DOMESTIC DIVA’S TRAVEL DIARIES: First HK Day Out, Finally

After nursing Little Boy’s high fever (it reached up to 39!) during our entire first night in HK, Dear Hubby and I decided to bring him to the doctor’s clinic the next morning making it the very first official destination of this trip.  I was prepared for the worst: having my son confined and spend the rest of this holiday in a hospital.  But just as how this trip sprang to me as a surprise, the doctor declared him fever-free and fit to walk around and  Little Boy announced that he’s rrrreeeaady to rrrrummble!

We didn’t waste any more time and went straight to the OCEAN PARK as scheduled in our Sunday morning  itinerary.  Yes, this OC mom kept an itinerary hehehe 🙂 In my defense, I had to keep a schedule to make sure we’d go first to the “family places” before Dear Hubby starts  working (which was the reason why we’re all here in the first place).  I must say that today was the warmest weather we had the whole time we’re here, 23 degrees.

This is heaven for the Little Boy!

I read somewhere that China presented Hong Kong with two pandas during the turnover in 1997.  The two pandas (we only saw one though) now reside in Ocean Park and are said to be much loved.  If you visit in a warm day and the Pandas are relaxing in a cool 17 degrees Celsius, you know they must be revered.  Imagine the air-conditioning bill they must generate! Now that truly is love.

OLD HONG KONG is the newest attraction (opened in March 2012) at the Ocean Park where HK in the 50’s-70’s is revisited and relived.  Streets and scenes were recreated to give us an idea of how they lived back then. i.e. tong lau (old tenement buildings), vintage trams, rickshaws, clock tower and colonial police post.  It also includes dai pai dong selling street food, and Kee Wah Bakery.

I was just so glad we survived our first day out, now we had to bring Little Boy back to the hotel for some rest.  We’re avoiding a relapse… which could jeopardize my chance to see Mickey Mouse  🙂

UP NEXT:  Domestic Diva’s Disney Adventure

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DOMESTIC DIVA’S TRAVEL DIARIES: Off to Hong Kong

It couldn’t have happened at a better time, it was Little Boy’s term break and Dear Hubby suddenly had to attend meetings in Hong Kong.  So when I was asked if I wanted to tag along, I said… I’ll think about it… I mean, my wardrobe.  I’ll think about my wardrobe.  You can’t say no to this chance, can you?

AND THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

They say “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.”  So my real adventure began during my preparation for this vacation. Learning about this trip 6 days before departure date is quite a challenge if you’re packing for a family, which is like packing for a whole army.  Wait, do they even worry about how many shirts to bring in the army? 🙂 Anyway, what I’m saying is, I only had a few days to complete my mommy travel checklist: vitamins, medicines, camera charger, plug adaptor, the favorite teddy bear, toiletries, etc.  Someone’s gotta think of and prepare all these things you know.

Being the obsessive compulsive (OC) traveler that I am, I Googled the weather forecast  in HK for the duration of our stay and it said “generally foggy… average of 15-20 degrees Celsius”.  To someone who’s from the Philippines and  currently lives in Indonesia, this is COLD. And save for some scarves and light sweaters, I hardly have clothes for this kind of weather.  This means I have to avert this  wardrobe emergency in six days! Dear Hubby couldn’t quite dig the concept of mixing and matching, layering, etc. thus the need for a little shopping before leaving (hey, I gotta buy my Little Boy some cold weather clothes too hehe).  I’m only bringing two pairs of shoes: my ultra comfy black ballet flats and my ever reliable and versatile Chucks.  In hindsight, this fashion situation could be the universe’s way of telling me “Hey girl, you don’t have a beach-ready bod so Imma take you where you can wrap up!”.  I’ll take that 🙂  Besides, it saved me some pedicure time and money as well 🙂

These shoes are made for walking!

THE ADVENTURE GOES ON…

The empty Changi Airport in Singapore at 4:00AM

Dear Hubby was supposed to fly via Cathay Pacific with his colleagues but since he was taking me and Little Boy with him and the company would only pay for his airfare, he took a budget flight via Jetstar with us.  What would have been a comfortable 5-hour straight flight for him became a 7-hour trip with layover and NO MEALS.  Ooh, what we do for love! 🙂

Friday Night.  We took the 10:00PM flight because that 7-hour trip was the shortest among the flight schedules they had, we were supposed to arrive in Hong Kong around 6:00AM.  We were thinking that maybe Little Boy will just sleep and get rested during the entire flight.  We were wrong.  The flight was delayed for FOUR HOURS and there weren’t even any announcements of the delay.  We boarded at 2:00AM,  arrived in Singapore at 4AM then boarded another plane to HK at 6AM.  The stress and fatigue made the Little Boy very sick the entire time that I had to change his soiled clothes twice. It didn’t help that he had a cold that time.

AND ON…

The Airport Express, our ride from the HK airport to the Central Station of the MTR.

Saturday Morning.  When we finally reached the HK airport, we found out that our stroller wasn’t loaded on the plane.  Imagine another waiting time for desperately waiting for it on the conveyor and hopping from one desk to another asking for assistance.  Missing baggage was eventually declared. Off we went to our hotel… with me taking care of our suitcases and Dear Hubby lugging our sick Little Boy.

The hotel staff were saying it had been raining the past few days and today that the sky is clear is a perfect day for strolling.  No, thank you.  We stayed in our hotel room and nursed Little Boy’s high fever until the next morning.

THE FUN BEGINS HERE

Sunday Morning. Who would have imagined that our first destination on this trip would be the doctor’s clinic?  Miraculously, Little Boy’s fever went away but still had some heavy coughing and was just given some medicines.  This little trooper declared that he’s up for some good time so this vacay has officially begun! Let’s gerrrit ooohhhnn! 🙂

Taken right after we went to see the doctor. The fun vacation begins!

LOLLIPOP’S PLAYLAND, SENAYAN CITY

It’s been raining recently here in Jakarta that’s why an indoor playground is a welcome treat for us.  We have been to Lollipop’s Playland in Senayan City Mall quite a number of times and all of those visits have been because of birthday parties being held there.  Just recently, we were invited by one of Little Boy’s classmates to another Lollipop’s experience.

It’s got the usual kiddie favorites like the giant slides, net balls, rides, inflatables, etc. but it also has many interesting attractions. One of them is the Mechanical Bull where one can modify the “speed” or “level of difficulty” to suit your kids.  There’s also a fish pond where kids can catch the fish and can actually take them home as pets.  Side story:  The first (and only) time we took home about five of them (all of whom had been “baptized” with names), we had to deal with fish after fish gone belly up in the makeshift tank.  I felt sorry for them (oh the stress that they go through when the kids try to catch them!) and for my son for dealing with the loss of “friends”.

Other alternative activities could be 3D movie viewing which runs on regular showing schedules much like a real movie house.  There’s also a Wii area for bigger kids and a painting/drawing area for smaller kids to enjoy.

But the runaway winning attractions for me are the Trampoline and the Kiddie Zip Line!  I would have tried both if it weren’t for the weight limit.  Ouch! 🙂

Food kiosks are available so it’s a guarantee that you’ll never get hungry.

Parents and nannies have a seating area too.  This is where me and my co-mommies catch up :).

As mentioned earlier, Lollipop’s is also open for birthday celebrations. This is an ideal venue, I must say, for kids who are not in the mood to join the birthday fun games because they can just sneak out from the party and in to the play area.  You can tell I’m talking from experience here, huh :).

The view from the seating area which clearly indicates when it’s time to go or stay a little more to let the traffic pass.

Lollipop’s Playland Locations
Senayan City
6TH FLOOR
Jl. Asia Afrika Lot 19
Jakarta 10270
Mal Kelapa Gading 3
2ND FLOOR
Jl. Bulevar Kelapa Gading Blok M
Jakarta 14240

Gandaria City
2ND FLOOR
Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Kebayoran Lama Utara
Jakarta Selatan

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