Month: August 2017

Night Safari, Singapore

The Singapore Night Safari is fantastic! We used RMG Tours to get there (hotel pick-up and drop off included) so the night was hassle-free. The safari is brilliant, we skipped the queues and got onto a bus that looped around the park explaining all the enclosures. It’s really well run, newly renovated and an impressive layout.

I was hesitant at first because I naively wondered how different it would be from a generic zoo. Was I wrong! I was just so excited to see nocturnal animals out and about. Animals I’ve never seen before we’re active and lively in the dim lights of the park. Fishing cats, African hyenas, night birds, pangolins, mouse deer, wild pigs; a whole set of animals you’re aware of but haven’t seen in a daytime zoo. Bring your walking shoes and water, you’ll be running from enclosure to enclosure. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao, IFC Mall, HONG KONG.

We dropped our luggage off at the airport check in (just below), and with that weight off our shoulders, we dropped into Crystal Jade for lunch. 

The Xiao Long Bao was delicious, the dandan noodles had a spicy back heat and were a bit too soupy, but the dumplings were perfect. Sadly, one of our orders took too long to come, so we missed out on a serve of dumplings which was pretty poor service. 

Essentially, if the food comes, you’ll be treated to a flavour-explosion. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch NZ

This Cathedral is a must see in Christchurch. Regardless of your faith, this cathedral is an important symbol of Christchurch’s resilience and ingenuity after the earthquakes. Just a short walk from the CBD, the cathedral is open for tourists to visit and the parishioners are proud to talk about their church. 

It was designed by a Japanese architect and is actually made from cardboard to be earthquake resistant.  It has character,  it shows strength,  it is a testament to a community’s faith and it seems to be only held up by the people who congregate there.  Although a major tourist attraction, it also hosts religious ceremonies and activities, so be mindful of this place as an active place of worship. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Ibis Wellington, NZ

The Ibis in Wellington is right in the heart of the city. It’s in a great location, it’s close to everything, and it’s reasonably priced. 

There was a hiccup when we arrived late- the hotel didn’t have the beds split like we had asked. However, they were very accommodating, handled the situation with ease and offered us drink vouchers and free wifi. They were also very helpful when we asked about the city, the concierge seemed to have good local knowledge. 
The hotel is what you’ve expect from a standard Ibis, however we were quite happy with the location and customer service. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Bill & Toni’s, Darlinghurst, ¬†Australia¬†

This traditional Italian diner serves hearty, authentic homestyle meals. It’s a short walk from the NSW Art Gallery, and attracts all kind of folk- bohemians, school kids, grandfathers and their beloved, friends for a catch up. There seems to be a well established patronage, and for good reason. The food is simple and traditional. Our osso bucco was tender, fall-apart and rich, while our scaloppine pizzaiola was flavour-intense and meaty. 
Don’t expect a luxurious experience. It’s delicious, it’s satisfying, it’s a reasonably-priced hidden gem in Darlinghurst. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.