Airshow Singapore

Airshow Singapore 2014

Singapore airshow (2014) was open to public visitors on 15th and 16th of Feb. I never wish to miss one of these. They are definitely an experience which barely could express in pictures. The vibe will be great and the near deafening jets and obviously the scorching sun!. I had my tickets booked way long more

Chinese Garden HDR

Chinese Garden in HDR

It was when Kannan came to Singapore and we wanted to give a good work to our beasts – 5DM3. I always fantasize about being there in Chinese Garden (SG), right after a heavy rain. Whole place looks at its best and makes me to forget am in a city state where buildings dominate. Incidentally, more

Xueshan 369 hut

Xueshan 1 | Taiwan 1/10

Syue Mountain / Xueshan / Snow Mountain Its not quite often I write one here counting a trek accomplished. Especially this year, I wanted to ensure to finish a trek and a dive this year. Luckily YMCA (sg) announced Xueshan hiking in Taiwan. It wasnt hard to make my mind for the trip but later more

Xueshan snow mountain taiwan syue mountain

Xueshan 2 | Taiwan 2/10

Syue Mountain peak Trail Xueshan hike part 1 is here Around 5am, I brushed my teeth with a cup of hot water, used toilet in that weather and got my gears ready for the day. Thermo meter was showing minus 8. My worry at that time was not the hike to peak but the fear more

Wuling farm Shiepa national park, taiwan

Wuling Farm | Taiwan 3/10

Wuling Farm At the end of Xueshan hiking, we had a stopover in Wuling Farm. It was beautiful with its colorful flowers and trees. This place is known for Land-locked Formosan Salmon Watching, Alpine botanical garden and various ponds. Also it has excellant accomodation for the hikers. Land locked Salmon Lying below the Wuling Valley, more

Shilin Night Market Taipei

Shilin Market | Taipei 4/10

Shilin Night Market I spent 2 nights spending at Jian Tan Youth center and the night market was my favorite time pass after dinner time. Shilin Night market is huge and mostly not different than mongkok (hong kong) night market. It is a shopping paradise for women and a bit for men as well. Also more

National palace Mueseum Taipei

National Palace Museum | Taiwan 5/10

Taiwan National Museum Following day, I decided to stay in the same place for that night and explore the Taipei city whole day. As per the little plan, my first stop was to National Palace Museum of Taiwan. I bought a 2 day card (ticket) from Jian Tan train station that also gives many discounts. more

Taipei 101

Taipei 101 | Taiwan 6/10

Taipei 101 Later took a Taxi to the nearest metro station and . This was the tallest building on earth from 2004 to 2010. Its vertically 508 meters (little above half a kilometer from ground) and has 101 floors above ground and 5 underground. First 5 floors are treat to eyes. Too much of shopping more

Taipei Zoo

Taipei Zoo | Taiwan 7/10

Taipei Zoo I have no idea why I visited this place. I should have straightly skipped it. Its good, but not for adults. Its huge and bit entertaining. Kids would love it. Here are some pics. May be the shortest entry in entire site I guess. Check the below Taiwan Links from my blog Xueshan more


Maokang | Taiwan 8/10

Maokong Gondola Maokong gondala and Taipei zoo are at the same metro station. From the Taipei Zoo metro station, one has to walk for 5 mins to find the gondola. This gondola goes all the way to Maokong mountain and the cheapest way to ride. Entire stretch is very beautiful. If you are not afraid, more


Ximending | Taiwan 9/10

Ximending district. As if I havent had enough for the day, I went to Ximending district – one of the night street performance area in shopping belt. It was quite charming. I bought some crispy chicken and took a leisure walk. Somehow I like this place better than the Shilin night market. This is bit more

Beitou HotSpring

Beitou | Taiwan 10/10

Beitou hot springs On the last day I had my flight in the late afternoon. I took a bet and wanted to visit the Beitou hot springs. Luckily it worked. I took the red line and got down at Beitou station. From there, another tram like train takes us to Xin Beitou. It was a more

reed flute cave

Guilin | China 5/5

Reed Flute caves This is the best attraction of the city! Caves are not my best interests but this one didnt give me chance at all. Reed Flut cave is so huge that the entire hills has got nothing inside – it was hollow to a greater extent and the stalactites and stalagmites (or simply more


Guilin | China 4/5

Guilin City Tour 05 April 2013 Marks our wedding anniversary! We kept the day for day tour in Guilin. Hotel arranged a english speaking taxi driver come guide. I have pre requested the places to be covered. Prince City Solitary beauty Park This is one of the tourist spot with “AAAAA” rating. This was a more


Guilin | China 3/5

Lonji Rice Terrace Weather was suppose to be doomed as T-Storms were the warning. Very half heartedly I booked the day tour from the hotel to the rice terrace. In any case, I just wanted it to be an experience. But luck played my side, we had the best weather in Yangshuo, but the route more


Guilin | China 2/5

Li River Cruise This is the first and top tour in the region but luckily just controled by one official tour operator who has online booking! ( I had my booking – otherwise I would have got looted in the name of pickup and drop off charges. Luckily we get picked up for free if more

2 rivers 4 lakes

Guilin | China 1/5

Two Rivers and Four Lakes Somehow I feel am writing one after a very a very long time. In between, wordpress and the theme ran into trouble few times and I had to do a lot just to get it back to the stage what it was. After a real long time, we are back more


Malacca | Malaysia

This trip came as one the best things I bought on groupon. Bought a coupon months ago and had it planned for 3rd and 4th of August. Offlate, my work contributed enough to my stress which made me to looks for this trip quite eagerly. Ofcourse, with a guilty feeling going alone as she is stuck more


Airshow 2012 | Singapore

Airshow happened between 14th-19th and open for public in the last two days. I had my sistic reservations for two and ended up in giving one to one of my colleagues. I reached just that morning to Singapore after a long time. Just like it was planned, clouds were in the super cool mood and more


MacLehose Trail | Hong Kong

Well..well. well.. For obvious reasons this is one of the trip I shall never forget. It all started when one of my trek mate here sent a facebook request where YMCA’s HK trip for Maclehose Trial was to be covered in 4 days. It said 100 KMs. Honestly that didnt sound complicated or daunting task more


Dayang Island Diving

Its all about PADI certification! At times – things look bigger are easier to finish. I scribbled in my diary to enquire PADI certificate in the month of Sep 11. When the page came alive – as usual my little “reading” started. I knew PADI was quite recognized. After a good amount of web-surfing time, more


Auckland | NZ 16/16

Auckland That evening, we landed in Auckland and for the local driving we got a Corolla (again) which was bit stiff and less interesting. I convinced myself and drove it to the Ventura Inn hotel (in the airport boulevard). This is for budget travellers and one can expect really disappointing levels of service. I parked more


Queenstown | NZ

Queenstown – Day II This is Queenstown Part II 15/16. Our temptations for the skydiving grow much here, however, we were sceptical about the weather as the previous day shown the symptoms of a possible storm. To surprise us, weather was clean and sunny. That quickly gave me a thought to postpones the flight to more


Queenstown Part I | NZ 14/16

Queenstown At times, the least expected takes you off guarded. Queenstown is one of them. Queenstown is beautiful, vibrant and lively. I may even call that’s a best place to settle down after retirement. Its that beautiful. Queenstown is dramatic by looks and dreamy to feel. Queenstown sits at the shores of Lake Wakitapu and more


Milford Sounds 2 | NZ 13/16

Milford Sounds (Continued) Next day morning we were awaken by the announcement systems . This time, seals were resting on those rocks near to those cliffs. Too lazy in the morning. (It seems that they prepare that way for the busy day. They got to find 10% of their total weight of fishes to call more


Milford Sounds 1 | NZ 12/16

Milford Sounds – Piopiotahi We reached that departure terminal (for boats/ships) just 30 mins prior to our scheduled time. We redeemed our confirmation with standard boarding tickets and joined those people who were waiting for the same. A bit about this place before we head to our vessel. A little excess to 6 meter (yes more


Milford Sounds Drive | NZ 11/16

Drive to Milford Sounds Oh Where am I going to start. I would need time to collate the things I should write here. I don’t want to miss anything at all. Not even the smallest detail. Miford “sounds”? Na, it doesn’t sound at all. In fact, they should have named as Milford fjord or more


Te Anau | NZ 10/16

Te Anau After those adventurous moments at Shotover river jet, we were on the road for another long journey which clocked 200 Kms. It was supposed to be less than 2 hours and thirty minutes. But the rain and other drivers made it longer to me. Drive towards Te Anau is quite peaceful drive. Lake more


Shotover Jet | NZ 9/16

Lake Wanaka to Shotover Jet @ Queenstown Wanaka means “Renewal of Soul” as in Maori culture. Had I been consulted, I would have named as Rejuvenation of the Soul. Wanaka sits at the Southern end of Lake Wanaka in the otago region. Lake Wanaka is the 4th biggest lake which measures 300 meters of depth more


Wanaka – Road treasures | NZ 8/16

Wanaka – Road Treasure After Ice walking adventure, we quickly returned to our mobile home of that lovely Coralla. On our to Wanaka, we had plenty of lookouts and the very first one that easily can be missed and should be missed is Fox Glacier lookout. We had to drive in single lane mud road more


Glacier Walk | NZ 7/16

Glacier Ice Walking “From its origins high in the Southern Alps, the Franz Josef Glacier descends deep into the lush rainforest of Westland National Park” 25th Jan 2011. We stayed at Alpine Glacier Motel a cosy one for that town. But when you are there in one of the best carved pieces of earth, cosy more


Franz Josef | NZ 6/16

Franz Josef In short time, snow-capped mountains started to mesmerize our eyes. After accompanying other tourist busses and cars, we reached that small little town of Franz Josef. Given that weather, made me to think perfect and ideal time for helihike. We have three lovely peaks out there and two of the best glaciers. Looking more


Punakaiki | NZ 5/16

Seal Colony, Pancake rocks Date : 24th Jan 2011 Wondering, how did I manage this day. I have no clue about it. Entire new zealand trip itself a hazy dream now. Days pass, memories fade. Bless or curse? It was a wonderful stretch covering a long distance from Cape foulwind of Westport to all the more


Cape Foulwind | NZ 4/9

Cape FoulWind Date : 23rd Jan 2011 The wonderful rainy road drive started from Kaiteriteri. A total of 241 kms of pure pleasure with that cloudy weather. When I started working out for this day, I kept westport as the place for the stay. However, we didnt have much to explore in that small westport more


Abel Tasman | NZ 3/16

Abel Tasman | New Zealand 3/9 Lazy! Not you, am bashing myself. But this way managed to stay away from sore eyes for sometime. Starting now and hope I will finish the rest of the NZ articles in one stretch. Comeback my perseverence!! Actually the drive started from Picton and have covered about the queen more


Queen Charlotte Sounds | NZ 2/16

22 Jan 2011 Marlborough sounds & Queen Charlotte Sounds We wokeup that morning with a little hope to see some people in the streets of wellington. But it was sleeping even by 10 am. Our Interislander ferry (actually a ship) which transports everything (yes – everything) from north island to south and vice versa was more


Wellington | NZ 1/16

Wellington ********* Am gonna say this again and again in the all New Zealand posts here.. Driving in New Zealand is an experience of a lifetime.. Am being forced by myself to complete the previous sentence with “Until you face a speed ticket”. Anyhow thats the truth. New Zealand was on the ‘list’ for a more


Cameron Highlands | Malaysia

Its time of the year again. My Birthday. Birthdays aint any more fascinating, just a reminder that am getting old. My plan was a simple dinner outing and I clearly told her that dont even plan for gifts. Temptations doesnt leave anyone. Diwali fell on a friday which elongated the weekend to a longer one. more


Vijay’s Vacation

Date : 11-20 June 2010 My soft callings didnt work 2 years that he should spend sometime with me here in SG. This time, I added pressure by sending Visa. Just before its expiration, he was kind enough to take a week’s off from work. None indulges at work more than him I know. I more



Maldives Wedding anniversary III Download slides here She said ‘Ohh’.. As in “Ohhhh my Godddd” with her hand on her mouth when one of the Maldives island looked exactly like a skyblue necklace with lots of diamonds on the blue sea on our last day – when we took off. I was really thrilled too. more


Macau & HongKong

MACAU – CHINA SAR  HONGKONG  And her Birthday, counted!21st Jan’ 2010 Its that – I like to take her out on her birthdays generally. Last year, bunking office for her birthday didnt seem working and my India vacation made her to say no to my ‘Birthday Offer’. This year, somewhere I missed and I got more


myBirthday 2009

I never wanted to have an entry here quoting my own birthday.. Surprises come in lifer and here I am; writing one for my own birthday. And who made me? Its my wife Thenmozhi.. She has advised long back to take leave on my birthday (5th Nov) and with little resistence I accepted. Despite the more


St.Moritz | Swiss

Muoattos Muragl & Marguns +++++++++++++++++++++ This is last leg of travel in Swiss. At the end of “Glacier Express” we settled in our hotel and took a small walk with the hope get some food. After visiting couple of restaurants, we found a perfect one where I could ‘think’ of eating something as they served more


Glacier Express | Swiss

GLACIER EXPRESS +++++++++++++ 27th July 2009 We left Zermatt on 27th morning with the excitement of travelling 7.5 hours at the scenic train which is popularly known as Glacier Express. Glacier express passes thru various cities of swiss literally from west to east. There was not much the entire journey. Its kind of bit tiring more


Zermatt | Swiss

Matterhorn Paradise | Zermatt +++++++++++++++++++++++ Zermatt is a municipality in the district of Visp in the German-speaking section of the canton of Valais in Switzerland. A tiny village which is already on hill which we wont realize until we see from google maps. We reached zermatt 23rd July (2009) evening and thought Swiss is all more


Jungfraujoch | Swiss

Jungfraujoch ++++++++++ It was 24th July 2009. Having a neutral weather for the day didnt give much comfort, however with the hope that that might get better, we headed to Jungfrau from Interlaken. It was a 3 trian break from Interlaken. First to Grindlewald, next to Kleine Schieldegg a scenic drive on cog wheel train, more


Schilthorn | Interlaken

Schilthorn +++++++++ Interlaken name comes from ‘In between lakes’ – namely Lake Brienz and Lake Thun. Dont think they are lakes. They never looked like because they are very big.. On 22nd July evening we reached Interlaken. After a quick bus journey there is this little town Ringenberg. We stayed at Hotel Brienzersee for two more


Mt. Titlis and Engelberg| Swiss

Engelberg and Mt.Titlis +++++++++++++++++ We quickly collected our luggages from Zurich luggage lockers and caught our train to Lucern. Plan was another train from there to Engeberg. After a quick dark tunnel music concert, train bulleted out to breath normal air. We reached Engelberg around 5ish (pm). Engelberg is a small charming town. People generally more


Rhine falls | Zurich

RHINE FALLS ^^^^^^^^ Let me start from the interesting point here.. Hope you are finished reading Paris the previous article, ‘coz this continues from there. Having done with the nasty kiddish work of Air-France with our Luggage, we wanted rest of the trip to be smooth and so good. Infact It was. Little uneasy start more


Paris | France

We at Paris ~~~~~~~ Well my much anticipated, worked out trip is here. What you see is just the start the longgg trip. In paris we spent 2 days. We then spent most lovely 8 days at Swiss. Read the other article. Infact, this was the plan for “II Anniversary”, however the season at April more