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10 Breathtaking Photos Taken Last Week

We are finally back from our short vacation in Bali. The scenery there was simply breathtaking.  We had a rather relaxing holiday as I didn’t pack too many place to visit into our itinerary. In fact I only planned on which places to visit after we touched down and checked into the hotel.



Doesn’t it look very inviting. We were treated to the soft tones of traditional Balinese music when we arrived in the lobby to check in.

The view from the hotel room was stunning.

The balcony overlooked the pool and the boys couldn’t wait to hit the water after we unpacked their swim gear from the luggage.

If you think that the view of the pool was great you should check out the Nusa Dua Beach which was a stone’s throw from the hotel.

There were deck chairs lining various portions of the sandy beach and they were certainly very inviting despite the heat.


The section of the beach which we settled down for a relaxing time when we re-visited the beach to view the sunset.

The beach at sunset.  I love the change in the colour of the sky during this period of the day.

We even managed to catch the moon rising while the sun was setting at the beach. Cool isn’t it!!

There were some lovely beachside villas @ Grand Hyatt hotel which were occupied by the diplomats who were attending a congress being held at the convention centre in Nusa Dua. I love how grand the entrances to these 2-3 room villa with and exclusive private pool looks like.  Unfortunately staying in such a villa in Bali is really beyond our budget.

This is a temple that we visited during our day trip up to Kintamani  to see the Volcano Mount Batur

The view from the restaurant we at while at Kintamani.

You can see Mount Batur in the background.

Isn’t the scenery breathtaking?

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10 Things About My Family Tree

My  family tree is rather complicated as it spans across countries around Asia. Here in a nutshell are 10 things about my family tree.

  1. My great-great-great grandfather(Mother’s side) comes all the way from Fuzhou in China. It seems that he was a vegetable seller that’s why their family surname is Chua ~Cai ( 菜)
  2.  My great-great grandmother (father’s side) is suppose to be a native from Eastern Malaysia that’s where the curly hair traits are from.
  3. Our family  is Peranakan which stems for intermarriages between the Chinese from China and Straits born Malays .  There is a fusion of  Chinese and Malay culture /foods and language.
  4. My grandparents (mother’s side) were match made by their parents when they were young. They were 18yrs old and 20yrs old when they wed. They have six girls and one boy, 16 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren.  They were married for 52 years before grandfather passed away 5 years ago.
  5. My grandfather was a vaccination nurse while my grandmother had always been a housewife who loved to cook, bake and sew.
  6. My grandfather (father’s side) had two wives. His first wife died after giving birth to my dad (he has an elder brother and sister). His second wife suffered depression after giving birth to a girl and has been institutionalised since then. I have never seen my grandfather as he died before I was even born.
  7. I still have several relatives(Father’s side) in Ipoh, Malaysia and long ago the family used to take charge of a rather huge rubber plantation there.
  8. We are Catholics and follow both Christian and Chinese customs.
  9. My parents and grandparents learned Malay and English when they were schooling. They speak English and Teochew at home. It was only during our generation when we learned Chinese and English.  However we mainly speak English at home.
  10. My family and relatives normally meet up during Chinese New Year and one of the must have dishes is grandma’s speciality – Ngoh Hiang.

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