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First Time in Patong

First time in Patong Phuket Thailand

We spent so many hours looking for the perfect place to stay at in Phuket. Well, our definition of perfect involves the adjectives cheap and nice. And I think we found a gem.

To be honest, there are too many things I like about Phuket. First, its efficient transport and travel agent. Second, the huge varieties of food. And, the number of affordable hotels. There are literally hundreds of affordable hotels all around Phuket.

Since it was our first visit to Phuket, I wanted to stay at a busy location with plenty of amenities and crowd. I want to be able to walk safely at night along busy roads with countless cheap massage parlours.

It looks like Patong is the area that could fulfil my requirement. So, Patong it is! We booked Lub d Phuket Patong for our first 2 nights because of the many rave reviews. We told ourselves not to have any expectations. After all, it’s only SGD 50.9/night after tax. Read More

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Where to See Christmas Decorations in Singapore 2018

Christmas decoration and lights up in Singapore 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Ho ho ho! It’s the time of the year when you hear Christmas carols everytime you go out to the shopping malls. It’s the time of the year when your Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with Christmas trees and Christmas feast! It’s also probably the season you travel.

Speaking of travel, Singapore is a wonderful destination for Christmas. Every year, the country put up so many kinds of themed decorations all over the island, from Boon Lay in the west to Changi in the east, from Punggol in the north to Harbourfront in the south. Christmas is basically everywhere. And the decorations are different every year.

I wouldn’t bore you with a list of every single place to see Christmas light-up in Singapore. Instead, here’s a list of Christmas decorations that you don’t want to miss. Read More

3 Days Phuket Itinerary and Cost

3 Days Phuket Itinerary and Cost

“Let’s go to a place that we both haven’t been to before!”

There’s something magical when you visit a completely new place that your travel partner and you have not been to before. That’s what drives us to decide that Phuket should be our next destination. Well, I have been to Krabi and have done island hopping to Phi Phi islands 7 years ago, but I haven’t been to Phuket! This trip is a good opportunity for me to explore Phuket and re-visit Phi Phi Islands.

Thanks to a travel agent who helped us book our flight tickets, we arrived at Phuket at night (7.20 pm) on our first day and left Phuket early in the morning (9 am). Technically, this is a 5-days-4-nights trip, but we have only 3 full days to explore because our first and last days don’t count. Lesson learned: It’s better to spend a long time talking to a travel agent to find the best flight time than to agree to the suggested flight time because you feel bad about other people lining up behind you.

On a brighter note, we really enjoyed our 3 days in Phuket. We had Thai massage every night. We had a great day island hopping to James Bond and Phang Nga Bay where we got to do some cool things like visiting a cave and canoeing. We stayed a night in Phi Phi Don (I didn’t know it’s even possible). We saw Phi Phi from its highest point. We swam with fish and saw the plankton at night! We had a taste of Phuket Town, where the food is cheaper and the town is quieter. Read More

4D3N Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas: My First Time Cruising!

Voyager of the Seas - Singapore Penang 4 days 3 nights

Why would someone pay money to go to a country by sea and spend 24 hours on the ship one-way, when you can just take a 1-hour flight to get there?

This question bothers me a lot when I was young and naive. Cruise vacation has never crossed my mind in my twenties. The young lady in me wanted to explore, explore, explore, and not sit still in a vehicle for days where there’s no network. But, as you get older, you get wiser, right? So, how did I end up on a Royal Caribbean vessel for 4 days 3 nights? Did I enjoy it? What are the highlights of this cruise? Having been to Penang often, what did I do at the port of call this time?

If you’re a cruise newbie who hasn’t taken a single cruise in your life, or you’re looking for snippets about Voyager of the Seas to justify whether it’s worth your hard-earned money, I will share my experience, written from a clueless newbie perspective. Mind you, I didn’t do a single research prior to the trip (I had long hours at work before the trip) thus I made plenty of mistakes that you should avoid! Read More

The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra: Favourite Place for Buffet

The Carvery, Park Hotel Alexandra

There are less seafood and more meat in The Carvery, and I’m okay with that. Maybe I’m really a meat lover!

There are endless buffet choices in Singapore. From international buffet, Korean BBQ buffet, sushi buffet to even porridge buffet. If I’m a true buffet lover, I would try as many buffets as possible. But, I’m not, so I would only keep coming back to the buffets that I love. The Carvery buffet is one of them.

So, what makes me keep coming back Park Hotel Alexandra for The Carvery buffet? To answer this, I need to bring you back to many years ago. Read More

dnata Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Singapore

dnata lounge terminal 3 changi airport review

In a quest to maximise the benefit of my Priority Pass, I decided to visit dnata Lounge at Terminal 3 Changi Airport when I went back to my hometown last month. There are 2 dnata lounges in Changi, one at Terminal 1 and the other at Terminal 3. So, why did I choose Terminal 3? Well, the answer is quite simple. Read More

I Saw That Look

I Saw That Look

I saw that look on his face
That empty stare in the midst of the bustling workplace
That raised voice when confronted by his clients

He is the leader of a hardworking team. His main task is to be the person who motivates, pushes, supports, leads the team to complete the job on time with minimum mistakes. He’s the person held responsible for the quality of the job. Yet, all he does every day is staring emptily into space, not giving a f*** about what the team is working on. All he does every day is counting down the days until he receives the paycheck, and the days until he can finally retire. Read More

Things NOT to do in Singapore

Things NOT to do in Singapore

You know all of the things to do in Singapore. You read it all over the internet.

In this post, I’m going to be brutally honest with you. Here is the list of things NOT to do in Singapore. Some of them are insights that I gained after years of living in Singapore. Some of them are basic courtesy. Some of them are prohibited by law. Curious? Let’s dive in! Read More

10 Food I Can’t Get Bored of Eating in Singapore

Trevallog favourite food in Singapore

This is NOT a list of food you must eat in Singapore. This is NOT a list of best things to eat in Singapore. This IS a list of my favourite food.

Singapore, and basically the rest of Southeast Asia, is a food heaven. You can find so many food stalls and restaurants anywhere in the country. There are so many good articles out there that tell you about the best food to eat in Singapore. Since I’m not a food expert, I’m not going to write another article about what to eat in Singapore.

Instead, I’ll bring you to my culinary world. I’ll show you what food I keep coming back to despite so many delicious options out there. These are my comfort food. PS: Food is really a subjective matter. What is delicious for me may not necessarily be delicious for another person. Read More

5 Places to Visit in Singapore for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

Places to Visit in Singapore for Outdoor Adventure Lovers

“I can’t sit still, I need to get out and live my life. I crave adrenaline!” If this thought ever crosses your mind, I’m sure you’re the type of person who always tries to find outdoor activities to satisfy your hunger of adventure.

Adventure has different meanings for different individuals. What I want to focus here are places that give you adrenaline highs, ignite your inner curiosity and awaken all of your senses.

Granted, Singapore doesn’t have the breathtaking landscapes that New Zealand has. If you are expecting to find places to do extreme activities with jaw-dropping sceneries like giant waterfalls or snow mountains, I’m sorry you’ll be disappointed. However, if you have an open mind to appreciate Singapore’s beauty in its own way, I bet you will find plenty of true gems in Singapore’s nature.

To start your adventurous journey in Singapore, here are 5 places you must visit to feed the fearless adventurer in you. Read More