Whangarei – Simple yet Beautiful in the Northlands

This was probably my first time to Whangarei despite being to New Zealand twice including the current trip. And the last trip here was roughly 10 years ago. Boy … just talking about it already makes me miss New Zealand now that I am back home haha 😀 ! It has many characteristics that Auckland isn’t. There isn’t alot of traffic here, neither is there alot of people … probably more sheeps and cows than humans. It isn’t very developed, largely rural landscape without the tall landscrapers and commercial buildings. That’s exactly what makes Whangarei uniquely different … beautiful in […]

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Tasman Glacier Up Close ….

Ahhh …. after a 1 month travel break to revitalize …. I am back once again 😛 Wishing first to all my friends and readers a Happy New Year 2016! Cheers to a Good Start, and starting off with the Right Foot! In New Zealand, there are 3 likely glaciers that one could get access to from the Southern Alps of South Island: Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier and Tasman Glacier. It is definitely one of the most memorable experience that one could possibly have … to be close to a glacier or on one before they are totally gone […]

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Bus Charter through Death Valley

United States is a vast country with unlimited sights and attractions, limited only by our imagination 🙂 Of course, being such a large country, having a reliable mode of travel is essential for covering the vast distance between point-to-point. A good starting point would usually be at Las Vegas, a major city of entertainment, known for its casinos, retail shopping, fine dining as well as nightlife.  😎 With all its buzz of energy and fantastic lightings at night, one would probably experience streams of people milling about on the main streets enjoying the wonderful displays of light effects, music (yes, there […]

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Sungei Buloh, Singapore’s Wetland Reserve

For nature-lovers, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Singapore offers the beauty and wonders of the wetlands with an extensive mangrove forest,  awarded a certificate by the Wetlands International, marking the reserve’s entry into the East Asian Australasian Shorebird Site Network. Just a warning foreword before coming, while dressing light for the weather is appropriate, do come prepared with mosquito repellents. I suppose the female mosquitoes here lack proper food sources and we humans lightly dressed is just what they need …hahaha! 😀 The biodiversity here is rich, and really natural unlike a zoo. And the wildlife here really is in […]

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How to see Mount Fuji at its Best

Mount Fuji, the tallest and most iconic landmark in Japan that is held in the highest respect and sanctity by Japanese, is a mountain known for its renown beauty. Rising almost 3776 metres above sea level, it projects its different unique personalities in all four seasons from different viewing vantage points, making it one of the most sought-after photographic-points and tourist attractions where everyone hopes to be able to catch sight of the pure essence of this majestic mountain standing tall in front of them and holding them in awe. Of course as we all know, Mount Fuji’s splendor can […]

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Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 2)

Continuing on where I left off in my last post of Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work holiday after a blog post filled with photos just from my Day 1, Day 2 proved to be equally exciting … that is to get close enough to Fuji-san and catch some picturesque photos! I guess it is hard to say that I have been to Tokyo if I didn’t make a trip to visit Mt. Fuji, one of the 3 sacred mountains of Japan with a perfectly shaped volcano. So taking the cute little train shown on the coverpage, we made our way to Fuji-san […]

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Tokyo 4 Days Post-Work Blitz (Part 1)

One of the benefits of a working trip is sometimes when you get a nice destination with your flight and accommodation (at least most part of it …) all paid for, all you have to do is extend the trip there for a few more days at your own cost to take in the local sights. And sometime during the working trip … if one is lucky … you get to try nice food for ‘free’  😎 At the closing of my last second day for my working trip in Tokyo, our group was fortunate enough to be treated to […]

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8 to 10 Days Travelling Itinerary to Osaka / Kyoto / Nara

Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara cities are all located within close proximity to each other (within an hour train ride) and well-connected by the Japan railway network, so a single point accommodation in Osaka is actually sufficient as a base to start from for visiting attractions located in the other 3 nearby cities. Looking back on my travels where I had 5 and 1/2 days spent in this 4 cities, my family and I took up 2 different accommodations during this period, not so much that it was essential, rather it was to let us experience the difference between a AirBnB […]

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World Heritage Sites (UNESCO) at Kyoto

Steeped in Japanese history, Kyoto is Japan’s 7th largest city in population, but home to about 25% of Japan’s national treasures, shrines, temples … It is also recognized by UNESCO World Heritage for 17 sites within and around Kyoto for surviving monuments and architectures of Japanese Garden concept (except Nijo-jo) that had a profound effect on the rest of the world from the 19th century onwards! From 794 to 1868, Kyoto was also the ancient Capital city and the Emperor’s residence. Even today, it is probably one of the few cities preserving the ancient art and traditions from Geisha schooling, Tea […]

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Winter Vacation at Rusutsu Resort

Rusutsu is simply a beautiful place, suited not just for ski-enthusiasts, young people, but also family with young children! It has something for everyone in every season. The 2 days I spent here out of the 11 days were really worth it and leaves sweet memories that I had in Hokkaido with my family! Rusutsu Resort was kind-of a last minute addition to our Hokkaido travel itinerary last year in 2014 during the planning stage. Well … sort of. There isn’t really much last minute additions in my plans unless it was planned to be such haha! This was a recommendation from […]

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