Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Major changes

25/06/2015

So I planned for a trip down memory lane. It was totally unlike what I had in mind. There were so many changes to the place where I used to live.

One of the most major change I noticed was the diet. This is what the local high street fare is now. No more the local chippie (fish and chips) let alone the Chinese take-away (although I am told that the Chinese fare shop is still around albeit the other end of the road!)  thumb_IMG_7286_1024

It’s kebab, naan, samosa, and the like. There was only one butcher selling pork in the local market and the clothing stores contained an amazing array of beautiful sarees, punjabi outfits and similar cloth which could be sewn up into colourful displays of the culture now more prominent. It’s enlightening. It’s more affluent. It’s a new east end of London.

Back at our friends’ home, it’s the usual English fare – bangers and not mash, but a typical Yorkshire pudding. The vegetables are boiled and they hold their natural taste without the added rich spices that one would find the neighbours using.

thumb_IMG_7305_1024I thought I would be re-visiting the place I called home for more than a decade. Instead I found myself in a totally different world and life despite the familiar road names. This is turning out to be a real holiday – a home away from home!

 

 

A Transformed Community

23/06/2015

 

 

 

At last we make the long flight to our holiday destinations! The first of two wonderful destinations, we land at London! It’s been years since I have been here; I am really looking forward to my time.

It’s summer time, so the hours are longer. That means we get to go for a walk after dinner.

Our friends take us to visit the place where the London Olympics were held. What an amazing transformation! The whole place is unlike anything we have seen before.

This is where the rowing competition was held. It looks so serene and beautiful. The place is redeemed.

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All around I see flowers, cheering up the place.
thumb_IMG_7212_1024This is not the east end of London I knew. What joy! I am thrilled that there has been so much development for good. What’s more, the old structures have not been left to disrepair. The stadium is being renovated to house the local football team, West Ham. The swimming pool and arena is being well used by the residents. New and more upmarket shops are opened in the nearby shopping centre. There is so much life!

It’s a great start to the holidays and I am looking forward to more.

But first, now, it’s time to hit the bed after staying up for so many hours….

 

Looking Forward

09/06/2015

One of the things I shall really look forward to is to see when I go on holiday is the wonderful display of flowers.P1150590 The bursts of colours always put a smile in my heart. I am always amazed at how creative God is. Large and small, soft and hard, single coloured hues or an incredible combination; the ever-changing size and shapes transform the landscape and views.

I can hardly wait! (This photo was taken from my previous holiday to this part of the world six years ago!)

Being Blessed!

04/06/2015

We are going to Europe! Sooooo looking forward to that! We are already arranging to meet up with friends, some of whom we haven’t met for over THIRTY YEARS. Traveling at this time of the year will be so nice. The long flight is not something I look forward to, but at least it’s in reasonable comfort and I will have wonderful company in my Hubby.

This is going to be SUCH fun! Stay tuned for more updates….

Favourite Food

01/01/2015

The steamed popiah….

This is one of my favourite of all the things I can eat. Hotplated flour wraps encasing the most yummy thingsIMG_3876_2

 

Contents mostly vary from place to place, but one thing that is essential – the stir-fried sengkuang vegetable. You can add crunchiness from the deep fried prawns or crispy flour. You can add slivers of carrots for colour, enhanced by bit of cucumber with their skin still on. But the ultimate ingredient is this humble root vegetable. IMG_3891Another key ingredient which those of my hometown would know is the sweet sauce. As far as I know, this is the only place which will serve this sauce for this dish. Uniquely done this is a must-not-miss for my trips back to my birthplace. Yummmmmm!

 

Little Nook

25/10/2014

There’s this place in the sun. It’s spread out and spacious. It’s relaxing and refreshing.

It evokes the sense of time slowing down, of needing to sprawl onto a mat or a towel or even a deckchair and not get up again for ages.

One sits by the freshwater pool and watch the South China Sea waves roll in.

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Five-star? I would say six.

 

A Special House

19/07/2014

 

There is an interesting boat house. Right in the middle of the waters off Perth, perched above the waves, all by itself. It is supposed to be very expensive and the last one of its kind …. or so I am told…. in that area.

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Apparently it is also the most expensive boat house there is! Something about the owner originally not being keen to sell when others around were. The owner supposedly held out for a long time thereby increasing the price…. or something like that! IMG_8465

Kings Hill Park

02/07/2014

The most amazing walk.

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With good company

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Splendid weather.

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Fantastic views

IMG_8451Definitely worth a visit. It was good the night before but my camera wasn’t up to it. This day however, made me feel like I wanted to settle there. Haha!

 

 

Cottesloe

01/07/2014

 

 

 

 

 

It’s winter. It’s windy. But it’s beautiful too.

From Fremantle we make our way to the nearby scnenic Cottesloe Beach.

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How can anyone go into the water? It looks so cold! I am told they surf there and have lots of activities during the summer. The winds whip up the big waves as they splash against the rocks and roll onto the sand. IMG_6862I wish I could stay longer. It feels like a place of special encounters. Haha!

 

Fremantle

30/06/2014

 

It was supposed to be winter and it had rained the day before. But when it was our turn to go out, the weather was glorious. Friends took us to the historical city for the customary fish and chips. Not being much of a foodie myself, I was more caught up with the view and scenery. Isn’t this an amazing sight? It was also a somewhat poignant moment as I realised that somewhere out there is supposed to be the place where the plane MH 370 is….

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We took a walk around and the clean fresh air was a delight.. The blue sky above made the waters below an amazing hue of dark blue.

IMG_8256After the sumptuous lunch, our friends took us to taste wine. Amazing. They give little cups for you to taste. And Hubby enjoyed himself immensely Haha!

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It was a good, albeit short visit to Fremantle, thanks to friends!