Singapore Skyline’s View From ION Sky Orchard

So, I am currently in a skyline craze. I found another place to see Singapore Skyline! This time, it’s from the 55th floor of ION (a shopping mall located at Orchard Road). The observation deck is called ION Sky. Admission is free, but they are open only from 3pm – 6pm, so don’t go there too early. Before you go, you should check here to see if ION Sky is open for public or closed for private events. I can’t wait to show you some photos! Continue reading “Singapore Skyline’s View From ION Sky Orchard”

Singapore’s Skyline View From The Pinnacle @ Duxton

I’m a big fan of city skyline. I’m always ecstatic looking at all the buildings from above or from far. When I went to Hong Kong this year, I revisited The Peak, was and will always be in awe with Hong Kong’s skyline. In Tokyo, I went to Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s observation deck on 45th-floor to get an awesome view of the city.  In Bangkok, I witnessed an astonishing night cityscape from Baiyoke Sky’s revolving observation deck at 84th-floor.

In Singapore, I had gone up to MBS’ Skypark and ridden Singapore Flyer. They were breathtaking and deserve “must-visit-before-you-die” mark. The only downside was, they were expensive. The ticket for MBS’ Skypark is S$ 23 per adult; meanwhile, an adult ticket for Singapore Flyer costs S$ 33 at the time of writing.

Recently I was researching for things to do in Singapore and found out that the rooftop of The Pinnacle (a very posh public housing apartment building) is open for public for a mere price of S$ 5. How cool is that? You paid a small price for an access to a rooftop at 50th-floor and you get to see Singapore’s city area with much lesser crowd compared to MBS or Flyer. Continue reading “Singapore’s Skyline View From The Pinnacle @ Duxton”

Summary of August 2016

August. It’s the month of national days. At least 3 countries that hold a special place for me are celebrating their national days: Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is also the month of Olympics in Rio, Brazil. As a proud Indonesian, I’m thrilled that the mixed double badminton team of Ahmad Tontowi and Liliyana Natsir won the gold medal on Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August 2016. As a resident of Singapore, I am also happy to see Joseph Schooling won Singapore’s first-ever gold medal in Olympics. It’s been a month of celebration. Continue reading “Summary of August 2016”

How to travel from Singapore to Johor Bahru (JB) by Public Transport Bus

As someone who stays and works in Singapore, I have to admit that I am constantly looking for short getaways to neighboring countries. The nearest city from Singapore would be Johor Bahru (JB), one of the major cities in Malaysia. You could travel to JB from Singapore (SG) via public transport or by driving. The travel duration depends greatly on traffic condition. And nope, there is no flight between JB and SG. Some people, on rare occasion, do walk across the border. However, please do not walk because it is dangerous as there is no pedestrian footpath. In this post, I will write about public transportation by bus. Do note if you pay bus fare by cash, please pay with exact money because no change will be given; you will then be given a ticket that you must keep throughout the journey until you reach your destination. If you don’t have exact cash and are taking CW buses, you can go to CW counter to buy the ticket instead of paying on the bus; the counters are usually available at every starting point of the buses’ routes.

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Last Day in Bali: Babi Guling Pak Malen, Spa at Bodyworks, Nalu Bowls, Bebek Tepi Sawah, Airport

Finally, it was our last day in Bali. Our main activities were eating, shopping and spa. We started the day with quick breakfast near out hotel. Some of my friends had food from Starbucks while another friend and I had yoghurt. Then we went to buy pie susu and pia legong from road-side shop nearby Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika, followed by souvenir shopping at Joger.

Our early lunch was at Babi Guling Pak Malen at Seminyak. The restaurant was quite full even in the early afternoon. We paid Rp 45k per person, including drink. Babi guling is such a special food for Bali, we wanted to bring back to our cities. We asked our driver about the possibility of buying takeaways, he offered to help us buy in the late afternoon so that the food could stay fresh until we arrive at our cities. The takeaway cost Rp 50k per pack, slightly more expensive compared to eating at the restaurant. Continue reading “Last Day in Bali: Babi Guling Pak Malen, Spa at Bodyworks, Nalu Bowls, Bebek Tepi Sawah, Airport”

Final Night in Bali: Warung Souvlaki, Beachwalk Mall, TJ’s Mexican Restaurant, Souvenir’s Shopping

Suddenly, it was our final night in Bali. Time passed so fast when you’re on vacation! The rafting pickup car dropped us at Kuta. Our first destination was Warung Souvlaki, as my friend was craving the food from this particular warung. It was my first Greek food, I think. It was good. We ordered 2 dishes to share: Souvlaki Pita and Souvlaki Plate. They have pretty good review in TripAdvisor and even earn a Certificate of Excellence. The fact that my friend craved it tells you it is worth trying. Here’s the only photo of the food. Continue reading “Final Night in Bali: Warung Souvlaki, Beachwalk Mall, TJ’s Mexican Restaurant, Souvenir’s Shopping”

Rafting in Ayung River, Ubud, Bali

Rafting in Bali is safe for everyone. That’s my conclusion based on my own observation. I witnessed families with young children taking part in rafting as if it’s a fun ride in a theme park. But somehow, I got nervous. I worried that I’d fall to the river. What if I fall alone while my friends are still intact on the boat, what if I knock myself on the rock while falling; I know they are ridiculous fears, but they are still my fears. In my previous experience rafting in Bali in 2008 with my guy friends, it was pretty rapid and challenging. I guess these two are entirely different worlds: rafting with guys and rafting with girls. My initial fears were unfounded. Rafting with girls was much calmer and slower, because we told our guide not to let us fall or get wet, lol! Continue reading “Rafting in Ayung River, Ubud, Bali”

Cafe Wayan Ubud

We stumbled upon Cafe Wayan when we walked along Monkey Forest Road in Ubud. From the outside, all I could see was a small bakery. My friend brought up that this cafe was mentioned in Eat Pray Love. As we entered the cafe, it felt like we entered a different place. It was like a cafe in the middle of a forest. There are plenty of seats, but it feels private. You may choose if you’d like a table-and-chair setting, or sit-on-floor setting (or usually referred to as lesehan). We settled for the lesehan style. Continue reading “Cafe Wayan Ubud”

The Innocent Looking Monkeys in Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Are Really AGGRESSIVE

In the past, I used to think monkeys were cute and harmless. I used to think they were great photo companion. After all, the way they move was delicate, their faces looked innocent and tame. However, my perception was changed completely in 2013. Three years ago, I wanted to get up close with a monkey. I allowed it to sit on my shoulder and played with my hair. My friend helped me take a photo with the monkey, which I was hoping to boost on my social media. After a while, we were ready to move on, I stood up and expected the monkey to get away. But it didn’t. It got defensive and started pulling my hair. My heart raced fast, I was so scared. My friends helped to shoo the monkey, thankfully it let go of me. That was a defining moment for me. From that moment, I knew monkeys are aggressive and I would not ever get close with monkey, never ever. Continue reading “The Innocent Looking Monkeys in Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Are Really AGGRESSIVE”

Eating Cheap in Kuta, Bali: Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika

Day 5 is the day when our team members have all arrived. We kicked off the day with a breakfast at Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika at Jalan Raya Kuta. “Pedas” means spicy. Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika is well-known for its spiciness, obviously, and its cheap price. They serve halal food. It’s a kind of mixed rice (nasi campur), where you choose the dishes that you want and you’ll be charged depending on the dishes that you chose. There were so many dishes to choose from: potato chips, fried chicken intestine, fried noodle, tofu, tempe, fried chicken, vegetables, long beans, and others. The shop is open for 24 hours, so you can go there pretty much anytime. We went in the morning and the shop was quite empty. Continue reading “Eating Cheap in Kuta, Bali: Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika”