Saturday, December 6, 2014

A White Christmas at Orchard Ion

This is the Christmas Tree at Orchard Ion. The same as the past years, visitors can walk inside the Christmas Tree.
This year, the Christmas tree consist of white lightnings and red colored ornaments hung at the top.

Christmas Tree at Orchard Ion

The outside of the Christmas Tree features candy canes, snow man, globes hung on the white colored tree.
Christmas Tree at Orchard Ion

2 Orchard Turn,
ION Orchard,
Singapore 238801

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Malaysia - 3 Days 2 Night Short Getaway to Grand Lexis at Port Dickson (22nd to 24th Nov 2014)

Day 1 - Arrival at Grand Lexis Port Dickson
I went for a short getway with my friends to Port Dickson in Malaysia. We selected Grand Lexis as our place to stay. It was around 3 hours drive from Singapore. 

We chose to stay in the Water Villa.

Our bedroom.

The toilet which is very spacious.

The best thing about Grand Lexis is that there is a swimming pool right in our room. We chose to stay on the second level where the pool is outside. If you choose the first level, the swimming pool is indoors.

View from the multi-storey carpark in Grand Lexis.

The hotel offers some activities like sumo wrestling, archery, beach volley ball etc.

Beautiful seaview of the water villas we are staying in.

Lunch at a nearby coffeeshop.

Dinner at a nearby Seafood Restaurant. The food is fresh, delicous and value for money. All the below for around 141 ringgit.

Butter Squid

Mixed Vegetables

Hot plate beancurd

Thai style fried chicken

Day 2 at Port Dickson
Grand Lexis offers a decent international buffet breakfast. For a single adult, it is around 41 ringgit.

Half boiled eggs, bake beans, hash brown, ham and bread. Simple and delicious.

We went to a place called PD Waterfront which is at Port Dickson. There are many food places but we chose to eat dinner at Kenny Roosters. We took the family meal which is around 130 ringgit. It consist of 8 side dishes, 1 1/2 chicken and 6 muffins.

After dinner, we chilled out at Starbucks.

People playing bubbles at the beach at PD Waterfront. Life is so simple here at Port Dickson.

Day 3 - Home
We checked out at 12pm. Goodbye and here we go back home to Singapore!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Taipei Day 5 - Tallest building in Taiwan - Taipei 101

We visited the tallest building in Taiwan which is the Taipei 101. The queue was pretty long. We queued for around 20 minutes to take the elevator up the tower.
Taipei 101

City view from Taipei 101.
Taipei 101

Guess what this big pendulum is? It is actually for neutralizing the effects of the typhoon. When typhoon hits Taipei 101, this pendulum will sway and neutralize the vibrations.
Taipei 101

At the rooftop of Taipei 101, this is another beautiful night view of Taipei city.
Taipei City View from Taipei 101

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Taipei Day 3 - Xin Bei Tou (Ramen, Hot Spring Museum, Hot Spring Valley)

The metro easily takes us directly to Xin Bei Tou where all the hot springs are.
Xin Bei Tou

The guardian of hot springs.
Xin Bei Tou

Road signs showing all the hot spring attractions and hotels.
Xin Bei Tou

Since it is lunch time, we decided to have lunch at this ramen house.
Xin Bei Tou Man Lai La Mian

Do not be mistaken, the ramen is not cooked using hot spring water.
Hot Spring Ramen

The menu.
Hot Spring Ramen

The place is crowded.
Hot Spring Ramen

Excellent half boiled egg!
Hot Spring Ramen

My chaw siew ramen!
Chaw Siew Ramen

After lunch, we walked around. The water is actually warm. It is hot spring water!
Hot Spring

Tourist map to guide us around.
Map of Xin Bei Tou

Visited the Hot Spring Museum. Free entry.
Xin Bei Tou Museum

Bath tub.
Hot Spring Museum

A very large pool in the middle of the hot spring museum.
Hot Spring Museum

Friday, September 5, 2014

Taipei Day 2 - Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街)

Our last stop for the day which is Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街).
Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街)

Our Sky Lantern!
Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街) Lantern

Hope our wishes come true in coming year 2015!
Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街) Lantern

Night falls and there are still many people lighting up sky lanterns.
Shi Fen Old Street (十分老街) Lantern

Taipei Day 2 - 金瓜石 / 新北市立黃金博物館 (Gold Museum) / Golden Waterfall (黃金瀑布)

After Jiufen, the taxi driver brought us to the Gold Museum.

This is the Crown Prince Chalet.
"The Crown Prince Chalet is a residence built in 1922 for the proposed visit of Crown Prince Hirohito to the area (a visit that never materialized). Decades later it was used by Chiang Kai-shek as lodging in the area." - Extract from Wikipedia

Crown Prince Chalet


Crown Prince Chalet

Crown Prince Chalet

Crown Prince Chalet

Crown Prince Chalet

Crown Prince Chalet

Some mining machinery.

Big piece of gold!
金瓜石 (新北市立黃金博物館)

After the museum, on the way down hill, you will reach the Golden Waterfall (黃金瀑布).
黃金瀑布 (Golden Waterfall)
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