Jim and I have been meaning to go to Hong Kong to visit his sister who works there. Ate Mia works for Cartoon Network, how cool is that?
So when the opportunity came for us to fly there, we didn’t even hesitate. We booked our flight Friday and flew out Sunday! Can I just share that Clark flights are wayyy cheaper than Manila flights?! Manila-HK was more than double the price of Clark-HK. I didn’t mind the extra travel time, it would be more of a road trip with my boyfriend than an uncomfortable drive 1.5 hours away. Seair‘s planes are also very comfy. I’ve only booked twice with them (once on a flight home from Kalibo) and their planes are consistently nice.
I’m used to the 2-hours-before-your-flight rule. Our flight was at 7:20 so we wanted to be at the Clark airport (a.k.a. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) by 5:20. Everything was set – we were to leave at 3:30AM. Jim came to my condo at around 1:30AM to park his car so my driver would take us. He said he wanted to just stay up so we wouldn’t miss the flight but I said we should take a power nap and besides we could set both our phones’ alarms. Cut to: me waking up without an alarm, looking at the time and screaming “p*&^ngina 4:30 na!!!” We were out of the door at 5AM!!!
The whole ride to Clark did turn out to be an uncomfortable ride because we were on panic mode and we didn’t know who to blame. Anyare sa alarm. Anyway, I checked the ticket and it said the check in counter would close 45 minutes before the flight so I was praying we would make it! Yes, we did. Thank God. Haha! Never again will I sleep through an alarm. Ang na-set ko naman kasi ay pang-spa na bird chirping yata paano naman ako magigising dun?!
So there we were, on the Airport Express a.k.a. the train that takes you from the airport to Kowloon/Hong Kong :)
So happy we’re here!
Cute panda display at IFC mall
Breakfast at Simply Life. Black mushrooms and cheese pizza. Sarap!
On a tram to Happy Valley where Jim’s ate Mia let us stay at her apartment :)
Super vibed on the tram because when I’m in Hong Kong I only take the MTR or taxis – this trip I got to go on trams and buses! Commuting in Hong Kong is so orderly I wish we had the same system here.
Ate Mia and her boyfriend Rahul were awesome hosts, they took us to places that made Jim and I feel like we’d been living in HK for months too haha!
We wanted to have drinks at this cute place in Star street but it was fully booked :(
The xx (weh)
We had drinks at this lounge called Upper House – so nice! I had a nice glass of Mojito :)
A trip to the bathroom merited a few “selfies” *barf*
Passed by this sign while walking haha Light Mouse Facial?
HK boutiques have some strange window displays
We missed Japandroids, they played the same day we left.
We went to HMV – I heard it’s closing down soon :( Check out Chris Owens’ solo album haha it has a big EX-GIRLS MEMBER sticker on it
I bought some vinyl records – Jagged Little Pill, Duffy, No Doubt’s new album Push and Shove, and RATM. Check out Jim and I being cool.
We ate at this pub place called The Globe – this sign looks like The Glob as in WHAT THE GLOB. Hahaha.
After dinner we were all so tired especially since Jim and I barely got any sleep the night before haha so we just decided to get some sleep and get ready for the next day. Jim and I actually brought exercise clothes so we could go jogging. There’s a really nice park in Happy Valley where people can jog and exercise, it’s also where horses race! I didn’t bring my camera since I had nowhere to leave it while jogging so here are some pictures I took with my phone!
Channeling Carrie from Homeland
After that workout we figured we should reward ourselves (hehehe) so we looked for a good place to eat. Trams cost only $2! Love it!
“Where do we eat?”
We’re so corny we ate at Hard Rock Cafe hahaha I really wanted a burger
After eating, we passed by this restaurant. Thanks for the sign, God.
We also missed Breakbot
Love this sign hahaha
Should’ve bought these
FREE SWINGER GAY ALL NATIONALS
We passed by a Chinese Temple
We also passed by a lot of small stalls selling random stuff. Check out the name of this boutique hehe
Remember those jelly candles when we were back in grade school?
Skateboards turned benches
Back at the very hip square street
Funny cos this envelope said “VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS INSIDE”
I love Agnes B cheesecake!
We had dinner at this small cute Mexican restaurant called Brick House! There’s usually a long line for dinner but we got there pretty early on a Monday. Yay!
Their street corn is amazing!!!
Beets were good too!
Taco sample platter!
We walked to a jazz bar along Peel street called Joyce is Not Here
We were lucky to watch Heidi Vogel sing with Filipino keyboardist Jesrael Lucero. Grabe!
Watch this video I took of them performing Etta James’ Willow Weep For Me
Lovely night, I really should watch more jazz bands!
Lan Kwai Fong
We went to Insomnia where we got a couple of free drinks (thanks, Filipinos!) and then we had some kebab at Ebeneezer’s!
The next day we went to IFC mall to eat more kebabs haha! Ate Mia and Rahul were telling us about a place called The Great Indian Kebab Factory and we couldn’t wait to try it out.
We walked some more and ended up at Kowloon Park to check out some birds! There were some anime statues on display!
Spotted these two swans trying to get it on, I guess? Haha! One of them just jumped on top of the other – so cute!!
Some PDA goodness
We saw Daniel Craig. Char.
We started walking towards the Hong Kong Science Musuem
I watched an artificial cloud making demonstration. I wish I understood anything the guy was saying. He was speaking Chinese.
What is this?! A cellular site for ants?!??!!
These girls kept hogging the bubbles section hehe
It’s okay I had fun with this
We headed over to the Hong Kong Museum of Art for the Andy Warhol exhibit
No pictures allowed inside but it was so awesome. His original artworks were right in front of my face. Coolio.
After the museum, we went to the Avenue of Stars for a little sunset fun
Jackie Chan’s star
Those three days were so much fun, I wish we could layer clothes here in Manila hehe. As much as I loved Hong Kong, it’s good to be back in my own bed :) Have a happy Sunday night, Manila!
I like plastic balloons, polly pockets, cheap cake and spooky couches.