Sunday, May 18, 2014

Birthday Weekend in Hong Kong/ Macau with Ju

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It’s a little back-dated, and I should probably prioritize my time by studying for my last paper later at 6.30PM yet for the past 30 hours I’ve been doing everything except that. Flickr/ Yahoo! had been down for the previous 2 days due to their non-renewal of security certificate but as an avid Flickr user, I checked back today and all encryption and security-enabled features are back on! (Hurray) I’ve stuck with Flickr for a little too long to be resistant to change, high lock-in and switching costs for me and no other service provider have enticed me enough. Nuff’ said! 


So Ju came over to spend my birthday with me over the weekend, and we spent an entire day in Macau. There has got to be one thing that you have to try when you’re there: Visit Venetian (World’s biggest and largest Casino) and have the authentic Portugese Egg Tarts of Lord Stow’s Bakery, a truly iconic Macau’s treat, with its latest branch that is opened in Venetian. A one-stop-for-all where you get a suite, visit the casino, do your shopping, and have one of the best food and accessibility via its shuttles. However they do not operate 24 hours; check shuttle timings on Venetian’s website! 


And I truly love my stay(s) at the Regal Chain in Hong Kong. They have always been comfortable, huge and clean. Though old, but Regal Oriental (located near Mong Kok East) and Regal Riverside (located at Sha Tin) have provided me with one of the most value for money (comfort, accessibility and price) vacations in Hong Kong with my friends and families. With Summer approaching, the pool at River Riverside would definitely be a plus point over Regal Oriental! But a little further from Mong Kok and the hustle and bustle from the city areas. However, there are direct bus services to the airport or Mong Kok and even Central right outside the hotel; one word of advice though. A taxi fare back from Mong Kok back to Regal Riverside would cost you approximate 100HKD~ inclusive the Lion Rock Tunnel Toll fee! 


It was amazing, and we spent the remaining 2 days shopping and eating in Hong Kong, meeting our friends and heading to the Peak. We also avoided taking the Peak Tram because it was on a weekend, and the queues were filled with 2 hours of waiting time. We took a minibus up instead that was at a fraction of the price, without the authenticity of the oldest transport in Hong Kong. But that’s okay, time saved! 


Back to papers~


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How do you get to Regal Riverside without having to take the HK Express? 


Easy, simply go to the Airport Bus Terminus and look for A41! Alight at the 8th stop, you’ll definitely see Regal Riverside approaching (on your right when you’re seated in the bus) and press the bell to get off! Same way to get back to the airport. It takes about 30-45 minutes bus journey depending on the traffic on the highway, but you should be fine :) 



How do you get to Regal Oriental without having to take the HK Express? 


There are airport buses that gets to Mong Kok. So take any of those buses, alight, and take a taxi from Mong Kok! The area is called Kowloon City! If you’re travelling with luggages, mini-buses are not recommended but if you’re planning to travel from the hotel, hail the minibus right in front of the taxi stand of the hotel that states “TO MONG KOK” :P 


I hope these helps! Both stays range from about SGD130~SGD170 depending on off-peak or peak period. 

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