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Hong Kong – Arrival and day 1

I went to Hong Kong last September 18 to 22. It was a four nights and four days stay. Kuala Lumpur was actually my first choice, but Hong Kong was insisted because of a certain shop. Well, it was fine with me because I haven’t gone to any other Asian country except Japan (not outside the airport even). I thought I wouldn’t be able to push through with the trip when I got a bit held in NAIA2’s immigration. But I was allowed to go through after persistently clarifying matters to the immigration lady.

What if I wasn’t let through after all the trouble and payments done?

I don’t want to think about it.

Our flight was delayed due to air traffic and we were 5 minutes late on arrival, but we arrived safely. We also had no troubles in HK’s airport. The hotel pickup wasn’t hard to find either. The driver just didn’t believe it was me who he was supposed to be waiting for because of my real name.

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I took the pics while in the car, so I only got very few clear and not even decent shots. Haven’t tried hallucinogens? That’s how your surroundings will look with that stuff. LOL~ J/k!

We booked at Ovolo Hotel in Shek Pai Wan, Aberdeen. The hotel isn’t five-star, but it’s still a very nice hotel with very decent service.

The vacation starts the following day, September 19. With just two hours of shallow sleep because of an unexpected event, I was woken up by a fire alarm that almost gave me a seizure. It went off twice. There wasn’t any fire. It was just other folks in the hotel turned on the alarm for some reason.

I did not prepare any itinerary at all except to see toy shops and, of course, the main reason for going to HK. Ocean Park was suggested even though I had no intention of seeing any tourist attractions. I then decided to schedule Ocean Park on either the second or third day. The first day was spent on familiarizing the MTR and bus transit systems by visiting the seemingly easily accessible shops in my list.

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View from our room

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The wall fronting the reception area

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Shek Pai Wan Road

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Circle K is where I get our budget cold soba for dinner

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Heading to the bus stop

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An old man talked to me in their unfamiliar language. He probably meant
I was crazy to fall in line to that bus stop because it was for senior citizens.

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See the poor duckies?

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If you get lost, that means you just don’t read.

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Our first stop was Asahiya Bookstore which I had trouble locating. SOGO Department Store must have done some rearrangements. I also forgot that the bookstore is inside SOGO and Google Map had me going back and forth the streets behind the department store.

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About to give up, I went back to SOGO and did what I should have done from the start — Ask their customer service. The CS ladies I asked were confused but another CS overheard Asahiya and told me it’s at the 11th floor. After another trouble of getting to that floor, I finally reached Asahiya. All the trouble was worth it in spite not getting a single book or magazine. Asahiya has heaps and heaps of manga, magazines, and novels. If only, I could have brought home a BeXBoy Gold and some yaoi manga. If there were Weekly Playboys too. The only challenge would be how not to get caught with them.

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After Asahiya, my Mom suggested we go to Victoria Park. But, we had lunch first in a restaurant located in this building:

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The lunch was at Beppu Ekimae. They have a decent selection of food from sushi to ramen to donburi. Food price range is HKD50 to HKD70.

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My Mom’s order

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And mine

My mom also ordered a donburi which we had to take out because we were already full from the noodles.

After the somewhat expensive but heavy meal, we headed to Victoria Park.

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Joiz, Kat, and Drew — Let’s watch? XDDD

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I was able to take pictures of the park only with my film camera especially when a guard called our attention after we took pictures of their English fail (already posted in my Instagram). We still had two more stops before we returned to the hotel — Charlie Brown Cafe and Avenue of Stars.

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Ikea was along the way, so we did a quick stop there.

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This bedroom layout looks cramped, but I like.

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Disco ball WANT!

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When I need a full-body mirror, I will have to look for something similar.

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Riding the subway to Tsim Sha Tsui where the cafe is.

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Cutie doggie walking with his owner without a leash and random guy chases this dog to take pics of him/her πŸ™‚

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Found Charlie Brown Cafe! πŸ˜€

TBC in last installment of the first day of HK post.


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