December 2, 2009

Asia's World City

HK, day 1:

The timing of the trip was good as Philippine Airlines got its new Boeing 777 ER (it just had its maiden voyage a day earlier) and it will be our ride to Hong Kong. We left Manila around 2:45pm and arrived at HKIA a little over 5pm. First impressions: the airport is humongous, and is nicely integrated to the MTR system of HK.

Me and my companion had difficulty navigating the subway system at first. We were trying to get to Causeway Bay, where out hostel is. We were able to locate it easily after exiting the MTR station, as it was located in the next building but there was a glitch. The hostel was full, and we were conducted to another building at a different street, and billeted there. The room itself was OK, considering that this is HK and the price we got wasn't that expensive.

After freshening up, I called a colleague of mine from Emerson HK, who will accompany me to buy a new camera (a review on the Olympus EP-1 later). While waiting for her, we went around Causebay bay to browse the shops and grab something to eat. The neon signs and LED screens all over the place were a bit overwhelming. We then met my colleague, who already bought the camera for me, cheaper than I expected as she was given a discount and lots of freebies to boot.

We then headed to Victoria Peak, the highest mountain in HK island. A viewing deck at the Peak Tower offers a very nice view of the skyline and Victoria Harbour. It is also where the Madame Tussaud Wax Museum and the Ripley's were located but we weren't able to see it as it closes at 10pm. We spent the time there taking pictures instead, and got a mug of hot coffee at Starbucks, then went back to the hostel.

pics, from top: Causebay Bay streetscene, HKIA terminal, hostel sign, The Peak, and view of the skyline and Victoria Harbour

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