Purple has now turned blue... purple is joy, yet blue is hope!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Curitiba, Brazil - April 2018

South America, a continent I am pretty unfamiliar with. Glad to have such opportunity, though it was tiring to stay on a 30 hours door to door travel journey. It was Autumn, getting into Winter. Was glad to get both the gloomy chill and blue skies warm over the week's trip.

Not just the journey, I even had an opportunity to explore another airline - Turkish Airline. I was skeptical or rather placed very minimal expectation to the service. Even after hearing several positive comments. Glad I had that very low expectation, and I could sleep well throughout the journey. Nothing to WoW upon on the plane and service. Certain food (that I could understand from its English menu) tasted not bad, or rather I am not very particular with food.

Candle night on the plane

Istanbul's Airport Lounge

Fritter taste like fried popiah, zuccini wrapped cheese

Rilakkuma and Muji travel pillow were my companion
Learned some Portuguese language. "Bom Dia" as "Good Morning".
Downloaded Google Translate app (thanks to a friend whom introduced it after her solo trip to Japan). The app saved me a few times, especially during a conversation with Havaianas sales assistant.

Breakfast in hotel

Entrada = Entrance?
We were all blessed with good company and great local host (and family) on the Sunday.

Sight seeing

Pretty architecture

Mural too

Feirinha do Largo da Ordem

A local tourist spot selling handcraft items. We tried some local street foods here too. Pastel a.k.a fried pancake and Caldo de Cana a.k.a pressed sugar cane served with assam 
Sunday tourist market

Pastel store

Pastel choices and menu

Banana, Corned beef and Plain Pastels

Banana filled

I love Corned Beef pastel, and the drink
We walked into a church.  Nice architecture, and I am sure it has a few decades (or century) old.

Church view

Art and performance stage
Foods and drinks were what we explored.

Bar do Victor

Seafood lunch served.

Caipirinha - one of the must try drink in Brazil. It's a refreshing alchohol drink served with juice, just like a cocktail. Unfortunately, mine was served with extra ingredient - Several flies or insects.

My Caipirinha with insect
 We had a short walk after our lunch.

Caramelodrama Confeitaria

Coffee is also an essential drink to taste. Most coffee beans in the world comes from Brazil, they have wide rage of good coffees, and cakes were good too.

Cakes were nice
We walked back to our hotel, wondered around the streets.

Japanese garden
Hotel usually drop us a personalised card and candy, informing us the following day's weather. It's conventional, yet the thought counts.

Weather forecast

Tropilha Grill

Foods exploration were on going each day. We experienced how the local have their lunch. Weighing machines on a buffet serving style. Each and pay the amount you pick. Just like our local mixed rice, a.k.a. chap-fun.

Grilled lamb and ribs

Mixed food - lunch
Guarana - It's a popular soft drink in Brazil. High in caffeine and sugar. Taste good too. I love it,  it's tasted like apple drink with coke's ingredient, caffeine. Understand the fruit is wold red berried native to the Amazon.

Guarana drink
Pao De Queijo a.k.a. Cheese bread, we loved it very much. Had a few bites every morning.

Pao de Queijo a.k.a. Cheese bread
A Japanese lunch buffet, which I forgot its name. Very localised Japanese dishes, and they are weighing meal too..

Japanese weighing lunch
Another type of snacks we were introduced. Somewhat filled like curry puff, but fried with bread crump. Will update when I recalled the next time.

Another hotel's weather report and introduction of local snacks. Peanut sweet.

Madero Steak House

This burger was so much more decent than the fast food burger we had the night before
Nice burger
Nice weather came buy, 2 days before I left.

Nice weather

Coco Bambu

I remembered the potato gratin. It was a nice shared meal.

Dom Parma Trattoria

Another weighing lunch and it was a group lunch. Nice grill everywhere.

Sight seeing from the top view

Liquori Caffè Gourmet

The liquor coffee was nice. I think I had the mint choco.

Liquor coffee

Château de Gazon

The entire meal was served as either cheese dip or choco dipped. It was interesting!

Cheese dipped vegetable

Fruits went with choco

Hard Rock Cafe Curitiba

Standard hard rock cafe meal. Nothing to shout out, except the strawberry basil leaves soda. Will make this on my own one day.

Strawverry basil soda

The streets - pebble everywhere

Turkish Airline Lounge - sesame bread, country butter and local coffee

Turkish pizza

On my way home!
End of report~

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Chiang Mai, Thailand - Jan 2018

Yearly trip begun with the land of smile, up north at the city of Chiang Mai. There are so many things to explore, be it food, coffee, arts, massage, shopping and even do nothing.

It was unfortunate, our flight was delayed at least two hours that afternoon. It wasn't comfortable to wait at KLIA2. It's a budget/low cost airport, yes I acknowledge. It was our first trip with little nephew too. Pleased that he behave well.

While waiting...

Late afternoon sun
After placing our luggage and check in. We headed out immediately, for dinner as well as night market trip.

Dinner - Mr. Kai Restaurant

KhaoSoi - it's a must
Shopping and Wondering - Wualai Saturday Nightmarket

Pork rice - Packed for supper

Our stay of 2 nights - BB Mantra Boutique and Budget

Breakfast (included with stay) by the pool
Street art near our stay

 Coffee pit stop #1 - Art Cafe
Nice Piccolo -  just beside our stay
Tourist place - Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Not our first visit here. Be a tourist once more.

Coffee pit stop #2 - Graph Café

Famous for cold brew, but I grabbed a latte to go instead. Pricey.

Lunch after 1/2 day tour with Yoyo - Huen Phen

Nice local patron restaurant. Though it may need a wait. We ordered our standard checklist dish - Khao Soi (curry noodle, two styled noodle). Tried the local pork sausage, blends well with a mug of local beer, especially on a hot afternoon. Yummy




Pork Sausage

On the way... spelling mistake?
Massage, is a must - Lila Thai Massage 5th

It wasn't a good timing for me. Yet, I still enjoyed my foot massage.

Massage center's deco
Street foods, before we head to another hotel - Wat Phan-Ohn

It's on Sunday night market. We had KhaoSoi (again, but no picture). On the day, we grabbed out lunch with any available food we could get there. Pork noodle was awesome.

pork noodle
Stay #2 - The Loft Room Hotel

We had a double king sized bed room. The kid enjoyed. Nice budget hotel with setup, it was spacious too.
Common area outside our room
Included breakfast of our stay

Coffee pit stop #3 - Ristr8to Lab

Very nice alchoholic coffee served here.

Love the alchohol coffee
Coffee pit stop #4 - Nine One Coffee

Another nice cafe just 1 street away from our stay. But we took almost 1KM walk because google map went crazy.

Last Khao Soi - Khao Soy Nimman

This wasn't too good. The sausage and noodle seems machine made.

Bye Chiang Mai
Till we meet again.