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HONG KONG DAY 2: VICTORIA PEAK AND MADAME TUSSAUDS

Our second day in Hong Kong was reserved for Victoria Peak. It was actually my first time to go up! Navigating from Jordan to the peak and seeing more of Hong Kong is what made me want to immerse deeper but unfortunately, it was also our last half day as we were sailing off to Macau that very afternoon. I know, I know, people normally stay longer in Hong Kong and visit Macau for a night but I thought since we’ve been to Hong Kong before and have never been in Macau, it would be okay. I was wronnnggg! Not that you can do away with time in Macau but that Hong Kong deserves more than a night. Next time, next time. πŸ™‚

We started our day with breakfast at Oak Tree Ristorante, the in-house restaurant of Hotel Rainbow. The spread didn’t look like much but!!! my mom and I really enjoyed it! We loooove salami and cold cuts, and although we quickly wrote this one off upon seeing it, the first bite was wow. The fresh jam was also very good. It was 99% my type of breakfast, with the missing 1% attributed to the lack of croissants.

We then took the MTR from Jordan to Central, and then walked our way to the Tram Station. I’m so proud of my mom for being so game with this! πŸ™‚

We arrived considerably early at The Peak Tram yet there was already a queue. It wasn’t as long and wild, and we were able to get into our carriage and ascend roughly 15 minutes upon arrival. The knickknacks on the side were quite interesting too.

First stop, Madame Tussauds! Here’s a tip –  buy a ticket for the day’s first time slot online. It’s cheaper, you save yourself the hassle of a long tram queue, and you get the museum pretty much to yourself. I booked the 10:00-11:00 time slot for HKD144/pax as compared to the 11:00 onwards time slot which is HKD192/pax. If you can save HKD48, why not right!? Not to fret though, the time slot is actually the time you’re supposed to arrive, and you aren’t limited to an hour. Heck, you can stay as long as you want. So yes, my tip for Madame Tussauds Hong Kong – go for the earliest time slot! Save money and save time. πŸ™‚
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quite obvious how my mom and I enjoyed, noh? Haha! It was actually my first time to visit Madame Tussauds. Nice to have gone with Ma coz I first learned about the museum’s existence when I saw ticket stubs in her old photo albums. πŸ™‚  Saw this super cool booth outside too. Basically, these cubbies are for specific dates in the coming year. You put a post card inside and they will only mail it on that day. It’s like a physical future me letter. πŸ™‚ Who said postcards are dying!? YES TO MORE POSTCARDS AND SNAIL MAIL! 

Next up was Pacific Coffee. I’m so glad I read Tripadvisor prior to going because it lead me to this spot with killer views that don’t cost a fortune. The iced coffee was okay, perfect for the warm weather. But the view, oh the view.😍

We did a quick stroll around the Peak before heading down. The peak tram has gone a long way! 100 years to be exact. It was nice to take part in such a long standing tradition and testament of the city’s technological advances. So glad we came early coz the lines going up to peak were loooong and it was much warmer in the waiting area too.

A seasoned traveler knows that there’s always a point of interest in every corner. She knows that she can’t plan everything, thus, she maintains flexibility in her itinerary. This is a case of that. πŸ˜‰ My mom and I stepped inside St. Andrew’s Cathedral for a bit on our trek down. It was such a pretty Anglican church that boasts of an airy architecture.
We then continued back to our hotel, grabbed a quick dimsum lunch, and headed to the ferry terminal for the second leg of this trip.
 Til next time, Hong Kong!!!
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CAFE GRAY DELUX AND THE STUNNING HONG KONG HARBOR

Like I said here, my mom and I went to Hong Kong and Macau for her birthday. To be honest, what I looked forward to the most in our itinerary was her surprise birthday dinner because I did my research and booked a window table waaay in advance. The anticipation killed me, bro. Haha! Here’s why: Cafe Gray Deluxe. It’s one of the top rated Hong Kong restaurants on TripAdvisor and upon looking at the photos and the reviews, one would expect it would cost a tooth and an arm to dine at such a posh restaurant. Fortunately for this working girl’s budget, they offer a 3-course Early Supper Menu which was significantly less pricier than dinner (HK$355++ vs HK$725++). Early supper begins at 6pm and you must turn over the table by 730pm. The “time limit” may seem daunting but believe me, I did not at all feel rushed and we had more than enough time to enjoy our meal – coffee and chitchat included. Best of all, you get to see the harbor in both its daylight and night time glory. πŸ™‚ 
The food was alright (looove my dessert!), but more than anything, I think it’s the experience you pay for. The stunning view together with the excellent service makes this restaurant top notch. The wait staff was very attentive and they really took care of the diners, ensuring every detail was carefully attended to. When the manager came to check how our meal was, my mom gushed and enquired about the dipping sauce for the bread. She was already pleased with knowing what the ingredients were, only to be delighted further when the waiter brought over an additional serving. The chocolates at the end of the meal was also a nice touch, perfect ending for meal that was deluxe indeed. Will definitely go back the next time I’m in Hong Kong. πŸ™‚
Cafe Gray Deluxe is located at Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

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AROUND HONG KONG

One of the highlights of 2014 was the Hong Kong – Macau trip I planned for my mom’s birthday weekend. You know how some people treat Hong Kong like its the extension of their backyard? Coming every so often, staying for days on end, and developing an understanding of the city’s ins and outs? I’m not one of them. Although I’ve been there before, this trip was the first time I felt that I’ve never had a complete grasp of the city. Knowing this made Hong Kong all the more attractive for me. The old and the new, the cosmopolitan and the traditional, the British and the Chinese… it’s a melting pot of contradictions that I cannot wait to immerse deeper into.
Why this realisation all of a sudden? Maybe it comes with age, but it was also the first time I actually took to the streets and explored places aside from the Mongkok night market, Ocean Park, and Disney Land. I can’t wait to go back!!! But first, let me pass on the HK bug and share with you Day 1 of our trip. 
I booked Scoot to Hong Kong and it has easily become my favorite budget airline because of the spacious seats which are comparable to commercial airlines’ making it waaaay roomier than the standard A320s.
Bye for now, Changi!
I waited 2 hours inside the HKIA Terminal parked in a bench, watching Scandal, as I waited for my mom’s flight to arrive (which arrived later than scheduled, what’s new Cebu Pacific?) 

Modern structures
Breakfast at Deli France
My momma πŸ™‚

From the airport, we took the Airport Express which connects to the public MTR stations. Hong Kong’s public transport is quite navigable and well connected, and it was easy getting from the airport to our hotel. 
We stayed at Rainbow Hotel, upon my colleagues recommendation, which is reasonably priced for HK standards. It’s near the Jordan MTR station making it very accessible. By luck, we got to check in as soon as we arrived and it made life so much easier!
The busy streets of Jordan. Why Jordan? Because it was where my Rodriguez side stayed during my last visit and I remembered it was so convenient and you can even walk home from the Mongkok Night Market (which we didn’t do this visit because of the protests at that time)

We went to this BBQ pork restaurant just behind Jordan Street for lunch. And mmmm, so good. The staff didn’t really speak much English but contrary to stereotypes, they were still really nice and accommodating. 

The menu has pictures so even non-Chinese speakers can order with ease. The pork was soooo good. So much better than anything I’ve tasted in Singapore and Manila ✌️

Me and my mom all-smiles after our meal and posing with our food, haha

the mandatory Hong Kong street pose (which I’ve used in this post on Counter Indifference)

Cute their public bus, noh?

Taking a picture with the “Temple Street Market” sign as a marker for our evening plans, haha

Interesting detail in this residential building.
Introduced my mom to my current favorite ice cream – Green Tea HΓ€agen-Dazs.

Kowloon Union Church’s pretty facade
I love brick buildings and Hong Kong had a big share of it!
just had to take a photo with this capturing facade – the play of lines is very interesting, noh?
Kowloon side at night
Good night, Hong Kong!

Notice there are no dinner photos? I saved our superb and visually stunning experience for the next entry. β™₯

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