Taipei, Taiwan Day 1 & 2

Dec. 17, 2016

Like Thailand, Cambodia and other Asian countries, Taiwan is the kind of country that you can always fall back to when you want culture, nature and food.

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My family and I arrived 3:00 am in the morning at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

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Yes, it’s indeed a family goal!

We spent the next few minutes queuing up at the immigration counter and as soon as we got out of the airport, a van picked us up and brought us to our hotel.

We actually stayed in Go Sleep Hotel-our home for the next 3 nights. I actually did search about the hotel when I knew where we were staying before the trip and found some undesirable pictures. However, because we were on a tight budget I just prayed that it wouldn’t completely disappoint us when we get there. Surprisingly, the place is good for a budget hotel. It has a great location, there are lots of shops and restaurants right outside and the Metro is just a short walk. We occupied 7 rooms and it was clean and spacious. I also loved the modern-look.

Day 1

Dec. 18, 2016

We had too little sleep that day since we were expected to be all ready and prepared around 8:00 in the morning. Good thing we were able to wake up early despite the 2-hour sleep. It’s okay, a little sacrifice won’t hurt.

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There’s free breakfast in the lobby early in the morning and I must say they serve good food.  You can also avail their free drinks 24/7 whether it’s coffee, tea, juice or soft drinks. Just visit their lobby and go straight to their vending machines.

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Another day, another wall. Lol

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Siem Reap, Cambodia II

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DAY 2: Bayon Temple, Hot air balloon ride, Silk Farm 

The Bayon is the most impressive temple I have seen in Angkor Thom city and  is really one of the most spectacular ruins of Angkor because of its splendor gigantic smiling faces looking at different directions. I find it quite an art.

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Question: How many multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers do you see? Though the faces are not really visible in this picture, there are over 200 massive stone faces looking in all direction.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia Part I

Day 1 in Angkor Wat

Our first day in Cambodia was our eldest sister’s 28th birthday and Ate Jane who happens to be a friend of my mom who traveled with us. It was a very special day for them so it was made sure that our first tour was something that’s new and very… special.

Our first activity was to watch the sunrise in Angkor Wat. It was quite a demanding day since from the time of our arrival early in the morning , we have to wake up around 4:30 am to catch up the sunrise.

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I tried to take a few photos from different angles around the Temple area and that is not easy either as there are hundreds of people (if not thousands) also trying to do the same! But this was one of the highlights that day; Watching the sunrise in Angkor Wat. Isn’t it spectacular? Now I get it why they said there will be 2 suns showing up during the sunrise! It’s because of the reflection of the puddle. Truly amazing sight and a sunrise I won’t forget for a long time.

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Shanghai, China 2

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Day 2

‘Twas early in that magical morning in autumn at the streets of Shanghai. There was a slight breeze, much to my delight! The air was fresh and my breath could be seen. Since we didn’t have scheduled tour that early morning, we decided to walk at the streets of Shanghai and hit to the malls since our Hotel was just a few blocks away!

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 Sometimes it’s fun to keep it monochrome!

I’ve been wearing a lot of black and gray recently. I think you can create really classic looks with black, white and gray outfits and have your statement accessories stand out even more, like a fab necklace or a colorful bag but what I have here is my white bag and a brown leather jacket which I bought in one of the stores in my hometown and it was very ‘cheap’. Black and gray doesn’t have to be boring 🙂 Just pick the perfect accessories to make the look more fun!

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Malaysia Truly Asia

It was 4:30 am in the morning at Singapore. The city was silent and still; People were still asleep and sound. Well, except us.

We were to set out for Malaysia early in the morning since it takes a lot of hours to get there. Good thing the agency had a really nice bus with reclining seats and an awesome air conditioner. Despite the disrupted sleep, we were still able to have enough rest.

Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We went directly to Genting Highlands, “Fun City Above the Cloud’, since its nestled on a mountain peak. The cooling climate was 19°C that day so it was kind of cold but we still had fun and enjoy the indoor and outdoor entertainment rides offered. The scenic view of surrounding rain forests were also very pleasing to the eyes.

 

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This was a roller coaster inside the theme park. 🙂

Next stop: Batu Caves

They said that Batu Caves is a well known tourist destination in Kuala Lumpur due to its unique 400 million years old limestone hill. But not only that, they also said it is a vast cavern complex that consists of rugged limestone cliffs and a series of caves as well as cave temples.

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This was on our way to Batu Caves. At the base of the hill are two more cave temples which are full of Hindu statues and paintings. But we weren’t able to get inside since the stairs are to high and it would add up stress to my parents (the disadvantages of aging)

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With our handsome Uncle Jun and beautiful Auntie Lani

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Here’s a picture of me enjoying and scaring the pigeons to make them fly..

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..and decided to smile beside them instead. I guess they’re not scared of me. at all.

While waiting for the others to get back. Me and my family decided to have fun. We thought about “JUMP PHOTOS”

On a count of one….

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two…

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THREE!

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Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Currently the temple has become Kuala Lumpur main Hindu temple and it plays an important role during their Thaipusam festival…

Next stop: Petronas Twin Tower
No visit to Kuala Lumpur would be complete without experiencing the jewel in the city’s crown-THE PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS. The architecturally outstanding building is probably Kuala Lumpur’s most visited tourist attraction. 😀

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Inside 🙂

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Once the towers are lit at night, well, they’re just breath-taking. They make you smile. They make you feel as though you are witnessing something so grand, so beautiful, so elegant. No photos ever taken can give justice to the beauty of these buildings. I love love love them!

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That’s it for now. 🙂