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Having quite the obsession with the reality show American Pickers featuring a pair of professional pickers, Mike and Frank.
Pickers basically buzz around buying a whole load of junk/old stuffs/antiques and sell them to collectors for a profit. Singaporeans would probably label them as a bunch of karung guni men.
Anyhoo one of the common items they keep buying are old and rare signs, with the porcelain ones selling up to $500!
This sign will probably need to wait and simmer for another good 50 years before you can get any substantial dough out of it.
The alarm went off. Eyes opened. First thing out of bed was to ruffle the curtain drapes and peer out the window.
Nevertheless, we decided to push on with our plan to visit the neighboring islands Torcello and Burano. Who knows, maybe by the time we reached, the weather would have improved.
After an hour of traveling which involved transferring from one vaporetta to another, we finally reached the shores of Torcello. At this time, the rain was falling even more heavily. And the winds. The piercing winds!!
Compounding the depressing weather was the virtually empty streets as local vendors were all holed up at home while tourists that were as hardcore/foolish as us were far and few.
Well, I suppose our luck was going to run out sooner or later. Misfortune came in the form of rain as soon as we arrived at the train station. Thankfully we managed to find our way through the notorious Venetian alleys to our hotel.
First order of business was to hook ourselves up with tickets for the water taxi which is locally known as vaporetta. It is easily the only viable public transport if you wish to get around Venice. More often than not, you will see signs proclaiming “Vaporetta” pointing in all sorts of obscure directions while walking along the streets.
Unfortunately, this time round we fell victims to the maze of Venetian streets while trying to locate the vaporetta stop. Wandered for a good 20 minutes trying to make sense of the map/following the crowd/returning to base and starting all over again. Finally located the stop with the insides of our shoes feeling slightly soggy. D:
Proceeded to purchase the 72 hours tourist pass even though we would be staying for 2 days only. Value for money since a single ride cost 6 euros.
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Waiting to board our first ever vaporetta ride! Rather than being uber hyped about it, I remembered us shivering while holding our damp tickets, second guessing if we were waiting at the right stop.
Hola! Here comes the 2nd part of our Krabi adventures!
When you go to Krabi, you definitely have to go for at least an island tour. After all they’re famous for their pristine beaches and soothing scenery. If you don’t, you probably got on the wrong plane.
We had a few choices like Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, etc. After much mulling, we decided to go for the Hong Island tour. The downside of it? We had to drag our asses up at 7am.
#1 Us trying our bestest to look up for the tour. As you can see I’m not a happy bunny early in the morning. Probably cos we were kept waiting by a couple of latecomers.
#2 Matching sunglasses! Of course we managed to score a good deal (I think) after some sleek negotiation tactics.
#3 After a bumpy boat ride.. Land ahoy! This is actually just the appetizer. Only a small stretch of sand that resembles more like a long jump pit than a beach. We would only get to the actual Hong island later in the day.
#4 We were given around an hour to do our own thang. Snorkeling, feeding and basically whatever that floats your boat. We took it easy and just lazed around waiting for time to pass.
#5 Binbin flashing her mega watt smile while getting a good refreshing soak
#6 I was busy taking paparazzi shots of an elderly Caucasian couple locked in a tight embrace. Didn’t wanna get too close and ruin their moment though.
#7 Father keeps a (not so wary) eye on his son.
#8 Feeding time! The fishes were literally flying through the air to get at the bread crumbs. Though they were of minuscule size. it was still pretty unnerving when you see a whole bunch of them charging at you at lightning speed.
We duly left the “sandpit” and moved on to another island. Over there, it was like one of those mega IT fair, just that everyone decided to show up in their bikinis and berms, while the organizers decided to swap carpets for sand. Every inch of sand was literally covered by people. Initially, it felt kinda awkward seeing such a huge crowd and it somewhat dampened the holiday mood. It didn’t take long before that thought got lost and we were immersed in our own world. We did some snorkeling and feeding with one miserable slice of bread.
Finally, we left for Hong Island where we would have our “buffet” lunch and more slacking by the beach. Obviously, it was the best out of all the islands we visited. However, I somehow failed to take a single shot of its beach. Maybe I was still reeling from the fact that our buffet consist of 2 dishes ( 1 veg, 1 fish) only, or we got too caught up in the snorkeling. Or maybe, just maybe we were distracted by….
#9 This sweet lovely cutie pie! Awwwwwww-ness ttm.
#10 Both of us hamming it up for the camera while getting a tan.
Pretty soon, we were about to leave Hong Island when it started pouring. Off we hopped on to the boat and sped a fair distance away from the rain clouds. The guide led us to one last destination before we head back to Krabi. We reached a lagoon where all of us got to go down and walked around since it was low tide. More pictures taking and checking out sea creatures ensued. It looks pretty underwhelming on the pics so I’m not gonna post them up. But it was actually quite an unique experience.
#11 One last shot of a longtail boat before leaving the lagoon.
Finally, it was time to head back to Krabi! Not before we had a hella bumpy ride back because of the rainstorm. Thank god we were on a speedboat. Would seriously dread being caught in the rainstorm on a longtail boat. Worse still, a sampan.
So kids, in conclusion, don’t expect a fantastic spread for lunch. Get a speedboat. Get used to the crowd. Be in your own world. Be safe. Get tanned.