We have once again touched down in Hong Kong to avail the cheaper hotel rates and go to Disneyland and Ocean Park for the kiddo!
The Cathay Pacific flight is almost full. A lot of Filipinos are traveling to Hong Kong for the long holidays.
We get an Internet doohickey from the Airport Express Terminal 1. It’s on the far end side of the airport, close to Pret-A-Manger.
Unlimited Internet including the device is only php169 a day for a minimum of 3 days.
The 4G is pretty fast! I bought this via Klook and got an extra discount. Would highly recommend this if you visit Hong Kong, Macau and China.
Instead of taking the more expensive Airport Express, we opt for the public bus, which is only HKD33 per person from airport to Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s very convenient and takes 45 minutes to an hour to the destination.
The ticket booth is down the ramp to the left. Just tell them the destination and pay away.
Once you get your ticket, run. These buses don’t wait for you and if you miss one, you’ll have to wait for around 30 minutes for the next.
The bus to the city is full and we are on the second tier of the bus.
No matter, it has a great view. You can view your luggages on the TV on the side.
However, despite the smooth ride, the protesters blocked the roads. Our driver could not proceed with his route.
We were then forced to wing it and find a way back to our hotel.
If you’re with a toddler, that’s not much fun. It makes me mad how many of these protestors cry for freedom, but take away our freedom for the basic rights like safe passage.
Being stuck in a hotspot like Mongkok in the evening with teenagers shouting at each other is kinda scary. However, a guardian angel by the name of Ada came to help us.
Ada said she was local and she would find a way for us to go to the hotel together. She kindly booked a van via Gogovan app and promised the guy HKD 350 tip to take both of us away from Mongkok to the safety of our hotel.
That’s her, and this was the corner where we waited for our van.
She even gave our daughter a kitkat. Ada bought this at a transfer in Osaka. Ada is truly a guardian angel and is really really nice.
She apologized for what happened and said that not all locals are supportive of the protestors.
“I wanted to retire here,” Ada said. “But I don’t know what’s going on in Hong Kong. My heart bleeds for my city.”
Seeing the graffiti and the mess, I agree with her.
Free Hong Kong or Die.
Gee……. how dramatic.
All I can say is, the protests is not good for Hong Kong. Hope that this issue will be resolved soon.