The climb up the Great Wall of China was the highlight of this entire trip! I’ve always wanted to climb up there! It’s one of the must see that I’ve set in my life amongst many other great UNESCO Sites.
Aww. I love it!
I’m sparing you guys from all the boring wiki facts about Great wall! I doubt this universe famous site (you can actually see it from the Moon) requires any introduction! So I’m going to flood this post with lots of pictures! I can’t get enough of it!
I look extremely fat in this picture! HMPH.
Look at the flowers! I think it is some sort of mountain cherry blossoms.
Still going strong!
Flowers again! I love them!
I thought we only aimed for the third tower! But we just kept going even on all fours!
It is definitely worth the climb!
Up up up.
We finally reached the end of the trail! The top of the route! The seventh tower! I guess all my gym sessions paid off!
Our victory pose!
Seven of us made it to the top. One of them was not in the picture because he finished it within 22 minutes (average man takes 30 minutes) while we were still walking up! Steph and I were the only two girls from our trip to made it all the way up! Girl Rocks!
We went up panting, came down shaking (our knees and legs!)
I bought a medal for myself with my name engraved on it. A medal for the true (wo)man.
I was at Daiso yesterday and I came across the perfect reusable bag! Compact in size, water proof and decent looking! I always wanted one of these but they are either overpriced or comes with ugly prints! So I was really excited when I found this compact reusable bag! I picked brown because he refused to hold anything that is pink or girly! HAH. It’s always good to plan for the future, in case my shopping gets too heavy!
Now you have no more excuses not to carry a reusable bag around! Save the Earth!
It’s day three!
“The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing, in Chongwen District. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. This temple was also inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998!”
– Source: Wikipedia.com
We did a jump shot again!
A shot with our smiley MD!
We head over to Overeasy for a mini drink and update session by Siqi and Sue Ann!
Congratulation Siqi for ditching the falsehearted man who claimed to have “Tiger Wood Syndrome”! (GUYS, there are no such thing as “Tiger Wood” syndrome! It’s all in the mind, so stop using it as an excuse or a getaway seal!). Babe, I’m really happy you got out of it to pursue a greener pasture!
Sue Ann! Even though I won’t exactly congratulate you now (hopefully in the near future), but I hope you will go meditate, find your true self and an answer before jumping into the Fire of Love! HAH.
Squareberry. I have nothing to say to you. Just, stay happy and in love! HAHA.
Before we met the SSSS girls, I met up with Sue Ann for dinner! I love Sushi Teh (as usual) and I love Sue Ann (alot) ! We talked a lot, or rather, I teased her a lot on her New Found Love! Awww.
I was in the office on a Saturday for the very first time and it was dark and creepy!
Our MD was there and he gave us chocolates from Germany knowing that we came back on a Saturday for work! How sweet!
We ended Day 2 with a blast at Mix Club (Inside Worker’s Stadium North Gate,
Gongti)! I love hiphop and R&B! I love great company!
We went kite flying today! It was fun while it lasted! Yes, that crazy girl in red is me.
“Tiananmen Square is the large plaza near the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (literally, Gate of Heavenly Peace) which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history, among which a gathering of pro-democracy protesters in 1989. The protest ended when hundreds of these protesters were killed by government troops in the streets leading from the square.”
We met Mr Mao and his wannabe at Tiananmen.
Standing in Glory.
Security is tight over here!
I love the misty effect.
Note: I didn’t forget to update on my Beijing trip, I’m just a little tied up recently. So here’s Day 2!
“The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing,China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.”
A jump shot a day.
I heard from JW the little hill behind us is man-made!
A very old tree.
They used this to tell time.
This was very the Kings used to sit at.
Look at the details!
My MD posted a question to me during our tour. How do you tell the gender between these two Ancient Chinese Lions? Go figure. It’s really simple.
Most pictures were taken by Stephanie and edited by yours truly with “Auto-edit” function! HAH
Ever wonder what is it like to have a bunch of executive visiting the Land of Pandas but never had a chance to see a life Panda? They went into a state of Panda-mania for a split second.
I must admit this is a clever ad but if I’m their customer and I happen to see this ad right before I visit my divorce lawyer, I will either rip it apart (but I doubt I have the strength, maybe a few more kickboxing lessons!) or draw the dude’s face with lipsticks/eyeliner/eyebrow pencil/marker or use whatever I have in my bag. The Germans don’t believe in sensitivity huh?
I’m glad despite all busyness at work I manage to squeeze in some time for my favourite things, people and activity!
I love to…
(1) Share Whimsical Thoughts in SbR. I totally adore blogging despite failing to monetize from this pathetic site!
(2) Punch the old fart at kickboxing class and shake my booty at bollywood dance. Today’s lesson is the best lesson ever! I need to go shake some ass (more often)!
(3) Read a good book (currently reading “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert)!
(4) Spend quality time with love.
(5) Keep myself updated with my friends’ exciting lives!
I love love all of them!
Work has been piling up, everyone in our room can sense the tension, and all of us need a real break! We chose Awfully Chocolate Ice cream during lunch and it was therapeutic!
It looks like we’re in a fish bowl!
Sometimes, it seems like Adam Lambert’s “What do you want from me” is our theme song at work but I’m tiring really hard to stay positive (and failing badly at it)! Wish me luck!
Source: Google.com on Earth Day!
It’s Earth Day today! Here are three things you can start doing to make our Earth a better place!
(1) Bring your own reusable bag during shopping trips! Here’s why you should do just that!
(2) Create your own recycle bin in your house for paper, plastic, cans and glass! Remember to empty them once in a while or when they are full! You don’t want Mr Cockroach lurking around!
(3) Print only what you need not what you want! (I’m trying really hard in this area! My work is killing a lot of trees!)
“Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao is ideally located in city center of Chongwenmen. The Famous tourism wonders of Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, Wangfujing street are just a short walk away.New World Shopping Mall and office complex is just across the street.Hotel offers in-room broadband internet as well as free access to a web corner with Apple Mac computers. Subway Line 2 & 5 are right in front of hotel and 10 minutes walk to Beijing Railway Station, 40km to the airport.”
– Source: Novotel
We stayed in Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao and I think it’s good! Equipped with HBO / AXN means I get to watch CSI and movies at night! If they’ve got a bathtub then it would be perfect! They are located 20 steps away from the subway and walking distance from a shopping district, Wangfujing Street and many other tourist spots!
I love their breakfast! Lots of vegetables and salads! He will be so proud of me!
I love their Kebab! Stephanie and I were left to wander around our hotel on our own and we were glad we found this Kebab store! Our adventurous stomachs were groaning the minute they smelled the Kebab but our logical mind saw the state of un-cleanliness which made us reevaluate our decision.
Ignoring our rational minds, we queued for 6 minutes to buy 2 sticks of kebab (when everyone else bought an average of 5 – 6 sticks)! We went back to get another 2 more sticks the minute we finished our kebabs! It was awesome! Splendid! Crispy, chewy and the chili powder was good! It is only 2 RMB each (40 cents SGD) ! How amazing! But of course, we ignored all senses and our wild imaginations (where did the chicken come from?!)
Would You Eat This?
2 RMB! ( I can’t see the dirt! Omm)
It’s still Day One and we were at Beijing’s Beijing National Stadium – Bird Nest and Beijing National Aquatics Center – Water Cube.
The structure of Bird Nest is rather amazing! The “porous” characteristics allowed wind to pass through at its side yet protecting the audience from the rain with its roof.
You can tell we’ve got a SMU dude in our midst! HAH. Our first jump shot!
We saw many miniature Bird Nest along the way!
Pretty yellow flowers!
We bought some paper kites and JW flew them for 3 minutes before the guard stopped us!
I can imagine how dazzling the Water Cube will get at night, shining like a jewel box!