Pictures (Hoi An, Vietnam)

Had some photos in my old phone that I just transferred to my laptop so I’m able to upload them.

These were taken during our family trip to Hoi An, Vietnam last November. We stayed at The Nam Hai.

The living room that is HUGE

The huge living room! They had lounging couches at all 4 corners of the room and a large dining table in the middle. I would have been happy just to sleep in the living room facing the ocean.

bedroom view

bedroom view

tea  time slides.

tea time slides.

one of the 3 pools in the main area.\

one of the 3 pools in the main area.

eggs benedict

eggs benedict

yogurt with honey from an actual honeycomb

yogurt with honey from an actual honeycomb

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our last teabreak before heading to the airport.

our last teabreak before heading to the airport.

Inside the main sanctuary of the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)

Hi there!

im back with another post on Barcelona.

one cannot pass up on visiting the Sagrada Familia when visiting Barcelona. please do not pass up the chance to visit the inside! i know some would like admire the grandness and amazing architecture from the outside. but you would be blown away once u step inside!

i bought tickets for my family online prior to the trip. may i recommend choosing the time slots that are later in the afternoon especially if you plan to visit in the summer time as it can get quite hot! i also opted for the audio guide to help us in understanding the background of this place of worship. do allocate about 2 hours to tour the place at a comfortable pace. you may also wish to buy your tickets to go up the tower. you can go closer to the observe the architecture while up there.

take note that if you do not purchase your tickets online, and decide to buy your tickets on the day itself, you may be greeted with disappointment because they only allow a fixed number of people up the towers at any one time (read: one way narrow path).

Inside the main sanctuary of the Sagrada Familia

Inside the main sanctuary of the Sagrada Familia

stepping in, you would be greeted with the nativity facade (the birth of jesus) which is so majestic i cant even explain it. you have to see if for yourself to know! to know the hard work behind each and every carving made the nativity story all the more meaningful for me.

we climbed up one of the towers to a great view

we climbed up one of the towers to a great view

the big statue of Jesus on the cruxification facade

the big statue of Jesus on the cruxification facade

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ongoing restoration works going on

ongoing restoration works going on

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the beautiful columns inside that were inspired by tree trunks

the beautiful columns inside that were inspired by tree trunks

The nicene creed

The nicene creed

beautiful stained glass

beautiful stained glass

the nativity facade

the nativity facade

finally reunited!

finally reunited!

the sagrada familia is still in restoration even after 80 years! and hopefully if possible, i would like to visit it when it’s construction is complete.

earlier in the afternoon, we also made a visit to port vell. it was really beautiful too, and the maremagnum mall is also in the vicinity for you to do some light shopping. it’s one of the malls that are open on sundays. almost all other retail shops are closed on sundays. even in touristy areas. so do take note so as not to miss out on your Zara, Mango and Pull and Bear shopping! haha.

port vell

port vell

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you need to cross the bridge to get to the mall. the bridge opens to allow the boats to sail out as certain timings.

my funny parents.

my funny parents.

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it was nice to have a relaxing walk along the pier though it got quite hot in the afternoon. hopefully i will blog about la barcelonetta beach next!

A day at Santa Monica Beach

we spent a day at Santa Monica Beach. it was just a nice relaxing evening spent with my friends. the guys took up surfboarding (cue topless guys. hahaha) except yusho. and the girls just chilled by the shore taking photos. we were there till the sun set and it got pretty cold at night. but i really enjoyed the time at the beach because there was sun but no humidity. which is a huge plus for me. because when you go to Sentosa in singapore, you are sweating half the time and sand gets stuck on you. ew. haha. been awhile since i been to sentosa also actually. okay. anyway, back to Santa Monica California (:

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the guys taking up surfing lessons. it looked easy,but i think the technique is quite hard to master. but they did look like they had fun. haha

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the boys

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the girls

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it’s a jellyfish!

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reminds me of the seagull in Finding Nemo. hahaha.

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Yusho spent the evening sleeping. he was in a deep slumber. he looks like a homless man here doesnt he? haha.ImageImageImage

haha. headed to Muscle Beach after the sunset.my awesome housemates. we all became so tanned. lol. but not much muscle here at Muscle Beach. haha.

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it was pretty chilly which explains the spongebob blanket on huiping. haha.

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on the way there. haha. i know the pictures arent really in order. but it’s alright. haha. we bought in-n-out before gg to the beach. I MISS THE BURGERS!ImageImage

yusho with his burger. haha. those peppers were the bomb.

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rows and rows of palm trees. i wish we rented bikes or something. haha. if you go further down, you will reach Venice Beach. which is a hippy-er place. we went there the week before when some of them went skydiving.

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oh how i miss you, California.

USA photo update!

sorry for the lack up posts! the internet in my house refuses to work for my laptop. how annoying. it’s currently working after a change of modem. but who knows when it’ll choose to stop working again. bah. anyway, i think i shall attempt to upload some more photos from my US trip ^^ it’s been almost a month since ive come back! how time flies!

Jasper and I. He’s one of my housemates. joy, huiping and i stayed with 3 other guys in an apartment.

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we visited Universal Studios Hollywood on one of the Fridays. we bought the discounted student tickets from school to go there. and we wore our “House Shirt”! haha. yea. we all bought the same UCLA shirt to wear. above is a photo i took with the girls. the other girl in the light blue shirt is kuan yee. she’s also from NTU (: she’s a super funny and nice girl. also known as the midvale scavenger. she always comes to our house to join us for meals. haha. she has really weird obsessions like with Pikachu, quirky stuffed toys and seaweed. she is also a shopoholic. haha

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the 2 guys in our apartment. Weida and Jasper ^^. they were so tired that day esp Weida. mostly due to the last of sleep on our late nights. haha. we went on the Transformers Ride. exactly the same as in Singapore. lalalala. anyway, Universal Studios Hollywood (USH) is really quite small. The Jurassic Park, The Mummy and the Transformers ride were all one small area. if u compare it to USS where the rides are pretty spread out. but i think it’s because USH is the first Universal Studios which explains why it’s smaller. also, there is a large area where to do alot of filming for movies. we went on a 1hr tour that would bring you to some of the scenes where the filmed one of the most famous movies in history. alot of the movies/dramas are actually filmed in USH itself. if you guys are familiar with The Desperate Housewives, the actual street that the housewives lived on is an actual set they built at USH. we actually visited it. pretty cool stuff.

next up, little Tokyo! little Tokyo is a small area in LA for the.. well.. Japanese i suppose. haha. it’s really quite small but we paid it a visit one of the weekends.

Imagethe Chuas. weida and joy. haha. their siblings are good friends. that day, the girls wore tube tops from Hollister and Abercromobie, which i can tell u why i regretted wearing in a short while. haha.

Imagewith kuan yee and jasper. kuan yee didnt know of our themed dressing for the girls cos she doenst stay with us (: im looking super tanned here. haha

Imagewe had ramen! of course right? haha. in little tokyo. haha. the ramen was pretty guuuuud. but after we ate, we girls were SERIOUSLY EXPLODING in our outfits ): the material is not forgiving at all. lol. after the noodles expanded in my stomach i seriously thought i was going to explode. hahaha.

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while waiting for our turn…

anyway, next location!

this was our second last day in the US. we headed to the beach again! surprise surprise! haha. this time, we were planning to head to the all famous Malibu beach. but we ended up at Point Dume beach. lol. but actually it refers to the same thing la. it’s the same long stretch of sandy beaches and glorious sun. the beaches in LA during the summer time are really super awesome. you get the best of both worlds. there is the sunny sun, which you cannot miss while in Southern California, but then there is the awesome sea breeze, which is great because the wind is so cooling that at times u even feel cold! hard to describe but it beats Singapore’s beaches four limbs down! haha. that afternoon that we were there, it was a weekday so it was relatively quiet and very nice to relax. some of us opted to sleep (trust me it’s awesome) which the rest were more keen on playing sports. in the end, we had to compromise and play with them! which resulted in me being breathless after running in the sand for a mere 5 mins. this is what excessive pigging out does to you. about 2/3 weeks prior to that, i actually exercised and went to the gym. but after that, it was just stuffing my face with food  ): bad bad bad. lol. anyway, it was just a nice afternoon in general ^^ i miss the beaches!!!

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this was at LAX on the day of our departure.. *super sad face* our friends actually came to send us off cos they were leaving 2 days later.this was all the luggages huiping, joy and i got. we had to drive 2 cars to bring all our luggages to the airport.just 3 girls. lol hahaha. and there is joy in the background parading in her sky high shoes. haha. want to know why she wore those crazy shoes the airport? because we were running out of space AND weight allowances. so no choice. the 2 girls wore the shoes to the airport while having to lug the heavy bags. haha. but they changed to slippers after the check-in anyway. haha. ps. we all bought the same pair of shoes. they arent the most practical. but they were only $33. and for Steven Madden knock-offs, i’ld say they were a pretty good buy. but let’s see how much wear i’ld get out of these. hahaha

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at Dubai International Airport waiting to board our plane after a 7 hour transit that we spent sleeping. haha. i dreamt that someone stole our bags while we were sleeping. haha. i was that paranoid. lol. somehow we were still looking rather fresh after a 15 hour flight before that. i think i slept quite a lot on the way back. not bad. haha. Imageour last photo before saying our goodbyes after seeing each other everyday for 2 months! haha.

yay. i managed to churn out a long post! totally sucking up as much internet as i can now. i hardly ever turn on my laptop now a days. lol. haha.

ok last photo with huiping at the ramen shop before we almost exploded from too much Ramen. lol.

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oh yea. im also uploading a new vlog right now. it’s another 200 minutes more -.- i hope Aaron can help me edit the rest of the vlogs with his mac. hehe. ALSO, want to congratulate Aaron for winning BEST DRESSED for this Teachers’ Day Dinner. HAHHAHAHAHHA. yayyyyyyyy. he spent $120 on his outfit and also MADE AN APPOINTMENT TO GET HIS HAIR DONE just for today. can you guys believe it? HAHAHA. so much dedicatiooonnnnn to suit the theme, which was retro btw. haha. woohoo!

ok. sorry, another photo because the photo uploaded decides to be funny and im lazy to shift the up. haha.the boysssss happy to have foood ^^

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