Hongkong/Macau goalsetting trip

I’m still so deadbeat after much sleep. =.= This Macau/Hongkong trip is like the most tiring trip out of all the traveling I ever had because everything was so rushed. Goalsetting has always been tiring but this was by far the most tiring. It was very very cold, around 10degrees. As the tickets were booked by my company people, and because the main purpose of the trip was for our goalsetting, the itinerary was not to our wishes except for some own-leisure hours. Everything was arranged, we just had to follow, even after goalsetting has ended.

I’m deadbeat even after I’m back was because apart from unpacking our huge luggage, Vickki had a bruise-like bleeding wound on her head. And because appointments were full at the vet at holland V, we had to rush her to the vet at Vivo city. Apparently the bleeding was caused by her own scratching due to the rashes. The vet prescribed some medicine to wash her wound and apply, what’s most important was the booster collar which she has to wear around her neck. It looks like a speaker kinda thing surrounding her head so that she’s unable to scratch her head as well as preventing her from licking the medication cream.

Right after Vickki was settled, Dearie suddenly suffered a major intense pain in his lower back. Sigh. It was so bad till he has trouble walking. I experienced that before, it’s really damn painful. Fortunately I still had 2 tubes of pain relieving cream for muscle pains from the last episode(apparently I see 2 doctors and both gave me cream to relieve pain only.) I even sticked on the Tiger Plaster for him on his lower back. He got better today but nevertheless we went to see doctor. The doctor gave him painkillers and more plasters. =.= As you know, while he’s having this backpain, I am his maid through and through, SO I’M VERY TIRED!! The worse thing is I’m also having migraine I think, for this headache pestered me since the last day at HK till now for many many hours. Sigh.

The trip was very fun just that I’m not really in the mood to write now as I’m still having the headache.

Itinerary
Day 1: Macau
After checked in to Casa Real hotel for 20minutes, our team bonding game started, i.e, THE AMAZING RACE.

It was loads of fun. We were divided into groups. My group consisted of Kel, his gf QQ, Dav, Shen, Jeff and Angi. It’s the first time I got to know Kel’s gf QQ. She’s such a sweet, gorgeous and accommodating lady. We are the SPEEDY RHINOS.

rhinos

Our group leader was Dav and the game organizer were EC and Pat. The game required us to go to these 4(choose 4 out of the 5 picked) destinations and per destination we need to choose 4 out of the 5 activities stated within that location, e.g, eat icecream or eat eggtarts or visit the temple etc. Every team member must be present to do the activities and our picture must be taken together with our team banner at the exact location. Order of the destinations has also been prefixed and we must travel according to the order. The 5 hours has been super tiring but fruitful for the places we visited were the places of interest like Senado Square议事亭前地(邮政总局, 柠檬车露icecream, 文化会馆), St Paul大三巴(信诚港澳西装城, Sandwich Expert, 大三巴牌坊, 哪咤庙), Stop:Praia Manduco下环(Macau发源地, 下环街市, 礼品庄, Macau tower->Edison百万 Bungy Jump). The icecream and eggtarts we ate were famous as well as delicious. Some pictures.

eggtarts

icecream

postoffice

temple

As the powerpoint was done with my laptop, the pictures were already in the laptop so it’s easy to post them. I’m too lazy to post those pictures in my camera. =P I looked damn tired and cui in the pictures because I was without makeup. Anyway, this trip we took very few pictures other than the compulsory ones, because we were simply too tiring and too rush already.

We only finished 3 out of 4 destinations though, not enough time and we were too tired to carry on too. 5 hours OK!! The last destination was also very out of the way. Thank god cabbing were easy and cheap in Macau, even then, we walked quite a fair bit. Heng I’m not vain enough to wear high heels like Eil. Keke. Else I will just DIE with all the uphill and downhill slopes. Only 1 group finished all the destinations but even they didnt get champion because the judges said it depended on how our powerpoint slides of our pictures, the whole teamwork, the presentation bla bla. Nahz anyhow, I’m just glad we enjoyed the game lah.

After the game, some of them went ZHu hai for some shopping. But dearie and me surrendered. Simply cant walk anymore. We settled with some of our colleagues for a simple dinner nearby, damn also around 20minutes of walk although the hotel staff say “it’s so near, just walk straight.” Asshole. I feel the food are so-so.

And anyway, was told by colleagues who went Zhu Hai they didnt buy much at all because only 1 hour shopping only after their dinner there as the transport alone took around 1hour already. And they needed to be back by 11pm to do the powerpoint slides for the teambonding game next morning.

Day 2: Macau, Goal setting day
8am to 10.30pm Goal set
Yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!
14.5 hours!!!!!!!!!!
Including 2 teabreaks of 20minutes and a 45minutes dinner only!
After that we went Venetian Casino as I’ve never been a real big ass casino before. The small tiny one at Vietnam not counted.

Venetian is really HUGE and glamorous. I think it consists of a few football fields, the buildings were a beautiful pastal shades of soft colours, designed like a fairytale castle. Most of the buildings in Macau surprisingly looked colonial. How good if I can have my photoshoot there. There are lots of 5 storey high highway bridges in Macau. Looked pretty scary to me as I’m afraid the bus can just fall off the bridge. Ya lah I think too much.

Hmm the casino has lots of gambling stalls, we dont understand most of them. So we only settled at the easiest-to-play stall, and that is, Big VS Small, Da4 Xiao3. To sum up, I lost $100+ while dearie won $200+. I very suay lah. =( We gambled at the same stall, can you imagine? The stall has a very pretty predictable pattern but everytime I bet, it went haywire. Even the host will look at me as if I’ve saved her from losses, before that she was looking green. After the 3rd loss, I gave up. Instead, I asked dearie to bet instead, big or small, or the total points(it came out 8 for a few times) or a particular dice(e.g, number 1 will come out). And he won alot, though after that when we thought about it, we should double our bet everytime we won. Nevermind la, got win can liao.

Day 3: Hongkong, Causeway Bay
After ferry to Hongkong and checking in Metropark Mongkok hotel, we went to have lunch. It’s was such a good one at a restaurant which serves a 8 course dinner or so. Got suckling pig, roast goose(shao1 er2), fried prawns-on-bread, roast chicken, stir fry dou miao. It’s all very yummy, got standard! Then we went Causeway Bay for shopping shopping shopping. As I’ve been to Jian1 Sha1 Zui3 before, I chose to go Causeway Bay to shop instead.
After that we went The Peak, namely Victoria Peak by the tram for dinner with all. The view was very nice though I’ve seen the day look before. We ate at an Italian restaurant called Simpatico. With soup, half spring chicken. Pretty yummy.
After the dinner, we went Lan Kwai Fong. Finally saw how Lan Kwai Fong is like because I didnt see it the last time I was there. Nothing much lah, except the crowd was pretty wild. Deco was very nice but each pub was very small in area. Pretty happening.

Last Day 4: Hongkong, Hua Yuan Street
We were so tired the night before after drinks, running about in the various pubs with different groups of colleagues, dancing and playing of games, that we only woke up at 12+noon. OMG. Quickly went out to our last minute shopping at nearby Hua Yuan Street and managed to get some stuff. Only a few hours time before we need to go back hotel and prepare to leave. Flight was delayed for around 2 hours and we spend those hours in the airport shopping and buying even more stuff. Our luggage weight were maxed out. But I still feel we bought too little things. Sad. =P

As for what I bought, hmmm….majority are foodstuff, DHC, SASA stuff. Of course boots..they’re too nice and cheap to resist…not much clothings as most are winter wear. Erm I really feel I buy too little stuff, machiam no buy at all. =( Pictures? You will see them when I wear them then, during new year. Hee.

Okie I’m tired and that’s my rojak post.

Better than nothing right.

Back from Macau/Hongkong

I’m back.

And VERY VERY VERY TIRED.

But it was VERY VERY FUN!!!!!!

Will blog tomorrow. HEE!

Macau/Hongkong Here I come

Alright. I’ll be flying off to Macau/Hongkong in a few hours time. Take care till Im back on friday.

(P/S The news just reported that HK’s temperature dropped to -1 degree Celsius, the lowest hit in 15 years, where it should be around 9-15% normally. Wtf?)

月牙湾,敦煌月牙泉

I love the song 月牙湾 by F.I.R. Coupled with the ethereal, enchanting MV of the amazing 月牙湾 , I did a google search and discovered some historical finds.

F.I.R 月牙湾的含义是什么?
歌词取材自即将消失的世界奇景—敦煌月牙泉(in 月牙湾) ,月牙泉因为形状酷似一弯新月而得名,地处敦煌沙漠之中。 资深创作人易家扬老师巧妙的运用这快要消失的地球奇景来比喻即将消失的爱情,鼓励大家勇敢去追寻真爱。

History of 敦煌月牙泉

月牙泉位于敦煌市西南5公里处,是一处神奇的漫漫沙漠中的湖水奇观。鸣沙山下,泉水形成一湖,在沙丘环抱之中,酷似一弯新月而得名月牙泉。月牙泉,古称沙井,俗名药泉,自汉朝起即为“敦煌八景”之一,得名“月泉晓彻”。月牙泉南北长近100米,东西宽约25米,泉水东深西浅,最深处约5米,弯曲如新月,因而得名。一湾清泉,涟漪萦回,碧如翡翠。泉在流沙中,干旱不枯竭,风吹沙不落,蔚为奇观。历代文人学士对这一独特的山泉地貌、沙漠奇观称赞不已。

月牙泉因“泉映月而无尘”、“亘古沙不填泉,泉不涸竭” 而成为奇观。

“晴空万里蔚兰天,美绝人寰月牙泉,银山四面沙环抱,一池清水绿漪涟”。

月牙泉有四奇:
月牙之形千古如旧、
恶境之地清流成泉、
沙山之中不淹于沙、
古潭老鱼食之不老。

古有“沙井”之称,在城南7公里鸣沙山北麓。东西长218米,南北宽54米,平均水深5米左右。泉形逼肖月牙,涟漪萦回。泉内生长有眼子草和轮藻植物,南岸有茂密的芦苇,四周被流沙环抱,虽遇强风而泉不为沙所掩盖。因“泉映月而无尘”、“亘古沙不填泉,泉不涸竭”而成为奇观。相传泉内生长有铁背鱼、七星草,专医疑难杂症,食之可长生不老,故又有“药泉”之称。

去鸣沙山月牙泉游玩以傍晚、黄昏时分最佳。

Okie, if you’re so lazy or chinese is too lousy to read the above paragraph, it merely illustrates how 月牙泉 got it’s name and why it’s one of the most famous lakes in the world . It has 4 unexplainable mysteries about it, that is; 1) it’s shaped like a crescent moon and it’s shape never change as long as history lives. 2) it’s situated in a desert but the water in the lake never dries up. 3) it’s situated in a desert but sand can never get into the lake. 4) Consumption of the fishes and plants in the lake are said to promote longevity.

鸣沙山月牙泉风景名胜区–沙漠奇观

月牙泉位于甘肃省河西走廊西端的敦煌市。敦煌是古代“丝绸之路”上的名城重镇。在漫长的中西文化交流的历史长河中,这里曾经是中西文化名流荟萃之地。由于彼此之间的取精用宏,相互交融,创造了世界瞩目的“敦煌文化”,为人类留下了众多的文化瑰宝。

它不仅有举世闻名的文物宝库——莫高窟,还有“大漠孤烟、边墙障,古道驼铃,清泉绿洲”等多姿多采的自然风貌和人文景观。其中鸣沙山月牙泉风景名胜区,就是敦煌诸多自然景观中的姣姣者。古往今来以“沙漠奇观”著称于世,被誉为“塞外风光之一绝”。

鸣沙山和月牙泉是大漠戈壁中一对孪生姐妹,“山以灵而故鸣,水以神而益秀”。游人无论从山顶鸟瞰,还是泉边畅游,都会骋怀神往。确有“鸣沙山怡性,月牙泉洗心”之感。

敦煌月牙泉几乎消失 温家宝批示加快治沙 2006年04月28日 12:15:55  来源:人民网

This is so very sad.

被称为“天下沙漠第一泉”的甘肃省鸣沙山月牙泉自古以来被认为是敦煌的眼睛,也是大漠深处最具特色的景点之一,因其形状酷似一弯新月而得名。泉水被鸣沙山四面环抱,“沙水共生、山泉共处”,构成了举世闻名的沙漠奇观。

鸣沙山月牙泉,“天下沙漠第一泉”,它是敦煌生态环境恶化最为明显的地方。

敦煌的水资源和生态环境问题已危及到敦煌的可持续发展,如不尽快解决,敦煌将有可能成为人类历史上第二个楼兰古国。今年 3月初,人民日报社记者曾华锋就敦煌生态恶化的问题以专题调查《甘肃敦煌面临沙漠化威胁》、通讯《敦煌不能重演楼兰悲剧》分别在3月29日《人民日报》 “情况汇编”和4月7日《人民日报》刊登后,立即引起党和国家领导及有关部门的高度重视。

To cut the long story short, due to the exploitation of the local state, 月牙泉 is slowly drying up and it’s depth changed from 10m to 1m. Hence, the local state tried many ways to try to preserve 月牙泉, hoping to restore it’s former glory.
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The Latest News
敦煌月牙泉“三泉相依”令人称奇 (2008-4-27 11:28:11)

敦煌鸣沙山月牙泉风景区出现的“三泉相依”奇观(4月25日摄)。新华社照片

  新华网兰州4月26日电(记者嘎玛、赵伟滨)随着敦煌月牙泉应急治理工程部分投入使用,月牙泉水位正不断回升。近日,敦煌月牙泉再生“子泉”,出现“三泉相依”奇景。

  记者25日在敦煌鸣沙山采访时看到,在月牙泉旁边不远的低洼处出现了两片水域,两个“小月牙泉”和月牙泉相映成趣,形成了“三泉相依”的奇特景观,引得不少游客驻足留影。

  “20多天前还惊叹‘二泉相映’的奇特景观,这些天这里又生出个‘小月牙泉’来,真是太不可思议了!”常年在敦煌鸣沙山月牙泉景区经营旅游产品的张富财说。

  据敦煌鸣沙山月牙泉管理处工作人员介绍说,由于水位不断上升,3月27日前后月牙泉旁出现了一片水域,面积约400平方米,近日出现的这片新水域也是由地下泉水渗透而成。“二泉相映”的景象在以前就很少见,三泉同处更是罕见。

  形状酷似一弯新月的月牙泉位于甘肃省敦煌市城南5公里处,因千百年不变的“沙水共存、山泉共生”的自然奇观而成为国内著名的风景名胜。

  据了解,上世纪60年代以来,受周边环境恶化、地下水位下降和风沙掩埋等影响,月牙泉水域面积缩减、水位大幅度下降,其水域面积由原来24亩锐减到7.8亩,平均水深也由原来10米下降到1.1米。

  为保住沙漠奇观月牙泉,敦煌市采取禁止打井、发展高效节水农业等多种措施保护当地生态环境,并于2007年启动了月牙泉水位下降应急治理工程。多项保护措施的实施,使得月牙泉水位于近期出现较大幅度回升,达到近年来的最高水位。

Yay!!! =D Im so glad such a 奇景 can be preserved!!

Fantasies!

Yesssssss! I know I should be sleeping!! Yesssssssss! I know I should be thinking hard on how to reach my targets instead of fantasizing and *nite*-dreaming. But ohhhhh…….just look at what I’ve found. It’s quite impossible to tear my eyes after after the very first picture leapt at me.

PRIVATE VILLA ESCAPES IN BALI !!

My 3rd Favourite
Villa Dewata III
4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms – sleeps up to 8 guests.

Pool, Garden & Gate

pool and villa

living area

dining, living area

dining,living area

bedroom

bedroom

pool villa

My 2nd Favourite
Water Spa Villas
1.5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms – sleep up to 4 guests.

water spa villa

private pool and villa

night dining

master bedroom & study

master bedroom

master bathroom

outdoor master bathtub

study/2nd bedroom

2nd bathroom

spa pavillion & living area

My Favourite
Blue Ocean Villa
3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms — sleeps up to 6 guests.

blue ocean villa

Ocean View & bale

swimming pool

dining/living area

master bedroom

master bathroom

guest bedroom

swimming pool and day bed

entertainment area

BBQ area

villa at night

view from villa

And just look at the accompanying services they providing. They literally treat you like kings and queens with a personal cook and butler! The cooks can prepare whatever you want to eat but you have to pay for the ingredients lah….cannot you order lobsters and sharkfins and no need pay la. =P Some spas and massages are totally complimentary during the stay everyday. They also provided you with an air-conditioned car with driver to drive you about the island. What more can one ask for?

Facilities & Features

* Two private swimming pools; lap pool on the upper level
and paddling pool on the lower level;
* State-of-art 42 inch LCD TV set with over 50 International news,
sports and movie channels in the entertainment room, as well as
VCD / DVD player and stereo system;
* BOSE lifestyle music system in the living area with connection to other areas;
* 21 inch LCD TV in all bedrooms with with
over 50 International news, sports and movie channels;
* Barbeque area with complete barbeque equipment and refrigerator;
* Fully equipped kitchen;
* Soap, shampoo, bath gel, cotton buds, hairdryers,
cotton robes and slippers;
* Personal electronic safe;
* Your personal Butler to take care of ALL your requirements.
* Excellent full-time cooks, maids, and house boys
wearing uniform and name tags;
* 24-hours security;
* Free use of mountain bikes (please reserve in advance);
* Free use of an air-conditioned car with a reliable driver for;
up to 10 consecutive hours per day during your whole stay;
* Chilled bottle of sparkling wine on arrival;
* Welcome pack containing a Bali guidebook with maps,
up-to-date practical information on Bali, an audio CD and
a CD Rom with a complete Balinese cooking course (intro-
duction plus 7 lessons) as well as over 60 recipies to take
home as a souvenir.

I want a Villa in Bali!

I want a Villa in Bali!

I want a Villa in Bali! *jumping up and down like monkey*

I felt as if Im there already…breathing in the crisp fresh air with the sea breeze blowing in my face. It’s such a turn on and definitely something to spur my enthusiasm to go work! Targets. Goals. Dreams. Without them, you cant survive and spur greater heights!

How, dear? Did you feel the motivation too? Oh yeah.

I reckon Bali Villas must look almost 5times more opulent and tranquil than Bintan, which I’ve grown to love. And most probably Greek will look another 5times more so than Bali. But of course, that will be a higher goal already. Surprisingly, one night stay in these Bali Villas is not expensive as I thought. I thought it will be like few thousands per night for that grand splendor in a villa! But still, the price will be a pinch in my stomach. When will I reach the stage whereby all this will only be a pinch of salt to me?

All compliments from balivillas.com

And I also cruised by this, which I can only marvel. I think it suits Li just fine!

Okinawa Weddings

Aqualuce Chapel
Have the beautiful sky and ocean of Okinawa all to yourself for your dream wedding.

Aqualuce Chapel

Overview:
Aqualuce was designed based on the theme, “water and light”. It is a uniquely beautiful chapel with a lot of open space both inside and outside. The 10-meter high glassed-wall makes the altar look as if it stands on the emerald green ocean. Walking on the aisle towards the ocean with solemn background pipe organ music surely creates emotional scenes. Evening wedding with candle lights is fantastic and even more romantic.

Click the link for more pictures and also a movie.

But I feel Aquagrace Chapel is even more angelic…

Aquagrace Chapel

Overview:The beautiful ocean view behind the altar creates a romantic and sacred atmosphere for your wedding. For an after-wedding celebration, choose one of the banquet rooms also with the full view of Okinawa’s blue ocean. Enjoy wedding meals specially cooked with local food. The chapel is built barrier-free and equipped with a powder room specially for brides.

Coralvita Chapel

Coralvita Chapel

Why I said it’s more applicable to Li is because her husband-to-be will be flying to Japan beginning next year and she will joining him there in around March. Hence they’re rushing for a simple ROM to be done up right now and do their customary with a banquet next year. The young couple wished to keep it simple but the folks dont really agree. Of course, given the fact that the groom is the only son and Li is the eldest daughter of a reputable family. And also, Li is a Christian and it’s appropriate for her to have a church wedding! I like the tranquility and pureness of a church wedding but unable to have it not even in Singapore because that is like so weird lah. Machiam I betray my god. Oh nono…I cant and will never do that, especially since my god dotes on me when they made it so shun li for me on my ROM day right till now! And I just realised my ROM date is godfather’s Birthday. Yeah! Before that I was raving how S.U.A.Y I am right…even my camera cant work right and goes sOt whenever it pleases. After the prayers on last sat, everything is so far going smoothly. I feel more normal lor…you cant imagine how much I feel like dying before that..Go eat also will diarrhoea and puke leh…

Okie I gotta sleep liao. =D Night Night.