Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ibiza Spain 2016

Ibiza is know to be partying island. But for what you know, the beaches are so beautiful. People are so friendly and the whole vibe of being there was exceptional. The only thing that I didn't like was the accommodation. It was a nightmare for me. I just wished we had a better hotel.

All we did was walk, ate healthy food and we were on a bike driving around the see different spot. It was sorta romantic three days here. The next time I come here, it will be with friends and family to enjoy the whole partying scene. 










Ibiza Old Town

Friday, September 2, 2016

Left my Heart in Barcelona

oh my my, what a lovely city. The beauty of Barca is there's always something too look at. Every corner was wow. It has always left an impression in my heart as one of the most beautiful European cities with inspiring architecture. Honestly, when I was in the city I had no idea who Antoni Gaudi was, but because of the mesmerising architect that is all around Barcelona was his work. He has a distinctive style which my eyes kept asking for more. 

We pretty much seen majority of all Gaudi's work, we went to Casa Batllo, Casa Mija, Park Guell and Sagrada Familia. 

Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic tourist attraction in Barcelona. It still an incomplete master piece. The work of the church started in 1882 and it slated to complete by 2030, which is nearly 150 years. I was mesmerised when I was inside. I didn't want to leave. It was so beautiful from every corner. You must visit this place if you ever land in Barcelona. The colours coming through the stain glass will make your jaw drop. When you are inside, you are like in the middle of the Forrest of pillars with branches supporting a flowery ceiling. It's just so different from all the church or cathedral I have ever been.







Park Guell is another iconic design by Guadi. We were there the first day thinking we would buy the ticket upfront, but guess what, it was sold out. I was shattered really and made a new reservation for the next day early in the morning. We had the first entry so the park was empty comparing to the previous day. It was a delight. Less people in the photograph. This place was like a ginger bread house, the views and the architecture are just spectacular.




The Magic Fountain of Montjuic was another truly Barca site. The combination of all the waterfall amazed us. The fountain sprays more than 2,000 litres of water into the air every three seconds. The water lit up with different colours.



La Rambla is a pleasant street to walk around , it is filled with artist and small little shops. It is a very touristy street that sell cheap souvenirs and restaurants hike price for no reason. However the street is a must do even thought you may think that it's just a big tourist trap, and there is a pretty cool market called La Boqeria that is famous for food.




Gothic Quarter (Barri Gothic) is the oldest part of Barcelona and you can still see some remains from the old Roman wall. It was really a very interesting walk through the churches, Barcelona Cathedral, and tons of little squares. This quarter was like a maze. You just keep walking the it just keep surprising you.






Port Olympics was another last minute decision that we took to visit. This area was build specially for the Olympics in 1992. It has a beautiful coastline, good line up of upscale restaurants and bars. We had a chance to dine in Shoko Barcelona. The food and ambience was good and it was the moment that we enjoyed.






I could go back and do it all over again. Having four days was just not enough. The beaches needs to be explore not that I wasn't fond or prioritised it but just because we have so much of beaches in APAC that it wasn't a priority. The people was just so nice and fun loving but you have to be cautious at all times. Pick pockets are famous here, so don't say I didn't warn you. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

My First Cruise

I am still dazed from my my very first cruise experience with Norwegian Epic on her maiden in the Mediterranean Sea. It was a 7 day cruise starting from Barcelona - Naples - Rome - Florence/Pisa - Cannes - Marseilles - Barcelona. The cruise kicked off on the 14 August and back on the 21st August. As a cruising newbie, I have to admit I was somewhat sceptical before boarding the ship. I didn't know what to expect and what not to expect. But I know that this experience will be different from my usual experience of travel. 


I think cruises make for a great vacation as everything is taken care of for you. All you need to do is show up. That's exactly what my cruise experience was like. It was filled with buffets, cheesy entertainment, lots of drinking and large amount of time at the pool. A cruise was pretty much everything I thought it would be. But who would have known that it could be so much fun. I wanted to stay longer. 

When cruising, everything is included such as your accommodation, all food, entertainment, fitness and etc.  however there were some that was additional cost, such as on shore excursion, Spa services, on-board shopping, internet access and alcohol drinks. 


Everything about it made it right but on contrary, there were plenty of things that could have been better. 
  • Not enough pool area: There were 4,000 people on the cruise and there was only two tiny pools that were always crowded and loud. Definitely this needs improvement!
  • No free drinking water: This is ridiculous and specially when you are on a summer vacation where the temperature is at its peak. Thank god, knowing it from our family who has cruise before, we did load in water
  • Small showers: With my size, I was having trouble enjoying my bath. I wonder what would happen with people who are bigger than me. 
  • The buffet closing: this thing really irritated me. As much as they marketed as free and easy cruising but the buffet closing time was just a killer. The only thing that we needed to rush for. 

My recommendation if you are cruising for the first time: 
  • Stock up your water
  • Make sure to get a balcony for your 'me' or 'us' time
  • Get your alcohol included in your package
  • Get your internet access included if you don't want to be out of touch with the world
  • Plan your excursion well
The biggest reason why I loved my first cruise so much was the ease and comfort of travelling part way around. It's pure hassle free, no visas, airport security, waking up early to catch a flight, no cues, no unpacking and repacking... The list is truly endless. More than that the company we were with made it our best.






Monday, August 29, 2016

Singapore Celebrates 51 Years of Independence

On 9th August, Singapore celebrated their 51st year of Independence. Like every year, there is a special national parade held. I did not attend last year, this was the first year I was able to attend. It is not easy to get tickets, as they are not sold. You have to register yourself and you will be randomly selected to seats. A friend of mine was nice to share a her tickets with me. The whole experience was just breath taking. I like how all the diversity came under one stadium and were united. 

The whole event took 2 hours, we got a goody bag filled with amazing Singapore flag and eatables.  We got the red sector which was the main podium near the officials. The stadium itself was packed with people. The parade from the different sector took place and some of beautiful performance as well. The lights and sound was so well arrange and thought of. Everyone who attended the session was wore red or white colour clothing. It was just so touching. Even though I'm not a Singaporean but I bow to their patriotism.