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.
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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,

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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/ 

Behind the Blog

I’m a Nurse by Profession who also has a blog. If by definition, owning a blog makes a blogger, then I suppose I am a blogger. It’s fascinating how the label ‘blogger’ evolved into? I’ve never heard it 10 years back. Ooops!

I’m an Expat. Filipina Nurse living & working overseas and that alone allows me to have the unusual mid 20’s life journey. Imagine how is it gonna be like living away from home? I take it, blogging about such would be something riveting.

Fashion infatuated and consumed by wanderlust. Strangely, I like to shop more on shoes and clothing but not make-up. I can survive with only a lip tint and a face cream on and I’m good to go.

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Osaka Castle: Why You Have To Visit

If there is one must-see for any visitor in Osaka, then it should be Osaka Castle. Truly a magnificent symbol of the City. It signifies the pride of Osaka. Beautiful and majestic on its own; with Sakura it’s positively magical. In addition to being historically significant and artistic architectural it provides visitors with much things to do and see.20160331_094620-01[1]20160331_094605-01[1]20160331_093919-01[1]20160331_095100-01[1]It is well laid out. There is a lift to take people up to level five of the total seven levels or you can climb the stairs yourself. The idea is to get to the top and work your way down the levels. Sadly taking snaps inside the castle is prohibited but the displays are great and worth the visit with a picturesque view at the top.20160331_093737-01[1]20160331_094724-01-01[1]20160331_094908-01[1]20160331_095301-01[1]20160331_095725-01-01-01[1]20160331_095803-01[1]20160331_100255-01[1]20160331_102025-01[1]
While it costs you 600 yen, 7.5sgd or around 250php to access the castle. It’s totally free to take a stroll around the grounds, exploring the many fortifications and gates that stand strong to this day. 20160331_110653-01[1]20160331_112718-01[1]20160331_112707-01[1]20160331_112643-01[1]20160331_092730-01-01[1]20160331_092704-01-01[1]20160331_092916-01[1]20160331_092938-01[1]20160331_092909-01-01[1]20160331_092900-01-01[1]20160331_093128-01[1]

After you enter the gates, you can see a whole street with food stalls. The food stalls ranged from sweet to savoury. 20160331_113501-01[1]20160331_104130-01[1]20160331_103723-01[1]20160331_110453-01[1]20160331_110537-01[1]20160331_111525-01[1]20160331_114822-01[1]20160331_115551-01[1]

Sakura made it more magical on our visit! From every corner you walk, you see those different colors in bloom. Some were white others were pink. But well, they’re just too lovely! 20160331_093239-01[1]20160331_093222-01[1]20160331_095754-01[1]

Hanami. 🙂

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HOW TO GET THERE:

This link may help you if you are traveling from Jr Namba Station.

http://www.rome2rio.com/s/Jr-Namba/Osaka-Castle

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The Dancing Clouds of Imogiri, Yogyakarta

A scenery that can make you feel at one with nature. A peak that has breathtaking panoramic view. A spot where the clouds appear below where you would be standing.
Indisputably! – A PERFECT PICTURE!20160212_054231-0120160212_054241-0120160212_054234-01Mangunan fruit garden is located in the district of Imogiri, Yogyakarta. However during the time of our visit I didn’t see any fruit at all. Might not be in season for bearing fruit I still find myself favoured to witness such natural beauty. The hike up the hill is quite tough but the view is definitely worth it! The struggle from the rugged terrain to get up the hill will be paid off when you reach the mountain top. And you will see nothing but the beauty of real nature.20160212_053710-0120160212_054212-0120160212_053705-0120160212_053655-01The best time to visit is at dawn where the clouds is dancing in front of you at the terrace right on top of the hill. I was speechless. A scene where heaven meets earth. Savour the moment and wait as the rising sun shoots beams of light through cracks and holes in the clouds. I was totally in awe. I couldn’t be more grateful for witnessing the pastoral scene.20160212_053533-0120160212_053633-0120160212_053624-0120160212_053501-0120160212_053600-01-0120160212_053810-0120160212_054926-0120160212_054920-0120160212_054438-01

Definitely one of my fave when in Yogyakarta.

Meet Mr. Jogja Tour Driver , His name is Wahyu. Lucky to have crossed his website on the night before our flight to Jogja. He was not just our tour driver throughout our trip but became our local friend too. Our day by day tour was definitely smooth. He even arranged my Itineraries and made it possible to visit all in my list.

You may visit his site www.jogjatourdriver.com and see all what he can offer!
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Wearing online goodies, all black suit and a pop of pink boots.
Scarf from tokichoi 

 

City of Saigon

Embrace the spirit of Saigon – “Pearl of the Far East “.IMG-20160127-WA0331-01

Ho Chi Minh City – former name Saigon is Vietnam’s largest city. A fast paced city with a unique mix of French colonial architecture, Chinese influences, a modern entrepreneurial spirit and numerous temples.

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The Vietnamese metropolis can intimidate you at first, but with a local to guide you on a Ho Chi Minh City tour, it’s never been easier to visit this incredible city. The city tour unravels Saigon’s raging past and provides a glimpse into the captivating variety the city has to offer.

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Morning Highlight.

The War Remnant Museum – the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh city. For me, the museum isn’t for everyone; some of the pictures and displays are explicit and shocking.

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The brutality of war is on full effect. What is displayed there may not be suitable for the faint of heart. But if you’re interested in war history, this is definitely your place.

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Headed to Thien Hau Pagoda located inside China Town, it’s a place of great historical and cultural importance.

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Then shopping at Ben Thanh Market in city center. It offers extensive range of souvenirs and mementos. But this market is not just for the purpose to serve the tourist and travellers’ need, it’s also where the locals get their daily necessities such as fresh foods, groceries, household items and more.

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Afternoon Highlight.

The Reunification palace served as the South Vietnamese president’s home and office during the Vietnam War.

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It’s immense significance to the Vietnamese was when a Vietnamese military tank crashed the gates marking the end of America’s failed mission in Vietnam thus ending the war in April 30, 1975.

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The Notre Dame Cathedral, the General Post Office – 2 most famous and oldest of classical French colonial architecture construction was built more than 100 years ago.

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The cathedral was built by the French late in the 19th century. Its design, apart from the intention to create a religious look, aims at showing the influence of French civilization and Christianity over Saigon. At the time it was built, the Basilica was the most beautiful cathedral of this kind amongst all French colonies. IMG-20160127-WA0519-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0553-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0546-01-01IMG-20160127-WA0509-02-01IMG-20160127-WA0521-01IMG-20160127-WA0544-01

All the materials were directly imported from France like red bricks of the outside walls, which retain their bright and lively red color until today.

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The beautiful colonial General Post Office facing the cathedral square was completed at about the same time as the cathedral. With its huge clock and cavernous interior, the post office has the air of an old-fashioned railway station.

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The lacquerware shop, handicrafts from handicaps. The paintings and other handicrafts were assembled by handicapped people, mostly war victims who were no longer eligible to work in offices or farms but who still wanted to earn a living.

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“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page”.

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The Mekong Delta Experience

A trip to Vietnam would not be complete without a trip to the Mekong Delta.IMG-20160127-WA0202-01-01[1](you don’t wanna miss that Iconic shot on a canoe ride with a conical hat right?) :p

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IMG-20160127-WA0401-01-01[1]Heading to the Mekong Delta, never miss to drop by the Mekong Rest Stop. We halted at this place, had a quick drink, bite and pee. hee! :p Much to our surprise we saw a nice landscape garden behind the resto. The place combines man-made sight with modern facility in a very natural way. Seems that all the tour buses and all the people that will go to a Mekong River Delta, stopped here.

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Welcome aboard! The leisurely boat ride along the river. Viewed the stilt houses, fruit plantations and fishing villages along the river bank. Proceeded to Tortoise islet, and finally! time to feed our hunger pangs in the orchard garden. 🙂

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Vietnamese honey tea
The canoe ride through gorgeous waterways with my conical hat. Oh yes! THIS was the Mekong Delta that I had imagined.

IMG-20160127-WA0184-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0139-01-01[1]IMG-20160127-WA0155-01-01[1]As the local man rowing our boat took long, sure strokes to propel us through the groves of water coconut trees, we all marveled at the beauty of this part of Vietnam. Truly in awe at the simpleness and at the silence.

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