The Day Andy Tai Married Ann Marie

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Congratulations Andy! After 9 long years of being together, you finally tied the knot.

The affair took up the entire weekend. The dinner was held in E&O on a Saturday night whereas the ceremony was held the next morning. I know Andy would have preferred it to be done in a more practical sequence but he had to satisfy the whims and fancies of his elders.

06.34 pm – Arrival at E&O’s ballroom and immediately noticed Andy’s unacceptably over-photoshopped studio portraits. Haha.

The wedding shots printed into 3 books.

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6D5N Taipei Day 3 : JSP, Danshui, Fisherman Wharf, Lover Bridge, XXL Chicken, Tai Dan, Lu Rou Fan, Luxy,

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11.49 am – Woke up and found myself a bright and sunny day.

Arrived a minute later at one of the only few places that are open in Taipei for breakfast.

Is that what JSP stands for? Just Start a Powerful day?

Pork sandwich for breakfast.

A cup of coffee.

01.10 pm – We started our day. Our journey today was to the coastal area of Danshui.

Not a seat available in the packed MRT. The Saturday crowd.

View outside.

Little did we know that we had to change trains to get to Danshui.

Luckily we asked and were able to make it in time for the next train to Danshui.

02.00 pm – 1 hour later we arrived at the coastal town of Danshui.

The view was beautiful.

There were many stalls by the side of the walkway, facing the sea which many of us stopped by along the way to the pier.

And then this ice cream stall caught my attention.

~yum~

02.15 pm – Reached the pier and

bought our tickets.

Cost us TWD100 for a return trip.

Waited for our boat to come.

Some other company’s boat.

02.34 pm – Lined up for our boat.

More modern than the other boat.

02.38 pm – And off we went to the Fisherman’s Wharf.

The hotel that was still under construction when we arrived.

The funnily shaped triangular rocks.

The Lover’s Bridge.

The wharf.

02.47 pm – The arrival.

Cool winds and clear blue skies!

The really long walkway of Danshui’s Fisherman’s wharf.

At the edge.

By the Lover’s Bridge.

We wanted to walk onto the rocks but it was just too dangerous.

03.09 pm – And off we went to the other end of the wharf.

03.12 pm – Nearing Danshui’s almost completed hotel/resort.

The viewing tower/platform.

Little did we know that it could actually move!

03.26 pm – While the guys took a rest, I ran all the way back to the beginning

from the land entrance of the fisherman wharf to find a toilet.

03.29 pm – After much searching, I found it.

03.49 pm – Met up with the rest of the guys who were taking a rest in

Latte.

Outside, you could find

Andy enjoying his XXL fried chicken from

the American Fried Chicken Room next door.

04.02 pm – Saw a couple of people cycling in a two seater bicycle and I thought of Vivian. ♥

5D4N Philippines Day 5 : DM Residente, Philippine Airport Tax, KLIA-LCCT, AirAsia Self Check In Kiosk, LCCT Food Garden

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09.10 am – Woke up to a very sad Monday.

As the saying goes, ‘All good things must come to an end’.

09.30 am – After successfully checking out, we hopped into the van

and proceeded towards the airport.

Fields Avenue, the area where we stayed in is actually very near the airport.

09.43 am – Security checks by the entrance.

The very empty, open spaced airport.

There were a total of 4 security checks beginning from the entrance to the airport and my bottles of San Miguel and Red Horse were confiscated from me. =(

Received our boarding pass but everyone leaving from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport had to pay PHP600 worth of airport tax.

I don’t understand why it isn’t included in our flight tickets.

10.26 am – The stalls at the departure lounge.

The only place that sells rice.

Salty and tastes like crap. Very unlike the usual Filipino food.

Went to get something more from Mister Donut.

Looks like shit. Tastes like shit.

Big Apple / J.Co is any day better than Mister Donut.

11.28 am – Began the long walk to

our plane.

Sat beside the giants again.

This time, we were all neighbours.

Directly beside each other.

12.53 pm – Ordered a drink only as the aircraft ran out of food?

Lucky they still have my favourite RM2 Shandong peanuts.

01.30 pm – The lack of sleep caught up to us.

03.26 pm – Landed in KLIA-LCCT.

Walked the long journey back to the arrival hall.

03.56 pm – Waited for Anthony to buy his duty free ciggies.

04.22 pm – Decided to give AirAsia’s check in kiosk another chance after it failed during my trip to Bali earlier this year

Today, it worked!

Checked in and printed out the boarding passes for the remaining 6 Penang brothers successfully.

04.27 pm – After that, I took the long walk

along the long corridor

to KLIA-LCCT’s new humongous food court called Food Garden.

BIG.

Naturally, the healthiest choice is mixed rice.

Penang’s nasi campur is any day better than this, but then again, this is the best that anyone can get at the moment.

05.19 pm – After the heavy meal at Food Garden, the 2 KL brothers continued their journey back home while the rest hung around Starbucks.

Lined up and

got ourselves drinks.

07.42 pm – Dinner at Taste Of Asia.

09.09 pm – Entered the domestic departure hall and

waited for our plane to arrive.

The pretty empty place on a Monday night.

10.47 pm – I actually wanted to order a Roast Chicken Thigh with BBQ Sauce but was told that they ran out of food supplies already.

11.02 pm – We were all so damn tired.

12.17 am – Home sweet home.

5D4N Philippines Day 4 : Kuwagos Grill, Glorietta Mall, Hard Rock Cafe Makati, Mang Inasal, DM Residente, Chowking, Wishing Well, San Mig Strong Ice, Tekki Garlic Chicken Yakiudon

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10.53 am – Woke up with my roomie and went to Kuwagos Grill again for lunch.

The lower floor still going through renovations.

Ordered the super delicious adobong kangkung again.

Amapalaya con carne and

Chopsuey.

12.00 pm – Checked out of Isabelle Royale Hotel & Suites.

12.39 pm – Went to Glorietta Mall.

Just for a Hard Rock t shirt.

01.28 pm – Discovered a Mang Inasal in

Glorietta’s MRT station.

The menu on the wall.

Paborito Meal no.1. YUM!!!

02.12 pm – Walked around the shops in Glorietta’s MRT station and spotted Zagy.

Couldn’t help myself. Bubble milk tea is my favourite.

02.27 pm – Bid farewell to Makati City and started the long journey back to Angeles City.

Walking along the roadside, back to Victory Liner’s bus station in Cubao.

02.56 pm – Lined up at the counter.

Got our tickets and slept in the bus throughout the 1½ hours journey back to Angeles City.

05.12 pm – Arrived back at DM Residente.

As DM Residente also overbooked their Deluxe rooms, all 8 of us were upgraded to Suites for no extra charge. Love ko’ to!

My room number.

There’s the kitchenette.

The very spacious room.

The toilet.

Tried sleeping but couldn’t so I just watched tv instead. I am so getting used to having a room all to myself.

07.16 pm – Chowking for dinner.

We wanted to have Chowking for supper on the first night but too bad it was closed for cleaning.

‘Welcome to Chowking, sir.’

The menu on the board looks very Chinese-y.

My Lauriat.

Having the entire upper floor to ourselves.

08.02 pm – And the night begins..

Reached McDonald’s by foot.

The meeting point with our Filipino friends.

09.04 pm – Arrived at the highly recommended hangout spot in Angeles City called Wishing Well.

The stage where the band plays.

All night long, we just drank San Miguel. We knew we were so gonna miss San Miguel when we leave Philippines. =( Group picture with our hospitable and polite Filipino friends.

04.22 am – Supper consisted of a cup of Tekki Garlic Chicken Yakiudon.

~yum~

05.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

5D4N Philippines Day 3 : Kuwagos Grill, Adobong Kangkung, Tilapiasilog, SM Mall Of Asia, Intramuros, Mexicali, Resorts World Manila, Republiq, Stackers Burger Cafe, Batchoy Nissin Cup Noodles

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10.10 am – Woke up and discovered my roomie still being a log.

So I took the lift and

went out in search of breakfast.

Thanks to the guy who directed the place to me, I found Kuwagos Grill.

A 2 storey 24 hour restaurant that serves the cheapest beers around at PHP110 / RM8 per 3 bottles.

The menu.

5 minutes later, my coffee came.

I like how my milk and sugar came in shot glasses.

The view from the second floor.

10.36 pm – Tilapiasilog with

adobong kangkung. Breakfast was delicious!

12.43 pm – These 3 fellas were the next to wake up while the rest was still sleeping.

And so I brought them to Kuwagos Grill and

they loved it too!

02.45 pm – The 4 of us moved into separate rooms as there were double bookings to our Executive Double Suites.

This ENTIRE ROOM was mine!

All to myself.

The shower.

The seating area.

The kitchen.

The fridge.

The red horse beer that was confiscated from me by immigration during the last day.

The view.

03.47 pm – The first 4 went into Taxi 1 and began their journey 5 minutes ahead of us.

We were about 5 minutes behind but still, both Taxi 1 and taxi 2 experienced rain as we were about to reach the historical site of Fort Santiago in Intramuros. =(

It rained really, really heavily so those in taxi 2 decided to turn around

and instead head towards

SM Mall of Asia which is the

4th largest shopping mall in the world!

Meanwhile, Taxi 1 already went down in Fort Santiago and was stuck in the rain with no other taxi in sight.

So, they stood around and

took pictures of the surrounding area of Fort Santiago

in the heavy rain.

5D4N Philippines Day 2 : Filipino Breakfast, Tocino, Dau Bus Station, Victory Liner, Cubao, Manong Pepe, Isabelle Royale Hotel And Suites, ISA Building, P Burgos St, Balut, Friends And Neighbours Restaurant, Encore, Bangus Sisig Siopao

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09.32 am – I don’t know why but I usually sleep very little when on holidays so I woke up when everyone else was sleeping and found my way to the cafeteria.

A breakfast menu! Great!

Coffee’s good!

My first Filipino breakfast experience. Garlic fried rice with eggs and tocino.

A cuppa joe

by the pool.

Thank you Carol for your nail clippers.

Otherwise I’d be having a hard time with my fingernails.

10.54 am – Everyone was still sleeping.

So I spent some time myself and

managed to finish up a chapter before

fatty came in and played with my tv.

12.35 pm – Checked out of DM Residente and continued our journey to Makati City.

Reached Dau express bus station of Angeles City.

Boarded the highly recommended Victory Liner.

12.52 pm – We were on our way.

Another Victory Liner bus ahead of us.

The cost of the bus ride from Dau to Cubao in Makati City is only PHP 123 / MYR 9. If we had taken a private van, it would’ve cost us PHP 5000!

01.40 pm – Somewhere along our 1.5 hour journey,

it rained pretty heavily.

02.15 pm – We knew we were in the city when we saw the massive amount of traffic along the roads.

02.26 pm – Stood around Victory Liner’s Cubao station waiting for Andy to finish shitting.

02.31 pm – 5 minutes later, we were on our way.

The pavement of the city reminded me of Bangkok yet again.

The sight of people lying by the roadside and sitting in a lazy chair under a staircase is so Bangkok.

Spotted the highly recommended

Manong Pepe’s along the way to Cubao MRT.

Went in and lined up.

The pictures of the food on the wall

looked delicious!

I didn’t get the opportunity to try it all. =(

So cheap.

My meal of the day.

03.15 pm – Continued our journey to the Cubao MRT which was situated about 10 minutes walk

away from Victory Liner’s bus station.

The view from the top.

Was shocked to see so many people lining up to buy tickets as the ticket dispensing machines were down.

Inside the super crowded MRT.

03.47 pm – Reached Makati City’s MRT stop and took a jeepney from there to our hotel in P. Burgos Street.

03.59 pm – Ladies and gentlemen, Isabelle Royale Hotel.

The view from my room.

John’s bed was on the ground floor while I took the top.

He had the tv all to himself.

5D4N Philippines Day 1 : Tune Hotels, KLIA LCCT Airpot, Travel 3 Sixty, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Smart Buddy Sim Card, Jeepney, DM Residente, Savers Mall, Jollibee, Catsup, San Miguel Light, Fields Avenue, Pagcor, Burger McDo, Palabok

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05.23 am – After about 2 hours of sleep, we woke up. I didn’t really get much sleep because you could hear the doors of other guests around the building banging shut at Tune Hotels in LCCT-KLIA. Pretty much like what I experienced in Tune Hotels Kuta, Bali.

I took a shower first.

Then roomie.

05.32 am – 10 minutes later, we were on the feeder bus from Tune Hotels to the airport.

5 minutes later

we arrived at LCCT-KLIA and I was VERY SURPRISED to see SO SO SO SO MANY people at the airport at this time of the day.

05.46 am – Collected everyone’s passport and

proceeded to check in. I was surprised to see SO SO SO SO many middle aged Indian, all men only, lining up for the same flight as us.

15 minutes later, we got our boarding pass.

06.06 am – Had breakfast at the FOREVER CROWDED McDonald’s.

Forever crowded lines by the counter.

Big breakfast it is.

06.52 am – Proceeded to the international departure hall to wait.

07.06 am – Boarding call.

07.11 am – What an early flight!

As our names are arranged in alphabetical order, Chris sat beside Andy the giant and Anthony the manatee. It was pretty uncomfortable sitting beside 2 giants.

5 minutes later.

08.20 am – Started reading AirAsia’s interesting in flight magazine, Travel 3 Sixty.

10.46 am – Had a packet of my favourite AirAsia snack, the cheap RM2 Shandong peanuts.

Filled up the Customs Declaration form. One word of warning for first timers. Please do not bring Philippine Pesos exceeding PHP 10,000 as the corrupted immigration officers will ask you for your wallet and check you. And if you exceed PHP 10,000, they will hold your passport and ask you for bribes. I had to pay PHP 500 / RM 35. Pukimak, lanciao!

11.21 am – Arrived safely at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

12.02 pm – First thing I did after getting out from the airport was to buy a sim card.

Smart was the no.1 telecommunication company in Philippines so we just opted for it.

12.05 pm – Advice : look for the airport’s jeepney stand as the taxis are very expensive.

The jeepney is the MOST POPULAR mode of transportation in the Philippines.

Our first ever jeepney ride!

Cloudy.

The wires above the buildings remind me so much of my Bangkok trips.

12.50 pm – Arrived at our hotel, DM Residente.

Only 1 room was ready at the time and we left our luggages in it and went out for lunch.

In trikes! haha. What an experience!

Arrived in Saver’s Mall.

01.02 pm – Jollibee, Filipino’s favourite fast food chain restaurant.

Lined up for our first ever Philippine food experience.

The counter.

Order a set of Jollibee spaghetti with yum burger.

Impossible! Cat soup?

Haha. Actually, catsup = ketchup.

The utensils and sauce counter by the side.

Us in Jollibee.

Spaghetti bolognese with yum burger.

5D4N Philippines Day 0 : Philippine Peso, Stephen Hawking The Grand Design, Malaysia IC, Airasia, Boarding Pass, Penang International Airport, Tune Hotels KLIA-LCCT Airport, Feeder Bus, Decanter

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10.51 am – Started packing.

Replaced my wallet with the relevant stuff.

11.00 am – All packed up and ready to go.

07.35 pm – Printed out Stephen Hawking’s Grand Design for reading in the plane. Turns out, I only had time to read 1 chapter for the entire 5 days and four nights. =(

09.54 am – Arrived and this guy was the earliest. Usually, Anthony is slow as fuck but today he was no.1 to arrive in Penang International Airport.

Thanks for the ride, John!

1 minute later, Shawn arrived with his polished shoes. This guy only gets his loafers shined for trips like this.

Another 5 minutes later, Andy arrived in his pyjamas. How convenient!

Another 5 minutes later, Elton John arrived.

10.07 pm – Collected their identification cards and proceeded to check us in.

Boarding pass, check.

10.25 pm – Hung around

McDonald’s.

10.54 pm – Proceeded to wait by the boarding gate. One thing I noticed is that last flights from Penang to KL are usually delayed.

11.12 pm – Boarding time!

11.24 pm – Listened to instructions.

Chinaman goatee!

12.16 pm – Touchdown!

12.30 pm – As soon as we landed, we went straight to the Tune Hotels feeder bus and

boarded it.

Sleepyheads.

Paid RM1 for the journey from the airport to Tune Hotels LCCT.

The journey took 5 minutes.

The bus stopped and dropped us at the back door.

12.46 pm – First thing I did was pay for 12 hours worth of air conditioning @ RM13.49 and towel with toiletries @ RM5.

Suddenly, John started to feng tau.

12.56 pm – After we were done with all the room stuff, we met up with our 2 KL brothers and shared drinks

by the open space in front of the hotel.

Decanter’s price of drinks were reasonable.

2 jugs of Tiger beer for RM60 is really reasonable.

So is a full pint of Guinness Draught for RM19++.

01.05 am – Went to fill up my stomach with a sandwich from 7 Eleven

and a bottle of drinking water.

03.00 am – zzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

The Sunday I Was Given A Pair Of Ray Ban Gunmetal Aviator

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01.00 pm – Had Perak Road economy rice for lunch. I’ve been eating at Perak Road for 2 days in a row the first thing after waking up.

The varieties.

Pening kepala.

What I took.

The awesome barley red beans dessert.

The shoplots opposite the economy rice stall.

04.00 pm – Bought a Yashiki 18 inch wiper from Tesco to

replace my old wiper.

04.30 pm – Received a request, to buy back a few cartons of cigarettes upon returning from my trip to Langkawi this weekend while

dining in

e-Gate’s Old Town with

these fellas.

07.30 pm – Noticed something new while

filling up PCJ.

Still filled her up with RON97.

08.00 pm – Had dinner in Restoran Eam Huat.

The super delicious garlic chicken.

The super delicious curry fish.

The super delicious chee choy soup.

The also delicious stir fried broccoli.

The delicious hot plate tofu.

Dinner was awesome!

10.00 pm – Watermelon for dessert.

12.00 am – Received my 1 year anniversary gift from Vinny early by a month.

The casing.

Inside the casing.

‘The Icons’ booklet

telling the story

of each line of sunglasses.

The cloth.

The general information booklet.

Impact resistant? Sure anot?

Thank you so, so much, Vinny!

02.30 am – zzzzZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz

The Saturday I Discovered A Japanese Minimarket In Penang Called Meijiya

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10.30 am – Had a fried bee hoon with curly mee and

bananas for breakfast.

12.30 pm – Dropped by Peng Yang

to get my

chicken rice fix.

The No.2 most delicious kiam chai boey in the world.

The standard chicken rice chilli.

Side A.

Side B.

Lunch.

Addition halfway through lunch. 👿

02.00 pm – Went on a bakery hunting spree. Found Siam Road’s Bake With Sunshine Trading.

Carnavorn Street’s Sim Company. A VERY BIG baking products supplier. The place is warehouse macam.

And another one.

Discovered my friend’s side business.

Walked around Pasar Borong Pulau Mutiara to see if there are any baking suppliers.

03.00 pm – Cleared my exhaustion from a nearby 7 Eleven.

03.30 pm – Discovered Meijiya, a Japanese minimarket beside Kelawai Road’s Mobil petrol station.

06.30 pm – Green tea ice cream making v5.

09.30 pm – Went to Makbul for dinner.

~yum yum nasi kandar.

Green tea ice cream v3.

12.00 am – Karaoke @ Zenzibar.

05.00 am – zzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz