Friday, December 19, 2014

Our First Cuti-Cuti China: Hangzhou Day 1

This is a super belated post. We took this trip in October! 

Well, we finally managed to go for our very first long-awaited, long-put-on-hold local holiday. It was a short 2D1N weekend getaway to Hangzhou...

We took a high-speed train from the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway station. This railway station looked like an airport...it was huge and modern, and the system was impressively efficient! 

Inside the train....the journey took approximately 1h30m with a maximum speed of over 300km/h

We had an early lunch immediately after reaching Hangzhou. No lunch pic (we had pick-own-ingredient noodles) except for this big tumbler of fresh fruit juice that mummy bought for me after lunch :)

We spent 2 days (our entire trip) just walking leisurely around 西湖 or West Lake, Hangzhou's main attraction.

We took a boat ride too...

The boat ride cost about RMB40 (RM20+) per person (can't really remember the actual price cos it's been 2 months since the trip :p)

This is one of the many famous scenes of the Westlake 

We hopped off at an island in the lake.... 

The name of the island is "Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon" and the whole place is a beautiful park/garden!

Built in the early 1600s, this is the largest island on the lake. When there is a full moon, candles inside the pagodas are lit, and the candle light appears as though you see the moonlight, hence the name.


Typical Chinese architectural design... Round doorway

View of the city from afar


We visited a few more gardens on the mainland

Looking at one of the remains (all nicely preserved like this) of a temporary Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty

We walked a lot that day, mostly along the lake side


We took a seat whenever we saw a vacant bench to rest our tired feet.

And then we just continued walking....there were just too many different sights and scenes along the lakeside...


I felt very tired from all the walking and my dear daddy piggy-backed me hehe...

And we sat down again....

Watching the sunset on a bridge with a funny name - "Lingering Snow at Broken Bridge". 

Sunset already, time to hunt for dinner!

We went to a famous local restaurant and joined a massive queue of 81 people ahead of us. Crazy!! We waited 1 hour+ to be seated @-@

After the long wait, we got so hungry that we greedily over-ordered and ended up with 6 dishes... steamed Chinese yam (山药) with berry sauce, mashed tofu, salted egg pumpkin, yam with greens, grilled brinjal and baked fish. Food was not bad and the bill came to about RMB90 (less than RM50).

After dinner, we took a short stroll at a night market near our hotel before retiring for the day.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

School Updates

I am currently into my third month of Grade 3 already and we are fast approaching the end of the first semester (out of 3 semesters). My present class teacher is very diligent in taking photos of us and mummy looks forward to her weekly class updates (via email) just to view these photos haha. Here is a glimpse of my random activities in school...

(All photos are courtesy of my class teacher, Ms M) 

Busy, busy... in the classroom.

Planting time in our mini vegetable patch in school... We planted rapeseed, statice and tomato

Playing with dirt :p (actually putting the seeds into the soil)

Science lesson

Taking a closer look at a meal worm 

Farewell party for a classmate during lunch time at the cafeteria (friend leaving, we all got presents from her instead!)

During playtime, most of the children like to run and play in the field...

... I prefer to spend time in the library, either reading or watching friends play the computer

Chinese class


I participated in a friendly soccer match in another international school. 

We lost the match and I blamed the opponents for cheating haha! It was a good and fun experience though. 

Me and my soccer team mates

I love school excursions! 

Snapping photos with an iPad mini (provided by the school). We use this in our daily classroom learning. 

A day at the aquarium

With my BFF

My classmates and I

Mummy made me a cardboard Gingerbreadman because I wanted to take part in one of the annual Library Week activities...

Library Week: The Book Character Parade

Ms K the librarian (dressed as a book fairy) asking me a question on stage

One for the album (participants from Grade 3)

(Note: The photos are not very clear because they are sent in an application where the photos cannot be saved and mummy had to "print screen" and crop them one by one)

The Wonderful World of Ruoyi

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