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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Fifth Leg -- Last day in lovely HKG!

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{Trip last April 2010} On the fifth leg of our trip, we decided to visit Stanley Beach. The bus trip from Central to Stanley Bay was about an hour’s worth. And since we were scheduled to go back to MNL that night, the little time we had left in HKG was really scheduled. 

It was raining that morning so the breeze was extra chilly. Nonetheless, it was the perfect weather, and we were in a perfect place to have brunch, on our last day in HKG. Not only was Stanley Bay a beautiful place, it also exuded a relaxing mood. And despite the expensive bill that was tabbed for our Italian meals, we truly thought that the Pizza and Lasagna was worth our money. 

A Shenzhen theme park that's worth exploring: Window of the World

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[Trip from April 2010]

We were strictly told that if we didn’t make it by 9 AM in the HKG-SZX border, our tour will leave us. And us three being the real deal early birds, we got there with an hour to spare. But much to our expectations, the tour guide was there but a few of the people who booked the same tour, were super duper late! And we thought they were going to leave those who weren’t there on time. So much for that.

Apart from our not-so-good experience at PEYA Travel Agency (they were all Filipino’s and yet they were not as hospitable to us, knowing that we were all of the same nationality), the local Chinese tour guide that they assigned to us was not much of a guide.

Anyway, so we left the border at around 10:30. We were also warned that since we were all sharing one group visa, it should be our responsibility to secure our passports, as it will be our pass back to HKG. Should someone misplace there’s or should it be stolen in SZX, all of us in the tour will be forced to stay in SZX. That was the scary part of sharing the visa with 10 or so other people.

Besides that, that morning became a real bummer for us three. Since the guide could only talk to us across the immigration cubicle (it was somewhat a border), we were left to man the whole thing inside HKG. We had no choice but to lead the group, wait for the 4 late people, do the final head count, and check names on the tour list. We paid for the tour yet we had to work that morning just so we can get things going. So much for that! And PEYA had no representative so we were left to do the work. 

Apart from that, the morning trip was also disappointing, as the guide didn’t follow any schedules. She only brought us to a few small, boring factories that sold us their products, non-stop! There weren’t even any history-sharing on those stop-over’s.  And if you show no interest with their products, they would start talking in their language, and make little annoying facial expressions when you start to walk away from them. So much for that. It was a bit sad on our part since we had to encounter that from them. Now if it weren’t for the WINDOW OF THE WORLD tour, our stay in SZX would’ve been a waste of our hard-earned money.

Anyway, here’s a sample of our itinerary that day..

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Budget Biyahera's Trip to HKG, MFM, SZX! =)

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{April 2010} This entry marks my first trip for the year 2010. And if you're all wondering as to what these 3-lettered words are, well these are just airport codes: HKG - Hong Kong / MFM - Macau / SZX - Shenzhen.

I've already been to HKG and MFM last November 2007, and I must say that being back was like I've never been in these places before. There was always something new to look forward to, despite the familiar faces and establishments. And for me, these two Asian destinations will always be exceptional.. all the more, when SZX added to my trip itinerary!

Moving forward, my trip back to HKG and MFM were extra special , as I traveled again with my closest friend Clarice (flew with her in Bangkok last April 2009), and my boyfriend Rubel. Both Clarice and Rubel have never been to all three areas in China.. so you can just imagine their heightened excitement for this trip! And may I just say that we totally had a blast going through China! 

So to clue you in on how our whole trip went, I will be attaching the entire itinerary that I made. It will include the expenses that were made by me (Clarice and Rubel bought different souvenirs but we all went to the same places together), where these costs were allotted for, where we dropped-by (tourist spots, foodie areas, shopping havens), where we ate, what we rode, and more!

So have a peek at what we did and where we went on our first day in Hong Kong! =)
DAY 1 (in HK)
                          *Airport Tax: PHP 1620 + Terminal Tax: PHP750
7:40-9 AM –     HKG ARRIVAL
                     *A21 Bus to Metropark Hotel Mongkok FIFTH STOP – located at Exit C of the Prince Edward Station (one-way) HK$ 33 ; Taxi -  HK$ 25 (flag down start @ $18 + $5 for every luggage brought)
9–10 AM -        HOTEL ARRIVAL – Anne Black Guest House -  Deposit of HK$ 200
10–11 AM -      Settle-in Room  - MCDO Breakfast -  HK$ 20
11:30 AM -       LUNCH-OUT – MTR from Yau Ma Tei to Central -  HK$ 10.50
                          *Lunch and budget @ Burgerking, The Peak   HK$ 40
1-2 PM -           Go to Central; exchange USD to HKD (Drop-by ZARA at iFC mall, The Landmark, The Galleria, Prince’s Building, Alexandra House)
                          * MTR to Yau Ma Tei interchange to Tsuen Wan red line, going to Central HK$ 10.5
2:30-6 PM -     Go to the PEAK (Madame Tussaud, Tram Ride, Dinner on top of Café Deco Resto, Giordano, sightseeing, etc.)
                         *BUS or MTR from Central to nearest MTR to The Peak – NA
                         *Promo: Madame Tussaud ( HK$ 140) + Sky Terrace ( HK$ 35) + Peak Tram (HK$ 25 ) @  HK$ 200 all in
                         *Madame Tussauds Photo - HK$ 30
6:30-10 PM -    Walk down to Queens Road Central & Des Voeux Central  
                           Shopping (H & M store, Ray ban, Esprit, RVCA);  drop-by Lan Kwai    
                           Fong & SOHO for drinks
                          *Hawker dinner at Stanley St. -  HK$ 15
                          *MTR to yau Ma Tei  coming from Central MTR HK$ 10.5
9- 11 PM            Mongkok shopping at Ladies Market AND Argyle St. (MAC cosmetics) shopping (Mongkok Langham Place – H & M, VANS, SASA, COTTON-ON)
                           *Drinks with Wai, my good friend, at SoHO (free drinks!!!!!!)
11PM -12 -        *MTR Central to Mongkok Station HK$ 10.50