Bukchon Hanok Village
Day 2 started with a trip to Bukchon Hanok Village. It was a bit challenging to find because there were no markers around and it really did just look like a normal village. My sister and I had fun going into these little shops selling touristy trinkets. 🙂
I wanted to do something different on my 29th birthday, so I decided to spend it abroad. It originally was supposed to be a solo trip but my sister wanted to go to Seoul too, so she decided to go with me. 🙂
If you will recall, I already went to Seoul last year, so the goal of this year’s trip was to go to the places that I wasn’t able to go to the year before, and to also show my sister the things that I loved most about the city. This was our itinerary:
Before the year is over, I shall endeavor to write about all my travels of this year! I’ve got quite a long backlog, but here goes!
So my friend and I went to Macau as well, because we couldn’t think of anything else to do in HongKong (and also to get more stamps on our passport hihihihi.) On a cold and rainy Sunday, we boarded the Turbojet bound for Macau. We had no problems getting tickets and boarding the sea vessel, and also looking for a ride from the terminal to the hotels. Everything was fine, except us figuring out what we wanted to do in Macau.
Hong Kong Museum of History
Who goes to Hong Kong and goes to a museum? Yeah, we do. Hahaha. 🙂
Being the culture geeks that we are, we spent an afternoon in the Hong Kong Museum of History, located in Tsim Sha Tsui. They have quite an impressive display of Hong Kong’s history, actually. It started with the geological formation of Hong Kong and its surrounding islands (they even have a legit dragon egg on display!) to its early settlers (three different Chinese ethnic groups!), to the British occupation, to Hong Kong Cinema (which I totally enjoyed!)
The whole of our 1st legit day in Hong Kong was spent in Disneyland. This was a very good idea for two major reasons — one, we went on a Friday, so the crowds weren’t as chaotic as they would have been had we gone on a weekend, and two, good thing we went on that day, because the rest of the weekend had been gloomy and rainy.
Call me sappy, but there were so many times when I wanted to cry while I was there. The last time I had been in any Disneyland theme park was when I was 12; it’s been so long ago that I couldn’t even remember it anymore. There really is something about places like these that make you want to be a kid again. Well, I really, really, (x infinity) enjoyed feeling like a kid again even for just a day!
I’ve spent the last three days at home doing nothing. Call it a forced vacation — I’ve been diagnosed with sore eyes, which is a highly contagious disease so I can’t be around too many people. Anyway, what a perfect time to write about my recent travels, right? 🙂
Anyway, a few months ago my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him to HK for his birthday. Being the kaladkarin person that I am, of course I agreed — without any care as to work and school. (Yes, I can be that impulsive. Haha.) Anyway, of course I said yes. This was my time to have a legit HK trip. The last time I was in there was in 2008, and it wasn’t even much of a trip because there was a very strong typhoon then. Basically, we didn’t get to do anything because even Disneyland was closed.
A few weeks before the trip, my friend and I sat down to talk about the logistics of our would be HK trip — the accommodations, the budget, and the itinerary.
I’m a random Starbucks branch right now to work, but I just suddenly had this urge to write. What I’m going to write about, I still don’t know. Let’s just see where this takes me. 🙂
I hope everything has been going well with you guys. Life has been extra difficult for me lately — more because I feel like I’m taking on more than what I’m used to. Tomorrow starts my 4th week of being back in school again. Who would’ve thought I’d become a working student at some point in my life, right?