let’s eat in Xi’an, China

Well not that I guess what happened in Xi’an won’t stay in Xi’an… and this time I would like to share about the food we had eaten … People proposed us to at least try to eat their most known noodles and hot pot. There are plenty of restaurant, + a brief demonstration on how noodles are pulled (hand-pulled noodles). We were stucked in the city We did a lot of walk and ended up in muslim district for lunch. As we were walking along the busy street, street foods are everywhere and annoying motor riders are appearing unexpectedly. Bbq’s, noodles, bread, candies and etc .. staring on those bbq’s have totally given us mouth watering and without hesitation we had chosen and picked 8 sticks of Mutton bbq, one bread and two plate of rice with chicken and the most awaiting lunch been served and then voila we then had a feast. Over above we found the authentic roasted duck just in our hotel.

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This is the local noodles in Xi’an
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A man demonstrating on how noodles are pulled.

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Impressive man with his passion pulling noodles.
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Hot-pot, tomato and green chili soup accompanied with tofu, green salad, chinese cabbage, fish, beef, cilantro and hot-pot sauces.
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bon appétit kids !
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A glimpse of me and my daugther
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Bread
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BBQ lamb

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Walking along the street.
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Authenthic Roasted duck
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Local noodles
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The Terra Cotta Warriors and horses

Hey Readers,
I just want to share some photos that I had taken during our break , and this time we went to visit the The terra cotta warriors and horses located on the east side of the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang. The first emperor in Chinese history. 1974 when local farmers were drilling a series of wells in search of water they discovered some pottery fragments and ancient weapons. The head of the village then reported the news to the local goverment and with the goverment approval, explorers began their explorations and excavations. 1979 when the Terra cotta museum was opened to the public. There are 3 Pit, pit 1 the biggest an area of 2,000 meter. Pit 2 & 3 was discovered 1976 and Pit 3 the smallest Pits Today the Terra cotta description «  8 wonder of the world >>. DC5994B0-681A-4167-B539-566B07E5F7A76C09E180-B094-4D4A-B931-4749DD217690902E98E5-D458-4F51-B743-F4E3C5BC1AADF12D87EA-682B-4066-8209-D20425C1FD8B219B590A-000D-4808-A893-C83C27AB9509C402EF9A-7356-4884-8E57-66436D8361FADEBEEF25-D28B-49BD-A1A9-2A13B0DEFAE8FD6A2090-0977-4336-9E86-ED7986D647281533331F-C1A3-4B98-A51F-C5228D86DF35916BCB3B-D2B8-43B0-807C-A6E9D84506910D2EB121-9C55-4947-8A29-71F6D89F82006AEDDBE0-9CD9-434C-91EA-B84D1E55934A3C5FB1AE-51EF-4110-BDDA-C8BC0D97D93E56C161C9-71F6-469A-885F-5E77B949A61A64D70A38-0D17-4B5B-A163-0609B2AB6756EBF65C18-7005-4E98-9B0D-BADBA1465C255F3088EC-E070-4A46-A7D5-F50C8D1007E491EBE615-B906-40CE-AAE1-E4C597974956199D53CC-8FAB-4BD7-AC4C-22273A11089B10206B6A-F738-4806-9934-B9AE2CF9E133

Shanghai, China

Welcome to Shanghai , we flew From Guangzhou – Shanghai had a 2 hours and half in the air and when we landed to the Airport we took our luggage and went straight to find a taxi and woahhhh I haven’t seen any crowd like that ever before, It remind me when we went in India 11 years ago at first I thought there’s only 500 meter long queue to get a taxi but then while we were moving, there are another 6 aisle queue … but I was more than happy because only 7 minutes of waiting we got a taxi… We stayed in Sofitel hotel just in Nanjing Road the center of everything …
I think Shanghai is different from the rest of China. Shanghai has its fascinating skyscrapers and people does their job well , and everything moving fast, in the restaurant you’ll get your meal like a bat out of hell than you expect. The hotel has a friendly service and we were more than satisfied. In Shanghai crowd might be a battle for some. There are too many tourist, and Chinese vacationist. The metro and pedestrians crossing is a real sardines.

Here are some list places we have visited :

Shanghai oriental pearl tower
Former french concession
Shanghai fuzhou road cultural street
The Bund city sculpture
Nanjing lu road
Yu garden
Ocean Aquarium.

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The sky is blue and posters have color pink background , it matches well which regular people can’t see.
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The finance centre
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Nanjing road
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Finance centre
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Two adorable chinese toddlers in their troller
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way to ocean aquarium and orient pearl tower
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The orient pearl
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Bicycles

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French concession

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My focus is starving here, I couldn’t make perfect shot.

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Old town

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Just capturing images without thinking.

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Chinese traditional clothes

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Old town

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View from our Hotel
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Walking around with the crowd. Enjoying the cool weather.
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Tourist train in Nangjing lu road
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Myself and my daugther

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what it’s like to cross in Shanghai pedestrian crossing.

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pedestrian

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Pedestrian crossing
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The orient pearl tower at night.
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The bund.

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The Bund at night
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Spectacular lights view at night

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The Bund

Hailing Island, China

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Along the bumpy highway, we had horrific experienced and I prefer not to share it, I’d rather keep it for myself. ( oh It is hell ).

We stayed 5 days in Hailing Island Crowne Plaza. The Hotel and resort is pretty nice far away from the hassle and busy cities. The hotel is tranquil and new. I think it was constructed 4 years ago. Going there was a real escaped for us.

Upon arrival, Our room ( seaside view ) wasn’t prepared and the reception kindly inquired us to wait and proposed to take our lunch. And so we did, we devoured our lunch at the chinese restaurant , The food is excellent , finely cooked and well presented but quiet expensive.

The hotel has a private beach. It is unusual for me to see tones of life vest , People swim with the life vest which I found really strange and shocked. I have never been in any beach here in China. Wearing life vest is a must when swimming at the beach. The waves are quiet strong and windy, rough sand and gray water. Inside my head, I would rather go in the Philippines next time.

We mostly spent our time at the pool… they do not have towels, so better get them at the gym or bring your own towels which most of the guest do. There is a bar in front of the beach you can have and order your drinks. You will also see some people appreciating water activities like parachute , kites, and many more.

Breakfast and buffet diner happens at the Aqua restaurant and be happy they have a la carte for people like us, who stick to eat less food. I feel pity to the chef he got lot of works.

One night, we tried to eat barbecues at the hot pot restaurant nearby the beach besides the pool area. We liked the food, barbecues and hot pot, meats and sea foods, vegetables, noodles , dessert , fruits , drinks oh it was paradise for all the eaters and with perfect service.

At the lobby, there is a lounge, cozy coffee bar, you can sit or lay on the couch , read or have a drink of coffee or tea as well eat a slice of cake up to your choice. They also have a game Area for small children. During the night there are two musician they start to play music at 8 pm till midnight. We really had so much fun, eating, drinking and listening to their music.

4th day the weather wasn’t friendly, thankfully they have indoors swimming area and I fancied the Spa and longing to have some massage but I am tigthing my belt, the price is out of my budget ( ouch ! ) I want to save for something valuable matter. In some such way I still know how to limit my expenses. I deteste burning cards.

All we did was just eating, swimming, gained some kilos. Seeing my children growing …….! Oh time flies … We really had a wonderful stayed.

5th day, all luggages are packed and locked… around 4 pm we bid goodbye to the place and vacation is over and we were back to life.

I don’t 🤔think of going back in Yangjiang or Hailing Island.

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Japan

Japan is a perfect and a peaceful country. Japan and its people are so perfect. The food, the fashion , the lifestyle, everything is luxurious and everything is new to me. Going there felt like going in another Universe It is another world for me. Japan is heaven!

Here are the etenirary that we made during our trip in Japan. We bought the JR pass through the internet , and when we arrived Tokyo airport we went to the train station and got our JR Pass and it’s worth to buy and have it , you can go whenever and wherever you want to go anywhere in Japan.

Oh so this is our First time to fly in Japan airline oh my god I already felt like HOME! The crews were so kind, polite and it is so neat and clean, services wow oh wow perfect !

1-3 days we explored the city of Tokyo. Hey ! at the airport as soon as we landed, The first thing I noticed ~ Toilettes are damn awesome !!!!

4th day we went to see the magnificent view of the famous mount FUJI.

5th day we headed out to KYOTO through Kinsanken train (bullet train). We decided to stay there 8 days. There are a lot of things to do, uncountable places to go and so many amazing things to see. Days are long and it’s just wonderful! There is a lot of tourist as well. Some tourist are wearing a kimono’s clothes and I find that they wore it elegantly. There are plenty of choices when it comes to foods. We tried and experience the Fire ramen ! and the kobe-beef hot pot. Of course the sushi’s , You must reserve a table if you want to experience the traditional Japanese restaurant. There are a lot of choices and There is no need to worry even when you are on your diet because Japanese food are so healthy. Everything are well presented, neat and clean. We watched the kimono show somewhere in the street of Gion. We witnessed the events and had our Japanese Tea afternoon with a beautiful Japanese Garden.

Other places that we’ve been ~ Osaka, Kobe, Himeji , Nara , Hiroshima , Miyajima.

In Kobe, I will never forget the Beef-kobe ! it is certainly the best beef that I have ever eaten in my whole entire life ! The beef is amazingly Tender. We had our private chef for the night The chefs cooked the meat in front of us and he ensures that the meat will stay juicy. If I am not mistaken it’s teppanyaki style. It’s pricey but we gave it a try for once in our life !

In Himeji, there is a big white castle. They called it Himeji Castle, the castle has a beautiful garden but different entrance so we had finished our visit inside the castle then we continued walking till we reached the exit and went straight away to the garden and we had seen its beautiful garden, It is well maintained and again another astonishing place.

Hiroshima – going there was quiet emotional for me … I can’t explain but my heart was devastated……

Nara – you’ll see temples and big buda’s and deers around the park.

Osaka – yeah what can I say !!!! Shop till you get drop !

Miyajima Island ~ We took the JR ferry it is free if you have JR pass you can ride the ferry without payments ~ we were so glad because we went there and another beautiful memories our eyes were filled with amazing things….

Alright for now, I can’t think of anything … My brain is ain’t friendly to tell everything but my heart filled with joy and laughter! We absolutely made a wonderful memories.

We spent our last 2 days back in Tokyo and we went to see and visited my beloved Auntie.

Japan offers beyond what normally I see. We truly enjoyed and had a blast !

Thinking of going back home seems so unreal …it’s a world that seems so far away from this perfect patch of land … but we left with our stories.

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