Brought mum along for this trip. Well, possibly one of the furthest trip she made so far, and probably the last one that had an in-flight time of close to 18 hours, if we had not transit in Hong Kong (close to 4 hours + close to 14 hours + a couple of hours during the overlay).
It's a luxury train journey, as reported in the reviews. Yes, enjoyed thoroughly the service provided onboard the train, those 4 days. In fact, we looked forward to part 2 of the train journey after a day of break with the motor coach. On thing that I looked forward to in the train ride was the meals. Haha... balanced and pretty tasty (oh yes, and presentable, too!). Most of the time, we heard songs of the 50s to 70s at the background... those that I learnt in primary school and songs by the Beatles, Abba, The Carpenters, etc. So soothing!
Just wondering if it's because I'm closer to 50 now; I found quite comfortable to travel with the many elderly onboard - er... ok, majority are retired and some are probably in their 80s! Maybe it's a different culture - they are so independent and "well-behaved"! I'm impressed by the culture of these travellers! They were friendly, too... probably saw me travelling with mum!
What survived for more than the 10 weeks was the bonding and friendship among the few Singaporeans there (in the course)! There were actually 6 of us altogether, and we spent most of the weekend combing three places - Komtar, Sunshine & Penang Hill. Hahaha....
I would say, all four of us are of different characters - but we got along well as we embraced on each others' strengths, and it was the first time that I really living out there on my own. Thanks to all, I survived that 10 weeks, and looking back, I really enjoyed those times.
To materialise this trip was not easy - we spoke about it, but seriously only started looking at it together seriously these couple of days, in less than 1 week before we aimed to depart! That's stressful, actually. Nevertheless, thanks to technology, we managed to book the tickets and roughly planned out the route to travel. Though it's a short trip, but really there are lots of things to check 'cos we are going by an indirect route!
I just wonder how amazing technology is! Back then 20 years ago, if the internet technology was already so pervasive and came with all the information that I could find within a single day - I wonder how different will we be spending our time in Penang :P
This time, I'm there with mum, and it's 100% as a tourist! Hong Kong is not a 'new' place to me, but there's always close to me, probably because of the relatives staying there and more uniquely, the common language that we speak - Cantonese! Of course, it's also a mother-daughter bonding trip!
This time, there's more exploration to places that I had not explored much in the past. There's always something new to learn about this place each time I come :)
- Pearl of the Orient 东方之珠 : https://lohky-hongkong2017.blogspot.sg/
The beautiful images of the country was the backdrop of the Hongkong drama (僵). Of course, I'm not there to seek exciting encounters withe the vampires, but the beautiful landscape that also comes with the architecture (both old and new).
It is one of those rare solo trips that I embark on, with the last one dated back almost a decade ago. In other words, I've not been planning so intensively for a long long time. It's kind of tedious for a start as I'm new to the geographical location and its culture. The process of getting to know it as I tried to figure out the transportation and the accommodation generated much satisfaction, and making me look forward to the trip even more :)
I guess that's what's meant by having full ownership of what one is doing :)
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There were several objectives set out for this trip: Learning Journey (both technology and culture) and more importantly, bonding.
The highlight of the trip - It's the PEOPLE! Looking back, while the 2 departments would have lunch together once in a blue moon, nothing beats spending time to move around and learn from (and about) each other! Though we spent more than 75% of the time inside the car and the aging body aching for the whole of next day - I guess the company has made it worth the trip :)
Thanks for making the trip possible!
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This trip was 'confirmed' far ahead of time... with the air ticket confirmed more than 6 months head of the departure date. Thank to CN who had been the catalyst to materialising this 'unplanned' trip :)
This is my 5th visit to Japan. It is also one that I had the most number of days there; and making the most number of moves around the country on its public transport. Appreciate CN for initiating the trip and making the transport arrangements such as the Flight and JR Ticket, and being the accommodating room mate. Thanks to TS for her thoughtful and thorough planning and travelling tips that allowed me to venture into new places without the need to do much pre-trip planning. Grateful to JJ's patience and for being a very reliable human GPS (at times, even better than GoogleMap)! Of course, a big thank you to the great company of the Wong and Koh families, too :)
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Zhangjiajie 张家界 was not in my list of places to go, say at list in the next decade. Nevertheless, no harm jumping on to it when the opportunity arises. Thanks to CN's recommendation.
Known for its magnificent scenery, Zhangjiajie 张家界 presented a totally different natural scenery - 果然是名不虚传！Its shanshui 山水 picturesque look is a huge contrast to what we see in Europe, Australia and America. No wonder it was the shooting location of Avatar, the movie.
Scenery was the only one thing that I knew before I went. What impressed me most, in fact, after the entire trip was the work by the Chinese, the ancient and modern Chinese! I truly understanding what it's meant by 让人感到震撼的感觉. I was also not aware of its deep-rooted history that dated back to the Three Warring States (三国). I was not aware what was meant by a 山寨 (fortified hill village). I did not expect to have close encounter with the natives of 苗族 and 土族! 苗族 - in fact, it's something that I thought I would hear and see in Chinese drama/ movie, in particular, 苗族 people are known for its 蛊术!
While my stomach reacted to the local food (which this time, I did not take a single picture of the dishes I ate), it's still a good eye-opener, and has made me understand and know China more... While there are still areas of improvements (in particular the local's hygiene habits), the Chinese government has done much to make a remarkable progress over these years.
It was an invitation to present a keynote address for its event, iSummit 2016, before educators from overseas and local institutions. While presenting the Digital Citizenship Programme to an international audience is not something new, the platform was unique - to share our practices with the international audience, in particular, mainly to the Chinese! - to bring our ideas and practices to them. I would image the reach and influence if they were to adopt or adapt some of our practices.
One other breakthrough is the Cyber Wellness workshop presented in Mandarin, that lasted for about 1.5 hours. I survived! Nevertheless, thanks to OCY and Ms Pu who were helping to 'fill in the blanks' when I lost the Chinese translated words. Afterall, not that many words. A pat on my shoulder :)
Certainly, this is not possible without the good relationship we enjoy with Xishan School. Needless to say, I must also thank my old friend, OCY who was supporting and advising the organiser team behind the scene since Day 1.
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Though the trip was short, but we managed to find time to visit the Fragrance Hill, to catch a quick glimpse of the changing colour of the autumn leaves :)
Also visited the Summer Palace for the 3rd time, and I doubled up as the guide this time.
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Indeed, the December trip was unplanned for, as my original plan was to stay put in Singapore to do 'springcleaning' and housekeeping; as I was expecting a 'move' at the end of the year. However, my plan changed when I decided to stay put at where I am.
Thanks to good friend CN who pulled me along as she came to know about the trip from another good friend of her.
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The experience was good, though this was one of the most difficult trip - not because the topic was difficult (in fact, it was a breeze to prepare the materials), but was because I was on medication throughout the entire trip and working hard enough to ensure my voice 'returned' before the presentation.
Glad it's over.... and thankful for the experience :)
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"DNS" - certainly, I'm not referring to any computer/ technology terms!
They are the 3 key places that make up the "Scandinavia" countries.
From the Wikipedia:
"Scandinavia[a] is a historical and cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural Germanic heritage and related languages, which includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden."
Yes! We are visiting the 3 kingdoms in Northern Europe!
Not only an eye-opener on how the policy-makers looked at things (of course, in particular at the education perspective), but also had the rare opportunity to meet and interact in person with academic/ technology "celebrities" that we often only see from the web or books.
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No museums, I think. No World Heritage Sites, confirmed. No history, probably.
But guarantee, lots of contact with the nature!
To see the big five? or the Big five see us? Hm...
2013 Jan: English Bilingual Education the Third (EBE) International Conference @ Chiang Mai, Thailand
Yes, what's special was, it's an invitation to me :)
Of course, played dual role here, as myself (the invited presenter) as well as the representative from the school (because Principal was unable to turn up due to another trip).
First time visiting Chiang Mai. First time having such close interaction with the Thais, especially when I'm all by myself. What impressed me most was really the hospitality of the Thais :) Much for us to learn from them, I think.
This time, I didn't come up with a Travelogue because, there already exists a Presentation Blog and Google+ Community (and several photo albums) :)
- Blog: FutureSchools@Singapore @SST Presentation
- Google+ Events (1) FutureSchools@Singapore Programme in SST
- Google+ Events (2) 2013 Conference @ Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Google+ Events (3) 2013 (26 Jan) Chiang Mai Night Market
- Google+ Events (4) Welcome Dinner @ Chiang Mai Conference
- Google+ Community: (2013) Classroom Practices: Technology Integration
However, it's something unplanned, something unexpected.
It's a definite pleasant surprise! Yes, a surprise that I never thought it would happen so soon! It's going to be another milestone. Of course, I'm glad that this time, I'm not alone in this journey :)
Key words that flashed across my mind whenever I hear this country: Vast. Sparse. Harsh. Cold. Beautiful. Traditional. Grand. Far. Architecture.
No second thoughts when Chai Noi called and asked if want to consider "Russia" as this June's destination. "An exotic place!" - this was what many described when heard that I'm making a trip there.
Despite of the busy schedule, I set aside a day just to set up this blog (that the frame was created more than 5 years ago). In fact, my excitement grew over those 4 hours when I started to put up the links of places that I'm setting my foot in, in about a month's time!
This time, will be traveling with Chai Noi and Teck Siew & Waimong :)
Well, I think it's going to be an orientation tour - as it's going to cover several places - Germany (Berlin, Dresden), Czech (Prague, yes! It's going to be my 2nd visit in 2 years!), Poland (Krakow), Hungary (Budapest) and Austria (Vienna). It's going to be exciting, I think, at least need not to put on heavy clothings and we are going to enjoy more daylight, as compared to the previous trips to Europe, which most of them were winter trips.
9-18 June 2011: http://lohky-easterneurope.blogspot.com/
Thanks to Chai Noi for her company this time :)
Yes. I don't take for granted that it's an opportunity, so just 'go' - especially it's something that's paid for. Like what we learnt - every action comes with a reaction. Hence, there must be something to accomplish... and one important thing is, if I were to go, it means there must be something I could value-add - else, what for?
Hahaha... the words sound familiar! No, no, no... "Want to go Japan? ..."
Yes, sure! My immediate answer! But wait!!!! It's Karen - er... backpack? Where do we put up? Hahah... Still remember the Darwin trip when I pulled my 'doggie' with me? Have learnt my lesson!
Now, it's a ritual to check for such clarity and also quite sure not going to put up in tents and spending nights in desert! Memorable experience - but just keep to one so that it's uniquely memorable :P
So, more info from Alice... Indeed, just went last December... ok... it doesn't matter - even though it could be the same place! Hahahah... sounded desperate? Remember: 4 times to London; 3 times to Paris... all within the same area... Hm... Tokyo, the 2nd time :)
Was told of one more 'mysterious' travelling companion... Guess who?! It's Linda! hahah... what a small small world and coincidence!
Anyway, am hopeful to visit a few of the well-known places, including the world heritage site! Of course, YL reminded me of the Universal Studio, too!
Prior to doing homework, only know that it has a couple of places of interest, not that spectacular, I thought. However, as I carry out some homework (which I have to, since I'm going solo, and I better do), I realise that... ah! Not too bad a choice! It's where the 'heart' of the civilisation was! Where several dynasties had their capital here until the Ming Rulers decided to move the capital to Beijing! As I read on... it's such a culturally happening places, since long long ago where Li Bai, the Tang poet been here! Wow! Am a going to trace their footsteps? I wonder. Another exciting discovery - the grand Olympics Stadium! Wow! Let's see what I could get out of this trip...
- Nanjing: http://lohky-nanjing.blogspot.com/
- London Revisited (IV): http://lohky-london4.blogspot.com
An Update (2008, Dec 01): Trip has been cancelled... because of the recent terrorist attack at Mumbi. See Special Report in ChannelNewsAsia website
- South Korea: http://lohky-southkorea.blogspot.com/
Beijing, a place I longed to go, to see the history at present. I am always amazed by the wonders that man can do... building the great wall, the magnificent palace, the huge parks... and where the wise people and great writers once were... A land where the ruler claimed to be the son of heaven. Also, to materialise one of my new year resolution, to go for a break during term time, which I never had the chance in days when I'm attached to the school... and yes, this time, I went solo again!
- Hokkaido-Tokyo: http://lohky-japan.blogspot.com/
It's a last minute trip - ok... taking into account the uncertainities until the week before setting off... yes, another working trip... when the stress built up as the day of departure came nearer and nearer... It's a good one - for professional work - learning much of the British system and sometimes just wonder... what happens if Singapore adopts a similar system? The culture difference, etc... what difference or impact will it make? On the other hand, it's one of the worst planned trip... forgive me, Shoo Soon... for this comment... I think we agree if there's time for us to plan the logistics well before setting off... that's going to make some difference... anyway, have learnt a lot from you, too... Thanks! This trip was also 'cursed' with lots of walking and walking... anyway, I enjoyed the times in London :D
- London Revisited: http://lohky-london2.blogspot.com/
Nothing beats this trip! My very very own adventure! It's a real test to my determination and will... it stretched me beyond - my mental and physical ability... Thanks for the opportunity, where I learnt to walk out of my comfort zone and know how to make a difference too... to everybody around me... and to appreciate what I have, who I'm with and what I am many more times now... and am very sure, have left some footprints and good memories in the journey of those I came in contact too... [Click @ hyperlink to see more...]
- My Bhutan Adverture: http://lohky-bhutan.blogspot.com/
- Gallery @ Bhutan: http://gallery-bhutan.blogspot.com/
Indeed, I did a recee to Paro and Thimphu in March, in preparation of my temporary 'immigration'.
It was a 10-week stay in Penang when attending the RECSAM Course. There I met great buddies like Ying Leng, Gek Chew and Chay Eng... also acquaintances like Cheong Cheong and Hui... Remember the weekends that we went Compta and Sunshine... and loaded my haversack with oranges and apples? Oh yes, I we won't forget the weekends that make our way up Penang Hill... the morning, the afternoon and the evening ventures! Also the penang laksa store at the foot of ke-lo-si! The days that I needed to hunt down for one roll of white thread! That's unbelievable! hahaha... those were the days when I first spent my weekends out at night with these great peers!
PS: Ying Leng & me revisited Penang 2 years later...
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