Saturday, 16 June 2012
The Macau – Hongkong Escapade
Our flight bound for Manila from Cebu was 5am via Philippine Airlines. We are due to arrive Manila 6am and need to go through NAIA’s Immigration process prior to embarking on the plane bound for Hongkong 8am. After paying the terminal fee amounting to P750, we transferred to the long queue for immigration.
But the joy we felt was only short-lived. We have been stopped unexpectedly by an immigration supervisor. What comes after was a bombardment of questions like if we have money, why are we travelling from manila to hongkong instead of cebu to hongkong and if we have jobs here in the Philippines. We answered only what was asked - less talks less complication. So again we got through.
After claiming our baggage, we finally got out of Terminal 1 with the dilemma of how to meet Ech’s niece Irene. Upon meeting her, she gave us the Kabayan Sim Card powered by China Mobile, our Octopus Cards and our single trip ticket from Airport Express to Central, Hongkong. This was the start of our unending walks.
We met up with Jela, a friend of Irene’s at KFC IFC mall. We bid goodbye to Irene since she was not allowed by her employer to accompany us in Macau and we said hello to Macau by buying the ticket for the Macau Ferry which cost us HKD146 one way. The ferry was to leave hongkong 12 noon and bound to arrive Macau 12:45 to 1300. The trip was not actually pleasant perhaps because of the weather tickling the waves to pummel the ferry every now and then. Bonamine where were you when I needed you most! Sigh.
God must have heard my prayers because we arrived in Macau safely and in one piece. We were fetched by Jela’s friend and on we went to our first pit stop – The Venetian. We rode a bus with “The Venetian” name on it. From Venetian where we ate our lunch, we hopped from one Casino to another and Hotel to another Hotel. We went to Hard Rock Macau Hotel (where staffs are mostly Filipinos), City of Dreams (where we applied a lifetime membership card) and Grand Emperor Hotel Macau (owned by Jackie Chan with 78 pieces of authentic gold bars placed underneath the casino’s lobby floor) where we ate our dinner.
Aside from Hotel and Casino hopping, we went to the ruins of St. Paul and the busy Macau market where Pork Tapa (marinated pork strips) are limitless to your heart’s desires. We then visited one of the world’s largest diamonds and emerald at the Casino Grand Lisboa. We also watched the dancing fountain at Wynn Macau and witnessed the magnificent Tree of Prosperity at Wynn Macau before heading to the Macau Ferry Terminal bound for Hongkong.
We left Macau 10:30 pm and arrived Hongkong 11:30pm. We reached Nang Remy’s Place for backpackers past midnight with a sore feet and a happy soul.
From Wan Chai Station, we went to Central and bought our tickets at worldwide plaza with a discounted price of HKD320 instead of HKD350. From Central Station, we rode the MTR bound for Tung Chung and disembarked at Sunny Bay to wait for the Disneyland Train.
Voila! Hongkong Disneyland!
The third day was jam-packed with Lantau island getaway, a visit at The Peak and Madame Tussauds, viewing the Symphony of lights at Avenue of Stars and a visit at Mongkok market.
The wax museum was an outstanding plethora of celebrities look alike formed by using wax only Madame Tussaud can create. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, David Beckham, Bruce Lee, Madonna, Gaga Lady, Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp and a whole lot more grace the place. You are free to take pictures with all the celebrities except Jackie Chan.
We ate our early dinner at Hongkong Day (a restaurant located at P102 at the Peak) and ordered their delicious baked pork chops with rice paired with yummy lemon juice with mixed fruits - a concoction like no other. Then we went up at the Sky Terrace to see hongkong’s array of skyscrapers that seemed to be beside one another, underlined with colorful lights and swathed with the coldness of the air.
Even with a sore feet and tired eyes, we decided to visit Mongkok which is one station away from Tsim Sha Tsui where we came from. Mongkok was filled with many people and can be likened to Manalili and Colon Sts. in Cebu City. The only difference was there were more branded stores, gadget shops and boutiques surrounding the area and again more people.
Feeling dizzy with the people crowding the area, we decided to go home and rest. So we headed back home on board MTR bound for Central, we get off at Admiralty Station and transferred MTR bound for Chai Wan.
Upon arrival at Wan Chai Station, we went home to sleep and snored. Wink.