NZ 2012 – Day 1 – Christchurch to Tekapo

Apr 3, 12 at 1:41 pm

I’m sorry I left you too soon. You are so beautiful and marvellous. I’ve posted countless photos of you and they say you look simply irresistible. They say you’re impossible to be that beautiful in nature’s way. I defended you deeply, for I’ve seen you with my own eyes, and therefore, you’re real for sure. Oh, my NZ~!

What were you thinking???? 😀

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Day 1
Christchurch to Lake Tekapo

Google Map: Christchurch to Tekapo

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First day in NZ was pretty fuss-free. It was a cloudy day but the temperature was just nice. After getting our supplies, we took to the road and began driving towards south. Needless to say, the drive was amazing, we were rewarded with fantastic view of the plains. As we rolled further away from the city, we could see more sheep and cows feeding on the grasslands.

It didn’t take long before we made our first unscheduled pitstop, at Rakaia. I guess we were attracted by a giant salmon replica standing proudly by the main road. Rakaia is actually the salmon capital of New Zealand. There is a cafe right opposite the replica, but we had to move on as we have spent a lot of time in Christchurch earlier.

Rakaia
All yer salmon belong to me!

Hong Kong – 4 Places with the Best Views of Victoria Harbour

Jun 14, 11 at 11:48 pm

A trip to Hong Kong will never complete without a visit to Victoria Harbour, where the world’s most iconic and stunning panoramic view of Hong Kong skyline is located and attracting millions of visitors each year. Here’s the list of places you can visit to get the best view of the city.

1. Victoria’s Peak (Sky Terrace @ The Peak)

The Peak Tower @ Victoria's Peak

Be it day or night, this spot has never fail to amaze first time and returning visitors. Perched atop The Peak on Victoria’s Peak, visitors can get a closer feel of the metropolitan city. Fee: HK$30 (adult) Check out my review on this place.
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Brotzeit @ Mid Valley

Feb 1, 11 at 12:17 am

Long overdue post here, but when it comes to food, who really cares!

Back to last year during Xmas, we always try to gather people around for a mini get-together. So this time, we had it at Brotzeit, Mid Valley.

I have always enjoy any German beer – Paulaner is my favourite of course! So I actually had 3 pints for myself. *turns on binge mode*

Drinks aside, Brotzeit serves fantastic food as well. As much as I would like to say, I am not really a big fan of pork knuckle because I had a few bad experiences before, therefore I tread with caution this time. Surprisingly, Brotzeit didn’t disappoint at all!

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Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum @ Mongkok, Hong Kong

Jan 18, 11 at 12:07 am

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Our last day in HK began with a hearty dim sum breakfast which is located just a street off from our hotel. It wasn’t part of my plan to bring them to this place because I know the place is always crowded and the queue is just too – insane. Well, my guess is, because it’s the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant? Nevertheless, no harm trying our luck at it was just nearby.

We reached there at about 10am in the morning on a typical working Tuesday. A small queue already formed in front of the shop. To mention about the shop, it is very very small, probably can sit about 16 people maximum at any given time. I understand from the comments that this is to ensure quality of the food served because every basket of dim sum is made fresh on the spot.

We waited for around 30 minutes – not a problem for us as there is a market just across the road, so we just take our own sweet time to stroll to see what the locals shop at the market. Ended up we bought some fresh vegetables as well!
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Back to the story, we got our seats but still have to wait for another 10 minutes just because, like I said, they need time to prepare our orders.

First thing that came to our table was the signature baked bun with bbq pork. The skin is fluffy and crispy at the same time while the fillings just melt in your mouth.

Baked bun with BBQ pork
Baked bun with BBQ pork

Eat, Shop and See @ Macau

Jan 11, 11 at 12:53 am

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Macau didn’t really impress me on my first visit two years back. Blame it on my lack of research because I thought there isn’t much to do there since we were just spending a night. At the end of the day, I just wished we did not come in the first place.

But that was two years ago. This time, I spent quite an effort planning it and I’m just glad to say, although we only hit 70% of my planned itinerary, the outcome turned out pretty good.

Our first stop of the was Rua do Cunha, which is located at Taipa. This is the street famous with few things – Casa de Pasto Seng Cheong, Gelatina Mok Yi Kei and Pastelaria Fong Kei. Seng Cheong is popular for its water crab congee but we did not try as we had our lunch somewhere earlier.

Gelatina Mok Yi Kei is famous for its durian ice cream and sawdust pudding. I only tried the former as I did not aware of the sawdust pudding. The durian ice cream is full of flavour and they are quite generous with the amount of durian they put in.

Macau
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Ngong Ping 360 and Tian Tan Buddha @ Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Dec 14, 10 at 3:32 pm

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Saturday… not that I hate it but when it comes to visiting touristy places, I would avoid it like a plague. But do we have a choice here? Sadly no.

Yes, it was Saturday and by the time we hit Ngong Ping cable car, there was already a lengthy queue. Like I said earlier, we didn’t have a choice so we had to queue together with hundreds of tourists. (FYI, you can buy cable car tickets online and skip the waiting line)

Anyway, the purpose of this post is to introduce the new crystal cabin which I think is really cool – but the excitement only lasted for few minutes (for me because it wasn’t scary at all).

Ngong Ping 360
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