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April 28, 2011

Ha Long Bay

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It took my breath away.

xoxo.

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December 28, 2010

Away…..

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just a quick update. i just turned another year older yesterday. i thank God for i could still breath a new day today. FB was full of wishes and i think i did quite a good job by replying each and every one of them inidividualy. it was actually in my ‘to do list’ yesterday. ya. i do love ‘listing’ :p

fyi, i am actually waiting for our taxi to the airport now while the girlfriend is still blowing her hair furiously because the taxi will arrive in any minutes from now. we are leaving for a fun but chilly long vacation until early jan. so i doubt there will be any entry during this period but who know?! so just stay tune if u still love me :p

just in case i really couldn’t log in here wishing everyone:

A MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS (still in the mood ok) AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!!

ok i really must go now. bye!

be blessed, peeps!

December 9, 2010

my melbourne experience: arrival drama

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i know this is way overdue but i am determine to blog about my melbourne experience before the year end. in fact i am trying to blog all my backlog entries which i’ve fermented way too long in the draft folder. i saw mushrooms all over the folder already. fo’real.

i’ve always wanted to visit a place other than asian countries. and it is one of my errmm… things-to-do-before-getting-married or things-to-do-before-30 kinda list :p and why are you laughing?! T___T and as i was browsing through AA as usual whenever i have free time in between work i chanced upon their AA Go package and it was found to be worth it. a 6D4N (return flight + accomodation + tour) package RM2199 per person. i was thrilled!!!!!! but who’s gonna go with me?! cos i know everyone that’s crossed my mind wont be available. *sigh* BUT…. i remembered there’s one person who used to say ‘if u are going to melbourne, count me in.’ and guess what, of all the people in the world, this time my travel partner was my boss!!! haaa….. beat that!!

we picked the end of august. it was the end of winter ushering in spring. the weather was cold 10-16 degree celcius. we were grateful for the 1st three days the weather was wonderful. the sun was out. but the wind was harsh it chilled to the core of my bones. thank goodness i brought my thermal wear i wore them almost everyday :p

hmm… so here are the things you need to do/bring (just a humble tips);
1. passport! duh!!
2. apply your visa. you do that here in just few minutes.
3. your printed itinerary by AA (important! and fyi, this was the 1st time i went for vacation on a package tour so i was being cautious and organised :p)
4. your winter attires (jackets, socks, gloves, hat, boots, scarf, thermal wear)
5. lip balm (if u have a crappy chappy lips like me which cannot stand extreme weather)
6. cash. please do not do the convertion at the airport. they charge higher. do it at you nearest money changer. i converted mine at kl sentral.
7. bring universal charger. different country different power point.
8. extra bag to store your shopping
9. a book / psp (eight hours yo!)
10. camera with big memory card storage! :p

eh, tell me if you are sick of my checklists ok. sorry. i am long winded and like to reapeat myself sometimes :p

there were some last minute changes on our flight prior to our departure dates. but all went well after that. we reached melbourne around midnight. so we actually lost one day in the flight alone T____T (i did feel i a little bit like being cheated but wth we arrived safe and sound so no harm at all)

this is how it looked like during check in at LCCT…..

such a long queue during check in but only 2 counters open.... *shakes head*

i still managed to catch a glimpse of the sunset 🙂

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we arrived around midnight. oh i told you already :p while waiting for our luggages i took out labo and took some photos as that’s what a photographer do (wth) just to be called and warned by a sterned-school-principal-look-alike woman T_____T saying no camera was allowed at that area. ok. i just made a scene. fml. T_____T some of the tourists started to keep their cameras back into their pocket. ok. i just got caught because my camera appeared to be the biggest one T____T and there was indeed a sign of ‘no camera allowed’ there that i must have missed it.

and then the most unexpected event happened after we’ve got our luggages. jeng… jeng… jeng…. believe it or not we were being held for interrogation q&a session by the security personnels which we’ve no idea how and what prompt them to be so suspicious toward us. do i look like a drug pusher?! T____T we were asked for our passports and our itineraries (what for this one?). and then suddenly we were asked to walk on a different lane from the rest of the passengers. a red lines lane. while the rest walked on yellow lines lane. kns!! we felt like VIP and suspects at the same time T___T we were asked to open up our luggages. they rummaged every nook and cranny of anne’s luggage while me on the other hand was bombared with millions of irrelevant questions eg:
where are you from?
can you pls show us our passport?
*flip flip*
what were you doing in Brunei? (KNS!! why only ask about Brunei? why not Sg.? Thailand? Hong Kong? Indonesia? T____T alang2 betul!)
what do you do for a living?! ( i was so tempted to lie i am a student. kns!)
do you bring USD10K cash? (i’m a broke employee…..)
what is your purpose to melbourne? (to bomb your country, can?!)
where do you stay here?! (sheesh…. !! was so tempted to say kaki lima)
who bought your ticket?! (OMG!! is this relevant?! do i look so stupid that i dunno how to purchase flight ticket!? huarrggg!!!!)
how did you come to know about this tour package? (kns la!)
and this last question was epic…. wait. for. it.
why do you carry such a big camera?!! are you reporter or something?! (i almost fainted with this one!)

after 20 minutes of long winded q&a session with hundreds set of eyes curi2 glanced at us whenever they passed us we were finally released. and the stupidiest thing was we didnt even ask why we were being held for such drama of all the people who just arrived T_______T kns!!

just so u know actually we were not the only people who were asked to open up luggage. some of the passangers too. the only thing that set us apart from the rest was that we were in a different lane and we were asked millions of questions T______T

we reached our hotel and was thankful that it was right at the heart of the city. and apparently only the two of us took the package on that date. great!

our room 🙂

hmmm… nothing much to do when u reach a place at midnight in winter time. so the next best thing was to sleep…. zzZZZzz….

i shall blog about my next experience in a diff post. before that. just to show you one more picture. a sneak peek. kns!

our first breakie 🙂

stay tune for my next MME, k. answer la… i need motivation T.T

be blessed, peeps!!

April 18, 2009

Uniquely Singapore – II

*be warned: super long post with too many photos*

half of my 2nd day in singapore was spent in sentosa 🙂 being a real tourist and with a big camera u can bet that i snapped, snapped and snapped all the way…. and wayyyyyyyy too many photos till i had difficulty to choose which of them to post here T_T

so first thing first. breakfast!!

had breakfast at the observation deck restaurant on top of the hotel i stayed where diners can have 360 degree view of the city. coolness!!

it's like in the KL tower but with dining tables, foods and all. u have to wait at the lower level before u are called for ur table....

it's like in the KL tower but with dining tables, foods and all. u have to wait at the lower level before u are called for ur table....

view from the restaurant

view from the restaurant

there are few ways to go to sentosa. either by ur own car, taxi, bus, cable car or the monorail. but before that u have to go to the harbour front station (we opted for MRT to go there) then from there u can choose ur own package of ‘adventure’ at the island which includes ur return modes of transportation and the thing that u want to ‘play’ or see all in one single card. total cost of my package was SGD33.90 after 30% discount which valid til 31st March only. heheheee… i went at the right time for sentosa but the wrong time for shopping cos March wasnt the mega sales season T_T

we took MRT to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station then from there we hoped into a different train to Harbour Front station.

we took MRT to Dhoby Ghaut MRT station then from there we hoped into a different train to Harbour Front station.

btw, Dhoby Ghaut sounds like ‘dobi goat’. u know the sabun buku pencuci dobi? and kambing?

my ticket to the fun sentosa tour :-) my package was a 3 attractions + 1 adventure experience. but later i added extra one adventure :p

my ticket to the fun sentosa tour 🙂 my package was a 3 attractions + 1 adventure experience. but later i added extra one adventure :p

view from inside the monorail or Sentosa Express they called it while crossing the straits.

view from inside the monorail or Sentosa Express they called it while crossing the straits.

reading the map to familiarise with the location konon...

reading the map to familiarise with the location konon...

the arrogant Merlion!!

the arrogant Merlion!!

get ur ticket stamped and a lucky coin, watch the animation on the tale of the Merlion exsistence, go up to the Head and Mouth, feed the little Merlion with ur coin then claim ur mystery gift. all in 30 minutes!

get ur ticket stamped and a lucky coin, watch the animation on the tale of the Merlion exsistence, go up to the Head and Mouth, feed the little Merlion with ur coin then claim ur mystery gift. all in 30 minutes!

view from the Merlion's head overlooking the long park.

view from the Merlion's head overlooking the long park.

little merlions on display

little merlions on display

the park which i mentioned earlier but at ground level.... (forgot the name)

the park which i mentioned earlier but at ground level.... (forgot the name)

signboard so that u wont get lost...

signboard so that u wont get lost...

at some wishing trees... lot's of these kind of wishing tags on them...

at some wishing trees... lot's of these kind of wishing tags on them...

after the Merlion, the park, a light lunch and the wishing trees (i didnt wish for anything though cos i x believe trees can make them come true) we proceeded to the Images of Singapore. it’s a museum. before u start ur journey inside the museum u will be greeted by an awesome 3D presenter and four narrators whom u thought were posters until they start talking. kewl!!

can u see the ghost?! *spooky music on*

can u see the ghost?! *spooky music on*

haha... see.. when one was talking bout his roots and how he ended up in singapore, the other three would turn their heads to him and listen. i edited this this way so u can see the sequences. now thi pic look like a postal stamp!

haha... see.. when one was talking bout his root and how he ended up in singapore, the other three would turn their heads to him and listened. i edited this that way so u can see the sequence. now this pic look like a postal stamp!

then the journey began….

reminisce bout the lamp that we used to have in kampung

reminisce bout the lamp that we used to have in kampung

the great Sir Stanford Raffles... i wonder was he really look like tat...

the great Sir Stanford Raffles... i wonder was he really look like tat...

just to show some laa... cant show all of them here or else this post will never end by tomorrow.

just to show some laa... cant show all of them here or else this post will never end by tomorrow.

wat on earth was this 'man' doing in the toilet?? (but the toilet wasnt for use though) but still 'he' scared the living daylight out of me!! hisk!!

wat on earth was this 'man' doing in the toilet?? (but the toilet wasnt for use though) but still 'he' scared the living daylight out of me!! hisk!!

the fortune teller at the kaki lima

the fortune teller at the kaki lima

after almost an hour long inside the museum we headed to the next andventure…

didnt get to take photo inside the cinema so this would do. i went for the 4D Magix. So so lerr... i prefer the HK Disney version better where u could smell the aroma of the cakes :-) i'm a foodie person, remember?

didnt get to take photo inside the cinema so this would do. i went for the 4D Magix. So so lerr... i prefer the HK Disney version better where u could smell the aroma of the cakes 🙂 i'm a foodie person, remember?

yay!! the Tiger Sky Tower!!

yay!! the Tiger Sky Tower!!

yay!! 'i've made it' indeed!! after this sentence was 'to the top' :-)

yay!! 'i've made it' indeed!! after this sentence was 'to the top' 🙂

the under construction mega casino wor... photo taken from the skytower ride.

the under construction mega casino wor... photo taken from the skytower ride.

the Skyride; this wasnt in my initial package so i had to buy the ticket separately which cost me extra SGD8 T_T

the Skyride; wasnt in my initial package so i had to buy the ticket separately which cost me extra SGD8 T_T

reaching out...

reaching out...

this is wat u can see when u are down there but i skipped that one cos the show is only at night.

this is wat u can see when u are down there but i skipped that one cos the show is only at night.

walked around at beach. but i’ll spare that part for other time ya…. i’m half asleep by now if u’d like to know o.O

The Luge which i skipped too. i prefer the Skyride both ways :-)

The Luge which i skipped too. i prefer the Skyride both ways 🙂

the Cable Car ride back to Sentosa station

the Cable Car ride back to Sentosa station

and that cable car ride marked the end of my Sentosa tour. and it’s time to fill the stomach.

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we picked this stall cos most of the ppl there ordered from here oso :p

we picked this stall cos most of the ppl there ordered from here oso :p

i usually say no to stingray but this ikan pari bakar was so nice i tell u even the ah pek on the cup wanted some too :p

i usually say no to stingray but this ikan pari bakar was so nice i tell u even the ah pek on the cup wanted some too :p

and i saved the best for the last… one of my main agenda!! jeng… jeng… jeng….

colourful singapore skylines!

colourful singapore skylines!

and i could sleep with big big grin on my face that night. woohoOO!!! will post more of the skylines in another post.

now, lemme just go bed and sleep.

have a blessed day!!

April 15, 2009

Uniquely Singapore – I

so this was actually the more exciting part of my brief holidays last month. after a 2-days stopover in KL. I headed to the lion city. finally!!! and ppl were like “what? U’ve never been to Singapore while u were in the peninsula back then?” and i’ll went “ya la… so kesian right? The nearest i can get my arse geographically to that land was when i was in Johor couple of times then and i could only dart my eyes longingly at the Teberau Strait wishing i could swim over and meet the arrogant merlion” (crapping again!)

it was a super rush holiday too so i didn’t manage to go to many places that i’ve listed to visit =.=’ so much for my weeks of research and the impressive itinerary i planned! hiskh!! Didn’t get to go to the Night Safari, didn’t get to get up close and personal with the dolphins at the Waterworld, didn’t get to go for the DuckRide, and didn’t get to ride the Singapore Flyer!!! Huhuhuhu…. T_T but nvm those, i was contented enough though cos my main agenda was to meet the merlion and to shoot some of the infamous Singapore skyline.

So now let the photos do all the talking. I will TRY not to post photo of myself *emphasising the word TRY* there are sooooooooo many photos so i’ve to split them into two-days-photo-travel-log. so here’s day 1.

we reached at Terminal One (i think) then we wanted to find a bank. NOT an ATM and NOT a money changer. a real bank. so someone said there’s a bank at Terminal Two. But when we were there, we didn’t explore the whole terminal so we went to Terminal Three. Good thing is there’s this MRT linking all these terminals every 2 or 3 mins.

way to Terminal Three esp for SIA international flights

way to Terminal Three esp for SIA international flights

when reached Terminal Three i saw these kids…. haha… i think they were from some kindie that were doing some educational tour to the airport….. so cute….

some blurrrrrr faces waiting for instruction

some blurrrrrr faces waiting for instruction

lining up to get inside the MRT to their next visitting point i think

lining up to get inside the MRT to their next visitting point i think

Terminal Three is apparently far bigger and nicer than the other two. but sadly there’s no bank there too!! we asked the ppl there and again they said there’s one at Terminal Two. but i was too lazy to commute back there and the time was precious so we decided to just took off to the city from there.

some unique restaurant at the airport. they made it like those in 'wong fei hong' era style with this prison-like wall. this restaurant serve duck rice. someone wanna try it but i was still full so x jadi :p

some unique restaurant at the airport. they made it like those in 'wong fei hong' era style with this prison-like wall. this restaurant serve duck rice. someone wanna try it but i was still full so x jadi :p

'dian xiao er' direct translation 'kedai kecil no. dua' or 'shop little two' ...... hahahaha!!!!

'dian xiao er' direct translation 'kedai kecil no. dua' or 'shop little two' ...... hahahaha!!!!


*sorry am influenced with all the chinese singboards i saw from my fren, cell’s visit to macau-hk-china photos…. hahaha!!

some modern design cafe at one corner

some modern design cafe at one corner

view of one side of terminal 3

view of one side of terminal 3

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people along the orchard street!! crazily lots of human wan esp tourists.... and all very kiasu aihh...

people along the orchard street!! crazily lots of human wan esp tourists.... and all very kiasu aihh...

more humans across the street

more humans across the street

remember we were looking for bank?! so we finally found one near the place we stayed. took damn long inside the bank for the business. half day has gone just like that T_T…. so once everything was done we only managed to go to nearby shopping malls which unfortunately sells damn crazy siao super overrated high end branded stuffs!! huhuhuu…. T_T went around surveyed for lenses but all were more expensive than malaysia. how come??!! =.=”

three dark faceless gingerbread-like men outside the Paragon shopping mall.....

three dark faceless gingerbread-like men outside the Paragon shopping mall.....

bought a jeans legging from there 🙂 it’s kinda expensive for a legging =.=’ but i love love love the legging that i wanna wear it everyday!!!

some children dancing on the floor. they were actly trying to step on the colourful 'shadow' on the floor which moved around that square...

some children dancing on the floor. they were actly trying to step on the colourful 'shadow' on the floor which moved around that square...

by the time we stepped out from the buildings, it was already dark and the stomach started to growl T_T after refreshing ourselves i suggested to go to this place called CHIJMES that i’ve looked up from the STB online (my so-called itinerary). BAD IDEA!!! esp if u are with a true blue oriental food lover. we reached there but we didnt even step inside. we’ve wasted a taxi trip and walked away to get another cab. we had to asked the cab driver for recommendation for local chinese food and next thing we know we were in chinastreet =.=”

u i will know this is a china street if there are red lantern everywhere...

u i will know this is a china street if there are red lantern everywhere...

and this was one of the dishes we had…

some pig intestine..... hahaha!!!

some pig intestine..... hahaha!!!

so when the stomach is happy, u are happy too that u x mind walking all the way from chinastreet to clark quay…..

didnt get to ride on that double decker T_T sigh!!

didnt get to ride on that double decker T_T sigh!!

my shutterspeed attempt!! woot!! :-D look at the front part of the bike.... haha!! cool aei!!

my shutterspeed attempt!! woot!! 😀 look at the front part of the bike.... haha!! cool aei!!

some fancy advert on the wall

some fancy advert on the wall

and finally we reached clark quay safely… 🙂

i know it's kinda blurry but i just like the t-shirt :-)

i know it's kinda blurry but i just like the t-shirt 🙂

the reverse bungy jump.... not for the faint hearted like me :p

the reverse bungy jump.... not for the faint hearted like me :p

the colour changing river banks. it went yellow-red-blue-green-yellow.... (itu pun mau bagitau!)

the colour changing river banks. it went yellow-red-blue-green-yellow.... (itu pun mau bagitau!)

the other side of CQ

the other side of CQ

last but not least one random shot :p

saw these colourful folding chair belonged to a bar near CQ.... so cool it was by the pedestarian lane and u can just sit there chilling out and relax while watching ppl around...

saw these colourful folding chair belonged to a bar near CQ.... so cool it was by the pedestarian lane and u can just sit there chilling out and relax while watching ppl around...

end of entry…..

have a blessed day!!

p/s: before i forget, it’s my gf, vivian’s bday today…. so if u are reading this viv *waves frantically* “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!” see u tomorrow for lunch….

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