Tai O (traditional Chinese: å¤§æ¾³) is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong – and it is where Lia and I found ourselves one afternoon, after taking an hour long bus ride from Mui Wo.
For our last day in Hong Kong, we decided to go to Kowloon and Mong Kok. From Pier 6, we jumped to Pier 7 to take the Star Ferry going to the other side.
After tiring ourselves out at Tai O, Lia and I took the bus to Tung Chung and from there took the train going to Central to meet up with H who had just come from his conference. Then we took the bus to Causeway.
H was booked at the Cosmo Hotel in Wan Chai and we stayed there for a night.
We met up with H at Pier 6 and walked around Central looking for a place to eat. Our search landed us in Cafe Siam.
Going to Mui Wo from the airport involved taking the S1 bus from the airport to Tung Chung (15-20 minutes) and taking the 3M bus from thereon (30-40 minutes). The bus ride was nice – it made me think of bus rides to Baguio in the old days, except that we were on the “wrong” side of the road.
If there is anything Lia learned in Hong Kong, that is how to say, “Let’s gooooo!” every time she wanted us to keep moving – and “Picture! Picture!” every time she wanted us to take her photos.
We arrived Tuesday morning and slept through the better part of the day. We did manage to get in touch with H so we spent the night at his hotel in Wan Chai, The Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Our flight bound for HK via Cebu Pacific was scheduled at 5:40 AM. We left the house for the NAIA Terminal 3 at 3:30 AM and made it just fine. Didn’t have to wait too long for boarding.
We stayed at the farthest end of the waiting area and had the space to ourselves.
We didn’t even have our own camera. We just borrowed my brother’s girlfriend’s point-and-shoot and my sister and I took turns with it. I remember going out one morning to the nearby park to take photos, only to have the camera’s battery die out after thirty minutes of walk from the flat and four lousy shots.
Anyway, here are, I suppose, my very first travel photos. These were taken by a Casio exilim.
As of posting, my daughter and I are on our way to Hong Kong on a Cebu Pacific flight. There, we will meet up with H, who is flying straight from Texas – fresh from a Manny Pacquiao fight live, no, actually, fresh from a week-long last quarter meeting with his team. The Manny Pacquiao fight was just a bonus, since it incidentally fell on the same weekend they were in Arlington – where their office is located.
Actually, as of posting, H does not know we will be in Hong Kong. I just made this trip up on the spot. Nah, actually we talked about it but I was apprehensive about finalizing plans. It just dawned on me Sunday night that this might just be a good enough trip for the family to take. One, free hotel accommodations. Two, free round-trip flight for H. I only have to pay for my plane ticket and since Lia is still an infant, I only have to pay P400 for her round-trip. This was a good-enough time to go. One we might not take in a long time.
My last trip to Hong Kong was, surprisingly, seven years ago. It was a trip I made with my sister Jasmin and cousin Karroll. I had thought about coming back for a quick visit so many times in the past but I have never managed to make up my mind. This is a good enough time to come back.