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…
This year, I had the longest birthday celebration ever. Well, it officially started 2 days before my actual natal day, April 22 that is. That was the day, Mom and I flew to Hong Kong. I secured an early flight so we could maximize our trip. We took a PAL flight (not promo fare, hah, hah!) so we boarded at the NAIA Centennial Airport. Apparently, the day before our flight, April 21, was a bit too grueling experience for me. I still haven’t booked any accommodation and hadn’t completely packed our things. Obviously, that was not the usual me. The traveling Winkie would normally secure hotel bookings at least a month before every trip and have packed her luggage one week earlier. Well, it’s really a long story why those things happened. Thanks to the internet though (and my friend Vida), I was able to get online bookings via hostelworld.com. I just opted for a cheap and ultra affordable inn slash hostel slash guest house. And I didn’t regret it.
Coming to Hong Kong for the third time still got me excited. But what got me more excited was the PAL flight. Aside from the fact that it was my first time to go to HK via PAL (Oh yes, I’m a sucker of Cebu Pacific’s zero fare), we boarded on the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 777. It was really huge as compared to the usual airbus that I used to board into. Plus, I got to enjoy music and movies during the entire flight… eventhough I’m just in the economy section. LOL.
Here, see the beauty of Boeing 777:
Since I just got us basic hostel accommodation, no free transfer was included in the package. Mom and I had to do public commute to the hostel. We took the A21 bus which brought us to Tsim Sha Tsui. The hostel was located at the 12th Floor of the Chung King Mansions. I got it for less than PHP9,000 (around USD200) for a 5D4N-accommodation.
It was pretty nice. Comfy beds. Clean bathroom. Free wifi. Just right accommodation for the right price. LOL. The downside though was there were only 2 English channels in their TV set. BBC and Pearl channels were my only bestfriends during our stay there. But what the heck, we are always outside the hostel the whole day.
It was a bit past 2 p.m. when we settled in our room. Mom and I opted to go out, find something to eat and start with our afternoon walk in HK. Oh yeah, I wasn’t that much prepared in terms of itinerary so we just let our feet take us to places. Besides, I have never really explored Kowloon that much during my first trips as I always got to stay somewhere in Central. 🙂
We walked further down Nathan Road and looked around so I could plan for our next 4-day stay there. Since I looked so harrassed and exhausted, only Mom was able to do some photo ops near the HK Coliseum. And here is her best shot (Oh hah, sounding so very America’s Next Top Model huh? LOL):
Noticed the road? It’s kinda wet, isn’t it? Apparently, it rained when we set foot in HK. I now believe that I bring the rain with me. I’m such a rainmaker, LOL.
That’s Nathan Road 🙂
Since I feel a bit more comfy being in the Central District (pasosyal talaga, hahaha!), Mom and I decided to have our late lunch there. Plus, I needed to go the the Worldwide House, a sort of Filipino mall, to have my money changed to HK dollars and get discounted Disneyland tickets. Yep, I always buy my amusement park tickets from there. A ticket is originally sold at HK$350 (roughly Php 2,100 or US$48) at the Disneyland proper while I got ours for just HK$315 (around Php 1,860 or US$ 43). So, I basically saved a total of HK$70 on our Disneyland tickets. Some discounts there, eh?!
The rest of the day was spent walking, malling and browsing.
At around 6pm, I felt a bit odd so I dragged Mom back to the hostel. For the second time in the history of my travelling career (hahaha, I like this term!), I got sick on the first night. I had a terrible headache so I just opted to rest early.
To be continued… super bitin noh?! Hehehe!
According to history, Easter is the most important and festive day in the Christian calendar year as it celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his Crucifixion. Having this as a fact, I just wonder how Easter Sundays were celebrated thousands of years ago.
When I was still in my younger years, Mom would normally organize a small private Easter party just for the kids in our family. We would always get so very busy every Black Saturday decorating eggs which will be later on used for the most famous Easter Egg Hunting. Those nicely painted eggs were normally hid in unexpected places inside our house. My cousins and I were given decorated baskets where we would put all those precious Easter eggs that we found. And one with the most number of eggs gets the grand prize. Being one of the youngest among the cousins, my basket would normally end up empty. So, I would just run to my room, cry my heart out and feel pity for myself. My older cousins would then give me one egg each… making me the one with the most number of eggs. Well, Mom never gave me the prize because that’s not the rule of her game. But hey, at least I’ve got some Easter eggs in my basket. LOL. Come to think of it, I was really a spoiled little brat… but in a very subtle way. Hahaha!
But hey, have you ever thought why Christ’s Resurrection or the so-called Easter Sunday is celebrated with eggs? Well, I tried to stoke my keys and googled my way to seek for answers. And here’s the most believable explanation I’ve found:
Eggs have always been associated with the Easter celebration. Nearly every culture in the modern world has a long tradition of coloring eggs in beautiful and different ways.
The origin of the Easter egg is based on the fertility lore of the Indo-European races…The egg to them was a symbol of spring…In Christian times the egg had bestowed upon it a religious interpretation, becoming a symbol of the rock tomb out of which Christ emerged to the new life of His resurrection.
Before I went for long vacation, I received an early Happy Easter email from one of my colleagues. I was expecting to see those usual holiday greetings with typical-looking Easter eggs like these:
But I was wrong!!! Because these are what I saw:
Some eggs, eh? Well, at least now we know how-slash-what eggs feel when we try to make them into Easter eggs… or just plain breakfast. LOL.
Happy Easter to all!!!
It’s been more than a month since I last posted an entry here. I really wanted to write but I can’t gather my thoughts that much. I think I am not yet fully recovered from my most recent heartache that I went through that’s why I’m still not in my usual blog writing mood. Maybe, there are nothing much to share. Or maybe, it’s the so-called writer’s block. But hey, I’m not a writer! So, I don’t have the right to use that term. Oh well, let’s just say that I’m just too lazy to write. LOL.
While I was on my unplanned and unannounced haitus (oh hah, feeling writer talaga! hehehe!) absence from the blogworld, I got uber busy with some other things. Eto po sila…
Work! Work! Work! I’m too glad though that work got piled on my desk lately. It helped me shift my attention from being sad to wanting to accomplish a major project at work. I got successful on both tasks though. LOL.
Note: I don’t wear outfits like these at work, huh!
Although I really wish I could. Hehehe!
This is just for illustration purposes. LOL
Bobba Bar. Two months ago, I discovered this application on iTunes. It’s free so I downloaded it immediately on my iTouch. Since it’s a chat application, I instantly got hooked. I really like to chat because I’m amazed how a person sitting in front of a computer, or iPhone/iTouch for that matter, get to meet people from around the globe. I should commend whoever invented the wonderful world of chat. LOL. And so, I got engrossed not only by meeting new friends but by looking at the cute avatars. One can actually feel being in a bar. See how cute the screen looks like…
American Idol. It’s that season once again when I go rushing home from work every Wednesday and Thursday just to catch American Idol’s 8pm encore and later on watch the 11pm replay. As of this writing, there are only 11 contestants left vying for the prestige to become the next American Idol. And as always, I saw an eye-candy contestant in this year’s competition. This time, it’s Casey James. I think he’s not much of a performer an AI should be. But what the heck! He’s cute! LOL. (Note to my David Cook: Don’t get jealous, baby. My heart is yours alone. LOL)
Isn’t he yummy dreamy???
Upcoming Birthday Trip. At last, my long-time dream of celebrating my birthday at Disneyland will finally come true this year! (Parang bata noh? Gusto pa talaga sa Disney magbertday! Hehehe!). I have already secured my PAL ticket… take note, not promo fare huh?!?! LOL. And I’m taking Mommy with me. I’m also meeting a friend there so it would be more fun. Well, being the OC traveller that I am, my hands are always busy browsing the net, canvassing for better accommodation packages. I don’t need to check the “Where To Go” sites anymore though as HK is no longer new to me. I’m so flying PAL this time… yipee!!! 🙂
Catching up with grade school friends. Social networking sites like FB, Multiply and Friendster have helped me a lot in finding long lost friends. And just recently, I got reconnected with my grade school classmates via Facebook. They already had a small get together some weeks ago but I wasn’t able to attend. I think I just failed to get the location details… lousy me! LOL. Some 3 to 4 nights ago, I got tagged by one of my classmates and I was surprised to see some old photos she posted in her album. I want to share these to you as it made me smile and think about the past when I saw the pics. I put some marks so it would be easier to identify which one am I. LOL
This is all for now! I will try to write more often though. LOL
Just moments ago, I received a chain email from a friend overseas. I’m not at all a fan of chain emails but I’m posting the contents here as I believe that they are worth-sharing especially to all the guys out there. A famous writer says that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, hence the multiple unexplainable reasons for disagreements. Well, the chain mail, I think, will give most men some good tips how to handle their women. Get your paper and pen now and take note… or better yet, just print this out and keep it always with you as guide. LOL.
I don’t care if you have a boyfriend/husband or girlfriend/wife right now.I don’t care if you are a guy or a woman or Michael Jackson.
If only everyone could see this and understand it.Just read this, it will make a difference.
When she stares at your mouth
When she pushes you or hits you like a dummy because she thinks she’s stronger than you
Grab her and don’t let go
When she starts cursing at you trying to act all tough
Kiss her and tell her you love her
When she’s quiet
Ask her what’s wrong
When she ignores you
Give her your attention
When she pulls away
Pull her back
When you see her at her worst
Tell her she’s beautiful
When you see her start crying
Just hold her and don’t say a word
When you see her walking
Sneak up and hug her waist from behind
When she’s scared
When she steals your favourite hoodie
Let her keep it and sleep with it for a night
When she teases you
Tease her back and make her laugh
When she doesn’t answer for a long time
reassure her that everything is okay
When she looks at you with doubt
Back yourself up
When she says that she loves you
she really does more than you can understand
When she grabs at your hands
Hold her’s and play with her fingers
When she bumps into you;
bump into her back and make her laugh
When she tells you a secret
keep it safe and untold
When she looks at you in your eyes
don’t look away until she does
When she says it’s over
she still wants you to be hers
– When she’s mad hug her tight and don’t let go
– When she says she’s ok don’t believe it, talk with her because 10 yrs later she’ll remember you
– Call her at 12:00am on her birthday to tell her you love her
– Stay on the phone with her even if she’s not saying anything
– Treat her like she’s all that matters to you
– Stay up all night with her when she’s sick
– Watch her favourite movie with her or her favourite show even if you think it’s stupid
– Give her the world.
– Let her wear your clothes
– When she’s bored and sad, hang out with her
– Let her know she’s important.
– Don’t talk about other girls around her
– Kiss her in the pouring rain
– When she runs up to you crying, the first thing you say is:
“Whose butt am i kicking baby?”
So guys, just remember all these… and everything will turn out fine. LOL.
I wish there is also a “he” version of this so that us girl will also know what to do with our men 🙂
Some 16 months back, I got too bored in front of my laptop and decided to enter into a chatroom. I’m really not the aggressive type who would do the first move on sending messages to random chatters. I would normally wait for messages to appear. One boring evening, a chat window popped out on my screen. At first, I was too hesitant to talk to that stranger because his handle slash user ID was too naughty and provocative for me. And so, I honestly told that stranger that I’m not interested to chat with him simply because I didn’t like his handle. He just LOL-ed and continued on to convince me that there’s nothing wrong with his ID. We instantly hit it off. And we started to chat. That first chat session lasted for more than 3 hours.
My new found online friend then started to communicate to me regularly. We started to build a friendship even though we were thousands of miles apart. Time difference was never a hindrance for us as we get to talk at the most convenient time… my night time that is. We talked about a lot of things… mostly about the usual getting-to-know stuff like work, family, hobbies, likes and dislikes, and other personal stuff that is worth knowing and sharing. We’ve learned more about each other as days and weeks went by. We shared laughter and even some sad on-goings that came our way. I felt that there was a special kind of connection between us. Talking to him then became a part of my system. I really enjoyed being online with him. He truly was a nice and sensible guy.
For me, he was the “perfect” package. Call me immature, but I really got instantly hooked with his looks. Well, who wouldn’t? He’s got sweet manly facial features, nice smile, sexy blue eyes, an almost perfect nose, cute curly blonde hair and not to mention, an uber sizzling hot bod. As I would normally term it, he’s just so overly delicious and mouthwatering. LOL. Kidding aside, I tried to look beyond his physique. And yes, his personality is really something I would fall in love with. He’s a good son to his parents and a sweet older brother to his sister. He took on every responsibility so seriously. He was very much straight forward. He expressed what he likes and dislikes in me without being offensive. He has his sweet special way of saying things. He’s not much of a funny guy but he indeed has a smooth and subtle sense of humour.
As months passed by, I started to notice something different in me. I was beginning to develop feelings toward him. It was a relief for me to know that it was mutual as he explicitly told me how he felt for me. And I did the same for him. Although he (or I, for that matter) never mentioned anything about love or future plans, I knew we had a special connection that could go far beyond friendship.
For the longest time, I have never thought I will ever meet a guy who would really measure up to my standards. Without any effort, he just did. In fact, he was more than what I was hoping for. I remember making a list 3 years back about my so-called standards slash checklist of guy-requirements and he just missed one item. That is, he’s younger than me… just by 3 years though. He actually read that entry once and asked me what I really meant about age preference. Oh well, I simply told him that my checklist was written some years back and that particular item does not apply to him at all. I opted to make him the “only” exception to my rules. LOL.
For 16 months, I tried to nurture that special online friendship. I know he did, too, as he made time to talk to me despite his busy schedules.
For 16 months, I tried to patiently wait on the hope that someday soon, I will get to meet him up close and really know him on a very personal level. I have been wanting for that day to come. And I know he was, too. He even planned to visit Boracay with me and asked me to be with him all the time once he comes over.
For 16 months, I tried to hold onto my feelings until I see him for real. I never told him how I really feel for him as I know it’s not proper to tell serious matters in such impersonal manner.
Last Sunday, for the very first time, I received an email from him. I was kinda surprised as we only get to communicate via chat. He started by telling me updates about his 5-month training in Europe which I was aware of. He told me that he’s back in his native land for some R and R before going back to the Middle East. He said he was glad to see some of his friends while he was there. And suddenly, he broke a not-so-good news to me… he opted to take on a commitment with an old-time friend who is deeply in love with him. In fact, it’s just not any other marriage commitment. For me, he did something noble that he somehow needs to sacrifice something for his new girl. I completely understood that she needs his love and attention more than anything in this world. I don’t wanna drill down on details but I really found sincerity in his email. I had no choice but to accept it. Besides I am completely aware that we were never the boyfriend-girlfriend type of chatmates.
But there’s one portion in his email that struck me the most. It was the part when he said, “I’m sorry for telling this to you. I really wanted to marry you. I was supposed to propose to you when I see you in person. Maybe you will feel bad about it. But I wanted to make everything clear before I enter into a new life. I’m so sorry.” As always, I felt how sincere he was.
At first, I was in awe. I never thought that he could be that serious to want to propose to me. And when I tried to absorb those words further, it made me so freaking sad… so sad that tears fell off my eyes. I felt all my dreams for/about/with him instantly vanished into thin air. No more hoping of being with him every waking morning of my life. No more dreaming of seeing the world with him. And no more wishing of spending a sweet lifetime just with him.
For days, I tried hard to accept all these. I know things happen for a reason. He was back in his hometown for a greater purpose. Maybe the girl, now his wife, needs him more than I do. Maybe his wife can love him more than I could. And maybe, just maybe, his new girl deserves him more than I do.
But then I again I thought, don’t I need him too? Don’t I love and care for him too? Don’t I deserve to be with an awesome guy like him? Every single day, I hoped and wished for someone like him… exactly like him.Too bad though, it’s just not meant to be. We were not meant to be. Note to readers: Don’t bother telling me that pampalubag loob statement, “Dont worry, someone better will come along”. I don’t think there’s someone better out there. And if there is, I might not care that much.
Oh well, I’d stop whining now. He’s already gone. I may never get to talk to him again. But I don’t have any regrets on knowing someone like him and spending those sleepless nights talking to him. I’m glad I got to know a person with such good heart.
And to my special friend, I will truly and deeply miss you. But now, I say goodbye to you. I hope and pray that you will be loved and adored more than you truly deserve… way more than I could.
I found this song too fitting for what I feel. I’m trying to tell myself that he is out of my life. Or is it the other way around… I’m out of his life. Ouch! 😛
I have been uber busy with a lot of things lately that I barely visit my own site. Again, pardon for the absence and for not counter-visiting all your blogsites. Sorry na please. LOL.
I really wanted to continue writing about my Thai-Viet trip late last year (uber backlog na ito!!!) but I can’t put on much time with my lappy lately. So for now, I just want to leave you with something from that trip (filler entry na naman!). As always, I took some funny pics I came across during that trip.
Here they are. Have fun!
Look closer at the coupon. Free swimming pool daw!
Sayang di ko naiuwi! hehehe!
Basta binebenta daw! 😛
This is all for now. See y’all next time! 🙂