Misty and a bit foggy – that’s how Hong Kong greeted me last May 7th, around 6:40 PM when I went there with my Mom and twin brothers. Of course I took a picture, and that’s how the island looked like. Well at least from our side of the plane where we’re sitting at. We have been waiting for this trip since February, and when finally it’s the day of our flight, we just couldn’t contain ourselves with happiness and excitement. This trip, however, made me realize a lot of things. Of which I will discuss as I go along with this post. First up, a travel experience wouldn’t be complete without any mishaps. At NAIA, Mom’s passport was questioned by the Immigration officer because it’s still the green one and she hasn’t renewed it yet. She still got five months to do it, anyway. An Immigration manager allowed her to go, but told us he can’t promise that Hong Kong Immigration will allow it. So, while waiting for us to board the plane, we just kept on praying and hoping that we won’t have any problems upon arrival in Hong Kong. And true enough, when you have this strong faith in God, He would really listen and answer your prayers. The HK Immigration officer didn’t even notice Mom’s passport color! And he let us in and stamped our passports without any further questions. Whew! We then all heaved a sigh of relief.
After that, at the arrival area, Exit E I think, we found Ate Edelyn waiting for us. She and her family will be accommodating us in the next three days. They are kind enough to let us use a room in their house for the rest of our stay there. She is so happy to see Mom and told us that she’s been telling stories to her kids as to how my Mom was as her teacher before. We were sharing stories about what happened at the Immigration while waiting for her family, and when they arrived we had dinner.
First dinner, first night
Roughly an hour passed and after a bus ride, we arrived at Yat Tung Estate in Tung Chung, Lantau Island. Ate Edelyn and Pastor Gerry’s place is nice and comfy, and their kids are so welcoming and hospitable we felt at home. We then talked about our itinerary for the next day, for it would be busy and packed for sure. Around 50 before midnight, we rested our tired bodies and dozed off.
The next day, we all went to the church which Pastor Gerry and his family is running. Since it’s Mother’s Day and also Mom’s birthday, he preached about great and even impossible things a mother would do for her child. He also talked about what happened to us at the airport, and telling the congregation that what saved us was Mom’s great faith that nothing bad would happen. It seriously gave me chills while Pastor was talking about it.
After the service, Pastor Gerry treated us for lunch. Although Mom and I were a bit hesitant, still Pastor insisted he pay for everything. It was such a treat! Few seconds ticked by, and my dear high school friend Vicky arrived with two of her friends. This is one of the highlight of our trip for me, to see Vicky in Hong Kong where she is working. We have been waiting for this for a long time now, for us to be reunited in HK.
After the sumptuous meal, gala time na!
Vicky was true to her word that we really need to prepare our legs, feet and shoes for walking. But we enjoyed it! We went to Central (park), The Peak tower, rode a ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui, walked along Avenue of the Stars, chilled at the Museum of Art, rode a double-decker bus, and walked anew at a night market in Soy Street. And oh, I was also able to meet Michelle Yeoh, Pierce Brosnan and Bruce Lee haha! It was tiring but we had so much fun. I secretly wished time to stop during the duration of our seemingly endless walking/roaming around.
At Central Park
At The Peak Tower
Me with Michelle Yeoh and Pierce Brosnan at Madame Tussaud’s
After the ferry ride, at Tsim Sha Tsui
“Lumabas ka dyan, Bruce Lee! Hinahamon kita!” 😀
At the Hong Kong Museum of Art
We were having the time of our lives, although our feet were already aching, we didn’t even noticed the night has started creeping in. We then made our way to a night market on Soy Street. But of course we had to eat first as our tummies were rumbling from all the walking. I initially wanted to experience eating along a Hong Kong sidewalk, and glad that that’s where we ended up that night.
I had a generous serving of fried noodles with vegetables, pork and mushroom
After that, since we’re already charged up, walk and walk and some more walk at the night market to buy some stuff
When it felt like our feet can’t really take it anymore, and after shopping for some pasalubongs, we gave in and finally headed home.
No, we’re not going to Disneyland just yet but to Tung Chung where Ate Edelyn and Pastor Gerry and the rest of their family awaits us. We arrived around 5 past midnight. Suffice it to say, and I am letting the photos above and this post to speak for themselves, we really enjoyed our first HK day adventure. Tomorrow is another day, but we were just so tired and signed ourselves off. 🙂