Reviews

Marina Bay, SINGAPORE

You cannot visit Singapore without stopping by Marina Bay. Facts are facts. It’s right in the middle of it all; Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands resort, casino and shopping precinct, the famed Merlion and business district. It’s a cultural hub, as the performance Centre sits on the banks of the bay, and there’s a floating sports stadium for the soccer fans.

At night, there’s a light show from Marina Bay Sands. At night, Clarke Quay (at the mouth of the Bay) goes off. There is so much to see and do here. Take a boat cruise, go for a stroll. Marina Bay has it all.

Disclaimer: This review was also posted by me 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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Former French Concession, Shanghai, CHINA

The Former French Consession in Shanghai is the perfect place to get lost in. Quaint lane ways, boutique shops, hidden museums and minimalist caf├ęs; there’s something to satisfy everyone.

It’s easy to access via subway and is worth an afternoon’s worth of exploration, at least. The main drawcard for many people is the architecture. Serving French flavours with a Shanghainese twist, the residences are graceful and sophisticated. There are even placards out the front of the historical ones, helping orientate you along the way.

You’ll never know what you’ll find down these streets. I’ve heard of a few speakeasies, but I didn’t find them on my excursion there. I didn’t look hard enough. I need to go back.

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

Nomad Safaris, Queenstown, New Zealand

What a day trip! I had such fun on a half day from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

I’ll say it once so listen up: you don’t have to be a Lord of the Rings buff to take a trip with Nomad Safaris. But it really helps.

The tour guides have so much specific knowledge about the area. They have film stills and cast anecdotes and movie secrets that’ll put you into information overload.

We had Badger as our guide and he took us to the forest to go LARPing (live action role playing). Who can resist donning a cloak and wielding a sword when it’s put in front of you? Morning tea was included and I had the best time.

If you’re not a cinema extraordinaire, the tour is still worth it for the landscape alone. Nomad Safaris take you off the beaten track to the most unbelievable vistas and your holiday snaps will be all the better for it.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.

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Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda, AUSTRALIA

The Monarch Cake Shop is like a 1950s milk bar, in aesthetic and taste. The milkshakes “taste the way they should” (or so I’m told) and the cakes are rich and decadent. There’s a lot of history that comes with this cake store, so it’s worth visiting just for the old-style atmosphere.

There are plenty of cake shops to choose from in St Kilda. This happened to be the one I stumbled into, and I was warmly welcomed by a thick chocolate milkshake and a heavy vanilla slice. What a treat!

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

Million Dollar Cruise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Honestly, all anyone ever talks about in Queenstown is the Earnslaw, an old and still-functioning steam vessel. It’s expensive, it gets booked out fast, and it ties you into package deals like pat a sheep, eat a sheep and whatever.

I wanted a lake cruise but I didn’t want to pay a million dollars. Ironically, Million Dollar Cruises was the next option. A small, family run business, this cruise costs about half the going rate and takes the same amount of time.

You’re shown around Lake Wakitipu and provided with an open bar and personalised commentary on the local sights. There’s a lot of history, of the Maori legends, the gold rush era and the current demographics. I learnt a fair bit to be honest. I can’t recommend this cruise highly enough; great value, stunning location, engaging commentary and a competitive price.

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

Mercure Beijing Downtown, CHINA

The Mercure Beijing Downtown is a great place to stay. Although out of the way from the city centre, it’s within walking distance to shops and the subway. We felt outside the hustle and bustle which was a little disappointing, but it did give us space to unwind. There’s a pool (although we went in winter so no swimming for us) and a restaurant. I recommend the breakfast buffet for value and variety, and I was able to have my Chinese delights, like congee and pork buns. Fast wifi and a good bar, this is was a home for us in Beijing.

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Fergburger, Queenstown, New Zealand

Fergburger is a viral sensation. And for good reason.

The first thing you’ll notice when you hit the most famous burger joint in the southern hemisphere is the queue that extends all the way down the street, at all hours of the day.

The question is; are the burgers worth the wait?

You’ll have to try one for yourself.

We waited until the perfect moment (some random hour between lunch and dinner) to skip the queue and grab our burgers. There’s a huge range, but the Fergburger Deluxe is the traditional option.

Look, there’s nothing new. A burger is a burger. But this one had all the right elements, tangy chutneys, oozing cheese, sweet tomato. You know it’s good, it’s all locally sourced and flipped over an open flame.

Do it. At least once. Be patient and wait for the right moment.

For a taste comparison, we went to the rival burger shop to compare the difference. There’s no doubt, Fergburger is The One. And they have a sister gelateria and bakery as well, so if you don’t feel like a gourmet meal, you can pick up a sweet snack.

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