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Captivating Phnom Penh (Day 1)

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA. Since we were already in Vietnam, we made sure to also visit its neighbouring country Cambodia. We left Ho Chi Minh on Christmas Day last year and took a bus going to Phnom Penh. It took us about 6 hours and $14 each to get there. A long travel actually but cheap which is favorable for us since spending less is a top priority. During the trip, I could not help but notice how much similar Cambodia is as compared to the Philippines. They both have the same look of the streets, the houses and even the people and how they dress!

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Hotel Nikko Saigon

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM. A twenty-minute drive from the Tan Son Nhat international airport brought us right smack in Saigon's city center. It was already past midnight when we arrived in the country but finding a taxi that could fit the six of us had not been an impossible feat. They have big taxis you know, and that's one of the many things I appreciate about the city! Keeping up and retaining all the turns the driver took had been impossible though so I just surrendered and feasted on sights that my vision could grasp.

Experiencing Asia's Best Chinese Restaurant That is Din Tai Fung

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE. Taking centerstage today is this very popular Chinese restaurant that we tried during our stay in Marina Bay Sands. Located inside The Shoppes, Din Tai Fung is everything but unpopular. Originating all the way from Taiwan, this big international brand has not always had this kind of stature and it may come as a shock to many but Din Tai Fung did not begin as a dumpling shop either.

A Review of Tim Ho Wan in Bedok Mall in Singapore and a Comparison of it to the Tim Ho Wan in Manila

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE. On our first night in Singapore, we could not help but eat in Tim Ho Wan... again. My mom has long been raving about this restaurant that when Tim Ho Wan finally opened here in Manila, we tried their food the moment we had the chance to do so. It was a very filling, first-time experience! I fell in love immediately with the Pork Buns which I can still remember fully to the point that I am still able to taste it in my mouth!

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - In the middle of my walk towards Maxwell Food Centre I caught sight of these two little roads, Ann Siang Hill and Erskine Road, on the other side of the street. The row of of old Chinese shophouses looks interesting enough that I made a vow with myself that I will go check those out after we finish our dinner at the Maxwell Food Centre. Without giving ourselves much time to rest even just for a while and wait for our food to go down, we marched down towards Erskine Road to start our journey to the unknown. 

Chinatown: Maxwell Food Centre

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - I have been hearing a lot of great things about Maxwell Food Center that is why after roaming around the Gardens by the Bay, we decided to have our last meal for our latest trip to the Little Red Dot here! Due to the very convenient MRT interconnection plying all over the country, we reached this part of Chinatown in no time.

Gardens By The Bay: A Walk In the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and Supertree Grove

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - It was only the day after we checked out from the Marina Bay Sands that we visited the adjacent Gardens by the Bay. With luggages in tow, we marched towards the starting point of the tour. Paying just an SGD 2 for a round-trip ride per pax on the cruiser tram placed near the Bayfront Avenue MRT station to the Gardens by the Bay, we immediately took it without thinking twice. 

The 3 Attractions to Visit Near Marina Bay Sands

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - The vicinity where Marina Bay Sands stands is always teeming with people. There is no dull moment here during the day as there is a plethora of attractions that people can go to to see and pass their time by. So just in case you already got tired of swimming and lounging in the Infinity Pool and looking down from the Sky Park on top of Marina Bay Sands, which I doubt would ever happen, there are still a lot of places that you can visit nearby!

Singapore: Marina Bay Sands

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - Standing tall along Bayfront Avenue and toppling all other buildings near it, Marina Bay Sands does not need to demand your undivided attention as you will freely give it without force. Aside from its height, the statuesque beauty possesses a different kind of grandeur, a futuristic one if you may, due to its spaceship-like vibe and irregular stance that begets curiosity and amusement from anyone who sees it.

A Walk in Tiong Bahru District

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - Tiong Bahru Estate is the first and one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore. Its past goes back way before we were even born. During the recent years, Tiong Bahru underwent a rebirth and rejuvenation; from a quiet, residential estate before it now is Singapore's veteran hipster neighbourhood in the country. Together with the new designation it carries is the rise of a good number of specialty shops all around the vicinity.

Up Close With Hello Kitty

JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA - Theme parks boomed in the past few years in this little corner of Johor Bahru. Unknown to some, it now also houses two other theme parks, located in Puteri Harbour, that you might enjoy too. The 4-level family theme park near the water is now housing The Little Big Club and the Sanrio Hello Kitty Town. We, on the other hand, only had our eyes set on Hello Kitty Town because, let us face it, who does not like and does not know Hello Kitty? 

An Expedition to Legoland Malaysia Resort

JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA. It was a sunny day when we crossed the border from Singapore to Malaysia to go to Legoland. Let us rewind back a little though as I am getting ahead of myself here. We started our journey in the Singapore Flyer where we claimed our tickets and embarked on our designated coach. 

Theme Parks to Visit in Johor Bahru

JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA. So you have already explored all the theme parks in Singapore. What now? Is there anywhere in the country you and your family can still go to to spend your weekends? Do not fret as I got a number of theme parks in mind! These may not be found in the Little Red Dot but they are quite near it, about a 1-hour drive or longer if you will be commuting, and easy to go to.

Singapore Recap Day 3: Forest, Flowers and Food Trips

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE. Since I hit the sack early the previous night, I was able to wake up at around 6 am the next day. I did not waste time and head on right ahead to the 57th floor of the hotel where the Skypark and Infinity pool are. I was in a mission to swim the whole morning until it is already time to check out and good thing that faith is on my side as I found the infinity pool devoid of the crowd present the previous day. 

Singapore Recap Day 2: Books, History & An Amazing City View

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE. Our first day in Singapore may have been a fun one but our second day there proved to be a magnificent one. Waking up a little later than the previous day, we marched over the hawker center near our place to get some real and heavy breakfast to help us jumpstart our jampacked day and later on travelled towards the nearest train station with calf muscles and feet still aching from the strenuous activity we had the day before but without minding the pain.

Recap of Singapore Day 1 and A Side Trip to Johor Bahru

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - Here is a picture-recap of my first day in Singapore! We wake up at around 5 am in the morning and catch the bus going to Legoland (Johor Bahru, Malaysia) in the Singapore Flyer at around 8 am. We booked our tickets weeks ago through Easibook, which offers round-trip coach services and attraction tickets to prime attractions located in Singapore and Malaysia and which gave us also a hassle-free and stress-free trip to the attractions of our choice!