Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
"Gong Xi Gong Xi.... Angpow pls......"
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday (Jan 23) was the only full day I had in Beijing for sightseeing. So despite the bad weather forecast and warnings from my Beijing colleagues, my KL-based colleague (PC) and I decided to proceed with our earlier plan to visit the Great Wall. After all, I'm not sure when I'll get to visit Beijing again, and the Great Wall is certainly a "must-see" place.
We left the hotel around 6.45am. Boy was it cold and windy! Took the subway from Guoman station, changed at JingGuoMen and then arrived at JingShuiTan station. We were told that we could easily get bus 919 to the Badaling Section of the Great Wall. Took us quite a while though. There were a lot of 919s, but when we asked whether it will go to Badaling, the bus drivers kept saying no and asked us to walk further down. Was a good 15 minutes before we finally found the correct 919 in the bus depot. We were relieved when we boarded the bus - even though it smelt of fish! The one hour + journey was only 12 RMB (approx RM6)
We were totally unprepared when we reached our destination. The minus 15 degrees and the howling wind was really awful. I've never felt sooo cold before in my life. I bought additional woolen socks and leggings at a shop there. As we walked from the shop to the Great Wall entrance, both of us were literally blown off course a couple of times by the strong wind! I felt as if my feet were frozen stiff and were like 2 huge bricks. After paying the 40 RMB entrance fee, we had a cup of hot coffee (cut throat price of 30 RMB) before venturing out again.
The Great Wall was absolutely spectacular. I've seen it hundreds of times in pictures but seeing the real thing was totally marvelous.
Didn't stay too long as it was terribly cold. When I removed my gloves to takes some shots, I couldn't put the gloves back as my fingers were slightly curled and I couldn't straighten them!! Also, when I wanted to take a drink from my water bottle, I was surprised to see a huge chunk of ice inside!
Took the bus 919 again to return to the city. Despite the cold, we had absolutely no regrets going to the historic Great Wall. And despite the almost 2 hour journey back in an unheated bus and a panic attack when we saw the "Badaling" signboard after one hour (going in a circle!!!???) we were glad that we had the public transport experience rather than having a guide pick us up from the hotel.
When we reached the city, we made a quick detour to the hotel to pick up the camera battery (both our batteries died halfway!!) and then set off for our next destination which was the Temple of Heaven.
The Temple of Heaven was another fascinating place. It was the temple where the emperor prayed for a good harvest season for the year. Will get the photos from PC later.
Phew... tired of writing already. Just so that I don't forget, here's a quick overview of what I did during the Beijing trip.
Sunday - Checked into Traders Hotel around 5pm. Shopped at Yashow shopping area until night. Had an awful but expensive dinner in the hotel.
Monday - After work, we shopped at the nearby Silk Market. Had another awful but expensive dinner after that.
Tuesday - After work, I shopped alone at the Silk Market as PC had a work dinner.
Wednesday - Left the hotel at 8am for a quick visit to the Forbidden City and Tiannamen Square. Was back at work just before 11am. After work, I took the subway to the WanFuJing shopping area.
Thursday - After work, I had a team dinner at the famous Peking Duck restaurant called "Da Dong". Best Peking Duck I've ever had. The duck skin practically melted my mouth. Yummy !!!!!
Friday - Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Toy Market, dinner at Da Dong (again!)
Overall, I enjoyed my Beijing trip and I was glad that I had the opportunity to be there. Work wise, I finally saw my London-based boss for the first time and I had the chance to interact with my Beijing counterparts. But of course, I missed Elyssa (erhm... yes, you too hubby) like crazy and I'm glad to be back home at last!
Some of the photos taken -
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Darn! I'm in Beijing this week for work. When I left for the airport last Sunday, I just had this nagging feeling that I'll miss out on something important!!!! When I told my sis, she said that there's gonna be plenty more teeth coming out, but well, the most significant is her very first tooth! Boo Hoo.....
I asked hubby to take a photo but he said that she won't open her mouth big enough or long enough to take a shot. Can't wait to be go back to have a look.
Will write more about my Beijing trip in the next post.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
And at Carrefour recently when she was sitting in the shopping trolley - I looked at some stuff on the shelf and when I looked back at her, I was horrified that she was happily sucking on the metal chain of the trolley!!! (the short chain for the coin) Ewww.....
I quickly grabbed the chain from her. Shortly after that, she turned round and sucked the metal curved part of the trolley's back rest. Eww.
I wonder if she's teething? But she doesn't seem keen on her teething rings!
Monday, January 12, 2009
3. She has started to pronounce clearer sounds such as "Aaahh BUH", "Aaaah THE", "Maaaa", "Daaa". Sometimes, she can just "talk" non-stop.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Went to FRIM in Kepong last weekend. Hubby and I wanted to go for outdoor morning exercise and that was the best option available. It's pretty far for us, but the main advantage is that the path is very well shaded by the trees. Really important cos by the time we get Elyssa and ourselves ready in the morning, it's usually quite late! And I've always loved the greenery at FRIM.
By the time we arrived, it was close to 11am. Had a quick snack at the canteen then we went on our way. Took the trail to the canopy walk but didn't hike up the 500m to the canopy walk itself. It was a nice trail and tiring too since we had to take turns to carry Elyssa.
Some photos taken -
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Had a good time that night. How not to? With a bunch of 20 friends (almost), good food (mostly ta-pau'ed) , dice game, alcohol, weird drink concoctions (vodka & milk plus whatever sauce from the kitchen? ), hair tying with objects around the condo etc etc....... Ha hah.... felt really "young" again.
"The kor-kor's said that I should start young"
"The Kor-kor's also said that ciggies and gambling are good for me"
Other photos from the night -
"Ahhhhh....... this massage is nice"
"Erhm..... what sort of game is this?"