Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Our First Vacation

Hello world, how have you been? January, February, March, April, May, June.. July and August.. then September, October.. 2014 is almost over. I've done not much, but this year we managed to go travel, syalalalala~ And yes, it was our first vacation =]

We've been working throughout the years and yeah it's kinda tiring. A vacation once in a while is surely needed, right? Hehehe.. Thus, we decided to go on vacation on Eid holiday :)

First, we searched for a budget hotel at agoda.com and our friend, Eriec, helped us booked (he is a permanent resident in Singapore). I was so excited since it was our first vacation together, hahaha.. It was Eid holiday, so we were at Batam (home) for a week and in that period, we took the chance to go to Singapore for 3 days and 2 nights. We depart with morning ferry from Batam, so we arrived at Harbour Front Singapore at about 9 o'clock (GMT +8).

Day-1

After done with the immigration clearance, we immediately met Eriec. He was there, waiting for us. A very nice friend, isn't he? *wink* ;)

 He showed us around VIVOcity and took this picture.

Breakfast at VIVOcity Kopitiam - half-boiled egg and a cup of coffee

After breakfast, we planned to go to the hotel. We would like to take bus, but it was raining so we took cab. We stayed at Hotel 81 Dickson, located at Little India. Arrived at hotel, lucky! Our room was ready, so we checked in directly. Hohoho.. We put the luggage down and took a short break while talking about our plan for that day. Eriec will be our private tour guide, awesome!

 Had lunch at Astons Specialities, Dhoby Ghaut.

 On the way to Fullerton.

The Merlion, Marina Bay Sands, Youth Olympic Park, Sightseeing Singapore flyer, Garden by the Bay, Flower Dome, Cloud Forest

So our journey for day-1 has ended. We were on foot for a whole day, 09.00 AM to 10.00 PM. My heart felt so good even though my feet was crying, lol..

Day-2

On day-2, we got up very early in the morning, can't wait to begin our journey to Sentosa Island! We took MRT and arrived at Sentosa at about 08.00 AM. We had our breakfast at McDonald. Eriec was not with us that day, thus we had to decide ourselves where we should go. It was too early, the attractions have not opened yet. Thus, we decided to stroll down to the beach. And guess what! We really strolled around the Sentosa Island by foot! I still couldn't believe it, hahaha.. Start from the resort world, merlion plaza, siloso beach, siloso point, imbiah lookout, and then back to resort world.


A long time ago, he once promise me that he would take me to SEA WORLD Ancol, Jakarta. I've never been to sea world, so I am very curious. Every time we passed by the sea world (it can be seen from the toll road), I would ask him "beb, when are we gonna go to that sea world?".. and every time he answered with a SMILE :) Then one day, our friends went to sea world with their girlfriends. We saw the pictures on facebook, then he said "don't worry, beb, I'm gonna take you to Singapore's sea world". I was like "Oh, really?" lol.. In the end, yeah, he kept his promise, we did go to SEA Aquarium. After so many years, we finally went to sea world, hahaha.. I was amazed by the beauty of the underwater world. It was awesome! How I wish I could swim, so one day I can go diving, hehehe...

We even took a nap here, hahaha.. We sat down on the floor, leaning on the wall, seeing a gigantic aquarium in front of us, all of the fish inside seems very peaceful. The air was cool, so we fall asleep for almost half hour. I guessed we were too tired. We just went around Sentosa Island by foot, remember? lol..

SEA Aquarium was our last destination at Sentosa Island. We went directly to Bugis after that. And suddenly boyfriend noticed that Bugis located very near with the hotel where we're staying. He quickly analyzed the map, and yeah, it was nearby. Sometimes I can tell that he's a genius :p

Our day-2 journey ended at Bugis, we shopped quite a lot here, I bought some clothes, souvenirs and he also bought a pair of shoes. Ah~ we bought some fish cake for our supper at hotel and that fish cake taste so damn yummy! :9

Day-3

Our last day of vacation, how I wish vacation never end, lol. Early in the morning, we packed up our belongings and then went to Hawker Center. We had Laksa for our breakfast, oh, actually it was brunch :p I still remember very clearly how delicious the laksa was. I really want to eat it again, haha. Then he craved for durian juice, so we went to bugis to buy durian juice.


Here's a short story about durian juice, hahaha. Yesterday, from Sentosa Island we then went right to Bugis. We were exhausted and thirsty. When I was buying watches for my sister, he suddenly came to me and give me something to drink. I didn't see what it is, I didn't feel suspicious at all. Then, gulp.. aw, it was DURIAN! He saw my expression and kept laughing at me! Aaaaa~ (fyi, I don't eat durian). hahaha, even until today (it has been two months), we still love to talk about this and laugh together.. that's so funny XD

After finished drinking his durian juice, we went to Orchard by MRT. We strolled along Orchard road, and then met up with Eriec, had lunch together and then spent the rest of our time chit and chat at Kopitiam. Lastly, we went home~ and vacation is over :(


It was short, but we did enjoy our vacation very much! In the future, we plan to go vacation at least once a year, hehehe.. I am so excited, can't wait for next year, lol.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Went Home for 5 Days!

As I mentioned in the previous blog post (HERE) that I will be home for 3 days on March 5th, 2014. So, yes, I went back home on March 4th and for some reasons, I extended my stay to 5 days 'till March 8th. At first, I had a little bit of hard feeling as I have to leave my job for 5 days. But once I landed at Batam, I wish I could stay longer.. It was so good to be home =]

I really enjoyed my stay in Batam these few days. What I did in Batam was eating, sleeping, go shopping with mother and having a long night talk with sister. I woke up at about 9 o'clock then went out shopping with mother, went home in the evening. Mother went to work, I stayed at home with sister waiting for dinner delivery from mother's seafood stall. We had our dinner while watching television. We also watched some korean variety shows together, my sister also a korea-freak, lol. Before went to bed, we talked a lot until falling asleep. Didn't forget that the main purpose for my trip this time was to give my father a prayer for his one year memorial. Yeah, a year has passed, Daddy.. How have you been, up there? =]

Oh, my mother owns a seafood stall at Windsor Foodcourt Batam. So each time I went home, she will feed me with many delicious food from her stall. If any of you happened to visit Batam, please come to support my mother at Windsor Foodcourt, her stall name is SIAU MAY SEAFOOD. Quote my name and get discounts! ('_'#)

I wanna share with you about the food that I had in my 5 days in Batam *drooled*

Spicy and sour fish

From SIAU MAY SEAFOOD: spicy snail, chili crab and baby kailan vegetable

Kembang Tahu

Nasi Ayam

From SIAU MAY SEAFOOD: vegetable, sweet and sour prawn, bak kut teh and frying egg

From SIAU MAY SEAFOOD: fried calamari, chili clam, kangkung terasi and black pepper crab

From SIAU MAY SEAFOOD: spicy prawn, vegetable, chili clam (currently is my favorite) and Gong Gong

Es Koteng

Sop Ikan

Aaaaa! Suddenly I feel so hungry looking at these pictures, Batam is truly a food heaven (for me), hahaha~ After this trip, my desire to go home (for good) become bigger and bigger. I even shed tears when saying goodbye to my mother and sister at the airport. And when the plane took off from Batam, my heart was aching, so much! Actually we (me and boyfriend) are considering about settling down in Batam. Well, maybe next year =] I'm looking forward to it *really hope so! crossed fingers!*

A picture of mother and me before heading to the airport T_T
My mother is prettier than me, she is a true beauty, isn't she? *wink*
Oh, it's a pity that I didn't take a picture with my sister, she doesn't like to be photographed >.<

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Homesick!

Yes, I am homesick! I have been living in Jakarta for approximately 7 years (3,5 years of college and 3,5 years of working) and now I kinda feel "tired". I left home for college and after I graduated from college I got a job immediately so I didn't go home. I went home once or twice a year. At first, I thought that once or twice is enough, but lately I started to feel that I wanna be home and I don't want to come back here.

When I went back for Chinese New Year weeks ago, wow, home was good and nice! My house was so comfortable. I got to see my mom everyday, had a long talk with younger sister and younger brother all night long.. I miss it, really. I also went to the food court to help my mom (my mom sells seafood at food court), it was Chinese New Year so it was extra crowded. I nostalgic about our former family business, SUN KEE SEAFOOD. That feeling when every Saturday night I went there to help, thinking about my father. It will be very very nice if he can be here and have a family reunion dinner with us. Since we (the children) are all grown up, so we would be more understanding and treat him better. Well, he could never be here anymore. It's almost a year since he left, but I still have this hard feeling to accept the reality that he has left us and this world :(

My younger sister also has grown up, so fast. Actually I don't remember her growing up, I was not by her side when she went through that phase. Therefore in my eyes, she is still a kid although in fact she is a teenager now, who loves Korea very much just like her sister, LOL. And mother, she has wrinkles now.. As we are growing up, mother is growing old. Sad, isn't it? Younger brother will be graduated next year and he is also thinking about going back home. Yet younger sister is thinking about going to Jakarta for her college. I am looking forward for the day where we could actually live together again, in one roof.

Me, younger sister, mother and younger brother ♥

Mother, me and younger sister ♥

Me and younger sister, see! She has all grown up =]

I really miss my family right now. The good news is I will be home again on 5th March 2014 for 3 days =] I am going home to give my father his one year memorial prayer. It's weird, few years ago I don't have that "want to go home" feeling. I even got angry when my boyfriend told me that we will go back to Batam few years later. But currently I want to go back so badly. LOL! Funny, isn't it? Yeah, whatever, okay? I just want to go home...