Sunday, July 10, 2016

A Short Getaway to Bintan Indonesia

Bintan is a small Indonesian island which is an hour’s ferry ride away from Singapore. Hence, it became a favorite weekend getaway of some Singapore residents.

We booked our round trip ferry tickets from Bintan Resort Ferries for around SGD 70. We left Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (Singapore) at 2PM and arrived at Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal (Bintan) at 1:55PM (Indonesia Time). There is a one-hour time difference between Singapore and Bintan. Hence, after the one hour ferry ride, we arrived at the same time in Indonesia.

There are different resorts in Bintan which you may choose from and we decided to book Nirwana Gardens due to its homey and relaxed look. The resort setting is actually similar to Crimson Mactan but the space is much more expansive.

From the ferry terminal, a shuttle bus brought us to the resort. The resort ground is pretty huge. There is an internal shuttle which can take you around the resort if you want to explore. 

We opt to book our stay at the hotel as it is closer to the pool and breakfast area. The room that we got has a garden view and was very cozy.
Superior Room at Nirwana Gardens Resort

The next day, we decided to take the shuttle from the resort to Pasar Oleh Oleh, which is a quaint marketplace. Since it was raining while we were there, we were only able to have lunch and not able to properly walk around the place.

Garlic Chicken
Sweet and Sour Fish
We spent most of the time lounging by the pool as there was nice weather while we were there.

Pool area
Beach front
It was one relaxing trip indeed!

Helpful Tip: No need to change your Singaporean Dollars to Indonesian Rupiah as most of the hotels/restaurants in Bintan accepts Singapore Dollars.

Nirwana Gardens
Jalan Panglima Pantar, Lagoi 29155
Bintan Resorts, Indonesia
Telephone: (65) 6323 6636
Fax: (65) 6323 7717

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Trip Down Memory Lane at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Last summer, my family and I went on a weekend getaway to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.

Las Casas showcases a collection of heritage houses, mostly from Luzon, which are carefully dismantled and reconstructed, brick by brick and plank by plank. This idea was conceptualized by Mr Jerry Acuzar, who is a businessman and developer. 
Path to the old Manila

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Do-It-Yourself Hong Kong Experience

Located in eastern Asia, Hong Kong is a country frequently visited by Filipinos due its visa-free entry and close proximity to Manila. It is a magical place where both kids and adults will surely have a great time, and it’s only a two-hour flight away.

view from the tram on the way to The Peak

Be ready to pack your bags and check out this suggested Do-It-Yourself Hong Kong guide.

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