Airticket, Hotel, Transport : Hong Kong Here We Come = HK Eat & Hike 20-24Feb2017

changi T3 singapore food street

changi T3 singapore food street

my OPS primary school buddies & i planned a hong kong trip to eat & hike 20-24.2.2017..haha! ^^

the last time i did hong kong eat & hike was with my RI mates 10-14jan2016!

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we managed to get a promo SQ (singapore airlines) fare about S$310pax return, pretty good. weather in HK is best in jan & feb…& though the weather forecast for the week 20-24feb just before & during our trip was slight rain, we had almost no rain at all, all 5 days, just a drizzle on day 1 after we back in hotel after a great day.

2 of us arrived airport earlier.

our web printed boarding pass required endorsements, so we went to the self service machine to print out the boarding pass.

so we tried the T3 asia treasure lounge but it was closed, only opens at 7am (too much!), so we walked over to the singapore food street by universal dining & had coffee.

this card system is irritating. my friend queued at the stall, then had to go to the front to get a card, then return to the stall to order coffee, then had to refund the card (he decided to do another time).

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

on board, i opted for the dimsum.

the SQ food was quite poor this time.

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

har gao skin was thick & rubbery.

rice was hard…that maybe the style ie not the soft steamed lor mai guy type. it was reasonably flavourful but not texture i like.

SQ economy food

SQ economy food

the run of the mill fruit & desset.

HK airport IOIO sim card for mifi

HK airport IOIO sim card for mifi

there was a counter for mifi rental.

i did not pay attention as my friend had brought along a mifi, so we bought a HK$118 5GB sim card at IOIO.

that was enough for all of us for the entire 5-day trip, though my friends were sharing photos like nobody business. no hitch at all! ^^

taxi HK airport to metropark hotel = HK$280

taxi HK airport to metropark hotel = HK$280

we took a cab to metropark mongkok which was stone throw from prince edward mtr station.

this the most efficient & cost effective at HK$280 for 4pax!

the airport express would cost HK$90pax one way & HK$160 return, and we would have to go to kowloon station then transfer via a complimentary bus that probably stops at 8 other hotels before arriving at metropark kowloon!

we traversed the kap shui mun bridge & the tsing ma bridge.

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

after some online search we chose metropark mongkok hotel near prince edward mtr.

it was about HK$550 per room night nett, like almost 1/2 the price of royal plaza at mongkok east mtr where i stayed the last time in jan2016.

metropark was the previous SARS ground zero in hong kong in mar2003. that may explain the competitive pricing but that was also 14years ago.

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

metropark hotel mongkok at prince edward

& we were very happy with the hotel.

clean & nice big rooms! 2 single beds. strong wifi everywhere. nice toilets.

only the check in lobby betrays the 4-star (felt like 3.5) status c/w with 5-star for royal plaza.

view from metropark hotel mongkok

view from metropark hotel mongkok

the view from hotel a bit dilapidated, run down…no building maintenance in HK!…

c.h.e.f andy

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