Thursday, November 28, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
It was 30 plus degrees outside but it seems like the air condition unit is working at its minimum capacity ever, in such modern building full of glass panel, is like a slow cooker within. It sucks seriously, i was sweating while commuting from international to domestic flight terminal. Everyone was complaining the granny sitting in front of me was fanning herself with a folded brochure furiously while waiting at the departure gate. Someone was shouting at the ground crew regarding the delays and cursing as thou the whole world owe him. Is like a market in here... People speaking loudly as thou they owe the whole airport. I just want to get out of here... And thanks to crazy idiot who made a false bomb threat... I was stranded in this fucking airport for the next 5 hours.... It was already morning whwn i reached my hotel in Zheng Zhou.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Despite a mere 8 days of work, it was a blessing to be given a day off at the end for me to visit Taipei. Taipei like many major cities, has good public transportation system, knowing mandarin and Hokkien definitely gave me the advantage in this mandarin/Hokkien speaking community. I understand better and was able to read signs and direction well, hence travelling in this part of the world was definitely as easy as a walk in the park. Despite not knowing mandarin, one shouldn't be overly worried about facing hiccups when travelling around in Taipei as the pretty ladies at the information counter inside the main central station are ready to serve, however please give a little bit of patience when having conversation in English.
It was at the beginning of the year and Lunar New Year is just around the corner, so I took the advice of a cab driver to visit 'Di Hua Street' as it was now flooded with people trying to do shopping for the festive season, true enough it was an interesting sight to see, many dry seasonal delicacy to try, and to catch a breath of the scent of spring and the festive mood in the air. Taipei Mei Mei is a pretty good watch too!
When the night falls and hunger strikes, Shilin night market seems to be a perfect place to go, where you're able to try all kinds of street food and at the same time not overly consumed and causing later indigestion. Shopping is also a good thing to do around that area, where there are many stores selling fashionable clothing, brands from Korea, Japan as well as some from Europe. Is the place where the young ones hang about, loitering, chit chatting with friends, and the haven for girls who loves to shop and get a good bargain. For me personally I prefer to stick with Makan and people watching.
Not forgetting to mention Taipei houses quite a number of significant buildings with long history and backgrounds for example the Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, and the recently built high rise Taipei 101. Taiwan is definitely a good starting ground for amateur travelers who's looking for an adventure with less difficulties, as this part of the world is pretty much modernize, and well equipped with modern infrastructures, and tourist friendly. Taiwan remains my ideal backpack travel destination, the one day roaming around in Taipei served as an introductory to Taiwan. I remain excited and high spirit to plan for my upcoming back pack trip around this part of the world.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It was a soul out of body experience, to stand right at the edge of the cliff at Uluwatu temple, having to feel the breeze and hear the sound of waves banging head on the wall of the cliff, looking down from high up, I was tempted to take a plunge into the cooling sea water, to avoid the bright sunlight and piercing UV rays. The view was just plain amazing, like an art from God, reminding you every seconds that the world is a wonder of its own.
If only we could take some moments of our day, to appreciate the beauty of nature, as most of the time we are too caught up with our own work and problems. Sunset at Tanah Lot was amazing, the view just took my breath away, and made me realize how small I really am, and while I caught up with my own problems, surrounding by so much negativity, sometimes I just forgot nature is always cooking up something beautiful, and all we need was just to see it with our heart and feel the beauty it is offering.
And as much as I appreciate nature, I appreciate the traditions and culture that is still carried on to this day. It is the passing of history, a slight glimpse to the past through culture and heritage that is still being practice to this days. And as the world became more globalize, people are slowly losing their identity, especially of those living in the cities. From visiting around temples, and walking through the streets of Bali, I can't help but notice the nice wooden, stone carving and statues at the front of house, main entrance with a nicely decorated roof, it seems culture and heritage are still strong in this part of the world, at least it is still well protected and hopefully it last.
There's definitely much more to be said about Bali, but I would like to end it here right now. The rest I would leave it for the next time.