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Celebrating the Month of June

May 31st, 2008 by

The month of June is coming soon! Don’t miss out on important holidays, festivals and events.children.JPG

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International Children’s Day – Cambodia, China, Laos, North Korea, Vietnam, Australia

There’s a day for the little ones all over the world! Other countries celebrate International Children’s Day during different days but many do on June 1. On this date, there are a lot of fun activities especially held for the young. Have fun, kids!

Dayak Festival – Malaysia

This is a time of celebration because the rice harvest has been completed. In merriment, marriages and unions are forged and events like shows, dancing, music, food and drink are held.

National Tree Planting Day – Cambodia

This is a good day for environmentalists, people with a love for planting, the Cambodian residents and of course the trees.

Reconciliation Week – Australia

Reconciliation Week starts from May 27 and lasts until June 3. This is a week to commemorate the historical events where the Australians make their apologies towards their indigenous brothers, the Aborigines, whom they have treated unfairly during the past.

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Discover a Slice of Paradise in Sentosa Part 2

May 30th, 2008 by

In Discover a Slice of Paradise in Sentosa Part 1, you learned how to get to Sentosa. You were also introduced to some of the popular attractions in this little island in Singapore like the Animal and Bird Encounter, Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Underwater World and the Dolphin Lagoon. But there are more attractions and activities to choose fromw…

The Sentosa Merlion

THE MERLION & MERLION WALK – When you step outside of the Images of Singapore museum, you will be led to the Merlion and Merlion Walk. Here you will find the biggest Merlion replica. The Sentosa Merlion, which is half lion and half fish, is about 37 meters high. You can take the lift to the top floor and enjoy a panoramic view of Singapore and other nearby islands. The scales on the Sentosa Merlion are also known to glow with different colors at night. At the back of this gigantic Merlion is a 120-meter long walkway which is referred to as the Merlion Walk. The Merlion Walk is lined with thousands of tiny bulbs and that is something that you should definitely see during your night stroll in Sentosa.

FORT SILOSO TOURS – Fort Siloso is a concrete reminder of the World War II in Singapore. Here, you’ll be able to see life-sized wax replicas of people who played an important role in the Japanese surrender. Visitors can view entertaining interactive exhibits like the Surrender Chambers, Voices of Singapore, etc. You can browse through memorabilia like old photographs, documents and film clips are being displayed. Furthermore, one can explore the old tunnels. That’s a different kind of adventure in itself. There are also real cannons and a lot of guns from the 17th century that can be explored. As an added bonus, you can also view some docudramas about the war that can help visitors better understand Singapore’s unique history. Read the rest of this entry »

Sendai in Harmony with Nature

May 28th, 2008 by

Japan-map

Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region of the island of Honshu, one of the islands of Japan. It is often said that “Sendai is just right”, as it is close to both the seas and mountains. Even the weather in Sendai is just right, not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. Locals have also said that it is a very comfortable place to live in. A thing worthy of noting about Sendai is the fusion of its greenery and the industry that makes it the city that it is. It is a city where the streets are cemented and wide yet the view is also very green, trees can be found everywhere. As a matter of fact, Sendai’s other name is Mori no Miyako, or City of Forest.

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It’s A Small World After All

May 26th, 2008 by

The first question that entered my mind as I approach the majestic gateway to Hong Kong Disneyland was, “How could any theme park mascot stand this HEAT?”

Hong Kong Disneyland entrance

My group got day tickets to HKDL for what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year in the former British colony. Now, going to the latest addition to Disney’s resorts was a breeze. Literally. The MTR trains in Hong Kong are air-conditioned, and a mild gust blows throughout the cabin interior whenever the train moves from station to station, as if there were open vents built into the roof. Even the above-ground transfer station from the main line to the special Disney Resort Line in Lantau Island had a roof to shield us from the glaring sun, with only the hot wind blowing on our faces as a hint of the furnace that was to follow. The train was already an attraction in itself, with large Disney character figurines behind glass cases adorning each cab.

Golden Mickey Inside the Hong Kong Disney MRT trainTrain Cabin to Hong Kong Disneyland

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Discover a Slice of Paradise in Sentosa Part 1

May 23rd, 2008 by

Singapore is another favourite destination in Asia among tourists. When you find yourself in checking in at a hotel in Singapore, one place that you should never miss is the world-famous SENTOSA.

SENTOSA, which in Malay means peace and tranquillity, is so popular that millions of people all over the world flock to this island-resort/heritage center/theme park/nature park each and every year. You can reach Sentosa Island through a number of ways:

BY CAR – Car owners are required to purchase the S$2 per car per entry fee plus the island admission fee of S$2 for each person onboard)

BY TAXI – Passengers would have to pay the island admission of S$ 2 per person onboard over and above the taxi fare

BY MRT – You would have to take the North-East Line and get off at the Harbour Front MRT Station. There are two ways to reach Sentosa from here. One way is you can go to the third level of the Vivo City Shopping Mall then transfer to the Sentosa Express. Another way is to look for the Harbour Front Bus Interchange and ride the orange Sentosa bus. The ticket for the orange bus is S$3 per person.

BY PUBLIC BUS – Another way to get to the island is by ride a bus that will take you to Telok Blangah Road. Find your way again to the Harbour Bus Interchange so that you can catch the orange Sentosa bus. The bus numbers that you should take note of are as follows: 65, 80, 93, 188, 855, 10, 30, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166

BY CABLE CAR – I am such a fan of cable cars which is why this is my favourite. There are even two kinds of cabins to choose from. There’s the normal cabin and there’s the exciting glass-bottom cabins. You can log on to www.mountfaber.com.sg for more details on the rates, location and operating hours.

Your adventure begins the moment you arrive in the Island. You can visit a multitude of attractions and activities that Sentosa is known for:

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Asian Fruits: Free Trips for your Tastebuds

May 22nd, 2008 by

Amazing Asia is home to over 400 species of edible fruit. Want to send your tastebuds on a journey? Gathered from the forests and farms of beautiful Asia, these savory fruits are ready for the tasting!

Green MangoesMANGO

By now, you may have tasted a luscious mango because this is one of the most widely eaten fruits from the tropics. Asian mangoes may range from yellow to pale green, and what’s likeable about this fruit is that it’s yummy when both ripe and unripe. To eat, cut the mango into three tasty parts by slicing lengthwise around the big seed. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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Electric Town of Akiba: Animaniacs

May 21st, 2008 by

Previously, we’ve discussed about the Electric Town of Akiba and Gadgets. This time, let us take a look at another popular reason to visit Akihabara: anime and games. Akihabara or more commonly called as Akiba has been strongly identified with anime and games in recent times, mostly because of anime, TV shows and movies that takes place in the said area. Akiba is also home to legions of otaku that flock its streets everyday. It is mainly thanks to them that Akiba is what it is now.

Club Sega arcades Games Cartridges

Akihabara is best known as a Gamer’s Mecca, no one can possibly miss the huge towers of Sega and Taito, along with other amusement centers in the area. Akiba is home to numerous eighties games which can be found in the amusement centers all over. Read the rest of this entry »

Jeju Loveland is not safe for work!

May 19th, 2008 by

Woman with Arched BackWhich  countries come to mind when we think of erotic destinations? Certainly, Japan comes first, the land of sexually-explicit animation and vending machines that sell porn magazines. India may also pop up in the list, though for a culture that developed the Kama Sutra, it’s surprisingly prude when it comes to sex. Mexico, for example also has its kinky side with their love hotels also known as moteles.

The Dip

South Korea, however, is aching to be a player in the sexually-inclined tourists’s market with it’s first ever erotic park. Just 10 minutes away from Jeju International Airport, Jeju Loveland is a one-of-a-kind theme park in Jeju Island (or Cheju Island) where 140 works of art are erected for the pleasure of the paying public. Targeted primarily towards the newlyweds from the mainland, the park is stuffed with soft-core memorabilia, like statues, photographs, toys, and displays.

Sweet Kiss and Gifts Nipple Tops

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Dining out Korean Style

May 16th, 2008 by

Tired of the usual burgers and fries? Why not dine Korean style? Korean cuisine is noted for its bold flavor, unique taste and exotic recipes. If you want to get a taste of Korea, read on for some spicy bites to sizzle up your appetite:

Korean food

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Shopping in Seoul

May 15th, 2008 by

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is considered as the largest city of South Korea and one of the most highly populated cities all over the world. It is a favorite destination in Asia not only because of its colorful culture and historical landmarks but because of its growing reputation of being every shopping addict’s version of heaven on earth.

I have very fond memories of my shopping escapades in Seoul. I remember that after I checked in at my hotel in Seoul, I deposited my bags in my room and prepared myself to shop ‘til I drop. My heart was even pounding in my chest the moment I stepped out of my hotel.

I got to visit this bustling city in April when lovely Magnolias and Cherry Blossoms line the streets. The weather was also quite cool — perfect for a entire day of shopping!

Namdaemun Market

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  • Polls

    Top 5 Romantic Spots in Asia

    • Palawan, Philippines (39%, 182 Votes)
    • Boracay, Philippines (36%, 168 Votes)
    • Bali, Indonesia (31%, 143 Votes)
    • Agra, India (18%, 84 Votes)
    • Batangas, Philippines (17%, 79 Votes)
    • Male, Maldives (16%, 77 Votes)
    • Jeju Island, South Korea (16%, 75 Votes)
    • Sentosa Island, Singapore (15%, 72 Votes)
    • Krabi, Thailand (13%, 60 Votes)
    • Macau, China (10%, 49 Votes)
    • Halong Bay, Vietnam (7%, 34 Votes)

    Total Voters: 467

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