Singapore: Marina Mandarin

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Ever since my previous trip to Hong Kong I have become a bit of a sucker for architecture.  So when I was invited to Singapore by MigMe and Changi Recommends I was super excited to hear that I would be staying in the Marina Mandarin.

Aside the fact that the room view was the iconic Marina Bay Sands (what can be better?), I was actually more impressed by their interior design.  It is the type where it is almost impossible to find in Korea sadly.  The marble lounges, restaurants, pools, were all top notch however what I really loved about this hotel was their implementation of exotic plants, fountains and other water elements to their interior design.  They also had real life birds which chirped (cannot be heard in the rooms) across the open space giving the hotel an exotic botanical garden feel to it.

I remember I asked the receptionist about Singaporean transport and they really took their time explaining the bus routes and the subway system.  They were really helpful in making sure I can get most out of the experience in such a short time in Singapore.

Do check out their lunch specials which includes a range of cuisines from around the world.  Oh and do be careful their basket of Babybel cheese in the morning as Westerners will find it very different to what they are used to.

This may be a ‘sponsered’ post n’ all…but you all know here (if you’ve been with me long enough) that I either speak the truth or not say anything at all…so meh~

*A very big thank you to Marina Mandarin for their hospitality and exceptional service*

Unlocking Jeju

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I went to join with Mr.C once again in Jeju Island.  I have mentioned Mr.C once before and for those who don’t know who he is, I consider him a wise friend and also an important peer.  His knowledge and experiences in life is nothing short of incredible and he always have great stories to tell and lessons to teach…like this time on how to find dolphins in the Jeju sea.

It kinda’ feels like being in the Karate kid, but rather learning about kicking ass, I am being given keys to unlock secrets to Jeju culture.  Everything he says is so valuable and so culturally enriching!

Anyways the lesson learnt here is that when you travel, try to meet with many types of different people and sometimes do things which are out of your comfort zone.  You never know who you might bump into…they might even give you valuable knowledge and experiences that only a local can give.

Hong Kong (Part 1)

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This was probably my 6th or 7th trip to Hong Kong and it was probably the first time I had such an amazing time. Not only did I spend Christmas for the first time in 3 years with my family, but I also got to meet up with some of Hong Kong’s top Instagrammers. Their perspective of Hong Kong as shown on their photos made me look at this bustling city in a different light. I use to always think the apartments were too tall (Hong Kongers like to live in the shadows apparently) and can use a bit of a scrub here and there. However, this time round I have started to appreciate the architectural prowess of Hong Kong, and in fact now that I look at it, the peeling of the paint, the tetrical shapes, and the dark mouldy patches of old apartments give it so much more character.

A final note on the amazing Instagram community in Hong Kong; their creativity, bond and passion for photography were so inspiring…I’m so jealous >.<

Someone make one for Korea pliiz?

A very big thank you again to those who made this vacation extra special! Bare love~

Oh and while you’re here do check out these amazing instagrammers from Hong Kong – @edwardkb, @vnthota, @twheat, @vdubl, @maurice, @flosslai, @kyle_yu, @vincelsl

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Dancing in the Rain

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Yup, back again to participate this year’s Jeju Olle walking festival just like last year. Though, this time we were welcomed by continuous rain for six plus hours, boggy mud patches, and beautiful pruned toes.
Despite the gloom, it didn’t dampen the walking spirit at all. In fact the rain really put a whole new perspective on this exotic island. Every condition is an opportunity to capture something special. Don’t let the rain stop you from capturing unique and beautiful moments…even when you have pruned toes.

 

For more details on Jeju Olle Trails visit this informative website! All in English of course…duh~

*All pictures above were taken from Olle Route 19*