-Do and Don't- from Hongkong with love.
Where do I have to start to tell you about Hongkong?
Hongkong is the real deal for someone who look for the sun and off from the screen, tell you. Well, while we all not that crazy for the tan, we could not avoid it while hopping on and off the games in Disneyland and Ocean Park. 35degree C is perfect to dry clothes, pillow, mattress, salted fish, 'kerupuk', but certainly NOT human being. And compare to the coziness 26degree C in our home town, Bandung, it just make the kids (and mom, and dad) get even crankier. *Sigh.
Do check the weather on the spot.
Do stay at Disneyland Hotel instead of Hollywood Hotel (both are located inside the park), the first place is cozier and less crowded, as many tour's group stay at Hollywood for slightly cheaper price. We go by bus to Hollywood hotel to check out the place before we go to the city on third day, and crowded tour's group means crowded check out lines and crowded breakfast. We like the breakfast though. With Mickey waffles and Mickey potatoes, and Mickey onion ring. Definitely too much Mickey.
Don't say this line too : "Why we should queue 45' to get into this roller coaster game that last only 5'?" Because....if the games is more than 5', you'll throw up. So, don't wish to have longer game anyway.
Do go for animal. Animal attractions, animal sanctuary, animal preservation tank, animal museum, anything with animal in it will delight the kids and the cool air conditioner inside will cool off the parents. Win win solution.
Do talk to stranger (especially while you queue) so you can know more about the place you are going to. Do ask for direction instead of go back and forth with less and less energy and patience. Do read maps. By doing this, you are giving the kids good example for life that they won't get from any book (maybe not even from school), because they learn more from what they see rather then what they are told to (so I read).
Do enjoy the present time to relax, with the kids. What's the point to go miles away from home and you do the same thing you did at home with all the internet, or chat with friends that you still can catch up after you get back.
Do go to The Peak. I suggest you to go around 5 in the afternoon. With all that queuing time, you will be at the peak just about sunset with that amazing glow, and you don't have to wait too long to see the city lights start to spark. Double view, I said. And the time when you say enough for the scenery, it's perfect for dinner. And ice cream. Yum. (We skipped the Madame Tussauds, sorry, we just thought that mom and dad will be thrilled to see Nicholas Cage or Angelina Jolie, but the kids won't know who are the most person there, so they won't be that excited. Just keep it for their own adventure in the future.)
If you are happen to be a member of a book worm's family like ours, do go to places like Book Buddy at Windsor House or Stanley Plaza, Page One at Times Square, and Kelly & Walsh at Pacific Place. The price of books in Hongkong are making us crazy. We first think Bangkok has the cheapest books. Boy, we're wrong.
Do go to Stanley Market. After considering which one to choose on the last day, Mongkok or Stanley, me and my husband decided to go to Stanley. The fashion and bargain lover may choose Mongkok, but with tired kids and else, we pass Mongkok this time. May be on the other journey. Stanley is a good place. And not too crowded. And we find a small but unique book shop (again) inside the market with air con. Nice escape.
If you are an IKEA lover like we are, maybe you do have to consider to stay at Park Lane hotel. IKEA just one elevator down from the hotel. Amazing.
Do check for some HMV store if you need some muse.
I do the journal with the kids every day. You may remember I am still in the process of doing 'a month to play, a month to learn' journal album, so I take the pages there too. Even if you are not know how the album will be recorded for the journey yet, I say you better make the journaling each day on the spot. Fresh vegetables, remember?
Do collect all of these for your future references, mini albums, scraps layouts or just to drive your husband nuts.These are only from day one and two. *grins
Last but not least, everywhere you go, do look up.........