• August 16, 2013

    Hiking

    Me and Lil_lam have been going on hikes around the city – up SFU, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove, and maybe another spot I forgot. I quite enjoy it, I prefer the more intermediate ones instead of walking on a trail, and our goal is to hike the chief at some point. After that there are still crazy ice caves hike and multi day hikes! Yay for living in beautiful British Columbia =)

  • January 22, 2013

    Nuremberg – the Ultimate Christmas market

    (This has been sitting in draft for too long, not even gonna bother to proof read)

    Finally got around to go through some of my pics in Germany. From what I remembered, it was a giant Xmas markets, went on for blocks and blocks and blocks. We ate heaps of sausages with bread (straight up sausage and just mustard is soooo tasty), and drank a lot of glühwine. Day trip to Munich was quite nice but too short, at least the train ticket was cheap. There wasn’t much else to do, we even went shopping for a bit, I bought all my Starbucks mugs, but couldn’t find the damn “hot dog sauce”. Don’t forget all groceries close on Sunday, and they have super nice subway system.

    Would I go back?

    Germany in general? Yeah, I mean, mega mug is like their regular beer! Nuremburg? … maybe it’s a day trip thing ;p

  • December 11, 2012

    More Desert! – Istanbul, Cappadocia

    One day Istanbul

    It took about 8 hours with time difference to go to Istanbul from London… We flew Easyjet from Luton – 3.5-4 hour flight, 2 hour time difference, 1.5 hrs bus from Sabiha airport to Taksim square (traffic was nuts in town), another 30 min walk through the high street to get to our Airbnb place. It was a bit ridiculous even though we flew the first flight in the morning, half day was already gone. (more…)

  • December 3, 2012

    Pisa Florence Rome

    2.5 days in Florence and Pisa

    Italy has always been on the top of my list to travel, Rome and the Colosseum, the amazing pasta and pizza, now I can cross another one off the must-must-visits list. To go to Florence by flying to Pisa is a great way to save money; flights to Pisa are usually way cheaper, then from Pisa you can just take the Terravision bus to Florence for about €10, it only takes about an hour. (more…)

  • November 7, 2012

    Dubrovnik, Bosnia, Montenegro

    (guest writer – Ernie!)

    Ever since I saw this photo of Dubrovnik old town/port in a tourist magazine, it has been one of those cities on top of my list (just like how the poster of the Castle in Kizkalesi in tube station made me want to go to Turkey), so when Anthony told me they were going with Thean and Doris, there was no way I would miss the trip.

    Day 1

    Everything was planned out on this trip for me, kudos to Thean the ultimate trip planner. We arrived at the airport early on Wednesday, with sunny weather on our side. They rented an apartment by the old town, we had to walk a ton of stairs to get to it, but it was still pretty awesome – about 10 min walk from city, and the scenery out the balcony looked at the old town and the island next to it. Not to waste anytime, we dropped off our luggage and went straight into town. (more…)

  • October 19, 2012

    Taiwan style

    It’s been 7 years since I’ve been back to Taiwan. This time I was lucky enough to be back at same time as my aunt and cousins. Also the weather was a bit less torturing than Singapore at (23-28 degrees), but I was still melting away whenever I was outside or eat anything with hot soup.

    If there was only one thing you do in TW, it was to just eat. Eat everything; there’s always food available, from awesome breakfast sandwich with milk tea to tons of night market stalls, little corner deep fried chicken nugget stands to random cold noodle shop that opened from 2-8am. The usual daily routine was to eat breakfast, lunch for 3 hours, find dinner, snack at night market or somewhere. There was even 24 hour dim sum! My schedule was super full for the whole 10 days I was in Taiwan, ate out pretty much everyday with relatives. Jap style tonkatsu meal, night market food, hot pot / mongolian grill, beef noodles etc. Had a chance to play MJ one night too, where I lost all my money, and then won it all back by 自摸 twice. Then after MJ we all went to eat cold noodles, at 2am. (more…)

  • October 14, 2012

    Perth – Most Expensive Place on Earth

    Well I don’t know how true that is, but it’s damn expensive here, like Stockholm expensive, now I know why my friends in UK were saying London’s cheap.

    This is my first time in Australia, here to visit a client in Fremantle, right on by the water about 30 min from city of Perth. After a week in Singapore, the weather here is definitely more of my style. Though strangely, in this 10 days, I have experienced both winter and summer weather – windy and rainy down to 5 deg low (one of the worst days of winter apparently), and then high of 34 deg where my face got a bit of sunburn at the Cottesloe beach. Freo was a nice small isn town, it felt like I was staying in Steveston/White Rock but more happening. But yeah, the first thing I noticed was, how expensive everything was. First dinner, me and Bill went to a pub for a burger and a drink (craving for western food after a week in Singapore lol), it came up to maybe 80 dollars?? And coffee and muffin in the morning was about $8 – 10. (more…)

  • October 1, 2012

    Singapore

    It’s been a long time since I traveled to an Asian country. After a long ish visit back home, it’s nice to see a different kind of scenery. No churches no castles but bright lights and high rises, hundreds of people crammed into tiny spaces and line up for food etc. And that’s pretty accurate for my visit to Singapore.

    I forgot how much people there is in these big Asian cities, I forgot how hot it gets, the heat was brutal, and it wasn’t even summer. I also forgot how cheap things can be, how easy it is to get food anywhere that’s not western fast food. In the end, Singapore was all about eating for me. It was like a western city filled with Asian people, and with cheap and ridiculous expensive options when you need (like $18 for a bottle of guinesss at marina bay skypark), and you’ll get all the cool fancy stuff in Asian culture – bright lights off buildings and awesome looking infinity pools, and you’ll also have to deal with the heat and sweatiness #worst.

    Would I come back

    Ya probably, what didn’t I get to do was – eat bak ku teh (closed right when I went, so early on a Friday night!), visit Little India, attend the F1 (right? Lol), and visit Rachel for a feast in Penang ;/

    One thing is for sure though, you can find gangnam style everywhere.