Happy Boxing Day !!! Managed to come back to S'pore to celebrate X'mas cum gift exchange with some long-time buddies, before i am away again for another travel photography trip !!! Below are some few pics of my X'mas celebration with Audrey a.k.a Ah Bao, Joanne & Junyu. Merry Christmas !!!
This ferry dock near HK Disneyland Hotel has been left empty most of the time since the opening of the theme park in 2006, though the resort made a promise to provide regular ferry services to MAcau. Nothing has been announced so far since the. This ferry dock has a beautiful marina and i managed to capture the beautiful sunset on my first evening at the hotel. View my sunset pics below !!! :-)
Sunny Bay MTR Station is situated between the Tung Chung & Tsing Yi Stations. This station is also an interchange station between the Tung Chung Line & the Disneyland Resort Line to HK Disneyland.
Within walking distance of the Hong Kong Disneyland theme park, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel shares a similar Victorian style with Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The hotel features two restaurants, several shops, a lounge area, a concierge level, meeting & convention space (including a grand ballroom), a wedding gazebo & lushly landscaped grounds that feature formal gardens and a maze in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head.
我冲往迪士尼乐园, 一进场, 就碰上旅行的开始. 在圣诞乐曲中, 吃着棉花糖,看着一个个穿着圣诞服饰的卡通人物从眼前走过,米老鼠当然是牰 !!!
Cinderella Carousel - one can choose to ride any of the 60 graceful & prancing horses.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant - soar high aboard pachyderm.
Immerse yourself in a magical 3D adventure at this Mickey's PhilharMagic !!
Fantasyland Train Station - Boarded the train at this stop for the HK Disneyland Railroad.
Plaza Inn Restaurant serves Cantonese cuisine in a family-style setting. Yummy !
Mad Hatter Tea Cups - Went for a spin at a most unconventional tea party.
Orbitron - pilot an own flying saucer high above in Tomorrowland !
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - Many people helped Buzz Lightyear to save the universe from the evil Emperor Zurg in this interactive adventure !! Very fun !!
Autopia - One will drive into the future aboard electric cars that cruise along the highways of tomorrow.
Went to watch "The Golden Mickeys" which is a musical celebration of Disney's films and characters, presented in Disney's Storybook Theater.
Spectacular Disney in the Stairs fireworks at HK Disneyland !!! At HK time 9pm, the fireworks started to blast the sky and very beautiful indeed.
The buffet breakfast at the Enchanted Garden, Disneyland hotel was wonderful as well with mickey-shaped pancakes and with Pluto, Goofy, Mickey & Minnie making their rounds to take photos with the hotel guests. They were very organised about the breakfast photos and went around in sequence.
Hong Kong (again?) 到香港寻觅圣诞感觉 !!!
Yes, Hong Kong again. I was here just a few months ago (in August). 我向来喜欢在12月出国度假, 享受在异乡中过圣诞的感觉. 欧美国家街上的圣诞装饰也许不夸张,但空气中弥漫着圣诞气氛.亚洲人的身上并没有流着圣诞节的血液,但也成功地将圣诞节塑造成一个旅游佳节.香港是个现代大都会, 应该会很精彩的.
Had a heartwarming X'mas dinner cum gift exchange session at Crazy World Cafe 疯狂世界 last night ! I enjoyed myself very much throughout the night, i always treasure the fun times spent together with some long-time friends as years go by, i will always feel very nostalgic whenever we talk, laugh & reminisce about the good old days. I am sure the rest of the group felt the same way too ! :-)
Just some info on this music cafe: Crazy World 疯狂世界 is located at 24 Temple Street, strategically within 5 minutes walking distance to Chinatown MRT Station. Crazy World 疯狂世界 is actually the brainchild of 2 crazy fans of Mayday (五月天）a popular 5-piece rock band in Taiwan that significantly changed the music scene in the early 2000′s. They attracted so many serious musicians, crazy fan girls, avid composers and youths then (who would now be nearing 30′s).
One of their songs, or rather, their first song from their debut album, was titled "Crazy World 疯狂世界" and it spoke about the troubles of life, mundaneness of things and how people would wish to escape from the madness of life.
With that, the 2 crazy fans now became their own bosses, held tightly dear to this idea and build what we know as the Crazy World Cafe today to realise their dream.
Recorded & included the lyrics of this "Crazy World 疯狂世界" song by Mayday 五月天 & i strongly suggest you all play it & listen to this song while browsing my blog today !! Enjoy !
Lyrics of "疯狂的世界" by 五月天
Citi Dollars Photo Contest
I took part in a recent Citibank-related photo competition and emerged to be one of the lucky 2 winners for Draw 1 !!! The requirement of the contest is to submit a photo of any Citibank advertising or presence, be it an advert on taxis, in the newspapers, at SMRT stations, or any of their branches. Plus, include a caption & description of the photo (where it's being taken & what's the advert is about).
I was awarded 100,000 Citi Rewards points which can be redeemed for a round trip to Tokyo or Maldives (That's the reason why i took part in this competition!). That's really a lot of points, it'll take a long time for me to accumulate to that amount of points (imagine how many branded purchases i have to make in order to attain 100,000 Citi rewards points??!!)
For now, i just have to wait for the bank letter to be mailed to me for some signatory before i can redeem the points, yippeee :-)
I dropped by Cat Socrates located at 3rd level, Bras Basah Complex today to do some Christmas shopping at this bookstore cum cafe. It's a lifestyle store, a retail concept that i favour the most. This store has aplenty of dollgifts, a wide range of paper products, cool-looking accessories and a little cafe to relax with drinks. The shop name 'Cat Socrates' is named after the owners' well-loved pet cat in Shanghai.
I must say one must be prepared to burn a hole in your pocket once you enter this shop, simply because there are too many things to buy!!! You will be spoilt for choice on the wide range of paper products to get and i have to leave the shop reluctantly after i have gotten all the stuff that i found.
Before departing, i asked for permission to take photos which is what I do most of the time. I always get being asked on how I managed to snap photos at such cafes or other places. Well, i guess you just have to try asking. If you happen to patronise their stuff, the more they even shouldn’t say no to your snapping request.
Cat Socrates carries a variety of tin toys, CDs, tote bags, notebooks, stationery and other zakka, with a tiny corner cafe that serves coffee (for like only 6 people).
I bought this small 'camera' themed printed notebook from Cat Socrates as it comes in handy on the road if i need to jot down any important information. It costs S$3.95.
Derek & Sandy's Wedding
Warmest congratulations to Derek & Sandy on their wedding !!! They finally got hitched after dating for more than 10 years (they were together since their JC days). Their wedding dinner last night was held at Peach Garden Chinese restaurant located at Novena Ville and the event was a small and close-up affair with both families and close friends.
Indeed it was a small private affair to remember!! Wedding time is normally considered a time of grand celebration, expenses and people. It is undeniably a couple’s personal decision either to have a grand celebration or a simple private affair with family and close friends. I personally prefer a simple and close-up dinner where people can really interact and mingle among themselves at the event (since most of them already know each other so well).
The wedding car - Mini Cooper (owned by the groom, Derek Tan)