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Western USA 15D14N Travelogue (Day 0 – Day 1)

Deciding on the perfect destination for the honeymoon is not as simple as it seems. Both parties will have their ideal honeymoon destination. My ideal honeymoon destination is either Amsterdam or Vienna. However, for my hubby, it will be his all-time favorite, San Fransico; USA. Instead of going for Free and Easy, both of us want a fuss-free guided tour.

After shopping around for almost a few months, we decided to take up Western USA tour from one of the tour agency due to the flexibility and the itineraries they going to over. One main deciding factor was, we will be going to fulfill both of our childhood dream of visiting Disneyland.

Everything was going as plan until a month before the trip, the travel agency informs us that the tour will be canceled due to a lack of participates. Lucky for us, we did saw the moment coming. I had been eyeing on the airfare a few days before the agency broke the news. However, to plan a 2 weeks Free and Easy trip alone is not a simple task. During the process, I face a number of struggles.

As we will be covering Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Fransisco during our two weeks holiday, we wanted to cover as many places with the minimum time spent on traveling. Transportation is one of our biggest concern as both of us is not confident driving in the States. We decided to go ahead with taking public transportation and UBER/LYFT.

Our first airline choice was Singapore Airlines, as it is only airlines that we have 100% confident in the level of service and food especially for long hual.

Before leaving for your trip, do remember to apply for your Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 2 weeks before departure date. It usually takes 2 – 3 working days to get the application approve.

Finally, the day finally arrive for our honeymoon.

Our first stop will be Los Angeles with a short transit in Narita, Japan. I manage to get my hands on Hello Kitty Limited Apple Cake by Tokyo Banana.

Prior to the trip, I booked our airport shuttle service from Mozio.com. Mozio provides airport transfers for more than 2000 airports in the world. All you need to do is to book your ride on either their website or mobile site. You are able to select from shared shuttle services to private limo rides.

After clearing the custom, we headed toward the shuttle service counter situated right outside the terminal to check in.

Within 5 minutes, the shuttle bus drove over for the pickup. The whole process was seamless and efficient.

After 40min of the ride, we reached our 1st hotel, Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort. Fairfield Inn is strategically located right opposite of Disneyland, Anaheim.

We took a walk around the neighbourhood while waiting for our room to be ready for check-in.

I was slightly disappointed with the room as I remember i booked a Premium View Room overlooking Disneyland. However, all I get was the pool view of Courtyard Mariott hotel from my hotel room’s corridor.

Afterall, we enjoyed our stay in the hotel. Checking in was a breeze. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. She went through the map of the neighbourhood with us, making sure we know how to navigate. The room was amazing with Disney themed. It was clean and spacious. There is a wet and dry bathroom which is convenient for us especially in the morning. It will be excellent if they have more Disney details in the room. The hotel has the prefect location. Disneyland is 5 minutes walk away. There was numerous dinning option within the area.McDonald’s is located right outside the hotel premise.

Day 1 was pretty relaxing for us as we wanted to get more rest and adjust ourselves to the time difference. After taking a nap, we headed to Anaheim Plaza for dinner and Walmart shopping.

Anaheim Plaza is an outdoor shopping area where you able to get retail therapy for the whole family. However, food was kind of limited over here. I will recommend you to visit after dinner.

I was so engross in my Walmart shopping that I forget to take any photos. However, I will still do up a top 10 must buy in Walmart soon, so stay tunes for it.

We are so excited to start our Disneyland adventure tomorrow.

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2D1N Valentine’s Day Getaway in Johor City Square

People may envy me that I am working in my boyfriend’s company which I may be able to have my own freedom of time.However, behind the scenes we usually stay in office to work till super late and burn our weekends off.

Most of our time spent together is either working in office or working at home.

This year is our third Valentine’s Day together. I started planning for our Valentine’s Day almost a week in advance.

“Valentine’s  Day Staycation, Valentine’s Day Dinner, Valentine’s Day Oversea Getaway” etc etc. I thought of every single activities that a couple would do together for Valentine’s Day.

In the end, we decided on a 2D1N Getaway in Johor, Malaysia. Away from the crowded Singapore where it so hard to get a place to dine without reervation and where everything were marked up for this day.Other then celebrating Valentine’s Day, this was also a getaway trip for us to rest.

It’s Valentine’s Day, how can I not prepare present for my beloved boyfriend.

Before heading to Johor, I made one of his favorite snack, Muah Chee. Did not expect that the dough came up to be in heart shaped. Perfect for the Valentine Day.

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Bangkok Day4 (6Aug12) : Wat In,Pirom Plaza,Wat Tramit

Finally,we reach Wat Intharawihan. The 32-meter standing Buddha is really spectacular. It really worth a visit even if you are not a Buddhist.








After praying,we went to buy ice-cream from the vendor that we saw at the gate of the temple. I ordered coconut ice cream however the uncle gave me mixed flavour. It tasted yummy.

 

Wat Intharawihan

Opening Hours: 08:30 – 20:00
Location: 114 Wisut Kasat Road, Banglamphu,
Old City (Rattanakosin)

 

Next up, We continue our journey to Pirom Plaza. This will be thehighlight of theBangkok trip for my hubby. I did lots of research ongun dam sets inBangkok. Pirom Plaza was recommended in most hobby forum.It said to have an under one roof of hobby shops inBangkok. We were looking forward to find some rare sets and lots of shops for us to look around.

Upon reaching, we were disappointed. The shopping mall look so deserted.Most of the shops were closed.We only saw less then 5 shops that were open.




Lucky, we managed to find 3 sets of 00 Raiser Gundam that hubby is looking for. From what i knew from him,he seldom see these three sets he bought. The shops here doesn’t entertain discount as they were selling at 50% as compared to the departmental stores in Bangkok. If you are a Gundam lover, you may wants to drop by to take a look but don’t expected prices to be alot lower then Singapore.

Pirom plaza : ภิรมย์พลาซ่า วังบรูพา

Address:
921 Mahachai Rd., Wangburapapilom
Panakhon, BKK 10120

(Next to Grande Ville hotel)

Opening hours: 11:00am-6:00pm
We proceed to our next destination,Wat Tramit.
Wat Traimit houses the world’s largest golden seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons.
Outer look of the temple



The golden buddha



Wat Tramit

 

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Traimit Road
(west of Hua Lampong Station), Chinatown

How to get there:Take escalator exit #1 and continue walking straight across the street, past a canal and make a left on Treemit road. Just a short walk down and you will find Wat Traimit along with several smaller temple complexes and a school.

Wat Tramit marked the end of our temple tour for the day. Since we were ahead of time, we decided to head back to the hotel for a little rest and wash up.
We didnt expected that it will be so difficult to hail a taxi in chinatown. We decided to take the tuk-tuk back to hotel. As agreed,the journey back to hotel will be 150BHT. The tuk tuk driver was nice enough to send us back to the hotel without going anywhere else. The ride was thrilling and fun.Advise for people wearing contact lens, please wear shades to protect yours eyes from all the dusts and sands.

 

Tuk-tuk driver asking for direction to hotel

On board the local transportation

After a wash up and rest at the hotel,we decided to head for Pratuam Market.

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It really a fun and unforgettable trip i had in bangkok. As we make our way over to platinum mall, it started raining. I had been bring along my umbrella throughout my trip but i decided to leave it back at the hotel for this time. We ended up caught in the rain. Anyway,it’s fun running in the heavy rain. Lucky,the rain doesnt last long.
We managed to proceed on to platinum mall.We decided to stop by Swensen for dinner without realizing that they dont serve main courses. However, we had our deserts before dinner.
I love the cup


Nutty Ice cream waffles
Food : ❤❤❤
Service: ❤❤
Overall: ❤❤
Price : 159BHT (SGD$6.20)
After our ice-cream,we went to the food court at platinum mall for our dinner.

Coupon counter

Food court

Pad Thai
It cannot be said as the nicest pad thai i ate in bangkok. But it taste really not bad.

Chicken Curry rice

Goyza

Ice Gingko
Hubby get cheated on this.On the pictures it seem like yam with gingko but it ended up is just gingko in sugar syrup.The gingko is not fully cooked too.
Overall dinner : ❤❤

Newstand in bangkok
Headed on to Pratuam Market.From what i had research on, it was open 24hrs.However,when we reached it was close or we went the wrong place.We managed to find a few stores that open along the street to Baiyoke.


Finally,i found my mango sticky rice at a roadside stall. We bought back for our supper.It totally super sweet and yummy.I simply cant get enough of it.

Food : ❤❤❤❤❤
Price: 110BHT (SGD$4.30)
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Bangkok Day2 (4 Aug 12) : Rot Fai Market

I never get enough of shopping in bangkok.

 

We decided to visit Talad Rot Fai Vintage market. Rot Fai Market is an open air flea market set beside an abandon railroad track. It took us quite some time to located the place.

 

Directions: Cross the street from Section 2 of Chatuchuk. You will be able to see a stretch of shops selling furniture.Turn left and walk all the way straight. When you see Kamphaenghet MRT Station,follow the side of the station and walk all the way straight.You will pass by alot of shops selling water features. Soon,you will reached a premise surrounded by wire fencing. Just enter the gate,you will read Rot Fai.You may wants to follow the crowd from the MRT station.Most people will be heading towards the market.

 

We reached at around 7pm. We were kind of early as everyone seem to be busy setting up their stalls.We went around taking photos 1st. I simply love the market !

 

You will be able to find anything that vintage ranging from clothes to furniture. I love the vintage shops and cafe at the side. They had very unique vintage pieces. How i wish i own them too. Some of the stalls were operating on mini volkswagen vans.

 

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Bangkok Day1 (3Aug12) : Central World

Finally,  the day which I had been looking forward to had arrived.  This will be our first trip as an couple and I really hope we can created lot of sweet memories together.

 

We headed to Singapore Changi Airport with Vincent’s mum, who was kind enough to us off. After checking in our luggage, we went for our lunch at Aston.

 

 This is  my first time taking Airasia. Overall, I enjoy the whole journey especially with the accompany of my boyfriend.

 

 

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Bangkok Biz Planning Trip (4-7 Feb) PART 1~❤

This was my 1st trip to bangkok. It was also my 1st company oversea trip. It also my 1st oversea trip without my parents.I had been looking forward to it so much and i am super excited.
Finally, the day finally came.
My sweetest hubby wanted to sent me off.Therefore,i meet hubby at his place before we head toward airport. I wanted to make a travel journey for my hello kitty that hubby bought for me.However,due to is a biz planning trip, i didnt take much photo for her.

 

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Bangkok Trip2
Bangkok Trip 3
Met up with the rest of my colleagues in the airport for checking in.Me and hubby went to grab a waffles at ” POLA ” before we bid good bye to each other. I will sure miss him lots. My sweetest hubby messaged my boss asking her to take care of me in bkk as i am super blur. Even the sms was announced out to my team but i still love it to max. One thing i love about my team,we were very close and open to everything.It more like a family den just normal working colleagues.

 

After the 2 hour flight on Thai Airway , we finally touch down to bangkok.Due to our tight schedule , we headed directly to the hotel via the airport transfer arranged.
 
I am staying in Grand Central World.Due to some errors done to our booking.Some of us get our room upgraded to one room suite.I and my room mate , YY were one of the lucky one. After we complete the check in , we cant wait to check out our room. The moment we open the door,we go “OMG , IS DAM BIG ! ” Simply love the room.It was super spacious and well-furnished. We simply cant help taking picture of the hotel room.

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 Living Room Area
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Kitchen Area
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Bedroom
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Bathroom
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View from our hotel room
After checking our the room and left our luggage. We headed to Amarin Shopping center ‘s food court for a quick lunch before the meeting. While ordering, we had a little interaction with the vendor, he was cute as he trying to teach us the correct pronounce . we ordered phai thai , it was delicious.
 
Headed back to office for meeting. We had soo much fun !! Simply love my team and organisation !!
 
After meeting , we had our free time. Boss decided to bring us for an team dinner in bangkok as well to navigate us around as most of my team is the 1st time in bangkok. Took BTS to Central World to shop as while as having our dinner at TAILING PLING. The food there were super nice and cheap too.. I love their Thai ice tea and tomyam soup (:
Headed back to the hotel to had a early rest