Hong Kong Hustle: Day 4; The Peak, The Amazing Airport Express, and Overall HK Efficiency

Being tired for the three days we were in Hong Kong is all right. Leaving is not :(

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It was our last day in Hong Kong and it was a kinda sad day to leave. Hong Kong is such a magical place! But then again, life in Manila waits. So the first thing we did that morning to maximize our time was to head over to the In-town Check-in over at Kowloon station. This is so convenient! Imagine dropping your bags early on so you’d just have to be at the airport just in time for immigration and boarding. Saves a lot of hassle imho. ALL AIRPORTS NEED THIS!!! The process goes like this —

  • Check if you airline allows for this here. Furthermore, check how many hours prior boarding your airline allows to check in through here. Our flight then was 10pm and we checked in at around 10am. NEAT.
  • Enter the check-in area near the Airport Express at Kowloon or Hong Kong station by badging in your Octopus card or buy a single journey ticket (around HK$90)
  • Drop your baggages and get your boarding pass. Quite literally, you’re now checked in and all you need is to show up for immigration, additional baggage drop (if any), and boarding.
  • The fare deducted from your Octopus will be used when you board the Airport Express. Make sure you’re not on negative by then though.

VERY EFFICIENT, HONG KONG. VERY. EFFICIENT.

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Then we headed back to Sheung Wan for breakfast! There were a lot of interesting coffee shops around and it’ll be a shame not try even one. We holed up in Barista Jam and had my usual flat white. I love, too, that they also retail coffee brewers of every kind. It’s a small space but the crowd is lively and energetic for a drowsy Tuesday morning.

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Then, for the last day, we caught Bus 15 in the Exchange terminus to go to The Peak to while time. We wanted to try the funicular but we found it expensive, touristy, and well… if we can go there without any queueing that’d be great, right? I love the Peak so much! It gives you a good vantage of the Hong Kong skyline and it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours. But other than that, there’s the usual shops, restaurants, oh… there’s this watch shop which offers a lot of discounts! I got a Casio watch for HK$ 100 (just US$ 13!!!!!)

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For one last hurrah at dim sum, without even trying to look for it, we just saw the world’s cheapest most affordable Michelin star restaurant on our way to the Airport Express via the IFC Mall. At first, we didn’t notice it because it has no English signs but the logo really seemed so familiar. Nica said we should eat there because there are a lot of foreigners eating there, and I was just like, I’m just really hungry. So we went in and as soon as we sat down we realized it is Tim Ho Wan! We ordered our usual dim sum, but we really had to try the pork buns, well… because it caused a ruckus in Manila. Verdict: the pork buns tasted way better in Hong Kong. As expected.

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The Airport Express takes just about 24 minutes to take you to the airport… which is in an outlying island away from the city side. There are just two terminals (PAL is in the second one) but we were directed towards Terminal 1 because we already checked in at the MTR (yes it is redundant but I can’t get over how efficient it is.) There are a lot of shopping opportunities here but let’s skip that. Let’s focus on the fact that there’s Popeye’s Fried Chicken there!!! Without thinking, we queued in and got biscuits and chicken because why not. Who cares about waistline (oh but wait, I doooo. Nooooo. HAHA!) And it was just easy to while time here because everything is so organized… I only wish the same for Manila.

IMG_5663It’s been real, Hong Kong

I need to be back soon!

 

Weekend(s) Review!

So y’all know I love weekends. I’ve been busy (and was sick) so I couldn’t post what happened over the past few weekends.

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One of the most memorable weekend of this year (of this life!) is the Saturday that I met Jessica Zafra. She has a series of talks in the Ayala Museum that will run every first Saturday of the month until October. Last August, she talked about why one shouldn’t be a writer. She’s the funniest!

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And the most fun part is when I got a book signed by her!!! Oh god I’m so dorky in that photo I hate myself but oh look at Ms. Zafra!!!

10620111_817292514957996_4666217740683978286_oCatch her this Saturday for the second talk!

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Also, weekends are mostly spent eating. God, I need to think about my weight and my health BUT OH MSG AND DELICIOUS LITTLE THINGS AKA DIMSUM. Two of my officemates and I tried Tim Ho Wan finally! The cheapest Michelin star restaurant was no doubt delicious but I don’t think I’m ready to fall in line for it everytime. How do you like Tim Ho Wan?

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IMG_5118.JPGWoowee dimsum!

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Also, lately I’ve been needing of some much needed quiet (or the right white noise) so I am now bent into trying cafes like M Cafe! They do a pretty decent Americano save that I have to remind them to minus the sugar. But the place is quiet enough for me to work on things. Plus let me tell you the afams in the are aplenty!!! #Reasons

IMG_5141.JPGTablea cake is good!

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Gad, this now looks like a food post rather a weekend post! Well because most weekends are spent meeting people that I don’t have a chance to see. So when my sister was about to take her board exam (I hope she passes with flying colors!) I took her and mom to Zao for a well-deserved dinner. I love the pho at Zao since they do their meat medium rare and I’m crazy about their fresh rolls!

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IMG_5173.JPGAnd off to Future to meet some other friends on some Saturdays (when my body doesn’t feel so tired)

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To more weekends!

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