Thursday, May 22, 2014

Singapore Snapshots

After our trip to Beijing, Rolly and I had three months to put our feet up before flying again for Honeymoon Number 2. :) This time, we went to Singapore.

Singapore is probably one of the nicest places to go to this side of the globe. It’s very clean, no trash on the streets. We did not see sidewalk vendors around, no stray animals wandering off. The transport system is also traveler-friendly. You can get lost in the island and still easily find your way back. Singapore is small, so you can go from one tourist destination to the next quickly and without difficulty. For lazy laid-back vacationers like Rolly and I, SG is “the place to be.” :)

The highlight of our SG experience was probably our day in Universal Studios.  Being kids-at-heart, we looked forward to the adrenalin rush we knew the theme park’s adult rides would bring (but not the extreme ones for me, my liking for “scream machines” has a limit!).

Battlestar Galactica: Human vs. Cyclon

Can you believe I survived this monstrous ride? Battlestar Galactica is the world's tallest duelling roller coaster!  It took hours and hours for Rolly to convince me, but I gave in eventually. I thought I already died after the ride!

It was a relief to see the characters of Sesame Street afterwards. :)  How nostalgic!  I remember my kiddo days when I was glued to the TV singing "Sunny day, sweepin' the clouds away... On my way to where the air is sweet! Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street..."

We saw Ernie, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Grover, and Bert! :)

USS also brings to life several characters from famous movies and cartoons! We met some robots from the Transformers, Woodie Woodpecker and his wife, Rick O'Connell and Evie Carnahan of The Mummy, Alex, Gloria, and The Penguins from Madagascar, Pinnochio, and Marilyn Monroe, among others. :)

Aside from Universal Studios, Rolly and I also went to Gardens by the Bay...

... and Singapore Zoo.

There was another thing that will not make me forget our Singapore trip.  It was here that I experienced zip line for the first time! :)  At Megazip Adventure Park, the zip wire was over 450 meters long and 72 meters above sea level. I was so frightened my blood ran cold, but I did it!

We also went to see SG Flyer,the world's second tallest Ferris Wheel next to Nevada's High Roller, and Songs of the Sea, an awesome multimedia show at Siloso Beach in Sentosa.

So there you go, a roundup of our Singapore snapshots! :) :) :)


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blogging Beijing

After ages and ages of deliberately ignoring my blog, I finally found the courage to pay it a visit. I’ve been busy like crazy the past few months, hopping from task to task, that even one quick glance at this journal could not be squeezed in. :( Anyway, enough explaining. Nobody cares anyway. My absence is a biggie to no one but me. :) Let’s move on, shall we?

As I was browsing through my posts, I noticed I haven’t written about my out of the country travels, not even our honeymoon trip a year and a half ago! Well, it’s better late than never. So today, let me blog about Beijing. 

Rolly and I got married on the 8th of November 2012, and a couple of days after that, we flew straight to one of the most populous cities in the world, Beijing.  Having a history buff for a husband, it was a must that we set foot on the famous Great Wall of China. :)

We went to Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall. :)

Pardon the silly face. =P
This shot just had to be taken at the watchtower.  We're honeymooners, remember? ;)

Aside from the scenery, there are two things that I cannot forget about our Great Wall visit.  First is the hike up, second is the slide down.

See how 'secure' those cable cars look?! I was scared sh*tless!
But if you wanna go up to the top, be prepared for an adrenalin ride.

The slide down was much easier with the Toboggan ride! :) It looks pretty daunting but it's really not.
One person per toboggan. (Photo not mine, both Rolly and I obviously could not take a photo of each other here. Got this from Google Images.)

Aside from the Great Wall, there are many other spots in and around Beijing that's worth a visit.  Rolly and I also went to see the Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, the Drum Tower, Jingshan Park, and even Beijing Zoo! :)

By the way, ours was not a DIY itinerary.  We knew China was not as tourist-friendly as its neighboring countries, so we got a private tour for two that we had customized.  We got the services of a local travel agency ( to guarantee that we won't get lost in the city and that every second would be well spent. We were assigned an English-speaking guide who made us appreciate the trip much more, her name's Cady. :)

This is sweet Cady who never got tired of taking our photos! :)

So, will we ever go back to Beijing?  Of course! There are many places left unseen, a lot of other activities left un-experienced.  We didn't even get to try the street food!!! :( Well, let's just say we made sure there would be something more to go back to. ;)


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