Family trips

Our little princess Abigail has been traveling with us since 4 months old. Stay tune for more of our family trips!

Honeymoon in Maldives

A place where romance begins... And there is never a blue as beautiful as the waters of Maldives!

Sinchow Vietnam!

Go to Vietnam. Indulge yourself in the peaceful Hmong villages in Sapa, or experience cruising at The New 7 Wonders of Nature - Halong Bay.

Go West to U.S.

Napa Valley! San Francisco! And Monterey!.

Bali oh Bali~

We've done it 3 times!! Couple trip 2009, friends trip 2010, and family trip 2014.

Hello Macau, the oriental Portugal

Walking the oriental Europe. Remember to taste the most authentic Portuguese tarts!.

London

I was just a touch-and-go tourist in a short 3 days...

Babymoon in Boracay

Sea, sand, sun. And a new family member in my tummy!

Marrakech, a hidden jewel

Of palm groves, fire dancing, and dromedaries.

Siem Reap - day and night

Back to the ancient kingdom and find the tomb raider in you.

Home Cooking

Just some recipes and home cuisine for my family and baby.

Welcome to my blog!! 欢迎到访!!

No matter how you get here, I wanna say a big THANK YOU for visiting my blog. Do come back often for more! Blessed because we're given the chance to share. Thank you for visiting! 无论你是刻意或者不刻意的来到这里,都进来坐坐、聊聊天吧。幸福不是必然的,而是懂得分享人生的喜悦。谢谢到访!

June 28, 2010

Paint ball without the T

What do you call a PAINT ball without da 'T'?

After self-indulged in that stylish SDU-like look.. (the mask really really stinks!!!)

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After pretending as a heroine...

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And the 7-minute combat... (I was the back up to ensure my team still have at least a survivor left, and I shot on target okay.)

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I call it PAIN BALL... OUCH^^

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June 24, 2010

11th July 2010 ~ Streets Come Alive – Unforgettable George Town!

It's my pleasure and responsibility as a Penangite to spread the message around. In conjunction with the celebration of its 2nd anniversary as UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang government is again celebrating Penang World Heritage Day (7th July) with a series of colorful programs in the George Town area! Naturally, the buildings are the most imposing. Take this chance to walk the heritage trails and feel it! Furthermore you get to taste the colors of Chinese, Malays, Indian, Indian Muslim cuisines on that day. Simply marvelous~ Welcome to Penang, my hometown.

*P.s. I'm gonna miss the street event on 11th because I'll be way up to Colmar Tropicale for birthday celebration (baby's booked my calendar weeks ago). Else I'll be running around the heritage trail with my 10-20mm lens...of course with him.*

If you like Penang and would like to receive more information on Penang tourism and events, join our group in Facebook - Penang Has It All. I'm one of the administrators. Heheh...  v(o.O)v

Streets Come Alive – Unforgettable George Town!
Date : 11 July 2010
Time : 8am-11pm
Venue : George Town Heritage Zone
Ticket Price : FOC
Enquiries : George Town Festival,
016-4644211


Indulge yourself in the colourful street cultural shows performed by the multicultural community of Penang: Malay, Indian, Chinese, Burmese, Thai, Punjabi etc. Also don't miss the chance to learn and get your hands on a variety of traditional crafts and foods from the numerous street stalls.

Special Program
1. Open House - Public and Private Heritage Buildings
Time: 9.00am-5.00pm
Location: Penang Islamic museum, Konsenih Building (Equator Academy of Art), Segara Ninda Residence, Wisma Kastam, Penang Tourist Guide Association, Tan Kongsi, Ong Kongsi, Han Jiang Ancestral Temple (Penang Teochew Ass.), Lee Sih Chong Soo, Town Hall, Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, World Heritage Office, Anak-anak Kota, Penang Heritage Trust-PAPA, mosques in George Town, Indian and Chinese temples, churches, tombs, shrines and many more.
About the program: Welcome to the built jewels of George Town! Come visit George Town’s heritage buildings and sites which are normally restricted to visitors on other days, all for free.

2. George Town Shophouse Trail
Time: 9.00am-10.30am; 11.00am-12.30pm
About the program: Visit some of the finest residential and commercial shophouses in town and learn more about this unique built heritage of Penang.
We have 2 routes available for each time slot. Register for one route and participate in a rare guided tour of 6 shophouses. Even better, register for 2 routes and see all 12 shophouses!
Tours available in Chinese and English.
Ticket prices: RM10 per route, limited to 20 persons per route.
Enquiries: Fidel Ho
Tel: 012-4565867
Email : fidelhoho@gmail.com

3. “Jom Naiki Sampan di Perairan Laut Clan Jetties!” – Boat Rides at the Clan Jetties!
Time: 8.30am-11.30am
Location: Yeoh Jetty, Pengkalan Weld, 10300 George Town
About the program: Come enjoy the scenery of the clan jetties by boat (“sampan-sampan”) and get to know more about their history at the same time! The clan jetties community will also be reenacting live for you parts of its pre-1970 community’s daily works and activities.
Rest assured life jackets will be provided so you can enjoy your boat ride in safety!
Ticket prices: FREE – Register on the spot.
Enquiries: George Town Festival
Tel: 016 – 4644211

4. Heritage “Trea-Shaw” Hunt
Time: 8.00am-1.00pm
Location: Flag-off: Town Hall / Esplanade
About the program: Hop on a trishaw! Experience this fun and exciting way of searching and scouting for our rich heritage treasures ranging from foods, costumes, trades, to local personalities and heritage buildings.
Participants may enter as a two-person team. Look for sponsors like hotels or
tour companies. Each team will be assigned a trishaw rider and given clues to guide them along the treasure hunt. At each checkpoint, teams will be required to search for answers or complete simple challenges/tasks.
Ticket prices: RM388 – the hunt is limited to 50 trishaws.
Closing date for registration – 28 June 2010 (Monday)
E-mail for entry forms/ download HERE!
Enquiries: Ederic Low
Tel: 012-4092539
E-mail: treashawhunt2010@gmail.com
E-mail: info@georgetownfestival.com

5. Indian-Muslim Culture Celebration
Time: 10.00am - 11.00pm
Location: Dewan Makam Noordin @ Masjid Kapitan Keling
About the program: Exhibition on previous mosques and mosque antiques
Time: 2.00pm-11.00pm
Location: Masjid Kapitan Keling
About the program:
• Interactive Indian-Muslim traditional food demonstration including Nasi kandar, Nonbu Kanji, Kolkate, Somosa & vadai, Idyiyappom,
Passembor. Free porridge!
• “Golden of Dates” Exhibition – History, pictures, information on
types, nutritious information
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Location: Masjid Kapitan Keling
About the Program:
• Demonstration of traditional Muslim games like “pallaguli”, “pamberem”
• Tour of Masjid Kapitan Keling
Time: 5.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: Front of Masjid Kapitan Keling
About the Program:
• Teh Tarik Demonstration - Come watch, learn and try it out! Free flow of Teh Tarik.
• Crafts Demonstration and Exhibition including “Poo Malai” a Muslim tradition that originates from India and the Muslim “Kopiah”
• Original spices exhibition - Interactive exhibition as well as preparation and cooking demonstration on spices in Indian-Muslim cooking
Enquiries: George Town Festival
Tel: 016 – 4644211
E-mail: info@georgetownfestival.com

6. Street Celebrations
Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
Location: Armenian Street, Jalan Kapitan Keling
About the program: “Little Penang Street Market Rejoicing, Reviving and Romancing Our Heritage” Showcase of the traditional, cultural heritage food and crafts of Penang.
1. Chinese Lantern making
2. Preparation of Putu Mayom
3. Wayang Kulit
4. Batik Demonstration
5. Henna
6. Antiques
7. Shoe Painting, T-shirt printing, Chinese calligraphy
8. Beaded crafts
9. Rattan and bamboo items
10. Nyonya Manik Shoes
11. Chinese Frog Buttons
12. Nyonya Cooking with Rosie Yew
13. Nyonya Cooking with Rumah Nur women
14. Michael Cheah’s Baba Nyonya collection
15. Penang & Malaysia postcards
16. Handmade crafts
17. Fresh Nutmeg juice
18. Thai Laksa
19. Traditional Eye Massage
20. Little Penang t-shirts
21. Eurasian treats
Time: 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Location: Meng Eng Soo, Jalan Pintal Tali
About the program: Meng Eng Soo Open Day
Indoor: Exhibition on Meng Eng Soo history, tea presentation (games);
Outdoor: “Peddlers Court”, Cultural performances – wushu, Tai Chi, street artists, Chinese Orchestra
Time: 5.00pm – 10.00pm
Location: Cheah Kongsi, Armenian Street
About the Program: Lion Dance Performance on High Poles
Time: 5.00pm – 10.30pm
Location: Penang Teochew Association, Chulia Street
About the Program: Chinese Cultural Performance and Demonstration Traditional Teochew Opera Performance, Lion and Dragon Dance, Chinese Kungfu Performance, Traditional craft skills of cane weaving and batik design, Chinese Tanglung craftworks as well as multiracial cultural dances and singing.
Ticket prices: FOC
Enquiries: George Town Festival
Tel: 016 – 4644211
E-mail: info@georgetownfestival.com

7. Muslim Cultural Showcase
Time: 5.00pm-12.00am
Location: Penang Islamic Museum, Armenian Street
About the program: The Acheen Street Mosque (Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh), Koperasi Pelancongan, Islamic Museum, Boyanese community and other Malay groups will be showcasing traditional Malay performances including Nasyid,
Marhaban, Kompang, Silat, Khat, Boria, Ghazal Parti, Sketches and Traditional Malay music and dance. Also on exhibition will be traditional Malay kuih-muih, bunga telur, hantaran and a historical exhibition of Masjid Melayu.
Ticket prices: FREE
Enquiries: George Town Festival
Tel: 016 – 4644211
E-mail: info@georgetownfestival.com

8. Cultural Performances
Time: 5.00pm-9.00pm
Location: Khoo Kongsi
About the program: Cultural performances from the different ethnic communities of George Town, Penang as well as international acts!
Featuring: Ghaffar Pourazar performing Beijing opera, Batak singers from Indonesia, traditional Punjabi Vidda dance, Punjabi drumming, Indian cultural performances including Baratha Natyam, folk dances, stick dance, Kavadi dance, Silambam, fire eating and juggling as well as cultural performances from Penang’s Malayali, Hindu Sangam, Thai, Penang Baba Nyonya and Eurasian communities.
Ticket prices: FREE
Enquiries: George Town Festival
Tel: 016 – 4644211
E-mail: info@georgetownfestival.com

A month-long "George Town Festival" is inaugurated in conjunction with this year's celebration, featuring over 30 programs throughout the month of July! This is a concerted effort to promote ARTS and HERITAGE in Penang by the Penang State Government, Municipal Council of Penang Island, George Town World Heritage Incorporated and Penang Global Tourism.

Scheduled to be an annual event, George Town Festival opens as a feast of theatre, music, dance, film, arts, food, fashion, photography, inspirational talk and visual spectacle on the streets.

Click here for a full program list of the George Town Festival in pdf.

For further information on Penang, visit the Visit Penang official website.

So if  you have plan to visit Penang, come in July. And don't forget to join our group in Facebook - Penang Has It All.

~PENANG HAS IT ALL!~

June 23, 2010

In HIATUS.. WC fever~

In hiatus for some time... because of this~


Maybe wearing BE THE REDS later~ v(^.^)v

June 17, 2010

World Cup Fever and food review (Xian Ding Wei)

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- Oh~ Corea! Oh~ Corea! Oh~ Corea! Oh~Oh~ Corea! 대한민국!! I support the RED devils. Have fought well though they lost today... Not yet over. Not so easy.

2002 FIFA WC Seoul Stadium
Aww... I missed this!!

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*Ceased operation.

Now back to food review~ This is Xian Ding Wei in Queensbay Mall. Located next to Sakae Sushi. I heard some bad comments before coming for the first try, but somehow I under expected it. Food was ok, but the recommended 三杯鸡 (direct translate is 3 cup chicken... hahaa) is very delicious. The portion is big for girls, so 3 of us shared 2 sets, yet cannot finish it...

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The "3-cup-chicken" rice set.


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And soup.


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And condiments. The waiter was kind enough to give us an additional set!! Maybe he thought he left out 1 set as we 3 girls were holding 3 bowls of rice.


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This one worth a try! I love eating the organs...

June 16, 2010

Diaries of the Maid of Honor (16-June-10)

Now... the hair-do...

Today I just received another wedding invitation from my childhood sista Caren. She's marrying a Mauritian! Cool.. However due to the last minute invitation (she's really really busy flying all over the globe..a stewardess), I can't make it to her wedding... (+.+)

Regarding Mich's wedding, I've started to think about how the MoH's hair should look like. Perhaps one of the below? I don't wanna tie a bun because my face is chubby (still..although I've lost quite a bit of fat after these years), and it will definitely spoil the beauty of our dress. Furthermore Mich should be the prettiest and shine like a diva/princess on her big day, so I should just let my hair down. Afterall my natural wavy hair is not that bad though. I don't need a curler at all, that's even simpler to spare some time for the morning make-up eh.. =)


Personally I like Carrie Underwood's partial up-do the most (second row the first one)! Mich also agreed that it suits me. I think it's gonna shape up and make my face looks a little longer too~ Else, the third row first one also not bad. Ish...being a MoH is not easy at all. So many things to consider and to survey. But I'm enjoying it!

June 15, 2010

Senado Square (Largo do Senado) day and night

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- 最近又开始玩唱歌录音了。。 

Looking at these Portuguese pavement, it's so easy to guess where I was!

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Yes, Largo do Senado in Macau.
Macau, I like to describe it as the little Portugal in Asia.
Last time I stepped on this land was 5 years ago, still I'm deeply in love with this place after 5 years.
Thus I spent the morning and night at this UNESCO World Heritage Site...
...just to capture the beauty of it.

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Coincidently, I was just in time to see Senado Square right after the rain stopped.
Look at the colors... wunderbar!!

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June 14, 2010

今晚你想念的人是不是我

aLin - 今晚你想念的人是不是我

作詞:LEE, KYEONG NAM 中文詞:徐世珍 作曲:LEE, HYUN JEONG

是你找到了我 在我的心中刻下了你的承諾 難道你不遵守
思念糾纏著我 閉上眼我就忘了恨你的理由 想起那些溫柔
你為什麼放開我的雙手
我試著體會 生命充滿各種苦衷
我在黑暗之中尋找幸福的下落
等待原來那顆流星劃過我天空
總要在說完再見以後 才開始明白愛多濃
今晚你想念的人是不是我

因為絕望所以學會祈求
我也不想讓心痛對我欲取欲求
我在黑暗之中尋找幸福的下落
等待原來那顆流星劃過我天空
總要在說完再見以後 才開始明白愛多濃
今晚你想念的人是不是我

想要愛到最後的最後
想要和你再一次牽手
除非我背叛我的靈魂
除非我可以假裝快樂
除非你忍心放我一個人難過
....no...no....no...
一無所有 我的天空
總要在說完再見以後 才開始明白愛多濃
今晚你想念的人是不是我

等你回頭....no...no....no...
總要在說完再見以後 才開始明白愛多濃
今晚你想念的人是不是我

我想念的人會不會懂....


后记:为何总有这种感觉,扣人心铉的歌(至少对于我来说)为何总是这么悲。。 但是类似的歌曲我却如此朗朗上口。所以说幸福女人也可以把这么悲哀的歌曲演绎得如此出众,aLin就是这么一个。拜星光帮所赐,我又想要唱K了!有时候我会溺爱自己的歌声。。发歌星梦吧。。哈哈。

今晚你想念的人是不是我
照片:B的杰作

June 12, 2010

Yummy-licious Hong Kong food hunt (April '10)

Princess Cheryl's thought of the day:- I'm hoping so much that our 'mega project' in year 2011 will be successful! Right Wendy? =)

So here's another crazy long post (photos) about food. Yea, part of my travelog on the most recent trip to Hong Kong. Usually I don't survey much about food when I go travel, just follow the local crowd and there'll be where you can find good food!

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Typical outlook of the local restaurant, they call it "char chan teng", direct translation means tea house.

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Coincidently the hotel that we stayed gave 2 $20 coupons for food per room daily, valid only for that day after the date is stamped, but you can choose to collect one time deal or separate by day.

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Soup of the day! My favorite lotus root soup.


I cannot recall all the dishes name like how I did in Macau (sorry la...), but the pictures are enough to tell you what they are and how delicious they are~

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The must-not-miss Hong Kong milk tea!

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Serve chilled.

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Or hot.


Hong Kong Day at The Peak. Basically we just had Chinese food throughout the trip because the senior citizens preferred rice than pasta, and I was the only one who is not. Anyhow, I always love the "wonton" (dumpling soup in Hong Kong. It's super big size compare to what we have here.

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Breakfast. Typical as what we always see in the Hong Kong drama.

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Yummy-licious roasted pork and roasted duck. Beef, congee, and chicken... *Slurrp~*
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Family affair. At Tseung Kwan O. Having dim sum with my grand uncle and grand aunt. I miss them...

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My grand aunt.

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My grand uncle.

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Family.


We accidentally found this outlet at Causeway Bay. It's really really popular among the Pinoys!! Maybe the price is low yet the food is not bad, and the portion is really big too.

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老火汤. I like! This was dinner, last dinner in Hong Kong. Finished up using the coupons provided by hotel. Had a scrumptious meal too. But prawn is really expensive in Hong Kong! Two for $70. (><")

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Miscellaneous eateries in Hong Kong. =) I didn't get to snap the mango dessert of 许留山, next time, next time ok.

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Roasted goose. 深井烧鹅

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Roasted pork, roasted chicken... you name it!

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Char siew (roasted pork)

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Braised stuff. 卤味

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Dim sum shops by the roadside.

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Eggies (a type of puff). 鸡蛋仔


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Snails!! 田螺

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Herbal tea. Good for balancing up with the heaty food.

Well I'm still editing the photos taken in Madamme Tussaud's Wax Museum. Gonna take a while because I'm gonna post more than 80% of the wax figurines there! Good for those who hasn't get the chance to go in there eh~

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