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Asia » Malaysia » Johor April 20th 2013

Saturday, 20th April to Sunday, 21st April 2013 Everyone seemed so friendly and yes, without the stresses of daily lives written all over their faces.... We had been discussing to pay a visit to JW's hometown for quite sometime now. After much thoughts, this was decided on the weekend of 20th April before one of us finally call it quits. JW was born in the township of Kluang, about 2 hours' drive from Singapore. Even though this was going to be my second visit to Kluang, I was actually looking forward to it especially through the eyes of a knowledgeable local. By 4.45am on Saturday morning, I was already up and about in order to be on time for our 7.30am bus departing from Boon Lay Shopping Centre. It was closed to 9.30am when the three ... read more
Extreme Boutique Hotel
Zenxin Organic Farm
Gunung Lambak

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 30th 2013

Saturday, 30th March 2013 to Sunday, 31st March 2013 Another round of dim sum affair greeted us at Jade Garden this morning. Located within Taikoo Hui Mall, the decor of Jade Garden followed a modern-fusion theme. It was weird that western teapots and cutlery could co-exist together with Chinese chopsticks and spoons. The attractive dim sum menu was colourful and the pictures were certainly useful for non-Chinese speakers. Food was ok at Jade even though our votes would certainly go to Guangzhou Restaurant anytime. After breakfast, it was time for some grocery shopping at Jusco Tianhe branch before heading back to our apartment. When it was time for us to say goodbye to Ascott at 1pm, we parked our luggages at the reception before continuing with the rest of our itinerary. Depsite the heavy rains in ... read more
The Guangdong Revolutionary Museum
Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall obscured by the rains
Unique dinner

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 29th 2013

Friday, 29th March 2013 Happy Easter Friday We continued to make inroads into our Guangzhou trip this morning. First up was a fantastic dim sum breakfast at Guangzhou Restaurant, about 10 minutes walk from our apartment. While the prices did not come in cheap, the three of us agreed that this was money well-spent for the freshly made dim sum in a traditional setting. Our journey continued to the riverfront along Pearl River where the massive Canton Tower was located. Easily one of the highlights of our trip, we were impressed by the architectural feat of this modern, mega structure as well as the tastefully decorated promenade that was virtually crowds free. Tip: To capture the best view of Canton Tower, take the APM Line to Opera House station. Also within a short walk from the ... read more
Shishi Sacred Heart Catholic Cathedral
The Garden Hotel with its revolving restaurant at the top

Asia » China » Guangdong » Foshan March 28th 2013

Thursday, 28th March 2013 I was awakened by the sound of rain this morning as we welcomed the first rays of daylight over Guangzhou city. From the 22nd floor of our apartment, the views of Tianhe District were clearly represented. The morning started with our breakfast encounter in url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g298555-d1026981-r156144254-Ascott_Guangzhou-Guangzhou_Guangdong.htmlAscott. It was filling even though there were certainly better selections around. Armed with a metro map, we ventured straight to the city of Foshan to pay a tribute to Ip Man and Huang Fei-hung, two of the finest pugilists who lived in recent times. With the opening of the Guangfo Line, getting to our destination was a breeze. From the MRT station, the Zumiao Temple was another 5 minutes walk. For us, we were lucky in that the rain managed to pause... read more
Shamian Museum
Beijing Road Pedestrian Street

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou March 27th 2013

Wednesday, 27th March 2013 It was 7 years back since I last travelled with C and S, two of my greatest buddies from NUS. I remembered back then, the few of us travelled to HK & Macau as part of our graduation trip for 10 days. Actually, we did attempt to organise a trip to Bali a couple of years later but it had to be cancelled due to some security concerns. So there we were 7 years down the road. By this time, as working adults in our 30s, C and S had settled down happily. I was quite thankful that their better halves had given us their blessings for us to go away during the Easter long weekend. Our Guangzhou trip was decided quite smoothly during one of our recent meet-ups. Before we knew ... read more
Welcome to Guangzhou

Asia » Malaysia » Johor » Johor Bahru March 2nd 2013

Saturday, 2nd March 2013 Determined to start our day early, I linked up with SJ at 10am in the morning before heading into Johor Bahru. My visits to this southern gateway of Malaysia had became relatively frequent over the past year. During the lull periods when I'm not travelling, we would slot in some visits over the weekend for our usual haunts. For this weekend, we decided to head to Jalan Tan Hiok Nee where the Chinese Heritage Museum was situated. Located within the historical core, it took about fifteen minutes of footwork from where we started at JB City Square. The museum is housed within a restored four-storey shophouse. Admission to this place was recently revised to RM5. But the interesting exhibits that traced the origins of Chinese culture in Johor Bahru made our ringgits ... read more
Read: Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum
Shared Memories
Quirky cafe names

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island January 27th 2013

Sunday, 27th January 2013 My 11.05am Jetstar 3K692 flight departing from HKIA left me with no time for any more sightseeing this morning. After a quick breakfast, I made my way straight to the NorthPoint Bus Terminal to catch the shuttle bus to the airport. There was still time for some last minute souvenir shopping at the airport after checking in my baggages though. With that, I wrapped up my travel episode of Okinawa and Hong Kong for January 2013. Two countries, seven museums and nine days on, I was glad that I didn't have to deviate much from my initial travel plans during the course of my journey. And as a kind gesture from Jetstar Asia, I was happy to be given a complimentary seat upgrade to the first row emergency seats on my return ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Stanley January 26th 2013

Day 8: Saturday, 26th January 2013 HK Correctional Services Museum >> City Gallery >> Tram Ride (Central to Shau Kei Wan) >> Museum of Coastal Defence >> City Plaza (Tai Koo MTR Station) This was a day devoted to worshipping the museums within Hong Kong Island. After a forgettable breakfast encounter from Ibis, I took the MTR Train straight to Central where the Exchange Square Bus Terminal was located. I boarded the bus service bounded for Stanley Prison where I alighted some 40 minutes later. As the bus made its way through Repulse Bay, I noticed that the cool morning weather did not deter joggers and swimmers from making a beeline to the beautiful beach. 9.20am - I reached the doorsteps of the HK Correctional Services Museum but the doors would only open at 10 in ... read more
Lunch at Maxim's
Hong Kong Tramways
Museum of Coastal Defence, Shau Kei Wan

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island January 25th 2013

Friday, 25th January 2013 There were still a couple of hours for me to spare in the morning in Okinawa before my 3pm flight to Hong Kong. I decided to head to Kencho-Mae station where the Palette Kumoji shopping mall was located. This was home to the Naha City Museum of History and the upmarket Ryubo Departmental Store. Among the shops worth a look were the Japanese lifestyle stores Muji & Francfranc. For lunch, I went back to my favourite Ramen store at Oroku and ordered gyozas that went really well with my delicious Ramen. This was certainly a nice meal to end my trip to Okinawa. All great things came to an end in the afternoon as I baded farewell to Japan for my flight bounded to Hong Kong. As usual, I was thankful to ... read more
Hello Hong Kong

Asia » Japan » Okinawa » Naha January 24th 2013

Thursday, 24th January 2013 I decided to devote my final day in Okinawa within the confines of Naha City since I had covered the main places of interests that I've allowed for in my travel plans over the past few days. Starting from my hotel in the morning, I took a walk towards the direction of Naha Bus Station passing by the massive Prefectural Government Building. From there, the Kokusaidori Street was another 5 minutes walk. The Kokusai Street was lined with colourful souvenir shops on both sides and there was even one with a replicate facade of the Shuri Castle. Along the same street sits the Mitsukoshi Departmental store as well as the OPA Mall with a branch of Tower Records. There were numerous steak houses along the street as well as a huge store ... read more
Calbee House, Naha
Many of the supermarkets operate 24 hrs these days
Colorful souvenir stores




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