Wanderlust: Hong Kong Day 1 & 2

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 66 Permalink 1

I’ve been to Hong Kong for three times now and I never get tired of this beautiful city! I LOVE everything about it — the food, the streets, the weather, the sights and most especially the SHOPPING! If it’s possible, I’d live here for good.

It’s been 2 years since our last visit (December 2011). So, me and my brother have decided to save up and treat our mom for a vacation in this awesome city! You got to relax once in awhile you know. You must say goodbye to bad vibes and stress!

We had to leave the house at 2:30AM since our flight is early (7:15AM) and it’s in DMIA, Clark.

We have tried PAL and Cathay Pacific before and so we’ve decided to test Air Asia this time. I hope they open flights from MNL to HK soon!

 It was a small aircraft pero ok naman siya. We arrived 30 minutes early at HKIA.

Became giddy when we landed kasi I’m super excited to see the city!

As usual, perfect condition as always. Walked around while we waited for our pick-up.

Didn’t take much pictures during our first day since my DLSR is super heavy plus the weather is bipolar. We explored the city after dropping off our luggages at the hotel. We went back to the hotel after lunch and we literally dozed off.

Me and my brother went to Sim City after 2 hours of sleep. If you’re planning to buy cameras, camera accessories, Instax stuff, toys, Original but Cheap G-shocks and many more, you must go to Sim City and Sino Centre in Mongkok!

Here’s my loot: Fujifilm Instax Mini 25 and films! Grabe, sobrang cheap lang dun! Will post about this soon + tips in buying this in HK!

Of course, we gotta test my new baby out! Here’s the first few shots when we got to the hotel!

We we’re supposed to go to The Peak after our Instax hunting but we decided to skip it and watch the Symphony of Lights in the Avenue of Stars instead.

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been to Hong Kong before but have never seen the Symphony of Lights ever. So, I was excited because I got to watch it on my third time.

The rain poured when we got there but nevertheless the show was amazing!

That’s it for our first day in Hong Kong!

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On our second day, we went to Ngong Ping 360 or Lantau Island! We were supposed to go here on our fourth day but the cable car to the island will be on maintenance for 3 weeks by September 2! Good thing too because I checked their website for directions and I literally forgot about it.

Long at the long queue for the tickets! At least it was moving plus the free WiFi kept me occupied.

This is my first time visiting Ngong Ping and just fell in love with the view! It was breathtaking and well relaxing!

Next time, I’ll try the crystal bottom cable car! I bet it’ll be more exciting and scary!

Good thing too because the weather cooperated! It didn’t rain and it isn’t hot.

Ngong Ping isn’t that crowded if you compare it during the peak season.

We went shop-hopping and well bought some souvenirs and other stuff before heading to The Big Buddha Statue and the Po Lin Monastery.

Let’s go to the main attractions of Ngong Ping!

I love going to places like these! Nakakagood-vibes kasi and it calms my stressed soul.

The Wisdom Path

It was supposed to be my OOTD shot but my brother forgot to change the settings. Boohoo! I’m super sorry for the megaduper blurred, unfocused shot.

Top: Thrifted | Skirt: Cotton On | Shoes: SM Parisian | Bag: Longchamp | Necklace: Gold Lock Army

Moving on … here’s the entrance to the Po Lin Monastery

The highlight of our trip to Ngong Ping is The Tian Tan Buddha or Big Buddha

We climbed the 268 steps to get a closer look at this remarkable statue. I could see him when we’re in the cable car. Yes, the statue is that BIG!

 When we got to the top, the view is amazing! I could see lush mountains and trees. Sobrang nakakarelax! If ever you’ll go to Hong Kong, you must visit Ngong Ping! You won’t regret it! I promise :-)

Did you know? The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete.

There are also statues like these around the Tian Tan Buddha. I wonder what they’re offering to the Big Buddha.

Our third trip is Hong Kong is unforgettable, you know why?

First, COMMUTING from one place to another. Before, we used to ride a private coaster to all the tourist destinations in the city. I don’t mind commuting at all since their train system is awesome and hassle-free. I like the hustle and bustle inside the stations. The adrenaline rush.

Second, THE FOOD! I really love chinese food! I could live with just noodles and dumplings! It was

Third, SHOPPING! Boy, oh, boy! It’s shopping heaven in Hong Kong from the little streets to the main markets! If I have all the money in the world, alam na! I love Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok and Central!

Ooooohhhh! I wish we could’ve stayed longer or better yet live there. But, there’s more places to go! Travelling really heightens my wanderlust!

BTW, come and join Korean Air Southeast Asia‘s Asian On Air Program 2013. Check out the mechanics below!

That’s it! Hope you enjoyed my first and second day in Hong Kong! Our third day: Hong Kong Disneyland is posted here.

  • Hong Kong is one of my favorite places as it’s modern yet still in touch with their traditions.

  • Lean Lacaba

    I do hope i’d go to hongkong someday! And i love your instacam!

  • Lovelee

    I love your instax film loot! I bet the price was really great compared here. And me too, I loved Ngong Ping. But we took the bus going there because they cancelled operations for the cable cars because of an incident that occurred there so boo for us.

    • Instax stuff is super cheap there. I really hoarded!

      The Cable Car to Ngong Ping is super safe now! :-)

  • Patricia

    hi! how much did a mini 10-pc film pack cost you? :D thanks! planning to go to hongkong in a few weeks :)

  • Maria

    Hi Ate Alyanna! Where did you buy your films? And how much in Php per film? :)

  • Alianna Fabian

    Hi ate alyanna! Where in hongkong did you buy your instax films & how much? We’re planning to go to hong kong po kasi this summer. And saan po maganda mag shop? (If u remember hehe) Please do email me your answer :) thank you so much!

  • Alianna Fabian

    My email is @fabian.alianna@yahoo.com

  • Dana

    Hi! I’ll be in Hong Kong in a few short days and I was hoping to find some awesome deals on instax films? Where did you find yours and for how much? I’m sure the price will be different now but it’ll give me a ballpark idea. Thanks in advance!!

    • Hi Dana, could you send me your email? I’ll send you a detailed shopping guide re: Instax stuff :-)

  • MK Orbeta

    Hi, could I have that shopping list guide too about that instax film? I’ll be in HK in two months. TIA!

    mk.orbeta@yahoo.com

  • Gel Nobleza

    Hi could you please send me a guide too regarding instax? Thanks. angelnobleza@gmail.com

    • Hello Gel! I’ll send you an email now. Thank you for dropping by :-)

      • Carla de Beer

        Hi! If you wouldnt mind, please can you send me the email too! im so exited to go instax shopping in HK.
        carli.debeer@gmail.com

      • Fariha

        Hi! Can you email me too regarding the instax film? ihaleiman@gmail.com

  • Alex Lam

    Hii!!! could you send me an email about the install films too! Heading to hong kong soon and I’m so excitedd! Thanks!!!
    lamsteralex123@gmail.com

    • Alex

      instax* sorry!!

  • Mimi Tan

    hi!! I love your post! been searching where can I buy cheap instax film! can you send me an email about the instax films also? Right timing, My aunt is in hongkong today, I would ask her if she can buy me too! :) Also, how bout the films with designs? is it cheap also? thankkks! Hope to hear from you soon. here’s my email: mimimice@yahoo.com.

    • Hello Mimi, I’ll send you an email now :-)

      • aimee benjamin

        Hey! Hahaha I’m heading to hk this weekend! Where did I get ur instax?! How much were they? Like were they in bundles of 10s or 20s? Hope u can email me back! Thanks! Hahaha kasi naman films here in the ph are so expensive hahaha. Here’s my email: benjamin.aimee@gmail.com ???

  • Coco

    Hi! Grabe your instax loot! I was wondering kasi how much they sell instax films in HK (wide) coz I’m going there next week. Hope you shed a little light on how much they cost there. Hihi thanks!

    • Hi Coco! I’m not sure about the price of the wide ones, but I got the normal ones lang for est. P200/pack. I think the wide ones is around P300/pack. What’s your email? I’ll send you a shopping guide :-)

  • Danica

    Hi!:) Please send me details on where you bought the instax films :) Thank you

    • Danica

      by the way, my email is enysiey(at)yahoo(dot)com thank you :)

  • ms. n

    Hi! Love your post. where did you buy the instax film? please send to enysiey@yahoo.com thank you

  • Isabelle Roxas

    Hi! I came across your blog while searching for cheap instax films and cameras in hongkong. i envy your loot! OMG! Can you also send me the email as to where to find these? My email is roxasisabelle@gmail.com Thank you so much! Hope to hear from you soon!

  • Monica Chico

    Hi! Can you also share with me your search on where to buy cheap instax film in HK. I’ll go there this month. :) Here is my email: monicachico20@gmail.com

  • Shirley Voong

    HI! please can you send me an email about the install films too! this post has been really helpful thanks!

    • Hi Shirley,

      Could I get your email so I could send the guide? :-)

  • Fran T

    Hi there! Xould you please send me a guide regarding the instax films as well? Thank you very much! Please email me here: frnfyetds@gmail.com

  • krizia remoroza

    Hi I’m interested on where to buy the cheap instax and the films? Also can you tell me the prices? Here is my email krizia.remoroza23@yahoo.com Thank you ?

  • Kara P

    Hello! I would also like to know the place where you bought your films in HK and how much do they cost? :) Thank you! This is my email address karapatgoagbayani@gmail.com

  • Chix

    Hi Dear! Thanks for this! May i know where you bought Instax film in HK? And may I know the prices as well? please send me an email cvccaunis@gmail.com

  • Imee M.

    please email me abt the instax too! imcrns@gmail.com :)

  • Imee M.

    Please send me an email regarding instax :) imcrns@gmail.com

  • Summer

    Hi!! How can I read your post about the instax? Could you please send me an email as well? Here’s my email: ariehingel@gmail.com Thank you so much!! ☺️

  • Isabel

    Hi! Can you send me an email on where to buy instax films in HK too? Thank you! My email is: isabelbiyo@yahoo.com :)

  • Emilie Marie

    Hi there! I hope you don’t mind if I ask you where you bought your instax films and g-shocks in hongkong. I’ll be there kasi and i forgot to buy some films ?? thank you in advance. ems_1220@yahoo.com.ph

  • Ninyaaa

    Hiii :) could you please send me details and guide about the instax! Thank you :) ninsdr14@yahoo.com

  • Beatriz Austria Banzon

    HI! would you please send me the guide about the instax films? Thank you! beatrizbanzon@yahoo.com

  • Jhoanna Bernardo

    Hi can you please send me the link too at mhay.bernardo@gmail.com I’ll be in HK by month end ? thanks!

  • Loevelle Santos

    Hi! can u send me an email too regarding instax films? diannesun1097@gmail.com Thanks!?

  • Leng de Chavez

    Hello! I don’t know if you’ll read this but I’m very interested about your Instax films loot. Can you also send me a guide? Please email me here: lenganne@gmail.com :)

    Thank you so much ❤

  • Alexa

    Hey! I’m going to hong kong soon and I’m hoping to buy cheap instax films. Could you send me a guide regarding those and a rough estimate maybe of how much they cost? My email is racefontanilla@gmail.com. Thank you! :) Have a lovely day.

  • Angélique C

    Hi, do you have a post about the guide to buyin instax film? Or if it’d be possible to send it to me on eunji.culvin@gmail.com ? Sent a friend to look as he’s there for the weekend, but would be great to give tips so it’s not a total wild goose chase 🙂

  • Fran Teodosio

    Hi there! Could you please send me a guide regarding the instax films as well?Please email me here: frnfyetds@gmail.com :) I accidentally deleted the e-mail you have sent me over a year ago :( Thank you again!

  • Bee

    hi! i hope this blog is still active :( would you mind emailing me the guide regarding the instax films? my email is bea.wasilewski@gmail.com thank you!!!

  • Pau

    Hey there! Was researching about where to buy stuff, mainly instax films in HK and came across your site 😊 was wondering if you could help me out about the cheap films. Chances are, the prices may have increased but still worth checking out i guess hehe. Btw, itll be my first time to go soon. Yay! Thanks so much! Here’s my e-mail pala, igotthepauerz@gmail.com 🙂

  • Angek

    Hi! Could you also send me a guide regarding the instax films? My e-mail: chong_angelica@yahoo.com Thank you! :)

    Also, I was just wondering, don’t the films get damaged at the airport due to the x-rays? How do you care for them while at the airport?