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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 14th 2018

Friday, 14th September 2018 The highlight of the day was our visit to Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building at a height of 828m above ground level. Construction commenced in early 2004 and it took a mere 6 years from start to finish before it was officially inaugarated in January 2010. On Fridays, services on the Dubai Metro starts after 10am so we had to hail a taxi in order to reach our venue before 9am. Admission is via Dubai Mall, a massive shopping complex housing some 1,200 stores and a huge aquarium. Granted that the off-peak ticket costs a hefty S$50 for access to the 124th and 125th floors, this was money well-spent in my opinion. Besides the tower visit, there is a well-curated video exhibition at ground level depicting the major milestones as Burj ... read more
Dubai City View
With a great view of the city
From the Top of 125th Storey

Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai September 13th 2018

Thursday, 13th September 2018 Our 3pm flight to Dubai was delayed for more than 2 hours at Changi Airport due to some air-conditioning servicing. The passengers onboard this flight were civilised as none of them vented their frustrations at the helpless cabin crew. It was closed to six in the evening before the flight was given the green light to depart. Seven hours later, we landed at Dubai International Airport. UAE is made up of seven kingdoms and this is where we would be spending our weekend away from Singapore. With little expectations on how things would pen out over the weekend, we continued our journey to the city centre via the Dubai Metro. Barely 20 minutes into the ride, we reached the Emirates Towers Station where our hotel, the Millennium Plaza was right at the ... read more
Our accomodation
The Dubai Metro
Our flight to Dubai

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 12th 2018

Sunday, 12th August 2018 This is our final morning in the city of Phnom Penh before our 3.25pm flight back to Singapore in the afternoon. Early morning, we wasted no time to head to the Central Market for breakfast. From one of the stalls at the edge of the market, we ordered yam cakes, baguettes and coffee to boost up our day. The market wasn't too overwhelmed with people at this time of the day as we soon realised in the afternoon. When we pop by for lunch later, it was filled with locals and tourists jostling for space. Anyway, after breakfast, we did not have too much time to wander about since we had to gather at the hotel lobby by 12pm for our transport to the airport. We did manage to pop by at ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 11th 2018

Saturday, 11th August 2018 At 8.30am, the sun was bright and sunny as 16 of us joined the cyclo tour to take in the architectural wonders of Central Phnom Penh. For the next 3 hours, the tour brought us to some of the most iconic buildings in the city including the Central Post Office, the China House as well as the quiet Railway Station. The guide was very informative as she shared with us stories of Cambodian history and political situation that corresponded to the period when the buildings were built. All in all, this was a very well-organised tour put together plus a very enjoyable cyclo ride around the city centre. Earlier in the morning, C and myself had woken up at 6.30am. We decided to hail a tuk tuk to the Olympic Stadium for ... read more
Road to Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Post Office

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 10th 2018

Friday, 10th August 2018 After breakfast at the hotel this morning, our tour bus came by to pick us up at 8.30am where we began our city tour of Phnom Penh. Barely 10 minutes into the journey, we had arrived at the first stopping point for the day, the imposing Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. For USD10, we were able to gain admission to the beautiful grounds dotted with healthy green lawns and immaculately kept gardens. The great thing about Phnom Penh is that the sights are within closed proximity to one another. There is no need to spend lots of time on the road before arriving at our destination. Within the grounds of the Silver Pagoda lies a mini Angkor Wat where we happily snapped loads of pictures of the beautiful model. It was ... read more
The Silver Pagoda
The Mini Angkor Wat inside Silver Pagoda compounds
Beautiful Elephants :)

Asia » Cambodia » South » Phnom Penh August 9th 2018

Thursday, 9th August 2018 More than 10 years ago, I was travelling by myself on this Jetstar flight 3K593 to meet my Cambodian friend, R at the Phnom Penh International Airport. Fast forward August 2018, there were more than 30 of us on this very same flight for our 4 Days 3 Nights retreat over the National Day long weekend. It was a last minute decision from my end to participate and I was really happy to be able to make it for this retreat. At the end of the 4 days, new friendships were forged and old friendships strengthened as we carved out our uniquely Phnom Penh experience. Our flight took off at 3+ in the afternoon from Changi International Airport. Flight time was about 95 minutes. As usual, I always find the leg room ... read more
Welcome to Phnom Penh
Afternoon at the Killing Fields
Phnom Penh by night

Asia » Japan » Hokkaido » Otaru July 13th 2018

Friday, 13th July 2019 From our hotel at Shin-Sapporo, we took a westbound train towards the direction of Otaru this morning. Otaru is one of the historical port cities located along this part of Hokkaido. One of the key sites that really stood out is the massive Railway Museum. Within the compound, it was divided into the indoor and outdoor galleries where there were as many as twenty locomotives on display. Over at the indoor gallery, train buffs should be happy to learn that there was even an opportunity to put on the uniform and pit cap to role-play the job of a Linesman. Lunch was a special affair within a restored train carriage that is now home to a western restaurant. The delicious food, the beautiful decor and the impressive service made the whole dining ... read more
Otaru Railway Museum
Wonderful lunch onboard a retired train carriage

Asia » Japan » Hokkaido » Furano July 12th 2018

Thursday, 12th July 2018 We took a Lavender Express Train bounded for Furano this morning. We were half-expecting that there would perhaps be some lavender scent or even decorations onboard this Special Train Service (which there were none unfortunately). Arrival at Furano station some 80 minutes later, we transferred to another local train that would bring us to the Nakafurano Station where the lavender fields are located. We chose to visit Farm Tomita due to its proximity to public transportation. This was an easy 25 minutes walk from the station. Along the way, we passed by the Town Lavender Fields which gave us a preview of what was to be expected at Tomita later. We paused for a short lavender-flavoured ice-cream break before continuing our walk along the main road. This was a warm and sunny ... read more
Beautiful Asahikawa Station
Sapporo Beer Museum

Asia » Japan » Hokkaido » Sapporo July 11th 2018

Wednesday, 11th July 2018 We completed our 310km rail journey from Hakodate to the city of Sapporo via the 3-hour Super Express train this morning. Along the way, we had our beautiful Shinkansen bento box to accompany us for lunch. Upon arrival at the Shin Sapporo Station, we were very happy that our room at Hotel Emisia was ready for check-in. After a brief rest, we took a train bounded for Chitose where YP alighted at the Nera Outlet Mall for shopping while I continued my journey to the New Chitose Airport. The Airport was a joy to visit with its myriad of colourful shops, eateries and museums. There was even a huge Royce Chocolate World and Retail Space located right at the heart of the Departure Area. I made a brief visit at the free ... read more
On the train to Sapporo
Our delicious bento box
Beautiful train, beautiful sky

Asia » Japan » Aomori July 10th 2018

Tuesday, 10th July 2018 We started Day 03 of our program with a visit to the Hakodate Morning Market. Located right next to the train station, this is an ideal place to buy and sample fresh seafood. YP wasted no time in buying a pack of dry scallops and some medication for her family. We also took some time off to sample the sweetness of the Hokkaido melons and roasted scallops. After we were done with market shopping, we stopped by at the restaurant row to sample raw sashimi and crab legs. The colourful food samples outside the restaurants made them very tempting for us to try them all! From the morning market, we headed to the beautiful Onuma Koen which was an easy train ride away. This is a picturesque national park located at the ... read more
Breakfast at Morning Market
Onuma Koen
Excursion to Aomori

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