Tuesday, October 31, 2006

ang dinner ko ngayong gabi:

main course - doritos con tostitos salsa
dessert - leche flan na tapaw* mula sa birthday party ni eduard nung sabado
drinks - malamig na malamig na tubig

muy delicioso! ok na to para sa tamad na tulad ko. di naman talaga ako tamad, nagluluto ako lalo na nung kasama ko pa si beng sa bahay at pag dumadalaw si n. pero pag mag-isa lang ako, ok na to. bon appetito!

* tapaw ay singlish for balot

shanghai/beijing train reservation

Yehey! We now have train reservation from hong kong to shanghai(Train No. K100) and back (Train No. T97 beijing to hong kong).

Because our trip starts in hong kong, it is possible to book tickets by email at www.kcrc.com and later present our confirmation to collect the tickets at the intercity passenger center in hung hom station(hong kong). They don't accept any other booking though like shanghai-xi'an and xi'an-beijing. We probably need to buy them at the shanghai train station.

Lower hard sleepers were already sold out yesterday so we opted to take the soft sleepers. Perhaps a bit more expensive - $530 versus $825, but i'm sure we will be much more comfortable. And besides, they have an ongoing promo so we got the soft berth for $743 for hk to shanghai ($82 discount) and $841 for beijing to hk ($93 discount).

I hope and pray that the toilets in the soft sleepers section are clean.

Udon Thani to Vientiane



Mabuhay ang budget air! Tiger airways has a new destination - Udon Thani. It is only an hour away from Vientiane, the capital of Laos. From Vientiane, destinations like Luang Prabang and the Plain of Jars can be reached by bus or boat.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Brrr


ito ang weather forecast ngayon sa Xi'an(6 c) at Beijing(9 c). patay ako dyan. di pa naman ako sanay sa malamig na klima. sa katunayan, ang laman ng cabinet ko ay panay sando lang. dapat na yata ako bumili ng medyo makapal na jacket.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

There are chinese soup...



Chinese Visa Single Entry - 50 sgd
Lonely Planet China 9th Edition - 57.12 sgd
Round trip ticket to Macau - 237.83 sgd
2 weeks in China - priceless! (i sure hope so)

China has forever intrigued me, and next month will be my big chance to explore some parts of it. Our plan is to fly to Macau, take a ferry to Hongkong and then take a 1-day train ride to Shanghai. From Shanghai, more train rides to Xian and Beijing. Then maybe try to squeeze in Yangshuo and Yunnan.

*** The title of this post is from a popular Knorr commercial jingle during the 80's in the Philippines.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Haze and how to roast a marshmallow

Forest fires in Indonesia has blanketed Singapore in haze. This is the view from our living room.

While uploading the haze photos in my laptop, I found out I can roast marshmallows on the side. Really! :)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bugis Street

One of my biggest frustrations is not having enough guts to ask strangers if I can photograph them. I think its just too awkward - me holding my big camera while a stranger shouts in a foreign language and waves me away.

So when I learned that a National Geographic photojournalist will be conducting a workshop here, I had to sign up. According to his bio, "During nearly three decades working and living overseas, Ian Lloyd as has eaten duck's blood soup with Vietnamese hill tribes, survived a balloon crash in Thailand, been chased by wild elephants in Sumatra and nearly drowned in mud on the banks of Burma's Irrawaddy River. He's also taken some pretty good photographs." Cool!

The workshop only lasted a day but he managed to cover quite a big topic(some maybe a bit too technical for me) and at the end of the day, we had an hour-long field trip at Bugis Street. Well, what can I say, he was very good with people - talking to them first and when they are comfortable, only then will he take his shots. Imagine him doing this while 15 of us look on, doesnt sound that easy right? One man declined when Ian asked if he can take a shot, and it wasnt that bad. He said "thank you" and moved on.

He also taught us panning techniques, using an unusual vantage point(high, low) and shooting blindly. The group shot on the lower left was taken by Ian :)

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