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Offers exciting creations of hot and cool drinks, delicious cakes and much more. The surroundings are elegant and pleasing and the service is great. The food is always fresh and well prepared. Dining at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is a great experience. The restaurant serves fabulous unique Halal food items and beverages which are perfect for diners looking for food in a Muslim friendly environment....more

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  • A Glimpse Of Ancient Korea: 6 Best Things To Do in Bukchon Hanok Village

    When traveling to Seoul, Korea, K-drama lovers wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to live out your K-drama dreams in Bukchon Hanok Village. In fact, different parts of the area become filming locations of many K-drama as well as Sageuk (Korean historical drama TV series) such as Moon Embracing the Sun and Jewel in the Palace. Even if you are not a fan of K-drama, this ancient village will still mesmerize you with its charm and beauty. Bukchon Hanok Village is just the perfect place for you to experience the real Korean village environment in the Korean Dynasty era and discover the traditional house of Korea. Unlike Namsangol Hanok Village which is just a replica of a traditional Korean village, Bukchon Hanok Village is a real residential area with people living in hanoks (Korean traditional house). Many residents here, in fact, still choose to retain their traditional lifestyle. The name “Bukchon” literally translates to “northern village,”. This residential area was established 600 years ago during the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). Situated in close proximity to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changgyeonggung Palace, the area was built as the residential quarter of high-ranking government officials and nobility along with their families. Later on, due to societal changes, the place was occupied by commoners and many of the houses were torn down and left to decay. South Korean government fortunately made conservation efforts to preserve this cultural heritage and protect the area’s remaining houses. In recent times, as Hallyu (Korean wave: an increase of global popularity of South Korean culture) spread wider across the world and more people take interests in Korean culture, Bukchon Hanok Village gains more popularity among tourists; hence a number of fine dining restaurants, cafés, tea houses, craft workshops, cozy guesthouses, interesting art galleries, and upscale boutiques were opened throughout the area, many of which are housed in renovated hanoks.   6 Best Things To Do in Bukchon Hanok Village   Stroll around the village (and take lots of pictures), in a Hanbok! Image Credit: Crystal Jo on Unsplash The real charm of the village does not lie only in the architectural design of hanoks, but also in its tiny alleys where you can see locals living out their ordinary lives: housewives hanging their laundry and set out hot peppers to dry in the sun, children playing hide and seek peeking around the corners of the narrow streets while the elderly watching on and conversing among themselves. With such a lively background, it would become such a perfect place to strike poses and snap lots of pictures to be posted on your social media or just for your keepsake. Furthermore, you can do it wearing Bukchon Hanok hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) which you can rent starting from KRW 7,000 per person. FYI: There is no such thing as Bukchon Hanok Village opening hours, but please be mindful of local residents living thereby coming in normal working hours (not before people wake up nor after sleeping hours), not getting inside a house without a clear sign of visitor allowance, and lowering your voices when you stroll around the village. Bukchon Hanok Village entrance fee: FREE (there may be fees for the various experiences in the area).   Try Gold Leaf Printing Image Source: Visit Seoul This would be a unique experience for you while you are in Bukchon Hanok: learning their tradition of printing gold leaf on to silk while sitting in a traditional hanok house. You can choose to apply it on a sash, bag, or bookmark under the guidance of some experts (they are knowledgeable, patient, and can speak English pretty good!). Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm   Learn about Korean tea culture Image Credit: Tea Creative │ Soo Chung on Unsplash For those of you who are into tea or curious about how tea gets into Korean culture, you might want to learn it at the Traditional Korean Tea Institute. Here you will learn the traditional tea ceremony (you even can take part in the ceremony!) and about Korean culture in a fun and interesting way. You can also learn the delicate art of tea brewing and take a tea food making course. On top of that, they have green tea hand and foot massage (oh it sounds relaxing already!).   Enjoy tea and footbath at Healing Café Image Credit: Crystal Jo on Unsplash This teahouse named Solgaheon is definitely out of ordinary! You can not only drink delicious herbal teas tailored to specific ailments and order their healthy food options, but you can also at the same time soak your feet in a hot medicinal foot bath. Solgaheon also offers the so-called “moxa cautery treatment”, whereby various herbs and plants are burnt on particular points on the body to improve your overall body health, especially ailments in the lower body.   Visit Gyeongbokgung Palace Image Credit: Konrad Ziemlewski on Unsplash Gyeongbokgung Palace which was built in 1395, is the most beautiful and largest palace within Seoul. You can explore different parts of the palace but you can’t miss the changing of the guards which happens twice a day at the main gate at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The ceremony lasts for around fifteen minutes. Opening Hours: 9AM to 6PM (Closed every Tuesday)Entrance Fee: 3,000 KRW (Free entry if you wear a Hanbok)   Experience a Hanok Homestay Image Credit: Timothy Ries on Unsplash If you want to immerse yourself fully into Korean lives back in the 14th century, probably wearing a hanbok would not be enough. You can experience a homestay in a hanok at Bonum 1957, a boutique hotel with amenities like beautiful bathroom facilities having a bit more high-end touch, Chiwoonjung, the former Korean president’s historic traditional-style villa opened now to the public having jjimjilbang (traditional Korean sauna) for guests to use in the evenings.   Is There Any Halal Food at Bukchon Hanok Village? Image Credit: rawkkim on Unsplash Yes, there is. Alhamdulillah! We have got you covered, so you can have all the energy you need to explore the area with peace of mind! Halal Kitchen is the first Halal Korean restaurant in Buckhon/Insadong area. They serve a vast array of Korean delicacies such as bulgogi, yanggalbi, dakgalbi, japchae, and tteokbokki. They also have prayer spaces for you to pray while stopping by for some meals. If you're looking for other options, there are a number of halal restaurants located around the area, they might not be in the village but closeby. Get the complete list of them here!   How to Go to Bukchon Hanok Village Image Credit: Timothy Ries on Unsplash Bukchon Hanok Village can be reached by subway from any station in Seoul to Anguk Subway Station, exit 3. Walk straight out of the exit and turn left at the first street. Walk a bit up and you’ll find the Bukchon Traditional Culture Center on the left which is a great spot to start any tour in the area. There are also maps there to pick up to follow. You could also go out of Anguk Subway Station, exit 2, and walk straight to find the more popular side of the Hanok Village....

  • 10 New Halal Food Places in Singapore You Need to Try This Weekend

    1. Hajah Maimunah Mini Image Credit: Hjh Maimunah Restaurant & Catering on Facebook If you’re an east-sider who’s craving some good ol’ Nasi Padang and just can’t seem to bring yourself to beat the crowd at Hajah Maimunah’s OG outlets at Geylang Serai or Jalan Pisang, check out the all-new Hajah Maimunah Mini at Tampines Mall Kopitiam. Hold up, how cute is that name? Hajah Maimunah Mini. This is their second food court outlet with their first being at City Square Mall. If there’s one place we’d bring our overseas friends to when they’re in Singapore, it would definitely be Hajah Maimunah!  Their Tahu Telur will always be our favorite! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Address: Tampines Mall Kopitiam, #04-27/28/29 4 Tampines Central 5 Singapore 529510  Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm Daily   2. Straits Teppanyaki Image Credit: @thestraitsteppanyaki on Instagram Rumi Vibes Only. The Straits Teppanyaki has officially joined the hit and hip Kampong Glam district as of 22 October, 2020. The Japanese steakhouse-style restaurant takes up a notch on the dining experience with Teppanyaki table-style seats so diners will be involved in the cooking experience. The Straits  Teppanyaki features a menu of carefully curated fusion recipes taken from across Asia. Pair your meal for the night with the artisanal drinks from Rumi The Poets Cup and take in the night breeze at their rooftop bar. Take your pick from their three categories – The Dairy Collezione, The Mocktails, and The Frizantea. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Address: 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437  Opening Hours: TBC (check @thestraitsteppanyaki or @rumithepoetscup respectively) Contact: +65 9150 4672   3. Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot Image Credit: Suki Suki Thai Hotpot The Halal Thai Hotpot that was recently trending in Singapore, Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot brings a fresh take on the whole Halal Hotpot to Muslims in Singapore. Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot serves a number of Tom Yum variants, ingredients, and desserts which will definitely satisfy anyone's appetite. Even if you don't like spicy food, there is a broth for you! Good news! If you are looking to try this restaurant, Suki-Suki is having a promotion where the 4th person dines free!  Halal Status: Certified Halal Address: HomeTeamNS Khatib Club House, #01-01, 2 Yishun Walk Singapore, Singapore 767944 Opening Hours: 11AM to 3PM, 6PM to 10PM (Monday to Thursday) | 11AM to 10PM (Friday to Saturday) We checked out Suki Suki to see what the hype is all about! Read it on our blog "[New Halal-Certified!] Suki-Suki Thai Hot Pot At HomeTeamNS Khatib".   4. The Grunge Brunch @ (working title) Image Credit: Working Title on Facebook The one thing we’re looking forward to this weekend – The Grunge Brunch While we don’t know much about the new feast, we sure know that the (working title) will be launching it on the 31st October 2020. The Grunge Brunch will only be available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9AM to 3PM Halal Status: Muslim-owned Address: 783 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198751 Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) | 12PM to 11PM (Friday & Saturday)   5. The Fortune Cookie Image Credit: The Fortune Cookie on Facebook After the success of The Malayan Council, serving fusion Malay cuisine, The Fortune Cookie is next on your list.  The new restaurant serves Chinese cuisine with a twist. Each recipe is specially curated to give you an elevated dining experience like their Beef Ribs Bak Ku Teh and Char Kway Teow Kobe to name a few.  Don’t forget to grab a fortune cookie to complete your meal! Halal Status: Muslim-owned Address: 11 Bussorah St, Singapore 199432 Opening Hours: Daily: 11am to 11pm (Kitchen closes at 10:30pm)   6. Co-Op Image Credit: The Co-op on Facebook Whether you're an east sider or a west sider, Co-op has got you covered! With a branch in Tampines and Bukit Batok, Co-op brings your favorite foods from Arab Street, straight to the heartlands of Singapore. Halal Status: Halal Certified Address: The Co-op @ Bukit Batok2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, #01-07 A/B, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, Singapore 659003 Opening Hours: 11AM to 10PM daily The Co-op @ Tampines1 Tampines Walk, #03-04, HomeTeamNS Tampines, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523 Opening Hours: 12PM to 10PM daily   7. Birdhaus By Project Warung Image Credit: Birdhaus by Project Warung on Facebook From the same team that brought you Burgs, Project Warung now brings you a whole lot of Chicken with their project Birdhaus. This newly opened fast food restaurant offers you Fried Chicken to Birdhaus Rice Geprek, there looks to be a whole lot to try over at Birdhaus by Project Warung. Halal Status: Muslim-owned Address: Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-40 Singapore, 151119 Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 9.30PM Daily   8. Gerill Bab Image Credit: Gerill Bab on Facebook If you're into Korean BBQ, then we have news for you. A newly certified Halal Korean Grilled Meat Ricebowls has entered the chat! Choose from Gerill Chicken, Gerill Beef, Gerill Garlic Butter Prawn, and more. Just the thought of meat on the grill makes us all longing for more! Halal Status: Halal Certified Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #B2-19 Ang Mo Kio, Singapore 569933 Opening Hours: 11AM to 9PM (Mondays to Sundays)   9. PerghChicks Image Credit: PerghChicks! on Facebook A new welcome addition to the Halal food scene in Singapore, PerghChicks offers all that BBQ chicken that we all miss from the bazaars. With a clever name like that and chicken wings that look that good, they're definitely worth a try! Halal Status: Muslim-Owned Address: Blk 414 Jurong West Street 42 (Tang Tea House) Jurong West, Singapore 640414 Opening Hours: 1PM to 9.45PM Daily   10. Farah Diana Steamboat & Grill Announcement! Farah Diana Steamboat & Grill, is opening in Kaki Bukit on 1 November 2020. This is their second outlet after their first at Changi. Check out the video we did below! Prices: Adult (S$25.90 nett) | Child (5 to 12 years old) (S$14.90 nett) Halal Status: Muslim-Owned  Address: Makan Empire 11 Kaki Bukit Road 4, Bartley Biz Centre, Singapore 417806 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (3PM onwards, Last serving at 10.30PM)...

  • Travel News Wrap: 19 October Week

    Singapore Airlines relaunches the World’s Longest Flight Image Credit: Isaac Struna on Unsplash From 9 November 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate from Changi Airport to JFK International Airport in New York. SQ23 and SQ24 will fly thrice a week on this route, both ways. Due to the demand for flights to New York, this resumption of flights to JFK International Airport will help with a mix of passenger and cargo traffic. Flying the A350-900, this route will replace the Singapore-Newark route that was suspended due to the climate of the global pandemic. Currently, SIA is operating non-stop services to Los Angeles, USA.    Traveling to Thailand is now possible for Singaporeans Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Traveling to Thailand for Singaporeans have been made possible again with the recent developments in Thailand. However, this border-reopening comes with certain conditions that must be met in order to enter Thailand. Since October 7, Thailand requires a Special Tourist Visa (STV) for anyone to enter their country.  Similar to earlier reports, Singaporean residents will have to meet strict conditions in order to be eligible for entry to Thailand. You can view these conditions here. Some of the conditions that have to be met are that visitors must stay in Thailand for a minimum of 90 days and must not have any criminal record either in Thailand or Singapore. Additionally, visitors must also only fly with Singapore Airlines in order to gain access to the country. Please refer to the Thai Embassy’s website for more details.   Germany-Singapore Green Lane Arrangement Image Credit: Håkon Sataøen on Unsplash As announced in a joint press statement, Germany and Singapore have recently agreed to set up a Reciprocal Green Lane for essential business and official travel. Similar to the other existing reciprocal green lanes, visitors traveling under this arrangement will have to abide by the COVID-19 safety measures which have been agreed on by both countries. The decision of this announcement came as both countries have shared that they are planning to use the green lane as a model for similar arrangements between Singapore and the European Union in the future. The details of the arrangement have not been released yet, at the time of writing. Please check with the respective authorities for more details.   Australia is currently in talks with Singapore, Japan, and Korea Image Credit: Paul Carmona on Unsplash In other news, Australia has also been busy with the establishment of their own travel arrangements. Recently, Australia is in talks with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the South Pacific nations on the reopening of travel. This development came after a steady decline in infections since early August. The countries selected for this have been limited to countries that have been performing well on the health front, according to the authorities in Australia. It has been reported that the arrangement to resume travel between Australia and the countries in question will help businesses on both sides of the arrangement. Currently, no dates have been set for the launch of the travel agreement. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details. Singapore Tourism Board (STB) partners with Airbnb Experiences Image Credit: Zhu Hongzhi on Unsplash Virtual Tourism has been the talk of the town in recent times. Now, the Singapore Tourism Board is partnering with Airbnb Experiences to promote Singapore with the help of Virtual Tourism. The partnership will offer a range of online experiences that are said to be “one-fo-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals” to the global audience. These Virtual Trips experiences will include cooking sessions with locals, guided museum tours, and dance classes, a virtual visit to The Intan (Peranakan home museum), and a sustainability-themed tour of the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay amongst others.   United Kingdom Quarantine List Update Image Credit: Eva Dang on Unsplash Some recent changes have been made to the United Kingdom’s travel corridor list.  Escaping the cold winter has is now a reality with the addition of Spain’s Canary Islands, The Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos being added to the ‘safe’ destinations list. Travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon their return to the UK from these locations from the morning of Sunday, 25 October. However, there are still some safety requirements that have to be met in order for travelers from the UK to enter these destinations, except for Mykonos. Please refer to the respective authorities for more information on the safety requirements of traveling...

  • Your pick of the crop: The best Airbnbs in Perth for every type of travel!

    The world of traveling is ever-changing and growing. It was not long ago when staying in someone's apartment abroad was a daunting experience but now with sites like Airbnb who place the utmost importance on customer safety, comfort, and wholesome experiences, travel, and hospitality are closely intertwined. Home to the Aboriginal Australians for over 38,000 years, Perth is the capital and the most metropolitan area of Western Australia. Perth is home to historical castles, British history, protected gardens, coastal reserves, amazing nature, and a buzzing metropolitan scene. This article has gathered the best Airbnb for your experience in Perth and categorized them for ease in your search. Whether you're searching for something cozy and affordable, luxurious, sleek and modern, or a home with character, Airbnb is here to serve and travel has never been so close to our fingertips.   Cozy and Affordable- Historic Hostel The Old Swan Barracks Backpacker Hostel Image Credit: Nachoman-au, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Cozy and Affordable does not indicate substituting looks, charms, and comfort. Perth has an array of choices for those who wish to spend money on different things. Although for a budget of under 40 Australian Dollars a night most places are hotel rooms and private rooms in a house, this provides you with epic stays like The Old swan barracks. This impressive hostel looks like a castle from the exterior but was the headquarters of the Australian Army. One of the cheapest finds in Perth, this place is great for a sleep and go location. It won an award in 2019 for the Best accommodation from adventure tourism. It provides you with a bed, space, and storage as well as a communal kitchen. There are choices available for smaller and larger groups. It must be warned this place has a bar and large social area. Airbnb Link   Hostel G Perth -Bed in Glam Room (Ladies Only) Image Credit: unpluggededition Muslim female travelers need not worry, if staying in a hostel worries you, Hostel G Perth is perfect as it is ladies only. The whole communal area only allows females and the priority is female comfort. The space is small and private only allowing a max of 4 people, which means it could be booked out for a group of female travelers or a solo traveler. All the comments from previous guests are positive and some even return, this Airbnb scores a 4.66 in total out of 142 reviews. Airbnb Link    Homes with character "Silver Gypsy's Fabulous Flat for Two" or more ...- meditative retreat Image Credit: Airbnb The 1 bedroom flat is encased by a shield of greenery and is the perfect retreat away to make you feel your away from the city. This is done without compensating for access to the surrounding towns and even the beach. Marg, a retired teacher with a particular interest in Family History welcomes visitors to explore her gardens growing all sorts of fruits and vegetables in season. The homely character of this Airbnb encourages you to enjoy its surroundings in warm and cooler seasons, with all the amenities available to make a cozy night in perfect or even a day to the beach paired with a basket full of garden goodies enjoyable. Airbnb Link    Beautiful Loft Home: walk to King's Pk, UWA, shops Images credit: Airbnb This 2 bedroom loft is an artistic home merging traditional Italian interior design, eastern and Mediterranean rugs, and modern furniture. The amalgamation of all these influences create a space unique and inviting. The apartment begs for curious minds to inspect the detailed choices and enjoy the grand space. This is a good choice for the halal-conscious traveler as there are several rooms without art including faces that allow Muslim visitors the ease of praying in the home. The character of this home is versatile, whether young or old the homeowners have done a great job in creating a place that merges Australia’s complicated history through visual cultural notes. This huge space houses 6 guests and has 3 double beds, it has all the modern technological appliances you may need and is within walking distance to transport. Airbnb Link    Sleek and modern South Perth Living on the Foreshore Free NBN WIFI- longer business stays and the modern traveler. Image Credit: Airbnb A blend of whites, creams, greys, and blacks this home is the epitome of pristine, sleek, and modern. The shiny clear surfaces, blank walls and clean ground floor apartment is the perfect choice for the modern traveler, who wants to experience the cleanliness of a hotel but the comfort of a home. All the reviews rave that the location is perfect for those who require quick access to the city for business or ease. One reviewer called the flat ‘immaculate’ and a few Airbnb-ers expressed their delight with space after staying for weeks and even months. Airbnb Link   Top location, 81sqm, pool/gym, parking & more! - the modern city individual⭐️ Image Credit: Airbnb In similar fashion to other sleek and modern apartments, this 1 bedroom flat boasts pristine whites, greys, and blacks but this time with incorporation of earthy tones to connect the flat to the nature of the surrounding area. The plants, mahogany, straw, and wood connect this place to the heart of its central location. Lake monger and parks surround the flat, located in North Perth. This apartment also boasts access to a pool, gym, and outdoor BBQ. Although they are shared with the neighbors if you require privacy, agreements can be arranged with the neighbors. Airbnb Link   Aviator Ocean Retreat- Family or group holidays Image Credit: Airbnb Our last home in this category is aimed at the group of younger travelers with a standard for the modern and cleanliness. This space is highly familiar with a living room, dining space, private back garden deck. This is perfect for a family or group of friends trying to enjoy each other's company. It is also within walking access to Catalina Beach Park with its beautiful white plank work and swimming pools. This is an ideal place for a family to enjoy the sun, have fun, and relax. The kitchen is also ideal for people who enjoy cooking! Erin, the host has posted pictures of the sunset which showcase the ocean and the sky in all its glory. Airbnb Link    Luxurious retreats Hidden Gem in Inglewood! Min's to Perth City Image Credit: Airbnb Louise the owner of this beautiful home describes her home as “ the ideal retreat for an exquisite & up-scale stay, located close to the absolute heart of Perth CBD and Airport. “ This luxurious Airbnb who sleeps up to 8 guests is a space that focuses on refined luxury and the comfort of a home. Everything in the home is at the disposal of the guests including the Nespresso machines and everything in the kitchen. This home is more of an understated luxury that aims to ground its guests into the everyday life of someone living in Perth. Halal travelers can be glad to experience a home with no offensive art or faces in the decoration. The house has shielded windows for people who need privacy. The host was described as responsive and there to help with every demand and Airbnb Link    Modern taste of nature, with amazing views (house)- swimming pool home away from home Image Credit: Airbnb Perhaps the most luxurious home on our list, this home with its stunning views and private rectangular swimming, open window plan may take a little while to get used to. The Home’s main unique selling point is that it is so detached from other people and homes that it can have open windows, a private backyard, and a swimming pool without the fear of anyone seeing through. Halal-conscious travelers may take a moment to get used to this place because it would feel as though anyone can see them, but its location and architecture as well as positioning over normal ground level mean that it’s hard for any visitors to intrude. However, this home is shared with the hosts so conversation and boundaries would have to be discussed for hijabis. This should be of no problem as all the reviews rave about the host’s hospitality and how they added to the experience of staying here. Granted this place is located away from the city and closer to nature’s reserves, situated at the foot of the Kalamunda national park but this Airbnb should be considered for its unique experience. Airbnb Link ...

  • Travel News Wrap: 12 October Week

    Malaysia's Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) Image Credit: Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash Arguably one of the biggest news this week has to be the implementation of the CMCO or Conditional Movement Control Order in Malaysia. After experiencing an upsurge of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, Malaysia has decided to curb the new wave with the implementation of this CMCO. Similar to the past CMCO, this CMCO will limit the movement of the residents in the affected states. The CMCO is in effect for the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Selangor state. It began earlier this week on Wednesday, 14 October, and is currently set to last till 27 October this year. Under the CMCO most industries can continue their operations under the condition that they practice the health precautions in place. Meanwhile, schools and places of worship have been closed along with the ban on sporting events in the country.  This decision might have been influenced by the interstate travel ban enforced in Sabah last week, which was also due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases there. Together, the CMCO is said to affect around 11 million or 30% of the country’s population. For more information on the CMCO and travel advisories, please check with the respective authorities.   Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Image Credit: Dan Freeman on Unsplash Announced on Thursday, 15 October, Hong Kong, and Singapore has decided to set up a travel bubble between the two cities. With the low incidence of COVID-19 cases in the two cities, the decision was made in order to re-establish overseas travel and lift complications such as quarantine or stay-home notices for visiting travelers. In this new travel bubble, there will be no travel purpose restrictions and controlled itinerary but, travelers will still need to test negative on the COVID-19 test and travel on dedicated flights for those traveling under this new bubble.  Currently, there are no set dates for the launch of this new travel bubble. The launch date and implementation details will be announced in due course, according to the ministry.   New Zealand and Australia Travel Bubble Started Today (Trans-Tasman) Image Credit: John Kappa ツ on Unsplash Some more welcoming news in the travel world. Today, 16 October, the Trans-Tasman travel bubble is in effect. This travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia, with the first passengers arriving in Sydney, Australia earlier today.  The travelers arriving in Australia from New Zealand are not required to quarantine themselves upon arrival. This is in line with Australia’s tentative reopening to international tourism. However, the arrangement is not reciprocal between the two countries. Travelers from Australia traveling to New Zealand will still be required to undergo the 14-day quarantine amongst other requirements. Travelers from the no-quarantine flights might still need to be quarantined depending on the Australian state or territory they are planning to enter. Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place.   Reciprocal Green Lane between Singapore and Indonesia are in the works Image Credit:Swapnil Bapat on Unsplash The prospect of traveling between Singapore and Indonesia looks to be promising. Similar to the other reciprocal green lanes between Singapore and some other countries which are already in effect, Indonesia looks to be the next addition to that list. Indonesia and Singapore have agreed on implementing a reciprocal green lane which will allow for essential business and official travel between the two countries. Applications for travel under this reciprocal green lane will begin on 26 Oct. The application is only open for Singapore and Indonesian residents as well as permanent residents of the two countries. The requirements are similar to the other reciprocal green lane arrangements with the need for sponsors for travel, SafeTravel Pass / Visas, Pre-departure and Post-arrival COVID-19 tests. Points of entry and exits have also been designated. For air travel, Changi Airport and Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been designated. For Sea Travel, Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and Batam Centre Ferry Terminal has been chosen as the points of entry and exit. This point of entry and exit is a measure to reduce the possibility of infectious patients slipping into the communities. To read more about the Reciprocal Green Lane Arrangements, check out our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement". Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place....