Macau 2015. 

Ever since i started working with a company that manufactures slots and deals with clubs and casinos, i knew undoubtedly that one day i would be given an opportunity to sink my feet into this land of the gamblers (or the city of Sodom and Gomorrah, what the Bible says). I have never like the thought of travelling on a working basis so i have never really embark on the opportunities to travel for this company till this day.

When we arrived at Macau airport in the evening, we were told to meet up with a bunch of colleagues who were already here for quite some time for dinner. So this experienced colleagues brought me around (ok, I was the only noob during this trip who have not step foot on this land before) and we shuttle between casinos and malls throughout the night. This was outside one of the mega casino if im not wrong is the Galaxy Casino. This is after we crossed the bridge that linked Taipa to Macau and its also where the Macau intl airport was located.

Across the water or just beside the Galaxy casino is the infamous Venetian Macau Casino. 
Interior of the infamous Venetian Macau. Shopping malls as usual. The canal really look more impressive than the one in Marina Bay Sands Singapore. 😁

  
This is after walking around and about, we stood outside the  StarWorld Casino and L’Arc Casino. It was the summer period so the weather was pretty humid and warm.
  
Grand Lisboa Casino.

 The ruins of the St Pauls Cathedral at 大三巴. Lots of tourists here even when it is already at night. Realized the roads here are pretty narrow and sometimes just a one way lane even at places of attractions. We even learnt from the macau colleagues that the cars here are cheap but the car park lot fees are exorbitantly high.

Ok, this is about it as we spend most of the time working inside the customer venue. Although the map of macau is bigger than Singapore but, as true as it is, it is just full of casinos, nothing else but casinos. 🎲🎰🌃🏪

Suzhou 2015. 

This was an unexpected, unplanned side trip to Suzhou so thought it’d be more suitable to have a separate entry on this.  Through whatsapp chat, we learnt that our 小叔 from my Dad’s side who has been living in China for some 7 or 8 years was currently staying near to Shanghai. Thus, as he was as eager as us to meet up to play host, he offered to drive over to Shanghai to pick us up and arrange a side trip to Suzhou which we followed along. Along the way, we talked and mingled and learnt quite alot about his life here in China and I was quite guilty for being ignorant to his China “expeditions”. So he arranged for us to visit this famous Zhou Zhuang Ancient Town which was somewhat named in the Internet as  “Venice of the East”. He was doing really quite well in China, so he had his driver who drove him 1 or 2 hours to Shanghai to pick us up and then send us to Suzhou.

This was a screenshot of the GPS location of this ancient town which was precious to me as google maps were pretty much blocked in China. Almost couldn’t get the location when I was there even with the Shanghai prepaid sim card, 3G connection was sparse and weak in Suzhou. I can only suspect that Suzhou uses a different telecom network. But in the later part when we returned back to Shanghai, I realised that I could just download the Baidu map app on my iPhone and I would simply be able to access the road maps here clearer than google maps. #iamnotgoingbacktochinaagain
  Reached the ancient town. This was taken along the way to the entrance of the ancient water town.  As we reached there in the late afternoon, we were told that quite a number of the attractions are closed and the last 2 would be closed by 630pm. We hurried in our footsteps through this ancient town and finally reached the first attraction of the day. Basically, its just one of the very old but well preserved residences that the ancient people lived and this was lived by a generation of family with the surname, Zhang who was an offspring of the late Xu Kui.    This was Shen residence owned by a descendent of Shen Wanshen: a wealthy man in southern China in the late Yuan (1206-1368) to early Ming Dynasties.

Basically, some of the rooms were about the same as the Zhang residence so no point taking the picture again. This one has a pretty big kitchen and dining hall. On the dining table, those were their average daily meal consumption. 大鱼大肉!  Roads here are stone-paved, really not a good pavement to walk on after a long day outside.

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Venice of the East .    The night was still young but at 7pm-ish, we head off for dinner at one of the restaurants nearby.
  After dinner, we visited my uncle’s residence in Suzhou which was like 10 mins walk to his office. It was a pretty lux bungalow. Unfortunately, he is staying here all alone for the entire part of the year. And his children who are my cousins will only join him like once a year here during their school holidays. I felt a pity for him but I was also proud of him for his successes. Although he is not yet a believer, I hope that one day, he will come to the Lord’s side to enjoy not just the earthly riches, but to enjoy the heavenly riches that our Lord gives to us abundantly.  Minions chocolate milk, something cute!
   Sis, mum and yours truly. 🙂
  Look fat and fair here.. woman is never contented when it comes to how slim or fat they look. Agree? This is me enjoying my SQ A380 flight when there is an empty seat beside me.

Did not capture too many shots as it was getting dark in there and some of us were tired. Hope this entry is as interesting as the previous one.

Cheers.

Shanghai 2015. 

Finally after a long wait, we took a short getaway to Shanghai during the jubilee weekend when everyone else in Singapore will be celebrating the Singapore 50th birthday. It was a long weekend but we only flew on the 8th Aug.   #0 Uploaded this picture on my IG to commemorate SG50 and changi airport being one of the top notch high class airport in the world.
  #1 The timetable for subway line to and from the Pudong Intl airport  #2 Or taking the Maglev train which costs more but saves time
  #3 This is the Nanjing road Pedestrian Street which is lined with all the high rise buildings and shopping malls as you walked further down. It was pretty confusing when taking the subway to here as there weren’t much street signs to indicate the way to this street. We were walking round after round and back to square 1 before finally reaching here. And realized that the people here in this part of China are not helpful even when you approach them for directions. Just got to be aware of this and asked from a few people for directions before confirming the way to the place.  #4 this is the mini tram service along the Nanjing Rd pedestrian street.
  #5 As we walked on and on along the pedestrian street, we reached The Bund. This is the centre of the famous french concession area where all the old french buildings are built along the Huangpu River. Its like we just visited Europe lol.  #6 the famous clock tower which looks like the big ben minus the red flags.
  #7 The view of the Oriental Pearl Tower and all the financial district of Shanghai.  #8 this is by far the only shop I’d go to if I am in any part of China. #metersbonwe
  #9 panoramic view of the nanjing east road  #10 street shot of Yongkang road where our rented loft apartment is.
  #11 almost the end of the yongkang road, there is a supermarket where we went for 2 of the days to grab some necessities.  #12 Lishui Road towards the Yu Garden that we wanted to go.
  #13 This is the Shanghai Old Street which was at the other end of the Yu Garden.  #14 Tianzifang
  #15 the map of tianzifang. You will not get lost with this map to refer to as there are only 3 different exits out of tianzifang. #16 Xintiandi where we were when we were quite tired already. We reached here in the evening. Read on the internet that it is much better to visit in the evening when it is more happening and bustling with people. True to that, it was but only found out that besides the mix of old and new buildings, it was just a funky area where people gather together for some booze or dinner.

  #17 the loft apartment we rented in yongkang road. Looks the same as picture but furnishings have worn out quite abit.

  #18 another clearer landscape shot of the bund. Very nice night view of shanghai.

 #19 the bund and huangpu river

Gonna separate this Shanghai trip with another entry on side trip to Suzhou Zhouzhuang water town. Met up with an uncle who has been working in China for almost 7 to 8 years and this time he is staying in Suzhou.

Anyway, August has been the busiest month for me since I had to made 2 overseas trips week after another. So look out for my entry on Macau, my virgin business trip working in this company and also my virgin trip to Macau. Lol. 

Hong Kong 2013.

my first time enjoying spring..

So like finally, I get to travel again.. it was more of like a trip to bring mum to somewhere she like. Did not prefer asian countries that much but I was glad that it was convenient and accessible throughout the more popular areas in hong kong. I was map ready, and even pretty observant at the various road signs and nearby shops that would lead us back to our hotel!

The only regret from this trip is that we did not have enough time and good weather to source out good dim sum and dessert places. And surprised to say that I am pretty looking forward to going back to hong kong again or maybe try another asian country like Taiwan in the near future. 🙂

I will briefly highlight afew places in the itinerary that i had planned together with my bro during the 4d3n trip.

Day 1

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#0 always love taking plane wing shots. Don’t ask me why. :S

Shopping near the hotel area when we arrived at HKIA. The airport was really awesome and exactly what I always see in the HK dramas.. hahaha

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#1 This was like a mandatory tourist pix haha.

Day 2

Woke up early in the morning and got ready to head for Sai Wan beach. But as the beach was somewhere on the outskirts of Sai Kung and only the locals will be frequent there more, we really had to rely on our sights and instincts to reach there. It was a tedious 40 min from the middle of a hill top.. and a 30 -45 mins of train and bus journey to Sai Kung.

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#2 this was halfway through the hill to Sai Wan beach. I looked really disaster despite the beautiful sight. The photo filter and the heavy mist/fog that day did poor justice to the background in this pix.

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#3 i think this pix is much better.. was too tired to take out my dslr and so took this with my iphone. Never expect hong kong would have clear pristine waters like that 🙂

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#4 It was drizzling almost 15-20 mins along the way and upon reaching, this was the first beach we saw. We did not went further because it was too far already and we were not well prepared with wintry gear. The temperature dropped to about 18 degrees as we hiked on.

Day 3

Another early morning up to tram up The Peak  in Central area and visit the nearby places like a tourist should do. Hahaah..

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#5 The buses that have cable wires above them and even though I have seen such in Melbourne, i’m still pleasantly surprised like a tourist would be..hehe

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#6 Finally got in to The Peak queuing area for the uphill tram.. Was pretty warm at the waiting area maybe due to the crowds. It was a pretty good experience taking a tram uphill.

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#7 The foggy view of the city skyline along Central area.

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#9 One of the iconic landmark on The Peak

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#11 Posed on fake trishaw but thank God, the pix turned out pretty well. 😀

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#12 Random shot inside the MTR

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#13 Another random shot of A pretending to walk along the streets haha

The rest of the time in the day, we covered window shopping along Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok area, walked along Granville road and Jordan road, and also got the famous wife biscuits from Hang Heung at Nathan road. As the past few days, we did not manage to find any good dim sum places, I googled hard and we walked hard along Reclamation street and finally found a restaurant that seem to be famous for their roasted goose. We even went all the way from Mongkok to Prince Edward in search of this dim sum place called One Dim Sum. We tapao-ed back the dim sum for our breakfast the next day as we are kind of getting sick of the same breakfast served by the hotel staff for the past few days.

Day 4

It was finally the last day but I was kinda hoping that we have 1 or 2 more days to go but as budget is almost used up, we packed our bags and get ready for check out and the airport.

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#14 On the plane back, don’t ya think this is a nice one? 😛

Food places that I will be sharing here for my readers to try if you are travelling to Hong Kong:

一点心 (One Dim Sum)

15 Playing Field Road, Mongkok

五代同糖

38 Plaza, 38 Shan Tung Street Shop 2, Mongkok

Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose Restaurant

427-427A Reclamation Street, Mong Kok

许流山

Alot of branches, so pls google the nearest one to you 🙂

Alrighty, finally done with this post, I hope you enjoy and i’m heading to bed now! Work tomorrow……

Signing off, thedarktraveler

Yunnan☃ China 2011.

in lovely sweet november.

This awesome entry will be divided into 2 sections.
The first are random shots from my iphone camera. And the second part are shots from my dslr.

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#1 3.30am flight (ーー;)

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#2 First hotel and first night of the entire trip

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#3 read the chinese captions haha.

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#4 lifesavers

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#5 Passing by in the midst of a rocky mountain. Am in awe of nature’s beauty

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#6 again as captioned

Second section begins from here. Forget all the yucky smelly doorless toilets I have come across and visited. Forget me looking at your moon and vice versa. HAHAHA.
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#1 This is a yak – a very common sight in this region.

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#2 Looks like some aussie farmland but tis not.

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#3 This shot was taken at Lijiang. Much ♥s \(^o^)/

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#4 Jade dragon mountain; isn’t it cool to know that it snows all year round?

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#5 i felt like i had just been to paradise.

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#6 Black dragon pool in old town of Lijiang; looks so much better than our chinese garden…
Ps: This is one of the UNESCO World heritage site

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#7 A lake with an awesome view.

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#8 Tis the season where maple leaves turn yellow/red. ❥

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#9 This shot was taken above sea level of 4499 metres!


#10 This pix looks romantic to me…