Monday, January 16, 2017

Macau 2017 - A Night Stay

Without its glitz and glamour, Macau would just be a gambling den.

Almost everything is man-made, so if you are in for some nature adventure Macau is not really the it place. As for me, I enjoy looking at great architecture and just wanted to see how the holiday season there looks like. A two day trip is probably enough to explore both its past and modern marvels.

Accessibility is madness as you would need to cab around. If you plan to go in a few years time, you would be lucky as they have a metro in the pipeline!

Macau was enchanting but this would probably just be a one time trip for me.

By the way, the museum entrance is free on Christmas day. I had no idea!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hong Kong 2017 - The Dukling Tour

I was glad to have arrived in Hong Kong from Macau!

I will get into details on Macau in a bit because my trip to Macau was not that long. I am more excited to share my trip on the Dukling tour in Hong Kong!

Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen was great. So many things to share! Contrary to what I expected, throughout my stay in Hong Kong, I never bumped into anyone rude or even sounding rude. Not even a 'tsk' from anyone honestly. Not in the malls, not on the streets. In fact, I lost count at how many pleases and thank yous I received throughout my stay. The only one time I had an eye-rolling experience was before my flight en route Singapore, at the airport. Ironic how it actually happened in a place that tries to make an impression!

My first day in Hong Kong was a bit of a mess because I was tired, from the flight to being on the bumpy ferry ride from Macau and absorbing everything around me because of the new environment and all. Surprisingly, I was quite picky when it comes to food because food is relatively expensive in Hong Kong, so I would definitely not settle for street food if I could get better ones for the same price, with table and chairs, and a strong Wi-Fi signal!

Just a few hours setting foot in Hong Kong was enough to drain the energy out of me. Hong Kong is so packed with so many people and it was indescribable. There were so many people from so many walks of life that my head simply could no stereotype the locals into a particular category. For me, stereotyping at initial stage would have been so much easier especially when you are new in the city because in a way it channels your interaction with people into a single mode before actually being analytical about their culture. So I felt that I just had to be away from people, somewhere calm where I could actually learn about the city without having to stand in the crowd.

Where better than out on the sea, right?

The Dukling tour came at the most opportune time. I just needed space. One good thing I was actually traveling alone. For a relatively social person, many would have thought it was a sad thing but the throngs of people on the streets made me want to be alone, have a peace of mind and to think on my own head.

You have no idea how freaking peaceful it was, to be sitting on the Dukling tour, to just hear splashing water while the tour guide explains everything you needed to know about Hong Kong's future, now and then! To top it all, you were given assorted drinks to complement the calming sea breeze and spectacular panorama of the skyline on both sides of the harbour!

God, it was so calming and I literally took that time to reorganize my thoughts and itinerary because on the first day, it is always a priority for me to get the flow of the itinerary right. I would always prefer if the activities I have to do goes along the way so that I do not have to go to and fro and waste my time commuting. No holiday is ever a long holiday so it is important to get the most out of it. Give me a year I would still call it short.

Maybe that is why I always get tired when I get back!

The Dukling tour was one of the highlights of my trip which I am eager to share because the Dukling is actually a very, very ancient Chinese junk boat. More than a century ago, this junk boat, now called Dukling (The Holy Duck) were used by fishermen in their everyday lives. It was the vessel that they work in, get married in and have funerals on. Simply said, it was their home. As time goes by, it witnessed Hong Kong's gradual transformation from a humble fishing port to prosperous metropolis. Today, the Dukling does not only repaints the nostalgic pictures for visitors from all over the world but also recalls the local's memories and attachment to the good old days of the port.

Sailing across the harbour, the classical Dukling tour brings you through a passage of time, giving you the vibe of how Hong Kong was like before modernity. What other better way to know Hong Kong now and then other than than this classy ride! It is not Hong Kong without setting foot on Dukling.

Even postcards have them on it!

The Victoria Harbour Voyage brings you on a 45-minute tour of spectacular view of the skyline across Victoria Harbour. The experience differs between dawn to night as Hong Kong's ever changing season is affective on the weather. It varies from the glamour of the evening sunset, settling amongst the bustling city, to the marvellous night view of the lit up skyscrapers! I was very fortunate to ride it on the golden hour because the pictures turn out to be amazing!

I felt blessed because it was not cloudy! In fact, it was pretty hard to decide on the timing because all timing seems good to me really. If you had gone in the afternoon, that would be a least foggy (especially on a winter), which makes visibility for sight seeing better. In the evening is good for sunset, and at night, you can catch both sides of the light show from the harbour. Choose wisely!

A reminder though, if you would like to catch the light show you have to board the Dukling at 7.30pm from Tsim Sha Tsui and 7.45pm from Central pier. The Symphony of Lights is a must-see display of neon lights, lasers and all, and if you are going to catch it by the promenade, you probably need to secure your seats as early as 7pm. Of course on the downside, you only see the light show from one side of the harbour.

Is it value for money? How can it not be? For HKD230, you get a return trip with refreshment, cultural experience, expedited Hong Kong tour, you also get to see both sides of the harbour in a single trip - as you know, some of you simply do not have time especially if your layover is only for half a day. This way you would have time to shop at Harbour City or something. Do not get me started on Canton Road and all the shopping belt related. Will leave it to another day.

This is probably the quickest and most refreshing way to learn its history and you could even drop off on the other side without taking the metro. Getting to the other side on metro is a pain...

They have a head office but not a permanent counter so it is very, very imperative that you take note, if you are taking from Tsim Sha Tsui (nearest to the clock tower), you will have to board from pier number 3, and if you are taking from Central, it would be pier number 9. I almost had a panic attack because I did not know where to board but worry not, their hotline is active. You can call them anytime you are lost at +852 3759 7070.

Standby tickets can be purchased 15-minutes before departure at Tsim Sha Tsui or Central pier.
+852 3759 7070.

Dukling is also available for private events. Contact or call +852 3759 7079. For safety reasons, the tour is subjected to weather conditions.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

First Trip To The Hair Salon at Crescendo Hairdressing

Hi everyone! How is December treating you you so far? I am particularly excited because this is the finale of 2016 and I am looking forward to a greater year ahead! 2016 has been amazing, with ups and downs needless to say but what is 365 days without occasional loops and surprises?

To look good for my last few weeks in December, I thought it was about time to do something to my hair. All these while, I am grateful to have a hairstylist that has been trimming my hair at the comfort of my personal space, without having to set foot to the salon but you know a change of ambience is always good! I still have my hairstylist to cut my hair. After all, she is familiar with my taste and the whereabouts of my head, but for treatment, Crescendo Hairdressing is my to-go for my hair woes.

Crescendo Hairdressing has two outlets and I went to the one at Changi City Point because of its proximity to home. I was totally new to hair treatment honestly because I never needed any but as I grow up, I tend to be more appreciative of my natural curls and at the same time wanting it to be smooth. Shampoo and conditioners are great but the effects tend to be short lived. I am not one who dye my hair or let alone straighten my hair because I embrace what is natural. My natural curl, if goes any softer and smoother, will look as good as those L'oreal ads, the alpha version perhaps?

If you have never gone through any hair treatment and would like to have one, look no further!

My arrival was warmly welcomed by my assigned stylist for the day, her name is Jaz, she put me on a chair and told me a summary of the hair treatment. Initially, I caught no balls. It was all foreign to me but of course as the process went by, I was enlightened once again.

Jaz started with cleanser to wash away all the dirt on my hair. Using L'oreal's Serioxyl Scalp Deep Cleansing Treatment, this salon-exclusive pearly white prep-shampoo purifies the scalp and hair, thanks to its very gentle cleansing action. Scalp cleanse need to be thorough to ensure that my hair absorbs all the good properties of the products that would be used in the next few steps! I enjoy lying on the basin for rinse, don't you just want to fall asleep while your head is massaged and water runs through your hair?

Then on we continued with the shampoo, conditioner and so on before putting me under the micro mist and red-blue light therapy.

I use hairspray for most events that I attend because when it comes to hair styling, I do not like to get my hands on hair products. Hairspray simply minimizes the hand contact entirely. Jaz taught me something new!

Sometimes I just want my hair to be intact for a while without using too much hair spray, just for casual outing and all. Now, I found new motivation to prim my hair before I go out using just a little hair spray by spraying it on a hairbrush instead of applying directly to my hair.

That way, I do not have to use too much, and certainly would be easier to wash! Thanks to Crescendo's well trained stylists, I have a new found revelation on hair styling. So, if you want to get your hair fixed, come down to Crescendo Hairdressing! We can go together and yes, share some great stories for the great new year ahead while being under that martian-looking mist machine! Will share more details on my next visit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Shanghai Tang Store Opening at Ngee Ann City

Last night at Shanghai Tang's store opening at Ngee Ann City. Here's a stepping stone to focus on interior design and home decor. Will be my focus for the next few years with more exciting personal projects coming up.

From bespoke to designer, I am considering all options when it comes to my fixtures and furnitures!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Before You Exit Live in Singapore

When you combine the creative intuition of musical brothers with the wisdom and input of chart topping songwriters, you get music of finely crafted pop bursting with spirited authenticity. Presenting Before You Exit live in Singapore this coming February 2017! Get your tickets now!

Date: Tuesday, 28th February 2017
Venue: *SCAPE, The Ground Theatre
Showtime: 8.00pm
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Ticket Price:
VIP: S$128 (Inclusive after show Meet & Greet)
Standard: Early Bird $S68* / Normal S$88 / At Door S$108
Early Birds available until end Dec or sold-out
All tickets are free standing
Proudly presented by Impact Live