This is second and last installment of the multiple flights from Manila to Mombasa and back with a stopover in Hong Kong.
I spent the night in Hong Kong to save on accomodations. Poor boy! I waited for morning before taking the bus to mainland Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, I enjoyed looking at these catchy buses:
This is one of the best!
I opted for the bus than the airport express. When travelling between Central or HK Island and the airport, taking the bus gives me some chance to snap some shots of famous landmarks of HK. Perhaps this young man is thinking the same thing. Lol. Each of us claimed a front row seat of the upper deck.
Residents of these highrises have a panoramic view of the airport.
Tsing Ma Bridge
First to greet me is the Tsing Ma suspension bridge. Part of the developments to connect airport to Central, HK.
One of the main towers of the bridge
After getting through this tunnel…
…are the massive towers of Stonecutters Bridge. This bridge was already opened for traffic when I visited HK in 2008. This is truly an engineering wonder!
Coming from the airport, the massive skylines of Kowloon and Central are visible. Notice the imposing 2 IFC and ICC.
Look at this massive bridge tower!
I stayed at Newton Hotel at North Point, a short taxi ride away from Queen Elizabeth Statium in Wan Chai.
Afternoon view of Victoria Harbour and Kowloon peninsula skyscrapers from the hotel. International Commerce Centre (ICC), currently HK’s tallest skyscraper is partially seen.
I spent one night at the hotel, attended the Special Assembly in Wan Chai, meet with a couple-friends and headed right away to the airport in the afternoon to catch my evening flight to Manila.
Check-in at HKIA was fast. Immigration was not crowded. I got to my gates in about 30 minutes. It afforded me time to buy some sweets for my younger sisters.
The incoming Cebu Pacific flight from Manila was delayed for over 30 minutes. That means I have few more minutes to check my emails.
Just few minutes upon the plane’s arrival, we were allowed to board. The crew apologized, but I think nobody really minded the delay. Once again, I am the only one in my row of three seats. I usually choose a seat close to the wings of the aircraft. This part of the plane has less torque than both extremes. Hence, less turbulence. But if you are into views and window seats, it will not be a good idea. Some of your view will be blocked by the expansive wing.
We arrived at NAIA Terminal 3. I do not have any plans of taking any more shots. But I’ve seen an ANA plane parked at T3. So I immediatelly pulled out my cam and took some long exposure shots.
ANA preps for Narita
Immigration control was done quickly. There were several hassles with other passengers who seem to have problems with their passports. But that’s all. There are not too many international flights in T3.
Once outside the terminal, I took few more shots.
The trip, despite being long and a bit complicated, went very well. I accomplished my planned itinerary. I had to cancel my plans of doing a side trip by visiting some game reserves of Kenya. It costs over USD600. And I’m short on the budget. Perhaps, I can do that some other time.
I met new good friends in Mombasa and a nice family in Hong Kong. What makes them special is that they have the same dispositions in life as mine. It’s amazing to meet peoples around the world who seem to establish instant rapport with you.
I am looking forward to my next assignments. I am yet to find out what part of the world will that be.
Edit: It’s somewhere in Indonesia. I will write something about it soon. I’m still here in Indonesia.