During our flight, there’s a massive typhoon happening in the Philippines and is on its way to Hong Kong too. Our flight was delayed for an hour (though not a surprising thing with Cebu Pacific) and it was drizzling too when we got to Hong Kong. Our trip was 5 days and 4 nights, but we kind of lost a day because of the typhoon. In Hong Kong, when there’s a big storm, almost all of Hong Kong is shut down so you can’t do anything really. The only places that are open are 24-7 convenience stores.
But all in all, it was a very nice trip; especially that I got to do my very first trip out of the country with my best college friends (I was supposed to go to HK back in 2011 but that got cancelled because of some unfortunate events). We’ve been planning a trip together but only that this time around that we finally got to do it. It was almost a decade in the making but was a memorable one especially that I got to spend it with people that meant a lot to me.
I will try my best to recall what transpired during this trip; the places that we went to, the experiences that we had, the things that we did etc. Though I might do blog posts that have more photos than words in it. This will probably be more like a photo diary and sharing of experience than reviews or how-to’s. But for this post, I will share my experience, observations and impressions of both Hong Kong and Macau.
Transportation and communications-wise, I think Hong Kong has one of the best and efficient in the world. Going from one place to another is pretty easy, you just need to have the patience with walking, because trust me you will do a lot of walking around there. For someone who’s used to taking a cabs, carpool or Uber, I seriously wasn’t prepared for all the walking that we did back in HK.
But their train system is very easy to follow. I liked that their MTR card can also be used in other establishments besides the train. Which is pretty convenient and cool if you’ll ask me. I hope we would soon have that kind of system here in the Philippines. And oh, should I talk about their airport? Oh man! It was massive! So if you get lost, there’s a great chance you’ll miss your flight.
We only had a day trip in Macau and went only to see the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion and the newly-built Eiffel Tower at the Parisian Macau. We don't have enough time so we didn’t get to see Senado Square and the Ruins of St Paul Cathedral because the last affordable ferry ride back to HK leaves at 5:00 pm.
As for the locals, I didn’t find them accommodating and most of them don’t speak English. Starting at the ferry terminal, the people there aren’t helpful, at all. Good thing that we met Filipinos along the way who aided us out to get to the places that we needed to be.
Their common transportation is by bus, almost all hotels and casinos offer free rides which is a great thing. But beyond that you have to pay (not a problem). Though even with a map, we kinda had a hard time locating the places and the signage on the buses are hard to understand. That’s why I’m glad we met Filipinos who helped us. Besides the free bus rides another good thing about Macau is that you can use your HK dollars instead of exchanging them to Macau Patacas.