Friday, July 17, 2015

Palawan DreamTrip July 2015

DREAMTRIP

DREAMTRIP
Palawan - July 2015


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Package - 4D3N (USD375)
3 Nights Hotel accommodation at PRINCESA GARDEN ISLAND RESORT & SPA
Return Airport Transfer
Welcome Dinner & Performance
Underground River Cruise with Lunch
Dinner
One Free Day at the Resort

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I am a Platinum member, and thus I naturally enjoy more perks -
Voucher of 4000 worth of Pesos
A bottle of Wine

And I like to share more pictures of my DreamTrip to Palawan, which happens
to be my very first trip to PHILIPPINES too!

Here are the pictures taken on the trip!

My wristbands - DreamTrip
& Platinum member
My room with the pool access.

 \                                         Meet some new friends from China.

Lovely Bar Counter

My friend got her room upgraded to water villa
(I saw the price indicated as 25,000 Pesos for promotion, as Jul is the rainy season)

Bathroom, Water Villa

                                             Taking a nice picture at the Water villa.
                                                 
Heading to the restaurant for our dinner on the second night.
There are a total of 147 of us for this DreamTrip.
On the third day, we have a free day to relax.
But we chose to go on an optional island hopping trip to the Honda Bay, which includes the islands of
Starfish, Luli and Cowrie islands.
The above picture is that of the Starfish.
It was rather sunny that morning, until just before lunch, when the dark clouds came.

                                                       Lunch on Starfish island.
                                               Cooked by the guide and the crew.
                                           
Pork, and it was very tasty. I love it.


                                                              Cucumber Salad
Mango Salad.

Watermelons for dessert.


                                                         We had fried fish too.
                                    Luli Island - our member brought our little blue sign.
                                              YOU SHOULD BE HERE>

                                              Cowrie Island - the last one for the day.
                          Members are excited to have Spanish and an English girl in the group.
Another lady from China taking the picture with the two ladies.

Breakfast.

On Day 2, we went for the Underground River Cruise
(UNESCO).
The River has a length of 8.2 km, but we only took the boat ride for about 1.5km into the cave.
When we turn off the lights, we could not even see anything. It is pitch dark inside the cave.

Another selfie...
Lovely hat.

This guy is from Xiamen, China.

                                                              Dinner time again.

Waiting for sunrise on the last day morning.

YOU SHOULD BE HERE!

Our DreamTrip is like a land package, as it caters for all our members who are living in different countries, and we all have to buy our own air tickets from our own country to join in. But on the trip, we meet so many different nationalities - Korean, Taiwanese, Chinese, Malaysian, Hong Kong, Spainish, and English. It is specially curated and it is not meant to be dirt cheap. However, we stay at quality hotels - at least 4 star, and most of the times , 5 stars. And enjoy VIP privilege.

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Melbourne Australia

In February this year, I was in Melbourne for a convention. Thus, I took opportunity to check around, try to eat some great food and enjoy myself. Since we had almost three full days of Convention, I did not have much time for some serious sightseeing.

 For my four nights there, I stayed at two hotels, namely Hotel Windsor, and Hilton Melbourne at South Wharf. I always like to stay at different hotels at different locations.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 


Well, as a tourist, you have many choices of hotels based on your preferred area and budget. Basically the area is divided into Melbourne City Centre, East Melbourne, Carlton and Fitzroy, South Melbourne and St Kilda. Melbourne's city centre lies on the Yarra River's north bank, and you will find many Victorian buildings, and skyscrapers clustered here. St Paul's Cathedral, Edwardian architecture of Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, as well as many chandelier-lit bars, and fashion boutiques can be easily reached within walking distance. Otherwise, you can take the City Tram or Free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle.

So why these two hotels? Well, I picked Hotel Windsor simply because it is a Heritage Hotel, and it was designed by Charles Webb and opened its door in 1883. This 5 star hotel was voted Australasia's Leading Hotel at the 2014 World Travel Awards. Wonderful architecture features which include the Romanesque and Second Empire period, with the arched arcades, the balustrade as well as the central towers with their cupolas. The distinguished guest list here includes Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Meryl Streep, Kylie Minogue, Sir Richard Branson, Muhammad Ali, Margaret Thatcher, The Duke of Windsor and etc. There is a tram stop near the hotel, and enjoy the free wireless internet. I had a wonderful stay here, and love the location, which is within walking distance to a Convenience Store, the Treasury Building, shopping street in Collins Street, and even the train station of Flinders. When you stay here, you must try their Afternoon Tea which has been the hotel tradition since the 1883. Enjoy the freshly baked scones, sandwiches, a great selection of tea, and a glass of sparkling wine. I chose the Peony White with Rose teas. Simply divine Afternoon Tea session not to be missed!
                               
                                  
                                           Front entrance - Hotel Windsor, Melbourne

                                      

                                  
                                               I got an upgrade for my hotel room!
                                  


Afternoon Tea @ Hotel Windsor

Yummy, taste really good...

If you like afternoon tea, scones, and coffee, do not miss this afternoon tea 
@Hotel Windsor, which has been a tradition since 1883.

                                                               Parliament House
                                                   (located opposite Hotel Windsor)


As for the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, I enjoyed great city views and skyline from my hotel room. It was only a pity that there were two days of rain when I stayed there, and thus, could not offer any nice picture taken from the room. There were many restaurants along the Wharf. In fact, I was there over the Valentine's Day weekend, and there was even a Fireworks display over the Yarra River when I walked back to my hotel. I ate my lunch at World Restaurant & Bar, and had Fish & Chips ..

City Skyline of Melboure from my hotel room at 
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf.

I was hungry for one of the night, and I ordered the beef burger.
The beef was so succulent!
 

FREE TOURIST CITY TRAM

The City Circle Tram service provides a free and convenient way to get around central Melbourne. Tourists, shoppers, office workers and families can use the City Circle Tram to travel to major attractions, shops and city events.

The City Circle route is serviced by heritage W class trams decorated in special maroon and green with yellow and gold trimmings, as well as MMTB's standard traditional green liveried W Class trams.

The City Circle Tram travels around the city and links with other tram, train and light rail services in and around Melbourne. The tram will take you past shopping malls and arcades, and major attractions such as the Old Treasury Building, Parliament House and the Princess Theatre. 

Tourists can spend all day on a City Circle Tram! Information leaflets, including an 'easy to understand' map of the city are available on board each City Circle Tram. The City Circle Tram can be used as a 'hop on - hop off' service, this way tourists can enjoy each of Melbourne's sites and have the added bonus of traditional Melbourne transportation. 

To catch the free City Circle Tram service (route number 35), simply board the tram at any of the specially marked stops on the route.


Route


Every 12 minutes, and approximately 48 minutes to complete a loop.

Clockwise
The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne's central business district. The service operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne. Trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am - 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Clockwise service: Flinders Street > Harbour Esplanade > Docklands Drive > La Trobe Street > Victoria Street > Nicholson Street > Spring Street > Flinders Street

Anticlockwise
The City Circle tram service operates within Melbourne's central business district. The service operates in a circular route passing major tourist attractions, as well as linking with other tram, train and bus routes in and around Melbourne. Trams run in both directions approximately every twelve minutes between 10am and 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and extended hours, 10am - 9pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Anti-clockwise service: Flinders Street > Spring Street > Nicholson Street > Victoria Parade > La Trobe Street > Docklands Drive > Harbour Esplanade > Flinders Street


 

SHOPPING

If you like shopping, there are many wonderful places for shopping in Melbourne. Chinatown, Bourke Street Mall, Collins & Little Collins Street, Docklands, Flinders Quarter. I enjoyed my walk along Collins Street, and this is where you can find all the top brands - including Cartier, Frank Muller, Designer Stores, and a number of Five Star Hotels.

How to get to Collins Street?
Take the Free Melbourne City Tourist Shuttle to Stop 4.
Take the Free City Circle Tram to the corner of Spring Street and Collins Street.

DINING

Well, in Melbourne, you can find many restaurants for a great variety of food - Western, Seafood, Chinese cuisine. I actually found Killiney near ChinaTown area. Well, I do not like to eat Chinese food when I travel overseas. And one of the evening, I was with a new friend who I met at our Travel Convention, and he can only eat Halal food, and Killiney happened to serve Halal food. That is the reason why I ended up eating there together with him. I had the satay, but I find it really disappointing and it really tasted a lot of difference from what we have in Singapore. There was so little grinded peanuts in the peanut sauce. So, I did not take any picture.

For one of my lunch, I went to World Restaurant & Bar, which is by the riverside. You can enjoy pizzas, tacos, steaks, wine and even cocktails and beer here. And this is definitely the place to be if you want to have a relaxing time, catching up with friends or just people watching on a lazy weekend.

World Restaurant & Bar
Address - Building 2, Shop 4, Riverside Quay,
Southbank, Melbourne. VIC 3006

Fish & Chips @ World Restaurant & Bar

And I ate my last dinner at No 35,up on the thirty-fifth floor of the Collins Tower, Sofitel Melbourne, and thus the name of the restaurant. Enjoy fabulous city views from the glass window. Salmon is always my favourite, and the meal was superb, and it was well cooked, and the meat was so tasty! Simply loving it. I ordered mushroom soup and had wine too. The staff were very attentive and were very helpful with their recommendations as well.


Enjoy stunning city views from the Ceiling-high winows
No 35 Restaurant, Sofitel Hotel.


No 35 restaurant @Sofitel Hotel.


Salmon - always my favourite
King Salmon was cooked to my utmost perfection.
My wine - Louis Perdrier was excellent, 
and it was recommended by the waiter!

SIGHTSEEING


I had been to Melbourne before, and had gone on the sightseeing previously.
List of Things to do -
1. Ocean Road Drive & 12 Apostles
2. Philip Island and the Penguin parade
3. Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Tour (Eat great food & enjoy the sights)
4. Yarra Valley Wine & winery tour
5. Yarra Cruise
6. Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise
7. Helicopter flight over Melbourne


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Monday, April 6, 2015

Kruger National Park



Kruger Park is South Africa's most exciting African safari destination. Steeped in legend and history, the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa is waiting for you to explore its vast landscapes and spectacular African wildlife. The Game Safari must be one of the most memorable activities and things that you must do in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The word 'safari' has its roots in Arabic - and Arab traders were some of the first outsiders to journey into this continent. Caravans replaced jeeps in these early expeditions, as treacherous new trade routes transported goods - and slaves - between Africa and Asia throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.

The first 'safari' took place in 1836, when William Cornwallis Harris set out to observe wildlife in its natural surroundings - rather than simply shooting it, as he did on most of his expeditions. Shortly after, the word 'safari' was introduced into English by the explorer Sir Richard Burton.

 Why Kruger National Park This is considered the king of safari parks. And it is on most Africa Bucket Lists. Fantastic for self-drive safaris, it's the Big Five for beginners. One of Africa's oldest, largest and most diverse national parks, Kruger has over 500 bird species and more mammals than any other park on the continent. Its luxury lodges, top-end safaris and campsites mean that Kruger is really open to all. Whether you are going for an adventure, an experience or even for your honeymoon trip, this has to be on the top of your list.

And I like to share some of the photographs that I had taken while on a safari with my group of friends in June 2014.










It is better to stay in the Kruger National Park itself, as you are much in the heart of the whole area. At that time that we went last June, it was actually winter time, but in the day, it was still very comfortable. We had two game viewing sessions each day.

In a typical day, we were awaken at 5 30am. We had some biscuits and tea or coffee, before we set off in one of those open-topped vehicle that you saw in the picture. It is better to have about up to five people in one vehicle. We were given ponchos to cover ourselves. It was pitch dark, and our knowledgeable guide cum driver would negotiate and find his way round on the road built within the national parks. It was very cold in the morning with a few degrees, and we were all wrapped up in our jacket, and covered with the ponchos. Soon, we could see the sky brightening up, with a tinge of soft orange glow across the horizon. 

We were driven around to hunt for the animals, and we saw impalas, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and lions. The Big Five refers to the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. At close to about nine in the morning, we would have a short break to take our breakfast, with sandwiches, and biscuits. Then, we continued with our game drive.

When it started to get hot, we were driven back to our lodge. Then, it was lunch time. Free at leisure till about four pm. Then, we would go for our sunset safari.
Now, it would be the reverse. We left our lodge in the bright daylight, and continued on until the sunset. Wow, the sunrise and sunsets are really beautiful here in the Kruger National Parks. Bright orange hues right across the whole horizon this time.

We even had our biscuits and champagne in the wild. But we needed to be very careful, as I heard of tales about some other travellers, being cautioned and then had to make their way back to the vehicle due to the big cats approaching their way..

Then, by the time, we were back in the lodge, we could wash up, and get ready for our dinner. The following day would repeat itself with the similar timing.

On our trip, we had the chance to see the cheetah from afar, but didnt manage to see any of the leopards which are high elusive animals. They are nocturnal creatures, and thus spend most of their time resting in the day, and hunt in the night. That makes it difficult to locate and see them.

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