This trip marks the first adventure since we’ve arrived to Singapore. Yay! Finally!
I say “we” suggesting that Cody actually went to Hong Kong, but unfortunately he could not make it due to work. Never the less, I had two really great and super fun friends that made up for Cody’s absence. As much fun as we had on our short 3.5 day adventure, there was so much more we could not do or see because of the rain. So, I certainly do not mind going again (but only if Cody can come).
Jetstar was our airline of choice for this flight, and the check-in kiosks could not have been easier and very quick. We had a 10am flight and arrived at the airport around 8am. Immigration checkpoint was super easy for us, too. (FYI – when Cody and I applied for our Employee and Dependent Passes, we had to have our thumb prints scanned into Singapore’s “system”) Since we are now “locals”, we got to go through these corral-like checkpoints with much shorter queues (“lines” for my North American friends). We first had to scan our passports, then a gate opened for us to pass through, once we passed that gate, it closed and there was another gate in front of us that was closed, as well. There we had to scan our thumb print, and then the final gate opened and then we were off to the races. That whole process I described, because there was no line, took MAYBE one minute to pass through (I wish the U.S. had those easy checkpoints for native citizens). Something to remember for next time we fly with Jetstar – their security check point occurs RIGHT before you enter the gate area at Changi Airport.
This plane humidified the already humid environment we were departing from. Oh well! I always think planes have super dry recycled air anyways. Another interesting thing about this airline is that the staff wanted the passengers to open the windows to prepare for take-off AND landing (something that I’ve never heard of before, living in a home with a parent who worked in the U.S. airline business and we flew domestically A LOT). I’m curious as to why they wanted us to do that.
After the almost 4-hour flight, we safely landed in Hong Kong with so much excitement.
The next day, we headed up to The Peak for some shopping and to catch the amazing view. (When it stopped raining, of course) We had great sushi and a nice Cantonese lesson from the friendly staff at Kyo Hachi Japanese Restaurant. We dined with an amazing view (too bad it was too cloudy to see in our picture). After the rain cleared, we had to check out the view at the Sky Terrace.
After looking at the view for as long as we could stand, we went back into the mall and did a bit more shopping. We found some interesting things…
Once we got off the tram, we sort of got lost and stumbled upon a building just having its own light show.
The next morning, we decided to breakfast with Snoopy and the gang at the Charlie Brown Cafe. This place was beyond adorable with so many memorabilia and cutsie coffees. It definitely helped us start the day off right.
After the great start to our day, we toured around Hong Kong some more, dodged a few rain drops and arrived just in time to beat the crowds for Dim Sum at Treasure Lake Seafood Restaurant. With TVs on all walls, it reminded me of a banquet hall in a hotel or event center. The food was great and after staring at the Chinese writing with NO PICTURES on the menu for a few seconds, the staff noticed our slight panic and handed us an English-written version (much smaller selection, I might add) that had pictures, too. Since Chinese food is not my favorite to begin with, I am not the critic to follow on the quality of food. All in all, the atmosphere was interesting, the staff were very kind, and we were just happy to beat the crowd as we left.
We stumbled upon a parade, too. We have no idea what they were marching for (Falun Dafa?), but a neat thing to catch.
After a fun filled weekend, it was time to head back to SG. One SUPER convenient mode of transportation in Hong Kong was the Airport Express (AE). There was also a shuttle bus that picked us up from our hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui (pronounced kind of like “Chim Sa Choi”) and other various nearby locations and took us straight to the closest Airport Express station. The AE has (I think) 5 stops, and takes you to the airport within 30-minutes. It was super convenient.
What a fun adventure!