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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei July 27th 2005

Day 3 (27 July 2005) The MRT train from our hostel to Beitou took about 30 minutes. We met a fellow Singaporean on our way to the Hotspring Museum as we took the same flight with him two days ago. He was coming to Beitou to experience the outdoor hotsprings under the scorching 35 degrees summer heat. We didn't have the chance as they were closed for maintenance. What luck! After a quick lunch, we took bus 260 to bring us to Yangmingshan National Park at the outskirts. Armed with a pair of scandals I bought at Giant, we decided to hike our way to Cising Park. I had forgotten how long we took but I guessed it was really tough as the steps seemed endless. That evening, we finally made our way to Ximenting. (The ... read more
YMS National Park
The Never ending steps to Cising Park

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei July 26th 2005

Day 2 (26 July 2005) The sun rose early in summer in Taipei. But we couldn't care less. It was close to 8am as we woke up. After a quick breakfast, we headed straight to the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall to pay respect to Taiwan's one-time dictator. Completed in 1980, it took us 89 steps to reach the Main Hall where an hourly change of guards was taking place. Our next destination was Taipei Main Station where we roamed around the Taipei Underground Mall . Lunch was at Mitsukoshi Departmental Store where we were greeted by the ladies manning the elevators to B1. We roamed around the neighbourhood before crossing the road to the 228 Peace Park and the National Taiwan Museum. The scorching heat took a toll on me and I caught some sleep ... read more
National Taiwan Museum
Taipei 101
Sinyi District, Taipei

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei July 25th 2005

Day 1 (25 July 2005) "Only 1 bed for 2 of us!" Our flight left Singapore Changi International Aiport on the afternoon of 25 July 2005. Amidst the turbulence, we landed safely in Chiang Kai Shek International Airport in Taipei 4.5 hours later. The airport bus took slightly more than an hour before we reached Taipei city. With little difficulty, we managed to board the evening crowded MRT train (Jie Yun) which would bring us to our hostel in Yung Ho District. It was 7pm when we managed to check into our accomodation @ url= Amigo Hostel. This was going to be our home for the next 3 days in Taipei. There was only 1 super single bed. Roys look at me and we smile. We decided to head to the Miramar Ferris Wheel in Taipei ... read more
Miramar Ferris Wheel
Amigo Hostel

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Ban Kat July 13th 2005

Day 4 - Day 8 (13th - 17 July 2005) For the next five days, the sun rose early. After a hearty breakfast, Uncle Sam continued to explain the significance of building the dams. He wanted to make sure that everybody in the team understood and believed in it before proceeding to issue the equipment for the expedition. After a brief photo taking, the group of us together with the local villagers set off to our “Destination”. We didn’t take notice how long it took until D took out the timer and showed it to us. “49 minutes and 17 seconds for us to trek and reach the worksite!” Of course, returning back to the village after work took much longer than that. So 2 hrs were spent everyday traveling from the village to the ... read more
Uncle Sam preparing lunch
Trekking to worksite
Rice fields

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 12th 2005

Day 3 (12th July 2005) We said goodbye to Chiang Mai early morning. Armed with all the provisions we had brought and bought, our group of 16 embarked on a 2 hrs “Road Trip” (bumpy ride) up the mountains to Mae Wang, Karen Village. 4 of us were old-timers from the previous expedition ½ a year back. I was privileged to be given another opportunity to serve the local opportunity through this check-dam project. Of course, as the days wore off, we were expecting lots of unexpected. These somehow helped to add variety to this expedition on top of the numerous gossiping & debriefing at night + the stray dogs that barked for no reason at 2am that sends a chill down your spine. It was evening when we finally reached the village as we ... read more
The house that we lived
The Village Church
Bamboo Garden

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai July 11th 2005

Day 2 (11th July 2005) If there were perks for the 6 of us who arrived earlier than the rest, this was it. After all the materials needed for the expedition were gathered the night before, we had all the time in the day to roam around the city while waiting for the rest to join us in the evening. 5 of us set our sights to Chiang Mai Zoo, home to the 2 pandas from China, Chuan Chuan and Lin Hui and of course a host of other animals in this beautiful place. The entry fee was a fraction of what I need to pay back home but was nonetheless interesting. Few visitors were in the park as it was a weekday and we took our time to visit the various animals in captivity. ... read more
Panda Mascot
Handsome giraffe
I'm not the Big Bird from Sesame Street ok.

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Hong Son July 10th 2005

Day 1 (10th July 2005) If there was something for me to acclaim about during my 4 years in University, it has to be my minor contribution in 2 overseas community service projects in Thailand. I am privileged to be given the opportunity to serve the community twice in Dec 2004 and the more recent Project Rakchuay aka Love Help in July 2005 . 16 of us were into this expedition - 5 guys and 11 gals to make some improvements for the drainage systems for the Karen Hill Tribe in Mae Wang, Chiang Mai. Preparation for the expedition started early in March 2005 to raise funds for the project involving the sale of T-shirts, newspaper collecting at AMK and car washing at Bedok Central. Months of preparation brought us to the afternoon of 10th July ... read more
Tiger Airways
Chiang Mai mainstreets
Wat Chiang Mai

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 26th 2005

Hotel Puri and Beyond, Serenity in the heart of beautiful Melaka "Selamat Datang! Welcome to the award-winning Hotel Puri in the heart of Historic Melaka! Finally, we got a chance to stay in this beautifully-restored hotel. I had to admit that this was one of the best hotel stays I had with lots of charm and character. Forget about the 4 or 5 stars hotel in the vicinity. If there was one place that you should stay while in Melaka, Hotel Puri was it. Of course, for the budget conscious, the neighboring Baba House made an excellent alternative with rates 50% of what we were paying at Puri. Both hotels are situated along the historic Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Lao Jie - Old Street), next the Baba and Nyona Museum - also another gem ... read more
Hotel Puri
Cendol Tour
Baba & Nyona Museum

Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City March 24th 2005

Our coach bus departed from Lavender Bus Station at 8am on our way to Melaka, an idyllic town about 4 hours journey from Singapore. Clare, Chucky and I had decided to spend our 3D2N long weekend in the historical town. It was our second trip into the sleepy state so we were kind of expecting what she had to offer. Nevertheless, the small historic town had proven itself to be attractive to inject a few suprises each time we visited. I love to stay at one of the many boutique hotels along Jonkers Street to “smell” the history of the place in a peaceful setting. This was lacking in the urbanized republic that we came from. We were greeted by the brand new Melaka Sentral Bus Terminal at the northern suburbs as the bus pull over ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth July 26th 2004

Perth, Western Australia 26th July 2004 - 5th August 2004 My first encounter in a western country occurred some 5 years back. S and I had just completed our Year 2 in the University and decided it was time to reward ourselves with a trip to Australia. I still remembered vividly that in order to cut costs, we took a Malaysia Airline flight to Kuala Lumpur before flying south to Perth. At $692, the price of the air ticket was not cheap in today’s standards considering that Tiger Airways and Jetstar are now offering direct flights to the same destination @ rock bottom prices. However, in those days when the Sin-Perth route were dominated by Qantas and Singapore Airlines, $692 was already a bargain. The advent of budget carriers had certainly made traveling much more affordable ... read more

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