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Harbin 哈尔滨 Travelogue – (Part 3): Scoot Off to The Wintriest Harbin with Kids!

Nothing lends whimsy and mystique to a picture quite like a snowy day. Frosty weather is not uncommon in Harbin during winter. First-timers to Harbin 哈尔滨 ought to take a pause and experience the local scene in its originality. It might be 7:30am in the morning but the city had already taken a life of its own.

A Walk on the Streets

Freezing cold at -24°C. Infamous for its very cold winters, bring more clothes than you will think you will need to Harbin so that you can layer.

Food of Harbin has so many kinds of specialities around Central street and Hongbo Century Square that even if we want, we could not finish trying all of them.

 One of the best street food, the sweetness and piping hot sweet potatoes will make you fall in love with Harbin.

We explored the side alleys of Central Street and had our simple breakfast in this restaurant.

Broccoli, tofu, rice cake, egg tart and glutinous rice made up our breakfast. We were holding back from ordering more dishes so that we could reserve our stomach for other delicacies.

Guandong Ancient Lane

We met an unfriendly taxi driver who refused to alight us outside Guandong Ancient Lane, which was one of our much anticipated attraction in the itinerary. We were told to walk by ourselves which would take us about  3 mins. We read from a blog that visitors would need to pay but that wasn’t the case. Entry is FOC.

Full of traditional delicacies, Harbin Guandong ancient lane displays culture of the ‘Guandong migration’ period, which refers to the historical period when people migrated  from the central part of China to the Northeast. How majestic is this building!

Everything here is indoor. The place displays an ancient feel and there is a sense of unhurried-ness. With a myriad of different dining options and picturesque spots, this might be one of the few places in Harbin where visitors can snack and relax at the same time.

 

Many pictures taken and will let them do the talking.

Russian chocolates.

We tried peanut candies!

Dragon’s beard candy (or Chinese cotton candy) is a handmade traditional art of China. It is also a traditional Chinese sweet similar to floss halva or Cotton candy.

No idea what this is…

There is a foodcourt selling classic Chinese dishes.

A great food haunt where dishes are freshly cooked in front of you. We have to admit that they look really appetising.

What A Big Catch!

Located right beside Guandong Ancient Lane is a huge shopping mall. Our first impression was akin to The Paragon where everything would be expensive but after some exploring we thought this mall was a place for bargain hunting.

More than just fashion shops, the mall is a suitable hangout for families with kids.

Plenty of pop-up cafes to have a drink and just chill.

Located at the basement was a huge marketplace for shoppers to shop for groceries and dine.

Freshly squeezed fruit juice with cute bottles.

What a big catch! We were pleasantly surprised that we could order seafood and had them cooked on the spot for us to dine. What till we see the price 🙂

Here’s our order – a lobster (CNY50 = SGD10)

Seabass (CNY30 = SGD6)

皮皮虾 (CNY31 = SGD6)

The chef ushered us to this cosy dining area while we waited for the food.

The restaurant exhibited a homely feeling which made it a favourite place for shoppers to have a respite and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The decor and furnishing were contemporary and inviting.

Everything was hot and fresh! Our seafood craving was satisfied in the most economical way.

Including the cooking cost, the total bill came to CNY137.90 = SGD27.60.

Hey, did we mention our food hunting continue after savouring the seafood?

Big and Small M trying the soya bean milk.

Crispy chinese pan fried dumpling (鍋貼).

Chinese flat bread (发面饼).

Cute animal buns!

Time Kingdom

If your little ones enjoy KidZania, they will surely fall in love with Time Kingdom. Akin to KidZania theme style of play, Time Kingdom is also an interactive city made for 3 – 15 year old kids who can immerse themselves into lots of fun through realistic role-play in Harbin.

The Wintriest Harbin

Harbin 哈尔滨, which is nestled in the heart of China’s historical Manchuria region, is still a place less travelled. Apart from its freezing weather during winter, taking a walk in the back alleys allowed us to see these visually pleasing buildings that transported us to a place where time seemed to have been frozen for 40 years, a flashback to a simpler and more peaceful time.

In a mood for supper? Zhongyang Dajie 中央大街 has no lack of eatery options.

Small M was wondering why the chef had to use such a big pot to place the dish.

A thriving late-night dessert culture has taken grasp of Harbin especially among the youngsters. We were surprised that Harbin offers one of the best places to be tempted by decadent desserts.

While Small M trying in vain to search for free Wi-Fi amidst the Great “Wall” of China…

Big M knows it is still possible for a selfie.

Sweet dessert for us! It would be blasphemous to talk about cafe hopping without including them during your visit to Harbin.

We have tasted the wonders of Lapland and in our first trip to China and Harbin, this trip was nothing short of amazing. The locals are warm and approachable and Harbin is safe with a lot of securities. All thanks to Scoot introducing the direct flight to Harbin, we came and captured the raw beauty of this ‘Ice City’. Harbin 哈尔滨, we will be reunited soon!

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Taiwan Northern Regions: 15 Worthy to Visit Attractions in Your Itinerary

Northern Taiwan includes Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County and City and Yilan Country. Probably one of the best regions to explore and take pictures, here are 15 attractions to check out for good food and fun recreational activities.

#1 National Palace Museum

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The National Palace Museum houses large collections of artifacts, paintings and books from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. There are about 690,000 artifacts; each one is an exquisite representation of its kind, earning the museum’s reputation as the Chinese cultural treasury.

Address: No. 221, Sec 2, Zhi Shan Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan 111

#2 Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園)

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Entirely formed by nature, Yehliu Geopark is a popular scenic spot on the North Coast with unique geological terrains and strain rock formations. Erosion, weathering and crustal movements have all contributed to the strange rock formations such as sea trenches, candle rocks, mushroom rock, tofu rock, homeycomb rock, potholes and melting erosion panels. The ever-popular Queen’s Head, fairy’s shoe and candlestick rocks are famous representations of the world’s sea erosion landscapes.

By Long Distance Bus:
From Taipei West Bus Station – Terminal A (located at Taipei Main Station), go to the KuoKuang (國光) window and purchase a ticket for NT$96 to Yehliu Geopark (野柳地質公園). The journey takes around 90 minutes, and the bus will drop you on the main road just outside the park entrance. Walk down the lane on the left side to enter.

By Shuttle Bus:
Ride comfortably in a shuttle bus from Ximen to Yehliu, followed by the Ying Yang Sea, 13-Layer Remains, Golden Waterfall, Jiufen (九份), and Shifen Old Streets (十分老街), leaving at 9AM and returning at 17:45.

By North Coast Shuttle Bus (from Tamsui (淡水, Danshui) or Keelung):
Take the North Coast Shuttle Bus NT$200 all day unlimited rides from either MRT Tamsui Station or Keelung Railway Station.

#3 Xinyi Shopping District 信義區

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The Xinyi Plan Area is a new business zone and is currently Taipei’s landmark shopping district. Besides Taipei 101, there are many departmental stores, hip restaurants and international 5-star hotels. During the day, Xinyi Shopping District is a fast-paced business and financial district, but at night it’s a dazzling urban entertainment area. Did we mention it’s known as “Taipei’s Manhattan”?

Address: Songzhi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Transportation:Nat’l Hwy 1 → Tingding Interchange → Tingding Blvd. → Maishuai 2nd. Bridge → Keelung Rd. Interchange → Sec. 1, Keelung Rd. → Shifu Rd. → Songshou Rd. → Songzhi Rd.

Public:Take THSR or train to Taipei Station, transfer Taipei MRT to Taipei City Hall Station.

 

#4 Taipei 101 Observatory台北101觀景台

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Taipei 101 was once the world’s tallest building, reaching 508 meters in height. The inspiration for the building comes from the bamboo plant, as each segment resembles a section of bamboo, symbolizing continuous growth. Visitors here can take a ride on the world’s fastest elevator and enjoy the exhilarating sensation of going to the top in 37 seconds. The Observatory on the 89th floor offers  a 360-degree field of vision and a birds-eye view of Taipei. The brilliant scene at nighttime is especially dazzling.

Address: 89th Floor, No. 7, Xinyi Road Section 5, Taipei City

Opening Hours: Every day from 9 AM to 10 PM. Closing time of ticket sales and entrance at 9:15 PM

#5 Songshan Cultural and Creative Park (松山文創園區)

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The Songshan Cultural Park has been developed from what was originally a tobacco factory operated by the Japanese colonial government. After a number of changes, it was transformed and renamed Songshan Cultural Park in 2010. The park has a combination of arts, cultural creativities, and design exhibitions, and is currently an important base for Taiwan’s design and cultural arts industry.

Address: 110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 光復南路133號

#6 Guanghua Digital Plaza Computer Market光華數位新天地, 光華商場

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The Guang Hua Digital Plaza was orginally located on Bade Road between Section 1 and 2, under the Guang Hua Bridge, and was the first shopping mall in Taipei. When Guanghua Bridge was demolished, the businesses moved to the nearby Taipei Information Building and continued to develop along with surrounded businesses into a large shopping district for information products and parts. Currently Taiwan’s biggest 3C (Computers, Consumer Electronics and Communication Products) shopping area, and is often compared to Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan.

Address: No. 8, Section 3, Civic Blvd, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

#7 Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區)

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Huashan Creative Park is located at the former site of the Taipei Winery. It has an outdoor art space and an indoor exhibition area. The modern art on display contrasts with the old structures in the park that evoke a nostalgic atmosphere and retro flavor. Innovative art shows and pop music concerts are often held here, which makes this attraction an example of the interaction between the new and old eras. For those of you who love cultural events, art, photography and retro relics, it’s well-worth a visit.

Address: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District, 八德路一段1號

By MRT: Take the Orange Line 4 or Blue Line 5 to Zhongxiao Xinsheng (忠孝新生), Exit 1. Continue walking straight until reaching Jinshan Rd intersection. Cross the intersection and enter the park’s main entrance on the right.

#8 Martyrs’ Shrine (忠烈祠)

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Located near the Grand Hotel, Taipei Martyr’s Shrine was built in 1969 to honor 330,000 soldiers and officers who heroically sacrificed themselves for their country. The guards who stand by the entrance are often targets for visitors who attempt to distract them and elicit a smile, but these statue-like armed guards will not let them succeed.

Address: 10491, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongshan District, 北安路139號

#五分埔 Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area

Located near the Songshan Train Station, Wufenpu is a garment wholesale area with hundreds of wholesalers. During the early Qing Dynasty, five families settled here (with the surnames He, Zhou, Shen, Du and Li), hence the name Wufenpu. This area is the best place to shop for discounted fashion items each seasion, and it is also the largest apparel wholesale center in Taipei. You can find men’s and women’s apparel, maternity and children’s clothing, and even clothes for cats and dogs here!

Address:  110, Taiwan, Taipei City, Xinyi District, 永吉路443巷9弄

By MRT: There are two ways to reach Wufenpu. The most convenient way is to travel to Songshan Station (松山), terminus of the Green Line 3. After leaving from Exit 3, walk straight and continue until you cross Songlong Road. The shopping complex is located within the maze of alleys and lanes to your front and left. Wufenpu is also reachable from Houshanpi (後山埤) on Blue Line 5.

#10 士林夜市 Shilin Night Market

Since it’s established in 1909, Shilin Night Market has become one of the largest night markets in Taipei. It’s close to Jiantan Metro Station and there’s a large crowd of visitors all the time. There are many food vendors and a large variety of food items to choose from. Strolling along the winding alleys often brings pleasant surprises. Besides the famous Shilin snacks such as crispy pancake, stir-fried squid and Shilin sausage, there are also other delicious Taiwanese snacks here.

Address: 111, Taiwan, Taipei City, Shilin District, 基河路101號

By MRT: Take the Red Line 2 to Jiantan Station (劍潭), not Shilin Station. After leaving Exit 1, diagonally cross the street to the left to enter the night market.

#11 Beitou Hot Spring Museum北投溫泉博物館

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Beitou is famously known as the Hot Spring Hometown. Located in Beitou Park and near Beitou River, Beitou Hot Spring Museum is an important representation of the hot spring history in Beitou. Currently classified as a Class 3 historical site, the museum was originally built as the Beitou Public Bathhouse. The north part of the architecture exudes a solemn ambiance like that of a Japanese shrine.

Address: 112, Taiwan, Taipei City, Beitou District, 中山路2號

By MRT: The Beitou Hot Spring Museum is located in the Beitou Hot Springs (北投溫泉) area.Take the Red Line 2 to Beitou (北投), then change to the Xinbeitou branch (新北投). After arriving at Xinbeitou, walk straight out of the station and along Zhongshan Road (中山路). The museum will be on the right side.

#12 Beitou Hot Spring Museum北投溫泉博物館

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Route Map

Maokong used to be the biggest tea plantation area in northern Taiwan. Now it is mainly a recreational space that integrates the art of traditional tea drinking and dining. On a clear day, the entire Taipei landscape can be seen from the Maokong Gondola ride. At night, it is an ideal place to enjoy the Taipei night scene. Maokong Gondolo was the first cable car system in Taipei, boasting a nearly 90-degree wide turn. As the Gondola ascends to the top of the mountain, the entire tea plantation area can be seen at a glance.

■ Take the Metro

  • Take the Wenshan-Neihu Line of Taipei Metro to the Taipei Zoo Station and then walk to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station (about 350 meters).
  • MRT Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng Line: Get off at Taipei City Hall Station, and then take bus route G1, BR18 or BR21.

■ Take a Bus
Take Bus 236, 237, 282, 294, 295, 611, 676, 679, 793, 933, 1501, 1503 (except holidays) , 1558, S12, Brown 3, Brown 6, Brown 11, Brown 15, Brown 18, Brown 21, Green 1 or Maokong Tour Bus (Left Line, Taipei Zoo) to the Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo Station.

#13 Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf 淡水漁人碼頭 / Tamsui [Danshui] Old Street淡水老街

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Fisherman’s Wharf is a popular spot for visitors to stroll and enjoy some of the famous Tamsui snacks. Located along the riverfront in Tamsui, Tamsui Old Street is a boardwalk-like area full of shops, carnival games, restaurants, cafés, and xiaochi snacks.

By MRT/Bus: After arriving at Tamsui Station (淡水), Red Line 2, take bus 紅26 (Red 26), 836, or 857 towards Fisherman’s Wharf (漁人碼頭).

#14 Jiufen九份

Jiufen (meaning 9 portions) got its name because in the early days there were only 9 families that lived here. Due to transportation difficulties in the mountain area, whomever went to town to buy goods would always divide the goods into 9 portions to share among the 9 families. Some of the must-not-miss old-time favourite local snacks in Jiufen are taro balls, taro cakes, and A-Po’s fish balls.

#15 Jiufen九份

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It only takes a 40-minute car ride from Taipei to reach Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County, Jiaoxi Hot Spring is one of the rare flatland hot spring areas in Taiwan. Known as the “Essence of Hot Springs”, Jiaoxi’s hot spring water is clear, odorless and rich in minerals. Besides hot springs, Jiaoxi also has other attractions such as Wufenqi Scenic Area, Longtan Lake, Houdong Waterfall, Linmeishipan Trail and Paoma Historic Trial.

Address: No.16, Gongyuan Rd., Jiaoxi Township, Yilan County

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Harbin 哈尔滨 Travelogue – (Part 3): Russian Town, Harbin 哈尔滨植物園, Ji Le Temple 极乐寺, Confucius Temple 哈尔滨文庙 and Teresa Teng Music Restaurant

A brand new morning, a brand new experience. We hopped onto a cab outside our hotel after agreeing to a fare of CNY240 for a day trip. The Harbin of today is still very much influenced by its Russian past. Due to the strong decades’ presence of Soviet Russians, it is not uncommon to see glimpses of Russian style in architecture, education, art, food, clothing, language and more aspects of life.

Our first stop was to visit the Russian Village which was located near to Sun Island.

The river was literally frozen.

Russian Village

Russian Style Town or Artist Village in Harbin Sun Island by the north bank of the Songhua River, is a Russian architecturally-styled village with small detached houses within. During winter, this place seemed more like a ghost town albeit with curious tourists coming to explore the vincinity and experiencing Russian foods and products.

We were discouraged from entering the Russian Village by our driver as this attraction was quiet and nothing much exciting to explore. He did, however, drove us around the outskirts of the Russian Village to take a view from the outside.

Some sights at the entrance…

Food vendors selling sweet potatoes, sausages and Bing Tanghulu Candied Hawthorn Stick or 冰糖葫蘆.

Bicycle rental available.

Address: China, Heilongjiang, Harbin, Songbei, Pingyuan St, 平原街

Harbin 哈尔植物園

It was a weekend and the traffic was quite bad in the morning. It took us one hour to reach the next destination which was appealing to Big and Small M. What’s in store here?

Visitors who want to visit Harbin 哈尔滨植物園 definitely have to come with reserved transport as after entering, you would need to drive up to 1km before reaching the spot with fun-filled activities.

This is the only restaurant here for us to catch a lunch.

Our order – a tad saltish and not very appealing though it did fill our stomaches.

And we had fun after that! Building a snowman 🙂

During winter in Harbin, the temperature is usually below 20 degrees. One of the most popular activites is the winter swimming event which is a physical activity showing off the strong physique and iron of local Harbin people. Over here, the swimming pool was dug for winter swimming.

The performance takes place every hour. We were standing in the freezing cold awaiting for the show to start.

Would you dare to try this? Certainly not us!

Dog sledding but we did not try as we would need to pay extra (which we didn’t know after paying an exorbitant price for the tickets). We had no regrets not trying dog sleeding as the dogs did not look excited to run at all, so unlike of our experience in Finland where every husky were given a name, trained to perform a specific role in sleigh-ridding and much more excited to run.

Pony ride.

Family-friendly rides that we get to enjoy here.

Alas, we wished we could stay longer to maximuse the ticket value but the temperature was really overwhelming today at -24°C. Our bodies were smarting from the cold. We had to cut short our fun and returned to the car.

Ji Le Temple 极乐寺

Who says visiting Harbin is all about ice and snow?

Ji Le Temple or Temple of Bliss is located at the end of Dongdazhi Street, Nangang District in Harbin. It is the biggest Buddhist building complex in the Heilongjiang province. The entrance gate, Hall of Heavenly King, Grand Hall, Sacred Hall, Sutra Depository, Bell Tower, Drum Tower and the Seven-storey Buddhist Pagoda are the main buildings.

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The entire building of Temple of Bliss is magnificent, elegant and dignified, retains the style and features of temple architecture of China. Before reaching here, our driver brought us to his neighbourhood to buy a winter coat for Big M. It was a good buy as the price was almost half of what we need to pay at shopping malls. It was about 4pm when we reached here and the temple was already closed, unfortunately.

We thought it is a lovely temple that offers a peaceful break from the busyness of the city where one can soak in its tranquility and understand more about Chinese Buddhism. Big M wearing her new winter coat 🙂

Along the streets were lined with shops selling Buddhist wares.

Address: 9 Dongdazhi St, Nangang Qu, Haerbin Shi, Heilongjiang Sheng, China, 150001

Harbin Confucius Temple 哈尔滨文庙

Harbin Confucius Temple was built in 1926 and completed in 1929. The temple ground occupies an area of 25,000 square meters and its construction area is 5,674 square meters. In 1996, the temple was listed on the key historical sites under state protection.

The temple’s symmetrical structure consists of three courtyards dotted with old trees and rare flowers. Due to its likeness to the Imperial Palace, it has earned the moniker “the Forbidden City of Harbin”.

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Address: 25 Wenmiao St, Nangang Qu, Haerbin Shi, Heilongjiang Sheng, China

Harbin Food at Its Best

Night falls and we were craving for food. The best time to try chinese hotpot is during winter and our driver brought us to this restaurant.

Great service – the staff opened the door for us when he saw us walking up the stairs.

Chinese hotpot 火锅 , also known as Chinese fondue, is one of the most popular meals in China. It consists of a simmering metal pot with broth at the center of a table, and all raw ingredients placed beside the metal pot, so people can add and cook whatever they like in the broth.

A hearty meal for us after a long day out!

The spirit of Northern Chinese cuisine lives on the wholesome goodness at Lao Beijing Roasted Duck 老北京明炉烤鸭. We took a stroll at the streets and caught the sight of a chef roasting the duck which inevitably drawn us into the store.

Specially-bred and fattened ducks are glazed and hung in a wood fire to roast until the browned skin is crisp and the meat succulent.

Noticed the QR code below? Everyone is using e-payment in China now. The presentation of the duck was just like any other chinese restaurant in which the chef carved the duck in front of us.

Heavenly goodness at its best.

The price of a whole duck including the wraps and sauces – SGD 12.

The Heart of Harbin

Not to be outdone by the likes of bigger stores such as Mykal Supermarket, the supermarkets in the heartland are possibly one of Harbin’s best-kept treasures. It was a pleasant experience browsing through the store products and discovering the local produces.

Most of the product prices were much cheaper compared to those in the shopping malls.

Salted promfret fish.

Mantou, often referred to as Chinese steamed bun, is a type of cloud-like steamed bread or bun popular in Northern China. The name mantou is said to have originated from a tale about Zhuge Liang.

Some sights during our walk.

Bing Tanghulu Candied Hawthorn Stick or 冰糖葫蘆. These two guys were shouting at the top of their voice to attract customers to their store. A nice try. We stopped and bought one to try out.

Teresa Teng Music Restaurant

We blogged about Teresa Teng during our trip to Taiwan 金寶山 Chin Pao San which you can read it here. Our Harbin trip brought us back to the memory lanes where Teresa Teng Music Restaurant allows fans to reminisce the evergreen hits of 邓丽君that bring you back to the 70’s and 80’s.

Dine, wine and enjoy live performance of her songs.

Harbin’s charm lies in the way it yields glimpses of a timeless China. Our experience thus far has been magical. Planning to visit China? Try Harbin 哈尔滨.

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Harbin 哈尔滨 Travelogue – (Part 1): Holiday Inn Harbin City Centre, Zhongyang Dajie 中央大街, Euro Plaza, Mykal Mall and Saint Sophia Cathedral 圣索菲亚教堂

This might be a late coming trip to China and for so long we did not have a strong motivation to visit and only did so when we were planning to visit a country to experience winter at its extreme coldness. Needless to say, this time our travel map pointed to Harbin 哈尔滨, China a less travelled place. Continue reading “Harbin 哈尔滨 Travelogue – (Part 1): Holiday Inn Harbin City Centre, Zhongyang Dajie 中央大街, Euro Plaza, Mykal Mall and Saint Sophia Cathedral 圣索菲亚教堂”

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Bali Travelogue – (Part 2): Turtle Island, Water Blow, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Art Market, Tegenungan Waterfall, Beachwalk Shopping Center and Transmart Carrefour

We woke up early for breakfast the next morning. The night before, we managed to find a driver from Carousell who arrived at 10am to pick us up at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa. Continue reading “Bali Travelogue – (Part 2): Turtle Island, Water Blow, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud Art Market, Tegenungan Waterfall, Beachwalk Shopping Center and Transmart Carrefour”

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Fun with Kids – Our Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa Experience

Our flight to Bali might be a first-time experience but little did we realised there were so much fun we experienced there. As the school holidays beckoned, the kids were yearning for a break in a nearby country that they could travel less and enjoy more.

When it comes to scouting on the best family resorts in Bali that have it all in accommodation, entertainment for the whole family, well-equipped kids’ club, refreshing swimming pools and delectable food to indulge in, Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa could very well be the answer to your family needs. Continue reading “Fun with Kids – Our Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa Experience”

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There’s just something about White Christmas Playland @ I12 Katong

Searching high and low for some Christmas fun? Your search could very well end here. Over at I12 Katong, your inner child will bound to come alive at the sight of this Epic Christmas Ball Pit. Continue reading “There’s just something about White Christmas Playland @ I12 Katong”