With all that’s on the news about Hong Kong these days, I realized that we are still blessed despite our Familia Ladaga in Hong Kong Day 1: A Series of Unfortunate Events! That’s because God let us tour Hong Kong peacefully sans the riot that happened almost immediately after we left!
Anyway, our next days in Hong Kong were far better than our kahindik-hindik at kaiyak-iyak na Day 1. So what happened on Day 2? Well, we spent almost all of it at the Ocean Park.
We rode a bus going to Ocean Park. We had a bit of difficulty looking for the bus terminal, but we left our hotel early and arrived at Ocean Park just in time when it opened.
We opted to go to the Oceanarium first, as it’s the attraction nearest the entrance. The queue was very long, super! It was a good thing that we bought water and snacks to pacify Raviv, who was on his stroller. It was a hot day!!!
TIP 1: A stroller is a must at the Ocean Park! Aside from the fact that it would save your backs and arms big-time (your little one would definitely get tired because of all the walking and ask to be carried!), kids in strollers are prioritised—there are different lines for kids in strollers and their parents! Woohoo!
When we’re somewhat near the entrance (but seems far because of the people in front of us), the personnel at Ocean Park approached us and took us to a different, way shorter line. Apparently, kids in strollers with their parents have a different entrance—we were made to ride an elevator going into the Oceanarium. Hoooray!!!
Raviv had an amazing time at the Oceanarium, because he definitely loves fishes and water.
For me though, it was so-so because it was just very similar to the Manila Ocean Park. And since I knew that the Ocean Park here in Hong Kong has a lot more to offer, I convinced Raviv (with great difficulty!) to leave the fishes.
Our next stop was the Panda Village. It was great because it’s significantly cooler there! Its highlight of course is/are the panda/s that was/were donated by China to Hong Kong.
TIP 2: Unlike most theme parks in the Philippines, Ocean Park and Disneyland do NOT prohibit bringing of outside food! So if you’re kuripot like us, I suggest that you raid the nearest supermarket on your way to Ocean Park and buy:
- lots of drinking water: there’s a 500ml bottled sold for HK$3 (Php18), and something similar is sold at the Ocean Park for HK$25 (Php150); and
- biscuits, bread and noodles: like I said, a normal meal in Hong Kong costs almost just as much as a Vikings buffet! Biscuits, bread and noodles will go a long way, promise!
Because if you don’t, you’ll forget how difficult it is to earn your pesosesoses and just buy the ultra-expensive food and beverages in Hong Kong, because the alternative would be to faint from hunger!
Even though it was scorching hot inside, Raviv enjoyed jumping and bumping inside the trampoline
The Frog Hopper is a mini “EKstreme Tower”: it brings you up, then down, then up, then down. It’s for kids but as an acrophobic, I was screaming like a scaredy little girl all throughout, much to Raviv’s delight!
Extraordinary vistas are revealed as you soar 72 metres into the air! Stunning views of the South China Sea can be yours from atop Ocean Park Tower, located 200m above sea level, where a gently rotating viewing room provides 360 degrees of sun, sea and sky. Ranked as one of the tallest observation towers in Southeast Asia, guests will be able to see clear to Aberdeen and the outlying islands. Bring along your camera – you’ll want to take snapshots of as many memories as you can!
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