This post is part of a series on our Asian mini-trip last December 2012, during my four-week home leave.After four amazing days in the Island Paradise, Boracay, we jumped on a bus to spend the night at Clark, Angeles City to catch our early morning flight commencing our 8-day trip around Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Hong Kong and Macau. 🙂
Magandang Umaga ulit Hong Kong!
Siempre pa, maski rumampa ng bongga kahapon sa Lantau Island hanggang gumabi sa Hong Kong Disneyland, maaga na namang gising the next morning para masulit ang pasyal.
After magkape’t tinapay ay gumora na kaming maglakad papuntang Star Ferry pier.
We walked through Nathan Road, then liko sa Canton Road, kung saan napakaraming high end shops gaya ng LV, nemeen. Tingin, tingin muna. Wala yan sa budget. :p
We also passed by 1881 Heritage (Former Marine Police Headquarters Compound).
The compound is a declared monument since 1994 as it is one of the four oldest surviving government buildings in Hong Kong. The Compound and the Old Kowloon Fire Station have been re-developed into a heritage hotel with food and beverage outlets and retail facilities. (Source: Wikipedia)
Matapos pumicture e dumiretso na kami sa TST Kowloon Pier at sumakay papuntang Central Pier. Makatarungan ang pamasahe. 🙂 Check out the fares here -> http://www.starferry.com.hk/services.html.
Foggy ang umagang ire. Di ko sure kung dahil maaga pa talaga. We hoped it will be bright and sunny pagdating mamaya sa Peak.
Pagdating sa Central Pier, hinanap naming ung Bus Stop kung saan kami sasakay papuntang Victoria Peak. Yep, hindi kami sumakay sa Peak Tram nor visit the Wax Museum. Another tipid strategy nyehehe.
Grabe ang daan, sobra pa sa Kennon Road levels! Idagdag pa ang sangkatutak na fog.
Pagdating sa Peak, another tipid strategy. Hindi kami dumiretso sa viewing deck. Dun kami umakyat sa Peak Galleria. Walang entrance fee lah. 🙂
Anlamig dito as in. Brrrrrr…..
Hinintay naming lumabas si Mr. Sun kaso super foggy talaga. Hindi kaya ng powers. Hindi masilayan ang ganda ng Victoria Harbour sa bonggang kapal ng hamog. Nyehehehe.
After some time, we decided na bumaba na and bumalik sa TST. Ganun ulit. Took the bus mula Peak Galleria until Central. Daming magaganda at nagtataasang buildings along the way (Paboritong tanawin ni Buboy the Civil Engineer).
Then ferry ride ulit, mula Central Pier to TST Kowloon.
Bukas na this time ang Harbor City, isang napakalaking mall malapit sa pier at kaganda ng Christmas decors. Kakengganyong pumasok pero we chose na sa may Promenade dumiretso.
Una naming nadaanan ang Clock Tower.
The Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Officially named Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower (Chinese: 前九廣鐵路鐘樓), it is usually referred to as the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower (Chinese: 尖沙咀鐘樓) for its location.
Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod. The top of the tower can be reached by a wooden staircase located within. The interior of Clock Tower had previously been open for visit, but is currently closed for maintenance. The clock tower is located near Victoria Harbour at the foot of Salisbury Road. Another landmark, the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, is located nearby.
The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990. (Source: Wikipedia)
Starting at the colonial-era Clock Tower and stretching all the way to Hung Hom, a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade takes one past the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Avenue of Stars. But like most of the love birds and shutterbugs on the promenade, your gaze will be drawn south to the dramatic topographical and architectural spectacle that is the Hong Kong Island skyline towering over the busy waters of Victoria Harbour.
Lakad lakad pa until we reached AOS – Avenue of Stars 🙂
The Avenue of Stars (Chinese: 星光大道), modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is located along the Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. Source: Wikipedia
Matapos ang bonggang lakad sa AOS (maaga pa masyado para sa Symphony of Lights) ay nagpasya kaming umuwi muna at magpahinga.
Kaso sa pagod, ang power nap ay naging bonggang borlogs. Mag a- alas nwebe na ng gabi nung makababa kami. Toinks.
Therefore, Plan B. Lezz go sa Mongkok, for pasalubong shopping, woot! 🙂
And so, sumakay kami sa TST MRT station then bumaba sa Mongkok Station.
Maraming maraming shops sa TST, pero wari ko’y mas napakarami pang tindahan dine sa Mongkok. Hindi ko na mabilang kung ilang Bossini, Giordano, Baleno shops et al ang nakita namin.
Kaya pala tinawag na “shopping haven” ire. Now I know. 🙂
Mula Argyle Street, lakad lakad kami ulit hanggang sa marating namin ang tinatawag nilang Tung Choi Street o Ladies’ Market.
Andaming paninda. At super mura infernez. Nakabili kami ni Buboy ng sandosenang souvenir shirts, wallets, at kung anik-anik. Dapat lang marunong kang tumawad aat umakting ng bongga LOL.
Habang naglalakad, we also saw musicians playing mismo sa gitna ng kalsada. You can show your appreciation sa kanilang performance by putting some money sa open guitar case. 🙂
Op kors, mawawala ba ang pagkain? Tom Jones na kami ni Buboy matapos and ilang oras na paglalakad at giniginaw na rin kaya pumasok kami sa unang mall na nakita namin sa area – Langham Palace.
Yep, mas maginaw sa labas kesa sa loob ng mall. At siguro naengganyo na rin kami sa ganda ng interior / decor. I looked for the mall directory and noted kung asan ang food court. Yoshinoya dinner ulet 🙂 (Wala nga kasing Yoshinoya kasi dito sa Bahrain hehehe).
Halos midnight na kami nakauwi pero need na namang gumising ng maaga the next day. 🙂
Bukas: Taralets sa Mailaw na Macau!