Must see and to do in Malta


How was your summer?? Did you enjoy the breezy UK summer, it didn’t last long did it?? The summer feel a little longer for me and I did not wore my long coat once (apart from in my South Korea trip!) but that’s because I was in Asia… this will probably not repeat again unless I move back home.

The most surprising trip I have ever encounter would probably be Malta. Malta was never a place on top of my list, until the moment that we all try to visit a country that four of us have never been before. That said, after all the cross checking and flight checking, Malta is it!  One friend did the flight, another did the car rental and I did the apartment so the person flying from HK will just board the flight with us…  and the next thing was the memorable journey to the airport where we have missed our flight… then arrived to this amazing country that I have never imagine it to be before!



A separate island of Malta; there’s an extensive list of places to visit. I would suggest you to wake up pretty early to get a good day out of this island, otherwise returning back and forth not only will cost you more time and monies.  We drove to Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal in the main Malta island side. As you drive, follow the road signs and line up at the ferry terminal area (loads of parking lanes on the ground), you don’t need to pay for going into Gozo Island, just drive through into the ferry and park as they instruct you to. Enjoy your chillax moments on the deck and admire the sea scenic views; watch it as the ferry approaches the Gozo island it feels like you’re approaching a real size island model.


Azure Window was the first sight that we drove to as we arrive to Gozo. I had a bit of funniest moment of my life where my cannot wear contact lenses due to red eye infection, instead I had to wear my optical frame on top of my sunny! Crazy!

Had a few snaps in front of this Azure window we decided to go for some fun and see if we can walk closer to the window itself. I risked my shoes from getting wet and step on those rocks…. only made it to half way though!!

Sad to say, we did not have any swim wears with us, else I am sure we can have some water-playing moments by the Azure window too. Not to mention, Inland Sea was actually behind the Azure window though it looks nothing like what Google images tells me…


We drive around and led ourselfes to the Xlendi Bay. Drove among the coast side and found a car park right next to a restaurant, as our bellies are screaming hunger. We parked up and enjoy our lunch admiring this view above! The views, the sun and relax moods that set us yes, we are holidaying in Malta…


Feeling sleepy after lunch and from the warm sun. We decided to have a little wonder around the hilly area near the restaurant, overlooking groups of tourist lying by the coast area sunbathing…


Our trip could not go without any back shots… I don’t think I will ever jump down this height though!


We drove our way to the next destination Qbajjar Bay but we cannot see many tourists which is good if you want some quiet time alone however the location or the to chill seating area wasn’t as pleasant as I would like and we decided to drive off among the coast to find something a little more interesting! And to our surprise, we saw a family working on these salt pans. I am curious how long will it take the sea water to dry up before they can harvest the salt… it must be a long and patient process!

We then drove off to the other side of the island and found ourselves to arrive at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu, it was late and we did not manage to go in for an exploration, only being able to admire the building from far! ohh.. there’s a public toilet opposite this basilica.


It was almost the end of the day, we drove to Mgarr Ix-Xinl Bay for sunset in Gozo. The drive to this bay was pretty dangerous, it was right next to the cliff and I can see the edge by the passenger seat and to make it more difficult there was an income car and that we have to stop aside. Can’t imagine if there wasn’t that space, what can you do if not??


The effort of the drive wasn’t worth it as we found ourselves in a bay that the sunset doesn’t come through and you will never guessed we drove all the way back to the other side of the island back to our first sight, the Azure Window for this amazing sunset. We watch it until the egg yolk disappeared into the sea level before we set ourselves back to the Mgarr Habour/terminal for our ferry to the main Malta island. A note, you have to pay for your ferry ticket this time!



After a day of exploring Gozo, we thought the wise thing to do was to explore one area of the main Malta island and for the sake of driving journey etc we decided to explore the centre of Mdina before heading down to cover the coastal area.

Mdina which is known as a quiet city as soon as you step through the small gate from the car park area, straight away you will notice these sand colour walls and building. Its like another world within the country side of Malta and how quiet this city is,its probably we started from the back because as soon as you walk to the front gate, loads of tourist flooding through…

While exploring around this quiet city, make sure you stand by the observatory area to admire the green lands of Malta and go to a nearby cafe to enjoy a cold smoothie with their strawberries meringue gateaux. Refreshing and surprisingly light texture!


You certainly cannot leave Mdina before some “modelling” shots in these alley ways !

We continue our drive down to look for Dingli cliffs. First glance it doesn’t look much special until we found a view where we can admire this Dingli Cliff. It was pretty scary when you try to stand there and take a photo… we tried standing as closed to the edge as we can and of course, being a bit safety conscious, I can only reach to as this far!


And we went a little extreme with this modelling photo shot by standing outside the cliffs! What was I thinking with my friends? Thinking back its really dare devil attitude…


Thinking its probably the most unbelievable things I ever do while on trip….


While on this Dingli cliffs, we saw this bench so obviously its designed for us to admire how beautiful landscape that you can see from Malta right?? We say this is such a lonely granny post!!!


Following our roughly planned route, we decided to go Blue Grotto and luckily we got there before we missed the tour time, I wouldn’t say its the most amazing cave scenes I seen before (Hvar’s Blue cave was the most amazing one!) nevertheless, it was still amazing to go there and see the rock/cave formation in Malta is like. And of course, don’t forget to bring your swimwear to enjoy a bit of bay scene and bathing….


We went on a boat tour for about 8 euro; the tour guide wasn’t the best and drove super fast around the cave and doesn’t give you enough time to have a proper look at the caves….  though, I’ve got a bit fascinated by how these cave were formed.


After the boat tour, we stayed around and chill a bit under the sun. Posing for any photography moment. We stood to overlook whether those guys opposite us will jump of that 5m jump board, that must be nerve wrecking!!


As time goes by it was late afternoon, we decide to drive to the nearby Gnerja Bay for some chilling time and see if  we could get some late lunch. And by the time we finish our late lunch it was almost time for sunset where we walked across to the empty area to wait for the sunset.

I have to say, every time you are on holiday, do make sure you have tried your best to catch the sunset… it have been an unforgettable memories of every single sunsets that I watched while aboard….


Comino Island – Swimming/ Snorkeling

We decided to have a little sleep in before we have a Mi-goreng with an egg before we head to Comino Island via Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal for the lovely blue lagoon and sun. Make sure you keep your ticket for the return ferry. This was a bad mistake as my belly was sticking out (Not that it was any flatter…!) all the time while I was there. However, we quickly got over this thinking and enjoyed the lovely blue sky and clear water while we can.

Make sure you rent a sunbathing deck so you don’t need to sit on these bum-hurting rocks and people step over your possessions! We tried snorkeling with our gears but there weren’t much to see… while you’re swimming down under; make sure you are preventive with jelly fishes they seems to be swimming around this clear blue sea with us! My friend got stung by them and got pour vinegar over it….


We certainly took a waterproof camera with us so that we can do all sorts of photos on the sea.. look at how amazing this sea is, huh?? We tried doing those flipping hair post but failed!!! And also we tried taking photo under the sea.. it was so fun!

By Don’t forget to fill your belly up by the foods stall near the entrance to the island, my personal favourite being the kebab stall! Perfect snacks to end this Comino Island part of our trip.



We ended the last day of our trip in the cities before we head to the airport for our flight home. Sad to say so! However, since we only have a limited time in Valletta before riding off to Airport including a lunch in Valletta, certainly it was a bit of a rush, just in case of traffic etc. I cannot emphasis how identical each building/houses looks like and how this gives it a unique atmosphere of Malta.

Not to mention, before you go off make sure you pop by Xpadrilles AATMalta and grab yourself a few pairs of this authentic hand made espadrilles. I love them to bits. I would suggest to get a size down as the material get loosen once you have wore it a few times! I had countless embarrassing moments where mine kept on falling off while walking! In fact, I have counted…14 times within an hour!!!


We also drove to Vittorosia, one of infamous fish towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua; with our limited time, we choose to visit Vittoriosa due to this picturesque view. The sun was at its peak when we was walking about this small town, my lordy, it really burns your skin!

Tips for Malta trip

We find having a car really help with this trip, like any other city we preferred to travel by train and public transportation but with Malta, a must will get you going a lot faster and easier. Of course, the additional benefits will be you can just throw your swimwear bags in the boot for any last minute on sea activities!

Make sure you plan and map well to the area that you’re interested in visiting; jot down the places of sights that you want to go, if one doesn’t suit your visual liking you can always drive to the next one. Don’t waste time driving from one sight of one direction to the other sight of the opposite direction. Group the sights together and visit them together…

Of course, don’t forget to wear sun protections with you. And as mention above, don’t forget to bring your swim wears, flip flop and towel in your boot for any last minute beach lying activities.

I have had a wonderful time in Malta and I would recommend you to visit it at least once in your lifetime!

Things to do in Reykjavik

CNV00013 (2)Its about the time of the year that we plan a head for the winter holiday. And I thought I would share a little of my Iceland trip so that you guys can get planning and roughly know what to expect in a long weekend in Iceland…

Apartment K
Thingholtsstraeti 2-4, Bergstadastraeti 3 and Ingolfsstraeti 1A.
*Check in for all locations is at Thingholtstræti 2-4
Reykjavik, 101, Iceland, +354 864 5719
The amazing apartment that we stayed at during our stay and is nearby a few supermarkets, very easy to make your food purchases and cook it to save cost. Beside the restaurant closes super early… if you go on tour, you might not be able to come back in time to each.
The only downside of this place is they deduct your cost before your arrival; cancellation is 7 days before your booking.. !

Golden Circle tour (whole day); highlights –
Þingvellir National Park
Gullfoss waterfall
Geysir hot spring area
Skálholt church
Geothermal Powerplant, Hellisheidavirkjun
We decided to  use Grayline for this tour, just because our friend recommended this tour vs Reykjavik Excursions, it covers a slight more sights… smart yea? smart traveller compares… ^^
*Note; this finishes really late and if you go to Northern light tour after this, you don’t have much time for dinner…

IMG_7809Gullfoss waterfall; a must a must…

Geysir hot spring area; make sure you wait for it to erupt.

Þingvellir National Park, it was snowing at the time we went, this just gives another amazing photography scene.

South Shore Adventure (Whole day); highlights –
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógarfoss waterfall
Reynisdrangar Cliffs

CNV00104Reynisdrangar Cliffs; i wish i drive in Iceland…  will be amazing if my photos have no human in it!

Skógarfoss waterfall; pity when we went there the in winter, day light was short….

DSCF4051Blue Lagoon
You can book a Blue Lagoon tour, we went for tour that take us to Blue Lagoon and then also take us to airport straight after it. Its only 20 minutes away from airport… make it easier by either first or last sight of your Iceland trip.

Whale watching tour
Unfortunately, this got cancelled on us but I have read up some amazing reviews, worth a go if you have the time.

Northern light tour
Again, we went with Reykjavik Excursions for this tour. We had the most amazing tour guide… they come and pick you up from the hotel and drop you to the reception, once you pick up your ticket, you can go to any Northern light coach and wait for it to drive off…

Kaffitar (or any other coffee shops, got a full list below)
Bankastraeti 8, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
Only had time for one coffee shop… even though i find the shop a little dark, not my style!,  but the coffee was great!

Perlan & Saga Museum
This place was recommended by the tourist office nearby, we took the taxi across as we had a free day when our whale watching tour has cancelled on us. Not the most spectacular sight in Reykjavik but it was great to see and understand a bit more of the Viking history.

Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavik, 101, Iceland
No doubt, this is the landmark of Reykjavik, an absolutely must that no one will miss this! The amazing shot above is taken at this church’s observary level, make sure you go up!!!
Note, the street leading to this church has sme amazing fashion collections and not to missed the Photography shop, I brought a nice Iceland photography book.

is a concert hall and conference centre in Reykjavík, Iceland. Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
A little walk inside was pretty amazing, the architects inside and there was a small photography exhibition worth to see.

Few useful information…

Reykjavik tourist infrmation centre
Aðalstræti 2, Reykjavík, Iceland, +354 590 1550

Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur – best hot dog in town
Austurströnd 3 -170 Seltjarnarnes, +354 511 1566

Be aware that a lot of the restaurant closes early, we often finish like 7-8pm from our full day tour and once we even finished at 9pm which leave us not enough time to dine at restaurant. I would highly recommend anyone to go for apartment and cook at night.

As much as you can get away with trainers, hiking shoes etc.. the best piece of item that i brought with me was North face Amore II snow boot. This saved my legs from getting frozen.

Oh yeah! if you decide to rent an apartment and cook. Make sure you start collecting your sugar/salt sachet from your usual eat out. Save you money from buying the big bag salt/sugar in Iceland.


Coffee shop list
Te og Kafi, Laugaveger 27, Lækjartorgi
Bergsson, Templararsund 3,
Mokka Kaffi, Skólavörðustíg 3A, 101 Reykjavik, +354 552 1174
Kex, Skúlagata 28, 101 Reykjavik, +354 561 6060,
Kaffismiðja, Kárastíg 1, 101 Reykjavík, +354 517 5535

Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail


Hong Kong once again is a hiking heaven. The easy accessible hiking trails on your weekend is as easy as finding a cafe alike. You can decide to hike on your last minute decision and still can make a day out of it.

I want to tick of all the major trails (obviously i did not! hahah) and hence we went for something more of a distance and interesting; in the end we went for this Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail 元荃古道 which is “a trail linking Yuen Long and Tsuen Wan in the New Territories of Hong Kong. The trail was the major trail for travelling between two major towns for villages trading their necessaries before the completion of Castle Peak Road.” (Ref. Wikipedia).


We started off from Tsuen Wan MTR station, walked further up got to this deserted car park and think errr…??

Then we found the staircase (to the heaven!) of the start of the Tsuen Wan Ancient Trail sign and my god… I have not walked that many stairs for a very long time until this and We’ve managed our way up and this is the point were your bottom gets a little stiff.


Walk further a bit we got to a bit of a rough path which was quite steep up and until you get to the more paved path route; though this is still going uphill.. and we get to the point where we see this further uphill path. We went on a dry good sunny day and I was sweating finally in Hong Kong…


The uphill section wasn’t hard but it does give you a good bottom workout. When you reach this part of the trail, the scenic that you get to see is amazing and rewarding! What’s that hard work?


We chilled a little bit at this location for some fun and back shots, can still smile as I am standing up…


Look at how close the mother nature and the urban city is from this hiking trail.. isn’t it amazing? It felt like how if you’re step away you can reach the city by an arm reach length ….


Wow…. you get to see the two major bridge that connects the islands together!

Overall the hike was mostly on paved paths and in some parts you get to share the path with cars. The hike was pretty steadily and manageable for any beginner. However, in around more than half way of the trail we realised we are pretty much out of waters and decided that we should cut short the hike which we ended up to Sham Tseng instead of Yuen Long. And what’s famous there… I had a gorgeous meal of the infamous roasted goose!

What do we exercise for? to eat…. speechless!


In general, this trail was not difficult at all for any beginners but my advise would be to bring with you at least 2 litre of waters. It was a big mistake that we did not take enough water for us. And do make sure you have enough some sun protection ie hat, visor and suntan lotion and some enthusiastic to enjoy this trail!!!! =)

Some useful information
Starting Point – 
Take the buses from Tsuen Wan MTR Station to Allway Gardens. Alternatively, take public transport to Castle Peak Road and walk for 20 minutes to Allway Gardens.
KMB – 39M Allway Gardens – Tsuen Wan MTR Station
Distance – 12.5km over duration of 5.5 hours

Things to do in Taipei for a long weekend


I would never have thought I get to return to Taiwan after my 2009 visit so soon, as my wish was to visit places that I have never visit first before re-visiting to places that I have been! Though this re-visit, I was like a proper tourist without a local friend’s guide…looking at the map, planning what I should explore, where to shop for foods/snacks, where to dine .. all of these makes the process of being a tourist more exciting and unpredictable!

IMG_3903Maokong Gondola

I was never interested in cable cars (!) however, Maokong was definitely on my list of places to visit while I was in Taipei. Its located near east side of Taipei, the nearest station for the gondola is Taipei Zoo Station. Once you have got offthe Taipei Zoo Station, jump off and follow all the exit sign to gondola station; you will walk pass the main road, the walking distance should be less than 5 mins. Remember to wait for the crystall gondola where you can see the scenery beneath your feets. A pleasant experience of the Taipei green lands that I would remember you to see!

IMG_4054Tea house in Maokong

It was not on our list to chill in a Maokong for tea, but there wasn’t much to do around the area, apart from walking along the path, eatery area a little further up by the station or find a place to chill. In the end, we walk along the path and eat as we walk while hunting for a tea house to chill and enjoyed a bit of the view down from the mountain.

Sadly to say, the sky didn’t like us at the time with grey sky all day but we still enjoyed the chilled time. It actually makes you slow your foot down to absorb, observe and appreciate the city that you are visiting. Never complain the bad things you see but really appreciate the tiny tiny details that you can spot in your trip!

Enjoying this peaceful time in the tea house was unexpected and once again has made me realised sometimes unplanned itinerary could make your trip better than planned itinerary.

Additional point is when you walk back to the station to catch your gondola or bus down, make sure you buy a tea leaves softserve from the shop that’s next to the bus stop. It’s their specialty of Maokong!!! On a side note, I would recommend you to take the bus down to the nearest MRT station, the ride was fun, the scenery is different and its cheaper to go back down via bus too!!

IMG_3828Taiwan 101 Tower

A must when you are in Taiwan, although you might think observatory is the same anywhere in the world. It maybe true but I still think that it is important for you to have an overview of how beautiful this city is whether is it in day time or evening time. I think perhaps the best time to come here is before sunset, so you get to see the before and after sun view. Yet, if you are on budget as a backpacker, I would simply pop by to the 101 Tower district, walk around and then find a clear space to snap this 101 behind you. I did this on my 2nd Taipei visit and equally it is a pleasant experience. Oh, not to mention Tower 101 has a few floors full of shops while the rest are offices, a bit similar to UK’s Shard or Walkie Talkie building.

IMG_3838Yang Ming Shan National Park

This is one of the best place to have your dinner at dawn, can’t comment much on the food quality as I had hot pot, regardless you will be rewarded with such beautiful scenery, isn’t this amazing?? Its definitely worth to ride up here for this amazing night view of the city.
On the other hand, by day this National park are full of hiking trail for you to explore the mountains in Taipei. I initially want to hike Elephant Mountain (XiangShan) to see this city view but in the end I didn’t get to do any hiking! So please (x 100 times) hike into any one of them, you will never regret this experience.

IMG_4351Dihua Street 

It wasn’t really on our list of places to visit before we board the fly, we went there to get the thin pork paper at night and found the street to be quite unique and hip which made us to decide to go back during day time. This end up to be the best decision ever made, this area was amazingly good, streets were full of shop signs of specialist shops with different settings, loads of lamp post…no wonder people says when you’re in Taiwan, you can see a little feature of Japan.

What’s best to do here? Stroll around all the alley way and shop around, you  find kitchen housewares, Chinese tea leaves to snack shops… We stopped by Summer Tree for a bowl of ice shave dessert to end our Taipei trip.


Just couldn’t resist snapping and snapping… 

IMG_4142Yehliu Geo Park

We want to see some nature beauty and found Yehliu Geo Park to be somewhere that we can fit for the day before we head to Jiufen as a full day trip. By taking KuoKuang bus from Taipei West Bus Station – Terminal A to Yehliu Geopark. This journey takes about 90 minutes and the bus stops at the main street with a large Yehliu Geopark entrance sign. We went on a wet grey day with the ticket hall full of groups of tourist.. go through to the main Geopark, you will see countless of geographical formation. What you need to look out its the Queen’s Head but perhaps to get that earlier so you will see this beauty nature without many tourist. I gave up having a snap with the Queen’s head. Will be an amazing scenic if you go on amazing day but as a Londoner, we can survive any type of weather (hahah~~~).

IMG_4203Jiufen 九份

As mention above, I’ve made a day trip of Yehliu Geopark with Jiufen, I wanted to fit in Shifen into this day too but we did not managed due to time constraints… Nevertheless, from Yehliu Geopark, we walked back to the main road and walked across the road to this 7-11 shop where there’s a bus stop, await for the bus to Keelung; once you are at Keelung station, walk across the bridge and to the local bus stops. Look out for the bus to Jiufen which will take another hour or so to reach to. Once you are at the turn that states Jiufen Old Street entrance, alight there and enjoy your stroll where you will be belly full. A few must eat are taro icecream wrap in pastry, fishballs, wheel pancake, taro/sweet potato dumpling sweet soup.. and keep strolling until you see a steps down on your right hand side, where if you walk down  to the end and look up. You will get this amazing view as the picture above.


I ended my Yehliu and Jiufun exploring by enjoying a warm cup of tea in a trendy tea house and enjoy such scenery before I stroll back to the entrance to get my ride back to Taipei.

I have to say, I tried to squeeze in as much as I can while I was in Hong Kong so I decided to revisit Taipei again since my 2009 visit. I enjoyed the city and got to know the beauty of this city even more by exploring like a tourist. Its never fun having guide taking you around the town. A weekend in one area is definitely worth it and if you have got two weeks to stay in Taiwan, you can certainly do a round tour of the Island of Taiwan..

Sculpture in the City


Sculpture in the City 

Have you ever thought of exploring the City within the city that you’re living in right now? Probably not, particularly if you work in the City you would just want to go home straight away after work, right?

I would have done the same until I decided to look for the miniature sculpture of Tomoaki Suzuki.. and there I was walking about my ‘well-known’ city one day after work, instead of one sculpture piece of work I found many more.

IMG_1736Bells II – Kris Martin

IMG_1733Broken Pillar – Shan Hur

Some sculptures are blended into the actual environment of the city.. like this one, if you don’t go looking you wouldn’t have notice this sculpture and thought it exist ages ago…

IMG_1730-2Breakout II – Bruce Beasley

It feel pretty amazing that there are sculptures scattered around between tall buildings…

IMG_1725Charity – Damien Hirst

… Would urge you to slow down your walking pace and explore this or your city slowly.

IMG_1720Red Altas – Ekkehard Altenburger 

have to say, some pieces it takes a longer time to understand or might not have the same interpretation as others….  but nevertheless, use your own imagination to interpretation that piece of work!

…… on a side note, I really cannot interpret the Red Altas above. (Sweat~~~)

Miniature Sculpture – Tomoaki Suzuki

Favourite piece of this year….. Love miniature sculptures. Have you ever watched the anime The Borrower Arrietty, its about those little borrower that lives under house. Doesn’t it sound like Pixel’s Inside Out?

IMG_1706-2Miniature Sculpture – Tomoaki Suzuki

IMG_1585Days of Judgement – Cat 1 & 2 – Laura Ford

I bumped into this one random day without realising its part of the Sculpture in the City and it really caught my eyes like it did to this business man. You wonder why is this believe in suits but head are covered. Fat cat? but it also looks like a humanize rats.

Art is a beautiful that exist in this world and please go explore around this city, whether it is something you like or not, try doing something new will be good for you. Enjoy art. Explore this public art Sculpture in the City until Summer 2016.