Lunch at Islamic Centre Canteen, Hong Kong

Islamic Centre Canteen is located at Level 5 of Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre.

Once you enter the building, turn right for the lift lobby.

And you can just walk right into the canteen.

The only place for halal dimsum in Hong Kong

Once in the canteen, get a menu from the waiter/ waiteress.

You will also be given a piece of paper. Make sure you have it all the time when making order.

You don’t have to write anything on it to order. It’s meant for the staff. You can order the main dish from them. To order the dimsum simply walk over to the dimsum counter, and ask for the dish. You can also bring over the menu and point to which one you would like.

Once you get your dimsums, head over back to your table. Cutleries are also there and it’s self-service.

The main dish is quite a good portion for 1 serving. The regular plate is at least for 2-3 pax!

It’s on 2 plates but it’s actually 1 serving of its regulate plate. I portion it for my lunch and had to pack the remaining, which will be my dinner.


Kranji Marshes

A few weeks ago, I went down to Kranji Marshes to recce for the next #sglitteXplorers by #familytrippersXfest

Kranji Marshes

Kranji Marshes is one of nature parks opened to public in the recent years. It was officially launched on 1 Oct 2016, as part of the World Wetlands Day. With its official launch for public, it is Singapore’s largest freshwater marshland, occupying over 56 ha. Other than freshwater marshland, look out also for woodland and grass habitats.

Opening hours

Kranji Marshes is open daily, 7am to 7pm.

Getting there

Located along the northwestern shore, it is out of the way and inconvenient to get there by pubic transport. However, there’s shuttle service to Kranji Marshes for those who don’t drive. Visitors can board Kranji Express from Kranji MRT Station.


Kranji Express Schedule

This operates daily from 8.30 am to 5.45 pm and you can check out the schedule here. You’ll need to bring exact change for the fees ($3 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizens). Alight at D’Kranji Farm Resort. From the main exit of D’Kranji, head to the right and walk down the road.

Route Map of Kranji Marshes


Route map of Kranji Marshes


Take note that the whole area of Kranji Marshes is not open to public. The Core Conservation Area is closed to the public to minimise disturbances to wildlife. The West Marsh, within the Core Conservation Area, is open to public on certain days and times. You can enter and exit the West Marsh from the gate near Moorhen Blind. No registration is required and if you’re keen, check out NParks page here for the schedule. Monthly free guided walk led by NParks volunteers are also open to public on Saturday evenings. Each guided walk is limited to 20 participants and registration is compulsory. Details of the guided walk can be found here.

So, are we ready to explore Kranji Marshes?

I love the outdoor classrooms area at Kranji Marshes. It also makes a good spot for assembly area or briefing zone. One of it is at the main entrance, a perfect place for meeting point.


Sheltered outdoor space at Kranji Marshes

Since Kranji Marshes is a great place for bird observatory, especially migratory birds, so why not learn a thing or two about birds?


Turn left after this structure to start your Kranji Marshes nature walk

Right after this is a looooooong walk.


Long, straight path of Kranji Marshes


About 20 min walk

But it’s not all that boring cuz of the lush, greenery around. Don’t forget look up for birds and they might also even be around the grass land, cuz we even spotted a Moor Hen crossing the path. But unfortunately no photo of it as it moved too fast for us. Here are some of what we saw…


We think that is an eagle




Does it remind you of scenes from Hobbits?


This is where the moor hen quickly hide itself


Look carefully and you’ll see that there are actually more than 10 birds on this free!

There are also a few information board, like this one about leaf litter community.


Do look out for snakes as we spot the skin of a snake that had been shed.


It looks like a rope on the ground…


But hey, there’s pattern on it.


Oh wait, it’s not rope.


It is snake skin!! *gasp*

After about 20 min leisure walk, we finally got to the more exciting spot, aka instgrammable spots at the Marsh Station area.


Told ya, it’s a loooooong walk!

Now… to the more exciting part.. the Marsh Station!

1. Lookout point form observation tower


Observation tower at Kranji Marshes


Observation tower at Kranji Marshes


Observation tower at Kranji Marshes

2. Hide to observe bird


The view from the hide


The view from the hide


The view from the hide

3. Bridge

My favourite is the classroom area under the bridge!



Another outdoor classroom area at Kranji Marshes


View from the bridge at Kranji Marshes


View from the bridge at Kranji Marshes


View from the bridge at Kranji Marshes

4. Resting spot

With quirky design 😉


Once you’re done at Marsh Station, head back to the carpark area through the same route.

Do visit Kranji Marshes and I hope you guys will have a great adventure there!

DIY Cardboard castle

Yesterday, I worked on the kitchen. With that completed, I went on to the next project – a castle.

Turned out that this was the easiest. Simply cut off a flap from a refrigerator box and it stands nicely at the corner of the living room. Cut off the top so that it’s not too tall, cut off an opening as the door and the window and voila…

made using refrigerator box

Jagalchi Market

Busan is known as a coastal city, which means you definitely have to try the seafood here. And of course, the best and freshest ones are from the market.

jagalchi market busan.jpg

Make a trip to Jagalchi Market and you get to have a scrumptious piping hot meal prepared with fresh catch of the day!

jagalchi market busan dinner 4

Here’s our dinner that we had there. It feels soooooo good on that cold night!

It was a large serving for 3 of us and with plenty of the side dishes too. We loved it so much that we made another trip again the next day for our lunch.

If you want a yummylicious seafood meal in Busan, head over to Jagalchi Market. Simple take the subway and alight at Jagalchi Station, and exit by exit 10. There are plenty of shops to explore but definitely don’t miss out on having a meal here!

Travelling to Seoul

This will be my fourth trip to South Korea, but this will be the first with my family. So, while preparing to plan for our trip (ahem, I’ll be their tour guide for this trip), I’ve decided to draw up the places all onto a list for a reference as I plan our day-to-day itinerary.

I’m sure many others will find it useful, so I’m putting it up here 🙂 You can download the list of places of attraction in Seoul here.

list of places of attraction in seoul

list of places of attraction in seoulI’m also putting up maps for some of the places listed in the table.

First up, we have walking trail/ course suitable for half-day trip or a day trip.

Walking trail

1. Bukchon village
Don’t forget to snap photos of Bukchon 8 view while on its walking course.

bukchon 8 view


bukchon village walking tour

2. Cheonggyecheon stream
It stretches from Cheonggye Plaza, near City Hall Station, to even beyond Dongdaemun area. Good for a stroll in the day, but there’s also beautiful laser show at night that you should catch!

cheonggyecheon stream

3. Iwha Mural Village
Relatively unknown and not quite convenient to get to here, but worth going for instragram-worthy shorts with the murals as an arty-farty backdrop. Just take note that mural 6 and 9 are no longer in existence as both have been vandalised. These murals were painted over by local residents as they have been upset over disturbances by tourists. So, if you do visit this, remember to keep your voice down as this is a residential area.

Ihwa Mural village

Hangang Park

Next will be Hangang Park, which has quite a few stretch.

overall hangang river

The best place to check out the different places of attraction and facilities at Hangang Park is here.

The best way to explore is by cycling.

cycling at hangang park.jpg


Finally, of course we have shopping districts!

1. Dongdaemun


dongdaumun shopping district

2. Myeongdong


3. Insadong


4. Hongdae


5. Ewha


6. Namdaemun

Namdaemun map



And…. we have some cute ones from Korea Tourism Organisation.

Gwanghwamun square and Bukchon Hanok Village

gwanghwamun square insadong bukchon hanok village

Noryangjin Fish Market

hangang park

Myeongdong shopping district and Namdaemun Market area

namdaemun myeondong cheonggyecheon stream

Namsan Seoul Tower/ N Seoul Tower

namsan tower

Can’t wait for my next trip to Korea!

Dalah and Twante, Myanmar

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Day trip to Dalah and Twante

Looking through Lonely Planet guidebook, I came across about the villages the Delta Region, Dalah and Twante. This is the area affected by Cyclone Nargis in 2008.

I tried to find more info on travelling there, but seems like there are only 3 travel blogs write up on it. The info is the same as in LP. Ferry ride to Dalah and then you can pay for local to give you ride on a bike to Twante. But not much other info like name of villages there, how to navigate there, how long will it take to travel around both areas etc. But I’m still keen for an adventure there.


The market area near the ferry terminal

Dalah is just 10min ferry ride away from Yangon but it’s a world apart.

Right after breakfast, I headed over to the ferry terminal, which is near Strandt Hotel in the morning.

The ticket can be bought at the terminal and departs every 20min. It is $4 USD, including return trip.


Walking around the area first before boarding the ferry.

As I was walking around waiting for departure, a local approached me. Usually I avoid small talk, especially those who seem to only approach tourists. But I kinda let my guard down this time cuz she asked if I was Muslim and gave salaam to me. She said that she could bring me around and since I was not too sure how I’ll explore Dalah and Twante later on. As I was still not sure what it will be like after I arrive on Dalah later on, I eventually I agreed for her bring me around.


About to board the ferry

Just as we were about to board the ferry, Sharifah bumped into her friend, Rahman. So called a coincident, but later in the day I suspected that it was all part of the scam plan.


Looking sweet and innocent, but little did I know they had already targeted me as their scam victim (more on that later).


Departing from Yangon

On board the ferry, it is a very unique local experience with hawkers calling out selling their products. But still a comfortable ride.

Arrived at Dalah.

Upon arriving in Dalah, Sharifah and Rahman made arrangement for motorbikes to bring us around. Plan of the day was fishing village, rice plantation, lunch at Rahman’s place, ride to Twante, pagoda and pottery village. I can’t recall how much was the agree price though, but we definitely agreed for certain hourly rate for day trip to Dalah and Twante.

Sharifah and Rahman were pillion riders of another motorbikes cuz they said they wanted to follow me around (or so I thought… because later on I realised, this is all part of the scam (again)).

First up was the fishing village…