I can still feel some butterflies in my stomach as I run through some fresh memories of my first overseas trip to Hong Kong with my mom and my brother. I was extremely excited because I have not been to any foreign country besides Singapore. Frankly speaking, crossing the border to Singapore should not even be categorized as ‘traveling overseas’ and that trip happened fourteen years ago.
On my virgin trip to Hong Kong, we flew via China Southern Airlines under an affordable package offered by Holiday Travels. Growing up watching a ton of Hong Kong TVB dramas, I was galvanized and delirious about this trip.
I promise I would not type too much. I am still having a post vacation syndrome; but allow me to share with you some grainy and shaky pictures I have taken from this getaway.
The local dialect in Hong Kong is Cantonese. I am glad I am fluent in Cantonese as most Ipoh people are. For the most part Hongkies also speak Mandarin (the form of Chinese spoken in mainland China) and English. But beware: the people I’ve found to speak the least English are taxi drivers, so if you can be prepared with proper pronunciation of the destination in Cantonese, a printout or an address of where you’re going, that would be best.
Here is a night-time view from Victoria Peak (commonly known as ‘the peak’). (Please forgive me for NOT owning a luxurious digital camera that could capture wonderful night shots)
The International Finance Centre (IFC) is an integrated commercial development on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Central District,
Here is a day view from Victoria Peak itself again. The tour guide took us up the peak the night before to capture the picturesque night view and he wanted to show us the difference between the day view and night view.
All in all, my virgin trip to Hong Kong has been refreshing and it was an eye-opening experience. My TVB dramas’ imagination has come to life and I am absolutely thrilled to the fact that I have visited Hong Kong. I would definitely pin this city to my list of must-travel once I start working.