Pacific Pearl Cruise ~ New Caledonia

February 18th, 2013

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Dear Chibi,

Jacky and I embarked on a 7 day cruise with P&O Cruises on the Pacific Pearl for a week of the Chinese New Year/Valentines. This is both our first time going on a cruise, so our main concern was getting motion sickness. We prepared ourselves by bringing along ginger lollies and motion sickness tablets and were fine for most of the trip. Unfortunately the cruise ship got really rocky on the third day and we both fell ill XD We spent the entire day in bed without any foodie… Thankfully on day 4 we arrived on land in Nouméa and all was good again ^^ A day was spent at Nouméa and the other at Isle of Pines, New Caledonia. The rest of the days were spent at sea, with all-you-can-eat foodies and plenty of activities throughout the day.

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Wedding holiday in Bali

September 25th, 2012

Dear Chibi,

During the last 5 days I had the pleasure of joining Jacky’s family in celebrating Alan and Sandra’s wedding in Bali. This was my first time in Bali and it took me a while to get my head around the fact Bali is part of Indonesia and not Thailand XD (Chibi’s dodgy geography skills) The flight was 5 hours 45 minutes and we flew with Jetstar~ nice and cheap but no inflight entertainment.

We arrived late at night in the very humid and hot weather. The 15 of us stayed at Villa Bidadari in 4 massive villas, in a secluded area away from mankind it seems XD. It’s beautiful, spacious and open. Maybe a bit too open for my comfort..lol The villas are basically outside, so we have mossies and wild creatures wandering in and out whenever they feel pleased XD There were a lot of mossies in the rooms, you can watch dragonflies and bees while you shower (or have them watch you.. ), you hear frogs and roosters practically all night long~ and when it rains, it’s so loud you feel like it’s raining on you. It was all fascinating, strange and scary for little Jen. I wasn’t sure how secure the place was seeing as there’s no actual door to block access to the villas, but we got by with no issues :)

I didn’t get to sleep at all on the first night.  I wasn’t used to the temperature and was scared by all the noises I heard. (Frogs are the worst) Thankfully, sleep was a bit better during the other nights.

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Japan Trip 2012~ Part 1

May 1st, 2012

Dear Chibi,

After a month, I’m finally back from my first overseas trip with Jacky :D Although we went to both Japan and Hong Kong, this blog entry will be focused on Japan. There’s so much I want to say, but I’ll try to keep this short and not bore you to tears ;) I’m going to put down my general thoughts on Japan and reflect on the highlights of the trip as well as other quirky bits :D

I’ve actually been to Japan four years ago with my family on a one week tour. I blogged about it here and here. I had fallen in love with this place, but I knew what I saw was only a very small part of the country.

This time was pretty full on. Jacky and I explored Japan for three weeks on our own, with Jacky doing all the research and planning. I didn’t have to do anything XD Everything went incredibly smoothly for us, even though we’re in a foreign country with barely any Japanese! The transport system in Japan is also insanely complex with so many different lines, subways, train lines, Shinkansen lines.. but we managed :D Again, I didn’t really do anything.. I just followed Jacky who did all the work getting us to places :D yay.

Shibuya, Yoyogi, Meiji Shrine, Harajuku

I love Shibuya :D! It’s such a beautiful, vibrant and lively city! Everyone is really friendly and when we had some trouble finding our way around, passersby were more than willing to help :)

View outside Shibuya Station

Writing wishes @ Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine (which is next to Yoyogi Park) is the first shrine we visited and I really enjoyed it for its peacefulness. Other shrines, temples and castles we visit later on are packed with tourists, which lacks that intimate feel.

Shopping @Harajuku
I loved Harajuku, it’s a great place for girls shopping! Not much here for boys though, unless you just want to look at pretty girls ;) If you look around, most Japanese people look good, and it’s no big surprise because self image seems like a huge deal over here. Most people from little kids to old grannys really dress themselves up. Heavy make-up, fake eye-lashes, lots of accessories, mini-skirts and heels were a very common sight amongst girls in Japan. Or maybe they’re just fashionable. That could be another reason. XD

What I’ve also noticed is that there only seems be to “M” size clothing, no S, or L …  Is this because everyone here wears medium size? XD

Big Echo Karaoke (Shinjuku) “Where everybady is happy” :D lol
It started pouring while we were just outside Big Echo Karaoke, so we decided to check it and see how it compares to Sydney ^^ It was quite nice inside. I LOVE how everything is pink in Japan XD It gives everything such a cutesy feel… I haven’t been to any other country which embraces this colour this much :)

The song selection system was pretty good. I was so surprised to find Chinese songs in here (even ‘pian ai‘ from Chinese Paladin 3!), and what amused me most was the Japanese characters on top of the lyrics. Japanese people actually sing Cantonese? XD

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Back from Hong Kong-China

December 7th, 2009

Dear Chibi,

Yesterday morning Jacky picked me up from the airport- I’m home sweet home- Did you miss me? ^.^ I came back feeling a bit sick from the plane ride but overall the trip was pretty enjoyable :) I felt like a zombie, suffering from fatigue, jet lag and overall tiredness. I haven’t unpacked yet, everything is still in the luggage. I should start unpacking it sometime, shouldn’t I? hehe.

It is the strangest feeling being back in Sydney! It’s been almost 2 days now, and I still think I’m in some kind of dream.. Ah, the beautiful clear sky, the quiet streets.. no more dust storms everyday, noisy motorbikes, crowded streets and toilets without any paper :) My bedroom suddenly looks sooo pretty and cute XD ahaha? I went to work today, feeling like I haven’t been there in months. I suddenly realised how relaxing my work can be and how much I enjoy it :) It felt really fresh- I think holidays have brainwashing powers XD My collegues are saying they need a holiday, and I thought ‘not really?’ I forgot I just came back from one, so that’s probably why, haha!

Boy, is it hot over here! I heard it reached around 40 degrees while I was away. The temperature was quite nice over there, not hot and not too cool :) People in Hong Kong can’t handle coolness very well… I was there in a T-shirt, and people were dressed for the snows or something ^^; I felt a bit out of place lol.

Cousin’s Wedding in China

I attended my lovely cousin’s wedding and I must say it was a very interesting experience. It was different, fun, boring, and exciting all mixed together XD This is my second wedding I’ve ever attended, and I was privileged to be the bridesmaid. She was looking for someone young and unwed- and I was..well both  XD She’s in her early 30s, but apparently that’s considered old in China.

Mum, Bride and Chibis

At my cousin’s house with the beautiful bride

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