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About Western Australia   Gone are the days when Perth was touted the sleepy town of Australia. Contrary to popular belief, the largest city in Western Australia now presents a vibrant concoction of things to do and see. With the mining boom spurring development in the area, Perth is set to be a bustling city hub. Every November, the city gets a great deal of epicurean dreamers heading down to Margaret River for the annual Gourmet Escape. While we were in Western Australia for the Gourmet Escape too, we couldn't help but take a stop in Perth to absorb the sights...
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About Margaret River Gourmet Escape   Dubbed the best food festival in Western Australia, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape is an annual haven for both foodies and wine enthusiasts alike. With over 170 suppliers and producers, as well as an impressive star line-up of culinary superstars, this event is not one to be missed by foodies. With a record 21,000 tickets sold this year, the event has found itself a name as one of the must-see gourmet events globally. We hear that plans for this culinary extravaganza is secured till 2017, so it’s bound to get bigger and better with each...
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Visit Hokkaido   Mount Iou - "Naked Mountain" in local Ainu lingo. It's an active volcano 510m tall. At the lower regions, crevices spew sulphur crystals. It smells like a huge group of people passing wind at the same time here. Initiated by the Hokkaido Tourism Board in 2012, this "Visit Hokkaido" tourism drive aims to acquaint more Singaporeans with the charm of Hokkaido. In its first year, local travel agencies were invited to visit Hokkaido. On the second, professors from selected local schools were invited. For this year's event (held 23rd Nov to 28th Nov 2014), the Hokkaido Tourism Board...
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About Okinawa, Japan   I've never been to Japan, so when the Okinawa prefecture invited us to visit, I replied with a resounding yes! We spent five fun-filled days in Okinawa, coming back happy, well-fed, and inspired to keep travelling and seeing more of the world.  Okinawa isn't as popular a tourist destination as Tokyo or Kyoto, so for those who don't know much about it, Okinawa lies at the southern part of Japan, which comprises hundreds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain. Its capital is Naha City and the culture and people here are different from the mainland but...
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About Gold Coast   People tend to go to Gold Coast for two main reasons: Surfers Paradise and theme parks. Sure, I get the hype about one of the world’s most talked-about beach and rides that threaten to detach your soul from your body - thrill-seekers and revellers will thrive here.  As someone terrified of roller coasters and craving a little R&R, Gold Coast would naturally not be my first choice. However, after going on a 4D3N trip to Gold Coast kindly hosted by Accor, I can now safely say I have come up with a few decent alternatives for those...
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About Kota Kinabalu   Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah in East Malaysia, is home to a plethora of flora and fauna and is renowned for being a nature lover’s haven. The mountain ranges in the background wherever you go are a sight to behold, with Mount Kinabalu being the 5th tallest peak in South-East Asia. Here are 5 things worth checking out when you’re in Kota Kinabalu.    1. Rumah Terbalik (Upside Down House)   This attraction needs no further explanation. This is a house standing on its roof, with upside down bedrooms, a kitchen, and a...
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About Melaka   Melaka, or Malacca as it is more commonly known, was once the heart of a bustling trading route. Hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage City in 2008, Melaka’s vibrant past and multi-cultural influences have all been preserved in the city’s infrastructure. Melaka’s Dutch colonial masters and the buildings they left make them the oldest existing Dutch structures in Southeast Asia today. I’ve only ever been to Melaka for one reason: food. Jonker Street’s chicken rice balls and Tan Kim Hock’s mouthwatering cendol are my absolute must-haves every time I visit Melaka. Most travel agencies also promote Melaka for...
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About Lotte World Mall    Even if you haven’t been to South Korea before, you would have seen “Lotte” stamped on boxes of chocolates and snacks sitting on supermarket shelves in Singapore. Confectionery isn’t the only thing this chaebol (business conglomerate) dabbles in - Lotte Co. Ltd is a behemoth through and through.    Lotte World Mall is Lotte’s newest baby that opened its doors a month ago in Jamsil, Seoul. It is South Korea’s largest one-stop mall that houses more than a whopping 900 brands. It even boasts Avenuel, a luxury-brand-only shopping haven and Lotte Duty Free, the third largest...
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My Trip to Hat Yai   I've been to Bangkok too many times to count, and so decided to change it up on my most recent trip to Thailand. I went to Hat Yai, a city in Southern Thailand near the Malaysian border. Hat Yai is the 4th biggest city in Thailand, coming in after Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and Pak Kret. You might think there isn't a good reason to visit a city in Thailand that you've never heard of, but you couldn't be more wrong. Here are ten reasons to consider Hat Yai if you're looking for a quick weekend getaway!  ...
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Exotic Trips Made Easy   “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine As a child I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to different cities, thanks to my mother’s numerous business trips. Things were much easier then, as the itineraries were planned and all we had to do was tag along. As I grew up and slowly started travelling on my own, I realised the struggles in planning a fruitful holiday. Planning a trip’s itinerary can be such a hassle, especially when you’re intending to go to lesser-known places. More often than...
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