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Our Quick HK Getaway Day 1

Instead of giving our kids a big joint party for their monumental birthdays (sweet 16, 18, and legal 21) I asked Kap if we can just go away on a short trip. The kids also concurred that rather than spending on food, drinks, and decors, we just give them the money for their shopping pleasure. #MukhangPera And so, naudlot ang halloween special ko leaving me with several skeletons (so to speak) in the closet! Off to HK we went for the long undas weekend.

The 2 girls & I connived & booked an early flight out to HK. Excited ba! Departure was scheduled at 5:40 am so we had to be there at least 2 hours ahead of time. Plus 30 minutes to get ready & another hour travel time to the airport to be sure we don’t miss our flight. Ang resulta, hindi nalang kami lahat natulog, thus our zombie state.

Not having anticipated that the whole of Metro Manila was also leaving for someplace that weekend, ang haba ng pila! We had exactly 5 minutes before the gates closed on us. I kid you not. If we were not in a rush I would have asked the kids to take a video of my mini-marathon. The 1st & last time you’d see me actually sprinting for my life! :P

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It’s been a while since we’ve been on an international trip, and inspite Kap’s grumblings, I knew he was as excited & as happy as me! <3 PS: Do you see the shopping bag that Kap is carrying? Nope that’s not Duty Free. TUBIG ANG LAMAN NYAN! Mahal daw kasi sa airport. Ahuhuhu!

 

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Happy kids, happy wife, happy life! ;)

And with that, our misadventure finally began. But I don’t mind, because these are the stories that you remember. Not the perfect but boring walang-kaganapang setting. Long after we’re gone, these are the funny mishaps that our kids will be telling their own kids of our escapades.

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Because #cheapseats #cheapstays ang usapan, syempre #cheaptranspo is not far behind. Hayz. Bawal daw mag-taxi, so unli Octopus Card ang drama.

 

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Ang palusot ni Kap: Sweetheart, dito lang makakapag-public transpo ang kids. Lahat sakyan na nila. Starting with this double decker bus. @_@

 

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The GOppets. Half on the ground floor, the other half on the 2nd floor. LQ kami, I wasn’t speaking to him –nagpapalamig ako ng ulo.

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Now, since the trip was made without the blessing of Kap (inambush namin sya hehe!) he made it clear that he was the one booking our stay. Cheap trip & cheap thrills all the way ang usapan para lang matuloy, gah! Since I won the first round of the battle & I figured madami pang kasunod, I had to concede to the man of the house to restore peace & buy time for the next big battle, lol.

However, when I finally saw the flat he booked, I changed my mind. I itched to start a world war 3. Hindi ko na iindahin ang matchbox na kwarto, baka sabihin nyo naman sobra na ang arte ko. Sige, tignan nyo nalang ang banyo! The shower is the same location as the trono. I’m telling you, the whole of HK must have heard my scream of terror! :| #chengeneng

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Location, location, location was the name of the game. Kap booked our flat dahil daw paglabas, MTR na! And true enough, just a couple of steps away was the flight of stairs leading to the train. Kapakanan ko lang naman daw ang iniisip nya. CHAR! Fine, lusot na si Kap! :|

 

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You shower where you $h!+ FML!

What’s more (oh yes, meron pa!), the elevators were teeny tiny, only 5-6 can fit. And construction was on-going, so every time it would reach our floor, puno with equipments & shiz kasama ang pagka-babangong trabahador. We had to use the treacherous stairs FROM THE 12th FLOOR to get out of the hell hole that Kap booked for us. Grrr!

NKKLK! The sitch did not sit well with my first day of “the coming of the monthly visitor”. (sorry TMI) Mainit ang ulo ni Le Miz Piggy. The itinerary Ate prepared for the day involved whole day walking outdoors. I had a choice of either staying in, or all day walking. For the 1st time in my life & in the history of mankind, pinili ko ang maglakad.

Lunch

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Kap attributed my crankiness to gutom (and not with his cheapness), so he decided to sweeten the deal & butter me up by feeding me at Macau Yummy Yummy just a short distance away.

 

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Macau Yummy Yummy. G/F, No.23A Lock Road, Tsuim Sha Tsiu, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China (Tsim Sha Tsui) 852-31051633

 

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We each got a bowl of steaming noodles & other extras. Total bill: 250 hkd.

Sights

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Before anything else (and because we didn’t have roaming dahil alam nyo na!), we got a prepaid card for our pocket wifi, and exchanged some money to get the ball rolling.

 

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Nakarining ako ng KACHING (translated to shopping), kaya ayan, smiling face na uli ako! :P

 

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At tuwang-tuwa pa talaga silang mag-public transpo! 😝 Sige, the one here in Manila will be your mode of getting from A-Z from now on, lol.

 

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Ate got it into her head to visit the Flower Market Road, aka Hongkong Dangwa! :P Pagbigyan.

 

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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”.. at ako ang pinaka-malaking bulaklak evar. In fact, isa na akong malawak na hardin! Wrong OOTD! :P

 

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Passed by this street food stall, got some octopus (an ode to Kap’s fave public transpo) & intestines (kasi gusto ko syang pagbuhol-buholin). Yumyum! <3

 

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#cheapbuys equals Mongkok..

 

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After 987654321 miles of walking and going in & out of many MANY stores, Kap finally found the racket he’s been lusting after. Oh my golly wow. The kids pitched in & paid for it, this is their I-O-U birthday gift to their dad. :)

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City lights & HK night life..

Dinner

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Duck dinner at Fairwood Fast Food, also just a short distance away. I’m beginning to see Kap’s point. When you’re tired after a very long day, NEAR is very favorable.

 

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When in HK, budget duck according to Kap. Hay buhay. Beggars can’t be choosers, sa gutom ko I’ll eat anything! Dinner: 250 hkd. Kap is once again, very very happy! :P

 

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1st day pa lang, ang saya saya na. Abangan ang susunod na kabanata sa darating na mag araw sa buhay ng mga... GOppets! :P

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Before we turned in, softee! Sweets for my sweets who are so game with our misadventures. I’m one lucky mommah. Thank you GOppets! :-*

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25 Comments

  • Reply Erika

    Eto na inaantay ko!! Nakangiti ako while reading this. Hahaha! I miss HK tuloy! Last punta ko 2011 pa! Napapaisip ako bumalik next year foodtrip and shopping lang! Teka regarding the bottle water napasok nyo sa airport? Ako kasi bumibili lagi sa Bos Coffee. 20 pesos vs sa mineral water sa mga stores don na 100 pesos!!! Naku masarap talaga mag train abroad! Fave ko din yan kasi ang mahal ng taxi! Di pala kayo nagpapalit sa Czarina? Don ako lagi nagpapapalit kasi ang mura. Hihi. Napa awwww naman ako sa gift nila for their Dad. At natawa pala ko sa LQ moment sa bus! Tell Kap lagi dapat kayo mag travel abroad para masanay na sya! Haha! Next na Japan dali!!!

    November 9, 2015 at 8:27 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      hopefully sa july 1 whole month matuloy while all 3 kids are on break. Pagkakataon na! ;)) And yes, nailusot ni Kap yung tubig. Malakas sya kay buddha hahahahaha!

      November 9, 2015 at 8:50 am
      • Reply Erika

        Bilib talaga ko sa powers ni Kap! Hahaha! Naku July. Hmm medyo summer. Pero masarap pa din naman weather sa Japan pasok nalang lagi sa mall haha!

        November 9, 2015 at 9:12 am
        • Reply sugargospice

          Not Japan. :) Cooler weather.

          November 9, 2015 at 10:13 am
          • Erika

            Parang alam ko na to!!!I’m excited!!!

            November 9, 2015 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Noel Q.

    Nakaka-miss nga HK, dati halos linggo-linggo nandito ako, may isang beses pa umalis ako ng 5am tapos bumalik ng 10am on the same day, kasi may pinakuha lang sa akin ang boss ko, hahaha… Last ko pumunta dito was 2002… it’s been soooo long! Ang dami na nagbago.

    Jane, sabihin mo kay Kap ang Holiday Inn Golden Mile katabi lang din ng MTR, mas mura naman siya kesa sa mga 5-star hotels diyan, pero very decent naman ang rooms… hindi katulad ng que horror toilet ng tinigilan niyo, hahaha…

    I am relishing every word you’ve written here… sobrang aliw talaga! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post.

    November 9, 2015 at 9:16 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      haaaay oo nga katapat lang namin. In fair, sya na tin mismo ang nahiya sa akin hehe. NEXT TIME daw. Tignan natin kung hindi uurong ang dila nya pagdating ng tamang panahon! ;))

      November 9, 2015 at 10:15 am
  • Reply Photo cache

    Oh what a nice trip. Sweet nga si kap eh. My hubs I call him kuripot.

    November 9, 2015 at 9:49 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Ganyan yata talaga ang mag-asawa Maria. One bukas-palad & one kuri hehehe!

      November 9, 2015 at 10:15 am
  • Reply january

    love HK’s mtr, tram and double decker sobrang efficient and buses are on time, kakamiss ang HK and shopping hehehe

    day 2 please :)

    November 9, 2015 at 10:17 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      In fair, wala ngang traffic sa mtr elna hehe. Sige na nga!

      November 9, 2015 at 10:33 am
  • Reply mun

    did you stay in tsim sha tsui area? the place looks familiar. I once booked a “hotel” in chungking mansion ata un. Never again!!! hahaha. I miss HK and the aircon weather. :)

    November 9, 2015 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Pat

    Grabe Achie Jane! You’re sooo funny! But seriously, I love how you always turn something negative into something positive (and super funny!).
    I showed my husband your post, and I told him I love him pero wag nya talaga ako ibook ng hotel room na similar yung CR! As much as we all can multitask, ayaw ko! :) haha pero grabeng bro code ng mga lalaki, he was defending the CR baka naman daw may space pa for taking the shower, baka may ibang side yung shower holder, etc. Really?
    Kaya before booking rooms, I inspect the CR photos hehe

    November 10, 2015 at 9:21 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      OMG I would LOVE to say that tama amy hubby mo sa mga “baka” nya. Unfortunately, yan na yan. Pag gumalaw pa ako ng konti mabubura na talaga ang mukha ko. The wall & I will be ONE! :P

      November 10, 2015 at 9:41 am
  • Reply med

    First photo caption pa lang, muntik na ako malaglag sa chair! Hilarious! I feel so down today (first day blues) but your HK adventure kuwentos made me LOL. Thank you.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:24 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Feel better soon my dearest Meding! <3

      November 10, 2015 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Kei Aclaro

    Ms. Jane, nakakaloka yung “you shower where you s#!t” Hahaha! Ako din po mas tinitignan ko yung bathroom kesa yung bedroom. Maarte ako sa mga tinitigilan hotel kasi gusto ko spacious yung bathroom at di nakaka yucky tignan. Sa laki ko pong ito kailangan ko talaga malawak na gagalawang bathroom. Hahaha!

    Pero ang nice naman na Kap decided na parang going back to the basics like mass transport, budget meals… Pero ang sweet kasi inisip din nya po convenience nyo na malapit sa MTR yung titigilan nyo accommodation.

    November 10, 2015 at 9:38 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      CHAR lang nya yan Kei!!! ;)) Maniwala ka jan kay Kapitan K hahaha! :P

      November 10, 2015 at 10:09 am
  • Reply OLivia

    Hi Jane, enjoy na enjoy ako while reading your blog. Sobrang nakakatawa..

    November 11, 2015 at 12:57 am
  • Reply kathy

    Yikes, achi! That’s the bathroom that i dread the most! I remembered our family trip to hk as well last May. We also stayed in a guesthouse pero i made sure hindi ganyan ang banyo kc hindi ako kasya! Hahaha. Anyway, your family trip looks exactly like ours.

    November 15, 2015 at 12:23 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Haaaay. Ganyan yata mga chinese hehe. Kurips. :P

      November 15, 2015 at 2:49 am
  • Reply kathy

    Oh and btw, i really love how you write. Funny and witty. Plus a touch of kabaklaan!

    November 15, 2015 at 12:24 am
    • Reply sugargospice

      Thank you Kathy! :) My kids say I’m jeje. #shorthairdontcare hahaha!

      November 15, 2015 at 2:50 am

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