Hong Kong hiking with Minute Maid

I read about the Minute Maid contest from pinoyfood.nimrodel.net, I’m so excited to join since not only I’m a Minute Maid Pulpy Orange drinker but also, I really really had an unforgettable moment with Minute Maid. During our HK vacation last year, we decided to hike some of their trails, one of them is the Lantau Peak. I researched for it before leaving the country but I didn’t list down all the details about the description of the trail, distance, etc… At the back of my mind, I was expecting that hiking won’t push through because who would spend an entire day on top of the mountain of a different country when we could roam around the various tourist attractions and shopping malls, right? But I was wrong, Jeff really looked forward to the hiking part so off we go hiking.

start of Lantau Peak's trail

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Cheers to 2010!

Happy new year everyone! Wishing you and your family lots of love, peace and happiness for 2010! Enjoyed watching Hong Kong’s New Year Celebration for 2010. I miss Hong Kong! I hope we could spend New Year’s eve there in 2011. =)

Hong Kong street scenes

Thursday is “coding day” for our car so we were one of the daily commuters today who traveled the streets of Quezon City despite the heavy rains. A heavy downpour, flood and traffic in Manila will most likely result to chaos, we were not spared from this episode today. We’re just thankful that we don’t have to deal with this situation everyday, hands down to all the commuters and also the public utility drivers who have a lot of patience to be able to bear this scenario. Meanwhile, Jeff and I can’t help but compare the streets of Manila with the streets of Hong Kong. Come to think of it, Hong Kong streets also have buses, motorcycles, taxis and luxury cars like Ford Fiesta and Lexus plying the busy streets day and night. But what’s remarkable is that each vehicle has their own lanes and drivers are well-disciplined and stays at their lane no matter what. Buses load and unload passengers only at their designated stops and stay at the bus stops only for a few minutes. Same goes for the taxis, they fall in line at taxi stands and wait for their passengers from there. The result is an organized and moving traffic flow despite the narrow and crowded streets of Hong Kong. Streets of Manila are far behind with the developments in other countries but how I wish that the MMDA and other government agencies concerned can do something about Manila’s proverbial traffic.

Hong Kong street scenes
Hong Kong street scenes

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A day tour in Macau

On our first visit to Hong Kong, we went to Shenzhen, China for a day tour. This time, it will be Macau, China. Macau is an hour away from Hong Kong and can be reached by ferry or “catamarans”. From HK Taisan Guesthouse, we walked along Haiphong Road to get to the China Ferry Terminal in TST where the First Ferry is located. The First Ferry runs from 7 am until midnight and ticket prices range from HKD 150-180 depending on the days (weekdays and holiday prices vary) and time. If you’re coming from Hong Kong island, you can ride the Turbojet from the Shun Tak in Sheung Wan. No visa is required when travelling to Macau. Hong Kong dollars are widely accepted in Macau, in fact, it has an almost 1:1 ratio. Macau casinos only accept Hong Kong dollars while shops and transportation systems like buses and taxis accept Pataca or Hong Kong dollars.

Macau Tower

Macau Tower

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Hiking the Lantau Peak and the Wisdom Path

*continuation of our Hong Kong vacation…

Hiking is one of the highlights of our trip, it was an unorthodox way of experiencing Hong Kong… far from the busy streets of shopping areas of Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, from the fun-filled Disneyland and from the picturesque usual tourist attractions.

Original plan was to scale two mountains, Lantau Peak and Dragon’s Back, but due to lack of time and exhaustion, Dragon’s Back has to take a backseat.

start of the trail of Lantau Peak
start of the trail of Lantau Peak

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Shopping in Hong Kong: shop till you drop

In Hong Kong, there’s always a sale that awaits you. Hong Kong is a shopping mecca, especially during sale season which runs from July to August. In fact, the Hong Kong Shopping Festival attracts tourists from around the world because of massive sales and incredibly low prices from different shops. But even if its not sale season, most shops offer promos and discounts that keeps shoppers happy.

This self-confessed shopaholic can’t help but check out all the shops around the Tsim Sha Tsui area, while Jeff is overwhelmed with the outdoor shops in Mong Kok. Upon checking the tag prices of the items we’re interested in, we knew our wallets will be in deep trouble, the items are cheaper in Hong Kong compared with our prices here and these shopaholics grabbed the opportunity to shop till wallets ran dry.

In Hong Kong, theres always a sale that awaits you.

In Hong Kong, there's always a sale that awaits you.

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Hong Kong food trip

Food and travel are a perfect combination, by sampling the local cuisine, you also get to taste a country’s history and rich culture. Albeit my husband’s non-adventurous tastebuds, he willingly gave in to my demand, food tripping Hong Kong’s cuisine. Some restaurants are not authentic Chinese but these are the food places recommended by other HK travellers.

Food Republic in Silvercord Mall, HK

Food Republic in Silvercord Mall, HK

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Top tourist attractions in Hong Kong

Aside from Disneyland, Hong Kong has plenty of tourist attractions to keep you on your toes all day long. These tourist attractions are accessible because of Hong Kong’s very efficient transportation system. You don’t need to join a group tour, just grab maps and brochures at the airport and follow the instructions on how to go there.

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Cheap accommodations in Hong Kong

After posting my entry on Hong Kong Disneyland, I received some inquiries asking where we stayed and some itineraries for their Hong Kong vacation. So before I unravel more Hong Kong-Macau escapades, I’ll share you some cheap Hong Kong hotels, Hong Kong hostels and guesthouses that are suited for your budget.

I did my homework months before our HK trip that’s why I was able to narrow down my choices to 3 accommodations, and then finally decided to stay at HK Taisan Guesthouse to save on money of accommodation and more for shopping and food trips.

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Hong Kong Disneyland – Day 1

On our day 1 of our Hong Kong-Macau vacation, we headed to Hong Kong Disneyland despite the jetlag and lacking hours of sleep. We arrived in Hong Kong at 7:40 AM, went straight to our guesthouse in Tsim Sha Tsui via the Airport Bus and grabbed our breakfast at Yoshinoya.

Disneyland Fireworks

Disneyland fireworks

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