Tuesday, September 05, 2017

TRIP - Niagara Falls & Buffalo

Labour Day long weekend

Friday

  • Tzu Chi event - big crowd


Saturday

  • IKEA
  • Hotel - Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview (3000 SPG points vs. $500+ cash rate)
  • Walked the falls - it was like raining, cold
  • Took the incline back to hotel, drove out for dinner and drove by Clifton Hills


Sunday

  • Used the swimming pool and arcade in hotel
  • Drove to USA, hotel (15K Marriott points), Cheesecake Factory ($50 USD)
  • Visited Walmart - it's huge


Monday

  • Frand Lloyd Wright Martin Complex
  • Forest Lawn Cemetary - it's big, peaceful, and beautiful
  • Elmwood Village - meh
  • Buffalo Naval & Military Park - Groupon $24 USD/1-year membership. Spent good 3 hours here on the 2 ships & 1 submarine


Monday, August 21, 2017

浪漫?愛情?

每年的暑假 短暫的單身漢生活 總會讓我覺得有點孤單
就會回頭看起「我可能不會愛你」和「16個夏天」(真的 我每年都看)

追求那一點不實際的浪漫 卻又天馬行空的無限可能
嘆息主角為了執著而錯過的遺憾 即使那才是美麗的後悔

很快的 孤單的生活要結束了 回到了家裡小孩喜怒哀樂會讓爸爸無法作夢的人生
不過 我也很滿足這樣的角色 身旁也找到了愛我的真愛
也許我們都無法改變 我追求浪漫 她追求不浪漫
可是 能在一起 能一起牽手 我沒有遺憾 也沒有後悔

Friday, March 17, 2017

TRIP - Lisbon, Portgual & Barcelona, Spain [2017.03]

Annual Europe visit again :)

Cities
Lisbon, Portgual
Barcelona, Spain

Flights
American Airlines Advantage Miles @ 40K/person (off-peak) before 2016/3/22 devaluation

Hotels
Airbnb for both as we are group of 6

Schedule. Google Maps
Lisbon
  • Day 1 - Belem region, Jerónimos Monastery
  • Day 2 - Santa Justa Lift, Castelo de S. Jorge
  • Day 3 - Sintra (National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira)
  • Day 4 - Downtown Lisbon (Praça do Comércio, Gelato)

Barcelona
  • Day 1 - Casa Mila
  • Day 2 - Parc Guell
  • Day 3 - Poble Espanol
  • Day 4 - Palau Guell, La Sagrada Familia


Good
  • Nice weather
  • Enjoyed/tried some interesting food, especially seafood/paella in both countries
  • Thanks to the snowstorm, our original BCN-JFK/LGA-YYZ got changed to BCN-LHR-YYZ, yah, no need to visit USA or transfer between JFK/LGA ourselves, and got home 5 hours earlier.
Bad
  • Only incident was the lost/stolen backpack at Camper store in Barcelona while we were shopping (probably got stolen by thieves pretending to be customers, which seems common as the staff told us)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

歐洲足跡 Europe


Since we're in Toronto, Europe has naturally become the top destinations to go (after USA, which we've been to all the cities we wanted to visit already. LAX [~5 times], LAS [2~3], Washington [2], NYC [2], SFO [2], SEA)

Trying to tally up where I've gone in the last few years

  • 2010 - Honeymoon to London UK and Greece (Crete, Santorini, Athens)
  • 2011 - Zurich
  • 2014 - Italy via price error. Milan, Florence, Venice (no Rome, sadly)
  • 2015 - Istanbul (Europe AND Asia), Antalya, Pamukkale
  • 2016 - Paris via price error, Prague (+Karlovy Vary)
  • 2017 - Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Nice/Monte Carlo
  • 2018 - Rome/Naples, Italy
Not in my plans - Germany, Northern Europe (too $$$)

Big thanks to Aeroplan to make these all possible, via Mini-RTW and actual Aeroplan price errors too

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

January 1, 2017

I want to wish a happy new year to everyone. May this year be better than last year
祝福大家新年快樂 今年比去年更好


Thursday, September 01, 2016

TRIP History for 2014/2015/2016/2017

All of these trips are results of mistake fares or wanting to get out every few months, before Logan turns 2
Sometimes I don't even know why I travel so much, especially with children :-)  Certainly memorable

2014
  • Jan - Taiwan
  • April  - Italy <- mistake fare, $300/person to Italy (Florence, Venice, Milan). No regrets
  • July - Atlanta, USA
  • Sep - LA, Las Vegas USA
  • Oct - Washington DC
  • Dec - Taiwan
2015
  • April - Seoul, South Korea <- mistake fare again ($500/person on Delta), will make it a family trip
  • May - Turkey on Aeroplan, in TK Business-class <- mistake glitch, 50K Aeroplan/person
  • Summer - Taiwan
  • November - Dubai ($200/person nonstop on Eithad price error)

2016
  • March - Paris ($300/person nonstop on AC price error)
  • July - Prague, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Aeroplan Mini-RTW)
  • November - Taiwan
2017
  • March - Portugal, Spain (AA off-peak, 40K/person)
  • April - SFO (Delta price error, $250/person)
  • July - Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Aeroplan Mini-RTW)
  • December - Nice (France), Taiwan (Aeroplan Mini-RTW)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TRIP - Prague, Hong Kong, Taiwan [2016.07]

My once-a-year trip to Taiwan is here

Booked the below Mini-RTW Economy award in Sep 2015 at 75K Aeroplan miles + ~$200/person

  • YYZ-PRG on AC Rouge, stop 1
    • ACr 767 had no IFE, we watched on Tablets via onboard Wi-Fi
    • Seat pitch/width is okay
  • PRG-ZRH-HKG on LX 77W, destination 
    • Swiss 77W is 3-4-3, but we were okay, big IFE screens
    • Loved the new ZRH Midfield E terminal *A lounge with terrances/views
  • HKG-TPE on EVA Air, stop 2 = HOME
    • 7/7 was Typhoon night, surprised BR didn't cancel, but there was no rain/wind at all
  • TPE-YYZ on EVA Air
    • Upgraded to Elite class (empty), fast flight of 12.5 hrs only

Thoughts
Czech Republic - Karlovy Vary, Prague
KV was small, warm town. The hot springs or architectures weren't that special IMO
Prague - everybody loved it, said it's beautiful. I agreed, although for some reason it didn't impress me (vs. Paris). Food is average to pricey, people are generally warm. The general atmosphere is relaxed, beautiful sights (castle, old town, river, trams)

Hong Kong
Typical HK, hot, humid, lots of food. We only visited to visit local friends

Notes

  • HKG is my destination only to cap the YQ $ on my award, which is ~$28 per AC segment. If HKG wasn't my destination, YQ would be hundreds $$
  • Originally we were flying PRG-IST-PEK-HKG (2 stops) but due to IST bombing and AC waiver, we were able to stay 1 extra day in Prague to fly Swiss PRG-ZRH-HKG
  • I changed my original return TPE-NRT,HND-YYZ to nonstop BR TPE-YYZ. Change fee was ~$100 but I got back ~$100 also, not bad, considering bus from NRT->HND would've costs $40 CAD one-way already