While I wait (with fingers and feet crossed) for my friend to try to retrieve my corrupt microSD card, let me share with you our sabaw moments when we were in Hong Kong. These experiences are both funny and embarrassing at the same time. 🙂
1. The Airport MTR
On most of our flights, local flights that is (since HK was our first int’l flight together), Dane and I are among the last people to leave the plane. Especially now that we have Nate, ayaw na namin makipagsiksikan at makipagbakbakan sa mga pasahero para lang makalabas. So we did the same when we arrived in Hong Kong International Airport.
This, we later agreed was not a good idea. haha. OK lang pag local flights pala, pero certainly not during an international flight, especially if it’s your first time in the place.
|At one of the MTRs in Hong Kong International Airport|
We followed the airport signs pointing to the baggage area and the immigration. It pointed us to an escalator. Pagbaba namin, everyone was riding the train! We tried to search the area – there was no room that says “immigration”, it felt like a dead end. So nagtinginan kami ni Dane, lol! There was no place to buy an Octopus card so we were hesitant to board the train kasi wala pa kaming pampamasahe. We were smiling at each other then we decided to go back up.
Nung nasa taas na kami uli, sure enough, pababa talaga sa may escalator ang location ng immigration and baggage! So I went and ask the information personnel. So dapat pala: bababa ka talaga at sasakay ng train, walang pamasahe, libre.
Ang sabaw! haha.
LESSON: READ (and read carefully) and follow the crowd. 😀
2. Ocean Park experience
I was the one who planned our itinerary. All the attractions were booked via Klook. Our first stop was the Ocean Park. As per Klook’s instructions, a bus will pick us up at a certain place and will, later on, take us to the Ocean Park. At this time, we were only able to connect online using the WiFi in our room. We didn’t have any mobile data yet. So we just searched for the direction to the meetup place before we left our room. Well, I thought it was that easy.
Unfortunately, hindi pala buong instruction ang nakuha ko. So lakad-tanong ang ginawa namin at ang tagal namin bago kami nakarating sa meet up place na kung alam lang sana namin, nakarating siguro kami in 15 minutes lang. It took us almost 40 mins to get there! HAHAHA! Umabot na sa point na nagsisihan na kaming dalawa, lol! The only good news is, we got there on time, bago pa man kami naiwan ng bus. In fact, kami parin ang early birds. I’m literally smiling while I’m writing this. Ang sabaw!
LESSON: ‘Wag kampante, hindi mo lugar ‘yan! Magtanong kahit may language barrier pa.
3. MTR exits
MTR is the most convenient way to get to places in Hong Kong. Let me just say, WOW! Ang ganda ng MTR nila, nakakahiya ang MRT natin dito sa Pilipinas.
Ok, moving on. Since I don’t have a sense of direction, inasa ko na ang pagkabisa ng MTR kay Dane ‘coz it’s confusing at first. But what’s more confusing is exiting at the right MTR exit. Yung moment na akala mo tama yung nilabasan mo, paglabas mo, ibang lugar pala! lol. We’ve had several failed attempts, pero later on, we still learned how to go to the right exit.
|Dane and Nate having fun at the MTR central station.|
Most exits have are alphanumeric so before ka pa sumakay ng MTR, alamin mo na kung ano ang exit# ng MTR na malapit sa tinutuluyan nyo para ‘di matulad sa’min. HAHA.
MORE SABAW MOMENTS:
I have a few more in mind but these three are the main ones that I think are worth sharing. 🙂
Should we be ashamed of these? No. It’s completely normal for people to get lost. If we get lost in our own country, the more that we get lost in a place we’ve never been before – a place we’re not used to, nor are we accustomed to their way of living.
I say these mistakes even add fun to the travel experience that we had. When the vacation is done, it’s among the funny moments that remained in the memory. Yes, It’s surely staying in the memory bank! In fact, we rarely recall the time that we got to a place without problems. Pero kung nagkawala wala ka at kung sino sino na ang napagtanungan mo para lang makapunta sa location, ay, sigurado, ‘di mo basta basta makakalimutan ‘yan!
It’s normal to commit mistakes, we learn from all of them. Kids learn to be more careful when they stumble. Failures make us better in whatever we do. It’s part of the learning process. No success happens overnight, it takes many failed attempts to obtain it.
It can be stressful most of the time, of course, because we want things done right away but patience will help us get there. And no matter how many times we get lost, at the end of the day, it’s the experience and the journey that counts.