Hong Kong - Disneyland and Macau – Venetian (Part 2)-A A +A
Friday, March 8, 2013
THE Rey B. clan continues its Hong Kong sojourn. Having several children in the group meant a trip to Disneyland. What else?
Our kids were uncontrollable with excitement so the adults had to be extra vigilant not to lose them among the crowd! We covered every site of Disneyland like Toy Story land, Fantasy land, and Tomorrow land. The best feature of Adventure land was the “Festival of the Lion King,” a 45-minute pageant of song and dance. Riding a raft to Tarzan island and climbing his Treehouse was tedious. On the Jungle River cruise, our 5-year old Ethan was terrified with a crocodile that popped out beside the boat and bursts of fire that spewed out from a volcano.
We walked through the magical portal of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, and lined up for shows of “The Golden Mickeys”, “It’s a Small World,” and “Adventures of Winnie the Pooh”. Another fascinating event was the parade of costumed Disney Characters, like Cinderella, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, etc… on beautifully-decorated floats, wheels, or dancing and performing on the grounds, to the tune of Disney music performed by live bands. The highlight of our Disneyland quest was the fantastic fireworks display in the evening. At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed, including the oldest in the group – ME!
Coming from Hong Kong, Peter Rey, Joy, Rey B. and I rode a fast ferry to Macau. We arrived at the Macau Ferry Terminal where a Venetian coach waited to shuttle passengers to the hotel. Venetian is one of the most fabulous casino and hotel in Macau. We checked in a luxurious suite! After a sumptuous lunch of Roast Duck and some Portuguese fare at the foo court, Peter, Joy and I decided to move around the enormous shopping, exhibition, and casino courts. Rey opted for a break and took a nap in the room.
We entered the Ice World and wandered among vibrant colored carvings of famous landmarks, explored a fairytale forest, and walked through the Magic Maze. I even dared to slide down the writhing dragon slide! This slide was nothing compared to the real and tortuous slide I did on a trip to Harbin, China. Although I must admit that the ice artisans from Harbin created wonderful moments frozen in time!
Joy and Peter Rey flew back to the Philippines via Macau, while Rey and I rode the fast ferry back to Hong Kong to rejoin the Sameon and JB families at their rented apartment. This final day was a last-minute shopping for souvenirs, toys, and food stuff to bring back home.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 09, 2013.