Saturday, 28 February 2015

"Disney Paint The Night" Nighttime Spectacular at Hong Kong Disneyland

We would always visit a Theme Park (Disneyland or Ocean Park or both) during our almost yearly trip back to Hong Kong to visit my In laws. Charlotte chose Disneyland during our last trip back after she found out "Frozen" was part of the theme there. She would get to meet her favourite characters Princess Elsa and Olaf-the funny snowman.

I found out that Hong Kong Disneyland has added a night parade called Disney Paint The Night on top on the noon's parade-Flights Of Fantasy. We enjoyed the performance thoroughly, having able to see the Disney Characters in a very different light (forgive my pun ;-)) I hope the photos I captured told you more on the fun we had on that night. Enjoy!

Little Pixie and Monsters Inc.

Monsters Inc. and Cars

Little Mermaid

Toy Story

Favorite Disney Characters

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Travel Photo Series#4-At Lion's Pavilion-The Peak, Hong Kong

View from Lion's Pavilion at The Peak

 This photo was taken 3 December 2014 at The Peak, Hong Kong. I always love to make a trip here to see the splendor of Hong Kong. Instead of paying a fee to see the view from the Peak Tower, this is a free spot to capture the stunning scenery. Best time to be at the Lion's Pavilion is around evening time when the day transits to night.

Related Posts: Hong Kong-Pearl of the Orient, Tai O-The Fishing Village, Hong Kong, Cheung Chau Trip (Part 1), Cheung Chau Trip (Part 2)

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Travel Photos Series#3-At Pura Tirta Empul-Bali, Indonesia

Pura Trita Empul

This photo was taken on 23 March 2013 during my trip to Bali, Indonesia. The locals believe that taking a dip at the holy pool of Pura Tirta Empul will help one get rid of bad fortune and diseases. We saw many foreigners followed what the locals did. We did not enter the pool but were enticed by the wonderful sights in this Water Temple.

Related Posts: We Love Bali!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Cheung Chau Trip (Part 2)

Cheung Chau Sunset View

Turning the corner after the last seafood restaurant, we saw the famous Pak Tai temple which was built in 1783. A set of short steps led up to the temple. Just right in front of the temple was a big soccer pitch. This is where the annual Bun Festival is held. During the celebrations there were street processions, theatrical performance and of course the not to be missed Bun Scrambling competition. Competitors climbed up towers made of buns (14 meters in height) and competed to collect the most number of buns in a determined time.

Pak Tai Temple

We wasted no time to explore the Pak Tai temple. It was not a big temple with a main hall flanked by two side chambers. I have visited many Chinese temples before and  found the Pak Tai temple was not a lot of difference from the rest. But the temple was filled with historic and cultural values and I deemed it was a must to visit to immerse in it's atmosphere.

We tried more street foods after the temples' visit. If you have the chance to be here, remember to try the Giant Curry Fish Balls (my favourite..yummy), Fried Fish Balls and Squid Balls, Fried Mango Roll and Fried Ice Cream. Of course, the list did not end here but I just mentioned on those that we have savoured. 

Yummy Street Foods

Being fans of sunset view, Alison and I would not want the miss the one at Cheung Chau. After taking a rest at the hotel, we set off to the harbour at around 5 pm to capture the beautiful moment. We were just in time at the harbour to see the sun making it's descend into the horizon. The sea, fishing boats and mountains provided a perfect backdrop as the orange glow emitted by the sun embraced the sky. It was always a wonderful feeling to enjoy this magic moment with your loved ones.

Sunset at Cheung Chau

We took our dinner at one of the strongly recommended seafood restaurants-New Baccarat Restaurant (新金湖海鮮酒家). It was located at the end of  Pak She Praya Street, the last restaurant right before the Pak Tai temple. I would say the seafood was the not the best I have tasted. But for a net price below SGD$50 for the dinner set which included a steamed fish, fried mantis prawns, scallops, vegetables and a bowl of soup, it was relatively cheap compared to those one would find in the main land. Thumb up for the values for money for this long standing restaurant.

Seafood Dinner
We woke up early next morning to catch the sunrise and spending family bonding time at the Tung Wan beach. The beach was almost empty apart from some old folks who were having their early morning dip. I have full admiration for them as not many could tolerate the cold temperature, let alone swim in the chilling water.

Family Bonding

We took time to visit the Cheung Chau market. Needless to say, the seafood on sales were fresh and in abundance.

Wet Market

I would like to specially mention this eatery-Hometown Teahouse(故鄉茶寮), which is famous for it's sushi and red bean pastries. It is operated by an Japanese couple. We were lucky that the eatery was just right below our hotel. Perhaps it was still early hours, there was no queue in sight. Although already filled with street foods, I gobbled down three red bean pastries. No prize for guessing how delicious they were.

Hometown Teahouse

We left Cheung Chau in the noon.  If you visit Hong Kong, at least plan for a day trip to this island. Enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere and savour the good foods on offer at good value. Remember to capture the sunset view over the harbour while tasting wines and seafood at one of the restaurants. Just like us, you will not regret to visit Cheung Chau island.

Related Posts: Cheung Chau Trip (Part 1)

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Travel Photos Series#2-At Togo Shrine-Tokyo, Japan

Togo Shrine

This photo was taken on 1 June 2014 during my family trip to Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan. We stumbled upon this serene and beautiful shrine by chance while we were exploring Takeshita-dori. It was dedicated to Gensui, The Marquis Togo Heihachiro. Compared to the nearby Meiji Jingu Shrine, the Togo Shrine was relatively much less crowded. We even managed to witness a wedding procession here.

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