Long Time, No Post! – Months of Silence

It’s been ages since I last blogged. The last time I checked was I got so caught up with the wedding planning of not just 1 but 2 weddings. But thankfully all done! Yass! Over half a year ago since I last logged into my dashboard and wrote down my thoughts, travel stories, inspirations, and musings. But now, my fingertips are way too excited spilling some posts for my return. Yaay!

I’m on a mission to get back into my social media life, although I’m not going to set myself targets of blogging or Instagramming every single day, as I just won’t keep to that frequency because first things first I work full time. My job has and will always come first, it pays the bills, it’s what I’ve worked hard for and it’s what I am passionate about. However, I’ve slowly come to realize that it’s not the only thing that I should focus my time and energy on. There genuinely is more to life.

It is important to completely switch off, take time out, travel, go on a holiday or just spend a night in front of the TV, not the computer or phone. Having said that, there were so many things that happened to my life a few months back and I can’t wait to share it all here.

So now, let me fill this site again with the things that I love doing. Help me welcome myself back into blogging! Yahoo! HAHA I definitely will keep this site up-to-date. Yasss! I swear to that! :p And do welcome my vlog channel too but not at the moment yet.lol! Meanwhile, allow me to make a lot of catchup posts.

See you back here again!

Much Love,
Stylishwanderer.com

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Beach getaway near Singapore you didn’t know about

Beach holidays are absolutely the best! Would you agree?20180506_075831-01[1]For someone who’s been living their life at the busy metro, it’s always a welcome relief to spend a day out in the sun and let the sea wash your worries. Feel the sand squish slowly through your toes as you gaily walk down the shoreline, hear the waves, and feel the breeze. What an ultimate relaxation!20180506_074114-01-01[1]20180506_073837-01-01[1]Often a hectic week, we would always want to have that breather. Yasss?
And so for a short-getaway, let’s not head too far away. My colleagues and I decided for a stay-cay in Bintan Lagoon Resort. Below is a short clip of our BLR stay-cation:

Here’s a quick intro, BLR remains the biggest integrated resort on the whole of Bintan Island, even after 20 years. Offering private golden sand beach that stretches nearly 1.5 km and 470 Indonesian style resort rooms that sprawled over 310 hectares of manicured gardens (really!) and only 75 minutes away by ferry served by the Mozaic Ferry (click link to book ferry ticket online) The service departs from Singapore’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal twice daily.20180505_172414-01[1]Stepping onto the island after the ferry ride, the first thing you’ll notice is the wide expanse of beach. (If I could just drop my stuff and run to the beach, I would!) lol
But I needed to pass through Immigration before anything else. haha! :p20180505_172429-01[1]The best part of it though was their own personal ferry terminal and Immigration. Say goodbye to long queues. Hurray! Walk pass the bridge and it’s already the arrival area and your passport will be stamped in no time. 
Such a hassle-free getaway from Sg! And then one can either take a coach to the resort lobby or take a short trek (not really that far) and you’ll be welcomed with a local dance. Don’t forget to take your welcome drink at the bar after check in. Yuhooo! The check-in process is incredibly easy, you can count on the BLR staff to take care of you every step of the way.

Start your day with a breakfast buffet:20180506_065422-01-01[1]20180506_072950-01-01[1]And then off to explore the resort.
Without much words, let my photos do the talking:20180506_075659-01-01[1]

20180506_075653-01-01[1]Stretching out for 1.5km, the white sandy beach is perfect for spending an entire afternoon just lazing in the sun and gazing into the clear waters.0605-2018-055139570223093382-01-01[1]Who said you can’t have a quick island getaway from Singapore?20180506_083859-01-01[1]20180506_075301-01-01[1]And have I not mentioned that this resort has many instagrammable spots?20180505_174926-01-01[1]20180505_175127-01[1]From morning till afternoon, I didn’t ran out of spots to shoot. lol!20180505_175950-01-01[1]20180505_180518-01-01-01[1]As you know me, I take tons of photos!
I repeat, tons of photos! HAHA :p20180505_175457-01[1]Sun-baked? I don’t mind! So after the beach, let’s take a dip at the Pool. DCIM103GOPROGOPR4594.JPGGOPR4661_1525585298601_high-01-01[1]We were pretty much enamored by the entire resort, and we came back to Singapore relaxed, enlightened and jovial, ready to face the new day back in the city.

Really a no-worry holiday. Let your mind and body completely unwind!IMG-20180505-WA0058-01[1]Love,

Stylishwanderer.com

Bintan Lagoon Resort
Address: Jalan Indera Segara Site A12, Lagoi, Teluk Sebong, Bintan, Kepro – Indonesia 29155
Phone: +62 770 691 388 (Indonesia)/+65 6223 3223 (Singapore)
For more information and to book a room, , email reservations@bintanlagoon.com, or visit their website at https://www.bintanlagoon.com/ 

10 Best Things to do in Beijing

Beijing during Spring Festival, is it a Yay or Nay? 20180216_172515-01[1]20180216_165913-01[1]Visited Beijing some time in February, not a good time of visit as it was during Chinese New Year, so just imagine the crowd! lol!

 

Needless to say that the most attractive seasons to visit are also the most crowded. But regardless of the time of the year, a visitor will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout the country.20180216_162608-01[1]The name Beijing means Northern Capital, and is intended to distinguish the town from Nanjing, the Southern Capital. The city has over 3000 years old history. It’s a fascinating city with some of the most famous landmarks of the Chinese history. And would you believe that it has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites!?20180216_165444-01[1]Though Beijing is a hustling and bustling capital city, it’s packed full of things to do and there are plenty of sites to see for a week long visit.20180217_090634-01[1]Heading to China? Here’s my 10 best things to do in Beijing and top attractions that you should not miss on your visit!

1. Visit the Iconic site:
The Great Wall of China

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The views were spectacular and you could see how the Wall snaked it’s way through the mountains.20180218_133535-01[1]The Great Wall is the most famous site in China, and it is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.20180218_135048-01[1]20180218_124342-01[1]About 21,196 km long wall surrounding Beijing. 20180218_132349-01[1]A series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe.

 

Several walls were being built as early as the 7th century BC; The majority of the existing wall was built during the Ming Dynasty (14th-17th century).

 

Beijing is a perfect base to visit the Great Wall of China. 20180218_132414-01[1]There are different sections of the wall which you can visit. 20180218_112934-01[1]The Badaling section, the most visited site of the Great Wall. I advise you not to go there especially during Chinese New Year or any other Chinese Holiday as it is really crowded. On our visit during CNY, not a good timing though but lucky enough that we chose to visit Mutianyu, a section of the Great Wall located 70 km northeast of central Beijing.20180218_113611-01[1] The Mutianyu section is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi in the east. As one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.20180218_113030-01[1]The Great Wall of China is indeed an awe inspiring human achievement.20180218_131317-01[1]20180218_124349-01[1]What an extraordinary experience to have visited one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the Medieval World.

Watch the video here:

 


2. Wander around Tiananmen Square

20180217_082333-01[1]Start your Beijing sightseeing on the Tiananmen Square, as this is the center of the city.20180217_082353-01[1]It is one of the largest squares in the World being 500 meters wide and 880 meters long. The square, initially built in 1651, but was enlarged four times its original size during the leadership of Chairman Mao.20180217_083422-01-01[1]20180217_083422-01-02[1]Standing in the center of Tiananmen Square, looking around, you get a real feeling of where you are. Soldiers march through, flags fly high and tourists are snapping pictures everywhere. And on the square, visitors can see the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.20180217_082335-01[1]The Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao Zedong is located on the giant concrete square. His body is embalmed and laid out for public viewing. Entrance is free but there is a strict dress code and photos are not allowed. An eerie experience though but definitely worthwhile.

3. Explore the Forbidden City

20180217_085056-01[1]Just across the Tiananmen Square is the famed Forbidden City, home of the Emperor between 1420 and 1912. A UNESCO World Heritage Site today.20180217_085619(0)-01[1]Chairman Mao’s large photo greets everyone at the entrance of the Forbidden City. Here you can see beautiful, well-decorated palaces of the Emperor and his household20180217_085949-01[1]The palace is a fascinating place to visit.20180217_091723-01[1]20180217_091828-01[1]It has 980 buildings and you could spend days exploring the grounds of the walled-off city admiring the colorful temples and the various deities dotted throughout the complex.20180217_101158-01[1]20180217_101004-01[1]Would you want to miss IG-worthy snaps of every corner? 20180217_101409(0)-01[1]Ooops! I ain’t gonna miss any spot! lol!
So let my photos do the talking :p
20180217_102609-01[1]20180217_101852-01[1]Without visiting The Forbidden City, you’d definitely missed one of the most important parts of China.20180217_092832-01[1]A stunning maze of temples and shrines.

 

 An absolute must see and a beautiful reminder of days gone by! 20180217_094954-01[1]20180217_092604-01[1]20180217_094232-01[1]Surely you’ll be impressed by the size and grandeur of the complex. Though it is very crowded regardless of the season, it is very huge that even a day is not enough to explore. Uh-oh! Go get some comfy shoes!20180217_103650-01[1]20180217_103628-01[1]It’s a long walk through that reminds one of greatness and defeat all in one place, beautifully preserved. 20180217_103939(0)-01-02[1]20180217_103939(0)-01-01[1]Indeed you cannot go to Beijing and not go to the Forbidden City.

4. Be in awe at the Temple of Heaven

20180217_131622-01-01[1]It is built in one of the famous dynasties and it is truly a treasure.20180217_131905-01-01-02[1]20180217_131905-01-01-01[1]Another UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, and it is described as a masterpiece of landscape design and architecture. 20180217_132812-01-01[1]Be in awe of its beautifully decorated temple complex, which is indeed one of the most magnificent places to visit in Beijing.20180217_131000-01[1]Truly a stunning piece of history. 20180217_124156-01[1]It’s worthwhile to take a moment to read about the actual detailed history of what occurred at the sites for the history buffs as it is unlike many other sites one would study across the globe.20180217_133540-02-01[1]Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid crowds in Beijing, so just go with the flow. You are in China and this is the part of it. 20180217_125706-01-01[1]Do not hesitate to visit this place just because it’s too crowded, mind you! The scenery and landmarks are really beautiful.

5. Ride a Trishaw and Explore the Hutongs

20180219_124444-01[1]20180219_124426-01[1]If you are wondering what to do in Beijing after a day of sightseeing, check out the Hutong area, where you will be able to see how some Chinese people live in Beijing.20180219_131555-01[1]The tour on a trishaw took us into the narrow alleys providing glimpses of life and reminiscent of another era. Here the locals live in small, garage like rooms, where they usually have a shower, but no toilet. Tenants of the hutongs use the public toilets on the street.20180219_131233-01[1]The old houses, old streets, with not so much crowd of tourist brings a different vibe. Some people allow visitors inside their house to see and feel that ancient atmosphere. And in our case, we’re able to get in plus we we’re taught how to make dumplings! Yay!

Watch Video here:

 


6. Don’t miss the Summer Palace

20180219_160114-01[1]20180219_160244-01[1]A vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces.20180219_155828-01[1]One of the best things to see in Beijing is the Summer Palace that dates back to 1153. Three-quarters of the area is covered with water. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998, and it was declared “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.

 

20180219_155737-01[1]The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.20180219_155510-01[1]The first thing that struck me as soon as I entered the Summer Palace grounds was the massive lake that greets you at the entrance. The lake itself is huge – it’s hard to believe it was dug by hand.20180219_160344-01[1]What a lovely place indeed! A masterpiece of romantic renditions of Chinese legendary history. All the gates are attractive and the lake itself provides a charming setting.20180219_155452-01[1]The Summer Palace was the getaway and escape for the Emperor whenever it gets too hot in the Forbidden City during the summer. And Just like the Forbidden City, this place is massive and involves a lot of walking.

 

It’s hard to take solo pictures though, because there’s always a constant stream of people so be prepared to have almost all your pictures photobombed by random locals and other tourist. Any tourist site in China is always crowded, but as soon as you can get your head around the fact that any tourist site in China is going to be mind-bendingly busy, you can really appreciate the beauty of the Summer Palace.

7. Never leave Beijing without eating the Peking Duck

20180217_122504-01[1]The Peking Duck is the most famous specialty of Beijing, and it has been prepared since the imperial era. The dish is served with small pancakes, veggies and hoisin sauce. It is a tasty dish and a must try when you visit Beijing.20180217_122039-01[1]The chef serves thinly sliced duck and crispy skin at the guests’ table. I actually don’t eat duck in Singapore or even back in my country PH, but when we visited Beijing, hmm., let’s give Peking Duck a try!20180217_114824-01[1]Darn! I didn’t expect it to be that good! Seriously! There was no smell, the skin was so crunchy with its fats, Urgggh! melts in the mouth! :p20180217_112404-01[1]Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant is one of the best restaurants serving Beijing Roast Duck. It has a history of nearly 150 years, and today there are many chain restaurants of it around the city.20180217_122321-01[1]Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, really a must eat here —> Peking Duck!

8. Qianmen Street:
Get a feel of shopping in ancient architectural buildings

20180217_162721-01[1]20180217_160905-01[1]Qianmen Street has history of more than 570 years.  It is composed of buildings whose styles resemble the late Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911).20180217_162733-01[1]A modern shopping in ancient architectural buildings and streets. 20180217_162617-01[1]20180217_163103-01[1]20180217_160533-01[1]The layout is simple, there’s a main street with branches on both left and right. One side is full of small shops and the other side is food shops.20180217_160345-01[1]20180217_161806-01[1]20180217_160425-01[1]The ideal trip here is to plan Forbidden City in the morning (about 2-3 hours), then do a photo-op across the road in Tienanmen Square, then continue walking south (keeping Forbidden City behind you) and you’ll reach Qianmen subway station. Cross the road to pass the arch and you are in Qianmen street.20180217_163122-01[1]

Here’s a short vid of Forbidden City down to Qianmen street:

 


9. Stroll around the Famous Egg Building:

National Centre for Performing Arts

20180219_112949-01[1]Set in the middle of a lake, one enters the complex from an underground entrance, underneath the water, to emerge into the theaters. It can be regarded as the opera house of the city. It contains several concert halls and theaters within.20180219_104701-01[1]20180219_105533-01[1]20180219_105618-01[1]It’s more than a Theater. Perhaps many tourist would have given this venue a miss. Its logical when the other bigger known places in the vicinity would have taken up all their sightseeing times. But If you are into exploring awesome architecture then you will love this place. Truly an astounding architectural wonder.20180219_112549-01[1]20180219_112937-01[1]
10. Visit Olympic Park

20180218_080018-01[1]Beijing hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008, and it is going to host the Winter Olympics in 2022. It is the only city that will host both the Winter and the Summer Olympics in the history.20180218_075736-01[1]The Olympic Park is on the outskirts of Beijing with many futuristic buildings and modern stadiums. The Beijing National Stadium was constructed for the game. It is also called as the birds nest, and it can host 91,000 people.20180217_162854-01[1]Beijing is a great city that has a lot to offer to its visitors. You will surely enjoy this diverse and fun city, whether you come for cultural exposure, history, or shopping. Make sure to spend more than just a few days in the Chinese capital to be able to visit all the famous sites above to get a proper Beijing experience.20180217_160640-01[1]Let me know about your Beijing trip.

Drop some love below. ❤20180217_094001-01[1]Stylishwanderer.com

A True Farm-to-table Experience

It’s been awhile since I last posted about going organic. Yes?

Coz something great is going to happen, mark your weekends starting April 2018!20170713_171506-01-01[1]

Go organic!
Davao Farm Holiday believes that a new way to cook and eat is possible, will you join them?FB_IMG_1522935338036[1]

Starting on April 28, 2018, Saturday and Sunday will never be the same again!
Huni Farm is opening its gates and will be hosting buffet lunch from 10 am till 3 pm.

Among their goals is to explore new and interesting ways to connect people to food and community. They will serve organic meals of fresh harvest from the farm as they educate their guests with the importance of knowing the quality of food they take and serve to their loved ones.FB_IMG_1522935312222[1]

They have been influenced by many styles of cooking and they love to experiment. At their table you can expect to find the freshest ingredients, beautiful and rustic presentation that you won’t soon forget. A weekend  at their table is not only an occasion to share and meet new people, but also an opportunity to discover new sustainable ways of living. This Farm to Table Experience will make the perfect anniversary gift, birthday present, family occasion, group outing, romantic date, or just a wonderful way to experience the farm.

Huni Farm is located at Wangan, Calinan District , Davao City.

Join them with your family and friends! FB_IMG_1522935250808[1]

Together let’s support local farmers, lets promote their products and take part in the establishment of a strong relationship of our community to quality food, local farmers and the environment.

This is the first project of Happy Islands Business Development and Consultancy under the banner of its mother project Davao Farm Holiday.  Gourmet Lunch at Huni Farm is a  new flavor of Davao Tourism which will be launched in cooperation with Livelife Travel and Tours.

For booking and reservations please contact:
https://livelifedavao.com/

https://www.facebook.com/davaofarmholiday/

Stylishwanderer.com

Perfect weekend: Review of Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana

Thinking of a weekend getaway and escaping the bustling city life of Singapore?20180119_141539-01[1]
There’s a lot of places you can choose from and make the most of your weekend. You can fly to Bankok, Penang, Langkawi or anywhere in the nearby Malaysia and Indonesia but hey, Bali is always a good idea!20180119_104840-01[1].jpegOh Bali, it has only been a few weeks, but how I’ve missed you!20180119_142635-01-01[1].jpeg20180119_140313(0)-01-01-01[1]Spent the weekend in Bali a few weeks ago and I can’t help but look back to such wonderful experience. 20180119_131642(0)-01-01-01[1]Sunshine, blue skies, and sea breeze was exactly what I wanted. Thanks to Skyscanner, a travel fare meta search engine which I always use to shop for cheapest airline ticket online. However, booking flights just a day before isn’t going to be that cheap but thanks to Jet Star and Air Asia, both airlines offer many promotional fares from Changi International Airport even if it’s a last minute booking.20180119_133205-01[1]Hooray! Flights booked! Where to in Bali just for the weekend? Uh-oh! Bali is too big to explore for just over the weekend, but since I wanted a tropical beach relaxation, what about staying in a resort? Yes, please!20180119_133831-01[1]20180119_133931-01[2]
There are a lot resorts to choose from (insert headache lol!) but Rimba Jimbaran Bali by Ayana came out number one from my choices, and it didn’t disappoint!20180119_125312-01-01[1]20180120_142611-01-01[1]20180119_125425-01-01[1]The Hotel is under the management of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali. AYANA is more well known as a romantic luxury resort for couples while RIMBA is more a family resort. The big PLUS for this is they permit guests from RIMBA to use AYANA and vice versa. Staying in one hotel and having double the facilities, or should I say triple since you’re permitted to use the KUBU BEACH CLUB too.  20180120_100758-01[1]What a BIG YES for this resort. They have everything! A retreat that is simultaneously luxurious, contemporary and Balinese.

20180119_124845-01-01[1]20180119_124837-01-01[2] Where to start with Rimba?
Seriously, I’m out of words to describe how lovely my stay was.20180119_124834-01[1]20180119_124622-01-01[1].jpegTheir famous circular sunken seating on infinity pool.20180119_120851-01-01[1]And my welcome drink. ❤20180120_142720-01-01[1]
Right from the moment you enter the front gate and drive towards the hotel through the lush greenery and perfectly manicured gardens, to reaching the magnificent lobby, you are made to feel special when you step out of the taxi with a beautiful frangipani lei  (flower necklace) and all the staff give you the warmest welcome. How lovely!20180119_125222-01[1]The service is impeccable. Every staff I met from the captain to the porter to the front desk to housekeeping, etc. have all been super helpful, courteous, professional, and pleasant. They’re all very attentive, seeming to know when to ask what you want and when to leave you alone.20180119_122730-01[1]At check in, I was so surprised that they’ve upgraded my room to an Ocean View Suite. Yay! The suite comes with a private furnished balcony having partial views of the Indian Ocean, surrounding forest, tropical gardens and the multi-tiered pool. 20180119_144909_010-01-01[1]It is equipped with a 47-inch flat-screen TV, work desk, minibar, iPod docking station and the day bed which can be converted into an extra bed. The marble-tiled bathroom features a large soaking tub, a shower and double vanities. And for extra comfort, do enjoy the complimentary aromatherapy set and L’Occitane bath essentials.

Here’s a short video of my Ocean View Suite in Rimba and some snippets of Ayana:

 

Worry less. Sea you at the beach? Aw! 20180119_140009-02-01[1]20180119_1415290-011.jpeg
Here’s one of my fave, The Rock Bar Bali. The famous Rock bar overlooking the West Coast of Bali. Awarded as World’s Best Bars with Views and World’s Best Hotel Bars by Forbes Travel Guide, CNN20180119_135305-01-01[1]Rock Bar is the perfect location to watch the sunset over the sea. 20180119_134757-02[1]Perched nearly 50 feet atop a cliff with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this outdoor club is a chic spot for sunset cocktails and late-night live music plus the HUGE WAVES and when I say HUGE, I mean it! lol! Just a tip though, don’t sit at the corner areas unless you want to get wet! :p20180119_134635-01-01[1]20180119_135826-01-01[1]20180119_135349-01-01[1]Locals and tourists from around the island line up every evening for entrance via an inclinator. And of-course, resort guests of Rimba and Ayana are granted priority access. Yahoo!

Met a few tourists at The Rock Bar and here’s a decent photo before getting splashed by the huge waves. lol!

Snippets of the famed Rock Bar Bali and the Ocean beach pool of Ayana ❤

Happiness is found in waves. Yay!
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20180119_165548-01-01[1]20180119_165545-01-01[1]Beach or Pool? Both, please! AYANA has over 12 magnificent swimming pools and that’s more than enough to keep you occupied during your stay!  20180120_092555-01-01-01[1]20180120_092709-01-01-01[1]For a short weekend getaway, I only had the chance to enjoy 3 among the 12 pools: Ocean View Infinity Pool, Unique Rooftop Pool and the H20 Pool. 20180120_130918-01[1]20180120_130838-01[1]20180120_130912-01[1]Well.. well, there are plenty of reasons to be back and I definitely will. ❤20180119_161616-01-01[1]20180119_161909-01-01-02[1]20180119_161549-01[1]What an amazing resort indeed! You can have a change of scenery every hour and not run out of options. Then the next day you can move onto Ayana on the excellent shuttle service and repeat! I really don’t need to go out from the resort. They have everything! And if you’ve had enough of Rimba and Ayana, head down to Kubu Beach club which is also a must visit. 20180120_095843-01-01[1]With stunning views of the coastline and brilliantly set up space in the actual beach club and beautiful sand beach on the other side which I didn’t had the chance to stay longer and explore as it was raining heavily.  Too bad, but I’ll be back for sure! :p

Would I recommend? A BIG Yes!!! Drop some love below. ❤

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*Dusting off spiderwebs

Time flies, that’s for sure. Well.. well, dusting off spiderwebs from this blog isn’t going to be an easy task perhaps. Apparently this site had tumbled down for the past few months and I feel super bad. I really didn’t have the luxury of time to sit down, make drafts, edit photos and videos for the last quarter of the year as I’ve started a new job. It wasn’t easy to start off but eventually I got the hang of it.img1516202011752-01Reflecting over the past year. 2017 has had its highs and lows. I’m grateful for the ups, the downs, and the ins and outs. I lost a job but found what I was looking for. I got engaged. I’ve traveled fairly. I seized opportunities and embraced challenges. img1516200693223-01-01-01img1516200986256-01-01-01-01I waved goodbye to 2017. Ecstatic for what the new year will bring. Cheers to more travel tips and stories, bold reviews, food hunt, fashion posts and more!

Love, img1516200850152-01Stylishwanderer.com

 

 

 

Shopping for the Best Flowers in Singapore

Flower shopping in Singapore doesn’t have to be boring, or just another tab on your list of chores. Not at all, at least, when you shop from A Better Florist. This is by far one of the best flower shops you’re going to find in Singapore, and there are many of them. In such a competitive market, they’ve managed to quickly establish themselves as the best florist in Singapore, and it’s not just because they have many shops around Singapore. It’s more about their philosophy and about their beautiful designs.

You can visit one of their flower shops, but you also have the option to shop online, from their website. It’s simple, convenient and you save a lot of time and money. There are several categories, through which you can scroll through and shop within a matter of minutes. Everything that you see on their website is up for grabs at all times, and you get to choose from all kinds of different bouquets and arrangements. Among their flower offering they have their signature blooms, which are the most popular flower designs most customers go for, funeral flowers, hand bouquets, bundles, flower bunches, flower arrangements and gorgeous flower stands for bigger events, such as weddings. They cater to a large crowd, the young and the old, the business people and the ones that just appreciate beautiful flower décor in their homes. There is plenty of versatility, and something for everyone’s taste.

Their team really does have a special sense for design, since their flower combinations and designs aren’t usual and expected. They mix it up all the time, and always introduce something new and creative. In addition to being the masters of flowers, the best florist in Singapore is also a gift shop. Besides flowers, you can also shop for hampers, any kind of hamper for any occasions, from graduation to a get well soon hamper. There’s a category that also features fruit baskets, which come in handy when holidays arrive. You can customize your fruit basket or any gift for that matter. If you need a baby shower gift, they also have that too. The list would go on and on, but they really do have a lot to offer.

fruit orchard.pngBeing able to shop online is fantastic, but it has to come with a great delivery. The flower delivery Singapore usually offers isn’t innovative or fast for that matter. A Better Florist definitely offers the best flower delivery in Singapore, as they deliver on the same day, even if it’s a big holiday, like Christmas or Chinese New Year. If you have an emergency, they can also make a quick delivery, within only 90 minutes. The delivery is fast and reliable, but it won’t cost you extra, which is something I think everyone can appreciate. No extra cost, but you still get to enjoy this wonderful delivery service.

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Besides being the flower delivery Singapore has always wanted to have, they’ve expanded and now have several locations out of Singapore. If you’re in Hong Kong, you can rely on the best flower delivery in Hong Kong for all your needs, because A Better Florist has recently opened a flower shop there. Several bloggers have already dubbed them the best florist in Hong Kong.

And, here’s another perk. If you have already tried their service in Singapore, you can even rely on A Better Florist if you’re in Dubai. They are by far the best florist in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and they offer a terrific Dubai flower delivery.

Overall, A Better Florist seems to have found what Singaporeans have wanted all along, and they’ve managed to make shopping so much more easy and convenient, which consequently makes everyone’s life easier. Whether you need a Hong Kong flower delivery or a Singapore flower delivery, I highly recommend ordering from A Better Florist.

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Love,

Stylishwanderer.com

Frost Magical Ice of Siam: A place to visit in Pattaya

I had a trip to Bangkok a few weeks back, though not a long vacay but still I managed to explore many places in just 4 days. I’m gonna post a lot about the trip soon. Aye!20170929_111246-01[1]Any idea of the place? Uh oh! Read on.20170929_110446-01-01-01[1]20170929_110446-01-01-02[1]I’ve always wanted to visit the White Temple in Chiang Rai but I ended up going BKK and Pattaya instead. And even if I haven’t done so, I found myself visiting something like that of White Temple in Chiang Rai, the Frost Magical Ice of Siam. 20170929_111252-01[1]This recently opened Ice Park in Pattaya did not disappoint, just get yourself ready for the scorching heat tho!20170929_111045-01-01-01-02[1]20170929_111045-01-01-01-01[1]Frost Magical Ice of Siam is a 30,000 square meter ice park filled with internationally acclaimed sculptures and carvings of both ice and sand.20170929_114118-01-01[1] 20170929_111030-01-01[1]The park has many zones. The only problem is the scorching heat when you visit during the day. And if you don’t mind the heat, walk through and take a bunch of photos. lol!20170929_111018-01-01[1] The Himmapan Zone houses the sand sculptures of forest creatures and exquisite plants for guests to admire in their intricacies. The Siam Heaven, is an icy dome filled with the largest collection of ice sculptures in the ASEAN countries and chilled to a constant -10 degrees C; this zone is limited to 150 visitors per round, with a time limit of 20mins. The Frost Village where you find the “Photo Booth” and “Souvenir Shop”. The Food Zone for you to indulge their special “Bingsu” or Korean shaved ice dessert in FROST Pattaya style.20170929_111237-02-01[1]20170929_111044-01-01[1]Upon entry, a wonderful scene of white dominates the view (this is not the ice scene yet) and all the creatures are from one of the Thai mythical stories. The bright sunlight highlights the figures and offers a great photo-opp. Hence, an umbrella and sunshades are recommended, I tell you, it’s DAMN hotttttt!20170929_111341-01-01-01[1]The statues were incredibly done and also a lil history was written on a plaque in front of them. I like the white sand sculptures of Thai mythological creatures. 20170929_110135-01-01[1]In contrast, the main attraction was of-course the ‘ice room’ or whatever they call it! Take your prepaid quilt padded coat before you enter the “ice room” with -10 deg C. Be sure to wear proper clothing which I didn’t, and I regretted it in the end. lol! I almost got frostbite! Ha! I underestimated the ice room perhaps, and only rented a coat with no gloves, no pants and proper shoes. haha! I wore a dress and confidently just wore a coat over it. (Frooozen) haha!20170929_112528-01[1]20170929_113001-01[1]20170929_113136-01[1]The ice figures inside are wonderful and the lighting really makes them stand out. The light colors are forever changing, giving different photo opportunities.20170929_112550-01[1]20170929_112552-01[1]A prepaid drink is offered at the bar when you show your ticket and it is served in an ice cube, only fruit juices are served!20170929_112923(0)-01[1]When leaving there is a warm up room where you return your coat and rush to the restaurant to get a hot coffee or tea or indeed a meal if you wish to. They recommend 20 minutes in the air-conditioned room before going out into the heat of the day.

Here’s a short clip: Watch in HD!

How to get there?
Located on the KraTingLai junction (just before the Motorway Bangkok – Pattaya 7) opposite the Regents International School Pattaya. FROST can accommodate up to 3,000 people per day, Open daily 09.00 – 23.00 hrs20170929_111240-01-01[1]20170929_111220-01-01[1]Your thoughts? ❤

Love, 20170929_110026-01-01[1]Stylishwanderer.com

 

Singapore Style Yachting: What you need to know

Never been on a yacht before in Singapore? 20170806_164952(0)-01-01[1]With the thought that it would cost sky-high, perhaps the reason why you haven’t tried the fun voyage.20170806_161909-01-01[1] Contrary to popular belief, one doesn’t have to be super rich or well-connected to be renting a yacht in Singapore. One also does not have to break the bank to enjoy a yacht ride. Yes! You’ve read it right!20170806_164517-01-01[1]20170806_164155-01-01[1]20170806_163620-02-01[1]Satisfy your inner pirate by taking to the high seas. It’s crazily affordable specially if you are in a group. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1681.JPG20170806_164014-01-01[1]What better way to spend any occasion like birthdays, anniversaries, family outing or just a fun getaway with your friends?20170806_170539(0)-01-01[1]20170806_170558-01-01[1]Cruise around Singapore’s calm waters, see the unspoilt neighboring islets and take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1688.JPGDCIM101GOPROGOPR1687.JPGIt’s just so great to get out of Singapore for a bit, feel the sea breeze and enjoy some water activities. 20170806_173509(0)-01-01[1]20170806_172322-01-01[1]Yes, it’s not only cruising. 20170806_175319-01-01[1]There are activities to choose from, such as fishing, kayaking, water-skiing, swimming, and do some grilling? BBQ! Yasss! 20170806_173805-01[1]20170806_172355-011.jpegThere are a lot of yacht charter companies to choose from. Ranging from at least $400 to a whooping $3000 or more but of course, it depends on the package inclusions and the kind of yacht you’ll be using. So choose the yacht charter company which suits your budget.20170806_180138-01-01[1]20170806_180127-01-01-01[1]20170806_180137-01-01-01[1]For our fun voyage, we booked at summit marine system. We could have just simply booked a 4-hour charter with no food inclusion for about $488 plus $50 weekend surcharge but since no one was quiet eager to prepare food, then we added a BBQ Package which cost around $150. 10 pax maximum. And if you’re a group of 10, not bad to pay $70 per person. I tell you, it’s worth it!20170806_174749-01-01[1]20170806_181422-01-01[1]Brand of Yacht: Grandbank20170806_170842-01-01[1]
Inclusions:
1 captain & 1 skipper
Water & electricity utilities
BBQ logistic items
Free flow of mineral water and cans’ of pepsi
Free usage of 2 ice Box & Iice cube
Free usage of fishing rods
Free prawns as baits
Free usage of 2 Kayaks
Free 1 hour Jet-ski service20170806_175559-01-01[1]BBQ PACKAGE:
Chicken Frank Hotdogs
Otah Delights
City Satay “Chicken Flavour”
Signature Marinated Mid Wings
Yakitori Chicken Kebah
Fresh Grey Sea Prawns
Sweetcorns
Crab Sticks
Garlic Bread
Mashmallow Candy Dessert
Fruit Puddings20170806_184609-01-01[1]A private yacht excursion is totally fun, exciting and extremely relaxing all at the same time. We did enjoy so much, and we almost didn’t want to leave when it was time to go back. 20170806_184809-01-01[1]The best part? On your way back to the Marina, you can admire the breathtaking view of Singapore’s iconic city skyline. DCIM101GOPROGOPR1736.JPG
Oops! Who’s not done eating yet? lol! Honestly, the food was more than enough for us.DCIM101GOPROGOPR1745.JPGRenting a yacht in Singapore is pretty easy, simply email the yacht renting company with the number of pax attending, dates and time. And I thought it would cost a bomb, but it’s actually pretty affordable, especially if the cost is split between group of friends.20170806_173159-01[1]
Interested of this fun voyage? Use the code “stylishwanderer” for a $70 discount.
Yes! You’ve read it right!
Contact Peter at +65 8481 0378 or email to summitmarinesystem@gmail.com
 Don’t forget to include the code when you make your booking to avail the discount! Don’t miss the chance. ❤

Here’s a short clip of our escape to the sea!

 

Love,20170806_163716-01-01[1]
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