WHEN : 7 December - 10 December 2004
TRAVELERS : HLS, Mingcai, Terence n Myself
BUDGET : S$715.00
Day #0 - 6 December 2004
It was a Monday morning. We went to Textile Centre (right) which was in bugis with Terence to collect our flight tickets from the travel agency. Imagine, getting our flight tickets only in the morning before our flight..! Still, we were made to wait for Nana, the travel agent, to confirm the details and collect or fax over the flight details. To while our time away, we went to the nearby hawker centre. We came back 2 hrs later only to find out that the flight was already confirmed, but our hotel reservation was cancelled by the hotel because her staff didn't make the payment on time! So, Nana asked us to wait for a few hours more while she settle our accomodation for us. We went to Bugis Junction for lunch. How to enjoy lunch when our trip is potentially gonna be disastrous with no place to sleep..!
Day #1 - 7 December 2004
As planned, Terence's mum drove us to the airport early in the morning. We went to the Cathay Pacific counter to get our actual flight tickets and to check in our luggages as well. Still had about 1 hr before the flight, so we had breakfast at Burger King. After going through immigration, we went to the duty free shops to take a look at liqours, wines and the likes of it. Our flight, CX714, was at 1145, but we needed to be at the gate by 1100 I think..I'm not sure..forgotten..nvm..
We walked to Ladies Market at Tung Choi St to look for bargains and food. We had some baked rice at a stall nearby before continuing with the walk through Ladies Market. To me, its just like our pasar malam. That's why I didn't purchase anything there. We moved on to shopping centres to window shop. Went to this particular shopping centre, forgot its name, but anyway, here is where I bought my gumball machine. Thought i'd just buy it as I don't think such a thing could be found at such price back in Singapore. We walked on and found ourselves in a very new shopping centre by the name of 'Langham Place' in Mongkok. Inside, it has 13 levels and 2 basement floors of retail stores and F&B outlets. They had obscenely long escalators to which they're termed Xpresscalators (above) which brings shoppers from the 4th floor direct to the 8th and from the 8th to the 12th floor. Imagine that. From Langham Place, we made our way back to our hotel. It was already midnight by the time we reached our room. Showered, set our alarm clock at 5.30 in the morning and slept.
Day #2 - 8 December 2004
As usual, I had to be dragged out of bed in the early morning. We decided to have dim sum breakfast. Ate our dim sum and headed for the MTR station. Our destination: Ocean Park. Stopped at Admiralty Station and reached the bus stand where a bus is supposed to take us there at abt 9am. The first service is only at 10am. So we decided to walk around the city area while waiting for the first bus. Got to see Lippo Centre, which according to my friend is quite a famous building in HK as well as the Bank Of China Building (below, right). We also walked down to Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCC) (below, left). Its like our Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. On our way there, we get to see and enjoy their waterfront view. With all the tall business and office buildings making up HK's skyline (below, centre).
Day #3 - 9 December 2004
We started the day wanting to take a look at the majestic Tsing Ma Bridge. At 2.2km, it is the world's longest rail-and-road suspension bridge. Again we were too early as the first bus to the viewing tower is only at 10am. We were rushing for time 'cuz we needed to check out from the hotel by noon. So we left for Tung Chung instead to view the valleys and hills as well as the Giant Buddha statue. Little did we know that the bus journey to the Giant Buddha Statue would take as long as 45 minutes!! So what happened was, we took the bus there, arrived, took quick shots of the Buddha statue, the Buddha statue and us, plus the view around the area for about 10mins before rushing back to catch the very next bus taking us back to Tung Chung MTR station. Just in time to pack our stuff and check out from Hotel Concourse. Travelled by MTR again to Tsim Sha Tsui.
We checked into Imperial Hotel and rested while planning the rest of the day's activities. Went out in search of lunch at the Central Area. We stopped by a stall and had wanton noodles. The rest of the afternoon was rather uneventful, I must say. We spent our time walking around the streets of Hong Kong with no particular direction. So we ended up at posh hotels, parks where filipino maids converge and even girls schools..! In the evening and till the rest of the night, we went to Temple Street and again to Ladies Market to do some last minute shopping, buying things/souveneirs for friends and family. Then, we roamed around the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsim Sha Tsui East to look at the night life and catch dinner as well. Went back to the hotel slightly earlier because we have a plane to catch in the morning.
Day #4 - 10 December 2004
With our stuff more or less packed, we left the hotel quite early because our flight is at 9.15am. We needed to be there about 1.5 hr earlier to get our tickets in the airport and settle our baggage. We took a cab to the airport. Got our flight tickets from the counter and went for breakfast at McDonalds. Then we went around the airport shops to look for last minutes souveniers/snacks. For my friends, their purpose is to finish all their HKD. Spent too much time at the shops that we didn't realise we were late for the flight! We didn't think about the immigration queue which could take quite some time. After clearing immigration, we realised that its already 9.10am!! We ran like crazy to our gate. To make things worse, our gate was at one of the extreme end of the airport. So off we went running and running, not wanting to miss our flight, ala "The Amazing Race". Finally, got to our departure gate - just on time. Board the plane and flew back home. Arrived Changi Airport only to see my friends cheong for the duty free store again. Spent about 30 minutes there selecting and deciding which drink to buy. Walked out to the arrival hall and took a cab back home - bringing an end to the trip.