Travelling is fun. It can broaden the mind horizon as well as the perception towards the world into a more globally perspective. In addition, you’ve got to mingle around with different cultures and races and enrich your life experiences. My sister and I were not born in rich family; but we were quite ambitious as kids. We always fantasized to see the world when we grow up; and now is the time to live our dreams. I refuse to let myself keep seeing other people savouring that and becomes “a frog underneath the coconut shell.” This time around, we visited Hong Kong and a little peekaboo of Macau; all the Special Administrative Regions of China!
On the The Peak. The beautiful skyscrappers of Hong Kong Island & Kowloon visible behind.
Thanks to Air Asia (I love this economical-budget airline!), we arrived in Hong Kong around 5 p.m., taking tantamount of 4 hours from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As usual, Kakak has already prepared a very detailed and good itinerary (she has talent to open her own tourism centre!); so the first thing that we did was to purchase the Octopus Card at Hong Kong Airport. Octopus Card is more or less like Touch ‘N’ Go card where you can use all public transportation (buses; MTR) via this card. For more detail of pricing, you can refer to this website : http://www.octopus.com.hk/home/en/index.html.
Our ration! Luggage full of food!
From Hong Kong Airport which is situated in Lantau Island, we boarded the Airport Express (which is similar to Express Rail Link or ERL in Malaysia; and quite pricey!) to Lai King to change station to use the MTR or Mass Transit Railway (which is similar to Malaysia MRT/Monorail); BUT what I can testify is that the trains are PROMPT and always CONTINUOUSLY SERVING the passengers! Therefore, the idea of ‘missing the train’ or ‘waiting for too long’ will NEVER occur! I guess that is because there are a lot of Hong Kong people relying on MTR and it is a busy transportation network as everyone is so fast-paced and packed/congested like sardines! So, you could imagine how the three of us (minus my nephew Rifqi) were carrying our luggage in the middle of OFFICE HOUR time ended! Hahaaha!
Mong Kok. The highest density of population ON EARTH & the place of rough traders and gungho “taiko” (so said the perception). Our 1st residence in Hong Kong.
Our 1st place in Mong Kok at Hung Fai Building. But considering getting a flat with a kitchen although small with affordable pricing (not sky-rocketting high) in Hong Kong, it can be said as OK. See the congested building and the rooftop used as balcony ala TVB drama? It is the reality!
Initially, the MTR stations could be very confusing as they have different underground floors catered to different directions. You have to do your background checking first to destinations and your chosen en routes before boarding the MTR. On contrary when you already get the hang of it, it will become a breeze! Anyway, from Lai King, we went straight to Mong Kong where Kakak has already booked a budget apartment via the website : https://www.airbnb.com/. I always amazed with my sister. She is so good in finding outsource albeit she is now pregnant for 6 months!
The Peak Tram entrance.
Picturesque scenery of Kowloon.
According to Wikipedia, Mong Kok has THE HIGHEST POPULATION DENSITY in the world and it holds a world record in Guinness Book Of Records! No wonder the place was so stuffed with buildings and flats built side-by-side like sandwiches! We were welcomed by the tenant’s father who didn’t speak English and we pulled our luggage right through the flood of crowd thronging. So happened that our residence was just near Tung Choi Street; which is famous for its Ladies Market bazaar. The building itself was named Hung Fai Building. It was pretty small flat unit ala TVB family-drama. But in a way, I cherished this experience because only by travelling free-and-easy that you could get this authentic experience, isn’t it? We stayed there for 3 days.
The 1st day which was on Saturday, 10th November, we decided to go to The Peak Tram which is situated in the island of Hong Kong (as Greater Hong Kong is made of Hong Kong island, Kowloon, New Territories, Lantau Island, etc). Just use the MTR station right to Central and then walked to the exit “Tram Terminus”. It’s a bit of hill-climbing road and quite tiring for Kakak who is 6 months-pregnant but still, she was adamant! The crowd was immense and the journey was a breeze. Subhanallah! Such a magnificent scenery to see skyscrappers in Hong Kong lining up! From the bird’s view, it’s a proven testament of Hong Kong being one of the most populated places on earth!
Entrance to Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong.
We went to see the Sky Terrace 428 to see the beautiful landscape. You could see ships, building and mountains were all combined within one tapestry of scenery. Subhanallah!
With my inspirational angel, Angie!
Excited with Marilyn Monroe with her signature pose from “7 Years Itch”. Minus the wind. (,”)
Princess Diana of Wales.
Aaaron Kwok with his weird concert costume. Apparently my friend Janice Jaya Ram showed the one took by her sister when she visited Hong Kong was a bit different. There is actually some 6 packs underneath the robe. Uuu…. Hhahaa!
Dato’ Michelle Yeah from James Bonds’ “Tomorrow Never Dies”.
Rifqi, my nephew posing with Madonna! Wow, he is photogenic. I am not Madonna’s fan, however. Heehee.
Then, we went down to see the famous Madame Tussauds; which houses several wax figures of Hollywood and Asian celebrities! AND, my dream came true when I “met” my inspirational angel, Angelina Jolie or affectionately known as Angie!!!!! It was surreal although she was just a wax figure! Hahahaa! I guess, that would do to fulfill a wish to meet her! I wasn’t keen on Mr Brad; all my pictures were with “Angie”; but since they both are paired together, I had to like eclipsed “Brad” from “Angie”. Hhahaaa! And there were Madonna, Michelle Yeoh, Lady Gaga, The Beatles, Amitabh Bachchan (where’s Aish???) and many more. We spent quite a while there and then toured at the outside area of The Peak Lookout where there was an open space in front of The Galleria. It was serene but full with people. A long queue to use the tram for us to retire around 7.00 p.m (it was already dark!) and we reached Mong Kok around 8.30 p.m.
Steve Jobs and I. He is quite pretty smart.
David Beckham. Purposely took this for his drooling fans. Similarity is uncanny!
The real Madame Tussauds, the French woman who initiated wax sculpting and make popularize it.
The next day, we were so tired and Rifqi cut himself. So, we just hanged out in the room and only at night did we gone out to Arena/ Avenue Of Stars at Victoria Harbour Front. It is so easy to go there. Just exit at the East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR and walked a little bit; behind SOGO, you could find the place. Apart from the cemented handprints, it also places several statues of well-known Canto-pop artistes and also Hollywood/Asian icon like Bruce Lee. Since my sister and I were Canto-pop aficionado as we grew up in Penang, it was fun to read out the familiar celebrities’ names. Other than that, we also witnessed the beautiful Symphony of Light, commencing around 8.00 p.m; by using the lights of Hong Kong skyscrappers into synchronize orchestra music across the Victoria Harbour! And not to forget, we also had the chance to see the iconic red-flag junk (or in Malay we call it “Jong”; a type of ship) which is Aqua Luna – the icon of Hong Kong!
The famous iconic red junk in Hong Kong – Aqua Luna.
The beautiful exhibition of “Symphony Of Light”.
Taking pictures at the erected monuments that recognize the contribution & achievements of Canto-pop.
The handprint of Aaron Kwok! (,”)
The statue of Bruce Lee. Too bad it was night! My picture with “him” was kinda blur; and the fact that I asked a non-English-speaking mainland Chinese to take for me was also a salt to the wound! Hahahaha!
That night, we also hunted for a turkish Kebab restaurant called “Our Restaurant” that served Doner (lamb) kebab and variety of Briyani. The signboard was so small that we mistakenly went to the flat at the side of the restaurant. Since we couldn’t find, we asked direction from two guardmen/caretakers who don’t speak English! They were impatient and really harsh! After they knew we were looking for the turkish Kebab, they grudgingly showed the next-door building while babbling and yapping!! Since we know familiarized Cantonese verses, we were kinda understood the nonsense they were talking! Sheesh!!! You guys can check this restaurant. Quite OK.
The “Our Restaurant” at Mong Kok.
On Monday, 12th November which was the 3rd day, we decided to leave Mong Kok to Disneyland at Lantau Island. Disneyland Hong Kong can be reached via MTR line to Sunny Bay and from there, you can take Disney Resort Line; a specific train to Disneyland! How cool is that??? And there were few Disney characters statuettes inside the train, ready to whisk you to the Magical Kingdom! I was agitated with excitement because I am a self-confessed Disney freak! Ever since I was a child, I had this vision to visit Disneyland and even to work with Disney! Hahahaa, such a childish fantasy back then. But that’s why people said : “Dare to dream as your wish might come true!” It may sound funny but the feeling of to be able to fulfill your childhood dream with your own EFFORT & MONEY; that’s indescribable!
Rifqi and I! Wow, at last…. Disneyland! “When you wish upon a star”….! Actually, Yeye was more excited than Rifqi! Hahahhaa!
Our hotel, The Hollywood Hotel. Simply exciting with the Old Hollywood ambiance.
Once arrived via the MTR, we checked-in at the Hollywood Hotel via bus provided. Disneyland Hongkong is definitely a vast place & furthermore, the concept of the hotel is Old Hollywood. The paintings, the architecture…. everything is so great! Feels so Hollywood with the music and deco ambiance. Then off we went to explore Disneyland Hong Kong. We were lucky because we were able to witness the colourful parade on the alley of Main Street USA. Spectacular musical and acrobatic exhibition! After 2 hours or so, went back to rest and planned to really savour Disneyland till midnight….. BUT little we knew that Disneyland only closes at 9.00 p.m!! But no matter, luckily we bought the 2 days passes!
The “Flights Of Fantasy” parade!
At the roundabout of Main Street USA, we went inside the Art & Animation gallery. We could see how the traditional animations were done and how the iconic Disney characters like Belle, Beast & Aladdin drawn into motion animated features. As a Disney freak, I was so EXCITED!!! That night we had the opportunity to witness the firework display at Sleeping Beauty Castle! Subhanallah! So beautiful!
Me in front of Moby Dick or whale in “Pinnochio”.
Raw sketches from 1991 “Beauty & The Beast”.
The firework show serenaded by “A Whole New World”. Beautiful!
The 4th day (Tuesday, 13th November) was spent entirely for Disneyland! Disneyland Hong Kong is segregated into several main “lands” which are :-
- Fantasy Land
- Tomorrow Land
- Adventure Land
- Main Street USA
- Toy Story Land
- Grizzly Gulch.
We started with Tomorrow Land first. We took the Orbitron flight (it’s like a gigantic cosmic ala Jules Verne replica) and then the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. It was really fun but since I am sucked in games, I scored the lowest in comparison to Kakak, Abg Zam & even Rifqi! Hahahhaa! I think Disneyland people are so creative! We (minus pregnant Kakak) then took the Autopia, “driving” our own modern toy car in a futuristic environment. Cool! Feels like the drama I used to watch when I was a kid with Kakak, “The Girl From Tomorrow”!
“Astro Blasters”, inspired by Toy Story franchise. I am sucks in games. I got the lowest mark!
Yeah! We’ve got Buzz Lightyear! We were the first in line as I saw the mascot came. All of us ran there including my excited pregnant sister as well! Hahhahaa!
The cool Autopia. (,”)
Then, into Fantasy Land via Sleeping Beauty castle (the iconic castle of Disneyland & its merchandise line). There were so many things to try but we opted not to try the ones that SPIN or JERKED REALLY FAST because if anyone of us got sick or threw-up, it would be difficult to help as we were really relying on each other’s back to drag the luggage and the journey was still far ahead! So, we opted for Cinderella Carousel (riding a statuette ponies!) and then lining up to take pictures with Mickey Mouse and all the other Disney characters in Fantasy Garden! We then went to “It’s A Small World” where we sailed underneath a weird but creative-looking building and we saw puppets singing “It’s A Small World” anthem in different languages to reflect the unity of citizens of the world; right from Artic, Asia, Middle East, South East Asia, Underwater, etc. Disney is inspiring in instilling sense of unity among the younger generations and I applaud that!!! Kudos!
Mickey Mouse and I. Awww, the most beloved mouse in the world! (,”)
Restaurants arcade “Festival Of Food”; inspired by Hunchback Of Notre Dame’s song “Festival Of Fool”. Non-halal so we didn’t visit. Mostly offer Chinese cuisines.
Spinning “Mad Hatters Cup”. Avoid nauseous games!
The “It’s A Small World” building. So creative and eccentric. I like it! Below are the sections of “kids” from around the world singing the song in accordance to their cultural accents and melody; representing the unity in world. I respect Disney for that! Young Malaysians should be inspired by this unison!
Middle Eastern kids.
South Asian kids (India, Sri Lanka).
Eastern Asian Kids (Korean, Japan)
Next, we proceeded to Adventureland. Had lunch at a certified Halal restaurant called “Tahitian Terrace” at the entrance to Adventureland. Had sumptious Briyani Rice and roasted chicken and then we headed to Tarzan Island where we had to take a short journey via raft to cross the river to the man-made island. It was a great place dedicated to the 1999 movie “Tarzan” and a tree-house was built in resemblance to the one in the movie constructed by Tarzan’s parents before they were killed by Sabor, the leopard. And there are few characters of “Tarzan” erected here and there. On the top of the tree, you can visibly see Adventureland via bird’s point of view. It was simply breathtaking; an African/South-East Asian jungle or ringlets feel, I say!
The Halal-certified restaurant “Tahitian Terrace”. I ordered Briyani. Quite expensive but OK. (,”)
The man-made “Tarzan Island.” Had to board a raft to cross!
Kala, Tarzan’s mother.
Jane Potter. She is cute and bubbly. I like her funny character in the film. The Malay version was voiced by Ramona Rahman!
Professor Potter’s things. Academia books & encyclopaedias & trunks of scientific merchandizes.
Tantor. At first I thought it was a real elephant as it puffed out water! LOL!
Waterfall to create sense of ‘jungle’. Ethereal, I say!
To the wild wild west atmosphere in “Grizzly Gulch”! It’s all about American ambiance of cowboy,sheriff and mining era. The area was constructed with rocks and mountainous features; and there were man-made geysers as well! SO creative! Next, to Toy Story Land which was more or less comes with all the theme park games that really either moved too fast, rotates 360 degrees, or jerk-up-to-the-sky. Too risky to throw-up! So we passed that! A Gothic-themed mansion ala Addams’ Family called Mystic Point is still under construction and is expected to be ready at 2013. Haish…too bad. I love eccentric stuffs. We then called it a day off in Disneyland after looking at souvenirs in Fantasyland. Too many to see and yet too little time. But we just have to dash due to time-constraint; but at least we’ve covered the important parts and witnessing the fiesta extravaganza!
The Grizzly Gulch. It’s a Wild Wild West ambiance here!
Back to Hollywood Hotel and performed prayer and then hurried to MRT Station to our next destination at Tsim Sha Tsui as Kakak has already make an arrangement with Lee Garden Guest House. The moment we exited Tsim Sha Sui, we saw magnificent Kubah of a mosque which happens to be The Kowloon Mosque & Islamic Centre. Subhanallah! On contrary with the gungho and fierce/”taiko” atmosphere in Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui offers a friendlier neighbourhood and more racial-tolerant. I guess I like Tsim Sha Tsui the most! The room was VERY SMALL for 4 people to squeeze in (2 beds; 1 king bed & 1 single bed) as well as 4 enormous luggage; therefore, it was decided that I took another single room which costed around RM290 per night (HKD 550) per night.
The friendlier Tsim Sha Tsui. I like it here better than in Mong Kok!
The Kowloon Masjid (Mosque) & Islamic Centre. I was in awe to see Islam blossoms in Hong Kong. Subhanallah!
Based on the pricing in Hong Kong as well as the congested-and-packed-but-over-pricey-living-cost, the cost is simply reasonable! You guys can check the website at http://www.starguesthouse.com.hk/ or the positive reviews at http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g294217-d1625600-Reviews-Lee_Garden_Guest_House-Hong_Kong.html. The two women who co-managed the guest house were very friendly and helpful despite their limited English. I like the aunties. And there is also an Internet connection at the counter as well as WIFI if you bring your own electronic gadgets! It’s a great place and highly recommended! Kakak is great in hunting such accommodation.
The Mandi Chicken was AWESOME!!!! So delicious! And the “sambal belacan” too! I don’t know, but my sister dubbed it as ‘chili chutney’? Perhaps, but the Indonesia worker knows it’s “Sambal belacan” and we were SO INTO IT! Yummy!
Anyway, that night after a tiring journey to settle our new place, we hunted down a Halal restaurant called “Ziafat”. Apparently according to Kakak, it is famous among Muslim bloggers. It has been certified by the Kowloon Mosque and the Mandi chicken was REALLY DELICIOUS! A little bit pricey of HKD65 but it was worthy. You guys can check the information at : http://hk.asia-city.com/restaurants/hong-kong-restaurant-reviews/ziafat.
Ngong Ping Cable Car at Lantau Island!
On the 5th day (Wednesday, 14th November), we began the journey to having luncheon at Ziafat Restaurant and then to Ngong Ping which is situated in Lantau Island. Well, with MTR everything is possible. All you have to do is simply take the MTR straight to Tung Chung and there you will see the Ngong Ping Cable Car and we took the CRYSTAL CABLE CAR! You could visibly saw sea and jungles underneath! Kinda eerie, initially! Wikipedia has stated that the cable car is 5.7 kilometre long from Tung Chung up to Ngong Ping, a highland themed-small village in the valley of mountain where there is Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha! It was cool and serene up there. There was a dance show apart from the picturesque view. The Tian Tan Buddha was so gigantic that you could see it from afar facing the mountains. But we didn’t go to the monastery (,”). Bought our luncheon at the Halal-certified Ebeneezeer’s Kebab & Pizzaria and hangout there while Kakak was skyping with Kak Ris and her other friends until 4.15 p.m.
We took the crystal cabin cable car! Underneath is the SEA that separates Tung Chung and Ngong Ping!!!! It was a bit vertigo-eerie, at first!
The themed-garden village erected for the tourism attraction on the highland of Ngong Ping. Yeah, in Lantau Island!
The Tian Tan Buddha (which means the Giant/Big Buddha).
The surrounding in the themed-village of Ngong Ping, the highland!
The cultural show.
The Halal-certified restaurant! Moslem brothers & sisters are welcomed to visit this!
By the time we reached Tsim Sha Tsui, it was already near 6.00 p.m. We decided to go to Macau although it was already dark! We had actually wasted one day because we rested on the 2nd day due to Rifqi’s cut. I didn’t know what triggered us because we were SO DAMN TIRED as we got lost before we could find the China Terminal Ferry that will ferry us from Tsim Sha Sui to Macau; but we just went for it; I mean, if not then, when?? It’s not like we go to Hong Kong everyday!
The jetty in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon in Hong Kong.
Back and fro costed tantamount to HKD400!!!! Such a wasted but hey, new experience! To enrich my life, I had now crossed Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong to Macau!
In TurboJet! We were freaking tired and Abang Zam was actually sea-sick! I thought he was having bad cough!
Via Turbo Jet, we crossed the Pearl River estuary (which seemed like a sea to me!) to Macau; and mind you, Macau is situated 60 km from Hong Kong and from Kowloon (Tsim Sha Sui), it took around 1 hour to reach Macau! We took the 7.00 p.m. boat and the Hong Kong immigration got us delayed as suddenly, Abang Zam’s passport couldn’t be read. I don’t know, perhaps because of his name contains “Muhammad” (the Islamophobia) or whatever, it took us around 20 minutes! I got fed-up that I began to raise voice asking what was the hullabaloos about. We walked so fast to the ferry (hard for my pregger sister) that the lady guard was calling for us to quick as the jetty was about to push off. I vehemently told her that IT WAS DUE TO THE IMMIGRATION!
Excited seeing the Portuguese signboards as Macau was under Portuguese’s colonisation! LOL!
On the way, we thought that this was really one stupid thing we did because the last boat to push off back to Kowloon would be around 10.30 p.m. and we didn’t have itinerary for Macau! We were hungry, tired and Abang Zam was sea-sick! I was feeling a bit lethargic and nauseous as well but hey, I cheered myself by thinking – THIS WAS AN EXPERIENCE TO ENRICH LIFE!
The Galaxy hotel regal ads.
Apparently, the Macau Grand Prix stand is just nearby the Maritime pier, I guess! Correct me if I am wrong.
The tickets counter.
It was already dark and we couldn’t afford to go anywhere due to scarce of time & money. It was quite funny and wasted but in the end, we thought of just going back to Tsim Sha Tsui at 9.30 p.m. So we just hangout at the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal. It was fun to see all the Portuguese signboards since Macau was a Portuguese colonized settlement. Too bad we didn’t get to tour Macau as there are so many interesting places such as the Ruins Of St.Paul and many more…well, maybe some other time. At least we had our passport stamped by Macau immigration, no? We arrived back at Kowloon at approximately 10.30 p.m. and walked back to our rooms at 11.00 p.m.
Macau sea-side majestic lights at the Maritime pier.
At least…… the passport has already been STAMPED with Macau entrance! (,”)
The 6th day, I woke up early to have a peekaboo at the Kowloon Mosque & Islamic Centre as there would be no time if I delayed because our schedule was packed! It was located at Nathan Road and facing the alley of Cameron Road of where our guest house was. It was big considerably squeezed in as per typical buildings in Hong Kong. I had the tour around the mosque and met an Indian/Arab man who was simply delighted to discover me touring the mosque and had slight introductory as a Malaysian Moslem. It gave sense of brotherhood that he was keen to have more conversation with me and offered me if there was any problems, he could help. You guys can check the details of the mosque at Wikipedia as per : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Masjid_and_Islamic_Centre .
The facade and the interior design of prayer hall in Kowloon Mosque.
The ablution room/ Wuduk.
Collection of religious books.
We pushed off from Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon) to the island of Hong Kong of where the Wan Chai MTR exit located. From there, we did try-and-error finding way to Ammar Mosque & Osman Ramju Sadiq Islamic Centre which is at 40, Oi Kwan Road. All thanks to Kakak’s map and smartphone! We went there for the sake of Halal Dim Sum and as well as to witness another Islamic Centre within the Hong Kong community. Fascinating, I must say. Islam is beautiful and the sense of brotherhood is something we should be proud of. It was quite a tall building and we went to 5th floor (I guess) for the canteen. We ordered a few delicacies like fried rice and assorted dim sums! YUMMY, Alhamdulillah!
The Ammar Masjid/Mosque & Osman Ramju Saddiq Islamic Centre which is opposite Charter House in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island; offering Halal Dim Sum to all Moslems!
Chinese Halal Dim Sum & the foods were very nice. Chinese are known for their delicious food and their passions in EATING! (,”)
In a simple mere Long John. Hong Kong is cool with 20-23 Celsius that wearing it is a just comfortable. BUT never wear this in Malaysia. Sweating HOT (as I wore it flew back home and arrived in LCCT, Malaysia!)
And for me, it was so amazing to see few Chinese-Moslems gathered there and of course few Malaysians who came there as well as the restaurant has been discovered by ASTRO “Rasa Halal Orient” hosted by Farah AF. The owner acknowledged that after Farah (described as ‘lovable’ person) did coverage on the restaurant, many Malaysians went there! Cool! We then performed Zuhur & Asar (Jamak-Qasar) prayer and then off to our next destination, Ocean Park!
The “Rasa Halal” souvenir/plaque/token of appreciation from Malaysian ASTRO. Hosted by Farah AF.
Just took the MTR to Admiralty (in Hong Kong island) and you could see a bus waiting for tourists to Ocean Park. It costed around HKD288 for adult and the bus fare could be paid via Octopus card. It took around 20 minutes or so to arrive at Ocean Park due to the congested traffic of typical Hong Kong.
Entrance of Ocean Park Hong Kong!
According to Wikipedia, it was opened in 1977 and been touted as oldest and the first amusement part in Hong Kong (I always heard about it in TVB family-drama when I was a kid) . Ocean Park roughly is divided into the one of the lower ground and the highland. There are cable car & Ocean Express Waterfront Station (a train which simulated the feel of ‘under-the-sea-expedition’ ala Atlantis) to connect between the two parts. The entrance was visible with The Grand Aquarium and there was fountains that shot as per the rhythmic music! Then we went to see the assorted sea creatures like corals, fishes, crabs many more; both the typical ones and those found underneath the deep water. It was more or less like Aquaria KLCC or Melbourne Aquarium.
The Grand Aquarium.
The coral reefs cultivation centre.
Then we entered the Sichuan Treasure where we saw panda and golden monkeys (which basically of which legendary character Sun Wukong is based upon!). So beautiful! When I went to China last year, I didn’t get to see panda; so this time around in Hong Kong, I did; so it was pretty compensating everything! The golden monkeys were so playful and really cute!
And so cute Golden Monkey! So Sun Wu Kong! Hahhahaa!
We then went to the higher Highland of Ocean Park via Ocean Express Waterfront Station (you can also opt for Cable Car). At the higher highland part of Ocean Park, the wind blew hard and it was quite tranquil and cold. There were a lot of amusement games there but we were already opted not to make ourselves nauseous; Rifqi, my nephew was adamant to ride the fast toy-vehicles but since Abg Zam & I didn’t want to take the risk and Kakak being pregnant, we didn’t ride that!
The Ocean Express Waterfront Express.
We entered the Polar Adventure; beginning with the South Pole first. We saw different types of penguins and all. Then we went to North Pole section. It was fascinating to see the sea lions and walruses as swimming inside the tank. And mind you, it was REALLY COLD as per 15 degree Celsius! Thank God I brought my muffler and thick stockings from the winter apparel last year to China! We were really freezing that Abang Zam & Rifqi had to put blanket around them just to wait for the feeding-time for the sea lions!
The wind blew so hard that my hair go frizzy! Asked a friendly Hong Kong people to photograph me as Kakak already went away. Hong Kong people are friendlier and nicer than Mainlander China!
Penguin in the South Pole!
Statue of Polar Bear in the Artic; of course they don’t have the REAL ONE!
Sea-lions feeding time! They were so playful and cute!
It was freezing cold that I had to wear my short “trench coat” (more like jacket. But I like dubbing it as trench coat! Hahaha!).
Next, it was at the Giant Panda Adventures where we saw the rare Red Panda or Firefox! According to Wikipedia, it is said that the animal is classified as Vulnerable due to the declination in numbers these days. It was another icing to the cakes for our journey! The last stop at Ocean Park was at the Goldfish section where there were a lot of goldfishes placed there. Really, I never thought goldfishes are variety in shapes and genus! Cool!
The rare Red Panda or Firefox!!!!
Goldfishes are elegant and soothing creatures.
With Ocean Park’s mascot; The Dolphin!
Anyway, it was around 5.30 p.m. when we left Ocean Park and boarded bus and to MTR straight to Tsim Sha Sui. It was tiring but we thought that we had to go somewhere to buy souvenirs and nothing better than our first 3 days residence, in MONG KOK! After rested for a while, we battled the congested MRT to Mong Kok despite we were damn tired. Mong Kok is like Petaling Street and has notorious reputation depicted in movies as ‘triad and bed of illicit activities’. Still, you can get cheap souvenirs if you know how to bargain – which my sister possessed and I am not. Tung Choi Street which is famous for its Ladies Market has variety of merchandises that women would go crazy if they go there! So happened that we were just nearby the place when we stayed in Mong Kok but never bother to buy souvenirs there….. (,”)
Battling the immense crowd in Tung Choi Street where Ladies Market is… all in Mong Kok! Affordable price..if you know how to bargain!
We called the day off around 10.30 p.m and arrived at Tsim Sha Sui around 11.00 p.m. Packed things and got ready for next day.
The things found in Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok!
The last day, 16th November 2012, we boarded the early MRT at 6.55 a.m to Lai King and then from Lai King we go to Tsing Yi to board the Airport Express. Arrived early at Hong Kong Airport in Lantau Island around 8.00 a.m. and we settled everything; refunding Octopus card, check-in, breakfast at Halal-certified Popeyes, etc. Nevertheless, it was a bit chaotic to find the gate for boarding time as the airport was so big and our gate was SO FAR! I had to board first , instructed by the waiting-at-counter stewardess while pregnant Kakak had to walk slowly (as fast as she could) and provided her medical record. The flight was delayed circa 20 minutes before took off. Alhamdulillah!
“Jimmy Choo”? Hhahaha!
On whole, I’ve observed a few things about Hong Kong and its people :
- The Hong Kong people generally are friendly and hospitable if you need assistance especially in airports or any tourism centres or customer services BUT don’t expect that from laymen people in flea markets as per Mong Kok or from those who can’t speak English. Nevertheless, they are A LOT BETTER than the mainland Chinese who are flooding Hong Kong these days. I guess that’s why even Hong Kong people despise and loathes mainland Chinese people because of the latter’s rough, unethical & unhygienic attitude (I can say this based on my observation to China last year!). Apart from that, there are also debates in TV whether the idea of “mainlandisation” of China will opress Hong Kong and Hong Kong people are fearing that whether the idea of “1 Country, 2 systems” is applicable or not;
- There a lot of races and people here; multiracial and particularly significant are the Filipinos, the Indians and the Caucasians. You can also see a lot of partnership of asian-caucasian couples around. That is really cool, I guess!
- The MRT is really fast and efficient and people are so fast-paced! I guess that’s the symbol of living in a modern state ala Japan.
- The buildings are built very close side-by-side; compacted and packed within small perimeters. Mong Kok for example hold the world record for the highest population-density in the world! They barely have lands in Hong Kong Island & Kowloon. Even if they have, only rich people can buy them.
- The house is pretty small and the average Joes and Janes live in very stuffy places.
I guess travelling makes my horizon wider. Alhamdulillah to God SWT for this opportunity to make myself able to fulfill my dreams with my own effort and money to see the world like I always do since I was a child! And boy how I glad to be born in Malaysia. I love my country! Malaysia, truly Asia!
“Maleficent” statuette in Disneyland. My No.1 favourite Disney villain. I like her being mysterious and elegant.