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  • Japan's Most Aesthetic Hostels You Need To Check Out

    Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, a bustling cosmopolitan city. With its modernity and well-preserved history, there are so many things you can do and see in Tokyo. Whether you travel solely for nature or to shop, Tokyo offers its visitor vast choices of shopping, entertainment, greenery, and culture. These different sides that you can find while exploring will surprise you and make your trip a memorable one. Japan, in general, is known to be an expensive country if you compare it to any other Asian country. No doubt, I must admit that it is true. But this shouldn't hinder you from visiting the country. With proper planning and sourcing out for the best itinerary that best suits your budget, you can enjoy the best out of what Tokyo has to offer. Booking accommodations in Tokyo might come as a surprise to you as it can be really costly. I am not a hostel person in general. But due to budget, I narrowed down my necessity and happened to stumble across hostels in Tokyo. Here are some of the hostels that you should book if you are visiting Tokyo!Also Read: Tokyo Olympics 2020 | 9 Out-Of-This-World Things You Need To Know 1. Bunka Hostels Tokyo Image Credit: Bunka Hostel; Conveniently located in Asakusa, a district filled with history and shopping streets. Bunka Hostels Tokyo is located in Asakusa, a district filled with history and shopping streets. A 5-minute walk from Asakusa station, this hotel's location makes it easy to navigate to the city center. This hostel is known for its contemporary concept combined with the Japanese element. Image Credit: Bunka Hostel; With an interior of clean and minimalist Japanese concept, Bunka Hostel is easily any backpacker's dream. The clean cuts of its furniture and the strong wood accent simply accentuate Japanese architecture. Image Credit: Bunka Hostel; The female dormitory is equipped with curtains and is kept separated from the male dormitories. This makes the hostel a safe and secure place for female travellers to stay in. You can choose from three different kinds of rooms; mixed dormitory, female dormitory and family room. Daily house-keeping and superb customer service will make your stay a comfortable and pleasant one. With exceptional reviews on most booking sites, there shouldn't be an excuse not to consider this as your accommodation! Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may help in the planning of your itinerary if needed. A shared dining area is available on the top floor. Price per night: From SGD38 Address: 1-13-5, Asakusa, Taito-Ku, Tokyo 111-0032 Website | Facebook | Instagram 2. OakHostel Sakura Image Credit: Hotels of Tokyo; Oakhostels Sakura offers a dormitory room for female only. This is perfect for female travellers to Tokyo. Oakhostels Sakura is one of the hostels established under Oak Hotel. As this hostel is conveniently situated near Oshiage Station, you can easily add Tokyo Skytree as part of your ininerary. Apart from that, there is a direct train access from Narita Airport, making your journey from the airport an easier one. Oakhostels Sakura offers dormitory room; either mixed or female-only. You might want to check out their single room as I feel that it is slightly less expensive as compared to other hostels. Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may also help in the planning of your itinerary if needed. A shared dining area is available and made free for use. Price per night: From SGD28Address: 4-6-9, Narihira, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo 130-0002 Website | Facebook  3. Mustard Hotel Shibuya Image Credit: Mustard Shibuya Hotel on Facebook; Mustard Shibuya Hotel is conveniently located near the city's entertainment street. Shibuya is known for its latest fashion and street culture.  If you are looking to stay in a bustling town area like Shibuya, check out Mustard Hotel Shibuya. Opened in 2018, this hotel is situated in between of Shibuya Station and Ebisu Station. Mustard Shibuya Hotel is known for its collaboration with various artists in a program called "Creators in Mustard" to showcase various artworks and exhibitions. Image Credit: Mustard Shibuya Hotel; Mustard Shibuya Hotel offers rooms with a simple yet eye-catching design.   Mustard Shibuya Hotel has a wide range of rooms to accomodate different needs and preferences of guests. You can choose from dormitory rooms to private rooms. The hotel's design is simple, yet functional; perfect for those who adore minimalist designs. Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may help in the planning of your itinerary, if needed. A shared dining area is available and made free for use. There is also a bicycle rental service. If you're up for some thrill, you can even rent a skateboard, with its designs inspired by the Japanese culture. With all of these activities in store for you, you are sure to enjoy your stay at Mustard Shibuya Hotel.  Price per night: From SGD44 Address: Shibuya Bridge B, 1-29-3 Higashi, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0011 Website | Facebook | InstagramAlso Read: Check Out This New Muslim-Friendly Youth Hostel In Tokyo 4. Hostel Den Image Credit: Hostel Den on Agoda; Hostel Den gives off a modern feel with a traditional Japanese touch.  Hostel Den is the first Muslim-friendly hostel, providing prayer rooms and also maps for Halal restaurants. The location of this hostel is smacked right in-between 5 different stations. Each of which is being used for different subway lines which makes your alternative mode of transportation vast. This hostel offered dormitory for mixed, male-only and female-only, and also private rooms with shared bathrooms. Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may help in the planning of your itinerary if needed. A shared dining area is available and made free for use. There is also a portable Wi-Fi rental service provided. Price per night: From SGD32Address: 4-13-8, Nihonbashi-honcho, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Japan, 103-0023 Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Sadou Hostel Image Credit: Sadou Hostel on Facebook; Sadou Hostel is a must-stay hostel if you are into Japanese culture. The rooms are modern and spacious, yet furnished with a tint of traditional Japanese elements.  Located in the Ueno district, Sadou Hostel is based on the philosophy "Once in a lifetime opportunity." They offer various Japanese cultural events like tea ceremony, flower arrangement and calligraphy, to name a few. It is a must stay hostel if you want to learn more about Japanese culture as the rates tend to be cheaper as compared to other places. This hostel provides dormitory-style rooms; mixed, male and female.  Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may help in the planning of your itinerary if needed. A shared kitchen is available and made free for use. Price per night: From SGD44Address: 1-11-7, Higashiueno, Taito-Ku, Tokyo, 110-0015 Website | Facebook | Instagram 6. Beagle Tokyo Hostel & Apartments Image Credit: Beagle Tokyo Hostel & Apartments on Agoda; This Hostel has an interesting wooden interior design which is visually pleasing.  This hostel is worth the mention despite being situated further away from the city area (and that is if you don't mind.) Located just 8-minutes away from Haneda airport, Beagle Hostels is suitable for guests with late-night flights as they provide a free airport shuttle. Do note that booking is required for this service. Also, the dormitory rooms are separated between males and females. You might want to check out the family room if you are traveling with your family. Interestingly, they provide a prayer mat for those staying in the family room! What are you waiting for? Check out this Muslim-friendly hostel now! Plus points: Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms inclusive of public areas. Laundromat and luggage storage may help in the planning of your itinerary if needed. Price per night: From SGD40 Address: 1-15-16 Haneda, Ota-Ku, Tokyo, 144-0043 Website  Also Read: If You're in Japan, Don't Miss Out on Mazulu Halal Beef Noodle Restaurant! With an abundance of hostels available in Tokyo, you will be spoilt for choices. Reading reviews will help you to narrow down the best hostels to stay in. I hope this list can help you to plan for your next trip to Tokyo!...

  • Halal Foodie's Guide to Paya Lebar Quarter (PLQ) Mall

    The new Paya Lebar Quarter has recently opened and will satisfy your shopping and dining experiences. Located conveniently next to the Paya Lebar MRT station, Paya Lebar Quarter sets to be the next business and lifestyle hub. Adding up to the food eateries available in any other malls in Paya Lebar, I am sure there will be more options to dine in. Take your pick and let's explore the Halal food eateries in the new Paya Lebar Quarter Mall.  Also Read: Here's Our Top 7 Halal Food Recommendations You Need To Try At Least Once At Paya Lebar Square & SingPost 1. Cafe Red Ginger Image Credit: Cafe Red Ginger started its first branch in IMM Jurong in 2000, serving a variety of Nasi Padang dishes. Opening its second branch in Paya Lebar Quarter mall, East siders wouldn't need to travel that far to try the food. If you're not a fan of Nasi Padang, you can also try their signature dishes like Kampung Fried Rice or Claypot Beef Hor Fun.Location: #B2-31Website | Facebook 2. Hanis Cafe & Bakery Image Credit: Hanis Cafe & Bakery Singapore on Facebook Hanis Cafe & Bakery is the sister company of Hans Cafe and Cakehouse, and they are Halal! Offering you a range of meals from western to desserts such as pastries and cakes, having breakfast or tea time here is never a waste.Location: #B2-18Website | Facebook 3. Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen Image Credit: Ichikokudo Hokkaido Ramen on Facebook Being the first Halal Hokkaido Ramen in Singapore, its first store is located at Suntec City. Serving you with authentic flavors of Hokkaido, you can find not only Ramen but a variety of Donburi and sides. Not only will you satisfy your palette with authentic food, but with Ramen bowl starts at SGD9.90, it is worth it!Location: #B1-15 / 16Website | Facebook | Instagram 4. KFC Image Credit: KFC on Facebook KFC is no longer a foreign fast-food chain that serves us finger lickin' good chicken! The nearest KFC will be at Kinex Mall and not in the surrounding malls. So, if you are craving for some fried chicken, and something affordable, here's your pick!Location: #B1-14Website | Facebook | Instagram 5. Pizza Hut Image Credit: Pizza Hut on Facebook Pizza Hut is a great place to get together with family and friends over affordable pizza and meals. There are also other menus like baked rice and pasta to choose from. Do check them out as they have promotions from time to time.Location: #04-10Website | Facebook | Instagram 6. Kopitime Kopitime is a food court that is located at level 4 of Paya Lebar Quarter Mall. Like any other food courts in other malls, they have Halal stores for you to check out. The rave of Kopitime is the library-inspired setting and also a stall that sells Bingsu at an affordable price.Location: #04-11 7. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Image Credit: Krispy Kreme Singapore on Facebook Whether you're looking for a place to unwind or wanna get something for tea time, there is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Its signature Original Glazed Doughnut has always been my favorite. There are always other doughnuts flavors available that may suit your liking and enjoy them with a cuppa hot coffee or tea.Location: #B2-K6Website | Facebook  8. Old Chang Kee Image Credit: Old Chang Kee There's always enough time to get finger food and snacks! Old Chang Kee is no longer an odd food outlet serving local snacks like curry puffs and spring roll. Even if you are in a hurry or just casually walking around, there's always Old Chang Kee to fulfill the hunger.Location: #B2-32Website | Facebook  9. FairPrice Finest With the new grab and go food section in FairPrice, 7 11 isn't the only place you can grab a quick lunch. The ready-to-eat sections housed several meals that are Halal. If you're in a hurry, then this is the right option for you. Once you're done with the payment, you can request your meal to be heated up at the counter too!Location: #B2-09 10. Boost Juice Bar Image Credit: Boost Juice Bars Quench your thirst from walking and exploring by getting a drink at Boost. A healthy option for you to recharge your energy, Boost offers smoothies, juices, and crushes with no added sugar and artificial colorings.Location: #B2-K10Website | Facebook | Instagram...

  • SEAGames 2019: Where To Get Your Halal Food in Manila

    We Win As One! via GIPHY The SEAGames 2019 will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games and this year, it will be hosted by the Philippines. From 30th November to 11th December, Manila, Clark and Subic will serve as hubs throughout the games. If you are planning to fly in for the SEAGames but have setbacks due to food restriction, fret not because we are here to list it down for you. These list of Halal eateries are those you can find in Manila, Clark as well and Subic. It will definitely leave you spoiled for choices! via GIPHY 1. Al Batra Restaurant & Coffee Shop Image Credit: Al Batro Restaurant & Coffee Shop on Facebook Al Batra Restaurant is located in the heart of Makati. It serves an authentic Mediterranean, Arabian and Indian cuisine. Apart from this, the restaurant also serves fresh seafood. Take note that this restaurant offers shisha.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 2nd floor, A.M Flores Building, Makati Avenue corner Constellation Street, Makati, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook 2. Pamanganan House of Malaysian Halal Foods Image Credit: Pamanganan House of Malaysian Halal Foods on FacebookPamanganan Restaurant is located in Manila Muslim Town. This is a place for you to dine at to get your craving for Malaysian food fixed, bringing you closer to home. Apart from that, you can also try their pizza with a variety of flavors to choose from.Halal Status: Halal menu served.Address: G/F Shaima 2 Hotel, 310-D Elizondo St., Quiapo ManilaOpening Hours: 8am – 11pmFacebook 3. Ababu Persian Kitchen Image Credit: Ababu Persian Kitchen on Facebook Ababu Persian Kitchen is another restaurant with few branches around the Philippines. It specialized in Middle Eastern and Persian cuisine, from Shawarma to Kebab and Hummus. The stated branch below is famous among students nearby as they can savor Persian cuisine without burning a hole in their pockets.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 75 Xavierville Ave. Loyola Heights Subd. QC, Quezon City, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 3am (Mon-Sat), 10am – 2am (Sun)Facebook   4. Martabak Cafe Image Credit: Martabak Cafe on Facebook Martabak Cafe is a halal restaurant located in the biggest mall in the Philippines. Getting its name from a Malay street food Murtabak, this restaurant serves Indon-Malay cuisines which will definitely cure you from being homesick.Halal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: Ground Floor, 131 North Parking Building, SM Mall of Asia,                Bay Boulevard 1308, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 10am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram 5. Kashmir Image Credit: Kashmir on Facebook Kashmir is the first Indian restaurant that was established in Manila. With almost 40 years in business, Kashmir has extended its branch throughout Manila. With their dishes ranging from meat overload to vegetarian, dining at Kashmir will let you experience the best of what Northern Indian cuisine has to offer.Halal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 816 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, The PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram  6. Gilak by Hossein Image Credit: Gilak by Hossein on Facebook Another successful eatery that you should check out is Gilak by Hossein. Serving you with an authentic Persian and Mediterranean cuisine, you will be satisfied by its Shawarma and Kebab.Halal status: Halal menu served.Address: 2/F Greenbelt 3, Makati Avenue, Ayala Center,                Makati, National Capital Region 1223Opening Hours: 11am – 12mnWebsite | FacebookThe list doesn't stop here. Check out these Halal eateries too when you are in Manila. More Restaurants You can Lookout For 1. The Chicken Rice Shop in Robinson’s Place, ManilaServes: MalaysianHalal status: HalalAddress: G/F, Space 304, Robinsons Place Manila, Pedro Gil Cor. Adriatico Sts., Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Sun – Thu), 10am – 10:30pm (Fri & Sat)Facebook2. Ziggurat in Makati CityServes: Indian, the Mediterranean, African, and the Middle EastHalal status: HalalAddress: Ground Floor Sunette Tower, Makati Ave Corner Durban St.Opening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook3. Potato CornerServes: SnacksHalal status: Halal ingredients usedAddress: Various locations around ManilaOpening Hours: Depends on the branchWebsite | Facebook | Instagram4. Hossein’s Persian KebabServes: Iranian, Arabian, Indian and MediterraneanHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 2nd Floor 7857 LKV Building, Makati Avenue, right across Burgos Street, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11am – 11pmWebsite | Facebook4. Dulang Restaurant in Ermita, ManilaServes: Malaysian, Tausug (an ethnic group of the Philippines, Malaysian and Indonesia)Halal status: Muslim-ownedAddress: 1313 M. Adriatico St. cor Padre Faura, Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 9am – 9pmFacebook5. Garuda PhilippinesServes: IndonesianHalal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: 166 Salcedo Street Makati City, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmWebsite | Facebook | Instagram6. Mister KababServes: Middle Eastern and MediterraneanHalal status: Halal menu served.Address: 31 West Avenue, Del Monte, Quezon CityOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook7. Shawarma Snack Center ManilaServes: Middle easternHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 485 Salas St., Ermita, ManilaOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook8. Arya Persian Restaurant ManilaServes: Iranian and The MediterraneanHalal status: Halal ingredient used, alcohol is served.Address: Robinsons Place Manila, Level 1, Alfresco Wing, Ermita, Manila, 1000, Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 10am – 9pmWebsite | Facebook9. Feta MediterraneanServes: Turkish, Greek, MediterraneanHalal status: Halal meat used.Address: Ground Floor, Intrawest Center, 101 Annapolis Street, Greenhills, San Juan CityOpening Hours: 10am – 10pmFacebook10. El Prado at Berjaya Makati HotelServes: Local, Asian, InternationalHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 7835 Makati Avenue Corner Eduque Street, Makati City, Philippines 1209Opening Hours: 24 hoursWebsite11. Kabab & CurryServes: Indian and PakistaniHalal status: Halal-certifiedAddress: 20 Jupiter Street, Bel-Air, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 6pm – 12mnWebsite12. Hummus Elijah MakatiServes: MediterraneanHalal Status: Vegetarian and HalalAddress: 7850 Makati Avenue, Makati, 1209 Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 9am – 3amWebsite | Facebook13. Moud Halal RestaurantHalal status: Muslim-owned, Halal ingredients used.Address: 827 Globo de Oro Street, Quiapo, Manila, The PhilippinesOpening Hours: 11am – 10pmFacebook 14. Iza's Chicken CornerServes: WesternHalal Status: Halal menu served.Address: 873 P. Campa Street, Sampaloc, ManilaOpening Hours: 24 hoursFacebook15. The Marriott Cafe in Marriot Hotel ManilaHalal status: Halal menu available upon request.Address: Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay 1309, Metro Manila, PhilippinesOpening Hours: 6:30am – 10:30pmWebsite16. New Bombay RestaurantServes: Authentic Indian foodHalal status: Halal-CertifiedAddress: G/F, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati CityOpening Hours: 11am – 11pm17. Rehan Halal Food HubServes: ArabianHalal Status: Halal menu served.Address: Food Court, Lower Ground Floor, Theatre Mall, Greenhills Shopping Centre, Greenhills, San Juan CityOpening Hours: 10am – 10pm So there you have it, a list of Halal eateries in Manila. Now that food is settled, what are you waiting for? Get your plan started for a trip to Manila!...

  • Don't Forget to Bring These 8 Travel Gadgets Along For Your Next Trip!

    Through the decades, technology has greatly advanced. Who would've known that phones which started off as big and bulky devices with antennas, could transform into devices which are so thin and small enough to fit into our jean pockets? It's truly a blessing that we get to connect to the world with just the tip of our fingertips.  As such, let us utilise technology the right way and make use of these 8 travel gadgets during our next travel trip!   1) Digital Camera Photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels It's all about the memories, a priceless souvenir that we can bring home. I am someone who loves to capture moments, scenery and just about anything that catches my eyes during a trip, so that I can look back at those pictures and footages and reminisce the memories I made there. That is why you should invest in a portable and light-weight digital camera. I would personally recommend a digital camera with wifi so that whilst taking your photos, you can share them with your friends and family back home. There is a range of digital cameras in the market that is suitable for travel so look around and get one that suits your budget! Click here to find out more.   2) Portable Charger Photo by Lukas from Pexels Nothing can go wrong when you have a portable charger at hand. No one wants to be away from the hotel and venture around only to have their mobile phone battery be completely drained out. For me, I depend heavily on my mobile phone on a trip as I constantly check for routes and facilities available. Having a portable charger makes it possible to venture out the whole day without much hassle or stress. Click here to find out more.   3) Portable Wifi Device Photo by Burst on Pexels Living in the 21st century makes it hard to live without internet (unless you wish to have a healing trip without disturbance from the media). Sometimes getting free wifi in a foreign country is tedious and so therefore, portable wifi does its magic. I understand that most telecom providers these days offer roaming packages at affordable prices but I still prefer portable wifi as I can connect to multiple devices at the same time and even share my wifi with my travel buddy. Apart from that, most portable wifi routers that I've rented before have good coverage, even when I was up in the mountain! It never hurts to do some research on the portable wifi device before a trip as some offer unlimited data usage and some do not. Click here to find out more.   4) Universal Adapter Credit: Amazon It is important to note that some hotels do not provide power adapters for travelers. And so, if you are planning to have a long-stay in a particular country, I would advise you to purchase an adapter specific to that country. And if you are venturing out to various countries at a time, a universal adapter would be most ideal for you. Click here to find out more.   5) Travel Iron Credit: Amazon As a hijabi myself, I'm well aware of how wrinkled hijabs can get. I used to pack Pashmina in my luggage as it leaves fewer creases when folded but it really takes up space due to its thick wool material. As not all accommodation provide irons, travel iron is truly a life saver. Now, I can safely say that I am confident to pack my chiffon shawl in my luggage because I am rest assured that the creases can be fixed with my travel iron! A travel iron is really handy and portable, designed as light-weight and safe for travel. Click here to find out more.   6) Swisscard Lite Credit: Amazon You never know when you're in need of a scissor or a pocket knife, especially when you're taking a taxi ride back to your hotel alone and in the middle of the night. As small as the size of a credit card, it consists of a knife, scissors, screwdriver, tweezers and magnifying glass. One piece of advice that I would give you though is that if you are carrying sharp items, make sure to check them in and not hand-carry them. This will ensure you don't get your items confiscated. Click here to find out more.   7) Anti-theft Backpack Credit: Amazon While being overseas, it is always advisable that you research on the crime rates in the area you'll be staying at. After all, nobody would want to be in a position where they're stressing over their missing valuables. And that's where this type of bag comes in handy. The anti-theft backpack differs from a normal backpack as it has secret pockets, a charging port (I know right?), slash-proof material and a sturdy zipper; to name a few of the features. Ultimately, this bag will keep your mind at ease as you do not become an easy target to pickpockets. Click here to find out more.   8) Portable Mini Cooker Credit: Amazon Lastly, if you have a little extra space in your luggage, why not bring a mini rice cooker! Hotels usually provide an electric kettle in each hotel room but that will only allow you to cook instant food like cup noodles or oatmeal.Especially when you're in a non-Muslim country where it may be difficult to find Halal food, it is best that you cook your own meals. After all, you should be saving money to try out activites or purchase souveniers, don't waste all your money on food! Click here to find out more.   Hope this list of travel gadgets will suffice!...

  • These 5 Cheap Modern Hotels Will Save You Hundreds in Athens!

    Athens is the capital of Greece, a historical city known for its archaeological sites and archaeological museum. A visit to the city provides a vivid overview of civilization in Greece, be it in art or technology. Its Mediterranean climate makes it suitable to visit at any time of the year. Greece is located south-eastern Europe, with Athens being at the southern tip of the stated country. It is possible to take a trip to Athens on a budget and still enjoy every single bit this country has to offer. Check out these modern hotels that cost below SGD100 per night and enjoy your stay!   1) City Circus Credit: City Circus Nestled inside the city center, walking distance to ancient monuments like Temple of Hephaestus and Acropolis to name a few, City Circus Athens offers dorm rooms at an affordable rate per night. Earning a rating of 9.2 in Agoda, amenities such as luggage storage service, laundry service and safety deposit boxes are provided. Credit: City Circus Each room is equipped with Wifi and air-conditioning. Not forgetting, this hostel also offers airport transfer and tours at a fixed rate of EUR38 or EUR43.Price per night: SGD 42Address: 16 Sarri str. Athens 105 53, GreeceWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   2) Bedbox Credit: BedboxSimilar to City Circus Athens, Bedbox is located in the heart of Athens. Rated 9.2 in Agoda, people who have stayed in this hostel generally stated the hostel as strategic locations and clean. Amenities provided are luggage storage service, laundry service and also airport transfer. Credit: BedboxYou may choose dorm rooms with 4 or 6 beds, with or without private terrace and all rooms are air-conditioned and free wifi is available. If you're in need of your morning coffee while staying in this hostel, head down to the shared kitchen to get your free cup of coffee and start your day fresh! Price per night: SGD 28Address: 11 Polykleitou , Athens 105 51, GreeceWebsite   3) Bed Station Credit: Bed Station Bed Station is a hostel located in the city center, it offers private dormitories rooms. Each room is equipped with coffee machine and electronic teapot. Selected rooms even provide you with a mini kitchenette. This hostel is near to a subway which is on the same line as the Airport station. Credit: Bed Station  Similarly to the two hostels mentioned earlier, this hostel is highly rated by tourist in Agoda. Just a side note that there is no elevator as this 5 floors hostel is connected via an inner stair.Price per night: SGD 34Address: Triptolemou 18, Evmolpidon 24, Athens 118 54, GreeceFacebook   4) Nubian Hostel  Credit: Nubian Hostel Nubian Hostel is located in the neighborhood of Exarhia in downtown Athens, homed to many cafes, indie record stores and bookstores. Offering dorm styled room, each room comes with free wifi and personal locker right under the beds! Credit: Nubian HostelSome rooms offered en-suite bathroom which means only people who stayed in that particular room can use the bathroom. Just a side note that there is no elevator in this hostel.Price per night: SGD 33Address: Mavromichali 47, Athens 106 80, GreeceWebsite | Facebook | Instagram   5) Athens Studios Credit: Athens Studios & ApartmentsAthens Studio Greece offers different types of accommodation, from dormitory style studio equipped with kitchenette to studio apartments. This accommodation may fulfill your needs whether you're a solo traveler or with friends and families. Credit: Athens Studios & ApartmentsWith its centralized location, it made exploring Athens even easier. Amenities such as laundromat and luggage storage are plus points.Price per night: From SGD 42Address: Veikou 3, Athens 117 42, GreeceWebsite | Facebook    So there you go, hostels that wouldn't cost you more than a hundred per night! It is possible to stay in style and still be in the budget. Will any of these hotels be one of your choices the next time you visit Athens?...

  • If You Don't Have These Items Ready, You Can't Travel!

    We all enjoy traveling but one thing we all dread is packing! Hands down, packing can be stressful! I used to pack literally my whole room because I felt like every single thing is a necessity. Now I've learned how to pack lightly, bringing only the essentials and trust me, it helps a lot! It'll help you save a lot of time while packing and not to mention, a few dollars on a budget airlines too! Proper planning and deeming your trip as a non-splurging trip will help you to keep your list short. So let's narrow down to the essential things that need to be in everyone's luggage bag!   1. Power Bank Credit: 200degrees on PixabayNever ever leave the house without a power bank. This is already an essential in my daily life, what more during traveling. As someone who is highly dependent on a smartphone, I wouldn't want to be left hanging without directions or capturing any moment. It can also be a lifesaver during long flights that have no charging port.   2. Travel Adapter Credit: TaZ1704 on Pixabay Research is a must on the country that you will be visiting as their power socket outlet may be different than your home country. You wouldn't want to end up worrying and struggling in finding an adapter in a foreign country. Multiple sockets adapter is ideal if you have more than one gadget to charge.   3. Medication Credit: stvepb on Pixabay No one wants to fall sick during a trip. So remember to pack some medication! You will never know when it might come in handy. Language barrier can be a challenge to get your medication correctly in a foreign country. Therefore, it's better to be safe than sorry. As I personally don't have a specific medication prescribed, paracetamol is a go-to for me.   4. Clothes - But the right ones! Credit: Free-Photos on Pixabay How many pieces of clothing is enough for a trip? For long trips, I would pack only 3 sets of clothing. That should be enough to last me the whole trip. The trick is to source for a hotel with a laundry facility. If you think it is unfashionable to wear the same attire for three days out of the whole trip, you should try packing clothes where you can mismatch them! Remember, packing fewer clothes means more space in your luggage. Think about the souvenirs you can bring home!Climate and weather in the country you are visiting may be a factor in choosing your garments too. If you are visiting a colder country, you will definitely need to pack your thick jackets. In such cases, I will stuff my thick clothing into a vacuum packed bag. It does leave a little space for you to fit something else in your luggage.   5. Pen Credit: Janson.K on Pexels It doesn't hurt to always carry around a pen with you. Whip out your pen in the plane and start filling in the clearance forms. Save plenty of time at the immigration from writing down. You might not know if immigration even has a pen.   6. Toothbrush / Toothpaste Credit: George Becker on Pexels Of all the toiletries that you shouldn't leave without, toothbrush and toothpaste are the most important! I have learned from all my past trips that you need to pack them in your luggage. Let me remind you that not all accommodation provides them. It is also essential for those with long flights as you may feel the need to wash up. 7. Moisturizer Credit: jniittymaa0 on PixabayForget about soap and shampoo because you can definitely find them in hotels. Moisturizer is essential if you are traveling as climate change might affect the dryness of your skin. Peeling skins and redness can be painful. Lip balm should also be included in your packing list. Cracked lips are definitely painful and unappealing. Don't let them hinder you from enjoying your whole trip!   8. Tiny food items Credit: rawpixel on Pixabay This includes cup noodles, canned food or snacks like energy bars. You might think this is redundant but let me share about this. Let's be real. When we travel, we would want to save more. Most of the time, we would want to set aside more cash for activities or some shopping. I usually make a deal to myself that I am only eating out once in a day. Some countries might have limited choices for Halal food. Even if there is, it might cost you two meals back in your home ground. Of course, if Halal food is easily made available and it's affordable, by all means, you can scrap this off your packing list.   9. Clay Soap / Detergent Credit: Michael Tavrionios on Pixabay This only applies if your accommodation allows you to cook or if you are using the utensils provided. It caters to the need of Muslim travelers as it purifies the utensils. I have been packing a bottle in my luggage for as long as I can rememeber! You should definitely check this out if you have never come across it!   10. Slippers Credit: zofhfh225 on Pixabay Probably optional but let me tell you why I always have them packed in my luggage. You might be wearing your best sneakers to venture around town but it's redundant to wear one just to visit the convenience store closest to your hotel. It will be a great idea to pack one too if your itinerary consists of a beach or island trip.   11. Documents Credit: Free-Photos on PixabayAlways have your documents ready, either softcopy or hardcopy. It includes your itinerary, your hotel details and visa if needed. Having them all compiled into one, it will be easier for you to refer to when needed. Apart from that, I practice keeping a photocopied version of my passport and identification card. Due to security reasons, I don't usually carry my identification card out of the country.   12. Prayer Essentials Credit: andreas160578 on PixabayLast but not least, prayer essentials! Remember, while you're enjoying your trip overseas, you should never miss out on performing your religious duties! So be sure to bring things such as your telekung, prayer mats and most importantly, the Holy Quran. Allah won't forget you if you don't forget Him ...

  • 9 Japan Theme Parks To Add To Your Bucket List

    The thrill and fun of a ride in a theme park brings joy to kids and adult alike. If you are traveling with friends or family, set aside a day where you can spend time with them in an amusement park. Japan is home to world-class theme parks like Disneyland and Universal Studio. You might be surprised to know some medium-sized or vintage theme parks that exist in Japan and are still in operation now. Check out the list and add them in your itinerary for your next trip to Japan! (Disclaimer: Do note that currency conversion is accurate at the time of writing this article and prices mentioned are generally for adults)   1) Tokyo Disneyland Credit: Tokyo Disneyland Disneyland is no longer foreign in an avid travelers' book. I am sure it is one of the places to visit in your bucketlist. Take your time to stroll in the 7 different theme lands there and enjoy the colorful, vibrant park. Most of the rides in Tokyo Disneyland are kid-friendly! You can even bring your belongings up the roller coaster.If you stay up till night, you may enjoy the night parade and also the lighting up of Cinderella's castle.FASTPASS attraction ticket is available for those who dread the long queue. All you need to do is head to the rides with the FASTPASS machine and scan your admission ticket. You will be given an allocated time to enter the rides as reflected on the time window.I recommend going during the weekdays as it is less crowded to compare to the weekend or even a public holiday.Halal food: There isn't any halal restaurant in Disneyland. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Prayer room: Head to Main Street House situated near the entrance. You may approach any one of the staff members there and they will show you the allocated Muslim praying corner. Do remember to bring your own prayer mats, prayerwear and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line, 6 minutes walking distance to from the station.   2) Tokyo DisneySea Credit: Tokyo DisneySea Believe it or not, DisneySea is one of a kind which you cannot find in any other part of the world. What makes it so unique is that it is an "Ocean" themed park inspired by the myths and legends of the sea. DisneySea is suitable for all ages, but personally, I feel that it caters more to adult audiences as some of the rides are much intense to compare to the ones in Disneyland. Similar to Disneyland, DisneySea consists of 7 different theme lands.If you want to experience an adrenaline rush, ride on Tower of Terror. This ride features a vertical drop in a haunted mansion. My favorite ride in this park will be Journey to The Center of The Earth. This ride will keep you wanting more and don't say that I did not warn you about the dramatic climax.If you plan to visit both Disneyland and DisneySea, consider getting the 2-day passport and make full use of it. It is available for ¥13,200 (SGD167), which is $20 cheaper than getting a single separate ticket.Halal food: Similar to Disneyland, there isn't any halal restaurant in DisneySea. So, do bring your own food.Prayer room: Head to Guest Relation situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 1-13 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Maihama Station via JR Keiyo Line / Musashino Line. Hop on Disney Resort Line and ride for 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can walk approximately 20 minutes from the station to reach the park.   3) Universal Studios Japan Credit: Universal Studios Japan One would flock to Universal Studios Japan because of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Even if you're not a die-hard Harry Potter fan, there is more to see and ride in this theme park which currently consists of 9 different themed zones. Universal Studios Japan caters to all age groups as it features plenty of kid-friendly and thrilling rides alike.Bid the crowd to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by getting the timed-entrance ticket. Similar to the concept of FASTPASS in Disneyland, you will be allocated a timing to enter the zone. For someone who went to Universal Studios Japan on New Year's Day, I was allocated the 3:30PM time slot when I was already at the park at 7AM! (Yes! Universal Studios Japan operates for very  long hours due to the countdown party)Do take note that the price of the ticket varies depending on the dates. Please check the price calendar before purchasing the ticket if you're planning to buy it online (and I suggest that you do!)Halal food: There aren't any halal eateries in Universal Studio Japan but you can find 'Red Lobster', a seafood restaurant with a Muslim-friendly menu in Universal City Walk.Prayer room: Head to Guest Service situated near the entrance. Request from the staff and they will provide you a praying space. Remember to bring your own praying mats and Qibla compass as those are not provided.Admission Ticket: Starting from ¥7,400 (SGD94) for adultAddress: 2 Chome-1-33 Sakurajima, Konohana Ward, Osaka, 554-0031, JapanAccess: Alight at Universal Studios Station via JR Sakurajima Line   4) Fuji Q Highland Credit: Fuji Q Highland The rides in Fuji Q Highland are not for the faint-hearted. The highlights of this theme park are the 4 major roller coasters, each with record-breaking holders of being the fastest and steepest! There are also haunted houses if you're in the mood for that.Not to worry if you are not fond of roller coasters, this theme park has many more things to offer. For instance, you can enjoy the view of Mount Fuji as this park is located in the Fuji Five Lake. There is also Thomas Land, an area in the park where kids can enjoy. If you visit Fuji Q during winter, you can enjoy the ice skating rink with family and friends.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. There will be no admission ticket to the park as you will only pay for those rides that you want to take.If you are coming from Tokyo city area, consider getting the round pass from Shinjuku starting from ¥6,900 (SGD87). This package includes round trip transportation by train and a pass to the rides in Fuji Q Highland.Halal food: Doner KebabPrayer room: Newly renovated in February 2019. This room is equipped with a place to perform ablution and Qibla indicator.Admission Ticket: Rides starting from ¥400 (SGD5), All access pass costs ¥5,700 (SGD72)Address: 5 Chome-6-1 Shin-Nishihara, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi 403-0017, JapanAccess: Highway buses available from Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal   5) Tokyo Joypolis Credit: Tokyo Joypolis If you are into virtual reality and love feeling thrilled, visit Tokyo Joypolis by Sega. This indoor amusement park looks like a portal to another dimension at the entrance and makes you curious standing outside. Did I mention that there is an indoor roller coaster here?This amusement park is located in DECKS Tokyo Beach in Tokyo Bay area, Odaiba. Witness the Odaiba's Statue of Liberty and then enter this amusement park to kill time before continuing your itinerary of witnessing the infamous Rainbow Bridge.Entry is allowed for children aged 7 years old and above. You may purchase just the admission ticket and then purchase the ticket for each ride inside or get the all-access pass.Halal food: No food and drink allowed on the premises. Nearby Halal restaurant: The Oven (Aquacity, Odaiba), Sojibo (DiverCity Tokyo Plaza)Prayer room: Available in DECKS Tokyo Beach. The prayer room is equipped with a place to perform ablution.Admission Ticket: Admission only costs ¥800 (SGD10), All-access pass costs ¥4,500 (SGD57)Address: DECKS Tokyo Beach, 1 Chome-6-1 Daiba, Minato City, Tokyo 135-0091, JapanAccess: Alight at Tokyo Teleport Station via Rinkai Line or Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station via Yurikamome Line.   6) Nagashima Spa Land Credit: Nagashima Spa Land Nagashima Spa Land is worth the mention despite it being in Mie prefecture. If you are a roller coaster lover, this should be in your bucketlist. Nagashima Spaland is widely-known as the best theme park for roller coasters in Japan! With almost 12 roller coasters, it will definitely satisfy your desires for roller coasters!Not to worry for those who are not up for thrilling rides. There are over 50 rides to choose from, ranging from moderate ones suitable for children to Ferris wheels.In summer, you will be in luck as you can visit the Nagashima Jumbo Ocean Water Pool. This water theme park is packed with water slides and wave pools. It is a must for avid water theme park lovers to include this place in your itinerary for a summer vacation!Nagashima Spa Land is another part of what Nagashima Resort has to offer. Rest assurred that it will not be a wasted trip as you can visit Mitsui Outlet Park, an outlet mall. You can also enjoy nature in Nabana no Sato, a flower theme park with blooming flowers all year round. And if you are just looking for a place to wind, chill and relax like the local, you can visit Yuami no Shima, a natural bathhouse which includes day-spa and body-care services.Halal food: Mega Kebab in Nabana no Sato food courtAdmission Ticket: All access pass at ¥5,200 (SGD66)Address: 333 Nagashimacho Urayasu, Kuwana, Mie, JapanAccess: Direct bus from Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center is available. Daily coach buses available from Osaka and Kobe (To make an advance reservation).   7) Hirakata Park Credit: Hirakata Park If you are giving Universal Studio Japan a pass but still want to get some thrill and fun, visit Hirakata Park. I am sure you will love this park as much as I do!This amusement park is nestled among residential areas. Enjoyable for people of all ages, it is one of the oldest theme parks in Japan. There's not much information on the web on this theme park but rest assured that it's worth a visit. Take note that the usage of English is limited here.The highlight of the ride here is the wooden roller coaster Elf. Don't be deceived by its material, thinking that it's nothing. I can promise you that this is one of the most exciting roller coasters I have ever ridden. You should also try Crazy Mouse - a ride so popular that it almost always has a long queue!Hirakata Park isn't only fun because of its nostalgic rides. Due to its vintage-feel, this makes the park picturesque. Furthermore, it is one of the best Cherry Blossom spots in spring. In the summer, you can indulge in the water theme park and during the winter, you can watch the prettiest illumination.This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Kebab food truck near Red Falcon.Admission Ticket: ¥4,400 (SGD55) for all access passAddress: 1-1 Hirakatakoencho, HirakataAccess: Alight at Hirakata-Koen Station by Keihan Line, 5 minutes walking distance from the station.   8) Yokohama Cosmoworld Credit: Yokohama Cosmoworld The Cosmo Clock 21, formerly known as the biggest Ferris Wheel in the world, is the most iconic trademark of Yokohama Cosmoworld. Overlooking Tokyo Bay, it is an amusement park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.The park is divided into 3 main zones; one which consists of rides for kids and toddlers and the other two which consists of more thrilling rides. I recommend you to try 'Vanish', which is a roller coaster that goes straight into the water at high speed, or Ice World where you can feel extremely cold. And if you are daring enough, try out the haunted house!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: Port Terrace Cafe in JICA YokohamaPrayer room: Available in Yokohama World Porter. Request from the staff at the information counter to use the prayer room. Prayer mats and Qibla indicator are provided.Admission Ticket: Rides ranges from ¥300 (SGD4) to ¥800 (SGD10)Address: 2 Chome-8-1 Shinko, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0001, JapanAccess: Alight at Minatomirai Station by Minatomirai Line or Sakuragicho Station by JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.   9) Tokyo Dome City  Credit: Tokyo Dome City This place is definitely not foreign to people who go to Japan for concerts or baseball matches. Whether you are waiting for a concert to start or just killing time in between shopping, check out this amusement park!Of course, the highlight of this amusement park is Thunder Dolphin. Its unique course brings you in and out LaQua and goes through the Ferris wheel, Big O. The speedy roller coaster will shake the whole mall, tempting you to get on it but if that doesn't, I don't know what else will!This is a pay-as-you-go theme park. Thus, you may purchase an admission ticket to the park only and then pay for the selective rides separately.Halal food: There are no halal eateries around Tokyo Dome City. Therefore, you should pack a few snacks which will last you throughout the day.Admission Ticket: Ride prices range from ¥420 (SGD5) to ¥1,030 (SGD13)Address: 1-3-61, Koraku, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 112-8575, JapanAccess: Alight at Korakuen Station by Marunouchi Line or Suidobashi Station by Sobu Line. So there you have it! The list of theme parks that you can visit when you're in Japan. I am positive that all these theme parks will spark joy and bring about great experiences to your trip, just like how it did to mine!...

  • Travelling Somewhere? Download These Apps First!

    As technology advances, we tend to rely more on our smartphones for information and easy access. At the touch of a button, we are able to book airplane tickets, hotels, learn new languages and even search up tourists spots in foreign countries.There are several apps that we would like to recommend, be it during planning for a vacation or when you have already stepped on foreign land and here they are:    1) Google Trips Credit: Google TripsWho says that an unplanned trip can be terrible? If you are on a solo trip and just want to venture out without any prior planning, this app is a must-have. It will automatically map out a half or full day trip for you with the point of interest to see! It will also show you nearby attractions and things to enjoy. Apart from that, Google Trip organizes your travel details very neatly so that you never have to go digging your email to look for it! No Wifi? No problem because Google Trip is made available offline too!WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   2) Muslim Pro Credit: Muslim Pro Muslim Pro is an app that every Muslim person needs to have! From accurate daily prayer timings to verses of the Holy Quran, as well as Qibla indicator - this app has everything you need whenever and wherever you are. This is a plus point if you are unsure of the prayer time due to the difference in time zones. On top of all of these functions, it also helps you to find nearby Mosques and Halal food places to dine at. Definitely helpful when you are traveling to a foreign country!WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   3) Airbnb Credit: Pixabay I am sure most of you are familiar with this app, but for those who aren't, Airbnb is an app for you to book accommodation -mainly apartments or shared rooms. It differs from your typical stay in a hotel as Airbnb are hosted by locals. What I like about Airbnb is that you can stay like the locals and shop like the locals. At the same time, some apartment offers amenities like your own kitchenette and laundromat, suitable for those who will be traveling longer. From time to time, a nightly rate of an apartment in Airbnb can be more affordable than a normal hotel. So there's no harm in checking this app out!WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   4) Google Translate Credit: PetaPixel You don't have to learn a specific language fully to travel to a country. Google Translate comes in handy when you need to ask for direction from locals or source out ingredients for dishes! The best feature of Google Translate is the camera translation. All you need to do is hover your camera over a text and it will translate it for you instantly!WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   5) Citymapper Credit: Citymapper Citymapper is an app for you to commute by public transport. What I like about this app is how detailed the description of the journey is from one point to another. It features the time taken by selected ways of travel and also the fares of the trip. Currently, not all cities are available on this app yet but if the cities that you are traveling to is available, why not give this app a try?WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   6) Klook Credit: KlookWe all want to save as much as we can when we travel, especially when it comes to tour and attraction tickets. Check out some of the best offers by Klook. From SIM cards and data SIMs to tours and attraction tickets, discounted or package prices can be found on this site. Buying tickets from Klook also saves your time from queuing for attraction tickets. Occasionally, Klook throws in promo codes for you to use when booking. Do read the terms and conditions of each attraction as it varies.WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   7) TravelSmart Credit: TravelSmart TravelSmart is a useful app as it contains emergency hotlines worldwide. It will also keep you updated with information on the country that you are visiting as you might not be updated with the local news. Apart from that, a weather forecast may be essential as it might affect your activity. You may also find information on danger spot, allowing you to avoid the area. There is also a built-in currency converter and tipping calculator, in case you want to tip the locals. The free version of this app is adequate to fulfill the basic needs of a solo traveler.WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   8) WeSwap Credit: WeSwapIf charges and fees of a credit card scare you when you utilized it overseas, WeSwap helps to overcome it. All you need to do is sign up via the app and you will be sent a multi-currency load card. You can load in any amount into this card and use it in shops around the world where Mastercard is accepted. You may also withdraw money from selected ATMs if needed.Alternatively, if you reside in Singapore, you may try YouTrip, an app with a similar concept as WeSwap. The only difference is that it is based in Singapore.WebsiteDownload: Android | iOS   If you have tried out all these apps, which one is your favorite? For me, my personal favourite is the Muslim Pro app but most of these apps have become my travel companion every time I travel! Go give them a try and I'm sure they will make your trip even smoother and worthwhile - thank me later!...

  • Battle of the Food: Best Halal Japanese Eateries In SG

    From Sushi to Ramen to Udon, Japanese food has never failed to entice me. But what makes me more excited is if they are Halal! But of course, food tastes best when you have companions; somewhere you can head for lunch with your colleagues or somewhere you can dine in for dinner with your family or friends. I can still remember the fragrance of pearl rice in a bowl of Tendon and the springy strand of a Ramen noodle hanging from my chopsticks. These are the littlest things that make me want to revisit the restaurant, bringing friends and families along to share the joy of Japanese food. I've narrowed down to 5 best halal Japanese restaurants in Singapore based on its taste, location, and price. Here are my top picks! Yoroshiku! 1. The Ramen Stall Gyudon Torched Salmon Sushi Beef Ramen Picture Credit: The Ramen Stall Facebook Isn't it amazing that you can eat Halal Ramen for supper? Yes! You read that right. The Ramen Stall opens till 5am every day and this calls for all the night owls who are around Arab Street, or even anywhere else. The Ramen Stall offers everything Japanese; Sushi, Sashimi, Donburi and of course, Ramen.Price: Worth every single cent that I wouldn't mind splurging myselfAmbiance: The Ramen Stall is definitely a place for you to hang out with your family and friends or even a date night with your partner!Food: Everything worth trying if you are a Japanese food lover like me. As a spicy food lover, I recommend the Volcano Ramen which is also one of the best sellers. Challenge yourself to the level of spiciness to this Ramen if you dare. I'll salute you if you don't hiss due to the spiciness at level 3.Location: Located at North Bridge Road, it is at a walkable distance from Bugis MRT and easily spotted. Address: 787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755Contact: (+65) 6655 0800Opening Hours: 5PM to 5AM (Mon-Fri)                          12PM to 5AM (Sat-Sun, Public Holiday)Website: www.theramenstall.com.sg Facebook 2. Hei Sushi Fresh Salmon Picture Credit: Hei Sushi Facebook Hei Sushi restaurant is no longer foreign to most of the food lovers out there. They serve a variety of Japanese food; Ramen, Udon, Soba, Ju, Sushi, and Sashimi. It will definitely leave you spoilt for choices. Price: Average restaurant price but worth it! Do check out the lunch deal from time to time.Ambiance: Hei Sushi is a great restaurant for small catch-up time with friends over a bowl of piping hot Ramen/Udon or even family time over sushi platters. I should say that this restaurant is kid-friendly as they offer a kid's menu for the little ones.Food: My personal favorite is the Gyu Udon, sliced beef Udon bathed in Udon soup. The piping hot Udon soup is soothing and will leave your glasses clouded! Apart from Hana Maki (salmon rolled over sushi rice, topped with mayo and fish roe), do try the Cheesy Beef Neta, a fried sushi topped with cheese and sliced beef. These two types of sushi will never fail to satisfy me as the flavors melt in your mouth!Location: Various outlets Islandwide. Personally, I find some of the outlets are out of my ways like Downtown East but if the cravings are there, traveling shouldn't be a problem. Sembawang Shopping CentreAddress: 604 Sembawang Road, #01-22/23, Singapore 758459​Contact: 6481 9081Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun) Downtown EastAddress: Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Avenue, #02-334​               1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599Contact: 6386 7141​Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 10PM (Mon-Sun) IMM (Kiosk)Address: 2 Jurong East Street 21, #01-K10 (Kiosk)Contact: 6425 2383Opening Hours: 10.30AM to 9.30PM (Mon-Sun) Sakae BuildingAddress: 28 Tai Seng Street, #01-02, Singapore 534106Contact: 6382 1494Opening Hours: 11.30AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun, Excluding Public Holidays) MyOutlets Halal Global Hub: ​The Halal Supermarket (Kiosk)Address: 750 Chai Chee Road, #01-07, Viva Business Park,               Singapore 469000Contact: 6443 8082Opening Hours: 9AM to 9PM (Mon-Sun)Website: www.heisushi.com Facebook | Instagram 3. Hanna's Fusion and Japanese Cuisine Picture Credit: Hanna's Fusion and Japanese Cuisine Facebook If you are around the Bugis area and craving for some Udon, this is definitely a place for you to check out. Nestled among electronics shops at level 4 of Sim Lim Tower, Hanna's Fusion offers Ramen, Udon, Donburi and curry rice. Living up to the restaurant's name, you may also find Western and Japanese fusion dishes such as Karaage Aglio Olio and Grilled Angus Beef Curry to name a few.Price: AffordableAmbiance: Hanna's Fusion has been one of my favorite picks when I am craving for Udon. Not only because of the affordable price for a bowl of Udon but also the secluded area in an electronic mall, therefore making it less crowded. I can fairly say that this restaurant is best for a quiet date with your partner, minus the romantic ambiance. Do take note that the restaurant closes at 8pm so have an early dinner if you planned to do so.Location: Very convenient as Sim Lim Tower is just walking distance from Rochor MRT. Also, it is walkable from Bugis MRT Address: 1 Rochor Canal Road, #04-02F, Sim Lim Square, Singapore, 188504Contact: 6337 7540Opening Hours: 12PM to 8PM (Mon-Sat)Website: hannasfusion.oddle.me Facebook 4. Natsu Seafood Tempura Picture Credit: Natsu Facebook If you are staying in the west or just happened to be in the west area, how about heading to Natsu? Located at the basement of Clementi Mall, Natsu serves all sorts of Tempura; Prawn, chicken, sweet potatoes to name a few. They also serve Tendon (tempura with rice) and the best thing is that you can choose if you want it to be with pearl rice or matcha soba.Price: Definitely worth the moneyAmbiance: It is a bummer that this store is only a kiosk and therefore, it is only available for takeouts.Food: As a tempura lover, this must have been one of my favorite and the nearest taste I can get as to those from Japan. You can dip the crunchy tempura into either one of the sauces that they offered like wasabi mayo or truffle cream but for me, the original sauce is always the best. Do try the Chicken Tendon too as it comes with onsen egg and that was the first thing that caught my eyes. This hearty box will definitely cure your cravings for Japanese food.Location: Conveniently located in Clementi Mall Address: 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West B1-K18, The Clementi Mall, Singapore 129588Opening Hours: 10AM to 9.30PM (Mon-Sat) Facebook | Instagram 5. Maki-san Picture Credit: Maki-San Facebook Looking for something simple, filling yet Japanese? Try Maki-san. Maki-san allows you to DIY your own sushi ingredients, starting from the seaweed wrap, to the rice followed by the fillings and even the sauces. What entices me about Maki-san is the boxes used to pack the sushi; Colorful and pretty all in one!Price: AffordableAmbiance: Maki-san is an ideal place to hang out with friends but it can get pretty crowded during the peak period. From my previous experiences. I didn't need to wait long to get my box of sushi, therefore making it one of the best lunch 'bento' for me.Location: Maki-san's outlets can be found islandwide. Delivery is also made available for those who want to avoid queuing. i12 KatongAddress: 112 East Coast Road #B1-19, i12 Katong, Singapore, 428802Contact: 9712 5119Opening Hours: 11:45AM to 9PM (Sun-Thu)                         11:45AM to 9PM (Fri-Sat) Compass OneAddress: 1 Sengkang Square, #01-45, Singapore, 545078Contact: 9835 8804Opening Hours: 11:45AM to 9PM (Sun-Thu)                         12PM to 9PM (Fri-Sat) CineleisureAddress: 8 Grange Road #01-04, Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore, 239695Contact: 8218 4204Opening Hours: 11:45AM to 9PM (Sun-Thu)                         11:45AM to 11PM (Fri-Sat) Clementi Mall Address: 3155 Commonwealth Ave W, #04-33, Singapore, 129588Contact: 9621 6056Opening Hours: 11:45AM to 9PM (Sun-Thu)                         11:45AM to 11PM (Fri-Sat) The Cathay, Dhoby Ghaut Address: 2 Handy Road #B1-17/18, Singapore, 229233Contact: 6737 8772Opening Hours: 11:45AM to 9PM (Sun-Thu)                         12.15PM to 9.30PM (Fri-Sat)Website: www.makisan.com               order.rollwithmakisan.com Facebook | Instagram Fun Fact! Maki-san website is interactive that they allow you to create your own animations. You can play around with the build in animations and send them to your friends or beloved ones!Have you tried all the restaurants listed here? Go ahead and make plans with your friends or family if you haven't. You will never regret it and will definitely come back for more, just like me....