12 Jun 15
It made me happy to hear (comments) from you old-timey blog friends! Want to say “hi!” back.
I’ve got some photos of our morning hike along the California Coastal Trail in SF. I still think about it every now and then, and miss it.
We Uber-ed to the Cliff House, the starting point. (We Uber-ed everywhere in SF. It’s the second best way to get around as a tourist. The best way, of course, is renting a car and driving yourself, which we did on our last half-a-day in SF. Surprisingly street parking wasn’t as bad as we thought it would be.) We missed out on the Camera Obscura as we were too early, it looked so cute though!
The Sutro Baths used to be a private swimming pool complex
A friend told us about Muir Woods which looks like a dream. Wish we had more time. I defo feel like there is so much more to see and do. So I’m gonna find a way back soon. While we were there, I kept stumbling upon articles that mentioned the best things about Oakland too. Allison and Diane, *waves*!
8 May 15
Lake Tahoe was beautiful and slow and easy. We rented a car and drove from San Francisco. I’ve never seen trees so good looking before. The scenery was stunning, people were friendly, I was so happy. Having the anxiety of finding parking/crowds/what to do/what to eat/can’t miss out removed was nice, so so nice.
Food-wise, we thoroughly enjoyed Sprouts Cafe. Ate there twice! Ben still dreams of “the best buttermilk pancakes” he had at Bert’s Cafe. Forget about trying Basecamp Pizza Co., pizzas weren’t great.
8 Jul 14
This might be the first time, I think, I’m mentioning it on the blog that Ben & I are getting married this Saturday! I’ve been trying to type something that makes sense for about half an hour, but everything comes out sounding contrived. I eek at the slightest sign of romance (like to think it’s hereditary) so it’s hard to write sweet… things… But I will say that I can’t wait to find out if being married feels different.
We have no recent decent photos of ourselves together, it’s always a case of he looks nice in one while I look nice in another and retaking more makes it worse. The second photo is one of my favourites of him, let’s just say there’s a lot of irony going on it in. We’ll see if our wedding photos turn out alright and I’ll definitely share some here! Married peeps, feel free to chime in about anything wedding-related or marriage-related. Hearing stories helps calms my nerves. x
7 Jun 14
Sharing some scenes from all over Hong Kong. I’m saving some of my HK recommendations for another post. Once I get more time on my hands!
I’ve been busy working on a new design for my hanging mobiles so all my brain juice goes there. That and juggling wedding preparation so June’s pretty hectic. Had good company on the TV with Roland Garros season and next week, World Cup begins!
I’m crazy for this shot
HK rooftops 1
HK rooftops 2
HK rooftops 3
“Oooo lookey!” when I spotted this
20 May 14
It’s become a thing for me, to plan for an outdoorsy activity when we travel anywhere. It sucks to hike (or even try to enjoy nature) in Singapore because of the humidity, heat and mozzies. While this hike we did in Hong Kong nearly killed us and our relationship (just kidding!), I was really happy we completed it after we completed it.
I borrowed this book and decided on Jardine’s Lookout trail because of the promising views. It didn’t disappoint! The Victoria Peak trail would probably be awesome too but Ben & I have been up to the Peak before. I’ll share at the end of the post how to get to the starting point.
Hiking up to the starting point!
This is Ben, totally regretting letting me plan our trip
I keep calm (and clam) and carry on, till the view spoke for itself
On the top of Mount Butler
The descend is long. Like, really long, till you see signs of life and promise of drinking water.
So we took many, many breaks
How to get there:
– Get to Exchange Square. It is a bus interchange. Located between Central & Hong Kong station.
– Get on Bus 6 or 66. I took Bus 6.
– The journey takes you through Wanchai & Causeway Bay. Once the bus leaves the busy city streets and climbs uphill, enjoy the view for a bit before getting ready to alight.
– Alight at the stop near the cricket club, next to a petrol kiosk. The bus journey took about 25 – 30 minutes at an off-peak hour.
– Buy water from the petrol kiosk, last chance to and you’ll need it. There isn’t a lot of shade to rest under on the trail. Not until you descend from Mount Butler.
– There’s a staircase from the petrol kiosk which will take you up to a street road, Tai Tam Reservoir Road. From there, start walking upwards till you see this wooden archway.
Alternatively, you can skip this by taking a cab. The wooden archway is just shy of the entrance to Parkview, a residential complex.
I found this post to be very informative; I have no idea how far or how long we walked for or what we were even looking at (I’m bad at geography, estimation and simple math calculations). So thank you internet people for sharing!