Sunday, 5 November 2017

Hong Kong 22-26 Jan 2016

"I want to eat HK style breakfast."

Dear dear 一句话, 我们就订机票去香港。 One of our most spontaneous trips ever!

Since we have been to HK a few times already, there wasn't really new places that we want to go. Honestly, besides the food and night markets, ok maybe the toys also, nothing much for us liao hahaha. 

We did explore one new place though: PMQ 元創方. This a new arty farty place in the refurbished Police Living Quaters for young designers to showcase their stuff.


We went to Bo Innovation for lunch. Lunch is pretty worth it to experience this three-Michelin starred restaurant.

And we also went to Disneyland, again. hahah.



2016 was a fruitful year in traveling. We went to HK, Bangkok, Japan, and Europe. Very blessed with having the time and money to just go crazy to visit the places we want. Take leave from work until a little bit paiseh haha. We booked all these trips early on in the year because we knew where we wanted to go and for some places, like HK and BKK, we just booked because there was an air ticket sale. Wahaha.

We starred 2017 with a trip to Taiwan and Okinawa (coming up soon)! And we squeezed in a Bkk trip after that, but otherwise travelling in 2017 was scaled back because we were focused on settling our doggie in the house!

Europe Honeymoon- 27 Aug to 12 Sept

And now we are finally at our honeymoon! Talk about delayed gratification. We waited for 8 months before we embark on our official honeymoon because we wanted to watch the BPL!

Our trip details:
Best Western Cromwell Hotel:  $921.64 for 4 nights
Airbnb in Paris: $589 for 4 nights
Urban Sea Hotel Atocha 113 in Madrid: $551.88 for 4 nights

London

Our first stop was London! We took Qatar because we got it at good price but the service not very good leh. Qatar wasn't as good as we thought since many were praising how much superior it was to SQ. We still prefer SQ and our SQ girls! 

Dear has been to London multiple times but it is his first time here with me and also first time watching Chelsea live in the BPL. So it was something for him to look forward to. But sadly, we really dun seem to have much luck when we try to watch Chelsea live- always not a good performance one. :(

This time, we caught them in a bad season, on a bad day. So not so fun to watch, sigh.

To be honest, London was pretty boring. The highlight for me was the day trip to Stonehenge and Bath. At least got to see something. And, the tour operator that I found ended its trip right at the door step of our hotel! How awesome! #cheapthrill


Paris

A lot of people said that Paris is actually a dark and smelly city. Yes, at times But we liked the city. There is a certain vibe about it that made people feel special in the city. I think the fact that we had access to yummy macaroons helped too haha.

And we love the other French food too- foie gras (we had a big foie gras meal!) and everything was so good. The French are excellent with sauces that pair very well with the food.

I enjoyed going to the Versailles Palace and I wished I was the Queen. Sigh. I also want to live in this kind of decadence *wink*


Lyon

Because Dear is traveling with me, he gets to eat well. When in France, you gotta visit the food capital of this nation of people who eats well. So I squeezed in a night in Lyon just to eat. The food was really not bad, but rich. Richer than the ones we ate in Paris.

We learnt that we do not really enjoy tripes. A bit too strong for us. But Dear forgot and ordered it again in our recent Europe trip. *sad*


Barcelona

Our next stop was Spain!  Hola! We were in a part of Europe with a very warm and vibrant vibe and we love it. Everyone was in sandals and shorts. Can't imagine how it is like during the summer, lol.

I think I belong to the camp that Gaudi was an artist. The quirky architecture gives the city so much character. Dare to be different mah right. The Sagrada Familia is still my fav church in Europe because I like the way it is bright and airy inside.


One of the best things about are the side trips. We made a day trip to Montserrat Monastery up in the mountains to listen to the famed choir boys.


And also to Segovia to see the castle that supposedly inspired Disney. The shops really close for afternoon nap time :( we decided to sightsee first before doing the shopping and when we were done, most of the shops closed for afternoon nap already! Pfft.


Our last stop of this trip was Madrid city, which was really quite boring. Really nothing much one. So ya, can skip Madrid if you don't have enough time.



Japan Trip- Nagoya

Hello guys, catching up on our past trips. Lazy liao, so we use pictorial stye okie.

This was one of the best trips I ever had, cos of the highlight in Takayama and Shirakawago. We decided to visit Shirakawago cos Dear saw how pretty the huts are in snow. So this was a trip in making for some time as we had to wait for the right season (for snow!) and really planned it.

We did a road trip and drove in snow (highlight of the trip for Dear). Dear was a good driver and it was all well!

We also skied for the first time! Lots of achievements unlocked in this trip. We had a coach to teach both of us at the ski resort. As expected, I wasn't really good at it. On the other hand, Dear was unexpectedly good and the coach trained him more instead of me. #giveuponme

One downside of the trip was, it was raining almost everyday in Nagoya city when we were there. First time that we had such persistant rainy weather when we are overseas!

Day 1 and 2- Nagoya


Day 3- Shirakawago

Day 4- Takayama




Day 5- Okuhira



Day 6- Shirakawago Part 2



Day 7- Ski resort


Day 8- Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima


Day 9- Inuyama town


Day 10- Back to Sg


Yes, we took Business Class on the way back! Dear exchanged miles to upgrade us! But sadly, we had to sit apart because the Japanese counter staff allowed other passengers to book single seats and refused to change them. ARGH.

One of the those things that we dun like about the one-track minded Japanese. So I spent a lot of my time taking photos. Heh. #dunknowwhenisthenexttime





Sunday, 11 June 2017

We got a dog!

We have been quiet on this space, largely because we took the plunge and welcomed a dog into our lives!

We adopted an ex-breeding dog from Voices of Animals and it has been a pretty happy journey.

Dear and I have always wanted a dog when we were young but our mothers didn't allow (boo). When we got our own place, we talked on and off about getting a dog. But I was worried about leaving the dog alone in the house when we are working (oh the pee and poop) and it's probably not that nice to let the dog spend so much time alone right.

After research and talking to the VFA guys, they assured us that it was not that bad to leave the dog alone at home in the days as dogs spend a lot of time sleeping. And we can also consider the option of day care.

So one day, we just felt ready to get a dog and we saw HIM at one of the adoption drives. I saw this white Maltese that just looked so cute walking around and he so right when we carried him. So we just brought our new friend home without any dog supplies and we had to quickly buy whatever we needed.

We named the dog Buddy, because he was the friend we always wanted to have and we hope to be the friend he needs to enjoy this second stage of this life.

The initial week was filled with vomit, literally. Buddy kept vomiting and we had to travel to the vet a few times to get him sorted out, this included a 2 night stay at the vet. Very worrying experience.

He got much better and the next few weeks was full of pee and poop as we tried to toilet train him. We initially kept him in a play pen, but he didn't like it and eventually learn to somersault out of it.

Luckily, he was more or less house trained and toilet trained by now- so we let him out in the living room when we go out to work. We trusted him with our house. It took a few weeks of scolding before he learned to go to his designated pee spot even when we are not around. And his accuracy rate has been going up up up!

I personally think it is a sign he is more secured now in the house, even though we are out. After three months, I think he has really adopted us as his family :)

Dear and I adore him. And Dear has been a great dog daddy cos he is usually the first one to come home after work to clean up any mess in the house and teach Buddy toilet etiquette. 

I feel so happy looking at him- right now he is lying stomach side up with legs in the air on his fav beanie chair.


Monday, 13 February 2017

Korea 21-29 Oct 2015

Annyeonghaseyo! Despite the Korean craze, I have never caught on to it because we are JPOP kids yo. Dear is the Dragonball kid while I'm more cool. I'm the Slam Dunk kid.


And we don't even like Korean food. Kimchi sucks. So we have not visited Korea and we finally decided to take the plunge because just try new place lor!

Ok, I think we were also influenced by Running Man. I have never used to watch it but it has become our Friday and Saturday night entertainment since we moved into our place. 

And what a surprise, we enjoyed Korea more than we thought we would. I think the road trip helps- as long as Dear can self-drive, he is happy. We discovered that we do like Korea food and had a good time eating. Kimchi does not suck, in fact it tastes good in Korea. It is so weird that for someone who disliked Korean food, it is a cuisine that I am learning for weekday dinners because it is faster and simpler than Chinese food.

Our logistics details:

Internal flight to Jeju by Eastar: $307.40 for two pax
SQ flight: $764 per pax
Art House: $102.76 per night
IRO Pension:  $133.24 per night
Metro Hotel Myeongdong: $160 per night

Jeju

Our first three days were spent in Jeju. Right after we touched down, we picked up our rental car and zoom off to have lunch. Lunch was of course black pig Korean BBQ! Yums!

Little rant: Our internal flight was delayed both ways. Really sian. But it seems common, a lot of the other budget airlines had delays too.




We went back to Seoul on our third day. We visited the Namsan tower and had Korean curry pork cutlet for dinner. The next few days were us shopping and visiting the castle (where there are still beautiful autumn leaves, yeah!).



The best part of our time in the city was the day trip into the DMZ area where we got to walk down a tunnel built by the North Koreans in their attempt to enter Seoul. Super eye-opening and once in a life time experience.

We also vsited Haha's BBQ restaurant for our dinner on the last night, but sadly, it was average only leh :(