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Travel Flashback: Hong Kong

Travel Flashback: Hong Kong
Date Visted: March 2012

More photos to follow 🙂
Hong Kong was my first pseudo-solo trip. I say “pseudo” because I wasn’t alone during my stay. At most I had less an a day to myself. As I wrote before, I was in Hong Kong for the L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th Anniversary World Tour, and while I made the flight there on my own, I was with my friend Karen for almost all of the time.

Language
I had apprehensions with Hong Kong, mostly because of the language barrier. Unlike Singapore, I wasn’t confident that there would be a strong population of English language speakers. I had some difficulty making myself understood by the hotel security guard when I arrived late (nearing midnight), but everything went smoothly at reception when I checked in.

Navigating around Hong Kong is not a problem, as many signs were written in English. We didn’t really encounter problems when ordering in restaurants or asking around at stores, but at one point we had difficulty getting directions even from the concierge at Harbour Point. We even got some “Not local” replies when we tried asking some passersby for help. Funny though, an older security guard was able to help me find my way even though both of us had difficulty saying what we wanted. I guess hand gestures do help.

Even funnier, I was asked directions by someone who looked like a local herself. I could only shake my head and apologize. Continue reading

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.

Why I went to Hong Kong: L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th Anniversary World Tour

A week after and I still think of the L’Arc~en~Ciel concert as some sort of a dream. It was a trip that was made of so many firsts: first time to go out of the country on my own, first time to organize a trip by myself, first time to travel abroad for the sole reason of watching a favorite band perform. To think that I don’t even understand what they’re singing about.

Warning: Long, rambling post ahead.
I thought I was going alone to the concert, but my online friend Ren said she wanted to go too. We thought it was funny that we’ve been online contacts for a while now, but our first meeting would be in Hong Kong. We agreed to book one room in order to save money, and we were happy with the hostel that we got.

We didn’t really plan anything for the trip. I guess we both had the mindset of “concert first, bahala na whatever after.” In fact, we spent the afternoon before the concert just going around Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Around 3 PM we headed towards the Asia World Expo Arena. It was actually quite a distance away from where we were, but because Hong Kong’s trains are very efficient, it wasn’t a difficult trip.

In the train, we saw a few other concert goers. There was a pair of Japanese girls who said that they followed the band from their previous location, and will continue to Taiwan and the other places. They also had various memorabilia on them. Talk about hardcore. Ren talked to them and I just smiled at them because I couldn’t really understand what they were saying (I still need a bit more levelling up on my Japanese skills).

When we arrived at the arena, I was surprised that there wasn’t much people yet. I mean, I had expected that there were more people loitering about. My first goal was to find the merchandise table, but I didn’t find what I wanted and the CDs were sold out. I ended up not buying anything, which is fine.
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Ready…

Not exactly the best photo I can get right now, but that’s what my view is (at least, about thirty minutes ago).

I’m here at NAIA Terminal 3 and trying out the free wi-fi courtesy of Globe (this is not an advert, by the way). Flight’s going to be called in a few minutes and in two hours or so, I’ll be in Hong Kong.

I’m pretty excited for this trip. It’ll be my first time to see the Hong Kong, and I’ve done virtually no research about it. Well, maybe a little. The place we’re staying in is far but it looks great. And tomorrow… L’arc En Ciel! 😀

I hope I can get some sleep.