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HongKong: Avenue of Stars

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Your HongKong adventure is not complete if you have not set foot to the Avenue of the Stars where the famous sculpture of Bruce Lee was standing, probably it’s the most pictured place in HongKong and its free. So picture all you can by the bay and the skyscrapers as your backdrop.

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We did not stay too long because the weather is so hot, as much as we wanted to stay and wait for the dancing light, we just took some photo and head back to the hotel to check out and catch our boat going to Macau. Anyways there’s always a next time, there is so much to explore in HongKong and we couldn’t pack it in just 3 days.

 

HongKong: Ngong Ping – Big Buddha

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One of the places we visited is the Ngong Ping 360 in Lantau Island, where you’ll find the Big Buddha, a walk to the Ngong Ping Villa and up to the Big Buddha, will give you a perspective of greener part of HongKong and you feel a lot closer to nature.

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IMG_4777How to get there: Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal is adjacent to MTR’s Tung Chung Station. It is a two-minute walk from Exit B of the station.

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Back to my happy place: Boracay 2014

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Last year I was also here, I would say Boracay is my favorite place that I would always go back to. It’s like being in an island that’s is full of people but still enjoy the island life. What made this different is that I’ll be spending this vacation with my friends back in high school. This is our first time to travel outside of our comfort place since we graduated from high school andΒ  started our own careers. We planned an all girls vacation for us to bond and enjoy, since we’re all tied to our own careers. Chos! But unfortunately some wasn’t able to join us due to some commitments.. Chos! Oh well the vacation has to go on, since we have booked the tickets and booked the accommodation already, we can’t back out now. I really need this vacation to just be away from all the stress from work and just enjoy my short vacation with my girlfriends. I also wanted to push this trip since this is the first time for my friends to visit Boracay. Iwanted them to see and experience for themselves why I love Boracay.

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HongKong: Star Ferry

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After a long walk we took a break and freshen up back to the guesthouse. Our next destination is the Victoria Peak, the highest point in HongKong. To get there, there are ways you can get to Victoria Peak, you can take the ferry boat going to Central or take the train going to Central Station. We choose going to Central by using the Star Ferry boat, from our guesthouse we walked all the way to the docking station.

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Review: Fu Hua Guangdong Hotel Macau

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We’ll be staying for a night in Macau over the weekend, and its true that prices of hotels in Macau can be a little steep. There’s not much guesthouse that you can choose around Macau and most of their reviews are so-so. It’s not my first choice to stay in Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel, the reviews in Tripadvisor are 50-50, I was supposed to book in Ole Β London, but since as our trip is getting near, prices of hotels also get higher. So I grab and book the cheapest among the list of hotels in Agoda that are near the tourist spot according to Tripadvisor and other travelers recommendations.

Basically, you can save money from taking the FREE shuttles of the big hotels in Macau, but since Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel is nowhere near any of the big hotels, the best way to reach the hotel is taking Bus#12 and drop off at Rua Xavier Perreira, Av Horta e Costa

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You’ll know you’re near the street once you see the McDonalds across the street (don’t worry the bus also shows your next destination its for you to figure out πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D) and that is the Horta e Costa Av, Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel is on the other side of the street near Bank of China.

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HongKong & Macau Itinerary

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I have prepared an itinerary for my trip to HongKong and I made sure that I have options incase, my first option didn’t work I have a back-up plan. I’m also weighing my options which is best approach and which option where I can save time, money and be able to see as much places with careful planning. By the way I’ll be embarking in Hong Kong and cross and disembark Macau. I know I would save a lot of money if I’m not going to spend a night in Macau, but I don’t want to distress myself in bringing my luggage to places.

OPTION 1:

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OPTION 2:

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So whatever you plan to do, just enjoy the moment and the places. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

HongKong & Macau Expense

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I just got back from my trip to HongKong and Macau, as always I aim to enjoy traveling without breaking my pockets. I just want to show you that it’s OK to travel as long as you do not over budget and spend wisely. One of the biggest allotment in your budget is your accommodation, just a tip, if you want to save a lot for accommodation, you don’t need to stay on a 5-star hotel especially if you’ll always be outside wandering the city, a decent place will do. Pick a place that is convenient to most tourist spots and be prepared to do a lot of walking. This way you’ll save money from taking bus, train or even taxi.

Here’s my breakdown. I traveled with a friend and we split the expenses between the two of us.

HongKong-Macau Expense per person PESO HKD
Terminal 3 (Airport)
Travel Tax 1620
Terminal fee 550
Octopus Card 1410.52 250HKD
Day 1
Bus from Airport to GC Guesthouse via Octopus Card
Golden Crown Guesthouse (960HKD) 2708.2 480HKD
from GC Guesthouse to Wong Tai Sin Temple via Octopus Card
Wong Tai Sin Temple FREE FREE
from Wong Tai Sin to Jordan Station via Octopus Card
Lunch at DimDimSum Dim Sum (for sharing 110HKD) 338.52 60HKD
from Jordan St. to GC via Octopus Card
Star Ferry Ride (one way) via Octopus Card
The Vicoria Peak (Entrance) c/o Ate Chona FREE
Dinner c/o Ate Chona FREE
Day 2
Breakfast – Australian Dairy Co 180.55 32HKD
from Jordan Stn. To Tung Chung Stn via Octopus Card
Ngong Ping Cable Car (2way) 677.05 120HKD
Lunch at City Gate Outlet 383.66 68HKD
from Tung Chung Stn to Disneyland via Octopus Card
Disneyland (Entrance) 2,313.25 410HKD
Slush Coke 169.26 30HKD
Night Market (Food Tripping) 338.52 60HKD
Day 3
Breakfast – Charlie Brown CafΓ© 282.1 50HKD
Avenue of Stars FREE FREE
Taxi to China Ferry Terminal (48HKD) 135.41 24HKD
China Ferry going to Macau 987.36 175HKD
Bus to Fu Hua Guangdong 22.57 4HKD
Macau Museum FREE
Fortress de Macau FREE
Break (eggtart & mineral water) 135.41 24HKD
Dinner McDonalds 169.26 30HKD
Day 4
Bus going to Ferry Terminal 22.57 4HKD
FREE Shuttle going to Venetian FREE
Lunch at Bambu 1,213.05 215HKD
Dinner McDonalds 225.68 40HKD
FREE Shuttle going to the airport FREE
Subtotal (w/o Souvenirs) PHP13,882.94

I hope this help. You can still lower your budget since we had a buffet at Venetian which of course is optional. Happy Budgeting! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

 

Kuala Lumpur: City Day Tour

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On our second day in Kuala Lumpur, we made sure to get to see as much tourist spot as possible, We started our day early, we enjoyed the hotel’s facilities and the free breakfast, then head to our first stop. Today we’ll be checking out the place with our friends who arrived last night and since today is their available day, so we checked out the spots together.

Since Petronas Tower is near the hotel, we first made a stop to the tower and since this is the first day of slambookproject and her husband, we made a quick stop and day shot with the Twin Tower of Asia.

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Kuala Lumpur: Batu Caves and The Petronas Tower

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Just like in my previous post Malaysia is our unexpected trip, we got a FREE accommodation in a 5-star hotel so, we grabbed the opportunity to visit this place since we planned to visit KL last year during our trip in Singapore but it did not happen.

So finally we’re here and ready to explore the place and see what Malaysia “truly Asia” has to offer. Low cost carriers like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia arrived in KLIA- LCCT (Low Cost Carrier Terminal).Β We arrived in Malaysia at midnight and since its a budgeted trip, we just decided to spend the night at the airport. The agony of waiting in the airport with only steel chairs to get some sleep, priceless (hahaha).

After taking some uncomfortable sleep, we headed to KL Sentral to start our day. We took Aeroline bus to KL Sentral at MYR8 (one-way), the ride going to KL Sentral to took us around 45 minutes, next thing we knew is that we are already in KL Sentral. Since we’ll be starting our adventure early and it’s still early for checking-in to the hotel, its a good thing that there are lockers in KL Sentral where can you leave your luggage while you explore Malaysia, the locker that we rented is MYR10, price rent depends on the size of the bag, price ranges from MYR5 to MYR20 (not bad! for a hassle free walking around KL).

We had our breakfast first, before heading to our first stop the Batu Caves. Good thing that the train is not to crowded, but it took us 45 minutes to wait for the train going to Batu Caves.When you arrive the Batu Cave station you will instantly see the human monkey and you arrived your final destination.

The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia. The limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old. Some of the cave entrances were used as shelters by the indigenous Temuan people.

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Review: Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur

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Review: Reggae Mansion Kuala Lumpur

On our recent trip in Malaysia, we had the chance to stay on a 5-star hotel which is a Grand Hyatt Hotel – Kuala Lumpur. Lucky us, that we get to stay there for 3days/2nights for FREE! (sponsored by slambookproject) But since we’ll be staying for 4 days, we have to find a place we could stay at least for 1 night. The experience at Grand Hyatt Hotel is nice and really relaxing (which I’ll be making a separate review) and it would be nice to have that same experience once in a while or in our next vacation πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ (is there anyone out there who’d be willing to sponsor? hahahha!) Am not really particular with the place I’m staying as long as we feel its safe, clean and feasible to all tourist spot.

So how did I came across with Reggae Mansion, me being meticulous of planning our trip. I’ve been searching online for the best place to stay in Kuala Lumpur and checking reviews of other travelers. I was hesitant at first, since you really have to book online either directly to them orΒ  thru booking facilities online. Since there are other hostels in Kuala Lumpur that doesn’t need any down payment, you’ll just have to reserve, and payment can be made once we arrived. But what really attracts me is their dorm type rooms and the environment so I booked online thru HostelBookers.com, which is a safe and reliable online booking for your accommodation. So booking at Reggae Mansion is CHECKED!

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