• 東京へようこそ

    The last time Retna and I were in Tokyo was in 2013, when we came to experience Japan for the first time.  I came to Nagoya and Kyoto in 2014 for work. While I really love Japan, I could not find enough reason to come back.  However, since Taipei, Hong Kong were not on the interest of the children, and we took them to Rome, and told them so much about Japan experience, they asked us, let’s do Japan. We arrived at Tokyo after a few movies that I watched and had really good laugh during the flight, until the twins told me, I have to lower my laugh. November…

  • Ferry.

    I have taken ferry many times in Penang. Since I was born here, I remember we only stop taking ferry when the first bridge was built in 80s.  However, we back to taking ferry, due to the nostalgic value. It is always an amazing time to spend, like 10 minutes on the ferry, from one jetty to the next.  In fact, taking the bridge, while it may be faster, but one misses that moment to ponder upon the day. I think while you are on a train, bus or in Penang a ferry, you could spend that time to think about the day that has been or just to think…

  • Basilica, after watching Angels and Demons

    I have watched the Angels and Demons, a movie adaptation by Dan Brown, whom our family, majority not a fan.  We read because it is entertaining, but I must say Mr. Brown is very creative and imaginative.  You can not be a writer who makes money without having both. So when we arrived at the Basilica, the feeling is so great that I could see the place, like D-place, which I have only thought of seeing it from websites and pictures.  It is amazing.  We are here. The St Peter Square is seriously huge, to cater for the crowd gathering. Where as the Basilica, just like everywhere else in Vatican,…

  • The Pope Blessing on Vatican City

    Sunday in Rome, the best place to be, other than on bed, is the St Peter’s Square of which at 12noon, Pope Francis will bless the crowd. You need to understand Italian and Latin to enjoy the full blessing.  Or, turn on the Google Translate with the voice recording to the effect. Just like the Roman Catholic services I have attended, it is very structure, nothing to be filled with the spirit.  So, the time is also structured in the way which one knows when to end. Pope Francis brought 2 young students with him to read out the blessings. There is really no ideal or better spot at the…

  • Vatican City, An Overview

    According to Vatican City official website, Vatican City State was founded following the signing of the Lateran Pacts between the Holy See and Italy on February 11th 1929. These were ratified on June 7th 1929. Its nature as a sovereign State distinct from the Holy See is universally recognized under international law. In this tiny and world’s smallest state, it has 800 citizens, with 450 of them are the Vatican citizen, the rest are allowed to reside there. Vatican also has its own coin and stamps, but when we were there, the souvenir shops inside Vatican City accept only Euro. I am not too sure how to take a public transport to Vatican City, but…

  • Driving in Rome, Graduated If You Still Alive.

    The Rome trip has been fruitful and great. The Tan-Vijayans really enjoyed themselves, so do we, Retna and I. We took a flight from KLIA, and then transited in Dubai, before reaching Rome, or the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport.  The whole journey – about 14 hours of flight time.  We were lucky to have a short transit in Dubai.  So less waiting. Arrived in Rome at about 6:25pm, and the hotel transfer came to pick us up at the same time.  We reached the hotel in less than 20mins, mainly the driver drove really fast. It is like, one just want to drive fast for the sake of driving fast.…

  • x times to Kuala Kubu Bharu

    Yes, we have been to Kuala Kubu Bharu many times. We were there the first time in 2013, you can check our visit here, here and here. All the times we were there, we did the same things – food, and then more food.  Of course we also spent the time at the beautiful water dam. This time round, we went there without the twins, as one of them was not well, so the other twin offered to stay back to take care of his brother. The drive to Kuala Kubu Bharu was smooth, until we passed Rawang, which then was a bit of a slow traffic, well, it is…

  • My Instagram

    What app to launch? #Apple #AppleWatch A post shared by Samuel Tan (@hisamueltan) on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:03pm PDT After much considerations, I decided to separate my Instagram account from my regular Facebook and Twitter accounts.  The pictures I have taken, I could tell more stories just through the pictorial.  Without much explanation.  Just like letting the pictures speak a thousand if hundred of words.