It was their last night in Hong Kong and all they wanted to do was to watch the famous light display show.
So Singaporean Yeong Kai Ting, 25, and her two friends rushed to Kowloon Bay to catch the Symphony of Lights at about 8pm on Wednesday.
But disaster struck in the form of a horrific road accident.
Ms Yeong was hit by a tour bus and was trapped under it on Salisbury Road, near the closed Sogo department store.
Her left leg was severely injured when the wheel of the bus went over it.
She also fractured her pelvic bone and is now fighting for her life at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong.
Ms Yeong and her two friends are colleagues at Print Classified in Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), where she works as an assistant sales manager.
They arrived in Hong Kong last Saturday for a week-long holiday.
One of Ms Yeong's companions, Ms Esther Chew, 27, told The New Paper over the phone yesterday that they had spent most of Wednesday at Ocean Park, a marine theme park on Hong Kong island.
It was their last night in Hong Kong and they had planned to travel to Macau the next day.
But they had one last item on their must-see list - the Symphony of Lights, which they had twice postponed seeing earlier during the trip.
But as they were walking through Tsim Sha Tsui at about 8pm, they saw that the light display show had started, prompting an excited Ms Yeong to quicken her pace and walk ahead of her friends. She also kept her eyes at the display in the sky as she was crossing a small, dark road, said Ms Chew.
As a result, she did not notice a tour bus that had turned sharply into Salisbury Road.