Thursday, December 24, 2015

Kia Ora North Island

Paradise found! Stunning scenery, amazing yet healthy food - If South Island is supposed to be even prettier than North Island, I really can't imagine what it can be like, and I certainly will go see it for myself. The 'little' road incident aside, this has been a nature lover's dream... from the 19.4km Tongariro Alpine crossing hike, our drives and cruise in the Coromandel Peninsula, my solo exploration at Rotorua and Waitomo, and most spectacular of all - 'the Shire'.... couldn't ask for more in a short 6 day trip. Believe it - NZ really lives up to the hype.



The start of the mighty Alpine Crossing Trek


In search of Mount Doom


Spectacular Green Lakes with Snow


On the way down with Lake Taupo in the horizon


Spectacular coastal scenery in the Coromandel Peninsula


Seascape dotted with tiny little Islands


Cathedral Cove from our sea expedition


Artist's Palette at Waiotapu


Beautifully clear pools at Whakarewarewa Redwoods Park


Beautiful Hobbiton, the highlight of the trip


Fanboy's dream - the peaceful Shire

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Tropical Paradise Langkawi

The Datai Langkawi - a beautiful resort nestled in a tropical rainforest with easy access to the just as pretty Datai Bay. More than just the architecture or setting, it's the magical experience that truly sets it apart. From the divine spa where relaxing massages are done accompanied by the sounds of nature, (calling birds, babbling stream, lapping waves) to the close proximity one gets to the abundant wildlife right out of our villa, (Macaque Monkeys, Dusky Leaf Monkeys, Hornbills, Squirrels) I couldn't have asked for a better place to bond over conversations around nature with my inquisitive little princess... *sigh*... I miss this place already...



Main Pool at the Datai


Lots of cute little frogs at the lily pond in their main lobby


Our rainforest villa with the balcony facing the stream 


Wide swathes of beach at Datai Bay


View out into some of the other Langkawi Islands


Magic moment captured

Monday, May 18, 2015

Third time Hawaii

Back for the 3rd year in Hawaii, and staying in Maui once again, this trip was meant for our l'il darling… 

Beautiful, comfortable accomodations both at Oahu (Hyatt Regency Waikiki) and Maui (Fairmont Kea Lani), all sporting great views of the sea, we had a good time bonding not just as a little family, but with friends as well. Daddy and Mama both got to take turns to enjoy the Grand Wailea spa (the Hawaiin bath was divine), and Daddy managed to even take a spectacular sunrise tour. Not sure when we'll ever be back again, but these sweet memories we'll hold close to our hearts… Hawaii… I've come to love you more and more!



Our view of the Ocean at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki


Break of Dawn at Haleakala


The Glorious Sun illuminating the earth


Lapping waves at the Wailea Beach


Restaurant with a view at the Grand Wailea


Our l'il Darling enjoying the Maui Sun, Sand & Sea...

Welcome to Taiwan (Part 1)

Not too much to show for this short 4D3N getaway based out of Taipei in Feb, 'less I want to make this a food post. Nevertheless, it was really enjoyable: great(and reasonably-priced) food, excellent customer service, easy to get around, and cool weather. We'll be back in Nov for part two!


Golden Waterfall near Jiufen

Monday, December 29, 2014

Relaxing Farmstay at Perth

Relaxing family trip (+ Terence & family) in Spring (November) at Perth,  we spent 3 nights at the Settler's Rest Farmstay (the highlight), and 3 nights at Perth City. 

Not many travel photos to show for, but tons of the activities there, which will give us beautiful memories for years to come. Our princess had a blast: running around in wide-open spaces, the experience with the animals (petting, feeding, chasing, collecting eggs), playing with the older kids, plucking and eating strawberries, and all the ice-creams and chocolates that she got to indulge in.

Good company, good climate, a daughter beaming with happiness... what more can a father ask for?

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Team bonding at Koh Samui

Gorgeous Villa, cool beach-vibes, great fun with colleagues - 'nuff said!


Fantastic Tropical Island atmosphere


Koh Phangan in the distance

Stylish decor and pool - Thanks Boss


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Julley Ladakh!

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Spectacular flight over the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh

                                      

Closeup of the Snow Mountain Ranges

                                      

City as seen from Leh Palace


River flowing with history - The Indus


Donkeys and cows grazing on pasture


Long & perilous drives through the mountains


Double humped Bactrian Camels ready for riding on the Dunes


Sunset over the remote Nubra Valley


Tso Kiagar - Prelude to Tso Moriri


Korzok - Village at the edge of civilization


Picture of Peace and Tranquility


Cultivation at 4595m above sea level


Sacred lake to the Ladakhis


The Famous Pangong Tso, shared between India & Tibet



Blue in all its different shades


A fitting end to a Beautiful Journey


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Family getaway in Central Vietnam

Our first trip out as a family, Daddy, Mummy & Chloe, it was a splendid long weekend. Besides chilling out at the beautifully located and designed InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsular resort, we managed to have a couple of adventures venturing out to Hoi An and Hue as well. With the exception of a few minor incidents, I thought Baby, Mummy and I had a good time bonding. Happy Days! Now time to think of how to put that Ambassador membership to better use... 

 Beautiful Da Nang InterContinental Resort

Hoi An old town buildings

 Hoi An riverside scene by day

 Hoi An riverside scene by night

 Part of the Imperial City at Hue

 Picturesque Central Vietnam countryside

Mountains and waterscapes abound