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? ❤

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/

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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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Frost Magical Ice of Siam: A place to visit in Pattaya

I had a trip to Bangkok a few weeks back, though not a long vacay but still I managed to explore many places in just 4 days. I’m gonna post a lot about the trip soon. Aye!20170929_111246-01[1]Any idea of the place? Uh oh! Read on.20170929_110446-01-01-01[1]20170929_110446-01-01-02[1]I’ve always wanted to visit the White Temple in Chiang Rai but I ended up going BKK and Pattaya instead. And even if I haven’t done so, I found myself visiting something like that of White Temple in Chiang Rai, the Frost Magical Ice of Siam. 20170929_111252-01[1]This recently opened Ice Park in Pattaya did not disappoint, just get yourself ready for the scorching heat tho!20170929_111045-01-01-01-02[1]20170929_111045-01-01-01-01[1]Frost Magical Ice of Siam is a 30,000 square meter ice park filled with internationally acclaimed sculptures and carvings of both ice and sand.20170929_114118-01-01[1] 20170929_111030-01-01[1]The park has many zones. The only problem is the scorching heat when you visit during the day. And if you don’t mind the heat, walk through and take a bunch of photos. lol!20170929_111018-01-01[1] The Himmapan Zone houses the sand sculptures of forest creatures and exquisite plants for guests to admire in their intricacies. The Siam Heaven, is an icy dome filled with the largest collection of ice sculptures in the ASEAN countries and chilled to a constant -10 degrees C; this zone is limited to 150 visitors per round, with a time limit of 20mins. The Frost Village where you find the “Photo Booth” and “Souvenir Shop”. The Food Zone for you to indulge their special “Bingsu” or Korean shaved ice dessert in FROST Pattaya style.20170929_111237-02-01[1]20170929_111044-01-01[1]Upon entry, a wonderful scene of white dominates the view (this is not the ice scene yet) and all the creatures are from one of the Thai mythical stories. The bright sunlight highlights the figures and offers a great photo-opp. Hence, an umbrella and sunshades are recommended, I tell you, it’s DAMN hotttttt!20170929_111341-01-01-01[1]The statues were incredibly done and also a lil history was written on a plaque in front of them. I like the white sand sculptures of Thai mythological creatures. 20170929_110135-01-01[1]In contrast, the main attraction was of-course the ‘ice room’ or whatever they call it! Take your prepaid quilt padded coat before you enter the “ice room” with -10 deg C. Be sure to wear proper clothing which I didn’t, and I regretted it in the end. lol! I almost got frostbite! Ha! I underestimated the ice room perhaps, and only rented a coat with no gloves, no pants and proper shoes. haha! I wore a dress and confidently just wore a coat over it. (Frooozen) haha!20170929_112528-01[1]20170929_113001-01[1]20170929_113136-01[1]The ice figures inside are wonderful and the lighting really makes them stand out. The light colors are forever changing, giving different photo opportunities.20170929_112550-01[1]20170929_112552-01[1]A prepaid drink is offered at the bar when you show your ticket and it is served in an ice cube, only fruit juices are served!20170929_112923(0)-01[1]When leaving there is a warm up room where you return your coat and rush to the restaurant to get a hot coffee or tea or indeed a meal if you wish to. They recommend 20 minutes in the air-conditioned room before going out into the heat of the day.

Here’s a short clip: Watch in HD!

How to get there?
Located on the KraTingLai junction (just before the Motorway Bangkok – Pattaya 7) opposite the Regents International School Pattaya. FROST can accommodate up to 3,000 people per day, Open daily 09.00 – 23.00 hrs20170929_111240-01-01[1]20170929_111220-01-01[1]Your thoughts? ❤

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Singapore Style Yachting: What you need to know

Never been on a yacht before in Singapore? 20170806_164952(0)-01-01[1]With the thought that it would cost sky-high, perhaps the reason why you haven’t tried the fun voyage.20170806_161909-01-01[1] Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to be super rich or well-connected to be renting a yacht in Singapore. One also does not have to break the bank to enjoy a yacht ride. Yes! You’ve read it right!20170806_164517-01-01[1]20170806_164155-01-01[1]20170806_163620-02-01[1]Satisfy your inner pirate by taking to the high seas. It’s crazily affordable specially if you are in a group. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1681.JPG20170806_164014-01-01[1]What better way to spend any occasion like birthdays, anniversaries, family outing or just a fun getaway with your friends?20170806_170539(0)-01-01[1]20170806_170558-01-01[1]Cruise around Singapore’s calm waters, see the unspoilt neighboring islets and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1688.JPGDCIM101GOPROGOPR1687.JPGIt’s just so great to get out of Singapore for a bit, feel the sea breeze and enjoy some water activities. 20170806_173509(0)-01-01[1]20170806_172322-01-01[1]Yes, it’s not only cruising. 20170806_175319-01-01[1]There are activities to choose from, such as fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, and do some grilling? BBQ! Yasss! 20170806_173805-01[1]20170806_172355-011.jpegThere are a lot of yacht charter companies to choose from. Ranging from at least $400 to a whooping $3000 or more but of course, it depends on the package inclusions and the kind of yacht you’ll be using. So choose the yacht charter company which suits your budget.20170806_180138-01-01[1]20170806_180127-01-01-01[1]20170806_180137-01-01-01[1]For our fun voyage, we booked at summit marine system. We could have just simply booked a 4-hour charter with no food inclusion for about $488 plus $50 weekend surcharge but since no one was quiet eager to prepare food, then we added a BBQ Package which cost around $150. 10 pax maximum. And if you’re a group of 10, not bad to pay $70 per person. I tell you, it’s worth it!20170806_174749-01-01[1]20170806_181422-01-01[1]Brand of Yacht: Grandbank20170806_170842-01-01[1]
Inclusions:
1 captain & 1 skipper
Water & electricity utilities
BBQ logistic items
Free flow of mineral water and cans’ of pepsi
Free usage of 2 ice Box & Iice cube
Free usage of fishing rods
Free prawns as baits
Free usage of 2 Kayaks
Free 1 hour Jet-ski service20170806_175559-01-01[1]BBQ PACKAGE:
Chicken Frank Hotdogs
Otah Delights
City Satay “Chicken Flavour”
Signature Marinated Mid Wings
Yakitori Chicken Kebah
Fresh Grey Sea Prawns
Sweetcorns
Crab Sticks
Garlic Bread
Mashmallow Candy Dessert
Fruit Puddings20170806_184609-01-01[1]A private yacht excursion is totally fun, exciting and extremely relaxing all at the same time. We did enjoy so much, and we almost didn’t want to leave when it was time to go back. 20170806_184809-01-01[1]The best part? On your way back to the Marina, you can admire the breathtaking view of Singapore’s iconic city skyline. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1736.JPG
Oops! Who’s not done eating yet? lol! Honestly, the food was more than enough for us.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1745.JPGRenting a yacht in Singapore is pretty easy, simply email the yacht renting company with the number of pax attending, dates and time. And I thought it would cost a bomb, but it’s actually pretty affordable, especially if the cost is split between group of friends.20170806_173159-01[1]
Interested of this fun voyage? Use the code “stylishwanderer” for a $70 discount.
Yes! You’ve read it right!
Contact Peter at +65 8481 0378 or email to summitmarinesystem@gmail.com
 Don’t forget to include the code when you make your booking to avail the discount! Don’t miss the chance. ❤

Here’s a short clip of our escape to the sea!

 

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Thulhagiri Island Resort: Worth the Budget Maldivian Getaway

My site has been inaudible for quite some time. I must admit. lol!
And before I can make this site up-to-date, guess it’s time to start working on every single backlog post I have. Sorry! haha

First on the list is my review on Thulhagiri Resort & Spa in one of the pristine islands of Maldives. I am still receiving queries on where we spent our Maldivian Getaway.
So here’s everything I could say about the resort with a little bit of drama. lol!GOPR0661_1485665188214_high-01-01-01[1]GOPR0798_1485689328074_high-01-01-01-01[1]Most people say that Maldives is a honeymoon destination but it can also be a good vacation place for a group of good friends sharing the same interest on travelling and beaches.20170129_151732-01-01[1]Here’s where we spent our Maldivian Paradise getaway, Thulhagiri Island ResortClick link for booking.FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]

 The moment we exited the Arrival doors of Male International Airport, I already can see the turquoise blue ocean from a distance. I was giggling non-stop, too excited perhaps. There were many counters of different resorts and as instructed by the resort staff, we have to go straight to counter 15. Voila! Found our resort counter in less than a minute. I guess that explains my excitement. haha! Then it took us another 25-minutes speedboat ride going to the resort from the Airport.GOPR0052_1485584401133_high-01-01-01[1].jpeg Welcome to Thulhagiri Island Resort and Spa. 20170128_102602-01[1]Our welcome drink, Cheers!GOPR1288_1485783286574_high-01-01[1]GOPR1273_1485783286574_high-01-01[1]Everything was worth it! My expectations were met. The reviews I’ve read were glowing, but they didn’t over-promise. It’s everything what we wanted it to be. Everyday, we get ourselves to enjoy the crystal clear waters around the island and there was never a dull moment when there were such abundant sea-life & great coral reef. GOPR0950_1485694765725_high-01-01[1]GOPR6922_(2)-01[1]I love our over-the-water bungalow. GOPR0715_1485665188214_high-01-01-01[1]It was clean, spacious, and has a glass-covered coffee table that you could look through to see the lagoon over which the bungalow rests and be delighted by the tropical fish galore. IMG-20170130-WA0074-01[1]It doesn’t even need a private small pool at the balcony which you often see at some luxury resorts because the lagoon itself is already so beautiful, you can just take your steps down the ladder and swim directly on that crystal clear sea.GOPR0170_1485600509992_high-01[1]GOPR0137_1485600509992_high-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0185.JPGThey do have beach rooms available on the island. But do yourself a favor. Stay a couple of nights in an over-water bungalow. It’s like you’re living atop an aquarium or, perhaps, like you’ve stepped into a postcard. DCIM100GOPROG0090684.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0694.JPGSleeping on the water bungalow and keeping the balcony door open for the sound of the waves and breeze from the sea is definitely the one you wouldn’t want to miss.GOPR0348_1485611449707_high-01-01[1]gopr0381_1485611449707_high-01-01-011.jpegOf-course, they also have infinity pools while you enjoy the view of the bungalows over the brilliant turquoise waters.20170129_165126-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0969.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0995.JPGHere’s the best of all, you could run endlessly or soak up the sun till you get tanned in their huge white shore. When I say huge, I mean it. lol!GOPR0657_1485665188214_high-01-01[1]As you roam around the huge Island, you’ll see lots of little blue/white, yellow&green parrots’ nest on mostly all the trees. Small little bird houses made from coconut husk can be seen all around the perimeter of the island.

The resort offers many activities you can enjoy.GOPR0840_1485694765725_high-01-01[1]GOPR6906-01-01[1] Some of it are, private resort hopping, scuba diving, dolphin watching and a lot more.20170129_155343-01-01_(1)[1]20170129_151442-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0753.JPGWe booked full-board so we had breakfast-lunch-dinner buffet everyday. It has enough selection of food – their grilled fish during dinner buffet was so fresh & delicious. All the staff were helpful too (especially the ones at the restaurant).20170129_194509-01[1]20170129_194451-01[1]20170129_195137-01[1]This I call a perfect paradise holiday. Relaxing at our private balcony overlooking the turquoise blue ocean is indeed a one of a kind experience, swimming at the crystal clear waters while enjoying the sight of the colorful fishes is simply amazing and eating non-stop with everyday’s buffet, oh gosh! Felt I was living in a dream. I couldn’t get enough of it. And I’m reminiscing as if it was only yesterday.

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Las Casas Filipinas: A Place Like No Other

Did you ever wanted to step back in time of the forgotten era of our heroes?20170811_220421[1]
Experience a blast from the historic past in an otherworldly resort in Bataan. 20170811_2157161.jpg20170811_215540[1]
This review may a bit too late now but still, I can’t opt not sharing it. Many have sent me direct messages from my social media accounts, asking where the picturesque places of my posts were taken. And they couldn’t believe that it was just somewhere in Central Luzon, Philippines.20170811_215228[1].jpgOllah! Welcome to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar!20170705_132625-01[1]20170705_131951-011.jpeg20170811_2154331.jpgLas Casas Filipinas is set in a vast property fronting the sea, along Umagol river, in Brgy. Pagasa BagacBataan. A place like no other, a one of its kind.20170811_205300[1] 20170811_2053521.jpgThe owner of New San Jose Builders, José “Gerry” Acuzar, started rebuilding Spanish colonial-era mansions in Bagac in 2003. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement.20170811_205459[1]And in 2010, the heritage park was opened to public. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value.20170811_205809[1]20170811_205156[1]Las Casas Filipinas showcases architectural pieces from different parts of the country which were carefully assembled brick by brick. 20170705_171048-01-01[1]20170705_170936-01-01[1]20170705_170958-01-01[1]It is definitely the perfect place to immerse in the mesmerizing time of our country’s historic past and solely admire the beauty and wonder of 18th century architecture.20170811_211233[1]20170811_211517[1]The houses were often of “stone houses” type, which have stone foundations on the first floor and made of wood on the second floor. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around the Philippines. 20170811_211813[1]20170811_211607[1]20170811_211725[1]Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure.20170811_210944[1]20170811_210703[1]20170811_212133[1]
The serene and relaxing ambiance will make you stay not only for a day. And I did regret though. A day tour may be short of a time to take in the beauty that it is but an entire weekend would suffice for that matter.20170811_220421[1]20170811_220528[1]This was one of my fave window view.20170705_150020-01[1]20170811_22045411.jpgOne thing I have to warn you though.
This may not be your usually cheap budget, but it’s all worth it.20170705_153132-01[1]20170705_153845-01[1]20170811_211855[1]I don’t know if you get that same feeling of nostalgia that I get whenever I see old colonial houses and churches or if you find so much beauty in those rustic heritage. 20170811_215755[1]20170705_144506-01[1]It’s not just the nostalgic vibe or the intricacy of architecture that gets me every time, but it’s that feeling of being taken back in the past, of having a vision of what was it like back then.20170811_220611[1]20170811_2210111.jpg20170705_153508-01[1]20170705_153448-02[1]20170705_164520-01[1]The owner indeed had a great concept of restoring the casas.  20170705_145433-01[1]20170705_145254-01[1]20170811_215850[1]The stories behind the houses during the guided tour made them more meaningful and unique. 20170705_143918-01[1]20170811_220229[1]20170811_220145[1]20170811_220934[1]Everything was a delight and I’m definitely gonna come back.

20170705_161405-011.jpegOh! I missed this! 

As of July 2017 Entrance fee for Day tour costs 40sgd (1500Php), 3 course meal included.20170705_133622-01[1]20170705_134648-01[1]There’s more to it than just taking pictures. There’s a beach where you can swim and surf all you want, a heritage tour (AM and PM schedules are available), a riverboat cruise that will take you around the place using the Umagol River, a kalesa ride or even an afternoon yacht! Details here.20170811_210146[1]How To Get There: It is approximately 4 hours away from Manila and an hour drive from Subic. If you’re commuting, their website has instructions on how to easily get there! It’s a resort so you definitely can sleep there! While the room is not your usual modern hotel that you’re used to, it surely would be nice to experience at least once! Room rates here.

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And before I end this post, I would like to thank Bea’s Travel and Tours. Bei also has an Airbnb unit in Subic, where I stayed for a couple of days. Thankkk you sooo much for making my Subic trip damn fantastic! Catch my next post, Things to do in Subic, soon!

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