So many things have happened in the last 6 months – on a personal level, family and work wise. I have not completed my postings for our Japan trip and it’s now time to post about our holiday to Hong Kong before I forget it altogether.
Our HK trip was a much anticipated trip for the whole family. We bought the tickets a year before the trip and it served as a good motivational ground for the kids in all aspects – work wise and also at a personal level.
We took flew by Air Asia to Hong Kong. The kids were excited about 3 things only :
2. Ocean Park
3. The cool weather
Unfortunately, when we arrived there, the weather was between 16 – 19C - hence not as cold as they wanted but comfortably cool enough for us to walk around in a light sweater.
Ashley wrote in her journal while waiting to board the plane to Hong Kong.
We home for the next 5 nights was at Novotel at Nathan Road, Kowloon. From the HK airport, we boarded the Cityflyer Bus A21 from Airport Bus Terminus (3 min walk from the arrival hall) to our hotel. The fare was HKD 33 per person (tickets can be bought by cash or Octopus card), the bus operates every 10 minutes and had ample luggage space. The travel time was 50 mins. The kids were thrilled to sit on the bus because it was a double decker bus and they always wanted to sit in a double decker bus. What I liked about the bus was that it offered free wifi!! I thought that was pretty neat
View from the bus ride.
This shot was taken along Nathan Road. The bamboo scaffolding reminded me of Jackie Chan movies.
From the airport, we got off at the 10th bus stop and it stopped us right in front of a Sasa Shop which is at a corner of a block at Nathan Road. Novotel is located at the back of Sasa (less than 1 min walk). See how the kids were dressed? They were dressed to embrace the cold. The weird thing was that it was really cold in the bus but when we got off the bus, it was warm outside and the kids were disappointed that it wasn’t as cold as they expected.
This was the kids’ favorite spot at the hotel. There is a play corner (where the Xbox station is located) and 4 Mac stations connected to the internet). We are quite pleased with this hotel because of it’s price and location. It is 3 blocks away from Jordon MTR station (5 min walk from the hotel) and considering that we made a last minute booking, we paid RM 2848 for 5 nights including taxes & fees (booked via hotels.com) . The ONLY downside about this hotel is that free wifi is only available at the reception / lobby area for 20 mins (available to guests only). After a day, we found a loophole though cause once the 20 mins is up, you can relogin and access the free wifi again The wifi that you get in the rooms are chargeable.
On the first day, since we settled in in the late afternoon, we decided to take a stroll to Mongkok. It was bustling with people.
There were many buskers along the street which offered entertainment to the crowd.
A lot of people crowded around this guy who seemed to be suspended in mid air. Can you see what the fuss is about?
ronically, we had Japanese for dinner. Kids were hungry and we went into the first shop the kids approved of.
We also found a Sushi takeout place which was a 10-15 min walk from the hotel and brought some back to the hotel to snack on. It was reasonably priced and the kids loved it.
Since we hardly ride on the LRT trains in KL, the MTR rides in HK were a hit with the kids.
Everyone was happy and tired by the end of the day and slept like a log.
All set for Day 2!