Actually, I went to Hong Kong and Macau about two weeks ago, but I’m barely finding time right now to write about it…at 6:00 in the morning…It’s finals week(s) here at NTU and I’m trying to balance studying and traveling. I know, I know, traveling shouldn’t even be in the equation, but with me leaving for Japan on the 14th of January, I really need to spend any time I have with my friends who are leaving. So, this weekend, I will be traveling to the south of Taiwan, to Kaohsiung and Tainan! But I’ll get to that later.
The purpose of this post is to share with you my amazing adventure in Hong Kong and Macau! I skipped two days of school and went traveling from Saturday to Tuesday. In Hong Kong, I met up with a good friend of mine and he took me to as many places as he could. For those four days, I spent three in HK and one in Macau! I think three days in HK is just right. It’s a small city, so you can pretty much hit all the touristy spots in roughly three, four days.
Let me go allllllll the way back to the beginning of my adventure. It starts with Friday. Though my flight was on Saturday morning (at 7am), I wanted to save money so I decided not to take a taxi to the airport at 5 in the morning. Instead, I headed off to the airport on Friday night, around 11pm to catch one of the last buses to Taoyuan Airport. (I know, I’m insane.) But if you think about it, I only spent NT$125 riding the bus compared to the NT$800~NT$900 that I would have spent on taking a taxi. If I could save that much money, I’m definitely going with Option A. Good choice, right?
No. It wasn’t. It was a very very bad choice. By leaving on Friday night, I had to spend Saturday morning at a very uncomfortable airport that left me so tired I almost missed my flight. So, it all started at 12am. I chose to walk about the airport, trying to find somewhere I can rest for a while. After doing a few readings for my class and texting my friend, I found that only one hour passed. ONE. Which meant that I had about five hours before I could even check-in. I went to 7-11 to buy a late dinner, and set out to find a good spot to try sleeping. There were none, so I found myself twisting and turning on my seat unable to fall asleep. So, at the end of the day, or morning, I was not a happy camper. I checked in at 6am and then proceeded to go through security and make my way to the gate. At the gate, they have a separate section for boarding the plane. There’s an upstairs section where you can buy magazines, buy drinks, etc. And then there’s a downstairs section where there are a lot more seats for passengers and you just sit there and wait for the pretty ladies at the front check your tickets and let you into the plane. I chose to sit at the upstairs section where the sofas were much more comfy. Stupid me. I ended falling asleep right now, and no one was kind enough to inform me that it was boarding time. Sh*t, right? Yes. I woke up at 7:15am for my 7:10am flight. So I ran downstairs and luckily, the pretty ladies were kind enough to wait for the LAST PASSENGER. Yes, I was the person who delayed the flight. I am so sorry! One of my most embarrassing moments ever! Thankfully I did not miss my flight, but oh my god, my energy for that day was so depleted, I was about to collapse on my feet. And the worst thing was, I hadn’t even reached HK yet. The reason why I decided to go with the early flight was so that I can have the whole day to explore HK. But with my energy level on low, it was so hard to walk that day. On the top of everything, I was carrying one of those backpacks that backpackers travel in. It felt so heavy…
Anyways, my friend picked me up at the airport (thanks Aaron!) and we went to his university, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The view at his school is really really nice! He showed me around his campus and then we met up with another friend of mine to eat lunch. I got to take the ferry to get to Hong Kong Island. (I didn’t even know Hong Kong was divided by a body of water…)
After meeting up with our friend, we decided to eat lunch nearby. I had milk tea, which was very very different from the ones back home in the States and the ones here in Taiwan. I think I would prefer the ones here, but it was an interesting taste. I had it a couple more times throughout my stay in HK. After lunch, we decided to visit Sally’s (our friend) university. I actually don’t remember much of it, but I remember it was a long way from lunch to her dorm. I was so tired that Aaron had to carry my backpack for me. (thanks Aaron!) After walking around, we decided to head towards my hostel, which was located in Causeway Bay, where all the young people go. Here, we had dinner, dessert, and a movie. (It wasn’t a movie, but it felt like one. More details to come!) For dinner, I had this noodle thing. Haha, I’m sorry I don’t know the name of it, but I did take a picture of it! You can see it below~ For dessert, I had this milk pudding thing that is supposedly really popular in HK and Macau. You have to try it when you go! So there’s dinner and dessert. Wait until you hear about the movie part…
This is the milk pudding company! Yee-shun~ They have a lot of branches!
My friend got a ginger flavor…It was…interesting. Just not my cup of tea~
So the movie part was one out of a scary movie. You have the three main character – me, Aaron, and Sally. You have the creepy setting – the hostel with really old elevators, pictures of 30 cats, and a beat up statue of a dog. You have freakishly loud noises coming from down the hall. Take everything together and you’ve got a bad ending in the works. My friends, who decided that the hostel I was staying at was no good, were convinced that this was the house of a cat-lover who kills its occupants and then adds another picture of a cat to mark their count. Yeah, I know. Crazy imaginations. But it really was eerie the first night. I was too scared to go back home, but I gotta sleep somewhere, right? Anyways, it was COMPLETELY fine and I was able to sleep once I knew the person wasn’t a crazy cat-lover occupant-killer. The room itself was actually pretty nice. Though the beds were HORRIBLE. The bed springs screeched with every single movement. Like breathing.
The living room with about 9 pictures that contained roughly 30 cats…
A pretty nice TV that I did not have the opportunity to use since I was out most of the time…
Poor dog…adds to the creepiness of the 30 cats…
Elevators from hell…or to hell…
So this was Day 0 and Day 1! I’ll leave Day 2 and 3 for another time! I’ll be heading to Kaohsiung later today with a group of girlfriends. Expect that post sometime next year!
Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy what’s left of 2012!
P.S. It’s a bit late, but Merry Christmas!