Hong Kong Hangover!


Ready, Set, Adventure to Hong Kong!

I chose Hong Kong as one of my first ever INDEPENDENT travel destinations outside the country. (By independent, I mean only with the company of my friends or without any parental supervision.) Initially, there were supposed to be 5 of us in this trip, but due to unfortunate circumstances just a night before the trip, we were down to 2, but we still had a blast, nevertheless. And I was still set to pursue my HK adventure even if it is just with my boyfriend Pao, in a completely new place infused with lots of  food and culture. And Pao definitely made one great travel companion and adventure buddy.

Touchdown, Hong Kong!

Hong Kong is the shiz!!!

My ultimate travel buddy

Arriving at HK

Before leaving Manila, we had a chance of departing from NAIA Terminal 3. We thought it was pretty decent already considering the newly-constructed airport. BUT upon getting to Hong Kong, our jaws dropped. NAIA 3 did not seem to matter anymore! Hong Kong International Airport was more than jaw-dropping; the experience of the arrival at their airport was insanely high-tech that we felt that we were in a traveler’s modern dreamland. Yes, if you know the term Promdi, that must have been very much appropriate to call us.

NAIA 3 was not so outstanding after all


Since our flight was 4:40 in the afternoon, we arrived in Hong Kong in the evening already (with the allowance of getting lost; with supreme astonishment with their airport; with a short interview with the immigration; and altogether, we found ourselves dumbfounded with ‘how-to-use-the-kinds-of-technology’ they have [I loved the Airport Express Train])… we made it just in time for dinner and a few sight seeing within the immediate vicinity.

From HKIA, you can go anywhere thanks to their MTR system!

Inside the Airport Express train. Feels like you're inside a plane!

I was more than amazed with the kind of unbelievably convenient modes of public transportation they had. Their MTR system, their traffic flow, their law-abiding bus drivers, and the list goes on. Hong Kong is super duper safe and can probably pride themselves of being the ‘best place to commute’. Besides that, they have lots of pretty ladies sporting the latest fashion trends too.

Staying in Tsim Sha Tsui

Tsim Sha Tsui is the place to be. It has lots of night markets with lots of enticing clothes, shoes, and whatnots It’s also very convenient, considering that we stayed in Lee Garden in Cameron Road, which was accessible to almost everywhere. That night, after having dinner in Lok Yuen in Hao Fook Street, we explored Tsim Sha Tsui, and we found ourselves yet again in Promdi mode with amazement of their ‘bangketa’ sporting different authentic designer labels.  Take it away, HONG KONG STYLE SHOPPING!

And they have one of the best tasting noodles!

Mode of transportation when shopping: WALK, WALK, WALK!

Louis Vuitton is easily accessible by the streets

Prada too!



We strolled around the city streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, and we found ourselves in awe because the city was incredibly safe as we walked during the late hours of the evening! And we could not help but wish the same for the Philippines, but someday, we’ll get there. Further with our strolling around HK in the evening, we found ourselves effortlessly reaching our primary destination for the night— AVENUE OF THE STARS AT VICTORIA HARBOUR. Avenue of Stars by Victoria Harbor gave us such breathtaking astonishment with their impressive and progressive cityscape. It was relaxing yet it stressed the vibe of the fast-paced city life of Hong Kong amid the high-rise buildings.

Vivid HK Cityscape at the Avenue of the Stars

We Love HK!

Bruce Lee is commemorated in the Avenue of the Stars

Seizing the moment, feeling how it is to be a star!


Time surely flies fast when you’re having fun because we were not able to notice that it was already 12 in the midnight and we had to go back to Lee Garden to call it a night. We’re in for a big treat because it’s Disneyland time the next day!

Let's call it a night! Walk, walk, walk around HK back to the hotel!


About Mia G.

Teacher Mia. A Happy Girl. Chaser of dreams. Believer of living out each beautiful dream. A Full-time Preschool Teacher with a part-time job of being a happy traveler and wanderer. Co-founder of Destination Getaways Travel and Tours! A Proud Filipina who wants to travel the world one place at a time, one breathtaking moment at a time. Join the personal accounts of my adventures and misadventures and random experiences in our big and beautiful classroom-- the world. Share my experiences on spontaneity, excitement, adventure, travel, exploration, gastronomic encounters, and everything in between!

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  1. Thanks for sharing your stories on Hong Kong. I enjoyed reading all of them. My friend and I are quite excited to go there in March. It’ll be our first “independent travel” as well =).

    I have a question though…did you have a hard time speaking to the locals? For example at the ladies’ market or when buying street food?

    • Hi there!

      Thank you for taking time to read my entries! Hong Kong is awesome, and great for “independent traveling” because it’s very convenient to get around because of their superb transportation system. There won’t be problems about getting lost because most tourist destinations are well-labeled and once you get acquainted with their MTR system, you will start to love commuting! I think Hong Kong will be a place of comfort for everyone, I am pretty much sure that you’ll be enjoying your trip there in March. Make sure to try their street food! Yum!

      As for communicating with the locals, they still have a hard time communicating in fluent English, but they do understand basic English. Just a tip though, in Ladies’ Market, before you ask for the price, make sure you REALLY like it, because if you don’t get it, they have a tendency to get mad at you for asking and then not buying it. But don’t be scared, it’s fun to shop in HK!!! A tip from my friend too, if ever you visit Jade Market. I just do not know if this technique works for all markets. But it won’t hurt to try!:
      1. Bargain for the price you want (request for a 50% discount)
      2. Buy the item if they agree. If not, threaten to walk away. (Or just walk away)
      3. Merchant will grab you and surrender to your request

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