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Hit the Great Ocean Road

Not only was it nothing like I’ve expected… IT WAS BEYOND WHAT I CAN EVER IMAGINE. Never have I seen a sky as clear and high roads stretched out into an endless horizon as I hit road.

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Not just any road but – The Great Ocean Road.

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It’s been more than a year since I visited to Melbourne, Australia. It was a spontaneous decision to make and that was my first solo trip. Almost. I’m lucky that I have friends in Aussie to show me around.

I’m afraid I can’t tell you the complete itinerary for this trip. I did not book a standard tour. In fact, I did not manage to see all the highlights there.

YES I KNOW. I’M MISSING OUT.

Still, it wasn’t the destination that moved me. It’s the experience between the milestones. Really.

The moment I touched down Tullamarine Airport, I was simply thrilled! There’s something different about the air in Melbourne. It’s so much fresher and no wonder Australia is known as the treasure trove of natural greenery and wildlife.

I spotted a possum crossing the road. You’d never see something like that back in Malaysia.

It was around November when I got there where everything is lush with the beauty of Spring and Summer.

My friend, Cindy and I rented a car for the day from Economy Car Rentals.

We thought it’d be an adventure to go on our own. Besides, DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN DRIVE AROUND AUSTRALIA WITH A MALAYSIA DRIVING LICENSE? You don’t really need a permit if you’re just planning to travel short term (less than 3 months).

But of course, make sure it’s still a valid license. The laws in Australia is a lot more strict than how it is in Malaysia.

For instance, if you spot a signboard saying drive at 70km/hour, you should be driving at 70km/hour. Nothing less or definitely not more.

So, adventure begins. As we were leaving the city, I could see the entire Melbourne skyline whizzing pass me.

at the petrol station and situated just right beside it is where Hungary Jack’s at.

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My first meal in Melbourne! I had the Double Cheese Burger. Hmm.. the patty was slightly dry for me but aside from that it’s pretty alright for a quick bite.

When I said the view is simply spectacular, it really is! Just like how countrysides are depicted in magazines, they were all happening right in front of me.

Surrounded by authenthic Australian countryside with bales of hay spreading across the wide fields, local bred cows and pure rural beauty, nothing speaks calmness like it.

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There’s no rush throughout the journey. It feels like a place where time slows down so you can be free from stresses in life. Everything at the countryside is so soothing, giving you the feeling where you have all the time in the world to be in tune with nature.

The major downside is that there was no reception. When I say it’s a rural area, it literally is. So we kind of lost signal and ended up driving ahead. Directionless. Guess what they say, not all who wander are lost.

After driving into the unknown along the beautiful coastline, miraculously we found our first attraction.

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Castle Cove.

I still remember the wind blowing through my hair, the sight of turquoise waters and the sounds of the waves calling out surfers who are just looking to ride with the waves.

I could gaze at it all day but time was limited.

Even if I don’t get to see every single attraction of The Great Ocean Road, The 12 Apostles is a must-see-before-I-die buck list that I’m determined to achieve. Apparently, it’s another 30 minute drive from Castle Cove.

I’ve got to admit. I was panicking. Somewhere deep in me know I wouldn’t get there in time.

Just as I was about to lose hope, there it is. Paradise right at the perfect timing and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

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Watching suburban sunsets turning sand into gold spendour and memorizing the rhythm of the waves crashing into lime stones.

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That’s my unforgettable experience. Accompanied by an old friend, an adventurous road trip and being rewarded by a view that’s to die for!

Followed by a quiet night drive under the pitch dark sky only lit by the bright stars that seem so far away.

Keeping my fingers cross that one day, I’ll relive the moments. But more importantly, to satisfy bold and adventurous streak in me.

That’s my memory of The Great Ocean Road. Bet you can create a voyage just as amazing as mine. For more info, visit www.visitgreatoceanroad.org.au.

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Mount Kinabalu, Sabah : I Came. I Saw. I Conquered.

Many years back, I saw a postcard of the Mount Kinabalu with words imprinted, ‘I came. I saw. I conquered’. I visioned myself of standing on the peak and high above the clouds with a heart full of pride. What was once believed to be a mere childhood fantasy and a seemingly impossible task has finally been realized when I turn 25. What an adventure of a lifetime! Or at least a quarter of a lifetime.

With my loyal and reliable travel buddy, Sook, we made a booking with Amazing Borneo Tours three months ahead and we got everything finalized pretty quickly and efficiently. Everything was communicated via email and the instructions given are clear and straightforward. I would highly recommend anyone to reserve a spot with this tour agency if you have plans to go for the hike, just like us.

We took the 3D2N Mount Kinabalu Climb and Kinabalu Park Stay tour package (RM 1780.00 nett per person) since the budget package was sold out. You will need to provide a copy of your identity card or passport for permit application and it will take them a few days for processing. Meals, accommodation, transportation, climbing insurance, entrance fee, a mountain guide and other essentials are included in the package.

Day 1 : Kinabalu Park Hostel 

On the first day, the driver picked us up at Warisan Square, the heart of Kota Kinabalu, around 1pm and it took approximately 1 -1.5 hours to reach Kinabalu Park. As per the itinerary, we had to make a stop at Pekan Nabalu for 20 minutes. In my honest opinion, it’s just a quaint little village in the middle of nowhere with nothing much to offer but generic touristy souvenirs. We got there around noon and it was like a ghost town.

I’m pretty disappointed at that moment because it’s sad to see that there are people still trying to make a living this way. Like come on, it’s already 2018! There must be someone who can come up with something more creative and innovative than ‘ I love Sabah’ key chains, magnets and t-shirts. We had to pay RM0.20 if you want to go to the toilet but that’s totally fine, considering that fact that it needs daily maintenance.

Thankfully, that did not dampen our excitement especially when we finally arrived at Kinabalu Park. The weather was crisp and refreshing. Far from the hustle and bustle of town and feeling the fresh cool breeze in what only pure nature can offer. We were greeted by the guide and was assigned to our rooms.

We got to our rooms using the shuttle service. It was written in the email that the room will be a dorm with a shared bathroom and toilet but it isn’t as bad as I imagined it would be. It was like a chalet with one large shared bathroom. I think we stayed at Rock Twin and not the Grace Hostel.

Here’s a map that I’ve got from the site.

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I’m not sure but yeah, it was better than I expected. The bedrooms are equipped with very basic amenities; two single beds with a bath towel each and a dressing table.

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They aren’t air-conditioned or installed with a fan but you wouldn’t be needing them because the simple, spacious room is airy enough and it gets colder especially when night falls.

Dinner starts at 6pm at the Balsam Buffet Restaurant. Surrounded by lush greenery, the rustic wooden furniture and brick walls enhances the cosy ambiance of the al fresco dining area with a romantic feel.

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The buffet line serves a unique variety of international cuisine, a fusion of east and west, to suit your preferences. My personal favourite among the selection of dishes is the roasted lamb that has a savoury sweetness to its juicy tenderness.

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Once we were done with dinner, Sook and I decided to walk back to our room instead of using the shuttle. After all, it was only a 5 minute walk away. We walked down the dimly lit roads accompanied by the sound of chirping crickets that break the silence of the night. We went to bed early, preparing ourselves for the long day ahead.

Day 2: Park HQ – Timpohon Gate – Panalaban Hut

We woke up at 6am, packaged our bags, left the comfort our bedrooms and had a quick breakfast at the restaurant before we start our hike to Panalaban. We were given takeaway lunch boxes as the hike is estimated to take roughly 5 to 6 hours (depending on your pace and stamina). There are trekking poles for rent at the Park HQ for only RM10 per stick. Somehow I had a feeling I might be a little under prepared for this (or are trekking poles for the weak?). For my own self-assurance, I rented one and all I can say is… hell yeah, I’m glad I did. You’ll see why later. We hopped on the shuttle and ascend to the starting point at Timpohon Gate.

Just 1km from Timpohon Gate in a mere 15 minute hike, you will be greeted by the spilling sounds of a tranquil waterfall, Carson Falls.

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Surrounded by lush greenery and a cloudless blue sky, the weather is perfect for hiking. I love how the view changes and there’s a rest house every few metres. Never a dull moment!

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Although a 7km hike up may sound like a walk in a park, it’s actually a little more challenging than it sounds. Not forgetting to mention that it’s a 7km flight of stairs.

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The only advise I can give is to pack light. Otherwise, you can rent a porter to help you with your luggage (even your emotional luggage if you’re lucky!) and you will be dumbfounded by how extremely tough these guys are. Stacking up baggage after baggage towering twice their own height before lifting them up all the way up, it’s crazy how these guys managed to find balance.

As a novice hiker with an average fitness level and no climbing experience, I finally arrived at Panalaban Hut. Located at 3,720 metres high above the clouds over 6 hours hike, the view is spectacular from where it is.

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Stinking of dried, cold sweat, I thought I could unwind a little with a hot shower. To my horror, the heaters were not working. The base camp is powered by  solar panels and because it is usually cold and rainy up there, there’s only enough electricity to power up the lights.

Beverages including basic water is sold for 500ml for RM7.00 and 1.5L for RM14.00. It may seem like a ridiculous idea to pay such amount for such necessities but we are actually paying for the manpower needed to transport them all the way up to the base camp. Aside from the lack of water and hypothermia-inducing showers, the buffet dinner is enjoyable and the view from the deck is one you definitely wouldn’t want to miss.

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This picture is taken at the deck. See if you can spot a natural waterfall running down the mountain. It looks a lot better in real life than what my phone camera can capture. From right outside the base camp, you can already see Low’s Peak through the mist. It kinda gives you the chills, doesn’t it?

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Day 3: Panalaban Hut – Low’s Peak- Panalaban Hut – Timpohon Gate – Park HQ

We adjourned to Low’s Peak at 2am. After having a light breakfast and gearing up for the final hike, we stepped out of the hut and it was still a pitch-dark morning, hours before dawn.

Led only by a million sparkling stars in the night sky and a single ray of light from our head torch which illuminates the narrow stair way, we braved our way through darkness and the cold and up to the peak. You know what everyone says to never look back and just keep moving forward (also in life)? But that night, I did look back and what I saw was simply amazing. It looked like there were at least a hundred other climbers behind me and from the glaring shine of their head torches, it was like a long twisted luminous trail of star shine.

The weather was so cold that our mobile phones were drained all the way and completely dead. Thankfully, we’ve brought our GoPro with us to capture the moment. After hours through ultra steep slopes and rocky terrains, tears of joys sprung to my eyes when I finally reached the peak.

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When the day got brighter, I can’t believe what I’ve went through all the hours in the dark just to get up there. I guess the key is to keep going, slow and steady.  It would seem like an impossible task for anyone with acrophobia.

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It takes a whole lot of dedication and patience to reach the Climax, the grand hurrah, and for that moment, nothing else seems to matter but the immense feeling of achievement in your heart.

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Dawn to Dusk: All Around Penang

Our spontaneous trip to Froghill was memorable to say the least. Since then, my friends and I had been talking about exploring more of the island, we just didn’t know where to start – there is so much to see! I’ve been living here for over a decade and during this time I’ve done plenty of touristy adventures, but it’s never quite felt like enough. I was going to write this article about how we’re being tourists in our own home, but I realised most of our stops would not be on the standard ‘Penang Must Visit’ lists that you find on popular tourism sites. Several of these were just places we’d discovered through word-of-mouth, which makes this all the more interesting!

Sunrise at Queensbay

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I can feel a tradition forming in this, once again we met at sunrise. I still don’t know why we are continuously doing this to ourselves, not one of us actually enjoys waking up early. Our sunrise spot this time was the sea side opposite Queensbay Mall, overlooking Pulau Jerejak. As much as we wanted to catch this sun peeking out, the sun did not seem to want to see us (hence the lack of colour in the photo). Our hopes of capturing picturesque insta-worthy shots were crushed because the weather was too cloudy (should have taken this as a warning for what happened later in the day). Nevertheless, we managed to entertain ourselves through early morning chatter and skipping rocks along the water. Is it too cheesy to say nothing’s boring with the right company?

Penang Hill

Another small (and unhealthy) tradition is to get McDonlds breakfast, so that’s what we did before making our way to Penang Hill. I know I mentioned this as being a ‘typical’ spot in my other post, but I haven’t been there in a while and I have heard of the many changes they have made to this attraction. The most impressive has to be the train itself. In the past it used to be an open air train which VERY slowly rode up the hill and took ages to reach the top. Now it basically glides up, seems a lot cleaner and bonus- it has aircon!

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It was a weekend, so the hill was bustling with locals and tourists. Side note for foreigners, the ticket price is RM30 as opposed to the RM10 for Malaysians, so please note this when you visit. You will also need to provide some sort of identification, I used my driving license for this. It is well worth it though, so don’t worry about wasting your budget. I am very glad to have visited Penang Hill again and captured these breathtaking views. As someone who spends a lot of time driving around (due to working and living on two opposite ends), looking down at the island was fascinating. Weird how easy it is to forget the beauty of something when you see it every day.

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Side note about this love lock bridge, we noticed couples have also used keys to carve their names into the railings. My friend and I decided to carve out our Instagram IDs for our art accounts – you can see where our priorities lie.

 

Penang Avatar Garden 

After this we headed up to our next destination, the Penang Avatar Garden. Pictures of it had gone viral among Penangites and it had become rather popular since it opened. A lot of my friends had already checked it out, and although they didn’t say it was anything amazing, I was really curious to see for myself. But things started to go wrong at this point. All the movies have taught me one thing – no road trip is complete without some bad decisions made along the way. Well this was ours.

Remember when I said the weather was cloudy? We forgot to take that into account at our next destination because when we were at Penang Hill, it was rather perfect and sunny. We squeezed the car into a tiny spot on the open land outside the garden. Before heading in we saw this rocky path and of course, we wanted to get up on it and walk towards the sea (to get those insta-worthy shots – again, notice the priorities here?). We were so excited, happily (and very carefully) skipping from one rock to another until we were half way in. I’m not sure if it shows in the photos, but this path was quite long and took a while to even go half the distance. We managed to take some photos before things got complicated.

It started raining HEAVILY. It wasn’t a gradual increase, one second it was drizzling and the next it’s pouring down on us. So there we were: panicking, trying to walk back steadily and quickly without slipping, getting drenched, and laughing. It was a bizarre sight. We could see people on the land looking at us, probably wondering who are these idiots as we stepped off the rocks and ran along the beach towards the shelter of the car.

The rain continued as we made our way to the closest restaurant we could think of, Sri Ananda Bahwan, to dry off. As we sat there eating out butter chicken, we knew there was a decision to be made. Here we were on a sight seeing road trip and there was a rain storm outside. Should we ditch the trip, or should we continue? It took us a while, but as soon as we noticed the rain had slowed down a bit, we decided to continue on our journey.

Balik Pulau Paddy Fields

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We drove all the way up the hillside to Balik Pulau, stopping in between at this sight seeing spot for the stunning view. By this time the weather was still a bit dark but at least it wasn’t pouring, so we had high hopes for the rest of the trip.

We went on to see check out the paddy field. I’ve never been to one before so it was pretty cool. I have to admit though, all we did here was take dramatic photos in the middle of the path.

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We didn’t want to leave this place but we had to drive a long way to get to our next destination.

Gertak Sanggul 

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Approximately half an hour later we managed to find this spot, the Gertak Sanggul sea side. It’s more quiet and secluded as compared to other beaches in Penang – you won’t find a string of tourists or large families here! This was the perfect spot to end our day on. Once again, the sunset itself wasn’t so spectacular. The weather was still very cloudy so we couldn’t see much. But nevertheless, it was a very pleasant way to conclude this trip- in such a serene and peaceful environment.

Lastly, here’s a map of the places we went to. You can see how much of the island we covered. I would definitely encourage people to try this out, steer away from the general tourist adventures and try something like this instead!

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Phuket Sight-Seeing Tour

Let’s start off by being honest: we just booked this because it was crazy cheap and we had a free day between our various island hopping tours. How cheap exactly? THB 312, which is only approximately RM 39 (USD 10). Needless to say I wasn’t expecting much, but the 4 hour city tour turned out to be surprisingly pleasant!

Driving around in a van was a welcome change after spending hours riding the waves on a speedboat the day before. We stopped at two viewing points, both allowing us to see Phuket on a larger scale. There were stunning views and I’m not exaggerating when I say that I could sit up there for hours looking down at the ocean’s beauty. The temple we stopped represented a different sort of beauty, with its intricate architecture and vibrant colours.

1. Karon Viewpoint

 

2. Wat Chalong Temple

 

3. Windmill Viewpoint

 

CASHEW NUT FACTORY

4. Cashew Nut Factory

I didn’t manage to get more photos of the factory, but here this lady was demonstrating the fascinating process of peeling cashews. Our tour guide thoroughly explained the procedure and answered any questions we had.

I think sight-seeing tours are way better if you have a good tour guide, and we had the best! He was very engaging, telling us personal stories constantly and even showing photos to go with the tales from his past. This completely transformed our experience, as it gave the tour a personal touch which was much appreciated.

 

Going into this I didn’t have any expectations, but I’m glad we went for it. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking to get a feel of the city of Phuket – good company, great architecture and stunning views – what more could you ask for?

Make a booking by clicking here. 

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Spontaneous Road Trip to Frog Hill at Tasek Gelugor, Penang

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Sunrise at Karpal Singh Drive

Imagine gathering at sunrise with absolutely no plans for the rest of the day, what would happen then? Well, you’ll either have a lazy and boring time without much going on, or your it may go a little something like this. I met up with friends early in the morning at Karpal Singh Drive. Our plan was that we had no plan – just catch the sunrise and then see where the day leads us. Little did I know this would make it on my list of life’s favourite days (no I don’t keep an actual list – but now I’m thinking I should).

I first came across Frog Hill (also known as Guar Petai) from a Facebook post that was going viral among Penangites. Since then I’ve been asking several different groups of people to come along, but it never turned into a concrete plan. I have no idea how we ended up there that day. I had already put this place to the back of my mind, but one of my friends recalled that we talked about it. So instead of going somewhere standard like Penang Hill, within a minute of discussion we decided to head towards the mainland to find this place.

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Hence started our adventure with Waze to guide us there, with a few hiccups along the way. Unsurprisingly, we got lost several times. At one point we even realised were going in circles because we were too busy talking and telling stories. It’s hard to come across people who are on the same wavelength as you. The people who are always up for anything and never put your ideas down. This was a place I was so eager to check out, so having friends who will follow along and will be just as excited while doing it, is an amazing feeling.

IMG_20171205_101004.jpgFrog Hill is located at an abandoned mine site and you can find it using Waze or Google Maps. However, the GPS won’t lead you right to the hill. We stopped our car at one point and traveled towards the hill by foot on the red muddy road. Even walking there was a task because it had been raining the night before, so there were big patches of slipperly mud everywhere (not to mention the occasional cow/horse poop – as spotted in the photo). Since this wasn’t planned, I was wearing flip flops which turned out to be very inconvenient, specially once we actually had to climb up the rocks of the hill to get to the viewing point. It was totally worth it though, because the view was absolutely breath-taking!

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Some things I learned from this, which may help those of you planning to visit Frog Hill:

  • Wear proper sports attire – specially shoes!
  • Bring along a bottle of water, there are no stores at the site.
  • Sunblock – the only thing that can protect you from the heat here.
  • Better yet, go on a day when it’s not so sunny.
  • But also don’t go on a rainy or post-rainy day.
  • Travel there in a group, don’t go alone as accidents could happen and it’s a very isolated place.
  • Be very careful when driving along the muddy path, suggest not to drive cars which are very low.

Just to prove my point, this is how our car looked like by the end of it!

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This day will stay with me for a while – stunning view, great spontaneity and the best company. I definitely recommend checking out Frog Hill if you’re a Penangite or simply passing by. It can be a little tricky getting there, but once you do, you’ll forget all the struggles!

 

 

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Modern Living Hotel at Patong Beach, Phuket

My first trip ever to Thailand and I was landing in Phuket at 8 in the morning – 4 hours before the hotel check-in time. My travel buddy and I had already prepared ourselves for a chill morning at the beach once we drop off our luggage at the hotel lobby. Little did we know that it was just the beginning of a very NOT chill morning.

The first mishap occurred when our pre-booked airport taxi was nowhere in sight. Right outside the arrivals gate, there was an array of drivers holding boards with people’s names on them. We were actually excited to see someone waiting with our name – I know it sounds a little pathetic, but this was going to be a first for both of us! You’ve probably already guessed this – there was no one waiting for us. We waited and looked several times to no avail. After a lot of confusion and questions, the travel company sent us another taxi and we finally got to our hotel.

This hotel was in the corner of a small secluded street, it had the word ‘beachfront’ in its name but there was no beach in sight. We asked to see the room and soon realised booking this hotel was a bad idea. There was no lift and the stairs were steep, our room was on the 4th floor and we knew we would have to climb up and down several times a day. The room had a weird smell which also put us off.

So here we were completely shelter-less and wheeling around our hand carry luggage along the Patong Beach Street like lost puppies. I’m not even exaggerating, we spent an hour frantically going into hotels, asking the prices, seeing the rooms – and then walking out because they were either too expensive or not appealing.

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Our hunt FINALLY ended when we came across the Modern Living Hotel, it was right by the Tourist Clinic and didn’t stand out much. As soon as we walked in we had the feeling that this was it. Needless to say we were exhausted, and ready to just settle for anything, but this place exceeded our expectations. Yes it was a little more expensive than our original, but it was totally worth it.

One of the most important factors for us was the pricing, as we had a limited budget for our trip. For our stay of 4 nights at Modern Living Hotel, we paid THB 5198 for a twin bed room, which means each of us only had to pay THB 2599 (MYR 321), a total steal.

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Besides the beach front view and the SUPER comfy beds, one of the best things about this hotel was the breakfast. All those plates you see there? No we were not a group of 5. It’s just that there were so many items on the breakfast menu (which is free with the booking) that they had to give us three plates each: eggs plate, bread plate and fruit plate. So there was no room for disappointment at the fact that there was no buffet breakfast. It was like having a buffet served right to your seat!

 

This hotel is highly recommended for those who are on a budget, but still want to have a luxurious place to come back to after those long days of island hopping and sight-seeing! For more, check out their website: http://www.hotelmodernliving.com/

 

 

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Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, Singapore

Dates: 15 Dec 2017 – 1 Apr 2018
Opening hours: 4 pm – 11 pm

IMG_20180103_184300My cousins told me they wanted to go to this carnival and I agreed to come along because who doesn’t like carnivals? What could go wrong at a carnival? How was this not the best way to spend my time in Singapore? Why did I think it was a good idea to start the article by bombarding you with all these questions?

Anyways, you can probably tell where this is going. The super critical and not-so-easy-going part of me is coming out, so brace yourselves. Before I get to the review itself, let me just get a few details out of the way first (and maybe even point out some good things). This carnival, sponsored by Prudential, was situated at the Bayfront Event Space at Marina Bay Sands. It was certainly not difficult to find and ample parking space was available. We went on a weekday so the crowd wasn’t too crazy, the rides did not have long queues, and we had no trouble moving about. I do have to admit one thing: as we strolled around taking photos, I saw many people holding toys/prizes they won from the games. So it wasn’t one of those ‘rigged’ carnivals where barely anyone wins anything. But still…

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There were 3 main issues I had with the carnival:

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1. Pricing/ Ticketing

Initially it seems attractive because at the entrance it says ‘Free Admission’. So of course we were glad for that, because if we paid entry fees but didn’t actually like any of the games – that would be a complete waste. HOWEVER, what we didn’t realise in the beginning was how sneaky this ‘credits’ system was.

The games were up to SGD 8, and the rides were up to SGD 10. So let’s do the maths here. If a person goes to a carnival, they would want to at least do 3 rides and play 3 games, to feel satisfied with their visit and get the amount of exhilaration they were expecting. So how much could that be? Up to SGD 54! That is insane. I have to admit some of the rides did look very tempting, but was it worth it?

IMG_20180103_184156I went in a group of six, we used SGD 100 and got 100 credits. Guess how long that lasted? 1 roller coaster and a couple of games (bonus disappointment was that none of us won anything – but that’s on us and our lack of coordination skills). We prioritized going on the Euro Coaster because that looked the best and all of us were eager to try it out. It turned out to be 10 credits (SGD 10) – so there went 60 dollars, on this 2 minute roller coaster.

So even though we wanted to go on more rides, we just did not feel like it was worth spending all that money on. Normally carnivals are fun for families with kids, but to me this seems like a bad idea. Imagine if you had 3 kids – how much money would be needed for all of them to enjoy themselves here?

2. Food

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The food available was over-priced (surprise surprise). But our bigger complaint was that there was no variety. We got some beef chili cheese fries and sausages – the taste of both was similar to those instant foods, nothing much to it. If you’ve heard about the controversy regarding the Singapore Ramadan Bazaar, this reminded me of that. There was a lot of this random over-the-top ‘hipster’ food: rainbow burger, unicorn drinks and what not. But what about the local touch? There are so many varieties of Chinese, Indian, Malay or other more diverse food/snacks they could have included. But there was such a lack of the Singaporean vibe that it all felt very fake and unsatisfying.

3. Set-up

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One of my cousins actually called the set up ugly. I don’t know if I would go that far, but I do see the point. If we don’t want to spend so much money on the activities, you would think that at least we can roam around and get some of those insta-worthy shots. Nope. It was tricky to even get a few photos for this blog. There seemed to be unnecessary barriers everywhere, covering all the photo-friendly spots. For safety, some rides do need to have these, but these fences/barriers were literally everywhere.

I would not recommend this place to be honest, but if you are really curious and actually don’t mind all the things I mentioned above, go ahead! Who knows, maybe I’m just picky.

If you’re interested, check out the following links for more information: