Month: January 2016

Ancient Chinese make over – Shanghai

Besides Maiko-san, I have also tried the Tang dynasty Chinese make over 🙂 I must say, although I could breath better in these outfits, my neck got all the pressure. See my crazy vein sticking out? Yup, it’s the weight. Head piece: 2 kg Wig: 1 to 2 kg My hair was quite short (& curly) and they managed to make straight smooth buns and rolls… plus a sea cucumber hair do. This was a true make over haha.

Bateau a Roue Royans en Vercors – France

Boat ride across the amazing river Isère! The water was so clean and St-Marcellin hill was magnificent!!! Plus the royans vercors aqueduct in the backdrop was just too beautiful. Look at that! Was so lucky with the weather too.    Royans Vercors Aqueduct was built in 1876, 35m above water across Saint Nazaire and the Bourne lake. It was a huge deal at the time. This large structure did important irrigation work for the region. It was even presented as a hydrological engineering master piece in the Paris World Fair 1878.

Ritsurin park – Takamatsu, Japan 栗林公園

Take my breath away already! This park was AMAZING. Impeccably trimmed and a sheer Japanese beauty in the botanical form. Think lake, zen garden, bridge, koi fish, bonzai, boxed grown trees, Japanese tea house overseeing the lake… This beauty was categorised as National Special Scenic Beauty, it was the largest one in Japan. The garden was commissioned back in Edo period, 1625. It took about 100 years to complete; completed in 1745. It was a 3 star according to the Michelin Green guide. Unlike most 3 star destinations, this one was NOT crowded at all; as you can see from my photos, there was hardly anyone. Been there in autumn and summer time… no body LOL.   The tea houes, Kikugetsu-tei, served traditional Japanese sweet and green tea (no reservation required). Kikugetsu-tei also served

Temple & muscle men – Hong Kong

As usual, I did not plan this at all. It was the earliest available ferry. Outlying island of Hong Kong, it had the old school charm of a fishing port. Smells a little bit fishy, but hey, chilled and lovely. Nice change from the main island. Wandering aimlessly does have its merit. I came across this old temple. This Taoist temple was called Pak Tai 北帝廟 or Yuk Hui 玉虛宮. I had no idea why it had 2 names. Identity crisis happened to temples too, I guess.