Hongkong 2011

I just got back from my epic Hongkong – Taiwan – Jakarta vacation! so epic that I took a million pics and am too lazy to blog about it now. but i’ll suck it up and do it anyway.

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Day 1 – Getting to HKG

I flew out of Singapore at around 1pm, and landed at HKG at 5pm. Serena, my travel buddy + friend from high school + facebook wife, doesn’t land till 45 mins later, so I scampered around the airport mooching free wireless to organize how to meet up with her. Thankfully we were able to meet up right away (I waited near the exit, and caught her). We immediately took the airport express to Kowloon station while catching up along the way. I talk to her online a lot, but I haven’t seen her in person since maybe 2-3 years ago! You know the friendship is real when you haven’t seen each other for that long and still able to pick up right where we left off ;)

The airport express train ride is super comfy – the train is super nice with cushy seat and cheap too: HKD 160 for round trip (about US$20). Anyway, we got to Kowloon station after about 30 mins of train ride, took the taxi to our hostel which was located at Chungking Mansion in Tsim Sha Tsui. We found later that this location is extremely convenient. It’s smack dab in the middle of the city so it’s only a short walk or a few MTR station rides from most of our destination. We stayed at Ashoka Hostel, which was very cheap and clean with friendly staff but it was very small place (think dorms in universities). Doesn’t matter to me since I’m not very picky about where I sleep as long as the bathroom is clean.

We didn’t do much that night since it was already pretty late by the time we were all settled and ready to get out. So we had a quick kebab dinner and walked around the vicinity of our hostel.

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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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Paul’s Visit Day 2: Sentosa Island

After a whole day at Universal Studios, we took the monorail to beach station to see what the island has to offer. I’ve always wanted to try the luge and skyride, so that’s exactly what we did!

On our way up on the sky ride.

so high up!!

Us on the luge ride. it was a TON of fun! we went twice for each trail, however on the second ride my stupid car wasn’t working properly :( it wouldn’t let me slow down, so if i’m going down the hill at high speed i have to stop abruptly (and make a loud screeching noise). so scary and dangerous.

Had dinner at Chili’s

HORRIFIED to find how expensive they are in Singapore! I had a chicken sandwich which costed me SGD18. If I recall correctly sandwiches at Chili’s in the US were only $8-10! It was still yummy though.

Also watched the circus show Voyage De La Vie. They’re kind of like Cirque Du Soleil. The show lasted about 90 mins, full of acrobatic goodness. It was a fun show. I was very impressed at the super elastic boy.

Paul’s visit Day 2: Universal Studios

After a full day of eating on Day 1, we headed to the ultimate tourist paradise in Singapore: Sentosa Island! We got to Sentosa from the island through the monorail at Vivo City. First stop: The newly opened Universal Studios.

At first I wasn’t so excited about going since we’re both from LA and had gone to the actual Universal Studios there, but once I stepped inside the park I couldn’t hide my excitement anymore… YAY we’re in universal studios!

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Paul’s visit Day 1: Singapore Food!

It’s inevitable. when i start working, this blog (and pretty much life outside of work) immediately takes the back seat. but… that’s what happens when you’re passionate about your job, right?

In any case, a good friend from high school came to visit last weekend! he had just (finally) finished dental school last month. the last time i saw him was when he interviewed for UCLA dental school, which means it has been four years since we last saw each other. but doesn’t matter, we picked right back up from where we left off. i forgot how it feels like to be with someone you’ve known for ten plus years. no pretense, just as we are.

it was a TON of fun introducing him to Singapore, and oh, all the food we had! First stop after picking him up at changi was to Orchard. He wanted to experience the “Singapore” meal, so I took him to the food court at the basement of Ion. yeah I know that’s touristy still, but we (I) was hungry! He got his first chicken rice and a taste of Singlish, while I got charsiew rice.

My Charsiew Rice. It was quite yummy! The pork was crispy

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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


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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