About the Author

Hello, I’m Jenny! Welcome to thewander-lust.com where you’ll find a recollection of my travels, events and life’s experiences. Initially, this blog was established as a means to keep up with my own interests in capturing precious moments of my travels. I love taking photos and videos each time I visit a place. I enjoy editing and compiling all those captured scenes. But with time, and little effort this blog has evolved into something much more intricate and meaningful.

It’s definitely fun to go somewhere unfamiliar and escape from our daily routines for a while. I travel to discover and experience new cultures, taste new cuisines, and photograph artistic scenes. I’m the budget traveler type. I always do my research before any trip and make online bookings way ahead, well it worked for me in saving some penny. I make my own itineraries based on what I want to see and experience. I’m genuinely curious – I have a list of cities and countries I want to explore.

Do you prefer to see where the wind takes you? Or are you a stickler for a detailed plan? I would say, I love to see where the wind takes me. Although I make detailed daily itineraries but I don’t just strictly stick to my plans. I am flexible and spontaneous in a way. But I always make sure that I’m enjoying every bit of the trip.

Traveling isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. And that’s the way it should be.
What kind of traveler are you?

As I’ve already mentioned, I’m the budget traveler type yet the stylish one. It can always be tempting to throw your new outfits in your suitcase before you head off on your travels (especially if you can picture the perfect sunset shot of you wearing it on the ‘gram). I love playing with colors but most of the time, I stick to darker tones. When it comes to keeping stylish, dark colors – you’ll be able to wear them time and time again without noticing every single speck of dirt and dust. Mix it up with vests, shirts and long sleeves and you’ll have a seemingly limitless amount of outfit variations. After all, variety is the spice of life.

We’re all unique, what is one traveler’s idea of style heaven can be seen as another’s hell. Regardless of your fashion statement, comfort should always come first, and style will naturally follow. Imagine if you’re hopping around on long bus journeys then the priority is to feel comfortable and safe without strangely placed zips and buckles prodding you from all the wrong angles.
Always remember, travel style is in the eye of the beholder.

Your thoughts? ❤

Fell free to drop your comments or suggestions.
I always look forward to reading those even on the days I am swamped with work.

How to Save on your Switzerland trip

I caught myself feeling so thrilled while writing my very first blog post after a year of hiatus. Prolly there’s a whole bunch of stories to tell and I’m actually confused where to even start. lol! From the remarkable events down to the wonderful trips of the past year, I’m way too excited spilling some posts of everything that has happened. But I didn’t want to be so insensitive, specially on what is currently happening globally. With the Covid-19 Pandemic, most of us are worried, frightened and down. Even so, allow me to share about my past travels, hoping it can ignite your wanderlust once this nightmare is over.

What country have you been dreaming to visit?
If you ask me, I don’t just have one but one looong list. HAHA! Who would only dream of one when we live in a vast world full of beauty. As this famous quote goes, “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” This has always reminded me not to stop exploring,
not to stop wandering.
Yaaas, way to go girl!

Now, let’s start ticking of my list. 1st on it, is SWITZERLAND.

The breathtaking views of the Swiss alps, the scenic train and bus rides, the stunning views of lakes and castles, the taste of Swiss chocolates and the endless selection of cheese are just few of the reasons why I’m dying to visit Switzerland.
How could you not dream of visiting the most beautiful and serene place on earth?
A country that certainly looks like a land from heaven.

But everyone knows it’s a pretty expensive country. And that’s prolly the reason why you haven’t put it on your bucket list yet, right? The high prices makes you intimidated. But when I visited Switzerland, I realized that there are actually ways on how to save on your trip.

4 tips on how to save on your Switzerland trip:
1. Learn about the Swiss Travel Passes. There are many types of Swiss Travel Pass. You have to choose which one suits your travel itinerary. Sometimes, you may not even need it. A Travel Pass for your Swiss trip makes you save a ton of money. But you don’t just buy a travel pass unless you are very certain on the places you’re going to visit. Some places offer free public transport. You have to do the math before buying it. Compute and Compare the costs with a regular fare vs. using your chosen travel pass before you decide to buy. For me, the best option for a travel pass is a SAVER DAY PASS specially if you are using much of the public transport for a day but not needing a 3-day Swiss Travel Pass. A saver day pass doesn’t need a validation unlike all the other travel passes and you need to buy it at-least before your Switzerland trip. Print the saver day pass and carry it with you together with your passport on the day of usage. Simply, just hop in and out of any public transport such as, trains, buses, trams, cogwheel, cable cars, and boats. Hassle free!
Just a tip: If you are sure of your travel dates and itinerary, and if a Saver Day Pass suits your trip,
book it 60-days in advance for just 52Chf/75Sgd/1855Php.

The best choice for our itinerary was getting a SAVER DAY PASS. We had a 3 full day itinerary but I only bought 1 Saver Day Pass which was used on our 1st day. It was a jam packed 1st day and after comparing all the costs of transport, a Saver Day Pass indeed saved our day! We used it from Zurich airport to our hotel, from hotel to Zurich HB Main station to Lucerne, boat ride and a cogwheel to Mt. Rigi and back to Zurich HB Main station. You can travel throughout Switzerland mostly on all routes with unlimited ride on the day of usage until 5AM the following day.

2. SUPERMARKETS as your best-friend. Eating out is really expensive. Average price for a dish like pasta is 20 – 30 Swiss francs (43Sgd/1500Php). So how about those having frequent hunger pangs?Gosh. My budget sure won’t suffice. haha! Cooking your own food is way more affordable. To go foods are my everyday eats in the supermarket. lol! Migros, Coop, Denner, Aldi and Lidl probably will be your best-friends too!

3. Save on your Accommodation. Question is, how to save on your accommodation? When you are planning a trip specially to an expensive country, expect that accommodations are pricey too. In Switzerland, you don’t need to stay in prominent hotels. Budget hotels, hostels and airbnb will do. Mostly they offer a decent stay. But of-course, always read reviews before you book. And booking it in advance will save you some penny too!

Booked an overnight accommodation in Amden, St. Gallen thru Airbnb. And I should say that was a pretty good deal!
Watch the short vlog to see the amazing view from our window.

4. Never take a TAXI. No matter how short the distance is. No matter how tired you are. Lol! Uber if you can’t take the train. We spent 70Sgd (roughly 2500Php) for just a short 10-min taxi ride. I was navigating our way back to our hotel, the distance wasn’t that far though but my hubby impatiently got a taxi when I told him that our hotel was just around 4km away. Honestly, we both were very tired and so we got the price. haha!

We had a short but sweet Switzerland trip. 3 full-days weren’t enough for Switzerland’s beauty but because I’m dying to see the Swiss alps and I wanted to end our Europe Trip with a blast, I did not hesitate to do such quick side trip. And I should say, it was all worthit!

Will share on a separate blog-post our 3 full-days Switzerland itinerary.
Your thoughts? ❤

LONG TIME, NO POST! – A YEAR OF HIATUS

It’s been ages since I last blogged. The last time I checked was I got so caught up with the wedding planning of not just 1 but 2 weddings. But thankfully all done! Yaaas! Over a year ago since I last logged into my dashboard and wrote down my thoughts, travel stories, inspirations, and musings.
I never even realized that my domain has already expired. HAHA! Yes, that looong of hiatus!
But now, my fingertips are way too excited spilling some posts for my return.
And as for my come back, help me welcome my new site name,
thewander-lust.com former stylishwanderer.com

I’m on a mission to get back into my social media life, although I’m not going to set myself targets of blogging or Instagramming every single day, as I just won’t keep to that frequency because first things first I work full time. My job has and will always come first, it pays the bills, it’s what I’ve worked hard for and it’s what I am passionate about. However, I’ve slowly come to realize that it’s not the only thing that I should focus my time and energy on. There genuinely is more to life.

It is important to completely switch off, take time out, travel, go on a holiday or just spend a night in front of the TV, not the computer or phone. Having said that, there were so many things that happened to my life a few months back and I can’t wait to share it all here.

So now, let me fill this site again with the things that I love doing. Help me welcome myself back into blogging! Yahoo! HAHA I definitely will keep this site up-to-date. Yasss! I swear to that! :p And do welcome my vlog channel too but not at the moment yet.lol! Meanwhile, allow me to make a lot of catchup posts.

See you back here again!

Much Love,
thewander-lust.com 

Beach getaway near Singapore you didn’t know about

Beach holidays are absolutely the best! Would you agree?20180506_075831-01[1]For someone who’s been living their life at the busy metro, it’s always a welcome relief to spend a day out in the sun and let the sea wash your worries. Feel the sand squish slowly through your toes as you gaily walk down the shoreline, hear the waves, and feel the breeze. What an ultimate relaxation!20180506_074114-01-01[1]20180506_073837-01-01[1]Often a hectic week, we would always want to have that breather. Yasss?
And so for a short-getaway, let’s not head too far away. My colleagues and I decided for a stay-cay in Bintan Lagoon Resort. Below is a short clip of our BLR stay-cation:

Here’s a quick intro, BLR remains the biggest integrated resort on the whole of Bintan Island, even after 20 years. Offering private golden sand beach that stretches nearly 1.5 km and 470 Indonesian style resort rooms that sprawled over 310 hectares of manicured gardens (really!) and only 75 minutes away by ferry served by the Mozaic Ferry (click link to book ferry ticket online) The service departs from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal twice daily.20180505_172414-01[1]Stepping onto the island after the ferry ride, the first thing you’ll notice is the wide expanse of beach. (If I could just drop my stuff and run to the beach, I would!) lol
But I needed to pass through Immigration before anything else. haha! :p20180505_172429-01[1]The best part of it though was their own personal ferry terminal and Immigration. Say goodbye to long queues. Hurray! Walk pass the bridge and it’s already the arrival area and your passport will be stamped in no time. 
Such a hassle-free getaway from Sg! And then one can either take a coach to the resort lobby or take a short trek (not really that far) and you’ll be welcomed with a local dance. Don’t forget to take your welcome drink at the bar after check in. Yuhooo! The check-in process is incredibly easy, you can count on the BLR staff to take care of you every step of the way.

Start your day with a breakfast buffet:20180506_065422-01-01[1]20180506_072950-01-01[1]And then off to explore the resort.
Without much words, let my photos do the talking:20180506_075659-01-01[1]

20180506_075653-01-01[1]Stretching out for 1.5km, the white sandy beach is perfect for spending an entire afternoon just lazing in the sun and gazing into the clear waters.0605-2018-055139570223093382-01-01[1]Who said you can’t have a quick island getaway from Singapore?20180506_083859-01-01[1]20180506_075301-01-01[1]And have I not mentioned that this resort has many instagrammable spots?20180505_174926-01-01[1]20180505_175127-01[1]From morning till afternoon, I didn’t ran out of spots to shoot. lol!20180505_175950-01-01[1]20180505_180518-01-01-01[1]As you know me, I take tons of photos!
I repeat, tons of photos! HAHA :p20180505_175457-01[1]Sun-baked? I don’t mind! So after the beach, let’s take a dip at the Pool. DCIM103GOPROGOPR4594.JPGGOPR4661_1525585298601_high-01-01[1]We were pretty much enamored by the entire resort, and we came back to Singapore relaxed, enlightened and jovial, ready to face the new day back in the city.

Really a no-worry holiday. Let your mind and body completely unwind!IMG-20180505-WA0058-01[1]Love,

Stylishwanderer.com

Bintan Lagoon Resort
Address: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Kepro – Indonesia 29155
Phone: +62 770 691 388 (Indonesia)/+65 6223 3223 (Singapore)
For more information and to book a room, , email reservations@bintanlagoon.com, or visit their website at https://www.bintanlagoon.com/ 

10 Best Things to do in Beijing

Beijing during Spring Festival, is it a Yay or Nay? 20180216_172515-01[1]20180216_165913-01[1]Visited Beijing some time in February, not a good time of visit as it was during Chinese New Year, so just imagine the crowd! lol!

 

Needless to say that the most attractive seasons to visit are also the most crowded. But regardless of the time of the year, a visitor will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout the country.20180216_162608-01[1]The name Beijing means Northern Capital, and is intended to distinguish the town from Nanjing, the Southern Capital. The city has over 3000 years old history. It’s a fascinating city with some of the most famous landmarks of the Chinese history. And would you believe that it has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!?20180216_165444-01[1]Though Beijing is a hustling and bustling capital city, it’s packed full of things to do and there are plenty of sites to see for a week long visit.20180217_090634-01[1]Heading to China? Here’s my 10 best things to do in Beijing and top attractions that you should not miss on your visit!

1. Visit the Iconic site:
The Great Wall of China

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The views were spectacular and you could see how the Wall snaked it’s way through the mountains.20180218_133535-01[1]The Great Wall is the most famous site in China, and it is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.20180218_135048-01[1]20180218_124342-01[1]About 21,196 km long wall surrounding Beijing. 20180218_132349-01[1]A series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.

 

Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; The majority of the existing wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (14th-17th century).

 

Beijing is a perfect base to visit the Great Wall of China. 20180218_132414-01[1]There are different sections of the wall which you can visit. 20180218_112934-01[1]The Badaling section, the most visited site of the Great Wall. I advise you not to go there especially during Chinese New Year or any other Chinese Holiday as it is really crowded. On our visit during CNY, not a good timing though but lucky enough that we chose to visit Mutianyu, a section of the Great Wall located 70 km northeast of central Beijing.20180218_113611-01[1] The Mutianyu section is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.20180218_113030-01[1]The Great Wall of China is indeed an awe inspiring human achievement.20180218_131317-01[1]20180218_124349-01[1]What an extraordinary experience to have visited one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the Medieval World.

Watch the video here:

 


2. Wander around Tiananmen Square

20180217_082333-01[1]Start your Beijing sightseeing on the Tiananmen Square, as this is the center of the city.20180217_082353-01[1]It is one of the largest squares in the World being 500 meters wide and 880 meters long. The square, initially built in 1651, but was enlarged four times its original size during the leadership of Chairman Mao.20180217_083422-01-01[1]20180217_083422-01-02[1]Standing in the center of Tiananmen Square, looking around, you get a real feeling of where you are. Soldiers march through, flags fly high and tourists are snapping pictures everywhere. And on the square, visitors can see the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.20180217_082335-01[1]The Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao Zedong is located on the giant concrete square. His body is embalmed and laid out for public viewing. Entrance is free but there is a strict dress code and photos are not allowed. An eerie experience though but definitely worthwhile.

3. Explore the Forbidden City

20180217_085056-01[1]Just across the Tiananmen Square is the famed Forbidden City, home of the Emperor between 1420 and 1912. A UNESCO World Heritage Site today.20180217_085619(0)-01[1]Chairman Mao’s large photo greets everyone at the entrance of the Forbidden City. Here you can see beautiful, well-decorated palaces of the Emperor and his household20180217_085949-01[1]The palace is a fascinating place to visit.20180217_091723-01[1]20180217_091828-01[1]It has 980 buildings and you could spend days exploring the grounds of the walled-off city admiring the colorful temples and the various deities dotted throughout the complex.20180217_101158-01[1]20180217_101004-01[1]Would you want to miss IG-worthy snaps of every corner? 20180217_101409(0)-01[1]Ooops! I ain’t gonna miss any spot! lol!
So let my photos do the talking :p
20180217_102609-01[1]20180217_101852-01[1]Without visiting The Forbidden City, you’d definitely missed one of the most important parts of China.20180217_092832-01[1]A stunning maze of temples and shrines.

 

 An absolute must see and a beautiful reminder of days gone by! 20180217_094954-01[1]20180217_092604-01[1]20180217_094232-01[1]Surely you’ll be impressed by the size and grandeur of the complex. Though it is very crowded regardless of the season, it is very huge that even a day is not enough to explore. Uh-oh! Go get some comfy shoes!20180217_103650-01[1]20180217_103628-01[1]It’s a long walk through that reminds one of greatness and defeat all in one place, beautifully preserved. 20180217_103939(0)-01-02[1]20180217_103939(0)-01-01[1]Indeed you cannot go to Beijing and not go to the Forbidden City.

4. Be in awe at the Temple of Heaven

20180217_131622-01-01[1]It is built in one of the famous dynasties and it is truly a treasure.20180217_131905-01-01-02[1]20180217_131905-01-01-01[1]Another UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, and it is described as a masterpiece of landscape design and architecture. 20180217_132812-01-01[1]Be in awe of its beautifully decorated temple complex, which is indeed one of the most magnificent places to visit in Beijing.20180217_131000-01[1]Truly a stunning piece of history. 20180217_124156-01[1]It’s worthwhile to take a moment to read about the actual detailed history of what occurred at the sites for the history buffs as it is unlike many other sites one would study across the globe.20180217_133540-02-01[1]Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid crowds in Beijing, so just go with the flow. You are in China and this is the part of it. 20180217_125706-01-01[1]Do not hesitate to visit this place just because it’s too crowded, mind you! The scenery and landmarks are really beautiful.

5. Ride a Trishaw and Explore the Hutongs

20180219_124444-01[1]20180219_124426-01[1]If you are wondering what to do in Beijing after a day of sightseeing, check out the Hutong area, where you will be able to see how some Chinese people live in Beijing.20180219_131555-01[1]The tour on a trishaw took us into the narrow alleys providing glimpses of life and reminiscent of another era. Here the locals live in small, garage like rooms, where they usually have a shower, but no toilet. Tenants of the hutongs use the public toilets on the street.20180219_131233-01[1]The old houses, old streets, with not so much crowd of tourist brings a different vibe. Some people allow visitors inside their house to see and feel that ancient atmosphere. And in our case, we’re able to get in plus we we’re taught how to make dumplings! Yay!

Watch Video here:

 


6. Don’t miss the Summer Palace

20180219_160114-01[1]20180219_160244-01[1]A vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces.20180219_155828-01[1]One of the best things to see in Beijing is the Summer Palace that dates back to 1153. Three-quarters of the area is covered with water. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, and it was declared “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.

 

20180219_155737-01[1]The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.20180219_155510-01[1]The first thing that struck me as soon as I entered the Summer Palace grounds was the massive lake that greets you at the entrance. The lake itself is huge – it’s hard to believe it was dug by hand.20180219_160344-01[1]What a lovely place indeed! A masterpiece of romantic renditions of Chinese legendary history. All the gates are attractive and the lake itself provides a charming setting.20180219_155452-01[1]The Summer Palace was the getaway and escape for the Emperor whenever it gets too hot in the Forbidden City during the summer. And Just like the Forbidden City, this place is massive and involves a lot of walking.

 

It’s hard to take solo pictures though, because there’s always a constant stream of people so be prepared to have almost all your pictures photobombed by random locals and other tourist. Any tourist site in China is always crowded, but as soon as you can get your head around the fact that any tourist site in China is going to be mind-bendingly busy, you can really appreciate the beauty of the Summer Palace.

7. Never leave Beijing without eating the Peking Duck

20180217_122504-01[1]The Peking Duck is the most famous specialty of Beijing, and it has been prepared since the imperial era. The dish is served with small pancakes, veggies and hoisin sauce. It is a tasty dish and a must try when you visit Beijing.20180217_122039-01[1]The chef serves thinly sliced duck and crispy skin at the guests’ table. I actually don’t eat duck in Singapore or even back in my country PH, but when we visited Beijing, hmm., let’s give Peking Duck a try!20180217_114824-01[1]Darn! I didn’t expect it to be that good! Seriously! There was no smell, the skin was so crunchy with its fats, Urgggh! melts in the mouth! :p20180217_112404-01[1]Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant is one of the best restaurants serving Beijing Roast Duck. It has a history of nearly 150 years, and today there are many chain restaurants of it around the city.20180217_122321-01[1]Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, really a must eat here —> Peking Duck!

8. Qianmen Street:
Get a feel of shopping in ancient architectural buildings

20180217_162721-01[1]20180217_160905-01[1]Qianmen Street has history of more than 570 years.  It is composed of buildings whose styles resemble the late Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911).20180217_162733-01[1]A modern shopping in ancient architectural buildings and streets. 20180217_162617-01[1]20180217_163103-01[1]20180217_160533-01[1]The layout is simple, there’s a main street with branches on both left and right. One side is full of small shops and the other side is food shops.20180217_160345-01[1]20180217_161806-01[1]20180217_160425-01[1]The ideal trip here is to plan Forbidden City in the morning (about 2-3 hours), then do a photo-op across the road in Tienanmen Square, then continue walking south (keeping Forbidden City behind you) and you’ll reach Qianmen subway station. Cross the road to pass the arch and you are in Qianmen street.20180217_163122-01[1]

Here’s a short vid of Forbidden City down to Qianmen street:

 


9. Stroll around the Famous Egg Building:

National Centre for Performing Arts

20180219_112949-01[1]Set in the middle of a lake, one enters the complex from an underground entrance, underneath the water, to emerge into the theaters. It can be regarded as the opera house of the city. It contains several concert halls and theaters within.20180219_104701-01[1]20180219_105533-01[1]20180219_105618-01[1]It’s more than a Theater. Perhaps many tourist would have given this venue a miss. Its logical when the other bigger known places in the vicinity would have taken up all their sightseeing times. But If you are into exploring awesome architecture then you will love this place. Truly an astounding architectural wonder.20180219_112549-01[1]20180219_112937-01[1]
10. Visit Olympic Park

20180218_080018-01[1]Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, and it is going to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. It is the only city that will host both the Winter and the Summer Olympics in the history.20180218_075736-01[1]The Olympic Park is on the outskirts of Beijing with many futuristic buildings and modern stadiums. The Beijing National Stadium was constructed for the game. It is also called as the birds nest, and it can host 91,000 people.20180217_162854-01[1]Beijing is a great city that has a lot to offer to its visitors. You will surely enjoy this diverse and fun city, whether you come for cultural exposure, history, or shopping. Make sure to spend more than just a few days in the Chinese capital to be able to visit all the famous sites above to get a proper Beijing experience.20180217_160640-01[1]Let me know about your Beijing trip.

Drop some love below. ❤20180217_094001-01[1]Stylishwanderer.com

A True Farm-to-table Experience

It’s been awhile since I last posted about going organic. Yes?

Coz something great is going to happen, mark your weekends starting April 2018!20170713_171506-01-01[1]

Go organic!
Davao Farm Holiday believes that a new way to cook and eat is possible, will you join them?FB_IMG_1522935338036[1]

Starting on April 28, 2018, Saturday and Sunday will never be the same again!
Huni Farm is opening its gates and will be hosting buffet lunch from 10 am till 3 pm.

Among their goals is to explore new and interesting ways to connect people to food and community. They will serve organic meals of fresh harvest from the farm as they educate their guests with the importance of knowing the quality of food they take and serve to their loved ones.FB_IMG_1522935312222[1]

They have been influenced by many styles of cooking and they love to experiment. At their table you can expect to find the freshest ingredients, beautiful and rustic presentation that you won’t soon forget. A weekend  at their table is not only an occasion to share and meet new people, but also an opportunity to discover new sustainable ways of living. This Farm to Table Experience will make the perfect anniversary gift, birthday present, family occasion, group outing, romantic date, or just a wonderful way to experience the farm.

Huni Farm is located at Wangan, Calinan District , Davao City.

Join them with your family and friends! FB_IMG_1522935250808[1]

Together let’s support local farmers, lets promote their products and take part in the establishment of a strong relationship of our community to quality food, local farmers and the environment.

This is the first project of Happy Islands Business Development and Consultancy under the banner of its mother project Davao Farm Holiday.  Gourmet Lunch at Huni Farm is a  new flavor of Davao Tourism which will be launched in cooperation with Livelife Travel and Tours.

For booking and reservations please contact:
https://livelifedavao.com/

https://www.facebook.com/davaofarmholiday/

Stylishwanderer.com

Perfect weekend: Review of Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana

Thinking of a weekend getaway and escaping the bustling city life of Singapore?20180119_141539-01[1]
There’s a lot of places you can choose from and make the most of your weekend. You can fly to Bankok, Penang, Langkawi or anywhere in the nearby Malaysia and Indonesia but hey, Bali is always a good idea!20180119_104840-01[1].jpegOh Bali, it has only been a few weeks, but how I’ve missed you!20180119_142635-01-01[1].jpeg20180119_140313(0)-01-01-01[1]Spent the weekend in Bali a few weeks ago and I can’t help but look back to such wonderful experience. 20180119_131642(0)-01-01-01[1]Sunshine, blue skies, and sea breeze was exactly what I wanted. Thanks to Skyscanner, a travel fare meta search engine which I always use to shop for cheapest airline ticket online. However, booking flights just a day before isn’t going to be that cheap but thanks to Jet Star and Air Asia, both airlines offer many promotional fares from Changi International Airport even if it’s a last minute booking.20180119_133205-01[1]Hooray! Flights booked! Where to in Bali just for the weekend? Uh-oh! Bali is too big to explore for just over the weekend, but since I wanted a tropical beach relaxation, what about staying in a resort? Yes, please!20180119_133831-01[1]20180119_133931-01[2]
There are a lot resorts to choose from (insert headache lol!) but Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana came out number one from my choices, and it didn’t disappoint!20180119_125312-01-01[1]20180120_142611-01-01[1]20180119_125425-01-01[1]The Hotel is under the management of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. AYANA is more well known as a romantic luxury resort for couples while RIMBA is more a family resort. The big PLUS for this is they permit guests from RIMBA to use AYANA and vice versa. Staying in one hotel and having double the facilities, or should I say triple since you’re permitted to use the KUBU BEACH CLUB too.  20180120_100758-01[1]What a BIG YES for this resort. They have everything! A retreat that is simultaneously luxurious, contemporary and Balinese.

20180119_124845-01-01[1]20180119_124837-01-01[2] Where to start with Rimba?
Seriously, I’m out of words to describe how lovely my stay was.20180119_124834-01[1]20180119_124622-01-01[1].jpegTheir famous circular sunken seating on infinity pool.20180119_120851-01-01[1]And my welcome drink. ❤20180120_142720-01-01[1]
Right from the moment you enter the front gate and drive towards the hotel through the lush greenery and perfectly manicured gardens, to reaching the magnificent lobby, you are made to feel special when you step out of the taxi with a beautiful frangipani lei  (flower necklace) and all the staff give you the warmest welcome. How lovely!20180119_125222-01[1]The service is impeccable. Every staff I met from the captain to the porter to the front desk to housekeeping, etc. have all been super helpful, courteous, professional, and pleasant. They’re all very attentive, seeming to know when to ask what you want and when to leave you alone.20180119_122730-01[1]At check in, I was so surprised that they’ve upgraded my room to an Ocean View Suite. Yay! The suite comes with a private furnished balcony having partial views of the Indian Ocean, surrounding forest, tropical gardens and the multi-tiered pool. 20180119_144909_010-01-01[1]It is equipped with a 47-inch flat-screen TV, work desk, minibar, iPod docking station and the day bed which can be converted into an extra bed. The marble-tiled bathroom features a large soaking tub, a shower and double vanities. And for extra comfort, do enjoy the complimentary aromatherapy set and L’Occitane bath essentials.

Here’s a short video of my Ocean View Suite in Rimba and some snippets of Ayana:

 

Worry less. Sea you at the beach? Aw! 20180119_140009-02-01[1]20180119_1415290-011.jpeg
Here’s one of my fave, The Rock Bar Bali. The famous Rock bar overlooking the West Coast of Bali. Awarded as World’s Best Bars with Views and World’s Best Hotel Bars by Forbes Travel Guide, CNN20180119_135305-01-01[1]Rock Bar is the perfect location to watch the sunset over the sea. 20180119_134757-02[1]Perched nearly 50 feet atop a cliff with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this outdoor club is a chic spot for sunset cocktails and late-night live music plus the HUGE WAVES and when I say HUGE, I mean it! lol! Just a tip though, don’t sit at the corner areas unless you want to get wet! :p20180119_134635-01-01[1]20180119_135826-01-01[1]20180119_135349-01-01[1]Locals and tourists from around the island line up every evening for entrance via an inclinator. And of-course, resort guests of Rimba and Ayana are granted priority access. Yahoo!

Met a few tourists at The Rock Bar and here’s a decent photo before getting splashed by the huge waves. lol!

Snippets of the famed Rock Bar Bali and the Ocean beach pool of Ayana ❤

Happiness is found in waves. Yay!
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20180119_165548-01-01[1]20180119_165545-01-01[1]Beach or Pool? Both, please! AYANA has over 12 magnificent swimming pools and that’s more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay!  20180120_092555-01-01-01[1]20180120_092709-01-01-01[1]For a short weekend getaway, I only had the chance to enjoy 3 among the 12 pools: Ocean View Infinity Pool, Unique Rooftop Pool and the H20 Pool. 20180120_130918-01[1]20180120_130838-01[1]20180120_130912-01[1]Well.. well, there are plenty of reasons to be back and I definitely will. ❤20180119_161616-01-01[1]20180119_161909-01-01-02[1]20180119_161549-01[1]What an amazing resort indeed! You can have a change of scenery every hour and not run out of options. Then the next day you can move onto Ayana on the excellent shuttle service and repeat! I really don’t need to go out from the resort. They have everything! And if you’ve had enough of Rimba and Ayana, head down to Kubu Beach club which is also a must visit. 20180120_095843-01-01[1]With stunning views of the coastline and brilliantly set up space in the actual beach club and beautiful sand beach on the other side which I didn’t had the chance to stay longer and explore as it was raining heavily.  Too bad, but I’ll be back for sure! :p

Would I recommend? A BIG Yes!!! Drop some love below. ❤

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*Dusting off spiderwebs

Time flies, that’s for sure. Well.. well, dusting off spiderwebs from this blog isn’t going to be an easy task perhaps. Apparently this site had tumbled down for the past few months and I feel super bad. I really didn’t have the luxury of time to sit down, make drafts, edit photos and videos for the last quarter of the year as I’ve started a new job. It wasn’t easy to start off but eventually I got the hang of it.img1516202011752-01Reflecting over the past year. 2017 has had its highs and lows. I’m grateful for the ups, the downs, and the ins and outs. I lost a job but found what I was looking for. I got engaged. I’ve traveled fairly. I seized opportunities and embraced challenges. img1516200693223-01-01-01img1516200986256-01-01-01-01I waved goodbye to 2017. Ecstatic for what the new year will bring. Cheers to more travel tips and stories, bold reviews, food hunt, fashion posts and more!

Love, img1516200850152-01Stylishwanderer.com

 

 

 

Shopping for the Best Flowers in Singapore

Flower shopping in Singapore doesn’t have to be boring, or just another tab on your list of chores. Not at all, at least, when you shop from A Better Florist. This is by far one of the best flower shops you’re going to find in Singapore, and there are many of them. In such a competitive market, they’ve managed to quickly establish themselves as the best florist in Singapore, and it’s not just because they have many shops around Singapore. It’s more about their philosophy and about their beautiful designs.

You can visit one of their flower shops, but you also have the option to shop online, from their website. It’s simple, convenient and you save a lot of time and money. There are several categories, through which you can scroll through and shop within a matter of minutes. Everything that you see on their website is up for grabs at all times, and you get to choose from all kinds of different bouquets and arrangements. Among their flower offering they have their signature blooms, which are the most popular flower designs most customers go for, funeral flowers, hand bouquets, bundles, flower bunches, flower arrangements and gorgeous flower stands for bigger events, such as weddings. They cater to a large crowd, the young and the old, the business people and the ones that just appreciate beautiful flower décor in their homes. There is plenty of versatility, and something for everyone’s taste.

Their team really does have a special sense for design, since their flower combinations and designs aren’t usual and expected. They mix it up all the time, and always introduce something new and creative. In addition to being the masters of flowers, the best florist in Singapore is also a gift shop. Besides flowers, you can also shop for hampers, any kind of hamper for any occasions, from graduation to a get well soon hamper. There’s a category that also features fruit baskets, which come in handy when holidays arrive. You can customize your fruit basket or any gift for that matter. If you need a baby shower gift, they also have that too. The list would go on and on, but they really do have a lot to offer.

fruit orchard.pngBeing able to shop online is fantastic, but it has to come with a great delivery. The flower delivery Singapore usually offers isn’t innovative or fast for that matter. A Better Florist definitely offers the best flower delivery in Singapore, as they deliver on the same day, even if it’s a big holiday, like Christmas or Chinese New Year. If you have an emergency, they can also make a quick delivery, within only 90 minutes. The delivery is fast and reliable, but it won’t cost you extra, which is something I think everyone can appreciate. No extra cost, but you still get to enjoy this wonderful delivery service.

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Besides being the flower delivery Singapore has always wanted to have, they’ve expanded and now have several locations out of Singapore. If you’re in Hong Kong, you can rely on the best flower delivery in Hong Kong for all your needs, because A Better Florist has recently opened a flower shop there. Several bloggers have already dubbed them the best florist in Hong Kong.

And, here’s another perk. If you have already tried their service in Singapore, you can even rely on A Better Florist if you’re in Dubai. They are by far the best florist in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and they offer a terrific Dubai flower delivery.

Overall, A Better Florist seems to have found what Singaporeans have wanted all along, and they’ve managed to make shopping so much more easy and convenient, which consequently makes everyone’s life easier. Whether you need a Hong Kong flower delivery or a Singapore flower delivery, I highly recommend ordering from A Better Florist.

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Love,

Stylishwanderer.com