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Trip to Thailand! 8-10 Aug.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

My company had a short trip to Thailand a few weekends ago. Here are some pics … finally :P

It was a very rushed trip, we went from SGP -> BKK -> Rayong -> Pattaya -> Rayong -> Koh Samet -> BKK  -> SGP all in THREE days!

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Hehe … I do use some of my stuff! It was an early morning flight to BKK.

When we reached BKK, we immediately left for Rayong.

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This is the beach at our Rayong resort.

After a massage and a few moments by the pool, we headed for a nite trip to Pattaya.

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We were there to see a show and also to grab dinner. It was really yummy!

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The next day we headed to Koh Samet … journey by speedboat! Waters were pretty bumpy, luckily I am not prone to seasickness.

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We made it to the island!

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And then it was another bumpy truck ride to our resort on Koh Samet.

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View of the beach @ Koh Samet.

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We had lunch at the resort b4 changing into our suits and enjoying the water and massage. Unfortunately there wasn’t much sun and so I did not get the tan I wanted to :(

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For dinner, we headed into the small village near our resort … Haha, that was not the first bottle of beer I had … nor the last ;)

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Look at what I found at the 7-11 store @ Samet!!! Hello Kitty tissue! She is everywhere, even on this remote part of the island.

The next day, it was time to leave ….

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One last shot b4 we left the island and then it was traveling and more traveling back to BKK.

We had a few hrs to spare so we stopped by a shopping center when we reached BKK.

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Had a bite to eat b4 we did our shopping. Had not much time so we did not really buy much. I got some t-shirts and belts.

After shopping it was to the airport and then back to S’pore. It was a tiring trip, I think I need another 3 day weekend of doing NOTHING to recover from my 3 day trip :P

2nd Day in Paris! - 22 March

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

It was my only full day in Paris and I made full use of it!

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This must look very familiar to all u ppl … esp those who have played HKO ;) It was nice to see it in person!

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This is the Louvre museum.

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Which houses Michelangelo’s Venus de Milo

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And Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.

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It is also home to thousands of other artifacts.

I spend a long time walking thru the many rooms and corridors but there is no way I saw everything.

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This is one of my fave pic I took …. it was taken near the Louvre.

I headed back to my hotel for a quick rest and to drop off some items that I bought. I then headed out once again.

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Visited yet another church. This one is called Sacre-Cceur.

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The view from the top.

After that …. the most famous monument in Paris ….

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The Eiffel Tower!

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It seems to be undergoing some renovation with all the green webbing around it.

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The day and night views from on top the tower. Yes, I stayed there from about 6+pm to 8+pm to catch the different views.

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One last shot of the Eiffel Tower lit up with thousands of lights.

I had a great time and visiting the Eiffel Tower has been one of my dreams. It was really emotional when I finally got to see it and touch it ….. I hope all of u will get a chance to see a dream come thru like me :D

First day in Paris! - 21 March

Monday, April 6th, 2009

I arrived in Paris on 21 March in the morning and after dumping my bags at my motel, I set out to do some sightseeing.

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My first stop was Notre Dame cathedral

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Here are some views of the inside.

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This statue on the outside looks very familiar. I wonder if I have seen it b4 somewhere or I’m just imagining things.

After that I walked around the streets of Paris and that was when I was stalked by Hello Kitty!

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She was everywhere! I swear this was all taken within a couple of hrs.

I made my way back to my hotel b4 heading for more shopping. Wanted to check out the stores as they would be closed on Sunday which leaves Monday the only other day to do my shopping.

My shopping led me to Champ-Elysees where all the branded boutiques are and also the famous arch of Paris.

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It was 284 steps to go up the arch!

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It looks like a seashell!

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Views from the top ….

I will be heading to the Eiffel Tower the next day .. very excited about it :D

2nd Sat in Monaco - 14 March

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

It was the weekend and I decided to do some touristy stuff in Monaco ….

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I made my way to a gardens called Jardin Exotique which was located on .. u guessed it, Jardin Exotique Boulevard.

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Here’s a map of the gardens which includes a cave and a museum.

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The map of the cave. There was a guide that would lead ppl every hr on the hr. It was a 300 steps climb down and then another 300 back up O_o.

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Unfortunately the guide only spoke in French so I do not know what was going on. But the cave looks really fascinating. According to my boss, many many years ago, the first ppl of Monaco used to lived in these caves ….

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This was part of the museum display ….

After the gardens, I headed to the Aquarium!

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Which is located on the rocks ….

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Here’s just a small selection of what I saw ….

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Nemo!

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This is the skeleton of a whale ….

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This one :P

I headed to a “mall” after the aquarium but it was so pathetic … not many shops at all. So after walking a bit, I headed back to my hotel room …. did a lot of walking that day!

More pics to come ….

Some nite views of Monaco ….

Friday, March 13th, 2009

On Fri nite, my colleague brought me out for dinner with his family near the palace. Here are some pics I took….

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Here’s a pic of the palace!! :)

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And just for ripplecloud who was requesting for food pics :P This is the only pic of food that I took during dinner. Its an Italian dessert called Panna cotta. It was really yummy!!

Monaco’s Palace and Nice ….

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I decided to go to the palace to see the daily guard change @ 11.55am. It was about a 15mins walk to the palace but I reached there only to be greeted by more stairs.

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Luckily these were not that steep.

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I reached the top!

I did take a video of the guard change using my cell phone (I left the memory card of my actual camera in my laptop so all the pics at the palace were taken using my cell phone) but it was taking too long to upload into my lappy.

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So here’s a pic of a guard :P

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Real nice architecture with shops hidden within the narrow alleys.

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Look what I found all the way in Monaco!!! Hello Kitty :)

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This is where Grace Kelly aka Princess Grace is buried, I think.

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View of Monaco from the palace.

After visiting the palace, I met up with some colleagues for lunch and after lunch, one of them brought me to Nice.

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Here’s Nice, France … about 15mins drive from Monaco.

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The boardwalk was crowded as the weather on Sun was real nice.

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I love Ferris Wheels, especially the traditional ones.

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A small street that is lined with restaurants on both sides.

I was told that Nice used to belong to Italy long long time ago. This accounts for the many Italian style architecture u see in Nice.

There goes my weekend … its work on Mon :(

Monaco ….

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

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Some pics I took on the plane. I thought the sun shot that I took was cool :P

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The inside of my room.

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The outside view….

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There are many stairs like this in Monaco. I sure had my stairmaster workout today :D

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Just look at all the yachts! I wonder if I will get a chance to go on board one of them :P

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This is the right of Monaco. The mountain the background .. that is Italy.

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Visited a Japanese Garden.

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Quite pretty …

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This just made me smile … I could just imagine someone painstakingly doing this.

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Street named after Grace Kelly who was also the Princess of Monaco. She died a very tragic death :(

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Its the famous hairpin turn of the F1 race in Monaco.

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The building at the end is the Monte Carlo Casino.

One more day of fun b4 its work :( Going to enjoy it as much as I can. Will try to post more pics but I have limited internet access in the hotel.

Bye!!