Thursday, April 24, 2008
After coming back from Sungai Petani last weekend. It's about time to use my passport again. As my previous trip to China is not really a vacation (too much walking and sort of business related). I'm going to take this opportunity to have as fun as possible in Bangkok before our business peak period in the next 2 month. Bangkok is something me and Su Ling are looking forward to. Pork Burger! Something that we didn't eat when we were in China. China McD only offer us some spicy chicken burger ... sigh.
McD's Pork Burger! Even the thoughts of it make me hungry now!
I been to Bangkok before, and this time, I plan to skip all the silly sightseeing. My plan is to see either the popular Calypso Cabaret show or Joe Louis Puppet show. Other than the 2 show, I only intend to use most of my time in "The Mother of All Market".
Chatuchak Weekend Market - The mother of all market in Bangkok. Over there, you get to see Cowboys performing (maybe you will even get to see me performing if I need some spare change). Hidden somewhere in the market is a delicious blue mountain coffee stall. It's so good that even Black Canyon is no match. Okay, maybe I over exaggerate ... too much of BC ice coffee. Anyway, I'm very sure my crazy girlfriend will be buying tons and tons of stuff there. The last time she went with See Mun, she bought many boxes of @#*~!&@ ...
Leon (the greek from Aus) will be in town this weekend. Last time they took him to Penang. Well, this time I heard it will be some Island. Arrr .. if I don't have this Bangkok trip, I would rather go fishing in some island ...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
This is one of the many variety of tang yuen I had when I was in Guangzhou. Not much stuff to blog these day. Still trying to get more rest from moving around too much. A week or two after I came back from China, I actually made a trip up north to Sungai Petani. Alot of things change since I was there 10 years ago. This guy I know now run the hotel as chairman and unfortunately I didn't see or meet anyone I know. Anyway, I was only there for a while. To my surprise, there's even a Starbuck in SP now. Most likely I will be going there again for fishing someday soon.
Monday, April 14, 2008
A paronoma of Miniature Forbidden City in Shenzhen. We took train to Shenzhen from Guangzhou.
Train Station at Luohu District. In Shenzhen, our trip is all about eating and shopping. Apart from East Gate Shopping Center, the only exotic things we did was going for a leg massage.
Some miniature building inside Splendid China. The weather in Shenzhen is extremely hot compare to Guangzhou. Not a good weather for sight seeing. Next time, I think I will just drop by Shenzhen for a while (for eating only). This restaurant that I went serve one of the best Dim Sum I ever eat. They even serve fried rice that I think is one of the best I had eaten so far in my life! Exactly like what I saw in Cooking Master Boy (the anime).
Shenzhen is pretty developed compare to the place I came from. They have sophisticated public transport, wide road, many highrise and lot of people! Lot of fake money as well. My girlfriend almost got con with a fake note.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Luckily I didn't bring any summer clothing for this trip, as it turn out to be raining almost everyday in Guangzhou! It was raining season and with an average temperature of 18-26°C everyday. Taking photos is almost impossible as it's almost raining or cloudy each day. Apart from the lack of sunshine, the street is wet and muddy.
The first thing we did was to visit Bei Jing Lu (Beijing Road). It was madness as there's so many shops there. A shopping paradise for some people, but nightmare for me. After exploring almost a quarter of the shop there, I found something interesting in the middle of the road. There's an ancient road from Ming and Song Dynasty underneath Beijing Road.
I ask Su Ling to pose in front of the ancient road but unfortunately the photo turn out bad (due to cloudy and dark sky). The ancient road is actually underneath the glass panel.
Apart from Beijing Road, we also went to Shang Xia Jiu Pedestrian Street. It's a shopping place like Beijing Road, but in a much smaller scale. of course other than Beijing Road, I had also visited the other places such as Comic City, Jade Market, Antique Market, etc. I even took this opportunity to eat their local McDonald's meal. The set meal is a grill chicken burger dipped in spicy sauce (Sichuan pepper) and milk tea (not coke). Quite spicy if you ask me. The food in Guangzhou is amazing! We had tang yuen almost every other day, street food, sichuan food and of course cantonese food.
Another interesting thing is I get to watch the latest TVB series on their TV. Their TV network is showing D.I.E. at the moment. Unfortunately, I don't have much time watching TV there as I need to spend all my time on business related matter, and sight seeing the city. I even saw a pickpocket incident while walking on the street. It's not only muddy and wet on the street, but also dangerous and dirty. Maybe the city is just too big, over populated, and the people are just desperate. Luckily we are not the victim (but what they say about beware of pickpocket and bag snatcher is true).
After coming back, I did a research on this building, and I found out it's actually call Jinlun Guild Hall. It's actually 300 years old. Well, I think I was walking along the jade or craft market, and suddenly I found this old building. At least it's a bonus as I didn't get to go to "The Western Han Museum of the Nanyue King Mausoleum".
To compensate for that, I actually went to eat dim sum at one of the oldest restaurant in Guangzhou, Tao Tao Ju. But it's a short dim sum session, as we need to rush off to Shenzhen. Coming up next ... Shenzhen.