김녕해수욕장 – Gimnyeong Beach

8th April 2017

Our first day in Jeju was spent at the beach. Raihan, our personal tour guide, picked us up at the Hotel. And we drove to Gimnyeong Beach, our first stop in Jeju, for Day One.

The weather was just nice, a cooling temperature of 16 degrees. The water was turquoise in color – that made so emerald looking. While sipping our drinks, we just hang around the beach to capture moments of us there, sniffing also, fresh air from the sea. MasyaAllah, as I am typing this, I can remember that, sudden relieve, that I was away from work and finally am having my short break – away from the city madness.

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

The picture would have been perfect – if the ahjussi wouldn’t have walked in the middle, hor? Haha. But it’s okay this picture turned out so well, anyway.

Posted in blog, Jeju, korea trip, travel | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Jeju-do

Missing the pretty flowers – as you drive around the street. MasyaAllah. I have never been a flower person. But travelling to Seoul in April 2013 – for the very first time, made me fell in love with Cherry Blossoms (cause it’s pink – bias much!) and the country itself. Thus – the need to go back every year was such a disease, really!

Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

❤ ❤

Posted in blog, Jeju, korea trip, travel | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

First ever Solo (work) trip – Hong Kong

Technically it wasn’t my first work trip. I’ve travelled to Kuala Lumpur, alone, once before. But being on an hour flight, and being in a Muslim country. I didn’t feel alone most of the time. So the work trip to KL was okay for me.

But the boss decides to drop the bomb on me, 2 weeks prior that is – that I will be heading up to Hong Kong for a week, as a representative from our local office. I was, ecstatic.. not.

In just 2 weeks, I had to prep myself. We were already busy with work itself here, locally, so it didn’t help that I had no time at all  to figure out where to go, to find Halal food, etc.

But my bosses gave me an assurance that they would take care of me there, so I thought okay. Leave to HIS will. For whatever happens – only happens cause HE wills for it too right? So with prayers, I went for this trip. Almost crying like a baby when my parents sent me off at the Airport. (Read: I am not that young anymore)

So I was there from 13th till 17th Feb, home-sicked on the 2nd day. Haha. I am such a spoil child, at heart I guess.

Upon arriving in Hong Kong – as per advised by everyone else, I got out from the Arrival Gate. Went to get myself an Octopus card from the very tourist friendly information counter near the Airport Express Train. On board the Train, to the Hong Kong MTR Station. I almost took a cab from the station to my hotel which was located in Sheung Wan. But I was advised by my friend that there’s free shuttle buses from the Hong Kong station to few hotels. I checked – and tada! Save my monies, when I found out about this. I was contemplating though, when I was still in the express train, I was telling myself to just forget about it and hop into a cab – cause it was already evening by the time I arrived in Hong Kong. But upon tapping out from the Hong Kong MTR station – the shuttle bus waiting area was, just there. Haha! I approached one of the staff there and he asked me which hotel I was staying and directed me to the bus waiting area! Woohooo!

I was thinking – is this similar to the shuttle bus / airport limousine in Seoul? But nope, haha! I had to lug my own luggage up and off the bus, on my own.

Thanks Hong Kong, thanks.

Anyhoot, I arrived at the door step of my hotel safe and sound of course.

Which then after checking in, I went to the area near Hysan and got myself a Halal Indonesian Restaurant meal along with my superiors.

Through out the whole week, I was mostly occupied with work. So I was up and about from 7am till 2 in the afternoon. Short break in the evening, before continuing at 9pm till 1 – 2am in the morning. So sightseeing was already not in my itinerary, as I was telling myself that I want to lie on bed, alllllll day if there was a rest day. So I didn’t explore Disney Land, nor the mosque or whatever. I was just around the Central, Sheung Wan, Hysan, Harbour City area – most of the time.

This city reminds me a lot of my home country- just that their first language is not English. It was a bit hard for me, as even when I am speaking Chinese Mandarin (Singapore standard of course!), no one understands me. I just stick to my colleague who was kind enough to company everywhere I go, over there. Bless the kind soul, that he is. 🙂

 

In terms of Halal Food – there are plenty, actually. I was quite surprised. I was so worried that I can’t find my way around that I bought myself a electric hot pot – that was so useful! Mak’s sambal and rendang comes in handy of course. So since most of the time,  I am back at the hotel room.

Anyway, Around the Chungking Mansion there’s loads of tourists friendly, and middle eastern food. Somehow, it didn’t remind much of Itaewon! (Again not being bias please!) There was a few Indonesian / Middle Eastern Restaurant that was around the area. And yes, how can I forget the Halal Popeye’s at Hong Kong International Airport? Ah yes, the infamous Halal Dim Sum at the Masjid (Islamic Centre) near Hysan Place MTR Station..

But in terms of living, what did this city left me with a remarkable impression?

Cold.

Haha.

I’ve travelled to Seoul so many times. Not being bias, but it is a warm (not technically!) country with ahjummas / ahjussis looking at you – asking where are you from and telling your headscarf is pretty, etc. The main point is, Interaction. I was probably expecting people to smile at me, without judging me, when I smiled at them. But sadly, it did not happened to me in Hong Kong. When I smiled at a stranger there – either they hesitant to smile back or they just looked away. So I was, to be honest, disappointed.

So yes, Hong Kong reminds me of my home county. Except that all the signboards there – are un-readable by me. Cause of the language barrier. And people here are not thatttt friendly. 😦 I was there when the weather went as cold as 9 Deg! So, cold weather + cold people = not very impressive please!

So sorry Hong Kong. I thought of coming back, but now I am thinking twice about it.

20170425_182407

IMG_20170214_122748_201

Sheung Wan Area

IMG_20170215_165438_923

Central

IMG_20170216_133845_818

Old school way of navigating!

IMG_20170217_080044_256

Hong Kong Subway

IMG_20170216_193230_862

Beautiful Sunset!

Till then!

<3,
Leejah

 

Posted in blog, travel | Leave a comment

Leisure or Work?

This year was a whole chunk of impromptu trips – either for leisure and work.

One of them was this :

IMG_20170225_105749_560

And the next was :

IMG_20170216_193230_862

So I shall find motivation to jot them down soon, inshaAllah.

<3,
Leejah

 

Posted in blog, travel | Leave a comment

Jeju I’m in Love ~

Processed with VSCO

Beautiful ain’t it? This was my 2nd time in Jeju-do and I fell in love, all over again. Clean air, beautiful natural sights – I am such a city girl, so it was so easy for me to fall in love with this island!

This time, with my sister as a companion for trip it was a little worth it. 🙂

<3,
Leejah

Posted in blog, korea trip | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

back?

Okay guys – i just got back from Seoul, like for the 4th time in 4 years.

Maybe i am motivated to blog again.

Maybe not?

Haha – still contemplating but who knows? I might just write about it.

Stay tune, if you’re still there. 🙂

Cheers.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Montigo Resort – Batam

Annyeong! Instead of the usual posts about my previous trip to Seoul. I’d decided to blog about my stay at Montigo Resorts at Batam last October this time. (I know, it’s a late entry!) But, as usual, I got a lot of friends asking me about the resort! So here goes my review!

I only found out about this small little of piece of heaven, like 4 days before the booked date itself! I was having dinner date with a girl friend of mine few days before and I was telling her that I’ve been wanting to go for a getaway either in KL or Batam. So she just decided to show me some pictures of this very, beautiful Montigo Resorts, “located just 30 mins away from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal“. And, I was in love, I tell you. That very night, I did my own Google-ing. And the very next day, I was trying my very best to convince my best friend to stay over the weekend. I didn’t need to try so hard though. She bought all the reasons, I gave her. So, yay!

We booked the chalet, within the next few hours. Literally, 3 days before. The next day upon getting our confirmation email from Montigo Resorts, we booked our Ferry Tickets.

5th October 2013, Saturday.

I remembered only getting like 3-4 hours of sleep only on this day. Just because I had to work till late the previous night. And I only did packing, for our 2 days 1 night only on that very same night. And so because of that, we missed our 8am Ferry, just because I think this wasn’t clear when I went blog hopping.

Some may know about this. But I think since I didn’t know, I think I should share this info (for those dummies like me……)

Please take note that Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal IS NOT NEAR Tanah Merah MRT Station, at all. At least, not like how Harbor Front MRT is to Harbor Front Ferry Terminal. You gotta cab down to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal if you’re from Tanah Merah MRT. This was the mistake, we did. Planned to meet at Tanah Merah MRT just, 20 mins before our departing time. Of course we were late. We reached like, few mins after 8am. So we weren’t allowed in, cause we were supposed to check in, strictly 10-15 mins before the departing time. But the good thing is, we could exchange our Ferry tickets for the next ride out.

Anyway, Montigo Resort is near Nongsa Ferry Terminal. Which is just about 20-30 mins away from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. And the resort provide land transport from Nongsa Terminal (only) which is just about 5 mins away. Thus, we see the need to head down to Tanah Merah instead of HarborFront.

Image

After a little difficulty over at the immigration desk, we were finally on our way to the Resort and upon reaching, we were greeted with this very beautiful view of the resort!

Image

Upon arriving, we were served iced drinks and cold towels! The staffs there was very friendly and accommodating. For checking in, they asked for our passports and confirmation email and then we just have to wait while they do all the paper works for us.

Just to add, we reached the resort around 9am (batam time) and they allowed early check in. (But this might change, do check again with their staffs first!) I also think since they allowed early check in, might as well take the opportunity to spend more time there, since it’s just a weekend getaway!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Once our rooms are ready, we were whisked away to our resort in a buggy car!

Image

And then….. I’ll let the pictures do the talking, okay!

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

(I apologized for this very messy room bed picture, above.)

The whole resort has 3 storeys altogether. The 1st floor is where the indoor pool + living room are. The 2nd floor is where the master and standard bedrooms are. And the 3rd floor is where the open rooftop patio is. As you can tell I took pictures of the first and the third floor and totally, forgotten about the bedrooms floor. (Thus the very messy bedroom picture above!) Over excited, I guessed!

After settling down, it was already 950am (batam time). We found out that there’s a free shuttle bus service from the resort to Nagoya Shopping Mall at 10am (to) and 4pm (back). By then, we were just so excited to jump into the pool and not care about anything else. So thinking about coming back to the resort, only by 6pm, we thought that it was not really worth it. But we wanted to head down to Nagoya Mall to get food since we don’t feel like ordering room service. So we decided to call taxi with the help of their staff to fetch us to and fro from the Resort to the Mall, on our own timing. We paid 400,000 rupiah for a round trip. (200,000 rupiah for ONE trip) Which was pretty fine for me, since it wasn’t the normal cab that they called. It was a comfortable SUV car with a very friendly driver.

After about an hour journey to the Mall, (yes, include the traffic jams please!) we were off to get our brunch and dinner. About an another hour or so, we called up the Uncle driver to send us back to the resort.

And so we spend the rest of the afternoon and evening, by the pool and eating. There’s Wifi, WII and Apple speaker box (which we fully utilized!). For WII games, they provided only 1 set of game. So for you WII fans out there, bring along your own DVD games so that you can play!

Image

Image

Image

While soaking in the very nice ambiance, bestie lit up two “candles” on the doughnuts we bought earlier, and sang Happy Birthday to me. My first, by the pool, ever. LOL~

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

And soon, the evening skies came to greet us, before waving the sun goodbye. It was one of those moments, where you just sit there, stare and look at the beautiful scene without having any sorts of conversation. Except for the repetitions sentences of, “it’s, really beautiful.”

Now I get why people like watching the sun settling or, see the sun rises. ^_^

After washing up, Bestie was trying her hands on the WII games.

Image

Image

We should have bring along more games! We were abit bored after playing the same game, for a while!

Desserts in between! =)

Image

Then, bestie decided to surprise me with a REAL birthday cake, with the help of the Resort’s staff! So sweeet of them! ❤

Image

After that, we ended up heading up to the rooftop patio, to chill and have our desserts before we called the night.

Elephant towel ~ So cute!  Image

I think I had the most comfortable sleep ever, that night! The bed was so comfortable! ^^

Our morning view!

From the standard bedroom: Image

From the Master Bedroom: Image

Cooked our breakfast; leftover Indo Mie, fried chicken, etc…
Breakfast View:
Image

Before we checked out; cam-whoring, of course…

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

While waiting for the staff to finish with our Checking Out procedure.
Image

Spot Singapore!
Image

And then, the staffs helped us called a cab. Then we’re off to Batam Centre, to have our lunch!

Image

Image

We wanted to have our lunch at A&W. But we were so upset that their Waffles with Ice Cream, Curly Fries, Root Beer Float, was allllllllll sold out! =( So upsetting! We ended up just eating whatever, before heading to get Nasi Ayam Penyet (yum! yum!) and then, rushing to catch our Ferry home!

Overall, my experienced with Montigo Resorts was top notch! I love it there. And I am, most probably would return there again, just for a getaway! =)

Till then,

Leejah! ❤

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment