This would be our 5 days story of our family Hongkong holiday. I made this post in English (although I had made a previous post in Bahasa Indonesia), because my son was asking me to translate my post in English. He had dificulty reading long post in Bahasa Indonesia, and always rejected to read my posts about our Hongkong holiday because he said he couldn’t really understand them. So I add this English post and revised all my previous posts for him to read and enjoy. The fact that he only remembers very little fact the the holiday absolutely beats my laziness to revise my posts, hahaha…………I want him to read and be reminded about his happy time when he was younger.
The lil one was so excited when we planned this holiday, especially after I told him that he could meet Mickey, Donald, Winnie The Pooh, and most of his favorite cartoon characters in Disneyland. Actually, that was why we brought him to HK, so that he could meet his cartoon character that he watched everyday on TV.
We went together with my mom who couldn’t se separated with his only grandson and probably she didn’t believe that we could take care of him on our own, hahaha……….Anyway, we were more than glad that she was coming with us since she was such a big helper during the trip. She literally did everything for my son, especially when he was so tired and in his bad mood that made him so cranky, she was the one who was able to calm him down.
I actually booked Mandala Airlines to Hongkong as the tickets were the cheapest through a travel agent. Just three days before our departure and when I was on my business trip in Singapore, I got a massage that said the flight was cancelled and Mandala Airlines would no longer operate. That was a big shock for me (luckily I wasn’t in the middle of a meeting but in Universal Studio Singapore with all the participants of the annual meeting). So instead of enjoying USS, I called my husband frantically to let him know about this news and he immediately called the travel agent for to discuss the solution of this case.
Fortunately, we booked through a travel agent, so they would be the one who would ask fro refund from Mandala Airlines (and finally, we got our money back after 1 month). The travel agent also helped finding other airlines that were still available with the cheapest cost (and it was just 3 days before we were supposed to go…………………no wonder I was in panic mode the whole day, but fortunately, my husband remained calm and he was the one who dealt with the travel agent as I was still far away from home).
Long story short, we chose the cheapest airlines which was China Airlines, and for the four of us, we had to pay USD1700 (about Rp 15.000.000,-). To tell you the truth, it was kind of blessing in disguise. This was our lil boy first long flight (about 4 to 5 hours). I simply couldn’t imagine if we were still taking Mandala Airlines to HK since it was a budget airline with no facility at all.
Overall, we truly enjoyed the flight, especially our dear lil boy. He loved the color of the plane (purple and pink) and still could recognize the plane whenever we saw one at the airport. It was a big plane (2-4-2 seats), very comfortable, spacious legroom, convenient seats, and of course, complete with in-flight entertainment which made him so happy and didn’t feel bored at all during the flight. He enjoyed the flight so much. By the way, the food was also good.
We would be using public transport during our trip except from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. That meant that we would be riding bus and MTR (HK MRT was called MTR). So we bought Octopus Card at the airport and went straight to the taxi stand to go to our hotel. After we finished with the check in process, we were ready to start the trip……………
We stayed in Hotel Panda in Tsuen Wan in New Territories. HK was consisted into 3 area: HK Island (Kowloon), Lantau Island, and New Territories. We chose New Territories because the hotels in this area were slightly cheaper than the hotels in Central Area. Although New Territories was quite far from the Central Area, but it was ok for us since we didn’t plan to visit tourist attraction or shop in Central Area. Besides, the public transport was very good and we could reach Central Area in short time with MTR.
Our first destination in Hongkong (well, of course after we check in at the hotel) was The Peak. We had to walk very far from the MTR station, and it was soooo…………..tiring. It was not just because the long road to the Peak Tram, but the road was also uphill. Plus, the lil one was just woke up from his sleep and asked to be carried halfway up………………we were so exhausted when we finally reached the ticketing counter.
The nearest MTR station was Central and we exited through J2, then…………..well, just enjoy the long walk uphill to the Peak Tram. Tickets were HKD 54 for adult and HKD 36 for child.
After we alighted from the train, we arrived at The Peak Mall, and we saw some souvenirs shops at the first floor:
Just right in front of the souvenir shops, we saw: The Nutcracker………………..and it was one of my favorite story when I was a child. Apparently, the theme for the Christmas Decoration was The Nutcracker Christmas, what a nice surprise for a Nutcracker fan like me………..
Moved on to the top floor by escalators (yup, we went up to the seventh floor one by one using these moving staircases simply because we couldn’t find the lift!), we finally arrived at our main destination: The Sky Terrace.
There were many people on the viewing platform, and we saw many of them especially young couples who seemed to be deeply in love with each other sat on the floor while talking to each other. I don’t understand! It was cold and windy and they decided to date there??? Ok, this place was so romantic especially with the city view in front of them and the skies as the roof, but if I were them, I’d rather find a warmer place to have a nice conversation with my boyfriend. Ok, but that just me, and we definitely came from different generations…………
We went to Peak Galleria which was just opposite Peak Mall to find the kids playground for the lil boy.
The playground was somewhere in the rooftop (seriously, it wasn’t that easy to find this place), and there was no one there but us. On second thought, who would like to play in the playground in a windy and very cold night like that day? Just us, hahaha……………
I left the boy’s gloves in the hotel, and he was quite upset because it was cold. So at the end, he only played for a while.
The tram queue when we went back was terribly long, and we ended up standing in the tram on our way back. Luckily, there was a young mom with her daughter who were willing to share the seat with my lil one although the seat was supposed to be for two people only. We were really thankful for her kindness.
Ok, that was the end of day one, and we would be going back to the hotel, take a rest, and get ready for our Disneyland adventure the next day. Errr…………but first we had to go back (downhill this time) to the Central Station again.
Since he was just woke up and still full of energy, he asked for a night adventure after dinner, and that was……….riding the double decker bus. He was so obsessed with this kind of bus during the trip. So here we were, very tired and sleepy but still wandering around (and was lost) in the dark night accompanying him to ride the double decker bus. But he was so happy, and so we were happy too………….
That wouldn’t be our last adventure with the double decker bus………….everyday he required to at least ride double decker bus, not once, but twice. Since he usually slept on the MTR or bus on the way home, he would stay awake until after midnight and slept very late and woke very late too. So we usually left the hotel around 10 or 11 am except when we went to Disneyland.
He was a good eater during the trip and could eat anything that we bought from him, but mostly we bought only Chinese food. We would take away the food and ate at the hotel at night because we usually had no energy left to eat at the restaurant (the lil boy was still a slow eater back then, so we better rest on the bed while waiting for him to finish his food).
That was it for our first day in HK and see you in Disneyland post.