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Tallinn

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I have never thought that I would visit Estonia one day.

As much as I’m concerned, “Europe” to me was pretty much Paris, Italy, England and other more-touristy cities – places where a lot of my friends have been, and I know it would be relatively safe-ish if I head back to my apartment early. There are also lots of stories shared among my friends and relatives, so these countries are somewhat more familiar for me. Eastern Europe, on the other hand, gave me a very different impression compared to Western Europe. I always thought that Eastern Europe is poorer, more rundown, more backward and somewhat more dangerous. But in my recent visit to Tallinn in Estonia, I have totally changed my take on Eastern Europe. Tallinn has got to be one of the most beautiful, magical and enchanting cities I have ever been to. And one that I would visit again in a heartbeat, any time!

First and foremost, I am lucky to be able to stay in the heart of the city in Tallinn. My apartment is at Pikk Street which is right in the middle of all the action in Old Town. There are unless shops (both medieval and modern looking ones), restaurants, bars, souvenir stores and beautiful churches all around us. The entire city centre looked just like a theme park like Disneyland! I really couldn’t believe my eyes on the first day when I took a stroll around the city. It was really breathtakingly beautiful!

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The city was full of vibrant colours, the people we met in and outside of the main touristy Old Town area all spoke good English. Getting around within the Old Town was easy because everything is easily accessible by foot. We were there in Spring so the weather was comfortably cool. Just talking about Tallinn now makes me want to go back there right away!

We had a great apartment host who was also a part-time tour guide around Tallinn. She took A and I around Old Town area and introduced the city to us in the short 40-mins tour. She said that Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, looked totally different a few decades ago because it only re-gained its independence from the communists in 1991. It was only in this recent 20 over years when the country grew and prosper rapidly. Now, the city is modern and advanced, and full of happy and friendly people who appeared to really love the Old Town and take pride in what they do. I saw some photographs of Tallinn in the 80s and it was really a far cry from what it is today. With that, I really respect the Estonians for what they have achieved!

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As many of the buildings in Old Town was actually built in the Viking Ages, we also got the chance to see pretty little spaces like this one.

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Other than the medieval Old Town and Raekoja Plats which is the old square in the area (by the way, this square transforms into the most beautiful Christmas markets during Christmas. So if you’re looking at visiting Tallinn around the festive seasons, don’t miss it!), there are a few other must-go sights which are just a short leisure stroll away and Toompea Hill is one of them. In there, you’ll be able to have better knowledge of city and its history. It is also an extremely picturesque place and, I believe, looks beautiful in different ways in the different seasons.

A kept saying she felt like she was in the set of King Arthur when we were there. Hahahaha! (But she’s right lah)

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The view from the top of Toompea Hill was great too!

My favourite part of Old Town, however, is the colourful doors and pretty decorations on the window frames and doorways at every corner I turn. I guess the Estonians in Tallinn must be really happy, how can one ever get gloomy in such a beautiful town painted in pretty pastel hues?

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I also spotted that they were selling me favourite soup. Haha!

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As we were only staying in Tallinn for 3 days and we got in to the city in the afternoon on the first, we only had the opportunity to travel out of the Old Town for a day. We read about the Telliskivi District online and saw some really pretty pictures of the hippie cafes there so we decided to visit! Unfortunately, it was a little difficult to get there because we stupidly decided to walk. Haha! If you looked at the map, you would realise that it really isn’t that far. So if you’re going there, I’d suggest that you grab a taxi or something because it really isn’t too expensive. However, because of all the walking, we managed to look at more things and we even chanced upon a flea market at the main train station! That said, their flea market is really kind of different from what I had in mind though; theirs was a bit more like the thieves market we have in Singapore.

When we were in Old Town, we saw many groups of tourists being led around the area and I believe most of them are only in Tallinn for a day trip from Helsinki in Finland. So if you are in Tallinn and want to take a boat ride to Helsinki, I think it wouldn’t be too hard too.

Ok, as I was saying, Telliskivi gave us an insight about Tallinn – that Old Town is the only place in the whole of Tallinn that looks like it came out of a storybook! Heh.

Although the outside of Old Town is considerably more run-down and less cleaned-up, it is still very charming in its own way. Hippie mah! :p

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And this is the place that you HAVE to visit if you are ever in Tallinn. F Hoone! The food here was mind-blowing and the prices are really, really reasonable! The food they serve over here are really interesting and nothing like what they serve on the other side of Europe. I love the dumplings and the soups they have here in Tallinn. F Hoone totally nailed their coffee as well!

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We had plans to thoroughly visit the Kalamaja, which is a seaside district, one of the oldest suburbs in Tallinn but we didn’t get to see much because it was getting late by the time we were done with Telliskivi. Would definitely want to visit the Seaplane Harbour if I had the chance to. Oh! On a sidenote, we saw advertisement signs for a few Escape Rooms when we were in Kalamaja District. Like Singapore, I think they love their Escape Rooms too. Heh! :p

Tallinn was the first Eastern European city I visited and it really changed my impression about Eastern Europe; it’s too underrated and I think I would want to go back and explore more of Eastern Europe in future if I had the time. Everything is generally much affordable compared to the popular Western European cities, and there is also no branded label shops to steal the limelight away from honest stores who sells pretty hand knitted dolls and sweaters. I took a little part of Tallinn away with me, and it came in the shape of the gorgeous Tourmaline ring with beautiful carvings all around.

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Ah. I really miss Tallinn.

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January 2, 2016 at 3:05 am

The Ice Hotel

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“Let’s you and me go away to the Ice Hotel”
This was the song A and I were singing the day we decided that we are going to check ourselves into the Ice Hotel someday!

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December 13, 2015 at 8:40 pm

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Of Dog Sleds and Auroras

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If anyone were to ask me which vacation was the best I’ve ever had,
it would have to be my visit to Kiruna and Abisko.

It was a trip of many first-times –
first time on a dog sled, first time seeing the Northern Lights, first time in a snow fight,
first time on snow mobile, first time sleeping on a bed made of ice!

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I was a little apprehensive when A said that we should try dog sledding.
Because I am a worry wart.

What if we fall. What if we fall and we cut ourselves.
What if we fall and we cut ourselves and bleed.
What if we fall and we cut ourselves and bleed to death because we are too far from any help.

But after rounds of persuasion from A, I caved.

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We arrived at the dog pens area where all the dogs were at.
All of them became mad excited when they saw us approaching, it must be because they know they will be getting a good run soon!
I felt quite bad, to be honest.
Because it was like -20 degrees and these dogs look like they are FREEZING!
They looked a little fierce but they are the friendliest dogs around, really.

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October 11, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Stockholm & Kiruna

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In 2011 Beijing, it was -10 degrees C, but it did not snow.
In 2015 January, Seoul, it hit 0 degrees C, but no it did not snow. (IT RAINED! Busket….)
2015 February, Padova, there was snow all around on the floor, but I did not see falling snow. *dreads*

2015 is the year I first saw falling snow. And Sweden is that special place.

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My light-chasing trip to Sweden is one of the best vacation I’ve ever had.

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September 23, 2015 at 1:45 am

Padova

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My week-long stay in Padova, Italy in January 2015 gave me some of the fondest memories I have in Europe.
A and I took on a dessert making crash course with Manuelina Culinary and it was the best choice we’ve ever made!
(Not an ad ok)
The class was so comprehensive, and we came back totally inspired and enlightened.
We also met some of the nicest people whom we still contact regularly until now.

Let me take you to the beginning of the journey.
The night before the flight – which is always the most horrible night because of the packing
and the anticipation of the long flight (hate long flights) ahead. Pfft!

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It took us 1 transit, 13 hours on Emirates to arrive at Malpensa in Milan.

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September 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

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Winter in Seoul

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March 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Cat x Alpaca x Cat

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And so, other than lavish temples, cheap massages, good food and fancy hotels, Bangkok has more to offer!
A and I checked out three theme cafes in Bangkok and I’m here to share more about what we think of them.

We have heard (or seen) many cat cafes because they are getting so popular these days.
But this one that we visited is one of the prettiest I’ve seen so far!
Other than the cafe section, they also have a retail section, as well as a grooming arm!

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The cats here are really pretty! And we saw 3 (or was it 4) Maine Coons,
and A went crazy because she really likes her cats BIG! Hahahahaha.
But to be frank, the Maine Coons looked really majestic!

The pictures you see above is the usual sight during most of the time.
We were also lucky enough to witness how feeding time was like at the cafe!
The lady with the cat food walked into the room with a tray with all the cat food and went “Party time! Party time!”.

SO CUTE!!

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We had tea and a small bread pudding, it wasn’t expensive at all.

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They had a little glass enclosure that says “Delivery Room”, when we approached it,
we saw 4 little British Shorthair kittens in it. We really loved this place!
We were also tempted to by this t-shirt. Heh! The merchandises were on the pricey side though. :x

The address of Purr Cat Cafe Club is 63 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Khlongtunnua, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand.
In case you want to check it out on your next trip.
It’s in the Thonglor area so I recommend dinner at one of the other nicer restaurants nearby. :)

Thanks to Jayne Tham, we also found out that there is an Alpaca Farm Cafe in town!
OF COURSE WE NEED TO CHECK IT OUT RIGHT!

ALPACAS! They are like, HOW CUTE!

This one is slightly out of the main city area but it’s not too far by taxi.
Unfortunately, they open only after 5pm so the traffic was bad and it took us almost an hour of taxi ride to get there.
It was well worth it though, and you’ll see why!

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It’s a huge huge place – a bit like an open-air Marche style where there are different food stores you can get your food from.
Actually not that much, just 3 different ones. :p
Other than alpacas, who are the star of the restaurant, we also spotted horses, ducks, bunnies and cats around here.
It really feels more like a petting zoo, and we really enjoyed our time here.
It was our first time seeing an Alpaca in real life – I didn’t know they were so friendly!
The whole time I was worried that they might spit at me. Fortunately, nothing happened. Hahaha! :p

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“HELLO COUSIN!”

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I like how they are all looking at the camera. :p

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One word of caution though, this place can be a mosquito-feeding ground at night, so if you prefer dining outdoors,
make sure you arm yourself with an insect repellent or cover up well.
If not, you can also choose to sit indoors where it’s air conditioned.

Alpaca View Farm and Cuisine is located at 11 Soi Ladprao-Wanghin 71, Ladprao Rd, Bangkok 10320.
Do note that they open only after 5pm, and opens till late.
Good to chill with beer and live music! :)

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The last “cat” cafe we visited was…

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TADAH! It’s also a cat ya? Hahaha!
We really didn’t come with the intention to visit this one, but saw it while we were roaming around the new Siam Square 1 mall.
It is really massive spanning across 3 storeys, so we decided to have some tea there.

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It was MASSIVELY pink and Hello Kitty all over the place, I think A also fainted.
(Thanks A, for caving in to my whims and fancies) HAHA!

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They mainly serve drinks and some light desserts, and only savoury item they had on the menu was sandwiches.
I am auntie at heart and need to eat some “salty food” so I went ahead and ordered a serving of sandwich. :)
The food looked really cute (except that pink cake that looks too artificially pink).
Oh, and that aggressively pink whipped cream on our iced chocolate scares me too.

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My iced strawberry tea was served in a Hello Kitty zippy-cup which I get to keep.
Maybe that explains why it costs us almost 40 SGD for that bit of food.
We had to collect the food on our own too. :(

Verdict?
The food was really quite bad.
And we couldn’t bring ourselves to eat too much of that ridiculously-pink cake.
I should have known – heard too many horror stories about the food at Hello Kitty cafes.

And because we are rebels, we did this.

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No offence, Kitty. You know I still love you.

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I forced A to take a picture with Hello Kitty too….

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Declined.

Anyhoos, thank you A for walking into a Hello Kitty Cafe with me.
Now everyone knows you went to a Hello Kitty, you’re not that cool anymore.
HAHAHAHAAHAHA!

This is what our faces will be like the next time we see a Hello Kitty Cafe:

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LOL! And how it’ll be like the next time we see a mega gadget store:

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I guess, opposite attracts ya? LMAO.

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December 1, 2014 at 2:01 am

Travel Made Different – Venice

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Wanderlust is seriously kicking in right now, as I browse through the photos
taken during the recent trip to Italy. It is my first time to Venice, I know it’s long overdue,
but please allow me to put these wonderful memories up on my blog so I can always come back to read about them.

A lot of people tell me that Venice is a romantic city.
May I please also add that this is such a unique city with so much to offer culturally and ahem, “materialistically”. Haha! The first thought that came to my mind while weaving around Venice is
“Wow! That’s a lot of big labels in such a tiny city!”.
If you’re looking for some serious shopping, Venice is definitely the place to be at.

And of course, when you’re in Venice, how can you possibly miss being in Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square)?

This place is picture perfect (minus the hordes of tourists).

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A must-do when you’re in Venice. Visit St Mark’s Square in the middle of the night.
I know this sounds crazy, but I heard that it is a magical sight.
Yes, I haven’t done it yet because it’s not easy to wake me up after I’ve fallen asleep.
Will do it the next time I’m there. Heh!

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When in Venice, roam around without a map and take in the sights and sounds.
Venice is a really small city but trust me, even if you walk with a map,
you might lose your way too because the buildings all look almost the same (to me at least)!
The streets are old but charming and the there is a picture-perfect corner every 15 mins.

I love exploring new places because there is always something new to see, always something interesting I’d find.
I love the sights and sounds in Venice!

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Those are food. And these…

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These are made of Murano glass! And of course, how can I possibly leave Venice
without some Murano glass accessories for myself?

Unfortunately, I only had one and a half full days in Venice.
I think it would be great to visit Murano to learn more about the making of the famed Murano glass
if you have more time in Venice the next time you visit.

When we were there, we also took a gondola. It set us back by about 80 euros –
pretty expensive for a 15-min ride if you ask me.
But I really respect how much effort the gondoliers put into maintaining their gondolas
and the dedication they have for their work. Most of the occupants in Venice are in tourism industry.
If I was born a Venetian, I don’t mind being a female gondolier! Do they allow that? Haha.
I need to read up more about them!

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Our gondola headed out to the open seas!

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And gave us a nice view of St Mark’s Basilica!

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On the way back, we also cruised by Ponte dei Sospiri, also known as the Bridge of Sighs.

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This bridge has a beautiful and tragic story, it was said that the view from this bridge
is the last view of Venice that prisoners will see before their imprisonment.
As the bridge name suggests, prisoners will sigh at the beauty of Venice through the windows on the bridge
before taken down to their cells.
However, a local legend also said that lovers will be granted eternal love and bliss
if they kiss on a gondola at sunset under the Bridge of Sighs as the bells of St Mark’s Campanile toll.
That’s some skill needed for perfect timing man! No wonder they say true eternal love don’t come easy. Haha!

I hope that legend is not made up by some gondolier. I shall blindly buy beautiful legends.

Another renowned bridge we visited was the Rialto Bridge, one of the four bridges over the Grand Canal in Venice.

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Isn’t this just the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?

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Venice is beyond beautiful, and I wish I had more time there.
If you’re planning to visit Venice, I hope I’ve given you a few tips on where to go and what to expect
when you’re there. If not, you can also visit TravelMadeDifferent because it’s a pretty awesome platform
for young people to exchange travel tips with one another.

By the way, if you’re going on your trip soon, do snap more photos as you’re cruising the world!
From 22 September to 21 October 2014, forty @TravelMadeDifferent followers who post
the most awesome #explore shots on Instagram will win a $50 voucher each!

It’s easy to take part in the contest!
Check out and follow @TravelMadeDifferent on Instagram.
Simply post a photo or video and share more about your must-see, must-do or must-eat on your travels on Instagram
and hashtag #TravelMadeDifferent #Explore #.
Do also note that your Instagram account has to be public.

Have fun seeing the world!

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September 27, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Rome 2014 I

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I have this indescribable urge to visit Europe every once in a while.
August 2014 was quite an eventful month for me because I not only get to spend my 29th birthday in Italy,
I also got to travel with not just A, but also Mom and one of my favourite aunts. :)

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August 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

Italy Summer Packing List

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My Italy vacay starts tomorrow and I am jotting down all the stuff I need to pack for the trip.
I find it extremely bothersome to have to pack for a trip (especially a long one) without a packing list.
Do you have the same problem?

And since I foresee myself going for many, many more trips in future.
I shall put up my packing list online so I won’t have to make new lists in the future. *genius*
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July 22, 2014 at 7:51 pm

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Tokyo 2014 II

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I’d like to rave about my 3-Day Juice Cleanse Detox experience!
All thanks to BeMyGuest, I found out that there are actually a lot more interesting activities
in Singapore that I’ve been missing out on all these while.

BeMyGuest is the largest tours and activities aggregator in Asia.
They have a free content system and their suppliers manage their own tours and activities by themselves directly,
that means that response time is quicker and you can skip the whole administrative dilly-dally thing.
There are a lot of activities and programmes for many destinations across Asia,
and just looking at them makes me want to travel, like immediately! Haha!

It was my first time on a detox programme and the whole 3 days was easier to deal with than I imagined.
I thought I would be starving half the time! :p
I was given 6 bottles of organic cold pressed juices that came in a pretty cooler bag!
The bottles are all clearly labelled so I will not get confused.

Know what the biggest surprise is?
The juices were actually really delicious and it made me very happy!

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There was a good mix of fruits, vegetables and even nuts in the juices.
You might think that a nutty juice might sound weird, but it’s super yummy, I tell ya! :p
Fortunately I was in the cafe most of the time during the 3 day detox period, so a toilet was easily accessible.
The juices made me visit the toilet more often than ever.
I felt that my system was so “clean” that whatever I drank came right out faster than usual! Heh.

I felt “cleaner” and it also urged me to start making healthier choices when it comes to food after the detox.
I sure don’t want to waste my efforts over the 3 days! :p
Thank you BeMyGuest for the delicious (and healthy) treat!

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June 2, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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Tokyo 2014 I

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Tokyo came and left in the blink of an eye.
As much as the world is getting smaller every day with this crazy technology boom,
it is still taking me so long to fly around the globe.
Hasn’t anyone came up with a teleporting machine yet?

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May 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Krabi with AirAsia

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November 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

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AMSTERDAM

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June 7, 2013 at 3:04 am

London

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May 25, 2013 at 7:31 am

In The City Of Love

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May 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

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Hey Jules

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I hope you missed me.
Will be back with more pictures about my travels real soon!

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May 12, 2013 at 4:48 am

You’ve been Phuket-ed!

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All thanks to The Glamourous Factory, A and I were all prepped up after weeks of hard work!
This cosy little space tucked away in a small corner is going to be your best friend, especially if you are one of those
who works in the CBD area.
We visited The Glamourous Factory last week and each enjoyed a pampering facial!
I also tried eyelash extension for the first time in my life (it really isn’t as uncomfortable as I’ve been told!)

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The Glamourous Factory not only do facial treatments but also a whole array of other services like nails,
waxing, ear candling, IPL, and many more!
It’s just a stone’s throw away from my favourite Amoy Street Food Centre and it’s so convenient to just pop by to get a treatment
the next time I’m in the CBD area! Yay! :D

They are currently having an Opening Special which will end on 30th November 2012 and Christmas promotions are also on.
I always liked how I can find treasures like that. :)
Don’t forget to check them out the next time you need a quick facial during lunch time!

All this prepping is not done for nothing, of course!
A’s birthday is just round the corner and I planned a SURPRISE for her!
There’s one thing you don’t know though – I’m REALLY bad at keeping secrets and surprises.
And most of the time, I just end up telling her everything and ruin all my plans.
She likes to tease me for this all the time.

So this time round, I told her we will go get facials and feel refreshed and recharged,
and I’ll bring her for a nice staycation at a fancy hotel!
It was really torturing for me to keep the surprise for as long as 3 weeks!
But when the day finally arrived, I was really proud of myself.
It was a job well done! *big grin*

I got her blindfolded and took her to a cab.
Of course, I told the driver where we wanted to go before she got out of the house.
Sneaky. Hehehe!

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And this is pretty much the essence of it.
She was so bewildered when she realised we were at the airport! Hahahaha!
“What are we doing at the airport?”

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I think she didn’t know whether to look confused or excited. But it gives me a damn big sense of satisfaction! :p
She was also a little taken aback when she knew I had stolen her passport. Hahaha!
I then handed her a little greeting card with our boarding details all printed.

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And before she could digest everything, we are on our way to PHUKET for a sunny holiday!

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The resort I got is my favourite place in Phuket – awesome location, awesome beaches, awesome people, awesome everything!
If anyone of you had been to Andara, you would totally agree with me when I say this place is really world class standard!
I love everything from the smell of their rooms to the taste of their room service food. Heh!

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Here is a little virtual tour around the resort.

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We have a one bedroom suite and this place is HUGE!
We have a fully functional kitchen that comes with all the things you might need – pots and pans, cutlery, crockery, etc.
There is even a dish washer and oven in the kitchen!

The living area is spacious and completed with Bose sound system too!
Good stuff.

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Our clean and bright bedroom!

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The bathroom is crazy big too – comes with two sinks so we won’t have to fight for space.
And the bath tub is massive as well!

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We decided to just chill and slack the day away in this awesome suite.
So dinner will just be settled with room service.
The food was just superb, and the hotel staff would even set the table nicely for the guests!

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Each suite comes with a huge tray of fresh tropical fruits, so we had fresh fruits after dinner. Yums!

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Breakfast the next day was at the famous SILK Restaurant.
It was such a spread!
A had her Eggs Ben and I had my banana pancakes for breakfast!

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I am not really a big fan of Patong Beach but I guess we have to drop by Patong at least once since we’re in Phuket.
So we headed out to town to grab lunch and buy some junk food for the night!

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Something random. We found these PINK eggs in one of the convenience stores! So strange!

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Those are century eggs by the way.

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It was just a short 3D2N stay because we still have tons of work waiting for us in Singapore and
we really cannot afford to be away for too long.
Besides, I whisked her away secretly and I didn’t know if she was needed at home or had other stuff to do.
So time is of the essence!

The last (but most exciting) day was packed with activities!
We got up nice and early for breakfast before preparing for the beach! :D

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The resort offers free shuttle to the nearby Kamala Beach where the Andara Beach Lounge is at.
I much prefer this beach because it’s more private and not as crazily crowded as Patong Beach!
There are resort staff at the lounge too so there is no need to worry about not being able to get drinks or towels or what not.
In fact, we were welcomed with a nice chilled drink and cold towels the moment we arrived at the beach!

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The beach is BEEEAAAUUUTIIFFUULLL!

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In the picture above (which is also on the left of the lagoon at Kamala Beach),
you can see Andara resorts and villa littered all over the slopes!

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太美了!

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To complete my day-at-the-beach look, I also packed along my studded bracelet from Style Locker!
I love how the bracelet can suit different looks, even for beachwear!

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I’m looking like a pirate. :x

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We also went up to our private pool for a little dip to cool ourselves down after the tan.
I love the infinity pool and how we overlook the ocean! <3

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Makes my newly Juup-ed toes look prettier too. Hahaha!

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And before we checked out at 8pm (yes the resort lets us check out that late!),
we had another nice bubble bath to end the trip on a sweet note. <3

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Andara is heaven on earth indeed!
If you’re planning a trip to Phuket, don’t forget to check them out ok!
They are always having promotions and have lots of packages for honeymoon and weddings etc, so do read up more about them. :)

Before I sign off, I also want to share my matching studded necklace from Style Locker!
Big thanks to Ee Xuan and Amelia for the gorgeous accessories to spice out my outfits wherever I am. Love!
They are also on Facebook and will always be posting sneak peeks of their launches so LIKE them if you are kiasu like me. Haha!

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And I also found another new piece of accessory I absolutely love!
This chunky necklace from Rainbow Mochi works like magic on all my collared tops!
I like how the gem in the middle sits right between the collars when I pair it up with blouses.

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They have just launched a new collection not too long ago so please check them out if you like statement accessories,
they have tons of those!
Rainbow Mochi will also be giving you a $1 off if you join their mailing list and quote SIXPEGS upon ordering.
Check out their Facebook Page for more details too!

Before I go, I would like to do a shoutout to A.

“Hello you! My surprise rocks! Hahaha. I hope you enjoyed yourself love! HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance!”

Peace xx

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November 19, 2012 at 6:08 am

Posted in A, Travels

Bintan Getaway!

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Courtesy of Journeyful and Bintan Lagoon Resort, A and I were whisked away to Bintan for the weekend!
I always loved weekend getaways and other than local hotel staycations, short trips to nearby isles is also one of my faves.
A and I joined other bloggers and media representatives to the media launch at Bintan Lagoon Resort!

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The walkway to the resort was littered with the resort staff and it was really very welcoming!
They all had different uniforms so I reckon they all played different roles in the resort. Very cute!
I also saw other bloggers like Silver, Nadnut, Brad, Zoe, Dawn and many more. :)

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We were all given a goodie bag with LOTS of junk food and a welcome drink at the lobby of the resort too!

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We put up at one of the Club Suites and it was really much bigger, cleaner and prettier than what I remembered.
(I stayed at this same resort some 5 years ago)

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There is also a personalized welcome message in our room. Nice touch!

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There is also a small balcony in our room. Check out the refreshing view!
It’s the sea beyond the greens, but I think you can’t really see it properly in the photo below.

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Then I got retarded and did some ah siao poses for A. HAHAHA!
Please look and laugh and forget about these.

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We were only there for about one full day so we want to make full use of our time there!
After freshening up, we headed out for lunch at RICE.
There were also buggies to take us around the resort. No need to walk eh!
Excellent for lazy bones like me :p

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Me stuffing my face with food. *hungry*

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There was also a short tour around the resort.
We came by the villas and I was surprised to know that the villas are actually for sale!
About half a million or less each, depending on the size.
Interesting!
Each villa has their own buggy so the visitors can just drive around the resort on their very own transport.
Great for huge group of friends or big families I think.

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Shortly after, we were told we will be having some drinks and dinner! (FOOD AGAIN! :p)
The buggy took us around the golf course and before we know it…

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We arrived at this whole gorgeous blue and white set up by the beach on the gold course!
There were two lines of welcoming staff from the resort to welcome us to dinner too.
It felt like a wedding! Heh. Very nice!

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We chilled over drinks and hang out with other blogger friends.
It’s nice to get to know Nadia and Silver better over the trip too.
Very very nice people! <3

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And we played with 孔明灯 too!

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Check out our very own lantern with wishes for The Tiramisu Hero! <3
Alternatively, you can make our wishes come true by visiting our store and trying our yummy tiramisu! Haha.

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Not to be shameless but I think we have the cutest lantern! Hehe.

The ferry home on the following day is at 3-ish in the afternoon.
So we headed out to do some activities in the sun in the morning!!

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The initial plan was ATV but the wait was quite long so A dragged me to jet ski.
I DREAD IT SO MUCH because I am a little hydrophobic and it was really quite scary for me.

But after her extreme persuasion…. I caved.

I don’t know what the guy who took the pictures did with the camera but the pictures all turned out a little blur.
Bleah.
But okay lah, still not too bad. Haha!

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I think he was still seasick. Everything was slanted. Haha!

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AND ATV!!!

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I think I look more like some tuk tuk driver. :p
Quite tak glam.

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It was my first time on an ATV and it’s really very fun!
The ATV track around the resort vicinity had different kinds of terrain and it was quite a fun experience.
The half an hour ride was way too short for me!!

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And this is what A did when I asked her to act cool.
HAHAHAHA!

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WE HAD LOTS OF FUN!! <3

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The trip was really short but it was really awesome.
A big thank you to Journeyful and Bintan Lagoon Resort for the wonderful weekend! <3

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Have a great Saturday ahead friends!
Peace xx

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October 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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Barcelona II

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Written by SIXPEGS

October 8, 2012 at 2:52 am

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Barcelona I

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A and I finally made it to Barcelona!
We heard so much about this place – the petty thieves, the gorgeous beaches, the friendly people, the glorious food…
And indeed, this place lived up to expectations and we fell in love with Barcelona the moment we set foot on it!

After dumping our rucksacks in our apartment at La Rambla, we headed out to Bar Lobo which is just round the corner.
The host at our apartment raved about this place, saying it’s one of the best cafes in Barcelona and we were so excited about it!

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The Spanish are so friendly and the service here was so good! Very impressed.
And of course, the food was absolutely fantastic (and probably the best we had throughout our stay in Barcelona).
Tapas and Paella for lunch!

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We stayed in the heart of the city near La Rambla and the experience was really good!
It’s convenient to travel around from here, and it’s near the metro station too.
Plus there are like tons of shopping available all around. Food too!
I really miss Barcelona already!

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The first day was spent visiting the museums and Spanish village.
The weather was sunny but cool and that makes walking around very enjoyable!

And as usual, A is our tour guide again. Haha!

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The view was spectacular up at the MNAC!

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We also headed over to the Spanish Village which is about 15 to 20 mins walk away (uphill ahem).
I don’t like walking uphill, thus the smelly face.

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Spanish Village was really pretty though!
It was initially built to be a little exhibition area.
But the response was so good that they decided to keep the place and make it an open air museum!

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I don’t know what A is doing in here. Hahaha!

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And as usual, we started feeding birds again. :x

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And A suggested that we should leave bread crumbs everywhere so that the pigeons will still have food even when after we left.
So cute hor this girl. :p

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On our way back, we also toured around the main shopping street outside of our apartment.
Barcelona, what a colourful place! <3

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Before I end this post, I also want to share more about this website I came across couple of days back.
Woofilicious is a website that serves homemade organic meals and treats for our furkids,
and it’s really super cute!
I bought some treats for Ah Boo and she really liked it so just thought I’ll share it with you peeps!

They also have this Pets Tips section on the website and one of the articles was about responsibility as a pet owner.
One of the things I hate the most is seeing abuse of animals and abandonment of pets,
so if you are thinking of getting a new furkid, read it ok! :)

The Tiramisu Hero is thinking about adopting a charity as soon as we can manage our finances properly
and when our business stabilizes.
Hope that day will come soon and I can’t wait for the day for us to adopt
some animal-related charitable organization and do our part for the animals.

I will also be doing Botox on my jaw muscles tomorrow! *thrilled*
I last did it couple of years back and the results were really good.
Hope tomorrow’s session will bring some kickass results too!
Will definitely update this space and share my experience! :B

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October 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

PARIS II

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Before I begin on my travelogue, I want to share more about the PandaQuest competition that is super cute and meaningful!
Amidst all the rave about Kai Kai and Jia Jia coming to Singapore,
there is another Panda-related competition that caught my attention!

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The Chengdu Pambassador Program is looking for animal-lovers, environmental conservationists and travel enthusiasts!
And their ultimate goal is to raise awareness about conservation of pandas and to return the pandas to the wild!

Those who become Chengdu Pambassadors will have the unique opportunity to tour the world over five to six months,
and visit the pandas in zoos around the world.
Chengdu Pambassadors will start in Chengdu, pass through Asia, Europe, the Americas, Australia and return back to China.
In each city, Chengdu Pambassadors will work with the zoo and engage with the local community to promote panda conservation.
The Chengdu Pambassadors will also receive a US$20k stipend each as well as all travel and accommodation expenses covered!

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Want to do your part to contribute towards the conservation of these cute fluffy pandas?
Join PandaQuest and spread the word to your friends!
LIKE the Chengdu Pambassador Facebook Page to show your support too!
AND to make this more enticing, we are giving away two BRAND NEW 16GB iPad3 to two SIXPEGS readers with the highest PandaQuest points!
Read on to find out how you can stand a chance to win!

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1. Only for readers who are not in the competition yet, create your new profiles on PandaQuest
& email me at sixpegs(at)gmail.com to be eligible for this contest.
I will go to PandaQuest and ‘HUG’ you!

2. Ask your friends to ‘Hug’ you to score points! The one who scores the most points by 1st October will walk away with a brand new iPad.

Winners will be notified via email. So be sure to double check your email address before you submit your comments!

Terms & Conditions
– Giveaway is open to people living in Singapore
– Participants must create a profile on PandaQuest to qualify
– Minimum age to join PandaQuest is 16 years old.
– Giveaway ends on 1st October 2012
– Prize will be ready for collection 3-4 weeks after the end of the giveaway

ALL THE BEST TO YOU! <3

xxx

I have a couple of other photos that we took in Paris so I’ll share them here before I begin on Barcelona in my next entry.
A and I bought new shades in Paris and we love our shades so much!
Freaking dig the round frames of my shades! <3

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That was me instagraming. Hahaha!
Are you on Instagram too? Follow me and say HI ok! :D

We then headed over to the Louvre area because A wanted to feed birds.
Hahahaha she was a little obsessed with the whole pigeon feeding thing.
We would bring a huge piece of gingerbread in our bags everyday.
And whenever she sees pigeons, she will get super excited and want to feed them. :p

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The obsessed bird feeder!

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She made me feed birds too. Hahaha ok lah, quite fun.

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The background keeps changing but A is always seen holding her gingerbread. Hahahaha!

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She’s seriously hilarious!
A and I revisited the Eiffel Tower! <3

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My favouritest girl is looking for birds to feed. I’m serious.
I apologise for the content of this blog post.
It’s all about us looking for birds to feed. Hahaha!

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And a whole bunch of crazy photos!

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GOODNIGHT EVERYONE!
And happy midweek! <3

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September 25, 2012 at 11:23 pm

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Paris I

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It was one of my greatest wish to travel to Europe when I was in university.
I was always green with envy when I hear friends travelling to Europe for their graduation trips etc.
In a nutshell, I just really wanted to go check out Europe for myself, and Paris in particular,
is one of the cities I am dying to visit.
Other than the world renowned Eiffel Tower, Montmartre in Paris is also on my bucket list.

A and I didn’t make it to Montmartre on our previous trip because our trip was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances.
But this time round, we finally made it there!
Montmartre! The place where Amélie Poulain lived and worked in! *beams*

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We got our apartment from a Bed&Breakfast website and it is just couple stops away from the main Montmartre area.
We picked the location because it was near the flea markets and we both loved flea markets!
And according to the research we did, the area we stayed at has the biggest flea market in the whole of Europe!

The excited A and I woke up nice and early on our first day in Montmartre! :D

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I’m wearing my new top from Runway Bandits!
Totally loving this blue top (which reminds me of the SCGS uniform btw) and the quality is superb!
I insisted on just wearing this out although it was pretty chilly. Typical 爱水麦命! Hahaha.

The walk to the flea markets was really fun!
Cafes, local schools and some little cute restaurants.
The area we lived in has quite a number of immigrants so it is pretty interesting to see another side of Paris.
Very different from the glam and lavish Paris we were used to during our last trip.
The area was quite cheap and there are lots of supermarkets all around.
The things here are significantly cheaper than town area too. Good for us pauper-style travellers. Heh!

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This place is heaven for people who loves cute furnitures, antiques or interesting knick knacks!

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So nice but soooo expensive! *faints*

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And of course, the mighty Sir Antonio made an appearance too! :p

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A is wearing her mighty blue blazer (which totally suits her!) from Runway Bandits too!
We love the blazers from there so much we got the blazer in a total of 4 colours! Hahaha.

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The flea markets has so much to offer and so many things to see!
But it is quite different from how we envisioned it before we got there.
So we ended the flea market tour earlier than expected and headed straight to Montmartre! *thrilled*
We took a train to Pigalle station which is just a couple stops away.

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The whole Montmartre area is on a hill so there are slopes all around.
But it’s really pretty! And we regretted not staying in this area immediately as soon as we set eyes on Montmartre!
We did our homework and had a printout of the route to take for a walking tour around the Montmartre area.
And A is our tour guide of the day! *applause*

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And I wore my terribly crumpled top in the very beautiful Montmartre.
Very upset there is no iron in our apartment!!!!
Am loving my shoes from Soeurs too! Thanks dearest Jayne Tham Tham!! <3

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Montmartre is BEEEAAAUUUUTIFUL! Probably one of my favourite place in Paris now!
I really love the vibes this place give me. Very Parisian and I totally dig it!
Please enjoy the photos as I bring you on a little tour and see Montmartre through my eyes. <3

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I LOVE THESE STOCKINGS! (Guess which pair I bought!)

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Adorable little Picasso, Dali and Frida finger puppets! Too cute too cute!

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Place du Tertre – the little square where all the artists gathered.

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And we finally arrived at the gorgeous La Basilique du Sacré Coeur!
The view is just spectacular!!

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– BLURP! –

We revisited Sacré Coeur the following day so I’ll just throw the pictures in here.
(Because I bought A a super touristy poncho to make sure the rain doesn’t get to her and she looked really cute!)

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We also dropped by this cabaret which is frequented by a lot of famous artists who lived in Montmartre in the past.
This place often appeared in many of their paintings too!
What a quaint little building!

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The whole place is pretty much like a little historic tour.
There are many of such signs around to tell the history and story behind special houses or special corners in Montmartre.
It’s really cool when we imagined that we are actually walking on the cobble stones that famous people like Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh once set foot on!

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Damn those horrible vandals!
And more pictures. :D

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AND THE TWO WINDMILLS CAFE! Amelie!!!

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I skipped and hopped like a child when I saw the cafe and I couldn’t contain my excitement!
Kept grinning to myself like an idiot because I could see Amelie walking around the cafe in my head. Hahahaha.
Amelie is my favourite film! I think I must have watched it like 15, 16 times!

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In the toilet where Georgette made out with Joseph. :p
There are pictures of Amelie’s Dad’s gnome all over the world too!

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Tourists will always be tourists.
We had their signature Amelie creme brulee! Heh.

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Sir Antonio approves of this place too! :D

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And no Montmartre trip is complete with pictures of the Moulin Rouge.

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It didn’t impress me much, this Moulin Rouge.
We saw this erotica museum in the area and decided to check it out.
It’s pretty interesting – especially the area where they showcased how the Pigalle area was like almost a century ago!

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Didn’t know Mona Lisa had such huge boobies.

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Pictures of real inhabitants of Pigalle in the thirties.

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Hope you liked your little tour around Montmartre!
Will continue with the rest of my Europe trip in my upcoming blog entries.
Before I go, just thought I’ll put in some updates of what I’ve been up to since I got back!

The happiest and biggest news is Mini Ong aka Baby Rykiel Ong has finally arrived!

We arrived in Singapore at 4pm and quickly rushed to the hospital at 7 plus to see her!
Congratulations Mommy Rossie and Daddy Roy!
And welcome, our dearest Rykiel! We love you! :D

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She is such a bundle of joy!
A kept insisting that she wants to be called Aileen Jiejie and not Auntie Aileen. Hahaha.

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快快快高长大,WE LOVE YOU! <3

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I was invited to the Johnnie Walker Circuit Lounge party at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay too.
And decided to hit the party with A and her folks!
They are such a fun bunch!
Hopefully I can bring my happening Mom to parties soon too! Heh.

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Love this crazy photo also. Hahaha!

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I also went to the new hair sponsor, Shunji Matsuo and had some hair coloring and cut done too!
Decided to cut the back really short and have it colored red after discussion with my stylist Jerry.

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Next time then show you how it turned out.
BYE! Hahaha.

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September 25, 2012 at 5:29 am

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Munich | Austria

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It came as a little surprise when I was told that we would be crossing the borders and heading over to Salzburg, Austria!
The first place we came to was Mirabell Garden where the film Sound of Music was filmed in the 60s.
Quite sadly, my childhood was quite ching chong so I didn’t watch the show when I was younger.
But I do remember snippets of the show, especially those classic scenes from videos I’ve watched over the years.

Here are some pictures of the beautiful Mirabell Garden!

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The steps where the children in the movie sang “Do Re Mi” on! :p

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Our guide was this really cute Austrian lady named Ruth.

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The city was somewhat divided into two by the river.
I have to say the atmosphere on the two sides is so different!
The view on the connecting bridge was breathtaking too. And the buskers made the walking around extra enjoyable too!

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There are Mozart related souvenirs everywhere because this place is where Amadeus Mozart was born!

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And this was his birth place, now a museum.

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Mozart chocolates were pretty popular with the tourists too.

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We were also introduced to the oldest cafe in town.
If you ask me, it doesn’t look like it has been there for over a century! Still so pretty!

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And the smallest house in Salzburg! The one caught in between two taller buildings!
So poor thing. Hahaha.

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And of course, Sir Antonio came out to play too! Hahaha.
I hope we didn’t look too stupid taking pictures of Sir Antonio in the middle of the streets. :p

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We also had a nice Bavarian themed dinner with A’s company where everyone was dressed in black, red and yellow.
I know it sounds lame but it’s actually quite fun to see everyone decked in colours of the Germany flag. :p

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Big thank you to Runway Bandits for the lovely yellow blazer! <3

The highlight of the day, however, has got to be the trip to visit Dachau Concentration Camp back in Munich.
I have always had a deep interest in WWII and strangely I have a penchant for camps or museums related to such stuff.
I had high expectations for the Dachau Concentration Camp before I went there.
But I think they cleaned up the place pretty well and the entire place felt more peaceful than creepy.

That said, I still think the whole history about these concentration camps and all the torturing that took place in them
is too cruel and appalling.
Hopefully we will not let such things happen again.

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The words on the gate says “Work leads to Freedom”.

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The uniforms worn by the prisoners.

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This reminds me of this movie I watched called “The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas”, it was from a book of the same title.
It is a Holocaust film that explores the horror of a World War II extermination camp through the eyes of two 8-year-old boys;
one the son of the camp’s Nazi commandant, the other a Jewish inmate.

If you haven’t watched this show before, please do.
I managed to find the full movie on Youtube!
Here is Part 1. Thank me later! :)

This room is the shower room where the prisoners were all stripped naked, hair shaved, and made to shower together.
Towards the end, this is also made into a place to torture prisoners with extremely hot or cold water.

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If you look closely, you will be able to see the yellow streak on the ceiling where the pipes used to be.

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There were also a few standees around the room that showed pictures taken back
during the times when the camps were still in use.
After standing in front of the standees for a while, I realized that the pictures there were all taken at the spot where
the standees were placed.
It creeped me out a little, but it was really sad to imagine how all these people used to be humiliated,
insulted and treated with such unjust in this room.

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These poles were once used to hang bodies.

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Now we can only see this structure here to remind us of all the people who lost their lives there.

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We also visited the bunks for the prisoners.
They were all re-constructed to model after how the rooms used to look like.
The beds used to be bigger until the camp got too overcrowded.
According to the guide, there were about more than 300 prisoners
kept in one room (about the size of our classroom) towards the end.

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Today, the barracks were all demolished, leaving only numbered stones to mark where they once stood.

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The gas chambers and furnaces.
This is not in the main premises of the camp, but well hidden behind the woods.
Prisoners were made to bring fellow inmates to the gas chambers and made to get rid of their bodies after they were gassed.
Many of the prisoners who were there did not even know about the gas chambers when they were there.

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These are the fake shower sprouts.

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I heard many stories from friends who visited other concentration camps in Poland, etc.
Some said there were heaps of clothes from prisoners, heaps of hair taken from prisoners.
And about how their hair were all taken to be woven into clothes because there was a lack of resources back then.

Although the entire area in Dachau Concentration Camp was cleaned up pretty well.
Walking through the entire camp through the main gates, to the shower rooms, to the barracks and finally to the gas chambers
certainly makes me imagine how horrifying it must be for the prisoners who were once here.
Let’s hope history will not repeat itself.

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September 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

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Munich I

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I am finally back from the days of being internet-less!
This Europe trip felt really different from the previous one but it was just as good if not better.
It was a rather last-minute decision because it was actually A’s company retreat getaway trip.
They were going to Munich and she thought it would be great if we could tag along,
and leave Munich on our own to finish off what we missed out from our previous Europe trip.

We came back about a week in advance from our previous trip there because of my grandmother’s demise.
And it felt like we have came one full circle after we finally finished up what we set out to do in the first place.

We visited Munich, Austria (for a day), Paris and Barcelona this time round.
I must say I am very proud that we managed to spend very little on this trip (muahaha!).
I am really poor now. REALLY POOR! Need to start working my ass off again!

Nuff of whining! :D
Here are some pictures we took in Munich!

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We were with a tour group for the Munich trip so everything was pretty planned out for us.
I love and hate going on tours because everything is so pre-planned. I love and hate it for the same reason.
I don’t know much about Germany before I went there.
The few things I knew about Germany was pork knuckles, beer and Adolf Hitler.
Gladly, during the short span of 4 days in Germany, I learnt more about the three mentioned above,
and a little bit more about what this cool country has to offer.

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Everything was pretty much a blur when we first got there.
A and I were suffering from SERIOUS lack of sleep because we spent the last couple days rushing out tons of tiramisu orders.
The long flight didn’t make it any better.
And to top it off, I had an eye stye in my right eye.
So you won’t be seeing much pictures of me in this post because I don’t want to scare you away.

The pictures of the stadium you see above is supposedly one of their big and pretty stadiums where they hold soccer games.
I’m not a big fan of soccer and my only knowledge about German footballers is about a certain Michael Ballack and
one of their goalkeepers called Kahn because his name sounds like C*** and is too funky.

Then we headed over to the second “photo stop” – some castle, of some sort.

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The main stars at this photo stop were actually the swans there.
The Germans seem to like their swans a lot.
It was pretty nice because the suagu me have actually never seen a swan so upclose before.
(Don’t ask me why I didn’t go Jurong Bird Park)

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Look at the swan’s ugly kids in the background :p
So glad swans are not one of those superficial animals who would kill their kids because they are ugly.
(Please forgive me for talking gibberish.
It’s 6.15am and my body doesn’t know whether it’s on Europe time or Singapore time now)

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Strangely, the hotels in Munich only check their guests in at 4pm so we had a lot of time to kill before we could settle down.
So the guides brought the whole bunch of tired, jetlag tourists to the main shopping city centre.
I have to admit the sight of beer gardens everywhere thrilled me tremendously.

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Snapped while A was singing halfway. Hahaha.

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MarienPlatz. And this clock tower with really adorable clockwork is one of the main attraction of the city.

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Our tour guide is called Barbara.
A and I changed the “Banana” in that Despicable Me minions banana/potato song to “Barbara”,
and we kept singing it.
I cannot believe we are so childish sometimes.
Her face is not shown to protect her identity and for you to imagine how she looks like.

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Lunch was at this restaurant called Ratskeller just next to the main square at MarienPlatz.
Food was really good and the decor of the place was very pretty!
Best thing is, there was free wifi! *YES*

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And of course, BEER!

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AND PORK KNUCKLE!

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The first mouthful of pork knuckle + beer was heavenly!

And then more touring around the city!

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I am really amazed by how there can be so many Germans all over the place drinking beer. At any hour!
Don’t they have day jobs?

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We went by this market area where there were food, flowers and other small handicrafts on sale too.
Quite cute!

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Botox shots anyone?

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Barbara also brought us to this BEAUTIFUL beer house!
I cannot believe their beer houses are so damn gorgeous!
Some of the patrons here even have lockers where they can keep their personal beer steins.
And these lockers are not things that money can buy – they have to be super regulars to even stand a chance to own one.
And when one wants to give up the locker, he/she gets to pick who is the next person to take over the locker.
Interesting uh!

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After checking in at the hotel (FINALLY!), we got change and went for a welcome dinner at BMW Welt.
I never knew Germany is such a superpower country when it comes to manufacturing of luxury cars.

BMW Welt (which means BMW World) is a beautiful place!
This is the damn showroom.
Apparently, after you’ve purchased your car, you can drive it out from the showroom directly!

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A and I were both dressed in blue for the dinner.

My white top (which I absolutely love) and A’s blue blazer were both from Runway Bandits!
I freaking love their clothes!!!

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xxx

The following day, we visited the Neuschwanstein Castle (I had to google to get the spelling right).
It is almost a tongue twister to pronounce the name of this place accurately.
I know you are trying to pronounce now. Give it up already. Haha.

It looks like a really pretty place from the postcards we see all over the place.

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According to our guide, the outlook of this castle was so charming that its design is actually the basis for most of the designs of castles Disney has!
We were really excited about it but it was really foggy when we got up there so this is what we saw.

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The little “tourist town” where the castle was situated at was really pretty though.

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Even the horsies got manes Thor might be envious of.

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Our local guide for the day was wearing the traditional Bavarian costume.
I cannot remember what it is called already. But it’s really cool and the male’s costume is so much nicer than the female’s.
(In my opinion at least)
You can check out the costumes here.
Maybe some of you might be wondering about the same thing I did – how do we wash these leather pants?
Apparently, the pants in the male’s costume is made of leather and the pants is never ever washed.
The dirtier and more worn it gets, the “cooler” it is.

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Pictures of A and me (and the stupid eye stye) *sad*

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It is a long way up into the castle!
The uphill walk took us about 15 to 20 mins, and we had to avoid horse poo along the way.
It was quite funny.

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We bought this super yummy vanilla pops ice cream thing during one of the snack stops!
It’s SO GOOD! I wish they have these in Singapore!

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And finally at the castle!

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“Why so crowded…”

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We alo brought our best friend, Sir Antonio out on this trip with us.
We have been working hard together on the tiramisu and Sir Antonio needs a good break too!

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Sir Antonio likes this door.

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The best thing is, Sir Antonio didn’t need a ticket! Hahaha.

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Say HELLO to A’s colleagues!

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Oh yes! I also want you to see our bus driver’s super cool beard!

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Sir Antonio complained about how he didn’t get to see the city centre so we brought him out again. :p

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Me (trying to) look like a kid.

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Thank you because you are still willing to come back and read my blog after my 2 weeks disappearance!
Will be back with more updates!
Promise I’ll squeeze time to try to blog every single day!

Peace xx
(OMG TIME TO SLEEP!)

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September 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

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Bangkok III

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I am back with another entry about my Bangkok trip!
This is the third and last post about this recent trip though,
and it feels as if I am on the trip and it is ending all over again.
Boo.
I miss the Land of Smiles already!

For this last entry, I want to share one of my favourite night markets in Bangkok!
But before that, here are some pictures taken during our anniversary dinner there.
It’s our first year together and we decided to just spend it like any other day.
We had dinner at the 9th Cafe in Siam Paragon.
It’s just a simple looking cafe but the food was pretty good!
(The food is nice everywhere in Bangkok lah!)

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This is my lady’s ‘happy smile’.

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The food! A likes her western food and my heart has long been stolen by Thai cuisine.

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After dinner, we went down to our favourite dessert haunt Vanilla Brassiere
and bought a tiny Tiramisu cake before we head back to the hotel.

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A says this cake is made for us because it looks like a boob. LOL!

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It was our first time to Rot Fai Night Market and we were being punked by the damn taxi driver who took us there!
Rot Fai Night Market is just walking distance from the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market,
but because we went to the night market from the town area, we had to take a taxi instead.

The bloody driver dropped us in front of a WET MARKET and told us it was Rot Fai Market.
I was so pissed when I got off the cab.
Fortunately with the directions from some kind Thai youngsters, we managed to walk to Chatuchak Market.
And from there, we walked to Rot Fai Night Market with a stream of people who were also walking there from Chatuchak.

So if you’re going there, do remember that you can actually walk to Rot Fai from Chatuchak!
I know I didn’t blog much about Chatuchak Weekend Market although I went there on my trip.
Well everyone knows about Chatuchak, isn’t it? Haha.
But for those who are going to Bangkok soon, just a reminder to check out Section 3 in the market!
My favourite section other than the pets section.

I love this night market because the mood there was just awesome!
It was really crowded but the people there are all hip and fun looking.
Lots of interestingly dressed people and all the stuff on sale there are really cute too!

Most of the stalls are operated out of vintage cars or cute looking mini vans.
Vintage furnitures, vintage clothes, vintage knick knacks, you can find almost anything vintage down there.

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I love these really cute furnitures on sale there!
Suddenly wish I already have my own home so I can start buying all these gems home!
So so cute. I have to go back to Bangkok to buy furnitures for my home in future!

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Look at these cases!

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Seats made from a bath tub!

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And more pictures! Look at all the funky people selling funky things,
and funky people buying funky things!
Everyone looks fun there. Heh!

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Vintage toys on sale too!

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And I LOVE that microphone this dude is using!

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There are bars and eating places operating from a vehicle.
Lots of them littered all around the night market actually.
I also spotted a couple hippie looking young people sitting around eating and chatting while tending to their stalls.
I’m amazed by how they can make the whole place look so cute with just a few decorative items!

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We had our dinner there as well!
In this place called Rod’s. It’s one of the more done-up eating place around there but we were sold when we saw the decor.
Very cute!
There was live music in there while you dine too.
No air con though. I was so happy it was at night so it wasn’t too warm in there.
Sorry if the pictures are a little dark!

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I guess this pretty much concludes my Bangkok trip.
I was scrolling through the pictures I took when I was there and I chanced upon pictures of our favourite Thai dishes!
DROOL ALREADY LAH!
Basil leaves minced chicken with fried egg & stew pork rice with egg.
They are so yummy…

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I am usually not a huge shopaholic when I’m in Bangkok.
Didn’t really buy so many things that I can lay everything out on the bed and take a photo of all the junk I bought.
So here are some of the cute little knick knacks I bought on this short trip.

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Bought some clothes and usual singlets and stuff. Not worth mentioning.
Hahahaha.
To all those who are going to Bangkok soon, you have one jealous person here who is green with envy!
Hope you guys like my mini Bangkok Report!

Will be back tomorrow with more updates!
Sindy is getting married SOON!!!
In less than two weeks’ time actually, and the girlfriends are all crazy with the preparations and stuff.
Weeee!!!

Be right back with more stories, pictures and nice cafes to recommend! <3

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May 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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Bangkok II

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I’m back with more details about my Bangkok trip and more hangouts in the Land of Smiles to recommend!
A and I checked in to our second hotel for this trip!
I first read about MADUZI Hotel on the internet, and I was blown away by the decor in this hotel,
especially their unique bath tubs in all of their rooms!
This hotel also views the privacy of their hotel guests importantly.
There is no typical check-in counter in this hotel, all paper work are done in your rooms.
And the moment you enter the hotel, it just feels like home!
There is no crowd around any counters, you don’t see a lot of guests walking around too
because there is only slightly more than 40 rooms in there.

The hotel do not take guest reservations over the counter, so only prior reservations are accepted.
The gates to the hotel are almost always closed too, so you don’t get random strangers streaming in and out.

I like it!

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We were allocated a room on the top floor.
When we entered the lift, we were very fascinated!
The lift was lit with red light, and the buttons in the lift spelt MADUZI.
Cute!

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Once we enter the room, we were greeted by a cool looking coffee machine and fresh rambutans to welcome us!

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The room has a very special shape – shaped like a huge ‘C’.
At first, we thought the room was a little small, but every time we turn a corner, we get a new surprise!
I love the room!
It’s also super awesome that the room has a work corner with a printer meant for the guests!

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The other most awesome thing is THE FREAKING BED!
I think it is the BIGGEST bed I have ever seen!
It is so big that when we run and jump on the bed, we still cannot touch any one end of the bed.
Hahahaha!

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It really is very very big!
I think it’s a King-king of something. Heh!

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All of their rooms are non-smoking rooms, so for people who hates rooms that reek of smoke when you enter it,
this is the best man! :)
There is also a smoking corner in every level for the guests, so it wasn’t too bad for us.

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My favourite part of this room, however, is the bathroom!
It’s spacious and bright with a super long mirror so A and I
will never have to squeeze to stand in front of a small mirror anymore!

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The infinity bath tub is very special too.
The water comes from the ceiling eh!

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We tried the breakfast at MADUZI too!
I love the restaurant, especially the shelves of books between every table.

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Our breakfast!
Yummy to the max!

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And it’s time to set out for some shopping and more good food!
Other than the usual eating and shopping, one of the must-go places in Bangkok is definitely the Erawan Shrine too.
It is the first time I went to the shrine with A and it was also my first time hiring the dancers in there.
Erawan Shrine is right next to Chit Lom BTS station by the way!

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Regarding the dancers in this shrine, I heard some stories about
Nicholas Tse’s mother Deborah Li dancing nude in this shrine before.
It was said that she promised to dance naked before the Gods if she were to get famous.
Eventually, she became really well-known but didn’t go back to do what she promised.
She then became really ill and couldn’t get better despite medical help.
So in the end, she went back to Erawan Shrine and got the entire shrine enclosed so she could dance naked.
And she recovered.

Be careful what you promise in front of the Gods man!
This is another case I found online, although this is not at the Erawan Shrine,
it was also about a lady dancing naked in front of the Four Faced Buddha.

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From the shrine, we also toured the malls around the area.
I heard about Greyhound cafe and I was too excited to bring A for a good lunch there!
You can google Greyhound in Bangkok if you wanna try the food there too.
The fusion cuisine there is really really good!

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Here are some of the food we ordered!
I love the tom yum soup here because it comes with ravioli too! What a great combination!

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The Thai iced milk tea is absolutely yummy too!
The ice cubes are actually all tea cubes, so even when the tea cubes start melting,
your tea will be kept cold and will not become diluted at all!

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Desserts are at Vanilla Brassiere which is just at the ground level in Siam Paragon.
I love the crepes here!

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I wish Singapore had such good crepes and priced at such affordable prices too. *complains*
We ordered a strawberry and banana crepe to share.
It was totally yummy!

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We then brought our full stomachs to do some typical tourists stuff.
I have never been the the Madame Tussaud museum so I was thrilled when I saw some discounts going on for their tickets!
Here are some pictures of my celebrity friends and I. Haha!
(Some of them are dead already)

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I didn’t know PM Lee is so tall!
Why are they all so tall? :(

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And the most good looking of them all is John freaking gorgeous Depp!
LOOK AT HIM! Perfect human!

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And as night falls, it’s time for the night market!
It was a Saturday so we visited the Ratchada Night Market.
I did some research and read about this place being a treasure cove for vintage finds!
It is not very big, all the stalls are all makeshift ones on a huge carpark.
I love the mood here though!
There are not a lot of tourists and you see a lot of locals shopping too.
When you see a lot of locals at a market, you know it is the place to be at because the prices will be low low LOW! :D

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As you can see in some of the pictures above, a lot of the stalls are set up in front of the owners’ vehicles!
There are also a lot of gorgeous vintage vehicles around here to check out as well!
Here are some photos to give you a better idea of what you can find at the Ratchada Night Market!

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I love night markets!
Stick around to read more about the other night market I visited.
Till then, take care.
And I’ll be right back with more!
Peace xx

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May 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Bangkok I

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I AM FINALLY BACK!
The recent Bangkok trip has been great.
It was supposed to be a 7 day trip, but due to some last minute decisions,
we extended our trip and it became a 11 days one.
It was my first time staying in Bangkok for so many days.
And as to why I was there for such a long time, I shall reveal it in my next post! :)

For now, I just wanna share some of the places I visited in Bangkok and also a nice hotels I stayed in when I was there.
If you’re reading this now and will be travelling to Bangkok soon,
hope it would be of some help in your itinerary planning too!

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We tried out two hotels in this trip and both were absolutely fantastic – different and unique in their own ways.
The first boutique hotel we visited was TENFACE Hotel at Phloen Chit area.
This cosy little hotel has about slightly under 90 rooms so it is a great choice for us
because we didn’t want to stay in the usual big hotel chains.
The boutique hotel is relaxing to be in and everyone in there always has a smile on their faces!
We liked it!

The best thing is – the rooms were really pretty and spacious!

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We stayed in the one bedroom suite, it comes with a spacious living room with balcony!
The decor is pretty much very modern looking with a bit of traditional twist here and there.
The entire hotel is designed around a traditional Thai legend,
that explains the many painting, sculptures and wordings all around the premises.

The room is self sufficient with coffee machine and all the usual things you need in the perfect hotel room.
We were also pleasantly surprised that they had even prepared a bucket of ice for us in the room when we first checked in.
Nice touch!

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Each room comes with a little wooden box with all the hotel information you need.
In there, you can also find information about where to go, what to eat around the area and in the city.
The box also contains cards with the hotel address in Thai and directions to the hotel
so you can just show your taxi drivers the card instead of explaining the location of the hotel every time you board a cab.
On top of all that, there is also a one-day BTS card and a calling card you can use.

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We were also given an iPod where you can go down to their lobby area to download movies and music from their system!
That’s totally awesome!
A and I didn’t get to try out the movies though because all the channels on the cable were sufficient to keep us happy.
Heh!

The bedroom is also super comfortable with a huge bed with 4 fluffy pillows!
I LOVE the bed!
Can I have such a pretty bed for my own room in future please?

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There are also different kinds of pillows you can choose from.

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The bathroom is spacious too.
I am super anal about bathrooms and cleanliness of the area, so this one definitely passed my standards.
The toiletries are all of spa quality!

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We walked around the hotel a bit to have a little tour and we liked what we see.
There is a cute little dip pool (which we didn’t get the chance to have a little dipping in),
and also a nice restaurant designed to match the theme of the hotel.

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As we head out for our first stop of the day, we realized that the hotel
actually provide free tuk tuk to the nearest BTS station.
We were a little worried at first because we heard the nearest station is quite a distance away,
but the tuk tuk service solved it all!
The pretty tuk tuk will bring guests to and from Phloen Chit 24 hours a day.
You can use the calling cards they gave to call for the tuk tuks to bring you from the BTS station.
The ride from the hotel to the station is about 3 mins? Very near.

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The first stop of the day was Terminal 21.
I read a lot about this mall and I was really excited about it!
It is designed to look like an airport and every level in the mall is made to look like different cities.
It was right next to Asok BTS station, super convenient too!
LOOK! It really looks like an airport, doesn’t it?

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What I heard about this place is that the toilets at each level all have different designs,
and ALL of them are elaborately designed with details to suit the theme of each storey.
So the first thing we reached the mall was to go right up to the highest level and start checking out their toilets.
Call us crazy. Hahaha!

San Francisco Pier 21 toilet, everyone. Cute right?

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We saw SO many people camwhoring in their toilets. Lol.
Next up is the San Francisco City toilet.

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On the ‘Istanbul’ level, we can find a middle east looking restroom.
As you can see in the picture below, even the toilet attendant is dressed to theme.
Attention to details man!

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And one of my favourites, London toilet!
Look at the subway train they designed. So adorable!

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Tokyo!
This one looks like a frigging Japanese restaurant. Haha!

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Other than these, there is also Rome and Paris in the mall.
I shall leave those for you to find out on your own! :)

Lunch was at this cheery and colorful looking restaurant that served Thai food.
I had been itching for good Thai cuisine couple weeks before we set off for Bangkok
but A insisted that I should NOT eat any Thai food since we will be heading there soon.
I have to say – I AM SO HAPPY when I can finally have my Thai food fix!

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We like this mall!

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For dinner, I brought A to this restaurant I read about online.
It’s called TUBA – a furniture/design restaurant where all the furnitures in the restaurant is actually for sale!
Interesting right?
The decor is really cute!
Many of the furnitures didn’t match at all, but when they were put together,
they somehow still looked very pleasing on the eyes.
I love this place and to top it off, the food there was REALLY good!
They serve Italian, Thai and some fusion stuff.
Dinner with drinks came up to about 800 baht for us. Pretty worthwhile for such good food if you ask me!

Enough of the words.
Here are some pictures so you can get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

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The place is double storey and there are really a lot of tables in there.
I heard it might get crowded during weekends so we were happy it was almost empty when we were there that early evening.
The thing about this place is, the entire restaurant is smokers-friendly.
So if you’re bringing babies or if you can’t stand smoke, it might be a bit of a problem for you.
STILL, for the absolutely good food, I’ll have to say, the little bit of smoke is definitely worth it!

TUBA Restaurant
34 Ekkamai Soi 21
(Off Sukhumvit Soi 63)

We returned to the hotel room and it was all cleaned up.
To top it off, we were given a fresh fruit plate and some snacks from the hotel.
This is what I call hospitality. :)

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Will be back to introduce other places I visited during the Bangkok trip and to share my Bangkok itinerary!
I also did something to my teeth while I was there, shall tell you more in my next post.
Peace xx

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Written by SIXPEGS

May 8, 2012 at 1:19 am

Chiang Mai II

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Before I begin, let me wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!
Hope the Dragon Year would be a HUAT HUAT year for everyone and may everyone be happy, sexy, glam and healthy!

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This Chinese New Year has been a rather quiet one for everyone in my family.
We didn’t do any visiting this year because of Grandma’s recent demise,
but we still had fun at our family chalet! :)
I visited A’s place though, and it was a lot of fun meeting her family.
I hope A had fun at my family chalet and family dinner too. Heh!

I also received some pretty clothes to wear for the new year!
Special thanks to SugarThreads for the super adorable striped dress and
LustMonday for the comfy and stylish looking chiffon shirt dress!
Many many love!

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I shall continue with my travel to Chiang Mai!
This is probably my favourite part of the entire Chiang Mai trip – visiting the Karen Tribe in Mae Hong Son and Elephant rides.
But before I start on those, I MUST share this amazing place in Chiang Mai that A and I chanced upon
while we were researching about Chiang Mai couple weeks ago.

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Nimmanhaemin Road is supposedly the hippest and most artsy place in Chiang Mai.
Littered with lots of cute cafes and chillout places, this is the perfect place to escape to
if one wants to escape from the typical “Chiang Mai sights”!

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If you google or youtube the place, you can actually see a lot more pictures of the streets.
There are about 19 or more little streets branching off the main Nimmanhaemin Road, almost all are awesome!
Lots and lots of hidden treasures!

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We saw this pretty little shop and we were blown away!
A lot of the things in there were made from recycled materials and they are all super cute!
It’s at Nimmanhaemin Soi 19, for those who are interested.
There is a shop, a cafe and a Ukulele shop in one!

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There is this funky statue there. Look closely and you’ll see that it’s actually decorated with coins!
Creative!

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Here are some of the things they sell in there.
A bought that blue/green document bag you see in the collage.
When we first saw it, we were guessing the material it’s made with.
After checking with the store assistant, we were pleasantly surprised that it was actually made from an old fridge door!
The sides of the bag has the rubber tubings from the old fridge too. Mad special!
It’s not cheap, about S$200, but definitely worth the price!

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Our main aim at Nimmanhaemin Road was initially to find this shop we saw in one of the Youtube clips.
After asking around and some googling at the WIFI cafes there, we finally found it!
It’s called iBerry at Nimmanhaemin Soi 19. Super cute!
I wish there is such a place in Singapore too!

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SUPER BIG STATUE!
Look at the size of the chairs and tables next to the statue.
We were super tired from all the walking but thrilled when we finally found the cafe!

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Trying to look like that little thing on the table. Hahahaha!

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Then we found this thing where you can stick your head in and take photos!

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We had this super yummy thick toast thing there.
IT WAS FUCKING GOOD!
The bread is toasted and cut into little cuboids.
Honey is drizzled on the bread and it tasted heavenly with ice cream.
I’m drooling now already. Bring me back there!!

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The next day, we visited one of the prettiest temple I have ever seen.
The White Temple.
It’s unlike most conventional temples because it looks very modern and is entirely white!

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This place is almost like an art exhibition.
Check out these photos and you’ll understand why I said that.

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The artist’s depiction of hell.

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Something quite funny. You can actually see the artist’s standee all over the temple.
Apparently, he is tired of taking pictures with the tourists so he planted a lot of standees. Hahaha!

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Inside the main temple hall, photography is prohibited.
But I managed to sneak a few photos. Hehehe!
Look at this! In which temple can you see such funky wall paintings?!
These are the things that we mortals are all caught up with, that we forget the true meaning of living.
I see Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil, Kungfu Panda and Transformers! Can you? :p

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More pictures around the temple as we leave.
I LOVE this skull thing. Almost like McQueen!

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For those who have watched this really good Japanese movie called Departures before,
you’d know what a stone letter is.
Here is a stone letter A and I exchanged in the temple.

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After the temple, we ventured out to look at the infamous Golden Triangle.
I never exactly knew what the Golden Triangle is before I got there.
It’s actually a little triangle formed by borders of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand,
and it was one of the most illicit opium-producing areas a few decades ago.
I wonder if there are still such businesses going on in there now.

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Allow me to introduce our funny tour guide.
Her name is Thip and she got the funkiest accent ever.
She pronounces January as “Jan-jer-ree”, Belongings as “Bee-long-jings” and Louis Vuitton as “Loo-wee-tong”.
Hahahaha. But she is still totally amazing.
A says she will make an awesome sales person. :p

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After a short 10 mins boat ride, we crossed the river and ended up in Laos!

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You can buy postcards here and mail them to your friends.
They will receive them 2 months later. Haha.

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We also saw the funkiest baby “basket”!
And of course, adorable children. :)

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Saw neatly arranged rocks. I think these must be some children’s toys.

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Then we went back to Thailand (sounded so far haha) and checked out the actual Golden Triangle itself.
Okay lor, it was just a piece of triangular-shaped land.

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After a short bus ride, we reached the northern most end of Thailand, just a bridge away from Myanmar.

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*My eyes are getting a bit dizzy from all the uploading of photos and typing*

We later went to visit the Karen Tribe at Mae Hong Son.
This is one of my favourite parts of the entire trip.
I have heard so much about these long-neck people and I’m honoured to have the chance to meet them.
They live in the same village as another tribe where the women would enlarge their ear piercings.
It’s fascinating!

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Her teeth is like that because of all the betel nuts chewing.

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And this lady is one of the singles in this village, supposedly one of the prettier ones there.
Their skin is so fair and nice!
Put her in a singlet and jeans and she can pass off as one of our cousins lor!

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And the long-neck tribe, also known as Karen Tribe.
They originate from Burma, present day Myanmar.

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Looking at these women saddens me a bit actually.
The tour guide told us that these women need to put the rings into their necks by
slipping brass rings in molten state through their heads and let them harden at their necks.
So they will have a lot of burn marks under the rings.
THAT’S SO CRUEL AND SCARY!

But after doing some research when I got back, I realized that that wasn’t the case.
Tour guide kayu.
Here is a Youtube clip that shows you how the rings are put on and removed.
And yes, it is also a myth that these ladies will die and their necks will break the moment the rings are removed.

But in some articles, I read about how the muscles in the neck will weaken after prolonged wearing of the brass rings.
And that after they remove the rings, the woman must lie in bed for the rest of their lives.
It was said to be one of the punishments for adultery.

Here is an article explaining why the Karen women wear the brass rings around their necks.
“There are many different accounts of why the Padaung practice this bizzare custom.
Their own mythology explains that it is done to prevent tigers from biting them!
Others have reported that it is done to make the women unattractive so they are less likely to be captured by slave traders.
The most common explanation, though, is the opposite of this –
that an extra-long neck is considered a sign of great beauty and wealth and that it will attract a better husband.”

Anyways, it was the Thai Childrens Day that day so A and I decided to buy some candies and chocolates for the kids.
Some of them never eat chocolates before eh. :(
And they are so not in touch with society that they don’t even know it’s Childrens Day.

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This lady has the most number of rings in the village.
Her picture is on the Wiki page about their tribe too eh!

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She has like 26 or 28 rings around her neck!
A and I tried on the rings (there is only 17 rings here) and we are so glad we were not born into this tribe.
We would be considered freaking ugly if we were. Haha.

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And one final photo with their pretty headgear before we leave the village.
I bought that yellow necklace I’m wearing in this picture too! Pretty? :D

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Think I’m going to pass out if I continue blogging!
Have been at it for the last 4 hours. OMG!
I’ll be back with more pictures from Chiang Mai.
And till then, hope you all have a wonderful day ahead.
Cheers!

Written by SIXPEGS

January 26, 2012 at 3:23 am

Chiang Mai my love

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It’s time for another post for my favourite Dove chocolates!
And when I was told to blog about something close to heart –
something similar to the warm fluffy feeling melting a piece of chocolate in my mouth would give me,
I thought I should dedicate this entry to my beloved Mom.

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My mother has always been an inspiration to me since young.
She always struck me as a free-spirited, optimistic and daredevil woman.
Although she is my mother, she has always been more of a friend instead.
We could talk about almost anything and we are comfortable to show our innermost feelings before each other.
Well, to me at least.

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Mommy was a really adventurous girl.
She used to tell me how she just picked up her luggage and went off to Japan to live and
work for half a year when she was about 21 or 22.
And when she was in her late twenties, she did it again, that time to London.

In many ways, she has taught me how to be daring enough to go after what you want and follow your heart.
I see a lot of myself in her.

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Mommy is my best friend and the one person I will never ever forsake.
With this entry for Dove chocolates, I’d like to dedicate this post for the woman I love the most.

Thanks for bringing me into this beautiful world and teaching me all the right things in life.

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I’m feeling all fluffy and warm inside now. Heh!
And of course, just in case you’ve missed all the wonderful silky smooth
Dove chocolates I’ve introduced on my blog earlier,
here is one reminder for you to try out the smooth chocolates from Dove.
Melt the silky smooth chocolate in your mouth for that warm, fluffy feeling of love too. :)

That aside, I just came back from my 5-days Chiang Mai trip too!
I was there with A and her colleagues, and I really enjoyed the company and Chiang Mai a lot.
It was rather chilly over there now but it can still be rather warm in the afternoon.
I wish Singapore had that kind of climate too!

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We stayed at Royal Princess Hotel, which was right smack in the middle of the main Night Bazaar area.
Lots of food, shopping and massage places all around so it was fabulous.
The hotel itself was pretty alright too. :)

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Okay, to be honest, the writings on the wall freaked the scaredy-cat me slightly when I first entered the room.
But after I surveyed the other rooms and realised it was just a design, I heaved a sigh of relief.
You can’t be too sure, when it comes to hotel rooms. Hahaha.

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It was already rather late when we we done with the hotel and all,
so we decided to just head for dinner and then start cruising around the nearby night market.
The night bazaar start at around 5pm daily and the stalls will start closing at around 10 or 11pm.
The stalls here are almost the same as those found in Bangkok actually.
But shopping around here is so much more pleasant because of the fine weather.
It was be quite cold at night, so even if it’s quite crowded, it never gets hot and stuffy. :)

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I love the work by this artist!
He paints with a brush and uses powdered lead.
Super awesome right!
Look at all the details on the face and all!

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We stopped for occasional drinks too and we found some exotic juices!!!

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Painapple and Mongo juice. Never drink before right!
Hahahaha.

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I also found a new love, banana crepes.
I always say dirty looking things tastes the best. Hahaha! Kidding.
But these banana pancakes sold at those roadside stalls are to-die-for!
The chocolate, the hot pancake, the banana and the cornflakes! YUMMY!

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It’s very easy to make me happy. :p

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Day 2 was the first full day we had in Chiang Mai.
We started it with a visit to the famous Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
According to the tour guide, if you didn’t visited this temple during your Chiang Mai trips,
it’s as if you’ve never been to Chiang Mai.
SO! Here we are at the beautiful Doi Suthep Temple!

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We bought candles, joss sticks and lotus flowers.
We were supposed to walk 3 rounds around the main pagoda and your wishes will come true!
Of course, I took the chance to make a wish too. :p
Something random, the lotus flower is really pretty.

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A says we were supposed to ring the bells to “announce our presence” (or something like that).

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After the short stay at the temple, we took one of the mini buses up the hills to visit on of the tribes living in Chiang Mai.
The roads were really narrow and I really had to give it up to the bus drivers!
Our regular tour buses were too big and these are the “buses” we took.

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The weather was great and we were lucky to catch quite a few cherry blossom trees on our way up too!
If I’m not wrong, the tribe is called Miao Tribe or something.
I’m never good with names.
They made a lot of handmade stuff for sale and seem to have green fingers because all the flowers up there were gorgeous!
Pretty simple and happy looking people if you ask me. :)

Spot the cherry blossom! Almost felt like Japan kay! Hahaha.

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The girlfriend looks quite hot even when she’s shooting hanging papayas. :p

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And pretty flowers that were littered all over the mountains!

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And do you recognise this particular flower?

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If you guessed Poppy, then you’re right!
I have seen the poppy plant when it’s all colourful and pretty but I never knew after all the petals fall off,
the core of the flower is actually where the opium came from.

The tour guide also showed us how they get what they want from the plant to make opium and heroine.
Apparently, you need to score the surface with a needle or something and collect the sap from the bud (or something).

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I rubbed some of the sap on my fingers and took a whiff.
Smells really funky. It was not pleasant but not exactly awful as well.
Just erm.. smells like plants lor. But the smell kinda grows on you and become less unpleasant after a few more whiffs.
Interesting.

And the marijuana plant.
This is the one that gives you your weed, your magic mushroom or whatever crazy hallucinating brownies.
Hahahaha.
These plants ah… tsk tsk tsk.

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We toured around the village a little more and met some of the people living there.
No matter where you go, the kids are always so cute.

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I shall end today’s post with this pretty cherry blossom tree we spotted there!
I miss my blog so much after 5 days of being internet-less!
Will be back with more pictures and updates.
I love and hate my wanderlust!

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Written by SIXPEGS

January 18, 2012 at 3:09 am