LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN ...

Dragon's Back Trail, Escape from bustling Hong Kong City.


If you look carefully into the map of Hong Kong, you'll find many islands surrounding, and tourists mainly only travel around Mainland, Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island. 

Hong Kong is well known as a bustling city, and the shopping heaven for most of the girls. But on this trip, I finally made a move out of the hectic Kowloon to the tranquil trail located in Hong Kong Island itself.

Dragon's back has a beautiful coastal scenery and it's easily accessible from the city. The name of this trail comes from the path that connecting Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak, stretching vertically over D'Aguilar Peninsula and undulates between these hill tops, which reminiscent the shape of a dragon's backbone.

Along the trail you will get to see stunning views of Shek O, Tai Long Wan, Stanley, Tai Tam, and the South China Sea.

Getting to Dragon's Back Trail :

To the starting point - Take MTR train to Shau Kei Wan Station and Exit A to Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus. Take bus 9 or the minibus with the sign "Shek O" next to the bus terminus. Disembark at "To Tei Wan", Shek O Road.

From the end point - Take the minibus or a taxi to Shau Kei Wan Station to catch the MTR or other public transportation.

Average hiking time : Approx. 4 hours
Distance : Approx. 8.5km
Difficulty : Moderately difficult

There are no replenishing stations along the way, so you might need to pack up with food and water. You are advised to bring along a cap or hat in the summer, and a windbreaker during winter season.

Look for this sign once you disembark from the bus at "To Tei Wan", this is where the starting point. If you look in to opposite site, you will find the staircase To Tei Wan Village.








Half way from the starting point and before reaching Dragon's Back Trail, there's the view of Stanley across the Tai Tam Bay.


About 20-30 mins climb, you will see this sign showing the way up to Dragon's Back Trail.

Half way starting from here, you will be on top of the hill to continue the pathway stretching along.







The glory of it all is that you're so close to the city, but could hardly feel further away. However, I heard that the weather is changing dramatically on top of the hill, so you might want to prepare for the rain :)



Celebrate a colourful Mid-Autumn with Yong Sheng Moon Cake.


Yong Sheng Confectionery Sdn. Bhd. was established in 1952 in Muar, Johor, who specialize in Wedding and Full Moon Gift Set, Handmade Pastry, Hamper, Cookies, Little Nyonya Series and Worship Series in Malaysia.

In this coming Mid-Autumn festival, Yong Sheng offers not only traditional premium Moon Cake, but it brings you & your family a Premium Moon Cake Gift Box that filled with fun-color flavored Moon Cake!

One of the most awaited Moon Cake gift has always been the box itself, which you could see it every year this time around in the shopping mall. Yong Sheng Premium Moon Cafe Gift Box has a classic design with a Nyonya Girl on it, showing the tradition of Chinese who's living in Malaysia.


Nuna in The Wonderland Moon Cake 努娜~梦幻之旅 (RM 78.80)



Loving this colorful miniature moon cake that comes in a bite size! It is so considerate for those who's living alone or has a smaller appetite, now you do not need to worry that you couldn't finish up a moon cake after opening one.

Not only for the size of it is cute, but it comes in 8 new flavors :- Black Gold Sesame; Strawberry Kisses; Meet with Yam; Fragrance Durian; Acacia Red Bean; Amazing Chocolate; Uji Matcha; Enthusiasm Mango.



One bite of it tasted soft and tender, it tasted better with a balance sugar level! I personally don't take sweet snacks or food, and Yong Sheng makes the moon cake's sweetness just nice :)


Colour of Autumn 秋の色  (RM 55)

Don't quite like the miniature moon cake? Here's a normal size moon cake to serve you right. One box comes with 4 moon cake in it, and you get to choose the flavor you like.

Yong Sheng Premium Moon Cake Selection offers 18 types of flavor :- 

Green Tea Lemon;  Nyonya Delight;  Jade Moon Cake;  Sunrise Horizon;  Pearl In Jade;  Cherry Blossom;  Black Sesame Gingko;  Auspicious Moon Cake;  Durian Moon Cake;  Very Good Moon Cake;  Sugar Free White Lotus;  Nyonya Sambal;  Peach Blossom;  Single Yolk White Lotus;  White Lotus Paste;  Lotus Paste;  Pandan Lotus Paste;  Mixed Fruits Nut.



This is their new release moon cake flavor "Peach Blossom Moon Cake" that comes in 3 colors, it's made with 3 different ingredients such as Pandan Paste + Coconut Paste + Collagen.


Where to buy?

With 12 outlets through out Malaysia, which located mainly in Johor, as well as Malacca and Selangor, you could easily access to their shop - Yong Sheng Outlets

Even more convenient way by just simply visit their website and start order it online! - Yong Sheng Website

For online order, best to place an order before 25.09.2017 to ensure that you received it just in time before Mid-Autumn Festival.



Wishing you a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!


【澳门,三盏灯】Eat like a local in Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, Macau.


Rotunda de Carlos da Maia「嘉路米耶圓形地」, better known as Three Lamps District「三盞燈」 in local, is located in the San Antonio parish in a circular square that connects to five streets. 

As many Myanmar overseas Chinese living together nearby and set up restaurants in this area, Three Lamps District is known as the best place to taste authentic Myanmar cuisine, they called it "Macao Southeast Asian food concentration."「澳門東南亞美食集中地」



The local Macanese loves hanging around this area to look for food, and I came to know about this place through a local friend of mine :) And it was indeed, a good place to hunt for food!

Indonesian cuisine, Myanmar coconut chicken noodles, Fish soup noodles, Fried fish balls, Pig brain noodles, Laksa, Bak Kut Teh etc can be found here. Wait whattt Pig Brain Noodles?! Yes I wrote it right and you see it clear :D


1 - Meidan Indonesian Food「美丹印尼餐厅」






It's been here for 40 years old, the shop mainly engaged in traditional Indonesian dishes and Nanyang Flavor pastry snacks.



2 - Fong's Pork Trotters「馮記豬腳姜」





You will smell the scent of it when you first arrived in Three Lamps District! Fong's Pork Trotter with ginger and vinegar is known as the best in town. 



3 - Ya Sheng Myanmar Restaurant「雅馨緬甸美食餐廳」




They are famous for their Signature Myanmar coconut chicken noodles and fish soup noodles, with the homemade noodles by the shop owner.



4 - Cheng Qun Snacks Shop「成群小食店」




Unlike Ya Sheng Myanmar Restaurant which is popular among tourists, Cheng Qun is more likely to be the favourite of the locals! They have a Signature dishes of Fish Soup Noodles and Myanmar Dried Noodles.



5 - Tokyo Little Restaurant「東京小食館」






Don't be confuse by the name of the shop, Tokyo Little Restaurant isn't selling Japanese food, but famous for its Pig Brain Noodles! They say it taste really good, but I couldn't taste it just yet :( If anyone ever tasted it, do let me know how does it tastes like! :D


【China 中国陕西】4D3N 西安自由行。


如果说到西安,就肯定提到兵马俑,那么到底兵马俑有多么震撼呢?这个还是必须到当地真正的去了解才行。我虽然对于兵马俑没有感到多么震撼,但至从到过万里长城之后再加上兵马俑,却因此对秦始皇这位暴君起了兴趣 :)

这一趟旅行由吉隆坡飞往的第一站便是西安,逗留了四天接着去九寨沟然后再去成都。说实际的也没有四天,真正算起来也只有足足的两天时间。

四天三夜西安:

机场来回接送 - RMB 400元 / RM 264 (7人座车) 携程 Ctrip 订车

西安包车一日 - RMB 600元 / RM 396  (7人座车) 携程 Ctrip 订车
华山一日 - RMB 800元 / RM 528

住宿一晚双人房 - RMB 190元 / RM 125  ,三晚 - RMB 570元 / RM 375

兵马俑门票 - 旺季 RMB 150元 / RM 99(3月1日-11月底);淡季 RMB 120元 / RM 80(12月1日-次年2月底),请导游 RMB 150 / RM 99

华清宫门票 - RMB 150元 / RM 100

长恨歌演出 - RMB 268元 / RM 177,根据座位有不一样的票价,我们的可以算上是VIP吧 :D

华山景区门票 - RMB 180元 / RM 119,景区来回车票 - RMB 80元 / RM 53,索道来回 - RMB 280元 / RM 185 ,一共花费是 RMB 540元 / RM 356。

西安城墙如门票 - RMB 54元 / RM 36。


一个人一共花费 - RMB 1837元 / RM 1213 (不包含机票,吃食费用)



第一天

航班抵达西安已经是很晚了,跟司机汇合之后就前往酒店。我们预定的酒店就在西安城墙旁边,很方便的是酒店前有很多酒吧店如果饿了还可以吃吃宵夜。



第二天

今天的行程是东线,可以说是比较悠闲的。第一站是兵马俑博物馆,然后接着去华清池。如果有兴趣的朋友可以像我们一样先预定“长恨歌”演出门票,据说这演出的门票很快售完,所以决定好要观看的就跟司机订票。

兵马俑博物馆

兵马俑,又称秦始皇兵马俑、秦兵马俑,位于中国陕西省西安市临潼区东5公里的西陽村。

秦始皇陵建于公元前246年至公元前208年,历时39年,是中国秦朝皇帝秦始皇的陵墓,也是中国第一个规模宏大、布局讲究且保存完好的帝王陵寝,现存陵冢高76米,陵园布置仿秦都咸阳,分内外两城,内城周长2.5公里,外城周长6.3公里。陵冢位于内城西南,坐西面东,放置棺椁和随葬器物的地方,为秦始皇陵墓建筑群的核心,目前尚未发掘完成。


华清宫

华清宫自古以来就是皇家游览沐浴的胜地,据说曾经是是杨贵妃沐浴的地方。相传西周的周幽王就曾在这里建离官。这里遗留有比较完整的周、秦、汉、唐、明、清等历代文化遗址、园林景观、古建筑及古树名木等文物资源,尤以唐明皇与杨贵妃缠绵的爱情故事和震惊中外的“西安事变”而蜚声天下。

传说中的杨贵妃!


长恨歌演出

中国首部大型山水历史舞剧,讲述唐明皇与杨贵妃的爱情故事。值不值得票价还要看个人的观念,因为毕竟不是每个人都喜欢这样的演出,不过骊山被点亮的场景让我有点惊讶,演员们也专业又敬业,可以说是不错的演出。




第三天

这一天我们一早就出发前往华山,也是我最期待的登山日 *呵呵呵!运动细胞出动咯~ 据说,华山是中国最贵的一个景点,但是值得的。虽然我们选择西上西下,如果有足够时间和体力的,可以选择西上北下咯~

华山


华山山体倚天拔地,四面如削,更有千尺幢、百尺峡、苍龙岭、鹞子翻身、长空栈道等十分险峻之地,被誉为“奇险天下第一山”。喜欢冒险的朋友不妨可以试一试长空栈道,至于我就没去了,因为当时排队的人实在太多就不等了。

一早出发的原因之一也是因为想要早点回到西安城里逛一逛,所以也以迅速的速度把该到的山峰都爬了一遍。华山共有五峰,即东峰朝阳,西峰莲花,中峰玉女,南峰落雁,北峰云台,选择西上西下的就到不了北峰。

中午3点半乘搭索道下山汇合司机就前往西安,抵达是大概是5点左右。


西安城墙

我们随着去了西安城墙观看。不说的还不懂,西安的天气真的是热,到,不,行! 很可惜的也没办法把城墙走一遍,因为我怕晒......


回民街


傍晚时分可以从城墙走到当地著名的“回民街”。路途经过钟楼和鼓楼。回民街在一千多年前的汉朝就是丝绸之路的起点,一代代繁衍生息,如今约有6万多回族穆斯林在居住在这里,维持着原有的宗教传统和生活习惯。




第四天

这一天特早出发到机场飞往九寨沟,所以基本上在前一天就是告别西安之夜了。喜欢历史的朋友可以多逗留几天,西安目前有两项六处世界文化遗产,数量居于全国前列。2011年,西安规划为为中国唯一的“历史文化基地”。与此同時,西安(长安)在历史上的重要地位也被世人列为“世界四大古都”之一,並被冠以“不朽之城”的美言。


My visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site - Himeji Castle.


Himeji is well known for its magnificent castle, namely Himeji Castle, and its widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful surviving feudal castle. It was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site as well as a national treasure of Japan.

A little information about Himeji, it is the second largest city of Hyogo Prefecture after Kobe, with half a million inhabitants. What makes it a popular destination for travelers is the distance from Osaka or Kyoto as a stopover on journeys along the Sanyo Shinkansen. As part of my Kansai trip, I plan for a stay in Himeji and follow by Kobe to ease my travel itinerary.

How to travel between Himeji and Osaka :-

By shinkansen

Osaka and Himeji are connected with each other by the JR Sanyo Shinkansen. Nozomi, Sakura and Hikari trains require about 30 minutes to reach Himeji Station from Shin-Osaka Station. The regular one way fare from Shin-Osaka to Himeji is 3220 yen for a non-reserved seat on any train, around 3740 yen for a reserved seat on Sakura or Hikari trains and around 3950 yen for a reserved seat on Nozomi trains. The Japan Rail Pass is valid on Sakura, Hikari and Kodama trains, but not on Nozomi trains.

By local JR trains

Direct JR special rapid trains (shin-kaisoku) take one hour and cost 1490 yen for the one way trip between Osaka (Osaka Station) and Himeji. There are departures roughly every 15 minutes. For visiting Himeji in a one day trip from Osaka using this train, the 1-Day JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Area for 2060 yen is a good deal.

By non-JR trains

Direct limited express trains from Hanshin Umeda Station to Sanyo-Himeji Station take 90 minutes and cost 1280 yen for the one way trip. Sanyo-Himeji Station is located near JR Himeji Station. While this route is slower than using JR, it is cheaper and can be used by holders of Surutto Kansai tickets.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change.



Travel around Himeji is easy, you wouldn't need any transportation from JR Himeji Station, the popular attractions such as Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden, Otemae Street is within walking distance. However, if you are lazy to walk, there is a tourist bus that goes around the city.

I didn't manage to visit Mt. Shosha as it will takes some times to get there, you are advise to stay longer in Himeji if you're planning to visit Mt. Shosha.



Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle (姫路城, Himejijō), also known as White Heron Castle (Shirasagijo) due to its elegant, white appearance, is widely considered Japan's most spectacular castle for its imposing size and beauty and its well preserved, complex castle grounds. The castle is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. Unlike many other Japanese castles, it was never destroyed by war, earthquake or fire and survives to this day as one of the country's twelve original castles.



I am not a castle person, but I made my way into the castle and it was truly amazing. You get to visit up to the top of the castle and have an overview of Himeji City!



Kokoen Garden

Kokoen (好古園, Kōkoen) is a relatively recently constructed Japanese style garden, which was opened in 1992 on the former site of of the feudal lord's west residence (Nishi-Oyashiki). It consists of nine separate, walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period.



Among the gardens are the garden of the lord's residence which features a pond with a waterfall, a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house, a pine tree garden, a bamboo garden and a flower garden.

Kokoen Garden located just beside Himeji Castle, entrance fees is not expensive if you purchase it together with Himeji Castle entrance ticket.



Otokoyamahachimangu
I found one interesting garden on the hill to have an overview over Himeji Castle, although a little exercise is needed for this view but it truly worth it! Find your way to Otokoyamahachimangu temple, and you will see a long stair case up to the hill. 



Follow the stair case all the way up to the hill and you will see a garden on top of it, it was chilling up on the hill. I really enjoy my times here :)



Otemae Street

This shopping street is easily access from the Himeji Station, once you step out from the station you will first amaze by the look of Himeji Castle, and you will need to walk pass by Otemae Street to reach the castle.



My first day in Himeji was raining, hence I never really get to enjoy the day. I woke up early in the morning on the next day, and I get to see such breathtaking sunrise! :)