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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Lorelei Beach Resort: A Mansion by the Beach

Are you looking for some modern comforts by the sea? A place of tranquility and away from the busy city? Lorelei Beach Resort is the best place to be. Take a 15-minute barge ride either at Sasa Wharf or at Davsam Ferry to Island Garden City of Samal, then a few kilometers away from Plaza Azalea. The resort is just next to Bali-Bali. Definitely a great choice for relaxation by the Sea. 20170701_165017-01[1]20170701_163543-01-01[1].jpeg20170701_165135-01-01[1]The fairly new beach resort looks very much like a mansion facing the Sea, complete with standard rooms and superior rooms. It’s more like a pension hotel with good amenities.20170701_165238-01-01[1]20170702_072446-01[1]20170701_161921-01-01[1]Chill, eat, sleep, repeat. Truly a perfect place for staycation. 20170701_165521-01-01[1]20170701_165448-01[1]We stayed at their family room, which can accommodate 10-12 pax. It was pretty huge with 2 sea view balconies!
20170701_161013-01-01[1]Perhaps you know what’s my fave spot, ta-daah! 20170701_161649-01-01[1]20170701_161521-01-01[1]The unobstructed view of the balcony. Imagine yourself waking up with a lovely scene of blue skies and blue sea. Ayeee!20170701_160310-01-01-01[1]Staying in the resort indeed will make you feel relaxed because of the greenery, swing sets and cottages at the beach front.20170701_162111-01-01-01[1]20170701_162315-01[1]You’ll definitely fall in love with the stillness of the place. No crowd. No noise. Only the sound of nature.20170701_160119-01[1]20170701_162429-01[1]Not to mention the outstanding service and the very warm and accommodating manager, Ms. Fairylene (The Mermaid on the photo of their resort) Sorry for exposing you! lol.20170701_162011-01[1].jpeg There’s a salt water rock pool when you have had enough of the sea. 20170702_073642-01[1]And those who wouldn’t want to get wet, you can enjoy the playground, play billiards or table tennis. But for me, I could soak all day! lol20170702_074201-01-01-01[1]20170702_073803-01-01[1]Spend your perfect weekend getaway at Lorelei Beach Resort. Where relaxation gets its real meaning. 20170701_164332-01-01[2]20170701_164657-01-01[2]20170701_163351-01[1].jpegRoom rates start at Php3,500 all good for two. They have a family room which is good for 10-12 pax at Php10,000. 20170701_161837-01-01[1]20170701_183035-01[1]And all rooms are with complimentary breakfast. 20170702_080856-01[1]Amenities:
Hotel Rooms
White Sand Beach
Swimming Pool
Fitness Area
Billiards Table20170701_162336-01[1]How to get there: Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Take the Barge to Island Garden City of Samal from DavSam Ferry or at Sasa Ferry Terminal. And from the docking area in Samal, Barangay Catagman is just 10-15 minutes on paved highway with a beautiful view of Davao Gulf. 20170701_162708-01[1].jpegFor inquiries & bookings, visit their FB PAGE Lorelei Beach Resort or simply contact 09064409250

Maldives on the Cheap: Budget Luxury Guide

The Maldives is one of those countries I never imagined I would be able to visit. It was only a dream Paradise Travel Destination of mine for ages. If you asked me 8 years ago if I would like to go to Maldives, I would probably just laugh not because there’s something wrong with the idea of being there, in fact, it’s my dream but because I knew it would never ever going to happen.DCIM100GOPROG0090684.JPGThere are only three things which I know about the Maldives. First, it’s an Archipelagic Nation in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Second, it has lots of Private Luxury Resorts that I could never afford. Third, it’s damn expensive to go and stay there. But I guess, the Universe has a way of surprising me. Before I knew it, I found myself on a wooden platform at the balcony of an over-the-water bungalow while starring at the horizon and enjoying the scenic view of the brilliant turquoise blue ocean. Maldives was no longer a dream for me, but when I was there, It felt like I was living in one.20170130_084059-01-01-01[1]20170130_084055-01-01-01[1]While the Maldives don’t have to break your budget, it’s important to know a few things before you go – or you’ll make some costly mistakes.

How to get to the Maldives:

Malé International Airport (formally known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport) is the primary gateway to the Maldives. It is connected to a number of airports by several commercial airlines. But if you’re coming from Southeast Asia, you can connect in the following cities through these low-cost carriers:

  • Singapore – SriLankan Airlines, Tiger Airways
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – AirAsia

Beaches are what tourists come to the Maldives for, but you need to ask yourself what type of beach holiday you want to enjoy there. As far as cost is concerned, there are two ways of doing it: Budget and Luxury.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1121.JPGFor a budget holiday, you need to plan ahead. Airfare alone is damn expensive. Either you book way ahead or keep a look out for promo flights if not, then be willing to pay a whooping $800-1000sgd round-trip. Uh oh! But we got ours only at about $400sgd per person two way. I booked 4 months earlier though. That’s the catch! lol And if you are coming from Singapore, I highly recommend Sri Lankan Airlines, aside from it being a flag carrier airline, their service really didn’t disappoint. They serve meals even on a short flight to Malé from Colombo. Just an hour away! You’ll never be hungry. lol! For your accommodation, if you are not willing to spend for a Private Island Resort, stay in one of the hostels, guesthouses or even Airbnb in the main Male Island or some local Islands which can only cost around USD$40-60/per night and just explore the Private Island Resorts through Island hopping which is at USD$50 for a full day excursion.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0454.JPGFor a luxury holiday, of-course, book a Private Island Resort and enjoy their over-the-top pampering. Stay in an over-the-water bungalow and feel like you’ve stepped into an aquarium. Need I say more? Each Private Island Resort has its own Airport service, either a private boat or seaplane transfer.20170129_150235-02-01-01[1]While I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything, I would think twice about going the cheap route if I wanted to be able to drink wine and wear a bikini, which is generally allowed only on the private island resorts. Do take note that the Maldives is a Muslim country and forbids alcohol and pork from entering their country or being consumed on local islands.

3 Things to consider before booking a Private Island Resort:

FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]In the Maldives, nothing is accessible without taking an additional domestic flight or a ferry to your chosen Island Resort. Hence, booking your preferred resorts ahead of time is a must, not unless, you want to stay in the local island and just sleep at a nearby guesthouse/hotel, and that’s a different story.20170130_173910-01-01-01[1]20170130_173859-01-01-01_(1)[1]1.) Consider the location: If you want to stay in a Private Island Resort, usually you’ll have to pay for Airport transfers, as the local ferries don’t stop at the resort islands. Speedboat transfers are expensive, roughly costs USD$100-300 round-trip but Seaplanes will cost you a bomb at USD$500-700. Take note that the farther the Island is from the Airport, the more expensive it is of-course. But you don’t need to travel too far just to experience your dream paradise getaway at a private island resort in Maldives. 4-stars private resorts offer a reasonable price and are already as good as those extortionate ones. 20170129_194512-01[1].jpeg20170129_194451-01[1].jpeg2.) Consider the meal options. Being in a private island means your only food source is the resort’s restaurants and in-room dining service. Expect them to be overpriced. Rooms may be booked full-board (breakfast, lunch & dinner buffet), half-board (breakfast and dinner buffet) and just bed-and-breakfast. But you can bring chips and other goods especially at-least a few liters of water. Bottled water is very expensive. You surely would not want to keep on buying from the resort’s pricey restaurant. DCIM100GOPROGOPR6933.DCIM100GOPROGOPR6872.DCIM100GOPROGOPR6919.3.) Consider the tour options. Being at an exclusive resort means you can only hire them for your touring needs, and their tour rates are much higher than those in the local islands. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0181.JPGWhen in Maldives, I suggest that you have to experience their signature over-the-water bungalow accommodation. It’s worth the price!DCIM100GOPROGOPR0142.JPGUp Next is my review on Thulhagiri Resort & Spa, A Private Island Resort where we stayed for a couple of days. A great choice of a budget luxury holiday. How much did we spent? Check out if it’s worth the price!

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Paradise Getaway, Maldives

I’ve always dreamed to visit Maldives, and each time I picture it mind, it’s always that scene of me sitting at the balcony of an over-water bungalow with the sound of the waves and breeze from the sea, enjoying the view of the brilliant turquoise blue ocean where any time I can just jump off and swim under the crystal clear sea. A Maldivian holiday, that’s how I’ve always imagined it to be.

20170128_093713-01[1]Voila! It’s no longer a dream! Welcome to MALDIVES!

Just a 25 min. speedboat ride from Male’ International Airport lies the so-called “Lovers Paradise”, Thulhagiri Island Resort. A sparkling turquoise blue lagoon surrounds the exotic island of tall shady palms and fine white beach sand, located in the center of North Male’ Atoll. The resort offers a perfect balance of an unspoiled beauty of a tropical island and all the comforts of sophistication. Thulhagiri is indeed typically a Maldivian Island Paradise.FB_IMG_1486229338510-01-01[1]I always do a bunch of online reading before any trip. And for this dreamed Maldives getaway, of-course! I spent many nights finding which resort to stay. All I did was to look for something luxury but still on a budget. You don’t need to break the bank just for that Maldivian Paradise holiday. While the Maldives are known for their luxury resorts and over-the-top pampering, it is still possible to enjoy an affordable trip to paradise.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0058.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR0059.JPGIt’s not easy to go through one by one of the many resorts in Maldives, but I guess, it has always been my charm to easily find what I want despite the many choices. Gotcha! Thulhagiri Island Resort, Maldives.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0963.JPG20170129_165126-01-01[1].jpegAin’t this too perfect? A huge area of reallllly fine white beach sand.
Forget about being tanned when you are in this Paradise. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1273.JPGDCIM100GOPROGOPR1213.JPGThulhagiri Island Resort, the kind of luxury on a budget I was looking for. With the best value and the best quality. We got the over-water bungalows. Indeed breathtaking! There was a ladder that descended from our balcony and having that steps to the ocean was truly amazing. Our over-the-water bungalow did not disappoint. It was pleasing, immaculate and spacious with majestic and conventional quality. There was a glass-covered coffee table that you could look through and be delighted by the crystal-blue waters and fish galore. It’s really like you’re living atop an aquarium.20170129_114446-01-01-01-01[1]DCIM100GOPROGOPR0722.JPG

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0694.JPGOoops! Sorry for the messy room! lol

The sound of the waves and breeze from the sea while looking out over the jade-and sapphire-hued ocean on our private deck was my everyday favorite.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0181.JPGIt was indeed what I have imagined.DCIM100GOPROG0010119.JPGWill be having a series of posts from our Maldives Getaway!

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Mt. Fuji & Hakone Day trip

 

One not to be missed on any visit to Japan is a day trip outside Tokyo and visit Mt. Fuji, the most iconic image of Japan. Seeing the snow-capped peak of Japan’s number one volcano will be at the top of the list of things to do when in Japan.20170420_094837-01-01[1]At 3776m high, Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) is considered the highest mountain in Japan. Rising high out of the plains of central Honshū, 60 miles southwest of Tokyo, this dormant volcano is climbed by hundreds of thousands of energetic people a year with many thousands more enjoying the majestic view. But it’s always a hit or miss to see its beauty. And Darn! we were too lucky that day with 100% visibility. Hoooray!20170420_094857-01-01[1]There are only 90 days a year to view the beautiful Mt. Fuji since the weather there changes rapidly. One that you should pay attention with is the weather forecast, as the weather is extremely changeable. Many people who went to visit and would want to witness the magical sight of the mountain would end up seeing nothing but clouds. Don’t be dismayed when you didn’t get the chance since there are still many other spectacular sights to see.

Sharing with you all about our Mt. Fuji & Hakone 1 day trip from JTB TOURS SG. And let me start it with a selfie. lol!MYXJ_20170520232459_save-01-01[1]

Our coach bus departed at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo’s Main Tower in Shinjuku at exactly 8:20 in the morning as per the Itinerary. We were taken directly to the 5th station of Mt.Fuji at an elevation of 2,300 meters. While in transit from Tokyo to Mt.Fuji, our Tour guide “Nana” pointed out cultural sights of interest, entertained us with some Japanese songs and gave us information that helped enrich our Japanese experience. About 2 hours drive to reach the 5th Station yet I actually didn’t notice the time since it was fun on-board. With miss Nana keep entertaining us and a free wifi! What more can I ask?

 

Seeing the majestic view of Mt. Fuji from afar in my window seat. Aye! I’m screaming of excitement inside, I couldn’t wait till we reach the 5th station.20170420_104702-01-01[1]Tadaaaah! Welcome to 5th Station. Almost close enough to grab the summit of Mount Fuji. A great spot for sightseeing. So surreal. Like a postcard, it’s so lovely!20170420_105429-01[1].jpeg20170420_104859-01-01-01[1]20170420_104755-01-01-01[1]

MYXJ_20170520194241_save-01[1].jpegIt badly needs a selfie yet my front cam didn’t gave justice at all. Where’s Mt. Fuji? HAHA!

Though many visitors are adamant to make their way to the 5th station to experience the mountain up close and it’s apparently the closest area to the snow-capped peak, should you really wish to do this, try to allow flexibility in your plans as the weather plays a key role and sometimes, not all tourists get there if there’s too much snow or rock slides._DSC0185-01-01[1]_DSC0179-01-01[1]Awesome, staggering, heaven.  _DSC0180-01[1] How could I stop taking photos with such amusing sight? _DSC0178-01[1]20170420_104052-01[1]Everyone began to get a little peckish, we went straight to the restaurant which was only a few minutes drive from the 5th Station. And there we had a mouth-watering lunch!20170420_120737-01-01[1]The meal which was included in our package will not only tantalize your taste buds but will also stimulate your visual senses with its intricate aesthetic beauty.20170420_120649-01[1]After a nice relaxing lunch, what about some thrilling experience? 20170420_135815-01-01[1].jpeg20170420_135550-01-01[1].jpegWe took Komagatake Ropeway ride which runs from the edge of Lake Ashi to the summit of Mount Komagatake providing views not only of Mt.Fuji but also Lake Ashinoko and the Izu Islands as well. 20170420_141158-01-01-01[1]20170420_141514-01-01-01[1]The total length of the runway is 1800 meters and boasts the highest vertical distance of any aerial tramway in Japan. For some of the finest panoramic views of Hakone, this ropeway is just the thing.20170420_141818-01-01[1]It’s not just the ropeway, but a little more hike too! _DSC0209-01-01[1]_DSC0202-01-01-01[1]I’m so amused! I took a thousand snaps perhaps. lol!_DSC0221-01-01-01[1]_DSC0213-01-01[1]Mt. Fuji slowly being covered by clouds. 20170420_142521-01-01-01[1]The ropeway runs every 20mins. Since we joined a tour, we needed to catch a certain timing.20170420_144436-01-01[1]Unending magnificent views while aboard the ropeway. And off to do the finale! Lake Ashi cruise but not with the swans. lol!_DSC0230-01[1]_DSC0229-01[1]Cruise across Lake Ashi which was formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago. _DSC0255-01[1]You can relax on-board seating or take a stroll around the different decks of the boat where you can appreciate various angles of the lake.20170420_151029-01-01-01[1]I swear, it’s hard to stop taking photos. lol!_DSC0247-01-01[1]_DSC0253-01-01[1] It would be no exaggeration to say that this cruise offers a real opportunity to stop for a moment and take in the scenic beauty on offer._DSC0241-01[1]It didn’t just ended there. We were given a bit of time to buy souvenirs and explore the neighborhood village after the cruise._DSC0275-01-01[1]_DSC0271-01-01[1]_DSC0270-01-01[1]Sorry but it’s too instagramable. Mooore snaps please. lol! _DSC0273-01-01[1]_DSC0284-01-01[1]After a pleasant day out, it’s time to head back to Tokyo with arrival times estimated at 6-7pm depending on the level of traffic. Drop-off points are available at either Shinjuku or Ginza providing plenty of options to enjoy a nice meal in the evening.

20170420_152008-01[1]Thank you miss Nana!

For a fantastic day out that provides an enriching experience, why not book this tour! I would highly recommend. It was a long day, but worth it to see Mt. Fuji in its glory.

Love,

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Nemophila Harmony in Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki Prefecture

Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, we visited Hitachi Seaside Park located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast in Ibaraki Prefecture.
About 130 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. _DSC0440-01-01[1]_DSC0441-01-01-01-01[1]Isn’t this view from the top incredibly gorgeous? _DSC0447-01-01-01-01[1]20170421_145811-01-01-01-01-01-01-01[1]Covering an area of 190 hectares, Hitachi Seaside Park is home to a variety of colorful flowers and grasses, as well as numerous other attractions, including an amusement park, cycling trails, a forest athletics field, BBQs surrounded by nature, food vans and cafes. But with the emergence of Nemophilas around mid April to beginning of May, it takes you to a whole new level. 20170421_144633-01-01-01[1]4.5 Million Nemophilas, also known as baby blue eyes paint the 3.5-hectare Miharashi Hills light blue._DSC0391-01-01-01-01-01 [1]_DSC0448-01-01[1]It could have been perfect when there’s no longer green but all light blue Nemophilas all over the rolling hills. If we only arrived 5 days later, that is its full bloom, it would surely be a spectacular sight ever! But still, aren’t these gorgeous enough?20170421_150221-01-01_(1)[1]20170421_150730-01-01-01[1]The rolling hills has been magically transformed by the sea of blue flowers which blends in with the sky. What a magnificent dramatic natural event. No wonder it has become a famous scenic spot and gazillions of tourists flock even more on its peak bloom which happens around the last week of April to 1st week of May.20170421_145805-01-01-01-01-01-01_(1)[1]_DSC0466-02-01-01[1] A Blue Phenomenal!

_DSC0423-01-01[1]A closer look of this beautiful baby blue eyes, Nemophilas!

_DSC0429-01-01-01-01-01-01[1]_DSC0425-01-01-01[1]I happily joined the throngs of people, and strolled leisurely around the area snapping way too many pictures. Forgive me. lol! _DSC0496-01-01-01-01 [1]And here’s the yellow Nanohana from the foot of the hill and those baby blue eyes like a backdrop._DSC0511-01-01[1]Other flowers abound in the park, so after spending so much of my time with the Nemophilas. What about seeing Narcissus and Tulips?_DSC0614-01[1]_DSC0523-01-01 [1]So beautiful that I couldn’t resist snapping too many photos._DSC0563-01-01[1]_DSC0559-01-01-01[2].jpeg_DSC0547-01[1]The tulips were spectacularly planted in shapes and undulating curves. There are over 200 varieties of tulips to enjoy and with so many varieties, it was hard to decide what to take pictures of first!_DSC0529-01 [1]_DSC0528-01-01[1]Oh Tulips, you’re too lovely!_DSC0526-01-01[1]Hitachi Seaside Park can be reached by train from Tokyo, (Shinagawa, Tokyo or Ueno Station) in around 90 minutes by limited express train about 3800yen(50sgd/1700php) one way or in around 2.5 hours by regular trains 2270yen(30sgd/1000php) one way. Then get off at Katsuta Station from where the park is a 20 minute bus ride. Park admission costs 410yen(5sgd/180php)

_DSC0343-01-01-01[1]You’ll not regret visiting this Sea of Baby Blue Eye Flowers in Hitachi Seaside Park,
Ibaraki Prefecture.

If you can’t make it on Spring time, then the Red Cochia in Autumn is a die die must-see!

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Visit Yokohama: One Day Walking Tour

Anyone who’s been to Tokyo will definitely tell you it’s such an exciting huge capital city. Electrifying, fast-paced and buzzing metropolis. You can’t even cover in one visit. But if you’re looking for something different, maybe somewhere with a slower pace and can be covered in a day, look no further than the port city of Yokohama.

_DSC0693-01[1]Let’s explore Yokohama!

I stayed somewhere in Shibaura Island where Tomodachi Station is only a 10 min. walk and is a JR YAMANOTE LINE, a railway loop line considered one of Tokyo’s busiest and most important lines, connecting most of Tokyo’s major stations and urban centers. Hence, I got the easiest access to explore Yokohama. With just 1 direct line, voila! reached in 30 mins. I didn’t expect it to be that fast tho’. Located south of Tokyo, Yokohama is the second largest city after Tokyo by population and situated in Kanagawa prefecture. Believe me or not, the most interesting parts of the city can easily be visited in a nice and interesting one day walking tour._DSC0658-01-02[1]_DSC0658-01-01[1]Each time I visit a place especially if it is my first time, I always do a bunch of reading online. Why? There’s a lot of places to see but it also depends whether it suits your interest. Thus, I have picked a few famous sights to see in Yokohama and managed to do it in just a day._DSC0669-01[1]_DSC0646-01[1]It’s hard to miss Yokohama Cosmoworld and its colourful ferris wheel. It is divided into three zones according to age appropriateness and unlike other amusement parks, there’s no entrance charge. Instead, you pay only for the rides that tickle your fancy._DSC0680-01-01[1]Head east towards the huge Ferris wheel in the distance. Once you reach the Ferris wheel, The Cup Noodles Museum is just across the street. It’s a fun and interactive museum that shows you the history of instant ramen noodles and the creative thinking of the man who’s responsible for it all – Momofuku Ando a.k.a. the father of instant ramen. _DSC0673-01-01[1].jpegJust keep going, and walk through the World Porter’s shopping mall on the other side of the street. Upon exiting the opposite end, you can see about a block away The Yokohama Red Brick Warehouses. But before reaching The Red Brick buildings, I stumbled unto this Marine and Walk Yokohama. It was not on my list but was really glad I came across that lovely cozy area._DSC0756-01-01[1]_DSC0758-01-01-01[1]It has a great range of interesting cafes, clothing & souvenir stores. The shops are pretty good as well. A bit of a hidden gem and doesn’t appear on any of the top lists for things to do in Yokohama. Oh my gosh! It should. Very chilled facility with chic atmosphere. So, we can’t afford to miss a meal from one of the cafes there._DSC0763-01-01-01[1].jpegAnd just a short distance from Marine and Walk Yokohama, you’ll reach The Red Brick Warehouses. One of the major tourist spot in Yokohama. A cultural & commercial facility that utilizes two historical buildings constructed more than a century ago._DSC0863-01_(1)-01[1]_DSC0823-01_(1)-01[1]_DSC0775-01-01[1]Built as a government bonded warehouse during the Meiji and Taisho eras and, as Japan’s first modern port facility. It stopped being used as a warehouse in 1989. Underwent nine years of conservation and renovation work until reopened in 2002 as a cultural and commercial facility._DSC0783-01[1]_DSC0819-01-01[1]

Literally a walking tour without a map guide. haha! But we managed to! Aren’t all these photos the proof? lol!_DSC0901-01-01[1].jpeg

Soak in the atmosphere at Yamashita Park by Strolling through the park. You can definitely enjoy stunning and majestic views of the harbor and Minato Mirai._DSC0897-01_(1)-01[1]20170418_173823-01-01[1]_DSC0899-01_(1)[1].jpegWe ended our day at Osanbashi Pier to see the sunset and the lovely nightscape of Minato Mirai Skyline. Osanbashi International Passenger Terminal, where large-scale cruise liners dock. 20170418_180226-01-01[1]20170418_175449-01[1]20170418_180058-01-01[1]Surrounded by the sea, the pier’s rooftop features wooden walkways that are perfect for a leisurely walk while taking in the best views of the bay.20170418_175612-01-01[1]20170418_180038-01-01[1]20170418_175415-01[1]The cool breeze of the wind & amazing views of the bay made my day!_DSC0919-01[1]
Just as the sun went down, the weather also dropped to around 13°C, darn! Imagine how freezing cold I was with my outfit. lol! But really, the views were too exhilarating that I didn’t mind I was shivering with the weather. haha! 20170418_180324-01-01[1]20170418_183636-01[1]Indeed a lovely nightscape! Who wouldn’t want to walk with these views? 20170418_184356-01[1]20170418_184645-01[1]20170418_190252-01[1]It was nice exploring Yokohama! Sayonara.

Next on the blog: Hitachi Seaside Park on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast.

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