Hong Kong

Panda Hotel Review- Tsuen Wan Hong Kong

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Panda Hotel is only 30 minutes away from the hong Kong International Airport in Tsuen Wan.Its location is also accessible because it is near the MTR. Cabs are also available everywhere. When we got in, I was surprised because I didn’t expect that it will look like a 5 star hotel, because I know that my mother would not spend so much just for the hotel. I actually love it. It’s very clean and even smells good inside. 

Every time we got back in the hotel, the rooms were cleaned already. I like their services a lot. You can even trust them coz nothing got lost during our stay.

But I’d rather not stay here because I like it better in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST).  is like the grand central station for Hong Kong Shopaholics. Panda hotel is the very last stop of MTR, it’s like an hour away from TST. On our first day, we even took the cab and its very expensive till we learned to ride the MTR. But I’m not discouraging you from availing the hotel’s services; it’s a good hotel, go for it.

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Mending my broken heart in Hong Kong

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This Hong Kong trip is supposed to be my 18th birthday gift from my father (Alternative to USA trip because our visa application was denied). However we were only able to pursue this trip a 3 years later (Hindi ko alam bakit hindi matuloy-tuloy). So I was already 21 when I had my first out of the country tour and to my dismay natapat pa sa panahon pinagpalit ako ng jowakels ko ng 5 years sa iba. 

We woke up at around 5am for this trip. I was excited but the extra baggage in my heart makes me feel sluggish. I couldn’t feel complete happiness because at the back of my mind I wasn’t okay.

Buti na lang hindi chinecheck in ang baggage sa dibdib kase kung hindi sigurado magbabayad mama ko ng excess baggage. hehe 

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Yey! This is gonna be my first airplane ride. I look happy and excited don’t I?

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Hindi kami napigilan ng swine flu para magtour kahit na nagmamakaawa papa ko.

We stayed at Panda Hotel in Tsuen Wan. Read my review of the hotel here: https://gagaymartinez.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/panda-hotel-review-tsuen-wan-hong-kong/

For this trip my mom purchased a package tour for us. This is like her third time being here. She was in charge of everything since we have no idea how these tours go.

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See how happiness reflects on my face

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On our first day we walked and walked and walked and shopped just like the Hong Kong nationals in Tsuen Wan. Walking along Tsuen Wan made me forget about my problems. Being here feels different which I could not really express in words. The city has a character of its own that seem to feed all the people here with great energy.

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My sister and I. People think we’re also chinese :p

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Nanay ko nakaisip ng pose na to. Pagbigyan nyo na pls.. siya naman ang nagbayad ng trip na to. hahaha!

Jet Li’s angels @ the Avenue of the Stars

Trivia: According to our tour guide Lovely (Kapangalan nya  yung pinagpalit sakin ng ex ko) You are considered wealthy in Hong Kong if you run at least 7 businesses.

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@ Aberdeen fishing village. Hirap ng walang tripod na dala. Sa panahon na to wala pa kming dslr kaya medyo chakabels pa mga pic. 🙂

Next stop happiest place on earth: Disney Land Hong Kong

The moment I set my foot in this place, it felt like Thinkerbell sprinkled some magic dust on me. I heard familiar music playing then my sister and I started guessing which Disney Movie the music was played and we sang along. I felt like I child I wanted to run and play. I felt like a 7 year old again

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When I saw this Mickey I was jumping for joy!

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napa nga nga talaga ako sa ganda ng nakita ko sa lugar na to. When I said nga nga i mean it in a good way not the NGA NGA! we know today

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Black Rice: Best dessert in Hong Kong can be found in Disneyland

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And then I saw the Disney princesses. Everything reminded me of my childhood. The hole in my heart? I forgot about it. I was completely happy and I guess it helped me forgot about the bad things that happened just few days ago.

The place is too big. Hindi talaga namin nasulit. I wish to go back someday and I’ll spend a day in this place. I don’t know why travel agents try to jam pack all tours in 1 day. If you’re purchasing a package tour make it sure that you’ll be able to spend one whole day in Disneyland and another day in Ocean Park. Because believe me a day isn’t even enough for these theme parks.

Trivia: If it wasn’t for the terrorism in Mindanao before, Hong Kong Disneyland should have been Philippines/ Clark Disneyland. Sayang we were not chosen.

Next stop: Ocean Park

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Lahat ng klase ng laslas pulso na rides andito

The difference between disneyland and Oceean Park is that Disneyland is more like for kids because there are really no extreme rides. and ocean park is more like for adults who loves extreme rides. Be prepared for walking. The distance between rides is big. you really have to walk far and fast to get to the next ride plus you need to fall in a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong line.

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There are also lots of cute animals here like this Panda who pooped and made as all say “aaaaaaawwww” when he yawned. He really looks adorable.

On our last day we decided to have another round of shopping. We tried to look for Mongkok and we got lost. It was fun getting lost here.

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This photo reminds me of the movie Taken

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I love the street foods in HK 🙂

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At siyempre chena lang na nagshopping kame sa Feragamo at Prada dito sa Hong Kong :p

So that wraps up my first tour here in HK. This iconic city has definitely helped me forget for a while. I forgot that I was nursing a heartbreak. Here I experienced complete happiness that has help me numbed the pain..me ganon!? Ang drama ko noh!

HK is the beginning of my journey in circumnavigating the world. It is where my learning starts. See you on my next trip! O sya na! Bago dumanak ang dugo..Adios!

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