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Aylene Escapades Day 6 Macau

So today started off a little earlier than usual, only because we were heading out to Macao and thought it best to get a semi-early start.  With Gluten intolerance on the mind we headed straight to starbucks and grabbed some drinks then slowly trekked towards the MTR and the Ferry terminal. For those who haven’t done this before do not forget your passport!

Aylene and I enjoyed the ride and chatted or napped the 45mins or so it took and when we arrived we headed for maps to make a POA (Plan Of Action). Ay wanted to visit at least one of the big hotels so we went all the way to the Vienna  Hotel thinking they would have food options for her and also because it is lovely to see during the day. We found a burger joint, yes a burger joint, and ate a little something there looking over a lovely set of maps. We decided it was time to leave the hotel and proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour trying to get out. We asked for directions, three times. They gave us these vague directions that got us more turned around than ever and just as we started to feel a little trapped we found our way out.

Our first job was to grab a taxi and head towards the four sided Buddha which was on our side of the Peninsular, after that we had to try find a bus back to the other end but the bus stop we were directed to was no longer in operation. It really was just a comical bit of bad luck we were having. We finally got on the bus and crossed the bridge, Ay decided she wanted to see something so we got off at a different stop and slowly meandered our way towards St Paul’s Cathedral and all the toursityness surrounding it.

After much hiking up hills and walking around looking at the different ruins we went to look at a lovely garden and spent some time in there. Ay wanted to get a custard tart so we went in search of that,  it took us forever to find. I decided she needed to learn to read an actual map and not just one on the phone so we took a while to get where we wanted to be. On the bright side she found the delish egg tarts that she wanted and due to the gluten could only eat the custard part. eish. Finally with the sun going down and the exhaustion setting in, we found our way to a bus that would take us to the Ferry and home.

I definitely enjoyed Macau more this time, it’s a lot more fun going with someone else and sharing it with them!

 

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Aylene Escapades Day 5

What a long day! I had to go in to work for the day so left Aylene to her own devices, she started her day late at Starbucks and just explored TST a little. I sat and did all my work, teaching my lessons all the while keeping an eye my phone for panicked messages of “I’m lost!”, but as I had expected Aylene did a great job remembering to keep an eye out for the MTR sign.We organised to meet up at the MTR so that we could go have a look at the Flower market and Goldfish market in upper Mong Kok. Thankfully I was wearing my Tekkies so we could walk around for ages.

We had a lovely time walking up Fa Yuen street, the streets were lined with pet stores and fish stores. There were puppies and kittens in small boxes which was heart breaking, I want to adopt them all! The fish ranged from small to large and were shoved in tiny bags, they had tortoises and even a bird or two. It’s lovely to see all those colourful fish,but I just couldn’t get over the fact they shouldn’t be in baggies and tiny spaces. It is so sad to see them swimming in one spot because they can’t swim around and around in a large ocean.

By the time we got to the flower market it had already started closing down. There were still a few shops open though so we walked around and looked at some of the spectacular flowers, the prices were actually very impressive! It isn’t a very big area that is called Flower Market but they literally have shop after shop, after shop, of flowers right next to each other. Some selling the exact same wares and some with a few differences.  We decided we would return on Monday when it would be open properly.

We walked down from Prince Edward side towards mong kok and made our way back home.By this time I was starving and wanted something nummy and had a look at the street around the corner (ish) from us. We found this amazing dessert house: Joyful Dessert house. The menu was super interesting and the desserts were of the best I have had in Hong Kong. We had Crème Brule and a chocolate volcano dessert that had just the right amounts of sugar and chocolateness. Hmmmmmm usually they don’t put enough sugar so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Aylene Escapades Day 4 Disney 2016

Disney, I feel like an old hat running around there. This was only my second visit but Hong Kong Disney isn’t that big and its lay out is pretty is to remember.                                                                  I made sure to move us from one side of the Park, starting with Tomorrowland, to the other of the park  (The Lion King) and I got to do some of my favourite rides.                                                  Well I got to do 2 of the 3 at any rate as Mystic Manor was closed, sob sob sob.Last time I went to Disney I wrote a lot on it so this time I shall not write so much.

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Aylene and I got to Disney as it was opening and luckily they still had the special on which saved about $50 on the one ticket. Being a HK ID holder gives me many perks including at places like Disney where I can get the cheaper price. We had a blast and ate some yummy food.I think we also may have spent a mini fortune as we both did a little bit of present shopping. Let’s be completely honest, this trip has been all about the shopping hehe, so maybe a little more than a little shopping.

The rides were as fun as I remembered, they may not be the largest rides but they are still fun! 😀 My geeky side got a massive jolt of joy when we saw they had  Storm Troupers walking around 😀 😀 and they let me play with one of the toy lightsabers. We killed some Aliens on the Buzz Lightyear ride, I still suck *headinhands* but I had just as much fun so that’s all that matters.We explored the enchanted garden and had some fun taking pictures plus looking at the Disney stories and tried to pull Excalibur out. Nope, sadly I did not become the Queen of anything, except sore feet later.

I do love Disney but we were eventually so tired that we just wanted it to end! We watched both parades and the Paint the Night Parade is still my ultimate, after that it was just a short wait until the fireworks. We sat enjoying the images they projected onto the castle and enjoyed the spectacular fireworks.We ended the day in happy exhaustion.

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Aylene Escapades Day 3

Day 3, Shoo this was a busy day!

We managed to leave the house a little earlier today so that we could trek out to the Big Buddha. We took the MTR and switched lines to Tung Chung, where we happily found a Starbucks waiting for us. The train felt like it took forever today, we had seats at least which was fun and relaxing.

We waited in a super long line to buy some tickets and decided on the crystal cabin up but the normal one down. For future reference I don’t think I want to wait in the line to leave Big Buddha. Ngong Ping 360 has several ticket choices and for more info have a look here: Ngong Ping 360 or if you feel like bargain hunting Klook normally has specials of $15 or more off.

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The gloomy day…exiting the MTR

The Crystal Cabin: It is awesome to see through the floor and watch yourself go up but it is really not that amazing. It has a large price extra on it and while its cool for a one way trip I wouldn’t waste my ‘holiday’ money on a trip down as well. The really snazzy benefit of it is that the line is usually much much much shorter so sometimes it may actually be worth it.

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Ngong Ping Village: My idea of a village goes to a the idea of an Ovambo or even Zulu village. Ngong Ping is less like that and not really a village at all. No one lives there but there are food places and shops. The prices here are a little crazy for souvenirs, so don’t rush into buying, you can find a lot of the things from up there in Stanley and Ladies Market. They have a yummy Subway at the top and a tea house that has demonstrations for the flowering tea, there is also a 7-eleven and for some reason a stand that sells Nutcrakers.

We didnt spend too much time in the village as we were eager to see the Buddha! the walk to the Buddha was very interesting, there are dogs roaming around and cows as well. Walking towards Buddha and the Monastery you can walk on the path with the warriors lining the path.

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Statues by Buddha

 

The walk up the stairs is tiring but don’t be lazy, walk up the stairs and just enjoy the view. The amount of tourists can be tiring, I suppose we are tourists as well

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Hello Buddha

but we take pics and go, the tourists here take a pic and stay to take 500 more in the exact same pose. We stayed up there a while for the peace and the view but then the hunger got the better of us so we headed  down towards the Monastery and the food there.

 

 

Vegetarian food is usually ok, I’m a carnivore at heart but I have enjoyed vegetarian food.The food that I had there was not the greatest, it didn’t help that my food choices are so limited in general to avoid all the spicy and pepper foods. We tried the food and left it to the side, it was not good.

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Vegetarian gourmet

We eventually left The Buddha and Ngong Ping because it had started to get chilly and grey. We ended up waiting in the line for the cable car, waiting and waiting and waiting. Did I mention the waiting, it was painful and tiring and we couldn’t wait to get back to the MTR!

We took the orange line all the way to the HK MTR station and walked out to the Big Observatory Wheel. It looked like an awesome idea so we decided to go on it.

The Observatory Wheel: What a lovely view! its was about $100 for a 15 minute ride and the view was spectacular. They play soft music and it’s all blue and very stable! We switched sides for different views and it hardly rocked at all, maybe a light shake but its to be expected as we were rather high up at the time.

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We then decided to go to dinner at this amazing Greek place near the top of Mid-Levels escalators and grabbed a taxi. The problem came in when we wanted to go to the races and thought that a bus would be a good idea. It would have been, if we could have found the annoying bus stop! We walked around for ages, it seems to be a theme on this trip.

We ran into two German guys who were being hilarious and had to get rid of them so we could grab a taxi. I’m so glad that we decided on the taxi, SO SO SO glad! We got free entrance at Happy Valley and went for the wine and beer. We watched two races and then decided enough was enough. Instead of taking a taxi back we went on a tram and I made Aylene  navigate us home, with a little nudge or two from me.20160224_214444

We made it back to Admiralty and found ourselves having another build your own burger..,.To be fair it was the easiest and yummiest burger for Aylene to eat as she could have it without the bun. But yes we had far too much Mac D’s.

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Aylene Escapades Day 2

The day started bright and…….early. No who am I kidding it started Grey, misty and semi-late. We decided to go to The Peak today, bad choice due to the weather, but as the day looked like it was clearing up we decided it was a brilliant plan.

Off we walked to the MTR only to be stopped by the idea of Starbucks. Yummy! We spent far too much time there! To get to the Peak you can take many different routes. I decided we would go straight to Central and then it would be closer, I was right but I hadn’t figured on trying to find the exact location of the bus.This led us to ask the very helpful bus people, their English wasn’t great but they were super helpful which was nice.

For future reference this is the easiest way from central:To the Peak

We got to the Peak and decided to take the Tram both up and down. While this was beautiful I wouldn’t recommend it for the shear number of people and the LONG wait in the lines. I have been up both times, neither one a weekend or public holiday, and it was a nightmare wait.

DSCN1646After arriving at the top we walked up, and up and up, taking escalators to the top and only stopping to take some pics. As it was still Chinese New year month they had this stunning Cherry Blossom Tree on one level, with the zodiac, a wishing well and a drum.

 

We had some fun there, Stella had told me I must walk around a Cherry Blossom tree if I find one so that I can have luck in love. Yeah I don’t think that worked hehehe. We hit the drum to send luck and love to our loved ones and then kept going up. As we stood at the Sky Terrace we saw the clouds rolling in and the visibility got worse, in the end we took some photos, wrote a message of love for everyone and just left.

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Trickeye

While at the Peak we decided to grab a meal and go visit the Trickeye Museum. This is awesomely fun! It isn’t worth it if you are by yourself but if you have a friend or a group of friends this is so much fun! You stand and take photos in certain angles and have a lot of giggles.

When we left the peak we waited for about 30mins to an hour in line for the Tram. Painful. Then we decided to walk down to the MTR instead as it was really lovely out, we walked to Admiralty which was great, they have an awesome MacD’s there.

We spent many an hour on the Island (again) and then after a No Bun burger at Langham we dragged our weary selves home for a good nights sleep.