Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Hong Kong Trip - 18 - 21 Mar 2014
Raelynn has been asking me to bring her to Disneyland the whole of last year. It started after her classmate came back from Hong Kong Disneyland. Actually RL went in 2011 when she was 1.5 years old but she only remembers the cotton candy and Flying Dumbo from that trip. So I decided to bring them there again making use of the Tiger air promotion for NTUC members last year. Air tics costs just $818 for family of 4.
It was an early morning flight at 820am so we reached airport at 7am. I was worried about whining kids cos I got to wake them so early. But they were very cooperative. Maybe because this has been the trip they were waiting for. The flight from Tiger was smooth especially during take off and landing. I was impressed. Maybe I have been flying Airasia too often. The gals were bored after 1 hr so I had to keep them entertained with the Note 8 where I had already dl cartoons in advance. haha.
When we reached Disneyland hotel, it was too early to check in. The weather was hot & sunny though March was supposed to be quite cold so the first thing we did was to get the kids to change out of their fleece pullovers and into their T shirts. We went to Fantasyland straight since the gals were not interested in taking any photos with the characters at all. First, the carousel, then Flying Dumbo then the teacups. Then we had lunch and went for the Mickey 3d show, and Winnie the Pooh adventure ride.
Then RL got v sleepy and insisted on going back to Hotel room. So we went back, let the gals soak in the bathtub. Wanted to have dinner at Disneyland Hotel before returning to Disneyland for the fireworks. But the wantan mee at the Chinese restaurant costs almost SGD20. I was shocked so we just ate our leftover pizza from lunch and went back to Disneyland for dinner instead. At the corner café, RL fell asleep. Managed to wake her so she was just in time to see the fireworks. It was the first time we saw fireworks though we have been to Hong Kong Disneyland 3 times because the kids were younger and we were always back to hotel by nightfall. It was truly a magical experience. Highly recommended! When we returned to the hotel, the gals got to listen to the bedtime story at the Storytelling room.
After a quick breakfast of bread that we bought from Disneyland bakery the night before, we checked out of the hotel. Left our luggage with the concierge and went to Disneyland again. This time, we went straight for the outdoor boat ride to Tarzan Treehouse. Cos RA remembered it from our last trip. Then back to Fantasyland where we went to It's a small world indoor boat ride. It was our first time and RA loves it. Then we went for the Golden Mickeys Musical. Our first time too but probably our last one cos the host spoke in Cantonese so the kids didn't really understand. There were 'subtitles' in English and Chinese but they can't read yet.
We met our cousin for lunch as she is also in Disneyland with her gal. Then the gals insisted on carousel ride again, then RL went for Flying Dumbo while RA went for It's a Small World with Daddy twice! Then we went to Toystory land as I wanted to ride on the slinky dog ride. We finally left Disneyland at 6pm so I had no chance to shop at Citigate factory outlet recommended by my friends.
Collected our luggage and took a cab straight to Royal Plaza Hotel near Mongkok East MTR. The gals napped in the cab. The hotel had 2 queen beds and was newly renovated so that's why I chose it. There was a shopping mall attached so we went for dinner at a Shanghainese restaurant "Shanghai - Xiao Nan Guo" cos RA wanted xiaolongbao. But weekday dinner at 730pm was impossible. We queued until 830pm before we finally got a table. Food was good though so at least we were appeased. No chance to shop again as the shops have closed by the time we left the restaurant. The gals had another nice long soak at their bubble bath before we called it a night.
We woke up late and brought the gals to Pet street near the hotel. The gals wanted to bring every cute fish, puppy, cat, terrapin etc home but too bad we can't bring live animals on board the flight. Then we had brunch at a nearby chachanteng. Finally, my truly authentic Hk brekkie. We ordered youtiao, che zai mian, polo bun, wantan mee and deep fried pork intestines. Yes, we ordered too much. Lol.
After lunch, since we were already near to Mongkok MTR, decided to take the train to TST and bring the gals to Harbour city where the big toy r us is. We went to Harbour city in 2008 when RA was just 11 months old. Bought them a princess dress at SGD45 each since it was half price compared to Disneyland prices. Then we had a nice afternoon view overlooking the harbour at a nearby café. Left the place at 5pm as the kids were tired. We had a long trek from Mongkok MTR to our hotel so halfway we stopped for dinner at MacD for the sake of the air con and convenience. Too lazy and tired to think. While the gals rested in the room with Daddy, I popped down to the shopping mall next door and grabbed stuff from Sasa and Uniqlo. Last min shopping.
We had BF at macdonalds cos we truly wanted to taste the pork sausage mcmuffin. Can only get the halal version in Sg. And was pleasantly surprised to see that McD serve macaroni soup in the mornings. After BF, we quickly checked out of our hotel and rushed to the airport for our 1pm flight. Grabbed some mandatory lao po bing from Kee Wah at Terminal 2 before checking in and transferring to Terminal 1 for our flight. The flight was delayed and we finally flew off at 2pm. Not so impressed this time. But at least the pilot made up for lost time so we landed only half an hour late. The gals were sad to leave Hong Kong but luckily they had lots of toys and souvenirs to play with.