What's Next For Blissful Snapshots in 2018?

What's Next For Blissful Snapshots in 2018?

It's almost 2018! How are you guys holding up? I cry! This year has gone by so fast pretty much just like every year had. Flashback to my previous post, I mentioned that I think I'm losing my blogging mojo once again. Yup, but if there's one thing I know about myself, it's that I never let anxiety or anything bring me down. 

I Think I'm Losing My Blogging Mojo Once Again

I Think I'm Losing My Blogging Mojo Once Again

This is not a drill.

I have a funny feeling inside me, and by the way, this post is totally spontaneous and random. I have goals drafted for this blog. I went ahead and planned another blog which is already up now, but I'm still slowly filling it with posts and stories. I took part in a local organization for content creators with some of the best bloggers and creatives I know and became friends with. 

Holiday Gift Guide For Your Traveler Friends

It's the season to be jolly! I've always loved the Christmas & New Year season because people seem to be extra generous and happier. Gift-giving has been a tradition during this season, and even though your family and friends will surely appreciate your gift of TLC, there's always that giddy feeling of opening actual gifts from loved ones.

Journaling, Writing, and Crafting with Scribe

Scribe PH

I'm not the most artsy type of person but I do love writing, journaling, and crafting. These are all therapeutic to me! The best thing about these is that I feel free and with no restrictions. Being a bit OC, I tend to break free when it comes to writing or crafting. I just feel like there are no rules and with that, I can do whatever I want without being hard on myself. 

Travel Diary: When You're Sick While Traveling...

Travel Diary: When You're Sick While Traveling...

Probably the number one thing that I try so much to avoid from happening when I travel is getting sick. Next to having my period, that is. Right? It's just a bummer to travel knowing deep inside that you are not feeling well. Obviously, you try your best to enjoy but there's that thought in your head that you're sick or that feeling in your gut that something's not right, and your body is too weak. 

Well, I felt that kind-of-sick during my last trip. I mean, it wasn't too bad that I couldn't get up from bed anymore (that would be terrible). I had the usual cold and cough, and from time to time it would hurt my head, or it would give me a hard time sleeping at night. Those little feelings of uneasiness are annoying. 

When I arrived at Singapore, I didn't have much sleep. Yeah, perks of a red eye flight! I already felt sick that time but I had to have the proper mindset to not let the sickness ruin my travel plans. How could I when I only had a few days to explore? Plus, I wasn't really home so it may aggravate the feeling of being sick. 

I really wanted to make the most out of my trip so here's what I did. 

Proper mindset

I've mentioned earlier that I needed to have the proper mindset so I could enjoy my trip. This aspect is very important to me personally. I find that when I set my mind to do something and manage my expectations properly, I become more open-minded and welcoming of the somehow unexpected things that might happen while traveling. 

I wasn't too sick. I knew I was fine despite the uneasiness. I used my willpower and positive mindset to go on with my trip as planned, and I decided not to keep telling myself that I'm sick. The more I thought about it, the more I felt sick. 

Vitamins & Meds

So I'm not really into medicines when it's just for a little discomfort, but since I was traveling and I needed to make sure I combat the virus before it erupted into a full-blown sickness, I opted to take medicines (and vitamins) ahead of time. As usual when I travel, I brought with me a variety of meds for headaches, stomachaches, dizziness, cold, cough, fever, and flu. 

When I'm home, I often forget my vitamins. It's just something that I haven't fully incorporated into my lifestyle yet. But for the weeks leading to my trip until my trip ended, I made sure I took vitamins everyday. Yes I Googled How to stop cold and cough before they happen. And one of the results is to take vitamins. I don't know how effective that was but I took my vitamins anyway. 

Batu Caves
*At Batu Caves

Lots of water! 

I didn't Google this but I knew lots of water would help me hydrate and cleanse my system. It helped so much that there's a drinking water fountain in every corner of Singapore, plus accessible toilets in public places. I had liters and liters of water when I was there, but just brought a small bottle while I was out and about. It was easy to refill anyway.

I tried my best to drink water only, although I drank bottled green tea (not sure how green tea that was), and a large cup of soda while in Universal Studios. That's it. Then just water all throughout. 

In Kuala Lumpur, I had to bring a bigger bottle (like one liter!) to make sure I wouldn't run out of water.

Batu Caves
*Bringing one liter of water


Not weapons, weapons. My usual weapons were a cap, and a handkerchief. When you're sick and had to brave the intense heat of the sun, a simple cap to protect you from the heat can help so much. Add a hanky to wipe off your sweat as it builds up, and make sure your sweat doesn't dry out on its own. I find that this avoids the intense coughing. 

I only brought just enough shirts for my travel so I didn't bring extra for everyday adventure. I just made sure I brought a hanky with me. When we were at Batu Caves, we had to buy a cheap shirt (but a nice one) so that we could change after climbing the steep flight of stairs while the sun was in its full glory. 

A positive attitude

I've always believed in: "The only difference between a good and a bad day is your attitude." Anything can happen while traveling, and getting sick is just one of them. It could have been worse, but it wasn't, so I was still thankful that despite the sickness and a little difficulty sleeping at night, I would wake up energized everyday (even though I'd feel a little weak). I was always ready to take on new adventures, which was what I wanted in the first place. ♥

Still, prevention is better than cure. So prepare yourself physically and mentally, and manage your expectations properly to avoid unfortunate incidents from ruining your trip. :) 

How to Find an Authentic Experience in Jakarta

How to Find an Authentic Experience in Jakarta

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

So many cities are influenced by tourists and, while lots of tourist destinations are full of family fun, they could really be anywhere. Theme parks and water sports can be found in any warm climate, so what can you look for to get a more authentic experience of a city? What does authentic even mean in a multicultural world?

Jakarta is a brilliant place to explore this idea. Indonesia is home to a wide range of nationalities and the culture is a mixture of different ideas. When the Dutch India Trading Company arrived here, they didn’t just bring commerce, they also helped to introduce the cultures of India and China, as well as their own European culture. Indonesia has embraced these cultures and they, along with its colonial past, can still be found everywhere.

The Big Durian, as some call it, referring to the famous durian fruit from the region which smells terrible but tastes sweet is vast in comparison to the rest of the archipelago. Nearly 9 million people live here and a further 2 million commute into the city for work every day. It’s even bigger than Singapore! In such a metropolis it is easy to be drawn to the tourist destinations and parks, but there is still an authentic Jakarta to be found here - if you know where to look, that is. 

So what does authentic mean?

In this case, authentic is about living, however briefly, like a local. Rather than going to hotels and exclusively trying things that are aimed directly at tourists, go off the beaten track and find out what really makes a city tick. You can start by renting a house or an apartment like the ones you can find on https://rumahdijual.com/jakarta-barat/rumah-murah. These apartments are also great for placing you in the heart of  the city and are ideal for a longer stay.

What to Eat

As a capital city, Jakarta is a melting pot for all sorts of traditional cuisines from around the world. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from as well as bars and pubs. You can find Italian, Japanese and Steakhouses as well as the more common Chinese, Indian and Indonesian restaurants. But with all this on offer, you might actually find that streetfood is a much better choice for getting a real taste of Jakarta. 

Though streetfood may often come with a reputation for being cheap and causing stomach upsets, in many cities it is what also keeps the locals going throughout their busy days. Certainly be cautious and watch out for any places that might not be the cleanest, but otherwise be adventurous and try as many new flavours as you can. There are so many things to tempt you that to ignore them would be a real loss. 

The street food stalls in Jakarta are often piled high with beautiful bounty with everything from seraba, flying saucer-like pancakes to martabak telor, a deep fried omelette made with ground beef and shredded vegetables. Be wary when trying something you are unfamiliar with, though, with Indian and Chinese influences combined with Indonesia’s own love for chilli, the food can be quite rich and take you by surprise - especially if you generally eat milder foods! 

What to See

Some of the best places you find on holiday are the ones you stumble across by accident when you are lost. In fact, the best way to discover any city is to wander aimlessly, or at least, relatively aimlessly through the streets around your hotel or apartment to get used to where things are in relation to each other. 

Pasar Baru is an ideal place for such wandering. It is a market home to Little India and has been here since 1820. Though its name means New Market, it is actually the oldest market in Jakarta. As with much of the city, your senses will be overwhelmed here with fabrics from around the world as well as religious study groups and healers who use traditional Indian methods to cure pain as well as modern medicine. You cannot visit Little India without tasting at least some of the food here. It is simply breathtaking! 

What to Do

If you have ever been to India you will be familiar with the tuk-tuks they use there to wind in and out of the crowds. These tuk-tuks arrived in Indonesia and in 2005, there were around 20,000 of these bright orange vehicles were on the streets with a new name, Bajaj. They might not be the comfiest ride, and with only natural air conditioning available, they are also hot. And yet, however uncomfortable you are as you bump along, you won’t be able to stop smiling. 

The Taman Mini Indonesia Park may be a tourist destination but the site is ideal for getting a taste of Indonesia and a better understanding of how the archipelago of 17,000 small islands work together. This is also the home of Museum Indonesia which has a range of permanent exhibits. There are lots of museums around Jakarta to keep you busy with the culture and history of Indonesia as well as a brand new contemporary art gallery.

The culture here is a fantastic mix of influences from around Southeast Asia, India and around the rest of the world. You can find this unique combination only here. It is written in the architecture around the city and in the food on every street stall. You really do have to come here and experience it for yourself to understand its true complexity. 

Jakarta is an amazing city with so much to see and do, you don’t even need to fall into the tourist traps to have a good time. Discovering a new culture is always a pleasure and Indonesia is a real delight. With so many different cultures combining here in a riot of colour, smell and flavour, Jakarta is the best place to find something new and unique. 

Making the Most of Your Time in Los Angeles

Making the Most of Your Time in Los Angeles

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

If you’re thinking of heading to Los Angeles anytime soon, you need to be properly prepared and be aware of everything that this incredible place has to offer you. It’s the kind of place that’s easy to fall in love with, and you might find yourself not wanting to leave once you’ve tasted it for yourself. It is important to make the most of your time there though and that’s mostly to do with the fact that there’s so much on offer and you can’t possibly do and see all of it.

The Entertainment Industry

Hollywood is the major draw for many people visiting Los Angeles. It’s the city where dreams are turned into motion pictures and pumped out to audiences all over the world. The history of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles is fascinating and you can explore it today by visiting the museums and touring the movie studios.

Venice Beach

Venice Beach is not only one of the best beaches in America but one of the best in the entire world and anyone who’s visited it will know what I mean. It’s a slice of bohemian life that’s totally at odds with other more corporate parts of the city so it’s definitely worth checking out while you’re in Los Angeles.

Learn Something

There are lots of opportunities for you to learn new things while you’re visiting LA, especially if you’re interested in science and space. The Griffith Observatory is one of the city’s most lasting and iconic landmarks. And after you’ve stopped off there, you could head to The Broad, LA’s big new museum that will surely impress you.

Driving in Style

One of the best things you can do in LA is simply driving around it, even better if you have an open top car and some great tunes blasting out of the speakers. There are lots of great driving routes, but the one part of the city that you definitely should drive around is Mulholland Drive. Cruising along that road in the hills above the city is simply incredible.

Where to Stay

There’s something for everyone in Los Angeles when it comes to hotels and accommodation. If you’re looking for high-end, no expense spared accommodation, SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills should be near the top of your list. If you get a taste for Beverly Hills, you might want to stay for even longer, in which case you should visit this website. For a more affordable stay, the Hollywood Plaza Inn is definitely worth considering.

Eating and Drinking

It will come as a little surprise that there are lots of great places to eat and drink in Los Angeles. Both The Edison and Bar Marmont are fantastic drinking spots. The latter is elegant and sophisticated in that LA way, while the former is more upbeat and fanciful. Republique and Water Grill are two of the finest restaurants in the city too.

Los Angeles is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth, and you owe it to yourself to make the most of your time there.

Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards

Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards
*Photo by Zach Meaney on Unsplash

I just knew I had to get prepaid or tourist sim cards as soon as I'd arrive at Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. When I first traveled out of the country with my friends, we never considered getting even just one prepaid sim. Perhaps because we had each other? Haha. But the truth is... I think it would have helped us a lot with directions and stuff when we had data instead of relying on WiFi (which we didn't have all the time). 

There was one time in Ho Chi Minh when we had to enter a coffee shop just so we could use their WiFi and check something on Google Maps. We were trying to find our way but because of language barrier, we couldn't get someone to lead us to the right direction.

So anyway, when I traveled to Singapore, I was sure I needed a sim for maps and communication. I booked a 4G sim ahead of time via Klook. That time I still wasn't an affiliate but I do recommend it now that I've already tried it! 

4G SIM Card (SG Pick Up) for Singapore

  • Pick up a local SIM card upon landing at Changi Airport or in the city and enjoy Singapore in full
  • Call hotels, sightseeing spots and make reservations without worrying about the cost of your call
  • Get 100GB of lightning fast 4G mobile speeds in Singapore - connect anytime you want
  • The SIM card comes with FREE 20 minutes of international calls - stay in touch with family and friends

Inclusive Of:
  • M1 Tourist SIM card (regular/micro/nano size)
  • Free local data: 100GB
  • Local calls: 500 mins
  • Local SMS: 100
  • International calls: 20 mins
  • Card is valid for 5 days

It's the same package I used and I never had problems at all! Yup, 100 GB data was way toooo much for my 2-day stay but it was still worth it because it was so fast, and it helped me use my transport apps and other important stuff without a hitch.

I actually contemplated between a travel WiFi gadget and a prepaid sim, but the travel WiFi was even more expensive plus I had to pay for it per day, including the day when I'm not even using it. I decided to get a prepaid sim instead because it has a fixed amount which is SGD 15 or around 500 PHP. You can also earn Klook credits as rebates! 

To book a 4G sim, you can click this link (affiliate) -> KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Singapore. 

 KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Singapore

There are certain airport pickup locations and city locations. You can choose the M1 Shop that's nearest you or your hotel. The airport redemption hours is only 9AM-9PM. Please check the details on Klook's website in case the schedule changes. :) 

Since I was on a red eye flight, I claimed my sim at Bugis Junction. They will activate the sim for you so you won't have any problems figuring out how to do the magic. 

4G SIM Card (My Airport Pick up) for Malaysia

In Kuala Lumpur, I also decided to get a sim ahead of time because I needed to contact my friends. It's inconvenient to keep looking for WiFi connection so I had to make sure that I had data connection. 

  • Stay connected in Malaysia with nationwide coverage on a traveler SIM card
  • Get guaranteed reliable services from one of Malaysia's most popular providers, Tune Talk
  • Keep in touch with family and friends with the lowest international call rates
  • Pick up the SIM card right upon your arrival at either KLIA or KLIA2
  • Choose 5GB or 10GB to suit your travel plans

    Lite Plan 

    • 4G Speed
    • 5GB data, valid for 7 days
    • RM5 credit for calls/data, valid for 30 days (approximately 25 minutes of local calls)

    I chose the Lite Plan which was more than enough for me. It was USD 5 or around 275 PHP. You can also choose the Power Plan if you're staying longer for USD 10 or around 549 PHP.

    Power Plan

    • 4G speed
    • 10GB data, valid for 14 days
    • RM5 credit for calls/data, valid for 30 days (approximately 25 minutes of local calls)

     To book a sim card, you can click this link (affiliate) -> KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Malaysia

    KLOOK Tourist 4G Sim - Malaysia

    This one's easier to claim because TuneTalk store in Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) is open 24 hours daily. You will immediately see it upon exiting the arrival hall. Just look straight. LOL! Because I didn't actually realize right away that it was the TuneTalk store until my friend came to rescue me. Ha! 

    There's a photo on Klook website. Just make sure you read all the details. It's much better to have the voucher printed ahead of time. Same with the SG sim, the assigned staff will activate the sim for you. 

    Klook also offers travel sim cards for other countries, not just for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. All you have to do is search for your destination on their website. While you're at it, you can even score discounted activity packages just like I did. 

    Where To Get Prepaid 4G Travel or Tourist Sim Cards

    So there's your travel essential! I personally considered purchasing sim cards as one of the best decisions I've made that time. There's no doubt you need to have access to cellular data or internet connection not because you want to constantly bombard Facebook or Instagram with photos of your trip, but mainly because you need it to search for directions, and to communicate with your friends or companions, or to reach your family back home from time to time. :) 

    If you are traveling with friends or family, consider splitting the cost for one sim card if you are on a budget. This way at least one of you gets immediate access to the internet when you're out and about. Just make sure you all go together when going out though. 

    Have fun on your next trip! ♥

    *The Klook links are affiliate links which means I will receive a small amount at no cost to you when you book using my links. But please know that these services were what I've personally tried during my trips so I can vouch for them. Thank you! :)

    Gondola Lift Ride in Genting Highlands

    Genting Highlands was something we planned, but we never expected that we would actually go. When I researched about it, its theme park was under construction and fully-closed so I hesitated on going. But when we were already at Batu Caves, we just decided to head to Genting Highlands because we're able to book a Grab Car that would bring us there. It was quite far but the views were amazing!

    Heading to Southeast Asia? Make Sure You Pack These Items

    *This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photo by Steve Douglas on Unsplash

    If you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia, then congratulations: you’ve got an exciting time waiting ahead for you! There’s nothing quite like this part of the world, and if you throw yourself into all the region has to offer then you’re going to have a memorable time. Everyone does! 

    What Do You Do When You Have Nowhere To Sleep While Traveling

    sleepy traveler

    Travel is unpredictable. That’s why we love it. If everything went to plan all the time, we wouldn’t have any stories to tell when we got home would we?

    5 Unusual Vacation Ideas for a Getaway with Your Girls

    *Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

    While vacations with family members and significant others are always welcome, sometimes all a girl needs is a vacation with her best friends.

    Batu Caves: Climbing A Steep Flight of 272 Steps!

    Batu Caves

    The statue of Murugan, a Hindu deity, is standing tall outside the Batu Caves. No wonder people always take photos of this statue! It's so huge. In fact, it's the world's biggest statue of this Hindu deity (42.7 meters high). Source: Wiki

    5 Tips for Selecting a Metal Detector for Your Needs

    5 Tips for Selecting a Metal Detector for Your Needs

    If you are a history fanatic who loves collecting ancient historical relics, you need to have the appropriate tools of the trade. A metal detector will come in handy when searching for metallic gems buried underground. Unlike yester-years, today’s technology is better and more advanced. 

    Metal detectors come with an array of exquisite features that allow you to easily locate valuable artifacts. It also helps you to distinguish between different metals using a tool called discrimination. The higher the discrimination, the costlier the metal detector. Check out these metal detector reviews to get some insight into the best metal detectors.

    Here are 5 tips to selecting a good metal detector:

    1.Establish what you desire to detect

    Different metal detectors have varying sensitivity levels. Those detectors that operate in high frequencies are typically used to locate small metallic objects located within the topsoil. These are best suited for individuals who love collecting buttons, coins and small items located just beneath the surface. Detectors operating at low frequencies are used to locate larger objects situated deeper in the ground. These are suited for buyers who are interested in finding gold and other precious metals.

    2. Frequency of use

    How often do you plan to use your newly acquired metal detector? If you simply desire to convert your love for collecting artifacts into a hobby, start out with a Garrett Ace 250 detector for beginners. But if you want to take your hobby a notch higher (perhaps by commercializing it), be ready to spend big bucks. The Bounty Hunter Land Ranger and the Garrett ATX fall in this category.

    3. Your hunting locations 

    There are a myriad of places you could pick out to detect metal artifacts. These include beaches, public parks, private property and the woods. However, always ensure that you have prior permission before you go out in your hunting expedition. Detecting in public property warrants a green light from the local authorities as well, so don’t just assume that it’s okay to detect in a public park. Most parks outlaw metal detecting, so get permission first.

    4. The metal detector technology used

    There are basically 3 varying technologies implemented by metal detectors. These include Beat Frequency Oscillation (BFO), Pulse Induction (PI) and Very Low Frequency (VLF). BFO is the simplest technology. It is used to make less expensive metal detectors and is suited for beginners. VLF emits a low-frequency field beneath the earth and detects the resultant reflections. However, only certain metals can be identified using this technology. PI is used for pinpoint detection of gold, metals and other treasures buried deep below. However, it is the most expensive metal detecting technology available today.

    5. Buy within your budget

    Ultimately, your choice will be determined by how much money you’ve set aside to invest in a metal detector. Newbies will naturally pay less when they buy metal detectors for beginners. Treasure hunters, on the other hand, will have to cough up a pretty penny if they want to purchase a state of the art metal detector that can help them locate gold and precious bounty.

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone

    My stay in Singapore was short yet sweet so without a doubt, I enjoyed my time. When it was my time to go, there was an inner urge for me to stay longer. But of course, I couldn't. I've already booked my ticket to Kuala Lumpur beforehand. And besides, I was so excited to be reunited with my high school best friends, Hannah & Sanrio.

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone
    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone
    *Last day in Singapore; this is in front of Aljunied MRT Station in Geylang

    Singapore wasn't really part of my original travel plan. Hannah had to attend a conference in Kuala Lumpur and she invited me to tag along. I agreed because she would take care of my accommodation so that meant one less thing to consider from my budget. Another more important thing is that we were going to meet up with Sanrio who now works in Kuala Lumpur, and I haven't seen her in I think two years. 

    Since I haven't been to Singapore before and it's just an hour away from Kuala Lumpur, or five hours away via bus, I decided to include it in my itinerary even though I knew I'd be alone. I headed to Singapore first and left for Kuala Lumpur when Hannah would have more time to spend after the conference and just in time for Sanrio's rest day. 

    As usual, I was early for my 1:30 PM flight via AirAsia, I had my lunch at Changi airport while I waited for my flight. It was about 30 minutes delayed though. By that time, I've already experienced how to enter Changi airport, but it was my first time to experience departing from it. Leaving was smooth and I didn't encounter any issues.

    When I was planning my trip, I was actually thinking of taking the bus since it would just be around 5 hours. I read up some blogs online but it took me so much time to research about it. I wasn't sure what bus to take and what the experience would be like because there seemed to be no updated articles.

    I realized that I wanted to keep things simple and just make the most out of my short time, so I decided to book a flight instead. It was a little pricey than the bus for sure but I believe it's more convenient for me in that case. Maybe next time I'll try the bus and check out what to do in Johor Bahru or JB. It's the city nearest to the border which is just across the causeway bridge that connects it to Singapore.

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone

    I didn't have a seatmate in the airplane so I took the chance to sleep (tried) like a log. LOL. In fact, in all my plane rides during my entire travel duration, I didn't have a seatmate. It was such a very convenient situation because I had all the space to myself. Haha! Anyway, I tried to sleep during my flight but just as I closed my eyes and began to doze off, the pilot already announced that we were near and about to land. Singapore and Malaysia are real neighbors. 

    I arrived at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and lined up at the immigration which didn't require an entry slip by the way. You just need to line up, and proceed. My friend Sanrio is working at the airport so it's a very convenient way to meet her there! When we finally saw each other, I already felt at peace because I knew I was in good hands. I mean, it's fun to travel alone but it can also be exhausting trying to figure out directions, so having someone with you who knows the common places definitely helps.

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone

    We headed to Mitsui outlet via a free bus because Sanrio needed to buy something. It's this big outlet mall just within the airport vicinity (about 15-20 minutes away). Then we had to go back to the airport (KLIA2) to take the bus to KL Sentral (the bus and train station). KL Sentral is one hour away from KLIA2. We arrived rather late in the evening, and were due to meet Hannah at Jalan Alor for dinner but we went to the wrong Signature Hotel branch and had to transfer to the right branch. 

    We were already very hungry and it's already almost 10 PM so we decided not to go to Jalan Alor anymore, and just eat at the nearest eatery. After eating, all three of us were reunited once again!

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone
     *Excuse our haggard faces LOL

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone

    At that point, I already felt so accomplished. I was nearing the end of my semi-solo travel, and it was a great starting point to plan future solo travels again.

    Leaving Singapore: En Route to Kuala Lumpur Alone
    *Sooo happy to travel with my high school best buds!

    Basic Invite: Keeping It Classic with Custom Holiday Cards

    Basic Invite: Keeping It Classic with Custom Holiday Cards

    The holiday season is coming! There's no doubt that Christmas and New Year are two of my most favorite seasons of the year. It's a time when everything just becomes so naturally festive and everyone becomes so generous. It's a season of giving, after all. Have you prepared your wishlists and gifts yet? 

    Bayfront Hotel Weekend Staycation

    Bayfront Hotel Cebu

    Bayfront Hotel Cebu is hard to miss. If you live in Cebu and constantly or often around the SM City area, you will see it rather quickly as it's just at the back of the building and near the pier. Since I always ride the SM MyBus from home to SM City, I always pass by Bayfront Hotel. People coming from Mactan Airport who opt to ride the MyBus to SM will easily spot Bayfront too. 

    5 Things to Look for When Purchasing a Mountain Bike

    5 Things to Look for When Purchasing a Mountain Bike

    Mountain biking can be exhilarating and rewarding while at the same time exhausting and physically and mentally draining. Many fall in love with mountain biking as it allows you to enjoy a challenge while becoming physically fit in the outdoors. In order to have a great experience, it is critical to own a high quality mountain bike as it will make your experience on the trails that much better. 

    Top 3 Travel Apps That Saved My Life

    There's no denying that mobile apps have changed our lives in many ways than one. I think that this trend has been so helpful to smartphone users. There's probably an app for practically almost everything you can think of, or not think of. Travel, being a popular industry these days, isn't one to be outdated in the app world. 

    Seeing The World 'Outside The Box' - Tips For The Adventurous Spirit

    Tips For The Adventurous Spirit

    *This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

    Your adventurous spirit, if it’s genuine, can never be quenched. No matter how many horizons it explores, it will always come back for more, to see the world in a new light and find new stories to craft. For this reason, traveling will often mean something different to you than how many people choose to define it. Seeing the world outside the box can be an exercise in adventure, and it demands you choose a different perceptual framework for visiting foreign countries.

    Sightseeing at Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck

    Marina Bay Sands Skypark Observation Deck

    I had a hard time deciding. It's either Marina Bay Sands Skypark or the Singapore Flyer. I've mentioned once or twice here on my blog that any place that has a roof deck or anywhere with a top view of the place would likely interest me. After days of research, Marina Bay won my heart. 

    Travel in Style with That Mermaid Shop (Read More: Free Shipping Info)

    Travel in Style with That Mermaid Shop

    It's not all the time that I come across a travel-themed online shop. When I do, I get super giddy, and would spend so much time browsing the website. That Mermaid Shop is simply retail therapy at its finest!

    6 Tips To Make Your Travel Budget Stretch Further

    6 Tips To Make Your Travel Budget Stretch Further
    *Photo Credit: Unsplash

    Travelling is undeniably an expensive hobby, and when you’re on a strict budget it becomes a lot harder. With that being said, there are many ways to restrict your expenditure and save the cash – here are 6 tips to make your travel budget stretch further.

    Universal Studios Singapore in 300 Minutes!

    Universal Studios Singapore

    They say that one day is never enough to really get a feel of Universal Studios Singapore. And guess what, they're right! USS is the most expensive entrance ticket I had to shell out during my trip. For adults, it costs S$76 (please check online in case the fee gets updated). I booked mine ahead of time via Klook to get a discount. It really helped so that I didn't have to line up for tickets!

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    Exploring Cloud Forest and World's Tallest Indoor Waterfall

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    There's so much beauty I admired at Cloud Forest. It's one of my personal favorites in Singapore. With 2,577 glass panels of 690 different shapes and sizes, this huge dome is indeed like a mysterious world covered in mist. It is a 35-meter tall mountain in lush vegetation with the world's tallest indoor waterfall.

    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    *Map from Gardens by the Bay official website.

    After going to Flower Dome, I spent most of my time at Cloud Forest. I was pretty thrilled to finally visit. It's amazing! I have no words. Maybe because it's the first of its kind that I saw in my life. I'm not very well-traveled at this point so I can't really compare to other countries. With the kind of chill and good music it  had, I felt like I was walking through a set of a movie but it felt so real. 

    As you see from the map, there are nine unique zones in the conservatory. Let me walk you through some of the zones. I didn't take photos of everything. I wanted to feel the moment as much as I could. ;) 

    The Falls

    When I entered Cloud Forest, the very first thing I saw was a flock of tourists taking photos and videos. It was distracting, but what could I do? For that kind of tourist attraction, it's hard to ignore photo possibilities. I just stood in front of the world's tallest indoor waterfall - feeling the cool splash of the water, and waited for a while until people calmed down from taking photos. They did. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    So I finally had my turn! Here's me nailing the solo sesh travel game. Never underestimate what a selfie stick can do, yes? Bringing one can be annoying for some tourists, but people need to understand that we need to take photos too, and for most of us, photos are the only souvenirs we could have. I guess there's nothing wrong with that as long as you don't hit anyone with your stick. ;) 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    Waterfall View

    This isn't just your ordinary waterfall. A good to know info is that cloud forests, such as this one, capture water droplets from mist and fog through epiphyte-laden branches. 

    Sidenote - What are epiphytes? 

    An organism that grows on the surface of another plant, but is not parasitic. It derives its moisture from the air, rain, or water around it. Examples are ferns, air plants, and orchids that grow on tree trunks in tropical rainforests. 

    I just Googled that. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    Crystal Mountain

    Stepping into the Crystal Mountain Cave means exploring the different shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. This is also where you can learn more about geology, the world's continents, the age of the earth, and the importance of fossils. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    I passed by the Treetop Walk, The Cavern, and Secret Garden - all of which were amazing in that you will learn more about the unique biodiversity of cloud forests. I even went up directly to the Lost World before going down to Cloud Walk. 

    Lost World is the highest point of the mountain. There you will find plants that typically grow at around 2,000 meters above sea level such as pitcher plants, and the Venus-fly catcher. This was where I didn't have photos (although I had a few video clips) because there was a bench to sit on, and I took that opportunity to rest. LOL. I also became an instant photographer of other tourists/strangers. It was all good! 

    Cloud Walk

    After resting my weary (but happy) feet for a while, I went down to Cloud Walk where I probably spent most of my time because it's unbelievably amazing, and it just felt really great to be there. You also get to have a spectacular view of the Marina Bay Sands through the glass panels. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    This was also where I realized that it's already 7:30 PM yet it's still bright outside. I didn't notice the time because I was having the time of my life. I checked my watch and was surprised that it's getting late. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    The next few photos were of the Treetop Walk which was just below the Cloud Walk. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    And the next ones were just attempts of getting closer to the plants. ;) 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore
    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    Plus a lovely view. 

    Cloud Forest, Singapore

    After exploring, the path led to the Cloud Forest gallery that featured sculptural-form display of striking graphics, images, and videos of how we can all do our part in environmental conservation, and sustainability. 

    I loved the entire experience! It wasn't free, but the cost was already bundled with Flower Dome so you can visit two conservatories for around Php 888 (prices change). To get a discounted rate, book via Klook online by clicking this link (affiliate) --> Gardens by the Bay Ticket