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  • South Korea's Seafood Paradise: Things to see and do around Jagalchi Market in Busan

    Approximately 4 hours ride from Seoul, you can reach the city of Busan. Being the second most populous city in Korea, there are so many things to see and do around Busan. Busan may or may not be in your itinerary when you are traveling to Korea. But if you happened to be there or finding a reason to visit Busan, then check out Jagalchi Market. There is more to it than just being a seafood market. And we are here to break it down for you.   Where is the Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: DO KIBOCK on Unsplash As mentioned earlier, Jalgalchi Market is located in Busan. Tucked in between two train stations, Nampo and Jagalchi Stations, it is only 5 minutes walk from either station. Nampo Station is just 2 stations away from Busan Station, thus making it accessible to get from Seoul via the Korea Train Express (KTX).   What is the Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: Daniel Bernard on Unsplash Being accessible to public transports makes Jagalchi Market a recommended place to visit when in Busan. It is the largest and oldest seafood market in South Korea, with huge varieties of fresh edible sea creatures. Apart from living seafood, you can also find dried ones. Jagalchi Market is notable for its five-story building. The outdoor section already gives you a glimpse of seafood available. The ground floor of the building is no different. Most people will purchase their seafood here and head one level up to get them prepared and cooked at any one of the restaurants. As Jagalchi Market is also located just a few walks away from Nampo-Dong Shopping District, your trip here will be worthwhile and fulfilling!   What to do and see around Jagalchi Market? Image Credit: Daniel Bernard on Unsplash Heading down to Jagalchi Market wouldn't limit yourself to only the seafood market itself. Some said that if you happened to visit Jagalchi Market, you would be able to experience what Nampo-Dong has to offer you. 1. (See)Food! Image Credit: Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash It is a waste to leave Jagalchi Market without trying any of the fresh seafood. It is a heaven for all seafood lovers. You can shop for any kind of seafood available at the ground level and bring them up to any restaurants on the second floor. The downside is that there are no Halal eateries available here. Please dine at your own discretion, ensuring that the dishes are not prepared with alcohol despite alcohol being served at premises.If Jagalchi Market happens to be the last location for the day, how about bringing the seafood haul home and savor it in your accommodation? Provided you have proper storage for it, I'm sure you can still enjoy them! Also, a plus point if your accommodation has a basic necessity for cooking your own meal.   2. Enjoy the Panoramic View around Jagalchi Market from the Observatory Deck Who would have thought that a seafood market would have an observatory deck? Located on the rooftop of the Jagalchi Market, the observatory deck, also known as the sky terrace, is free! All you need to do is to take the elevator to the top level and climb up the stairs. Enjoy the panoramic view of Nampo port and also, you can spot Busan Tower from the sky terrace.   3. Get Starstruck at BIFF Square Image Credit: Ryan Bodenstein, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons If you happened to alight at Jagalchi Station and take exit 7, you would be able to see BIFF Square. BIFF is short for Busan International Film Festival and you may have guessed it right. Similar to Hong Kong's Avenue of Stars and Hollywood's Walk of Fame, BIFF Square housed the handprints of famous celebrities. It is also the main venue for the BIFF event. This street has transformed from just 2 movie theaters to a shopping complex and leisure facilities.BIFF Square is also famous for its street food. As there is no known Halal street food available here, we wouldn't leave you starving from all the walking and exploring. There is an Indonesian restaurant called Bakso Bejo, and it is Muslim-Owned! If you have yet to settle your meal throughout the trip, you can savor on their Bakso and Nasi Goreng.Address: 4, Nampo-gil, Jung-gu, Busan   4. Stroll down Yongdusan Park Image Credit: Mobius6, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons "Yongdu" in English means Dragon's head, and Yongdusan mountain is named as such to protect the area from foreign sea invaders. It is one of the three famous mountains in Busan. Every nook of this park is picturesque, not only because of the symbolic Busan Tower. You can also find the statue of the Great Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, Bell of the Citizens, Dragon sculpture, and Flower Clock.Address: 37-55, Yongdusan-gil, Jung-gu, Busan   5. Shop till you drop at Gwangbokro Fashion Street As the name suggested, Gwangbokro Fashion Street is Busan's Myeong-Dong. It is easy to spot Gwangbokro Fashion Street from the entrance of Yongdusan Park. Stroll down its beautifully decorated streets and find clothing items and cosmetics, from bargained products to renowned brands. So, fill up your shopping bag and bring home some momento from Busan!Shops at Gwangbokro Fashion Street close until late at night so you would have the luxury of your time to stroll around and find things that you fancy. And if you happened to get hungry from all the walkings, head down to Warung Jaya Mba Tia, another Indonesian restaurant in the area. You will definitely get energized to continue your day!Address: 72-1, Gwangbok-dong, Jung-gu, Busan   6. All sorts of activities await you in the Lotte Department Store Image Credit: Photo by Walter Cheung on Unsplash You would be familiar with the Lotte Department Store when in Korea. Ranging from local brands to international luxury brands, you can find them all in the Lotte Department Store. But Lotte Department Store is not just limited to shopping. If the Myeong-Dong Branch has Star Avenue, the Gwangbok Branch has plenty to see too! Your trip to the Lotte Department Store wouldn't be a wasted trip!Not only the Gwangbokro Fashion Street caters to youth fashion, but the Gwangbok Branch is also the largest youth-oriented shopping complex. Being the first seaside department store in Korea, the surrounding scenery is stunning. Enjoy the view of the entire city of Busan from the Rooftop garden, which seems to be the largest in Korea too! If you happen to be here at the right time, you may be able to witness the lifting of Yeongdo-daegyo (bridge), allowing ships to pass between the south and north ports. You can also watch the World's largest musical fountain in the mall, as recorded in the Guinness World Records.   7. Explore the winding alleys of Gamcheon Cultural Village Image Credit: Valentin on Unsplash Just about 15 minutes bus ride from Jagalchi Market lies Gamcheon Cultural Village. Known as the Machu Picchu of Busan and the Santorini of South Korea, the Gamcheon Cultural Village is a neighborhood of colorful houses and quirky artworks. Either you are doing it for the 'gram or just appreciating the beauty, you will love every single photo spots in Gamcheon Cultural Village. It is also homed to cafes and small museums. The only thing you might need to brace for is the crowd. Also, as this is a residential area, do be respectful when visiting and exploring the area.Address: 203, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan   Jagalchi Market is open every day, from 8 am to 5 pm. If you want to experience the daily and local life of the vendors, you can head down by 5 am or 6 am to watch them set up the stalls. Address: 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan...

  • 10 New Halal Food Places 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)...

  • 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 ...

  • The Ultimate Checklist For The Things to do in Batam Island

    Batam is typically known as an industrial boomtown, a transport hub, and part of a free trade zone in the Indonesia–Malaysia–Singapore Growth Triangle. For residents of Malaysia and Singapore, Batam is a short weekend getaway from hustle and bustle of city lives. From having yourself pampered at spas to exciting water sports experiences, you could explore and enjoy what Batam island has to offer. Here is the ultimate checklist of things to do in Batam and places to explore for your next halal trip to Batam Island:   Staying at Batam’s Best Beach Resorts & Hotels Image Credit: Montigo Resorts on Facebook Getting yourself away from your busy daily life activities or boredom of staying home for too long, staying at one of the finest Batam resorts and Batam hotels may just be the perfect plan for you. You can immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of the resorts and do various activities offered by the management inside the resorts. You can choose to stay in luxurious one to five-bedroom villas (with private pools) at Montigo Resort Nongsa where you can enjoy a relaxing spa experience and various outdoor activities such as water sports, paintball, archery, bike rental, etc.; or you might want to opt for a more scenic Harris Resort Barelang Batam which is located by the sea and near to Batam Landmark - Barelang Bridge.   Glamping at Ranoh Island Image Credit: Ranoh Island Yes, you read that right, there is a glamping site in Batam! Located near Abang Island – a famous snorkeling spot, Ranoh Island is just a 4-hour (including all ferry and boat transfers as well as customs in Batam) journey from Singapore. It provides you with not only luxurious tents with a bonfire, barbeque set, and minibar; but also hammocks and bean bags at the beach for you to enjoy the ultimate beach experience. There you can do some snorkeling, kayaking, banana boat riding, and more.   Doing Exciting Watersport Activities Image Credit: Ranoh Island Batam is a great gateway for you to watersports. Other than the usual watersports activities at any other tourist destination, such as jet-skiing, banana boats, canoeing, and kayaking, you can have different unique experiences like going to sea forest adventures to kneeboarding, mangrove cruise, and giant water slide which is a playground floating in the middle of the sea. The watersports activities can not just be found at Ranoh Island but can also be found at multiple resorts around the island.   Going Snorkeling or Scuba Diving Image Credit: enjoybatam If you like to go snorkeling or want to try scuba diving, Batam is the perfect place for you (you can get the PADI scuba diving license here for cheap!). You can go to famous snorkeling and diving spots like Abang Island, Hantu Island, Petong Island, and Labun Island to explore the beauty of the underwater world.   Playing Golf Image Credit: Palmsprings Golf & Country Club Batam is also famous for its golf courses that Singaporeans like to take a day trip just to play golf. If you like golfing, you might want to go to golf courses like Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort or Sukajadi Golf Course.   Riding an off-road go-kart with friends Image Credit: Lina Sasmita Get some adrenaline-pumping action and have fun with your friends with some laps around the go-kart track. Batam Dirt Karting is the first dirt (off-road) rally stage go-kart which will give you an exciting unique experience drifting go-kart off-road. Channel your inner Petter Solberg as it’s almost like a mini version of rallycross!   Visiting Instagrammable Spot like Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga Image Credit: AllAboutCity-Batam If you are a person who likes to hunt for instagrammable spots, you can visit Taman Wisata Habibie 1000 Tangga. The recreational place was built to pay homage to the residence of the former Indonesian President BJ Habibie (the third president of Indonesia). There you must climb 1,000 steps in order to reach the different gorgeous spots in this spacious location dominated by lush greenery, including a cliffside beach and viewpoint overlooking the skyscrapers of Singapore and also a rustic and instagrammable treehouse.   Tasting Local Delicacies Image Credit: @makanliciouz on Instagram Batam is famous among Singaporeans for its deliciously fresh seafood which are priced much lower than Singapore. A wide array of seafood cuisines like salted egg crabs, mussels, fried calamari, fresh oysters, barbecued fish, large tasty prawns, and so on are for you to be selected in the most famous seafood restaurants such as Golden Prawn Restaurant, Harbour Bay Seafood Restaurant, Sei Enam Seafood Restaurant, Rezeki Seafood Restaurant, and Kopak Jaya 007 Kelong Seafood Restaurant. They even sometimes have live music to accompany you enjoying the beautiful sea views while you are having your meal. Image Credit: AllAboutCity-Batam Some of the local delicacies that you must try in Batam are Sop Ikan Batam (Batam Fish Soup), and Mie Lendir Berkuah Kacang (boiled noodle with peanut sauce). Also in Belakang Padang Island (15 minutes by wooden boat from Batam – the island is so close to Singapore that when the weather is good, you can vaguely see Singapore's Marina Bay Sands from the distance), you can try a popular breakfast for the locals: Plain Prata (fried bread) with Gulai (thick curry) soup, accompanied with a cup of coffee or Tarik Tea (milk tea).   Visiting Famous and Iconic Mosques During your halal trip, it would become a very nice experience to visit and pray at some of the iconic mosques in Batam, such as Jabal Arafah mosque, Yellow Mosque (Masjid Kuning), Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque, and Batam Grand Mosque.  Jabal Arafah Mosque is a contemporary modern mosque located in Lubuk Baja Business Center. It is equipped with a café, library, garden, and more.  Image Credit: Masjid Jabal Arafah Yellow Mosque located in Penyengat Island is considered unique since legend tells that eggshells were used in its construction to make the walls stronger. Image Credit: Batam Getaway  Meanwhile, Muhammad Cheng Hoo Mosque has an oriental Chinese-like architecture and was built to commemorate the famous Chinese-Muslim explorer of Ming Dynasty of China.  Image Credit: windawijayanti Batam Grand Mosque is the biggest grande mosque in Batam built upon 4 hectares of land and covering an area of 57,114 square meters which can accommodate up to 2,500 worshippers. Image Credit: Batam Getaway   Getting Pampered from Head to Toe Image Credit: Xoleil Spa Village Nothing is more relaxing than getting yourself pampered to rejuvenate your whole body, mind, and soul at one of the finest spas in Batam. You may choose to visit the ones at Nagoya Hill shopping district (perfect post-shopping spree activity) or you can also visit Xoleil Spa Village for a calmer and more tranquil ambiance. This spa resort is facilitated with 12 spa rooms, boutique gym, salon, co-working space, hydroponic garden, organic farm, and treehouse. There you also can try their cooking school, eat at their farm-to-table café or pizza courtyard before taking a dip in their expansive swimming pool or salt-dipping pool, or just relax in their stone onsen.   Go fishing and Experience Kampong Lives Image Credit: MoonBay Kelong on Facebook If you would like to have some tech detox or kick back and unwind to focus on life’s simple joys, you might want to go fishing and stay at Moon Bay Kelong. A kelong is a form of an offshore platform built predominantly with wood, which can be found in waters, especially for fishing purposes. There you can try fishing at the Kelong itself or if prior arrangements have been made, you can rent a boat to go further out for a better fishing experience. You just have to pass your catch of the day to the Padang chef on-site and they will whip up a delicious seafood feast for your next meal. As you can see there are various places you could explore and exciting activities you can do on Batam Island for your perfect Batam getaway. We hope this checklist will give you more insights on Batam so that you can plan for your upcoming Batam trip....

  • 7 Best Things to Do in New Delhi for your Trip

    The mesmerizing voice of Adhan flowing through the lively streets, filled with the aroma of Mughlai food and grand historical monuments, makes New Delhi. Delhi is one of the most unique destinations and affordable honeymoon destinations for Muslims all over the world.  It is the capital of India and has been a famous tourist destination since time immemorial. With its rich culture and heritage, this city can fill your travel needs with enthusiasm and excitement. While you may think it just has Hinduism-related attractions, Delhi has a whole other Islamic twist waiting for you.  So, we have compiled a list of beautiful Muslim-friendly things to do in Delhi.   Let Jama Masjid Bless Your Journey Image Credit: Dewang Gupta on Unsplash Address: Chandani Chowk, Delhi Do you wish to begin your trip with the blessings of Allah (SWT)? Well, give Jama Masjid a visit.  Jama Masjid is one of the oldest and largest Mosques in India. Built in 1656 by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor from 1628 to 1658, this Mosque boasts a grand architecture that will leave you in awe and splendor.  Here, you can also offer your Salah and begin your trip in a halal way.  Tip: Consider offering Jummah prayer here around 12 and 12:30 pm. Jummah at Jama has a whole another feel.    Marvel at the Magnificent Qutub Minar Image Credit: Subhayan Das on Unsplash Address: Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi Time: 6 am to 6 pm (All days) Tickets: Rs. 550/each foreign visitor  If you’re a history lover then Delhi is your haven. One of the most historical and famous sites to visit in this city is the Qutub Minar.  Qutub Minar, the tallest minaret of India, was built in the 14th century and is an amalgamation of both Islamic and Hinduism architecture.  This five-storeyed minaret rises above 70-meters in height. It is covered in Quranic verses and transcriptions that give it an intricate and beautiful look.  Hire a local guide to get an insight into the history of Qutub Minar.    Explore the Old Delhi Through Chandni Chowk Image Credit: Aquib Akhter on Unsplash Address: Chandni Chowk, North Delhi Are you looking for an adventure? Well, hop onto the next taxi and visit Chandni Chowk.  Chandni Chowk street can offer you everything. From street shopping to scrumptious Halal food to beautiful Mosques, it is the best way to skip the routine attractions and explore the real Delhi.  It has the biggest spice market for your savory buds.  If you’re a street-food lover, you can also taste the different food varieties of Delhi in Chandni Chowk.    Bring Out Your Inner Animal Lover At National Zoological Park Image Credit: Shwetangi Gupta on Unsplash Address: Mathura Road, New Delhi Time: 9/9:30 to 4/4:30 (Open except for Fridays) Tickets: Rs. 200/each foreign visitor (above 12 years), Rs.100 (5-12 years) If you’re tired of exploring just history, visit the National Zoological Park. Here, you and your loved one can enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna from all around the world.  This park is home to more than 1,500 species of birds and animals. Some of the animals you can find here include zebras, hyenas, monkeys, and reptiles like snakes.  You can get a ticket for an electronic vehicle to properly tour around this park.    Experience the Spiritualism of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah Image Credit: IncredibleIndia Address: Boali Gate Road, Nizamuddin Delhi is a paradise for anyone trying to find themselves amidst the chaos of life.  Dating back to the 14th century, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is renowned for its Islamic style of architecture. In addition, it is also one of the best Sufi Dargahs to experience brotherhood, unity, and a sense of peace firsthand.  The best time to visit the dargah is on a Thursday evening, that's when you can have the chance to catch the Qawwali performances. These performances will definitely freshen up your mind, heart, and soul.   Treat Yourself With Halal Food Image Credit: Hamid Roshaan on Unsplash Being the food capital, Delhi has a lot of cuisines to offer. So, take a day off from visiting attractions and treat your inner foodie.  You can taste authentic and juicy Mughlai kebabs at various Halal restaurants like:  The Great Kabab Factory Kebabs & Kurries Karim’s Al-bake  Or, if you’re a coffee-lover, visit the various cafes in New Delhi offering delicious food. You can also try out Paranthas, Kulchas, and other such delicious regional food.    Fulfill Your Shopping Dreams Image Credit: Tarun Anand Giri on Unsplash Delhi is every shopper’s city.  Rajouri and Janpath have inexpensive clothes, perfumes, and jewelry so you can binge-shop without any guilt!  You can also visit shops selling homemade ice-cream and treat yourself in the summer heat of Delhi.  If you’re a book lover then you can find bookstores at Connaught place or Karol Baug. After all, what’s better than having huge bags of books?    Additional Tips Before Booking Your Flight Image Credit: Emily Rusch on Unsplash Here are a few tips to help you plan your New Delhi trip.  Due to COVID-19, the international flight availability to New Delhi might be reduced. However, the flights are resuming with strict measures. Some of the best international airlines for flying to Delhi are Emirates, Air India, and British Airways. Domestic airlines include Indigo, Spicejet, Vistara, etc.  The best time to visit Delhi is in the winter season (October to February) to avoid the summer heat.  Do not drink tap water. Instead, carry bottled water with you.  Consider packing loose-fitting clothes during summers and warm sweaters during winters.  Some of the luxury hotels are the Oberoi, the Leela Palace, and Taj Palace.  Transport facilities include Delhi metro, taxi services like Uber and Ola, and auto rickshaws.  People are friendly with English so there won’t be any language barrier.  Do not travel alone at night.  So, plan your tickets to New Delhi to experience this beautiful Indian city! You can also check out our other Muslim-friendly travel blogs to explore more options.  If you wish to know about Halal restaurants and other Mosques near you then install the Halaltrip Islamic Travel App!...



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