• 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 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.

  • August 28, 2012

    Cotswold – Spontaneous Wins

    It was one of those thing where it goes, “Hey what you doing this weekend?” “Nothing, you?” “And you? Nothing? Should we go somewhere?” “Ya let’s go!” Then we booked a car, and talked about all the places we could go, and then the weekend was 1 day away, and still had no idea where we going lol. Of course me being me, just thought oh well whatever, we have a car we can go anywhere, just gotta pack extra underwear and shirt… And thats exactly what we did. Spontaneous trip! No planning required! (more…)

  • July 30, 2012

    Venice – Spoiled with Travel

    When you can travel to 3 different countries in 3 weeks, I think you’re spoiled with travel, and sadly, you probably won’t appreciate how amazing that really is… it’s probably a good time to take a break ;p

    Day 1

    More trips! I was off to Venice with flatmates and Ernie the weekend after Amsterdam. Except this time I got sick the day before flight, and I had tons of work to catch up on, so in the end I only had about 3 hours of sleep ;/ but the flight was cheap (~£80 round trip?) so, what the hell, all worth it! We got a taxi to the airport at around 330 am to Stansted, and it was so busy! People everywhere, shopping eating drinking (for breakfast?), there was barely any empty seats. Flight to Venice was about 2 hours, I felt like crap still and slept on and off during the flight. We had to take a bus into Venice, and it was so freakin hot, which was awesome, but not, because I was sick… worst. We found our hostel next to an underwear shop, seemed to be the only place with other Asians lol. (more…)