Oh, forgot to mention. This time round, we'll be going to Macau/HongKong and when I said 'we', I meant me & my man. Not mom, hehehe...
NOTE: There are altogether 3 main ferry companies in Macau operating the Macau-HK-Macau route and they are Turbojet, First Ferry and Cotaijet. Turbojet and First Ferry operates off 'Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal' on the main Macau island whereas Cotaijet operates off Taipa Ferry Terminal on Taipa island where the airport is. Fare wise, they are more or less the same with difference of a dollar or two only (Macau-HK cost HKD142/person). Eventhough they stated that they depart every 15 minutes, it is usually based on the number of passengers.
NOTE: If you plan to travel around HK, get an Octopus Card (something like our 'Touch n Go' card) instead of buying single tickets all time. With an Octopus Card, you get 10% discount on your tickets. It can be used for anything at all - trams, buses, MTR, purchases at 7Eleven & etc. The initial amount for an Octopus Card for adult is HKD150 (HKD50 refundable deposit when you return the card + HKD100 value) and it can be purchased at the counter from any MTR station. Over our 5d/4n in HK, we spent approximately HKD120/person on transportation.
The lunch crowd at ShunTak Mall (connected to the jetty) was total madness when we got out of immigration. Every restaurant have a queue of at least 5m waiting for next available seats. We decided to just grab a quick bite from McD's Cafe Takeaway Counters instead before we proceed on to our hotel at Prince Edward.
It was still drizzling lightly when we got there. Umbrellas were extreme expensive. About HKD50+ for a ugly small foldable ones. Ridiculous! Don't they rain in HK?! Anyway, I was pre-warned of the overpriced umbrellas and was advise to carry one with me prior to our trip. But laziness overruled. I was never an umbrella girl to start with.... :p
NOTE: So tuck a small umbrella away in your bag if you are not much of a rain person. :) I love rain. hehehe....
Our hotel is pretty ok. Though small, the interior was very nicely done up. When we got to the room, I was like... 'this gotta be the world smallest room'.... lols... At any one time when one of us is stand and walk, it is best the other just sit on the bed to avoid injuries, hahaha... And I thought Eaton Hotel was the smallest when I was in HK with my family years ago! Compared to this, that was spacious. :p
Freshened up, map in hand, we set out to explore the city. From our hotel, we zig zag thru the many blocks of buildings towards Jordan/Nathan St intersection. As it was pretty cold, along the way, we hopped into a little eateries for some hot soya bean milk and 'yao char kuoy'. It was simply yummy! Or maybe I was hungry. The only problem we faced with food was just the menu. They were all in Chinese. Most of the time we just identify the few characters we know and guessed the whole phrase :p When it gets too complicated, we will either (1) mini myni mini mo to simply point to something or (2) admit to the waiter that we are just some useless Chinese who doesnt read them. :p We managed to figure it out somehow most of the time.