Categories: Food, Overseas, Personal life, Pictures, Talks, Technology, Travel, Work
I’m back from Beijing. Hehe, I went Beijng for a work trip for 9 days. It was kind of rushed, hence didn’t blog about it.
I went to Defcon Beijing 1.0 (yes, the first Defcon in Beijing after last year’s beta version). It was quite exciting since it was my first time going to Defcon. Well, the main one in Las Vegas is too expensive – flight tickets, hotel and event ticket combined. Hence, I went for the one in Beijing. I paid for my own event ticket while the company paid for my flights and hotel stay. Then I stayed on to work in Beijing office and was helping my Beijing colleague at work too.
Defcon Beijing is mostly bling (lots of loud and nice decorations) and not many people went for it. Well, it’s not cheap – US$170. But the talks and workshops aren’t that technical. Not as technical as the one in Las Vegas, according to my colleague who went with me.
The location of the event is really old. Like rusty and stuff. Then they hid it by decorating it with lots of photos but they didn’t decorate it every single part… It was also located at a remote location. It was not near train station or bus stop. Not exactly easy to find unless you take DiDi. Oh, DiDi in Beijing is really bad. The air is already so polluted and most DiDi drivers just open the car windows to air the car. Well, I get that they want to save money for aircon but still… sigh.
It was near an arts district (751 D.Park) so we went to explore after the event. It was pretty rundown and had a rustic feeling to it. I guess that’s part of the distinctive feel of the place.
I also saw an old Uber stand/booth while on the way to 751 D.Park.
It was my first time to Beijing so it was an eye opening experience. The air is really polluted. Will I go back there again? Yes. Will I stay for more than a week? For the sake of my health, no. Will I go to Defcon Beijing again? No if it is at the same location.
There are really a lot of people working in Beijing. The traffic was really bad, but at least the cars are moving very slowly and not stuck and not move at all. We need to queue up to get into the train station during rush hour. We can’t take DiDi during rush hour or we will be stuck in traffic jams. There were bag checks at every entrance of the train platform.
Ignoring the air pollution and bad traffic conditions, Beijing really have lots of nice bubble tea shops and food. Lots of cheap food around too. I had a great time eating and drinking bubble tea. Really need to work out more after the trip now… I am also having a phobia of bubble tea after 9 days of bubble tea.
Oh, we went to Quan Ju De, the famous Peking Duck restaurant but didn’t order any duck meat. Haha, my colleague didn’t want duck meat again since we had it at another restaurant. I had soy sauce chicken instead which turns out to be extremely salty. Will I go there again? Nah. I will go to the peking duck restaurant that my Beijing colleague brought us instead. It’s “Liu Lin Kao Ya Dian” if you are interested to visit.
I had the best soup dumplings in Beijing – Yi Pin Xiao Bao. I highly recommended there. I had 2 meals there. The one on the left in the following photo is the usual pork soup dumplings while the one on the right is spicy pork dumplings – which was really awesome!
I also went to Forbidden City, Tiananmen Gate and also Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan). I will blog about them in future when I am free. Hehe.
Yay! I’m back in Singapore now. Well, technically at the point of starting to type this blog post, I am still on plane… about 25 mins to landing in Singapore.
I took Korean Air to Seoul this time round and gosh, I won’t make the same mistake again. Firstly, Korean Air got 3 out of 4 wheels damaged (the rubber part of the wheels) fall off. I realised it is significantly harder to drag the luggage around. But with all the stress from travelling and exploring the city alone (because my travel buddy wants to split up on our first few days), I only realised my 4th wheel has cracked. The rubber part looks like it is about to fall off as well. That was when I realised my luggage is badly damaged.
I was trying to find out how I can make a claim while trying to find out what replacement luggage I can get given that I have to change the hotel in 2 days.
In the end, I got myself a new Travel Mate luggage. Well, some brand that is unknown to me until I started googling on where I can buy affordable luggage in Seoul. I got it the day before I changed hotel and gosh, it was a right choice because I have to push it around in order to change hotel. It makes pushing luggage so much easier now. The downside? It’s expensive to get a new luggage in a foreign land, especially when TANGS Singapore is running a promotion on American Tourister luggages for approximately S$150.
With the help of the reception at my current hotel, I managed to call Korean Air and got the damaged baggage claim form. They got back to me and said will replace a new luggage for me (ah! If you only I found out earlier!)… Sadly, I already got a new luggage and requested for cash reimbursement instead. In the end, they said since I do not have the original copy of the receipt of my luggage (okay, now I know I need to keep the receipt of my luggage when I travel), they can only allow me to claim up to KRW100,000. That’s less than 50% of the luggage but it is still better than nothing. Here’s the twist. I need to collect it from baggage claim office before 9pm and by the time I found the counter, it is 910pm. So I didn’t manage to get it in the end and was advised by the Korean Air lady to contact the email and try to get it from Singapore office. Sigh, now I wonder how long this Korean Air drama will continue. I may not be able to get my reimbursement in the end.
The second part of the Korean Air drama is that I have to pay for additional baggage fees since they do not allow me to combine the weight limit along with my friend. The counter lady advised me to take out some stuff from the luggage so I have to last minute open my luggage to take out some stuff from my luggage and put it a check in bag which I always carry around. Oh, that is on top of another check in bag that I have. I miss Singapore Airlines at that point of time because I will have a larger baggage limit, I can check in more than 2 bags and lastly, I can combine the baggage limit with my friend.
The third part of the drama is when we have a delay of 1 hr and the pilots rushed through the flight and complete it within 5hrs. Most flights between Singapore and South Korea takes a minimum of 6 to 6.5 hrs. It is not safe to fly over the sea if there is an alternative to fly across land. Furthermore, we are flying across South China Sea (the disputed sea region). So my entire flight is mostly over the sea to save time. Despite a delay in boarding of 1 hr, because the pilots went for the faster but unusual route, the entire journey took 5 hrs. Luckily I landed safely and is back home safe and sound.
Categories: Online life, Overseas, Personal life
How’s everyone? I’m on a hiatus again. Oops. I was busy with work and preparing for my 4th trip to South Korea. Hehe. Now I am in Korea and having my vacation.
I should get back to blogging regularly. I have been so lazy on social media and hasn’t update my Instagram accounts for so long. So many overdue photos to be processed and posted on Instagram. Hopefully the lazy bug will be gone by the end of this year…
I am here in Korea for Autumn season and wow, the leaves are really nice! I shall follow Ming Lian’s step to collect the autumn leaves as well!
Categories: Overseas, Personal life, Rants, School life, Travel, Work
I’m back from my business trip at San Francisco. I probably won’t have time to blog about my trip until I am done with graduate school. I have an upcoming makeup test and another assignment due this week. Sigh.
I wish I am less busy with school work and have more time for myself… Oh well…
In fact, I have to bring my personal laptop to San Francisco because I have 1 assignment due in the middle of my business trip and I was not able to finish it before my trip. It kind of sucks but oh well. Life as a student with full time job can be sucky at times.
Categories: Articles, Japanese related, Overseas, Personal life, Travel
I finally finished blogging about my Japan trip back in June 2017. It’s my first time travelling in Japan, although it is not my first time landing in Japan. I took a transit flight in Narita Airport when I was flying to SFO back in 2015.
I didn’t blog all the places we visited because I didn’t upload those photos. I also visited Uniqlo near the Ramen Town as well, and of course Sapporo too. Sadly, I didn’t really take much photos because I was really tired in the trip (I fell sick for 1 month after I came back from the trip too!) and my camera body was spoilt too.
This probably is my shortest compilation of an overseas trip. I promise to be more hardworking in future. Haha.
- Farm Tomita
- Furano Ice Cream Shop
- Furano Cheese Factory
- Furano Pizza Factory
- Furano Winery and Chataeu Furano
- Furano Marche