.....times of refreshing.....

16.1.18

Continuing my travelogue to Macau and Southern China last month in December 2017, where I went to Macau and several provinces in Guangdong. If you miss my first travelogue, please click on this link. :) After we are done visiting Macau, it's time to cross over to Zhuhai, which is just an immigration block away. Yeah, we entered the CIQ building at Macau and leave the building in Zhuhai, thus it's just a building away! hahaha.... Anyway, we were late and were at the CIQ during the peak hour where throngs and throngs of workers and labour leaving for Zhuhai. I gotta hold my kids tight as well as the tour guide had a hard time looking after all of us! It was chaotic! hhahaha...

We felt so relaxed after reaching Zhuhai and started doing some  shopping while waiting for the tour bus to arrive, at a huge shopping centre near the CIQ. And, I like the cantonese speaking staff over there!! Felt so much at 'home'!!! I didn't even have much chance to speak cantonese in SG and JB!

The popular statue of Yunu
We first visited the statue of Yunu , which was near the seaside. I love the cool breeze blew towards us in the morning, though it's a bit hazy on that day. There was a love story about Yunu and Shijing, who has his own statue nearby a hill. Lots of photo taking occurs here including a family portrait below. Next, off we go to Shijing hill, where took a short cable car ride to the peak for sight-seeing.

The statue of Shijing with my wifey and princess posing here.

One of the landscape views I captured at the hill. We had a good look at Zhuhai and Macau here, though it's a bit hazy that morning.
I also snapped some pixs of Zhuhai city centre and like any Chinese cities, the roads are huge with lots of skyscrapers and buildings, not forgetting the lines of obikes everywhere!

Zhuhai city centre

OBikes everywhere!!

Big but clean roads !
After lunch,  we proceeded for some shopping before going to the Yuan Ming Palace, which is the only royal garden in South China. It was picturesque place where we really took a lot of photos around. We were also treated to a live show there about China's royal history.

The Yuan Ming Palace

One of the ancient building there


Looks like an abandoned fort

Yours truly with family and fellow tour members waiting for the live show

Invasion of foreign powers in old China

The fall of the palace

Restoration - beautiful performance by the artists

Some weird looking trees there

And the serene lake at Yuan Ming palace
We had a great evening of street shopping at Zhuhai, which was just below our hotel. In facr, this was a convenient hotel where there are lots of street peddlers and big malls around. Thus, once the tour ended for the day, we have it free and easy. 

The bright shops along the street where our hotel is located

Shopping malls are abundant here

Love the happening place there and it opens till very late. 
It was a tired day as we woke up around 6am and thus, after a nice stroll around, we went to our hotel to rest and get ready for the next day, and yes, gotta wake up early too. :)

12.1.18

Well, once you have stopped blogging for a while, usually that laziness will crept in. This is especially so after some long holidays. I tell myself to write something after I reached home from work and settled down but I ended doing something else. Muahahahaha.... glad I manage to start my first post of 2018. And, oh.. wishing you guys a blessed New Year! Hope it's not too late to wish you!

I got myself a gift too for the new year since my 3 year old Garmin Vivoactive GPS running watch strap was broken. This was my second strap where I bought a replacement last year which cost me around S$50+. I thought it's not feasible to buy another strap again since the watch is obsolete and while its upgraded version cost S$299. I will spent almost S$100+ on the straps alone if I get another one! While shopping for a watch, my colleague recommended me the Amazfit Bip , which cost only S$100 online.



Unboxing my new toy ... it looks like an Apple Watch ! LOL

The watch and the charger. One charge can last 45 days if the GPS is not activated (that's what I read)

The watch packed with a lot of features - Steps tracking, Sleep tracking, Heart rate tracking, GPS for outdoor activities like running, cycling and walking, smartwatch for the phone where it receives notifications, can answer or hang up a call, weather information, compass, alarm and etc. It can be synced to the Mi Fit app which also can configured the watch's settings. To sync to third party running apps like Strava, Runkeeper will required  an alternative app called 'Notify and Fitness' which is only available from Google Playstore currently. I guess for this price, it is an affordable watch.
My new toy
Initially, I had problems getting the GPS signal as it took a while to lock it. However, after I did a factory reset where the firmware was reinstalled, the GPS signal is available within 1-2 minutes. Well, I also bought some bumper to protect the watch and it's on delivery soon.

And, not forgetting I had a simple dinner during Chrismas eve in Vivo Pizza. We ordered main pastas as you can never go wrong with pastas in Italian restaurants.

Mushroom Aglio Olio

Beef Bolognaise

Mushroom carbonara

And a chicken chop for my little princess.
Have a great weekend ahead!!

23.12.17



I took this while shopping in City Square, JB. I love the Christmas ambiance there , though it's not comparable to Singapore's Orchard Road. However, it's still great to see some Christmas joy around!

Have a peaceful and beautiful Christmas Day!!