Hola! I’m back with another follow up of my Hong Kong adventures. This time round, we took a much needed break from squeezy train rides and snaking long queues. By subjecting ourselves to an impossible dash thru Macau, in a single day. Damn those bloody kiasu genes of ours.
#1 Jugular | LC-A+ RL | Lomo Chrome 100
Boom! Going straight for the jugular upon hitting the shores of Macau. Right here at the Venetian casino where the space is limitless. Something very much appreciated having been thru the rigors of Hong Kong.
#2 Eye | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
After expending minimal moolah at the casino (gambling rules can be so complex and intimidating), we went around exploring other parts of the Venetian. There is no denying the lavishness of its decor. The details of the ceiling and beams made me go “woahhhhhaweseommeeeehitttt” at first sight.
#3 Lisbon Lion | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
Double exposure shot of a tower outside the Venetian and its intricate details.
#4 Good Mood | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Somebody’s mighty happy in Macau…
#5 Bad Mood | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
While another is a grump. Nahhh.. Just posing for the cam. Macau was pretty cool. Even their random wall tiles rock socks.
#6 Squared | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
Senado Square, where the Portuguese bigwigs used to chill and make merry, lamenting about crappy conditions living in the East eons ago. Ok, that was just my imagination since Wikipedia wasn’t of much help.
#7 Mustard. Cut. | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
St. Dominic’s Church. And yes I got that from Wiki. C’mon, you can’t expect me to translate the sign at the front which read “Largo De S.Domingos”.
#8 Big 38 | Superheadz UWS | Kodak Etakchrome T160 (Exp)
The main purpose of our Macau trip (apart from casinos and almond cookies). I’m sure those who grew up watching that HK drama starring Julian Cheung will remember this.
#9 Cherry on Top | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
That’s the view from the top of the stairs, after bashing thru the 5836th tourist.
#10 The Thinker | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
The Thinker, Macau trishaw uncle version.
#11 Goodbye. Goodnight. | LC-A+ RL | Provia 400
My last shot of Macau at The Wynn. But (fortunately or unfortunately), this ain’t my last post of the Hectic Hong Kong series. There is probably one final post to go. Or 2.
I had ever been to Malacca once before. When I was in Primary 5 or 6. I felt like I had a good time then but can’t really remember the details of what we did. Maybe it’s ALWAYS fun to get out of the country. So I was pretty psyched up for this one too.
We set off at about 8am, expecting to reach at around 12 noon. We had neglected the fact that it was a public holiday. Public holiday = Massive traffic jam. Our bus was pretty much stuck for what seems to be an eternity.
And then we finally reached.
Awesome or what? Our only saving grace was the fact that we didn’t purchase tickets for the return trip departing Malacca at 5pm. That would have been an ultimate facepalm moment. We bought tickets for the latest departure timing and wasted no time in heading down to where all the action is: Jonker Street.
Photos were taken using my Superheadz Ultra Wide & Slim on ISO 100 black and white film and also Diana Mini on…I can’t remember dammit.
#1 Here we are! Our growling stomachs reminding us it’s time for our late lunch.
#2 This eatery with its unassuming exterior serves quite a wicked dish of Chicken Rice Balls. Or maybe we were just famished.
#3 Right after stuffing ourselves silly, we went straight for another one of Malacca’s delicacy: Chendol.
#4 Binbin and Janet while waiting..
#5 And waiting..
#6 After downing our little bowls of gula melaka (palm sugar syrup) filled Chendol, we got up on our feet and started exploring. More delicacies were lying in wait as there were quite a few roadside stalls lined up along the street. This is one of the stall selling popiah. Didn’t try it though cos we were too full.
#7 We walked and walked before finally reaching the pier to board our cruise to nowhere…
#8 Not! It’s just a huge ass ship monument probably to commemorate Malacca’s history as a shipping port.
#9 A unique water wheel feature where we rested before deciding to go in search of the elusive Portuguese egg tarts.
#10 Our awesome shadows, tired but happy.
A good trip overall. Shame about the jam though. It was a pity we didn’t get to explore more but I suppose we did as much as we could given the limited time we had. Perhaps we can try some other eateries or delicacies the next time we’re there. Aye.. Blogging about this mini trip made me wanna go for a proper holiday even more. Coupled with the fact that I’m missing the Krabi days after watching The Hangover Part 2 last night. I need to plan my leave!!! Rawr.
Hi kids, this post marks the last of my Kickass Krabi series. Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. As the title suggests, the pictures will chronicle some of the other stuffs we got up to in Ao Nang. The nightlife, beaches and other parts of town we tried exploring. On foot.
So obviously we didn’t get too far. Come dinner time we will usually walk along the stretches of (mostly Western) restaurants and settle down when our stomach starts growling. As with most touristy places, there were plenty of touts clambering for your attention.
#1 This is how we got this picture. Smartass tout spotted my Diana Mini and appeared to be intrigued by it. Proceeded to ask me what it is and looked incredulous when told it was a camera. Asked to see it and duly persuaded us to pose for the camera. Then came the sales pitch, which I declined by saying we’ve eaten. Promised to be back to try it some other time. Obviously I didn’t. Thai food were more of our thang.
#2 In our treacherous (did I mention the zombie-movie-type-hordes-of-touts?) trek in search of good Thai food, I took time out to use bulb mode on the Mini to capture some light streaks. Can’t remember how long I held the shutter opened though… Damn.
#3 The holy grail. Authentic Thai street food. Noodle soup FTW. The owners were so warm and kind. Made the experience all the more awesome.
#4 Dessert was chocolate banana pancake. Nothing much to shout about although we saw plenty of people with pancakes in hand. Kinda like a thinner and crispier roti prata.
#5 We tried fish spa for the 1st time ever. Mainly because it was relatively cheaper as compared to the exorbitant prices they are charging back home. From my expression, it’s safe to conclude I am and will never be an avid fan of fish spas. I may have also pissed off the owner by dissuading onlooking bystanders not to try it. Uh-oh.
#6 We had some spare time left on the last day. So we tried exploring other parts of Ao Nang in the day. Here is an awesome backdrop of the island/hill/mountain.
#7 God bless the poor chap tasked to sort out the cables.
#8 A couple shares a quiet moment at the beach.
#9 Little red stranded boat
#10 Let’s ride off into the sunset.
(Actually it’s just the redscale effect. The sun was nowhere near setting.)
With that let’s all bid farewell to Krabi. Till next time! (I really ought to be sleeping hence the swift conclusion)
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.
As promised, here are some of the long overdue pics from our Krabi holiday in January. Had our fair share of massages, beaches, roadside food and typical touristy stuff (or not. more on that later). All in all, an awesome holiday! 😀
We arrived in Krabi in the evening, explored the Ao Nang area and proceed to sign up for a couple of tours. Next thing we know we’re right atop on Dom!
#1 That’s us staring down at Dom’s sexy humps. Her herder was pretty harsh on her. Kept shouting gibberish coupled with the occasional whips. 😦
#2 Though nervous, binbin managed to squeeze a smile out for the camera. Cheers!
#3 Some scenery along the way. The whole route was pretty hilly terrain, littered with huge ass elephant poo and pee. I didn’t manage to capture the good stuff. So you guys will just have to make do with the trees and greens.
#4 Captain Courageous over here decided that the comfort of the leather seat was not his cuppa and decide to settle for elephant skin. Hats off.
After completing the trek, we got to reward Dom with some bananas (who teared out of happiness or tiredness, I have no idea). We moved on to the next destination of our tour…
Tiger Cave Temple.
#5 Ok this is not THE temple. Just one of the temples under construction near the compound entrance. Apparently there are quite a few caves with some Buddhist relics and idols to worship. But the main attraction of the Tiger Cave Temple is the 1237 steps leading all the way to THE temple, offering a bird’s eye view of the Krabi landscape.
#6 Gung-ho us decided to take a shot at conquering the 1237 steps. It was a breeze for the 1st two or three flights of stairs. Then, our nightmare began…
#7 The steps became steeper and steeper. Almost like a step ladder. And it was so narrow that only one person can go at a single time. We contemplated giving up and instead descend to take a nice leisurely walk around the compound.
#8 “Not so easy”, said binbin. Refusing to succumb, binbin flashed a semi victorious smile at the halfway point of the climb.
#9 Finally. The pinnacle!
#10 The sorta underwhelming view from the top. Trust me. It’s much better that this in person. I’m not doing justice to the scenery and the satisfaction of completing the arduous journey is pretty sweet. (I may be bluffing cos I’m feeling sore about promises of some incredible scenery that will knock my panties off)
#11 There were plenty of statues around and here is a closer look at the intricate details.
#12 The same statue from a different perspective. Majestic.
#13 Caught the sun peeking out from one of the structures. Loving the sky and flares.
Took more pictures round and about the temple before descending as quickly as we could lest the tour bus goes off without us. Totally exhausted. But we got a nice comfy massage back at the hotel poolside.
Best feeling ever.
I’m off to reminisce about those carefree days. Stay tuned for more pictures from Krabi. Probably will be up in a month’s time. I kid, I kid.