Saturday, January 31, 2015

Part 1 - Happy 11th to Us!

Ahh. First post of 2015. Funny how I still write 2014 on my notebook sometimes.

Anyway, the year didn't kick off that well, or rather it's a continuation from the previous year. But I will not let it last. 

So, I've decided that I should start the blog this year with something positive! Babe and I just celebrated our 11th Anniversary on 24th January and we went off to Krabi for the weekend.
Funny thing is, we only booked it like few weeks before the travel date which is crazy! 
No thanks to his busy schedule. *shift eyes*

Upon arriving at the Krabi Airport, we bought the island hopping tour for 1200 Baht per person for the Phi Phi Islands tour. Normal price is 1800 Baht so perhaps you can get a better deal at the airport!

Travelling to your hotel in Krabi is fairly simple. Just buy a one way ticket to Ao Nang / Krabi town (whichever your hotel is at) for 150 Baht and you're ready to go! The bus departs every 15 mins if not mistaken.

Airport shuttle bus!

In the airport shuttle bus.

However, we were expecting to be dropped right at our hotel when the driver asked us to wait at a shop after the town area probably because it'll be easier to drop the bunch of us who are staying nearby each other. After about 30mins of waiting, finally we were ushered onto a pick up truck....not too shabby though.

3 groups of people heading to Ao Nang!

It was only short 30 mins or less to reach Ao Nang and this was where we were expecting to stay at:

A standalone bungalow unit at Golden Beach Resort. That cat decided to follow us somehow...and got too cosy some times.

But the hotel staff claimed that the internet was down when we made the booking so they didn't manage to capture our booking and the hotel was full! But thankfully they managed to upgrade us to a room in Ao Nang Villa Resort which is just next to Golden Beach.

Checked out the beach while waiting to check in.

The hotels are just next to the beach which is great for sunset :D

First meal in Thailand was Big Breakfast because we were too hungry to check out other places.

No caption needed.

The beach in front of the hotels were always crowded with lots of people sunbathing! Most of them are quite veterans though...

Since we only had half day left on our first day in Krabi, we decided to book the Elephant Trekking and Tiger Cave Temple tour so that we don't over exert ourselves on a holiday! So we quickly grabbed the famous Thailand pancake before going on the tour.

I had cheese and ham pancake (50 Baht) while he got the Nutella one (30 Baht)!

Started off with elephant trekking! The day was so hot and we were sweating buckets! Although I did feel a little bad for having the elephants to carry us around..but Babe said elephants are sacred in Thailand and this is one of the ways to make sure the elephants continue to be taken care of. Thank you, elephants for the wonderful ride! :)

Just the greens. Love it!

Our little friends we made during the trip.

After a round (quite big round really) on the elephants, we were then ushered to another area to watch the baby elephant show.

Awesome Baby! (yes, this baby is aptly named Baby)

We were all very impressed of how she managed to take instructions so well and she's very tame too!

Next on the itinerary was the famous Buddhist temple known as the Tiger Cave Temple. History has it that there used to be a tiger who lived there hence the paw prints on the wall of the cave. 

There are 2 paths at this temple where you can either choose to visit the cave (which is a more leisure one) or the strenuous one to go all the way up to the top of the mountain with great scenic view of Krabi.
There's also a Buddha statue at the top of the mountain, too (if you're willing to climb 1300 steps that is).

Deciding which path to take.

In the end, we decided to explore the cave instead heheh.

Stumbled upon this Buddha statue while exploring the cave. Very well kept area!

The temple outside the cave. Majestic looking temple. Looks like they're still building a huge pagoda behind!

That is all we did on the first day. Was starving like mad and I was craving for some tomyam (duh) so we went to a restaurant called Tom Yam. Oh yes.

Shared a bottle of Chang beer just because. :P

The famous long tail boat with the Krabi sunset as the background.

Ao Nang Villa Resort's pool view.

That's all for Part 1! Part 2 will be on Phi Phi Islands tour! Fun day ahead!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking Back at 2014

Woah. I think that is my word for this year. 2014 flew by just like that even before I can blink an eye. 
I still remember vividly what I did on the last day of 2013 and after that, everything just happens in lightning speed.

Here's how my 2014 has been (in no particular order):

1. Visited 3 countries - Singapore, Philippines and US!

With the one whom I've spent almost 11 years of my life with. :) In Singapore for our 10th Anniversary!

On a horse carriage with our lovely host in the Philippines!

Biz trip cum personal trip. Holler at DC!

2. Finally made a resolution for the year - to conquer Mount K. Hey, my blog didn't get its name for nothing you know. I usually don't believe in resolution but because we made a booking last year for the climb with a group of friends, I want to make sure that I achieve it no matter what. 

And guess what, I did it!

3. A family affair - my sister and Marcus got married! Also, my second time in Borneo (with the first one during the trip to Mount K haha)!

So happy for my parents. Finally one of us is married. Haha.

4. Revisited Redang Island but this time with the stars!

Many of them not in the shot though. Loving the moments!!

5. Decided that life is too short for any regrets and decided to take the plunge to do things out of what I would normally do.

Cut bangs!!! The last time I did it was probably.......I don't remember at all.

Partnered up with Babe to be Sandy and Danny in Grease. I never would imagine there will be a day when I would curl my hair up like this. *faints*

Traveled solo to New urge to visit the city overcame my fear of being alone.

6. Moved into our new house! Not done with the house warming yet though..
Thanks for coming!!
7. Learned that lives are too fragile especially with my dad not being at his best of health, lost of friends' loved ones and aviation tragedies which all happen too close to home.

8. So, I ate a lot more, lived a lot more, tried to love a lot more and bought a lot more stuff (sampah or rubbish according to Babe) so that I keep my happiness level as high as possible.

That's pretty much my 2014. I hope everyone will have a much better 2015 together with their loved ones.

Signing off for the year.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

First Time In the Philippines - Part 2

Here comes the 2nd part of our trip in Manila. So on the 2nd day of our trip, we had breakfast at Ayala Triangle which is just 5 mins walking distance from where we stay a.
There are rows of restaurants there and we just picked one randomly called Momo Cafe.

Gotta love the al fresco dining they have! 

As usual, I went for my eggs Benedict while Babe ordered the big breakfast! The portions were rather huge so we couldn't finish the food. :(

Eggs Benedict!

The big breakfast!

After that, it's time to head to the church where my colleague's wedding ceremony was held at.

The church is known as Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish, which is located Makati, the city we were staying at!
When I first reached the place, I was blown away by the exterior of the church! So old and slightly gothic looking but somehow, it just amazes me.

Took this from google image. I can't find any photo I took from outside the church!

This is when we were seated.

The ceremony started shortly after the guests arrived. I think that was my first time attending a church wedding!

Really cute flower girl leading the pack.

Everyone watches as the couple said their vows.

CONGRATULATIONS, Rai and Mao! Thanks for having us there!

My OOTD is from Dorothy Perkins. Loved the dress so much I've been wearing it to more than several weddings. :P

We headed straight for the wedding dinner after the church service. Both of us followed the wedding car because we do not have anyone to fetch us to the dinner venue haha.

To our surprise, the journey to the dinner place was the safest we felt in a car the entire time when we were in Manila because the driver was driving very cautiously despite the crazy traffic outside. :D

Dinner was exceptionally good! Despite not having any experience in the wedding here, both of us had great fun and we never felt foreign at all because everyone was so friendly!

And yes, when they say Pinoys sing really well, they really mean it. It's like all of them can sing so well without any effort!

That's all for this part of our Philippines trip. Next up will be on Babe's birthday celebration in the Philippines! They say it's more fun in the Philippines after all. :)


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