melaka, windmill dutch square, stadhuys

colours of historic city Melaka

I was planning my solo trip to Thailand when I found out my friend Vivian from home was going to be posted to the city of Melaka (English: Malacca). Without much persuasion, I decided to change course and head south instead of going up north. The historic city Melaka is only 1.5 – 2 hours’…

london

a month in London

in the beginning… I knew I was going to London for a special work assignment to help take over a small hotel for my boss at one point but I just was not quite sure when it would be. The first trip in November last year was called off in the very last minute as…

medical mission trip lumampau sipitang sabah

reaching out, changing lives!

The list of information we received just short of a week before we were due for our weekend medical mission trip was brief. All we got was — electricity by generator set (still under repair), bring torch, sleeping bag and mosquito net, weather can be cold so bring something warm… then there was the assignment…

taishan, mount tai Shandong china

on top of Mount Tai, Shandong

Mount Tai/Taishan (泰山), one of the 5 sacred mountains in China is considered the greatest (五嶽之首) as its location in the east is regarded as a sacred direction with the sun and the moon rise. In history, it was said that there had been as many as 72 emperors including Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇) who…

heze shandong, peonies

a date with peonies at Heze, Shandong

“Let’s go to Shandong for the peonies!” was a statement uttered out of excitement by my good friend May over dinner one fine evening late last year but was one that we took very seriously.  And with that earnestness, we put things into motion this year and by late April we saw ourselves heading to…