Monthly Archives: May 2012

Journey to Huang Long

Fresh Steam Buns – Street Stall

On our way to Huang Long

On our way to Huang Long

On our way to Huang Long – Medicine Shop

Altitude sickness potion

On the way to Huang Long

On the way to Huang Long

Huang Long 

If it isn’t on your bucket list, you better write it down now.

The roads were fantastic, the view; gorgeous, and there was a lot of land to cover. We were staying near the Jiu Zhai Gou Valley about 2-3 hours away from Huang Long Terraces, but boy was it worth the trip.

In the 90s, the government stopped logging and protected this area and a UNESCO site. Huang Long is less popular than Jiu Zhai Gou, because of it’s high altitude. However, it’s not as severe as what we thought it would be.

We booked a local driver for the day, it was definitely worth the money, the stories he shared about the locals how tourism had changed their lives. Most people in the village are Tibetan and studied in the monastery. Most crime are still punished by the tibetan monks.

Because of tourism. In recent years that kids are send to the bigger cities to learn mandarin. Local dialects are less used.

If you’re visiting Huang Long or Jiu Zhai Gou, make sure you learn your basic Chinese. Or take a local (chinese) friend with you!



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Jiu Zhai Gou Valley

6 am start – Entrance to the Jiu Zhai Gou Valley

Ticket Booth

Survived the Ticket Booth

The beginning of our track


Gorgeous plants on the way

Foot path


Medium format with digital back!

Gorgeous view

Map of the area

Gorgeous View

Gorgeous View

Sam and the backdrop

Our very own tourist attraction

Gorgeous View

Angela, Kuang, Sam

Random couples taking their wedding shots

Gorgeous view

Gorgeous view

Gorgeous view

Sam + Monkey

Me and the backdrop

Sam preparing tea at the tea garden


Traditional Tibetan Restaurant

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Jiu Zhai Gou: The first impression

Jiu Zhai Gou, the first impression

View from the Plane

Landing strip

Huang Long Airport signage

Our taxi to the “city”

The entrance

Sam at the entrance.

Sam and Yean

Winding roads

Scapes before the ‘city’

Prayer sheets



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Chengdu: Panda Sanctuary and Opera House


As we wonder mindlessly through the city, We found amazing food alleys, temples, tea house and Chinese Opera house. So we picked up the tickets and rushed all the way to the otherside of the to watch the opera. It was quite and interesting experiences to see.

Tickets included a Opera show (Folk tale, finger puppet and Opera) and Tea.

As we get seated, in a dark room.. we saw a men dressed in a doctor’s suit, with a torch on his forehead. Whilst he cleans another man’s ears. This as it turns out, is common in all opera houses.

Riverside, Chengdu

Entrance to the Food Alley, Chengdu

Calligraphy, Temple of Literature

Structures, Temple of Literature

Structures, Temple of Literature

Girl, Temple of Literature

Love locks, Temple of Literature

Skewers, Food Alley Chengdu

Opera house

Finger Puppets, Opera House

Finger Puppets, Opera House

Opera Singers, Opera House

Baby Pandas






Chengdu: Our accommodation

Adventure Planning

Chengdu: Our accommodation

A city famous for the Panda Sanctuary.

As we explore the city before we make our way to the Panda Sanctuary, we found Chengdu to be quite a “chill” city, people we sitting by the river side sipping tea, eating sweet potatoes, and chewing sugar cane.

Most foreigner come here as a port of entry Tibet.

Our first close encounter with a local

We thoroughly loved the hostel we stayed in as well, it was our first interaction with a ‘true local’. She worked in the hostel we live in. She was ambitious, she’s from a small village outside of Chengdu, her English was immaculate compared to the rest.  And was eager to speak to us, to practice her English.

She wanted to travel, the furthest she ever been is to Shanghai. Passports were not a commodity, let alone visas for different countries.

She reminded us how lucky we were. For the things we took for granted. The life we live. It’s valuable lessons like these, that makes our travel worthwhile.

Here’s a little snippet of our accommodation in Chengdu.

The dresser, Our room

The window view, Our room

The bed, Our room

The hall way, Our Hostel

Bar & Restaurant – Our hostel

Bar & Restaurant – Our hostel

The entrance – Our hostel

Bathroom sink – Our Hostel

Bathroom sink – Our Hostel

Pomegranate @ I heart my camera

Ma Po Tao Fu, Our hostel

Fried Vegetable, Our hostel

Chicken, Our hostel

Our travel buddies, Our hostel



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Random: Shanghai

Mobility Scooter

La Mien – Pull Noodles

La Mien – Pull Noodles Store keeper


Sam at The Bund

Yean at The Bund

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PADI Open water license!

Pulau Dayang

Photos taken from by Oshann (Old)

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m uber excited this week, as we’ll be heading to Pulau Dayang to complete our PADI Open water Dive course. This is a pretty nifty little course, most of it is after hours and during weekend. The company we opted for was, SGD590 (all inclusive of the list below).

Prior to our trip to Dayang (Done in Singapore)

  • Theory Test (After work Tuesday and Wednesday)
  • Pool session (9-4pm Sunday)

Itinerary for Pulau Dayang


  • Departure: 1900 hrs
  • Board vehicle and proceed to Malaysia
  • Arrive at Mersing jetty approximately 2330 hrs
  • Board dive boat
  • Arrive at island approximately 0330 hrs


  • 3 boat dives


  • 2 morning dives
  • Depart island after lunch
  • Arrive Singapore approximately 2300 hrs

We opted for Pulau Dayang instead of Pulau Tioman, slightly less commercialist than Tioman, however, travel time to the dive spot is must quicker and the visibility is must further than its more populated counter part.

5 more sleeps! Excited much?

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