Category Archives: Travel

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets – A Shopping Paradise Near New York City!

It was 7am on a Thursday morning and I woke up to the pleasant sound of my phone alarm. I looked out of the window and saw raindrops pitter-pattering on the window pane. But the rainy New York City weather did not dampen my mood at all. Still feeling excited, I sprung out of bed to start washing up. No, nothing could dampen my mood today, because we were going on a FULL DAY SHOPPING TRIP to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets! Continue reading

Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory – Delicious New York City Ice Cream in an Awesome Location!

Sometimes, you just want to indulge in delicious, no-nonsense ice cream. Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, located near the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, offers you just that.

This ice cream joint sells delectable ice cream in various signature flavours. It is one of the most popular dessert places in Brooklyn. When we visited around noon, there was a long queue of people waiting outside the shop, despite it being winter! This just goes to show that you do not need bells and whistles to build a good food business – you just need plain old good food. Continue reading

iVideo Pocket Wifi – Unlimited 4G LTE Data in USA and Canada!

As you might know, Evan and I recently went on a two week honeymoon to USA and Canada. Whenever we travel, we simply need to stay connected to the Internet. Due to the nature of our jobs, we need internet connectivity to check important emails on the go. We also need to inform family members of our whereabouts, and update our adventures on social media anytime, anywhere. This time round, we decided to use the iVideo Pocket Wifi for our trip. It turned out to be cheaper, more convenient and reliable than what we had expected! Here’s our review of this device. Continue reading

12 Awesome Things to do in Wall Street (Manhattan, New York City)!

Wall Street is a global financial hub located in New York City. There are many things to do here, and this area definitely has more than just finance to offer. We visited this fabled district recently, and it was a surreal experience. I mean, this is the place where billions of dollars of transactions are done everyday; it is also the place where Wall Street power brokers can make or break our global financial system.

We also enjoyed admiring Wall Street’s architecture very much, which mostly stems from the opulent Gilded Age. Therefore, we came across many stately neoclassical architectural buildings as well as various beautiful Neo-Gothic structures. Wall Street has deep historical significance as well. We saw many monuments and memorials commemorating the country’s historical events and figures. This area has been witness to many of the nation’s triumphs: the swearing in of the first US president, the establishment of a powerful stock exchange, etc. But sadly, it has also been the victim of some tragic events. Last but not least, we also found a good shopping spot in Wall Street. Raevian had a good time browsing the myriad of designer-brand goods here.

Therefore, Wall Street is definitely more than just a financial hub! Continue reading

“Two Hands Cafe” in New York City – Delicious Healthy Food with Awesome Coffee!

There are many awesome cafes in New York City, and Two Hands Cafe is one of them. This cheery cafe is known for its healthy Western food and awesome coffee. It is located along Mott Street, a teeming thoroughfare in Chinatown NYC. Continue reading

Eggspectation (Toronto) – Fabulous Brunch in an Awesome Cafe!

During our visit to Toronto recently, we visited the Eggspectation branch at Bell Trinity Square in downtown Toronto. It offers awesome Western food in a stylish setting. This popular bistro originated from Montreal in 1993 and has now expanded to other parts of Cananda, India, the U.S., Qatar, and Dubai. Looking at the menu, I learnt that the bistro is famous for its delicious egg benedicts. Continue reading

Maafushi Floating Bar and Safari – Awesome Place to Chill out!

Many people do not know that Maafushi (Maldives) has a Floating Bar and Safari that is located about three minutes offshore by boat. The bar offers Italian fusion food, but the main reason that people come here is because it is the only place in Maafushi that serves alcohol. Continue reading

Sunset Fishing in Maafushi (Maldives) – A Surreal Experience!

We went to Maafushi in Maldives recently and tried our hands at Sunset Fishing. It was a really fun experience! The trip was booked through our hotel, Velana Beach Hotel, and cost just USD 20. Continue reading

Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives – Awesome One Day Resort Excursion!

During our holiday in Maafushi, we booked a one-day resort excursion to Centara Ras Fushi Resort & Spa Maldives through iCom Tours. We paid USD 120 each which included the entrance fee, transport fee, a sumptuous buffet lunch and unlimited drinks including alcohol! The tour was booked one day in advance. Continue reading

Our Xinjiang PreWedding Photoshoot – One of the Most Beautiful Places in the World!

Last year, Raevian and I went for our highly-anticipated pre-wedding photoshoot in Xinjiang, a remote region in northwest China. The photos and BTS video turned out beautifully, but in case you think the process was purely fun and smooth-sailing, it wasn’t. The awesome photos and brilliant cinematography by Moomedia (our photography team) belie the many challenges we faced in Xinjiang. But on the whole, it was an unforgettable experience which we will relish in our memories for the rest of our lives. Continue reading

Grimaldi’s – Awesome Coal-Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria in Brooklyn, New York City!

It was a nice cool day in Brooklyn and we were on our way to Grimaldi’s, a pizzeria under Brooklyn Bridge that is famous for its pizzas baked in a brick oven using coal fire. This traditional method gives the pizza a unique smoky flavour that is popular with many New Yorkers. Continue reading

Helicopter Tour of New York City – A Fantastic Way to See NYC Landmarks!

As our helicopter rose into the air, I was blown away by the breathtaking view of the beautiful New York City skyline. I was on the awesome helicopter tour of the Big Apple and it was truly a surreal experience! Continue reading

United Nations Headquarters Tour – A Surreal and Educational Experience

It was 11am and we were rushing to the United Nations (UN) Headquarters for our 11.45am guided tour of the premises. The UN is an organization founded in 1945 to promote cooperation and peace between countries all over the world.

Even though most tourists will neglect the UN Headquarters in favor of flashier attractions in Manhattan New York City, we decided to visit this iconic structure because of the UN’s important role in world affairs. The organization deals with global issues such as climate change, peacekeeping, food production, human rights, and more. Continue reading

The Ultimate Ao Nang (Krabi, Thailand) Travel Guide!

Ao Nang (Krabi) is a rustic beach destination in the Krabi province of Thailand that provides the ideal balance between convenience and lifestyle. It is easily accessible; and with the gradual over-commercialization of Phuket and Koh Samui, more people are choosing Ao Nang Krabi instead as their idyllic beach getaway.

Evan and I enjoyed our short holiday here very much. It was a nice getaway to help us de-stress from the hectic pace of city life and revel in the beautiful beaches of Ao Nang Krabi. Therefore, we hope that this travel guide will help you to enjoy Ao Nang as much as we did.

This is a guide for travelers, by travelers. Continue reading

Ao Nang (Krabi) – Four Days Itinerary

Ao Nang is a laid-back beach destination in the Krabi province of Thailand. We enjoyed our short holiday here and below is our four days itinerary to help you plan your trip. Ao Nang is not as touristy as Phuket or Koh Samui, but there are still many great activities and awesome food. Continue reading

The Ultimate Maafushi Travel Guide!

Maafushi is a local island in Maldives that has beautiful beaches, plenty of fun activities, and lots of good food. While it might not be as luxurious as exclusive resort islands, it does provide interesting insights into the local culture. Maafushi is also very accessible; it can be reached in 40 minutes by speedboat from Male Airport. Evan and I had a short vacation here after our wedding. We understand that it is quite tedious to plan a holiday, therefore we have come up with this guide to make life easier for other people who are planning a trip to Maafushi. This is a guide for travelers, by travelers. Continue reading

Maafushi Island (Maldives) – Five Days Itinerary!

Imagine a beautiful beach with soft white sand, swaying palm trees and crystalline turquoise waters under the limitless blue skies – this is Maafushi Island in Maldives. This is a summary of our five-day itinerary on the island. Hopefully you will find it useful! Continue reading

Where is the Best Area to Stay in Maafushi Island (Maldives)?

Maafushi Island is a very small island that measures around just 1.3km in length and 0.3km in width. Therefore, no matter where you stay on the island, it is still within walking distance to the beautiful beaches. Continue reading

When is the best time to visit Maafushi Island (Maldives)?

In general, the best months to visit Maafushi are January and February. This is because during these two months, there is not much rainfall and the temperatures averages just 29 degree Celsius. Continue reading

6 Awesome Places to Eat in Maafushi Island (Maldives)!

There are lots of nice places to eat in Maafushi Island, which was great for us because we always felt famished after all the awesome beach and sea activities in Maafushi. During our stay on this alluring local island, we visited various restaurants. Below are our six favourites, arranged in alphabetical order. Do note that the restaurants charge 12% GST and 10% service charge on top of the listed price. Continue reading

How to get to the beautiful Maafushi Island (Maldives)!

Maafushi Island is an idyllic local island located in the South Male Atoll of Maldives. It is extremely easy to get to this island. First, you would need to take a flight to Male International Airport (also known as Velana International Airport) on Hulhule Island. The airport was previously known as Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. From the airport, there are two ways to get to Maafushi Island: by Ferry Service or Speedboat. Personally, we prefer the speedboat because it is a lot faster and there are more timings available. However, the ferry service is a lot cheaper.
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Japan Rail Cafe @ Tanjong Pagar Centre – Awesome Food and Excellent Service!

When I first heard from a friend that the Japan Rail Cafe was going to open in Singapore at Tanjong Pagar Centre, I was a little skeptical about the concept. It seemed odd to me that a Japanese railway company (the “East Japan Railway Company”, aka JR East), would open a bistro in Singapore selling both food and Japanese rail passes. Continue reading