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July 23, 2011

Day Five in Hong Kong: To Macau

Here I am! Hong Kong! This is my first time landing my feet on Hong Kong. It's a vacation trip to Hong Kong and Macau with my mum and my aunt for a week. It started with - we reached Hong Kong on 29 June at late night and the real-fun journey began on the 30th June morning. Just a little info, our hotel was Standford Hillview Hotel located at Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day Five: To Macau

In Day 5, instead of exploring Hong Kong, we went to Macau! Oh yeah! So, we took "New World First Ferry Services (Macau) Limited" from China Ferry Terminal @ Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

New World First Ferry to Macau.

*P.S: Here are some guides for travellers:
- Never go to Macau by ferry on weekends, it costs more.
- If you go on weekdays, do come back to Hong Kong before 6pm, it will costs more later than 6pm.
- Do buy the return tickets to Hong Kong as soon as you reached Macau, you wouldn't know what will happen if you buy later.
- More info, do visit the website of New World First Ferry @ HERE.

As for our schedule, we took the 10am ferry from Hong Kong and the "wonderful" journey to Macau is 1 hour, exactly (with fine weather). Upon reaching the jetty in Macau, travel agencies are every where to get business from tourists. In my opinion, if you got the extra budget, yes, go for it, get someone with a rental van to guide you in Macau. That's what we did, because my aunt unwilling to take the public buses to travel around Macau.

Our 1st destination was "Macau Fisherman's Wharf". When we were there, the theme park was not open to public yet, so, we only see, snap and touch whatever viewable from outside.

Tang Dynasty Fortress.

My mum with the Roman Amphitheatre.

More info on "Macau Fisherman's Wharf", kindly visit HERE.

Then, we took our lunch near by and our next destination was "The Statue of Guan Yin".

The Statue of Guan Yin.

Basically, there's nothing much inside there. Without wasting our time, we proceed to the Macau Tower.

Macau Tower.

If you got the spare time, do tryout the the world's highest bungee, 233 metres! Next, we went to "Hill of Penha Catholic Church".

Hill of Penha Catholic Church.

Since it's located on the top of Penha Hill, thus, it's a good spot to snap with Macau Tower.

My mum with Macau Tower.

Then, we went to Ah-Ma Temple. For your info, Ah-Ma Temple existed before the name of Macau was given!

My mum in Ah-Ma Temple.

Next next, muahahaha! A place that must visit for everyone to Macau, because, if you didn't go there, you can't prove to anyone that you've been to Macau!

Me with Ruins of St. Paul's.

Ta-da! To prove that I've been to Macau, I got myself a photo with Ruins of St. Paul's! It's original yo!

Ruins of St. Paul's.

Seems every one and every where is telling me the same thing, so, I'm here to share the same thing. Do tryout the Portuguese egg tarts there! But frankly speaking, I prefer egg tarts from my country, Malaysia, because it's juicier!

So I think that's it. We left from Macau at 5:30pm and similarly, 1 hour journey. Overall, it's kinda rushing to visit these few places in Macau, yet, it was fun to travel around! I feel as if I'm in Portugal! Adeus!

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July 19, 2011

Day Four in Hong Kong

Here I am! Hong Kong! This is my first time landing my feet on Hong Kong. It's a vacation trip to Hong Kong and Macau with my mum and my aunt for a week. It started with - we reached Hong Kong on 29 June at late night and the real-fun journey began on the 30th June morning. Just a little info, our hotel was Standford Hillview Hotel located at Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day Four: Stanley & Causeway Bay @ Hong Kong Island

In Day 4, we went to Stanley Market @ Stanley, Southern of Hong Kong Island by city bus from Central. Just like before, to get to the Central, we took Star ferry from Kowloon. To get to Stanley Market is very easy, because, many buses will stop at there.

Buses that reach Stanley.

A part of Stanley Market.

Some items like colourful scarfs and fancy neckties are cheap and they are only available at Stanley Market! You wouldn't find those items at any other market or street. Seriously! One thing I like about Stanley Market is that, even though the shops at there are small, but most of the shops are equipped with air-conditioner. Hence, we will not be roasted that badly under hot sun!

Basically, if you walk along the market, behind of Stanley Market is the Stanley Waterfront Mart. At there, you may seat back and relax by enjoying some meals or drinks under bright sunny day. There was where we got our lunch of the day.

Stanley Waterfront Mart.

Woohoo~ Do walk around Stanley, there are few attractive places like Stanley Beaches and Tin Hou Temple too.

Ain't it lovely?

Approaching evening, we left Stanley by taking city bus and stopped by Jardine's Crescent @ Causeway Bay. In my point of view, Temple Street or well known as Night Market @ Jordan and Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street are way much better than Jardine's Crescent. Trust me, Jardine's Crescent is a street that you may get nothing! It's too small and too narrow which gave me difficulties capturing photos... Uh...

Anyway, after having dinner at Causeway Bay, then, we took the double-deck tramcar to Central. It's a good option for those who never experience a tramcar before, like me. Also, the cost of hopping on a tramcar to Central is way much cheaper than the city bus.

Tramcars and its rail.

Since I went and enjoyed the "A Symphony of Light" alone in Day 3, thus, before going back to our hotel, I dragged my mum and aunt to see it in Day 4.

*P.S: I will upload more photos of "A Symphony of Lights" later, plus some videos perhaps.

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July 18, 2011

Day Three in Hong Kong

Here I am! Hong Kong! This is my first time landing my feet on Hong Kong. It's a vacation trip to Hong Kong and Macau with my mum and my aunt for a week. It started with - we reached Hong Kong on 29 June at late night and the real-fun journey began on the 30th June morning. Just a little info, our hotel was Standford Hillview Hotel located at Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day Three: Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward & Mong Kok

Similarly to Day 2, in Day 3, we planned to make use of our 3 days unlimited MTR ride (we bought MTR Tourist Value Pack - worth HK$300 which includes 2 ways of Airport Express and few promotion coupons), thus, we went to places which are required MTR - Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward & Mong Kok.

1st destination, we went to Sham Shui Po (深水埗). After having our breakfast in Sham Shui Po, we head to the street near by, known as Apliu Street.


Generally, Apliu Street is a street that is full with electrical devices, electronic items, handphones and many more.

Feeling hot? Get one to blow yourself then!

Lost your old remote? Come here for replacement! :P

After walking for about 1 hour, then we took MTR to Prince Edward (太子). We spent most of our time in Prince Edward because lotsa markets and streets are here, such as Flower Market, Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Goldfish Market and Fa Yuen Street.

Sign of Flower Market.

1 of the shops at Flower Market.

1 of the shops at Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.

After these 2 places, we went to Fa Yuen Street. Fa Yuen Street is a street that has plenty of sport items and bargain-priced trendy fashion clothes and some are as cheap as (erm I forgotten)!

Fa Yuen Street.

Near by Fa Yuen Street is the Goldfish Market.

1 of the shops at Goldfish Market.

*P.S: To find out more details and ways to get to these places, kindly visit HERE.

Guess what, instead of taking MTR to the next station Mong Kok (旺角), we walked there! Because Fa Yuen Street located in between Prince Edward station and Mong Kok station. Upon reaching Mong Kok station, we then went to Ladies' Market on Tung Choi Street. Uh, it's a street towards heaven for ladies! Nah, just kidding! It's just a name though....

Ladies Market.

Similarly to Temple Street or well known as Night Market @ Jordan, there are lotsa souvenirs can be found. However, in my opinion, Night Market is a better spot for bargain compared to Ladies' Market.

After all these places, my mum and aunt were tired and we went back to our hotel. On our way back, they had their early dinner too! I did not join them for the early dinner because I had my own dinner later and I wanna catch the "A Symphony of Lights", held at the harbour front every day at 8pm for 10 minutes.

Before "A Symphony of Lights" begin.

More than 40 buildings take part to create an all-round spectacle of coloured lights and laser beams by following the rhythm of the theme song. Tell you what, the light performance is awesome!

*P.S: I will upload more photos of "A Symphony of Lights" later, plus some videos perhaps.

After enjoyed the 10 minutes of spectacular "A Symphony of Lights", I stopped by Heritage 1881 for some photo shoot. Gosh, a lovely place for couple shoot I would say!

Heritage 1881 at night.

Guess I'm lucky to see that "3 heads 6 arms" was displaying outside of Heritage 1881.

3 heads 6 arms.

Hey, guess what I saw?!


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July 13, 2011

Day Two in Hong Kong

Here I am! Hong Kong! This is my first time landing my feet on Hong Kong. It's a vacation trip to Hong Kong and Macau with my mum and my aunt for a week. It started with - we reached Hong Kong on 29 June at late night and the real-fun journey began on the 30th June morning. Just a little info, our hotel was Standford Hillview Hotel located at Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day Two: Ngong Ping 360 & Night Market @ Jordan

In Day 2, we planned to make use of our 3 days unlimited MTR ride (we bought MTR Tourist Value Pack - worth HK$300 which includes 2 ways of Airport Express and few promotion coupons), thus, we went to places which are far from Tsim Sha Tsui.

1st destination, "Ngong Ping 360" - to visit the Giant Buddha and Wisdom Path.

One of the offers from the MTR Tourist Value Pack.

To get to Giant Buddha in Ngong Ping 360, we are required to take cable car. Ok, we took MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui and interchange at Lai King to Tung Chung station. Then, simply follow the signboards to the ticket counters (more details, find out HERE, they got few packages).

Ngong Ping 360.

Once reached the top, take a short walk and few hundred of steps to get to the Giant Buddha.

Ok, maybe it looks like a Mini Buddha from bottom of the stairs.

Taken from top.

After the Giant Buddha, we went to Wisdom Path. Basically, Wisdom Path is:-
Wisdom Path features an arrangement of 38 giant wood columns measuring 8-10 metres long and 1 metre wide to showcase calligraphy by master of Chinese studies Professor Jao Tsung-i. These wood columns are arranged in a "∞" pattern.


Each of these giant wood columns has its own meaning and I kinda lazy wanna list here out. *teehee* Since the last cable car is 6:30pm on weekends and public holidays (normal days 6pm), hence, we did not spend much time at Wisdom Path. Be there earlier like 5:30pm or you'll face like what we faced...

Crowd!!!

Hmm, maybe because of public holiday in Hong Kong on 1st July 2011... LOL! Anyway, on our way back, we went to Temple Street or well known as Night Market @ Jordan. Do tryout the foods around there, very reasonable prices! In my opinion, Night Market is the best spot among other streets and markets for shopping souvenirs with best bargains!

Night Market.

So that's it, for our Day Two, Ngong Ping 360 and Night Market @ Jordon.

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July 12, 2011

Day One in Hong Kong

Here I am! Hong Kong! This is my first time landing my feet on Hong Kong. It's a vacation trip to Hong Kong and Macau with my mum and my aunt for a week. It started with - we reached Hong Kong on 29 June at late night and the real-fun journey began on the 30th June morning. Just a little info, our hotel was Standford Hillview Hotel located at Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day One: Around Tsim Sha Tsui & Hong Kong Island

So, this short blog post is all about our Day One in Hong Kong.

*P.S: I will only upload few photos here :)

1st destination, "Clock Tower" and "Avenue of Stars".

Clock Tower.

Bruce Lee @ Avenue of Stars.

Then, we took the 4th generation of Star Ferry to Central, Hong Kong Island!


From the jetty to Central, we walked through the foot bridge. Impressively, the foot bridge is huge!


Alright, to make it short, in Central, we walked around SoHo and the Antique Street. To get to SoHo, we used the world's longest outdoor escalator, over 800 meters, known as Central–Mid-levels escalators.


My oh my... Over 800 meters!!! Super tiring! Until evening, we took bus #15 from Exchange Square @ Central to The Peak for the night view!


Uh, bad day... Thick mist and that's all what I got :(

Anyway, as for our meals (brunch and dinner), we had noodles. Do try out Mak's Noodle (they got 4 branches around Hong Kong)!


It may be small, but it taste super delicious!

So that's it, for our Day One, we walked around Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island.

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