Fantasy Fridays: Macau, China

For the benefit of those who are reading this blog for the first time, we had earlier decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays πŸ™‚Β  A holiday every Friday! Not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo re-cap of a trip we or either one of us have taken in order to re-live our past travels and all the related memories of each trip.

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

Destination – Macau, one of the two special administrative regions of China. Getting there is easy – about an hour by ferry from Hong Kong, but leaving Asia’s gaming capital can however be difficult for some…

Temptations abound in the tiny Macau territory of 29 kmΒ² (11 sq miles). Be seduced by the variety of Chinese delicacies…

The Macanese welcome. Here’s the contingent greeting you when you get off the ferry.Β  All ready to whisk you off to the hotels and *casinos*…

The must-see attraction in Macau, the 16th century ruins of a Portuguese cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Paul…

Macau was the first and last European colony in Asia and remnants of Portugal are still visible in Macau…

BollyChees goofing around in Macau. To be exact, Bolly goofing around πŸ˜‰ …

One of the 35 casinos present in this “sin city”…MGM Grand…

Enticing those keen on a quick buck with bright neon lights…

Bolly has good luck and Chee doesn’t. Bolly won, Chee lost in the casinos…

We celebrated the unexpected win with a fine meal at 2 Michelin star modern and luxurious Chinese restaurant, The Eight before calling it a night. Highly recommended!No harm placing a few bets for the fun of it.Β  Don’t forget though, the saying “The House Always Wins” is true…

Hope you enjoyed reading this week’s edition of “Fantasy Fridays” πŸ™‚

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Fantasy Fridays: Phuket, Thailand

For the benefit of those who are reading this blog for the first time, we had earlier decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays πŸ™‚Β A holiday every Friday! Not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo re-cap of a trip we or either one of us have taken in order to re-live our past travels and all the related memories of each trip. And we call this:

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

Bolly loves beaches. So for the third instalment of Fantasy Fridays, we find ourselves back in Southeast Asia in the island of Phuket, off the southwest coast of Thailand. Phuket island’s a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for obvious reasons – sun, sea and sand. There are no lack of beaches to cater to different tastes including Patong beach (read: very crowded and suited for the party-goer), Kata beach (many consider this to be the most beautiful beach in Phuket with its white sand and clear waters), Karon (a more spread-out beach and much slower pace compared to Patong and Karon) and many others.Nearby Phi Phi islands which gained worldwide prominence largely due to the film “The Beach” (starring Leonardo di Caprio) has also become a major tourist-magnet.

Who can resist the silky soft beaches, warm blue inviting seas and magnificent tropical sunsets that this island has to offer?

Simply breathtaking…

The start of a beautiful holiday…

We were not actually on our honeymoon but nevertheless appreciated the gesture from the hotel πŸ˜‰

The swimming pool at our hotel located near Kata beach…I could wake up to this everyday…

As a typical tourist, we had to explore the bustling and party-town of Patong beach including Sala Spa Massage which offered “Massage, No Sex”…

Beachside dinner at Kalim Beach with a view of Patong Bay πŸ™‚

Agenda of the day – sit and laze around at the beach…

Adrenaline junkie me decided to entrust my life to a bungee cord and jump off a platform in order to scratch off another item on my bucket list of things to do. Bolly wasn’t amused…

The soaring limestone cliffs surrounding the white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters of Ko Phi Phi (or Phi Phi Island) was once a hidden paradise but now teems with tourists like Bolly and I. Many lament this loss…

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Does this bring back memories of your last beach vacation? What other beautiful beaches have you visited?



Fantasy Fridays: Bangkok, Thailand

We all love Fridays. After a long week of work, we wake up on Fridays with a cheerful heart, anticipating the end of the work week and the two precious days of the weekend. Lazing around, catching up on our readings, partying, visiting museums, brunch with friends… the precious 48 hours which we all wish would pass by ever so slowly. Fridays are also the start of weekend trips. The short get-aways which allow us to get out and away from where we live to explore and experience another culture, albeit within a very short timeframe.

We’ve decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays. A vacation every Friday! Well, not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo recap of a vacation weΒ  have taken. Re-living our past holidays and all the related memories of each trip…that lost luggage, the beauty of nature, delectable/horrible cuisine, inspiring architecture, the people we meet etc etc… All that just whets our appetite for the next trip! Ahhhh…

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

So here we go, some photos from an earlier visit to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.

The primary religion in Thailand is Buddhism.Β  About 95% of the population adheres to Buddhism.Β  This is the famous Reclining Buddha (46 metres long) at the Wat Pho temple.

Facing the statue, you’ll find 108 bowls and it is said that good luck and longevity will come to those who put a coin in each of the bowls….

Walking around Wat Pho, which is also the largest temple in Bangkok…

Tiny me at the feet of the 32m standing Buddha at theΒ Wat Intharawihan Temple…

Freedom for 90 Thai Baht (around 2.30 EUR/2.85 USD/3.65 Singapore dollars)…

Taking a ride on Thai traditional “tuk-tuks” which are motorised rickshaws.Β  Remember to bargin before you get in…

A must visit destination in Bangkok, the Chatuchak weekend market. It’s one of the largest in the world with about 9000 stalls.Β  The official Thailand tourism website states that “It is just about impossible to go to Chatuchak Weekend Market and not buy anything“…

Always be on the lookout in the Chatuchak Market. Surprises await you at every corner.

And of course, Thai cuisine! Thai Sweet sticky rice with mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang) is one of my favourite desserts…

Thai street food.Β  Here’s a stall serving Pad Thai – stir fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tofu, bean sprouts accompanied by either prawns or chicken – for 40 Thai Baht (1 EUR!/1.25 USD/1.60 Singapore dollars!) per plate…

Street food isn’t exactly for the faint-hearted or weak stomachs…

Though I must say that hygiene standards aside, the food is delicious!

I love people-watching…Graceful Thai dancers practising their moves, including that of flexing their fingers backwards…

This struck me as on one side, a little Thai girl is dressed up in her pretty gown while beside her, her mum/sister washes the plates for their roadside stall…

I think that’s enough fantisizing for now. Until the next “vacation”…

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Searching For A Teletransporter

The distance of places and lapses of time are no longer what they used to be with the advent of modern technology.Β  The respective distances of 10740km and 275km from our families in Singapore and Belgium to our lives in Paris have been exponentially reduced with our daily interaction via WhatsApp with our loved ones.

Strangely enough, at times I feel that what Carrie Bradshaw said in Sex and the City may even ring some truth for my family…”Do we need distance to get close?”

Nevertheless, being far away from the family sometimes really sucks. From not being able to watch my siblings grow up, celebrate special occasions with the family, eat home-cooked food to something as simple as spending a lazy day idling at home with family members around.

The brothers and sisters played tennis yesterday and joked about being the next Maria Sharapova or more likely the next Grand Slam ball picker…

whipped up a home-cooked meal of pasta…

before devouring it with cheese that we bought together when the brothers visited us in Paris 2 months ago…

and I was not there… 😦

Being able to share in the joy almost real-time with the text messages and photos sent via WhatsApp was a consolation which somewhat dulled the pain of homesickness…

BUT ALAS, WHERE’S THE TELETRANSPORTER WHEN YOU NEED ONE?