New York City via instagram

Maybe I should have a travel diary so that I can actually write down my thoughts. It’s kind of hard to remember where I exactly went and what actually happened especially when it’s been almost a month since I left USA. I’m currently in Malaysia right now so you can imagine how confused I am. I can certainly understand why everyone loves New York. It is crazily BIG. Never in my life have I ever seen so many skyscrapers packed together. I think it will take me forever to become familiar with this city, which would eventually leave me bankrupt and obese.

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I love Pink Berry so much!!! I could hardly believe my ears when the cashier told me I could have as much toppings as I want. Unfortunately it wasn’t the same for Dubai’s Pink Berry 😦

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Highlight of the trip would be when we bought a few kilograms worth of Victoria’s Secret hehe!

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Some mouthwatering food porn of our lunch at 3 star Michelin French restaurant Jean Georges.

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Personalized m&ms for Ashley who thinks that s2 is a heart shape and uses =] instead of : ) lol.

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On a side note, I FINALLY watched Perks of being a wallflower today at the cinemas!!! 🙂

Indonesia

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I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this trip because 1. Everyone tells me how there’s really nothing to do in Batam 2. I bought my tour package from Groupon but the trip surpassed my expectations. We paid so little and I had a coach to drive us around, a tour guide to bring us to various places of interest, 8 course sea food lunch, an hour body massage, a one night stay at 4 star boutique hotel as well as complimentary international breakfast buffet. The food was decent, not impressive. But the body massage was so relaxing I fell asleep and the hotel was so spacious and comfortable. Definitely worth my every cent. Everyone on Singapore online deals would have come across deals which offer you day tours to Batam & providing you accommodation at Harmoni One hotel (pic below taken from the website). To tell you the truth, it looks exactly like it is & if you’ve nothing better to do, do pay a visit for relaxation 🙂

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The tour brought us to various places – mainly shopping places, outdoor activities e.g. go karting / flying fox as well as Kueh Lapis (Indonesian multi layered cake) factory where you can place your orders and they deliver freshly baked ones to you on the same night SGD$25 each.

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The inequality gap between the rich and the poor is really extreme. We were invited to watch this Cultural Dance where the locals just start eating glass / fire and even jumping through fire rings (like the one you see in Madagascar 3). Along the streets you see squatter settlements everywhere and sometimes you see some really pretty houses. The most extreme case would be the hotel which we stayed in – it’s like a majestic palace whereas most buildings in Batam are just so rundown. We were recommended to tip $1 or $2 to our tour guide & driver but Ashley & I decided to tip $10 because we felt that they deserve so much more for their excellent service.

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Just wanted to share a cheap getaway with everyone. On a side note, A&W in Batam was so horrible… I don’t remember it being that bad when we had that years ago in Singapore 😦

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Where the river always flow

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Singapore has been really lovely 🙂 Food here makes me so happy! But the weather’s sooo shit.

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Hokkien style fried pig and Singapore’s renowned chilli crab with fried man tous

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Saturday night at Zouk and Mink. Finally tried the chocolate liqueur shots it was so.. Potent.

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Love snapping pictures of pretty looking food like the mushroom soup & chocolate lava cake above~

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Ladies night at Zouk but we just chilled at wine bar and drank away. I love dreamer the cocktail!

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Dim sum = my ideal meal. Especially liu sha bao aka golden sand buns!!!

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Watched Hotel Transylvania~ Don’t you think Dawn looks like the girl in the movie?!

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There was a long queue for this prawn noodles stall at past eleven at night.. We queued >15 mins 😮

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We took ages to complete Gardens by the bay because Ashley sat down at EVERY bench.

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Singapore is filled with many substandard cafe food but Choupinette’s eggs benedict is yummy. Other cafes worth visiting are Spruce & Rider’s. But I do not understand why a miserable plate of over fried bacon costs $6..

Going to Indonesia tomorrow. I’ve never been to Indo before can you believe it?!? Hahaha bye.

Washington D.C. (via instagram)

Lazy to edit the lighting and such of pictures taken in Washington so I shall make do with instagram pics for now. I love instagram so much, it has the ability to make everything look good effortlessly. We took a plane from Boston to Washington. Check out the aerial views:

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The pictures above, as well as most US pictures are actually taken by Zhen… It’s her i-phone.

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I am actually a blackberry user but whenever I’m with the boyfriend in whichever countries or in this case, Zhen in the states I’d be using their iphone to instagram on http://web.stagram.com/n/ashjunjun. Well the account belongs to Ashley but 95% of the pictures are uploaded by me.

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Had one of the best meals at Founding Farmers Restaurant. It was so good that I have to say that it’s my favourite meal out of ALL meals we had in this vacation. This restaurant serves healthy & yummy food; everything is made from scratch. You don’t get such combination nowadays. It is no wonder that Michelle Obama listed this place as her top choice in the D.C.

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I have been having too much unhealthy food that are either too oily or too sweet, sigh. I really should embark on a healthy lifestyle but it is almost impossible when I’m on a perpetual holiday. I really shouldn’t be complaining because I do love my life. I’ve been MIA in the kitchen for like… Forever. Time to touch up on my non-existent culinary skills and prepare some healthy dishes. I bought a pair of comfy but ugly sports shoes today! Hopefully I’ll hit the gym soon.

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Above are photos of the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument & the White House. Was really sick during my stay at Washington so I didn’t get to eat the original George Town Washington Cupcakes 😦 I tried their franchise in New York which was so BAD. I’m sneezing away while typing this. Really need to improve my immune system because I’d be traveling quite a bit again. Will be in 3 Asian countries (excluding Singapore) before going back to Australia.

Legoland Malaysia

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Went to Legoland Malaysia yesterday. The rides were really kiddy but we had fun still 🙂 Almost everything was made of Lego. Must be heaven for the little boys out there. The view of the mini Lego cities at night were SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL especially the KL petrona twin towers!!! Hold on, why am I blogging about Malaysia when I’m not even done blogging about the US…

Apt

“What should I do about the wild & the tame?
The wild heart that wants to be free…
And the tame heart that wants to come home.”

– Jeanette Winterson