Sunday, October 30, 2011
As I was busy preparing my itinerary for my trip to Malaysia next month, the tourism song was on repeat in my playlist. I really love the soothing sound and the message the song conveys...
Where on Earth can an ordinary day
Begin in such an extraordinary way
Where can you watch the sunrise
And be near enough to touch it
Or find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings
And yet have so many friends
Where can you walk amongst giants
And not feel small
Or you become king and conquer kingdoms
All in a day
Where can you feel the curve of the earth
And be soothed by it's wonders
Or be in the present in some stranger
And yet feel so close
Where can you mingle with the oldest races
And be right uphold
Where can your wishes come true
Apart get full there anytime
A place like no where else on earth
Malaysia truly Asia
This video just made me all the more excited. My list is growing of places to see and food to try and everything I could squeeze in my itinerary. I hope one day the Philippines will be able to come up with a world class ad like this and yeah before anything else I hope the airport gets fixed already.
In the meantime, I will finish off my list while trying hard not to get distracted by the thought of who amasses the millions from the travel tax (Php1620) and terminal fee (Php750) collected from every passenger who passes through the worst airport in the whole world.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I have been away for a couple of weeks because I went home and helped in the last days of preparation for my younger sister's wedding. It was fun and tiring and challenging and rewarding to say the least. Let me share some pictures...
Monday, October 3, 2011
Overall, our Hong Kong trip was well-planned to say the least and of course part of our plan is to go to one of the happiest places on Earth - Hong Kong Disneyland. And yes we did. Inspite of walking under the sweltering heat of the sun hopping from one attraction to another (with an illustrated map in one hand and umbrella on the other), we managed to tour the whole park (which wasn't that huge I should say). We missed out on the railroad train between Main Street USA and Fantasyland but we felt like we have enjoyed it more than we had hoped to be.
After eating lunch at the Citygate Outlets, we then took the train from Tung Chung going to Sunny Bay station and then transfer to the train going to the Disneyland Resort Station. The coaches were different from the normal MTR coaches because of the Disney features. The seats were cushioned, windows are mickey-shaped as well as the handles, and there were Disney characters enclosed in glass casing.
It was a short trip between two stations and soon we alighted in a Victorian-inspired train station. The train and the station were both attractions in itself. As soon as we stepped inside the Mickey Mouse train, I felt like I was transported to another dimension -a dimension of happiness where children have so much fun as the adults.
More pictures and stories in my next blog post... Let me know what is or are your favorite Disneyland memories. I would love to know...
Sunday, October 2, 2011
We woke up to overcast skies but we were determined to explore Lantau Island (Ngong Ping Cable Cars, Po Lin Monastery, Tian Tan Buddha and of course Disneyland). And mind you, it was the longest train ride I have ever had in my whole life time (in terms of stations and transfers and not time). It wasn't a bore though, I enjoyed the scenery outside (from the skycrapers to the boats in the harbour to the shipyards and the like).
Since we woke up early and had our breakfast near the Jordan MTR station , we decided to not return to TST station anymore. From the Jordan station, we headed to the Central station. We then transferred to the Tung Chung line through the Hong Kong station then went straight to Tung Chung station. Travel time was less than 30 minutes I think. If you want to take a different mode of transportation to Tung Chung, click this LINK. We arrived at the station before 10AM so we decided to take a stroll inside the Citygate Outlets (home to more than 80 international brand names such as Coach, Lancel, Diane Von Furstenbeg, Callaway, Cerruti, Mango, IT, Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Club Monaco, Escada, Burberry, Max Mara and a lot more). If I brought lots of shopping money I could have stayed there all day.
We headed towards the Tung Chung Town Centre Cable Car Terminal around 10AM and a long line greeted us. It was a little overcast and humid but excitement got us through.
Originally the site of fishing villages, the island has been developed in recent years with the construction of Tung Chung New Town on its north-western coast and the completion of several major infrastructure projects, including Lantau Link (1997), Hong Kong International Airport (1998), Hong Kong Disneyland (2005) and Ngong Ping 360 (2006). - Wikipedia
I walked this site dragging my left leg but it was all worth it. For pricing and packages, click this LINK.
Ngong Ping 360
11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3666 0606
Fax: (852) 2109 9179