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Monday, June 1, 2020

Hongkong Disneyland: Before and After Corona

Just because I love Hongkong.  It was last year that I've decided to book a flight  na ako lang sana mag isa. It was originally planned on Dec 4-8.  Try ko sana mag solo backpacker. Read my first posts here. 

http://www.lemongreenteaph.com/2020/01/what-to-do-in-hongkong-2nd-day-with-or.html

http://www.lemongreenteaph.com/2019/12/what-to-do-in-hongkong-first-day-with.html


But my partner advised against it,  na dapat kasama sya at ano naman daw ang gagawin ko dun mag isa?  Kaya ayun we booked a Cathay Pacific flight from Dec 18-24, 2019 and spent christmas eve sa HK airport. 





Hongkong is my favorite country, sa dinami dami ng pagpipilian between Korea and Japan,  sya pa din  ang pinili ko. Been there 5x already. The first time was in 2009 together with my daughter and friends, and after that 2013, 2015, 2017 and  2019 respectively, with of course @whereiseduy, my partner in crime.



Hongkong never fails to amaze me, ang dami kse attractions and ang lakas lang maka bata. 

We always include Macau sa trip namin.  For visa stamping and all, hahaha. 

But not this time, we decided to explore HK by train and shopping na din on the side. Then syempre sa aming "happiest place on earth" Disneyland.  Dahil sa maniwala kayo at sa hindi isip bata pa din ako kahit lola na. =) 




We booked our hotel through Agoda. Ang daming murang hotel last year, because of the protest going on since August extended until December. Nag stop lang  because of Corona virus. 

We stayed along Nathan Road para malapit sa MTR,  Mongkok, Jordan, fast food, restaurant and buses. Ayaw namin magutom noh. Hahaha.




Our itineraries included yung galaan sa Wan Chai for my partner dahil sa toys, Causeway Bay for Sephora, IKEA, Decathlon,  H&M . Maswerte din lang kami kse nsa tabi lang namin Dondonki for those cute "japan japan" things . And of course, nag ikot din kami ng milk tea shops. Mas masarap and mura pa din ang "teas" sa Taiwan. 




Mostly, shopping lang talaga ang ginawa namin and included Disneyland sa 3rd day para ma feel na din yung Christmas sa Disney.



The first day that we arrived in Hongkong halos lahat naka facemask na sa kalye. Windy kse that time and mejo malamig na kaya most of the people na masalubong namin ay may ubo or sipon. It never occured to us that covid-19 would strike any time during those month. Mabuti na lang din at naka vitamins kami so that mejo malakas ang immunity namin sa sakit. 

Guys, I know matatapos din etong pandemic. I hope by the time na mabasa nyo eto ay meron ng cure or vaccine. Lets all pray and hope for the best.



WISHFUL THINKING PO AKO!

If next year by December ay okay na ang Hongkong and you have booked your hotel along Nathan Road. This is how to get to Disneyland coming from TST or Nathan Road. 


HOW TO GET TO DISNEYLAND FROM NATHAN ROAD VIA MTR

You can use your Octopus card going to Disneyland. So, bumili ka na ng Octopus card when you get to HK airport or you can order it via Klook, then pick up na lang sa airport.

You can go via MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui Station, on Nathan Road the journey to Disneyland Resort Station takes about 45 mins including interchanges at Lai King (to the Tung Chung Line) and Sunny Bay (to the Disneyland Resort Line). 

This is by far the fastest way going to Disneyland. I would not recommend taxi or bus. But if you have the budget to splurge for the taxi eh di sge go. 

Last train from Disneyland is just after midnight. The last leg of the MTR journey from Sunny Bay to Disneyland is on a Disney-themed train. 



Eto yung bungad sa min madami pang tao but we were expecting na konti na lang eto since may protest during that time. 

This was the attraction/scene before the corona virus..




Disney Popcorn!




And this was taken last January when Covid-19 took Hongkong and China..


It became a ghost town in an instant. According to news,  Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland in succession on January 25 and 26  both have remained closed since. To contain the spread of Covid-19, as the danger of the virus and the disease became clear. 



May 15-30 marked the 2nd month of lockdown here in Metro Manila. 

Lockdown has been enforced to other countries like Italy, Ireland, US and  Spain. 

I am praying for everyone's safety. Prevention is cure so always bring your alcohol/sanitizer with you to disinfect. Wash your hands thoroughly. Take your vitamins and stay indoors. 


Hongkong MTR station


This is the new normal. Praying that a cure and or a vaccine would be up in a month or so. But for now, take care and stay safe everyone. 

Travel safely if you must. See you all soon in Hongkong when everything get back to normal.

6 comments:

  1. That's my biggest dream talaga momsh. Makapunta sa hongkong with my kids. ����
    Ang ganda dyan, lalo na sa Disneyland. ����

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    1. Yes matutuwa ang mga kids and the kids at heart =)

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  2. WoW!5x kana nakapunta pala Ms.Lou,ako kahit 1x lang with my family ok na,ito talaga ang pangarap ko sa lahat ng place na gusto kong puntahan siguradong mag eenjoy ang aking mga anak sa amazing place na ito sa mga photos pa lang na share mo amaze na ako we hope na maging ok na ang lahat so you can back soon Ms.Lou with your partner.

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    1. uu lakas maka GV ng HK =) sna maging ok na next year para lahat tayo makapg travel na =)

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  3. Thank You for sharing your Hongkong Trip Ms. Lou, feeling ko tuloy nakapunta na din ako dahil sa mga pictures. Pangarap din namin makapunta dyan lalo na syempre sa "Happiest Place on Earth". Sana nga po talaga makagawa na ng Cure para sa COVID19, at magbalik na sa normal ang lahat. But for now, let's embrace muna the "New Normal". Ingat po kayo lagi and Godbless us all.

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