Taipei Relaxing Trip

April 20-22, 2013

Taipei again     Nicole flew to Cape Town, S. Africa for her Project week on April 19. To take a rest myself, I redeemed tickets to Taipei with YY. This is a short trip spending 3 days for relax and eating. Stay at Hotel B6 @Ximending (西門町俞美精品飯店) which is very convenient for dining and shopping.

We've been to Shifen (十分) for sky lantern (天燈). We've got a 4 colored sky lantern - Red for "Health and Safety"; Purple for "Wisdom"; White for "Future" and Pink for "Happiness" to wish ourselves and our families. It's a very good experience to play sky lantern with lot of wishes.

Christmas Happy Moments

December 25-29, 2012

Family Season's Festive Holiday     We have a wonderful and enjoyable holiday in Seoul, South Korea with Mom, Nicole, King Man's family and May's family. What a special vacation that we celebrate King Man's birthday in Seoul. We have a great White vacation and White Christmas. The 5-days joyful holiday is summarized here,  More ...

Tokyo Trip (with Karuizawa relaxing)

September 12-17, 2012

I am here again, Tokyo     This is my Tokyo trip just before the quarrel between China and Japan over Diaoyu Islands. I really hope that my trip would not be spoiled by the dispute, and luckily I had a wonderful and relaxing trip in Tokyo. Thanks God!!

Actually, I haven't been to many places, but dropped by some popular tourist spots e.g. 阿美橫丁@Ueno, 雷門, 仲見世街 and 淺草寺@Asakusa, Tokyo Skytree (東京晴空塔), Gundam Front, 彩虹橋 and 自由女神像@Odaiba, Sanrio Puroland, Harajuku, Shibuya, Shinjuku (to Mo-Mo-Paradise tasting Shabu Shabu) and Ikebukuro.

Also, I spent a whole day in Karuizawa to take a good rest. I've been there 4-5 years ago and there aren't many changes, people is still nice and helpful, air remains fresh and impression is still good... I shopped around the Prince Shopping Outlet and bought a GAP hoodies, Tommy Hilfiger polo shirt and Agnes B Voyage bag (initially for Nicole but I bought another one for her in Agnes B store @Harajuku) myself.

I tasted as many Ramen as possible and they are all yummy, but I love Ichiran Ramen (一蘭拉麵) and Menya Musashi (麵屋武藏) very much. Of course, my favourite Shabu Shabu was not missed definitely. The buffet now included pork and veggies. I love the bean curd very much coz they are smooth.

Below are some of the pictures taken during the trip, a lot more could be found in the holiday album.  Here

An nyoung ha se yo, Han Guk

February 21-25, 2012

A Relaxing Seoul Trip     I haven't been to Seoul for almost 9 years, and therefore I am looking forward to traveling Seoul again in believing that Seoul has changed a lot. I went with my best friend, YY and we took an early morning flight (OZ750) arriving Seoul @5:20am. Having checked-in and left our luggages in Amourex Hotel, we headed to Sparex at Dongdaemum for a morning spa to get rid of our tiredness and rejuvenate ourselves for upcoming itinerary.

In general, this trip was a relaxing, dining, sight-seeing and shopping oriented. We've been to Deoksugung (德壽宮), Yongpong Skiing Resort (龍平滑雪場), Hello Kitty Cafe, Dongdaemum (東大門), Namdaemun (南大門), Myeong-Dong (明洞) and Noryangjin Fish Market (鷺梁津水產市場). We tasted a lot typical Korean food, like Ginseng chicken, Stone Korean rice, seafood and very yummy Yu-Hua Chen a chicken (陳玉華一隻雞). Also, we made a small snow-girl at Yongpong Skiing Resort.

Below are the snapshots to summarize our relaxing trip in Seoul. Looking forward to having another trip this year.

Travelling Okinawa

August 19-22, 2011

Japan again     When planning for a final trip with Nicole during summer vacation, two destinations are in our mind - Tainan (Kaohsiung and Kenting) and Okinwawa. As Okinawa is in the southern Japan which is less affected by radiation, we decided to go there for 4 days holiday. Luckily, I have got a reasonsable package for 2 persons, taking Dragonair and staying in a convenient hotel (Okinawa Port Hotel) which is within walking distance to Naha Monorail Asahibashi Station (旭橋).

Well before our trip, I have applied for an international driving licence and rented a car on-line via OTS Rent-a-Car for a day on 20 August (the second day of our holiday). It is a small car in SK Class of 650cc (Honda - LIFE). However, what a surprise, it was upgraded to a 1300cc S Class vehicle (Honda - FIT).

We arrived in Naha, Okinawa at 5:05pm and then took the monorail to hotel check-in. The hotel is nice, which is not small as typical Tokyo hotel, with free internet connection. After taking a short rest, we went to Kokosaidori (國際通) for some shopping and dinner. We had BBQ buffet for dinner @Bambohe (日式燒肉食之放題). Maybe because we had too much ice cream, both of us had diarrhea. :(

We got our rented car on the second day and began our self-drive journey. First spot is Manzamo (象頭斷崖 - 萬座毛), which took almost 2 hours drive. Manzamo has the strange rock which carried out a form just like an elephant's trunk in a precipitous cliff. Then we headed to Nago Pineapple Park (名護鳳梨園) where we travelled around the pineapple farm and tasted fresh pineapple, pineapple cake and pineapple juice, and later Goya Park (苦瓜樂園). However, the Goya Park was closed but we still managed to take some photos there. We went to a waterfall ramen restaurant, 大家 for lunch. Both of us have ordered the famous Agu pig ramen set. As we had to return our car at 6:00pm, we drove back to Naha downtown and finally we had steak for dinner @Jack's Steak House (which is next to our hotel).

The third day was a shopping day that we went to Outlet Mall Ashibinaa in the morning, where Nicole had bought a lot of roxy fashion, cap and accessories (incl. fashion for Auntie May and Cousin Venus). To me, I had bought Levi's jean shorts and belt. Also, we'd bought a running Rilakkuma for Venus @Tomiton. In the evening, we went to Shurijo Park (首里城) for sight-seeing. Bambohe again for dinner :p.

We went again to the Outlet Mall for final shopping before our flight back to Hong Kong at 6:15pm. After flight checking-in, we shopped around domestic terminal and bought some black sugar candies and Yukishio (seawater's salt) biscuits. Overall, I do enjoy the moments with Nicole in Naha, Okinawa. Hope that we would have another vacation together shortly.   Photos in Gallery...

Travelling Singapore

July 24-27, 2011

Happy together     Annie is back to Hong Kong for a short break. Taking this opportunity, we travelled Singapore for 4 days together in this summer and also celebrate Annie's 18 years birthday in advance. Except Nicole and myself, everybody has not been to Singapore before, and therefore my responsibility is great to let them have fun and good memory in this short holiday.

Playing, sight-seeing, shopping and eating are the essence of this trip. We went to Resort World Sentosa (i.e. Universal Studio), Sentosa Casino (Brother King Man has got some fortune there), Merlion Park, Raffles Place, One Fullerton, Esplanade Theatre, China Town (to taste seafood incl. Chili crab, Pepper crab), Little India (for Henna), Ya Kun (to taste Kaya toast), Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice @Maxwell Food Center (天天海南雞飯), Orchard Road for shopping (and to taste SGD1 ice-cream sandwich), Bugis Junction, Vivo city, Suntec City (to buy Singapore exclusive Yakult @Carrefour Supermarket) etc. We travelled Singapore all the way by MRT in order to let everybody experience the railway network and the ticketing system of Singapore. Weather during the holiday is in general hot and sunny except heavy shower and thunderstorm in the morning of the third day.  Photos in Gallery...

I bought a Balan cake @Bengawan Solo and BBQ chicken jerky @Lim Chee Guan (林志源) to celebrate Annie's birthday, and we did enjoy the last night in Singapore. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ANNIE !!

Travelling Taipei

July 4-6, 2011

A short break     Nicole's summer vacation begins on 4 July and Venus has 3 days school break after final examination. Coupled with Mom has not travelled Taiwan for more than 20 years, we therefore decided to travel Taipei for 3 days (initially May thinks of travelling Macau).

We stayed in the Say Love Hotel (within walking distance to Taipei Rail Station), where we have foot spa in every morning. We went to the Taipei landmark - Taipei 101; Xinmending (西門町), and Shilin Night Market (士林夜市). We did try the Taipei famous food and drinks such as 胡椒餅 @福州世祖, 豪大大雞排, 白玉苦瓜汁, 冬瓜茶 and 101 冰砂. Also we have bought a lot of souvenirs, BBQ pork & beef jerky and pineapple cake @黑橋牌, 五香牛肉干 @馥御牛肉干專賣店, and 太陽餅 @李儀餅店.

When we arrived at Gate C3 of Taoyuan International Airport, we have seen that the whole area is kittified with the Baby Kitty nursery, Kitty telephone booth, Kitty playground, Kitty waiting area, Pink Hello Kitty seats, Sanrio Gift Gate shop where you can buy exclusive Taiwan merchandise, and Kitty boarding gate. What a Kawaii airport terminal I've seen so far!!  Photos in Gallery...

Shanghai Biz Trip

December 7-10, 2010

Biz trip to Shanghai    Subsequent to the Taipei trip in Nov, I have another business trip to Shanghai for two purposes: one is attending the event held by BP2S and the other is to visit some of clients located there for upcoming annual review. I visit several securities houses with BP2S and 4 local banks namely, Hua Xia Bank, Industrial Bank, Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank, and Bank of Ningbo, with Fixed Income colleagues.

During the period, I visited my ABN friend, Paul. It's been almost 3 years when he was relocated to Shanghai. Besides visiting Paul, I have chance to meet Mr. Kwok in the Shanghai Office who is now the Deputy CEO. We've talked for almost an hour and he introduced me some senior persons, e.g. Head of CRI. Also, I met Polly there who is now a credit analyst in CRI.

I stayed at a hotel located near Office, Grand Hyatt Shanghai. This time, I did not stay behind but have a short city walk in the afternoon before going to the airport. I took the Maglev Train (上海磁浮列車) at LongYang Road Station (龍陽路站) to the Airport. Amazingly, the train was very fast and the highest speed is 431 km/h, which took 6 minutes to the Airport. Cost is very cheap at RMB40.

Taipei Reflection

November 11-14, 2010

Biz trip to Taipei    This is the first business trip since intergration into BNPP in July 2010. The trip is aimed at visiting clients for upcoming annual review (to be held on 2 Dec 2010). During the first 2 days, I visit 3 local banks namely, EnTie Commercial Bank, The Shanghai Commercial & Saving Bank and Land Bank of Taiwan, and rating agency - Fitch Ratings. The meetings are fruitful, especially I understand the operation and business requirement of Taiwanese banks and the risk, regulatory and accounting treatment issues of banks and securities firms.

I stay behind two more days on Saturday and Sunday to travel Taipei. I stay at a hotel located near Taipei rail station (Say Love Hotel 璽愛旅店). There is a special service for the customer - Doctor Fish Spa (親親魚Spa). The fish are like combfishes in that they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow. To me, the feeling is quite good and I will definitely try next time when travelling Taipei.

On Saturday, I go to Tamsui (淡水) on Saturday in order to take some evening pictures. I've been to Tamsui Old Street and waterfront (淡水老街) and Tamsui Fisherman's Wharf (淡水漁人碼頭) where the "Lover's Bridge" is located. The bridge's illumination changes color at night, making this area a favorite with local couples and romantics, and is also a popular site for shooting Taiwanese drama serials.

As for shopping, I buy a lot of beef jerky in Black Bridge brand (黑橋牌) and Food-U brand (馥御) for my family and myself, EDN cosmetics for Christine, and Lollipop new CD and Pom Pom Purin stuff for Nicole. Also, I help Sarina to buy Dr. Wu cosmetics, butter candy, Hsin Chu rice stick and beef jerky. Finally, my luggage is overweight by 9 kg at 29 kg.

As for eating, I try Shabu Shabu at Orange Shabu (橘色涮涮屋), beef noodle and steam bun at DinTaiFung (鼎泰豐), black pepper bun at 福州世祖胡椒餅, 愛玉冰, White Jade Bitter Gourd Juice (白玉苦瓜汁) etc.

Australia trip

July 9-16, 2010

My summer/ winter travel    My long haul travel this year begins at night of July 8. It takes around 7 hours to Perth. It's winter time in Australia, coupled with the heavy rain, I feel very cold and so I can't wait putting on my down coat when arriving at the airport. It is very pity (even though I declare properly all the suspected items) that all the snacks - BBQ pork/ beef are confiscated and destroyed.

I have been to city walk (tried the free CAT bus, underground, train and ferry), Margaret River (joined the local wineries and breweries tour), Fremantle, China town, Perth Zoo and the University of Western Australia. Although the weather is not good, mostly raining, I did enjoy the trip, particularly with my best friend. Also I bought a new toy (an electronic device/ to be announced later) there for my birthday. ^v^

This is my first travel using my new camera, E-PL1. Indeed, shooting performance is yet to be improved.   Photos in Gallery...

Kota Kinabalu Encore and Reflection

February 9, 2010

Travelling Sabah again I travelled Kota Kinabalu again on 5 Feb for 4 days, but this time I went with my best freind, Christine who came over Hong Kong for holiday. This trip is different from last time because first we lived in an island resort (Gayana Eco Resort) which is a private suite on the sea, and second I've tried a lot water sports in Sapi Island and Manukan Island - Para-sailing, sea walking and Scuba-Doo Mini Submarine.

Also, we went for spa and massage and tasted Malaysian seafood. Overall, it's been a relaxing trip with a lot of fun.

Kota Kinabalu vacation

November 2, 2009

Travelling Sabah This is my second time to travel alone (first is Tokyo and Osaka, Japan). Although travelling alone is a bit bored, I have really enjoyed this 6-days vacation, especially there are many "FIRST" for me such as first to Sabah, first snorkeling, first spa, first seeing of fireflies and proboscis monkeys, first tasting of palm-sized abalone etc.

The weather in Sabah is very nice - hot and sunny, although there is occasional shower in the afternoon. Thanks God, whenever I have outings, there is no rainfall. Overall, I am a bit sun-tanked, but sun-burnt on my shoulders after 2 hours snorkeling.

My sunny vacation starts from 27 Oct (Tue) to 1 Nov (Sun). Happy time flies very swiftly and the trip is now over. Busiest moment will re-start again on 5 Nov. Anyway, I enjoy this trip very much and long for another vacation (hope that not to wait for long). More ...

Travel plan

September 3, 2009

Thinking about leisure ... Today I logged into my CX account and noticed that I have 20,199 mileage. Hence, I am thinking to redeem a ticket for traveling, but where should I go? In fact, no matter where the destination is, I do want to escape from the heavy workload and have myself relaxed. Oh, the 20,000 miles can redeem a return ticket to Taipei, Bangkok and Kota Kinabalu.

Kota Kinabalu seems nice but the flight is always full over every long weekend. No alternatives but to save more miles to redeem a ticker to Japan - love to go to Hokkaido or Karuizawa again. I think it does not take long to get an extra 10,000 miles coz I've applied for Bank of Communication Platinum VISA card which will give me 5,000 miles as welcome gift.

Obviously, I will also check the school calender of Nicole to plan my travel. Long for a short trip overseas ...

About Me

King Wai is a nice and easy-going man who loves to watch football matches, especially played by ManUtd. More ...