Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moscow & St Peterburg : May 1-9 2014

I really need to get back to my blog and write these before they are lost in that complicated confused brain of mine..

Another country, or should be more aptly,,,,citites .. from my bucket list -

Mosow ..ya land of KGBs and cold wars and espionages.. 

Flew Etihad on their red eye flight , transit at Abu Dhabi 2 hours and we landed at Moscow in the early afternoon..

Our guide...was there to meet us ..

First stop - not the loo...
Gas station...

wanna show their fuel prices (as opposed to ours) but cannot find the photos.. too bad

Our first day - where we went 

Christ the Savior Catheral in Moscow
Fully rebuilt in 2000

Part of Red Square

Our 2nd day
and we walked something like over 20,000 steps all over

Mr Putin's work place (??)

Young Handsome Moscow Guard

Most expensive hotel in Moscow

University of Moscow

Then we went on their fast - train to St Petersburg--

and saw these the following days

Hermitage from Neka River

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The Spinx is  a gift from Egypt to Moscow
 The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Russian: Церковь Спаса на Крови, Tserkovʹ Spasa na Krovi) is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. It is also variously called the Church on Spilt Blood (Russian: Церковь на Крови, Tserkov’ na Krovi) and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (Russian: Собор Воскресения Христова, Sobor Voskreseniya Khristova), its official name.
St Petersburg
Church of Our Christ on Spilled Blood
where Emperor Alex II was assasinated

The exact spot where Alex II was murdered in 1881

The Peterhof Palace (Russian: Петерго́ф, IPA: [pʲɪtʲɪrˈɡof],[1] Dutch for Peter's Court)[2] is a series of palaces and gardens located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble along with the city centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Perhaps the greatest technological achievement of Peterhof is that all of the fountains operate without the use of pumps. Water is supplied from natural springs and collects in reservoirs in the Upper Gardens. The elevation difference creates the pressure that drives most of the fountains of the Lower Gardens, including the Grand Cascade. The Samson Fountain is supplied by a special aqueduct, over four km in length, drawing water and pressure from a high-elevation source.

Notice that little while house ,,,this is where the Queen has 'sistas' to help her  'test' her lovers' skills and ehemmm.. endurance 

Hermitage with guided tours, you only see what the guide wants you to see and for how long. no time to wander around gawking at the exorbitant Elizabeth and her flurry of skirts and chariots and what ever a woman of that decade thinks is stylo and fancies..well she is the Queen and she is really entitled to her pomps 

Below a little info on Hermitage,,,I think I can wander around for a week and still be thirsty for more history..

from wikipedia :
St. Petersburg's most popular visitor attraction, and one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums, the Hermitage is a must-see for all first-time travellers to the city. With over 3 million items in its collection, it also definitely rewards repeat visits, and new-comers can only hope to get a brief taste of the riches on offer here, from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. One estimate has it that you would need eleven years to view each exhibit on display for just one minute, so many visitors prefer to organize a guided tour to ensure they have time to catch all the collection's highlights. Art aficionados, however, may find it more rewarding to seek out for themselves the works that they are particularly interested in.

Crouching Boy - a work by renowned Michelangelo

a truly big vase
The Alexander Palace (Russian: Александровский дворец) is a former imperial residence at Tsarskoye Selo, on a plateau around 30 minutes by train from St Petersburg. It is known as the favourite residence of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family and their initial place of imprisonment after the revolution that overthrew the Romanov dynasty in early 1917. The Alexander Palace is situated in the Alexander Park, not far from the larger Catherine Palace
Potraits of the last Tsar Nikolai II & his wife, Alexnadra , where they spent their final years
and also his happiest years 
I think I saw these thru the shoulders of other visitors 

Russian regalia used prior to the Great Imperial Crown. The crown is styled after the Monomakh Cap, and was made for Tsar Michael Fyodorovich by Kremlin masters in 1627. The orb and sceptre are of Western-European origin and may have been given toTsar Boris Godunov in 1604.

This shall be it, till i edit it as and when i fancy..

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Bangkok Platinum Shopping Plaza

We took the BTS till Childlom station, and walked about 10 minutes toward the mall, which is divided into Plaza A&B.

More details on shop, opening hours etc, please refer platinumfashionmall

Some shops do accept credit cards but may charge the 3%.
There are few foreign money changers..they need your passport for verification.
Luckily for us, we had copies of it in our Iphone, which was accepted.

The place is so huge with more than 2,000 shops, browsing thru each and every outlets would take almost one day..
serious shopping take the other day..

my personal advice..
see it, like it. buy may not be able to locate the shop again in the maze

Always ask for wholesale price..sometime you get lucky and the owner would just sell one piece to you at wholesale the cardigan below ..

Sharing my loot for my doters  from this plaza,

The black cardigan THB350


Spaghetti Strap T-THB100/piece

Cotton Pants - THB150/ Cotton Panties - THB50/pc

This shop - Sherbet, must be one of the most fashionable supplier..many vendors were just jostling to get their wares when the shop opened for business..

Sherbet Dress - THB350

Bought these 3 pieces from the same store .
Already wholesale prices, one piece, two pieces - same prices

Cotton dress - THB350

An these 2 from another store..
Price for 1 piece  THB300
Price for 2 pieces THB450
What better excuse than to buy two pieces as allowed to mix different designs


Yes, last but not least, winter gloves @ THB200 
Glove was such a bargain we had to buy ...would come in handy (pun intended) for our holiday to cold countries..

Bangkok@Park Plaza Sukhumvit

Back from my 3D/2N 'working' trip to Bangkok, Thailand.

Left on 3/10/2013 MH 3099 - code share with Thai Airways..
Returned on 5/10/2013 MH791 ETD BKK 1740pm, eta KLIA 10.45pm
Reached home 12 midnite..

Chose to return to 

because of the location on Sukhumvit Soi 20, just few minutes walk from Asoke BTS ..

Other brownies points to this hotel :-

2) Asok Foreign Currency Exchange round the corner has one of the best rates. trust me, I know cos we had to change CNY due to my shopping frenzy..

3) Cloth shop nearby with tons of varieties..and very very reasonable prices..

4) the staff was very honest in transportation recommendation to use a metered taxi rather than hotel limo to Impact Centre.

5) and the best of the deal.. I had a free upgrade to Corner Deluxe Room
read about my rating for this hotel during my last visit in Jan 2013 here

More on my shopping @ Platinium Plaza 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hair spray 2013

One word to describe this musical  Hairspay 2013

super awesome 
Ok, that's 2 words

thanks to HSBC...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Art of Annoyance

Which I have perfected today..
Two can play same game
Sum times I can play better

Monday, March 25, 2013

Kota Kinabalu - Day 2

Poring Hot Spring & Canopy Walk

They do not call it a canopy walk for nothing...

Canopy Challenge Group !!

The 1st step is always the hardest !!
You Ok, I Ok...jalan 
Almost there!!!
Water water in the pool
Who has the fairest feet in the group!!
Enjoying a hot dip at Poring Spring

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Kota Kinabalu - March 2013 - Day 1

After much contemplating and '1 2 zoommm' amongt the group, the decision was


23rd March 2013
Our flight from LCCT departed on time..
Landed at KK Airport at 10.00am..

and then the drama began..

Our driver was not there to greet us..
Calls made to the office not answered.
Then the driver called me..saying he is on the way..
And 'his on the way' was at least 40 minutes later..

Is this a 'bad' omen or what?

With 11 paxes and many luggages, we managed to squeeze into this van

first stop..breakfast...

With a satiated team, we were on our way to Kota Kinabalu Park..

But on the way, must stop also for our load of Vitamic C...fresh local fruits...
Sabah pineapples...sweet, juicy and fibreless

Sabah organic bananas 

Our first glimpse of Kota Kinabalu Mountain..the peak is hidden by the heavy clouds..