Hong Kong 香港 Day 1

SengkangBabies were in Hong Kong last September for a 6D5N vacation. Read our itinerary to discover where we have been running around in Hong Kong.

Mickey (poster) welcomed us at the airport. Disney’s magical anticipation sets in when we realised Disneyland is only 15 min away from airport.

We have so many options to travel from the airport to the city. Be it train, coach or taxis, everything is easily accessible.

We took a coach and reach our hotel at Jordan MTR station in 40min. Most buses in Hong Kong are double-deckers, passengers enjoy seamless connectivity and timely arrivals.

If you are holidaying in Hong Kong, we recommend you to get the Optopus card, and Mobile prepaid card. We can use the Optopus card for everything from transport to convenience stores, and top-up can be done at 7-11 stores anywhere.

Along the bus route, we see countless public skyscrappers, very tall and compact. The endless stream of buses, neon signboards in the evening and food food food ! The streets are buzzing with people and activities.

By the time we have our lunch, it was almost 2pm already. Tim Sum (点心) is just next door to our Hotel Shamrock 新乐 🙂

Char Siew Bao 叉烧包, Siew Mai ,Egg tart 蛋挞 tuck in. We felt the price was reasonable, and we love the pastries.

Bon Appetit

Shamrock hotel is at Jordan MTR station, and we explore our neighbourhood.

We can even walk 20min to Star Ferry Pier (天星码头), or take a 10 min bus ride.

A ferry ride allows you to see Hong Kong’s skyline on both sides of the harbour.

Ferries offer an alternative to bridge Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) and HongKong Island across Victoria Harbour (維多利亞港).

Over at Central, we head to Stanley Road to locate our fatty goose leg. The goose leg taste nice, but we thought the shop owners were very rude. We recommend you try your luck with another Goose outlet 🙂

Most of the iconic skyscrappers are on Hong Kong Island, we will share more famous WanChai (湾仔) buildings on Day 2. When night falls, the harbourfront skyline is mesmerising.

We took the MTR from Central back to Jordan. If you think Singapore MRT is packed, wait till you ride Hong Kong’s MTR 🙂

We are impressed with HK’s integrated and seamless transport network, from MTR, to Buses to Ferries and Trams. But if you are lugging a 29″ luggage to airport, please avoid peak hours.

Click for their MTR map below.

Back to our Hotel Shamrock, our room came with two queen size beds and daily breakfast, daily rate SGD300.

Tips
1) Accommodation in Hong Kong is not known to be cheap, but we chose a central-location. Tripadvisor review.

2) Food wise, try everything, Food are generally more delectable and expensive than Singapore, one meal is about $6 to $10SGD. You can find a cafe at every corner.

3) At the airport 7-11 store, grab your prepaid sim card.
a) ChinaMobile 60HKD package allows you to stay “online”.
b) You have to dial a number (193 193) to activate the service.
c) Deduct 38HKD to subscribe for the 7days data plan (they come in 1 or 7 days configuration)

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More travel tips and information are available below :
–> Do pop by our HongKong holiday albums for more fun photos
–> Discover Hongkong Tourism site (we love the diy map, as it shows us the proximity of our venues)

Our 6D5N itinerary.. do come back for more updates.
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–> Our 6D5N summary

Day 1 – Dim Sum, Ferry, Goose
Day 2 – Doraemon!, Tram, Ladies Street
Day 3 – Ocean Park
Day 4 – Buddha, ThePeak and Madam Tussauds
Day 5 – Street food, Disneyland !
Day 6 – Breakfast with Mickey, DisneyLand (part ii)

All photos from Day 1 to 6 are available on our fanpage.

Hong Kong family itinerary

You know SengkangBabies’ itinerary is always packed with awesome Fun factor.
Our recent Hong Kong (香港) trip was another milestone !

[ Daddy is self advertising again ]

Our Hong Kong trip could very well start with ” Once upon a time, we went to a place called Pearl of the Orient (东方之珠), Hong Kong is a dreamland. We saw sleeping-beauty and snow-white …. ”

We are not only talking about egg-tarts and Char-Siew-Bao or that juicy goose-drumstick (yummy!). It seems like every street corner got a Micheline chef !

Kids love their animal friends and adventures at Ocean Park. 小叮噹 Doraemon stole our hearts 🙂

We try every transport system (ferry, train, tram, parachute, cable car, roller coaster), but why Hong Kong so few motorcycles? And who say Disneyland is for kids only?
奶奶 (Grandma) and Auntie had so much Fun driving Autopia !

The Ferry and Tram are classics, must try 🙂

We rub shoulders with the rich and famous like Andy and Leon. Obama even ask Boon Xin to dabao (takeaway) Mango pudding !

It is not all play for us, we worship Buddha at Lantau.

HE did not tell us the Ngong Ping‘s crystal-cabin (昂坪水晶) is so CooL !

As the Sun sets in Hong Kong, the city never sleeps. You still see people everywhere. Does the double-decker buses ever stop? This city is so FULL of life ! And we are not talking about SOHO and Lan Kwai Fong yet :p

We spend the last two days to cosy up with Mickey and Friends 🙂

Boon Yee kept shouting for his idol “POoh Bear, PoOh Bear” while waiting in the queue. And we did not know Minnie’s hairband is unisex 🙂

This is THE only restaurant (Disneyland Hotel) where parents will not scream when kids skip breakfast. Even the adults scramble to hi5 Pluto, share DimSum with Daisy and touch Goofy‘s whiskers. All the kids love super-friendly Mickey 🙂

Maybe Boon Xin is not used to seeing her cartoon characters so BIG, she got a bit intimidated hehe. Truly a Magical experience !

Stay tune as we invite you to tour Hong Kong 6D5N with us 🙂
Do pop by –> http://www.discoverhongkong.com to research anything and everything about Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, our photos are up and ready in our Fanpage. Our friends BPDG (Heng family) was in Hong Kong too, do pop by their albums for more sights (Sky100, Lamma island).

Our 6D5N itinerary.. do come back for more updates.
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–> Our 6D5N summary

Day 1 – Dim Sum, Ferry, Goose
Day 2 – Doraemon!, Tram, Ladies Street
Day 3 – Ocean Park
Day 4 – Buddha, ThePeak and Madam Tussauds
Day 5 – Street food, Disneyland !
Day 6 – Breakfast with Mickey, DisneyLand (part ii)

All photos from Day 1 to 6 are available on our fanpage.

Cameron Highlands Day 3 – Glorious Sunrise at Brinchang

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Part of our Cameron Highlands itinerary is a Sunrise event. Daddy has always wanted to catch a sunrise but the “Z” monster always prove too compelling.

We heard the Sunrise at Cameron Highlands is spectacular and we woke up earlier at 0515. Daddy was suppose to bring only Wei along, but Yi (no3) refuse to go to sleep anymore.

It was really cold in the morning, and Daddy had to motivate the two boys to stay awake. It would be so nice to snooze in our bed 🙂

We travel in pitch dark conditions for 45min up steep inclines, you need an experienced driver as our jeep is very near to the edge at some junctions !!

At the summit, we climb the watch tower slowly, the steps and handles are ice cold, and slippery. The cold breeze kept whizzing around us. At the top, we saw this Orange line across the horizon for about 20 mins.

Sometimes we saw the mist climbs over the distant mountain range in a slow motion manner, just like waves lapping the shore. But where is our Sun?

.. then suddenly at 0710, we saw something peeping over the horizon. Egg Yolk !

The sun rises faster than our eyes can blink, it was all over in 15 mins 🙂
Waking up at 0500, taking a 1 hour ride, brazing the cold weather.. was it all worth it?

100% YES !!

Sunrise, and catching the egg yolk is always a matter of luck. If there are too much mist, the sunrise will be blocked. Camera setting must be ready beforehand, as we will not have time to explore midway.

A tripod and remote is necessary, and a filter will be necessary too. Otherwise the brightness from the sun will underexpose everything else. For additional sunrise tips, do pop by the links below :
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-a-sunrise
http://www.nicholsonprints.com/Articles/suntips.htm

Camera Setting on our Nikon D5000, 18-55mm lens, and a 10stop filter (GND filter will definitely fare better).
– Manual setting
– 15s exposure
– F11
– iso 200

Remember practice makes perfect, Daddy is still learning.

Daddy also love the moment when the Sun’s ray caress the green meadows (tea plantations). We can literally see the glistening tea leaves (heavy with dew) ! What a marvelous sight 🙂

Everything feels so ALIVE. Daddy wanted to have a picnic on the slopes !

As Brinchang town is the highest among the three towns (Ringlet and Tanah Rata), you often get mist flowing through the town, pretty cool sight !

We arrive back at our Resort at 8am, just in time for breakfast. We are still excited about our morning adventure, and we are famished. The boys enjoyed their 4wd ride on the jeep too 🙂

Jim Thompson is our designated breakfast venue, and it offers good food and nice views.

You might noticed how our chef skillfully prepare his Roti Canai (prata) with his bare hands ! The plate is piping hot !

This ends our Cameron Highlands holiday. We enjoy gracious hospitality from our host at Strawberry Park Resorts, and the kids really love the farm visits. Do pop by our photos from Day 3 –> Fanpage album. Daddy would encourage you to visit Beetrice’s Cameron Highlands experience too 🙂

Remember to climb tall for the Boh Tea plantation and Sunrise views.
Once again, we would like to thanks Strawberry Park Resorts and PR agency “Rouge Communications” for the invitation 🙂

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3D2N Itinerary :
— Day 1 – Strawberry Park Resorts amenities
— Day 2 – Strawberry Farms and Tea plantation
— Day 3 – Glorious Sunrise at Brinchang

* Driving tips for Malaysia

Our 3D2N albums is already uploaded on our Fanpage.

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Next stop, we will descend from Cold Cameron to Hot Melaka.
Cendol please wait for us 🙂