回家走走 ~ Sibu

Sibu is also 1 of the places K1 will try to go yearly if time permits to visit relatives (1 of Dad’s wishes for us to keep in contact with them).

People heard of Cebu, Philippines but seldom hear of Sibu, Sarawak so they thought K1 go to Cebu… Last year Sep, K1, mum, Mr & Mrs T took Air Asia direct flights from JB – Sibu. As usual, Macik always ask us to go Sibu during Hari Raya but this year Hari Raya, mum can’t take leave so dunno when we go. Time flies, nephews & nieces have grown taller, the youngest nephew (Han) is in Primary 1 this year. Han has a collection of cars & Ninja turtles.

Jie jie & kor kor brought us to Sarikei to try the yummy Foochow food such as prawns noodles in coconuts. They know K1 miss eating midin so there’re 2 plates of midin (stir-fry midin & Thai style midin). Yummy Thai style midin… They brought mum to 中华小学, the place that we found Uncle who knew our long-lost relatives.

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Yummy Foochow food @ Sarikei & Sibu

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@ Zhong Hua Xiao Xue / The Coffee Code

 

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Nepal

An opportunity came for K1 to do volunteer work and off K1 head to Nepal with Mr G, LP jie, Ah Yi, Yi Zhang, Aunt L, A & T. It’s the 1st time K1 gave a miss watching National Day Parade last year Aug.

Upon arrival @ Kathmandu airport, heard chirping sounds & saw cartons of baby chicks (a rare sight to be seen at airports). PIC AD welcomed us and off we head to Tibet Guest House for briefing and rest. Yummy food such as chapati, curry, prata nearby guest house.

7 Aug, we leave for Gyalthum after breakfast. We arrived at Two riverside resort after 4-5 hours drive through bumpy, muddy & uneven roads (roller coaster ride). Two riverside resort is not a luxury resort & only provides basic accommodation.

8 Aug, villagers arrived at 1st base camp (Gyalthum) to receive tin roofs that keep their families warm during winter. After lunch, we went for short hike nearby to prepare for few hours hike up mountain few days later.

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Meals @ Tibet Guest House & Two Riverside Resort

9 Aug, we leave for Thankune Bhanjyang (2nd base camp) and check in to Lama guesthouse after 4-5 hours ride uphill bumpy, muddy & uneven roads. Lama guesthouse is a hostel style with shared toilets. It’s a challenge as we took turns to shower and abit inconvenient as most of the locals took shelter for a night during raining cats and dogs.

10 Aug, villagers arrived at Lama Guesthouse to receive tin roofs. Heard some villagers walked 1 day just to come & collect tin roofs. Personally, K1 likes the 2nd base camp cuz the weather is cold and the villagers are more friendly and happy with smiles 🙂

Salute to the villagers, the tin roofs are heavy, they roll & tie tin roofs then carry on their backs to walk home.

11 Aug, 3+ hours trekking from Lama guesthouse to Dorje Lakpa Lodge at Chisapani, Sindhupalchowk.
~ Thank you porters for your hard work
~ spot kids build sand castle
~ spot slanted lodges affected by year 2015 earthquake
~ most of them kena bitten by leeches, luckily leech dun like me haha…

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Meals @ Lama Guesthouse & Dorje Lakpa Lodge

Most Guest Houses in Nepal did not have electricity in afternoon and electricity back around 7pm. If there is blackout, lifts not working & there’re candles in every rooms.

Salute & Thank You to the drivers who drove us safely especially the bumpy, muddy & uneven roads uphill & downhill in the jeeps… If the drivers drove a wrong move, our jeeps could be falling down the mountains.

Made new friends and keep in touch with 1 of the trekking guides, Ang. Another volunteer trip is in the midst of plan for this year end Nov – beginning Dec to Himalayas mountain areas. Would like to go but it’s peak season & not able to take leave unless a miracle happens for K1 to go (fingers crossed…)

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Tibet Guest House/ Two Riverside Resort/ Lama Guesthouse/ Dorje Lakpa Lodge

K1 is fortunate to born in an average family filled with warmth. K1 feel that one should go for overseas volunteer trip at least once as it changes one’s mindset or perception. No one knows what happen tomorrow… Treasure your time spent with loved ones, friends & colleagues…

Taiwan (1 of my fave holidays)

Last year, K1 & K2 made a stopover at Taipei to meet up with mum, Ah Yi, Yi Zhang & Uncle D. K1 booked 包车 to explore 十分 / 九份 / 中社花海 / Taiwan Times Village / Sun Moon Lake / Strawberry picking / 新社古堡 / 東東芋圓.

Taichung bnb is within walking distance to Feng Jia night market. Bnb has 4 rooms with double bed in each room, 2 bathrooms, 1 kitchen, 1 living room and different designs of chandeliers in each room as well as in the living room.

Previous year, K1 also booked 包车 to explore Yilan and stayed Hello Kitty themed rooms at Yilan minsu. Taiwan is 1 of K1’s fave holidays & K1 had been travelling to Taiwan yearly but different cities since year 2014.

This year, mum worries for her health & K1 decides to bring her jalan jalan to cheer her up. Thinking where to go as Scoot having promo. Mum said before she wants to experience sit Biz class. Thankfully Scoot promo airfare allows us to fly economy to Taipei & biz class back from Kaohsiung. So happy it’s a good deal ($300++ per pax). Shopping at Taipei, sightsee at ???, yummy night market food at Kaohsiung. Will book 包车 to explore a new city, make a guess which city we’re going to in May. Clue: It’s 1 of the stations of High Speed Rail…