DaY oNE – tHE stARtiNg oF THe joUrNeY - PART I
03.01.2007 - 07.01.2007
I wake up early in the morning today and start my final preparation.
The taxi arrived early at around 6.20am.
I then headed towards KLIA.
Along the way, I think of many things…
This trip will be a very meaningful trip for me, as there are so many reasons which lead me to go for this trip.
From now on I had to depend on myself,
I know that I will enjoy my life there.
I start writing my feeling down on my traveling log book.
Around 6.50am, reached KLIA.
After seeing the departure information display, I headed to the check in counter.
I never check in my luggage so that it will be more convenient to me.
I then get through the immigration and walk to Gate H.
It is still early, my flights is at 9.15am.
I met one of my friends who are also going to Hong Kong on the same flight.
I suggest that we go for a tea at the Satellite Terminal.
…at burger king…drinking my coffee…
Thinking of what had happen in the past.
Thinking of how my wonderful single backpacking trip might be.
Looking around, there are many people too even though it is still early.
Looking outside of the window, the planes take off and landing.
The environment gives me some feeling which is difficult to describe.
Around 8.30, get back to the main terminal building to Gate H.
Lots of people now, the gate had open and the immigration checking starts.
Everyone had been checked, and they search every place to prevent us bringing any harmful objects.
After passing through, I saw the plane, Boeing 747, with a Visit Malaysia 2007 on the plane’s body. It was 9am. After switch off my hand phone, I get into the plane.
It had been long time since I last travel by MAS.
Dunno why, feel that the service had been improved a lot.
The facilities in the economy class had been improved too.
It was 9.40am, when the flight takes off. It schedule to land had been delayed for 5min.
3 more hours, I will be landing in the magnificent Hong Kong.
I had draft a traveling plan myself,
Most of the places I plan have the MTR coverage as the MTR will be my only transportation choice.
What I wish to see in Hong Kong this time are those buildings and architecture,
This is one of my reasons to travel this time.
There are so many to see… the HSBC, Central Building, Cheung Kong HQ, Two Financial Center, One Financial Center, Two Exchange square, Exchange Square, City Hall, Supreme Court, The Peak Tower, The Peak Galleria, Chek Lap Kok Airport, Wan Chai CEC, Tung Chung Township…and many more.
In the flight, I had tune to discovery channel to watch the Megacities-Hong Kong program. I will take this as my warm up or as a intro to this place.
My last time visit Hong Kong is when I was 7 years old. It was 13 years ago! Long time never come back to this place!
1pm, the flight had landing at Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Int. Airport.
This is my first time landed in Hong Kong new airport.
When the plane landing, it seems like landing on the sea.
The new airport of Hong Kong is constructed on the man-made island at the Northeast of Lantau Island.
Its’ airport terminal is the world largest airport terminal, in enclosed place.
From the entrance of the airport terminal to the other end of the terminal had a distance of approximately 1km.
Thanks to Ar. Norman Foster, the airport is so beautiful. A Y-shape terminal from the view on top.
It is easy to traveling alone and nothing to scare of.
All you need to do is open up your eyes and see the surroundings; follow the signboard and open up you mouth and ask people when facing any problems.
After came out from the plane,
I follows the signboard which directing us to the immigration and arrival hall.
After crossing the immigration, I passed through the luggage claiming hall,
Then will be another custom checking area,
I follow the big crowd of the tour to walk out to prevent any unnecessary query by the custom.
After came out from the arrival hall, I saw the tourism board counter, I quickly buy the 3Days tourist unlimited pass. It is very economy as it includes the airport express too.
Then, I walk out the hall, and finding my name which written on the piece of paper.
My Hong Kong friend will fetch me to my hostel.
I never met her before as she is my mum’s fren’s sister’s daughter.
I find her easily, she wrote my Chinese name correctly too.
Hong Kong people are so friendly and their Cantonese is so…wow… nice
We have our chat along the way to the budget hostel at Mong Kok.
I told her I’m student of construction mgmt, she introduce lots of place to me.
I ask her lots of things about Hong Kong’s people,
Their living style, expenses, earnings, favorites, hobbies…many…
She had tell me many thing, especially on the surroundings township,
Tung Chung, this is a new township, it developed because of this new airport.
The western highway which I travel on is constructed on the reclaimed land.
This highway is linked by the Tsing Ma Bridge and Tsing Yi Bridge.
Before that, ships are the only way to come in to Lantau Island.
We passed by, Olympic, Kowloon, and finally reach Yau Tsim Tung and turn in to Mong Kok area. It takes us 30 minutes.
Actually she doesn’t know the hostel location, we only know is inside, Sincere Mansion.
After parking, we walk towards, Arglye Street and finally found Sincere Mansion.
She teach me how to read Hong Kong Address, we found the building by the address given.
We then go up to 7th floor and found the Hong Kong Budget Hostel.
(to be continue)