Sunday, December 27, 2009

Wonderful 2009 Travels

2008 was a great year of my travels... and 2009 was just as good! Now that 2009 is about to come to an end, I'd like to just compile my travels this year... and share the most memorable part in each of them.

1. Shanghai, China

I started off the year being in the bustling city of Shanghai - a trip continued from 2008. There's no other more vibrant place I have ever visited. And btw, it was this trip that I started to like the cold & cold! (eating icy cold desserts in the winter!).

2. Muar, Malaysia

muarThis half day trip made me realise how much heritage this neighbouring town of Malacca has... plus, the fact that it do has some good food too!

3. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

kota kinabaluMy first time to East of Malaysia. This was one big eye opener on how unique-ly different the other part of Malaysia is. Love the Manukan island & the sotong bakar (bbq squid) most!

4. Kuching, Malaysia

kuching2009 also marks the first time I visited Kuching, which reminded me closely to Penang & in some ways, yes, Malacca. The thing I like most about Kuching is its multi ethnicity where the 1 Bangsa Malaysia is felt most in the country.

5. Hong Kong, China

hong kongAfter over a decade, I finally re-visited the center of Chinese cinema - HK! The best part of this city is that while it embraces to be a modern city, however, it maintains its old traditional things like the tong kang, the tram, and also the food stalls in the narrow alleys.

6. Macau, China

macauAnd from HK, I headed to the another bustling city in China (which China city isn't?)... but this one is even more unique where the heritage rightfully remains on the streets. And yet side by side are the mega casino structures gearing for attention!

7. Bangkok, Thailand

bangkok, thailandI once again visited my most favourite destination, Thailand. Yes, they have the bad traffic jams and people complain about the air pollution.

But the Thai warmth & its ever tourist friendly city makes Bangkok such a wonderful city to keep coming back to! It was this trip too that I first visited the Chatuchak market where independent designs rule!

8. Manila, Tagatay & Boracay, Philippines

manila, philippinesMy first visit to the Philippines was at the land of mega malls, Manila - the place where I learned the term mall-ing. The malls were huge & impressive - and so is the entertainment industry...! (at least in my eyes). And the people - just as friendly as the Thais!

tagaytay, philippinesYummy food & chill weather on top of the hills, with a good view to boot - that's how I find Tagaytay. This trip opened my eyes on the varieties that the Philippines offer for travelers!

boracay, philippinesSea, sand & sun... plus lots of fun, Boracay, is truly one super holiday destination. It gave lots of time to relax yet a lot of sea activities to keep one busy. The long white beach gave beautiful views... and it was here too that I tried my first reef walking!

9. Beijing, China

beijingOnce again I was back in China. Having already seen this grand city before, this trip was more work, but still, I managed to find awe in visiting the Bird's Nest... which like everything else in China (& especially Beijing) - is always grand!

10. Frankfurt & Rudesheim, Germany

frankfurtFrankfurt was exciting as it was my very first out of Asia trip! It was nice to visit a first world destination that is well structured, green & super-ly clean (the cleanest city I've ever seen!).

rudesheimA day trip off Frankfurt, was this cute looking town with its old heritage buildings... by the side of the famous River Rhine. This whole trip was like walking into the postcard images we all have seen Europe for. Here was also where I tried my very first ice wine! (talk about cold & cold! haha).

11. Penang, Malaysia

penangEvery few years, I make a visit to this island city. The food was as usual - good! But what made this trip different was that I stayed in the heritage area and passed a few new places, which could only be enjoyed most by walking. This allowed me to embrace the heritage offerings of the Pearl of the Orient!

12. Kuala Selangor, Malaysia

kuala selangorAgain another half day trip to a place that I've always wanted to visit since years ago after hearing so much about it... Now that I'm in Klang Valley, it was about time. Twinkling fireflies & crabs of many colours at the Nature Reserve makes this a good easy getaway.

13. Cherating, Malaysia
cheratingAnother weekend getaway... and just a few hours drive from Klang Valley is another beach holiday - Cherating! Lazing on the beach in the night just looking at the star studded sky & releasing turtles into the sea made this one amazing trip!

Looking back, 2009 sure was a wonderful year of travels...! It was great to have been able to combine work + travel this 2009! And it was also nice to have completed most of my travel resoloutions :)

As much as I'd like to repeat what I did in 2009 for 2010, however, I forsee that it would be tougher to combine travel + work next year.

I see myself attending more international exhibitions/ fairs overseas & just taking some time off traveling a bit while there... The likelihood of revisiting some of the places above again for work also seems very likely.

However, for leisure, it would be cool if I could visit these places in 2010 (oh yes, my 2010 travel resolutions!):
Chiang Mai, Bangkok again, more cuti-cuti Malaysia (Malaysia holidays) especially northern Peninsula - Kedah, Kelantan, Perak & Perlis... and either one of the islands of Perhentian or Gems island (maybe Bali too). These seem quite do-able if I manage time well and take these as short weekend getaways! :)

And on top of that, it would be a dream come true if i could visit Japan if not USA... and maybe spend some icy winter holiday! :)

*In 2009, I managed to complete 5 out of 7 destinations from my travel list. It's not perfect, but still resolutions do work! How about you - do u have any travel plans in 2010? :)


  1. WOw! You went to so many places in one year? Gosh! I really envy you bro. I hope I can do so too. :p

  2. Wow! A busy year with travels. More in 2010, I believe? :)

  3. Wah! Quachee, so shiok lah! Beside homeland planing on 2010, I plan to go to Bali, Loas & Taiwan (again).
    All the best to you! Cheers! :)

  4. That was some travel itinerary there, QC. Didn't know you went to Germany too. Theirs is a very advanced country - very systematic, even down to their domestic garbage disposal. We sure do have A LOT to catch up.

    Muar sure is a historical town. I love their pre-war shophouses. Fascinating. Did you notice the color-scheme of their buildings, one color for each street? You must have visited their food street for the o-chien?

    Best wishes for the new year and for more happy travel adventures.

  5. You could consider Guangzhou, they will be hosting the Asian Games next year. Whereas Delhi will host the Commonwealth Games.

    Host cities are always in top shape whenever a major event is held, especially on that year itself.

    Travel+Sports could be fun :)

  6. It's always nice to travel! I hope to travel more places next year. Looking forward to Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong, Macau and more local destinations!

  7. Japan is always the best place to travel. Beautiful view, clean, high tech and most importantly the chicks are pretty and sexy too! :)

  8. As many mega cities you traveled to, you are really a mega traveler.
    I like JJ Market (Chatuchak) too, and visited it this year.
    Wishing you more destinations in 2010!

  9. congrats on ur travels for 2009! that was quite a range of places... i recently got back from bangkok.. & was reminded of bangkok jam from ur photo! if u haven't been, would recommend Siem Reap - just came back too, loved the place & blogging about it right now.


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