At the Happiest Place in Hong Kong

One of the highlights on my birthday trip in June was the visit to Disneyland. It was my first time to visit the said theme park. We took the train from the MTR Tung Chung line to Sunny Bay station, and then to the Disneyland Resort Station. The Mickey Mouse-inspired shuttle is love. 
When we reached Disneyland, we spent the next few minutes taking photos. More like capturing memories, hahahahaha! :P
Heyy, let's go Disneyland!
We lined up for an hour for a photo opportunity with the favourite couple in town, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I find these photos funny, third party ang peg. :P
sorry, Minnie, he's mine for now :P
Minnie: Whut?!
We started exploring the theme park, and headed to the Adventure Land to watch Festival of the Lion King. I have not watched the movie yet, maybe I should catch up with Lion King?  Hakuna Matata!
Hakuna Matata!
We went to explore the Tarzan's Treehouse after the show. The treehouse is interesting, we found Tarzan and Jane on one of the rooms, and some cooking utensils and scientific equipments too.
Tarzan's Treehouse
At the Grizzly Gulch, we saw the runaway mine cars, but did not board it. Just a quick photo, and then we left.
at the Grizzly Gulch
We found the Mystic Manor at the Mystic Point. Looks grandiose from the outside.
the Mystic Manor
Felt teensy weeny at the Toy Land. Andy's world. This should be one of my favourite areas, brings us back to our childhood.
at Andy's world
Hey, Rex!
At the Fantasy Land, we went for the It's a Small World ride. This one features dolls dressed as the children of the world.
It's a Small World
We watched Mickey's Philhar Magic, also in the Fantasy Land. We headed towards the Fantasy Garden for photo opportunity with the Disney characters. So much fun! We had photos with Pooh, Pluto and Goofy. They were very playful, and full of energy.
Pooh magic
ang cute namin, hahahahaha
We waited the Fantasy Parade at the Tomorrow Land. It was fun to watch the Disney characters.

Isdachu, Piglet? :P
Disney princesses
the kids must be the happiest
Tinker Bell
We sought to find Tinker Bell after the parade. I like her, I watched Peter Pan growing up, and I love her a lot. 
face to face with Tink
We went our way to watch Golden Mickeys, totally enjoyable. It is a stage musical, in awards ceremony style. 
When the show ended, we stayed and waited for the fireworks. The amazing fireworks capped our day at the happiest place in Hong Kong. :P

My Birthday at Ocean Park Hong Kong

I celebrated my 29th birthday at Ocean Park in Hong Kong. I intended to celebrate it in Disneyland, but since it was Sunday, and there might be unimaginable number of people, we opted in Ocean Park. We checked the show schedules first, and went to the Giant Panda Adventure. 
Giant Panda Adventure
Look at that panda!
selfie with the panda hihi
Found this panda greeting the birthday girl, hihi.
the panda and the birthday girl
We proceeded to watch the aerial show, Emperors of the Sky. The show is about conservation of the environment, specifically the forest. 
Emperors of the Sky
When the show ended, we went to The Secret Lives of the Seahorses. We found different types of seahorses, and this Save the Seahorse game for the kids. Hihi.
kids busy on the Save the Seahorse game
We walked around the place, and rode the carousel. Feeling like a kid all over again. Kebs na kung naka-dress ako. :P
carousel #love
We proceeded on the second show for that day, Sea Lion Fun Time Show. We watched this at the Whiskers Theatre. The show is about the day in the life of a sea lion. Galing nito, promise!
We boarded the cable car to get on the Summit side. We visited the penguins. I had a photo op with this one outside too. Hihi. :P
I've grown to love penguins. 
We went to Ocean Theatre to watch the Ocean Wonders show, which is about protecting the oceans. This is one amazing show. This is a must-see show. 
We visited the Ocean Park tower right after the show, and took these photos from the top. The view from the top is almost always wonderful. :P
view from the Ocean Park tower
We moved back at the Waterfront area and paid the Grand Aquarium a visit. We lined up for few minutes, and we were able to see an array of marine life. 

We decided to leave after the Grand Aquarium, and boarded the bus back to our hostel. Not a bad birthday, right? :P Especially because Jelai surprised me with a birthday cake. Definitely not a bad birthday celebration. 
Ocean Park birthday :P

Old Photos

Some things are bothering me. I feel restless. Today, my Tita posted a photo of us in Facebook. I was a small kid. I reposted it in Instagram. I miss my grandparents. I miss being a kid. I miss just being a kid. I browsed my old photos on my hard drive. I miss them. I wish we could go back, and pretend we were still little kids, and our parents and grandparents will take care of everything.

My Lolo used to take care of everything, finances included. He worked hard, and built a house for the family. Every Christmas, my Lolo will wait at the terrace for the kids to give them their aguinaldo. When he was gone, I cried a lot. I was in third grade. 
My Lola used to take care of me. She stood by my Lolo's side. She was always quiet.
Inang took care of me, like nobody does. She used to accompany me at school, and took notes for me. She had lots of love to give. But I broke my promise to her.
My father stays with us. He is proud of me, but he never says so. But I'm sure he is. 
My brother always cares for me. He strives hard to be a better person. I wish I could be a better sister.
Sometimes, I miss my mother. She was strong. She is strong. 
These people taught me to be strong. They are my wings. These people taught me to work hard to attain my dreams. Nobody could tell me that I'm undeserving of the things I work hard for. These people love me. I wish I was a kid again; and they will take care of me when things are starting to hurt me. 

Ngong Ping 360 Adventure

I bought our tickets to Ngong Ping 360 online to avoid the lines. Ngong Ping 360 is located in Lantau Island; this place boasts cable cars, Ngong Ping Village, and the Big Buddha among others. We bought the Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass for HKD 285, this includes the cable car rides, unlimited bus rides and Tai-O-Boat trip.

We took the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to Tung Chung. We went to the ticketing office, and exchange the e-tickets to get our passes. Good thing they have special lane for that. After getting our tickets, we went to the nearby Citygate Outlets for a quick breakfast. We purchased the roundtrip cable car rides, one standard and the crystal cabin.
The adventure starts here.
We took the standard cable car going to Lantau Island. From Tung Chung, the cable car brought us to the Ngong Ping Village. The Ngong Ping Village is a 1.5 hectare site, and constructed to reflect the culture in the Ngong Ping area.
cable cars, yihee!
When we reached the village, we immediately saw the Big Buddha. But who could miss it? :P
a bit of walk going to the Big Buddha
There are lots of interesting stuff at the Ngong Ping Village. We saw the Bodhi Wishing Shrine, anyone can write a wish on a card, and then place it on the shrine. I did not wish for anything, my life is perfect already. Jk.
Make a wish!
We also found the internationally-sourced cable cars. This is the one from France. There are other cable cars, aside from this one from France. These cable cars are part of the International Cable Car Exhibition Gallery.
France-sourced cable car
We walked toward the Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha. According to Wikipedia, the buddha is a symbol of the existing harmonious relationship between man and nature, and people and religion.
Big Buddha
This was the almost there smile I had. :P We had to climb 268 steps in order to reach the top. Gosh, every single thing requires hard work. Hehe. Remember that I climbed 272 steps at the Batu Caves? Oh, my Buddha!
almost there, baby
We found the six bronze statues at the foot of the Big Buddha. These are the "Offering of the Six Devas" and each of the offerings symbolises charity, patience, zeal, morality, meditation and wisdom.
one of the six devas
And then finally, I was this close to the Big Buddha. 
Oh, my Buddha!
We stayed for a while to rest, because it would be another 268 steps for us. Huhu. But the view is magnificent at the top.
We headed at the Po Lin Monastery, which was under renovation at that time. I went inside, said my prayers, and then left. 

the Po Lin Monastery
We've decided to visit the Tai O village, but went to Starbucks to cool down first after checking the bus schedule. The Tai O is a fishing community. 
Tai O village
There were Filipinos seating behind us, and we asked them to take our picture. They obliged. Hehe.
with Jelai
We went to search for the pink dolphins. We were lucky that day indeed. I caught them on video, so here's the video, you'd enjoy how we'd scream waiting for the appearance of the dolphins. Hahahahahaha!
We found the Tai O Rural Committee Historic and Cultural Showroom, decided to explore it a bit. 
at the showroom
more finds at the showroom
We left, and caught the next bus going back to the Ngong Ping Village. We waited for our turn in the crystal cabin. The crystal cabin cable car has glass bottom that enables one to see the lush mountainside.

This was the second time I rode a cable car, the first was in Genting. Before Genting, the cable car ride is one thing I'd love to do. The crystal cabin cable car ride was one helluva of experience. :P Don't dare miss this, okay? Obvious naman na naaliw ako, di ba? :P
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