Macau – Hong Kong Christmas Holidays

What a holiday!

In my case, it was a superb experience because it was my first Free and Easy holiday. No coaches. No tour guides. Only armed with a map and some sense of direction. I must say it really opened me up to the trill of going on a holiday.

I am not a must-go-for-holidays-every-year kind of guy. I would rather stay home and sleep till noon or at most enjoy a cuppa @ the Cameron Highlands. But after the Hong Kong experience, I must admit I am looking forward to another free and easy holiday in 2009 (have to thank my girlfriend for it). Beijing, China maybe.

The excitement of the holiday began right from the preparation stage. Looking up the internet for info and maps and little arguments on where to go. Got to admit that we were pretty well prepared for the journey until a last minute hiccup nearly put us off track. (My girlfriend’s friend were supposed to be our host in Macau but got to back out due to family commitments, thank GOD for MACAU being a tourist-friendly place.)

Well here are my trip highlights.

1) Macau is so accessible by coaches. The tourist spots are very near each another and systematically marked on the map.

2) There are old 1000 notes that cannot be used in Macau/HK. Got a fright of my life as I changed most of these notes in Malaysia! So be sure to ask the money changer about replaced / new foreign currency. Ask the Boss! not the nicompoop employee, they won’t give a damn.

3) Use all your Macau coins in Macau, they are not accepted in HK.

4) Sit in the middle of the ferry on your trip from Macau – HK or vice versa. My girlfriend vomited. (we sat in front)

5) The subway in HK is so easy to navigate. An OCTOPUS prepaid card is a must. Unused balance and deposit is refundable minus a HK$7 service charge.

6) The road signs in HK is so accurate. A heaven for tourists like us. I just hope the road signs in Malaysia is just as accurate.

7) HK people is very impatient. Ask them once. LISTEN. Shut up and don’t ask again. ( I learn that is not rude, just a way of life)

8) The policemen is so damn good looking and well uniformed. (this is my girlfriend’s take not mine)

9) Major roads in HK is closed on Christmas eve and you have Philippine maids sitting on roads partying into the night then you can see them camping on overhead bridges or some other place having fun with food and playing cards.

10)The tram in HK Island costs on HK2 a trip.

11)Got arthritic pain on my left knee on the last day. (should have got that damn insole before going on this trip)

12) Got to meet lots of celebrities in HK. (all are wax figures)

13) Shopping for clothes is NOT a must in HK. What they got there is available in Malaysia. It may be cheaper in Malaysia too. The prices and quality in Temple Street is comparable to Petaling Street in Malaysia. So I did not buy ANYTHING! (a surprise for a person who likes shopping for apparels)

Well these are what I could recollect for now. And it is certainly the most memorable. Do check out my itinerary for reference if you have not been to HK before.

CAUTION: not for serious travelers. Macau and HK is much more exciting than stated by this inexperienced author.

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