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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!