Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Macau Trip 23-25 September 2011

It's been a great trip! 3h40m flight from Singapore. We took cab to the hotel. While waiting for the room to be ready, we went out to see the Grand Lisboa. Tried to book to Saturday's dinner but many places were fully booked. Wanna eat dim sum at their restaurant too, but again, need a reservation and would only open 1 hour later. So we decided to walk to other places. Stopping by the supermarket and bought some candies for kids back home. We had our lunch at Din Tai Feng serving Taiwanese food. Oow... I had zha jiang mian, hubby had pork chop rice and we shared pan fried bun, completed with hot soya milk. Very full...

I went there before about 4 years ago and we stay in the same hotel. I choose this hotel because of its great location and affordable price. It's clean too. It's really convinient to go out to casinos from there. Really love it.

Nearby the hotel, there are shops selling branded watch, jewellery shop, Chinese delicacies such as shark fins, abalone, etc. So we used our instinct to find our way back to hotel. My hubby use the police station as the guideline. Kekeke...

We finally could go into our room at 1pm. We took a rest for a while and went out at about 2.30pm. We planned to go to Taipa area, to Venetians hotel. We saw there was bus to Venetians and we sat on that bus no. 25. But at the end, it didn't stop or pass by the place we wanted to go. We passed by lots of local residency area, and got lost. Kekeke... We took another bus to Taipa. Again, I think we missed out the stop. The signage inside the bus seemed to spoil. We stopped somewhere and continued our journey by cab. Although overall fee was still cheaper, we wasted 1.5 hr journey just to get there. Kekekee....

Self taken pic inside Venetians

We finally reached Venetians. We passed through the casinos, smoking and non-smoking one, went up to 3rd level to shop around (weird, they don't have 2nd floor, only 1st and 3rd floor). We bought perfumes at SASA, proved to be the cheapest we can find. We took pictures of the gondola, outside view of the hotel, etc. It's a shopping heaven. You can find lots of shops around.

I thought of having dinner at Hard Rock Cafe since there is a new Hard Rock Hotel opposite of the Venetians. However, they said it's not opened yet and still under refurbishment and would only open in about 11 days time. So we took shuttle bus to MGM hotel. There were many shuttle bus provided free from one casino to another, also from the harbour terminal to those hotels. Really convenient.

We went in and had a look inside. As usual, branded shops were all over. We took cab to Largo de Senago, which is centre of the city. We bought almond cookies and other snacks at Koi Kei bakery. We went to the original shops at Rue de Felicidade.

We took some pictures there and on the way back passing by a noodle restaurant and decided to have our dinner there. The noodle was very thin. We also ordered pork chop bun. Wow, it tasted so good!!! The bread blended well with the pork chop. Price was reasonable too. Next time I will eat there if I got a chance to go there :D

After dinner we walked back to hotel. Stopping by outside Grand Lisboa and took pictures there. The lights were all on and it was beautiful. We stopped by supermarket buying beers. Damn! It was very cheap!!! Around sgd 2.50 for 3 cans of imported beer!!! Wish Singapore would sell that cheap!! Yah, dream on.... :P

We took a rest and slept to get ourselves ready for the next day!

24th Sep 2011 - After having breakfast in the hotel, we took a coach and started our city tour at 11am. First drop was Fisherman's Wharf. We had a walk around there and went into Sands casino and won 40hkd from the dice machine kekeke... We then had lunch as included in the package.

After lunch, we started our tour to Macau tower. Hubby and I went up to 58th and 61st floor. It's my hubby's first time experiencing the tower. There were transparent glasses on the floor where we could see the view below the tower. Hehehe... There were outdoor activities from on top of the tower such as bungy jumping, sky walks, etc. We happened to see someone jumping from 61st floor. Wow!! Quite scary!!! I don't think I can do it even people would pay for it. Hahaha....

Eating Pork Bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei

At the Ruin of St Paul's Cathedral

We stayed for a while as there were many other places in the itinerary that we still had to go. Continued with visit of A-ma temple. Age of 500 years temple, it was still standing there. I was fortunate enough to be able to see it again :) We prayed there. Then went to Ruin of St Paul. Lucky we had been there the night before 'cos we were only given a short time to look around. After that we went to Venetian. We were given only 1 hour. I managed to buy Coach poach for my own birthday present :) My first own buying Coach.. Hahaha...

My own birthday present ;D

We run back to the coach as there was not enough time and luckily we reached there on time. We couldn't get late as there were many people rushing for their ferries back to Hong Kong. After that then we went back to hotel.

At about 8.30pm, my second sis and her hubby knocked our door. They went to see us from Hong Kong. So exciting to see them there. She passed me snacks from HK, birthday presents, etc.

Birthday present from Erjie - Thank you Erjie!!!

Dinner with Erjie and Er Jiefu

We had dinner at Chinese restaurant. They ordered steamed chicken, fried pigeon, stir-fried pig. liver with green chilli, sweet and sour pork ribs, claypot tofu. All was nyummy!!!

Er Jie and Er Jiefu

While waiting for the firework, we went to Grand Lisboa. Jiefu got back the dinner's money there. Hehehe... We then walked to the area where we could see the firework. It was not as big as I imagined, but it was displayed for quite long, about 20 mins.

With a view of Macau Tower

Beautiful Firework

After that we went inside Wynn. Jiefu and I played few games there. I was just playing for fun. When we came out, there was water dancing show. So we stopped and took a look at it. Quite nice :)

Casino view at night

We then went to different casinos in that area. Small, big, old and new.. it was something I never did before. Hehehe.... We walked until 2am. On the way back to hotel, Erjie suggested to have supper, because otherwise we would just sleep and would not have chance to chit chat anymore. So we stopped by at one Chinese shop and ordered steamed dumpling, kuo tie, zha jiang mian, and stir fried pork intestine with chilli. Not bad, quite nice. Plus 2 bottle of Qing Dao beer :D

We went back hotel and I packed my luggage. Woke up at 6am. Get ready, had our breakfast, then left the hotel to airport. We flew back to Singapore at 10am.

It was a short trip, but overall it's enjoyable. Hubby loves being there too. He hopes to be able to go there again in the future... hehehe...

Ok lah, write 'til here. Finally I can finish the story :D

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"It's better to have few of true friends than a lot of fake friends"

It's a pack week. On Monday night, I had dinner with my two Indonesian good friends. One, knew since kindergarten, and another one, knew since junior high school. Three of us stay here in Sgp. Although in middle we were studying in different countries, eventually all of us decided to stay over here. We also keep in touch all the time. They attended my wedding dinner too. Really grateful knowing them.

They specially asked me out for dinner, to celebrate my upcoming birthday. Simple Indonesian dinner at Lucky Plaza, but our conversation was still the same.. Full of warmth laughter. After that we sat in McD and one of my friends had a cuppa of coffee while we chit chatted.

PREGO @Fairmont Singapore

Ellen, Me, Joyce and PY

Yesterday night there was another gathering. This time with friends I knew from my current working place. They were no longer working here, but we have this affinity, perhaps our thinking match one to another. So 4 of us can connect together. We enjoyed our dinner so much. It feels good when you have few good friends sitting down and chit chatting together. I really treasure all friendship I have and really wish that we'll still be good friends 'til we grow old, supporting each other.

Me and Hubby

Dinner @Pizza Hut

On Wed night, I was asking my hubby to bring along my mother-in-law, my son, my sis-in-law with her son to have dinner together at Pizza Hut nearby our house. I went there right after work. We also enjoyed our dinner. My sis-in-law's son and my son enjoyed the food so much. I never see him enjoying spaghetti that much. Hahaha... I supposed to treat them, but my sis-in-law insisted to pay the bill. She told my hubby, all this while, she never gave me any present during my birthday. So it's a chance for her to treat me. Wah, wo hao gan dong :) I feel the warmth of the family.

And Thursday night.. I supposed to have a class. But in the morning, I received the sms from school informing the cancellation of the class. I was sooo... happy!! Hahaha... 'Cos my bro invited me to her daughter's birthday and I couldn't attend because of the class. But since it's been cancelled, I had a chance to join the birthday party :) We had dinner at her nanny's house. Auntie cooked fried noodle, chicken curry, oatmeal prawn, sweet and sour pork, deep-fried tofu with minced meat on top, stir-fried vegetable, and fried pempek (Indonesian fish cake) bought from Jakarta. It was a warmth meal as well. I'm really glad having a chance to eat together. There were my sis-in-law's cousin as well.

2R chose mini Pictionary game as a birthday present for her. She opened it first and we had a game before singing a Birthday song. We had fun guessing what the other party tried to draw in a mini man statue and a box. :)

We went back home at about 10pm. I took a bath, prepare my luggage and only slept at 12.30am. My hubby was so funny. He didn't use to with the flight time. We will fly at 6am, so need to wake up at 3am and go to airport from home at 3.30am. When I was packing my luggage, he didn't fill his clothes there. I was wondering if he was not going to go?? When alarm rang, I woke him up. He was really blur!!! I can't forget his blur face.. Haahaha... He thought we fly the next morning. Haiya... Anyway, we are in the airport now. Just had our big breakfast at McD. In a while, we're going into the departure hall.

Yesterday I received flowers with pillows from secret admire in the office. Hehehehe.... I read the card and I know who sent it to me. Thank you my dear friend for regarding me as your closest buddy! Finally there is someone expressing feeling and regards me as best friend :) Really treasure our friendship together :)

Well, I write til here. I wanna wish myself Happy Birthday!! Hope there are many upcoming more dreams to come true!! Always remind myself that life is short, so enjoy your precious life as you can and take care of your good health as much as you can do!! Enjoy your trip and have fun!!!! Happy holiday!!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Photos sharing from Dubai

Burj Al Arab (7th Star Hotel) from Jumeirah Beach

With my driver for sand dunning

Riding on camel in desserts

Giant Aquarium inside Dubai Mall - the largest mall in the world

Burj Khalifa - The tallest building in the world

It's been 2 weeks since my last post. Dubai was great! The planning for the city was brilliant. Too bad there were many projects abandoned due to economic crisis in 2009. It's an eye opener to see what it looks like. Been to the highest building in the world was my dream, and finally came true. Well, in the future there may be a new building which will be higher than Burj Khalifa, but when it comes, then plan for another trip then... Hahaha...

This week I'm kinda busy. Tonight my school friends dated me for dinner and tomorrow my close friends dated me for another dinner. It will only leave me a night for 2R since I'll have class on Thur and will fly on Fri :)

Well, going back to work soon! Talk again when I'm free :D Have a great week ahead!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Stepping in Dubai

It took 7 hours flight from Singapore to Dubai. Reach here 8.45am Singapore time or 4.45am Dubai time. There is 4 hours difference.

It's a long queue for the custom. The guy officers wearing white colour 1 piece cloth with black ring on top of white cloth covering their head, while the ladies officers are all wearing black from head to toe.

When waiting inside the gate, those passengers of Emirates were all come from different places with different nationalities. Our destinations were different as well. It's very interesting to see the melting pot inside the plane. Reminded me time when I was studying overseas. After two years there, when times I went back home, I felt a bit weird mixing with Asian majority country. It took me quite some time to adapt. Hehehe... But I feel very grateful for my parents for giving me opportunity to open my eyes to the world. See different country, different culture, and many more.

I read the lonely planet about Dubai before coming here. The author said Dubai is mixture of different nationalities with cheaper labour comes mostly from Asian countries. I can see the impact right away. The f&b workers are majority held by Phillipino. Only those officers, police, are from UAE. Cleaners are from India. Heard the construction workers here earned a very little money. Sometimes they were forced to work under hot sun as well.

Well... It's 7.35am now. My parents are arriving soon. Tty again :) I can see it's hot outside, but hasn't felt it yet :D Just hope I can survive 'cos usually I get lethargic easily in hot weather. Well, enjoy your day everyone!!!

Ready for a short break!!!

Having foot massage while waiting for the gate to open. Trying very hard to keep my eyes opened. Can't wait to get a sleep in the airplane. Flight will be at 1.40am. Now it's still 12.30am. Another hour to go.

Didn't take any snacks nor drink as it's quite late already and I need to slim a bit. Getting fat liao. Hope the hot weather there would be like a sauna, can burn my fat a lil bit. Hahahaha....

Well, hope after foot massage, I can get sleep easily and have a deep sleep. I really need a rest so that I can have full bar of energy to spend a very short 3 full day trip.

Oklah.. After it's done, I'm going to wee wee again, have some portable water then starting to queue for the gate. Wish me have a smooth and pleasant journey. Hope I can meet my parents easily. Otherwise.... Get lost in desert kekekekee...

Good nite everyone!!! Have a good week ahead!!!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Counting down to holiday

Two more working days, I'll soon fly. It's been my dream to see more part of the world. See how it looks like, feel their weather, see their culture, try their delicate culinary, purchase some souvenir as memorable item that I'd been there, etc. :)

New place to go. Only heard it before that friend ever worked there, but no detail given. I guess it's for me to find out myself :D

It's still summer over there, expecting a very hot weather. Dunno if sunlight would forgive me and won't hurt my body too much.. Kekeke.... Getting ready feels like inside sauna.

Well, going to write the details after return, so can compare what I expect it's gonna be before departure and what it'll be after returning back home :D

Tomorrow it's gonna be another busy day. Will bring baobei for his two classes, after that we'll attend my friend's daughter birthday celebration. Have bought a gift for her, hope she likes it :)

Sunday it's gonna be a resting day, pack my lugagge, and hopefully can do some notes revision. PY asked me go to JB which I wanted to, but too bad not at the right time.

Seems like my parents holiday is going smoothly, thank you SB for everything. However, it's not ended yet. Please protect them wherever they are. Longing to see them soon.

Going to change notes after work. Wanna see their money, how it looks like. Hehehe... Have a great day everyone!!!
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