Singapore Diaries: Day 1 – New Adventures in Singapore

Singapore Diaries: Day 1 – New Adventures in Singapore

Another new destination and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to Singapore. A Southeast Asian City that has always been high on the priority list and finally there was another tick on the bucket list.

For this adventure, it’s another solo trip and I plan on walking a lot during my brief stay and visiting many attractions like Gardens by the Bay, Clark Quay and Sentosa Island, to only rattle off a few attractions. but this is day 1 of Singapore Diaries and I need to settle in before getting hard-core of what Singapore has to offer.

 

New Adventures in SIngapore

New Adventures in Singapore on a wet day.

 

Justified to say the least, because it wasn’t exactly plain sailing getting to Singapore, all because I chose the cheap option and longer option, which included a seven hour stop over in Bali, which had a few complicated issues on arrival.

For whatever reason, the friendly staff Ngurah Airport in Bali, found it odd that that I would want to stay in transit at their airport for seven hours, keeping in mind I arrived at midnight and was departing at seven that morning. What else was I gonna do?

Premier Lounge in Bali

Premier Lounge in Bali

At that time, the airport security was refusing me entry until closer to boarding time, keeping in mind I already had my boarding pass. I told them I had a 6-hour pass at the Premier Lounge inside the terminal and I wanted a refund if I didn’t get through. That shut them up and hence in the end they allowed me permission into the transit area.

So, I finally made it to the Premier Lounge, worth every money too, with free food, drinks, comfortable chairs and showers, but for whatever reason security was not finished with me yet and while I was sleeping, woke me up to check my passport and boarding passes once more.

Frustrating.

Anyway, nothing came of it, I enjoyed the following 6 hours in the Premier Lounge and finally flew with Air Asia to Singapore, where the adventures begins.

 

Suntec City

Suntec City

 

Highlights of Singapore Diaries: Day 1 – New Adventures in Singapore

 

Checking in at Fragrance Hotel – Shappire

 It’s what you call a real budget hotel that is situated in the Geylang area of Singapore, and anyone that knows Singapore well, will know Geylang is not the fanciest part of the island,

Fragrance Hotel - Sapphire

Fragrance Hotel – Sapphire

With the Fragrance Hotel – Sapphire, you get what you pay for, limited amenities, small room and no swimming pool to escape the heat. But what it does have, is a comfortable bed, a shower, a television, tea and coffee and air-conditioning, so what else is it you need really.

For a bonus, the hotel management even gave me an extra early check-in, so they will even help out when they can. Not bad for a budget hotel that goes for around $60 Aussie dollars.

 

Fragrance Hotel - Sapphire

Fragrance Hotel – Sapphire

 

Wandering Geylang

 Geylang is what you call the naughty area of Singapore, the legal naughty area that is, and in this country, Geylang is the most popular red-district area of Singapore.

Red-district means, legal prostitution, adults shops, gambling and so forth, but don’t be alarmed, it’s not as scary or naughty as it seems, especially if you don’t go looking for it.

Geylang, Singapore

Geylang, During the heat of the day.

 

In saying that, Geylang is not as upmarket as the city centre, and while everything is organised along the streets, the buildings are old and rundown, the hotels need a fresh coat of paint and perhaps it needs the footpaths widened. But heck, it’s scattered with plenty of nice restaurants that are as cheap as chips and the $4-dollar noodle duck was delicious.

 

Geylang

Great food in Geylang

 

The Amazing Suntec City

 Suntec City is simply a city within a city and courtesy of a trusted Uber drive from the hotel, it was time to go a little up market, and Suntec City is exactly that piece of modern class.

Suntec City - Singaore

Suntec City – Singaore

Suntec City is a lot rolled into one, a large shopping complex with all the major retail chains, a Sky Garden with top-class restaurants, up above that you have your business buildings and the luxury  apartments for those who can ever afford it.

if you step outside in the middle of Suntec City, you can see five towering buildings that make up Suntec City as they hover all over you, it is a sight to see, especially with the popular Fountain of Wealth dazzling on display for everyone to see.

 

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Fountain of Wealth

 

Getting Lost on the Singapore MRT

 I’ll be honest, The Singapore Rail System is going to take a bit of getting used to do. Especially with different rail lines crossing all over the place. But just like the Seoul Subway System in South Korea, it’s only a matter of time and getting used to the colour systems to get the hang of it.

On day one I only used the train for a brief few stops and even then, I found it complicated and in a bit of a spin. Although after a long night and day, I was very tired, and I was in no mood to be fighting with the train system.

So, after a bit of a look around in the City, I took the easy option and ordered a Uber ride back to the hotel, more expensive yes, but a lot less complicated for how I was feeling at this point.

I will leave trains for day two.

 

Singapore

Singapore

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Sydney’s Top 5 Alternative Attractions

Sydney’s Top 5 Alternative Attractions

Of course, you won’t want to leave Sydney without taking a trip over to the world-famous Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but there is so much more to the city than this. Sometimes, it is a good experience to get off the tourist trail a little bit and experience some of the alternative sights that a city has to offer. This guide is here to give you a helping hand to do this.

Sydney's Top 5 Alternative Attractions

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So, start by sorting out accommodation – you could book Darling Harbour hotel – and travel and we will help you to spend your time in the city wisely.

 

Explore the Rocks

 

The oldest part of the city is the Rocks, and it is an area where you can wander its narrow lanes past some of the finest colonial buildings anywhere in the country. Almost torn down in the 1970s to make way for high-rise apartments, it is now a place where you can enjoy the markets, art museums and street entertainment. For a great view over the city, check out the Sydney Observatory Hill Park.

 

Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley

 

North of Sydney is one of the country’s premier wine regions, the Hunter Valley. If you are looking to get out of the city for the day to explore a little bit more of the surrounding countryside, look no further. Another activity which you could enjoy while you are out here is cycling – though you should probably avoid combining this with a day of wine tasting if possible!

 

Enjoy One of the Coastal Walks

 

They say that one of the best ways to really get to know a place is to walk around as much as possible, and this is certainly true on Sydney. The two-hour Coogee-to-Bondi walk is certainly the most popular of the different options that you can try, but you can get away from the crowds a little bit with a short stroll along Watson’s Bay or the incredibly scenic Split-to-Manly walk.

 

Take a Trip to the Blue Mountains

 

The magnificent rock formation of the Three Sisters is well worth the trip over to the Blue Mountains on its own. Hiking is a must when you are in this part of the country, and you will be able to enjoy plenty of views across the valleys, cascading waterfalls and lush, green forests. You can get the 90 minute train over here from Sydney, but it is probably worth staying overnight if you want to get a full experience of the area.

 

Go by Ferry to Manly Beach

 

The ferry ride over to Manly is one of the best ways that you can enjoy views across the harbour. At the other end, you wind up in the northern part of the city which is much less explored than the downtown area. If you want to enjoy the classic Australian beachlife and surfing, this is the place to go.

So, take in these five attractions and you will get to enjoy a totally different side of Sydney.

 

Sydney

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Are you Travel Ready? A Pre-Travel Checklist for your Next Trip.

Are you Travel Ready? A Pre-Travel Checklist for your Next Trip.

It’s easy to get excited when your much-anticipated vacation comes around. For the average family r person out there, a vacation generally comes around once a year, twice a year if you’re lucky, and if you’re really fortunate, you may be lucky enough to go on an overseas trip, and you can bet those trips are a dime a dozen.

 

Khao Lak

All smiles on vacation.

 

Beyond the excitement of your looming trip, sometimes you need to cool those jets and ask yourself the important question, are you travel ready?

Yes, no, maybe, unsure.

Whatever the answer may be, let’s settle those nerves and make you travel ready with this little handy pre-travel checklist. You never know when it comes to your next vacation, you may thank your lucky stars that you were prepared and saved yourself a little heartache while on vacation. 

 

Phang Nga Bay Thailand

Be travel ready and enjoy your holiday.

 

A Pre-Travel Checklist

Have your Passports and Travel Documents Prepared

Not that a passport is going to be forgotten when heading overseas, but stranger things have happened when your mind is drifting towards cocktails and white sands long before your vacation has begun. Have your passport prepared for all travellers in the party and well with in expiration date (at least 6-months).

The same can be said for important Visa documents, depending on which country you intend to visit, Visa documents may need to be prepared before your trip commences, so be sure that all required travel documents are in order and that you have done the appropriate research of your upcoming destination.

 

Purchase Travel Insurance before you jet off 

Travelling anywhere in the world without travel insurance could be the most foolish thing any traveller can do. The single most important travel document you can have on any adventure is travel insurance, it’s affordable and in the end could save you thousands of dollars if things were to go wrong.

Purchase travel insurance before you leave home, it’ll only take five-minutes, and from there, you can enjoy your holiday with peace of mind that everyone is taken care of.

 

Notify your bank of any travel plans

If you often use your credit card when on holiday, it’s advised that you contact your bank of any travel plans and the destinations that you will be visiting while overseas.

Banks tend to cancel your credit card when suspicious activities are happening, and noticing transactions in overseas countries can be seen as suspicious and prompt the bank to cancel your card. For some travellers, that could cause a whole range of issues and frustrating phone calls back home.

 

Pack your important medical supplies

No, not medical supplies such as Panadol or antiseptic creams that can be purchased anywhere around the world, but vital medical supplies that specific people depend on to live or get through every day.

Each specific individual will know what medical supplies they need to pack for their holiday, if any at all. It’s best you pack away important supplies from the get go, rather than leaving them on the kitchen bench and having a mad panic upon realisation it has been left behind. It’s happened before.

 

Conduct a little research of your upcoming Destination

Each country has laws and customs that need to be obeyed and respected when you step foot into the country, whether you think its odd or not. Ignorance is bliss to overseas authorities, so doing a little research on a country’s laws and customs before heading off, may save you a little embarrassment later on.

 

Don’t leave your kids behind

Not that too many kids have lived out Kevin McCallister’s dream and have been left Home Alone, while the rest of the family are in Paris. But heck, if it’s too happen to you, at least there will be comical consequences for Harry and Marv the neighbourhood robbers.

 

Khao Lak night markets

Enjoy family-fun resorts on your vacation.

 

The last one may have a been a little attempt at humour, but the rest need to be taken seriously. If you are travelling overseas, be travel ready and have your documents and insurance in order. A stress-free holiday is a holiday to always saviour.

 

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Be Travel Ready.

 

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Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa – Bali, Indonesia

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa – Bali, Indonesia

I loved my time walking the streets of Ubud, therefore, I thought it was time to venture to another part of Bali, a different and quieter part of Bali, and with my very own two feet, this time I’m walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa.

Are you heading to Tanjung Benoa? Check out TripAdvisor for Hotels.

 

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa

Praying on the streets of Tanjung Benoa.

 

Tanjung Benoa is a magnificent part of Bali, which is situated on the East coast of the famous tourist island of Indonesia and only a stone throw from Nusa Dua. The area is known for its active beach over the Benoa Bay, top-class beachside resorts and a relaxed atmosphere throughout the township.

The kind of relaxed atmosphere that someone like me loves to be associated with, because as far as I am concerned, you can give me a relaxed vibe anytime of the week and I’ll be a happy man.

 

Tanjung Benoa

Relaxed on the streets.

 

A quieter part of Bali

 

As I have mentioned, it is a quieter part of Bali, at least when it comes to the streets, I’ll touch on the busy beach in a moment, therefore for a tourist who is seeking a quieter vacation, Tanjung Benoa will deliver for you.

It’s a town that has magnificent resorts and plenty of stunning beach bars that over look the bay, even if the drinks come at a price. Still, you can’t beat sipping a cocktail amongst beautiful surrounds of the bay close by.

 

Tanjung Benoa

The Sakala Resort at Tanjung Benoa

 

The streets of the town are pleasant too and it offers the same as other parts of Bali, but with a lot less hustle and bustle, and here, the locals are not in your face constantly and trying to sell you a singlet or stubby holder.

It even includes a Starbucks café, that offers instant relief from the heat with a tasty frappe, hot cappuccino and much appreciated air-conditioning. It’s fair to say I purchased an ice-cold coffee or two during my brief stay in Tanjung Benoa and lazed around in the coolness of the lounge area.

 

Tanjung Benoa

Enjoy a cold frappe at Starbucks.

 

Off the streets and into the busy beach

 

Once you step off the streets and onto the beach during the middle part of the day, it is a different ball game, as you step onto the sands and enter the leisure beach of Bali.

The tour companies are waiting in their numbers to the give the tourist a good time, including the adrenaline rush that will follow as you participated in the activities. And if you love your beach sports this is where you want to be.

 

The action happens on the beach.

 

There is jet-skiing, parasailing, cruise boats to islands and lot more going on in the waters and the sands of Benoa Bay. I particularly enjoyed rising high in the parasail and getting the birds eye view of the madness below, with the number of boats being a disorganised chaos.

Of course, I need to mention some of those locals, the ones that are out there, trying to make a buck by selling a whole range of souvenirs that are cloaked around their bodies, and surely feeling every bit of that unforgiving heat.

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the beach, even it was a little hairy out on the waters. That’s another reason not to forget to purchase your travel insurance before you travel.

 

Parasailing

Getting high in the blue sky.

 

Walking the streets of Tanjung Benoa

 

It was a pleasant change to walk the streets of Tanjung Benoa, and excluding the madness on the beach during the day, the streets in the evening were mild and safe.

It’s a township that has plenty of happy locals, decent restaurants, bars, market stalls and even trustworthy massage parlours, where you can relax in comfort.

The more I visit Bali, the more I become very fond of this famous island, and while no destination in the world is perfect, Bali does understand tourist needs and that extends to Tanjung Benoa.

Enjoying the walking the streets series? Check out my adventures in Vientiane, Laos and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

Tanjung

The streets get a little quiet and to some that is a good thing.

 

 

 

 

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Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams

Sydney to Brisbane: The Drive Of Your Dreams

Forget about Route 66 or La Route Des Grandes Alpes; the Australian Pacific Coast Drive is one experience you have to see for yourself.

If you’re touring Australia, the drive from Sydney to Brisbane will offer you some of the best views in the world, with plenty of adventures along the way. Here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to during your trip.

 

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Experience spectacular Sydney

Perhaps Australia’s most famous city, you’ll need to take a few days before you set off on your trip to make the most of it. Enjoy some of the highlights of Sydney such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, while also taking some time to explore the city’s incredible beaches. It’s a beautiful city with a lot to offer – the perfect place for you to begin your trip.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge meets the Opera House.

 

Get up close with koalas

 

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One of the first stops along your route is Port Macquarie, where you’ll find the famous Koala Hospital. While you won’t be able to hold or touch a koala (it’s illegal in New South Wales), you will get the opportunity to see many of them, as well as find out about the fantastic conservation work being done at the hospital to protect them. A lovely experience with one of Australia’s most treasured animals, this stop is a must for your trip.

 

Enjoy not one, but 48 national parks

While you will get to explore and enjoy hundreds of miles of striking coastlines, you’ll also pass through several national parks en route along the Pacific Coast drive. Make a point to stop at Bouddi National Park along your journey, a stunning sight to see combining rainforest and marine life to offer a unique experience as you make your way through the Central Coast.

Stop and enjoy the water

The great thing about the Pacific Coast Drive is that you can take it all at your own pace, giving you plenty of time to stop and enjoy the water. One top recommendation is to visit Nelson’s Lagoon, which you’ll find in Mimosa Rocks National Park. It’s a secluded spot where you can enjoy stand up paddle board experiences and other water adventures to help you make the most of your trip. If you can enjoy a spot of sailing along your journey, it does come highly recommended, and there’ll be ample opportunities to enjoy the Australian coast along the way.

 

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On the lookout over Australians waters.

Soak up the sun in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is one of the world’s best-known beach towns, ideal for surfing and enjoying the sun by day and a thriving nightlife after dark. Laid back, relaxed and offering some amazing experiences, you’ll have plenty of incredible things to do in Byron Bay. Time your visit right and you could encounter a festival during your stay, adding to the party atmosphere and giving you the chance to let your hair down.

 

The drive from Sydney to Brisbane offers some truly incredible sights that you won’t forget. Plan your journey in advance and make sure you tick off as many on your list as possible to help you make the most of your amazing Australian adventure.

 

Sydney to Brisbane

The Gold Coast can be found on the way from Sydney to Brisbane.

 

 

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