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Amila Wickramarachchi is a Food & Travel blogger who writes both Food Corner and this travel blog.She resides in Singapore.

Alive Museum Singapore

Alive Museum is our recent wonderful experience with Singapore attractions and I have lot of photos to share. Although these photos look fun, Singapore Alive Museum is not a place just for capturing beautiful and funny moments with amazing 4D arts. Instead, spend time to admire those artists and their creativity. So, you will have more memorable time than just taking pictures.

Alive Museum Singapore
Alive Museum Singapore – Kids will sure have interesting time there!

I just wanted to share that because I saw some comments across the web saying that Alive Museum is not worth a visit comparing the ticket prices. Well , with our experience, we really love each and every minute we spent at the Alive Museum.

Alive Museum Singapore
Alive Museum Singapore – You can take some scary pictures there!

But, if you only consider Alive Museum as a place to take photographs, you may end up with boring few hours inside the museum. Just imagine taking photos and posing with each and every art pieces there! Actually at the end, I was not so amazed with such routine.

Alive Museum Singapore
And some loving and caring moments too! (Help these baby penguins! 🙂 )

But, when we started admiring the artwork and creativity, we could find lot of many ways to spend our time there with memorable experience. Instead of just using the photo points shown in front of the artworks, we also tried different angles and different poses which finally gave us some memorable photo moments.

Alive Museum Singapore – It will take you to a world of fantasy! We had a flight with this bird 🙂 )

Some 3D artworks are really amazing and those could take us to a dream world. I specially like the Live. Laugh. Love zone as that area is full of lovely art.

Alive Museum Singapore
Lovely moments at the Alive Museum Singapore

Overall our experience there was good and amazing. If you wish to visit there, avoid the crowd. When we were there, it was not much crowded, so we could capture moments freely without disturbance.

He wanted the big ice cream! Alive Museum Singapore is a family friendly place which you can enjoy with whole family.

If you have few hours in your Singapore tour, don’t forget to add Alive Museum to your Things to do in Singapore list! You need around 2 hours to cover the Alive Museum leisurely.

Alive Museum Singapore
And don’t forget some funny moments at the Alive Museum Singapore! See who is taking my picture using his phone and who drives the bus? 🙂 🙂

Location:

3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-372 Suntec City Mall Tower 4, Suntec City, 038983

Opening Hours:

Opens daily from 10am to 10pm (last admission at 9pm)

Promo code for Alive Museum discounted tickets

Currently there is a promotion going on. This would be a great promotion price for you to visit Alive Museum. Use this link and enjoy 40% off from your tickets.(for a limited period only)

Note: Please check the Alive Museum website before you visit. The museum may be closed for private events.

Do you have any photo story to share this week? I still have more photos from Alive Museum, so still my stories are about our amazing experience there!

Disclaimer: We received tickets to visit the Alive Museum.

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los angeles things to do

A luxurious vacation in Los Angeles is incomplete without a stay at a luxury L.A. hotel. Deciding on the luxury hotel to stay at while in L.A. is the first part of your vacation planning. You want to stay in a hotel that has the accessibility to the hottest attractions of the area.

The Los Angeles Life Style is a luxurious experience that you wouldn’t want to miss. Every year, millions of visitors are drawn to its numerous attractions. Surfers and sun worshippers are drawn for the luxury hotels in Santa Monica’s oceanfront. Families head for the attractions of Universal Studios and Disneyland. For the serious fashionistas, they are drawn to the exclusive designer shops along Rodeo Drive. For the film buffs, they head for Hollywood. Whatever your plans for vacation might be, you will surely find a variety of unique luxury hotels in L.A.

Following are 5 best extreme luxury hotels in Los Angeles:

  1. The Beverly Hills Hotel Bungalows

Beverly Hills, rates start from ~$530/night

The epicenter where California luxury meets Hollywood cool continues to rule the L.A. luxe hotel scene with an ideal combination of amazing location, luxurious accommodations, personal service, and delicious food.

Paul Williams Suite is a major attraction of this hotel. The suite includes a grand piano and a lot of amenities; two vital elements for the ultimate luxe staycation. The Paul Williams Suite has the priciest stay in L.A., starting at $3500+ per night.

  1. The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, rates start from ~$575/night

With a fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms and only steps away from luxurious shopping on Rodeo Drive, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is famous for its rooftop pool cabanas, each one similar to a mini-hotel room featuring a fridge, ceiling fan, flat screen, and couches. Its Peninsula Villa is a major attraction, which rates nearly $10,000 per night

  1. Hotel Bel-Air

Bel Air, rates start from ~$500/night

Surrounded by mega-mansions and tucked away off Sunset Boulevard, the Hotel Bel-Air has always offered a discreet luxe experience as compared to various other options of the city. Serious ballers stay at the Presidential Suite of Hotel Bel-Air, which is its own self-contained mini-mansion. Presidential Suite features its own private Jacuzzi, private swimming pool, patio, and garden.

  1. The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey, rates start from ~$400/night

If you are interested in including some yachting in your staycation, The Ritz-Carlton is the perfect choice for you. Famous for its excellent Spa del Rey with splendid waterfront sights, The Ritz-Carlton is ideal for a detox staycation with miles of hiking, biking, and walking trails neighboring the property.

  1. The Hollywood Roosevelt

Hollywood, rates starts from ~$300/night

The Hollywood Roosevelt is close to some of the most happening nightlife of the city such as Hyde, The Nice Guy, No Vacancy, The Argyle, etc.The hotel is famous for its luxurious accommodations and partying. Visiting on weekends is recommended because it is the perfect time to experience the most exclusive and hippest summer pool scene of the city.

East Coast Park Singapore is definitely a playground for residents and its visitors. As a family friendly beach park in Singapore, East Coast Park is a place for many activities to spend a day with family and friends. Few months ago we spent a day at this beautiful beach park of Singapore and finally here is my travelogue with some of the captures.

East Coast Park Singapore

The East Coast Park stretches over a spacious area together with beautiful coastline which makes it more unique. With lot of huge trees around, this park is definitely a hit for anyone who loves nature.

East Coast Park Singapore

Other than relaxing and spending time on the beach, you can definitely involve in different sports and activities in this really active beach park in Singapore. We visited there with our toddler, so we mainly focused on activities which a toddler would like.

East Coast Park Singapore

Our day at the Park was full of sand playing, playing with sea waves, running along the beach and collecting seashells which our son enjoyed.

East Coast Park Singapore

Other than such beach activities to do with a kid in East Coast Park, below are some popular things to do if you visit this beautiful park.

Things to do at the East Coast Park Singapore

Camping

Camping is one of the popular activities at the East Coast Park.However you need to apply for permits and there are designated areas for camping. Check more details from NParks website.(Link is at the end of this post)

Barbequing 

If you want to plan a day out while enjoying BBQ, then East Coast Park is one of the popular locations in Singapore. You need to book a BBQ pit before you plan your day. For east coast park bbq pit booking you need to check Nparks website.(check the link at the end of the post)

Cycling

You can bring your own cycles and enjoy your day till you sweat. At East Coast Park, there are also bicycle rental shops which you can rent a bike!

Skating

Watersports

East Coast Park Singapore

Sandcastle building

East Coast Park Singapore

This is different from the playing with sand with our own moulds. There is a designated area for sandcastles and you can rent equipment for sandcastles. One of the best activities to do as a family or team!

Fishing

East Coast Park Singapore

At the jetty area people enjoy fishing. If you like such activity, then East Coast Park is the place to go.

Dining

East Coast Park Singapore

There is a food centre near the main entrance area which you can easily find dining options. Other than that there are also restaurants and cafes available. Dont forget to try some seafood while you are in East Coast Park!

East Coast Park Singapore

Watch Sunset

East Coast Park is a place which you can find different views of nature and if you are a photography lover, you will spend the whole day capturing moments. Sunset is a must watch!

East Coast Park Singapore

However, on this day we visited, we couldn’t watch real sunset as we returned home bit early. We could watch the changes of the sky just before the sunset.

There are many more activities which you can do at the East Coast Park Singapore. Don’t forget to prepare before you reach there. That will sure make your day exciting!

How to get there?

Please check NParks website for details of how to get there and how to book BBQ pits/camping.

Have you been to the East Coast Park Singapore?

Do you like spending time at the beach?

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Turn Your African Safari Into An Unforgettable Experience

Africa is a vast and ecologically diverse continent so it can be a bit daunting to plan a safari holiday for the first, or even fifth time. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

  1. Choosing your destination

Every destination is unique and safaris come in different shapes and sizes. Some are great for first time visitors, while others are better suited for people with particular interests or families. Whichever destination you choose ensure that you receive all the proper vaccinations.

There are many factors dictating your choice. The important things to consider are the reserve size, wildlife diversity and density, seasonality, accessibility and lodging. So think about what you would love to see. Is it the Great Wildebeest Migration in Tanzania? How about touring the breathtaking semi-desert wilderness of Damaraland to see the world’s largest black rhino population or the famous free roaming desert elephants? In stark contrast we have the lush waterways of the Okavanga Delta in Botswana just teeming with life. What if it’s your first time? Then South Africa, famous for its wildlife diversity, would be a good choice. South Africa offers a little bit of everything and ideal for family vacations. It is home to the world famous Kruger National Park, where you can see the Big 5, hippos, cheetahs, crocodiles, giraffes and many wonderful and unique birds.

There is not one perfect safari experience. It is up to you. But asking the right questions and doing the right research could lead to the start of an unforgettable journey.

Turn Your African Safari Into An Unforgettable Experience

  1. What do you need to pack?

So everything is planned and booked. Your dream vacation awaits, but before you can get there you need to decide what to take along. Most internal flights in Africa have a 12 – 15kg luggage allowance so the key is to find the middle ground.

First and foremost is choosing the right clothes. Here’s where all that handy research comes in handy. The region and season are huge factors, but prepare for the unexpected by packing a lightweight waterproof jacket (preferably one that folds into a small bag. A long sleeve collared shirt is perfect to protect your arms and neck from the sun, while keeping you cool. Fast drying materials (like lightweight cotton and wool socks) are a must. You don’t want to have to deal with wet clothes that couldn’t dry overnight.

You might be under the African sun, but come sundown the temperatures can drop suddenly. So take care to bring some thermal layering for the evening or for early morning game drives.

Choose neutral colors to help keep cool and blend in to the environment. Bright tones tend to frighten the wildlife and dark blue is known to attract Tsetse flies. Don’t over pack since most lodges and camps provide 24hr laundry services.

Accessories are next on the list. A sun hat, small bag and sunglasses are essential. Toiletries are personal choice, but do remember your prescription medication, sunscreen and insect repellent/afterbite. Most important is your choice of shoes. You always want to be comfortable. For most cases a pair of light trail shoes are more than enough, but some activities will require hiking boots with proper ankle support. And don’t forget your flip-flops for the end of the day!

  1. Self Drive vs Guided Tours

There are many options when it comes to African safaris. Do you get down and dirty at a bush camp or mix in a little luxury at a lodge. First time visitors and families might want to opt for guided tours. Being under the experienced supervision of an educated guide means you get to sit back, relax and get the most out of your wildlife experience. For the luxury option there are lodge-to-lodge migration safaris, which allows you to stay a variety of lodges or camps. Most lodges offer both private and group guided tours.

For those who are a little more experienced there are self-drive safaris. If you wish to get away from it all then this is for you. You are able to move at your own pace and truly immerse yourself in the African wilderness. But this independence comes with greater risk and responsibility. So be well prepared. Remember this isn’t a zoo. You’re in the wild where anything can and will happen.

If you want the self-drive experience without the responsibility of all the planning then why not try a group self-drive. You still drive your own vehicle, but you are part of a convoy headed by a guide. This gives you the safety of a group and allows you to take advantage of the guide’s knowledge of the area, weather and wildlife.

  1. A day in the sun…

Your guide will be key to a successful wildlife experience so follow their advice. You may drive for hours without seeing any animals so be patient and don’t rush the guide. Events are often spontaneous and you will have to rely on your guide to spot them. If you have something you’d really love to see then let the guide know early on. If you want to see some truly awe inspiring moments, like the lions at sunrise, then early game drives are not to be missed. Listening to your guide’s stories, tips and facts allows you to fully appreciate the experience. And don’t forget to put on sunscreen!

African-Safari-Tips

  1. Capturing your precious memories

We all want to try and capture those memorable, life changing experiences in our lives forever. We want to share it with our families and friends. Take pictures, but remember to listen, to feel the bush surrounding you. Take it slow. Be patient and allow yourself to be immersed in the experience. It’s not always about spotting animals; it’s about becoming a part of the wild.

You guide will tell you when it’s acceptable to take pictures and when to remain still. Make sure to bring a good camera with a zoom lens if you want to take great pictures. Keep your camera ready. Listen to your guide. Things happen very fast on safari so make sure you understand your camera and it’s settings. You will end up taking thousands of pictures so be sure to bring additional memory and batteries. Also try and back up your photos when you have the chance. There’s nothing more heartbreaking than losing all your vacation pictures.

African bush life is slow and beautiful; so forget the hustle and bustle of your city life. It’s time to relax under the African sun.

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Orchard-road-singapore

Singapore Orchard Road is popular as an iconic shopping destination in Asia or in Singapore. However, beside the luxury shopping inside the shopping malls in Orchard Road Singapore, do you know there are many art sculptures to see along the Orchard Road?

Other than the hotels along the Orchard Road or luxury shopping malls along the Orchard Road, there are number of sculptures and artworks installed outside the malls and hotels which make Orchard Road is a unique destination in Singapore. Recently I was in Orchard Road and instead of visiting the shopping malls; we walked along the road into some stretch.

Below are some interesting artworks and sculptures we found along the Orchard Road and there are many more to view. These are artworks and attractions I found along the Orchard Road and basically from ION Orchard to PARAGON and its surrounding.

We started our walk from the Tangs which is one of the popular shopping mall in Orchard Road.The building itself is beautiful and below is one of the lion statues at the entrance of Tanga shopping mall.

Then we walked along the Orchard road towards Paragon shopping mall.Below are some of the captures of artworks we found on our leisure walk along the Orchard road.

Dancing Sculptures

Not only statues and sculptures,we also enjoyed the landscapes along the road.

When we return towards the ION Orchard,we also found beautiful flower arrangements which is a promotion before the Singapore Garden Festival.

This ice cream hut is unique and good way of refreshing.

Below is a capture of famous ION Orchard shopping mall.

Below colourful art piece is named as ‘Urban people’ which is one of the popular sculpture along the Orchard Road. You can find this just in front of  ION Orchard shopping mall and is a popular attraction along the Orchard Road.

Urban People, Kurt Laurenz Metzler, 2009
Urban People, Kurt Laurenz Metzler, 2009
Doggy 240 -Artwork by Julien Marinetti in 2014

Well,you can do lot of window shopping too. 🙂

Orchard Road Singapore
Shopping along the Orchard Road Singapore

 

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Selfie Stick Review

If I ask you what to pack in your travel bag, be it a day out or a few days overseas trip, there are many things in any common travel check list. Any travel packing list includes travel documents and other accessories and equipment to enjoy your time in the destination. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a good camera are the most important things you should not forget to pack in your travel luggage.

However, time has changed. Over the few years phone cameras are more popular than other cameras. Selfies are the most fun way to capture moments in any location which shows the excitement. Considering other photos, selfie captures are unique way of telling the story of the holiday or day out you spent.

Hard time taking selfies

But, you need to know some tips on taking perfect selfie if you really like to have cool shots that others will admire. Well, for me, I am not perfect with selfies. I always end up with selfies which I don’t like to share with others in social media or over the blog. Why? Have you noticed your selfies which you have taken with phone camera end up with funny facial expressions? I’ve seen many such selfies in facebook which my friends share. 🙂 I feel those selfies are not worth sharing over such social media because those selfies are really ugly when you change the facial expressions at the time you press the phone button. 🙂 These selfies show how hard it to take a selfie.

Selfie Stick Review
We had hard time taking this selfie using phone and ended up with this funny photo! 🙂

Sometimes, selfies end up with the big hands of you than sharing the background of the place.

How to take a perfect selfie?

Answer is simple. Instead of trying different selfie tips and tricks for a better shot which again ends up as a funny picture, use a selfie stick! A selfie stick is the great way to capture professional looking selfie which shows the beautiful background together with the members in the photo. When you own a selfie stick, you are with endless opportunities to take beautiful and creative selfies.

Selfie Stick Review
Don’t forget your Selfie Stick in your travel essentials!

That is why with any other things in your travel check list; you must pack a selfie stick with your smart phone in order to spend a fun and exciting time in any place anywhere!

Monopod Selfie Stick Review

As I tried taking selfies with a latest selfie stick and as my results are really awesome, I thought it is helpful for introducing that selfie stick through this blog post. When you read the features of this selfie stick, I am sure you want to own one and you want to take better selfies than before!

Selfie Stick Review
Monopod Selfie Stick Review

Few years ago I tried another selfie stick and reviewed it here.But,now after some years,this selfies stick comes with more advanced features.If you compare the both,you’ll know what I mean!

This selfie stick comes with a shutter release button. That is the best feature of this selfie stick which helps you to capture more beautiful selfies. You no longer need to worry about pressing the camera button or using the timer. My experience with this selfie stick is really awesome! It is seriously user friendly!

Features of the Selfie Stick

This selfie monopod is the only selfie stick which you can find in Singapore which has a shutter release button. It also owns below features to help better selfie experience.

Shutter release button on this Selfie Stick makes it easier to take selfies!
  • Easy one touch shutter release button will help you to take better selfies.
  • It is 100 cm long once extended. This is claimed as one of the longest selfie monopods around.
  • It is only 100g and ultra-light weight. Easy to carry anywhere.
  • No charging required.
  • There are foam pads that help to protect your phone when you use the selfie stick.
  • This selfie stick is compatible with all smartphones.
It is easy to adjust and rotate the phone bracket.
  • It is easy to use and easy to adjust according to the photo view you want. You can adjust the Phone bracket   through 270 degrees of rotation which allows you to be creative with your selfies.
Selfie Stick Review
Anti-slip foam pad of the selfie stick provides protection for the phone.It prevents scratches on the phone from the strong grip.
Our Experience and Review of this Selfie Stick

We really enjoyed taking better selfies and I experienced all the above mentioned features of this selfie stick. It is really easy to carry anywhere and even it fits well in my handbag. Below are some of the highlighted features which we like in this monopod selfie stick.

My toddler son is so happy because he could easily press the shutter button for these selfies! 🙂
  • Shutter release button is on the handle and it is really easy to take pictures without using the timer.
  • Tapered phone bracket holder is really good to hold the phone more securely. So, we don’t have to worry about falling down of the phone while planning our selfie.
  • 1 m long stick is really helpful to take selfie with more people in the picture.

Overall we are happy with this selfie stick. In our future trips and days out I will definitely carry this in my bag.

How to buy Monopod Selfie Stick?

If you are interested in buying a selfie stick, it is better to buy a selfie stick with latest features such as shutter release button on the handle. As this selfie stick comes with such latest features, you can read more and buy from Monopod Singapore.

When you buy your selfie monopod with Monopod Singapore, you will get below benefits other than the selfie stick which has all latest features.

  • You will get 7 days return/refunds period.
  • There is a 3 months guarantee.
  • Standard free shipping with other shipping options.

Read more information about this selfie stick by visiting Monopod Singapore.

Coupon Code to buy this Selfie stick with discounts

As NDP is also right around the corner, you would love to capture your selfies at the NDP celebrations with family and friends. Monopod Singapore is happy to give a discount on your selfie sticks to all readers of Leisure and Me.

Simply use LEISUREANDME at check out to enjoy 10% off all Monopod Singapore products, in addition to free shipping.

Also there is no minimum to spend when you use the code LEISUREANDME.

Please visit Monopod Singapore to read more details!

Enjoy your holidays and NDP celebrations with flattering selfies!

Disclaimer : We received this Selfie Stick for review purpose.However,all opinions  are my own.

Do you like taking selfies?If so,do you use a selfie stick?

Which is your favourite selfie from the above?Selfie just with a phone or selfie with a selfie stick?Please share your thoughts.

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Singapore Garden Festival 2016

Singapore Garden Festival 2016 is currently happening at Gardens by the Bay and it is said to be the largest edition ever as it celebrates the 10 years from the 2006 since Garden Festival started. However, I am not lucky enough to visit the Singapore Garden Festival 2016,but we could capture some moments of Floral Walk along the Orchard road.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk

When we were at Orchard road few weeks ago, we could capture these flower arrangements which shared the news about Singapore Garden Festival 2016.My son loved all these displays because of these beautiful garden insects.

As I am a fan of beautiful flowers and flower arrangements, I captured some beautiful flowers from the flower arrangements along the Orchard road. These flowers are really beautiful and colourful which are really good for some photography moments.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk

There was also a contest #SGForchard which asked to submit photos for the contest as entries. Although I didnt enter to this photo contest,I have few pictures to share in this blog post as I really attracted to the flowers there.

Aren’t these beautiful flower moments?

These flower displays along the Orchard Road was really attractive and those were good backdrops for photos.

Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk
Singapore Garden Festival 2016 and Orchard Floral Walk

I was with my point and shoot camera,but I tried to capture some close ups too.

 

I also tried to capture some photos of my son with the beautiful flower displays,but he was really busy with the garden insects he found in those displays 🙂

 

Singapore Garden Festival 2016: From 23-31 July 2016

Location: Singapore Gardens by the Bay (18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953)

Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily

More details : www.singaporegardenfestival.com

 

 

11@Century Hotel -Review

Johor Bahru is one of the popular destinations in Malaysia for many who live in Singapore as it is easy to access via Woodlands crossing (causeway) or via the Tuas second link. Even many tourists to Singapore take the advantage of visiting Malaysia through this link to Johor Bahru via public transport or via coach to Johor Bahru.

However as Johor Bahru is a district which covers large area, you should know few things before you book any hotel in Johor Bahru. As a frequent visitor to Johor Bahru, Malaysia I thought it is better if I share a post with some of the tips which are helpful for anyone who needs to book hotels in Johor Bahru for a weekend or for a holiday.

Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Things to know before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
Know the location

This is really important for you to decide the convenient hotel in Johor Bahru before you confirm. If you visit Johor Bahru city via Woodlands link, first you need to consider the hotels near Johor Bahru city. If your plan is to visit around the Johor Bahru City major attractions such as Angry Birds Activity Park or walk along Jalan Wong Ah Fook which is one of the busiest streets in Johor Bahru, you need to stay in a hotel which is near to City Centre. Johor Bahru City is popular for food & shopping and you can spend time at Komtar JBCC or City Square Mall. In our previous visits we stayed at Amansari Hotel City Center and it is really convenient if your plan is to visit around the Johor Bahru City.

Angry Birds Activity Park-Johor Bahru,Malaysia

However, if you plan shopping at KSL shopping mall, then it is not convenient if you book a hotel in Johor Bahru city. You need to find a Johor Bahru Hotel which is located near KSL shopping mall. One of our favourite hotels near KSL mall is 11@Century hotel which located 2 minutes’ walk away from the KSL Mall.

Things to KNOW before you Book Hotels in Johor Bahru
11@Century Hotel near KSL Mall, Johor Bahru,Malaysia

On the other way, if you plan visiting LEGOLAND, then you must search for hotels near Legoland as it is long distance away from Johor Bahru City.

That is why you need to know which part of Johor Bahru you are going to visit and book your hotel accordingly for a better holiday experience.

Compare the rates before you book

If you search for hotels in Johor Bahru, you will easily find many different hotels. However, these hotels come in different rates. It is always good to compare the hotel rates before you book in order to book the best Johor Bahru hotel for the price you pay. We usually use hotel booking sites such as traveloka.com as it is easier to compare the hotel rates with other details such as distance to major attractions. When you use a hotel booking site which has no booking fee, you can save from your hotel expenses which is great for any holiday. At the same time it is easy to compare and book when you use hotel booking sites such as Traveloka. A booking site with various payment methods is another advantage to book your Johor Bahru hotel as you can decide on the best and easy payment method for you.

Know the room facilities and services

Not only for Johor Bahru hotels, this tip is also valid for booking any hotel room. For better experience in your hotel stay, always check the facilities they provide for the mentioned room rate. Some hotel rooms come with free breakfast. I always find having breakfast at hotel is really convenient and it is easy to start the day without thinking of breakfast plan. You can always check other facilities such as wifi, parking and AC, Non AC rooms before you book any Johor Bahru hotel.

Capture from the Breakfast at 11@Century Hotel Johor Bahru,Malaysia

 

Above are the main things you need to know before you book any hotel room in Johor Bahru and when you book a hotel near to the attractions which you plan to visit, you will sure have the best holiday experience in JB (Johor Bahru)

Have you been to Johor Bahru, Malaysia? If so please share your experience with hotel accommodation there.

 

Istana Park Singapore

Istana Park is another oasis I found in the busy city, Dhoby Ghaut, Singapore. After our visit and stay around the Dhoby Ghaut Green, then we visited this beautiful lush green garden. Istana Park is absolutely full of beautiful trees and foliage.

We entered to the Istana Park from gravel area of Dhoby Ghaut Green. However, it is located facing the main Istana Gate making it a good viewing point for Istana monthly changing of guards’ ceremony.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park Singapore

Below are some of the attractions inside the Istana Park, Singapore. Hope you like to have a photo walk through the park with me. If you visit Dhoby Ghaut Singapore, don’t forget to visit this park as this is one of the main attractions of Dhoby Ghaut.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park Singapore
Beautiful trees
Istana Park Singapore
Beautiful views at Istana Park Singapore

Istana Garden is full of green views. Even it was mid noon of the day; we had comfortable time among the trees and plants.

Istana Park Singapore
Istana Park is full of beautiful huge trees.
Flora and Fauna

Among the huge trees, there are other plants which give eye pleasing views for anyone who enter into this small stretch of park along the Orchard Road.

Festival Arch

The main attraction of Istana Park is its Festival Arch. The park fronts the main gate of Istana. At this main point of the park, the Festival Arch is located.

Istana Park Singapore
Festival Arch – Istana Park Singapore

As a 26m long structure this Festive Arch design symbolizes the railings and gate posts of the Istana entrance.(Istana is the official residence and office for the President of Singapore, In Malay Istana means ‘Palace’, it is also the working office for Singapore Prime Minister)

Butterfly trail

Istana Park is one of the biggest spots of the Butterfly Trail along the Orchard road. It is a surprise. This park is actually with lot of butterflies of different colours and sizes. They were happily roaming here and there around the flowers in Istana Park making it a pleasing sight. However, capturing a butterfly was not an easy task for me.

Butterfly Trail @Orchard Road - Spot at Dhoby Ghaut
Butterfly Trail @Orchard Road – Spot at Dhoby Ghaut

Well, instead of trying to capture butterflies, I spent great time with my son showing him beautiful butterflies.

The Pond

Among the trees, flora and fauna there is a beautiful pond in one side of the park making it more attractive. Although this park stretches in a small narrow piece of land, Istana Park is with lot of attractions to see.

Art & Dining

My Art Space is a great spot inside the Istana Park which you can spend time among the arts and dine at the same time. This place provides the facilities to learn about art and it is also a great place to chill out.

Above are some of the attractions and things to do which we found in our visit to Istana Park Singapore. Actually it is a free attraction which you should have a look in Singapore. Surprisingly all these green views are along the busy Orchard Road and on the other side, it is Penang Road.

Useful information to visit Istana Park, Singapore

If you visit during day time, sunscreen, hats and water may be useful as the Festival Arch and butterfly trail area is really hot and sunny.If you travel with kids it is good to carry a stroller or a good baby carrier for babies.I always found this as helpful for me to spend time among the attractions without getting tired.You can find more tips and learn more at kokopax.com on finding the right baby products for travelling.

Park lighting hours: 7.00pm to 7.00am

How to get there: It is easy to visit Istana Park By MRT, alight at Dhoby Ghaut station and this park lies along the Penang Road. It is next to Dhoby Ghaut Green gravel area.

Location: Istana Park, 31 Orchard Road, S238888

Tech Items to Make Your Summer Vacation

Planning to get away this summer and recharge your batteries? While you may want to leave your smartphone and laptop behind, there are some great tech tools that can help you optimize your summer travels. The following are a few devices you should put on your list of what you need to bring with you.

Bluesmart Suitcase

Lost or defective luggage can put a huge damper on your vacation. The Bluesmart suitcase works to avoid these common problems. You can choose either a carry-on or a larger size if you need to check your bag. If the latter is the case, it comes with a TSA-approved digital lock and scale, so you don’t have to worry about meeting flight weight limits. There’s also a SIM card within it, so you can track your suitcase all over the world.

If you’re bringing a carry-on size, there are two USB ports for charging your devices. It’s powered by a removable battery, so you don’t need to plug your suitcase into the wall, either.

Galaxy S7 Edge

Let’s face it. Leaving behind your cellphone just isn’t an option. Being able to call home while you’re away and making calls within the country you are traveling are essential to a successful trip. Moreover, even if paper maps are your thing, being able to find that recommended café with the best crossainte au chocolate in Paris in a timely manner will cut down on frustrations throughout your trip.

Bring a smartphone like the Galaxy S7 Edge so you don’t have to worry about changing SIM cards for every country you’re in. The camera is one of the best available, so you can post high-quality pictures to Instagram and Facebook for your family and friends to see. Look into the various cellphone providers before you leave, too. T-Mobile, for instance, enables you to call home and within your destination for a reasonable price. Data and texting are included with the Simple Choice Plan, and it’s just $0.20 a minute for calls within 140 countries.

Kindle Voyage

Whether you plan to read the new James Patterson thriller or want to access guidebooks without bringing an extra 20 pounds in your luggage, consider investing in an e-reader like a Kindle. The Kindle Voyage has a 300 ppi pixel density, higher contrast than any of its predecessors, touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity and enough storage for thousands of books. It also has adaptive front lighting that automatically dims and brightens to make reading as easy as possible.

Whether you’re deciding to take a day trip to Brugge to try the finest chocolate in the world or roam around Paris to see the beautiful parks and museums, these tech tools will keep you connected, informed and entertained. Bon voyage!

 

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