That’s the view from our room early morning, at the Tung Chung Primary (?) School, and here’s a view outside from the dining area:
We woke up around 8 AM but the lazy bug bit us earlier on. We were starting to consider scratching out Disneyland on the list of our plans for the day. Although part of me still wants to go, but another is still lazy to get up and prepare. Pastor Gerry also invited us for breakfast at McDonald’s and he and his kids took us on a tour around the Yat Tung Estate. Next thing we know, it’s already past 11 AM. So off we went to Disneyland, half-decided if we’re still going to get inside the resort.
After about a 30-minute train ride, we arrived at the resort. It felt like Mickey Mouse and the rest of the gang are calling our names to get inside. But we’re still undecided. One thing we’re considering is the entrance fee of HK$350 each (pang shopping na lang daw), and also the time, since it’s already past 1 PM we won’t be able to enjoy the entire resort. So, what we did was just take pictures of ourselves outside the gate haha!
Not bad, eh? “At least” we get to experience being at Disneyland, and we’re not the only ones who did the same thing. Few, or should I say most, people dropped by only to take pictures. And really, HK$1,400 (for the four of us) is an awful lot of money, so we opted not to get inside. Having said that, we just made our way to Soy Street to shop for some more pasalubongs and stuff for ourselves as well.
Which brings me to my realization #2: Travelling can really bring out the best and the worst in you, and you can discover more about yourself and your companion as well. Case in point, my brother Jeremiah who refuses to join us in pictures and won’t tell you what’s wrong or what’s bothering him just because he wanted to do something else. And to make things even worse, we got lost in search of Soy Street. We couldn’t seem to find our way back to where we shopped last night, and we walked and walked and walked but to no avail. Tempers were flaring as the heat succumbed upon us, we almost gave up. We tried to ask for directions, but most people don’t know how to speak in English. And when finally we took another hunch as to where Soy Street was, and found out that it is the right way after all, it was BLISS, I tell ya!
On Soy Street finally, glad to see Vicky once again before we go back to Manila tomorrow
We got tired and hungry with all the walking that’s why we ate at a nearby food house. Vicky also bought us packs of noodles for pasalubong (of which I did not intend in giving to anyone haha). After that, we roamed around the almost-night market anew and shopped for some more. Back at home, Pastor Gerry and family prepared dinner since it would be the last night of our HK vacation. The smoked fish tasted gooood!
After dinner, we started to pack our stuff. We have to leave around 8 AM tomorrow morning for our 10:40 AM flight. Of course, and as usual for most of my vacations, I felt this “bitin” feeling and part of me doesn’t want to go back home just yet. Three days is really not enough, especially if you feel like you can still do more and go to some other places. But this trip is really more than what we asked for.
Which will now bring me to my realization #3: We are lucky and blessed to experience this trip. Lucky enough to save for it, but more of blessed by all these circumstances. We couldn’t have survived without the help of Ate Edelyn, Pastor Gerry and their family. We have limited means, but I know God planned this whole thing. Starting from Mom and Ate Edelyn meeting at their high school reunion, to some travel mishaps here and there, our free accommodations and all. Yes, they never asked us to pay, although we tried but they refused. Such good Samaritans. I mean really, we could not ask for more.
The next day, it’s already time to leave. It was a holiday, the kids didn’t have classes, so they joined in bringing us to the airport. I really am leaving with a heavy heart, but with a promise that I will be back soon. This trip was a great and memorable one. Our first family trip outside of the country filled with so much love and blessings.
With Ate Edelyn, Pastor Gerry and family at the airport after checking in
At the departure area
Waiting to board our plane back to Manila
And just like that, our Hong Kong vacation ended. Abruptly, yes, but really worthwhile. Aside from the views, the places, the rides, and the people, the culture, it’s the enriching lessons that travelling will teach you. I hope every trip would be like this – not perfect at all, but will make you realize a lot of things and will make you a better person and believer.