Jan 16 2014

2014 Xmas in Taipei

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We spent a cold and wet Xmas in Taipei, the family and aunt.  We even had a 2 nights stay in a local Buddhist temple, in a quite town called Zhongli. Refreshing!

First stop was Hong Kong though, where we had some very mouth watering local cuisines.

Hong Kong and Taipei

 


Jun 10 2012

Penang 2011

Kelvin

Penang 2011 – Rest and Relax

Another getaway – this time to Penang.  Jiyun’s first time and Kelvin hasn’t been there in a while.

We stayed at G Hotel at Gurney drive, a good hotel in a great location.  Gurney drive hawker just round the corner, which has its fair share of tourists and good food.  However, we were told to actually go to the different eating places scattered around town if we want the best foods that Penang offers – Gurney only offers a preview of the good food in Penang.


Jan 2 2011

Macau 2010 December 2

Kelvin

Continued… Day 3

And of course, we rewarded ourselves with some great Portuguese food and wine.  Found this restaurant tucked away at the corner, somewhere between the Senado square and the ruins of St Paul’s – watch out for those alleys and signs!

Portuguese restaurant – Restaurante Platao, affordable with a nice al-fresco dining corner

Jiyun had fish

Kelvin had spicy chicken

And we had wine. Porto and other wines were cheap too.

Old house

Another look at the ruins of st paul’s, in the daytime.  At last, we rreached our destination.  A good trek it was!

Another look

Close up 1

Close up 2

From the top of the ruins. You could clim up to the windows of the remaining facade, but that’s about it.

 

Us and the city below

Night falls…… and batteries go flat.  The dying shot from our Sony backup camera.  Nikon, our usual trusted camera, had died on us after just the first day. 

Day 4

Bungy jumping from macau tower!!??

Luckily, Jiyun’s handphone camera was more than good enough to handle a bright day shot, our last of Macau.

On the way home….

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Jan 2 2011

Macau 2010 December

Kelvin

Macau 4 days 3 nights

Macau was a last minute decision (as usual).  We had wanted to go somewhere, anywhere. But our choices were running out, as this was the festive season and time was running out. And when Jiyun stumbled upon some air tickets to Macau, we thought we’d take the plunge.

It’s the start of winter in Macau – and how different the climate is from Singapore, just a 3.5 hours place ride away.  Temperatures were at a cool 10-20 deg at the end of December.

Day 1

In front of Macau Grand Lisboa, one of the main “faces” of Macau

At Senado Square, one of the many “world heritage” sites in Macau.  This would be a must go place for tourist, for the food, pictures and cheap shopping. 

Macau has many places for dumplings and noodles.  We (I) also tried the roasted goose meat, which is really like duck meat.  Very nice nevertheless!

Night view – Looks rather sleazy but really the gimmicks and neon lights spices the night life here and makes it interesting for young and old alike.  Great for night shots.

Thank you, kind photographer who helped to take our rare shot together, but this one’s blurry as well…. Sigh, what can I say.

We went back to Senado at night, and were greeted by gleaming Christmas lights gracing the old Portuguese enclave.

The ruins of St. Paul’s.  The face of Macau.  If there’s only one place you have time for in Macau, you should be here (besides the casinos). Though, it’s really the ruins of the church and former school, where only the frontal facade remains. You could go go up to the windows and to the back to see parts of the foundation etc though.  Packed with people all the time.

Somewhere between the Senado Sq and Ruins of St Paul’s.  There’s always good photo op along the way.

Day 2

Inside the Venetian hotel. 

Being a casino city, Macau is the playground for the rich. It is the place to be if you like to be surrounded by high-end boutique shops – you name the brand, they’ll have it. In a day or two, we are so de-sensitised to the expensive sounding brands and high prices that they don’t seem especially out of the ordinary any more – they actually seem much more accessible than they really are, a clever unintentional strategy if you ask me.

By the way, if you ever ran out of money gambling or buying branded stuff, you could still give yourself a nice Macau/Korean/Portuguese/Japanese/Singaporean food at their food court in the Venetian. 

  Outside Venetian – we thought the beauty of it all lies on the outside.  Maybe apart from the canal inside. 

Somewhere near the musuem of taipa.  So apart from the main city area of Macau, the Taipa area is another strip of the island with attractions to offer, such as more Portuguese colonial buildings and streets, and not the least hotels like Venetian, Hyatt, Hard Rock, etc.  

Day 3

Day 3 was basically reserved for touring the historical sights in Macau.  Strongly recommended for those who don’t really fancy the smoke filled casino rooms or stone-cold granite boutique shops.  The trail would require you to make your way to the A-Ma temple, another Macau world heritage site. We took the route that offered us most of the sites, from A-Ma temple to up north, back to the ruins of St Pauls, a good 3-4 km of Portuguese architecture and Macau everyday life.

 A-Ma temple

Magic

A rest stop

Reflections

Church. One of the last stops of our history trail.  (Continue to Next…)

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Jul 26 2010

Korea 2010

Kelvin

Back to Korea – This time we took road trip to the shooting set of several famous Korean movies and drama – Shuri, JSA, Cinderella’s Stepsister, etc.  Took another trip with friends to a ski resort. Also featured – more great Korean delicacies, and Korea Vs Argentina!

Friends with Kids

Watching Korea during World Cup

 

Joining the rest in Olympic Park, Seoul

Paying respects

Spending time with the kids

Alex & Brad

Glorious calbi

Joanne at DMZ??

 

We were actually at the giant shooting set of famous movies such as JSA.

 

More sets – traditional Korean houses

Jiyun and Seoul Aunt

At the millennium tree – this tree has lived for a thousand years?

At the botanical gardens

Up close – at the sheet farm

Joanne with Jung Suk and Jeong Ja

On top of the mountain with windmills

 


Jul 4 2010

Hong Kong One Day Trip

Joanne

한국 가는 길에 홍콩에 잠시 들렀다.  항상 홍콩 공항에서 창 밖만 바라보다 이번엔 하루 관광이라도 해보고 싶어 체류 시간 18시간의 짧은 여행을 시작했다.


Dec 12 2009

Phuket Dec 2009

Kelvin

Phuket Trip with Ivan and Suz

What more could you ask for in a road trip – fantastic company, great accomodation, tasty food and a view to kill for.