April 7, 2016
This is one of my super unplanned trip, seriously! We have this group chat in facebook with my college friends, who are all now based in Singapore. One morning, my friend Brenz, suddenly asked what are our plans this summer. I said I already have plans on May as I will go back to Philippines and go to our province in Visayas (Southern Leyte to be exact). Out of nowhere, he just bursted “Let’s go to Hongkong!” my other friend Win John agreed. I didn’t respond at first, I quickly search for flights that instance, and to my surprise, Jetstar has promo that time, SGS 233.00 for a round trip ticket (Singapore – Hongkong). So to cut the long story short, we bought it right away. hahaha! So fast forward ———–>
The flight was on time (thanks Jetstar), we arrived 10 minutes before 8:00pm but we couldn’t leave the airport yet because we’d wait for our friend, Manilyn, who’s from Philippines. As usual, Cebu Pacific was delayed
again as always. Good thing Hongkong International Airport have faster WiFi, waiting for our friend was not that burdensome. The flight that we’re waiting arrived past 9:20pm, so all our plans on that night was cancelled.
My friend, Brenz was able to borrow Octopus cards for us four
Travelling by train, I was shocked when they informed us that a trip to the next station (Tsing Yi station) from airport (using MTR express) costs 60.00hkd! That was around 11.00sgd!
Good thing we meet OFWs on the train, they give some tips on how to save on the airport express fare. They advised us to get the group ticket promo (you can view fare here MTR Express) So instead of paying 60.00hkd each, we paid 42.50hkd (the package was 170hkd/4pax = 42.50hkd).
Weeks prior to our scheduled flight, we were able to find a budget hostel in booking.com, we paid 60.00 sgd for 3 nights’ stay at Tai Wah Boutique Hostel located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hongkong. This was the place recommended in some of the blogs that I read, and the hostel is just 5 mins walking distance to their MTR. I think almost all the hostel that we checked were small, but who needs a bigger room anyway? We are just there to sleep (we leave early in the morning and return late at night) nothing more, nothing less.
April 8, 2016 – Friday
The next morning, our itinerary was: go to Avenue of the Stars which is just walking distance from our hotel, meet our friend/college schoolmate Yuri, who works in Star Cruises and is now based in Hongkong, and finally Disneyland. Pictures —>
Past 9am, we left the garden of the stars to meet our friend in harbor front.
Aboard Star Cruises Pisces, lunch courtesy of our generous friend, Yuri. It was actually my first time to be on an international cruise ship.
After lunch, Yuri let us tour around the ship.
Past 12nn, we decided to leave for Disneyland. They have special station and train to Disneyland. How cute is it?!
Disneyland ticket costs $539HK
Exploring disneyland, pictures ——>
Roaming around disneyland is one of the exhausting thing to do (and we’ve been walking around Hongkong since 7am!). We decided to have a snack in one of the foodcourt while we wait for the fireworks at 7:30 PM.
At 6:30PM we went to the location (I dunno the exact name but it is in front of the castle) and people were already gathered there while waiting for the parade to start. Since we were early for the parade, I decided to go to the souvenir shop to buy something for my 2 nieces (and didn’t miss to have a picture at the garden with Mickey and Minnie)
After the exhausting Disneyland trip, we decided to look for cheaper souvenirs around Tsim Sha Tsui. We didn’t miss to try their streetfoods also! (I tried one for $15.00hk)
We tried their authentic noodles too!
My first day was indeed tiring but I enjoyed every bit of today’s trip!
My expenses for the day:
HK$50.00 – MTR Top up
HK$539.00 – disneyland ticket
HK$99.00 – meal at disneyland
HK$318.50 – Tsum tsum souvenir at disneyland
HK$168.50 – Mickey mouse pillow at disneyland
HK$100.00 – 7 souvenir t-shirt at night market
HK$15.00 – street food
HK$30.00 – noodles for dinner
NOTE: I changed my SGD to HKD at Arcade Mall in Raffles Place (Singapore) SGD1.00 = HK$5.70