Monday, September 30, 2013

Mauritius - 10th & 11th Sep 2013

Ever since January 2013, my family have been planning a trip to Mauritius, and after 9 months, the trip finally came! Boy, was it one heck of an awesome trip!

On 10th Sep, 12 of us flew from Singapore to KL via Air Asia, and the from KL to Mauritius via Air Mauritius.

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On the way to KL!

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Mauritius, here I come!!!

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The Dodo bird on the Mauritius disembarkation card is so cute!

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After dinner, a movie on board, and a short nap later, I woke up to a beautiful sunset on board Air Mauritius! (Mauritius is 4 hours behind SG)

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And awhile later...

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When we arrived in Mauritius, Uncle Samuel was there to welcome us and a private minibus was arranged to transport us to the holiday villa which belonged to my relatives.

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We were greeted with great hospitality by Grand-Uncle and Grand-Auntie who lovingly prepared supper for us!

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The following morning, my Kor, SIL, then-boyfriend-now-fiance and I went for horse riding by the beach activity! The view was simply breath-taking and the experience on a big horse was awesome!

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Our respective ride!

We all then went on a trip with Grand-Uncle and family to visit the Yiptong House which is an office building, the Yiptong grave, as well as the house where my Great-Grandfather lived in.

From the little I know, Yiptong in Mauritius is quite a big name, and they do commodities distribution, trade in oil, and have a factory for production. And for those who don't already know, Yiptong is the name of my Great-Grandfather, and we adopted his name into our names as our second surname for recognition purposes as my Great-Grandfather had 18 children and their families are all over the world now.

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Us in front of the Yiptong House.

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A few of my relatives are buried in this majestic grave, including my Great-Grandparents. I never knew a grave could look so beautiful.

And then it was time to visit the plot of land where my Great-Grandparents' house once stood, which was rebuilt into a small mall, with their new house perched right on top on a secret 4th floor.

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Great-Grandmother, Great-Great-Grandmother, Great-Grandfather

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I was very surprised to see Dada and Popo's headstone picture in the house, and that really touched my heart, for they are eternally together even back in Mauritius where they met.

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Painting of my Great-Grandparents, Mr & Mrs Chan Yiptong.

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Just a small section of the very huge house.

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Got back to the villa in time for me to catch an amazing view of the sunset, right from our backyard. Such beauty of nature can never be found in Singapore. =)

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And I'll end this post with a very random picture of a packet of Julie biscuits to show that my family is the official distributor of one such product.

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