Explore the home of Middle-earth   Source: Otago Daily Times - Dart River Kia Ora! is how you'll be greeted as you step into New Zealand, the land of majestic scenery and home of middle-earth. Kia Ora, traditionally meaning good health, is a Māori greeting that has evolved to mean a casual "hello". It is definitely something you should remember when you visit this beautiful country! The Māori are the tangata whenua, the aboriginal people of New Zealand. The Māori culture is central to Kiwis - the people of New Zealand - as its traditions, history and language are at the heart of the Kiwis' identity. Today, Māori make...
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Exploring Pai, Thailand   You now know the top things to do in Chiang Mai from our previous blog. In the second part of our Thailand travelogue, Bryan and I headed to Pai and it was the most memorable part of our trip! If you haven't already seen our highlights video of our trip, check it out below! A 2-3 hour drive from Chiang Mai, Pai is a small town in northern Thailand’s Mae Hon Song Province. What makes Pai so special is its slower pace of life and how its less commercialised then anywhere else that we've been to in...
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First Stop in Thailand - Chiang Mai   If you've never been to Chiang Mai, then HI-FIVE! We're on the same page! It's ridiculous because I've been to Thailand at least 20 times but I've never explored anywhere else outside of Bangkok. Which is honestly a shame because if I had known how beautiful Chiang Mai was, I would've travelled here a few more times before travelling again. But first, check out a highlights video of our trip! Bryan and myself have just returned from our blogger trip with AirAsia and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Its always fun travelling...
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A different adventure everyday   One of the best things about being on cruise is the the fact that you are able to wake up and visit a new place everyday. Well, almost! Our cruise on the Costa Victoria took us to Phuket and Langkawi, both of which we had a lot of fun exploring. The option of what to do when the cruise ship docks at its port of call is entirely up to you. You could choose to stay on the board the ship if you wanted to. The activities on-board will continue to run, and the restaurants will...
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About the New Costa Victoria The Costa Victoria (2394 passenger-carrying capacity) is a cruise liner in the fleet of Costa Cruises, the largest Italian travel group. The vessel recently completed a dry-dock upgrade, complete with new balconies, terraces and windows. Passengers boarding from Singapore were amongst the first to enjoy the newly fully refurbished boat from November 2013, which was re-designed with elements of traditional nautical style to reflect the “Italy at Sea” concept at the heart of the Costa experience. We were amongst the group who left on a 4 night Media Fam cruise with TSL to Phuket and Langkawi...
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Why Krabi? A 30 second highlight video!     A few years ago, Krabi was our chosen destination that ended our search for a relaxing island getaway. We wanted somewhere in Thailand with postcard beaches and cheap food and massages. We felt Phuket was way too commercialised and hey, we turned out to be right. We visited Phuket on our stopover with Costa Cruise this year and realised 80% of its population is white. Not to mention having a local population who's "particular set of skills" is overcharging you. So we were glad to pay Krabi another visit, this time with...
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While we were in Korea we did a few special activities with the help of the Korean Tourism board and our travel guide. I feel K-Pop lovers in particular will enjoy this itinerary. And everyone will enjoy Everland theme park. 1. M! Countdown This is the number 1 K-Pop countdown show. The amazing thing about it? It's filmed LIVE! So you get to see the biggest Korean stars performing on stage just a few feet away from you. It's like a more intimate Korean concert that costs nothing to attend. Just beware of the aggressive fan girls. In the week while...
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Beauty Treatments in Korea Seoul is regarded by many as the number one place in the world to get your beauty fix, literally. And I don't just mean plastic surgery. Scattered all across the city are hair salons, beauty spas and even gigantic public baths and steam houses that cater to beauty and wellness. Koreans take great pride in taking care of appearances and that has led to the rise of facilities that pander to this demand. Get a K-Pop princess hair cut, rejuvenate your body or even take home a new facial feature. Those into beauty and wellness can indulge...
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Shopping in Korea This has to be the most important section in our guide for Korea, especially for girls. Move over Tokyo, South Korea has now become the fashion capital of Asia. At least for Singaporeans. The clothing, design and cultural trends all start here before spreading across Asia through dramas and music videos. Be sure to come to Seoul with an empty suitcase because you're going to need all the space you can get. Now each of the shopping districts cater to very different types of shoppers. There are different districts for luxury goods, traditional wear, independent designers and massive...
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Namdaemun - A historic market place since the 14th century, "Nam" sounds like "Nan" in Chinese and it means south. This shot of the beautiful South Gate entrance still stands across the market. It was part of the wall that used to protect Seoul. Why you need to visit Seoul I absolutely love Korea. My love affair with Korea began when I was 16 years old. I won the Singapore WCG championship and was flown to Korea to represent Singapore in competition. It was also where I gave out my first autograph to a Korean in a flowery notepad! One...
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