Day 1: Manila to Hongkong

On February 25, 2019, my friends and I were able to check off one of our bucket list that is to travel together in abroad and our destination — Hongkong! Yey!!!

Our trip is a combination of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and Tour Package. Our tour package is for our second day which I will be posting here later on.

We booked our flights seven (7) months ago prior to our target date of travel through Cebu Pacific.

The plane ticket from Manila to Hongkong and back is PhP6,577.35 (USD126.04), baggage fee are included except for PHL travel tax PhP1,620.00 (USD35.00) which we paid at the airport.

We were quite early so we managed to pay the travel tax and checked-in our luggage without hassle. We also did not take long at the immigration, we were just asked some simple questions like “What company do you work for?, How many days are you going to stay in Hongkong? and Who are you with?”  which we answered without a problem πŸ™‚

We were at the boarding gate an hour before our 7:00 AM departure time but the sad part, our flight is delayed for another hour πŸ˜₯ But that is not going to ruin our mood. This is our first international trip so our positivity is in the highest peak πŸ˜€fAt last, we are inside of the plane. Hongkong here we come πŸ˜€

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After two (2) hours sleeping at the plane we finally arrived. DSC_0116Everything is going well until four (4) of our friends still not coming out from immigration 😱 They almost gave us heart attack :/ Our dear friend Jojo was having a hard time to hear/understand what the officer was saying as her ear was still painful because of the plane pressure. πŸ˜₯ Luckily her sisters was still there to help her. πŸ™‚ Actually our struggle during our Hongkong trip was the language. Only a few people we met can understand English.

So anyway, at around 10:00 AM we were meet and greet by our tour coordinator which was arranged by our travel agency Lakwatsa Tayo Pilipinas. We waited for another 30 minutes as our tour coordinator, Warner is still meeting some of his clients.By 11:00 AM we left to transfer to hotel for check-in. We arrived at Rambler Garden Hotel before 12:00 NN. We were not allowed to check-in immediately as their standard hotel check-in time is 2:00 PM. But since its already lunch time, we left our luggage to hotel lobby for the meantime and have our lunch at CafΓ© de Coral just below the hotel lobby. For me, the food served was good. The spicy flavor is the best companion for the cold weather. πŸ™‚

After we had lunch, we head back to hotel lobby to get our things and check-in. We rest for an hour or so before we go to Tsing Yi MTR Station. To go there, we rode a mini bus which has a bus top in front of Rambler Crest for HKD 3.70 going to Maritime Square which is connected to Tsing Yi MTR Station. It is a 14-16 minute ride.From Tsing Yi we rode an MTR (Mass Transit Railway) to Tung Chung where the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Lower Terminal is located. The fare for adult for single journey ticket is HKD16.00. If you have an octopus card you will get a small discount, instead of HKD16.00 you will pay the fare for HKD14.80. Estimated journey time is 16 minutes. DSC_0240.JPGIt is just a short walk across from Tung Chung MTR Station. You cannot get lost as everything is well marked. What we did not anticipate is the closing time of the terminal. We arrived at the terminal around 4:30 PM and we were informed by the Staff that we might not be able to make it to Ngong Ping Village as it only open until 5:00 PM πŸ˜₯

So we decided to come back by Thursday (February 28, 2019). The standard cabin will cost of HKD430.00 for adult and HKD360 for Child (aged 3-11). It’s a lot expensive for us, so we bought our ticket through Klook, which is a lot cheaper. We got ours for only HKD131.00 for one way trip. Another reason for you to also avail your tickets through klook is that it is more convenient because there is a special and short queue. I will be posting our Ngong Ping trip soon. πŸ™‚

Although we didn’t make it to Ngong Ping Village, we still had the chance to enjoy the scenery around Citygate Outlets and Maritime Square before we head back to the hotel. Citygate Outlet is a commercial complex at the town center of Tung Chung. While Maritime Square is a four-story shopping center in Tsing Yi Island.

 

That’s it for the first day. Nothing really much happen, but we enjoyed every minute we are there. We are thankful to God that we are given a chance to safely travel and spend joyful days together.

Videographer: Annetherese and Rhiena

Video Editing: Anne

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