Grace’s officemate Ms. Arachel “Chel” C. Borja was leaving for Hong Kong with her kids to accompany her husband who was to attend a convention and Grace and I decided to join them. We all left Manila for Hong Kong on 6:30 AM flight, arriving at Kai Tak International Airport by 8:10 AM.
This was to be our last entry into Hong Kong via this international airport. Landings at this airport were dramatic to experience and technically demanding for pilots. A little over a year later, on July 6, 1998, Kai Tak was closed and replaced by the new Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, 30 kms. to the west. There were plans for the site of Kai Tak to be used for housing development.
From the airport, we all took a bus to the city proper and checked out our accommodations at Payless Pension along Nathan Rd.. Grace and I found it quite rundown and decide not to take it.
We all had lunch at a MacDonald’s outlet then dropped off Chel and her family at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. We then decided to check in at one of the BP International Hotel’s 529 guest rooms. Our twin City Vista room had, aside from an ensuite bathroom, the usual modern amenities such as satellite TV, fridge and IDD phone. What we particularly liked about our well-lit room was our great view, aside from the city’s spectacular skyline, of the lush greenery of Kowloon Park. Other rooms have views of Hong Kong’s iconic and beautiful Victoria Harbor.
Cafe By The Park, the hotel coffee shop offers, aside from an international buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, an all-day a la carte menu of Asian and Western specialties. The hotel’s Flamingo Lounge serves drinks, snacks, business lunches and nightly live entertainment while the Gordon Wu Hall, a Chinese restaurant at the basement,serves authentic Cantonese cuisine and regional specialties.
The hotel, a 3-min. walk from the Jordan MTR Station, is also near the Jade Market and Temple Street. It also offers tours, baby sitting, currency exchange, car rental, airport transfers, safety deposit boxes, laundry, dry cleaning and 24-hr. room service.