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  • 8 Things to do in Singapore this August

    August has always been filled with events year in year out. With National Day around the corner, August has always been known to be filled with events and the colors of the flag (red and white everywhere). Here are some things you can do in August 2020 where you can not only have fun but might even learn more about the little red dot. via GIPHY   National Day Parade One very obvious thing to do this August is to follow the events of the National Day Parade, with the parade being significantly different this year as compared to the previous years, it might be a new and interesting experience.  You can check out what NDP has to offer in more detail on our blog here. Image Source: Photo by Tomas Vyšniauskas on Unsplash   Bras Basah Light up Until the 30th of August 2020, the National landmarks in the Bras Basah Precinct and Civic District will be lit up in the colors of Singapore as part of the National Day Celebrations. With 60 original designs submitted by local artists, it makes for a very scenic and refreshing look to the all so familiar monuments. Lighting up over 10 national monuments and arts and culture institutions, it aims to show solidarity and celebration of the nation’s 55th birthday. Here is the list of monuments that will be lit up: National Museum of Singapore Cathedral of Good Sheperd CHIJMES The Armenian Church Central Fire Station National Gallery of Singapore The Arts House Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall Asian Civilisation Museum Esplanade Visit the National Heritage Board’s website for more details. Image Source: Image by 8days.sg   National Gallery National Gallery is currently offering a free 1-year insider membership which will give you unlimited and priority access to all the exhibitions. In addition, members also enjoy a 15% discount on shopping and dining. Do take note however that there are no halal food options found there.  Membership usually costs $30 for Locals and $60 for Standard so this is a great opportunity if you are interested in everything that is art or if you are just starting to dip your feet into the art scene. If you choose not to get the membership, the National Gallery will also be offering Free Admissions to all their exhibitions for the month of August. Visit the National Gallery’s website for more details. Image Source: image by Trip.com   Asian Civilisations Museum The Asian Civilisations Museum is having a number of events for the whole month of June. Ranging from online events where you and your family can learn more about different cross-cultural art. With this month’s focus on the Islamic Art Gallery: Bird Calligram by Yusuf Chen Jinhui, a Chinese Muslim Calligrapher. Visit the Asian Civilisation Museum’s website for more details. Image Source: Image by Joyce Fong from The Straits Times   Art Science Museum Discover what the future might look like at the Art Science Museum with 2219: Futures Imagines and Future World: Where Art meets Science exhibitions now showing at the museum. In addition to those, learn more about the Global Plastic Pollutions an exhibition by National Geographic. Visit the Art Science Museum’s website for more details. Image Source: Image by lifestyleasia.com   Zoom into History If you would rather stay home, why not learn more about the history of Singapore through talking artifacts on zoom (Yes, talking artifacts). This series, which will run all the way till National Day on 9th August, will take you through history through the lens of the artifacts. Visit the National Museum of Singapore’s website for more details.   Image Source: Image by National Museum of Singapore   Run for Singapore Runners get ready your running shoes, here’s a great way to relive those running events pre-COVID. To celebrate Singapore’s 55th Birthday, Asia Online Run is holding an online Running Challenge where participants can clock their distances with the help of running apps and pedometers. All in the hopes of achieving an accumulated distance of 55,000KM this year. Registrations close on 10th August. Visit spacebib for more details on the event. Image Source: Image by Spacebib on Facebook   Star Wars Virtual Run Southeast Asia Another virtual running event happening now till September is the Star Wars Virtual Run event. Similar to Run for Singapore, participants can clock in their distance with the help of running apps and pedometers. With a choice of 5.4KM and 40.0KM, finishers will be awarded a medal based on the distance and the side they choose to run for. Visit Star Wars Virtual Run website for more details. Image Source: Image by justrunlah.com Whether you choose to enjoy August online or offline, there are more things for you to do, especially since it is National Day month. You could even go Island-Hopping on the Southern Islands or go international with Virtual Tours from the different museums around the world. Just remember to always abide and practice the safety measures during this pandemic. Ensure adequate social distancing and always wear a mask when you are outside. Have fun! via GIPHY...

  • NDP 2020: 5 Things To Look Out For This National Day Parade

    Cover Image Source: Photo by Rogan Yeoh on Unsplash No live shows at the Padang this year? Well, they bring the parade to you! 9 August marks the 55th year Singapore gained independence. With the current virus situation, this year’s National Day Parade will especially be different than in previous years. With safety measures in place for COVID-19 and no tickets to the parade at the Padang, you won't be missing much of the festivities as there are plenty of things happening around the island. You can even catch them live in the comfort and safety of your home as most or all of the events will be broadcasted live on television and on Youtube as well. The theme for this year’s NDP is centered around bringing the crowd favorites such as the Mobile Columns, Flag Flypast, Jets, the Red Lions parachuting down, and of course the fireworks closer to the people. Most, if not all, the events are focused on paying tribute and showing gratitude to the healthcare and frontline workers who have continually put their lives on the line to keep others safe during these hard times. (Thank you all!) With all the things that are different in this year’s edition, it can be very easy to get confused with what to expect on the actual day itself. Luckily for us, the NDP committee has just recently released the schedule and locations to the public. Here’s what’s different about this coming NDP. via GIPHY   Mobile Column Happening at 10 AM to 1 PM islandwide This year’s mobile columns will cover the longest distance ever for any mobile column traveling into the heartlands. Covering all four corners of the island. A noteworthy point about this is that the mobile column will be going past several hospitals to salute the healthcare and frontline workers. Image Source: NDP 2020   Flag Flypast & Roar of Unity Happening at 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Another exciting change to the parade that is going to be a first this year will be the route taken by the Chinook, Apaches, and F-15SGs for the Flag Flypast and Jet flyovers, or as they call it the “Roar of Unity”. They will not only just fly over the Padang, but they will also make their way around Singapore as well. You’ll definitely hear them coming your way, so make sure to look out your windows to catch a glimpse of them flying by! Image Source: NDP 2020   Maritime Sailpast Happening at 11:00 AM To commemorate the country’s 55th birthday, a unique sail past with vessels from the Navy, Coast Guard, Civil Defence, and Maritime and Port Authority will be sailing past off the coast of Marina Bay. Image Source: NDP 2020   Red Lions Happening at 11:10 AM Get ready to “Ooooo”, the ever so popular Red Lions will be jumping off the planes and parachuting down into the heartlands at Sengkang and Jurong East. They will be landing near the Sengkang General Hospital and Ng Teng Fong Hospital as a sign of tribute to the healthcare workers and frontline workers. Image Source: NDP 2020   Fireworks Happening at 8:20 PM If you are like us, then the definite highlight of every National Day Parade will be the fireworks display, every single year. Whether you choose to see it live or even on the television, it serves as a great conclusion to the whole parade and celebrations itself. This year will be especially different as it has been announced that it will be set off in 10 different locations right in the heartlands. Even if it will be harder for us to get to see it in person (to get that great shot for Instagram), changing the norm might not be such a bad thing. Imagine seeing the fireworks right in the comfort and safety of your homes. The main point is, safety is still the top priority. The exact locations have been released by the NDP committee recently, here are 10 spots where the fireworks will be set off, which will mean that you can see the fireworks from around the vicinity - The fireworks are scheduled to go off at 8.20 PM islandwide. The locations of the fireworks as released by the NDP Committee are: Jurong Lake Garden Yew Tee Buona Vista Bishan Woodlands Sembawang Marina Barrage Ang Mo Kio Punggol Tampines Even if you do not live in these areas, these fireworks have been described as “High Level” Fireworks where they should be easily visible from afar. Image Source: NDP 2020   Safety is Still a Priority We cannot stress enough how important it is to remember to abide and follow the safety measures against COVID-19. If you are going out to see the different NDP events listed earlier, remember to practice adequate Social Distancing measures between one another and always wear a mask. You can also stay at home and watch it on television or over on Youtube, where all the events will be broadcasted live so you won’t be missing out on the festivities. Those are only some of the events that you will see during the National Day Parade on 9th August, with all that is happening for the parade, it will surely be a very different experience to the parades we normally see on National Day. Happy 55th Birthday Singapore! via GIPHY...

  • 10 Dishes You Can 'Travel to' Without Leaving Singapore

    Food is definitely an essential part of the traveling experience. In fact, we love to plan our itineraries around the food which we could taste at the intended destinations. Teasing our palates is a must for every journey. With the current situation, traveling overseas might still not be an option for us but that's not stopping us from "traveling" to these countries with our palates. We’ve identified 10 countries with a range of delicacies from the street to the fine dining experience for you to feast upon without even leaving Singapore.  via GIPHY 1. Hoeddeok in South Korea South Korea is definitely in most people’s bucket list. Apart from KPop, South Korea is also well-known for its food. One such interesting food that is a must-try is Hoeddeok. Hoeddeok can also be spelled as Hotteok. Hoeddeok is a pancake that is sweet with flavors like cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, and peanut. Hoeddeok is a popular Korean street food that is best eaten during the winter season. It is essentially flat, circular dough with fillings and is cooked on a griddle. This delicacy has a crunchy exterior and soft interior with an irresistible flavor.  Image Source: Mareena's Recipe Collection   2. Ramen in Japan A trip to Japan is definitely incomplete without Ramen. The oriental flavor of Ramen, a wheat noodles bowl served in a soy sauce or miso soup mixed with many kinds of ingredients would leave you feelings of warmth even hours after your meal. Typically, a Ramen has toppings such as green onion, slices of meat, egg, and seaweed; but the most important part of this dish is the soup. The rich and flavorful soup will leave you feeling very satisfied and maybe even crave for more of it. Check out our past videos and blogs on the different halal ramen shops here in Singapore. Goshin Ramen Ichikokudo   3. Roasted Duck Rice in Hong Kong  Apart from Disneyland, Hong Kong is a city that has a myriad of things to offer. One of them is their wonderful and delicious food paradise. One of the tastiest food in Hong Kong that we feel is worth mentioning is definitely the Roasted Duck Rice. The marinated crispy duck skin is enough to make you salivate! I highly recommend you to order side dishes with your duck rice that would be a great combination that would leave you tingling. Image Source: Banana Kayu on Instagram   4. Chilaquiles in Mexico Mexico is world-renowned for its exotic and mouthwatering cuisine. Food plays an important cultural role in the country as it is closely tied to symbolism and its festivals. Chilaquiles is an important dish to try in Mexico. It is a traditional breakfast meal consisting of lightly fried corn tortillas cut into quarters and topped with green or red salsa (the red salsa is slightly spicier). There are usually scrambled or fried eggs and pulled chicken on top. Additionally, a decadent amount of cheese and cream and a healthy dose of beans would make the essentials of Chilaquiles.  Image Source: BBC goodfood   5. Sour Fish Curry in Sri Lanka  Beautiful Sri Lanka not only has one of the most amazing train rides in the world, but it also has an array of tasty food that could entice you to settle down in that amazing country. Sour Fish Curry is a famous dish in Sri Lanka that is found in almost any restaurant along the street. Sour Fish Curry is not the usual spicy curry that is usually eaten in South East Asia. It is a creamy dish that is yellowish in color. The fish in the curry is cut into cubes, then sauteed in a blend of spices including black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, pandan leaves, and curry leaves. Perhaps the most important ingredient is dried goraka, a small fruit responsible for giving the fish a sour flavor. This mouth-watering dish is best eaten with rice.  Image Source: Island Smile   6. Chole Bhature in Delhi, India India is a country very rich with culture and warmth. You could head from northern to the southern part of India and discover plentiful and colorful cultures accompanied by amazing food to top it off. One incredible dish to eat in Delhi is Chole Bhature. At its core, chole bhature is a combination of two dishes: chole - a spicy chickpea curry, and bhature - a type of fried bread made with maida flour. Popular throughout North India, the dish was invented in Delhi in the 1940s. Image Source: Times Food   7. Lefse in Norway When you think of Norway, fjords, mountains, and a proud Viking heritage come to mind. Apart from Norway’s sheer beauty, it also has interesting delicacies. One unique delicacy to try in Norway is Lefse. Norwegians love this sweetened variety of the traditional soft flatbread with a cup of coffee. The flatbread is slathered with a blend of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, then meticulously folded or rolled and cut into portions that are easy to carry.  Image Source: Emma Christensen on Kitchn   8. Apricot Blatjang in South Africa South Africa is a country that is a must-visit for the adventurous soul. The beautiful outdoors would capture any adventurous person’s heart. On top of that, you could enjoy delicious meals while taking in beautiful sceneries in the outdoors. One such delicious food is Apricot Blatjang.  Apricot blatjang is a South African chutney made with dried apricots. It is the perfect condiment that goes well with cheese. Blatjang is the pride of Cape Malay-cuisine. Before changes were made for blatjang such as putting in apricots, dates, quinces, and raisins, blatjang was imported from Java. It was made from sun-dried prawns and shrimps, which were pounded with a wooden pestle and mortar and shaped into masses. In Malay, blatjang is spelled as belacan. Thus, for a rich cultural immersion, apricot blatjang is the dish to try.  Image Source: Diana Chistruga on The Spruce   9.Seafood paella in Spain  A trip to gorgeous Spain is incomplete without a seafood dish. One amazing seafood dish that is a must-try is Spain is the Seafood paella. The rich flavors would complete your visit to the Spanish beaches as the freshness in the seafood is not masked by the colorful and flavorful spices included in the dish. The seafood’s natural sweetness is complemented perfectly by the spices in the dish. The beautiful colors would also entice you to eat this tasty seafood dish.  Image Source: epicurious   10. Chocolate Souffle in France  Who does not love a decadent amount of chocolate? Well, one of the best chocolate desserts in the world has got to be the Chocolate Souffle that is found in France. French food relies on simple combinations of rich, natural flavors that come together to create unforgettable, internationally-renowned dishes.  Soufflé came from the French word “souffler” which means “to blow” or “to breathe” and it is a good description of this dish as it puffs up during the cooking process. The simplicity in its ingredients highlights the French’s simple and elegant characteristics. This delicious dessert is soft and fluffy, thus making you float as you explore gorgeous France.  Image Source: Expatica We hope that with this article, you were able to 'travel' to some destinations by looking at the incredible dishes each country has to offer. Happy eating! via GIPHY...

  • 7 Things To Do In Central Java After The Pandemic

    Welcome to New Normal! After a long recovery journey, finally, this world allows us to live with several adjustments! Covid-19 has locked us inside for months. Surely you need to catch a breath just to roll out. As your travel partner, how about a trip down to Central Java Province, Indonesia? This tropical country offers its wonderful sites to be visited in the New Normal Era. Some spots are now waiting for you, here are the 7 must-visit spots in Central Java Indonesia! via GIPHY Hortimart Agro Center Image Source: Picture by yearofthedurian.com This tourism destination is located in Bawen Regency which can be reached by around 1 hour by car from Semarang, the capital city of Central Java Province. Hortimart Agro Center is another escape to have a family trip! Hortimart offers a different travel sensation such as pick local fruit directly from the tree, shop for hand-picked fruit, and other fun agro-tourism activities. Let's find out more about Hortimart Agro Center! Agro Estate Hortimart Agro Estate Hortimart provides an estimated 27 ha of gardens with various organic fruits and vegetables. Uniquely, there are 3 huge rainwater reservoirs to irrigate the gardens. So, if you come in the dry season, Hortimart will still look green!  Agro Tour Hortimart Immerse yourselves by touring with an orange car available in Agro Tour Hortimart! A tour guide will explain the history of Hortimart, various fruits, vegetables, and others. When harvest time comes, you can go straight to the garden to pick ripe fruit. The kids have to take part in this and don't forget to pay after! Isn't it fun? Agro Mart Hortimart If you can't take an orange ride around the garden, do not hesitate to have a look at Agro Mart Hortimart. Take the fruits and vegetables you need freely on display or you can buy it up if you want! Agro Resto Hortimart After strolling around the garden, picking the fruits and shopping at the Agro Mart, it’s time to eat some healthy foods at Agro Resto. Most of the foods served here are vegetarian but still, it's mouthwatering!   Saloka Theme Park Image Source: Picture by Saloka Park  Welcome to Central Java Paradise! It is only one and a half hours’ drive from Semarang. Crowned as the listed destination in Wisata Pesona Indonesia and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Saloka Theme Park offers you 5 different worlds that are truly fascinating. This is the time to set you free to experience the miraculous of Saloka Theme Park with your family. Here there are 5 magnificent worlds for all ages that you must try! Zona Pesisir (Costal Zone) You will fall in love with this spot at first sight. It's designed identically like a beach. The breeze soothing you along the way. Not only embraced by the beach view, but also see some educating yet exciting attractions here, like Lumbung Ilmu Galileo (Science Center) to introduce your kids to the Hall of Famers from around the world, dive into History by visiting Zona Prasejarah (Pre-historic Zone) and Zona Bumi (Earth Zone), know more about living things in Zona Flora & Fauna, get familiar with Human Body in Zona Tubuh Manusia (Human Body Zone), and explore the remarkable Solar System in Zona Antariksa (Outer Space Zone). All those things you can joyously learn by pictures, writings, replica videos, and games! After educating yourselves, your brain probably needs some fuel to be awake! No worries, just go find Kafe Jenju right around there for some snacking! Pizzas and Donuts are available at reasonable prices. Place your orders then eat on the surfing board! Well, to boost your adrenaline, Cakrawala Ferris Wheel is a must ride! This 23m giant windmill brings you up and down for 15 minutes to enjoy the view of Rawa Pening Lake, Rice Paddies, and Central Java Mountains! The last attraction in Zona Pantai (Beach Zone) that you must visit is Arena Jejogedan & Kapal Jenju (Dancing Arena & Jenju Boat). Illuminated by the colorful lights completely embellishing the stage during the dance performances at night! Zona Balalantar (Balalantar Zone) Inspired by the wildwoods, this place will give you another sense of nature! Feast your eyes on the iconic Resi Waringin tree to welcome you to your Journey in Zona Balalantara! Just like Zona Pesisir, here you can find deeply enjoyable attractions such as Angon Ingon to get to know more about birds, fowls, turtles, rabbits, and other unique creatures, Agro Wisata Ijo Royo Royo to indulge your eyes with greeneries scene, mini cart in Safari Bocah to carry you around the Flower Garden and Mushroom House, challenge yourselves in the Haunted House Adu Nyali, play with water by riding Jamur Apung, stroll around from above by riding Kumbang Layang and try an agility game in Adu Tangkas. Make sure you don't miss any of them! Zona Kamayayi (Kamayayi Zone) Bring your kids here, you’ll never regret it! There are 7 attractions for you to choose from! It's completely suitable for children from 1 to 6 years of age. It serves a comfortable indoor playground. Your kids can try out Fire Station, Area Mandi Bola, Trampolin, and 12 other amusing games in Polah Bocah, a colorful sensational hanging bike that will make you feel as though you are flying around in Kupu Kupu spot, take a canoe ride through a replica of the polar ice caps in Pinguin, teach the kids to drive a car in Tata Titi, blast the penguins with water guns in Semprat Semprot, spin on the sea horse carousel in Komidi Kuda Laut, and the last stop of this area is Teka Teko, a gigantic teapot to relax in. The kids will definitely not mind spending all day here! Zona Ararya Get thrilled and scream out loud in this space! We’re sure that this is the most favorable attraction you are waiting for. Unleash the exhausting week by riding the spinning round plate that tickles your tummy in Bengak Bengok, feeling a sensation drop from 90 feet then pulling up at high speed in Paku Bumi, sitting on a drifting swing in Obat Abit, some other attractions you must ride before you leave are the Bumper Cars in Senggal Senggol and Sled in Lika Liku. Recharge your energy at Rimba Cafe and give a try to some mouth-watering dishes!  Zona Segara Prada  Comprising of culinary and amusement centers, this place is perfect for you to call it a day! Enjoy the savory Chicken Katsu at Kedai Daimami and play rapid river in Gonjang Ganjing or if you still up for some learning, head to Taman Galileo for some science facts outdoors.  We highly recommend this place as the best destination for the family. Don't forget to do some shopping at Saloka Art Market before leaving. No doubt, Saloka Theme Park will be a memorable experience!   Semilir Eco Park Image Source: Picture by Warisan Indonesia on Instagram One of the trending tourism destinations in the Central Java Province, Dusun Semilir is a one-stop destination for both locals and tourists. Imitate the stupa of Borobudur Temple, this site offers you lots of attractions to explore like a playground, photo spots, local cuisine, shopping, mini zoo, European village miniature! Semilir Eco Park is supposed to be the favorite culinary resort in Semarang. No wonder there's a culinary zone that makes everyone drool! They're Gunungan Resto, Teras Gunung, and Gunungan FoodPark. It provides you a place to gather with family or business associates while enjoying a view of the five mountains. You will also get to experience a vast food paradise zone with local food counters!  Besides the local restaurant, this spot also preserves some animals in a mini-zoo called the Pet Village! You can get here by walking or riding a mini car. Despite still being under construction, you will still be able to visit the European village miniature! Feel free to take photos in every corner of this site. The pastel colors of the home will make yourselves look chic!  Just like any other tourism destination, Semilir Eco Park facilitates you with a large shopping center. You can find Batik, Home Decor, Local handicraft, Classic Households, Bags, Accessories, and Snacks! So exciting it deserves to be on your bucket list right?!   Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park Image Source: Picture by Kopeng Tree Top Standing in the middle of Pine Forest, Kopeng Tree Top Adventure Park is the best place for the family to have an adrenaline-rushing adventure! It's designed from tree to tree to get on multiple different levels. It's a fairly exotic place where both children and adults find agility games or go camping. Here’s what you will find there! Outbound Treetop Another outdoor activity that challenges you. It offers you Zipcoaster, Skiban, ATV, Caving, Pottery, and Team Building. The players will be fitted with safety harnesses first, so it's safe! Camping Kopeng Tree Top gives you 3 thematic options for some modern camping! Star Camp can be occupied a maximum of 3 people that take up camping concepts. Get free breakfast and a 50% voucher for Tree Top Games. Family Camp suitable for a family. You'll get VIP facility like breakfast, dinner BBQ, bonfire, bathroom, heater, 50% voucher of Tree Top Games, and Zorbing Games. And the luxurious VVIP camp is called by Glamping Camp, it accommodates up to 6 people with 2 room types. It has a private garden and an aesthetic pond. Other facilities you'll get are Breakfast, lunch, coffee break with 2 kinds of snacks, coffee, tea, and dinner BBQ, bonfire, heater per room, and free entrance all games. No need to wait, book your camping room now! Having Lunch at Treetop Sky Resto A unique Tree Top Sky Resto is the most crowded spot. Even if you only wanted to snack on some fries here, you need to fill out the waiting list first! While waiting, you can capture lovely moments around! No wonder there are visitors going up here only to take pictures for its enchanted nature.   Umbul Sidomukti  Image Source: Picture by Umbul Sidomukti Located in the Ungaran Mountain area, the main charm of this family destination is the swimming pools of fresh natural springs water! You will engage in a variety of activities such as swimming, outbound activities, lodging, camping, and gathering. Here are the listed activities that might suit you! Swimming at Taman Renang Alam Feel the cool freshwater by swimming here! The visitors claimed swimming in these natural pools is like swimming in the clouds. It's located on the hillside so that you can see clouds and rolling hills! Sightseeing at Umbul Sidomukti Flanked by two ravines and surrounded by green landscapes you will feel a calm atmosphere, far away from the urban frenzy! It's the best site to witness the sunrise while seeing the peak of Ungaran Mountain. You will never get enough of these breathtaking views! Umbul Sidomukti Outdoor Attractions Experience the adventurous side of Umbul Sidomukti by engaging in these outdoor activities available for you to pump get your adrenaline pumping! You can try the Flying Fox, Marine Bridge, Highest Triangle, and Sepeda Awang. Stay at Umbul Sidomukti Resort Want to stay longer in Umbul Sidomukti? We got you two references! Choose either the Villa Pondok Kopi or Homestay Pinus to stay with family, friends, or honeymoon with your loved one. You should know that both of them are impressive!  For coffee lovers, you can sit and relax at Pondok Coffee Umbul Sidomukti. Sip a cup of coffee and encounter a super beautiful region, only in Umbul Sidomukti!   Celosia Flower Garden Image Source: Picture by Taman Bunga Celosia on Instagram Famous with its artificial landmarks, Celosia Flower Gardens is one of the recommended sites around Ungaran Mountain. Who could resist exploring with the mountainous views here? We listed you what to do in Celosia Flower Garden. Let's jump to it! Coloring Your Instagram Feed Visit the flower garden area where you won't run out of photo spots! Every corner of the park enshrined in its moment. Capture the sophisticated Hobbit House, Floating Chair, and Air Baloon with family or friends! Being a flower garden, there are lots of varieties of flowers, all well preserved and blooming beautifully for your eyes to snap them! Having a World Tour at Artificial Landmarks  This place is truly mind-blowing. Celosia Flower Garden grants your dream of traveling around the world all in one place! You can go to multiple continents at once. Meet the iconic Eiffel Tower from France, the Merlion from Singapore, Windmills from Holland, the Face Heads of Easter Island, and the Stonehenge miniature from the UK. A great opportunity to take some pictures with your family or friends!  Fill your social media feeds with instagrammable photos. Especially if you are a fan of everything that is Korea, you can rent a Korean Hanboks and take some pictures with the Cherry Blossoms!   Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory Image Source: Picture by bekti_s on wikimapia Integrating the concept of education and natural tourism into one area, make sure to check out Cimory Restaurant and Milk Factory! The natural beauty shown in Cimory is dominated by a variety of green plants and animals. See turtles, deers, birds, rabbits, cows, and many more! On another side, you can also see the variety of vegetables growing flourish in the area! Recently, Cimory promotes its brand new spot named Mini Mania Cimory! You can hunt for photos with well-known landmarks in the world such as Stonehenge, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Pisa Tower, Liberty Statue, and Pyramid. It doesn't stop there. We highlighted the best place for foodies. Cimory Restaurant serves both local and western yummy foods to satisfy your hungry tummy! All dairy products are worth trying. You can go to Cimory Store to stock your dairy needs there. It sells Yogurt, Milk, and Chocolate or if you still want to eat savory foods at home you can grab frozen sausages, steak, and many more! You will never regret spending your weekend here. As a suggestion, you should reserve a table beforehand to ensure you have lunch peacefully cause It might be crowded at any time! The holidays are coming! Pack your bags and plan a trip down to see wonderful Central Java Province, Indonesia! Don't forget to mention HalalTrip on Instagram if you visited those places above. via GIPHY...

  • 6 Singaporean Island Getaways without a Passport

    Itching for a getaway or a day trip over the long weekend? With Phase 2 in effect, you can island-hop without a passport right here in Singapore! Did you know that Singapore has 63 islands, including natural and man-made islands? These gorgeous islands have plenty of activities and attractions that you can enjoy while still maintaining safe distancing. Fun fact: Did you know that Singapore used to own Christmas Island that we now know belongs to Australia? We have more places to explore in Singapore than we think! Why not be a tourist in your own country during this period to satisfy your wanderlust? Here are 5 offshore islands you can visit over the weekends without a passport. via GIPHY   Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat Image Source: Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Looking to have a serene and romantic beach getaway on an island that is NOT Sentosa? Lazarus Island is exactly what you are looking for. Known as Singapore’s best island escape, Lazarus Island overlooks a beautiful lagoon with white sands that are perfect for an unforgettable day out. You can take a romantic stroll and dip your toes in the sand or swim in the glittering turquoise waters. This 800-meter stretch of beach is perfect for a picnic with your loved ones and to celebrate any special occasions. Plus, you can be assured that you are safe distancing at this beach as the island is usually not plagued by crowds. To get to Lazarus Island and Pulau Seringat, take an $18 round-trip ferry from Marina South Pier to St John’s Island. Upon disembarkation at St John’s Island, turn left to walk across the causeway connecting these islands.   St John’s Island Image Source: Singapore Press Holdings If you are planning to visit Lazarus Island, you might as well explore St John’s Island as the ferry will disembark here. This island has a very interesting history that history buffs would appreciate. St John’s Island was once a quarantine station for cholera patients, lepers, and unwell immigrants that were headed to Singapore during a period where cholera was spreading throughout the archipelago. Visiting the island during this period of Phase 2 would perhaps make you think a bit more about how Singapore has grappled with diseases over the years. Don’t let its history put a damper on your mood – St John’s Island now offers a nice slice of nature with one of the cleanest lagoons for swimming out of all the other offshore islands. You can take a relaxing dip around the shores or go snorkeling to explore the marine life with its colorful corals. You can also go on a trekking route where you can catch a breath-taking skyline view of our mainland. You will find even more amenities on this island than Lazarus Islands such as chalets or bungalows that you can rent to stay overnight. These chalets come with a kitchen and the campsites come with basic cooking amenities that are perfect if you want to have a barbeque party. To get to St John’s Island, take an $18 round-trip ferry ride from Marina South Pier to the island. For children, the round-trip ferry ticket will cost $12.   Coney Island Image Source: Sim Ding En at Wonderwall.sg Did you know that Punggol has its little island called Coney Island? Coney Island is located beside the Punggol Waterway and it was launched as part of the up and coming Watertown Punggol. It was planned to be developed into a commercial and residential area with a beach facing the Johor Strait. Fortunately for us, Coney Island has not been developed to be an urban jungle and still sports a remote and rustic ambiance. You can rent a bicycle from Punggol Jetty or Punggol Point and cycle your way from Punggol Waterway to Coney Island. Admire the scenic waterside view as you cycle on the promenade, you might even catch a glimpse of a wild otter if you are lucky. Birdwatchers, rejoice! There are plenty of brightly colored birds to admire at the natural forested walkways as you make your way to Coney Island. Once you reach the island, explore its hidden beach and the Lorong Halus wetland! Aside from cycling there, you can take Bus 84 from Punggol Interchange and alight at the northern end of Punggol Road. You can also take a taxi or drive to this northern end. From the northern end, walk across the walkway from Punggol Promenade Nature Walk to Coney Island. Opening Hours: Open daily; 7 am – 7 pm (Daily)   Pulau Ubin Image Source: NParks The most popular offshore island aside from Sentosa is Pulau Ubin. Pulau Ubin, which is Malay for “Granite Island” pays tribute to its history where granite quarries used to operate there back then. Here, you will be rewarded with a rustic version of Singapore where you will be surrounded by the lush greenery, mangrove swamps, a tranquil sea, and one of the last remaining kampungs in Singapore. Rent a bicycle and cycle to Chek Jawa Wetlands to admire the rural floral and fauna which includes a beach, mangroves, and the forest. Climb up the seven-story high Jejawi Tower to admire the jungle from above. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of hornbills and other wild animals. You can try out various biking trails such as the Ketam Mountain Bike Park, Free Ride Skills Park, and Dirt Skills Park, or try hiking at Pulau Ubin’s Puaka Hill. If you are headed to the island over the weekend, make sure to try out Maleh Café, a Muslim-owned establishment, near the Pulau Ubin jetty which is only available over the weekends! To get to Pulau Ubin, take a $6 round-trip bumboat ride from Changi Point Ferry Terminal to the island.    Kusu Island Image Source: lifeguide.sg Also known as Tortoise Island, Kusu Island is a popular site of pilgrimage as it housed the famous Da Ba Gong temple and three keramats (gravesite of saints). Two major pilgrimages are made to these sites every year. Did you know about the old legend of Kusu Island? The legend goes that there was a giant tortoise that miraculously turned into an island to save a Malay and Chinese men who were shipwrecked. To show their gratitude, it was said that these men built a temple and a shrine in honor of the tortoise. You will also find tons of tortoise statues around the island. Make sure to visit the tortoise sanctuary where you can watch these reptiles in action! There is also a beach and lagoons that you can dip your feet or swim in. Kusu Island is a place where multiple cultures and religions meet, making it a rich heritage site that you should visit at least once! To get to Kusu Island, take an $18 round-trip ferry from Marina South Pier to Kusu Island. The ferry will have a stopover at St John’s island first before it heads to Kusu Island. Image Source: Singapore Island Cruise and Ferry Services Who says you can't travel and satisfy your wanderlust in Singapore? There is more to Singapore than our busy cityscape and the glitzy Sentosa Island! Have an enjoyable getaway or a day trip at one of these offshore islands and experience the many tranquil beaches, glittering lagoons, rich culture and heritage that they have to offer! But make sure to always wear a mask when you are out and about, and remember to practice safe distancing! If you are planning to explore these islands, use this Singapore travel guide to island-hop without a passport! 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