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Finally, after 2 months plus, I had finally managed to finish posting my blog regarding Hong Kong and Macau trip.

Here is my Hong Kong & Macau itinerary [click on the blue colour fonts]:

Day 1 (15 September 2010)
– Reached Hong Kong International Airport
– Dinner at Kingswood Ginza Shopping Plaza

Day 2 (16 September 2010)
[Part 1] – Take speed boat from Hong Kong to Macau, Visiting The Sands
[Part 2] – Visiting The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel, Dinner at Cozinha Pinocchio, Taipa Village

Day 3 (17 September 2010)
[Part 1] – Macau City Tour; Senado Square, Ruins of St Paul
[Part 2] – Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tshui

Day 4 (18 September 2010)
– Ocean Park

Day 5 (19 September 2010)
– Victoria Peak and Madame Tussauds

Day 6 (20 September 2010)
– Hong Kong Disneyland

Day 7 (21 September 2010)
– Breakfast and Lunch at Kingswood Ginza Shopping Plaza
– Goodbye Hong Kong

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In year 2005, it was my first visit to Hong Kong with my family. It was during Chinese New Year that time. Unfortunately, didn’t had the chance to visit Disneyland as it is still under construction. Too bad~
In year 2006, visit Hong Kong again after a week travel around China before going back Malaysia. Unfortunately, we only had 1 day stopby Hong Kong and my mom prefer to spend the time shopping around Mongkok instead going to Disneyland. Here goes again of missing another chance going to Disneyland.

This time around, my 3rd visit to Hong Kong, Disneyland is a not-to-be-miss in my itinerary. If not, I will regret for the 3rd time. We went Disneyland in the noon time. After having breakfast and a short and quick shopping around Mongkok, we took MRT to Disneyland.


Disney train with Mickey Mouse theme. Falling in love with this train


All about Mickey Mouse; the window and even the grip handles


Entrance of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort


Saw it? Mickey Mouse surfing on the top of the fountain


D represents Diana. Just kidding. D represents what else? Disneyland

It was a fine weather until when we bought the ticket, gosh; it starts to rain. Looks like it’s not my luck to visit Disneyland.


Saw people are taking umbrella and wearing rain coat?
By the way, this is Sleeping Beauty castle

Although raining, but it don’t stop me from….


Taking photo with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Finally…
I missed the chance when visiting Paris Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland is Asia’s second Disneyland (first is in Tokyo) and it is the smallest Disneyland compare to others. Therefore, we plan to go there after lunch. There are 4 themed lands; Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Advertureland and Tomorrowland.

We only able to enjoy few rides mostly indoor one. In order to kill time, we even went to watch those live show such as The Lion King Musical Performance.


One of the indoor ride, Space Mountain


Buzz Lightyear which famous for its “To infinity and beyond”

Not much photo can be taken as the rain starts to fall heavily in the evening. But one thing that cause us to wait till night time is the fireworks over the Sleeping Beauty castle. It’s so amazing and mesmerising. There is suppose to have performance before the fireworks but it had been cancel as the rain non stop falling.


Impressive fireworks

The park ticket cost HK$350 per adult.

How to get to this fairy-tale theme park: Take the Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay and then transfer to Disneyland Resort Line.

>19th September 2010

We supposed to go Ngong Ping 360 which is the getaway to Lantau Island and famous for the world’s tallest, outdoor, seated bronze statue of Giant Buddha but due to the overheat (the very very very hot weather), we cancel the plan. We woke up late as we don’t have enough sleep for the last few days. Travelling is like that; sleep late at night and wake up very early.

Since woke up late, find breakfast also much convenient as more shops are open. After breakfast, we moved to another Hong Kong famous attractions, Victoria Peak. Victoria Peak is also my second visit by the way =p. If you like to have a stunning 360 degrees panoramic view accoss Hong Kong, this is the best place to be.

There are lots of attractions in Victoria Peak. Our main destinations is visiting Madame Tussauds which located in the Level 2 of Peak Tower. Madame Tussauds is a wax musseum displaying lifelike wax of historical and royal figures, celebrities and sports stars. So, we took this opportunity to spot our favourite superstars and pose lots of crazy pictures.


From East ===>


Lee Ping Ping and Andy Lau are promoting their latest movie


Who in the world will not know this guy? Jay Chao, the Taiwan king rapper which sometimes I can’t hear what he was singing or rapping 😛


Twins


Everyone knew him as Ip Man; Donnie Yen


Theresa Teng looks stunning in awesome cheongsam


Anita Mui

Even Korea superstar is here; Bae Yong Jung from Winter Sonata

To the West ===>



Lastly, not forgeting the famous sport star of all time, David Beckham

How to get there: MTR to Central Station and exit J2. Turn right, through Chater Garden, cross Queen’s Road Central and make way up to Garden Road. Pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on the left and St John’s Cathedral on the right before arriving at the terminus, which is on the left hand side. st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) }

Both Peak Tram and entrance to Madame Tussauds cost HK$180 which is highly recommend to take combo package.

>18th September 2010

We woke up as early as we can in order for us to look for breakfast before starting our day which need lots of energy. There is no coffee house nearby the place we stay, so we plan to stopby Yuen Long. It’s kinda hard to look for place to have breakfast as most of the shops are still close. Maybe too early gua.. Luckily Sam saw this small little tiny shop which I think can fit less than 12-16 people. They served normal breakfast meal such as toast bread with egg or even noddle soup with egg.

Most of us order this; Noodle soup with luncheon meat, ham and egg. Extra HK$1 for milk tea
Not bad as I not choosy when comes to food.

As what I had planned for this trip, our plan for today is going to one of the four major Hong Kong attractions which was Ocean Park. Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s homegrown theme park. The interesting part of Ocean Park is that it is not just serve as theme park, it’s also a place where we able to enjoy a real marine wildlife performance by the dolphins and sea lions. This is my second visit to Ocean Park.


Lovely admission ticket

Admission fee: HK$250 (adults); HK$125

However, we managed to buy at the price of HK$222 per adult. This ticket is available at the Admiralty MTR Station, before taking bus. Not from the counter nearby the bus but is the counter which is inside station. We was quite confuse when the counter which nearby bus was selling at the price at HK$250 but ours is HK$222. At first, we thought the one we bought are not valid or in other words; fake ticket. Luckily, it was not.

There are 2 entrance for Ocean Park; main entrance (lowland) and the other is Tai Shue Wan entrance (headland).


Ocean Park Tai Shue Wan Entrance


Flamigo pond, once you enter the entrance



This is the place to watch the sea lion and seals and their underwater acrobatics from the underwater viewing gallery


Growing stage of seals


Food kiosk in case when you are hungry

Here comes my favourite part in Ocean Park, Ocean Theatre


I had watched these shows 5 years ago and I’m guess that I lucky enough as I’m not just able to witness the amazing intelligence and grace dolphins and the playful sea lions performance, I also witness the performance the black big whale. But too bad, it died few years later. Don’t miss the chance to watch this marine wildlife show everytime you visit Ocean Park and do check out the show time. It’s not to be miss show!

Since it’s summer in Hong Kong and all of us were sweating like hell. It’s damn hot, so we decided to take cable car to the lowland. Ocean Park consists of Lowland and Headland, which are connected by cable car.

If you scare of height, you can take the alternative ride on Ocean Express Summit Station.

When my first visit, me and my family don’t have the chance to witness panda. This is the bad thing of joining travel agent as limitation of time. So, I am overwhelming when I got the chance this time around.


There are 4 pandas and they are absolutely damn cute…


Is this goldfish? Hahaha…


Haagen Danz provide you a comfort seats. xP

How to get there: Bus 629 from Admiralty MTR Station, Exit B
Opening hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Monday -Fri); 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (Sat); 9:30 am – 7:00 pm (Sun)

Please do visit http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home/ for more info especially on the show time as it is vary from time to time.

>17th September 2010

We reached Sheung Wan station, Hong Kong around 6 pm. As what I had planned for this trip, we departed to Tsim Sha Tsui using MTR (which is similar to Malaysia LRT) to the one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong, Avenue of Stars. Using MTR is so easy and most of the popular tourist spots is stated on the signboard. Besides that, using the Octopus card which is similar to the “Touch and Go” card is highly recommended as it is much more convenient.

We walked behind Sogo Complex Mall and we reached earlier before the stunning show start. It is the perfect time to take lots of pics as it is not that crowded but too bad, i miss that opportunities. So sad (-_-). We were too tired so we find a seat to settle down.

Exactly at 8pm, it’s time for the Symphony of Lights which last for 10 minutes. This spectacular multimedia show, named the world’s largest permanent light and sound show by Guinness Eorld Records, combines light and narration while featuring more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. The show creates an allround vision of coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights performing a stunning, unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong.

Amazing night view across Victoria Harbour

A Symphony of Lights brightens the Hong Kong skyline

Besides enjoying the stunning and mesmerising show, this is the place also features handprints and statue of the movie superstars such as the legendary kung fu, Bruce Lee and also those behind the camera.

Statue of Bruce Lee

Jet Li’s handprint

Andy Lau’s handprint

Only able to catch these 2 handprints as both are one of my HK favourite celebrities


You able to find different celebrities’ handprints along the way

How to get there: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit E, walk towards harbour and go through subway (pedestriab tunnel) to the waterfront; or East Tsim Sha Tsui KCR Exit J, walk through subway and follow the directional signs to the Avenue of Stars.

Because some of us are extremely exhausted, we decided to have our dinner at Sogo Complex Mall before back to our place at Tin Shui Wai.

Food Court at Sogo Complex Mall; variety of choices

>16th September 2010 – Macau (Part 1)

Our initial plan to Macau is suppose to be the last day before we back to KK but since Teh’s uncle saw promotion for Macau hotel together with ferry ticket in local newspaper (not Malaysian local newspaper, its Hong Kong newspaper), so we decided to go Macau a day after we reached Hong Kong.

This special promotion is absolutely superb duper cheap. HK$700 for 2 people; 1 night for 5 star hotel and 2 return tickets to Macau. For a normal price ticket, it would cost HK$134 – HK$142 for only one single ticket. So do your maths and try calculate how much we pay for the accommodation.

We took bus from Tin Shui Wai to Sheung Wan station. This is the station to depart to Macau.

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Boarding Hall. This is depart to Tapai, not Macau main port.

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Turbojet Counter

I thought that we are going to Macau by this red ferry which known as Turbojet but we are travel using blue ferry which is known as Cotai Jet. However, this Cotai Jet does not depart to the main Macau Ferry Terminal. It depart to another ferry terminal which known as Tapai Temporary Ferry Terminal.

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Cotai Jet

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Start our day with sausage with egg burger and milk tea from Mc D.
By the way, it’s pork burger. I’m just loving it when comes to Mc D Hong Kong

The journey took almost 1 hour. Once we stepped outside the pier, we saw that Macau International airport is nearby. Unlike Hong Kong, there is no railways in Macau. Not to worry as there are many free shutter bus. In Macau, buses and taxis are major public transport. Most of the casinos operate their own fleet of shuttle bus service such as Lisboa Casino, The Venetians, The Sands and etc. And it is free!

As we arrived earlier than we plan, we took The Sands shuttle bus before check in to our hotel. The Sands is a big and luxury casino in Macau. It is the sister hotel of the Venetian. Before proceeded to the casino, we deposited our baggage at the baggage counter. What I like about this sands is there are plentiful of free drinks; fruit juice, warm milk and even hot drinks such as coffee and etc.

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The Sands Macau

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Japanese buffet at The Sands. That is Teh’s uncle at the bottom right pic.

After having Japanese buffet which located at the second floor of The Sands as our lunch, we took the shuttle bus heading to Macau Ferry Terminal and wait for another shuttle bus which provided by the hotel that we will check in to. The hotel shuttle bus pick the passagers every half an hour. We stayed in Riviera Hotel (formerly known as Ritz Hotel Macau). The room was very spacious as well as the bathroom.

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Definitely I would like to stay here again

Next post: The mesmerizing of Venice replica

>15th September 2010

At last, having the holiday I want. No more worries about works. Left behind for the whole week and all I need to do is enjoy the holiday to the fullest.
At first, we booked our destination to Macau but starting from July onwards (if not mistaken), flight from Kota Kinabalu to Macau had been stopped. But luckily, we still got choice to fly to Hong Kong.
This is my 3rd trip to Hong Kong but first visit to Macau. Therefore, there are few places that I will been for the 2nd times.

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My new luggage bag, Hush Puppies. Purposely bought for this trip 😛

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View of Hong Kong from the top

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Reach airport after almost 3 hours flight. By the way, our flight delay for almost 1 and half hours

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Let me introduce, Sabah F4 😛
(From left: Sam, Teh, Aaron and Vincent)

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Hong Kong International Airport. It is bigger than KLIA

Once we reached Hong Kong International Airport, Teh’s uncle welcoming us at the arrival hall patiently and brought us to the Octopus Card counter to buy the public transport ticket before taking us to the next destination. It’s useful for us to buy that ticket instead of buying single ticket. Why? Later you will find out.

We took bus from airport to the place we will overnight for the whole trip. We stayed in Teh’s uncle’s house, which located in Tin Shui Wai. Since we reached Hong Kong around 6-7 pm, (due to the delay), his uncle brought us for dinner. By the way, we were damn hungry since the last meal we had was around 11am – 12pm. Planned to buy meal in the cabin but it’s not worth it.

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5 of us order different meals at YLK Restaurant, Kingswood Ginza, Tin Shui Wai

After dinner with Teh’s uncle and whole family, they brought us to the condo which nearby the our dinner place.

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Clockwise: Master bedroom, Kitchen, Double decker bed room, Living room

This is my first experience of living the lifestyle of Hong Kong people. Although known as condo, but their space is limited. This is because their land is extremely expensive. However, we are grateful that we have place to stay as we can save more cost for this trip.

Next post: First step in Macau

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    • ken: >so cool ah the miniature world.. gotta admire the precision and accuracy of the structures :)
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    • Diana Diane Teo: >Armstrong - Although quite sad because it comes to the end, but I am quite happy to see it ends with good ending. :)Sailor - Thanks for the compli