While some of my cousins are out with my jowa, partying in Makati, I chose to stay at home nalang and rest some more. So proud of myself! Haha. My visitors (mom, sis, bro-in-law, sis-in-law) just left, leaving me bored again. Haha. So, eto na, more travel posts! Here's what happened on our 4th day in Hong Kong! Photos and stories below...
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, don't buy from 7-11! Haha. Walk pa more and you'll find stores which sells umbrellas & other items for a much cheaper price. Found a small "pwede na" umbrella for just $25. Huhu. Or, buy na even before you ride the cable car.
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of Buddha Shakyamuni, completed in 1993. It symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and faith.
There are also three floors beneath the statue: the halls of the Universe, of Benevolent Merit and of Remembrance. One of the most renowned features inside is a relic of Gautama Buddha, consisting of some of his alleged cremated remains. Only visitors who purchase an offering for the Buddha are allowed to see the relic, entering to leave it there. There is a huge carved bell inscribed with images of Buddhas in the show room. It was designed to ring every seven minutes, 108 times a day, symbolizing the release of 108 kinds of human vexations. (Wikipedia) - Okay, so we went inside the hall underneath the statue, but nothing really remarkable was in there. Or baka I just didn't look close enough. Was freezing to death na kasi. Hehe. Taking photos were not allowed inside, so I can't share anything with you. :(
After checking out a few stalls and walking some more, we decided to check out the nearest mall. Discovered this cool store that sells winter wear at discounted prices! My sister went nuts. Haha. I am so proud of myself for being able to resist all those beautiful temptations. It was sooo hard!
Found this money changer at the back alley with pretty good rates. P1 = $.155 hkd
After changing a few bills, P6,000 to be exact, headed straight to the train station. Jordan to Tung Chung costs $19 hkd
Since the selfie queen is here, why not start sa train? Haha!
After almost 40 minutes of travel, finally in Tung Chung!
It was drizzling when we got there, so we decided to tambay muna in CityGate Outlets to eat and finalize our game plan for the day.
Checked this store out. Mahal naman. Hehe.
My feeling Gigi Hadid outfit. Click here for reference. Nakalamang ka lang sa legs girl ha. Lol.
Food Republic for lunch!
We wanted to try other cuisines, other than Chinese hehe, so we tried out this Thai food stall!:)
Their serving's big (for me) and could be for sharing
Ate in action
Ordered Tom Yum Goong, Pineapple rice w/ Seafood (presentation's so cute!) and this Shrimp rice with pork. YUM! We paid $170 HKD for all this. We didn't buy water from the food court 'coz it was pricey! So we went out and bought from 7-11 instead.
Black sesame ice cream from McDo for dessert! Sorry asa kabilang side yung black part. Fail. Haha.
Hello! Ang nipis ng suot ni Nico.
It was still raining when we got out, so we brought raincoats from this store across Citygate, for $15 hkd each. My sister wanted to buy an umbrella but we thought, it might be too windy at the top and we might not be able to use it din. Wrong move. Lol. Anyway, we crossed the street and followed the signs going to the cable car ticketing booth of Ngong Ping 360!
There are many counters so transaction was fast.
Standard cabin roundtrip ticket costs $180 HKD. Aray. Haha! That instantly drained our budget that day. But for the experience, why not. You have the option to take the bus if you're on a super tight budget. It costs less (like $30+ only) but takes longer.
Cable car line:) Didn't mind waiting 'coz they have free wi-fi! I was able to work for a bit.
First timer. At this point, nireregret niya na his outfit. It was super cold! He didn't heed our advice kasi to wear something thicker. Or layer more. Ayan.
Selfie nalang like this! Can't do other poses 'coz some French Tita inside the cable car with us felt super sick and any movement makes her want to vomit. Boohoo.
Closeup pa more? Haha!
Our cable car mates. Far right is the lady who felt sick. She was kinda funny though. They're a pretty nice bunch.
The view was pretty nice, and then it became foggy. We stopped taking photos na coz 0 visibility!
After 20 minutes in the cable car, I can see (barely) Ngong Ping Village!
This is me trying to capture my foggy breath. D naman kita. Harhar.
It was sooo cold. Obvious naman sa fog sa likod ko.
It was still raining, so we wore our raincoats na. Not cool, man. Not cool. Nakakasira ng OOTD. Haha.
There are a few restos you could dine in at Ngong Ping. I saw a Subway stall!
There are buffalos & cattles wandering freely in the village. Si Nico aliw na aliw hinahabol pa niya. Baliw din.
Rain was getting worse, so we ended up buying this $80 umbrella from 7-11. Quality is nice, but it was so expensive! Pasalubong nalang kay Mother sabi namin.
Hihi raincoat man
Hetoo kameeee, basang basaaaa sa ulaaaaan!
Thank God I was wearing this sweater!
Entrance to the Tian Tan Big Buddha
So elusive the Big Buddha! It was so foggy and we never thought we'd be able to get a glimpse of the amazing statue.
Walked all the way up! Here we are, resting in between. Still praying for a miracle. Or konting pasilip kay Buddha. For Nico nalang.
Ayan na!!! OMG, we ran. Haha.
Pose!!! It was Nico's first time, so we took many photos of him. Haha.
Long way up...and down.
There were moments when it would disappear again, but a few glimpses (and photos) were enough to make our day.
Asked a fellow Pinay to take our photo. In fairness, ang galing niya! Thank you!:)
Those bronze statues are "The Offering of the Six Devas" that are posed offering flowers, incense, lamp, ointment, fruit, and music to the Buddha.
They symbolize the Six Perfections of generosity, morality, patience, zeal, meditation, and wisdom, all of which are necessary for enlightenment.
May basurero oh. Haha.
Time to go down!
Finally, the fog's gone!
So cute these local dogs!
Picture pa kahit basang basa na
Po Lin Monastery
Was supposed to go to the Wisdom Path (it's a 25-minute walk pa) but decided to skip on it nalang 'coz it was getting late and it was still a little foggy. So, we just decided to go back to the city!
Itong kapitbahay ko bat ako hinoholding hands!
Nico didn't know that these are bulls!!! Kala ka niya cows or kalabaw. Waah! Kaya pala walang lumalapit, sha lang!
Saw this in one of the stores. So cute!
My iphone charger gave up on me (I think it froze to death) and then my phone followed, so I had no photos on or way back to Tung Chung and then our hostel before we went to Mongkok. We were also soaking wet (well, our feet and shoes were) and cold and my sister had a client call, so we had to return to the hostel for a few hours before leaving again for dinner. I was supposed to take a bath (so as not to get sick), but fell asleep even before the shower got heated. Huhu.
On our way home! Sorry, for the endless train shots. Haha!
Hello, Mongkok! I've missed you!
Nico loved this place! Just like Causeway Bay, he said he loved all the lights and how it's full of life.
With sisterette naman
Batang laging curious sa rubbershoes
Since I'm not a fan of rubber shoes, selfie pa more nalang ako while waiting
Ladies Market! It closes early. So come early!
OMG street food! But not now muna. Dinner first!
Can you guess where we ate dinner? It's in the picture. Hihi.
Escalator to food heaven!
Yuppp! Cafe De Coral time!
Lining up to place our orders
Ate ordered the one in the middle. It's just $39 with drinks!
Nico ordered the one in the middle din. $33 with drinks. Serving looked small but it was enough for him.
Wasn't able to take a photo of our food. Jurassic hungry kaya lapa agad! Haha. But, I ordered this rice topped with pork in tomato sauce and cheese. So good!
View from Cafe de Coral
Bought waffle lang for $15 HKD muna for dessert. So good!!!
Love the plaid scarves!
Was drooling. But, MUST RESIST.
Love her outfit!
So may pretty coats. I die. If only we have winter. :(
Time to go home!
Nagaabang lang ng train naka pose pa? Haha! Si Ate laging ready. Haha.
He was the only one who crossed the street kahit bawal pa. Rebel! haha.
That's it! Our budget that day went way off course 'coz of all the touring we did plus some unnecessary purchases (raincoats & umbrella). It was so much fun though! I've always loved Lantau and Ngong Ping. It's the best place to go for a quick retreat. :)
Ticket from Jordan to Tung Chung - $19
Lunch - $40
Water - $15
Ice Cream - $5
Raincoat - $15
Roundtrip cable car - $180
Umbrella - $40 (hati kami ni sis haha)
Train from Tung Chung to Jordan - $19
Dinner - $50
Waffle - $15
Train from Central to Jordan - $10
Total = $408!!! or P2,448
But, if you've been to Lantau before and you have no plans of going back to Ngong Ping village na, and if we deduct the raincoat & umbrella, new total would be $173 or P1,038 for one day of touring around. Not bad! :)
That ends Day 3! Will work on Day 4 na. Hope I finish editing our Disneyland photos ASAP. Thanks for reading!!!:)
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