Hong Kong Layover 2014

I have always pictured touring my boyfriend, now fianc√© in the place where I grew up. It’s a little challenging since I grew up abroad, in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Thank you Lord for making it come true last Oct.26-Nov.8 of 2014.

We even had a one day tour during our Hong Kong layover since the airlines we took is Cathay Pacific because it’s cheaper than the straight flight from Bahrain’s local airlines, Gulf Air. Plus we get to do a side trip so it’s a win-win deal!

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I went ahead and planned our itinerary in Hong Kong which included going to the places where we don’t need to pay entrance fees and are accessible via the MTR, but we discovered that riding the bus was more fun because we get to sight see the streets. These are also the places we didn’t get to go to the last time we visited Hong Kong in 2013 which was our first trip out of the country together. It was with his family though, nonetheless, it was super fun!

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First stop, Snoopy’s World, because I looooove SNOOPY!!! We rode the bus going here straight from the airport. It’s within a mall called New Town Plaza in Sha Tin.

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We brought bread from Breadtalk (Philippines) for snacks and bought drinks from a nearby convenient store using our Octopus card. This is more practical when you’re on a budget. Besides, this tour of Hong Kong is just a freebie from our major destination which is in Bahrain.

Next stop was The Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui. This time we used the MTR going here. From Sha Tin station to Tsim Sha Tsui and then we walked to the place where we got to see the Hong Kong version of Hollywood’s walk of fame, plus the famous Bruce Lee statue and the Hong Kong skyline. It was very worth it!

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We even discovered a place that was not in our itinerary but had the time to check out since we had the whole day to ourselves before our next flight. Besides, commuting around Hong Kong is convenient. The Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars!

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Riding the A21 bus, here’s a snap of us two sitting at the top deck of a double deck bus. Hong Kong sights below.

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Back at the airport, we got hungry so we decided to eat somewhere unusual. We ended up eating at this Food restaurant. They served good food which totally satisfied our hunger, affordable too! We used our left over Hong Kong dollars from our last trip so again, it didn’t cost us a thing from our budget for Bahrain. *applause*

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Thank you again Hong Kong for accommodating us!

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Hong Kong & Macau

This trip took place early this year, around last week of January to first week of February. I grew up taking stop overs in Hong Kong because of flying to and from Bahrain but I never actually stopped and appreciated things because of what looks like a fast paced city life going on. There was a time my family and some friends toured the city for a while but I can only remember vaguely.

I remember going to Ocean Park and seeing Peking ducks and snakes(phobia alert!) hanging in the food markets as menu of the day.

This year, my boyfriend’s family decided to take a trip there with a side trip to Macau for some bonding experience.

This Hong Kong Trip had many firsts for me.

– First trip with boyfriend overseas

– First trip to Macau

– First trip to Hong Kong Disneyland.

Well, just that but it’s significant for me.

I was particularly excited about this trip because it was winter season! Winter fashion galore! We shopped for boots, trench coats, stockings, tights, leggings, long sleeves, turtlenecks, scarves, gloves and more! I just looove winter fashion!

Our vacay took about 4days and 3nights and we spent it at Regal Hong Kong Hotel.

Behold, the photos taken during our trip. I narrowed it down from the millions we took. Tihee!

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Around the Golden Buddha, HK

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Tramway

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Senado Square in Macau which leads up to the St. Paul Ruins

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Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino.
Macau is tax free because the casinos pay for it. It’s like the Las Vegas of Asia.

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Hong Kong Disneylaaaaand!