Comfort? Check. Convenient location and safety? Check. Friendly staff? Check Wifi? Check. What is it that you look for in a hotel? Is it the comfort? The safety and convenience? Any of the above? Or more? Because in my stay at Ibis Hotel Bencoolen, I definitely got all that I needed.
Backpacking may be some people’s teenage dream. The chance to get out of the country, try something new, see something new. Unfortunately, everyone has the fear of getting culture shock – feeling out of place in a different culture, different ways and uncommon surroundings. Singapore is one country in this world that you’ll probably rarely notice due to its small size. It only has one airport and it’s practically so small you can go around the place in a day or two. However, it’s definitely not one country you should miss.
Are you currently in Singapore? Wishing for a chance to get another stamp in your passport? There’s no better place to get a new one than to Malaysia – which is just a short bus ride away from Singapore. However, Singapore’s not entirely what you can call budget-friendly. At least, when you compare it to Malaysia. Everything is more expensive in Singapore and when you’re traveling on a budget from the city center to Malaysia, you might end up spending more than you’d hope for. There are many different places you can go to in Malaysia. If you like history and cheap stuff, you’d enjoy Malacca. If you like the beach, Mersing is your jump off point to Pulau Tioman. And if you want to see the Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur is just some hours away. If you don’t want to go too far, however, you can always stay at Johor Bahru which is a great place to get groceries, according to other locals. Here are the different ways you can get to Malaysia from Singapore:
Even though Singapore is a small country, you shouldn’t underestimate the places you can go to. And despite the argument in the traveling world that differentiates a traveler from a tourist, with the “traveler” refusing to go to usual tourist destinations, I didn’t really care. Okay, that’s not true. It bothers me a little that there’s even an argument about it! But really, who’s to say that I’m not a traveler just because I like tourist destinations? Anyway, we’re getting off the point. The Singapore Flyer is similar to a Ferris Wheel, except that in pods and possibly four times the size of the largest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines. Other than being a good place to watch the city lights at night, it is also a good place for overlooking views. For those who like overlooking views, the Singapore Flyer is also a restaurant to some, so they can eat while enjoying the view at the same time. So, when I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to the Singapore Blog Awards 2012, this included a ticket to the Singapore Flyer – for free!
If you’ve been my friend for a while now, you’d know how much I love food. Based on my tweets and Facebook alone, I eat every 3 – 5 hours a day. Sometimes, I even wake up in the middle of the night just to eat. So when we were introduced to Zaffron, Oasia Hotel, I was in food heaven. Literally. Inside the tall, gorgeous, multi-luxurious hotel was a restaurant that caters to its guests for possibly a food orgasm – at least, every day if you’re lucky enough to stay at Oasia Hotel all the time.
It’s kind of nice to see huge sponsors supporting the blog industry. I hope to see that one day in the Philippines. The event was flocked with people, which is a good thing since we were outside. There was a photo booth at the back with various signs for picture taking. They also served food for anyone who might get hungry along the way. As an annual event held by OMY.SG, it seems as if every year their events keep getting better and better. In order to celebrate the blogging industry, the Singapore Blog Awards 2012 was held on July 21, at the Singapore Food Trail, just near the Singapore Flyer. Now at it’s 5th year with a theme of “Super Bloggers, Attack!”, guests were invited to come along in a superhero costume.