Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Hotel Review: Mini Hotel Causeway Bay

Three years ago, I promised to my family that I will bring them to Hong Kong. Three years later, I fulfilled that promise. I meticulously searched for a nice and affordable hotel and I bumped on this one. Not only affordable, I love how strategic the hotel's location. 

Note: Causeway Bay area is where all the locals go and shop. It is filled with world-class shopping malls as well as thrilling night life. However, tourists prefer to head over to either Mongkok or Tsim Tsa Tsui because of cheaper accommodation and night markets. I already experienced staying there but I prefered Causeway Bay this time because it's very accessible on our daily agenda(s): Hong Kong Disneyland, Tung Chung Station (Ngong Ping Cable Car / Citygate Outlets), etc. 

» Mini Hotel Causeway Bay «

Mini Hotel Causeway Bay is a mini boutique hotel, which was built in 2012 and has been a choice by most travellers. It is 350 meters away (about 6 minutes walk) from Causeway Bay Station, Exit F1. It is also a few blocks away from famous shopping malls such as Times Square, Sogo Department Store, Ikea, Hysan Place (where Apple Store is located) and etc. 

Photo not mine. Source from Google Search.

» Booking Procedure «

You can book through its website: Otherwise, there are few hotel deals from,,, etc. For our case, we booked through Agoda. 

Note: If you booked through its website, the hotel room comes with a free portable WIFI device. We didn't choose and avail this one because from what I have researched, there's a security deposit in case you damaged or loss the device. We also want to focus more on our vacation and stay away from the digital world. Plus, the hotel already offers free WIFI all over the place.

Booked through

» Rooms «

It has 208 rooms to choose from. We booked a Quad Room and requested to have a side-by-side bed and not bunk beds. For a brief overview, here are the 6 rooms to choose from:

  • Single Standard Room 8 m²/86 ft² room
  • Mini Double Room - 10 m²/108 ft² room. A double bed. Choice of city view or not.
  • Mini Twin Room - 10 m²/108 ft² room. Two single beds. Choice of city view or not.
  • Smart Queen Room - 10 m²/108 ft² room. A queen bed and comes with a city view.
  • Quad Room - 10 m²/108 ft² room. Two double beds with no view.
  • Family Room - 20 m²/215 ft² room. One double bed with city view.

Our room for 3 nights. Room #302.

Note: We didn't have a chance to take photos inside our room because we're busy on our daily errands but here's what it looks like. We're glad that our request (not bunk beds) was granted. Thank you Mini Hotel Causeway Bay!

Photo taken from website

All rooms comes with toiletries, towels, hairdryer, electric kettle, telephone, satellite / cable channels, in-room safe box, air-conditioning unit as well as smoke detector. I love that the rooms were wooden / parqueted furnished. Sorry I hate carpet-type of rooms except if the hotel is new.

» Amenities / Services «

Hotel's Entrance

24-hours front desk. You don't have to worry if you will check-in or check-out in the middle of the night / early in the morning because the front desk is always open. They have English speaking staffs so it's easy for us to communicate with them.

Front desk

Fast check-in / check-out: Superb for this kind of service. It took us about 5-10 minutes to check-in / check-out at the hotel. We also asked for a portable weighing scale to check the weight of our bags when we checked out.

Services. The hotel offers concierge, daily housekeeping, laundry service, luggage storage as well as safety deposit boxes.

Two iMacs on the Lobby. We didn't use it but I guess you can request it from the hotel staff(s). I'm not sure though if it's free to use or it's just a display.

Dining. There are no breakfast available but the hotel offers a discount on Le Petit Salon, a coffee shop beside the hotel.

Vending machine

» My TripAdvisor Review «

» Info «

Hotel Classification:      3-star hotel
Address:                        8 Sun Wui Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Nearby MTR Station:      Causeway Bay, Exit F1
Check-in from:              2:00 PM
Check-out until:            11:00 AM

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I booked our accommodation using my own money.

» Overall «

Considering for the price, location and services, my family were very satisfied on our hotel stay. We're hoping to go back here soon.

How about you? Have you been to Hong Kong? Where did you stay? Share your experience.
Saturday, March 10, 2018

Klook Review + Hong Kong Airport Express Train

For the transportation to/from Hong Kong International Airport, I initially planned to have a limousine or van rental service for easy travel. But with the Hong Kong's efficient train system, I chose this and I didn't regret it at all. My family was amazed and enjoyed the train system because it's a huge step ahead from our country, Philippines.

From Causeway Bay Station, we headed to Central Station and then took the HK Airport Express train there to the airport. 

Photo not mine

» Klook Review «

I booked almost all of our transpo as well as Disneyland tickets through Klook. We will definitely use their service again on our future travels.

Booking Process: 

It's very easy to book from them. Just sign-up through their website and head over on this link Select your desired travel date as well as train destination. You can book a single trip or roundtrip tickets from them. 

For our case, we only booked a one way fare (Hong Kong Station to HKIA Station). 

For roughly USD 39.08 / Php 2040.05 good for 4 persons, we experienced to ride in a express train. It's pretty good deal for me considering that it only took us 24 minutes to get to the airport.

Where to redeem the ticket(s)?

From all of our booked online tickets, I had my printed tickets. In this case, I used only my mobile device to use the service. Just scan the QR codes on the scanner located on the turnstile and you're good to go. Very easy! 

Photo taken from Klook website
Train Schedule (from Klook):

To/From Hong Kong Island:
  • First train: 5:50am
  • Last train: 12:48am
  • Frequency: 12 min
  • Duration: 24 min
To/From Kowloon:
  • First train: 5:53am
  • Last train: 12:52am
  • Frequency: 12 min
  • Duration: 22 min
To/From Tsing Yi:
  • First train: 6:00am
  • Last train: 12:59am
  • Frequency: 12 min
  • Duration: 14 min

» Hong Kong Airport Express Train «

We took off the train on the left side (Terminal 1) and just walked a few meters to get to the departure hall. If your airline is located on Terminal 2, you have to take off on the right side. It's very easy and convenient for me.

Photo taken from Klook website

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

How about you? Have you experienced their service? Share it here.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Friday, March 09, 2018

KKDay Review + Ngong Ping Cable Car

I have been to Ngong Ping village as well as rode in a cable car with my mom on my birthday week eight years ago (year 2010). I included that on my list this 2018 because I want my dad and my sister both experience this thrilling ride.

We got this photo from our photo souvenir package.

» KKDay Review «

I booked a roundtrip cable car via KKDay this time because it's cheaper compared to Klook. We also want to try their service and it's funny that they offered the same services. If we didn't book online, we will struggle to take long queues.

If you will book from KKDay, you will go to counter #13 or counter #14. There were few people on queue including us.

Booking Procedure:

Sign up on their website and then head over this link Click Book button and then choose your desired date. We chose a standard cabin instead of a crystal cabin because we're all afraid of heights. If you're not afraid, then go for it! 😁

After you booked through their website, you will receive a confirmation email on your email's inbox and you can check also booking details on the My bookings tab.

Where to redeem the ticket(s)?

Photo taken from KKDay website

How to redeem the ticket(s)?

Present the printed vouchers at the ticketing counter and you will receive your cable car ticket(s). It's very easy, right?

Other Infos:

The cable car is open every:

  • Monday to Friday:                 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, Holidays:   9:00 am to 6:30 pm

Location: Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong on the 11th

Our 4 roundtrip tickets :)

» Ngong Ping 360 Review «

Our ride was smooth as before. We didn't have any problems at all. It tooks us less than an hour to get to the Ngong Ping Village.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

How about you? Share your experience.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Never Get Old with Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland has a special place in my heart. It's because I celebrated my 18th birthday here 8 years ago with my mom and my aunt. It was my first international theme park that I have been. 

I'm ecstatic that I brought my whole family here. We allotted a whole day for our Disneyland trip.

I booked through Klook website because it's cheaper. I availed it here 

What I love about booking online, you will just present a printed or mobile voucher and you're good to go. Unlike if you will book on-site, you have to endure long queues.

Fast forward, here are the few photos we had at HK Disneyland.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

How about you? Have you been to Hong Kong Disneyland? Share your experience.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Klook Review + Ferry Review: Cotai Water Jet Experience

Our Hong Kong / Macau vacation started with travelling from Hong Kong to Macau. 

Why did we choose to travel from Manila → Hong Kong instead of direct flight from Manila → Macau? 
  • Because this trip was a part sponsored by my current employer. Thank you so much **** for this Hong Kong trip benefit

I planned this trip for about 6 months. I booked our roundtrip tickets last July 2017 and our trip was last February 4 - 8, 2018

Tip: This is applicable for all Filipinos out there. If you're going to a visa-free country like Hong Kong, Macau, etc., booked first a roundtrip ticket for about a couple of months or a year before. Then, start your itinerary and looked for a nice and affordable to stay in. I'm not bragging about it though but I didn't find it hard to sponsor our family of 4 trip to Hong Kong and Macau because of this kind of planning.

Me travelling back to Hong Kong via Cotai Water Jet

» Klook Review «

Fast forward, I heard of good reviews from others about Klook. They have great travel deals. I'm appeased with the good reviews so I availed roundtrip CotaiJet Ferry Tickets from them. We chose Cotai Water Jet instead of TurboJet because we're staying in Cotai area, Parisian Macao. I will post our hotel experience on the next blog post.

Booking Process: 

It's very easy to book from them. Sign-up on their website and then head over to this link Choose your desired date of travel and pay through your credit card. After a few minutes, you will receive your booking information through Bookings dashboard as well as confirmation email on your e-mail's inbox.

For roughly USD 153.75 / around Php 8,000+, we already have roundtrip ferry tickets for 4 persons to/from Macau's Taipa. It's a good deal, right? 

Tip: Choose Cotai Water Jet if you're heading to Taipa, where Venetian Macao, Parisian Macao, Studio City, etc. are located. However, choose TurboJet if you're heading to Macao's Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal, near the city area. 

It takes an hour to get to your destination. I suggest to just take an earlier sailing time because the sea is very rough on the late afternoon or night time.

Sailing Information:

Head over this link to check the ferry's schedule.

Where to redeem the ticket(s)?

Present your printed voucher(s) at their partner agency, Beng Seng Travel, to redeem the exchange ticket(s).

Note: You can only redeem the voucher(s) in Hong Kong so better to have it exchange at the Beng Seng Travel counter even if you're not sure about your exact time of travel. The voucher is only valid on the specified date (except time).

Next, use the exchange ticket to redeem the CotaiJet ticket. This is only applicable on Macao → Hong Kong travel. For Hong Kong → Macao, they already gave us the real CotaiJet tickets.

What I love about this procedure, it's cheap, very fast and efficient. Thank you Klook! 

Redemption Counters:

Beng Seng Travel - Shop 310 - 312, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road, Hong Kong
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 am - 1:00 am

CotaiJet - Cotai Water Jet Ticketing Counter (Counter 1-12, Level 2), Taipa Ferry Terminal, Macao
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours

» Cotai Water Jet Review «

I was shocked when I received 4 free Eiffel Tower tickets from Cotai Water Jet valid until February 28, 2018. 

When I checked their website, they have this on-going promotion and valid until June 30, 2018. Terms and conditions apply.

Photo taken from the Cotai Water Jet promotional website

As usual, I was a bit overwhelmed about my first ferry experience that I forgot to take a photo of the whole cabin. I'm a bit sorry for that. Plus, I also took precautionary measures while riding the ferry. I didn't stand up or went to a comfort room.

But for a brief preview, here's what you can expect from their cabin. 

  • Cotai First - located on upper deck area of the ferry. It offers a great view of the outside. Passengers are given a complimentary food and beverage. It's not yet available on Klook.
  • Cotai Class - located on the lower deck area of the ferry. Even though it's cheaper than the first one, it's modern and comfortable enough to stay here. It's available on Klook.
Photo taken from Cotai Water Jet website

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. I availed the service by my own.

How about you? Have you tried the above? Share your experience.