Friday, July 25, 2014

Wander around in Huizhou Day 2

29/6/2014

Woke up late and just got 30 more minutes for breakfast. The breakfast was way better than what we expected. I especially like the pancake and those pastries.



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wander around in Huizhou Day 1

28/6/2014

Too much workload for me in busy June and really needed a break. Bought a voucher from Travelzoo for Crowne Plaza package with breakfast and buffet dinner included for 2 (HK$999 only), and most importantly, we were upgraded to Superior Suite, which cost around HK$1,300. Had a feeling that got more then we paid already!


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Public holidays 2015

Finally comes the public holiday in 2015. Not much useful for planning the next destination for me and my boyfriend though... But hope can have some plannings with my family and friends.

General Holidays

The following list of general holidays for 2015 is gazetted for public information:
Every SundaySunday
The first day of January1 JanuaryThursday
Lunar New Year’s Day19 FebruaryThursday
The second day of Lunar New Year20 FebruaryFriday
The third day of Lunar New Year21 FebruarySaturday
Good Friday3 AprilFriday
The day following Good Friday4 AprilSaturday
The day following Ching Ming Festival6 AprilMonday
The day following Easter Monday7 AprilTuesday
Labour Day1 MayFriday
The Birthday of the Buddha25 MayMonday
Tuen Ng Festival20 JuneSaturday
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day1 JulyWednesday
The day following the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival28 SeptemberMonday
National Day1 OctoberThursday
Chung Yeung Festival21 OctoberWednesday
Christmas Day25 DecemberFriday
The first weekday after Christmas Day26 DecemberSaturday

Monday, April 21, 2014

26 Fictional Places You Wish You Could Live

26 Fictional Places You Wish You Could Live

If I have a choice, I would really love to live in South Park to meet Stan Marsh and Eric Cartman, and Quahog to meet Stewie and Brian! 

1. King’s Landing, Game of Thrones



Friday, April 18, 2014

Beautiful Taichung Day 5

27/7/2013


Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @Hae Duenn Motel
Flea market @金谷市場
Souvenirs @太陽堂總店
Car-plus
Airport

Came to the last day of our Taichung trip. Finished the light breakfast provided by the motel. Just simple toasts with a few cartons of drinks. Quite average.





Saturday, March 22, 2014

Beautiful Taichung Day 4

26/7/2013

Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @Yunwu Villag
Checheng
Sun Moon Lake
Jiji Green Tunnel
Lunch @Laoding
Jiji Town
Hae Duenn Motel
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi
Dinner @Fengjia Night Market

Here comes the fourth day of our Taichung trip. Had a simple breakfast in Yunwu Villag again and we were gonna head back to the city centre again today.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

Beautiful Taichung Day 3

25/7/2013

Itinerary of today:
Yunwu Villag
Green Green Grasslands
Old England
Visitors Centre
Dinner @陶易燒 
香草舖子 
Carton's King

Planned to go to the Green Green Grasslands early in the morning, watching the 9:30a.m. sheep shearing show and left some more time sightseeing. It was utterly out of our plan as we gotta take turn using the bathroom in the morning and it took quite a long time. So we decided to slowly enjoy our breakfast in the hotel instead. Breakfast in Yunwu Villag was obviously not my cup of tea... (as if I was having breakfast in a village in China... everything was cold and sometimes flies were surrounding the food corner...) It was kinda stomach turning...

Anyway, the beds in our room were comfy, The view from there was breathtaking. All these overrode the bad perception brought by the breakfast. And still, we had a great mood heading to Green Green Grasslands and pet the sheep, in which I had been looking forward to in the entire trip.



Sunday, March 02, 2014

Beautiful Taichung Day 2

24/7/2013

Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @Sasha Motel
Suspension bridge 雙十吊橋
Temple of Chen-fu General 陳府將軍廟 
Puli
Lunch @東池飯包
Paper Dome 埔里紙教堂
King Garden 元首館
Cingjing
Yunwu Villag
Dinner @Carton King 紙箱王
Small Swiss Garden
Visitor Centre

It was quite interesting having breakfast in a motel. The staff would arrange it by asking the time for the breakfast. Then, they would simply drop it on the tray outside your room. So we just needa take it inside and have it in our room. Maybe they wanna leave some space for one more room instead of having a canteen.


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Beautiful Taichung Day 1

23/7/2013

It was my first time travelling with my dear's family. As the old saying goes, it's easy to socialize but much harder to live together, I got kinda nervous about getting along with his parents for a few days. (Even though they seem to like me very much) I was feeling lucky to turn out everything fine during the trip.

Flight schedule: (HKD2099/ person)
1215- 1355 KA490 (Hong Kong to Taichung)
1450- 1620 KA491 (Taichung to Hong Kong)

Itinerary of today:
Car rental @Car-plus
Lunch @street market
Tea @Miyahara
Taichung Station
Sasha Motel
Tiger City
Dinner @motel

We arrived at the airport 2 hours in advance as usual. I kept reminding myself with DBS AE credit card, I could get a complimentary copy of a magazine/ newspaper from Page One for free as I always forget to do so! Immediately got my favourite travel magazine after I checked all my baggage at the counter. 


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 17 + 18 (Paris)

25/8/2013- 26/8/2013


Flight details 
1530 EK381 Paris to Dubai
0320 EK139 Dubai to Hong Kong

Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @apartment
Place de la Bastille
Marche Bastille
Roissy bus @Opera
Paris
Dubai
Hong Kong

Did some online reserch and found that Marche Bastille opens on Thursday & Sunday only from 7a.m. to 2:30p.m. Even we slept at around 1a.m. after a serious wash up, (really hard to remove all those make-up and hair spray...) we still insisted to wake up early for Marche Bastille.

Planned to have breakfast in Marche Bastille, but seeing those leftover in our fridge, we made up our mind to cook them all instead. It was a rainy and chilly morning. We decided to walk all the way to Bastille from our apartment (20 minutes walk) but we found that we had made a wrong decision. Even we could take a look at all those interesting shops on the way, we couldn't stand with the cold weather. (I didn't even wear my jacket! Stupid me!) We saw a Starbucks and immediately got inside and bought a pastry and a cup of hot Mocha. (EUR6.5) Then we got pretty much warmer and continued with our long journey.


Saturday, February 08, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 16 (Paris)

24/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
Brunch @apartment
All day photo shooting

Here comes the most crucial moment of our trip- our big project. After finishing our home-made brunch, we still got some time for packing and writing postcards.


Hong Kong 1 day trip - Shing Mun Country Park

8/2/2014

Had great fun hiking with my friends at weekend. We tried the Shing Mun Country Park, which is one of the most famous monkeys mountaina in Hong Kong.

From Tsuen Wan MTR Station, Exit C, we took 15 minutes walk to Shui Wo Street taking minibus 82 and alighted at its terminal below Shing Mun Reservoir. The Pineapple Dam was just right there. It is a smaller dam of the Shing Mun Reservoir, noticeable by its country park sign that looks like an ancient city gate. Its name comes from the pineapples that many Hakka villagers grew here when they settled in the area. 



Saturday, February 01, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 15 (Paris)

23/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @apartment
Sacre- Coeur Montmartre
St- Pierre de Montmartre 
Les jetaime 
Place des Abbesses 
Le Moulin Rouge  
Tea @Café des 2 Moulins 
Supermarket Franprix  
Dinner @apartment 

It was the most relaxing day of our trip as we were gonna have our pre-wedding photo shoot the next day. Didn't want to get too tired before that. Slept in and slowly we made our own breakfast and sandwiches to eat on the go. 
We took the metro to Chateau Rouge (2 tickets) and made our way to Sacre- Coeur. It was a bit far though, but still there were quite a lot to see on the way. Have heard stories of pick-pocketing and everyone reminded me to mind the gypsies and the blacks. We really saw lots of those from the metro station and we started to get panic. Maybe it's a bit weird with Chinese people like us heading there on our own, many of them seemed to have curiosities from their eyes. We broke into a trot and rushed all the way until we thought we were safe. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hong Kong 1 day trip - Discovery Bay

28/1/2013

Wanna go to Discovery Bay for long but had no excuse to visit there as it was quite far away. It came to my boyfriend's last single birthday in January. With me having a half day work, I decided to just having a nice dinner there by the seaside, where we could watch the fireworks of Disneyland from there together.

There are 2 ways to get to Discovery Bay, either by bus or ferry as taxi and cars are not allowed to get into the area. Finally, we chose taking bus from Sunny Bay to Discovery Bay. (HKD10/ person) The bus terminal is just right next to the Sunny Bay train station.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 14 (Paris)

22/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
Breakfast @apartment
Notre- Dame 
Lunch @Glace de la Mansion
Sainte- Chapelle  
Conciergerie 
Musee du Louvre 
Arc De Triomphe du Carrousel 
Jardin des Tuileries 
Place de la Concorde 
Galeries Lafayette 
Dinner @Poissons Coquillages et Crustaces
Centre Pompidou 
Supper @apartment

Cooked our own breakfast in the morning to save some money for a nice dinner. Actually I remembered we packed some sandwiches as well so that we could have them on the go.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 13 (Paris)

21/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
breakfast @train
Chateau de Versailles 
Port Alexandre III 
Musee de l'Armee Invalides 
Rue Cler  
picnic @Champ- de- Mars 
Eiffel Tower 
Arc de Triomphe 
Avenue des Champs- Elysees
dinner @apartment

Woke up at 8a.m. and we were not able to cook our own breakfast. Gotta take a long trip to Chateau de Versailles, so just bought a sandwich and a big cup of yogurt (EUR12) and had them on the train. 

From Rambuteau, we needa take the metro to Gare Saint- Lazare then changed train to Versailles- Rive Droite. (EUR4.1) From there we got the direction from staff in the train station. They got a handy map for us and told us it was like 20 minutes walk away. It wasn't a heck to us even we got the wrong way and finally reached there in more than half an hour. The quite street with trees along the way and nice sunshine did't bother us too much.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 12 (Paris)

20/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
Paris
Apartment @ Rambuteau
Musee des Arts et Metiers
Lunch @Caffé Soprano
Archives Nationales
Hotel de Ville
Notre Dame de Paris
Pont de L’Archeveche
Aux Grands Hommes la Patrie Reconnaissante
Afternoon tea @Soufflot Cafe
Dessert @Amorino
Jardin du Luxembourg
Dinner @Léon de Bruxelles

Taking night train from Munich to Paris was a kinda good experience despite what happened to us. We saved the cost booking accommodation for a night and at the same time, saved the time on transport. We had quite a good sleep though the train went jiggly. (Maybe we were way too tired) At around 8am, there was an announcement waking us up for breakfast and wash up. But as I mentioned, sharing a washroom with a whole lot of people was a nightmare, so we had our breakfast first before we could get a chance to do wash up.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The World’s Longest Place Names

Just remembered how hard I could remember the name of the places while travelling, especially for those I couldn't even pronounce them. Then came across this interesting article:
The World’s Longest Place Names
Ranked From Long To Very Very Long Indeed

กรุงเทพมหานคร อมรรัตนโกสินทร์ มหินทรายุธยา มหาดิลกภพ นพรัตนราชธานีบูรีรมย์ อุดมราชนิเวศน์มหาสถาน อมรพิมานอวตารสถิต สักกะทัตติยวิษณุกรรมประสิทธิ์
Thailand’s capital Bangkok boasts the rather unwieldy official ceremonial name Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. Long, but lots of words right? Here are the longest single word place names.


Saturday, January 04, 2014

Europe pre-wedding trip Day 11 (Munich)

19/8/2013

Itinerary of today:
Rimowa
Lunch @Paulanla Im Tal
Karlsplatz
Tea @ Copa
Viktualien Markt 
Dinner @ Augustiner am dom
Night train to Paris

Here's our last day in Munich. Didn't think of much to do as most of the shops were not opened due some some reasons. (that were still unknown) 

Went to Rimowa with my friends again. Finally they got their lovely baby suitcase back home. See how happy they were! They took heaps of photos with it as if they met a super star... crazy!