I am not as well-traveled as some of you. Until this trip, I have had two domestic flights from Manila to a couple of Visayan cities and long bus/car trips to the north and south of Luzon. Yes, it was my first time out of the country. *boo*

Traveling is always great (I vowed to invest in it more from now on). Traveling with friends was amazing. The feeling of independence was thrilling, most especially – it seemed to be a taste of the weeks and months and years to come.  Aaah, we are independent women now.

*stopping myself before I go on and on with my life reflections*

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May 12, 2012:

This day was very cultural so I decided to have tamed and pale photos. I tried to imitate the Tricia Gosingtian editing actually but, naaah, forget it. She is the master.

From L-R: Me, Jill, Aivi and Kim. They all look Chinese but Jill and Kim are the only authentic ones. Later on Aivi and I discovered how useful it was to be with people who speak the language. 😛So yeah, I won’t do some HK International Airport and NAIA comparison. :/Busy streets made the experience more exciting. 🙂Oops, so we weren’t so independent after all! Kim’s parents and brother came with us and stayed for a couple of days to attend a wedding in HK. They booked a different hotel but we were together in visiting some attractions.My first time in the MTR. It was sooo efficient it made me sad. 🙁 It made me think how easy it would have been for me if our train system is like theirs. My one-hour plus plus commute to school for the last five years could have been a different experience – a much better one. I still believe a good transport system can make any city beautiful.To complete the experience, I just had to be photographed sitting beside an old Chinese man. Haha. And, gaaah, chinese babies are sooo cute!!It was a long, long cable car ride. It wasn’t so scary but look at the slope! It was a long hike to Buddha so we had to take a rest every other landing. I never thought I can enjoy Buddha but I did! The weather was cooler than in Manila because we were on top of a mountain so it was a super plus. I did not even attempt to act like a cool tourist with all my poses. You see, being a first timer, every pretty and interesting thing was magnified 10x in my eyes. 🙂Kim told us to do this bow. I think she was just making fun of us. 😛Orange door – Oh, photo op!Kim’s awesome family. 🙂Aivi, never a conformist during jump shots.Doesn’t this photo just scream “CHAO YU-HSIEN!!”? We watched two shows at the village – Monkey’s Tale Theater and Walking With Buddha. Those audios come in different languages to accommodate any tourist.Mango with Pomelo pudding at Honeymoon Dessert. During our cable car ride back.At the Avenue of the Stars to witness the Symphony of Lights. We practically rushed from Ngong Ping village to here to make it in time for the 8pm show. We were running all the way, I tell you! Surreal to see those buildings I used to only study in class. They were extra pretty at night. A Chinese guard reprimanding us for sitting on the art. Boy, those Chinese guards, despite their small builds, are extra scary. They just have this intimidating presence. Aivi’s glowing hat!ChungKing Mansions is scary. 🙁 Thank God we did not give in to cheap hostels in the place. Clue: Creepy guy smiling behind me in the photo.An extra late dinner at a noodle restaurant near (thank God) our hotel. First day and we didn’t know if we can wake up the next day. Our everyday itinerary required us to be up from 6am-1am. Super sinulit!

P.S. Hype today’s outfit on Lookbook here. 🙂

Photos from Aivi Cruz and Kim Tan-Afuan

NEXT UP: Day Two at Hongkong Disneyland!