Hiking Mount Batur in Bali – A Guide for First-Timers

Fun fact: Mount Batur was the FIRST mountain I’ve ever climbed. Now, 11 years later, I went back and fell in love all over again with the mountain.

How could you not fall in love with a sunrise view so surreal when standing at over 1700m elevation overlooking a village covered in morning mist? That feeling of standing at the top of the world witnessing the birth of a new day, a new beginning is what draws me to hiking.

I first climbed Mount Batur in 2008 when I was in my final year of university. Back then, I was still slim and fit, I managed to reach the summit quite early at 5.17am.

Now, the not-so-fit thirty-something me managed to reach the summit at 5.50am, just moments before the actual sunrise at around 6.10am. Guys, if you’re in your twenties, go climb a mountain NOW!

Now that I’ve climbed Mount Batur twice, I wish to offer some advice for first-time hikers through this post. (more…)

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Siem Reap International Airport: What You Need to Know

Siem Reap International Airport (REP) is the second busiest airport in Cambodia, after Phnom Penh International Airport.

Sieam Reap Airport is the nearest airport to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes famous remains of Khmer Kingdom, such as Angkor Wat temple. In fact, the distance between Siem Reap airport and Angkor Wat is only 6km!

If this is your first time visiting Siem Reap and you’re worried about what you need to do upon arriving at Siem Reap, don’t be! In this post, I will walk you through the process of arriving at Siem Reap airport, how to get from Siem Reap airport to the town as well as the process of flying out of Siem Reap. (more…)

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4-Year Blog Anniversary

“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.”

It felt like just a couple of months ago that I wrote my third blog anniversary post, and now it’s August again! Time really flies. A lot of things have happened to my blog and my personal life during the past year. Some are good things and some are not. Since this post is about the blog anniversary, this post will be more about the blogging, rather than about my life.

If my 3-Year Blog Anniversary was about feeling amazed that my blog could actually help people, then my 4-Year Blog Anniversary is about feeling confident that I can run and grow a travel website for the long haul. (more…)

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Exploring Angkor Wat Temples on an E-Bike

Could E-Bike be the sustainable solution in Angkor Wat?

Years ago when I went to Siem Reap with my girl friends, we took tuk-tuk to explore the Angkor Wat complex. This time, I want to try something new. I thought a scooter would be a great idea. It’s cheap and we have the freedom to use it even at night or early in the morning without worrying about paying overtime charges to tuk-tuk drivers.

However, when I researched about how to rent a scooter in Siem Reap, I found conflicting information on the internet. Majority of the people said that foreigners are not allowed to ride a scooter inside Angkor Wat. Oh NO!

Some people suggested that foreigners rent an e-bike instead of scooter. Hmm, that sounds interesting! (more…)

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Best Singapore Prepaid SIM Card for Travellers in 2019

Who can live and travel without data SIM card? I CAN’T.

SIM card is my second priority when I arrive in a new country, after local currency. Having a local SIM card with data gives me confidence and assurance that I can survive in a new country even if I don’t speak the language.

When my family and friends visit me in Singapore, they’re always asking me to help them buy SIM cards. Choosing the best SIM card in Singapore is both easy and hard!

Easy because there are only 3 major phone operators in Singapore, namely Singtel, M1 and StarHub. It’s hard because every operator offers so many different SIM cards with different features and validity, it’s so hard to choose what’s the most suitable card for you.

I’ve been there, I’ve had my share of headache when choosing a SIM card. In this post, I’ll do comparison and breakdown of each SIM card, then at the end, I’ll provide you with my recommendations based on the length of your stay! Let’s dive in! (more…)

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