Tioman 2016.

This was a 3D2N trip to Tioman, Malaysia. It was my very first trip to this island and also my very first time trying snorkelling! I was so nervous and afraid of being swallowed by the waters but trust was very important. I trusted this group of friends and hang on to their arms for my dear life even though I had a life jacket on, but i was still frightened just like any non swimmer will. Thank God, I made it alive trying to snorkel without even being a good swimmer. 

This video montage was made to display the epic highs and lows of this amazing trip. I love that each of our different personalities complement one another and make this trip so exciting and memorable.

Looking forward to the next trip with them!

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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. 

Bali 2013.

in rainy november.. haha

Really did not expect myself to be in love with Bali’s beaches. I thought that after having seen the beaches in Thailand.. probably the rest of the beaches in the SEA region may just be very typical.

So, Kuta beach really open my eyes to that! It was a pretty good crowd there, all spread out and not too crowded to be at. Area was so big that even though majority of it makes up the international tourists, you won’t feel like your privacy has been invaded by “next door” neighbours.

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We were there for only a short 3D2N getaway. And despite first 2 days of light continuous rain in the morning, wet grounds etc, it did not spoil our mood then because we went to a few places that were towards the central regions of Bali and the wet weather was chilly at times.

Anyway, here’s pictures I took in Bali:

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#1 rice paddy field outside the Villa we stayed..

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#2 GPSed the location of the villa which we realised was very far away from the hustle bustle of the seminyak area. Lucky we hired a driver to bring us around the 3 days.

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#3 Yes that’s the unit we stayed in Bali. It’s supposed to be in a neighbourhood where the much richer stayed!

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#4 the first road I see when I stepped out of the villa

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#5 the ‘rich’ neighbourhood

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#6 the mini slope right outside the door step which I almost slipped one of the nights haha

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#7 inside the 2BR villa 😀 we had a small private pool to ourselves.

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#9 one of the temples we visited and i looked fat here. Duh.

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#10 random street outside, it was pouring that day

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#12 misty mornings and a walk around the temples and park

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#13 tried to do a panoramic view of the temple built on the sea

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#19 act cool pix #1

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#20 me love this picture very much!!

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#21 act cool pix #2 😛

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#24 and this is the awesome sunset view at petitenget beach

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#25 crazy daebak view!!

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#26 last but not least, act cool pix #3 😛

Hope you guys enjoy these bali pictures as much as I do! Most of them was taken with G’s OMD olympus camera or my iPhone5.

cheers. thedarktraveler

Bintan 2011☀☁☔

spent in a weekend in july..

#1 Heading towards the only chinese restaurant by the sea to grab some brunch..

#2 Lazy afternoon playing some water sports..

#3 Took a 10-15 mins boat ride from the main island to this beach with clear white sand and these man made huts..

#4 Yay! Yes.. This pix is not doing justice to the really white sand i see there..

#5 Had a really good feet massage facing the vast open sea.. Relax!

#6 Soaking in the morning waters on the last day! The low tide had just slowly subsided and the sea just mysteriously came back.. reminds me of the Red Sea when Moses commanded the sea to divide into 2 parts for God’s people to walk across to the other end.

Impressions of cambodia☀☁

in sunny july.

We had signed up for a free and easy package tour where the itinerary is flexible and we get more free time to roam around when we are there. So I was pretty stoked at the thought of visiting a country rich in history and cultural heritage, but was actually quite turned off by the heat that welcomed us when we landed. Cannot remembered how the tour guide found us at the airport but when we arrived, we remembered that there was really a huge crowd outside the entrance and we were quite overwhelmed at it especially when none of them was here to receive us as planned by the tour agency. So when we met up with the tour guide, he set us off in a mini van back to the hotel to store our luggages first and get a refresh before the start of historical journey.

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#1 I was practically taking one shot after another and almost did not pay attention to the guide as he explained the significant bits of each historical event.

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#2 overlooking the Mekong river

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#3 sweating at this point of time.. but here we are at the temples of Bayon.

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#4 We were taken on a motor boat ride along the famous Tonle Sap. The multi-colors of the floating village; i was told these people survive on drinking the waters of Tonle Sap! I did not dare to ask further whether during this wet season, do they still drink the water that had turned a muddy color…

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#6 how can i not give this girl a thumbs up for having this snake as her pet toy….

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#7 awww i see fluffy clouds ♥

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#8 another means of survival. This guy was really good at balancing on his mini boat while trying to get some fishes into his net.

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#9 each carving represents something; don’t u agree with me that these people from the olden days are really good crafters and designers!

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#11 can u spot the face and body of the sleeping buddha?

#12 the famous reflection of Angkor Wat that you always see in those photo books.

#13 How can you resist the sight of this sunset?

#14 hokay this photo is not up here to showcase my beautiful legs hahah.. but take note of the arduous journey upwards to take that one awesome sunset view on top of Phnom (translate: hill) Bakheng. And btw, this was taken when we were coming down.. look at the big big gap one has to take per step and there are 5 levels altogether *_*

#15 snapped this when we were walking down the hill