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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

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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

Mixed Emotions in the City of Gold Coast

Gold Coast

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable… But that’s okay.” – Anthony Bourdain.

Gold Coast is more similar to Sydney than Hobart. It’s a big city with a lot of people and options. You can do it cheaply or lavishly. The city is both challenging and pleasant for my cousin and me. Read More

3 Year Blog Anniversary

Trevallog three years blog anniversary

“You are now the proud owner of trevallog­.com!” said WordPress to me when I decided to push the button.

I’ve kind of lost count how many years I’ve been blogging. But I always remember that I started this blog in the summer, many years ago. Then, I decided to look through my old posts and realized that I’ve been blogging for THREE years! Oh, my. Those years surely passed by so quickly!

Today marks three years trevallog.com is around on the Internet. I’ve never written about the blog’s first and second anniversary because my traffic wasn’t that good and I didn’t feel I made any impact on anyone’s life. My own life wasn’t hugely impacted as well. But this year, I feel that I have so many compelling reasons to celebrate the anniversary. So I decided to write this reflective post. Read More

Three Slow Days in Hobart, Tasmania

3 days in Hobart Tasmania

After spending close to two weeks in Sydney, a big city where convenience is everywhere, my cousin and I took an early morning flight from Sydney to Hobart with Jetstar. Hobart is like a world away from Sydney. As we landed, we could feel the real winter. It was cooler than Sydney, for sure.

As budget travellers, we tried to ask the information counter whether there are any public buses that connect the airport and city. Unfortunately, there wasn’t. Thus, we decided to take the airport shuttle and paid 25 bucks for the return trip (one-way trip cost 15 bucks). The airport shuttle is a 24-seater minivan. The driver dropped us right in front of our hostel. Yay, no need to drag our luggage. Read More