Having my passport before my college graduation, I was able to have my first ever out of the country vacation. It was the month of December when I got my firsthand experience on air travel. All alone by myself, I boarded my flight from Iloilo City to Metro Manila, Philippines. Then on that same day, From Metro Manila to Hong Kong. Since I scheduled my flight around 6 in the evening, I fortunately got the window seat overlooking all of Manila with all its glorious evening lights. It even outshone the beautiful sparkling stars that glittered the night sky.
|Ocean park, Hong Kong|
On this first time, I successfully answered the Immigration Officer why I wanted to go to Hong Kong for a visit to my relatives and stay there only for a short visit and not to find work. My brother met me and picked me up at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to go to Shatin located in New Territories, Hong Kong to stay in their apartment with my sister-in-law and nephew. The highlight of my visit was visiting Central Park, Kowloon Park, Ocean Park & The Victoria Peak. I am still amazed that I was able to brave riding the roller coaster and survived in Ocean Park.
"Ocean Park Hong Kong, commonly known as Ocean Park, is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong." Wikipedia
Aside from the various rides, I enjoyed watching various shows and the memorable Atoll Reef (various sharks and fishes). But the best thing that I love on this trip was knowing my baby nephew and meeting him for the first time.
My second time in Hong Kong was the trip that I made with my Aunt and Uncle and for the first time, I got to enjoy myself in Hong Kong Disneyland. First stop in the memorable trip was Tarzan's adventure, The Lion King Show, Tomorrow Land, Stitch and Lilo, Donald Duck in 3D, and various Disney shows. I got to ride for the first time in a carousel too. In all of these adventure, my nephew and I bonded over various games that we played together. And even up till now, he's still as sweet and loving. I hope he never loses that unique quality that few of boys his age of 12 got to keep and have.
|View from The Peak, HK. Photo courtesy of my brother, Robert|
My third time this year was even more satisfying, I got to try living like a local and enjoyed my time more with my brother's family and my sister too. I got to strengthen the family bond that we have. And we have discovered even more surprising views and location that Hong Kong got to give thanks to this website that I highly recommend for first time tourists or returning ones got to check: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/login.html.
|With Zeidrick in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong|
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. - Benjamin Disraeli