Frankfurt! I love Frankfurt. Why? It’s Frankfurt of course. The food is different. Lots of cold cut and lots of meat; all kinds of cookies covered in chocolate. The buns… don’t get me started on the breads and buns. And the weather. Chilly cold with grey skies, the snow and OMG the wind! Brrrrrr… check out our red noses.
So Frankfurt happens every year in January. This would be my fourth trip to Germany. We took SIA and our flight to Singapore was delayed therefore we had to rushed from the gate to gate for our connecting flight. STRESS!
But, fret not. We got ourselves an express buggy which was waiting for us somewhere in the Terminal. The buggy driver was scary. Just zoomed to our gate. Security didn’t even managed to frisk us. We had to run to the plane. AMAZING RUN!
We touched down at 6.30am… it was snowing! Bed of snow welcoming us everywhere. Psst~ Hub’s first snow and it’s quite a massive fall!
We stayed at Best Western’s Hotel Scala which was along Schafergasse. It was still too early to check in therefore we left our luggages at the reception and roamed the empty streets.
It’s getting brighter!!! Since MyZeil open its doors at 8am, we took the opportunity to use their free Wi-Fi service. My Zeil offers free Wi-Fi to the public which was a plus. After checking our work and personal emails and of course updated some Facebook postings, we headed back to our hotel which was 3 blocks away. It takes about 5-7 minutes walk to our hotel. Love the walk.
Rooms weren’t ready. Cleaning lady not at work yet so we decided to have breakfast! When I say cold cuts and breads.. I mean what I say…
Finally, we got our room! I was suffering from a very bad migraine since the red-eye flight so I threw-up don’t know how many times, took a short nap then continued with some sightseeing before work starts tomorrow.
We headed to shopping street again but towards branded street. I’ve got a list of things to buy.. advanced orders by colleagues and friends. So… we went into Longchamp then into Louis Vuitton. Once I’m done with the tasks, we headed to the Opera House which was just around the corner.
We wandered around and found ourselves near a lake. A frozen one at least or perhaps half frozen. I was feeling too adventurous. So, I lowered my leg into the lake then SsssZZZiiiiiii – > CRACK!
Yup! Not entirely frozen at all. Hubby was shaking his head in dismay of what I did. Haha!
Hungry… and freshly baked fries was number one on the mighty list!
As we walked back to our hotel, we took a shortcut or tried to take one and eventually found a beautiful old church which was situated just before the hotel.
The next day after setting up our exhibits at Messe, we took a train and had the walk of our lives looking for the DIALOGUE IN THE DARK Museum. After overjoying from finding the place and being rejected because we didn’t make an appointment for tours in English, we moved along and took shelter in a deli which serves really good sandwiches, salads and coffee. Hmm YUM. What’s winter without a hot cuppa? This place was truly our savior.
On the last day of exhibition, we took a walk around Romer and Zeil area with Mr Paul Turk. We went into numeral shops, gazed at the windows with its expensive displays, picked and prodded some wooden items, tossed and turned some plates and arrived in Kleinmarkthalle.
It was an indoor wet market and you can get everything and anything here from clothes to plants to poultry to greens to pickled fruits to stingy fish to chocolates to herbs to sushi bar. We were glad to find this interesting place as we found the best coffee in town and it was confirmed by a guy who so happens to be local; ordering his coffee and speaks perfect English!
Frankfurt left us with many memories… snowy ones and I left something in Frankfurt too. My poor boots which is my favorite pair who has been with me since 2009. Poor baby. You lived long enough and travelled far across the world. It’s time to let you go and I still miss you. I’ll never get a replacement like you.
It was Hong Kong once again. We will never get tired of Hong Kong as the city never sleeps. Food is practically everywhere and the most we love about is the temperature in January.
Chilly and foggy.
I’ve compiled pictures of our trip in the form of postcards so… enjoy!
We arrived on the 12th day of Christmas which was the last day, so we were very fortunate to catch the Christmas decor around Heritage 1881 and Harbour City.
We also took a walk around Victoria Harbour since the view was spectacular and everyone seems to be enjoying the cold breeze.
Our trip was also of work and pleasure. We always meet up with other international exhibitors and we form a bond. We have dinners together; often chatting away what are the current markets like in terms of the old and new.
This time, we managed to stop by the goldfish market which was in Mongkok. You won’t miss it as bags of fish are hung outside the shop-lots and can be seen far away.
Hong Kong = Shopping
I mean that’s what everyone’s been telling me but I don’t agree. Shopping is not necessarily cheap in HK. There is a variety of things indefinitely. Certain things are cheaper like phone accessories, shoes, bubble jackets but not clothes. Perhaps I have different views? I only go for affordable quality stuff so if an item is super cheap but quality and comfort isn’t there.. SORRY-next stop!
We will never miss a cup of Marocchino while in Hong Kong. Holly Brown serves the best Marocchino anyone can find. It’s the ULTIMATE coffee for me.
We found a treasure! We alighted at Jordan station.. walked around alleys and found this shop which sells ‘cookies and tarts’. We decided to buy a coconut tart to try it out… then we walked back and bought another… and another and I think another.
The coconut filling was so delicious, it kinda melts in your mouth and the outer pastry is very much light and crisp. Heaven in a tart.
The following day, we actually took the train back to Jordan station again to buy more tarts. This time, we tried the Pineapple tarts and cookies. Hands down! Coconut Tart you second stole my heart.
Around the same area, lies a tiny modern noodle shop. We were hungry therefore we just popped into a shop and found the most adventurous ‘spice heat’ in Hong Kong.
Ah our beloved Mister Softee (nowadays called ‘Mobile Softee’). This time, we spotted the white, red and blue van just next to the TST Star Ferry Pier. Yippie!
You won’t miss Mister Softee as one can hear the ‘Blue Danube’ melody being played blocks away! Brings back old memories doesn’t it? We also spotted the vans outside Kowloon Park and at the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai.
Creamy + Dreamy = Mister Softee
While we went and get our dose of Softee Ice-Cream, we stumbled upon 2 huge dogs. One is a St. Bernard mix and the other a Husky. Both were overweight or maybe the cold weather made them puffy? I would get puffy during winter too. Anyway they were both adorable and as usual, I presumed bigger dogs don’t like the camera.
Finally before we left Hong Kong, we have another cuppa of Marocchino. This was a pleasant trip. Hong Kong, we love you and we’ll see you soon again.
After 11 years of marriage, we finally went for our honeymoon! Woot-woot!
There were many places in our adventurous mind but we chose KOREA, “The Land of the Morning Calm”.
Without hesitation with our 2+2 feet, we wandered around the city of Seoul.
Guess what hubby is munching on!
MISCELLANEOUS PARTS OF KOREA that I just need to share
A JEWEL IN THE ALLEY
Overall, Seoul was a great place to visit. It will be a good place to live too. We love Korea and will definitely be going back there again. Our trip was successful, fruitful and a joyous one. We would like to thank ALL that contributed towards our honeymoon; be it physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Thanks to JOHN HYUNG and his son that greeted us at Incheon Airport. Thank you for showing us around Gangnam and got us addicted to the many varieties of Korean food.
See you Seoul!
Visiting a place once is never enough unless it brings you bad memories and horror experience but there’s always light in the dark. Moreover NYC is also known as:-
- The City That Never Sleeps
- The Big Apple
- The Crossroads of the World
So the journey to NYC was LONG. We flew with Emirates with a total of 24 flight hours including 4 hours of transiting in Dubai (back and forth meaning 48 hours – Ohhh.Emm.Gyyyyyy.)
This trip was for business cum pleasure once again so I’m gonna start with WORK!
We exhibited in the New York Stationery Fair (NSS) at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre. We got an upgraded corner booth thanks to GLM.
So with all the places that’s on our list, our main transporter was our two feet and the subway.
Our first stop was Times Square where our apartment is just 2 blocks away. We headed there right after we touched down + some sleep. I was a walking zombie but the lights mesmerized me and soon I was kinda like a little girl in Disneyland!
Our second stop was the 9/11 Memorial. This was in my todo list. One could never imagine the impact of visiting this place and the people who are living here. Being at the Memorial site itself is emotional enough for me. Just the serenity of the place, the waterfall, the names of those that perished that day, the tress and surroundings which visitors kept at peace.
Ticket Price: Free with limited spaces but a ‘Support Box’ is available for sincere donations
Thirdly, we went to Top of The Rock Observation Deck which is situated at the Rockefeller Center. And no, we did not go to the Empire State Building because we want to see the Empire State Building with all its glory. Check out the green sea of Central Park.
Ticket Price: USD$25.00/person
Guess what! We also watched WICKED, a broadway musical. It was like a dream come true for both of us. We love everything about musical. WICKED is about ‘pre-Wizard of OZ’….there’s Elphaba and Glinda…the wizard…OWH just click ME
Ticket Price: USD$141.25/person
Next stop was Statue of Liberty where we took a ferry across to Liberty Island. Liberty’s crown was under construction therefore the area was restricted. However, it was still amazing to see Liberty in person. She’s very beautiful indeed. Thank goodness the sky was clear and we got there just when the sun was strikingly rich!
Ticket Price: USD$17.00/person
We also went to Fifth Avenue to have a look at shopaholics. Shoppers with bags after bags were everywhere. I had bags too but I can count them.
We also managed to stop by FAO Schwarz which was recommended by my best friend, Eirene.
And here is the proposed interior,
And then…. there was the food. Portions were massive hence the price but it was well worth-it.
1. Burgers were everywhere and they were exceptionally huge with even bigger box of fries
2. Bacon breakfast came with 3 eggs and mountains of potato wedges
3. Each pancake came in the size of my face and I had 3 face-sized pancakes to gulped
4. Tuna wraps were amazingly tasty with fresh rocket leaves
5. Best ever Lemon Iced Yogurt Loaf which I can’t find anywhere else
6. Stir-fry rice with a choice of meat, sauce and 3 kinds of vegetables
7. Burger with bacon comes with sweet potato fries
8. Best chocolate milkshake ever; 1 cup is never enough
To try No. 7. and 8., please head to Westway Diner along 9th Avenue. You won’t missed the place.
To conclude this wonderful journey, need I say… NYC is a great place to visit but it won’t be my kind of place to stay. I would prefer somewhere homey, not so bustling and where the heart is.