Yesterday, during dinner.
F: Do you want to live in Tokyo?
Yesterday, during dinner.
F: Do you want to live in Tokyo?
After few days well spent in Langkawi, we’ve extended our short vacay in Pantai Timur (East coast).
Never been in our #bucketlist vacay but who cares? We did it!
We spent a week in Cherating (Pahang) and Terengganu.
We stayed at The Legend Resort, Cherating for 2 nights, Ulek Beach Resort, Dungun for 1 night and Sutra Beach Resort, Merang, Terengganu for 3 nights. It’s located at Setiu. The smallest district in Terengganu. Well, all I can say is, not too bad! Setiu is a remote area, less famous area amongst tourist, the least I can say. However, we just want to get an overview and experience so that we know what to do in the future. It was the plain of welcomes, but it was a welcome nonetheless 🙂
The only thing that I regret the most was, the food. Oh my. I have no idea it was just me or as well as other people. The food really disappoint me. No kidding. In addition, it’s really difficult to find a decent food stall or restaurant nearby the hotel. We have to drove approx 20-30mins to find them.
Fortunately, on our last night in Terengganu, we (accidentally) found this ‘lively’ restaurant at Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu and finally we had a good and tasteful food. Believe me, the food was so delicious, the seafood was so fresh and juicy and most importantly, tasteful! On top of that, it very reasonable at price. Happy tummy happy me. This is what we call a truly satisfaction. Paid off! 🙂
Oh God, I forgot the name of the seafood restaurant. Give me some time to recall. My bad. I know I know ;'(
To be continued…
This time, we’re not going overseas. Instead, we planned to go to an island in Malaysia.
This island has been my must-go trip in Malaysia. Pretty much say that it means a lot to me. A lot of stories I can share here. One of them was, it was my 1st ever honeymoon when I got married to le hubs 🙂
Thus, you pretty much aware why I love being there. All I can say is, all the good and sweet memories began there. And counting!
Most likely this short escapade is for my Birthday (not so) treat/holiday. We wanted to do a short and sweet trip in Malaysia before we go far far awaayyy from here.
This island is situated in the Northern coast of Peninsular of Malaysia.
Where we will be going?
I am now sitting at my workstation along with my patotie Fai. The nickname that I think suits him well. It sounds cute and witty! He seems to have few of nicknames now. LOL. Okay forget about it.
I want to share with you a coffee shop that I will recommend besides Starbucks, Coffee Bean or other typical-famous coffee shops. It called Caffe Benne, a double-storey coffee shop located at District 1, within Ben Thanh market’s vicinity.
Did you you know that Caffe Bene originally from Korea? Hi K-pop, Korean TV drama lovers! Here the ‘Korean’ place for you. Definitely a subtle Korean touches.
My mouth watering by just looking at this!
A good place for working, meetups & hangout.
Caffe Bene is comparatively more spacious than the typical coffee shops that we are used to. You can see that from the pictures.
The place is spacious with ‘generous’ interior, modern yet hipster elements in design, high speed wifi connection and definitely a good coffee! You can definitely smell the aroma of coffee and waffles filling the place.
Stairs to Level 2.
Space at Level 2.
I ordered caramel macchiato; my fav coffee drink ever and the taste as good as Starbucks! I reckon each coffee shop has different taste of coffee. It could be the different type of coffee, the barista or an unique recipe, no? But I like my coffee here, Caffe Bene!
The opening ceremony for the first branch of Caffe Bene in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh.
I’m in Vietnam y’all!!! I’m staying in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and will be staying here for 19 days. We renting a serviced apartment for 14 days. The place called Sunflower Boutique Studio, located at District 4. Its a very nice place to stay – an apartment with modern interior and equipment in it and thus far we’re satisfied with the service offered. This is the best place to stay for a long period I must say. On top of that, I saw quite number of expats who stay(ed) here. Its a safe and nice place to stay I could guarantee 🙂
What I like about Sunflower Boutique Studio ?
What I like about Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City?
I reckon there’s many more fun facts about Saigon or Vietnam entirely. I will update time to time with a good reviews, recommendations and tips for you.
Until we meet again!
The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit language and means the passage of the sun from one sign of the Zodiac to another. That means there are twelve Songkrans each year, but the significance of the this Songkran (sometimes called Major Songkran to distinguish it from the others) is when the sun enters the sign of Aries the Ram. The particular event was also closely related to the Vernal Equinox.
Celebrating New Year at the time of the Vernal Equinox was very common in the past. The Songkran celebration is similar to those of the Indian Holi Festival, the Chinese Ching Ming, and the Christian Festival of Easter. Indeed April Fool’s Day probably originated as mocking those who didn’t accept the switch of New Year from April to January in France in the Sixteenth Century.
The date was originally set by astrological calculations, but it is now fixed on 13 April. The festival may be extended if some of the celebrations fall over a weekend.
In Thailand, New Year is now officially celebrated on January 1, in line with almost all other countries. Songkran was the official New Year until 1888, when it was switched to a fixed date of 1 April. It wasn’t until 1940, that this date was then shifted to 1 January.
Songkran is the occasion for family re-unions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Many Thais observe the holidays by spending time with families and friends. Traditionally, Thais perform the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual on the first day of Songkran, which is officially the National Elderly Day.
During the ritual, young people would pour fragrant water into the elders’ palms as a gesture of humility and to ask for their blessings.
The second day of Songkran is officially the National Family Day. Families would wake up early and give alms to the monks, then ideally the rest of the day would be spent sharing quality family time together.
Traditionally, Thais would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike.
An important religious ritual on Songkran is ‘Bathing the Buddha image’, in which devout Buddhists pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home.
More religious Thais would engage themselves in Buddhist ceremonies and merit-making activities throughout the holidays.
Apart of that…Songkran is for….
It has been awhile since my last post about my (coming) journey. Here I am – at Ko Racha Yai, Phuket Thailand – beautiful island about 20 nautical miles off Phuket Island. Ko Racha Yai is a small , isolated paradise. There are a couple of other resorts on the island , but they do not come close to quality and location of Racha Yai. The Racha sits on Patok Bay which has by far the best beach and outlook. The beach is fine white sand and the water turquoise crystal clear , ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
I’m staying here; Ban Raya Resort & Spa for 5 nights. I was entirely sure we are going to experience much sunshine – warmth definitely + humid! I’m sweating like I’m at sauna : P
Meet the ‘fortune tree’.
It’s like 5 star swimming pool to me. Well accommodated & equipped.
Marina Bay’s tropical version 😛
The sun were in a good mood and for the past 3 days, we witnessed this beautiful island bathed in sunshine, shrouded in blue skies, and the white beach a welcoming mat to the beautiful clear turquoise waters of Patok Bay and the Andaman Sea beyond. Simply stunning !
Here are few snippets of information about this amazing island:
Racha Yai is one of the nicest islands to simply get away from everything and relax. Less boats and tourists visit this island and Jet Skis & Para sailing are officially banned.
The beaches are white powdery sand with plenty of space to spread out. Remember, we need space, no? LOL 😛
The sun lounge chairs for rent are spaced a good distance apart from each other and there is only one row unlike the crowded beaches of Phuket and Coral Island where the chairs are sometimes 5-6 deep.
Sightseeing, snorkeling and scuba diving services are available from tour operators in town. They are please to help 🙂
A hilltop viewpoint on the bay’s south offers a magnificent view of the whole island. The view during sunset was magnificent and I was in awe. Unfortunately I didn’t capture any 😥
Looking back towards Phuket from Siam Beach is one of the best things to do. Most visitors to Racha Yai come to escape the noise and distractions of Phuket and Coral Island. If you looking for peace and relaxing vacay, this is the best place for you. I saw quite numbers of family as well as couples here 🙂
I enjoyed my time here thus far. You should come and experience here. Definitely a new experience and worth vacay. #rachayai #banraya #phuket
Until we meet again!
Appreciation can make a day – even change a life.
14th Feb 2016 – Mark our 1st anniversary of courtship. We made it. Yes, we did it! When I first met him, I never thought that he will be the one, the one I may call as a husband. The one that I’ll be living with for the rest of my life. Never. I never put any expectations during our courtship.
Having said, I met with the unexpected person at the unexpected time. FYI, I never celebrate Valentine’s Day, not even once. For me its just a term or ideology of celebration for lovers. That’s it. Nothing less or more.
However, who knows the V-day was the day that gave a BIG impact to my life as a whole. Nonetheless, it doesn’t make any different for me either its V-day or not. Its a significant date and indeed a memorable moment for us.
Frankly speaking, we didn’t date for such a long time. After we met on Feb, a month after that he proposed me. See, I told ya! Nope not what you thinking it could or would be. I will say its a sign and green light from The Almighty to us to be legally wedded as soon as possible.
Am tremendously happy it turned out well and sail smooth. Most importantly both families bless with this relationship and nothing else to describe but so happy for us. We’re happy too!
To be continued…….
Japan has always been one of those countries high on my places to visit and I knew it was a place I couldn’t miss. Just thinking about the food, I’d have enough to get my mouth watering.
We will be leaving for Japan in May and it’s Spring! I wish I can live in Japan for good! Oh no how I wish I could. To be honest, I can’t wait for Japan. I lie if I say I don’t. I heard/read how amazing Japan as a country. How people amaze with the technology, scenery, culture, food, people, fashion, etc…
Some says it is an experience. It surrounds you. Every moment of every day is filled with new discoveries and cultural difference and utter delights. I can’t describe it beyond that, but everyone who has been knows exactly what I’m talking about.
If there were a word to describe Japan as a whole, it would be reverent. This is a nation where every action displays a culture of deference, respect and obedience. It encompasses daily life.
Reverence of food – The food here is prepared and delivered with such deep respect and meticulous care, even in fast food joints. Anything else would be anti-Japanese. I didn’t have a single bad meal in Japan.
Reverence of manners – Japan has a longstanding reputation of politeness. One place where this was most evident was on trains. Whenever a conductor entered a car, he would enter and exit the car with an energetic yet crisp bow before attending to passengers.
Reverence of nature – Nature receives the utmost respect here, and you’ll often find that everything from architecture to food plays into an overall respect of the natural environment of Japan.
Reverence of rules – Japan is a rules-based culture. There are lots of written and unwritten rules – the Japanese wouldn’t dream of throwing recyclables in the trash, or acting rude to a stranger, or dressing like a slob. The list of taboos here is extensive. Really? I bet every countries have that, no?
Enough for now I think. Will be continue with my little journal afterwards. Check it out!
Here are some photos. Enjoice!