TRIP REPORT – BACKPACKING TO HONG KONG – FINAL

After almost four months postponed, here I continue my trip report of Hong Kong backpacking as I promised before. In this part, I decide to write up the remaining three days there. I will update it while I try to remember as well.


 Second Day at HK, Dec 20th, 2013

We planned to go to Macau via HK China Ferry Terminal. We walked for fifteen minutes and passed the Harbor City.  We were difficult to find the the terminal because it does not look like another port in Indonesia such as Bakauheni (Lampung) or Ketapang (Banyuwangi). The building is very modern in which we can find fast-food resto and shopping mall. We went on to the locket to buy one-way ticket. Yet, we decided to buy return-ticket because it was offered cheaper than the one-way. Fyi, there are some ferry operators so that we are available to choose which one is appropriate with our schedule and cost. I got HKD 320 for the return-ticket. Don’t forget to bring your passport because we will pass the immigration gate (for free). HK money is also valid in Macau. We touched down to Macau and the Grand Lisboa was our first destination. We had to find the free-shuttle bus in front of the Macau Ferry Terminal. We were blessed (or cursed?) because at that time we reached Macau, it was the celebration of transfer of sovereignty of Macau from the Portuguese Republic to the People’s Republic of China. We were able to enter the Ruins of St. Paul because of that annual ceremony.

Ferry Terminal

HK China Ferry Terminal

Dinner dinner chicken winner!

Dinner dinner chicken winner!–The Venetian’s  Casino

 

Macau's Skycraper- Grand Lisboa

Macau’s Skycrapers- Grand Lisboa

In front of Ruin of St. Paul, Macau

In front of Ruin of St. Paul, Macau

 

We continued our trip to WYNN to see the water fountain show. The show is scheduled every fifteen minutes. I forgot to capture the show but here I provide the illustration of it. Beautiful, right? We did not have the lighting effect since we saw it in the afternoon. From WYNN, we went back to the ferry terminal, tried to catch the shuttle bus to the Venetian. There are the bubble show and the gondola, but it was the first time for me entering the casino room! After walking around the building, we queued the shuttle bus to ferry terminal, going back to HK mainland. It was Friday so we missed the Jumatan praying. Finding the space for sholat was very, very difficult. I myself asked for the officer at ferry terminal where the praying room but it was not available there. Finally, we prayed at the corner of waiting room (hmm, something like that). We safely arrived at HK mainland at about 10 p.m and prepared to check out for the next day. Remember, all of the apartments (and houstels) there are equipped by smoke alarms to prevent the fire in each floor. Always remind your friends not to smoke in your room. If not, the alarm will ring and disturb all dwellers. Trust me, it is annoying! On the second day, I spent HKD 539 for breakfast (Nasi Lemak+softdrink) of HKD 30, ferry ticket of HKD 320, for nasi Briyani dinner HKD 39, and the HKD 150 for the hotel.

 

Third Day at HK, Dec 21st 2013

We checked out from the houstel and had to come across another lodging. One of my friend suggested us to find Dompet Dhuafa (DD) office at Jardine Bazar, Causeway Bay. First of all we had no contact to call, try our luck to find the building. Alhamdulilah, there are so many Indonesian since that place are dominated by Javanese haha! We tried to speak to veiled-girl in Bahasa, asked where DD office is, and finally find the office with her. We got the permission to stay in its shelter for a night. They are very welcomed to us! They shared their experiences during working there.

Near DD office #bukanpromosi

Near DD office #bukanpromosi

Then, we left to market near Sham Shui Po station. I think there was a good things to buy so we continued to The Peak because some of us will have had to go back to Indonesia in the next day. Otherwise, because I still have tomorrow,  going around to anonymous way of the city with tram was a good idea. I met with two Indonesian girls  in the tram, chat with them. It was so heart touching since they would go to vocational school. They told that education is still top of their priority though they are working on weekdays. They saved some of the income to pay their tuition and books. Yeah, life is always at some turning points and they struggle to make their own! On the third day, I do not spent as much as before, just HKD 58 total.

 

Fourth Day at HK, Dec 22nd 2013

That day was real adventure for me. Why? Because we were close to lose contact with one of our group! Here the story. We had an opportunity to see the historical Victoria Park at Sunday Morning, what a blessed! We were just walking around for some minutes before we went back to The Peak and Madamme Tussaud Museum as planned before. We (me, my 1st friend, my 2nd friend) separated as of reaching to the Peak. My 2nd friend did not plan to visit the museum and preferred to go to the top roof. We got appointment to see in an hour in front of the museum entrance. But, do you know what will come about next? Me and my 1st friend broke the promise as we did not want miss some points of Tussaud’s figures. We were late for an hour and try to wait for my 2nd friend. After an hour, he did not come out so we assumed that he’s okay. We continued our trip to the Mong Kok, visiting the girl market. The bargaining skill is very important. We should bargain at least 50%-off before we decide to buy. It’s so much win when we can persuade the seller to accept our offering price. I got an unique-USB-speaker and some key chains. The day turned into evening yet there was no information about my 2nd friend so we came to my shelter, expecting he showed up there. But the fact that he did not! We started to worry, made illogical assumption where he was. My 1st friend and I decided go to the Peak again by taxi to spread the information of my 2nd friend. Unexpectedly, he called me! Just a minute before the announcer speaks. He nearly screwed my first backpacking! Then we went back to the shelter and pack to go to airport. We thanked to DD’s people for the help. Thank you so much! On the last day, I spent HKD 714, the most spending of all.

Victoria Park Map

Victoria Park Map

The Peak Tram Entrance

The Peak Tram Entrance

The view of HK city from The Peak

The view of HK city from The Peak

with "Mr. President"--Tussauds Museum

with “Mr. President”–Tussauds Museum

 

shoot!

shoot!

saatnya pulang!

saatnya pulang!

 

We took the bus to the airport and reached to the airport at about 11 p.m. I forget where we slept that night (in airport praying room again?). While waiting for another friend, I took some pictures, anathematized why this little country could build the huge airport. Later, I know that HK has the most economic freedom in 2013.  Thanks God I have visited this country once in my life.

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”–Rumi

 

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