15 June 2009

Butterfly Blouse

BF gave me a blouse from Bali. He said it is called butterfly blouse and very famous back there in Indonesia. It has butterfly embroidery and the shape is like butterfly wings.

Weehee I feel like a little light fairy flying over the world beautifully... OK, enough!

Despite of its thin material which makes it almost look like a table cloth, I think it's cute and genius.

10 June 2009

Land of the Lost Review

So yesterday my friend and I were going to watch premiere of Land of the Lost in Shaw Lido Cineplex. This is my first time experience watching in this cinema, I would say the place is very unique and not user friendly, the ticket booth is isolated behind a wall stage. Well I didn't purchase tickets there since I got them free, I just had to show the email invitation print out and my IC on omy booth near Lido 3 theatre.

At the beginning all I know was Land of the Lost is a comedy adventure movie, with Will Ferrell on it. It starts with Dr. Rick Marshall's theory about parallel time dimension and his invention of time travel machine. When he almost gives up with his theory, there comes a british assistant research named Holly that is helping him to test his travel machine in an isolated theme park.

Along with a huckster tour guide named Will, they got sucked into parallel prehistoric dimension and got friends tenuously with a primate named Chaka. Not only has problem relationship with Chaka, Rick also makes war with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. In the way, they meet mysterious race of creatures called Sleestaks who wants to conquer the world. So apart from how to find the travel machine to take them back to their world, they also have to deal with this T-Rex and how to prohibit the creatures from coming into their world.

It is very relax to watch this movie after working, because we don't have to think much with its simple story. It is also very stupid and humorous on Chaka's life, how Rick likes to insult Chaka and fight T-Rex, well on many things. But the jokes mostly are for grown-ups, not appropriate for children. I would rate this movie for 5 of 10 points.

07 June 2009

Last Day Trip

May 4th, 2009

This is the last day of our trip, and we make it relax after several tiring days back then. We woke up late and looked around Mong Kok for shopping and searching gifts. Not like Singapore, Hong Kong shopping centers are closed quite late at night, streets are still crowded on 11 pm. But then they're opened late too in the morning around 11 am.

At 12.30 pm noon, we got ready for checking out hostel and went to Hong Kong Ferry Terminal to catch Turbo Jet ferry on 2 PM. When we bought tickets from Macau to Hong Kong with Visa card promotion, we also had to buy return tickets with fixed departure time. We decided to go there by taxi, because it is not that expensive actually where HK taxi can be filled up to 5 persons.

Arrived in Macau at 3 PM, we went to Airport to deposit our luggage (1 for MOP 15) because our flight was still 4 hours later. We planned to go to Senado Square again to buy some gifts, and had a little time to visit Macau Fisherman's Wharf. It is the first theme park in Macau, located near Macau Ferry Terminal. There are restaurants, hotels, karaoke places, shops, and casinos themed in coastal towns like Miami, Cape Town, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Venice, Spain, Portugal and the Italian Riviera. There are also some attractions in Roman, Chinese and Arabic style. But unfortunately I didn't have enought time to observe all. Maybe next time ;)

Bye Macau-HK. Back to Singapore.

(*)Courtesy to Arie for the pictures. Click the images for bigger view.

02 June 2009

In Lantau Island

May 3rd, 2009

Now we go to the other part of Hong Kong, Lantau Island. There are 2 attractive sites: Ngong Ping Village with the Giant Buddha, and Disneyland! Because we wanted to see the great Disneyland fireworks at 8 PM, so first we went to Giant Buddha in the morning. Giant Buddha is located in Ngong Ping village, where we only can reach it safely by cable car. I said safely, because actually there is another way to reach the village which is located quite high on the hill. From above I could see some people do tracking to go there.

Around 8 AM we started to go out. From Mong Kok MRT Station to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal only takes 45 minutes. Opening hours of this terminal is 10.00 am - 6.00 pm on normal days, and 9.00 am - 6.30 pm on weekend and public holidays. We bought round trip ticket of Standard Cabin Cable Car, each HKD 96. There are 2 types of cabin, the standard one and the crystal cabin has transparant glass in the bottom part. Can you imagine that, like you're standing in the air. Since it's more expensive and I am not brave enough for taking it (maybe I would close my eyes along the way haha), my friends and I took the standard one. It takes about 25 minutes to get to Ngong Ping village. Along the way we can view Hong Kong International Airport, Tung Chung Bay, Lantau North Country Park, and of course the Tian Tan Buddha.

We walked through chinese restaurants, vegetarian stalls (the way Buddhist monks eat), Buddha souvenir shops, and fake Bodhi Tree (where Buddha spent his meditation). Like Borobudur in Indonesia, we need to climb the stairs to reach the statue. It's quite high (wiki said 268 steps) but not too tiring, even aunties and uncles can climb well and fast, d'oh. We climbed at almost noon, so it's VERY hot, sisters and brothers, you should bring your umbrella, hat, handy fan, water, sunglasses, or anything that can make you feel cool and chilly a little bit!

After taking pictures for a while, we turned down to visit Po Lin Monastery temple. At that time, there is a celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday, so it's fulled with banners, flowers and smoke of sticks (hio) when some visitors are praying.

We had lunch in Food Republic at Citygate Tung Chung. This mall contains of branded factory outlets, so everything must be very cheap. But since we're in a rush to get to Disneyland at noon, we skipped shopping there. To get into Disneyland, transit in Sunny Bay MTR Station which is only 1 station ahead from Tung Chung, then take this cute train (bonus: a masked guy)!!

Yep, the window shape is Mickey's head. Once you get off the train, you come into Disney worlds, you don't realize that you're in Hong Kong anymore. "Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy".

Like I said in previous posting, there's a discounted Disneyland tickets from our hostel. So we bought the tix there the morning before we went out. HKDL Opening Hours: 10.00 - 19.00 on weekdays, 10.00 - 21.00 on weekends and holidays. On the gate, our bags were checked by security. Water is not allowed to be brought in from outside, they will take it. First, my friends and I took a tour in HKDL Railroad Train from Main Street Station, which is going around park to see the whole part. The park is actually not too big because HKDL Railroad finished to take us around only in 15 minutes.

(While I am writing this, I listen to Disney songs to remind me of my journey back there). There are 4 parts of HKDL: Adventure Land, Main Street, U.S.A, Fantasy Land and Tomorrow Land. Recommended attractions not to be missed:

1. Festival of the Lion King
It is located in Theatre in the Wild, Adventure Land. A musical colorful pageant inspired by animated film "The Lion King" lasts for 30 minutes live. You will find familiar songs of Lion King like Hakuna Matata, I Just Can't Wait to Be King, Can You Feel the Love Tonight. And the dances are awesome!

2. Jungle River Cruise
Still in Adventure Land, we can take the adventure of humorous tour for 8 minutes to sail the mysterious river full of wild animals. Tours are offered in Cantonese, Putonghua (standard Chinese language) and English, you should line up in the right queue.

3. Day Parade Performance
It's daily parade on 3.30 PM. The best parade viewings are around Main Street, U.S.A and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. All Disney characters will come out to parade with dances and songs.

4. Mickey's PhilharMagic
An amazing 3-dimensional screen that showcases some of the most memorable moments in Disney animated films. Well in my case, they showed Donald Duck's stupidipity. It's like real, when Donald get wet in the screen, water from somewhere spotted my face. When Donald swing on the air by Aladdin's carpet, wind blew my face. It is hilarious.

5. The Golden Mickeys
It is located in Disney's Storybook Theatre, Fantasy Land. A beautifully decorated theatre showcases a live "awards" musical. This 30-minutes show has all our favorite Disney characters. I love Beauty and the Beast!

6. Space Mountain
Located in Tomorrow Land, a thrilling high-speed journey to the far reaches of the universe and back on this interstellar roller coaster. Enough to make me nauseous.

7. Disney in the Stars
Fireworks are held daily near the closing time of the park, lasts about 20 minutes, transforms the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle into a stunning evening spectacle. In the same time, on walls of the castle we can see picked out of animated magic Disney films, like Aladdin, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast along with the soundtracks.

I had soooo much fun!! Nice to be child again :)
After fireworks, we went back to Kowloon... to shop in Ladies Market. Yes, the day is not finished yet. Ladies Market opens until 11 PM, there we can find Hong Kong souvenirs and cheap KW bags (pirated branded bags) like in Mangga Dua Jakarta.

OK, that's it for today.

(*)Courtesy to Arie for some pictures. Click the images for bigger view.