Hung up on Hua Hin

Last November, Robin and I took our first trip together and it was definitely one to remember… I came home with about 1GB of photos from the trip so picking just a few for this post has been a real task. So happy that I finally had the time to sit down and finish this post after having it in my drafts for months. (Sorry this is way overdue!)

✈ Destination, Hua Hin and Bangkok ✈

We took an early morning flight out on Jetstar to Bangkok then hopped on a 3 hour car ride to Hua Hin!

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We checked in at The Hyatt Regency Hua Hin, and from the moment we arrived at the hotel, I was completely blown away by their level of customer service, it was impeccable. After being in the service industry for years, it sort of turns you into a service critic and you know excellent customer service when you encounter it. The people of Hua Hin are extremely friendly, courteous, and I’m not just referring to the service staff. Practically everyone you meet will not hesitate to flash a smile or greet you if your paths cross. It’s such a happy place to be! I told Robin I never wanted to leave.

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The view from the open lobby

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The room was cosy with a private balcony, and this was the view from our room.

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The pools at The Hyatt are all interconnected, so you can basically swim from one end to the other!

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The poolside at You & Mee where we had most of our meals.

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Robin spent a chunk of his childhood in Thailand so he morphed into a kid again when he saw this familiar slide. Calling it a slide would be an understatement if you ask me. He managed to convince me to try it just once and I ended up crying after I made it down that horror of a slide after sitting at the top for the longest time. >_<

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Robin obviously loved it though, what a happy kid! ♥

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The short bridge that leads to the beach where we spent most of our time in Hua Hin despite the weather that decided to take a wet turn on our second day there.

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That’s him, my favourite boy. :)

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This was when I realised how amazing the zoom on the Samsung Galaxy camera was. This was shot with 21x zoom, and what looked like tiny ants from where we stood showed in such detail when captured. It does take quite a steady hand to capture a clear shot at such a high zoom though.

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These horses come out every day to give rides to anyone who wants to ride them, I’m not sure how much it costs but I might just try it if we do go back. I’m pretty sure Hua Hin would place high on our “to visit again” list. :)

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The beach is full of tiny crabs! They scatter from hole to hole so quickly it’s hard to catch.

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This shot was priceless! Zoom in the see why, it’s like a deer caught in headlights. Or crab, rather.

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“Are you taking a photo of me?” – Crab

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Apart from tiny crabs and other shelled creatures, I also befriended a washed up (and pretty much dead) jelly fish, much to Robin’s horror. :P

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We ventured into Centara Grand Beach Resort, known for it’s “plant sculptures”.

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Giant chess, anyone?

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Some of them were really HUGE! The sights were absolutely breathtaking, the garden and the sheer beauty of nature.

While we were in Hua Hin, we went to the weekend night market, Cicada Market which was about a 5-10 minute walk from our hotel.

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Here you’ll find lots of food, handmade items, and live performances.

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You’ll need to buy food coupons to use at the food stalls, and no trip to Cicada is complete without the coconut ice cream!

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You should also try the fried bananas with honey, satay and spring rolls but definitely COCONUT ICE CREAM. I haven’t found anything that comes even close in Singapore.

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This lady is the cutest ever! She sells “fisherman pants” and she’s super friendly.

Here’s us in our fisherman pants!

The market is only open Friday to Sunday so make sure you plan to be in Hua Hin over the weekend!

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The view at sunset, nature at its best.

It was so difficult to leave Hua Hin for Bangkok, I wanted to stay so bad! I ended up tearing when we were checking out, but I’m sure I will be back in the land of smiles again in the near future. :)

✈ ✈ ✈ Continue reading about our adventures in Hua Hin in this post : Kiteboarding in Hua Hin

Days off with the boy! Friday at Ski360degree

The weather in Singapore has been so unpredictable of late with strong sun in the early afternoon to thunderstorms in the evening, so we were really lucky to have enjoyed half a day of fantastic sun last Friday at the Cable Park!

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Ski360degree at East Coast Park Singapore

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The boy with his new North Gambler 2014 from North Kiteboarding.

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I totally forgot to snap a shot of the underside while we were there, here’s the board when it was still in Hua Hin with the North Kiteboarders.

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It’s no wonder why Robin loves this board, I secretly fell in love with it too when I saw it for the first time! It has that Andy Warhol vibe. Maybe one day I’ll get to ride it..

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I had initially intended to try out with a wakeboard but the staff suggested I use the Easyup board since it was my first time at cable. I tried a few times with this board with not much luck, after countless falls and swimming back to the dock, I didn’t have enough energy left to justify paying another $5 for a wakeboard. Cable ski indeed proved to be a lot harder than I expected. It’s been over 10 years since I last went wakeboarding, so I’m pretty much back to square one in terms of technique but the pulling force of the cable shouldn’t be underestimated! We met a couple of wakeboarders there and they all said the same thing, it is a lot harder to grasp than a water start behind a boat. Really proud of Robin for getting up so quickly! ♥_♥

 At the end of the day I came to the conclusion that I’m totally unfit and the past few days (and counting) of severely sore muscles confirm it. Time to hit the gym if I am ever going to attempt kiteboarding so I can get out on the water with Robin!

Happy snaps!

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I resigned to being his photo girl, and ended up having tons of fun putting my Samsung Galaxy Camera to the test for real since I wasn’t able to in Hua Hin due to not so fair weather. After our two hour run was up we hung around for a bit and ended up making friends with a couple who was on a flight layover post-honeymoon! Here’s JT landing an air raley!

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This GIF is made up of 54 screenshots from the video below. Yes I succeeded in making a .gif, does that make me a tech geek? No? Okay.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera did amaze me though, considering I had the zoom at 16-21X most of the time, the video footages were pretty good and I managed to get some nice screen captures too. Can’t wait to shoot more videos when Robin progresses to jumps and ramps!

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The sun, sand and sea, until next time…

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Check out Robin’s Kitesurfing blog when you are done here! He beat me to blogging about Ski360! :)

Toodles! xx

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