It’s been five long years since I’ve been to Hong Kong. It was one of my favorite destination for food and shopping in the past. When shopping there is still cheap. When the exchange rate is still 1 HKD = Php 3. 😄 Although it still has it’s charm, I think the decision to skip a visit to the city / country for a long time was a good decision. Mind you, I love the weather. I love how cosmopolitan it is. I love the city view and the neon lights at night (what’s left of it in Nathan Road).
But, what I don’t particularly appreciate or love which I “purposely” tried to forget when we booked our tickets for this quick weekend get away is the rudeness of some of the residents to tourists! 😰 They totally should learn politeness from the Japanese, welcoming and friendly smiles from the Philippines and probably they should practice patience for it is a virtue after all. 😅 The snotty attitude should definitely go. I guess, going back to Hong Kong in the future will only be to transit from one destination to another via Cathay Pacific (www.cathaypacific.com)
Talking about Cathay Pacific, their service for short flights is a bit disappointing. You pay a bit more but the service is at par with budget airlines or low cost carrier. Not in league anymore with their contemporaries like Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com) or even Philippine Airlines (www.philippineairlines.com) Is the airline deteriorating to that of a low cost carrier? Were they cost cutting so much that serving food is through a paper bag? 😱 Even the way they treated the passengers like ensuring immigration cards or health forms are given were not done. And I just booked a flight to Europe next year prior to this one without thinking or checking if the service is still at par with other airlines like Qatar and Etihad which offered great savings too. Let’s just hope that for long haul flights even if in economy class their service will improve. 🙏🏼
Anyway, let’s set aside my angst about the rudeness, the airline and just focus with my quick trip. We arrived late at night and we were supposed to take the taxi for HKD 250 to our AirBnB accommodations in Tsim Sha Tsui but we found out that going by bus was cheaper at HKD 33 per person. We still had our Octopus cards from our previous visit so we just loaded funds at a counter after we exited the arrival area. Kids fare for the bus ride to the city is 50% or HKD 16.50 which made our total bus fare go down further. Airport Express is expensive and we decided to use it on the way back to the airport for the flight home. It’s convenient especially if the airline have an in town check in at either the Kowloon or Hong Kong Station. We availed of the group of 4 train tickets at HKD 250 and added a child’s ticket at HKD 45. Our flight was at 10 pm but we checked in early around 12 noon so that we can still have time to explore the city for the rest of the day.
We were already familiar with Hong Kong as we’ve visited before but it’s still better to have google maps or waze to help us with our journey. So upon arrival at the airport we bought a SIM card with data good for 3 days at HKD 48. Good thing they have alternatives depending on how long you will stay in the city. Of course, the longer days you choose, the higher the cost!😄
Our weekend was whirlwind. It was raining on our first day and didn’t get to visit Mongkok for some cheap shopping. I don’t know if it’s still cheap though because I think everything in Hong Kong is expensive!😂 We opted to eat and just did our cardio exercise through walking. 😄
We heard about Delicious Kitchen from a friend and decided to try it out. The pork rib was delicious! And surprisingly the restaurant’s attendants were kind and polite. I highly recommend trying this restaurant when in the city.
Walking is good for the heart and so this trip was all about walking around the city with some MRT rides in between and eating. The weather was nice except when it rained. One food stop was Pizza Express which is not yet franchised in our country as of this writing. And because we were so hungry, I only had one photo of the pasta and no photos of the pizza! 😅 But, the food was really good. There’s one in the airport so if you missed it in the city, try it there!
Although the trip was very short, we were still able to bond together as a family. Discovered some places we’ve never been to before and took pictures like the usual tourists. 😄 Eventhough our feet were tired after all the walking, we still managed to smile for the camera!😜
Til next my post…
the traveling KANGaroo