Day 2 – Birthday in HK
Day 2 (April 23): Avenue of the Stars, The Peak and Symphony of Lights
We started the day early. We left the hotel a little past 8 a.m. Since Mommy was not able to appreciate Avenue of the Stars during her first visit, I opted to take her there early in the morning so she could see the place well with less tourists.
We passed by McDonald’s first for a quick breakfast, then off to the Avenue of the Stars. It was my first time too to really see the entire place. So, Mom and I were both Avenue of the Stars virgins. LOL.
Apparently, there’s nothing much to do there but to walk, check out HK stars’ badges on the tiled floor, appreciate the place… and do photo ops. Of course, we did a lot of the photo op thingie. LOL.
We explored the place for at least an hour. After that, I led Mom to the ferry station for our next pit stop, the Victoria’s Peak. I learned from my previous trips that ferry was the cheapest way to transfer from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central District and vice versa. So, with just HK$2 per head (roughly PHP12 or USD0.25), we reached the other side of Hong Kong.
I guess the HK$2-ferry ride is also the cheapest Hong Kong tour any tourist can get. Here are the things to see when on board the ferry:
In less than 20 minutes, we were already in Hong Kong Island. Some cheap ride slash tour, eh? 😛
We passed through the IFC building (the tallest building in the last pic… uy, titingin yan sa pic! hahaha!). The weather was fine. Not too hot and not too cold… just a bit windy… LOL.
Apparently, it slipped on me that there’s a bus near the ferry station that can take us to The Peak. I again dragged Mommy for a long walk and waited for the bus somewhere in the Central District. Besides, walking is really good for my Mom. (Palusot ko lang yan! But in reality, naligaw na naman ako sa HK! Hehehe!). Since we were in Central, we opted to have lunch in no less than… Jollibee! Nasa Hong Kong na, Chickenjoy pa rin ang lunch! Hehehe!
Right after lunch, we waited for Bus #15 at a parking lot opposite the Jollibee area. That bus took us directly to The Peak. We sat on the second level… front row! That was the best seat anyone could get.
It was a bit of a long ride. Probably 30- to 45-minute ride. I forgot that Mom is somewhat acrophobic. She got nervous when the bus drove high up the mountain. I felt she held my hand so tight. Sorry na Inay, nalula ka na naman!
Bus #15 stopped at the parking area of The Peak Galleria. Yep, they have Galleria there too… akala nyo sa Pasig lang meron noh? LOL. We passed by the mall and went straight to The Peak Tower. Still feeling acrophobic, Mommy was having second thoughts on going up and seeing the view. Ano ba? Na-defeat ang purpose ng pagpunta namin dun! Hehehe!
We visited some shops first while I continued on convincing her to take a quick peek at HK’s highest tourist spot. She afterwards agreed but on the condition that I won’t force her to look down. Feeling talaga ng Nanay ko eh sadistang anak ako! Whahaha! Oh well, at least she also agreed to have some photos taken from there. She never looked down though. LOL.
And of course I also had my shot… courtesy of Mommy!
(Just a little secret: It took us 5 shots just to get that one. The first 4 shots were either too high or too low. And there was one where I was not in the pic. Ganun kalabo ang mata ni Mudra. Shhhh, don’t tell her I told you huh? LOL).
After capturing some nice shots, we opted to go back to the mall and passed by Madam Tussuad’s Wax Museum. Since it wasn’t part of our budget itinerary, we just harassed Bruce Lee’s wax format which was displayed outside the museum.
Few meters away from the museum were various novelty and souvenir shops. There was one though that caught my attention. A certain guy was making hand wax of a female Caucasian tourist. I got so curious watching them making the hand wax. And since inggitera ako it was really interesting, I had one done for me, too. With just HK$40 (roughly Php 240 or US$5.50), I got this to take home with me:
Kelangan talaga na “I love you” sign? LOL.
After that Victoria’s Peak experience, we went back to Central via bus. We just spent time roaming around and then went back to our hostel room and took some rest.
At around 6:00 p.m., Mom and I were again ready to go. We had quick dinner near the Avenue of the Stars so it would be easier for us proceed there for the Symphony of Lights.
Any Hong Kong tour wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the Symphony of Lights. It’s HK’s night tourist attraction where various buildings located both in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon participate in a bright display of lights. And the best part… it’s free of charge! According the wikipedia.com, Guinness World Record has named the Symphony of Lights as the World’s Largest Permanent Lights and Sounds Show.
At 7:30 p.m., we were on our way back to the Avenue of the Stars and we saw a thick crowd already settled there waiting for the show to start. It was Mom’s first time to witness that Symphony of Lights show and she was amazed how the lights danced with the background music. It was just a short 30-minute display of lights but it was surely fun to watch.
The show finished at 8:30 p.m. And since it was still early for Mom and me, we went straight to the Ladies Market in Mongkok which was just 3-MTR stations away from Tsim Sha Tsui. The Ladies Market is a must place for shoppers. Almost everything is sold in Mongkok… electronics, shoes, bags, clothes, novelty and souvenir items, DVDs (pirated! yes, they sell those in HK too. LOL) and whatever a shopper could ever think of. As for me though, I don’t shop much on the streets of Mongkok or the so called “tiangge”. I do buy pasalubong items from there though. I have other agenda why I went there… to shop at the Esprit Outlet Shop. That shop is like heaven for me as I get to buy stuff at uber low prices… way cheaper than Pinas prices.
At 10:30 p.m., Mom and I called it a day. We reached the hostel at around 11:30 p.m… just 30 minutes before 12:00 midnight of April 24 (my birthday!) 😛
To be continued…