Bangkok Shopping Spree (4D/3N)

Bangkok would have to be one of the places where things are cheaper, much cheaper than in Singapore and a shopping paradise for the shopaholics (who like to get things in the bulk and cheap) out there!

Singapore to Seoul: Ways to Maximize Your Cash When You DIY (Flight)

With the average flight to Seoul from Singapore costing about S$1200++ per person (and that’s just economy!) on Singapore Airlines, getting tickets on promotion are definitely worth it.

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店)

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort (馥蘭朵烏來渡假酒店) is located in New Taipei City (Wulai), close to to the Wulai Town (and waterfalls).

Wulai Hot Springs Escapade Itinerary (3D/2N)

While this trip was a simple and short one, it wasn't necessary one of the cheapest: this trip was one meant to enjoy the hot springs and just take it slow (and basically be pampered).

Staycation: Club Room Stay at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore

Rendezvous Hotel Singapore was having a staycation promotion, so needless to say we grabbed the offer (which came with complimentary breakfast, wifii, drinks and snacks).

Travel Tip: Getting to Jeju on Korean Domestic Airlines

If you are planning to head to Jeju island from Seoul and wondering how to get there, then continue reading on. Jeju (island) is an island which volcanic properties have resulted in some amazing natural formations such as Cheonjeyeon Waterfall and Manjang Cav (aka Manjanggul Lava Tube). It is south of (South) Korea that is often referred to as "the Hawaii of Korea" due to its semi-tropical climate with palm trees and the ocean surrounding it. And if you haven’t been watching much Korean dramas/variety shows, Jeju island is also one of the most popular (and somewhat wallet friendly) honeymoon location for South Koreans.

Photo and credit: TravelerGirls
 
While you can fly directly into Jeju on international flights such as China Eastern Airlines, Dragonair and TransAsia, there are also domestic flights which you can take (gives you the flexibility should you want to book flight tickets to Jeju on a spur when you are in South Korea). There are currently no direct flights from Singapore to Jeju, so domestic flights are a good option.

Domestic flights to Jeju are available daily at hourly intervals (there is a flight in and out of Jeju almost every hour or so). Depending on the dates (peak season), timing (last minute booking) and destination (e.g. Seoul or Busan etc…), the average price per person on a domestic flight is around 150,000 to 170,000 won (that’s about S$185 to S$210).


Getting to Gimpo Airport (Seoul)

Gimpo Airport is connected domestically and internationally, while Incheon Airport only serves international routes. If you are heading to Gimpo Airport from Incheon Airport or downtown Seoul, the most efficient way to get to Gimpo Airport (and beat the traffic) is to take the AREX.

Domestic Airlines

There are at least 6 domestic airlines that fly to Jeju on a daily basis. Remember to look out for special offers or promotions, which will save you a lot (up to 50% or more). Do note that such good offers or promotions are snapped up fast, so you have to be fast with your booking and be early (the nearer you are to your intended travel date, the lesser the chance of getting it at the price you want and there might even be no availability if it is during peak season).

For domestic flights, the baggage allowance for checked-in luggage is 15kg and 10kg for hand-carries. 
Note: Before booking online, some of the airlines require to register as a member first, especially if you want to take advantage of the special fares.


1. Air Busan - A subsidiary of Asiana Airlines

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2. Eastarjet - A budget airline with budget friendly prices.

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3. Jeju Air - Being of the budget airline variety, Jeju Air offers cheap airfare, but booking online via the website might be a pain, as payment with an overseas credit card doesn’t always work. But that is not an issue as the issue can be resolved by email or phone call. English language is available.

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4. T'way Airline - Another budget airline. English language is available.

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5. Jin Air - A subsidiary of Korean Air. English language is available.

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6. Korean Air - With an average of 20 or so daily flights fly in and out from Seoul to Jeju Island,  you would definitely be able to a preferred departure time. The website is available in English, so that helps with the booking. Since this is a full-service airline with all the frills, the only disadvantage of this airline is that the price is not really budget-friendly for those on shoe-string budget.

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7. Asiana Airlines - As with its Korean Air counterpart, is a full-service airline with all the frills, so prices for the airfare might not too budget friendly (sometimes costing almost double the average airfare on other airlines). However, there might be promotions and offers you can look out for.

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So there you have it, the lowdown of getting yourself to Jeju island from South Korea. Happy planning!

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Teo Heng KTV Studio (Rendezvous Hotel Singapore) [Guest Post]

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It was a fun and memorable birthday celebration for me. After settling at Rendezvous Hotel, iceprinxess and I decided to go for some activity after dinner at Plaza Singapura. Therefore, the ideal place was either the movie theatre or KTV studios. I had done some research on the internet and knows that Teo Heng KTV is located at Rendevous Hotel. At the hotel room, I called the KTV studio to asked about the pricing rate and to see if we could book a room. Otherwise, alternatively we could go for a movie at Plaza Singapura. Surprisingly, there was a lot of sound distraction at the other line. I could not hear what the staff is saying.

We decided to check it out at the place before we head for dinner. Indeed, Teo Heng KTV Studio is located at level 2, Rendezvous Hotel Gallery. The signboard was easily spotted at the hotel lobby. Although the exterior looked plain, it looks like a family budget KTV studio. We find the place comfortable and have a short discussion. In the end, we decided to go for KTV since it is more economical than watching a movie during weekends. We make our decision fast, considering how fast the bookings went and there were an ongoing crowds coming in to book their time slot.

Since it is peak hours on a weekend basis, we paid $36 for a room cater for a maximum of four. It would be even cheaper during weekdays with a group of friends. Simply check their website for the various outlets in different parts of Singapore and make your booking by phone. The Teo Heng staff suggested 11-1am and we accepted their offer. Interestingly, they manually used a marker to note down our timing at the whiteboard which was placed behind them. We paid on the spot to guarantee a room and they took down my phone number on that particular time slot room number. 

It was considered a good bargain if you can gather four friends and spilt the cost among yourselves. After calculating, it will cost $9 per person for 2 hours of singing session. It will be cheaper if you drop by during weekdays at the KTV outlets which you can check at their website. However, you would need to prepare your own snacks and drinks. Not to worry, you can still buy some drinks and tidbits for $1-2 each depending on the items you intend to purchase at the entrance. They do not store a wide range of tidbits at the low shelf and they only have some soft drinks in a small refrigerator.

With our booking confirmed, iceprinxess and I went for our dinner merrily. After dinner, we even have time to do some shopping at the basement supermarket. Since we can invite two more people for the mini party, I decided to call my sister and her boyfriend to join in the fun. We brought some drinks and snacks for the KTV session before heading back to the hotel room for some rest. Soon, my sister and her boyfriend reached the hotel and we still have some spare time to rest our feets and prepare ourselves before we head down to the KTV. 

It was merely a 5 minutes walk from the hotel and we reached there 10 minutes before 11pm. My sister and her boyfriend decided to buy some plastic cups across the street at the 7-eleven store to pour our drinks. Please note that there is a sign at the entrance that discourage customers from bringing strong alcoholic drinks to the KTV room. On the other hand, iceprinxess forgot to bring her jacket and she decided to head back to the hotel room to grab her jacket. 

In the end, I was the only one standing at the counter to wait. There were only two people attending at the counter while the crowds at this time keep streaming in, with some of them just like us had earlier booked a room. There were still some walk-in customers to book a room, however priority were reserved for those who booked the room earlier. Eventually, this group of people have to wait while the staffs check for vacancies in the rooms at the desk. 

There were obviously a lack of staffs as I observed the two staffs at the desk checking the rooms while a staff was in charge of clearing the rooms. I begin to feel impatient and anxious when the clock strike 11pm and they still did not allocate a room for me. It would be alright if we have more time to sing but we were only singing for two hours and the KTV close at 1am. In fact, there were many people coming in during this time and the staffs were busy serving these customers. 

In terms of service wise, there were some room for improvement. In my opinion, there seems to be some confusion in allocating the rooms and it does not seems like they have a proper 'order' or 'procedure' in allocating the rooms to the customers as soon as possible. I understand there were only a few rooms and the staff need to clear the rooms and usher the customers out as fast as they could. The staff at the counter asked me to wait while they clear the room. 

However, I did not feel assured since the staffs seem to neglect my presence soon after when they handle the other customers. I have to ask them twice before they reply me. It was good that the staffs were at least polite and apologetic for the delay, however i felt that arrangement should be done at a faster speed.

The next moment. I was told to walk into the corner KTV room by the counter staff. They apparently just cleared the things in that room and sprayed some air freshener before I step in. I do not have high expectation for the sound system but I can hear the people at the room beside us singing very loudly. Anyway, I think that the room is clean and I like the long leathered couch which look quite comfortable. They have a simple interior design concept and there were a few musical instruments such as maracas and trampolines placed at the long couch. 

Unlike K-box or some other KTV outlets, they did not provide services such as ordering of snacks and drinks. You just take whatever items you want to purchase near the entrance and pay the cash at the counter. Nobody explain how to use the KTV equipment in the dim light KTV room. It was all up to us to explore and the staffs were busy with their own duties. Fortunately, the equipment was easy to use and I quickly mastered how to operate the system. 

If you frequently visit KTV, you would find this system easy to handle. A few tips for people who seldom go KTV, simply slide through the pages of the screen to look for your favorite singers and select the songs which you want to sing. Remember to adjust the microphone and music volume by tuning the sound system. Sometimes the echo can be too loud, simply adjust the sound system and move the two microphones further away. You can take your time, seat on the chair in front of the equipment and explore the functions. 

There were a wide range of songs selections which were pretty updated. They sort the singers and languages by categories and you would need some time to find the singers or songs which you like. Fret not if you cannot find the song that you want to sing, you can simply select the 'pin yin' by typing the initial of the singer name and a list will appear onscreen. At the end of the day, they can still organize the songs and the singers better. Perhaps, they could classify the singers from different countries in each category. Giving more options enable the customers to find the songs easily after all. 

For your information, the songs were categorize in new songs, female singers, male singers, group and languages. It is not that hard to select a song if you don't mind the hassle and is willing to explore the different functions. It helps that there are pictures of the singer beside the name. If you want to record your voice and go for PK with the other people, you can choose to press the option on the screen. 

We had a great time selecting a range of Chinese songs to English songs and finally our finale were Korean songs! Yes, we selected these popular singers - Alin, Jam Hsiao, A-Mei, Stephanie Sun, Elva, Tanya, Faye Wong, Adelle, Jay Chou, Big Bang, 2NE1, Kim Jong Kook and K.Will songs. Most of the Korean songs, we interlock for original singer voice since we really are not that familar with Korean songs. Feeling a little experimental, I tried Ailee - I will show you without the original singer voice. I was impressed that most of the songs we selected have the original MTV. 

However, I was very disappointed with Kim Jong kook song - One man. To my dismay, they did not have the original MTV of Kim Jong Kook and the song is a mixed up with another song which I don't know. At least, I can find another song song - How come you don't know. During the two hours singing session, we tried to save as much time as possible by pressing the next song button. 

While we were having fun, time passes by very fast. They automatically switched off the system exactly at 1am to refrain us from selecting another song. We listen to the new song of 2NE1 while helping to clear up the place and throw some of the rubbish away. The KTV room was private and cozy, surprisingly the air conditioner was not too cold. As a mean to promote their equipment, they placed a poster on the wall promoting their equipment and stated the prices. In conclusion, I would recommend Teo Heng KTV studio for people who wanted a budget, family KTV style studio that is not too fancy. Just lower your expectation to the amount of money you paid for and you will enjoy a satisfying experiences. 





The equipment and sound system


Upcoming Trip: South Korea, here we come! Seoul - Jeju - Seoul

South Korea

Since autumn is coming up, it was decided that we should travel during autumn time (for 9 days) to experience something different (and not too cold, since I still can’t muster the courage for some place wintery… yet). For this trip, we decided to squeeze in a couple of days to visit Jeju island (just 3 days 2 nights), renowned as the "the Hawaii of Korea".

This has got to be one of the most challenging trips ever planned! It was originally a trip planned for 3 than ballooned to 5: due to some unforeseen circumstances (with the challenging coordinating to a frenzied state of panic when the promo tickets for our preferred dates started dwindling in numbers fast) it became a trip for 5 to South Korea on different flights (Singapore Air, Asiana and Korean Airlines) with overlapping days (we all arrive and depart with a 2 day difference, but we still have time to meet up). 


Air Flight

Singapore Airlines was having a promotion, so naturally it propelled us to want to go even more. With prices almost 50% off the original pricing for a full-service flight (with entertainment, food and an allowance of 30kg checked-in luggage) it is a bargain (even if the timings weren’t the best). [Read all about my analysis on budget vs. full-serviced flight to South Korea here]

So with tickets purchased at S$662 per person for a pair of return tickets from Singapore to Seoul, it was time to check out the accommodation and flight to Jeju!

Domestic flights to Jeju from Seoul’s Gimpo Airport (to Jeju Airport) are available daily at hourly intervals (there is a flight in and out of Jeju almost every hour or so). Depending on the dates (peak season), timing (last minute booking) and (departure) destination (e.g. Seoul or Busan), the average price per person on a domestic flight is around 150,000 to 170,000 won (that’s about S$185 to S$210).

DramaQueen and her friend MX, managed to get their (promotional) tickets on Korean Airlines for about S$740 person, but they would be arriving and departing 2 days earlier. Despite their arrival and departure differences, we still had a couple of overlapping days which we decided to head to Jeju.

Initially we were planning to go with Jeju Air, being budget and all. It would have cost us 108,000 won (about S$135) per person for return trip from Seoul (Gimpo Airport) to Jeju; the other budget airlines were either sold out for the dates we wanted or did not have any special fares (the normal fares were too much to our budget). But thankfully the payment system for Jeju Air failed on me, so after some (more) googling for another alternative which was hopefully cheaper and (more non IE) browser friendly... lo and behold I found Air Busan which was having a promotion. So we ended up paying only 99,000 won (about S$125) per person for a return ticket instead. It was a happy moment (of course if it could be cheaper, even better lol). The total came up to S$787 per person.

C managed to get her (rather later) flight tickets from Flight Center for the (almost) same dates (arriving and departure later than us by at least two days), and it included the flight to Jeju and back to Gimpo Ariport (!). Her return tickets on Asiana from Flight Center (SingaporeIncheonJejuIncheonSingapore) cost her S$902.

Accommodation (Seoul – Jeju – Seoul)

1. [Seoul - Hongdae Accommodation] 2 nights
Since our flight would arrive at night, practically a day would have been wasted, so in order not to waste any more time, we decided to stay in one of the most happening places in Seoul (on a weekend night) – Hongdae, where the shops close late, along with a vibrant youth culture ongoing. Initially the booking was planned to be made with Ara’s 2BR Apartment, located near the Hongik University Subway Station and right smack in the middle of the Hongdae area. Ara’s 2BR Apartment seemed like a perfect fit for our 2 nights stay… until it was snatched up by another person (3 months before our departure!). It was only a matter of days that Ara’s 2BR Apartment was snapped up, leaving us a little at a loss.

So it was back to square one again. After much re-searching it was a contention KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) and Private Flat in fun, hip Hongdae. In the end the former won as the location seemed more ideal: the subway/AREX is accessible via the lift and is sheltered, so that would help when it gets wet or chilly (especially since we would arrive late a night). The only issue was that the spare mattress would only be available if there are 3 people or more (a maximum of 4 persons) booking the place. Well, it is only for 2 nights, so it should be ok since it is a queen size bed.

Note: Do note that the KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) charges a minimum of 2 persons. So even if you are a single traveler, you would be paying the price of 2, should you choose to book this place. You will only get the extra mattress if you have more than 2 people (it’s a cost thing). Oh, and there is no TV.

After confirming with the host (Sue) that KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) was available and that there was only going to be one bed (coupled with the ‘trauma’ of having Ara’s 2BR Apartment so suddenly snapped up and the fact that the popular accommodations seemed to be getting snapped up relatively fast), I quickly used the AirBnB mobile app (first time using it) and booked it with the “Instant Book” option.

While the “Instant Book” option was, well, instant, what I didn’t like about that there was no safety guard should you have a trigger happy shopping finger or any buyers’ regret. The payment went too smoothly, a little too smoothly to my liking and does not seem that secure. It would have been better if there was an OTP (one time pin) sent to the mobile phone for double confirmation, rather than just authorizing the credit card with a simple click of a button.

Anyways, with KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) successfully booked for our first 2 nights (and money taken by AirBnB), the headache for the first leg of the trip has been resolved. Now, hopefully the host, Sue, can reply me soon on some of my questions about transportation to her place at night. Stay tuned for my review on KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae)!


2. [Jeju Accommodation - Jejueco Suites + Tour] 2 nights

I came to know of this really interesting accommodation called Jejueco, an eco-style place that is efficient in the way it uses energy (sorta reminds me of the Beitou Library in Taipei, Taiwan): resources are responsibly used to cause minimal environmental damage. There are only 10 suites (equivalent to 1 room apartments) has a separate bedroom in one room and lounge/dining, and kitchen. Depending on the room type (Deluxe or Jacuzzi) it may or may not come with a balcony. [You can read more about the room details here]

They also provide tours, which was a plus point since it will be our first time in Jeju and we really don’t know (exactly) where to go and what to do. The tour seemed like a perfect “crash-course” on what to do when we are in Jeju. The tour includes breakfast and lunch for 2 days, as well as the admission fees. The only thing would be dinner and evening free time, which should be fine.

The reviews at Tripadvisor were encouraging, so we ended up booking a room for 2 nights with tour for 5 persons 2 rooms). Stay tuned for my review Jejueco Suites + Tour!


3. [Seoul Airbnb Gyeongbukgung Accommodation] 4 nights

For our remaining 4 nights in Seoul, once back from Jeju, the accommodation chosen was Sui’s Loft (#3) & (#1) located near the Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insadong area – the cultural area. I would have loved to have stayed in Lina’s place again, but it would be a tight squeeze with 5 people. Moreover, Sui provides heat packs and a wifi egg during the stay so those were additional plus points (since it was autumn and should be colder than spring). Stay tuned for the reviews on Sui’s Loft (#3) & (#1)!

Note: If you are traveling to Seoul and are looking for a place to stay for 1-2 persons, I would recommend Lina’s Loft as a good base. Lina’s Loft is near the Gongdeok Station (AREX, Line 5 and 6) and is relatively accessible to the other parts of Seoul as well as the Incheon Airport. There is even a famous market nearby and plenty of restaurants and cafes throughout the area; you will be spoilt for choice! [Read my review on Lina’s Loft here]



Vouchers

Of course, no trip is complete with discount vouchers. Discount to Everland, Trick Eye Museum, shopping and every other discount we could get our hands on were printed out. :)


Communication Devices and EG SIM Card

When you are overseas, you might want to get a local SIM card to make those local calls etc... In South Korea, if you are traveling in a large group and just want to use data only than you can consider getting a WiFi egg. But if you are planning to make some local phone calls and use some data, it might be best to use a local SIM since there’s practically free WiFi everywhere in Seoul and the accommodations (we selected) do provide WiFi as well.

Out of all the SIM cards and plans (of different telcos), the EG SIM card seems to be the most economical one. There are many options in how you get your EG Mobile SIM card: you can order online and choose to collect it upon your arrival or have it sent to you, or you could simply purchase it at the authorized places when you arrive in Seoul/Busan/Jeju etc… And there is now this option, you can actually purchase the SIM card at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 for just S$38 (30 minutes worth of talktime and 500mb worth of data), which is not too bad. A trip to the airport and it’s done… now no more hassle over getting a SIM card upon arrival (especially night flights).

For this trip, we decided to only get 1 SIM card, since KIM'S STUDIO (Hongdae) and Sui's Loft provide (complimentary) WiFi egg. And for everything else, well, there’s free WiFi for that.


Transportation: T-Money

Since I still have my T-Money Pass with me from my last trip and DramaQueen so kindly offered to loan hers for this trip (since her flight is in the day and she has time to get another card), catching the last AREX train to Hongdae would be even easier!



Ok, flight(s), accommodation and everything else has been settled… now the only thing left to do is (try) to wait patiently for D DAY! Super excited!

Summer Holidays in Scotland: Edinburgh (Old City)

Edinburgh

The first stop in our summer holiday trip was in Edinburgh, where we spent 3 nights in total. We departed for Edinburgh early in the morning on coach. Our next stop after Edinburgh was Inverness.

Edinburgh

During our short time in Edinburgh, we managed to discover the 2nd most populous city in Scotland and the 7th most populous in the United Kingdom; we were actually quite surprised by its beauty. The city is divided into two parts, the New City and the Old City, and to be honest, the best sightings and attractions are located in the Old City. Hence, we did not really visit the New City.

Compared to the Old City, we found that the buildings in the New City are too modern and the houses are not very interesting. We found the Old City to more interesting as the buildings have kept their original (history) form. Together with their old architecture and the mix between old and slightly new buildings make the scenery quite interesting.

The train station separates the Old City into two parts and we can see plastic white roofs covering it.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh

I have to say that in Scotland (not only Edinburgh), they have a very peculiar taste of mixing the old and the new together. For example, you can have a beautiful ancient castle, sitting next to a modern garage.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh

The two sides of the city are joined with beautiful bridges and right behind there are mountains and nature, and that makes the beauty of the city.

Edinburgh


We slept in two different hostels in Edinburgh. One is called The Backpackers, a small cosy, hippie kind of hostel, where people seem to have settled for the year and the other one is The Royal Miles Hostel, located just under Edinburgh's castle and is decorated very nicely as if we were entering a castle. They were both located in the Old City and it was very convenient to walk around.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Edinburgh


We went to Edinburgh Castle, for which we had to pay an entrance fee (not too expensive though). We found the castle quite nice, built with old stones, and composed of several different buildings. It is a place that I would suggest visiting, when passing by this city.


After this long visit we had a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe, which was perfect to replenish our bellies before going to bed and rest our tired feet.

Hard Rock Cafe
Re-fuel time!

We did not stay very long in the city as the next day we left quite early to catch a coach for Inverness.




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A Fun (½) Day Out at Alive Museum (Singapore)

Alive Museum (Singapore)
Alive Museum (Singapore)

Alive Museum, previously known as Trick Art Museum, is one of (South) Korea’s biggest chains of illusionary museum which incorporates 2/3D artworks set in different angles to create interesting 3D visual illusions; offering an interesting ‘interactive’ artful experience where visitors can ‘interact’ with the pieces by posing and taking ‘creative’ photos. And it is finally here in Singapore! It is located at Suntec City which makes it relatively convenient to get to too. 
*Thanks to omy.sg and Alive Museum, I was given the opportunity to visit this intriguingly fun museum! All opinions in this post are completely my own, based on my experience & thoughts.*
 
Alive Museum (Singapore)
The 'artful' and colorful tickets :)
 
The adventure started when I meet up with D and we made our way to Alive Museum full of anticipation. When we arrived, we were in awe: there were countless of art pieces (ok there were about 80 or more art pieces, but it’s been a while since we were in a museum so it seemed countless). 

Alive Museum (Singapore)
What lies beyond...

Once we were inside the museum, we slowly warmed up and were soon busy posing and taking (some ridiculously posed) photos. There was none of that ‘stuffy’ museum aura with stern security guards eyeing your every move and signs plastered (almost) everywhere to tell you that no photography is allowed. Contrary to that, there were signs everywhere encouraging you us to ‘interact’ with the art pieces by posing and taking a photo (or two) with them. So it ended up being a fun day filled with nothing but doing funny poses and taking photos with the art pieces. It was a crowded weekend, making it slightly challenging getting some good shots with some of the more popular art pieces, but we still managed to have a fun time posing silly and snapping photos away.

Alive Museum (Singapore)
Just getting warmed up on the poses...
Alive Museum (Singapore)
getting warmer...
Alive Museum (Singapore)
totally abandoning any sense of 'pretty' and just having fun lol

For the few times that we were out of ideas, there was signage (next to the art pieces) to give inspiration on how to pose, where to stand etc… And in addition to the paintings, there were mirrored floors and walls to add to the ‘interactive’ experience… Ultimately we had a blast; even though we were somewhat camera shy (initially)!

Alive Museum (Singapore)
a few ideas for poses

So is it worth to make a trip down to Alive Museum? The answer would be an absolutely yes! Especially if you have not visited before, and/or want a fun day out with friends or family which involves taking lots of ridiculously fun (posed) photos in a artistic environment to bring out your inner artist (lol). It is also the perfect place if you are the sort who just likes to take photos. And there will always be a reason to return: 30% of the exhibits will be switched for new ones ever 12 to 18 months!

For just S$25, the admission fee for an adult might not be the cheapest around, but considering that this is Singapore, it is pretty reasonable pricing (you just have to take your worth in photos haha). Of course, there are ways you can save (that little bit more): 
  1. If you are going in a family, the family package might be more worth it.
  2. If you have the Passion Card, you can save 20% off the original ticket pricing.
  3. Stalk the website or Facebook page for more offers and promotions (you never know what you might come across) ^^

Alive Museum

Website | Facebook | Promotions

Address: Suntec City #03-372 (between Towers 3 and 4)

Ticket price: 

  • Adults $25
  • Child (aged 3-12) $20
  • Family Package $60 (2 adults, 1 child, $10 for each additional child)

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily (last admission 9pm)



Current Promotion: Present your full priced ticket and "Like" Alive Museum Facebook to redeem a Burger King Meal worth S$7.85. Offer valid from 21 June to 30 September 2014. While stocks last.
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Travel Thoughts: Bangkok during the coup and curfew implementation

It was just days before the departure for a holiday in Bangkok when the news of a military takeover was announced. While there were some worried travelers who cancelled their flights and postponed their trip immediately, we decided to go ahead (but with precautions of course). Travel insurance was a must, as was signing up with the MFA (Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to keep abreast of the situation and Singapore’s take on the situation, and of course keeping an eye on the local news when we were in Bangkok.

When we arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, nothing seemed out of the ordinary; everything and everyone was bustling about as they should be at a busy airport. Even when we took the BTS to our hotel, it was reassuring that there were no glaring (obvious) signs of the turmoil that was portrayed on the news before we left. Unlike what the news reported, not all areas were high with tension and people went about their daily lives; locals and tourists alike (mostly in the unaffected areas).

Bangkok curfew
Life carries on...

On our arrival (and first day in Bangkok), our plans were somewhat changed because it was also the first day the curfew was implemented (and for all the days throughout our time there): we had to be back in the hotel by 10pm and not leave again until after 5am. The announcement was somewhat sudden, so on that first night we could see from our hotel a “mad rush” (as much as possible) on the roads with vehicles of all sorts filling up the streets to get home before the curfew. I can imagine it to be much more chaotic on the trains and buses.

Other than having to be back in the hotel by a certain time, our schedule was not greatly affected sans the late night market visits and eating part of the trip, and missing out on Asiatique. :( Despite the circumstances, the main inconvenience we had during our time there was the barring of TV channels – there was practically nothing to watch as we were confined within the hotel room for the first 2 nights (more channels were allowed for broadcast the following days, so it wasn’t all too bad).

Even when we were out, life seemed to go on as per usual with little hint to the turmoil that was hidden beneath and often portrayed on the (local) news; it was surreal seeing the chaos and riots on the news and yet walk about streets that were the exact opposite of what was being portrayed. No doubt that there was a crisis that was ongoing, but it seemed distant and life seemed to go on. The only reminder that a curfew was in place by a military coup (that had occurred) was the occasional TV signal (to say that that broadcast has been blocked), and as dusk approached shops closed early (as early as 8pm as they had to get home by 10pm); nightlife was almost non-existent.

Bangkok curfew
A reminder of the situation on television as life continues...

Despite that, we managed to have a good trip and still managed to eat and shop to our hearts’ content (well almost). It was, for the most part, an interesting experience and I would definitely visit Bangkok again sometime in the future.



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