Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amihan

I got back Monday, Feb. 23, 2014 after two weeks of lovely cool climate, loads of eating out + 3 days of being totally sick with intestinal flu (horrible because all 3 days, I vomited every time I ate something!). 

Then Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat came and all the stores, dining places were closed for 4 days (from Thursday to Sunday!). Apparently, I wasn't aware that the whole of HK closes down for CNY. Neither did my sister since this was the first time she spent CNY in HK.

But I was still happy because I spent it with my sister and we just stayed home and watched movies while eating microwave popcorn. Thankfully by then, my tummy was cooperating so I could take in some solid food without throwing up. An upgrade from surviving on crackers and Pocari all day.

As usual as I type this post, I'm sweating profusely.  Blah! Even though according to the local weather bureau, RP is still being visited by Amihan, strong winds from China which envelops our beloved nation with cool winds. But it seems it would all change by next week when the 'tag-init' season sets in. Phew!

I can't really complain because there is really no place like home! =)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Blogging break

This blog will be on a hiatus as I'm currently in Hong Kong again for 2 weeks to enjoy the coming Chinese New Year holidays with my sister dearest. Plus to enjoy the lovely cold weather!

Monday, February 09, 2015

HK Observation Wheel

It was the first day of the year 2015 so we wanted to try something new. The Hong Kong Observation Wheel is a 60 meter tall harborfront Ferris Wheel. It was formally opened last September 2014 in Central on Hong Kong Island. 

It is a total of 3 rides which last roughly about 20 minutes. As expected, there was a long queue of people waiting for their turn to ride one of the 42 gondolas. But the view is fantastic up there so the wait is truly worth it. 













Sunday, February 08, 2015

Ocean Park (Part Three)

It was getting late and fortunately, we found another way to get back down - the Ocean Express. It is a very short train ride and there is hardly any queue (unlike the cable car ride).




It was getting really chilly by then but we weren't done yet. We found this huge building which said "The Grand Aquarium" so we entered and it was great because I love aquariums!












Just before closing time, an exciting dancing fountain show called "Symbio" is staged at the lagoon. The story is about the Fire Dragon and the Water Dragon who are fighting for supremacy. Set amid a very loud music, powerful fireworks effects and a narrative that teaches us to respect and protect the environment and our planet for future generations.





I have to add that when Ocean Park closed and the bus terminal was teeming with people, the ever efficient staff (or perhaps they were employees of the bus company) had a very good system in place for crowd control.  Many lines were set up in front of the double deck buses. The staff was also able to effectively count the number of passengers allowed per bus so everyone was assured of a seat.  No pushing, no long waits and a comfortable bus ride back to town - surely added to the pleasant Ocean Park experience.  

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Ocean Park (Part Two)

So after you take a very scenic cable car ride, you reach the section of the park where there are countless rides. But we are not the adventurous types so we didn't even attempt to try these scary rides captured in these photos.




Instead we ogled at the colorful fishes


were amused by the seals

the sea lions


We were mesmerized by this magnificent Pacific Walrus 
who was swimming a backstroke





Next was the South Pole Encounter with the penguins




Inside the den of the Arctic fox was a shivering thought
that however 'cute' they appear, 
they are carnivores!



Look! A smiling stingray!


Oh what sharp teeth you have, you fierce shark you!


Lastly, no matter how tired you are walking the entire day,
there is nothing quite calming nor refreshing than
seeing a jelly fish up close and personal.




To be continued ...

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Dec. 30, 2014: Ocean Park (Part One)

The last time we visited Ocean Park was in February 2009. It was just a short visit to celebrate my parents 41st wedding anniversary. It is memorable because it was the first ever airplane trip for D (yes! imagine that!), it was also our first trip abroad as a married couple and naturally it was my parents' anniversary.


Coincidentally, today February 5 marks my parents' 47th wedding anniversary. They are the best parents, I could ever hope for and I wish them all the blessings and good wishes for more wedded bliss. 

6 years is a long time so we decided to revisit Ocean Park. Plus my sister was able to redeem her credit card points for discounted tickets so off we went to visit the pandas, the penguins, the jelly fishes, the sharks and the different species of fishes. 



First stop - the Panda Enclosure







The above animal is known as a red panda!


An otter playing tricks


Souvenir shop


This section depicts Old Hong Kong 
where the charms of the past are on display










These bowls of soup were our lunch for the day

Then it was time to ride the cable car to get to the other side of Ocean Park for more adventure and loads of fun




This is taking longer than I anticipated as there are a ton of pictures to choose from and I haven't sorted them out. So let me end here and continue it some other day.

To be continued ...