Thursday, April 9, 2015

Exploring Hongkong With Our Kids! (Day 4: The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery)



During our 4th day in HongKong, we headed to one of our favourite tourist destinations, The Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery! We've been there once previously and just before we left that time, I told myself that I had to visit that place again. The natural scenery, the cooling weather and laid-back ambiance was vastly different from the usual city-life, and it was refreshing.

Here's more information about the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery:
"Once merely a remote monastery hidden by lush, mountain scenery, the Po Lin Monastery made it to the world map when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

Opposite the statue, the Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents" (taken from www.discoverhongkong.com)

So here we go, these are some of the photos taken that day! Enjoy!

9am in the morning, having breakfast at Toast Box just before we headed for our adventure of the day! ;)
Nathan's morning face.
So after Papa snapped this photo, Shayne spilled his entire drink onto the floor. Ahhhh.
Yup, a real life moment right there.
Anyway, after a 45min ride on the bus, we finally reached our destination! Yay!


Made a secret wish for our family and business :)
Taking a selfie with my kids!
Hur hur.




My MIL and Shayne, pretending to fight. Haha! Perfect background for some martial arts fighting ;)


It's time to climb the 260 steps stairs!! #sillyShayne



Love my little travellers <3
Someone's feeling sleepy... The weather must have been too cooling and "shiok" for him :D
The view from the top of the stairs. It was very beautiful and breath-taking, to say the least.

My silly son and I at the top of the world! Well, sort of :)
Nathan was already fast asleep when we reached the top :) Luckily we snapped a few photos of him at the top with the Big Buddha, we'll definitely show them to him when he's much older.

Selfie with the majestic-looking Big Buddha. Bucket List: CHECKED! #MissionAccomplished. Feeling on the top of the world, literally! :D
I snapped so many photos of the surrounding mountains and clouds that day. But don't worry, I won't upload all of them here, cos all of them look the same. Haha. But the view was just too stunning not to be documented. :)

Last but not least, another silly photo of my elder son. Haha! I love him so much. Sometimes he can be quite a handful, but without his presence, life would really be quite dull and less lively. I hope he never loses his sense of joy, humour and wonder towards life. Thank you for all that you are, Shayne! We love you and your baby brother, to the moon and back. <3

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