Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong (Day 1 of 2)

I am so excited today as I am co-hosting Fiesta Friday #93 with the lovely Kaila @ GF Life 24/7 for the second time around. Right, Kaila? 😀 I think the guests are expecting something delicious from me today, yes? Hmm, something sweet, maybe? Savoury? Ha! Sorry, but I am not bringing food today! Oppsss! Don’t look at me like that! I have another thing – a story… which hopefully you’ll not get bored with! I am sharing you the first ever travel post on my blog. Yihee! 😀 While listening to me, link up and join the fun by clicking the badge below:

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Once upon a time, there was a Princess who really loves to go to Hong Kong. All was planned and ready. She prepared a scrapbook to document all the photos and write the experiences. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances happened that she had to pull out everything. The Princess got very depressed and forgot all the dreams she had related to Hong Kong.

Years after, a plan was made again. This time, the dream of going to Hong Kong finally came true.

Join me as I share with you my first time in Hong Kong… or you can just scroll down to see the photos. 😉

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Upon arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport, a representative from Asian Links Holiday greeted us (the tourists) and handed over our itinerary for the whole tour. From the airport, we were dropped at the hotel, the Rambler Garden Hotel. The hotel is about 30-minutes-by-car-far. It is located in Tsing Yi which is an island in the urban area of Hong Kong. The hotel was okay – mainly to accommodate guests, but the room is very small and the ceiling is very high. The view from the window? This.

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They are like huge legos. The view from the hallway looks more nice:

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But we are on the 30th floor and it’s crazy to stay at the hallway.

Residential building
Residential building

There are shops and a restaurant at the basement level of the hotel.

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Various shops at the basement area where you can buy something to eat or drink, Chinese medicines, clothes and bags
And Watson's, too. :)
And Watson’s, too. 🙂

The restaurant at the basement area is called Cafe de Coral.

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Restaurant at the basement area
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Something like roasted chicken thigh with some sort of peanut sauce/gravy
Green tea
I ordered for green tea and they gave me a cold one
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Fried Fish Fillet
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Gravy
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Puerh Tea – hot this time

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Enough for the introduction…

First day was supposed to be a free day, but we decided to go to Ocean Park. When the representative said there will be Pandas, there’s no reason for me to say ‘No, I want to take a rest.’ See you, Panda!

Day 1: Ocean Park

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Ocean Park is a huge theme park and according to the tour guide, it’s thrice the size of Hong Kong Disneyland. There are rides (which I am scared of), shops, animals and restaurants. I don’t know how I could manage being a tourist and a photographer at the same time. :/ So, I have not taken much photos and have not went to all the attractions which I feel so sorry about. Anyway, let me share what I got. 🙂

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We went inside The Grand Aquarium, but I have not taken good photos… which was a little okay because I am not really a fan.

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There is a transportation called Ocean Express where it would take you from the other side to another side of the park.

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People waiting for the ‘train’
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‘Train’ has arrived

From the inside of the ‘train’, you cannot see the outside world. There were animated drawings of different kinds of fishes and water on the ceiling of the ‘train’ which it make you feel that you are travelling underwater with matching sounds. It was so cute. (So busy watching that I forgot to take a photo)

During my stay at Ocean Park, I hear people screaming. I think the screams came all the way from here. Maybe this is not the worst ride I have seen, but still, THIS. IS. CRAZY.

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Roller coaster ride called Hair Raiser
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Another crazy ride

This is the ride I love, Ferris Wheel. Ha! No challenge, eh? 😀 As I said, Ocean Park is a huge area, so I couldn’t find the way to here. Forget the maps – I don’t even know how to use them.

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This is something where you ride some kind of a round boat and people from the top will ‘water-gun’ you… plus you will be wet from the running water.

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Bananas!!! But no, they are not real If they are, maybe I’ve jumped already.

One of the things I loved at Ocean Park – seeing these beautiful birds…

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And snake?? Am I happy to see this? Well, yeah! Plus, it’s beautiful… and scary!

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And hello, Panda! We went to an attraction where there were two Pandas, but they were hiding or maybe sleeping. So we did not have the chance to see them at first. Luckily, we went inside another attraction and saw this so cute Panda.

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Well, after eating… you get full and you sleep… with your back facing your audience. Huh!

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Here’s a short video I have taken:

We also went inside a place where there are fishes – unlucky me that I have not taken nice photos. 😦

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Koi

Stunning aquariums with gold fishes:

 I hope you enjoy my photos and my story. See you on the second day! 😉

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23 thoughts on “Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong (Day 1 of 2)

  1. Thanks for your gorgeous photographs – everyone I know is raving about Hong Kong, and now I get an idea why 😉 And thank you even more for hosting FF, I hope you are having fun!

    1. I am thrilled that you enjoyed the photos, Ginger. I’d really love to come back someday. 🙂 And it’s my pleasure to mingle with all of you. Have a lovely week ahead. xx

      1. Just checked out your other pic, too – What an amazing place! (I’d personally give Dinseyland a miss, but that’s not really an option with two kids, is it?!) 😉

  2. Hellooo..,Happy Princess 🤗!! So happy for you.. Me too just love scrapbooking!! It’s a dream of mine to make one with the pics clicked all around the globe.. InshaAllah.. Eagerly waiting to see your scrapbook when it’s done☺️🏝🎠

    1. Oh, I removed the scrapbook thing when the first plan did not work out. So nothing to see this time. 😐 But you know what? I am planning to come back. 😀

  3. Good morning from HK. Seems you are enjoying the beauty of Hong Kong. There’s still more wonderful tourist spot you must visit. Hope you will have a blast!

    1. I wish I could go back to visit the other tourist spots. I could imagine myself roaming around and finding tea everyhwere. 😀 Thanks for taking the time to visit. I hope you are having a fabulous weekend. xx

  4. Jhuls, Thanks for co-hosting with me! I brought something sweet and I’m sure our guests brought some savory items too. I absolutely love this post. Ocean Park looks like so much fun! I would have tried all the rides! Your panda movie was my favorite, and I love all the pictures since I haven’t been to Hong Kong. The thirtieth floor must have been so high, and the view from the hallway is gorgeous. Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  5. How wonderful that you spent some time in Hong Kong. I loved your travel stories and your post, the pictures are amazing! I too enjoy writing travel blogs and do that on my blog as well. How far is HK from the Philippines? Not as long as it would be flying from this side of the world I’m sure. Thanks for co-hosting, and enjoy your weekend Jhuls 🙂

    1. Hmm, about an hour and 45 minutes. Not that far. 🙂 Thank you, Loretta, for taking your time to visit. I appreciate that a lot. I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.

  6. It looks like the princess really had a wonderful time. Would love to see more pics. Even we were working on a China cum hongkong trip last week but sadly it couldn’t materialise. I am glad I am seeing hongkong through your eyes until our plans work out 🙂

    1. Oh, I’d love to see China, too. I’ve seen streets of Hong Kong, but only during the tour. I’d love to see more. Hoping to come back again. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and I hope your plans would materialize soon. 😉 xx

  7. I would love to visit Hong Kong too. It isn’t on Johns bucket list so I may have to work on him. What wonderful photos! I loved the koi pics since I have some of those guys in my pond. Thank you so much for hosting Jhuls. I can’t wait to hear more about this trip!

    1. Thank you, Julie. Though I’ve been to Hong Kong (this trip), I’d love to visit again and explore the place more myself. I think there’s so much to see. 🙂 It’s a pleasure co-hosting and being with all of you. Happy FF & have a fabulous weekend. xx

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