First time to travel abroad? Why not read my blog for some guides in departing from Manila to arriving in Hong Kong?
We arrived in Manila at 8:00 in the morning. We first left our things in the Airport’s luggage counter for a rate of Php 350 per bag per day. Then we headed to Resorts World Manila (RWM) with the RWM shuttle. It’s for free for members but you can tell the person-in-charge that you are going to register when you arrive. We roamed around the place for 2 hours and since most establishments are still close, we decided to go to Mall of Asia.
This is a Japanese restaurant that offers a gourmet version of ramen — the best tasting authentic ramen we’ve ever tasted! Their ramen ranges from Php 300- Php 500 depending on your choice of ramen and add-ons. They actually give you an Omotenashi sheet wherein you can tick your ramen choice (Butao King, Black King, Red King, Green King, or Limited King), soup base, toppings, Butao Firesauce, Noodle and Add-ons. You can customize your ramen the way you wanted to be or you can just tick “Chef Recommendation”. If it is your first time, it is safe to try the Original Butao and please don’t forget to add some Tomago (boiled egg). Sad to say, for some reason they don’t allow take out. L
SM Mall of Asia Ice Skating Rink
I’ve always wanted to try ice-skating since 2012, but had no chance to do it. Finally, this is the moment – my first ice skating experience. This cost Php 300 for a whole day experience. Not bad for a worth-remembering moment.
Departure from Manila to Hong Kong
After spending almost 4 hours in the mall, we decided to go back to the airport and wait for our flight. We departed on time around 7 o’clock in the evening and had a smooth flight for 2 hours. If it’s your first time to travel abroad, here are some key steps to guide you through:
- Prepare your airline tickets, passports and baggage ahead of time. It is convenient to buy your tickets a year before to have cheaper rates and give you some time to save for your trip. Passports should be ready at least six months from the date of your departure. Lastly, pack your things a week before your travel date and according to the season of your country of departure. Wear light clothes when travelling during summer, coats during fall and spring and thermal clothes during winter. Please don’t pack numerous and bulgy bags as this may hinder you to enjoy your trip.
- Check-in at the airline’s counter as early as 3 hours before your scheduled flight. If you already did web check-in, you may skip this step unless you have some check-in baggage. But if you do have and already had yourself checked-in online, there is a fast lane for you.
- Go to the departure area and pay for terminal tax and international travel tax. Usually, terminal tax is Php650 and international tax at Php 1,200. But nowadays, terminal taxes from Manila are already prepaid, meaning already included in your airfares.
- Proceed to the immigration counter and truthfully answer the immigration officer. Don’t forget to smile and be nice. 🙂
- Proceed to your boarding gate and wait for your plane to board.
Also, be mindful of the things you include in your hand carry. Note that 100ml liquids are a no-no inside a plane. Hence, make sure to have your perfumes and other toiletries repacked in small containers.
It normally takes two hours to travel from Manila to Hong Kong. You may want to bring some neck pillows, chewing gums, music to play or movies to watch to keep yourself comfortable during the flight.
Arrival in Hong Kong
We arrived on time. After deplaning, we pass through the immigration and filled up a form. The immigration officers asked us some common questions as follows:
- What is your purpose in staying in Hong Kong?
- How long do you plan to stay?
- Where are you staying?
You don’t have to be nervous as their officers are so friendly and accommodating. Again, don’t forget to smile. 🙂
Maps and catalogues are available in the airport. And they are for free! You can get as much as you want to but remember to get the English copy. You might end up having volumes of Chinese magazines. 😉
After getting our luggages, we went straight to our hotel. We decided to take a cab as it was raining hard that time. It costs us HKD178 for the one-way trip. You can also ride a bus or MTR depending on your choice and budget.
We stayed at Imperial Hotel located at Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the central business districts in Hong Kong. The hotel is located near the Avenue of the Stars, about 5-minute walk. The hotel is not that new but very convenient as it is near to Tsim Sha Tsui station and buses are so accessible.
For the our full budget and itinerary, kindly visit my other blog post Manila-Hong Kong – Macau 5D4N Budget and Itinerary.