Mon Cherie Bomb

Sunday, January 21, 2018

On peace:

Racism is not prevalent in my country where multi-racial people integrate easily. I had many riveting moments watching this movie.  Politicians like Martin Luther King was one of American heroes who fought for equality, and then there are civilians like Dorothy Count who braved through bigotry, they carried the weight of the world on their shoulders.
I could barely comprehend the magnitude of bravery it took to stand against millions of rivals called the "white supremacists"
The movie served a vivid reminder to all of us:
Peace is not inherent but was earned by generations before us through blood and death.

On bravery of our generation, especially in Singapore:

When you live a sheltered life, bravery is not cultivated, to say the least.
Once in a blue moon, a brave civilian dares to call for a movement. Once in a blue moon, one of us dares to ask for more, but they end up in jail or court.
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I have been thinking about how modern labour exploitation is proliferating in Singapore.
The fact that there is a law that does not requires employers to pay for extra work.
The fact that the law states employees cannot exceed more than xx hours a week but do not actually set up a system to monitor it, they do not take action to companies who overwork their employees.
I have worked in enough places to witness that when I work until 2am every night, nobody knows but the company I work for, and the company that I work for will not pay me the extra 8 hours I worked for.
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I'm not saying my country does nothing don't get me wrong, my country is truly great in many aspects too. We have plenty facilities that help the poor and old etc, I am very proud of that.
Just because you are happy with your rights, does not mean I cannot fight for mine.
I think 99% of movements against movements are because people cannot comprehend the
statement I just made.
And that's why I need to write it down.


It took me a long time to finish the film because I paused a few times to do some pondering. It was the best movie I have ever seen, it is so inspirational and moving. If you are sitting around with nothing to do, this movie will make your spare time more valuable than anything else in a while.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Finally back to blogger town with another vacation post, this time in....

 Phuket
When it comes to my accommodations on holidays,  I am very pedantic and I FBI the hell out of
the hotels on my consideration list.I guess that makes me a tough critic. I also develop OCD as soon as I check into my hotel even though my room looks like massacre.

Hotel 1: Bloc Hotel

Bloc Hotel cost me about $110 SGD on Agoda.
When travelling to budget hotels, I always bring all my money and passport out with me. The bloc hotel is literally across the street from Patong beach and sandwiched between numerous street stores. Right next to it, Surf House Patong and family mart
Am I the only one who loves shopping in Thailand's convenience store? Everything is so.damn.cheap
Look at my buys!


 Back to the hotel, it will only take you a few minutes walk to Savoey, a famous seafood restaurant where you pick your own fresh sea creatures for dirt cheap price.
If I nick picked, water temperature was very hard to get right. It was switching from boiling water to Antarctic ice without me turning the facet.


Hotel room  (photo from trip advisor)



Roof top view


Roof top (from hotel's facebook page)

Rating: 8/10

Hotel 2: Amatara

One has to spoil herself at least one night at a 5-Star hotel.
With all that Amatara has to offer, it was worth every 320 dollar. The royal treatment here is enough to make you feel like a million bucks and the landscaping is seriously the best I've seen, anywhere.







Bring the resort map along with you otherwise you could go in circles without knowing as the facilities are scattered.



Path down to our hotel. & over view of the hotel below:


I thought the cabinet  beside the sofa was a closet or something but it's actually the pantry/bar! Everything in there is complimentary.





Working desk - writing pad and stationery provided.



Facilities overview:

The infinity pool is without a doubt, my favourite part of the resort, nothing is more relaxing than sitting by the poolside and staring into blue infinitude.



Spa & Yoga Area:

The staircase leading up to the spa center from the lobby, felt like I was walking up to a mansion!
so.much.foilage



I think this is where yoga lessons are held under the pretty pavilion, facing the ocean. The view here is better than the pool because it is on a higher magnitude, and there wasn't anybody there most of the time.





At the entrance of the restaurant, I love the doors so much, can I make it my bedroom door please?

The food:



Breakfast


Dinner


View from our balcony at night, *starry eyes*
Anyway, nothing but compliments for this hotel, I need to go back!

Rating: 10/10

Hotel 3: ZEN Premium Soi Nayang

They say save the best for the last but this hotel was the worst.
Why?

1. Hair was spotted here and there
2. Sofa was WET
3. Bed sheet was dirty.

I got the staff to change new sheets but...needless to say, I will never go back nor should anyone stay there.


Rating: 3/10

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Finally recharged enough to blog about my trip! I just got back on Thursday and went straight to work. Thank god it is Saturday and it feels so good to chill out after covering innumerable kilometers in Korea.  I'm going to break the blog post in two, one for journaling (this) and another one for pretty/edited photographs I took during the trip.

My first time to Korea here:
(Myeongdong, Garuso-Gil, Jeju Island, Gyeongbokgung Palace)
https://moncheriebomb.blogspot.sg/2016/11/seoul-travel-diary-part-1.html

We booked an apartment in Gangnam, the hipster heart of Seoul. Plenty of shopping and restaurants around the area, definitely recommend a night or two here. 


Arrived in Gangnam at sunset.


Dinner at Kkanbu chicken, it was just a random place we went into but the fried chicken was super tender, non-greasy and extremely fresh it's ridiculous! My entire family loved it.
10000/10 stars, plus we paid under SGD $30 for four of us, we are small eaters though.



Day 1: Garuso-Gil Hongik & Ewha University

We went shopping all day and night, but we actually didn't buy a lot of things as the stores are selling autumn wear and it's just so hot in Singapore I won't be able to wear them. If you don't have a lot of time in Korea, Garuso-Gil is the best place to take photos and Hongik University is the best place for cheap shopping so now you can weigh your choices.



Random corner of Garuso-Gil, we walked around a bit before heading to the train station.



Spotted this insta-worthy rainbow tunnel at Garuso-Gil, we went underground and discovered an etude house store where they customize your own lip gloss. It's hard to miss when walking along the street.









Day 2: Busan 

We took a two-hour train ride from Seoul station to Busan Station, then the metro to Nampo.
We stayed in YTT Hotel, this place is worth a recommendation not only because of its spaciousness, they have helpful staffs and a lot of extra toiletries (eg. bath sponge) and hair straightener.
Note: 4 people cannot fit into the beds, even though in the description they call it a family room for four, I ended up sleeping on the floor, on a very very thin mattress.

I forgot to take photos of our room but I manage to find it on google:


Early morning at Seoul Station



Haundae Beach

We were almost swept off our feet by the strong winds here, picture everyone's hair flapping about in their faces, hats flying off heads and people walking against an invisible current.








The waves at the beach were inevitably enormous, I love being at the beach and the sun was at the best position where it creates silhouettes and glittery reflections of the sea. :)

Gwangandaegyo :

Quite a long walk from the station to see the colourful bridge, beautiful from our naked eye but my phone could barely capture anything in the dark.


Day 3: Busan Cultural Village




My sister bought these balloons which granted us access to the cafe's rooftop where I took this picture! (Respect to the owner for his/her lucrative idea) You can buy cotton candy and balloons from this blue cafe below:




This spot, however, is free to access and right opposite the blue cafe.




Day 4 & 5: Myeongdong & Hongdae



Train ride back to Seoul





What do people miss about Korea when they leave? I miss street food the most!
I ate all of the above in 20 minutes walking to our dinner place, and then I didn't have dinner. :P


My favourite shop in Korea, *enters all Line stores and buying cute useless things*

Finally, we visited the famous common ground which we didn't have time to during our last trip.
It was a weekday night so it was pretty empty, the container mall has 2 sections where they sell stationary, home accessories and streetwear, a food truck area and restaurants at the roof. 






Nasi Goreng at a thai cuisine restaurant, this dish was really good but not the Pad Thai. Eat at own risk?



Warning: There is a few dessert store, might want to start with them first otherwise you will be too full to eat, like me, staring and taking pictures of them.


We went to Hongdae for a little shopping, shake shack for lunch and headed for the airport :)