Hong Kong: A Cool Surprise

It’s hard not to set any expectations when you travel. These days, it’s very easy to research information about the places you want to go to. Do-it-yourself trips are pretty much the norm instead of leaving it all up to a travel agent.

My trip to Hong Kong was not a spur of the moment decision. Afterall, I had a specific event to go to , so it took a few months of planning to make it work. Where to stay, what else to do and what to bring. I even asked friends what to expect weather-wise when I get there.

Someone mentioned that it would be cold, as March was between the end of winter and start of spring. Given that the coldest weather I’ve ever experienced was Baguio weather, that would be my only benchmark. The weather forecast for the week of my stay in Hong Kong was around 21 to 24 C, which didn’t seem so bad since I’ve experienced 10 C and less in Baguio several times. So I left Manila with the same clothes I use to for that climate: one jacket. I was confident that I’d be OK.

Big mistake. The moment I stepped out of the Hong Kong International Airport, I knew I miscalculated. The numbers were right, but it didn’t match the actual feel of the temperature. It was more than nippy, and it didn’t help that the cold would seep through my jacket and my jeans when the wind blew.

I was happy that I brought along my bonnet, which helped. When I got off my stop in Wan Chai, it was drizzling. The walk to the hotel warmed me up, but I knew that it was imperative that I get a new jacket.

In the morning, I dressed up as warmly as I could by layering my clothes, zipping up my jacket and donning a bonnet. However, it was much colder now, with the slight rain and the winds blowing. Getting a jacket became a priority, but I had to consider my budget too. In the end, I bought a scarf because it was cheap and I always wanted to have one (good enough reason, right?). And surprisingly, it was able to keep me warm.

Lesson learned. Better to bring an extra jacket and be comfortable. Although, I do love my scarf.