Day-1: When in Chengdu [on my way to Tibet Trip] 🛩

Day-1: When in Chengdu [on my way to Tibet Trip] 🛩

Wed, 12th September 2018,

I reached Changi before 12 noon as scheduled. My flight will be at 4PM, so I had enough time to enjoy my brunch in Changi. <( ̄︶ ̄)>

My holiday expedition to Tibet started from Singapore to Chengdu, and had overnight in Chengdu. The following day we took local flight to Nyinchi (or Linzhi) and from there we slowly continued our land journey to higher altitude.

So why Tibet?

My tour leader Annie, said there are 2 types of people who travel to Tibet;

1⃣ Those who want to do pilgrimage or religious trip from monastery to another monasteries, from temples to temples.

2⃣ Those who love adventures, know what it takes to go Tibet and ready for it.

My Chinese friend said; “if you go to Tibet, your heart will go to heaven while your body goes to hell.” I didn’t know this. I had no idea how harsh this holiday expedition could be. How unexpected it would be. So obviously I was not type 1, either type 2. I am the type 3;

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Movie Review: This is Where We Live

Movie Review: This is Where We Live

An outstanding drama about a special family and beautiful friendship; with a lot of challenges in their life. I love how all the people in this movie have good characters to help each others, to make their life more meaningful, to ease their challenges. The actors and actresses are good in acting and interactions. Definitely big thumbs up from me.

Set in the Texas Hill Country, “This Is Where We Live” is a portrait of the Sutton family: Diane, while ignoring her own health issues, is caregiver to her son August, who has cerebral palsy, and her husband, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Overburdened, she hires Noah, a local handyman, to build a wheelchair ramp up the front steps to the family home. August observes Noah working, and through dinner with the family. Diane notices their connection, and stops Noah as he leaves to ask if he could use some money helping out with August. The friendship that Noah and August forge has a ripple effect; life makes unexpected turns for those around them, and forces Noah to confront his past.

This is 2013 movie with 88% score from rotten tomato and 7.7/10 from imdb. For me this movie deserves 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 out of 5.

Cast;

“Let your heart in full view and let truth be unhindered this is where we live.”

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Movie Review: The Japanese Wife

Movie Review: The Japanese Wife

It’s been a while since the last time I did a movie review found a beautiful random movie on Youtube worth to write a review. And this time I found a very touching movie called The Japanese Wife.

The first thing I love about this movie is how the actor and actress are using their own English accents – Indians use English in their Hindi accents and Japanese use their Japanglish. They didn’t try to look like they mastered their English and as someone whose English is not my mother tongue – I found this brilliant.

This unique love story started a bit slow – how Miyagi, a young Japanese girl, made a pen pal with Snehamoy, an Indian boy, through a magazine. It was amazing how years gone by and they were still good friends – this story line somehow relates so much for me as I still have few pen pals whom I met years back and sometimes we still chat via app. Only on this movie they don’t have smart phones.

The story continues from exchanging gifts from each other countries to exchanged marriage vows and how they are everyday struggling by not seeing each other and finally there were the “third party” who was supposed to challenge their marriage.

I didn’t expect the sad ending though. But there you go. It was surely not easy to have long distance relationship. Every little things are challenges. And all challenges will eventually not bring happiness.

This is 2010 movie with 84% score from rotten tomatoes and 7.6/10 from imdb. For me this movie deserves 🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 out of 5.

Cast;

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Day-4: When in BALI [Kuta] 🏖👙

Day-4: When in BALI [Kuta] 🏖👙

Sunday, 20th May 2018, very hotttt!

My Mercure hotel offers breakfast from 6AM to 11AM on Sunday! How cool is that! I could wake up late and still enjoying my brunch! ╰(*´︶`*)╯♡

The dining area was facing the pool (on the 4th floor) and the pool was facing the Kuta Beach. And yes, Kuta Beach was just across the street! This was a highly recommended hotel, located nearby Poppies Lane (shopping street where you can haggle and shop, and get cheap tattoos) and walking distance to Beachwalk Shopping Centre (a high-end shopping mall in Kuta, with a lot of famous local restaurants including the famous roast duck, Bebek Tepi Sawah). ♡ ~(‘▽^人)

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Day-3: When in BALI [from higher than the trees 🌴 to lower than the sea 🌊]

Day-3: When in BALI [from higher than the trees 🌴 to lower than the sea 🌊]

Saturday, 19th May 2018. Drizzling and stop. Drizzling then hot.

Since I need to move around 3 cities today, I decided to booked a car including with the driver, from BaliSanti. I asked around some people to check the price for booking a car+driver for 10 hours, and it wasn’t cheap. The price range between IDR600k to IDR800k. Then I found this BaliSanti webste from Google, and read some good reviews before I decided to contact them via whatsapp and finally paid for IDR480k. The driver name was Bli Alit. He was a patient driver, he drove me around from Ubud to Sanur to Kuta, without any complaints, without trying to sell me to stop and buy something, he even offered to take pictures for me if I needed to. ╰(▔∀▔)╯

But before I’m off for my adventure, I must fill the engine from Alila’s restaurant. And of course, took some selfies too. (☆ω☆)

                                              me taking the swing of my life!!!

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Day-2: When in BALI [Ubud Alila] 🌄

Day-2: When in BALI [Ubud Alila] 🌄

Friday, 18th May 2018, morning.

Today was only cloudy, but no rain at all. Which is good for my best friend’s wedding! ( ´ ▽ ` )

My homestay called HAPPY INN, located just next to Ubud Market. I will recommend this place to friends & family. It was only SGD24 a night, it came with a tasty omelette for breakfast, clean room, wifi, beautiful architecture Balinese house, and a very cute yet naughty host called Ruben. (´♡‿♡`)

I had few hours (from this morning until 11AM) before my friend Sil and the gank picked me up to Alila, the wedding venue of Mar & Rob. So let’s explore some more around the homestay! ヽ(o^▽^o)ノ

                       Ruben the cute host, kept me company while waiting for my pick up.

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Day-1: When in BALI [Ubud Central] 🛍

Day-1: When in BALI [Ubud Central] 🛍

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, midnight.

Touched down Ngurah Rain Bali International Airport around 11:45PM, I immediately went up to the second floor to get a blue bird taxi (the safest taxi in Indonesia). I heard from my friend it would be not easy to get a grab in both Jakarta and Bali airports as they have conflicts going on between online taxi and the locals. By the time I arrived at the second floor, I got caught by 3 mens offered me a ride to my hotel. They are local taxis, the one that could be intimidating and very pushy and will get in trouble with online taxi. As I travelled solo, I had no choice other than follow one of the 3 mens, and got into their taxi to my hotel. He charged me for IDR50k, while grab only IDR 15k. (;⌣̀_⌣́)

I stayed at this hotel called Solaris. A transit hotel 5 minutes ride from the airport where I could stay only for 8 hours and paid only around SGD20. It was reasonable price as I had to make a move early morning and I only need exactly 8 hours. They upgraded my room and gave me a nice welcome drinks. Just nice.  (*˘︶˘*).。.:*♡

Thursday, 17th May 2018. Early morning!

Booked a grab from Solaris (Kuta) to my homestay in Ubud. Last time I checked was IDR 132k, but that morning I paid IDR154. Which is not bad, consider moving to another city and it took us for almost 2 hr. The homestay was not easy to find, but we finally did with a help from Google Map. Oh hail technology!!! ╰(▔∀▔)╯

Arrived Ubud around 10AM, checked in then I started to walk around the hotel. It was still too early for my appointment, too early for my lobster brunch, and was drizzling too. I decided to stop at some cafe nearby the Ubud Market and had my late breakfast; banana tropical smoothie. The rain stopped in 15 minutes and I went off to my first appointment of the day. ٩(。•́‿•̀。)۶

                                                           my tea breaks at The Pond.
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KTM Resort Review – BATAM! ⛵

KTM Resort Review – BATAM! ⛵

This is supposed to be my weekend getaway story. But since I spent most of my time at this resort, so I might give review to this resort instead. So out of 5 frogs, I give this resort 4 frogs!!! 🐸🐸🐸🐸

Why didn’t I give 5 frogs? The last frog is for their improvement! Water sport are not always available (depends on the wind, quite pricey and have minimum persons to go). Very far from anywhere (although they have shuttle to Nagoya). Spa service as expensive as in SG (I wish they have cold tub instead of hot tub!).  Fishing deck only for squid–I want fish fishing, not squid-ding?!! ☆o(><;)○

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