Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Part 3: Seattle, Washington

Voila. Since I've been to Pike Place a few times within that one month I was there, here are more pictures.

I don't get this kind of privilege back home due to the hot and humid weather all year round. This was summer in Seattle, probably not the peak yet. But, it was a pleasant weather. Since US is well-known for their great parks, Seattle has this. Look at how people enjoy the sun here. If I live there, I would too. haha.

We went over to the Seattle aquarium. Fishes, snakes, sharks and many other animals. We purchased the city pass in which aquarium is included in it. That's 79 USD that includes 5 attractions.

I was back at Pike Place Market. There are states that had legalized a small amount of marijuana. Seattle is one of them under certain conditions. Overlooking the highway/freeway hehe.

 There comes the Spider-Man! haha

While waiting for the rest of the family members, here for Starbucks. This isn't the first ever Starbucks. Only here I am able to find a place.

We did the cruise, the Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour. It's at Pier 56. Enjoy the live-narrated tour while overlooking the breath taking beauty of the Washington state.

The weather was really good. This looks like the Columbia Center, skyscraper standing at 295m, the tallest building in Seattle. They have regulations that do not permit any buildings taller than a certain measurement.

We had our dinner here at Rainier Restaurant, a Vietnamese cuisine where Anthony Bourdain visited. haha!

Remember the city pass? The observation deck to the Space Needle is included. Woohoo!

Then, the other side of the city.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brunch - Seeblick's St. Gallen

I'm not sure how many people are aware, but close friends know that my favorite country of all time is Switzerland. I studied there for my higher diploma and degree in the hospitality field. When it comes to hospitality, it's closely connected to Switzerland. Food defines that industry.

It is almost the end of the year. The end of the year reminds us all that it's time of the year to plan for our vacation. After all, Christmas comes only once a year. My countrymen love food, so we travel all around the world to taste different cuisines.

After a late night, or on a vacation, we would prefer to sleep in a little bit more than usual. That does not mean skipping your meal, because, we always have something called brunch! Thank you, to the person that invented brunch. Those in Switzerland, you may want to stop by at this restaurant in St. Gallen. The brunch here is the favorite spot among the tourists. The same goes for the locals too. If I live there, I would have patronized there every single Sunday. Unfortunately, I don't live there. Boo!

What I really like about this place is it caters for everyone with their own personal preference.  I like a bar and a steakhouse kind of setting during a time off from reality (work). Besides these 2, they even have café, buffet, restaurant and even outdoor settings (that's if the weather permits). Since we are all in a such a diversified culture and background, they have menus for my vegetarian friends and gluten-free friends too. That makes it so much easier to decide on where to have our meal!

Let's put aside my Malaysian roots, even with the existing different cultures in Switzerland, they offer local and international cuisines which is good. I have different cravings depending on my mood. Personally, I am a sucker for views, really nice, amazing and scenic views. How many times I've been taken away by the views in Switzerland? I could not even count. If you're like me, this is the place to be.

Sometimes, I am a lazy traveler. I prefer to have everything on site haha. God knows how much I love swimming. Man, and with a massage after that? Then, a brunch? Best part is, you don't even need to dress well. You just have to put a robe on and tadaaa..... brunch is served. This is the type of relaxation I look for when I get off from work. It's heavenly! Trust me on this.

How many friends had told me, Switzerland is one of their dream holiday. Fortunate for me, I studied there and managed to travel around. The Swiss Alps is famous world-wide. If you are looking forward to have a nice pleasant weather, St Gallen has a good amount of snow.

Oops, Grüezi is Hello in Swiss German =p

You can check them out here available in both German and English:
Restaurant St. Gallen

Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Part 2: Seattle, Washington

This was actually in 2016. I thought of giving up, but I thought again, hey, since I have done this for so many years. I should continue blogging. I was in Seattle for a month in May. The place I come from is really hot, so summer here for me, is not. Still, I don't really like the sun. That's how life is. The grass is always greener at the other side. haha.

Rocky is so cute. I cannot describe enough how cute he really is. But, he's so adorable and well-mannered.

 They are the reason why I re-consider my decision to not go to US.

During the sunset in Mercer Island. It was such a peaceful resident area.

 Just like back home in KL, we have the KL Tower. In Seattle, they have this, the Space Needle. It's Seattle's icon or symbol in the state of Washington. This observation tower stands at 605 ft.

They have buildings with unique designs too. That's the Amazon's office. haha.

We did groceries too. There's a whole section for Asian food. haha. That shows the amount of Asians here in Seattle haha.

That's Lake Washington. It's the second largest natural lake in Washington state. When the weather gets better, we can actually see Mt Rainier from where we were.

From the corner, there's this very sweet smell at downtown. Only to find out, it's all bubble gum or chewing gum that they stick at the brick wall behind me. Authorities tried to clean it up, but gave up as they later deem this as a tourist attraction. It is! I was amused when I first saw it. Those with extreme OCD can choose to stay away. haha.

 Is today your lucky day? haha

Seattle is famous for this pig at Pike Place, downstown Seattle. It's a really good landmark to meet people. haha. In front of this pig, there's where the market is and when there's crowd, the traders would throw fishes around to entertain the customers. Nice!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Part 1: Seattle, Washington

I honestly didn't think that I'll be back here ever since I completed my Siem Reap trip which I have done half-heartedly, or maybe lesser.  Well, people Instagram these days, right? Today, I am sitting here, in Houston, doing this. It's 2.30 AM in Malaysia and I should be feeling sleepy. But, I'm not. I am trying my best to stay awake until tonight to fight the jet lag problem.

The first time I applied for a US visa I got rejected. It was in 2010. I kinda gave up until 6 years later due to the arrival of Aria and Damian. a-ha! Everything fell into place, and the next I know, I boarded the plane heading to The States!

So many people had gone to Taiwan, a few went a couple of times, telling me how amazing the country is. I have gone, I experienced it and my conclusion is, it's not my type of place. Let's do that some other time. Let's focus on Seattle now. haha. This was a layover of 3 hours.

 We were going to land in Seattle from Taipei! I was getting excited. OMG!

 So to say, welcome to Seattle. We finally arrived. The city gave me a really nice feeling.

This is the Luther Burbank Park. The happiest of all was Rocky. haha! He played water and ran like the happiest dog on Earth.

 The harbor at the park

 We went for Chinese food. Yeah I know. Haha. The sizes of the dim sum is humongous. My Lordz!

Let's not forget that, as long as there's a Chinatown, this arch is always there. All around the world, regardless if you're in US, or Asia.

Centurylink, the multi-purpose stadium. Home field for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

 Right beside Centutylink, there's the Safeco Field, and that's where the baseball fans are.

Randomly, over the weekend, went to Factoria and I saw the Apple store, I got a culture shock. That's like a few stores combined back home!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 3: Siem Reap July 6th, 2015

LOL. It has been 2 years. It has been quiet. So many things had changed for the past 2 years. Some good, some bad, and some whatever. I'm sure whatever that happened, happened for a reason. No complaints. And, whatever that may come, will come. I've aged 2 years. haha... damn.

Since Ratha, my Cambodian friend had to work, the same driver took us around. Continue with the temple hunting since the ticket to Angkor Wat has been paid. It was a long journey, so I learned some Cambodian along the way. haha. Of course by now, I have forgotten everything.

As expected, I can't remember much from the trip. It has been 2 years! ahhaa. This is Banteay Srei. The sand has a different color, it's special!

This is Kbal Spean. Some hiking to do. This supposed to have water. But, it was the dry season when I went. It was hot until I turned black when I came home. And, I am not even exaggerating.

Finally, the night market.

After 2 years, that's the wrap up of my Cambodian trip. After this trip, I had quite a few trips. But, judging from my never-ending procrastination, I am not even sure if I should start it. Gosh, dilemma.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Day 2 (Part2): Siem Reap July 5th, 2015

There has been 8 months hiatus from here. To be honest, I spend most of the time on Instagram, and nowhere else haha. Nothing changed, except that I went to India twice for work, once to US for family related reason, and that's it. Everything else seems to be the same old stuff. Friends gotten married, haha.
It's the perfect spot to do that jump, right after we have done with Angkor Wat. This is the place we should all visit once in a lifetime since that it's slowly falling off.

This is the second most famous Khmer temple. Bayon. In fact, this is more impressive, like how on Earth people from those days build a temple like that?

That's the back of it

This is very famous among those that watch Hollywood movies because this was where Angelina Jolie shot her Tomb Raider movie. It's called Ta Prohm with super gigantic tree branch.

Then, since it was Dede's birthday, the Cambodians do this, visit the temple. Get blessing from the monk. I felt like a total noob, I don't know what should I do when the monk was chanting.

As we were moving along, we came across this. That's our Cambodian friend who became our tour guide too haha. The unlicensed tour guide.

That's how it looks like from where we were standing. There are quite a few flights of stairs to climb.

Finally, the day of walking, and burning is over. It's about time to enjoy a good meal with a beer. That's what a holiday is all about, right? Forget your diet, forget your work and everything else. Not like we had any diets in KL. haha. We were there to enjoy.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Day 2 (Part1): Siem Reap July 5th, 2015

After such a long hiatus, it's about time the Siem Reap's photos should be up.

So, after yesterday's circus, which was still very fresh in my mind when I woke up, we had to go to the next itinerary. It's the sun rise in Angkor Wat. I mean, that's the whole purpose we were there right.

How can you not love this place? It's such a beauty.

So, everyone else did the same. Woke up at 4 ish to wait for the sun rise. Not cool. But anyways. haha. I don't even get up this early to work.

Tadaaa the egg yolk has finally showed itself. It is around mid March to end up March, the sun is aligned right above the Angkor Wat. But, that's also the reason why during that time, everyone would be there for the same reason. Siem Reap will be packed.
Finally, the sun is shining up above us. It's time to go home, not. It's time to get into Angkor Wat. The main temple. Get ready for lots and lots of walking to do under the hot sun.

Things are so much easier when you have a local friend to bring you around. Trust me, it's way easier. Just that, didn't think that we'll be meeting in Siem Reap. haha.

See, the Angkor Wat and the temples around there has been there for eons. There was no concrete evidence on the history. It's all based on beliefs. Probably, it's time to make a trip there before all their stones fall, like the picture above. One by one, it's falling.

That's actually a pool during the olden days. Before us, there was a photoshoot session. OMG seriously you people.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Day 1 (Part2): Siem Reap July 4th, 2015

Right after dinner, we had to leave hotel to go for Phare Circus.

From our hotel, it was more than 2 KM to the place. 5 USD 2 ways we got. In fact, it's supposed to be 6 USD.

A typical circus, you will think of animals doing stunts and making the audience burst into laughter. This isn't like that. There's a add on value service in any trips. If you know a local friend, or a friend who's residing there, it's gonna help you experience your holiday even better.

This isn't that typical circus you know. It's a theater, music, dance, modern circus and acrobats where performers used this aspects to tell Cambodian stories. I can't exactly remember the price. Depending on what you take, it varies. I think, mine was $18 USD.

The show was perfect. I was glad I went for it. It's THAT amazing. They tell their story through their performances. Each day you go, they tell a different story. The highlight of my whole trip, has got to be this.

These performers come from struggling families, poverty, and some are orphanage. They attend the school to learn the art and later on, turn professional. This is a good cause. Show your support and watch their show. If you happen to be in Siem Reap, this is something you have to do. Do not miss this and have this Phare experience, you will not regret it. At the same time, give hope to our human counterpart in Siem Reap.