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Warung Babi Guling in Bali, Ubud

Having visited Bali for a few times, I’ve never tried the famous dish in Bali that all my friends told me not to miss. During my trip to Bali this year, I finally got to try it and here’s my review about this dish that most tourist go ga ga over. I didn’t really do any research beforehand on which is the best restaurant to go for Babi Guling, so we just randomly passed by this restaurant that served Babi Guling in Ubud and with a pretty decent crowd in there, we decided to try this out. There’s actually quite a few option to choose from but to try the most common and authentic Babi Guling, we ordered the set which basically comes with everything. Before that, some ice cold coconut to relieve the heat. The avocado is so good that I decided to order one for myself as well. It didn’t take long for our food to be served. The first impression I had was, Nasi Padang. It looks exceptionally delicious and I can’t …

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A Wintry Korea : From Singapore to Jeju Island

December holiday is coming soon and if you are looking for a place to experience winter, do consider Korea 😉 Here’s sharing my winter trip to Korea this year in January (yes i know i’m abit slow haha) but still I think it’s not too late to share these with you guys here. On my itinerary, I started off from Singapore to Seoul, followed by a domestic flight to Jeju Island to explore the place before heading back to Seoul again. There are no direct flights from Singapore to Jeju, so I got a return ticket from Singapore to Seoul, and purchase a return domestic flight ticket from Eaststar Jet from Seoul to Jeju. Let the adventure begin! 😀 It’s a morning flight.. soo…. yawnz~ Breakfast on board and after 7 hours later… here we are in Korea! 😀 Ice skating rink in the airport Selfie time! As the domestic flight from Seoul to Jeju does not depart from Incheon airport, you will need to head over to Gimpo airport for your flight to Jeju. …

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Free Complimentary Upgrade to Fly in First with British Airways

British Airways has extended an exclusive offer for its Club World business class customers from Singapore to celebrate the opening of the new lounge at Changi Airport. For a limited time, customers from Singapore who purchase Club World business class tickets will be able to fly the high life with a one-way complimentary upgrade to First, as well as a £60 (S$120) F&B credit and a complimentary one-way airport transfer for customers who choose to stay at the Shangri-La Hotel, The Shard, London. The one-way complimentary upgrade to First is available on one leg of the flights operated between Singapore and London. Club World business class return fares start from S$8,184 including taxes. This offer is available for booking until 20 October 2015 and is valid for travel for flights from Singapore until 31 March 2016. To take advantage of this limited time special offer, customers can visit ba.com or contact travel agent to book. The special offer will entitle Club World business class customers to indulge in the ultimate luxury of flying British Airways’ …

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Win exclusive Star Wars experience on iconic R2-D2™ANA jet in Singapore!

Hold your breath, Star Wars fans! The first-ever commercial aircraft in the world to be decorated with Star Wars livery is coming to Changi Airport, and fans in Singapore now stand a chance to get on board this iconic jet without the need to buy a ticket. Come 12 November 2015, Changi Airport will be the first Asian airport outside of Japan to welcome the R2-D2TM ANA jet, which is making a special visit here to greet some very lucky fans in Singapore. The first in a series of three Star Wars themed planes by ANA and The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd., the R2-D2TM ANA jet dressed as the robust droid from Star Wars, was unveiled last month to much global fanfare. This special flight to Singapore, chartered by JTB Japan, will make a brief two-night stop at Changi Airport, where an extraordinary event will be held for fans on 14 November 2015. From now until 25 October 2015, Star Wars fans in Singapore can win a pair of tickets each by participating in …

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The Sala at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Enjoying your meal with a relaxed poolside atmosphere seems to be quite good right? You can enjoy a blissful escape and hectic city life at The Sala Restaurant in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel if you are visiting Bangkok. We ordered the refreshing smoothie to ease the heat in us. We started off with Sam Tum Goong Yang, green papaya salad with grilled prawns, 390 Baht. Look at the prawns! So fresh and juicy~ 😀 We also ordered the satay which taste really good! You can choose either chicken, beef or pork. 8pcs at 280 Baht For mains, I ordered my favourite Phad Kra Prao, also know as the all time favourite stir-fried minced meat (chicken, pork or beef) with hot basil, mushrooms and fried egg served with jasmine rice, 350 Baht. DAMN NICE!!! The Phadsi-ew, 320 baht, wok-fried thick rice noodles (hor fun) with chicken or pork and kale in dark soy sauce. very tasty too. Try out the food if you are in Bangkok, I’m sure you will like it too! At the …

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Cafe-hopping in Taiwan – VIIA Caffe, A Cafe well-loved by the Celebrities

There are alot of interesting cafes available in Taiwan and I came across this cafe, located in some housing estate beside the Taipei City Hall bus station. It took us quite a while to find the exact location, but thanks to google map, we managed to find it. I got to know about this cafe through Selina’s FB page and told myself that I should go visit this cafe when I’m in Taiwan…. last year hahaha. Yes, I visited the cafe last year Oct during my trip to Taiwan and only managed to blog about it now 😛 The very first impression I have of the cafe was very english-inspired. True enough, the Cafe is a combination of both olden Italian and modern style. Focusing on the passion in cafe lifestyle. they provide premium coffee and light bites where you can truely enjoy a relaxing afternoon. That’s one large cup of Latte (NT150). Enough to last you through the whole afternoon. From the no. of celebrities autographed mugs in the cafe, you can tell that …

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Sunday Jazzy Brunch at Sheraton Grande Sukhumkit, Bangkok

Enjoy a lovely Sunday with gourmet cuisine, free flow drinks and a swinging jazz band sounds like a good idea? Then you should not miss the Sunday Jazzy Brunch at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, one of the most popular Sunday activities when you are in Bangkok over the weekend! Located at Level 1 of the hotel, starting from the lift lobby all the way to The Living Room, the entire area is filled with a wide selection of international buffet spread, including dishes from the gourmet restaurants like Rossini’s Italian cuisine and Basil which serves contemporary Thai. Diners can enjoy fine French oysters, Alaskan crab, fresh seafood, sushi, Indian curries, Thai temptations and traditional roast beef. Do not miss the irresistible selection of desserts and ice creams located at The Library. The exquisite cuisine is also complemented by free flow of sparkling Prosecco, classic and contemporary cocktails, house wines, beers, and freshly squeezed fruit juices. Children can be entertained at our fun-filled and exciting Kid’s Wonderland which features a magic show, fun games, balloon activities, and …

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First Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Bandung, Indonesia

The first Crowne Plaza in Bandung, Indonesia offers 270 contemporary and upscale guest rooms and a comprehensive range of meetings facilities close to Bandung’s city centre and Central Business District. Nestled in the heart of the city, Crowne Plaza Bandung is less than 30 minutes from Husein Sastranegara International Airport and accessible by major railway lines and the Pasteur Toll Gate, perfect for business travellers who want to minimise transit time and easily commute to and from meetings in the main commercial and business districts. For leisure travellers visiting Bandung, the hotel is a short walk from the city’s famous Braga Street, or Jalan Braga, surrounded by quaint cafes and local bakeries. Guests can also visit the city’s historical sites at Jalan Asia Afrika, shop at the many outlets or catch the rides and shows at the Trans Studio Bandung indoor amusement park just around the corner. Guest rooms and suites offer stunning views of the city. Serveral dining options such as teh Mosaic all-day dining restaurant and Mountain View poolside bar is an ideal …

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A Luxury Collection Hotel – The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

Sponsored Review Bangkok, one of my favourite travel destination is only a 2 hours flight away from Singapore and with the cheap air fares nowadays, visiting Bangkok can be as good as making a impromptu trip over the weekends. During my recent visit to Bangkok, I was delighted and pleased to be hosted at The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit where we both experience a wonderful stay with them. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel under the Starwood Hotels Group is located in the heart of Sukhumvit Road. Easily accessible through the sky bridge to the Skytrain at BTS Asok Station, the subway at MRT Sukhumvit Station, Terminal 21 (my favourite shopping mall), you are just minutes away to all the entertainment that the city has to offer! Oh, do take the train from the airport to the hotel as your save ALOT more time than taking a taxi. The Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit combine modern elegance and luxury with the fascinating Thai culture. Enhancing the atmosphere of a luxury Bangkok hotel, vivid glass sculptures are displayed …

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Earn Bonus Points from IHG Rewards Club ‘Accelerate’ Promotion

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announces the upcoming launch of ‘Accelerate’, a promotion which offers IHG Rewards Club members the opportunity to earn bonus points faster than ever. This promotion follows a series of recent enhancements, including the introduction of a new top membership level, Spire Elite. IHG Rewards Club members who register for the ‘Accelerate’ promotion will receive personalised and tailored offers that would enable them to receive bonus points with each achieved offer. Non-members will also enjoy special rewards when they join IHG Rewards Club and enrol in the promotion. These new members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel in the world, when they book and complete 2 separate stays at any IHG property. New members can earn up to 2 free nights. Registration for ‘Accelerate’ begins today, 24 August 2015. To register, please visit http://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/offers/falloffer/registration. Or visit http://www.ihgrewardsclub.com to sign up as a member.

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Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore marks last phase of Refurbishment with Interactive Art Showcase

Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore, which has entered its last phase of refurbishment, engaged the Band of Doodlers, a group of young local artists to doodle, draw and illustrate in an interactive art showcase over the weekend on its premises. Around 150 guests and members of the public attended the interactive art event at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore on Saturday, 15 August. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore has undergone a major refurbishment, following the rebranding from Traders Hotel to Hotel Jen last year. Works started in December 2014 with the renovating of the Club Lounge, 15 Suites and 550 Guest Rooms. The hotel is now in the last phase of refurbishment with completion expected by end-November. The ground floor is the focus area for this last phase of refurbishment, and a large hoarding wall has been put up to close off the renovation space on the ground floor. The Band of Doodlers, a group of professional young local artists, was invited to illustrate and doodle over the 17-meter long hoarding. The group was engaged to mark the …

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ANA Announces Two New Star Wars™ Themed Planes

ANA, Japan’s largest airline, today announced that two more of its planes will be decorated with Star Wars characters as part of an agreement with The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. BB-8, a brand new character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens scheduled for theatrical release in December 2015, will be displayed on the livery of the BB-8™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 777-300ER. ANA also announced the Star Wars™ ANA Jet, which will showcase both BB-8 and R2-D2 on the outside of a Boeing 767-300. These Star Wars themed planes will join the previously announced R2-D2™ ANA Jet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Through this combination of characters, ANA hopes to welcome more passengers of all ages from around the world. The ANA Star Wars planes’ will also display in-flight decorations, such as headrest covers, paper napkins and cups featuring Star Wars characters. ANA will also be the only airline in the world to offer all six of the currently released Star Wars films as part of its extensive in-flight entertainment options on international routes starting …

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Air New Zealand teams up with All Blacks for out of this world Men in Black safety video

Air New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders. Inspired by the Columbia Pictures global film franchise Men in Black, Air New Zealand’s latest safety instalment features All Black’s Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents. Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, team mates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker. American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances. Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is Crazy About Rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering. Men in Black Safety Defenders will be progressively rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet from today …

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Celerate Jubilee Weekend at Gardens by the Bay as Singapore Legends come to Life!

The mythical Merlion, the explorer prince Sang Nila Utama, Badang the strong man and the filial princess Radin Mas – see how these colourful characters of local legends are brought to life with the help of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in the floral display, “From Tales to Legends: Discover Singapore Stories”. “Singapore Stories” is just one highlight of the SG50 celebrations at the Gardens. For the first time, the iconic Supertrees will be transformed by stunning laser imagery in a special edition of the nightly “Garden Rhapsody” show. Topping off the festivities is ticketing promotions for both Singaporeans and overseas visitors. “Singapore Stories” Floral Display 31 July – 13 September 2015 Flower Dome Be wowed by a floral interpretation of 10 local legends – Tanjong Pagar, Redhill, Sisters’ Island, Bukit Timah, Pulau Ubin, Kusu Island, Sang Nila Utama, Radin Mas, the Merlion, and the Singapore Stone – designed by award-winning Singaporean landscape architect Damian Tang. Taking place in the Flower Dome, the beauty of more than 8,000 orchids and plants in a plethora …

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Gardens by the Bay and Au​demars Piguet unveil Singapore’s largest and only floral clock

As the nation ge​ars up to cele​brate Singapore’s Golden Jubilee this weekend, Gardens by the Bay and Audemars Piguet have come together to commemorate the occasion with the unveiling of Singapore’s only sizable public floral clock. Blending timekeeping precision with botanical artistry, the Floral Clock was unveiled by Minister for National Development, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with Dr Kiat W. Tan, CEO of Gardens by the Bay, and Mr Oliviero Bottinelli, Member of the Board of Directors, Audemars Piguet Holding SA. Displayed prominently in the Gardens, at the intersection between the cooled conservatoires and the Supertree Grove, the seven-metre-wide Floral Clock draws inspiration from the signature characteristics of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak collection and fuses traditional and contemporary landscaping elements in its design. Featuring tropical plants with coloured foliage and flowers, its plant palette will be refreshed regularly for the public to enjoy. (Please refer to the Appendix for more details of the Floral Clock.) “We thank Audemars Piguet for this wonderful addition to Gardens by the Bay on the occasion of Singapore’s Golden …

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Beach-Side Breaks: Holiday Inn Resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives offering up to 35% off

Holiday Inn® Resorts are making beach-side getaways even more manageable for families and groups of friends, with up to 35% off room rates at its resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives, for stays until 19 December 2015. Guests can enjoy a break with up to 30% off room rates including breakfast, with IHG Rewards Club members receiving an additional 5% off. With the discounted rates available at resorts across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives, families can enjoy plenty of time together during a sun and sand-filled getaway. On top of that the Holiday Inn brand’s signature ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme provides even more value for families taking a well-earned break. There are Holiday Inn Resorts in a variety of popular holiday destinations around the region boasting incredible settings including: Resorts in Phuket Phuket’s pure blue seas and stunning sunsets will always be a favourite for a beach-side getaway. At Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao Beach families can take a stroll by the beach before diving into some traditional batik painting followed …

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VietJet Gives Away Complimentary Flight Tickets in Online Summer Promotion

Summers here, and to celebrate, Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet”) will be giving away 500,000 tickets in a week long promotion starting from just S$0. The online promotion will run from Wednesday, 22 July 2015 to Wednesday, 29 July 2015 and is applicable to all domestic and international routes currently operated by Vietjet. The travel period for this promotion begins on 7 September 2015 and ends on 31 December 2015. Travellers can purchase tickets via the Vietjet website at http://www.vietjetair.com and payment can be made with major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, JCB or American Express. Vietjet currently operates 150 flights per day with a fleet of 25 Airbus aircraft across 32 routes, domestically and internationally. Boasting a new and modern fleet, Vietjet features fast and easy check-in services, high quality onboard services and has recently partnered with Lotteria Vietnam to provide even greater choices to its in-flight meal offering. Terms and conditions apply: The ticket promotion applies to the basic fare and does not include the cost of prevailing taxes and fuel surcharges. …

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Singapore’s Iconic Cable Car Opens New Line on Sentosa Island

The new Sentosa Line, a $78 million investment, will now allow guests to connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Point, on the western tip of the island. In line with SDC’s constant efforts to refresh the offerings on the island, the new line is one of several infrastructural enhancements that SDC has embarked on to enhance connectivity and accessibility on the island. There are three cable car stations servicing the new Sentosa Line – the Merlion, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point Stations. Guests riding on this new line can conveniently make their way between the island’s many attractions and F&B offerings, while enjoying exceptional views over Sentosa’s tree canopy and Siloso Beach. Guests who wish to ride on both Lines are able to buy the Cable Car Sky Pass with an option to top up for unlimited rides. Overseas guests will enjoy a bonus because the new Sentosa Line will be included in the new Standard Sky Pass with no increase from the current price of $29, hence they get double the value with the Singapore Cable …

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Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap’s most unique Entertainment

Sponsored Review Phare, The Cambodian Circus is one of the most unique, authetic top rated evening entertainment in Siem Reap. It is not just a circus like what you have in mind. Phare, the Cambodian Circus is a combination of theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell unique Cambodian stories. We’re lucky to be invited to catch the show as tickets are usually sold out pretty fast. You can either buy it onsite or book your tickets online here. The show we’re watching for the evening was Sokrias (Eclipse), set in a rural Cambodian village where a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. He wonders why he is cursed in this way and seeks answers and help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman who attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But they quickly discover there’s something evil behind the beauty. Based on traditional Cambodian folktales, Eclipse is a story of rejection, revenge, spirit possession and eventual forgiveness set to original music …

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Shinta Mani Club, A Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap

Sponsored Review Shinta Mani Club, an upscale boutique hotel located in Siem Reap gives me a wonderful stay on my first trip to Cambodia. All I can say is that i’m truly impressed with their excellent service! Shinta Mani Club is located within the township of Siem Reap and it’s just a 15 minutes tuk tuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Upon our arrival, we’re given cold towels as the weather is really hot there and a nice chilling welcome drink. We’re also each given a mobile phone with sim card in it, where we can make phone calls in Cambodia, especially handy when you would like to make a reservation at a resturant or book your spa session, or if you are lost or having problems communicating to the locals on directions back to the hotel. 🙂 Very nice lobby. Shinta Mani Club offer a total of 39 rooms in four categories of stylish accommodations, including Superior, Superior Poolside, Deluxe and Deluxe Living. We’re given the Deluxe room and I personally …

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