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  • 8 Best Uniquely Singapore Souvenirs

    When we travel around the world, we tend to think about souvenirs, either for ourselves or for others. Indeed, we cannot buy memories but this is the closest we can get to remember the moments. Often, finding a souvenir is always challenging for me. As much as I want, I wouldn't want to stick to the typical keychains and magnets. I remember dedicating one day of my itinerary just to accommodate in finding souvenirs. As we all know, the traveling ban will be eased soon. Singapore will soon be opening its border to other countries and welcome its visitors. As such, let us list down the souvenirs that you can find in Singapore. It's not the typical keychains and magnets, but these are the items that spell Uniquely Singapore.   1. Merlion Plushie Image Credit: Naiise Forget about the Merlion statue and get the Merlion plushie instead! This mythical creature with a lion's head and fish's body is Singapore's national symbol, thus making it a Uniquely Singapore souvenir.Head down to Naiise to get your hands on these cute little furry plushies. They have several collections of the Merlion Plushies, which make you want to sweep them off the shelves because of its cuteness.   2. Instant Food Image Credit: Prima Taste I am not talking about just any instant food but I am referring to Singapore's flavor here. There might be some flavors that are unique in Singapore, like Chili Crab and Laksa. How about bringing these flavors back home to share with your family and friends? Or maybe, savor them on one of those days that you missed the taste of Singapore.Instant noodle brands like Prima Taste or Myojo have an array of Singapore's flavor that you can savor and the best thing is that they are Halal-certified. You can find flavors like Thai Tom Yum and Mee Soto Ayam. Another Halal instant noodle or food brands that you can look out for is Koka. Buying instant noodles and food is not that difficult as you can pop by any supermarket to get them. The only thing you need to worry about is the bulky packaging and if they can fit in your luggage.   3. Local Sauce / Paste Image Credit: Hai's Website If you feel that instant food and noodle is too bulky and will take up space in your luggage, how about some local sauce or paste? These ready-to-cook sauces are hasslefree and let you achieve the authentic flavors.Similar to instant noodles, you can get these local sauce in any supermarket. Brands like Hai's have ready-to-cook sauces and instant pastes. What's more, Hai's is certified Halal. Once you're back home, you will never have to miss the flavor of Singapore with the availability of Laksa and Chili Crab flavor in their products.   4. Local Snacks Image Credit: shopback It is no doubt that certain sweets and snacks bring about nostalgia. When I was younger, I always munched on that Animal Biscuit or ripped the sugar icing off the Ais Gem biscuit, leaving the biscuit aside. These snacks made up part of our childhood, and it's what makes it Uniquely Singapore. You may be lucky to find any of these snacks at any convenient store but I believe you can only find them at certain stores.Biscuit King is one of the stores that you can head down to. Located along Upper Thomson Road, it's worth visiting to get your snacks and get the taste of nostalgia. You can also find sweets and preserved fruits apart from assorted biscuits. According to their websites, the listed snacks are certified Halal. Do check on the specified snacks before purchasing.   5. Golden Duck Image Credit: Golden Duck on Facebook While we are still on the topic of snacks, let me introduce you to the snacks that have been raving in Singapore. If you are already familiar, the salted egg yolk trend is still booming in Singapore. With most delicacies and food being fused with salted egg yolk, it is no surprise that you can see them everywhere.Golden Duck has produced very addicting snacks and that is the Salted Egg Fishskin and the Salted Egg Potato Ridges. You might also be tempted to try their Sichuan Mala flavor and Chili Crab flavor. It is easy to spot the Golden Duck brands on the shelves of any supermarket and the best thing is that they are certified Halal.   6. Traditional Dresses Image Credit: Kai Pilger on Unsplash Being a multinational country, you will be able to experience the uniqueness of each culture in Singapore. When we talk about culture, we can definitely not forget about their traditional dresses. Walk along Chinatown and you will be able to find Cheongsam. Head down to Little India and you will be able to get Saree. If you want to find Baju Kurung or Baju Melayu, Geylang has an array of collections that can leave you spoilt for choices.Getting a traditional dress might be a little off the budget but I feel that it is a great souvenir item, either for yourself or someone close to you. The textile and material are representing the culture back in the country. Therefore, making it a unique and meaningful collection of souvenirs.   7. Vanda Miss Joaquim Products Image Credit: Singapore Botanic Gardens Shop Vanda Miss Joaquim is known to be the national flower of Singapore. It is a hybrid orchid, also known as the Singapore Orchid. Of course, getting your hands on any Vanda Miss Joaquim products will serve as the perfect memorabilia of Singapore.You can find a wide range of Vanda Miss Joaquim products in the Garden Shop at Singapore Botanical Garden. You can find scarves, cushion covers, and even umbrellas with the Vanda Miss Joaquim prints. Don't forget to check out the collections of Orchid teas too!   8. Keychains Image Credit: Starbucks Singapore Okay, let's be real. Sometimes, you just ran out of ideas, or you just ran out of time to get your souvenirs. To be honest, I am a keychain collector and I find that it is nice to have a keychain display of every country that I visited before.If getting a keychain with just a 'Singapore' word printed onto it is mainstream, how about a miniature Merlion keychain? Head down to any Starbucks outlets in Singapore to get your hand on their cute Merlion Bearista keychain. This keychain is sculptured to the Merlion's shape, making it unique from other keychains that you can buy elsewhere. There you have it! 8 ideas for souvenirs that you can find in Singapore. These souvenirs are totally Uniquely Singapore and will definitely be the perfect memorabilia for your trip to Singapore....

  • 7 Best Nasi Ambeng Delivery and Restaurants in Singapore

    I was one who wasn't able to recognize traditional / Asian cuisines involving rice. Back then, I thought Nasi Ambeng was the same as Nasi Padang as they both contained assortments of dishes accompanied by white rice. But Nasi Ambeng has fixed dishes, namely beef or chicken rendang, sambal goreng (spicy stir-fried tofu, long bean, and tempeh), and serunding (sauteed grated coconut). The notable dish for Nasi Ambeng for me is the Bergedel and Fried Beef Lungs, which probably the reason why I am looking forward to feast on Nasi Ambeng these days. Might even get some Nasi Ambeng delivery.   What is Nasi Ambeng? Nasi Ambeng is a Javanese cuisine, typically, Nasi Ambeng is served in a large dulang (tray). With the white rice being surrounded by the various dishes, the platter of Nasi Ambeng is shared among four or five people. It was common to see this delicacy being served in a kenduri (a feast after a religious ceremony), encouraging bonding and togetherness over a meal.   Nasi Ambeng Delivery & Restaurants Of course, we wouldn't be expecting to eat in a platter and share them with the others in this period. But this doesn't mean that you are not able to enjoy them. Here is the list of the best Nasi Ambeng that you can find in Singapore. Information is correct at the time of writing. As Singapore is currently in Phase 2, do adhere to the rules and regulations of dining in a restaurant to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.   Coba Coba Image Credit: Coba Coba Facebook When it comes to good food, one wouldn't mind traveling as far to get them. With only one outlet available in Yishun, I can assure you that your traveling time is worth it! Coba Coba serves Indonesian cuisines that are not limited to Nasi Ambeng. Either you are going to savor it alone or with some other people, you can choose among the available platters available. As the sharing of food is not advisable at this point in time, you can opt for the Nasi Ambeng Bento Box. For only $12.90, it is one of the great alternatives if you are planning to treat your family, friends, or even your company without the need to go out in a big group.Price: From $10.80Address: 156 Yishun Street 11 #01-106 S(760156)Operating hours: 8 am - 9 pm, Mon-SunDelivery: Available in FoodPanda (limited menu) and official websiteWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   Padi@Bussorah Image Credit: Padi @ Bussorah Nestled in Bussorah Street, you can find a restaurant serving authentic Malay dishes called Padi@Bussorah. Its restaurant has a great ambiance to hang out with friends or colleagues after work. Choose from a solo platter to platters for 5 people. You can expect to savor dishes like Ayam Lemak Chili Padi, Sambal Goreng, and Sambal squid. It will definitely leave your stomach happy and heart satisfied.Price: From $16.90Address: 53 Bussorah St, S(199469)Operating hours: 11 am - 10 pm, Mon-SunDelivery: Through the official website (Bento and Ala Carte Ambeng dishes)Website | Facebook | Instagram   My Spice Affair Image Credit: My Spice Affair My Spice Affair is another restaurant serving authentic Malay dishes, mainly focusing on Malacca recipes. From a warung hawker stall at Jalan Kayu and Seletar back in the 1970s, today you can savor these flavourful dishes at Aperia Mall. The store serves Nasi Padang in the day and Nasi Ambeng from 5 pm onwards. Three sizes are made available to cater to your crowd size. The dishes are not limited to Ayam Lemak Chili Padi, Beef Rendang as well as Sambal Cuttlefish. The Spice Affair has an option for Ambeng Light, an even smaller portion than Ambeng Solo, suitable for those with a smaller appetite.Price: From $8.80Address: 12 Kallang Ave, Aperia #02-11 S(339511)Operating hours: 10 am - 9 pm, Sun - FriDelivery: Through the official websiteWebsite | Facebook   Hajjah Mariam Cafe Image Credit: Hajjah Mariam Cafe Facebook Tucked in the basement of Westgate Shopping Mall, Hajjah Mariam Cafe caters to local Malay Cuisines. But it is best known for its Nasi Ambeng as people from every part of the island will flock in to enjoy them! For every size of the platters, you can choose between the standard or premium, where the latter contains additional brinjal and cow lungs. Their Dulang Ambeng-On-The-Go is perfect for enjoying the great food at home. It is also the best option if you stay quite far from Westgate mall and don't want to travel.Price: From $8.50Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #B2-08 Westgate Shopping Mall, S(608532)Operating hours: 10 am - 9 pm, Mon-SunDelivery: Through calls (Number available on its official website)Website | Facebook   Pu3 Restaurant Image Credit: Pu3 Facebook Do you know about the existence of a restaurant serving local Malay cuisine just another street behind 313 Somerset? Well, I wasn't aware of it too, and now I have an additional choice of Halal eateries when I'm in town. You can choose between chicken, beef, or cuttlefish for its solo Ambeng platter. You should also try their Tahu Telor, a fried egg, and tofu dish topped with ground peanuts, sweet sauce, and petis. Pu3 Restaurant also open orders for Ambeng Bento exclusive for any solemnization event.Price: From $9.80Address: 111 Somerset Road, #02-20 TripleOne Somerset S(238164)Operating hours: 11 am - 8 pm, Mon-Thu; 11 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sun & Public Holidays.Delivery: Through the official websiteWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   Istimewa Nasi Padang Image Credit: Istimewa Nasi Padang Facebook Istimewa Nasi Padang is a Muslim-owned stall located in the area of Bukit Merah. This store has been featured numerous times in media and food blogs. Recently, Istimewa Nasi Padang was also rated as the top 3 best Malay restaurants in Bukit Merah. Their Nasi Ambeng is available in two sizes; Nasi Ambeng Half and Nasi Ambeng Full. Both of which contains 12 kinds of dishes in a platter. Apart from Nasi Padang and Nasi Ambeng, Istimewa Nasi Padang caters to Signature Bento Set, suitable for corporate events or meetings.Price: From $28Address: Blk 28 Hoy Fatt Road, S(151028)Operating hours: 6 am - 3:30 pm, Mon-SatDelivery: Through the official website or calls (Number available on its Facebook page)Website | Facebook   Nasi Ambeng Asli Jurong West Image Credit: Nasi Ambeng Asli Jurong West Facebook Nasi Ambeng Asli Jurong West is a Halal caterer in Singapore. With numerous excellent reviews, it is no doubt Nasi Ambeng Asli Jurong West has been providing good food and services. Their Nasi Ambeng is available for 1 pax, 2 pax, or 4 pax. As for the 1 pax set, you can choose between beef or chicken as one of the main dishes. They concurrently have online orders for their Nasi Ambeng, so do keep a lookout on their Facebook page for order slot.Price: From $8Delivery: Through Whatsapps (Number available on its Facebook page)Facebook | Instagram   There you have it! The best Nasi Ambeng you can find in Singapore. If you have yet to settle for your lunch or dinner today, don't forget to check out any of these outlets and satisfy your stomach!...

  • 12 Best Reusable Masks in Singapore

    Gone were the days when we only donned the mask during the haze period. We are currently living in a new normal where wearing a mask is mandatory when you are leaving the house. Unlike the beginning of the global pandemic breakout, we can see boxes of surgical masks available in any store everywhere. If you are one who prefers reusable masks like me, the options in the market are vasts. Not only are they inexpensive, but they come in various designs and colors, becoming fashion wear for us. Personally, for me, reusable masks are much more comfortable to wear for a longer time. But what's more important, they are kinder to the environment and helps you reduce waste. If you are keen to try on some reusable masks, let us list down the best reusable masks that you can find in the local market.   1. Pomelo Image Credit: Pomelo If you are an avid online shopper, especially when it comes to clothing, you must be familiar with Pomelo. This fashion brand has different kinds of masks available, but the one I will be highlighting is the People+ series. They are designed with triple defense layers, which is suitable to keep you protected during this period. Fret not if you have sensitive skin as the inner layer of the mask is made from 100% cosmetic grade silk cotton. Various designs, ranging from florals and abstracts are made available.Price: $14.00, Free Delivery available on online orders.Website   2. Bewa Image Credit: Bewa Bewa is known for its Muslimah fashion from Baju Kurung to Baju Jubah. Bewa has also ventured out into designing its own reusable masks. Its designs and patterns don't only focus on floral but also Batik and lace. You may choose materials from cotton to satin, whichever you feel comfortable in. Not only are the masks beautiful and unique, but most of them also contained an anti-microbial filter to keep you protected. For those who are wearing Hijab, you should definitely check Bewa out as some of the masks are designed with head ties instead of earloop.Price: Starting from $15.00; Delivery charges starting from $3.80Location: Joo Chiat Complex, #03-1041/1043Website   3. ShieldMask+ Image Credit: ShieldMask+ ShieldMask+ is known for its high-quality masks. It is designed with 4 layers of protection and an adjustable strap to fit you perfectly. The simple designs make it suitable for both males and females. You can also protect the little ones as they have specially fitted masks for kids.Price: Starting from $18.00; Delivery charges starting from $5Website   4. Zalora Image Credit: Zalora Zalora must have been another popular online shopping site for you to source for apparel. You can find different kinds of clothing styles, the same goes for their reusable masks. Its ergonomic designs make it comfortable to wear. It contains a slit for filters that you can install it yourself to double the protection. Its solid colors are suitable for both males and females, or go for the pineapple design if you fancy!Price: Starting from $9.00Website   5. Ans-Ein Image Credit: Ans.ein The love for arts of two Singaporean mumpreneurs drove them to establish Ans-Ein, a wearable art. Each pattern on their apparel is unique, designed by various passionate artists. Similar to any other local labels here, Ans-Ein had added in the reusable masks as their line-ups. Their reusable masks are made with 3 layers of protection with an option to choose between the earloop strap or the head loop strap. You will be spoilt for choice to choose from the different designs available; solid colors, batik, or denim to name a few. You can also purchase their masks for a good cause as Ans-Ein has started on a project to distribute reusable masks to essential workers.Price: Starting from $5.00; Free normal deliveryWebsite   6. OliveAnkara Image Credit: OliveAnkara OliveAnkara patterns had been focused on African prints and fashions. The founder of OliveAnkara, Ifeoma, has introduced African inspired clothes here in Singapore and it can be beautifully donned on any woman. This same concept can be found on their reusable masks. Their pleated masks are available in kids' and adults' sizes. A pocket can be found on the reusable masks for you to fit in a surgical mask or filters for extra protection. Also, 10% of the proceeds will go to local charities!Price: Starting from $15.00; Free normal deliveryWebsite   7. Le Petit Society Image Credit: Le Petit Society You may have heard of Le Petit Society as they have a few outlets in the malls. Catering to clothing for children, their stylish yet comfortable collections are suitable for all. Their range of reusable masks doesn't only come in kids' sizes but also for adults. The double layers masks allow you to insert filter for extra protection. You can also request for names or initials embroidery at the bottom corner of the mask, adding a personal touch to it.Price: Starting from $10.00; Delivery charges at $5.50Website   8. MeowPrint Image Credit: meowprint.sg Have you ever wanted to customize your own reusable masks for your class or maybe for your company? MeowPrint is a company specialized in customizing fabrics like T-shirts and bags to name a few. Now, you can also customize your own reusable masks. From choosing the fabric colors to inserting logos, it is all made possible at MeowPrint. The price is attractive too for bulk orders, making it a perfect souvenir for your company.Price: Starting from $3.11 per pieceWebsite   9. Littleoddforest Image Credit: littleoddforest If you are into colorful, whimsical, and quirky designs, then Littleoddforest is for you. You can find animal-inspired designs like alpacas and even unicorns. Their reusable masks are not only designed for kids but adults likewise. These reusable masks are made up of 3 layers of fabric with pockets for you to insert your own filter. The best thing about the masks is the open-ended elastic bands, where you can adjust them according to your face size. If that sounds like a hassle to you, you can opt to add the rubber stopper at the end.Price: Starting from $22.90 for kids, $24.90 for adults; Free local deliveryWebsite   10. Uniqlo Image Credit: Uniqlo AIRism Uniqlo has no doubt been providing us with comfortable and stylish apparel for every occasion. As with any other brand label, Uniqlo has also produced their own lines of reusable masks. When it was first released officially in Japan, we had been wondering if we will be able to get our hands on them. The AIRism face mask is designed with a 3-tier structure, giving you comfort while getting you protected. Comes in a pack of 3, you can find them in most Uniqlo outlets or even purchase them online.Price: $14.90 for a pack of 3.Website   11. 1929Mask Image Credit: 1929Mask 1929Mask is known for its high quality, effective yet comfortable reusable masks. A Singaporean family has created a 3-ply reusable mask that is water-repellent and provides maximum protection. Its patterns are suitable for both males and females. For our Hijab sisters, don't forget to add in the mask extender to your cart when purchasing a mask here!Price: From $25.00; Free local deliveryWebsite   12. CYC Made to Measure Image Credit: CYC Corporate Label One of the most renowned tailors in Singapore, CYC Made to Measure has expanded its apparel lines to reusable masks. Its unique prints ranged from Singapore icons to solid colors and even Liberty London prints. All of the masks purchased come with a hydrophobic filter. They have all sizes available too, for both kids and adults. You can visit its two stores or order them online.Price: From $20.00; Free local shippingWebsite There you have it, the best reusable masks you can find in Singapore. You can always add some colors and prints to your everyday look while donning a face mask. It will also keep you protected during this pandemic period. Don't forget to also keep your distance when you are outside to help curb the outbreak. Stay safe!...

  • 9 Best Halal Mooncakes You Can Find Around Singapore

    [Updated as of 15 September 2020] Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar, and this year, it will fall on the 1st of October. Mid-Autumn Festival is notable all around Asia. You must be familiar with people carrying around lit lanterns during the festival. And of course, when we heard about the Mid-Autumn Festival, we know it is the season for mooncake too! For those who are not familiar with mooncakes, it is a round pastry filled with either red bean or lotus paste. Traditional mooncakes may also contain salted eggs. Today, you may not only find traditional mooncakes but you can see various flavors available from different vendors such as chocolate, green tea, and even durian. Even though we are not celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival, there is always no harm to learn about another culture. Most of the time, the best part is to try the food! Worrying that you couldn't try any mooncakes because they are not Halal? Fret not because some vendors offer certified Halal mooncakes and you can go all crazy with the variety of flavors. As the Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching very soon, we have you covered on the 8 best Halal mooncakes you can find around Singapore.   1. THREESACROWD Image Credit: THREESACROWD Cafe You might be familiar with this quaint cafe tucked in the heartlands of Tampines. Known for their Leegacy Ice Cream selections, delicious cakes and waffles, they are now adding Mooncakes on their list! Flavors include the favorites like Mao Shan Wang Durian Mooncakes to Mango Chocolat and Tropical Cheesecake, these offerings are definitely a different take on what Mooncakes traditionally taste like. The idea of ice cream filled snowskin mooncakes slowly melting in your mouth makes it more than worthy for you to give them a try! Pre-order ends on 25th September and the Collection period for these mooncakes are from 5th September to 4th October. Prices: Box of 2: Ice Cream Mooncakes from $36 Website   2. Bread Garden Image Credit: Bread Garden Bread Garden is a Halal-certified bakery with four branches available in Singapore. You may find snacks and desserts like buns, cookies, and cakes to name a few. Bread Garden caters to special occasions like birthday cakes or wedding cakes also not to forget festive desserts like pineapple tarts and mooncakes.Bread Garden offers both traditional baked skin and snow skin mooncakes. With various flavors available, I’m sure you will be spoilt for choices. One of the mooncakes lists that caught my eyes is the MSW Durian, a snow skin mooncake with creamy Mao Shan Wang (MSW) durian filling. It’ll definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. You may also find flavors like Royal Milk Tea, a flavor for all boba milk tea lovers, and Lychee Roselia. If you feel that the outlets are inconvenient for you, fret not because delivery is available for your online order. So, add all those mooncakes into your cart and check them out!Prices: Single baked skin mooncake starting from $9.50 | Single snow skin mooncake starting from $11 | Box set starting from $39 Website   3. Four Seasons Durian Image Credit: Four Seasons Durian If you are looking for all flavors durian, then you can never go wrong at Four Seasons Durian. At Four Seasons Durian, you can find every pastry infused with Durian, ranging from cakes to bread. Of course, their mooncakes are not being left out from Durian flavors.The mooncakes at Four Seasons Durian are only available in snow skin. Either you choose between the D24 Durian or the Mao Shan Wang / MSW Durian, I am sure you will enjoy the rich and creamy flavor of the mooncake. Unfortunately, they don't come in a single piece. But the best thing is that you can get it delivered upon placing an order online.Prices: Set starting from $60 Website   4. Eatzi Gourmet Bakery Image Credit: Eatzi Gourmet Bakery Eatzi Gourmet Bakery is another Halal certified bakery that made it to our list. It was used to be known as Jack's Cake House before obtaining Halal certificate. Eatzi Gourmet Bakery specialized in customized cake and dessert tables for all sorts of occasions.Eatzi Gourmet Bakery offers mooncakes of traditional baked skin. They have 3 varieties of white lotus paste fillings; Single yolk, double yolk, and macadamia nuts. You can never go wrong with the simplicity flavors offered. Similar to any other vendors up in this list, you can place the order online, and either opt for self-pickup or have it delivered to your place.Prices: Single pieces starting from $9.35 | Box set starting from $18.28 Website   5. Primadeli Image Credit: Primadeli Primadeli is a bakery that might not be foreign to any of us. With several outlets available all around the island, I am sure it is easy to spot one near you.Primadeli mooncakes are known for their contemporary flavors. They housed both traditional baked and snow skin mooncakes. Their snow skin mooncakes are very attractive and colorful, offering new flavors this year like Peach Cranberry and Apple Cheese. There is a minimum order requirement for their home delivery. So, if you happened to stumble upon a Primadeli branch, don't forget to get your mooncake craving fix!Prices: Box set starting from $51.80 Website   6. Swensen's Image Credit: Swensen's Did someone say ice cream mooncakes? Probably the odd one out of the list, Swensen's offered mochi snow skin mooncakes with a variety of ice cream fillings. With 7 different flavors made available, these ice cream mooncakes will transport you to a whole new world from your normal traditional mooncakes.Each box of ice cream mooncakes contains 4 flavors. You may choose to get the preset box set or customized your own flavors. One of its flavors, Kueh Salat is inspired by a Southeast Asia dessert of coconut and pandan flavors. You might want to give the grapefruit flavor a try for a different experience. You may opt for delivery or self-pickup at your desired store upon checking for its availability.Prices: Box set starting from $39.80 Website   7. Yu-Ai Confectionery Image Credit: Yu-Ai Confectionery  If you are not in the rush to get your mooncake craving fix, check out Yu-Ai Confectionery. It is one of the leading brands in Malaysia and is certified Halal by JAKIM. They are well known for mooncakes when the Mid-Autumn festival is approaching.Yu-Ai Confectionery mooncakes are known for some of its less sweet mooncakes. Their official website featured all sorts of mooncakes, but alas, we could only dream about trying their lava mooncakes and snow skin mooncakes (as products are not feasible for overseas delivery.) Even so, you can still try their traditional baked skin mooncakes and the available flavors are vast too! I'm sure you will enjoy their Less Sweet Pure Lotus or their Less Sugar Pandan Sugar mooncakes. As their official website doesn't cater to online ordering, you may head down to Shopee to order them through a seller. It will definitely worth the wait!Prices: Single piece starting from $9.27 Delivery rate around $1.70 Website | Shopee   8. Duria Image Credit: SAYS From its name, you must have figured that it is another Durian paste mooncakes and you are right! Duria is one of the leading manufacturers in producing Durian products. Having said so, you should definitely try their mooncake offerings.Nothing can beat the creamy and thick filling of the MSW Durian puree in a snow skin mooncake. You can either go for the authentic MSW Durian flavor or try their Pandan MSW flavor. Do take note that only certain products are certified Halal. Therefore, do check from time to time when you want to purchase them online. Here's one of the local Shopee sellers that you can get the mooncake from.Prices: Box set at $48 (Self-pickup) Website | Shopee   9. DIY Mooncake Kit Image Credit: Instagram If you want to try something new this year and something special, how about baking your own mooncake? It may sound troublesome but it is something fun to do with the families and kids at home amidst this pandemic time.Each Mooncake Kit comes with everything essential to bake a mooncake. It also comes with a handy instruction manual for you to follow through. Once you get the hang of it, who knows you might want to try some other flavors and experiment more to create the best flavors! If this is enticing for you, you may find Chang'e's DIY Mooncake kit on Instagram at @changemooncake.Prices: Kit set at $20.80 Instagram There you have it! 9 of the best Halal mooncakes that you can find around you. One of the best ways to enjoy mooncakes is with a cup of piping hot tea. But nothing can beat enjoying them with families and friends, spreading joy, and spending some quality time with them! *Disclaimer: Please check on the halal status of the food when buying through reseller apps such as Carousell and Shopee. Information was correct at the time of writing....

  • 10 Best Virtual Experiences To Cure Your Wanderlust

    We all miss traveling, don't we? As we are still battling a pandemic worldwide, travel restriction has been prolonged (but it’s looking to be quite promising). And with stringent measures like social distancing and quarantine, one could only dream about traveling and seeing the world again. With advanced technology, the world has been brought closer to us. The existence of virtual travel experiences can cure part of our wanderlust. Not going to sugarcoat my words, seeing the actual thing is way better of course. As we are waiting for the world to heal and the situation to get better, here are the 10 best virtual experiences you need to check out to cure your wanderlust!   1. Marvel the Seven Wonders of the World Image Source: Photo by Fahrul Azmi on Unsplash I have always dreamed about exploring the Seven Wonders of the World, but let's be real. Spreading across different continents, I am sure there will be a lot of planning to do and the time to be allocated to explore every one of them. While we're in this phase, how about checking out this article from the New York Times? Listing down the Seven Wonders of the World, you can sit back and enjoy the 360 videos of the monuments. This includes The Taj Mahal and The Great Wall of China. With each video, you can also read brief information, adding up to your experience. 2. Ride around Japan on a Rickshaw! Image Source: Photo by Andre Benz on Unsplash The VisitJapan Youtube channel has plenty of travel videos that are worth watching to cure your wanderlust. Some of these 360 videos have been around even before the pandemic breakout. If you haven't check out any of these videos, then this is the time for you to do so.The Let's go Rickshaw series brings you around cities of Japan on a rickshaw! Even though the cities are limited, it is pretty much informative and exciting. Ride around Asakusa and witness the Sensoji Temple or watch the relaxing countryside of Oita at the comfort of your house. You can also enjoy the 360 videos of the Japanese culture, making you want to fly right away to Japan after the restrictions have been lifted. 3. Explore the Yosemite National Park Image Source: Photo by Aniket Deole on Unsplash Yosemite National Park is located in California's Sierra Nevada. It is known for its majestic waterfalls and its granite rock formation. Tourists have been flocking to Yosemite all year round regardless of the seasons. Even though we cannot hike the Yosemite for some time, let this website shows you the remarkable view that you shouldn't miss.The Virtual Yosemite website allows you to explore the national park without boundaries. Pan around the popular spots and read up on the brief descriptions to learn more. Relax by listening to the water gushing down Nevada Falls or be awed by the nature surrounding Glacier Point. 4. Enjoy the Aeriel View of the Zhangjiajie National Park Image Source: Photo by Matt Zhang on Unsplash Located in the Hunan Province of China, Zhangjiajie National Park was recognized as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The notable thing about this park is the pillar-like rock formation, making them look like they appear right out of a fantasy book. And it must be due to this that it became an inspiration for the movie Avatar.This Youtube 360 video will bring you through the Zhangjiajie National Park through a birds-eye view. Expect to see the Tianmen Mountain Temple and a glimpse of the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. You can also spot the Bailong Elevator, known to be the world's highest outdoor elevator. With an informative voiceover, the panoramic mountainous view will definitely take your breath away. 5. Explore the Active Volcanoes at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Image Source: Photo by Jack Ebnet on Unsplash The Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is surrounded by two active volcanoes, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. Currently, only a certain area of the park is open to the public, and some stringent measures are imposed due to the pandemic.When else will we get the opportunity to explore an active volcano? Not only will you be able to listen to the sound of the erupting volcanoes but also witness the volcanic landscape, including the lava tube. This video includes an informative guide that will make your experience more lively and exciting. 6. Learn on the constellations at Bryce Canyon Image Source: Photo by Peter Thomas on Unsplash Located in the Southwest area of Utah, Bryce Canyon is notable for its hoodoos landscape. Its iconic spot is the Bryce Amphitheater, showcasing the irregularly eroded hoodoos.Known to have the darkest night sky in Northern America, it is no doubt that Bryce Canyon is the best place to go stargazing. This video tour lets you witness the amazing night sky glittering with sparkling stars and learn on the visible constellations. 7. Watch the Live Cams of Various Animals in Monterey Bay Aquarium Image Source: Photo by Ganapathy Kumar on Unsplash Monterey Bay Aquarium might still be closed for the public due to the pandemic, but this doesn't mean that we won't be able to witness the sea creatures. Monterey Bay Aquarium is located in California and is known to be the first to exhibit the kelp forest.Currently, the Monterey Bay Aquarium provides live cams that you can watch in the comfort of your home. You can choose from various animals like the kelp forest, penguins and even sharks. Unfortunately, there is a timing for the live cams but during off-hours, you can still watch the pre-recorded videos of the animals. 8. More Live Cams from Georgia Aquarium Image Source: Photo by Tai's Captures on Unsplash Georgia Aquarium is located in Atlanta, United States. It homed various sea specimens like Beluga Whale and Manta Rays, to name a few.Similar to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you can watch live cams of the sea creatures. They too have timing for the live cams. As such, you can only watch the pre-recorded videos during off-hours. Check out the Beluga Whales and the Southern Sea Otters webcams. It will definitely melt your heart from its cuteness. You can also read up on the animal facts and learn about their habitat and characteristics. 9. Ride the Rides at Walt Disney World Image Source: Photo by Park Troopers on Unsplash Deprived of taking thrilling rides and visiting an amusement park? Then look no further than the virtual Disney World on Youtube. Even if you have visited this amusement park before or it is still in your bucket list, it is worth checking them out!Walt Disney is a theme park located in Florida, United States. With various activities and attractions found in this park, you will never get bored walking around (virtually). Its Youtube channel lets you experience the rides like Slinky Dog Dash of Toy Story Land and Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain to name a few. As Walt Disney World is near the city of Orlando, your virtual experiences do not only encompass the theme park. You should check out the Virtual Orlando Tour blog and check out attractions like Legoland and Madame Tussauds Orlando. 10. Fill Up Your Time with National Geographics 360 videos Image Source: Photo by Hiroko Yoshii on Unsplash We are all not foreign with National Geographics, known to bring us the documentaries and magazines surrounding topics about science, geography and even the world culture and history.There's no difference in the 360 videos that they produced, still informative and educative. But it will definitely bring about a new excitement while you scroll down the list of videos. Learn about the Coral reef and the effort to preserve them or get up close with the tiger sharks. When else will you get the opportunity to swim with them? If museums are more up your ally, check out our past blog "10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020", where we list museums around the world offering you a chance to visit them without being physically there. There you have it, the 10 best virtual experiences to cure your wanderlust. The time we can start to travel again is still bleak but these videos might cheer us up a little. I have to say that some of the videos are therapeutic, a getaway from the hectic life. Give it a try, and for sure you will enjoy it as much as I did....

  • Top 10 Things To Do in Langkawi

    Langkawi is known to be the gem of Kedah, famous for its pristine beaches, stunning natural landscapes, and local legends. Its weather is perfect all year round to settle for that beach trip you had been craving for (but heed our advice to bring along sunblock or sunscreen if you are afraid to be kissed by the sun.) Exploring Langkawi is convenient via rented vehicles but fret not if you don't have a license as it is easy to grab around. Apart from being a great beach destination, Langkawi is known to be a duty-free island, providing you the best shopping experience. Let's dive into the 10 things you can do in Langkawi! via GIPHY   1. Hop on the Langkawi Cable Car and walk on the Langkawi Sky Bridge Image Source: Photo by Ryan Chu on Unsplash Search for activities to do in Langkawi, and you will definitely see Langkawi Sky Bridge as one of the lists. Suspended at 2,300ft above sea level, you will be awed by the panoramic view of the surrounding islands and the greeneries of Mount Mat Cinchang.To get to the Langkawi Sky Bridge, you will need to get on the Langkawi Cable Car. Along the way, you can already witness the beauty of what nature has to offer. You may feel this is a very typical activity to do (even I thought so too), but the views are stunning and it is something not to be missed! 2. Explore Oriental Village Image Source: Photo by Dayang Bay Langkawi One will pass by Oriental Village when heading for the Langkawi Skybridge as the booth of the Cable Car is located here. But it is unfair to just leave this place without exploring. This open-aired themed complex housed restaurants and stalls selling souvenirs and craft items, to name a few.There are other activities that you can explore here such as the 3D Art Museum. During my trip, I've purchased my attraction ticket from Klook, and it was a great deal as I was able to visit the 3D Art Museum and the SkyRex. But my best discovery was the free rabbit farm where you can purchase food for the rabbit and feed them. I can literally spend hours being surrounded by those cute rabbits and play with them!   3. Take a dip at Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls Image Source: Polycarp Norbert Nyulin on flickr.com Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is also known as Seven Wells. It got its name from the seven pools which are situated in the higher area of the waterfall. To get to Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls, you need to climb up 638 steps but let me assure you that it is worth it! Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is ideal for swimming and picnicking. It is definitely the best rest point before heading back down.You can easily follow the road from Oriental Village to reach Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls. The distance made it easy to plan for my trip when I was there. There are two viewing points to the waterfall; the base of the waterfall already offers you a stunning view. But I feel it is unlikely to swim here though picnicking is fine. I remember climbing up to the higher area early in the morning, and there were already groups of friends and tourists enjoying the water. As we descended down, we came across more families on their way up and I should say that Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls is a famous spot for locals and tourists. There is also a hiking trail that will lead you to the summit of Mat Cinchang if you love hiking.   4. Enjoy the sun at Pantai Cenang Image Source: Photo by Jay Tun on Unsplash Pantai Cenang must have been the busiest beach on the island. Locals and tourists flock to Pantai Cenang to enjoy the sun and enjoy various activities available. Pantai Cenang is surrounded by hotels and resorts, making it one of the most convenient beaches to travel to.If you are looking for some water sport activities, Pantai Cenang is known for it. You can find vendors providing water activities like jet ski and paragliding. Stroll along the long strip of beach, discover cafe to quench your thirst and relax and hop between shops to get some souvenirs. Pantai Cenang is also home to the Underwater World, one of the largest aquariums in Malaysia.   5. Get up close with animals at Langkawi Wildlife Park Image Source: Photo by Steve Douglas on Unsplash If there is one thing that excites animal lovers, it will be the zoo. But Langkawi Wildlife Park isn't only just your typical zoo. You can experience a close encounter with most animals, including feeding them! It will be a great adventure if you are traveling with families or even with friends.I have yet to experience a feeding zoo before, so I was excited when I visited Langkawi Wildlife Park. Getting a bag of feed and studied what animals can and cannot eat was fun. You may also want to check from time to time on various activities that the park organized, like cuddling a raccoon or touching a snake.   6. Take a boat tour down Kilim Karst Geoforest Park Image Source: Photo by Makarios Tang on Unsplash There are a few boat tours that you can engage in when in Langkawi. Being the UNESCO World Heritage site and an important ecosystem in Malaysia, there shouldn't be an excuse for you to give Kilim Geoforest Park a miss!Kilim Geoforest Park is notable for its mangrove swamps and karstic hills. Not to forget, the various wildlife you can spot like monitor lizards, otters, and different species of birds. Boat tours' prices vary from vendor to vendor and whichever suits your need. Most tours will bring you to explore the mangrove forest, crocodile caves, and the bat caves.   7. Savor a plate of Nasi Dagang at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau Image Source: Nasi Dagang Pak Malau on Facebook It might be out of the way but having breakfast at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau will be a great start to your day. And as the place closes at 2 pm or when they sell out, we advise that you come as early as you can to avoid disappointment.Nasi Dagang was traditionally served with fish curry, but at Nasi Dagang Pak Malau, you can find different dishes like chicken curry and beef rendang. The rice itself is flavorful and aromatic, cooked with onion, ginger, and fenugreek seeds. At Nasi Dagang Pak Malau, it's not only about the food but also about the setting. Surrounded by paddy field with the backdrop of the mountain, this should be the right way to start your day!   8. Hunt for local food at the night markets Image Source: Langkawi.com Often, you may have heard that night markets are only on selected days or only on the weekends. But not in Langkawi. The night markets here are held every single day at different locations of the island. Operating from 5 pm onwards, you can find arrays of local vendors selling food, apparel, and even souvenirs.Personally, I love night markets and I am that person who would settle for food at night markets as my dinner or supper. Not only that they are inexpensive, but the choices of local food are endless. According to a local grab driver, the Kuah night market is the largest night market to compare to the rest. Check out the schedule of each night market and make sure to make a trip down!   9. Stay at The Temak Villa Image Source: Photo by Booking.com Correct me if I'm wrong, but most of us would love to stay near the city/town area for accessibility and convenience. It is something that I would look for in an accommodation when traveling, but it would be nice if it is away from the crowd too. The Temak Villa fulfills all these criteria, adding up to the marvelous customer service, nothing can stop you from booking a room here!The Temak Villa is located at Pantai Tengah, approximately 6 minutes walk to Pantai Cenang. Its location is strategic, close to most attractions in Pantai Cenang. At such an inexpensive rate daily, The Temak Villa has all the amenities you needed for a trip, not to mention that you get your own villa with a garden view.   10. Shop 'til you drop Image Source: Photo by Tobi Law on Unsplash I've mentioned earlier in the article that Langkawi is tagged as a duty-free island. But let me break it to you that you can hardly find branded goods here. Also, not all stores and shopping malls are duty-free so if you are particular on this, do check them before putting items in your cart!One of my best buy in Langkawi duty-free shops are chocolates and perfumes. Not only are they great for souvenirs but for your own personal use too. You can also find cookware, watches, and bags, to name a few. Just a word of advice, make sure you have enough luggage space and make sure to check on your country's custom duty regulations. Langkawi provides a laid-back trip to those who want to escape urbanization and modern town. Expect to indulge in the culture and local lifestyle here. Personally, I did enjoy my short trip here, exploring what the island has to offer. Langkawi should be on the list of your travel destinations, as I can assure you that you will have a unique experience here! via GIPHY...

  • 9 Honeymoon Destinations You Have Yet To Discover In Malaysia

    You must have heard that Malaysia is slowly easing its traveling restriction. Even though international travel has yet to be permitted, domestic traveling is possible. Thus, we can take this opportunity to discover the hidden gems in Malaysia. Who says that you need to go far for a honeymoon gateway? And if you think that Malaysia is not an ideal location for a honeymoon destination, you might want to reconsider that! via GIPHY Check out these 9 romantic honeymoon destinations in Malaysia! 1. Rawa Island Image Credit: Rawa Island Resort Skip the more popular islands like Tioman Island and Perhentian Island and head straight to Rawa Island to discover the pristine beauty of this island. This small island is located in the vicinity of Johor Bahru, despite its small size, there are plenty of activities to do here!In Pulau Rawa, you can book one out of the two resorts that are available here; Alang's Rawa Resort and Rawa Island Resort. Both would give you some of the best views of the vast sea and amazing packages for various water activities. If you're bringing kids, let them have fun at the water slides! Apart from water activities that you can do in Pulau Rawa, you can hike The Hilltop Walk, which only takes around 40 minutes. It's worth the effort and time once you reach the top because the panoramic view of Rawa Island is something you and your spouse shouldn't miss. 2. The Banjaran Hotsprings, Ipoh Image Credit:The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Ipoh on Facebook Ipoh is a city full of cultural trails and historical monuments. You and your spouse may choose to explore Ipoh because of its heritage, but what I want to highlight here is The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat will give you a one in a lifetime experience and a perfect choice for your luxurious honeymoon getaway. The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is Malaysia's first natural Hotsprings wellness. You can relax and enjoy nature here while being surrounded by limestone hills, rainforest, natural caves, and waterfalls. Explore the caves, visit the library, or take a dip in the geothermal hot spring. With the resort having about 45 villas available and no kids below 12 are allowed to stay, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat will guarantee you an intimate time with your spouse. Do take note that alcohol is served throughout the resort. 3. Mabul Island Image Credit: Tourmab Mabul Island is located in Sabah and is a popular destination for divers. But this doesn't mean Mabul Island is not for you! The aqua ocean and beautiful reefs will reel you in. If you and your spouse enjoy snorkeling and kayaking, then you should check out this island. Isn't it nice to be kayaking on a Molokini, a transparent kayak, and witness the underwater marine life? Definitely, a good alternative if you can't dive or snorkel. Once you have experienced the water activities, go ahead and watch the sunset with your spouse. Mabul Island offers you a great view of both sunrise and sunset. Another activity that you should do here is stargazing. With low light pollution, you can witness the Milky Way galaxy at night. What a way to end the day with your loved ones! 4. Bentong Image Credit: Ryan Chu on Unsplash If you are considering Genting Highlands as your honeymoon destination, you might want to check out Bentong instead. Located on the western side of Pahang, you can escape the hectic city life and enjoy what nature has to offer you here. Of course, the things that you should be looking forward to will be exploring nature. Known for its mountainous terrains, you may see yourself surrounded in greeneries. Enjoy the fresh air with your spouse at the Japanese Garden or picnic by Lentang Recreational Forest. When planning for a place to stay at, you should check out these Muslim-friendly resorts in Janda Baik; Chengal Hill Retreat and Fifty4Ferns. They only served Halal food and no alcohol allowed on their premises. 5. Serendah Another foresty destination you may want to consider is Serendah. This destination is best if you and your spouse are an outdoor person. Discover the beauty of Waterfall Forest Park Kanching. Be ready to hike through the 7 levels of Kanching Waterfall as the difficulty varies at each level. If you want to skip the hiking and head for adrenaline activities, there's dirt biking that you can try at Moto Maniac. Also, it is worth checking out Sekeping Serendah Retreats. Providing an eco-tourism accommodation, you can spend quality time with your significant others away from the bustling city life. Think about the greeneries and the meal shared under the stars, it will definitely leave great memories for both of you! 6. Kuching Image Credit: Farizal Resat on Unsplash Experience the beauty of what Kuching has to offer by renting a Sampan down the Sarawak River. Kuching is not only about the stunning waterfront, but also a city full of cultural and historical aspects. Go on a museum hop with your significant others like the Sarawak Museum. Discover places to shop at and dine in at the Waterfront after taking a relaxing walk. Also, don't forget to view the Kuching Mosque and marvel at its incredible architecture. As Kuching means "cat" in Malay, you should not miss out on the Cat Museum. To add up a little bit of adventure to your honeymoon getaway, how about hunting down the cat statues around the city? But let me break it to you that the city's name might not be derived from the Malay word. Then again, it is worth discovering all these cat elements around the city. 7. Malacca Image Credit: Tammy on Unsplash Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Malacca has so many to offer to everyone. Considering Malacca as your honeymoon destination won't be a disappointment. Explore the historical landmark with your spouse and discover various museums that you can visit. After a long day walking around the town, hopping from one museum to another, it's time to hunt down for food. And isn't it fun to hunt down food with your loved ones? Malacca has arrays of food stalls ranging from local, Westerns, Chinese to fusions. Beat the heat by getting your sweet tooth fix at Klebang Original Coconut Shake or Cendol Kampung Hulu. No matter how long you are planning to stay in Malacca, the choices of Halal or Muslim-friendly food are endless! 8. Lake Kenyir Image Credit: MOHD HAFIZ YAHYA on Unsplash Believe it or not, Lake Kenyir is a man-made lake, said to be the largest in Malaysia. Located in Hulu Terengganu, this destination is set for couples who love outdoor, and definitely those who are not scared of water. Fishing is one of the popular activities here as river fish has adapted to its ecology. You can also go for jungle trekking and caving and experience the nature around. Lake Kenyir offers a once in a lifetime experience to spend a night on a houseboat. There are some other resorts and chalets that you can choose from, but why not go for something different and create special experiences with your significant other. 9. Kuala Lumpur Image Credit: Izuddin Helmi Adnan on Unsplash Lastly, in this list, let's not forget about the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. This metropolis city has so much to offer. There are endless options to shop, various food stalls to eat at, and so many things to discover. Of course, one of the touristy things to do is to witness the Petronas Twin Tower. If you are craving some local street food and want to experience the feel of a night market, there is Tapak Street for you to check out. You can also take a walk at the KL Forest Eco Park, suitable for anyone as it is not as rugged as any hiking trails. Kuala Lumpur might be deemed as an overrated city to visit, but if you look at every nook of what this city has to offer, it is worthwhile. After all, you are visiting with the love of your life, so there is nothing that can beat that! Do you believe it now that Malaysia owns some of the best honeymoon destinations? These 9 destinations might not seem romantic at first glance, but now that you know they are, isn't it time to start planning? And once it is safe to travel, set off with your significant others for an incredible journey together. via GIPHY...

  • 10 Best Instagram Spots In Seoul You Should Check Out After Covid-19

    Even though we can't travel to South Korea right now due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there is no harm planning for a future trip to Seoul. What more with all the fun and amazing things that you could do in Seoul! If there's one thing we miss about Seoul, it is the beauty that the country has got to offer, with many stunning locations that make amazing backdrops for all your photos. Seoul is the largest city in South Korea, also the nation's capital city. A bustling city mix with ancient and modernity, Seoul has become a top destination for travelers. What's more, with the invasion of K-drama and K-pop culture that swept the world, travelers from different age group flock in to see what does Seoul have to offer. From skyscrapers to village-like districts, designer boutique store to night markets, colorful cafes to street food stalls, there are endless places to explore. Whether you plan your itinerary or decide to follow your feet (and heart), you will witness the beauty of what Seoul has to offer. And of course, a trip to Seoul is not complete without all that flexing on your Instagram account. If you're planning a trip to South Korea in the future after Covid-19, you should check out these amazing Instagram spots in Seoul! Let us list down the Instagram-worthy spots for you to include in your itinerary. And you know what they say? Do it for the 'gram! via GIPHY    1. Bukchon Hanok Village Image Credit: Yeo Khee on UnsplashIn Bukchon Hanok Village, you can find yourself transported back to the Joseon Dynasty. It is home to traditional houses called Hanok. Despite being an actual residential area, it has become a popular tourist spot. You can experience and immerse yourself in the Korean culture by visiting the cultural center, restaurants and teahouse. Image Credit: Crystal Jo on UnsplashHow can we leave out the fact that you can rent a hanbok and explore the village? We promise that you will get that perfect shot, not to forget the experience and memories as if you are living in the Joseon era. For a more picturesque shot, capture the city center of Seoul as the backdrop to get the contrast between traditional and modernity.Address: 37, Gyedong-Gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Anguk Station via Seoul Subway Line 3, 300m walk from Exit 1 or 2. 2. Common Ground Image Credit: Roberto R. on UnsplashIf you are looking for a hipster place to hang out at, Common Ground is the answer. Located in the eastern end of Seoul, Common Ground is a shopping district with pop-up stores built out from 200 blue shipping containers. It is filled with trendy cafes and restaurants, fashion labels and also lifestyle products. On some days, you can watch performances and exhibitions held in this space. Shopping in the containers gives you a unique experience as it is uncommon. And once you are done with retail therapy, get that OOTD shot with the blue containers as the backdrop.Address: 200, Achasan-Ro, Gwangjin-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Konkuk University Station via Line 2 or 7 and take Exit 6. 3. Dongdaemun Design Plaza Image Credit: HJ Park from Pixabay  Dream, design and play; that's what Dongdaemun Design Plaza is about. It is the latest architecture of the Korean design industry, becoming an essential venue when it comes to cultural events, design-related shows and even conferences and gatherings.Being the most tagged Instagram location in 2015, it is no doubt that Dongdaemun Design Plaza is an Insta-worthy spot. The unique and unusual structure of the building gives off a stunning background to your picture. The 25,550 installations of LED roses at night is another attraction that shouldn't be missed. Also, don't leave without exploring the shops and wandering the floors because who knows you might find a perfect photo spot!Address: 281, Eulji-Ro, Jung-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station via Line 2/4/5 and take Exit 1. 4. Starfield Library - COEX Mall Image Credit: Josip I. on UnsplashEither you are a bibliophile or not, there is always something to do at Starfield Library! Located in one of the largest malls in Asia, Starfield Library is open to the public. With a wide variety of genres encompass vast topics, this library is not like your traditional library.The iconic 3 towering bookshelves are the point of photography. Standing tall at 13 meters, ride on the escalator to get a snapshot high up.Address: 06164, 513 Yeongdong-Daero, Gangnam-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Samseong Station via Line 2 and take Exit 5 or 6. 5. Namsan Tower Image Credit: Ethan Brooke on Unsplash Being the #1 tourist attraction and a landmark of Seoul, the Namsan Tower also known as N Seoul Tower has a lot to offer. Sitting on top of Namsan mountain, it offers an observatory with a panoramic view of Seoul. Image Credit: Yi Liu on UnsplashWalk down to the infamous Love Locks and make the colorful locks as the backdrop of your photos. There are also places like Palgakjung Pavillion and Sunset Spot for you to explore. For a more scenic view and photo opportunity, you can walk down the mountain to reach the Namsan Shuttle Bus's Bus Stop. The beautiful scenery down the road is best viewed during Spring and Autumn.Address: 105, Namsangongwon-Gil, Yongsan-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Myeong-dong Station via Line 4 and take Exit 3. It is recommended to take the cable car to the tower. 6. Ikseon-dong Image Credit: Ikseon-Dong by Korea Tourism Organization Malaysia on FacebookFirst established way back for almost 100 years in the 1920s, Ikseon-Dong has gained popularity and became a hot spot. This neighborhood is defined as where traditional meets modernity. You can find Hanok that offers trendy cafes, bars and restaurants, giving off the nostalgic feel. Image Credit: Ikseon-Dong by Korea Tourism Organization Malaysia on Facebook Get lost in the twist and turn of the alleyways and discover the hidden gem of this neighborhood. The colorful shops and attractive cafes serve a perfect backdrop for your photos. Giving off the ambiance setting for K-drama like Mr.Sunshine and Hotel Del Luna, a vintage lover shouldn't miss out on this place!Address: Areas of Supyo-Ro 28-Gil, Jongno-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station via Seoul Subway Line 5, 300m walk along Donghwamun-Ro 11-Gil Street from Exit 4. 7. Yangpyeong Dumulmeori Image Credit: sonharam0 from Pixabay Put on your best pair of shoes and head down to Dumulmeori. Approximately 90 minutes journey from Seoul, you will be transported to a magical place of tranquility, away from the bustling city of Seoul. Dumulmeori is an eco-tourism spot, surrounded by water. In fact, Dumulmeori literally means "two water areas." It remains a popular site for dramas, commercials and wedding photography.The weeping willow and the 400-years old Zelkova trees will add the rustic feel to your photos. With the scenic view of landscape surrounded by water and lotus field, there are endless backdrops here. Don't forget to visit the Semiwon garden, a traditional Korean garden style which housed almost 50 kinds of lotus flowers and 60 other water plants.Address: Dumulmeori-Gil, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-doAccess: Alight at Yangsu Station Station via Jungang Subway Line, walking takes about 20-30 minutes. You can choose to reach the destination by cab/bicycle. 8. Haneul Park Image Credit: Melody Zhang on UnsplashJust like its name which means sky, Haneul Park is located at the highest peak of World Cup Park. Haneul park, together with another four parks are incredible examples of large-scale environmental and ecological parks. With a scenic view of vast grassland, Haneul park offers up to 22 lookout points. You can enjoy the panoramic view of Seoul, which includes landmarks like Namsan Seoul Tower, Bukhansan Tower and Han River. Image Credit: Haneul Park by Korea Tourism Organization - VisitKorea on FacebookThe best time to visit Haneul Park is in October during Autumn. The Silver Grass Festival is being held and it is the city's most popular event. Silver grass is also known as Pampas grass or Eulalia, which gives a beautiful backdrop to your photo. You can also witness cosmos and pink muhly grass around this timing.Address: 121-250, 95 Haneulgongwon-Ro, Mapo-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at World Cup Stadium Station Station via Line 6. 9. Olympic Park Image Credit: JoHyeonSik on Pixabay Being the legacy of the 1988 Seoul Olympics, it is home to the largest sports arena. These days, it has become a place for recreation and relaxation. This huge park is divided into several zones and will take almost 3 hours to explore.Unlike Haneul Park, Olympic Park offers varieties of fauna photo spots in every season. You can catch Red Poppies in Spring; Rose in Summer; Yellow Cosmos, Pink Muhly Grass and Spiny Spiderflower in Autumn. Also in Autumn, don't miss the chance to snap a picture (or more) at the Ginko Tree Road which will give a spectacular view with golden yellow leaves. Your photo opportunity doesn't only stop here. The lone tree on the hillside known as One-Tree Hill will serve an aesthetic look to your photo.Address: 424, Olympic-Ro, Songpa-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Olympic Park Station via Line 5 and take Exit 3. Alternatively, you can alight at Mongchontoseong Station via Line 8 and take exit 1. 10. Yongma Land Abandoned Theme Park Image Credit: Yongma Land by The Korea TimesHave you ever thought about exploring an abandoned theme park without the fear of trespassing? This is your best opportunity. Yongma Land is an abandoned theme park that still welcomes visitors. Though the rides don't work any longer (except for the Merry-go-round at a price), this theme park offers you nostalgic scenes of the 80s. This park has also been used by some K-Pop idols like EXO and Crayon Pop. Despite the creepy ambiance of the amusement park, bring out your creativity to get that Insta-worthy shot. You are free to explore the park at your own risk. Also, who knows, you might even get the whole place for yourself.Address: 118 Mangu-Ro 70-Gil, Mangubon-dong, Jungnang-gu, SeoulAccess: Alight at Mangu Station, 10 minutes walk from the station.   There you have it, 10 Instagram spots in Seoul where you can get some of the best shots taken! The next time you plan a trip to South Korea after Covid-19, be sure to include these places in your itinerary! You can finally get the Instagram feed that you've been dreaming of with these Insta-worthy spots. For now, we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.  via GIPHY...

  • 9 Best Honeymoon Destinations In Italy You Must Visit After Covid-19

    Italy has joined the list of countries which are easing its travel restriction. It is slowly welcoming tourists internationally and reviving its tourism industry. The fusion of ancient and modernity, stunning landscapes, and the beautiful culture have made Italy one of the best destinations to visit!For those of you who had to halt your plans for your honeymoon due to the Covid-19 lockdown, it's time to plan for a honeymoon destination! Not forgetting the soon-to-be brides and grooms too. Italy has so much to offer, depending on what you are looking for as a couple. Either sightseeing, doing exciting activities with your spouse, or simply indulging in the local culture, Italy has it all. Here are the 9 best honeymoon destinations in Italy to visit with your spouse!  via GIPHY 1. Rome Image Credit: Christopher Czermak on Unsplash; Vatican City, a perfect backdrop for your couple photos! Let's start off with the capital city of Italy, Rome. Rome is rich in culture and history, a city where you can indulge in Romans art and architecture. One of the best ways to explore the city is on a Vespa. Go ahead and rent a Vespa if you have a license and explore Rome with your significant other. Ride down to Trevi Fountain, through the cobbled streets of Trastevere and Vatican City. These places make a perfect backdrop for your couple photos too, apart from the great memories that you can make there. Remember to take lots of photos!It is worth mentioning that Rome is a Muslim-friendly destination. Dine at Luna Caprese, a restaurant serving Halal Italian food like pizza, pasta, and lasagna. And since you are already in Rome, don't forget to visit the Grand Mosque to witness its stunning architecture and to perform your prayers. 2. Venice Image Credit: Damiano Baschiera on Unsplash; The famous Gondola ride where you could enjoy the sunset with your loved ones. When you mention Venice, what comes to mind would definitely be the Gondola ride down the Grand Canal. Of course, nothing can beat a Gondola ride through the sunset where you could just enjoy this romantic little moment with your loved ones.Venice has been deemed as one of the most romantic cities. Stroll down the streets of Venice, which is rich with its art and history. Explore this city and discover famous tourist attractions such as Piazza San Marco and St Mark’s Basilica. Don't forget to grab a scoop of Gelato if you spot a Gelato shop. (Be sure to ask the storekeeper if the ingredients used are Halal first!) Satisfying your sweet palate on a refreshing flavor of the Gelato while admiring the Grand Canal with your significant other would definitely leave you sweet memories.  3. Verona Image Credit: Alessandro Visentin on Unsplash; Verona, the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Known to be the city of love, Verona is the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Tour around the city to catch a glimpse of the location settings of this famous love story.Setting aside this tragic love story and literature, Verona features its historical side through monuments and ruins, which was dated all the way back to the Roman empire. A day trip to Lake Garda is recommended as it is close by. Not only does it offer a scenic view of the town, but exciting activities await you and your spouse. You could either choose to ride the cable car to the top of Mount Baldo or visit the Gardaland Amusement Park. It will be worthwhile, we promise! 4. Amalfi Coast Image Credit: Gabby J on Unsplash; The colorful houses sit upon staggered cliffs in Amalfi Coast. If you are looking for a serene honeymoon location, then Amalfi is a perfect city for you. The colorful houses sit upon staggered cliffs with a coastline of turquoise water, making every spot in this city picturesque. A laidback trip with the spouse is best enjoyed at any of the sandy beaches here in Amalfi.A trip to Amalfi Coast is not complete without exploring the towns. Exploring towns like Atrani and Positano will complete your romantic getaway package. Strolling down the beaches and watching the sunset is enough to leave sweet memories. Don't forget to visit Ravello too, known as the City of Music. It doesn't only provide the scenic view of the Amalfi Coast but also houses one of the stunning gardens, Villa Cimbrone. Being one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it should be enough of a reason for you not to miss it! 5. Lake Como Image Credit: Damian Chojnacki on Unsplash; Lake Como, a must-visit tourist spot! Lake Como is deemed as one of the most picturesque destinations for couples. The unique shape of the lake which is like an inverted Y, with a mountainous backdrop, will give you the best honeymoon retreat. Lake Como is always swarming with locals and tourists, so if you want to choose Lake Como as your honeymoon destination, be ready to brace the crowd!But this doesn't mean you should give Lake Como a pass. There are so many reasons to visit Lake Como. Beautiful blooms of Azaleas, Wisteria, and Camellias can be seen in summer, adding up to the picturesque scene. The weather is terrific even in summer due to its mountainous geography. If you fancy some water sports to do with your spouse, there are activities like kitesurfing and sailing.  6. Monte Isola Image Credit: Ouael Ben Salah on Unsplash; Lake Iseo, one of the attractions in Monte Isola. If you want to experience the pleasures of life with your spouse, give Monte Isola a try. It is not only one of the best honeymoon getaway but also a great escape from reality. Cars are banned in Monte Isola, so your only option to explore the island is by the small bus or cycling. Isn't it fun to be enjoying every crook of what life has to offer with your loved ones in this manner?Monte Isola consists of eleven villages which you can easily explore via foot. But renting a bicycle will be less tiring and thus, highly recommended. Take a break and relax by the beaches where you can rejuvenate and have a wonderful picnic. 7. Cinque Terre Image Credit: Mika Korhonen on Unsplash; Stunning views at Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Cinque Terre is another area in Italy for those adventurous couples. Comparing it to Monte Isola, you can actually find public transport here at Cinque Terre, and you can rent a car if you want to. But we suggest skipping those and explore Cinque Terre by foot to experience the beauty of what this area has to offer.Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, therefore expect to see tourists flock in every now and then. Having said so, visiting Cinque Terre will leave great memories for you and your spouse. The five little villages have colors of their own, and they are worth exploring. Also, the stunning viewpoints are not to be missed. Watching the sunset with your spouse would be one of the best things to end the long day of exploring. 8. Florence Image Credit: Jonathan Körner on Unsplash; Florence, Italy, home to Renaissance art and architecture.  Being one of the major cities in Italy, Florence is home to Renaissance art and architecture. If you and your spouse would like to indulge in some history, art, and culture, Florence has so many to offer.Have a romantic walk down the Boboli Gardens, where you can see Renaissance sculptures and fountains. You can also book a Renaioli, a traditional boat, to enjoy a cruise down the river. Apart from enjoying the beauty of what Florence has to offer from this scenic river cruise, it is one of the best romantic things to do with your spouse in Florence. 9. Milan Image Credit: Caleb Stokes on Unsplash; Milan Cathedral, a famous landmark in Italy.  Milan is seldom deemed as a romantic city, but you and your spouse should check it out! There are a lot of attractions in store for you. Milan is known to be the city of fashion and design. But aside from that, Milan offers historical architecture such as the Milan Cathedral and Castello Sforzesco.Milan is the best place if you want to splurge luxuriously. Grand Galleria houses most of the designer brands, but it's definitely not the place for you to bargain. Even if you don't plan to shop here, you should visit the Grand Galleria as the architecture is definitely stunning. You wouldn't want to miss the chance to snap a shot or two as memorabilia of one of the oldest shopping malls in the world. There you have it, 9 of the best honeymoon destinations in Italy. We hope that this list will get you excited for your honeymoon. And even if you have yet to decide on one, we hope that this list will have you geared up to fly to Italy and spend some romantic time with your loved ones, once it is safe to travel again!  via GIPHY ...

  • 10 Best Places To Visit In Turkey After Covid-19

    Turkey has been welcoming tourists all year round and is one of the top destinations for travelers. The Mediterranean climate allows traveling all year round an ideal one. Turkey have so many to offer, be it the sandy beaches and vast seas to scenic nature and the historical sites. This culturally rich country is also a Muslim-friendly destination, allowing you to have a smooth trip where you can explore and enjoy beautiful places as well as practice your faith with ease. Recently, Turkey has slowly eased travel restrictions. It is possible that sooner or later, it would be swarmed with tourists once again. Even though international travel may take some time to recover, it is still never too early to plan for your next destination in Turkey after Covid-19, given that it is home to some of the best places and cities to visit.  If Turkey is your destination, check out these 10 best places to visit in Turkey! via GIPHY  1. Istanbul Image Credit: Adli Wahid on Unsplash; The Famous Blue Mosque in Istanbul.  Istanbul can never be left out when it comes to Turkey. It is one of the largest cities in Turkey. Despite being a modern city with a European ambiance, it has beautiful architecture and historical sites dated back to the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. You can find thousands of mosques in the city, the most famous one being the Blue Mosque. Stand a chance to admire the beautiful architecture and the interior design of the Blue Mosque, unique to Turkey. Image Credit: Zen zeee on Unsplash; Hagia Sophia, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments.  After that, take a trip down a historical site, Hagia Sophia, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. This museum used to be a church that was later transformed into a mosque during the Ottoman empire. Preserving historical, religious, and architecture value, expect to see a mixture of Christian and Islamic collections ranging from mosaics to galleries.Once your sightseeing is done, head down to Grand Bazaar. As one of the largest bazaar in the world, you can find a line up of shops and restaurants along the 60 streets. It will be a great time to spend the whole day exploring the streets and discovering goods like clothes, carpets, and souvenirs. We highly recommend adding Istanbul to your bucket list as it is one of the best cities to explore in Turkey, with so much to offer! 2. Cappadocia Image Credit: Soyoung Han on Unsplash; Hot Air Balloons, a popular activity when you're in Cappadocia. Search for Cappadocia, and the result that comes out will be related to hot air balloons! Exciting right? Watch the scenic view from the hot air balloons at sunrise, one of the most popular and must-do activities when you are in Cappadocia!But activities in Cappadocia is not only limited to riding a hot air balloon. You will be awed by the scenic and picturesque views, cave dwellings, and rock formations. Cappadocia offers various hiking trails that you can explore for all of you who crave some adventure. Let me tell you that it is worth hiking at least 1 or 2 valleys to experience the remarkable rock formations, only in Turkey.  3. Göreme Image Credit: Steve Ende on Unsplash; Unique rock formation in Göreme Since we have mentioned Cappadocia, Göreme is another town worth mentioning. Located in the Cappadocia region, you should visit Göreme when you are around the area. Its unique rock formation makes it look like "fairy-chimney', and you get to see people still living in rock houses. This place has also attracted tourists due to rock restaurants and rock hotels, something that you might not experience in other cities. Don't forget to visit the Göreme open-aired museum too! Göreme is definitely one of the best places to visit in Turkey! 4. Antalya Image Credit: Adel Salehi on Unsplash; Enjoy the beautiful waterfall and scenic views at Antalya.  Antalya is one of the popular cities in Turkey, promising endless things to do. From exploring historical sites to exploring sandy beaches with turquoise seas. Even visiting the outlying areas promises you a great experience.Stroll down the streets of Kaleici, also known as Old Town. The labyrinth of streets offers you hotels, shops, and restaurants. The white-washed Ottoman mansions are picturesque that you wouldn't want to miss it. If you can't get enough of sightseeing here, head down to Old Harbor, in what used to be a trading port, but where you can now relax and watch the sun setting over the sea.If you are looking to soak yourself under the sun or enjoying some white sandy beach, Lara beach is perfect for you. There are plenty of water activities to do here as well, like jet-ski and stand up paddleboard. The beach is surrounded by a beach resort, and it can get pretty crowded during the peak season, attesting to its popularity!  5. Ankara Image Credit: Yusuf Belek on Unsplash; One of Turkey's attractions, Anıtkabir.  Despite being the capital city of Turkey, Ankara is considered an underrated city. It is often not included in the top cities to visit. However, this doesn't mean that you should not consider Ankara as part of your itinerary! In fact, it should be on your bucket list given that it is a city full of historical landmarks; its beautiful and chill ambiance will give you a memorable trip. As Ankara is popular with museums, you should give the Anatolian Civilization Museum a visit. This museum features artifacts from archaeological sites. It portrays Turkey's past in chronological order, starting from the Paleolithic Age. Also, take a trip to one of Turkey's attractions in Ankara, Anıtkabir. Once you are done learning about the history, head down to Aqua Vega Aquarium. It is one of the largest aquariums in Europe and Turkey, definitely something that shouldn't be missed. For all of you who love visiting historical sites to gain more knowledge of Turkey's remarkable past, Ankara is the place to be!    6. Bursa Image Credit:  teknolojitasarimci from Pixabay; The Grand Mosque is the largest in Bursa. The historical city of Bursa is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this should be enough to include it in your itinerary! The Grand Mosque is the largest in Bursa, where you can witness the architecture of the Ottoman empire. The twenty domes and two minarets are iconic that you could spot the landmark easily. A ten-minute walk uphill leads you to Hisar gate, the only remaining monument of the Old City Wall. You can also enjoy the best view of Bursa at the top of the wall.Of course, after feeding ourselves with history and knowledge, we should pamper ourselves at the Grand Bazaar. Bursa is known to produce high-quality silk back in the Ottoman empire. If you fancy silk, then you should check out the shops here. Other than that, do check out their dried fruits, cheeses, and honey, which are locally produced, to get a feel of the local food and delicacies in Turkey (yum!). 7. Izmir Image Credit: bugra karacam on Unsplash; Ephesus is a must-visit historical ancient site in Izmir. Izmir is a city much less known compared to Istanbul and Antalya, but it is worth the visit as there are so many things to see! Izmir is best enjoyed by taking a stroll down the docks along the Aegean Sea. Such a relaxing moment can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee and a book in hand, just taking in the fresh air.Historical sites like Agora and Ephesus are worth the visit. Agora is an open-air museum remains of the ancient city of Symrna. You can still witness an operating water channel built by the Romans. Meanwhile, Ephesus is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List as it is one of the best-preserved ancient cities. You should definitely visit these sites! 8. Pamukkale Image Credit: T. Selin Erkan on Unsplash; Pamukkale, also known as Cotton Castle. Pamukkale, which means Cotton Castle, also known as Hierapolis, is another part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Search for Pamukkale, and you can see a spectacular view that I'm sure you would want to witness them with your very own eyes. In Pamukkale, you can find natural hot springs which are reputed to be beneficial for health as it contains minerals. The travertine terraces make Pamukkale magical and picturesque. Remember to take lots of pictures here! Since you are already in Hierapolis-Pamukkale, don't forget to visit the Archaeology Museum, which showcases the Roman archeology. For all the history buffs, you will definitely enjoy this museum! 9. Sanliurfa Image Credit: Erkan YILDIZ on Unsplash; Sanliurfa, a city known for its rich history and culture. Sanliurfa, also known as Urfa, is another city that is rich in history and culture. This old city is regarded as a holy city as it is believed to be the birthplace of the Prophet Abraham. The cave, Hazreti Ibrahim Halilullah, where he was said to have been born, is now the Dergah Complex. It is located near the Mevlid Halil Mosque, one of the sacred sites being visited for pilgrimages every year.You can also expect to see the balikli göl, the sacred fish ponds with thousands of carps swimming. You can make your way to Harran too, near Sanliurfa. It is another historical site that used to be a center for culture and knowledge. Many Islamic scholars were born and raised here like Thabit Ibn Qurra and Al-Battani. If you want to learn more about Islamic history, Sanliurfa is the best place to visit!  10. Side Image Credit: Mehmet Turgut Kirkgoz on Unsplash; Witness marvelous architectures in Side. If you still don't have the chance to visit Greece or Italy to witness the marvelous architectures, then Side is the perfect solution for you. Side can get pretty crowded during summer as it is an ideal getaway for locals and tourists alike. As Side doesn't only house the Hellenistic and Roman ruins, people do visit to enjoy the white sandy beaches.You can still witness the original Roman amphitheater, which was once a battleground for gladiators. The ruins of the Apollo's Temple stands among the modern houses and shops, providing a picturesque view of ancient and modernity. Don't forget to take lots of pictures for memories!   Turkey is definitely an ideal travel destination for everyone; this beautiful country has so much to offer! Historical sites, fun and exciting activities, as well as the beauty and spectacular views of the country, will surely take your breath away. It's even more convenient to choose Turkey as your next destination as it is a Muslim-Friendly destination! It is easy to find Halal food and you can also carry out your religious obligations with ease. Other than that, Turkey is definitely a perfect place for you to learn and explore Islamic history. Now that we've got our eyes set on Turkey, we're just waiting for the right time to travel after Covid-19!  via GIPHY...

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