A Peek into China’s First Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland is the first Disney park resort in mainland China and the second in Greater China, after the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. Open on 16 June 2016, the tickets have been in demand as per priced at RMB370 for adults and RMB280 for child or elderly.

“If you have been to one Disneyland, you have been to them all.” Is that true? After all, the Shanghai Disneyland is touted to be like the one in Tokyo where certain culture adaptation has been incorporating into the theme. I won’t be surprised to have Mickey greeting me in Chinese or Minnie wearing a cheongsam!

There are two different hotels, Shanghai Disneyland Hotel and the Toy Story Hotel, with the latter as the more affordable one. As usual, there are quite a number of different lands to awe and amaze: Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Tomorrowland, not forgetting the Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest Disney castle ever built.

Without further ado, I’ll let the video and the photos to speak for themselves.

Enjoy the ride!

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Breakfast At Heart

Talking about the most important meal of the day always leave me drooling because I don’t always treat myself to a good sit down breakfast even when I have time.

Nothing wrong with McDonald’s or KFC’s breakfast, I love them both but when comes to a treat, the craving usually points towards a full English Breakfast where I have a full plate of baked beans, hash browns, bacon, toast, scrambled eggs and sautéed potato or mushroom.

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So when I choose to go for breakfast, one of the rare times it is due to my stay in hotels that accompanied with breakfast but most of the time, it is because I end up in an all day breakfast place. And… I simply love having breakfast even for dinner! Here are my personal favourites, a must visit if you are in town!

Wild Honey Singapore
I just love the restaurant and I was actually there for their opening! Imagine getting scrambled eggs when I missed my McDonald’s strict timing of 11am. This place is where I will treat myself to a good Sunday brunch once a month. It is a tad pricey but the service is quick and good, sometimes you do need to queue for a table. The food is superb and mouth watering as they served a lot of different countries’ breakfast. The toast is soft, the scrambled egg is runny but the highlight of their breakfast plate is their sautéed potato.

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Website: http://wildhoney.com.sg/

Location: 333A Orchard Road #03-02 and 6 Scotts Square #03-01

Check Café Taipei
I stumbled this find with my family when we were on a holiday in Taipei a while ago. The atmosphere of the café is clean and bright with a lot of natural lights seeping in through their huge glass pane designs. Their English breakfast simple and light, the best part on their plate is the freshness and sweetness of the cherry tomatoes. I couldn’t get enough of it, given that I usually don’t eat cherry tomatoes. A definitely a must go if you want to start your day right in Taipei.

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Website: http://www.checkinn.com.tw/EN/cafe/

Location: 253 Songjiang Rd. Taipei, Taiwan, 104

Mr Pancake House, Shanghai
What breakfast is completed without pancakes, no doubt it might not be the original English Breakfast but they do serve a mean pancake. Mr Pancake House is the place to go to for a solid but classy American breakfast. Their pancakes are light and fluffy. The best part is that they are not stingy with their portion, I always never get to finish the full plate!

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Location: 877 Wuding Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu 武定路877号, 近胶州路

Acme South, Kuala Lumpur
This place is the only halal place out of the above restaurants and this means they don’t serve pork. However, you don’t really miss out anything at all since they will let you choose between having the beef bacon or the chicken sausages. Their service is impeccable and I always leave a tip. The best item on their plate is that their scrambled eggs just melt in your mouth and their toasts are still warm from the oven. Worth the calories, I tell you!

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Website: http://acmebarcoffee.com/acme-south/

Location: LG10 Bangsar Village One


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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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2016 Hottest International Marathons

Running a marathon is self-empowering. While you can get an amazing high from tackling any race distance, conquering the mother of all races gives you a high, which is hard to duplicate. Today, I am going to list down some of the upcoming Hottest International Marathons for this year.

June 4 – Stockholm Marathon
Very well organised and well thought after is remarkably like the Swedish. Many runners have described this run as their most memorable due to the sights they encounter during the run. The course ran past many of the beautiful sights, along the waterfront and across many of the islands.

http://www.stockholmmarathon.se/Start/index.cfm?Lan_ID=3

June 5 – Phuket International Marathon
Describe as small. Great if you are a first-time marathon runner so you can pace yourself in the course.

http://www.phuketmarathon.com

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June 25 – Big Five Marathon
Not many have run this marathon, however, those who did complete it has only raving comments on the breath-taking scenery and adventures they had throughout the preparation of the marathon there.

http://www.big-five-marathon.com

July 30 – Australian Outback Marathon
Not an easy trail to run on but there is a chance of seeing dingos and wild camels. Organization is great and they make sure you are well taken care of during the course. Water stops are only 3 miles apart.

http://www.australianoutbackmarathon.com

August 7 – Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon
Well organised with sufficient drink stations, km markers and aid stations. The course is hard and hilly, with a lot of running up and down ramps on the freeway. Do take considerations of the temperature and humidity as well.

http://www.kl-marathon.com

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August 28 – Hokkaido Marathon
Mostly flat with a limited number of rolling hills. They were obviously not prepared for non-Japanese speaking foreigners so you need to make sure you have someone who speaks Japanese to register you.

http://www.hokkaido-marathon.com

September 20 – Beijing Int’l Marathon
Scenery sighting is pretty low on the trail and you will have to put up with the constant tight security screening. The most scenic part of the course is at the beginning – Tiananmen Square and along Chang An Avenue. Not many female runners.

http://www.beijing-marathon.com/en/index.html

September 25 – BMW Berlin Marathon
This is a great way to do a big city event and one of the World Marathon Majors. The course is very easy on the knees and legs as it is flat and fast. Finishing under the Brandenburg Gate was really cool! There were people from all over the world cheering along the entire course.

October 9 – Buenos Aires Marathon
It is a flat course passing by much main touristic sightseeing Obelisco, Casa Rosada, Recoleta, Palermo, la Cacha de Boca Juniors, Puerto Madero. Race kit picks up was a bit complicated because there was a lot of paperwork involved.

http://www.maratondebuenosaires.com

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October 16 – TCS Amsterdam Marathon
The Dutch seem to pride themselves on their organisation and this is one slick event. Entries in the marathon distance vary between 12,000 and 15,000 runners. The course tends to take place very much in the city suburbs and along the River Amstel, which feeds the city.

http://www.amsterdammarathon.nl

November 8 – Shanghai International Marathon
A nice city course, modest entry fee, complaint-less organisation (both pre- and post-race), quality race shirt, several invigorating drum/cheer groups along the course.

http://www.shmarathon.com/home.dhtml

November 21 – Antarctic Ice Marathon
The Ice Marathon is the only race where you get a true Antarctic marathon experience, running on the ice in one of the most isolated places on the globe.

http://www.icemarathon.com

December 3 – Standard Chartered Singapore International Marathon
Singapore all year long is very humid and hot (at the start at 5am 25 C and 95 % humidity) so you are soaked with sweat before even having started. Depending on how you deal with heat, you may be an hour slower than your normal marathon time.

http://www.marathonsingapore.com


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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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8 Ancient Old Town in China

Bringing you somewhere you haven’t seen before, I’ll like to introduce you 8 antique old towns in China that will simply amaze you. If you are sick of big cities and malls yet you don’t want to visit another sand infested area, you may wish to consider these locations on your next trip.

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Langzhong阆中

Langzhong is also located in Sichuan. Zhang Fei of Three Kingdoms stayed here for 7 years, so you can see Three Kingdoms culture everywhere. If you are in Langzhong, you need to visit Teng Wang Pavilion.

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Eat: How can you not taste the authentic craft here in Langzhong? Steamed Pork Rice is a must try!

Stay: There are plenty of inns and homestay to choose from.

Drive: Guangyuan is located 160 kilometres north of Langzhong. Guangyuan to Langzhong is only 2 hours by car.

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Zhen Yuan Ancient Town镇远古镇

Zhen Yuan is located in Guizhou. The S-shaped river winds through the city. It is also known as the eight diagrams town.

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Eat: Hot pot Fish Sour Soup taste very authentic. There are special local wines and homemade dishes can bring your taste buds to a new height.

Stay: Live at those inns that provide you with a room with a balcony and a view.

Drive: Along the road X301 around 0.9 km, turn slightly to the right when you reach the ramp. Upon reaching the road fork, turn right into Lanhai highway.

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Hong Village宏村

If you visit Mount Huangshan, do drop by Hong Village. This place enjoys the legendary title of “The Village in Chinese painting”, dating back nearly a thousand years of history. This is such a beautiful enchanting place that many artists travel from afar just to draw the village.

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Eat: Smelly Fish is their speciality, deserves a try!

Stay: There are many architectural old houses that offer stay in.

Drive: Huangshan City has 2 tourist buses to reach the scenic spots around Mount Huangshan, 1 hour a day.

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Daxu town大圩古镇

Daxu Town is located in Guilin, Guangxi. It is not as popular as other ancient town but it has its own beauty and mesmerising spots. Entering Daxu Town is like entering a different century, a different timezone. If you want to go back into the past, this is the place to be.

Eat: Nothing much to eat except simple food

Stay: We recommend this place as a day trip as everything is really basic here.

Drive: Guilin to Daxu town only 15 kilometres away

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Lu Zhi甪直

This village has thousand years of history and because it is isolated and not well publicised, it has remained untouched by tourists.

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Eat: Luzhi town that has a lot of street food one can taste, such as Begonia bright colours cake and Fu Li Duck.

Stay: There are many youth hostels to cater affordable yet comfortable accommodation.

Drive: Ningao highway towards Shanghai direction, besides Suzhou Industrial Park, 3 kilometres away, there is Luzhi exit signage. Drive towards that sign and you will see the town from afar.

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Huang Yao Ancient Town黄姚古镇

Huang Yao Ancient Town is also located in Guangxi. It is named as the Yellow Town because the town has a name with two yellow in it. This place has the perfect scenery with mountain and lakes. Peaceful and serene.

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Eat: The local people made plum wine and longevity fruit wine. Even for people who don’t like to drink, it’s worth a try.

Stay: There are many comfortable hotels and inns that suit all budgets.

Drive: You can choose two routes: Guangzhou – Hezhou – Huang Yao or Guilin – Huang Yao or Hezhou – Huang Yao.

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Xijiang Miao Village西江苗寨
This place is currently China’s and the world’s largest Miao inhabited villages, known as China’s first Miao.

Eat: Remember to taste their local speciality Miao King Fish. This dish is usually accompanied by a live show.

Stay: There are many hotels in the vicinity.

Drive: Guiyang (960m) — > G6011 (28.6KM) — > G60 (Kai Li, Huaihua direction 144.5KM) — > Kai Li City in Leishan direction 11km) — > San Ke Shu Town (the direction of Xijiang River 20km) — > 1000 Xijiang Miao village.

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Pingle Ancient Town平乐古镇

Located in Chengdu, Pingle Ancient Town was formed as early as West Han Dynasty (150 B.C.). Pingle was an important town on the ancient South Sichuan Road and South Silk Road. The picturesque bridge is the centre of the town. From there you can enjoy interesting snacks and activities found along the ancient street.

Eat: Milky Soup Noodles, it is rich in flavour and its fresh aroma will make your mouth watered.

Stay: You will find a lot of small inns offering stay in the vicinity of Pingle. Some of them even decorate their rooms to match the atmosphere of Pingle.

Drive: From Chengdu – there will be signs indicating directions to Pingle Ancient Town after Cheng Wen Qiong highway.


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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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National Bike to Work Day

If you live in the city like me, you’ll be used to taking public transportation to work unless you drive. I know many of you probably drive to work, a little secret of me: I don’t have a driver’s license yet. Shocking but true!

Living in Singapore where you can reach one end of the island from the other end in 2 and half hours just by taking the train, there is really not much of a need to add on to the already congested roads and pollution to the environment. Even when I was relocated to Shanghai, a lot of places are easily reachable with their underground trains as well. Plus my workplace was within 10 minutes of walking distance from where I lived. Something that I planned when I search for a place in mind.

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It was only when I moved to Kuala Lumpur, I realised that driving is no longer a luxury but a necessary evil to get from point A to point B. Their public buses are often late and driven at carelessly. Their public trains don’t get you anywhere except within the central city itself and it is unpunctual as well. That being said, I still survive taking Uber and Grabcar, private drivers that release me from the pain of public transportation.

Yet when I saw in Netherlands and Taiwan, office gentlemen and ladies who actually cycle to work every single day, it is truly admirable. Of course, a lot on the government’s side to make it safer on the road for cyclists, whether it is having a separate pavement for cyclists and pedestrian or linking roads and highway to get in and out from the central city or even a safe place for you to park and lock your bicycle without fear of it being stolen or vandalized.

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Other than the fact I pointed out on reducing carbon footprints and helping to save the planet, cycling to work gives you back precious time stolen from sitting in your car as you inch your way through the traffic jams. Cycling through parks and gardens on the way to work, calms you down as you pass by greenery and fresh morning air rather than breathing down the road dust and tar. It also doubles up as the workout you always wanted but never have time to hit the gym due to long hours tied to your desk.  It’s a great way to go to work!  

Today is the day we celebrate and encourage National Bike to Work day. If you can, try taking your bike to work today! As for me, I’ll rely on my two bare feet as I pitter-patter from my bedroom to my study, with two ginger furkids as my bodyguards.

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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Why I love China so much

If you have been a long time reader of mine and been religiously following my articles around the blogosphere, you’ll notice that I treat China like my third home. First home shall always be where I can from – Singapore. Second home is where I am residing now – Malaysia. Read on and I’ll tell you why China fascinate me so much.

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People

Many have the wrong perception of the Chinese folks in China due to news reporting some Chinese kid vandalizing historical monument or the loud brash ways that the Chinese scream at each other when they are actually talking or Chinese defecating on the streets in broad daylight. It’s all true but those people are not even representing 1% of the whole China population! They are actually really nice and helpful. Slow to warm but full of culture, these folks really deserve you to take notice of them because you can learn so much from their cultures.

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Culture
Talking about cultures. Their history goes way back to centuries. As much as you love your kings, queens, princes and princesses, the China has a colorful history of Emperors and his accompanied royalties including eunuchs and concubines. Think China, you’ll think of Great Wall of China but the country is way more than that. There are the Terracottas in Xi’an, the Forbidden City in Beijing, the 3 Confucius Sites in Nanjing, Mogao caves in Gansu and I can go on and on and on..

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Places of Interest
Even you are not interested in history and prefer something newer, there are plenty to feast your eyes upon. From Shanghai’s The Bund, Hangzhou’s Westlake, Suzhou’s Gardens, Harbin’s Ice Sculptures, Chengdu’s Panda Camp and much more!

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Oh.. Food
One of my favorite topics is food. I come from a multiracial country where food is experimented with different kinds of spices to excite your tongue, bursting with different flavors. So trust me when I say China has really good food. I’m in love with their hotpot in the winter, Sichuan Sour Hot Noodles in the spring,  Xiao Long Bao (Soup Dumpling) in the summer and Xiao Long Xia (Small Crayfish) in the autumn. Each province has their specialty, if you are there, be sure to ask a local on their specialty or ask us!

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Nightlife
Only in the bigger Tier 1 cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, they don’t lose to their Asian counterparts when it comes to their clubbing scene. You may think that the Chinese are a shy conservative bunch, wait til you immerse in their nightlife! From hot popular clubs like Vics in Beijing to members only exclusives cigar bars, to gay-friendly bars like Heaven in Shanghai, you will have your choice to pick and rotate every single night.

So tell me with such fascinating booming country with so much to offer, why not scoot off to China for a week?

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Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

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