Check out Hong Kong Day 1: HKIA, First Airbnb & Duk Ling if you haven’t.
Woke up around 7am plus on day 2. Had cheese bread bought from the previous day for brekkie. By the time we’re ready to rock, it’s nearly 9am.
By the way, we checked the weather forecast and noted that there will be rain on Tuesday onward (day 3). We planned for an outdoor activity on day 3, and because of the forecast rain, we changed it to day 2 which is today.
We took MTR to Central station, and from there walked to The Peak Tram Lower Terminus at Garden Road. Yup, we’re visiting Victoria Peak aka The Peak again (my second time) but this time we’re doing something different. We’re visiting Victoria Peak Garden. I bet most of you haven’t heard about this place before.
If you’d watched HK TVB dramas from a long time ago, I’m sure you’re able to recognize this building which regularly appears in TVB dramas. This is Bank of China Tower. We passed by it on the way to The Peak Tram Lower Terminus.
Cheong hei (long-winded) travel post as usual. Lots of $aver tips below!
I didn’t go on a vacation last year. So, this year I make sure to get at least one out of it. I have three choices when it comes to my next holiday destination. Hong Kong was one of it. I was almost in a position of doing my first ever solo backpacking trip, so I choose Hong Kong since I’ve been there twice before, and I think it’s kinda okay for solo woman traveller. But then I got myself a travel partner – my sis! So this became our 4th overseas siblings-only vacation.
My previous Hong Kong trip was 7 years ago (2011) and since then I have been looking forward to my next trip so that I can stuff myself silly with more yummy food. So, for this 5 days and 4 nights (22nd April to 26th April 2018) trip, it’s all about FOOD, FOOD, FOOD! Funnily, it wasn’t food that blows me away, but new experiences. After this latest trip, my love for Hong Kong declined a lot!!! Wanna know why? Then you gotta follow my 2018 Hong Kong travelogue.
In order to travel budget, we choose AirAsia. I’m still not fond of the super loooooong walk to the boarding gate. On the positive side, it’s good exercise! Two and half years ago, I mentioned in my Taiwan post that there is only one water dispenser throughout the length of the departure hall (at P10) of KLIA2. This time, they have installed one more at P3. Now, this is better.
Kong Hei Fatt Choy!!!
Woof woof wooF!!! 🐕🐶
I did something record-breaking today. I visited my favorite local Kuan Yin Temple (known as Kuan Yin Teng in Hokkien) on 1st day of CNY, which is really really rare! Hahaha Even after countless of visits, I always find this temple extremely beautiful. Tucked at the corner of a busy and famous roundabout in Klang town, Kuan Yin Teng is the place to find peace and calmness. So glad I have this piece of treasure in my hometown. In fact, in just under 1km radius, there are 1 mosque, 1 surau, 2 Indian temples and 2 churches as well. God, I love my town!
I took my DSLR with me, knowing I will always find many things that charm me there. Allow me to share my snaps with you all.
Prayer’s lotus candles. Love the angle. The evening sun were quite harsh. I have to tone down the saturation.
When I was writing about my Nara trip early this year (2017), I first mentioned about goshuin-chō 御朱印帳 and that it’s the best souvenir one can get for oneself from Japan. At that time, I was visiting Todai-ji 東大寺, my very first temple visit in Japan, where I came across this seal book. Although I came to know about goshuin-chō (pre-trip) and decided not to get it (pre-trip also), I was in deep dilemma when facing the real deal. “Should I get it or should I not get it?” Ohh I asked this questions many times in my head and to my travel partners.
My heart told me to get it because it’s a very unique momento as one can only get it in Japan.
My mind told me “Hey, it’s expensive!”. “You need to pay for the seal book and also the seals.”
In the end, I went with my heart. ❤️
Did I made the right choice? Wholeheartedly a big YES!
For those who has never heard of goshuin-chō, you must be scratching your head by now. Allow me to explain what it is and the thrills of collecting goshuin 御朱印 (seals) at temples and shrines as well as watching getting it sealed.
Goshuin-chō 御朱印帳 or also known as shuin-chō 朱印帳 is a seal/stamp book. ‘Go’ 御 is an honorific prefix. As the name suggest, it’s a book where you get the pages stamp with special seals of the temples and shrines you are visiting. The book has an ancient style format called orihon 折本 which was and still is use in China and later Japan for Buddhist texts. The orihon is a folding book style, folded in continuous zig zag format like an accordion or concertina. I, myself own a small orihon printed with Buddhist mantras.
Day 15. What did I have for breakfast? I dunno anymore. Haha
Before we leave our hostel to enjoy our very last full day in Japan, we requested our hostel to book a taxi for the next day at the wee hours of 5am.
We also took this chance to soak in the atmosphere of Sumida river that is situated right in front of our hostel.
8.30am fall morning view of Sumida river. Just less than a minute walk from our hostel.