Tuesday, 17 December 2013

NAMI ISLAND, KOREA

Upon arrival to Incheon, our first stop was to Nami Island.
A short boat trip and we were there. I think Nami Island is so well known because because of the Korean drama - Winter Sonata. I remembered watching part of it some 10 years ago, and at that time, the Korean wave had not really reached our shores. After this drama, Winter Sonata, Korean dramas, movies, songs and everything else Korean seem to have taken over.

A huge poster of the 2 actors from Winter Sonata.





Here's my 2nd daughter Eli, looking fashionable and preparing for Winter. We had to spend quite a lot to buy a whole new set of winter clothing for all 5 of us. The girls got lucky and borrowed the jackets from a wonderful aunt.



The famous walk way lined with trees. I imagine it must be very beautiful in other seasons too.




 Everywhere, all dried leaves are made into LOVE shapes, even the burning logs area. Can't believe that we actually looked forward to a warm area.




Eli. Who insisted on having matching beanie and gloves ;)

Happy week ahead.

Friday, 13 December 2013

HEAD GEAR, SEOUL


Back from Korea.
Back from Winter...I will not be missing winter anytime soon for sure. When I left Seoul, it was 2-3 celcius...and back here, it was 30 celcius. Huge jump but a very warm welcome.

We had lots of fun there and I will go back again soon.

Picture taken at Seoul airport.
Traditional head gear. I love the colours :)

Monday, 18 November 2013

WINTER - KOREA

Dear all

I have missed all my blog friends immensely.
Seriously, I looked at the date and was wondering what I did from the last blog date onwards. It happened to so many people I know..they just wondered off blog-land. However, I have been encouraging my daughter, Emi, to start a blog. So what better way, then to revive this blog and help her kick start hers.

As you all know, I live here in Malaysia, we only have one season. Or two.
365 days of summer and towards end of the year, like now..it's wet as monsoon kicked in.
Our monsoon is probably winter to the rest of the countries with 4 seasons. I had been busy, but more lazy in blogging.

Next month, I have a trip coming up to Korea where the whole family is going. So, I want to self-kick-start and revive this miserable and lonely blog again on a few posts on Korea. It will be the family's first winter experience. What is normal (winter) to my buddies across the pond, will be something totally new for all of us. Before we could even embark on the trip, we already had to spend tons on all the winter clothing and there's so many things to buy! Bear in mind, we have zero winter clothing and mainly flip flops and all summery stuff  to wear here. So, that's a huge gap in clothing there, plus limited shops selling them here. Naturally, anything connected to winter clothing is super expensive over here.

The children have been super excited to see snow for the first time. I am much less so because I don't really like very cold weather and wonder if I will even survive the trip in the first place. We have 3 nights up the moutains (brrr....I can almost feel the chill in my bones just thinking of it), and another 3 nights at capital city, Seoul. I am definitely very excited to see Seoul city, especially on the food and traditional houses part.

So, in a weeks plus+ , I will be off to Korea and seriously and secretly, I wished my husband had booked for Spring to see all those wonderful cherry blossoms in Korea...but for now, I have to look forward to the cold winter. Wish me luck :)

XOXO ...


Monday, 22 July 2013

Lotus


I blogged and went off.
I even had to think twice what was the email I use to log in as I have more than one.
However, at the back of my mind, there this blog.
My Blog.
And I am missing so many friends here.
Many things happened.
Happy things.
Things I want to blog about.
So, now to sort out the hundreds of photos and start again.

Missing everyone :)

Thursday, 29 November 2012

ANGKOR WAT - CAMBODIA

It's been raining crazy here. No winter, just our normal monsoon.
East Coast's islands are all closed. Travelling anywhere is a chore due to school holidays.

Meanwhile, I am dreaming and planning to go to Cambodia again. When I was there, the first thing I had in my mind was to bring my children there one day. To see a different set of life. To experience the culture.

I want to go and see this - again. THE Angkor Wat.
This picture was taken in 2008...about a year after I started blogging. Sorry, blog..I have neglected you, but never my blog buddies. They are always on my mind.  However, my blogging groove has come back (sort of haha!). You all know I cannot live long without blogging somehow :)


 Till then...soon...back to blog land yay!!

New Pets

Sorry, I got a bit distracted...this guy came home and we are all over him..He's not the first by the way, so we are perpetual slaves to our cats - for now :)



Cheers for now...I promise I will be back soon. There are tons of stuff to blog about :)


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cameron Highland Resort


Cameron Highland Resort. Excellent place to unwind up in the mountain and wonderful cool air. This picture was taken early 2012 and soon will be going there again.

Have been away from blog land, but always missing everyone. People blog, stop, re-blog or live off completely. It's time to evaluate how I want to blog. Maybe not doing long pictures-travel posts which are so time consuming and draining. Time to change to something simpler, but most importantly, something I'd want to do more frequently.

Cheers :)

Thursday, 12 July 2012

AYUTTHAYA

When I went to Ayutthaya, we hired a guide for me and my friends. She was informative and as usual with most Thais, very friendly.  When we were in the car, she mentioned about taking the 'swing'. I had no idea what 'swing' she was talking about, until we reached the other side of the river and saw this 'swing'. A huge swing which ferries passengers from one end of the river to the other. Very traditional and fun too.








Here, we saw an elderly lady selling noodles from her small boat. Another common scene.







Our guide (left), with us sitting the swing.




The swing was owned by the monks at the nearly monastery, here seen operating it manually.  Fees were in a form of donations of any kind, no limit set.






The writting in red was an indication of how high the flood level was recently.



This part of the temple was very interesting as the previous Thai King had allowed a merge of Western architecture and local religion within this compound.



I was told this was an important flower. The flower of the Bodhi tree, where Buddha was supposed to have been born under.






A sundial dating 1878.




This was a Buddhist temple, with Western architechture.



Inside the temple (doesnt it look like a Church to you?), with a local monk blessing visitors.











Donation tree, it's up to visitor to donate for upkeeping of the temples within.


A very friendly monk, giving teachings and blessings to everyone.




A map of Ayutthaya, reminded me much of how Angkor Wat was built..surrounded by water.


Cheers everyone. I'll blog about the ruins of Ayutthaya in the next post :)

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

AYUTTHAYA - Wat Phanan Choeng

On my last trip to Thailand, I went to Ayutthaya, the ancient city and old capital of Thailand. The tour guide took us here, Wat Chanan Choeng - the largest Buddha figure in Thailand. This figure is 19 meters in height and 21 meters in width. Here's sharing some photos:


Outside the temple, people praying.


Beautiful lotuses for offering.


Inside the temple:





They were changing the clothes of this Buddha statue, so it was packed and crammed with people inside.



Some of my favourite shots.





How interesting. A donation tree, money on banana trunk.




The entrance..it was really a busy day for all.



Outside a Chinese temple, as usual with their dragon coiling around most pillars.


Happy week ahead :)

Friday, 8 June 2012

JONKER STREET - WHIMSICAL WINDOWS, DELIRIOUS DOORS


Whenever I go to Malacca, I will always go to this wonderful place for antiques lovers called, Jonker Street. It's a place filled with all sort of curiosities and a great way to find vintage items.  I bought some blue China wares, antiques from the 30's onwards but did not take a picture. Will post that soon.  

Here are a collection of entrances which I found interesting. 

Also it's an entry for my Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors post. 



Some Chinese cutting inspired drawing framing a window. 




The famous Chicken rice shop!



Now this is an interesting item. It's a antique carrier for brides in olden China, hence the red cloth. Here seen outside an antique shop.




Translated meaning: Hokkien Association.



Plenty of Chinese antiques vases everywhere.


Most of the buildings are from that era. Previously houses which have been well preserved and made into shop lots now.



Another typical entrance.



With Chinese traders dominating the Straits of Malacca then, their influence in heavy in many places.



With that, have a happy weekend everyone :)