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Our Xinjiang PreWedding Photoshoot – One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World!

Last year, Raevian and I went for our highly-anticipated pre-wedding photoshoot in Xinjiang, a remote region in northwest China. The photos and BTS video turned out beautifully, but in case you think the process was purely fun and smooth-sailing, it wasn’t. The awesome photos and brilliant cinematography by Moomedia (our photography team) belie the many challenges we faced in Xinjiang. But on the whole, it was an unforgettable experience which we will relish in our memories for the rest of our lives. Continue reading

All in One Travel Guide to Having Fun in Shanghai!

All in one travel guide to having fun in Shanghai! Continue reading

Shanghai Four Days Itinerary

Shanghai The BundShanghai Four-Day Itinerary! Continue reading

13 Places to Eat in Shanghai

A List of 13 Best Places to Eat in Shanghai! Continue reading

Hangzhou One Day Itinerary

Three Pools Mirroring the Moon WestlakeOur Hangzhou One Day Itinerary! We stay at the grand Hyatt Regency Hangzhou, tour the magnificent West Lake, dine at the most famous restaurant in Hangzhou – Lou Wai Lou, watch Zhang Yi Mou’s Impressions West Lake, and stroll along the upscale shopping district of Hubin Road. Continue reading

Suzhou One-Day Itinerary

Tongli Water TownOur Suzhou One-Day Itinerary. We visited the Lion Grove Garden, the Humble Administrator Garden, Yaba Shengjian, Tongli Water Town, and Pingjiang Road! Continue reading

12 Awesome Things to Do in Shanghai!

Raevian and I visited the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai recently. It is hard to put a finger on the culture of Shanghai, with its eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, traditional Chinese architecture and beautiful neoclassical buildings. After going through various reviews and best prices of hotels in Shanghai, we decided to stay at the classy Sofitel Shanghai Hyland due to its convenient location. Continue reading

Shanghai Four Days Itinerary (Day 4)

Shanghai The BundThis is the final day of our four-day itinerary in Shanghai! Continue reading

Shanghai Four Days Itinerary (Day 3)

This is Day Three of our Shanghai four-day itinerary. We walk along the French Concession heritage trail, enjoy high tea at Mr. Choi Patisserie, admire Ming Dynasty architectural splendor at Yuyuan Garden, indulge in giant soup dumplings at Nanxiang Steamed Bun Restaurant, and end our day at the amazing Hai Di Lao Steamboat Restaurant! Continue reading

Shanghai Four Days Itinerary (Day 2)

This is Day Two of our Shanghai Four Days Itinerary. We stay at the ultra-luxurious Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, enjoy Sze Chuan cuisine at South Beauty Restaurant, visit the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower and Apple Store @ IFC Mall, marvel at the three supertall towers of Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC), Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai Tower, indulge in sinful desserts at Godiva Café @ IFC Mall, and take a romantic stroll along Riverside Promenade. Continue reading

Shanghai Four Days Itinerary (Day 1)

For our year-end vacation this year, we decided to visit the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, as well as the neighbouring cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou. We wanted to visit these cities at a time when China is on the transitional path towards consolidating her position as a world power. It should be interesting to experience the dynamics and developments of this transition. This is day one of our Shanghai itinerary, enjoy! Continue reading

All in One Travel Guide to Having Fun in Macau!

The Venetian Macao

All in One Travel Guide to Having Fun in Macau!
1. Macau Factsheet: Get to know Macau in 5 Minutes!
2. Culture of Macau
3. 10 Things to Do in Macau
4. 10 Places to Eat in Macau
5. Macau One-Day and Two-Days Itinerary
6. Download this guide for viewing on mobile devices!
7. Travel Video: Experience Hong Kong and Macau in Four Minutes!

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Macau One-Day and Two-Days Itinerary

If you are planning for a trip to Macau, these two itineraries will be useful for you.

One Day Itinerary

Time Day 1
9am to 10am Arrive in Macau
10am to 11am Check in at Conrad Hotel (Sands Cotai Central)
11am to 12pm Take shuttle to Galaxy Hotel (5 minutes). From Galaxy, take shuttle to Taipa Village (10 minutes)
12pm to 1pm Tour and Eat in Taipa Village
1pm to 2pm Take a cab to Macau Tower (10 minutes)
2pm to 3pm Take a cab to Senado Square (10 minutes)
3pm to 4pm Tour and Eat in Senado Square. Visit Ruins of St Paul’s and Macao Museum
4pm to 5pm Walk/take a cab to Kun Iam Statue (less than 10 minutes). Exhibition Centre closes at 6pm!
5pm to 6pm Walk (10 minutes) to Hotel Lisboa/Wynn Macau/MGM Macau
6pm to 7pm Take shuttle to Venetian Macao/Four Season/City of Dreams/Sands Cotai Central/Galaxy Macau (15 minutes)
7pm to 8pm Shop/Dinner at the Venetian Mall (“The Grand Canal Shoppes”)
8pm to 9pm Shop/Dinner at the Venetian Mall (“The Grand Canal Shoppes”)
9pm to 10pm Good Night!
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

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Macau Fact Sheet: Get to Know Macau in Five Minutes!

Ruins of St Paul's small

If you are planning for a holiday to Macau, this fact sheet will be ideal for you. Simply browse through the various points and you will have a much better idea of Macau in five minutes or less! Continue reading

Culture of Macau

Senado Square, Largo do Senado, Macau

Macau: More than just a Gambling Haven
When Raevian and I decided to visit Macau as part of our Hong Kong trip, I thought that Macau was simply a gambling haven for avid gamblers. However, when I started doing research for the trip, I found that there are also many interesting attractions and good foods on the island. I realized that similar to Hong Kong, Macau has an interesting mix of Western and Chinese influences as well. Continue reading

10 Things to Do in Macau

A list of ten things to do in Macau, starting with visiting the world-renowned casinos, but also including other interesting activities that embody the unique culture of Macau. Enjoy! 🙂 Continue reading

10 Places to Eat in Macau

Pork Chop Buns Tai Lei Loi Kei Macau

3. Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利來記)
Tai Lei Loi Kei (大利來記) serves the best pork chops I’ve ever tasted. Period. Combine that wonderful slice of grilled meat with the crisp toasted bun, and you get a little piece of Pork Chop Bun heaven. The pork chop slice is sweet, fresh, succulent, tender, and it filled my mouth with savoury juices. Continue reading

Tian Tan Big Buddha Statue, Hong Kong

Big Buddha Side View

Is the Big Buddha statue worth visiting?
Definitely yes. The Tian Tan Big Buddha statue is worth visiting because it is a majestic piece of Buddhist sculptural bronze art which embodies the harmonious Buddhist spirit. It towers above the surrounding tranquil greenery and is both awe-inspiring and beautiful at the same time. Continue reading

Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong

Tim ho wan siew mai

Overall, the dim sum is good and affordable. We spent about HKD 50 – 70 (S$9-12) per person. Tim Ho Wan has a few outlets in Hong Kong. We strongly encourage you to go early to avoid the long queue. Continue reading

Culture of Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Looking at the majestic skyscrapers lined along Victoria Harbour, one immediately gets the sense of Hong Kong’s capitalism and ambition. On the other hand, I also met many Hong Kongers who were kind and helpful, reflecting a more humble and Confucian way of life. This unique blend of behaviours was fascinating to me and it gave me a first-hand experience of the cultural amalgamation of East and West in Hong Kong. Below are some personal anecdotes of my cultural experiences in Hong Kong. Continue reading