All posts filed under: Travelogue

I LOVE Traveling!

HolidayInnResortKandoomaMaldives_villa-private-sundeck

Beach-Side Breaks: Holiday Inn Resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives offering up to 35% off

Holiday Inn® Resorts are making beach-side getaways even more manageable for families and groups of friends, with up to 35% off room rates at its resorts across Southeast Asia and the Maldives, for stays until 19 December 2015. Guests can enjoy a break with up to 30% off room rates including breakfast, with IHG Rewards Club members receiving an additional 5% off. With the discounted rates available at resorts across Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives, families can enjoy plenty of time together during a sun and sand-filled getaway. On top of that the Holiday Inn brand’s signature ‘Kids Stay & Eat Free’ programme provides even more value for families taking a well-earned break. There are Holiday Inn Resorts in a variety of popular holiday destinations around the region boasting incredible settings including: Resorts in Phuket Phuket’s pure blue seas and stunning sunsets will always be a favourite for a beach-side getaway. At Holiday Inn Resort Mai Khao Beach families can take a stroll by the beach before diving into some traditional batik painting followed …

Rate this:

Pic--(51)

VietJet Gives Away Complimentary Flight Tickets in Online Summer Promotion

Summers here, and to celebrate, Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet”) will be giving away 500,000 tickets in a week long promotion starting from just S$0. The online promotion will run from Wednesday, 22 July 2015 to Wednesday, 29 July 2015 and is applicable to all domestic and international routes currently operated by Vietjet. The travel period for this promotion begins on 7 September 2015 and ends on 31 December 2015. Travellers can purchase tickets via the Vietjet website at http://www.vietjetair.com and payment can be made with major credit cards including VISA, MasterCard, JCB or American Express. Vietjet currently operates 150 flights per day with a fleet of 25 Airbus aircraft across 32 routes, domestically and internationally. Boasting a new and modern fleet, Vietjet features fast and easy check-in services, high quality onboard services and has recently partnered with Lotteria Vietnam to provide even greater choices to its in-flight meal offering. Terms and conditions apply: The ticket promotion applies to the basic fare and does not include the cost of prevailing taxes and fuel surcharges. …

Rate this:

Cable-Car-Sky-Network---Sentosa-Line

Singapore’s Iconic Cable Car Opens New Line on Sentosa Island

The new Sentosa Line, a $78 million investment, will now allow guests to connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Point, on the western tip of the island. In line with SDC’s constant efforts to refresh the offerings on the island, the new line is one of several infrastructural enhancements that SDC has embarked on to enhance connectivity and accessibility on the island. There are three cable car stations servicing the new Sentosa Line – the Merlion, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point Stations. Guests riding on this new line can conveniently make their way between the island’s many attractions and F&B offerings, while enjoying exceptional views over Sentosa’s tree canopy and Siloso Beach. Guests who wish to ride on both Lines are able to buy the Cable Car Sky Pass with an option to top up for unlimited rides. Overseas guests will enjoy a bonus because the new Sentosa Line will be included in the new Standard Sky Pass with no increase from the current price of $29, hence they get double the value with the Singapore Cable …

Rate this:

Phare, The Cambodian Circus, Siem Reap’s most unique Entertainment

Sponsored Review Phare, The Cambodian Circus is one of the most unique, authetic top rated evening entertainment in Siem Reap. It is not just a circus like what you have in mind. Phare, the Cambodian Circus is a combination of theatre, music, dance and modern circus arts to tell unique Cambodian stories. We’re lucky to be invited to catch the show as tickets are usually sold out pretty fast. You can either buy it onsite or book your tickets online here. The show we’re watching for the evening was Sokrias (Eclipse), set in a rural Cambodian village where a disfigured young man is rejected and ridiculed. He wonders why he is cursed in this way and seeks answers and help from the gods. They answer his prayers by transforming him into a beautiful woman who attracts the attention and desire of the village men. But they quickly discover there’s something evil behind the beauty. Based on traditional Cambodian folktales, Eclipse is a story of rejection, revenge, spirit possession and eventual forgiveness set to original music …

Rate this:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Shinta Mani Club, A Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap

Sponsored Review Shinta Mani Club, an upscale boutique hotel located in Siem Reap gives me a wonderful stay on my first trip to Cambodia. All I can say is that i’m truly impressed with their excellent service! Shinta Mani Club is located within the township of Siem Reap and it’s just a 15 minutes tuk tuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Upon our arrival, we’re given cold towels as the weather is really hot there and a nice chilling welcome drink. We’re also each given a mobile phone with sim card in it, where we can make phone calls in Cambodia, especially handy when you would like to make a reservation at a resturant or book your spa session, or if you are lost or having problems communicating to the locals on directions back to the hotel. :) Very nice lobby. Shinta Mani Club offer a total of 39 rooms in four categories of stylish accommodations, including Superior, Superior Poolside, Deluxe and Deluxe Living. We’re given the Deluxe room and I personally …

Rate this:

september_cafe_taiwan_taipei

Cafe-hopping in Taiwan – 9 September Cafe

Level Up! Darren bloggie is not only cafe hopping in Singapore, but is venturing out to other countries as well! :) First up on darrenbloggie, we have 9 September Cafe, located in Taiwan where it’s only open in September! haha~ nah… just kidding :P Located along the alley in Taipei city, this cafe is decorated in a woody and industrial ambient where you can see wooden crates and metal grills topped with lots and lots of flowers and plants which create a relaxing vibe ;) the cafe is seperated into indoor and outdoor seating, where you can spend an afternoon with a cup of coffee people watching or getting some inspiration. Let’s take a look at the menu Was there for the brunch menu and here’s what we’ve ordered. Every brunch set comes with either an americano coffee, breakfast tea, fresh juices or you may top up an additional NT90 for any drinks of your choice in the menu. I ordered the signature September Brunch set (NT340) which comes with a selection of bread, scrambled …

Rate this:

21932672

Jetstar Asia to move to KLIA2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 8 July 2015

From 8 July 2015, all Jetstar Asia flights will arrive and depart from the KLIA2 terminal at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia. KLIA2 is located less than two kilometres away from the KLIA Main Terminal and is accessible from KL Sentral via the KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit. There is no change in the flight schedule, ground handler, check-in facilities or check-in timings. However, passengers transferring between KLIA Main terminal and KLIA2 will need to clear immigration and collect their checked bags before they can transfer to their next flight. Passengers are advised to check in at the airport at least two hours before departure and are reminded to allow ample time for their local transfers to and from the KLIA airport. Passengers booked to travel between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur on and after 2 June will receive an updated email itinerary to reflect the location of the new airport. The straight-to-gate web check-in services will continue to be available to passengers in the new terminal. For more information, visit Jetstar.com.

Rate this:

Deluxe-Room-View-(1)

InterContinental Dubai Marina opens in the heart of Dubai’s newest lifestyle hub

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of InterContinental Dubai Marina, a 132 guest room luxury hotel with 196 fully serviced InterContinental Residential Suites in the centre of one of Dubai’s most popular and vibrant neighbourhoods. The hotel is a showcase of cutting edge design and décor, with bespoke modern art, design and sculptures throughout. With stunning views of the marina and nine restaurant and bars on offer, InterContinental Dubai Marina creates the perfect setting for guests to enjoy all that Dubai has to offer. Part of the Bay Central development, situated in Dubai’s newest hub for contemporary lifestyle in the heart of Dubai Marina, the hotel is located within walking distance of the Dubai tram and metro, and local tourist attractions including Jumeirah Beach Road and The Walk on JBR, which offers a variety of restaurants and shops is only five minutes away. The jewel in the hotel’s crown will be Marina Social restaurant – British, Michelin-starred chef, Jason Atherton’s first in the Middle East – which will open later in September 2015. The …

Rate this:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Flowery Fun Times in the Gardens this June Holidays

Take a walk down memory lane this June Holiday and have some Flowery Fun Times at Gardens by the Bay! Starting 22 May, Gardens by the Bay latest floral display bring to life beloved characters from your favourite nursery rhymes. Come meet Mary and her little lamb, the old lady in her shoe, Old MacDonald with his farm animals and Humpty Dumpty before his fall. Other than the usual nursery rhymes that we are all familiar with, there’s also a section with nursery rhymes from all the different races in Singapore. Are you able to tell which are they from the display below? Can you tell which chinese nursery rhymes does this belong to? Buzz buzzz~~~ Amidst fields of Lupin blooms, Foxgloves and Delphiniums too, Wondrous characters and animals await to take you on a Nursery Rhymes date. “Flowery Fun Times” is the third of six chapters in Gardens by the Bay’s storytelling journey in 2015. This enchanting series of floral displays for the year will draw visitors into the magical world of folklore, legends, fairy …

Rate this:

Holiday-Inn-Express-Seoul_exterior

First Holiday Inn Express® Hotel in Republic of South Korea Opens in Seoul

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) has opened the very first Holiday Inn Express® hotel in the Republic of South Korea, Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro, located in the heart of the capital city. The 224-room hotel is nestled in a commercial and financial precinct between the Myeong-dong, Namsan and Dongdaemoon areas, known for their variety of shopping options and sites of cultural and artistic significance. Holiday Inn Express Seoul Euljiro offers a choice of modern double-bed and twin-bed rooms, as well as free on-site parking. The hotel is easily accessible by public transport, located just one minute’s walk from the Euljiro3-ga station on the Seoul Subway Line, and is one hour from Incheon International Airport. Travellers keen for sight-seeing can take a leisurely 10 minute stroll to Bukchon Hanok Village, a preserved traditional village to capture a glimpse of what life was like in Joseon period. Further afield, guests can visit the famous N Seoul Tower at the top of Namsan Mountain to view the city from a completely different perspective. Those with a shopaholic streak …

Rate this:

IC-Dubai-Festival-City_Vista-Indoor-Bar

IHG Offers Guests Up to 30% Off Rooms Across All Hotels in Asia, Middle East and Africa

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced an exciting new advanced booking promotion across all its 251 hotels in the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region, from beachfront InterContinental resorts to city-centre Holiday Inn Express hotels. From now until 1 September, guests can enjoy up to 30% off on bookings purchased in advance for stays from 1 June to 4 September 2015. IHG® Rewards Club members enjoy a further reward of an additional 5% off – meaning a possible discount of up to 35% – as well as their usual membership perks such as free internet, when booking during this period. IHG Rewards Club, the industry’s first and largest hotel rewards programme, with nearly 86 million members, is free and guests can join at IHGRewardsClub.com, by downloading the IHG® app or by inquiring at the front desk of any of IHG’s more than 4,800 hotels worldwide. The programme offers industry-leading benefits, including free internet for members across IHG’s family of trusted hotel brands. Guests are always guaranteed the lowest price when they book directly with IHG, or …

Rate this:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

10 Things You Can Do at Changi Airport before your Flight

Have you ever wonder what you can do at the airport after you’ve check in for your flight? Or are you one of those that feel there isn’t a need to reach the airport too early, since all you need to do is check in your luggage and head straight to the boarding gate? You might want to reconsider after reading this ;) Changi Airport has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1981, when Terminal 1 first opened. Today, we have three terminals, with the fourth in construction and planning for a fifth. Being the sixth busiest international airport today, Changi Airport is a major air hub in Asia, serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 320 cities in about 80 countries and handled more than 54.1 million passengers in 2014. A flight takes off or lands at Changi roughly once every 90 secs! WOW~ With about 350 retail and services outlets and 160 F&B outlets at Changi, Changi Airport is one of Singapore’s best places for shopping and dinning, as well …

Rate this:

Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road Facade

Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road Clinches Two Awards at the International Property Awards 2015

The 180-suite property has won a total of three property development awards in two years, affirming its world-class design and architecture. Following a rigorous judging process for the Asia Pacific International Property Awards 2015-2016, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, Singapore is proud to be named Winner in the Singapore Hotel Architecture and Singapore New Hotel Construction and Design categories amongst some of the region’s most prominent developments. The awards will be officially presented at the Asia Pacific Property Awards Summit and Awards Gala dinner in May. Since its launch in May 2013, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road, Singapore has been one of the leading choices of accommodation for extended-stay business and leisure travellers to the city. Situated in the heart of the cultural enclave of Beach Road and at the gateway to the Marina Bay and Raffles Place Central Business Districts, the 180-suite property features a sleek modern exterior with a roof-top swimming pool and fitness centre which offers breath-taking views of the city’s skyline. Providing the perfect home-away-from-home living environment, each suite is furnished with a fully-equipped …

Rate this:

Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa_ocean view room (1)

Endless sea views and white sandy beaches await guests at new Holiday Inn Resort on Benoa Beach, Bali

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has welcomed Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa to its portfolio of hotels on the beautiful island of Bali, Indonesia. The new resort features 171 rooms and a host of recreation facilities, offering guests a relaxing getaway on what is one of Bali’s most family-friendly beaches. Located directly on a white, sandy beachfront, the resort is less than 15 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, making it ideal for a quick getaway or a longer stay. Guests can choose from a wide selection of room types, all with their own balconies and outdoor seating to enjoy the balmy sea breezes. For families, the resort offers a variety of rooms created with them in mind, including Family Connecting rooms, and Kids Adventure Suites and Family Adventure Suites, designed to appeal to kids’ imaginations with bright colours and toys to keep them entertained, whilst also staying within earshot of Mum and Dad As with all Holiday Inn properties worldwide, the resort offers the brand’s signature, Kids Stay & Eat Free programme*, with kids under 12 eating and staying for free. The resort features a …

Rate this:

Premium Economy Cabin Seats

ANA introduces First Class and Premium Economy Service on Singapore route

ANA has introduced new travel classes and enhanced in-flight services from Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta to Tokyo, targeted at the high volume of business travelers flying between these destinations and the rising demand from international passengers connecting to the wider Southeast Asian and North American ANA network. At the same time, ANA has introduced its highest class of service, First Class, on its Singapore-Narita route from March 2015, giving passengers the opportunity to enjoy flights with the greatest comfort, privacy and luxury. Passengers will also be able to fly Premium Economy on these routes, offering more space and even greater comfort. ANA’s Premium Economy service has already proven to be very popular on flights to Europe and North America. Business Class passengers on ANA flights to and from Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta can also enjoy a wider range of high-quality in-flight cuisine, including the specially crafted menu from ‘The Connoisseurs’, served individually, course-by-course. These service enhancements will offer customers choosing to fly with ANA greater choice, comfort and convenience, in line with the airline’s commitment …

Rate this:

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Alila Villas Uluwatu, 5 Star Luxury Villas Resorts in Bali

Bali is one of my favourite destination wherever I’m looking for a short relaxing trip, as I love the slow paced environment there and especially when you are staying in a nice villa, you can simply do nothing but chill in there. :) I’m really lucky to be hosted at Alila Villas Uluwatu, the 5 Star Eco-Friendly Luxury Villas Resorts in Bali. Everything seems so surreal and it feels like I’ve just landed into another paradize, one which is away from the world and a place where I’m sure I can relax and recharge ;) Located on a clifftop plateau along the southern coastline on the island’s Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali is just 30 mins drive away form the International Airport and 15 mins from Jimbaran Bay. The hotel lobby Enjoy the panoramic views over the Indian ocean while enjoying your meals in the restaurant, by the pool or at the sunset cabana where you can hold events and wedding at. Be ready to indulge all your senses in the signature fine-dining …

Rate this:

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Unravel Travel to Kalibo!

Whenever I told my friends that I’ll be flying to Kalibo, these are the two reactions I received from them. One, huh? where is this place? Two, Oh~ so you are going Boracay? To be honest, I’ve no idea where Kalibo is located and when I first got to know that I’ll be travelling to Kalibo, I was alittle worried that there’s nothing much I can do there. Most of us tends to visit places that we are familiar with whenever we want to go for a short holiday but there are also alot of other destinations worth exploring too! Thanks to Unravel Travel and Changi Airport Group, together with the two finalists selected, Jahafar and Jerrold, we went on a 3D2N trip to Kalibo! :D As we check in early for our flight, we visited a few places in the Airport, like the Sunflower and Butterfly Garden before heading to our boarding gate :) Playing games… and not forgetting to check on our flight status :) Boarding time! Off we go~ As it wasn’t …

Rate this:

Lobby-01

First Boutique Hotel Indigo sets foot in South East Asia – Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has brought its boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, to Southeast Asia with the opening of Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road. The 192-room Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is refreshingly local in design, incorporating the best of its surrounding neighbourhood into the hotel. This includes vertical gardens to reflect Bangkok’s iconic Lumpini Park, which is just minutes away, street art style murals depicting the story of the surrounding area and custom art pieces such as a wall of wireless radios reflecting the area’s history as the birthplace of the country’s wireless radio stations. Hotel Indigo is the first globally branded boutique hotel brand and no two of the 62 Hotel Indigo properties around the world are alike as each reflects its immediate neighbourhood through its design, food and beverage, amenities and services. As well as meticulously designed guest rooms featuring spa inspired bathrooms, locally-sourced toiletries, private balconies and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, the hotel’s open air infinity edge pool and deck provides unparalleled views of the …

Rate this:

Air New Zealand staff in Maori outfits greet guests with a traditional Kapa Haka performance

Kia Ora Singapore – Air New Zealand celebrates its presence in Singapore

Air New Zealand hosted an event with Changi Airport Group to celebrate its recent return to Singapore. The airline commenced services to Singapore on 6 January 2015 with the operational launch of its alliance with Singapore Airlines. Together, the two Star Alliance carriers operate three services daily between Singapore and New Zealand, connecting travellers to 40 destinations on Air New Zealand’s network. The event, held at Singapore’s Fullerton Bay Hotel was attended by members of the local tourism industry as well as executives from Changi Airport Group, Singapore Airlines and SATS. Guests were welcomed with a traditional Maori Kapa Haka performance by Air New Zealand staff. This month Air New Zealand will take part in several major travel fairs in Singapore for the first time, offering some attractive deals to Singaporean travellers. The airline has also recently launched a joint campaign with Tourism New Zealand to promote the Singapore – Auckland route between April and June, with special fares starting from S$999*. For more information, visit airnewzealand.com.sg.

Rate this:

Mandarin Orchard Singapore Executive Suite

50% Staycation Deal at Mandarin Orchard Singapore!

In view of SG50, Mandarin Orchard Singapore have so many treats lined up for you. Enjoy 50% discount off Best FlexibleRate when you book by 7 March and stay in the newly refurbished Premier Room or pamper yourself in one of their Suites! The Premier Room rates start from $174.50++/night and the Suite rates start from as low as $249.50++/night! Remember to Quote this promo code: SS50 when you book the rooms. Terms and Conditions :  • Premier Rooms and Suites only • Valid for stays every Fri, Sat & Sun in March and April 2015 • Book before this Saturday, 7 March (23:59hrs GMT+8) • Non refundable So Book your stay with Mandarin Orchard Singapore today! ;)

Rate this: