I’ve never been fond of parties, dresses, and the crowd, so for my 18th birthday, I asked my mom if she could tour me around Hong Kong instead. I know it was too much to ask, but I thought that maybe I deserve to chill too and take a break from all the stress school has caused me. Luckily, my mom agreed!
I never really thought that traveling abroad would be one of the most exhausting things I had to do. I was looking forward to riding an airplane, walking around an airport without having any idea where to go and what to do, that I totally forgot about all the things I needed in order to cross the international borders, such as my NBI clearance and birth certificate that are necessary for me to acquire a passport. I felt pressured, lazy, and too tired to do all the things I should be doing. I was extremely disappointed, to the extent of jinxing my own trip.
Nonetheless, my couch potato self-decided that if I really want to step foot on Disneyland, I had to work my ass off to finish all the requirements I need, so I did. Unfortunately, fate has been quite cruel. My passport’s scheduled release is a week after my scheduled flight to Hong Kong, so I was panicking hard! After I tried jinxing my own trip, my life decided that it is its turn to jinx it for me. I can’t remember how many times I’ve prayed to all the Gods and Goddesses of the mythic world to give me just this chance to explore one part of the world I’ve never been in, but yeah…it worked.
So on the day of my trip, I was both ecstatic and nervous…What if I rode the wrong plane? What if I was too late to catch it? What if the plane crashes? A got a bunch of what-ifs that day that I even considered not going, once again. I was too frightened, but I realized…this is what I want. This will make me happy. Traveling abroad is one of the many things I’d love to do, and now that I have the chance to do it, I’ll take it! So yeah, I went to pursue that dream.
While I was in my seat, trying so hard not to squeal from too much excitement, I was planning my whole Hong Kong itinerary. I didn’t plan it beforehand since I was too busy with all the requirements, and the things I’ll bring, so I planned it on the plane. I know it was going to be one of those memories I’ll tell my grandchildren, so I made a hell of an itinerary. Once the plane was way too high that I could see a different kind of landforms, the cities, and the sea, I started flipping through one of my favorite books, Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown. I’ve dreamt of this moment for a thousand times – me on a plane, reading a good book, and going to another country with a completely different culture. I am living my dream!
After an hour and a half, we’ve reached the airport and the plane landed, I knew then that that was it. I am in a strange land. I am officially outside my own country! The airport was so enormous, I could get lost in it. Well, I did get lost in it. It was so spacious that the passengers will need to ride a train (yes, there’s a train inside the airport, it is that big!), in order to reach the main terminal. I was in total awe.
The strange feeling I felt when I realized how big their airport is was nothing compared to when I was outside it. My mom laughing at me when she saw how fascinated I am with their buses, which have top decks! I’ve never been in one before, so imagine my eyes when I saw one in Hong Kong, and I get to ride it, too! Hong Kong is my country, my mind though.
The fascination did not end there. I was captivated with how organized and disciplined the people were. Do you know what I found when I tried looking for a single candy wrapper, or a piece of crumpled paper? Na-da. The streets are absolutely free from dirt! The people fall in line on the designated bus stops, imagine that! It’s the same with train stations too. The good thing about their bus stops and train stations is that they are not crowded, and they have fully functioning vehicles.
Since our parents’ natural instinct is to make sure we are full, my mom brought me to the restaurant located on the ground floor of her condominium unit. To be honest, I was disgusted with the smell of the foods they are serving, later did I know that it would be one of my favorites. I can’t really remember the name of food she ordered, but it’s one of the best tasting rice meal I had. It tasted pretty unusual at first since my tongue’s not used to the kind of food Chinese people eat, but it was mouth meltingly good!
The first part of the itinerary started the next day. My mom woke me up at 6 AM so I could prepare the things I need. The same thing happened for the next four days as well. All of the places we went to left me feeling exhausted, but it was the good kind of exhaustion. The two most unforgettable places we’ve been were the Disneyland of course, and the Ocean Park.
I’ve always been a Disney baby, so having myself actually inside Disneyland, was pretty darn good! I’m sure I teared up a bit. It was the happiest I’ve ever been, and my mom knows it. I felt like an eight-year-old kid strolling in the amusement park. I was thrilled with everything that I think my mom couldn’t keep up with my jolliness. We did a lot of things, so it we slept like babies that night.
The next day, my mom decided to bring me to Ocean Park, one of the most famous amusement parks in Hong Kong. What I enjoyed the most about this place is that I got the chance to see a variety of species, which includes penguins, a walrus, and pandas, a number of different species of fish, stingrays, and dolphins. The place was enormous as well, just like Disneyland, and it offers a lot of things like different rides, restaurants, and museums where we can try a bunch of things all the while learning about the history of Hong Kong and the different species of animals in the place.