Massage at Cozy Spa & Dinner at Echo Beach in Bali

Since our last trip two years ago to Bali, my wife and I have decided that we should visit to Bali every year for our holidays. However, it did not happened last year as I travelled twice to Bali for conferences and hence skipped promised holidays with her. This year was a busy year as well and we are both overwhelmed by the workload and the holidays had slipped through our minds. Coincidentally, one of wife’s friends has open a fashion boutique shop in Ubud and we decided to tag along for a four-person trip. We booked the tickets via Air Asia just one week before flying and the thought of traveling to Bali for holidays just kept both of us excited for the entire week …

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A Lively and Colourful Shanghai Bund in a Night + Deep into history

Buried in the list of folders was one which has photos taken during my trip to Shanghai almost three years ago. Back then, I was using my new Blackberry Z10 and thought the photos are not as good as the current Samsung S4 or Apple iPhone 6, but I hope to share these pictures. “Ye Shanghai, ye Shanghai” (夜上海,夜上海) while the songs goes on. This was the first thought that came to my mind while penning down this blog. In the memory of mine, Shanghai was a flourishing city that has undergo transformation on revolutionary modernization to became what they are today. Shanghai Bund will be then a good example to start with. The Bund or Waitan (外滩) literally means “outer beach”, referring to the waterfront area in …

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Romantic Seaside Candle Light Dinner at Jimbaran Beach Restaurant

After two hours of rejuvenating spa treatment at Dewi Fortuna Spa, it was almost seven thirty in the evening and our stomach was rumbling. It’s time for dinner ! However, we does not know any good restaurants in this area, we asked for recommendation from the driver since he did brought us to a good restaurant for our lunch at Warung d’Sawah. Without further delay, he took us for a thirty minutes journey before reaching Jimbaran Bay. Even before entering the restaurant, the smell of charred grilled food creeped into our noses and on the left side of the entrance was a few men grilling busily to serve the food on the tables. A receptionist welcomed us with a smile and showed us to our table. …

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A Glimpse of Kuching in East Malaysia – A City of Relaxation

Kuching is the last station for my overseas trip to Borneo before returning to Singapore. We arrived at Kuching International Airport from Bintulu in the late evening and one of our friends picked up us and send us to Pullman Kuching Hotel which was estimated 30-minutes journey away from the airport. Despite being the third largest city in Sarawak, the traffic flow was smooth with minimal vehicles travelling on the road. We went to Top Spot Food Court which was a 5-minutes drive from our hotel. It is a seafood centre that is located above a 6-storey carpark with a magnificent view. Seafood stalls are neatly arranged in an L-shaped and hundred of tables and chairs filled up the enormous land space for a selection of …

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Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Massage Spa in Kempinski Hotel (Day 1)

One of our agenda for this trip is to get a soothing massage. When we first tried booking at Kempinski’s Spa, it was only available at 11pm and thus we tried checking other spa locations. Not wanting to be going to far away from the hotel, we called in Grand Hyatt Hotel right opposite and query for couple massage slots. However, as indicated by the telephone receptionist, they were fully booked and it was only available for their own hotel guests. Our reaction ? We quickly called back Kempinski’s Spa to lock in our reservations. View across the Jakarta central at the smoking area. After our dinner at Sun Tiang, we strolled slowly back to the hotel and went to the top level where the spa …

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Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Dinner at Suntiang in Grand Indonesia (Day 1)

Exploration of our room took quite a while before finally settling down on the sofa for a short rest. One of our objectives for this trip was to enjoy one good massage and we started flipping through the directory in the hotel room. We booked a couple massage at 10pm which gives us ample time for dinner and strolling around the neighbouring complex. Exhaustedly, we rested on the bed and unnoticeably, we had fallen asleep… The journey to our hotel has worn us out a little due to the bad traffic. We woke up in time just to catch a glimpse of the sun setting beautifully upon the central square. We pulled ourselves out from the bed to wash up a bit before going down in …

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Two Days Trip in Jakarta – Checking in Kempinski Hotel (Day 1)

My client has invited me over for his daughter’s wedding dinner on a Sunday evening and I thought this could be a good opportunity to take a break away from work for a day or two and enjoy the weekend with my girl friend. It wasn’t my first time in Jakarta yet the only places I have visited was only the factories and industrial area. Thus, I have to make a point to find a hotel that is near the city centre to enjoy the views and maybe some shopping at the same time. There were ample good hotels in the vicinity but eventually, we have chosen Hotel Indonesia Kempinski Jakarta since it looks like a decent hotel which is linked to the shopping malls. We …

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Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Dubai During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of the year for Muslims across the globe, and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During the month of Ramadan, people of Muslim faith fast each day from dawn to dusk. They also use the time for inner reflection and enlightenment. Those who fast during the day have an early traditional breakfast called Suhour before dawn and break their fast in the evening with a meal called Iftar. Image from Assabile. The beginning of the Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon of the Islamic lunar month. As such, Ramadan begins and ends on a different day each year. Eid Al Fitr, three days of joyous celebration, marks the end of Ramadan. While Islam is a …

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The Giant Buddha in a Mountain – Chengdu’s Le Shan Grand Buddha

Awed by the majestic view of the Grand Buddha right at the foot of the statue. The Leshan Giant Buddha statue is located at the Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area an has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. Standing at 71 meters in height and shoulder width of 28 meters wide, it is the largest stone Buddha in the world as well as by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. The statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees, meaning stability. One of the local saying that “The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain”. It oversees the the Minjian, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province, though …

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My Short Trip to Istanbul Turkey – Renaissance Polat Istanbul Hotel (Day 1)

It was a last minute decision for the business trip, I could not get a direct flight from Singapore to Istanbul which is available on Singapore Airlines, I had to transit via Doha before reaching Istanbul. We arrived almost 5am in the morning and there wasn’t much crowd and the weather was freaking cold ! Change Currency and Purchase Sim Card ! Turkey does not really relies on Euro currency for daily usage and 23 did not managed to find any currency exchange for Turkish Lira while we were in Singapore or Qatar airport. The first thing was to find a currency exchange counter to change my US dollars into Turkish Lira. Internet connection would be the second on my mind. While strolling inside of the …

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