Jet’s First Overseas Trip Before Turn 2

Do you know that the toddlers below age 2 is considered as ‘infant’ in an airplane? Therefore the air fare is free. Making use of this benefit, I brought Jet to Hong Kong before he turn 2. Why did I choose Hong Kong? There were several considerations.

  • Asian country. (food shouldn’t be a big problem to kid)
  • Hong Kong Disney (children would love Disney. Its the nearest Disney though)
  • Same time zone (no jet lag)
  • Not too long journey (flight duration 4 hours)

We flew to Hong Kong via Malaysia Airline (MAS) on end of November.

How to travel on plane with a toddler.

  • People will usually choose night flight. Reason is that usually the kid will sleep. Because its the bedtime.
  • Bring his/her favorite soft toy or pillow.
  • Bring activity book, coloring book or sticker book to keep them busy.
  • Bring his/her favorite snacks.
  • If you have a tablet; download some fun apps.
  • During plane take off, many kids get irritated of the air pressure. Get him/her to latch on (breastfeed) during plane taking off. This will keep them comfortable and could minimize the air pressure pain on their ears.

Do read up some traveling tips before you travel. Simply do some homework by asking Mr.Google. 🙂

I chose Dorsett Mongkok during our stay. It is situated between Mongkok and Tai Kok Tsui. And the nearest MTR station was ‘Olympic Station’. Staffs are friendly. If you are unsure or have doubts about directions, you can easily ask the frontdesk staffs. They are very helpful. Furthermore I also asked them where is the nearest dim sum or local food.

Although it is not a walking distance to the popular Ladies Market, Mongkok…but this hotel do provide shuttle bus that could reach Ladies Market, Star Ferry (Tsim Sa Tsui), Kowloon AEL. It is on hourly basis.

Basic amenities and Mineral Water is provided daily.

Dorsett Mongkok also provide a complimentary use of smart phone with 4G internet. The smart phone will work as a portable modem when you bring it out to travel with you. The network reception is quite strong too.

The room (Comfort Room) is just 18 sq.m area.The room is clean and tidy. However it is quite small, compared to our hotels in Malaysia. Well…it is understood when you are in Hong Kong.

The shower area and toilet.

View from our hotel room

Be prepared with fussing child. When they do not have sufficient sleep…they’ll be cranky.

Its a free & easy trip. In our itinerary, I would include some parks or at least one spot that is suitable for kid.

Hong Kong is not really a stroller friendly place. Best to use a baby wear/ baby wearing. But with Jet’s weight…I really couldn’t bear the weight of using baby wear anymore. My knees and waist will be damn painful at the end of the day.

I brought a lightweight and handy stroller there by the brand ‘seebaby’. Unfortunately this boy of mine doesn’t want to sit on the stroller at all. He wants to be carry most of the time. Okay…I do made him walk too. Therefore, brother helped me carry him awhile. Imagine me carrying a sack of 10kg rice grain to walk around. Huhuhuhu =_=

Make sure you keep snacks in your bag. Water is equally important to keep them hydrated when traveling.

Kowloon Park is a large public park in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. At this park, there’s a bird lake, flora & garden, avenue of comic stars.

How to get there:-

  • MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1; or
  • MTR Jordan Station, Exit C1, walk along Nathan Road towards Tsim Sha Tsui to Austin Road.

For info; check it HERE.

Snoopy’s World , located at the New Town Plaza Shopping Mall in Sha Tin (New Territories). It is a very small theme park or I should say a playground instead of theme park. Although it is small, but could spend some 1+ hour playtime there.

I would suggest you to go on weekdays.

The operation hour is from 11am-7pm (daily), while the Boating Canoe begins at 12pm-6pm. The admission is FREE. If you ask me whether is it worth visiting? I myself thought its worth visiting. Especially if you are a big fan of Snoopy and friends. After the park, you could spend some shopping time at New Town Plaza Shopping Mall. It would be better if the park opens earlier.

We walked around to take photos while waiting for the doors to open.

We entered the park as soon it opens. Hence you see its quite empty.

The fun begins at the Doghouse Entry which is Snoopy’s home. School Plaza: Peanuts Academy is next and boasts of life size figures Sally, Charlie Brown and Linus. After this, proceed to Boating Canal: Canoe Ride and let the waves of fun roll over you. The Baseball Playground and Mini Town Area are other entertainment zones where you can indulge in various interesting activities and have lots of fun and laughter – all free of cost.

Snoopy’s World

How to get there:-

MTR Sha Tin Station, Exit A

 

How do I get to Hong Kong Disneyland using the MTR?
When riding the MTR, your final connection will be the Disneyland Resort Line from Sunny Bay Station. Trains operate daily every few minutes between Sunny Bay Station and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, from early morning until late at night.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is only about 30 minutes by train from the following MTR stations:

  • Hong Kong International Airport Station (transfer at Tsing Yi Station to Sunny Bay Station)
  • Kowloon Station
  • Hong Kong Station

For up-to-date train schedules, please visit the MTR website.

You may purchase Hong Kong Disneyland Park tickets at Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket Express at the MTR Hong Kong Station (Tung Chung Line Concourse). Open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

You may want to purchase your admission tickets through Disney HK website (sometimes they do have seasonal promotions). This could also skip the ticketing queue. Then over here, to validate and print your admission tickets.

The ticket price for Disney HK is quite expensive. But for children below age 3 is free of charge. Disney is my favorite place. It brings back everyone’s childhood days. Well, who doesn’t like Disney wor….

Jet is a fan of Mickey. I’m bringing him to see Mickey.

checkout the crowd. Majority are mainland people. We were queuing to go through the bag inspection counter. No outside food & drinks allowed in Disney HK. Each and everyone has to go through the procedure before entering the theme park.

(Please guard your child like a hawk)

Check out the bee line. What are these people queuing for?

People were queuing to have a photo session with Mickey & Minnie. I couldn’t bother to join the queue as it was too long I felt. With young kids around, it wouldn’t be easy for long queues. I doubt a toddler would have the patience to stay in line for long period.

We took chance of Donald & Daisy. This itself also took at least 30 minutes? If I remember correctly.

A nice photo of us with Donald & Daisy. There’s a photographer who take photos for everyone in queue. In case you doesn’t want to purchase this memorable photo from Disney, you can also pass your camera to the photographer to take a nice shot of you.

We also spotted Goofy & Pluto.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

We are getting ourselves ready for the 4D show with a 4D spec. However the sound system was too loud & Jet dislike it. I brought him out from the theater during the midway of the show. Staffs at Disney were very helpful to lead us out from the dark theater.

at Toy Story Land

We also met Woody & Jessie

Its a small world, a must visit. Why did I say so.

Its a small world is a water-based ride located in the Fantasyland area. The ride features over 300 audio-animatronic children in traditional costumes from cultures around the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction’s title song, which has a theme of global peace.

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After that, we settled our lunch here at Plaza Inn instead of the food court. Because its already noon and I know Jet would wanna get his nap soon.

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We took the set lunch menu instead of ala-carte.

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Service was not bad but the food was just average. (Got Mickey head printed on the steamed bun lor)

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Soon after the lunch, at 2PM (do double check the show schedule) just right for the parade show to begin.

After the show, we did some shopping at the souvenir shops. Plenty of Disney stuffs you can get it here. (If you miss buying it from Disney, fret not there’s another last chance to buy before leaving home. Its at the HK Airport. A small shop selling Disney HK merchandises)

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Hahaha….Its tea time! Having their anniversary tea set while Jet taking his short nap again. 😀 The tea set was delicious, but kinda pricey.

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We also spotted Chip & Dale while leaving.

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The Christmas atmosphere here is very nice. You will definitely feel that you are a kid once again. However we didn’t stay for the fireworks (do check the schedule too) because we want to avoid the crowd especially the public transport right after the fireworks end. If you have the budget, I’ll advise you to stay a night at Disney hotel. Then you can spend more time without the rush.

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Traveling abroad with small kid definitely more tiring. But the experience and journey is memorable. You’ll need to take more breaks in between. Lots of give and take for sure. Many would say, aiya…so young, they won’t remember want lar…But the photos you captured does ma. Aiya…you won’t get to enjoy wan lar, so troublesome. But if your travel-mates (family) willing to take turn to jaga, why not? There was one day, I decided to return to hotel with Jet, in the late afternoon because I felt so tired. The rest of them can still carry on their journey without any interruption too.

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