Our quick getaway with a 6 month old brought us through the streets, malls, trains, taxis and buses in Hong Kong! If you have not read about our time at Disneyland Hong Kong, read it here!
It was one of the most memorable trips because we had to overcome some CRAZY CRYING on our first night. We fed Matthias as usual and pat him in our arms until he fell asleep. Everything was completely normal. The moment we put him down on the bed, he SCREAMED like the world was about to end. This went on for 3 entire hours. We were exhausted and confused. What is wrong?!
It was much later that we realise, the bedsheets in the hotel felt COLD on his skin when we placed him down. We solved the problem by warming the bed (Papa the heater) and his muslin swaddle cloth on the bed. Phew! We finally got some sleep.
BAM!!!!! Cue *Baby screaming. He usually didn't move in his sleep but somehow Matthias fell off the hotel bed. He slept on a separate bed so we shifted the entire bed mattress onto the floor for him. It was too much drama in a night, we got him into long sleeves and pants the following night.
#Lesson learnt: Make sure the bed isn't too cold + Make sure the mattress is on the floor if there is no cot provided!
We spent the remaining time strolling along the busy streets of Hong Kong and went window shopping. Taking public transport was a breeze because people were really nice and gave up their seats to us! The carrier was a lifesaver because we were not affected by stairs or the need to find an escalator. Do avoid travelling during the peak hours if you don't like crowds. It can get quite crowded especially along the MTR Tsuen Wan line.
My favourite part was walking along the promenade of the Victoria Harbour! The breeze was nice and cold. Debra and Matthias weren't too keen about the cold air though. Do cover up if you are hanging around the harbour when it is windy.
Who says short trips cannot be fun? Our first day in Disneyland was enchanting! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves just being away from work and exploring a different city. (Other than the part we took 3 hours to figure out the bed was too cold for Matthias...)
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4pm flights booked, 6pm luggage packed, 10pm arrived at the Airport Lounge sipping a drink and waiting to get to the gate for our flight to Hong Kong for quick getaway.
We checked in early so that we could request for bulkhead seats and a bassinet to put Matthias in. We timed Matthias' feed so that he was drinking as the plane took off to help with the pressure in the ear. He slept most of the way and woke us up in the funniest way ever. Our little 6 month old rascal turned over to the bulkhead wall and pressed the in-flight entertainment screen. It lit up the dark cabin and into our faces. It is amazing how kids don't need a lesson on operating touch screens!
We got to Hong Kong and stayed in the Airport hotel for convenience sake. The next morning, we took a taxi to Disneyland because we were quite tired from the night flight. Debra carried Matthias in our Babybjörn WE carrier most of the trip. We decided not to bring our bulky pram because we knew that it would be a challenge to navigate Hong Kong's MTR train stations and compact streets.
Springtime temperature was between 22-24 degrees Celsius and it was AMAZING! That is 10 degrees off the year round heat in Singapore.
We arrived at Disneyland close to noon time and went about collecting our tickets. To get discounts and avoid the queues, do book your tickets online before hand!
Our mission for that day was to avoid queues and enjoy rides we could take as a family. We got to enjoy a shootout at the Toy Story to infinity and beyond ride...a slow boat ride through "its a small world" and I think we enjoyed the live theatre show and parade the most. It was almost magical like we were reliving our childhood!
Understandably, we had a few "pit-stop" moments when we had to feed and change Matthias. He was mostly well-behaved because the weather was nice and he slept a lot. This trip felt a little different because we had to slow down a little and see less. I would say that we still got to enjoy the essence of the Disney magic at the park despite having a 6 month old baby with us.
Our craziest road trip to Phuket gave us confidence and experience to conquer trips like this! We would say that being flexible is the most important thing about travelling with kids. Children are extremely adaptable and can adjust to new environments quickly. Sometimes we just worry too much about everything and that takes the fun and adventure out of our lives! It doesn't have to be this way.
Lastly, don't forget to visit the gift shop in Disneyland Hong Kong. It is so fluffy, I am gonna die!!!
More to follow with part 2....
Vincent & Debra Kwan, Founders of Hiro & Jack and stay-at-home parents with the odd life.
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