Phuket 2010: I have seen paradise

I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier, but this past weekend I finally made my way up north to visit a little island in Thailand called Phuket. It’s a very famous tourist destination in South East Asia, with the beautiful beach and white powdery sand…

I went there for four short days. it was very hard to leave the island back to Singapore (and back to reality). I’ll let the pictures do all the talking.

I met up with my sorority sister Christina. She got us a room at Sheraton Laguna. Christina traveled a lot for work, so she has a special privilege with all Starwood hotels. It was awesome!!

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Pulau Ubin

This trip is from about two months ago (early May).

excited to finally be on the boat ride to Pulau Ubin!

Bye bye mainland Singapore!

We rented our bikes for about $12 each, for the whole day. Bring insect spray as I got eaten alive by mosquitos! Thankfully Parissa brought some with her, or else I don’t know how I would last…

Mike at the fish spa

Evidently, THESE FISHES WILL EAT ANYTHING!!!

Bangkok in 2010

This week after working through the weekend and lots of overtime, I went off to Bangkok for work! I didn’t have time to be excited because I was very busy, but once I got there it finally hit me that I was in Thailand for the first time ever! :D

Anyway, the first two days was spent inside Novotel Bangna as we were working. We literally didn’t take a single step out of the hotel and ate hotel food for each meals.

On thursday we finally had some time to go explore the city. This was taken at Siam Square, where we got massages!

Speaking of massages, I’m very fond of Thai massage. Some parts were just down right painful (but in a good way), and tickled so bad that I was silently praying for it to be over, but over all it was very good! I had my body folded in ways I didn’t know could be folded and had my back cracked in places I didn’t know could be cracked. The masseuse says I was pretty flexible compared to normal people though.

Anyway, I had three massages in the span of two days. it was lovely

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Camera Clean Up #4857

Yeah, I know.. yet another neglect of this blog for weeks on end. But I have good reason! and I have lots of pictures to post in an upcoming entry :). meanwhile, i cleaned up my camera memory card and here’s what i have to show:

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an apple shaped leather coin pouch. Isn’t this soOoo cute?? I bought this in Singapore at a random store for SGD10. pretty cheap and i’ve been needing a coin pouch for the longest time~

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Singapore Pictures

yay!! i have something to blog about!

so I completely forgot I have these pictures to upload :) these are pics from Singapore, where we visited the Jurong bird park and Singapore zoo. I also have some pictures from when we went down to Orchard road, one of the famous places to go in Singapore to shop.. they have all kinds of high end stores there.

so on that day, we woke up early but didn’t get out to explore until around 10:30AM. we immediately took the MRT (their subway system… i think it stands for Mass Rapid Transit?) to Jurong Bird park. the public transport here is very clean, efficient and very easy to understand… just what Singapore is well known for: clean and organized! there were always a line to stand in if you want to get taxi or get on a bus. and you can’t just wave at the taxi on the street. taxis don’t just stop at random places… they have their own designated spot. we didn’t have any hard time getting around at all despite it being our first time getting around Singapore by ourselves! impressive.

One MRT ride and one bus ride later, we were at the Jurong bird park. I really regret not taking my SLR :( anyway, here are the pictures!

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Awesome Singapore!

I’m in Singapore :D I believe the last time I visited this wonderful country is in 1996 or 1997, so it has really been quite awhile. i remember almost nothing regarding my last visit, but i do remember how exciting it is to be in Singapore. I really like it here, mainly because everything is more like how it was back in LA! (though unfortunately also down to the living costs). It’s SUCH a nice break to be able to get away from the crowded and dirty Jakarta.

Tomorrow, I am going to explore the city with my sister, so more pictures are definitely coming… but here are some pictures of singapore skyline in Marina Bay area, and the apartment we’re blessed enough to be staying in courtesy of my brother’s boss. It’s such a nice apartment! =)