Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hong Kong: Ocean Park

Today, I am blogging about Ocean Park at Hong Kong!

I watch many TVB dramas, and the characters in the shows always mention this amusement park! So excited to check it out!

Started our day with McDonald's near our Hotel.



Ocean Park entrance! The "feel" here was extremely different from the magical "feel" at Disneyland! There were definitely more adults than kids!


Doraemon cafe near the entrance! Kept a mental note to eat here later but I forgot :(


It was nearing Halloween during the time we went so the bushes had all these pumpkin statues portraying chinese vampires. So cute!


Ocean Park is huge and segmented into different areas. There is a corner full of kiddy rides which we did not visit at all. We hardly had enough time for the thrill rides! There are also plenty of aquarium exhibits for those not interested in amusement rides. There's so much to do in Ocean Park!

Since we were the first batch that morning, our tour guide told us to head straight over to the summit via cable car or train and play the rides first while most people are still crowding around the area near the entrance. The gates finally opened for the day and after walking just a little, we were stopped by a barrier because the rest of the park was not ready yet. (zzz... then don't open the main gates first la....) Soon, the barrier crowded with people. As soon as the barrier lifted, the people surrounding us ran! Wahlao, got so rush meh?

There, the staff told us that the cable car is under maintenance that day so we headed for the train. The train master told us that they are still repairing the train so we would have to wait awhile. The sweltering heat was horrible and we didn't want to stand there and wait so we started to explore the area first.

Came to the Old Hong Kong area!



Not sure if we were too early, but the shops and game kiosks were not opened. The area was quite small and hardly anything to see. At the end was the cable car station and we saw people queuing so we joined them. The cable car master told us that it was working and we just have to wait for 1 more round of testing then we can go already. Then, 5 minutes later, it seems that the cable car was not going to be ready afterall. The staff told us to use the train instead. So confusing! So we went back to the Ocean Express station and took a ride over to the summit.


Finally at the summit! Our first ride was the Ocean Park Tower, which brings us high up in the air and rotates for us to see the park from bird's eye view! So pretty!



Afterwards our parents told us we can go and play the thrill rides on our own and they will go visit the aquariums. Woohoo!!

Me and sis went to play the Flying Swing as a starter! There were nobody at all around this area, so it was awesome! No waiting at all!


Immediately after, we played The Dragon!


A photo on the ride before we go. Only me and sis on the entire ride!


This ride was scary for two reasons:

1) My seat belt was not tightened as much as my sis'. No matter how much I press it down, it just wouldn't lock. Maybe my strength wasn't enough! Although I did have the first layer locked, it was not very close to me and I was sure it should be tighter. Throughout the ride, I was afraid that the locking mechanism would fail midway! Haha. Thankfully I survived the ride. No idea why I didn't speak up to the staff when I actually should.

2) And because of that, my earrings kept banging against the seat belt throughout the ride and it was extremely painful. I kept feeling that my ears were almost going to be ripped off! Such a torture! Midway through the ride I was contemplating to take out my earrings but couldn't do so. The whole ride I was so worried about my ears I did not really care how high or fast the ride was going.

It should be quit fun if I didn't have my earrings on. I didn't even feel myself going upside down on the ride because I was too concerned about my earrings ripping off my ears!


The pirate ship beside was closed that day :( What a pity! My favourite amusement park ride!

Then, we went on this ride called "Eagle", which looked kiddy and harmless enough.


But sometimes we really shouldn't judge a book by its cover. We were brought up to the top in the "eagle" and whirled round and round. The scary part was, because of the speed, we were swinging a lot up in the air as though we were hanging by a thread! It wasn't the stable merry go round ride I was expecting! Wanted to take a photo of it at the top, but as I mentioned earlier, this part of the park was quite empty and quiet. Only one other couple was with us on the ride!


Then, my sis went to try The Abyss. Of course I didn't join her. I not that brave!


It's a turbo drop ride which brings up to the top, then free fall. It looked less scary than the one in Genting though, because the one in Genting had clouds at the top which made it look extremely high!


Afterwards we joined our parents at the Dolphin Show! Soon after, it started to rain heavily and they used the park map to cover their heads and the maps tore after getting wet! Haha. I protected my map and used my bag to cover my head instead since I know we definitely need the map later!


After getting all drenched, we managed to make our way to lunch! We did pass by "The Terrace" earlier but we didn't think it was worth it because the food was chup cai peng style and at least HKD188 per plate.


By luck, we landed ourselves at Tuxedos Restaurant!


It is a waterfront restaurant, and the prices are around the same as the chup cai peng food at The Terrace. This is so much more worth it!


Penguins are so clumsy and adorable!!!!


Many of them kept walking around looking at the floor as though they were trying to find something they dropped. Haha.


The food was mostly western!





Feeding time!! We saw some huge penguins standing far behind without moving and I thought they were statues. Lol. In the end I saw them move. So actually is real one!!!! Hahaha. I wonder how they can stand there and not move at all for minutes! Mostly the smaller ones are the ones that gather around the staff asking for food, just like kids surrounding an adult giving out candies!


Can I have a baby penguin as a pet? So cute!!!! I can just sit there and look at them for hours.




Dad and mum, and two penguins behind! Hehe.


Daddy and the penguin.


The Tuxedos Restaurant is located near the Polar Adventure area! We went in to see the exhibits and it was so freezing cold inside!


Afterwards we went to queue at the Arctic Blast! It's my favourite type of roller coaster ride because it is the "fast but steady and not scary type". Haha.


There was an extremely long queue and we waited very long for this ride! There were these two ladies before us that tried to cut other people's queue, and kena caught by the station master who got them to re-queue from the back! Serves them right lor. After that, the aunty behind me kept pushing me and sticking to me. It was very irritating and I keep tsk-ing. Afterwards, I told her off because I really couldn't stand it anymore! It is not as though if you stick to me, the queue will go faster! 



My sister went on The Flash! I didn't dare to go up, so she went alone again! Haha. This one swings the riders up 360 degree up in the air!


I am definitely more of a fun-fair person. I prefer to play those tame game kiosks and win big teddy bears! Hehe. There were also such kiosks around the area and I saw someone scored a big plushy! So envious!



Sis force kissed the poor penguin. Haha.


I really like Ocean Park alot although the place is really infested with many other ill-mannered tourists! However, my parents think it's more tiring than fun because as it is a very huge park, getting from attraction to attraction requires alot of walking!

Anyway, it started to rain quite badly towards the end of our day at Ocean Park and our coach to go back to the hotel was caught in a jam so we had to stand in an outdoor shelter for quite some time!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Breakfast for Bf

Got inspired on instagram and made this cute breakfast for bf last weekend!



Bf took awhile before realizing that it is actually two birds on a branch. At first he thought it was just randomly placed items! -_-

Anyway, it's really easy to make! Just four ingredients - bread, green apple, hot dog, strawberries!

That night, my sister took the remaining strawberries in the box to eat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seafood International

This is a very backlogged entry.... from way back in August!

For my mum's birthday, we brought her to Seafood International located at East Coast Park! Just a photo entry for my own memory :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Purple Ends



New hair! Asked for purple dye on my hair ends for a different look since I have been with boring brown hair for a long time already. My hairstylist Wayne, from Essensuals Bugis, did the above purple tone for me without bleaching my hair! Very satisfied with the result! My hair look a little messy in the above picture but actually my hair nowadays is usually very smooth and nice because I have been doing treatment at the salon! My friends have commented that recently my hair texture is much better.

If you are keen to do a haircut + colour + the new SP Bubble treatment, enjoy a $168 promotion at Essensuals Bugis! Just call 63330039 and quote my name for the offer! :)



Monday, November 17, 2014

Blur or what

Today, I want to share about some things that happened recently!

It's totally random by the way!

One fine day, I went to have lunch with my colleagues as usual and halfway to the coffeeshop, I realize that what I was holding in my hand is this stapler instead of my wallet!!!! Hahaha I have no idea how and why!



Then on another day, I took a cab to my hair salon after work and when I was almost reaching, I realize that I left my wallet in the office! Quickly called Wayne, my hair stylist and he came down to save me with $20.

After I got my hair done, I felt hungry but the leftover change from the cab fare was only enough for me to either have dinner or take the train back. Sigh! Of course getting home is more important so in the end I bought a standard ticket with an empty stomach.



Sent this photo to my colleagues and one of them told me I could have taken an Uber cab since I already have my credit card details in their system and that could pay for my ride home. I COULD HAVE GOTTEN DINNER WITH THE LEFTOVER CASH!!!!!

Then, I suddenly remembered that bf gave me this customized ezlink card some time back and I left it in the card pocket of my phone cover. I usually use my own ezlink card in my wallet so I totally forgot I had this one!!! I COULD HAVE GOTTEN DINNER WITH THE LEFTOVER CASH!!!!!!




Saturday, November 15, 2014

BTO

Application

Awhile back, bf and me went to apply for a flat under HDB's BTO scheme. Just want to record down the journey of us getting our first apartment together!

I remember the first time he asked me if want to buy flat together, was a few hours after I accidentally burnt his arm with a clothes steamer hahaha. His timing abit funny hor? It's like he only decided to get a house with me after I injure him. Lol. Anyway, few months passed before we went to check out how to apply and all that.

We went to preview what is available on the HDB site and applied for a 5 room flat on the very first day it was launched. Among the location choices available, we decided on Punggol after much consideration. I am glad we chose Punggol because I realize most of the people around me are also going to be staying there! I lived in Pasir Ris all my life so I am actually more used to newer estates.... I realize I don't really fancy mature estates.... Too messy and crowded to my liking. Personal preference!

Sad thing is, both projects launching in Punggol are equally lousy in terms of exact site location. For example, very ulu and far from Punggol central. Also, LRT is a walking distance away. The projects which my friends who applied 3 years before, were all right infront of a LRT station! Too bad 3 years back I haven't met my current bf!

Queue Number

After much anticipation, we finally got our queue number the next month! Luckily, we got a mid number! I heard of many people who tried many times and didn't even get a queue number within the number of available units!

Visit to HDB Hub

We went down to HDB Hub few weeks before our appointment to look at the 3D models!



I realize that my taste is quite mainstream. All stacks that I wanted initially, got snapped up first. Thereafter, whichever unit I was considering, got taken next. -_- In the end, I decided to just wait till 1-2 days before my selection date before weighing out the pros and cons of each leftover unit.

I just remembered that Punggol was the place we went the first day we met.... Now, our first apartment together is going to be in Punggol too :)

Flat Selection

Finally! The day came for our flat selection. Our allocated time was 8.45am and I was so afraid that I would oversleep! At 7am, dad woke me up, followed by mum's call immediately after, and then bf's call. Haha.

The night before, we already discussed and sort of settled which unit to take already. We shortlisted two units just in case since we were the 2nd to select that day. Anyway, we managed to secure the unit we want :) We didn't get to take the best of the estate, but we were quite satisfied with what we chosen! Last minute we decided to opt in the doors and sanitary fittings. Will be doing our own flooring, though it would probably be much more expensive. Gotta start saving up!

Also, over these few months, I got to know a group of my future-neighbors, and they were so kind to help me track and update in the days leading up to my selection! I felt very thankful because they didn't really have to do so since they have all already selected their flats and could rest already. Some of them even called me to give their support and advice. So helpful! I had so much fun chatting with them, and learnt so much from them. So many things I would not have noticed if not for their sharp analysis! Also, we all prefer speaking Chinese more than English and most of us have birthdays in Oct, Nov, Dec. So coincidental!

Can't wait for our home to be ready!