Travel

HK2017 Day 4: The Storm and The Peak

This is a part of a series of photoblog posts re: M and I’s annual vacation. This year, we went to Hong Kong. This is a photoblog since I don’t want to commit to actual detailed blog posts because I’m lazy busy lazy. Read the series here.

Remember when a day before our departure, Macau and Hong Kong was ravaged by Typhoon Hato? And then we said to ourselves “well, the storm already passed. What are the chances that there will be another typhoon in the next seven days?”

The chance is a-plenty, I tell you.

On the day that we were supposed to visit Victoria Peak, Storm Pakhar made its way into Hong Kong.

Oh what joy.

Our main plan for the day was to visit the Victoria Peak. We bought our FAST TRACK (that’s important to note) Tram Ticket from Klook (plus an access to the Sky Terrace 428), and according to their cancellation policy, only when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No 8. or Black Rainstorm Warning is issued are they going to cancel.

HK government declared TS8 that morning. However, this cancellation did not include yet our booking (for 4pm I think), so our booking was not cancelled yet.

It’s complicated guys. The storm warning signal of HK, like their public transport, was very efficient.

Anyway, we just prayed that the TS will lower before 4pm.

But first, lunch!

Since it was raining so hard, we just decided to stay at the hotel late and just go out to grab a quick lunch. Good thing our hotel was smacked in the middle of Mong Kok so there really was no shortage of restos.

We decided to pick the one we saw from outside our hotel room. Forgot the name, I’m sorry.

At around lunch, the TS was lowered to 3 (and was eventually cancelled, I think), which means the Victoria Peak tour was a go!

VICTORIA PEAK

Our Klook guide was waiting at the Central station. It was so weird since there were tons of Filipinas there and I kid you not, I heard more Tagalogs than any other foreign languages. I also smelled Chicken Joy which made me miss home so much, even though I’ve been away only a few days.

Since it was raining, there really was no line to the Tram, which rendered our “fast track” pass pretty much useless.

It was super cloudy so it was virtually impossible to see anything at the top, but it was still a cool experience for me. I am a city dweller so a view of a city atop a tall building does little to impress me.

However, being on top of a tall building immediately after a storm was super fun.

We also grabbed snack or dinner of whatever of some sort at one of the restos in Sky Terrace.

Going home was another experience. It was raining SO HARD when we got down from the peak. I mean we were drenched! So we basically welcomed the strong winds and hard rain while walking to the MTR station.

It definitely put our newly-bought North Face jackets to the test, and needless to say, they were probably among our best buys. “Life saver” was an understatement.

In Mongkok, we again went for McDonalds for our dinner (number 2?). I opted for their Spicy Japaleno Chicken Burger. It was sooo good.

On to Day 5!

November 1, 2017