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Monday, February 26, 2018

3 "Sabaw" Moments in Hong Kong


While I wait (with fingers and feet crossed) for my friend to try to retrieve my corrupt microSD card, let me share with you our sabaw moments when we were in Hong Kong. These experiences are both funny and embarrassing at the same time. :)

1. The Airport MTR
On most of our flights, local flights that is (since HK was our first int'l flight together), Dane and I are among the last people to leave the plane. Especially now that we have Nate, ayaw na namin makipagsiksikan at makipagbakbakan sa mga pasahero para lang makalabas. So we did the same when we arrived in Hong Kong International Airport.

This, we later agreed was not a good idea. haha. OK lang pag local flights pala, pero certainly not during an international flight, especially if it's your first time in the place.

At one of the MTRs in Hong Kong International Airport
We followed the airport signs pointing to the baggage area and the immigration. It pointed us to an escalator. Pagbaba namin, everyone was riding the train! We tried to search the area - there was no room that says "immigration", it felt like a dead end. So nagtinginan kami ni Dane, lol! There was no place to buy an Octopus card so we were hesitant to board the train kasi wala pa kaming pampamasahe. We were smiling at each other then we decided to go back up.

Nung nasa taas na kami uli, sure enough, pababa talaga sa may escalator ang location ng immigration and baggage! So I went and ask the information personnel. So dapat pala: bababa ka talaga at sasakay ng train, walang pamasahe, libre.

Ang sabaw! haha.

LESSON: READ (and read carefully) and follow the crowd. :D

2. Ocean Park experience 
I was the one who planned our itinerary. All the attractions were booked via Klook. Our first stop was the Ocean Park. As per Klook's instructions, a bus will pick us up at a certain place and will, later on, take us to the Ocean Park. At this time, we were only able to connect online using the WiFi in our room. We didn't have any mobile data yet. So we just searched for the direction to the meetup place before we left our room. Well, I thought it was that easy.

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Unfortunately, hindi pala buong instruction ang nakuha ko. So lakad-tanong ang ginawa namin at ang tagal namin bago kami nakarating sa meet up place na kung alam lang sana namin, nakarating siguro kami in 15 minutes lang. It took us almost 40 mins to get there! HAHAHA! Umabot na sa point na nagsisihan na kaming dalawa, lol! The only good news is, we got there on time, bago pa man kami naiwan ng bus. In fact, kami parin ang early birds. I'm literally smiling while I'm writing this. Ang sabaw!

LESSON: 'Wag kampante, hindi mo lugar 'yan! Magtanong kahit may language barrier pa.

3. MTR exits 
MTR is the most convenient way to get to places in Hong Kong. Let me just say, WOW! Ang ganda ng MTR nila, nakakahiya ang MRT natin dito sa Pilipinas.

Ok, moving on. Since I don't have a sense of direction, inasa ko na ang pagkabisa ng MTR kay Dane 'coz it's confusing at first. But what's more confusing is exiting at the right MTR exit. Yung moment na akala mo tama yung nilabasan mo, paglabas mo, ibang lugar pala! lol. We've had several failed attempts, pero later on, we still learned how to go to the right exit.

Dane and Nate having fun at the MTR central station.
Most exits have are alphanumeric so before ka pa sumakay ng MTR, alamin mo na kung ano ang exit# ng MTR na malapit sa tinutuluyan nyo para 'di matulad sa'min. HAHA.

MORE SABAW MOMENTS:
I have a few more in mind but these three are the main ones that I think are worth sharing. :)

Should we be ashamed of these? No. It's completely normal for people to get lost. If we get lost in our own country, the more that we get lost in a place we've never been before - a place we're not used to, nor are we accustomed to their way of living.

I say these mistakes even add fun to the travel experience that we had. When the vacation is done, it's among the funny moments that remained in the memory. Yes, It's surely staying in the memory bank! In fact, we rarely recall the time that we got to a place without problems. Pero kung nagkawala wala ka at kung sino sino na ang napagtanungan mo para lang makapunta sa location, ay, sigurado, 'di mo basta basta makakalimutan 'yan!

It's normal to commit mistakes, we learn from all of them.  Kids learn to be more careful when they stumble. Failures make us better in whatever we do. It's part of the learning process. No success happens overnight, it takes many failed attempts to obtain it.

It can be stressful most of the time, of course, because we want things done right away but patience will help us get there. And no matter how many times we get lost, at the end of the day, it's the experience and the journey that counts.

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6 comments:

  1. Natawa ko sa Airport experience niyo, for first timer talaga, mapapaisip ka bakit may train sa airport di ba. Good thing I already read a lot of blogs and forums before going to HK so may idea ko diyan sa train. Pero dati, may guard diyan e. Ini-stop pa nnga niya yung train kasi nakita niya na kami pababa escalator.

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    1. Ang galing naman! Walang guard nung time na yun. Nakakatawa nga, e, napangiti nalang kami. haha. Ewan ko ba, sa dami ng nabasa kong threads at forums about HK, wala talaga akong nabasang airport express. Kaloka. haha.

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  2. Oh, I really feel for first timers in big airports. I almost got lost in Singapore airport when I was in transit there for the first time. Naisip ko, grabe naman tong mga to, sa kabilang mundo pa yata yung gate. PArang naisip ko, pano pa yung mga first timer. Hindi naman nila alam na sasakay pa ng train , bus (sa Frankfurt dati...imagine yung takot na bakit parang aalis na yata ako ng airport. hahaha) ...It's really helpful to read blogs before traveling..Malaking tulong talaga. haha

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    1. Nakakatawa no, talagang nagiging kasama sya sa happy moments ng travel mo. lol. Mas kawawa lang yung nakasabay namin Indian, kami pa yung natanungan nya, late na daw sya sa flight nya, parang mangiyak ngiyak na sya. :(

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  3. Hahaha! Angcute sis!
    I agree, mistakes add fun sa travel experience eh. Nagka-idea na kami sa Train atleast sis alam na namin in case magtravel kami sa HongKong :)

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    1. Yes sis, para di kayo matulad samin, haha. Tawa nalang kami ng tawa after e. lol.

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