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Male Airport Guide: What to Do When You Arrive at Velana International Airport in Male, Maldives

Going to a new country for the first time could be nerve-wracking. I, too, was anxious to visit Maldives for the first time. In this Airport Guide, I’m going to share my tips about the essential things to do when you arrive at Velana International Airport in Male, Maldives, to make your first day smooth. Read More

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8 Days Maldives Trip with Budget of SGD 900 (USD 660) – Itinerary and Cost

“You’re so rich!” That’s what people said when I told them I’m going to Maldives. I can’t blame them, that’s the impression people have about Maldives. And I’m going to prove them wrong!

Planning Stage

Planning a trip to Maldives for the first time gave me a lot of headache! I knew I didn’t want to stay in resorts, so I began searching for local islands. But there are so many local islands, and most of them are located in different Atoll (chain of islands). Read More

I Ran the Gold Coast Airport Marathon!

Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2017 Review

Yeah, I did it! 42.195 km! Four weeks ago, on 2 July 2017!

I seldom talk about running on this blog, because, well, this is a travel blog. But I do have a burning passion for running. And I honestly can’t decide whether I have a bigger passion for travel or running. I love both of them dearly. Read More

Tiger Brewery Tour in Singapore: A Peek into the Factory of Singapore’s Iconic Tiger Beer

Tiger Brewery Tour Singapore Review, Tiger Beer

On one sunny Friday afternoon, my friend, my husband and I made our way to the far west of Singapore for the Tiger Brewery Tour. I was eager to join this tour because of curiosity. Meanwhile, both of them were really looking forward to the beer tasting session, obviously.

Would I recommend it? Yes, absolutely! Read More

Singapore Changi Airport Staff Canteen at Terminal 2

In a world-class airport like Changi Airport, most foods are ridiculously overpriced. But, my friends, fret not. There are 2 staff canteens in the airport where you can find food under S$5, one in Terminal 1 and another one in Terminal 2.

Today, I’m going to show you how to find the new staff canteen at Terminal 2 because the canteen is rather hidden from the public. Read More

Appreciating Marine Biodiversity at Sisters’ Islands Marine Park

NParks Intertidal Guided Walk Sisters Island - May 2017

Do you know that Singapore has a Marine Park? I didn’t until last year. Upon researching about the islands, I learned that NParks conducts free guided walks twice a month. It’s called Intertidal Guided Walk. It is conducted during low tides of 0.4m or below, to let participants observe and interact with the marine life easily on the shore.

If you’re wondering whether it is worth your time to visit the Marine Park, read on as I share my experience about visiting Sisters’ Islands with NParks’ Intertidal Guided Walks. Read More

How We Planned 3 Weddings on a Budget

wedding on budget - indoor

You must be thinking, “If you want a budget wedding, why not have 1 wedding instead of 3?” I know, our decision to have 3 weddings might sound ridiculously unwise to some. But we didn’t regret it even for a moment.

For we both love our family and friends back at our hometowns and home countries dearly, we want to share our happiness with all of them. I’m from Indonesia, he’s from Malaysia, so we’d have a wedding in Indonesia and Malaysia. In addition, we want to do the formal registration of marriage in Singapore, the country we are living in. That makes it 3 weddings in 3 countries!

The challenge in planning for 3 weddings lies in, obviously, the cost. Being a frugal couple, we wanted to cut as much unnecessary cost as possible. Read More

A short visit to the town of Berastagi

Mount Sinabung, Berastagi, North Sumatera

From Sipiso-piso waterfall, we continued our journey to the town of Berastagi. I had been to Berastagi many times in the past but have never written about it. This time, our first stop in Berastagi was Eropah Restaurant where we had a great Chinese food for lunch. There are a few famous Chinese food restaurants in Berastagi: Eropah, Asia, and Timur. Asia and Eropah are just a few steps apart. Since Asia was not open that day, we settled for Eropah. Right after we were done for lunch, it rained heavily! But it didn’t hinder our determination to visit Fruit Market. Even though our drivers discouraged us from visiting the market when it rains, we decided to go for it. Read More

Sipiso-Piso Waterfall

Sipiso-piso waterfall, Tongging, Lake Toba, North Sumatera

We had an early breakfast at the hotel before departing to Simanindo ferry terminal. Instead of taking ferry the usual way (from Tomok to Parapat), our driver suggested taking ferry from Simanindo to Tigaras, which is a shortcut to Berastagi.

The journey from our hotel in Tuk Tuk to Simanindo took about 30 mins. We arrived at Simanindo in time, enough to go to the toilet and do some quick shopping. The toilet has an awful smell, do not go if you don’t feel urgent. Feel free to donate as you wish for the toilet fee, there wasn’t any cleaner in sight. Read More

Exploring Samosir Island

Day 2 of our trip is dedicated to spending time on Samosir island. After breakfast, we went to Tomok village with our bus. The roads in Samosir island are narrow with electricity cables hanging low at certain locations. Our bus was like a Godzilla in a small city at times. Our driver drove extra carefully in order not to damage electricity cables, hit any properties or roaming animals. It was about 2-3 km drive from our hotel in Tuk Tuk to Tomok. Read More