Day 2 begins with a refreshing cup of hot instant porridge and mildly cold Pepsi. Didn't forget to take the hotel's name card from the lobby, just a piece of white paper with Chinese characters of the hotel's name and address (in English! and the cab driver can read that but did not understand me..hmm, I wonder if I need to brush up my pronunciation)
Long queues at the bus stop, the residences going to work and us, tourist plus a group of noisy china travelers..must have came in late last night. The waiting was quite fast, less than 5 min because the minibus kept coming in. How many fleet of buses do they have?!
|See the Blue Tent on the left side? That's the bus stop near our hotel|
Updated Aug 2015: iVenture Card - See Hong Kong Pass now offers a much wider attractions. There is only 1 package available. The Flexi and unlimited pass are no longer available. More details here.
First attraction: Alighted at East Tsim Sha Tsui, to redeem a Morning Harbour Noon Day Gun Firing Cruise. The redemption ends at 9.30pm (according to iVenture Card - See Hongkong Pass website) but we were late due to wrong directions given. Instead of coming out from the nearest exit, we gone thru all the way to the end and had to u-turn back. This cruise is organized by Watertours whose office is at Star House which we could not find either. Luckily there's an information booth at the Star Ferry Terminal. It turns out the place we're looking for is just right beside this terminal.
While enjoying the landscape and strong wind, I've managed to lost one of my contact lens..ooops! At one point i was rubbing my eyes and suddenly the view is blurry haha unbelievable, yes. Fortunately I always keep my spectacles in hand. Imagine if I had left it at the hotel room, that would sure spoil my day. Upon nearing 2 hours cruising, the boat brings us to the Typhoon Shelter which before this I thought was so fancy-mansy and high technology (almaklum lah orang bandar, and singapore tak pernah kene typhoon, Nauzubillah) but it's actually a pile of rocks encircling one part of the harbour and this can save your ship from the typhoon. Brilliant!
|Simplistic Typhoon Shelter|
Lunch break: I planned to eat Indonesian cuisine at Chungking Mansion, located opposite side from where we are but after we arrived there, just few seconds after entering the door, there's a group of Indians touting their makan place. Oh Allah, a bit scary for us, two female travelers. Luckily when we politely decline, they dispersed. EXCEPT this one hardcore guy, die-die telling us to eat at his shop. Even when we said no, he followed us taking the lift! In my mind, I'm already prepared to tackle this guy with a kick at that specific hurtful place :p takut tau but maintain berani (haha) When we alight at level 7, he followed us and when he found out we couldn't find the Indonesian eatery, again he persistently brings us to his shop which in the end we did have our lunch there! A plate of chicken briyani, more than enough for two and even have some balance to tapao back (or was it because it isn't really taste that good :p)
|Fragrance-infused Briyani. Like eating perfume!|
Third attraction: Open-Top HK Big Bus: Kowloon route. Make sure you check the time table beforehand and not to waste time like we did. Kiasu me, board at the bus the moment it reach us and still have to wait for around half an hour under the blazing hot sun! We didn't even shift our seats to the covered area coz thinking the bus will be full and somebody will grab our best seats. Oh well, lesson learnt! We're taking this bus to the DHL Balloon ride and at the same time enjoys the city ride of Hong Kong.
|Muka monyok tak dapat naik belon|
|View from 100th floor|
Fifth attraction: Took a short cab ride to Central Star Ferry Pier. Rushing against time as the last bus for our next Open-Top HK Big Bus is at 6pm! Managed to get a ferry ride to Tsim Tsa Tsui Ferry Pier. Our ferry ride is included in the iVenture Card. As this is a public transport, you can also use the octopus card for easy access to ferry.
|Familiar cab. Feels like home.|
|On board Star Ferry|
Sixth attraction: Open-Top HK Big Bus: Hong Kong route. Our trip for this bus will ends at The Peak Terminus. It also include a return Peak Tram Sky Pass. Masya Allah, the crowd here is unbelievable! Punyalah ramai orang! Even in the tram, I did not get a seat. Nevertheless, the experience was amazing! Going uphill, experience the visual illusions of a tilted buildings. Subhanallah! The air on the peak is cooling and windy.
With this, ends my trip with using the iVenture Card - See Hong Kong Pass. But, the sightseeing has not ended yet. Last destination to go!
|Buy your souvenirs here. Much more cheaper than at Ladies Market.|
|XTC Gelato. It's Halal! Beside Ben & Jerry's|
Drop by to Habibi Cafe for packed dinner. Prices are a bit on the expensive side but worth the taste.
Back to hotel. Tomorrow we're going to Disneyland!!
|Chicken something something *Forgot what this is*|