Living the high life at Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotels has always been about luxury. Despite knowing that and after two previous stays in Singapore and Sydney, I was bowled over when I found out just how luxurious staying at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong can be.

Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong
Yay for paperless check-in!

The experience starts at check-in. I arrived at the hotel just past nine in the morning, way too early to be checking in at any hotel. I was just admiring the reception’s Wacom tablet, which they use for checking in guests, when I was told that I’m to head to the 56th floor, where Horizon Club Guests have an exclusive check-in.
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The magic continues at the Disneyland Hotel

There are two hotels in the Disneyland Resort: Disneyland Hollywood Hotel and the Disneyland Hotel. The first features an art deco architecture (with a not-so-hidden Mickey here and there) and has 1920’s feel. The Disneyland Hotel on the otherhand, is a Victorian splendor inside and out. The warm tones of the interior is matched by the warm reception of the staff that welcomes you to the hotel.

Disneyland Hotel
Disneyland Hotel

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Experiencing the Disney magic at Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland, a place usually associated with kids, is also a place for adults who grew up with Disney cartoons. It’s hard to resist the Disney magic that you feel as soon as you step unto the resort grounds.

Hong Kong Disneyland
Tohru excited to explore Disneyland

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Hong Kong food tripping with the Happy Foodies

There were only a handful of places in my Hong Kong itinerary: The Peak, CTMA and Sino Centres, Citygate Outlet and Tim Ho Wan. Luckily, I was with two happy foodies, Ferdz and Oggie, who were more than willing to try out this famed dim sum place.

Happy Foodies at Tim Ho Wan
Happy Foodies Oggie and Ferdz at Tim Ho Wan

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Hong Kong, the second time around

Though this was my second trip to Hong Kong, I was eagerly looking forward to coming back and exploring the Special
Administrative Region. My last trip took me way off the beaten path, and this time, I’m eager to go where everyone goes. Cheapest way to get to the city Our flight arrived at 10am, still too early to check-in. Before exiting to the arrival hall, I inquired at the Visitor’s Center about the best way to go to South Pacific Hotel in Wan Chai without taking the train. I figured a 40-minute bus ride isn’t so bad if check-in isn’t until 2pm. Also, the HK$40 fare on the A11 bus was a far cry from the Airport Express’ HK$100 one-way ticket.

Hong Kong Airport Bus
Buying a ticket for the A11

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