00), regardless of distance. For long rides, I’d always take the upper level so it would give me a nicer view of HK. For me though, that’s the cheapest HK tour I could take should I want to spend time just seeing the streets of HK.

  • The Shopping Malls and Outlet Shops. These are definitely for me as I am a self-confessed mallrat. I love strolling inside malls like The Landmark and Queen’s Way because they sell grand brand names like Dior, Valentino, Ferragamo, Tiffany and Company, Louis Vuitton, YSL and the like. I don’t shop there though as I couldn’t afford them. But I really like hanging out in those kinds of malls… feeling sosyal lang! But what attracts me most are those outlet shops located in Citygate Outlet (a very nice mall located 2 stations away from Disneyland where all items are on sale), Ladies’ Market in Mongkok and small everyday-on-sale shops just around HK. The last time I went there, my friends mistakenly thought that I was doing some panic buying! At pag nakakakita ako ng Esprit Outlet shop eh para akong nag-palpitate! LOL.

  • The Sights and Sounds. HK is a very small place and one can see the entire place once atop The Peak, which offers a nice view of all the nice buildings and water that surrounds the island. And on the other side of Hong Kong Island is Kowloon, where the famous Avenue of the Stars is located. At night, it showcases a spectacular display of lights and sounds. From Kowloon, I can see a well lit Hong Kong Island with bright lights dancing in sync with some nice upbeat music. 

 

  • Hong Kong Disneyland. I’m a child at heart so Disneyland is still and will always be part of my HK itinerary. I so love spending an entire day at Disney. Whenever I’m there, I need not to worry about anything. Spending the entire day with rides, shows, parades and photo ops with the Disney characters is reallyworth my precious time. Miss ko na si Mickey Mouse!!! LOL.

  • St. Joseph’s Church. I always find time hearing mass at this Filipino Catholic Church. Although, as I may have written in one of my HK posts in the past, I have mixed emotions whenever I go to this place. I feel both happy and sad. Happy because it’s not everyday or every Sunday that I could hear mass at this church, ang mahal kaya ng pamasahe noh?! I always feel blessed to have traveled that far just to be in that church. It simply means I have excess funds to do just that. Sad because I hear mass amidst the OFWs or the so-called domestic helpers. I’m proud of them because they took the courage to work there just to earn money but I feel sad for them because they had to leave their families back home and be servants to other families. Naluluha talaga ako whenever I hear mass with them. 

  • Jollibee. Weird as it may sound, but yes, I still eat at Jollibee in HK. Walang basagan ng trip! Gusto ko lang matikman ang hambuger dun kung kalasa nung sa Pinas. LOL

  • The Pedestrian Lane. Yeah, you read it right! I miss their pedestrian lane. I really like crossing the streets of HK because of traffic signals for pedestrians. They have this sound that would prevent people from crossing the street and a much more faster sound slash signal to remind people that it’s time to cross the street. Effective ang sound kasi literally magpapanic ka pag narinig mo yung mabilis na ‘toot-too-toot-too-toot-too-toot’ na sound. Hehehe!

  •  The Huge Airport. The first time I set foot on this airport, I really said, “Whoa, this is huge!” (Yes, english talaga ang reaction ko! Nyahahaha!). Coming from NAIA, I really had to compare our local facilities with their’s… and it was way incomparable. There were nice shops inside the airport. Yung tipong pwedeng hindi na ako lumabas because everything I need is already inside the airport. I bet airports of other countries are way better… but I have to see them yet.😛

I know it’s nicer here in Pinas… but once in a while I want to spend time there to experience these nice things. Basta, pupunta ako dun sa April… by hook or by crook!😛

47 Comments leave one →
  1. forbiddenlei permalink
    September 7, 2009 5:42 pm

    wow! base ba to? hahaha

    miss mo na hongkong? parang gusto ko din dun ah! maganda din. miss ko n din malaysia, malinis din katulad ng HONGKONG (tulad ng sabi mo) at kung ikukumpara ko nga nmn sa pilipinas! taob! pero maganda din nmn pinas eh (bias) hahaha

    wow lei! base ka nga! congrats!!!😛

    oo eh! ewan ko ba, lately, i have been thinking a lot about going there. miss ko na si mickey! hehehe! i haven’t been to malayasia. sayang kasi nung nagSingapore ako last year, di ako nakasegue sa KL. but i heard it’s nice there as well. ang dumi ng manila as compared to those palces. whehehe! but what i love most about Pinas are the beaches… we really have awesome beaches especially down south🙂

    • forbiddenlei permalink
      September 8, 2009 4:05 pm

      magkano nba pamasahe ngayon?

      wala pa po akong nadalaw na beaches sa philippines. pool lang. wahahaha

      hmmm… pag may promo, mga P5K to P6,500 lang ang 2-way fare. mura di ba? abang-abang lang ng promo🙂

      naku lei, you should see our local beaches first. they are awesome. fave ko eh bora and palawan. i have yet to see the beach in camiguin🙂

    • forbiddenlei permalink
      September 9, 2009 4:42 pm

      saka n pag ako n mismo may work! hehe uu nga daw mganda sa camiguin

      hahaha… oo nga, aral ka muna mabuti lei. tsaka mo na problemahin ang travel🙂

      i have been dreaming of camiguin. sana next year eh makapunta ako dun🙂

    • forbiddenlei permalink
      September 10, 2009 1:14 pm

      hehe. goodlak and be safe po sa lahat ng travel nten ate winks

      thankies lei. pag nagtravel ka, kwentuhan mo din kami ah!🙂

    • forbiddenlei permalink
      September 10, 2009 3:21 pm

      cge cge. maglalakwatsa ako sa imahinasyon. hehehe. mura na mdali pa. apir ate winkz. hehe

      hahaha! pwede mo rin i-try ang internet browsing… i call it cyber traveling. madalas kong gawin yan lei pag gusto kong mamasyal ng libre! hehehe!

    • forbiddenlei permalink
      September 10, 2009 4:24 pm

      uu nga. magandang ideya un ate winks. salamat. hehhe

      *winks @ lei*

  2. September 7, 2009 6:36 pm

    Uy ampayat mo jan sis! O anu nadiscover mo, iba ba lasa ng barjer nila dun??

    O sige pag-iipunan ko yan, kelangan makarating din ako ng HK soon!🙂

    2006 and 2008 pics kasi yan kaya payat-payatan pa! ewan ko ba kung bakit patuloy ang pagtaba ko. huhuhu! surprisingly, pareho ang lasa ang berjer dun tapos mas mahal pa! ung Amazing Aloha eh P200 ang combo meal. ang mahal noh?!

    konting ipon lang… at mag-abang ng mga promo fares. makakarating ka rin jan!

    • Mr. Nonsense permalink
      September 8, 2009 4:44 pm

      “Uy ampayat mo jan sis!”..ay mali naman comment ni joycee…pag ako nagsabi sa babae nyan eh sampal agad ang aabutin ko:
      “anung ibig mung sabihin? mataba ako? ha?! bwiset!”…😦

      well, mataba naman talaga ako ngayon as compared to those pics. so ok lang. kagabi ung friend ko eh ganyan din ang sabi sa akin. so tama nga si joycee. pwede naman uli magpapayat noh?!

      sampalin ka siguro kung pangit ang delivery mo.

  3. September 7, 2009 7:38 pm

    naku ako din kelangan mag-ipon na. i wanna go to hongkong too. dream ko pa naman maka-travel 5 countries before i get the age of 30. heheh

    ipon na, Super Monmon! punta tayo ng HK!😛

    wow, 5 countries before reaching 30! ang taray ah! late bloomer ako, i started traveling when i was 29. tapos sunud-sunod na! whehehe!

    • September 8, 2009 2:57 am

      hi winks and mon =)

      pwede sama HK? never been abroad. hopefully before the year ends, makaisang trip man lang =) hehehe para 4 to go nalang. hehehe

      ok ba mon?

      ay regz, gusto mo sa HK na lang tayo magEB… dun tayo sa disney! hehehe!

      dami promo fares. tyempuhan nyo lang.🙂

  4. September 8, 2009 12:54 am

    wow..

    uuuuy, di nagbasa! hehehe!

  5. September 8, 2009 1:19 am

    I totally agree! Miss ko na din ang HK, lahat ng binanggit mo, hehehe.. nung nagpunta kami last feb, medyo mainit kaya pwedeng maghubo este mag tshirt lang..

    sumakit lang ang paa ko kakalakad, para akong hihimatayin sa sobrang layo ng lakarin, hahaha!!

    kakamiss nga ang HK!

    ay kakamiss talaga, jorgie! i wanna go back there… as in now na! kung pwede lang akong lumipad papunta dun eh gagawin ko. hehehe!

  6. September 8, 2009 1:22 am

    wow naman ate winkie ko.

    HANGKANG!!

    naks..

    teka pag iipunan ko pamasahe papunta dyan..
    na eengganyo akong pumunta dyan dahil sa mga pics.

    mukang ang linis nga talaga oh
    tapos ang mga MTR(MRT ba yan)

    mukang mas tuwang tuwa pa sila donald at disney duck na magpaiktyur kesa sayo
    celebrety kasi dating mo ate winkie!

    uy, alam ng hamster ang MTR sa HANG KANG ah! hehehe!

    sinong disney duck?! si daisy duck ata yun! whahaha! actually sila ang nagpapicture sa kin jan eh! whehehe!

    • September 10, 2009 2:09 am

      hahahah daisy ba yun!

      hahahahaha

      malay ko ba kilala ko alng babaeng character ay si Petunnia
      😀

      kamusta ate winkie ang hangkang

      petunia… as in petunia pig? di ba sa warner brothers un??? mali ka na naman, hamster! nyahahaha!!!

      i hope ok naman ang hangkang. yaan mo, sa susunod na punta ko dun, sama kita. isilid kita sa bagahe ko… tabi kayo ng pamangkin ko!😛

  7. September 8, 2009 1:41 am

    kainggit…te winkie pa sabit nlng sa maleta s sunod ah…kso dapt kasing lake ng aparador…^,^

    or

    P.A moko, ok? gud morning!

    precious, PA ka na lang… nakareserve na ung maleta sa pamangkin ko. sinukat na nya dati pa kung kasya cya. hahaha!

    gandang araw sayo!🙂

  8. September 8, 2009 2:17 am

    nakakatawang memory ko in HK: may isang taong grasa in front of yoshinoya.. pulubi sya.. tapos nangihingi sya ng something. kala ko barya, bibigyan na sana ng barya ng nanay ko. sabay nagpuff sa ere.. pengeng yosi daw pala. wahahaa. ang choosy ng pulubi dun noh? hahaha!

    hahahaha… bakit sya ganun?! sabi beggars can’t be chosers, di ba? hehehe!

    almost the same thing happened to my mom when we were in Schenzen. yung pulubi eh hinabol ang mom ko at naghihingi ng HKD 5.00… kelangan may price! P35 pa talaga! P7 pa naman conversion rate nun! hahaha!

    • September 8, 2009 2:21 am

      tsaka the locals don’t talk to me in English.. they talk to me in Fookien or Mandarin kase I look like Chinese yata.😀

      even in some parts of Asia I am often mistaken as a “local”😆

      kasi naman, parang Ms. China lang ang beauty mo, sistah!😛

  9. September 8, 2009 2:19 am

    haven’t tried Jollibee in HK… sa central yun dba? tama ba ko? hahaha.. malayo yata yun sa Kowloon? bwahahaha wala na ko matandaan sa HK..😆

    yeah, sa central nga. sa gilid lang nung Worldwide House. mejo tago kaya mahirap hanapin. hehehe!

    ung kowloon sa kabilang side yun.🙂

  10. September 8, 2009 4:09 am

    Ang haba pa ng hair mo. Literal yan.

    yep yep! that’s the old me🙂

    • September 8, 2009 6:27 pm

      okay naman ah. pero gusto mo ata new look! hehe.

      uy thanks! yeah, that’s the reason why i had it cut. every 5 years lang naman ako magpa-short hair eh! hehehe!

  11. September 8, 2009 4:25 am

    Hongkong! Never been there.

    Balita ko ang linis linis daw.

    Walang “freedom of spit.”

    hehehe… sa Singapore ata ung “no freedom of spit” eh! hehehe! actually, both HK and Singapore are clean. kahit mag-ikot ka ng nakatsinelas eh ang linis linis pa rin ng paa mo.🙂

    • September 8, 2009 4:37 pm

      si merlion lang may karapatan dumura sa SG. hehehe.

      ay sumingit ako sa comments. wahhaha!

      hello.🙂

      wahaha! korek ka, AC! si merlion continuous ang pag-spit! nyahahaha!

  12. dencios permalink
    September 8, 2009 6:28 am

    u r an epitome of a dash of sunshine in that cute yellow top

    (6th and last foto)

    bola galore??? kaw talaga, dencio!😛

  13. ELIment permalink
    September 8, 2009 7:43 am

    ate winkie (haha),

    long hair ka pala nun..hehe wala lang.

    kakaiba rin talaga ang ganda ng hongkong. sana lang e makapunta rin ako para naman hindi lang puro sa pagbabasa ko nakikilala ito. hehe

    long hair talaga ako nun, kuya eli! whehehe! *gantihan*

    abot kamay lang ang HK. makakapunta ka din dun… sure ako jan! sama mo si misis. mag-eenjoy sya sa disney… at shopping!!!🙂

    • ELIment permalink
      September 9, 2009 10:04 am

      Ganun po ba ate winkie? Sana nga.sige sige… Isasama ko si kapitan pinoy at si busyok bka sakaling ampunin sila sa disney land

      ganun na nga TITO ELI! nyahahaha!

      naku, pag inampon ng disney sina kapitan pinoy at busyok eh pihadong magpapapicture din ako with them. hehehe!

  14. September 8, 2009 8:15 am

    wawawawwww
    nakita ko to sa fs account hehe..
    haba pa ng hair ni ate hehe..
    at si mommy di talaga papahuli..
    ang dami ko ng wish list na lugar na gusto kong puntahan ah ni isa wala pa kong nagagawa ehhe..
    hays..

    hahaha… wala kasi akong papost. HK pics muna. next time Singapore naman! hahaha!

    ay naku, wala sa bokabularyo ni mother ang “camera-shy”. mas mabilis mag-pose sa kin yan!😛

  15. September 8, 2009 10:36 am

    wow, dream ko ang makapuntang HK… i was planning to go there sa bday ko pero i changed my mind, ang bagsak ko tuloy eh Palawan nalang… hehehe…

    grabe starstruck pa rin ako sa iyo ate winkie… hehe…

    ganda ng mga kuha…

    wag mo i-“lang” ang palawan, maganda dun. one of my faves here in pinas. nainggit ako sayo yhen, tagal ko na di nakabalik ng palawan eh! next year siguro🙂

    kelan bday mo? october 27??? if so, kabertdey mo mommy ko!🙂

    starstruck? artista ba ako? whehehe!

  16. September 8, 2009 12:20 pm

    naku, eh kung ganyan kaganda ang lugar eh talagang ma mimiss ko, at talagang napakasarap balikbalikan..🙂

    sama ku nextym ha.. hehehe:-)

    lika PD, HK tayo sa April… shopping tayo dun! wag natin sama si Bons! hehehe!

    • September 9, 2009 5:21 am

      hahaha, oo nga noh?! sige pagusapan natin yan.. hehehe

      girls out lang.. haha🙂

      sige sige, i-secret lang natin ke boni ah! baka sumama eh! hehehe!

  17. September 8, 2009 2:37 pm

    cool.. HK is indeed a great place!

    yep yep, kevin!

    thanks for peeking in!🙂

  18. Mr. Nonsense permalink
    September 8, 2009 4:46 pm

    “I know it’s nicer here in Pinas…”…tapos mong mag-post nang ganitong kaganda about HK. anong argument mo para sa Pinas?

    well, that statement is very true, maniwala ka man o hindi. and why do i need to make an argument about Pinas? remind ko lang, “Missing Hong Kong” ang title, not “Wow Philippines”😛

    speaking of Wow Philippines, i have featured some local places of interest in the past. you might want to check these entries:
    Boracay
    Bohol
    Cebu
    Bicol

    these are just some though.

    • dencios permalink
      September 8, 2009 5:03 pm

      nonsense,

      maganda talaga sa HK pero her heart is in Pinas kaya nya nasabing nicer.

      i can see NO argument at all..

      tama dencio, my heart belongs to Pinas…

      … ung kalahati ata eh sa nasa SanFo.
      (ay, kinilig akong mag-isa! hehehe!)

    • September 8, 2009 6:26 pm

      nicer dito sa Pinas kase nandito ako.

      at wala siyang nabanggit na United States, dahil nandyan ka.

      ay, you got it right ax! bull’s eye ka dyan! hehehe!

    • Mr. Nonsense permalink
      September 8, 2009 10:03 pm

      ax, kung ikaw lang ang argument para sa pinas eh…???…hmmm??…might as well give arroyo another term as pres.

      dencio, other than “heart is in Pinas,” i also wanted to know how filipinos would advertise the philippines. ako panlaban ko? a tight family and community and the ability to find joys in the smaller things in life.

      as i said, this entry is about my missing HK. but about that family ties and pinoy culture, don’t i write it much with my stories about me and my mom? maybe you should try to read between the lines.

      ung panlaban mo, you may want to blog about it instead🙂

    • dencios permalink
      September 9, 2009 7:13 am

      nonsense,

      hehe. ok. copy😀

  19. September 8, 2009 8:39 pm

    I haven’t been to HK. At dahil sa post mong to Winkz, atat na atat na tuloy akong makapunta doon. Hehe

    whehehe! ang sarap magshopping dun, reese!!!

  20. September 9, 2009 5:43 am

    wow i’ve never been to HK! sana makapasyal din ako pag may time. hehehe.🙂
    nice place! teka mura ba mga clothes talaga dun? naku mukhang mapapa-shopping tau nito. hehehe.😀

    mura sa outlet shops ng branded clothes. kung magawi ka dun, try to go to Citygate Outlet. laging sale. tsaka puro outlet shops ng famous brand.

    naku ayan, naiisip ko pa lang eh nagpapalpitate na ako! nyahahaha!

  21. September 9, 2009 8:07 am

    gusto ko rin makapasyal dyan sa hongkong, pag marami na ako pera madali na lang

    di kelangan ng maraming pera sa HK. last time i went there, P20K to P25k lang nagastos ko… all-in na yun! you just have to look for nice contacts who can give you cheap rates. yan ang mega-secret ko! hehehe!

    • September 9, 2009 4:45 pm

      mahal daw ang hotels don winkz?

      di ko pa naexpience maghotel dun eh. but from what i heard, affordable naman. pero kung marco polo, mahal nga!!!😛

  22. September 10, 2009 2:11 am

    isa munang tumbling na tuyong – tuyo dahil sumisikat na muli ang araw!

    AYEEEE

    lol @ tuyong-tuyong tambling. ang kulit mo talaga!!!😛

  23. September 10, 2009 5:23 am

    uy, may tense moment sa taas. ahehehe! chill and cheers!😛😛😛

    totoo ba yang 20-25K all-in na yan winks? like reesie said, baka naman me prens or relatibs ka don na tinuluyan?

    pero pag di mahilig magshopping, ok pa rin ba bisitahin ang hangkang, winks?

    hahaha… nangamoy tensyon ba? sumasagot lang ako sa comments. eheheh!

    nung 2006, nakitira ako sa tita ko. pero P30K/head nagastos ko… akala ko kasi di na ako makakabalik ng HK kaya binili ko ng pasalubong ung buong barangay namin. nyahaha!

    last year, more or less P20K lang nagastos ko. eto breakdown:
    P6,000 – two-way fare (promo)
    P6,000 – accommodation (4D3N)
    P2,500 – disney and ocean park fees (discounted)
    ung rest eh food, pamasahe, shopping at madami akong secrets sa budget trips ko. hehehe!

    hmmm… if you like to visit disney and OP, ok lang. i suggest magcross ka ng macau, short ferry ride lang from HK. at least sulit ang trip🙂

    • September 13, 2009 4:55 pm

      kunsavagay. hehehe. tenks winks!

      di pako nakaka-out-of-the-country na personal trip e puro work-related. tsk! tsk! gusto kong magliwaliw naman. wehehe. pero kung me pera ako, backpacking thru europe! wehehe!😛 someday…😀

      maraming paraan para sa budget trip. sanay ako sa ganyan! hahaha!

      huwaw, euro backpacking! hangtaray mo diego! pag nag-europe ako, gusto ko fabulous traveling! ayan, im dreaming of paris na! hehehe!

  24. September 10, 2009 9:34 am

    ang susyal susyal mo naman miss winkie, parang hindi problema ang pera, well bakit mo naman ba kasi poproblemahin ang pera, as long as naeenjoy tayo sa ginagawa naten go lang ng go… apir…

    nako enjoy winkie habang dalaga…

    im back, so c’mon letz party people….

    anubers! di ako mayaman, alvin. isang hamak na corporate slave lang ako.😛

    oo nga, ini-enjoy ko na… baka next year may asawa na ako! nyahaha!

    salamat naman at nagbalik loob ka na. welkam back, stain!🙂

  25. September 10, 2009 11:36 am

    Ay, ako din, guto ko na ring pumunta ng HK, hehehe.😀

    go na sa HK, kuya ruds! bisitahin mo na mga relatives mo dun!🙂

  26. September 10, 2009 12:53 pm

    Well dahil sa HK Disneyland kaya i really love that place hehe..nag hongkong ka pala, ang linis noh parang Singapore lang..

    ay oo tsi, parehong malinis ang SG at HK. been to HK in 2006 and 2008 pa.🙂

  27. boytisoy permalink
    September 13, 2009 8:32 pm

    Hongkong is the best place in asia where you can bring your family for vacation.

    My family really enjoyed our vacation in hongkong last summer, my kids enjoyed playing in disneyland, ocean park, lantau island, the peak and lot more beautiful places in hongkong.

    after our next tour in Singapore this coming Christmas, i hope we could go back in hongkong again..

    Walang kasing saya ang pamamasyal, basta kasama ang Pamilya.


    ay yes boytisoy! HK is for all ages. may disney at ocean park for the entire family. tapos may shopping malls for the moms, sisters, daughters and single girls, like me😛 wow, going to SG in December! say hi to merlion for me ah! hope you and your family will have a grand time there.

    i like your last statement. actually, i love traveling especially when i’m with my mom. we get to explore new places together. and bringing her to those places gives me a great deal of fulfillment.

    thanks for peeking in pala. hope to see you back🙂

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