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Ipoh Travelogue – (Part 1): WEIL Hotel, Concubine Lane, Ipoh Booth Cart, Thean Chun Coffee Shop (天津茶室), Kong Heng Square, Burps and Giggles, Yum Cha Tea Bar and Tong Sui Kai 糖水街

Think of Malaysia, think of Ipoh. Located within the state of Perak, Ipoh took our breath away and we were just drawn by its slower pace of life as we took a short break away from Singapore.

This trip was so impromptu that we only had a couple of days to come up with the itinerary and we thought the trip went pretty well! In this blog series, we will cover some of the best cuisines in Ipoh, well-preserved historical landmarks and quaint cafes that make you fall in love with this town.

Instead of hopping into a dreaded 8 hours journey by coach, we took the budget airline and arrived at Sultan Azlan Shah Airport after an hour flight.

The airport was relatively small and you would probably be visiting these two booths – Car Rental and Purchase of SIM Card.

I bought a 6GB plan for RM35, which was more than sufficient for a 3-day use.

We rented a MPV which cost about SGD100/day. The car park was just in front of the airport so picking up the car was a breeze.

We would be staying at the WEIL Hotel. Apart from just 6km from the airport, this beautiful hotel is adjoined to the Ipoh Parade Shopping Centre and had so many reasons why visitors should be staying there.

Concubine Lane

Our first stop was exploring the Concubine Lane, which was along Lorong Panglima and is the busiest among the three lanes today with shops and restaurants. As cliche as it may sound, one of the must-do activities in Ipoh is the heritage walk around the old town area.

It was no surprising that the street was packed with tourists since it was a weekend.

Brightly colored umbrellas.

It might sound sinful, but what a shame it would be if a visit to Ipoh was completed without trying some of their unique desserts!

We sampled the Honey Ice Ball (RM5 per ball); an ice ball bigger than the size of a fist shaped with shaved ice then drizzled generously with gula melaka (palm sugar syrup).

Kuma Brand‘s rainbow cheese toast (RM13 per toast) certainly captured our hearts! Brushed with butter on the surface, the bread was being toasted to golden yellow.

The fun part of it? Stretching the cheese to your heart’s delight.

We tried the cold dessert at Tau Fu Fa, which was a great respite from the sweltering heat. To create the traditional atmosphere, long and squatting stools were set up for dine-in customers.

Their bean curd literally melts when you eat it. A must-try dessert shop at Concubine Lane.

Panglima Dua Lima, a charming little cafe housed in an old shophouse serving freshly prepare Ipoh white coffee.

The cafe was coated with attractive interiors. Old wall, wooden furnishing and displays of old school items added a rustic charm to this place.

Address:
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Ipoh Booth Cart

Situated on the upper floor of the corner shop lot Restoran Sun Yoon Wah was Ipoh Booth Cart. We wouldn’t know of this place (opposite Concubine Lane) if not for the banners placed outside.

This place catered to a few booths or kiosks selling souvenirs and drinks.

Hey, admission is free!

Thean Chun Coffee Shop (天津茶室)

Thean Chun Restoran is highly recommended in the media and they are famous for their “Kai See Hor Fun” aka Chicken Kuey Teow Soup, egg caramel custard, chee cheong fun and satay.

We were very full but capturing pictures is a must!

Address:
73, Jalan Market, Ipoh, 30000,
Ipoh, Perak, 30000, Malaysia

Kong Heng Square

Nestled amidst Ipoh Old Town colonial buildings is Kong Heng Square Artisan Market (KHSAM).

An area rejuvenated with rustic blend of old and new architecture and shady trees, has been given a new “life” with burgeoning local arts, crafts and eateries. It is a hub where passion meets creativity.

I fell in love with photography few years ago and felt that Kong Heng Square actually was a good spot for photo-taking.

Previously a decrepit and abandoned space, Kong Heng Square has been rejuvenated into one of the cool hangouts in town.

Can you believe on top of this building is actually a hotel?

New Star Salon, an old school barbershop that have stood the test of time.

Popular Plan B Cafe, a place for all-day dining.

We heard much about Burps and Giggles and glad that it was conveniently located at Kong Heng Square.

Customers are greeted with great ambience and the cafe is furnished with eclectic decorations.

Don’t miss out their Fish & Chips and red velvet cake.

Yum Cha Tea Bar

The Bubble Tea world is on a rage. We heard that Yum Cha Tea Bar is selling White Rabbit Bubble Tea here.

Tasted but not to my liking..

Should have tried the matcha flavour.

Traditional Tea House / Wood Craft Workshop

As evening beckoned, we chanced upon this interesting tea house as we went to collect our car.

The friendly owner invited us to tour his premises.

Every bit of the interior was lovely and filled with charm.

According to the owner, this place was used to host wood craft workshop and corporate sharing sessions.

Tong Sui Kai 糖水街 or “Dessert Street”

Tong Sui Kai 糖水街 or literally “Dessert Street” is one of local’s famous food spot with many stalls selling local delicacies such as rojak, cockles, noodles and many others.

Chicken Wings at RM2.70 per piece.

Wanton Noodle (Stall 44) at RM10 and Ice Kacang at RM5.

Memories of Ipoh on our first day.

Why not try Ipoh when planning your getaway? I am in love with Malaysia. Looking forward to explore this beautiful country again.

Address:

Jln Sultan Ekram, Taman Jubilee, 30300 Ipoh, Negeri Perak, Malaysia

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California Travelogue – (Part 2): San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Maritime Museum, Ghirardelli Square, Lombard Street and Chinatown

Soak into the sights, sounds and smells of San Francisco. We did a tour of the Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Park includes a magnificent fleet of historic ships, a Visitor Center, Maritime Museum, Maritime Research Center, and Aquatic Park Historic District.

It was an easy tour as the place wasn’t huge.

A short walk further down was the Maritime Museum which was located in the Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building.

Ghirardelli Square is a convenient stop for chocolate and ice cream while already visiting at Fisherman’s Wharf.

No trip to San Francisco is complete without tasting sweet chocolate from those chocolate dream-makers at Ghirardelli. Ghirardelli’s sundaes are real special.

We did not drive during our stay in San Francisco. Instead, we walked, walked and walked.

As you can see, the roads here were steep and it was a test of endurance and good form of exercise.

This picture is a good example to get a sense of how steep the streets were.

We did have the chance to see the splendor of the West Coast, here was what San Francisco looked and felt like.

Strolling down one of America’s crookedest streets in the form of Lombard Street is a blessing! The steep, hilly street was created with sharp curves to switchback down the one-way hill past beautiful Victorian mansions.

Lombard Street is definitely one of the most photographed spot in San Francisco. Tourists just couldn’t resist its charm and uniqueness.

 This street has eight tight hairpin turns through the neighborhood where guests can either drive, or walk, down for an interesting adventure.

After exploring Lombard Street, we walked to the Chinatown.

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest one in North America (surprisingly well maintained) and covers 24 city blocks.

Trying out the delicious and yummy dim sum!

We finally found the the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory after getting lost! Located in Ross Alley, formerly called the “Street of the Gamblers”; the little factory here makes fortune cookies.

We had no idea why it was so popular among tourists. In fact, we don’t think there is anything special about fortune cookies. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant sight watching the lady sitting at the assembly line, folding and filling the cookies by hand.

Big and Small M at the Dragon Gate, the official entrance into Chinatown on Bush Street, where Grant Avenue takes you into the heart of Chinatown.

Another Macy’s in San Francisco 🙂

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Top 30 Places in Singapore to Bring Your Kids During the Holidays!

It’s the time of the year where school-going children unwind from the highs of the examinations,
and parents are able to take a break from the mad rush of time juggling between work, school and
extracurricular activities.

While some of us make plans for travel, many of us still spend a fair amount of time staying put in our
sunny island, where there is much to do. But whether you are travelling or staying, kids will be kids, and
they are energizer bunnies bursting with excitement on what their next activity will be.

We can imagine many starting to Google on where is the nearest and most convenient places to bring these
rugrats. If this stresses you out, no fret! Here we provide you a location based breakdown of the top 30
places to bring your kids (to burn off their seemingly endless bouts of energy).

 

North

#1 Katapult Trampoline Park

Where

81 Lorong Chencharu

#01-11

Singapore 769198

 

Opening Hours

Monday: 12pm – 9pm

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 9pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday (PH): 9am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Weekday: From $15/hr

Weekend: From $19/hr

 

#2 Kidzland

Where

81 Lorong Chencharu

#01-11

Singapore 769198

 

Opening Hours

Monday: 12pm – 9pm

Tuesday – Friday: 10am – 9pm

Saturday, Sunday & PH: 9am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Toddler (1-3 yo): From $16

            Child (3yo & above): From $20

1 Accompanying Adult: Free

 

#3 Kids Amaze @ SAFRA Toa Payoh

Where

293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh

SAFRA Toa Payoh

Singapore 319387

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 1pm – 7pm

Friday: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday, Sunday & PH: 10am – 7pm

 

Tickets

Child (18 months – 18 years): From $7.50 (Member); From $12.70 (Non Member)

Adult: $2.15

 

#4 My Little Climb Room

Where

183 Jln Pelikat

#B1-101

Singapore 537643

 

Opening Hours

Thursday, Friday: 2pm – 7:30pm

Saturday – Sunday, PH: 10am – 7:30pm

 

Tickets

3 and above: $22

Below 3 years old: $11

Additional adults: $5

 

North East

#5 Air Zone

Where

180 Kitchener Road

Level 2, City Square Mall

Singapore 208539

 

Opening Hours

Daily

11am – 9pm

 

Tickets

$20.00 (1 hour session)

There is no age restriction but all guests must be able to climb and walk on the nets unassisted. Children who are below 7 years old must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

 

#6 Fun N Laughter

Where

180 Kitchener Road

#B2-32, City Square Mall

Singapore 208539

 

Opening Hours

Daily

1030am – 930pm

 

Tickets

Toddler (Under 2yo): From $12

Child (2yo & above): From $18

 

#7 Happy Castle

Where

Seletar Mall

33 Sengkang East West Ave

#03-K1/2/3

Singapore 797653

 

Opening Hours

Daily

10am – 10pm

 

Tickets

$22 for 3hrs

$78 for 10hrs

$140 for 20hrs

 

#8 Splash @ Kids Amaze (SAFRA Punggol)

Where

9 Sentul Crescent

SAFRA Punggol

Singapore 828654

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 10pm – 8pm

Friday – Sunday, PH: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Baby (Below 18 months): Free

Child (18 months – 13 years): From $8 (Member); From $16 (Non Member)

Adult: $2 (Member); $5 (Non Member)

 

East

#9 Clip ‘n Climb

Where

HomeTeamNS Tampines

1 Tampines Walk

#03-03 Our Tampines Hub

Singapore 528523

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 9pm

Every first Monday of the Month (i.e. 4 March 2019): 2pm – 9pm

Friday, Saturday, School Holidays and Eve of PH: 10am – 11pm

Sunday and PH: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

HomeTeamNS Member: $18

PA/SAFRA: $22

Guest: $25

 

#10 Kaboodle Kids

Where

88 East Coast Road

#02-05 Katong Square

Singapore 423371

 

Opening Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Friday, Saturday: 9am – 730pm

Closed on Tuesdays

Open on Public Holidays

 

Tickets

Toddler (Below 3yo): From $15

Child (3yo & above): From $20

 

#11 The Artground – A Curious Place To Be

Where

90 Goodman Road

#01-40 Block J

Singapore 439053

 

Opening Hours

Wednesday & Thursday: 930am – 5pm

Friday – Sunday & PH: 930am – 6pm

 

Tickets

Free

 

#12 The Polliwogs

Where

3 Simei Street 6

#04-07 Eastpoint Mall

Singapore 528833

 

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 830pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Toddler (Below 2yo): From $13

Child (2yo & above): From $20

 

#13 The City

Where

112 East Coast Road

#03-31 i12 Katong Mall

Singapore 428802

 

Opening Hours

Daily

10am – 7pm

 

Tickets

Under 12 months (with accompanied paying sibling): Free

Under 24 months: $18

25 months & above: $22

Adults: Free

 

West

#14 Let ‘Em Play

Where

18 Boon Lay Way

#01-100 Trade Hub 21

Singapore 609966

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 10am – 730pm

Saturday, Sunday & PH: 10am – 830pm

 

Tickets

Child: $25

Adult: $29

Parent/Child Bundle: $48

 

#15 Kids Amaze @ SAFRA Jurong

Where

333 Boon Lay Way

SAFRA Jurong

Singapore 649848

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 1pm – 7pm

Friday: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday, Sunday & PH: 10am – 7pm

 

Tickets

Child (18 months – 18 years): From $7.50 (Member); From $12.70 (Non Member)

Adult: $2.15

 

#16 T-Play

Where

2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7

Level 2 HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok

Singapore 659003

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 1pm – 7pm

Friday: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday, Sunday, School & PH: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Below 18 months: From $2

Above 18 months: From $4

Adult: From $2

 

#17 Go go bambini

Where

Blk 8 Dempsey Road

#01-15 Dempsey Hill

Singapore 247696

 

Opening Hours

Daily

9am – 7pm

 

Tickets

Monday – Thursday: Unlimited Playtime

Babies (below 6 months): Free

Toddlers (6 – 23 months): From $10

Children (2 – 12 years): From $20

 

#18 Houbii Spot

Where

80 Mandai Lake Road

Singapore Zoo

Singapore 729826

 

Opening Hours

Daily

10am – 6pm

 

Tickets

Mini Course (Kids below 110cm): $20

The Real Thing (Kids above 110cm): $25

 

Central

#19 Playeum @ Gilman Barracks

Where

Block 47 Malan Road

#01-23 Gillman Barracks

Singapore 109444

 

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Closed on Monday

 

Tickets

Child (1 – 12yo): $22

1 Accompanying Adult: Free

Additional Accompanying Adult: $10

 

#20 Buds by Shangri-La

       Where

      Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

     22 Orange Grove Road

     Lower Lobby, Tower Wing

     Singapore 258350

 

            Opening Hours

            Daily

            9am – 9pm

 

         Tickets

            Toddler (Under 4yo): From $28

            Child (4-12yo): $48

 

#21 Cool De Sac

Where

3 Temasek Boulevard

#02-379/80, Suntec Convention Centre

Singapore 038983

(West Wing, above H&M and Uniqlo )

 

Opening Hours

 Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Monday – Friday

Under 6 months: Free

Under 3yo: $12.80

3-12yo: $22.80

Saturday, Sunday & PH

Under 6 months: Free*

Under 3yo: $14.90

3-12yo: $28.70

            *Adult rates apply for children under 6 months for Weekends and Public Holidays

 

#22 Future World Exhibition

Where

ArtScience Museum

Marina Bay Sands

6 Bayfront Avenue

Singapore 018974

 

Opening Hours

   10am – 7pm

(Last admission at 6pm)

 

Tickets

 Enquire at Counter

 

#23 KidsSTOP

Where

Science Centre Singapore

15 Science Centre Road

Singapore 609081

 

Opening Hours

Daily

930am – 130pm (1st session)

2pm – 6pm (2nd session)

 

Tickets

Child: From $10

Adult: From $5 per adult

 

#24 The Joy of Toys

Where

6 Eu Tong Seng Street

#03-51 Clarke Quay Central (Yellow Zone)

Singapore 059817

 

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm

 

Tickets

Child: From $10

Adult: From $5

 

#25 Busy Tables

Where

35 Rochester Drive

#03-22 Rochester Mall

Singapore

 

Opening Hours

Daily

10am – 730pm

 

Tickets

Single Entry: $10 (Less than 1 yo); $18 (1yo & above)

Drop off: $18 per hr

Playgroups: $35 per session

 

#26 Waka Waka

Where

407 Havelock Road

#05-01

Singapore 169634

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 930am – 7pm

Sat, Sun & PH: 930am – 8pm

 

Tickets

Starter (6 visit pass): $158

Explorer (12 visit pass): $248

 

#27 Aquarius Cove

Where

29 Carpenter Street

Level 5

Singapore 059923

 

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday: 1130am – 6pm

Sat, Sun & PH: 1030am – 630pm

 

Tickets

11 mths & Below: Free ($5 per adult)

12 mths – 29 mths: $10 (2 accompanying adult per paying child)

2.5 yrs & above: $18 (2 accompanying adult per paying child)

Weekdays (excl. PH & School Holidays) – Unlimited Playtime

Weekends, PH & School Holidays – 2 hrs playtime

 

#28 Little Planet Playland

Where

176 Orchard Road, #02-21

The Centrepoint

Singapore 238843

 

Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday: 10am – 7pm

Saturday & PH: 10am – 8pm

 

Tickets

11 mths & Below: Free (per accompanying paying child)

12 mths & Above: $25

Weekdays – Unlimited play

Weekends & PH – 2hr play

 

#29 Pororo Park

Where

6 Raffles Boulevard

#02-29 Marina Square

Singapore 039594

 

         Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday: 1030am – 8pm

aturday: 1030am – 9pm

Unlimited Playtime on School Holidays

 

Tickets

Child

Non Members: From $24.50

Partners: From $23.50

Annual Members: From $19.50

 

Adult

Non Members: $6

Partners: $4.50

Annual Members: $2.50

Weekdays: 3hr playtime

Weekends: 2hr playtime

 

#30 Kidzania

Where

31 Beach View

#01-01/02 Palawan Kidz City

Singapore 098008

 

Opening Hours

Daily

10am – 6pm

 

Tickets

Toddler (under 3yo): Free

Child (3-17yo): From $58.90

Adult (18-59yo): From $33.25

Senior (60yo & above): From $23.75

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Happy Holidays Everyone! 🙂

 

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Kallos – (Empowering teen girls to live out their faith in a relevant way): Dinner With Dad

When was the last time you had a relaxed dinner alone with your teen daughter? Come, go on a fun dinner date with your teen daughter.

Kallos’ means beauty in Greek.

1 Sam 16:7

 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

Hope to get hold of this lovely T-shirt soon for Big and Small M, as a reminder that they are beautiful inside.

And that’s all that matters.

Everyone had a taste of the popular Nasi Lemak, served in local buffet style at Old School Delights.

Organised by Kallos, which mission is to help young girls to live out God’s purpose in their lives, I thought this would be a meaningful occasion to have a personal dinner with Big M.

There’s more to life than grade.

Very often, we as parents are guilty of letting grades to define our kids.  It is a timely reminder not to allow our children to define their worth solely in terms of academic achievement.

This simple box of memories.

It is personal, old school, childlike, and will not break the bank. Everyone took a walk down memory lane as we shared stories about our school days.

As fathers, we have been shown the brutal truth of how life operates on in many occasions.

Life can be tough when the rubber meets the road. But each time, we try our best to take the lessons we are being taught, dust ourselves off and stand back up as tall as we can.

Sometimes we have been successful, sometimes we have not been, but isn’t that just a part of life?

What was your biggest reality check when you became a father or daughter?

Jason Wong, founder of the Dads for Life movement, sharing with us on ways to build up our daughters’ self-worth and how to support them during stressful times.

Create regular conversations with them make parents aware of what they are experiencing in school and their lives. This is not just about asking their grades or whether they have done their homework.

When parents create an environment where our children can share his/her successes, failures and anxieties, they will be a step closer to fulfilling their calling.

One memorable sharing by Jason was when he was sharing about his late father. When it came to the end of his life, he would make sure there were two books near to him every day – the bible and photo album.

The bible would draw him closer to God (knowing he would be meeting his Creator soon) while the photo album would bring back beautiful memories of how he had spent his life with his family.

Shiwei Quek, Director of Kallos, shared about the undeniable salience of fathering. The role that a father assume can be trying and challenging.

As father, we learn to celebrate the good days and venting about the tough ones – the throwing up by our little ones, tantrums they are creating, and disapproving of the boys they are going out with, amongst others.

Create happy memories for our daughters, that they will internalise and grow up to be healthy adults who are able to deal with life’s curveballs.

Continue to give them the reassurance, to let them have a sense of self worth.

As daughters, tribute our love for our fathers by way of words and actions. It can even be a simple phone call.

This means even after my father has placed my hand into the groom’s hand and I am no longer staying with my parents.

My best bud.

Affirmation time through writing letters for each other before we closed with prayers.

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California Travelogue – (Part 1): San Francisco Cable Car, Powell Street and Fisherman Wharf

After our New York trip, we took a 6.5 hour flight to San Francisco.

San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. It’s known for its year-round fog, iconic Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and colorful Victorian houses.

Our first impression of San Francisco was its cleaniness. The tram was really clean and a big contrast to NYC in which it was not crowded.

Thanks to our friends staying in California, we were recommended to take the BART train to Powell Street.

So clean and fresh!

We would be staying at Axiom Hotel, which was just located above the Powell Station. It took about 2 to 3 mins walk to the hotel.

The reason we chose Axiom Hotel was it’s close proximity to the train station. The place was centralised to every tourist activities but we were cautioned that it was near to the Tenderlion neighbourhood where the streets were shady and you wouldn’t want to bump onto people you wouldn’t want to meet. Glad that there was a right soul who walked up and told us not to cross the street, else we would be venturing into the neighbourhood. Yes, the google map did fail us at times.

Cute robot to attend to our needs.

Burger King was beside our hotel.

We were glad that the cable car station was outside our hotel. During peak hour, the queue could linger till late into the night. The ticket cost $7 each.

We are going to the Fisherman’s Wharf. Fisherman’s Wharf, on the northern waterfront, is one of the city’s busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops and stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls appear at every turn.

The streets of San Francisco was just amazing. It would take a lot of energy just to walk up the slopes and they were appearing at every junction we stopped.

Slopes again. How to survive without owning cars here?

No experience is more uniquely San Francisco than a ride on a cable car. A must-try experience here!

It’s convenient to travel here and we don’t really need to drive.

The Ross store is a great place to find cheap stuff.  

Love these laundry buckets so much (only $13) but how to bring back home 😦

The crab meat and prawns were very juicy. It cost about US$70.

Spent the afternoon exploring the streets.

If In-N-Out Burger comes to Singapore, it will beat all the fast food restaurants hands down.

Our favourite pasttime. Buying a loaf of cheap bread when visiting the harbour to feed the birds.

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New York Travelogue – (Part 3): The High Line, Chelsea Market, Subway, Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square

This was our final day at New York City. Our main goal was to cover two attractions. Some say The High Line is a must-go attraction and we shouldn’t give it a miss.

The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.

Saved from demolition by neighborhood residents and the City of New York, the High Line opened in 2009 as a hybrid public space where visitors experience nature, art, and design.

Elevated 30 feet in the air, this former railroad has taken in a form of a beautiful stretch of pathway.  The walk is about a mile and a half in length and takes you from Gansevoort Street up to 34th. We arrived just when the sun was setting and took some beautiful shots.

The Chelsea Market was near to The High Line. An indoor food hall, most of the shops in Chelsea Market were food related.

A suitable place for cafe hoppers also, not to mention there was a variety of shops selling gifts, spirits, groceries and more. The building was formerly used to be a biscuit factory, which was why much of the interior and aesthetic was a reminiscence of its past.

Intrigued to see the Youtube office here..

Not surprising to see the Google’s office here as Manhattan’s Chelsea Market building was bought over by them.

So, that wrapped up our New York vacation. We hope to have more time to visit Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Maybe we will do it next time 🙂

Ending our Big Apple vacation with some memorable pictures.

Definitely not to our liking, we were still figuring out how to take the subway in NYC before we left. Absolutely confusing.

Big M at the vibrant Manhattan’s Chinatown, where when you are in food hunt, you know you will never go wrong with dumplings, pork buns and hand-pulled noodles.

You have all the reasons to walk the famous Brooklyn Bridge. It is likely to be crowded but hey, who cares? We are talking about the epitome of Big Apple.

 Who says you can’t find pockets of spaces to connect with others in one of the most densest cities in the world?

Dazzling with lights all day long, there’s a magnetic pull about Times Square. One of the most visited places in the world with over 360,000 pedestrians daily, we just loathe this place, wondering why Singapore can’t replicate it. This little adventurer was totally mesmerised. The next part of our journey would see us at the west coast of America – California where we would see San Francisco, Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

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New York Travelogue – (Part 1): 9/11 Tribute Museum and Memorial, Manhattan Chinatown and Little Italy

An experience like no other, we took an 8 hour flight and headed to the Big Apple. We were looking forward to bunches of cool attractions at the amazing NYC!

We heard it would cost about $70 to take taxi from JFK International Airport to World Trade Center. It was the peak hour when we arrived and it took us about 1.5 hr just to clear the customs which everyone had to undergo stringent checks. Nonetheless, we opt to take the airtrain.

Strangers to NYC, we were trying to figure out how to buy the airtrain tickets.

Using our Traveler Wifi Router, we googled how to make our way to World Trade Center.

Our stay in New York City – Club Quarters Hotel at the World Trade Center.

This was the Standard Room that we booked which was rather squeezy but we had to manage our expectations as hotel lodging did not come cheap.

One of the most important stops in NYC was none other than the 9/11 Tribute Museum. Before this trip, we had educated Big and Small M on the history of 911 and why it was such a big thing to visit NYC.

The 911 Tribute Museum was near to our hotel and it became our first stop naturally. Visitors could get to experience the events of 911 from artifacts to personal stories. A big plus over here was that we could also purchase ferry tickets to visit the Statue of Liberty.

The Museum offers visitors the ability to learn factual information about the events of 9/11, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operation and the rebuilding of both Lower Manhattan and of people’s lives.

Video clips of the terrorist attacks.

The day when the whole NYC come to a standstill. Many stories were left untold.

Down the streets was the National September 11 Memorial Museum. The Museum occupied about 110,000 square feet of exhibition space, telling the story of 9/11 through multimedia displays, archives, narratives and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The ticket prices were $26/Adults and $20/Young Adult. We did not enter though as we thought the exhibits were more or less the same.

The 9/11 Memorial is free of charge and open to the public daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Honoring the lives of those who were lost. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.

The two reflecting pools are the center piece of the 9/11 Memorial’s design, a work titled “Reflecting Absence” by Michael Arad. The pools cover the exact footprints of the original Twin Towers. Each is about an acre in size and together they make the largest man-made waterfall in North America.

The names of every person who died in the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools.

We took a stroll down the streets of New York City.

This was our first day at the Big Apple and we seemed to have lost way.

We spent the evening visiting Manhattan Chinatown. This was the neighbourhood where Chinese immigrants brought their traditions and culture to the lower east side of New York City.

Manhattan Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that draws foodies and tourists to its many Chinese and Southeast Asian restaurants for dumplings, pork buns and hand-pulled noodles.

We really loved the peanut dumplings and soya bean milk here that we patronised twice.

Passed by this noodle house and we gave it a try.

Clearly, their noodles wasn’t disappointing. The bone broth soup filled with dumplings. Every dumping was meaty and packed with salty goodness to make it a homey meal in this winter day.

Always remember to include tips when dining in the States.

After our dinner, we headed down to explore Little Italy. Little Italy’s streets are lined with restaurants serving Italian staples on red-and-white checkered tablecloths.

It was pretty small and we covered the place within 15 mins. It was a long day but our hearts were full!

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