A trip up to the mountain top

It was a cold, 5:30 morning when we touched down at TaoYuan Airport. I can still remember the cold breeze blowing through my hair and it is one of my favorite kind of weather. We went to take the next bus from TaoYuan to TaiChung as our first stop for this trip is CingJing.

CingJing is one of the places where time just seems to pass slower and the pace of everything around you just slows down. Waking up surrounded by old buildings, mountains and the fresh morning air just makes us love that place even more. For a city kid, I alng ways long for such experiences and still enjoy every second of it.

However, as we were traveling on their national holiday period, the traffic jam up to the mountain as crazy. We got a cab from TaiChung station to PuLi and then bus up to CingJing. It was a grueling 5 hours bus ride up to the mountain area as the congestion was so bad. We just slept throughout the whole ride up with lots of bumps and rocky roads along the way.

And finally we got off to our stay for the night: Sea of Cloud Vacation Villa. We quickly checked in and had a quick wash up before heading out to the sheep farm. The sheep farm was a walkable distance from our accommodation and I have to say that the view there is amazingly stunning. But our trip there was jeopardized by the weather conditions. It was drizzling, raining and pouring at different stages and it was difficult for anyone to move about in those conditions. So my advice would be go there early and check if there are any holidays or special occasion that might cause traffic congestion up to CingJing. Then see sheeps and have a horse/pony ride.

We left the farm near closing after taking a few pictures and heading up the mountain for some food as we were starving. We went up to have snacks at street stalls; mainly 盐酥鸡 and 甜不辣. We then went further up to have proper food which a bowl of local beef noodles. The broth was quite good with the strong beef taste and a filling portion of noodles. After which, we got to the nearest convenience store to get some snacks and drinks back to our apartment.

We had a pretty rough day 1 with most of our time spent traveling up to CingJing, but we the view there and the experience there made up for it. Can’t wait to blog again for day 2! Until then see the pictures below!



I found the one. 


That was the day where two hearts got connected as one; the butterflies went out of control; and I got down on one knee and asked the most important question of my life:

“Will you marry me?”

It didn’t take me much effort to figure out that she was the one for me. Every little things just comes together; it just adds up together; slowly but surely that’s how I know that she is the one. 

There so many things I can say about her; kind, sweet, loving, understanding, and the list goes on and on. But I guess the thing I love the most is how well we fit together as one. That feeling when you complete a puzzle; the lyrics to complete your song; the other half of me. 

Both of us been through a lot individually before we met. From the countless heartbreaks and relationships we been through, the missteps that we took, the experiences that we gained and lesson that we learnt; everything that happened brought me to where I am today. I would say that the journey wasn’t an easy one and it sure wasn’t the simplest one but I’m glad I got there in the end. 

Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a helpless romantic. Trying my best to have everything as sweet as possible and keeping the spark between us everlasting. And so when I decided to propose to my girlfriend, I wanted to make it the best one for her. It all started in late May this year and I started with shopping for the ring and planning for that day. Choosing the date wasn’t much of a thought as I decided on 7th July 2017 as our parents had theirs on 8th August and 9th September respectively. 

As I wanted to keep it a secret, I only revealed my plans to a few of my closest friends and people that I needed help from for my proposal. Through a few weeks of shopping and planning, it was pretty hard for me to contain my excitement. I kept it private and intimate with a simple design of balloons, fairy lights, flowers and most importantly the ring. 

In the end, the moment arrived. I told her my feelings and how I feel about us. She was shocked as I took a step back and got down on one knee as I uttered the following words:

“Germaine Chee, will you marry me?

Her face was in total shock which proved how well I hid it from her and it took her a good few seconds for her to reply a resounding “yes“. We hugged and kissed as I placed the over-sized ring into her extremely slim finger. After which we got to our photo shoot and order delivery for dinner. I popped a champagne to celebrate and damn wasn’t that a night to remember. 

To be honest, I think that we are still young and have a long way in front of us. The road ahead may be difficult for us but whenever I feel her presence beside me, I know that I have the strength to carry on. So who cares if the road ahead would be rough and tough for us, as long as I’m holding her hands, I feel that there’s nothing we can’t face together. I guess that’s the power of love. 

And I finally can say it out loud: “I found the one.”

The day that I was born

6th September 1993

This was the day that I was brought into this world and through my 23 years of life here, I had my fair share of ups and downs, happiness and pain. As you can probably tell, I just celebrated my birthday a few days back and man was it one of the best birthdays ever. I went on a trip to Bangkok with my girlfriend for a nice 4 days getaway, got back just in time to celebrate it with my love ones. Although it was just a simple steamboat dinner, but I am just glad that everyone got together that night to celebrate my birthday.

A lot had happened since the last time that I blogged and maybe I could just add a little things to update. I am still working in a bank and as a part time tutor so basically I am working my whole Monday to Sunday. Don’t ask me how do I do this because I have literally no idea how am I doing this myself but one thing is for sure, it is a damn tiring life. My 6 months contract is about to end in around 2 months and I have been trying to find myself a new place to start at. I decided to postpone my studies once again because I don’t want my parents to have that financial burden with me going to university so I figured that I should save up money and earn more while I can during this period and pay for my studies next year.

So that is basically it for what happened recently in my work life. But outside from all the piles of work and stress, I have the people that cares for me and frankly, they are the reason that I am still hanging on every day.

Recently, I got to fly overseas with my girlfriend to Bangkok to enjoy a short trip just before my birthday and it was a blast. We had so much fun travelling around and shopping of course. As a regular to Bangkok, I was able to bring her to places to eat and shop and just having her beside me just made the entire trip a whole lot sweeter. As it has been a long time since she went there, I brought her to the places that everyone should visit when they are there for the first time. From the places like, Chatuchuk Weekend market, Asiatique, Chinatown to the food and the milk teas, everything was just perfect. The hotel that we stayed in for our trip was at Centara Watergate.

Personally, I have stayed in some fantastic hotels and I have got to say that this could be ranked up there with those hotels. The first impression was that it is grand and the cleanliness is top notch. The staff service there is excellent as well as they greeted us with a glass of tea and cold towel each. One thing I did not really like about it would be the location of the hotel as I don’t find it really convenient and near to the town area. But the streets are always lively at night and it is always a good thing if you ever get hungry while heading back to the hotel.

We spent most of our money on food and our meals ranged from 800 baht to 70 baht per meal and I got to mention that the meal at Chinatown was the most satisfying yet. The whole meal cost around 700 baht which includes a tom yum soup, two fresh big ass oysters, some veggies and a big ass fish to cap everything off. It was filling for the both of us and we felt that the price was super worth.
To sum the trip up, it was a very enjoyable getaway with my girlfriend and I am just glad that I have this travelling experience with her. We tasted lots of food and went to places to experience different things and even bought a baby pizza to have on the cab on the way to the airport. We flew back on the day before my birthday so I can be surrounded with my family on my special day.

On my birthday, we had a small gathering where my grandparents visited to have a bbq/steamboat session. The whole table was filled with food prepared by my mum and it was just an awesome dinner. Nice and simple with everyone I love around me. I even got a present, balloon and a very sweet letter written by my special girl who I can’t thank enough of.

So that was basically it! How my story have been and of course I hope for better things to come. And of course lastly, I would like to thank the people who dropped me a message to wish me a happy birthday. I promise to always be appreciative of what I have and aim to become the best version of myself.

That’s a promise to myself

I will rise again

Sorry guys! I haven’t been writing since I came back from Bangkok. Was down with a really high fever up to 39.5 degrees but I’m feeling better now. No idea how or why I fell sick but as long as I’m better right? ☺️

Well… This is long overdue but let me get this off. Bangkok was… Fun!! But so so tiring. 1 week of walking and eating and shopping and massaging. Oh my! How can a body survive! But I’m pretty blessed to be able to spend it with my colleagues because they really did made my trip there enjoyable. I really felt like I have taken loads off my shoulders and ready to jump higher again. More and that later😁

Now where was I…. Oh right! BANGKOK

There are really several places that you guys should try out if you are there. Do your research and find out the places that you want to go and the food that you want to eat. I love the food there and the fried chicken at this place is really to die for. Sorry that I can’t remember the name of the place but let me find that out. 😅

If you are there for the first time, morning markets and night markets are the ones that you have to go. Why? Simply because you will not have any such bargaining experience else where. But be careful of the night markets that you visit. Some can be quite dangerous so just in case… Better be wary of your surroundings. 👍🏻

All in all, I’m not really a travel blogger so if you want to know more… I can’t provide more information. But I can tell you that I have been to Bangkok three times in 2 years and I still love it. ☺️ so try and visit there someday. I’m sure everyone loves an adventure.

On the side note:

Christmas is around the corner and I’m glad that I’m in the mood for it. New year is following close by and to be honest, I’m just glad that this year is going to be over. 2015 have been one of the roughest year of my life so far. I thought that I came into 2015 with my whole life ahead of me; I have a wonderful and beautiful girlfriend, half a year of army life left, a road trip with my best buddies who I would die for, doing the things that I love, spending time before university… So much exciting things to look forward to. But I have been hit, pummeled and kicked to the curb time and time again.

I was sad, beaten and tired for most of my 2015 and I can’t remember when was the last time I really really love my life. Maybe at the start of 2015? But throughout all that nonsense and bullshit,

I grew stronger. I grew smarter. I know myself better. 

I think that’s the whole point of having a rough year don’t you agree? Not focusing on just the bad points but what you can do about it. Now that I turn back and look at all those things, I can see how far I come from. How beaten up I was. How low can someone get. Of course I know that the road is still long for me because my journey is just beginning. But through this ride, I’m a hell lot stronger than I was.

So thank you 2015. Because you showed me that I can be stronger than I thought I was. I may not make it today, I may not make it tomorrow but one day, one day I will make it. just wait for it. 

Just like the morning sun, I will rise again. 

The star named Orion 

Days flew by in Bangkok and I don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing. I enjoying myself but at the same time I’m getting tired out by waking up early and shopping and walking all day long. But one thing is for sure, I’m having a good time here.

There are some pictures that I’m sharing here on this space of mine that I took these days! Hope it looks nice 😅

I’m staying at Centara Grand Hotel with an outstanding room, facilities, view and staff and I’m really loving it here. Most of all, they have a sky bar which is one of the most famous one in Bangkok; Red Sky.

We went up to chill before my sister fly back to Singapore and the view was magificient. Breathtaking is what I would say. And sipping down my wine as we chat under the stars with such an amazing view is really speechless.

As I stop and look up in the sky, I saw something that reminded me of my past and I can’t help but smile. I told that someone about my favourite stars in the whole universe is the three stars in a line which is part of Orion. Why is it my favourite?

They are one of the most visible stars under the dark night sky and no matter where you are, you can almost see it. So me being a romantic, I told that someone that when you miss me, just look up in the sky and see the stars above. Know that we are looking at the same star under the same sky. 

Maybe we won’t feel far apart.  

So you can try… Well on second thought, don’t use my line. Be more creative people! Haha😂 anyway, enjoy the pictures that I took so far and look forward to more updates. 😁 cya



Days in Bangkok

Hello guys! Currently I am in the comfort of my very comfy bed in BKK and for some reasons I cant sleep… So let me just update my blog! 🙂

A trip is always nice because they allow the soul to be set free. A country that nobody knows of you and you can be whoever you want to be. Everything is put on reset and you begin anew. You meet new people, you have new experience, you eat new food and experience their culture. Although I have been to Bangkok for a few times in the past, it never fail to excite me whenever I am going on a trip especially when I feel that I needed something to bring me out of my suffering. You tend to heal better I guess? Or is that my own wishful wish?

Everyday has been walking around, shopping and eating which is what you do in Bangkok I guess. But there are also views and places to visit which might take your breathe away. The only regret is that I forgotten to take pictures for the first few days. I need to make a mental note to myself to remember to take more pictures!!

Update this page of mine soon. Till then 🙂