Jul 122012

Continued from Traipsing Huangshan — Part 1

Day 7

Hotel : Baiyun

Route of the day : Purple Cloud Peak for sunrise – hotel – Refreshing Terrace – Stone Monkey Watching The Sea – Lion Peak – hotel – Flying Over Rock (Feilai Stone) – Bright Top – Baiyun Hotel

Today, we woke up super early to catch the famous Huangshan sunrise. Okayyy, not as early as we’d planned to but still OK-larr. The reason we slept in for another 15 minutes was, “Too early! Too cold! Let’s sleep in for another 15 minutes. It might not be that cold then”, and in unison, we all agreed to it. HAHAHA! Lame.

The best part of sleeping in?

We still managed to trek to the viewing site before the sunrise! YAY! In fact, i think we waited for a good 10 minutes before the first ray of the gorgeous golden sunlight broke out. All that while during the wait, no chattering, no noise, no nothing, occasionally  some foot steps and whispering but that’s about it. Nice.

After witnessing one of the most gorgeous sunrises on Earth, we lingered on while the rest of the humans slowly disappeared. I, as usual, must have my Snickers. Grin. Yeahhh, i’ve no idea why as well but every time i’m on a mountain top especially after sunrise, i’d wanna have Snickers. *wrinkles nose & shrugs* Rewarding oneself, perhaps? Comfort food? I really don’t know.

While the rest of the gfs, well… i’m pretty sure you can already guess what we would be up to. Hahahahaaa! After all, we are all born in the year of monkeys.. so expect nothing less! :P

from the friend’s camera, who didn’t allow me to swallow my mouthful of Snickers before snapping. Babi.

After we had enough fun, we then carefully made our way down back to the hotel. Long day ahead!

But not without accidents though. I have no idea how i can slip and fall so easily!!! Not once, not twice but thrice, despite having my snow spikes on! AIYOH. Luckily, all three times, i landed on my poor (but otherwise, well padded) buttocks and hurt the wrists a teeny weeny bit but that was all. No biggie. The gfs were mean! They couldn’t stop laughing lor.. hmphh. However, after my third fall, they decided that it wasn’t funny anymore and made me walked in front and they held my jacket from behind, just in case. :)

See that layer of ice on the stairs?

Perhaps now you can fathom why i fell after all! Riiiiight?

Aaaaiihssss.. i am so gonna make sure that i give the girls ‘How to use a DSLR’ crash course on our next trip. Like seriously!

Stone Monkey Watching The Sea

After our breakfast at the hotel and final packing, we headed out to play again!

This time, we headed to Refreshing Terrace, Stone Monkey Watching The Sea and Lion Peak before calling it a day. It was almost noon by then. Before checking out, we had our fill of food once more.

Nope, it’s not a myth. There *is* a basketball court on top of the mountain! Check out the photo (left) below.

The journey to our next hotel was not an easy one (think stairs, endless ones). It took us a couple of hours and i’d to make sure we were on track and not stray off for a long time. No one (well, i know i don’t, especially after my Mt Rinjani’s experience) likes trekking in the dark, especially in this sorta weather. So, staying focus was a must. Having said that, we still managed to monkey around quite a bit tho. Heh!

i like how the rubbish bin is not your usual plastic rubbish bin. ;)


can you spot anything unusual in one of the photos? eg, say, squirrel?

Isn’t Huangshan clean?

Too clean in fact!

Cleaners were everywhere sweeping the paths diligently and the toilets… well, let’s just put it this way, Singapore, shame on ya! :P

After a couple of hours, we finally reached Bright Top, the highest point on Huangshan. YAY! — Because that simply meant, we were near our next hotel!

At this point of time, no snow was visible anymore. *pouts* No more breathtaking and stunning views. Not much greens too (but better than Tibet though, like 1000x! :P)

One of the first few things that we’d do when we reached the hotel room was chope (reserve) our beds. HAHAHAA! And that doc, she’d go one step further, she’ll jump on them to make sure we cannot exchange with her sneakily when she was in shower or something. Lol! This gf of mine is a truly a gem (a nicer word for stone!) –>  won’t lift a finger to boil water, or do anything. All she does is, park herself on the bed permanently and demand us (mostly the engineer) to serve her. HAHA! But whaddaya know, we still love her all the same and sometimes, we really wonder why. *giggles*

Perhaps, like the macho gf said, In exchange, we get free entertainment 24/7!

Not too shabby eh? ;P

We wanted to check out the area around this hotel initially but unfortunately, it was that time of the day again when Papa Sun goes to sleep once more. Aiyah!

Yeah, that’s right, this weird bestie of mine, she brushes her teeth EVERYWHERE!! (more pics on this later!)

ps : but the girls are always sweet to me. knowing my tolerance for cold, i always get the bed nearest to the heater while the macho gf, who’s forever in the least layers, will get the bed nearest to the window. *smile* aren’t they the sweetest? :)

Dec 162011

For a littlest while, i froze and didn’t know which greeting language to use. (yeah, very bo liao ah me)

We were at Sichuan (Putonghua), Tibet (Tibetan), Kathmandu (Nepali) and New Delhi (Hindi), so in the end.. i gave up and figured a simple Hello it was. :)

It was an epic trip this one.

3 whole weeks of travelling – the last time i had 3 weeks of holidays was 10 years ago, during my honeymoon to New Zealand — We went to 4 countries — yup, i still think Tibet as a country on its own — saw the very very adorable panda bears in real life (!), had the bumpiest ride ever (but still couldn’t beat the epic-est YuanYang bus ride in China last year), got myself warded at a Chinese clinic in a 2-streets-sleepy-town in Tibet (had 3 bottles of drips and was made to breath in oxygen for almost 4 hours) and got separated from the new friends and Darcy for a while at the incredibly packed Old Delhi (Chowdni Chowk) where i panicked a tiny bit.

I really can’t wait to write my tales and share my photos!

Unfortunately, the schedule is not looking good this week, especially when the house is undergoing a minor makeover (by me!) and the helper is leaving for good in less than 2 weeks’ time (read : spring cleaning madness).

But for now, a picture of me at super windy Everest Base Camp will do ok? ;)

Will be back blogging real soon!


May 182011

French Concession at 7.30am

Writing this entry makes me smile.

Those were the days. Precious precious days!

There is no denying that i missed the boys. Like really, really missed them. One of the reasons i dread calling home whenever i’m traveling is that i’d end up crying upon hearing their voices on the phone, telling me how much they are missing me and how they can’t wait to see me again etc. Usually when that happens, i’d go into an hour (can be more or  sometimes, less) of quiet moment, sitting at one corner feeling really guilty for ditching them while i holiday away. Hmm… It’s not exactly the best feeling ever.

But if i were to say i didn’t enjoy myself during this trip because of that, i would be lying.

L to R : night view from gf’s place, her humble abode, me checking out the gelato place which was just a stone throw away from gf’s place and her very adorable baby boy!

The first few days in Shanghai were spent eating, shopping, eating and more eating!

While waiting for other friends (who arrived 2 days after me), the wonderful gf decided to bring me go shopping till i drop — upon request *wink*. And trust me, shopped till i dropped we did!

What i didn’t expect during this trip was the girlfriend’s 3 storey penthouse that came with a breathtaking view. I am not complaining actually because methinks her heated floor (even in the bathrooms) was so darn cool! Oh, and that 4 posted bed with many many pillows… Man, i really can’t ask for more!

However, what i had really looked forward to was her 7 storey French-Colonial Townhouse.  The gf didn’t inform me beforehand that she had moved so imagine my surprise when i was brought into her condo estate. I was disappointed to say the least. There goes my photo-taking opportunity. Oh well, my bad for not visiting her earlier.

L to R : 1. piping hot pao calling out to me but er, i didn’t cave in (!) 2. gf’s friend checking out eccentric (read: ah lian) looking boots 3. as much as i would love to try that morning snack that can be found on the road side, i didn’t 4. French Concession, again.

Everyday, the hor-mia (good life) gf wakes up only at 10am unless she has appointments or dates to go to. Otherwise, it’s 10am all the way! Not sure why but when i’m holidaying, i always wake up super duper early and i’m not even a morning person to begin with.

So waking up hours before the gf means i had plenty of time to do some exploring on my own. I took time to walk around the neighbourhood, clicking the camera away. Passing by the road side food stalls was fun! I made many stops along the way, staring at how the locals whipped up the food or you know, just paused, stared at the food and moved on. Surprisingly, i didn’t make any attempt to buy any food at all even when asked. Must be all the horror stories that i have been hearing! Importantly, i wasn’t about to give the stomach a chance to pull its stunt on me, just like how it did during last year’s Vietnam trip — my very first food poisoning episode. It was so bad that i lost 3kg in just a couple of days! *shudders*

I <heart> Tsingtao beer!

I’m not much of a shopper to be honest. I hardly go shopping and especially so during trips and holidays because time is too precious! (judge me not my dear shopaholic friends! :P) But lo and behold!

Shopping in Shanghai was good good good!

The gf and i kicked off the day at 10.30am and we didn’t stop till 6pm! We just hopped onto the bicycles and started exploring the little boutiques which she frequents. She called them her treasure shops. :)

From trench coats to boots. From legging trousers to bling bling top. From leather bags to leather belts. I bought them all. HEEEEEEEEEEeeeee!

In short, it was madness!

Shop assistants’ jaws practically dropped whenever we entered the boutiques with our loots. We had bags and bags on the bikes’ baby chairs and front baskets. Heck, we even had bags hanging on the handles! I really don’t blame the gf for rolling her eyes at me when we were shopping because at the end of the trip, i went home with luggages that weighed more than 40kg! (fyi, i went with just 15kg)

pssttt : if i were to shop like this thrice a week (no need daily lah yeah), i can skip all my exercises routine already! what a great workout….  *flex biceps*

At the end of our shopping day, guess what i did?

I called SOS.

Yes, that’s right. I dialed SOS’ phone number!


You see.. I had to. My cash was running low (i seriously didn’t know i could shop like this before i went!) and i simply had to call the gf who was flying in the next day to bring me more cash! Sure, i had 2 credit cards with me for emergency but you know what? Cash is king in China. FYI, there are many shops and restaurants that do not accept international credit cards. ;)

And that my dear friends, was only my second day in China — first day not counted since i arrived only at 4pm (but i did shop a weeeeee bit on that night after our gelato outing :P).

Scary huh?

French Concession, and again! — can’t help it. love the botak (bald) trees! :P