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  • 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...

  • Plan To Travel After Covid-19? Here Are 12 Reasons Why You Should Travel To Japan!

    The COVID-19 situation has resulted in a travel ban in some countries. Usually, around this time of the year, many people would have planned for their next holiday! Given the situation currently, we can only plan for our next trip once the situation gets better. But hey, planning for a trip can be exciting too! And if you are still struggling to decide which destination you should go to once it is safe to travel again, then we recommend Japan! I, myself, have my destination set for Japan next, and if you do too, then great! Japan has always been one of the popular destinations amongst tourists especially with the increasing Muslim-friendly services here. Here are 12 reasons why Japan should be your next destination after the Covid-19 pandemic! via GIPHY Also Read: Looking For Accommodation? Bunk in These 7 Muslim-Friendly Ryokans in Japan! 1. Natural Wonders of Japan Image Credit: Walter Mario Stein on Unsplash Japan is not all about city life. Apart from all the modernity and advanced technology tagged to its image, Japan holds an incredible natural landscape. We can never forget about the iconic Mount Fuji when it comes to the natural landscape in Japan. Who can also forget Arashiyama's Bamboo Forest, one of the must-visit places when you are in Osaka or Kyoto area. There are so many other incredible natural wonders in Japan that you should check out! Fit them in your itinerary and get awestruck by the view! 2. Rich Culture and Tradition Image Credit: Aya Salman on Unsplash The culture in Japan has evolved throughout the years. But walk down some streets and alleys in Japan, and you can still see the traditional elements. Japan, to me, is a fusion of traditional and modernity. Apart from being picturesque, there are so many things to see and learn in Japan. Japan's popular culture has brought about global recognition, such as anime and manga. Not to forget traditional art appreciation like Japanese painting, calligraphy, and Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement). I have always been interested in Kimono, not only from the way of wearing one but also from the prints and textiles. It is a great experience to don one too! Japan's rich culture and tradition is definitely one of the reasons why you should visit the country if you haven't!  3. Halal Food Image Credit: Helga Christina on Unsplash Often, I was asked this question from my peers: "Is it easy to find Halal food in Japan?" Let me assure you that it is, and it has gotten better! Comparing my trip in 2013 to the recent ones in 2019, sourcing for Halal food has gotten easier. The food industry in Japan has embraced Halal gastronomy and it will continue to grow in the nearest future. The best thing about traveling is trying local delicacies and food. Think about the authentic taste of Sushi, Ramen and Udon. This should be one of the reasons to get you excited to explore Japan! For more information on where you can locate Halal food in Japan, you can refer to this. 4. Transportation Image Credit: Ian Matyssik on Unsplash You must have heard about how accurate and efficient Japan's transportation is. And this is always true. The only time I had to wait for the train to arrive was due to a snowstorm and an accident during my previous visit. The accurate and "on-time" transportation timings really help in planning for your trip. Also, Japan is highly accessible; it is easy to get from one place to another via public transportation. Which gets me to my next point. Japan's railway system might be intimidating and confusing to many. With so many lines, different train companies, and different train categories, it can be overwhelming at times. We suggest proper planning and if possible, prepare your Google maps for ease! I myself feel the need to rely on Google Maps all the time as it helps in determining the platform number, train line, and category. Either way, it will be a great adventure and experience for you!  5. Entertainment Image Credit: Megan McClain on Unsplash If you are in a J-pop fandom, it is likely for you to travel to and fro Japan to watch concerts of your favorite groups. Even for fans of Japanese Anime, traveling to Japan is like a dream come true. Take, for example, Akihabara, a town in Tokyo, which is filled with various products of Japanese popular culture; you will have endless choices of merchandise and goods to choose from. For all of you fans of the Pokémon franchise, don't forget to visit the Pokémon centers of Tokyo here! And it is definitely way cheaper to buy it straight from the country of origin.  Other than that, Japan is also home to the popular Studio Ghibli. If you are a fan of these classic Japanese animation films, don't miss out on the Studio Ghibli museum in Mitaka! My advice? Just make sure you have enough baggage weight to bring back all of these goods!  6. Accommodation Image Credit: Jack Zhang on Unsplash Japan has various kinds of accommodation available for all types of travelers. Capsule hotel was first developed in Japan, and its concept has been adopted in other countries. Apart from hostels and hotels, you can always opt for apartments. I remember how Airbnb wasn't vastly used back then, and there tend to be some mishaps. As most rental apartments need to be registered under the Japanese Government, it's relatively easier to trust booking accommodations through Airbnb nowadays. The most exciting part is, you can try living among the locals while booking accommodation via Airbnb. If these still don't excite you, why not stay in a traditional Japanese tatami house or Ryokans (Traditional Japanese Inns)? These accommodations offer you the full traditional Japanese experience of relaxation and most importantly, there are some Ryokans that provide Muslim-friendly services in Japan! What an experience it will be!  7. Top Cities to Visit Image Credit: Alexander Smagin on Unsplash Each city in Japan has its own uniqueness, bringing about endless choices to explore. Top destinations like Tokyo and Osaka no longer needs an introduction. If you need a break from Tokyo, you can always visit Hakone, which is famous for its hot spring and scenic view. Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, is popular for its snow festival held annually in February. Or visit Hiroshima, one of the historical cities in Japan. Whichever city you decided to visit, it will definitely be a great one!Also Read: The Best Muslim-Friendly Destinations in Japan 8. Japan's Four Seasons Image Credit: AJ on Unsplash For someone who is born and raised in a country with no seasonal change, I am always looking forward to traveling to countries with the four different seasons. Japan has a remarkable view and exciting activities to do all seasons. It is known to be one of the best destinations to view cherry blossoms in spring. But it does not stop there. Christmas is always magical in Japan with lightings and illuminations during winter. Meanwhile, you can catch festivals in summer like the Matsuri festivals and witness the trees turn into pretty shades of orange and yellow foliage as it approaches autumn. Are you tempted to visit Japan yet?  9. Amusement Parks Image Credit: Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash Homed to renowned Universal Studio Japan and Disneyland, this should be one of the reasons to travel to Japan! Most travelers would have this in their bucket list as both of these amusement parks are popular tourist attractions! These theme parks are also places where you can get souvenirs for your loved ones! Don't forget to put on those cute Disney Ears Hats and headbands before making your way to Disneyland! Either you are jumping on the bandwagon as a tourist, or you just want to have some fun, you will make great memories here!  10. Convenience Store (Konbini) Image Credit: Joan Tran on Unsplash If there's one thing that should excite you to travel to Japan, it's the convenience store, also known as Konbini! It's not only 7-11 chains that you can find here, but there are also Family Mart, Lawson and Sunkus. Unlike the supermarket, they are opened 24/7 and don't be surprised to find one at almost every location. Your choices here are not limited to food and drinks; you can also find everyday items like cosmetics, toiletries, and stationeries. They also provide services like ATM machines, photocopy and printing services and ticketing machines for various activities like concerts and amusement parks. And did I mention that it is the best place to go to if you are lost? Apart from refreshing yourself, you can also ask the shopkeeper for directions as they tend to have a map around the area and may be able to help you.  11. 100yen Shops Image Credit: Hamish Duncan on Unsplash Dare I say this is one of the best places to shop for anything? Even if it's necessary or not! You can find various items here like household products and craft items. Each store holds different products, so if you're lucky, you might find some hidden gem somewhere. There are also other chains like 3coins and the renowned Daiso, which is always crowded given its popularity amongst tourists. I can spend hours going from aisle to aisle browsing items and trust me, it's the best place to get souvenirs too! If you are lucky enough, you can even find Japan-made products which make great souvenirs to take home for your family and friends. 12. A Safe Country Image Credit: Lilian Luk on Unsplash Japan is known for being a generally safe country. As it is one of the safest countries in the world, there should be fewer things to worry about and you could walk around the cities with ease, even at night. Nonetheless, even though Japan is known for its low crime rate, this doesn't mean that we can be too comfortable as a tourist. Travel safety still applies, and it should always be our top priority.   Also Read: 10 Main Shopping Enclaves in Shibuya - Japan! Japan is worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. There are so many things to do and see, be it solo, with friends or with your family. I am sure these 12 reasons will get you all excited to choose Japan as your next destination after the Covid-19 pandemic because it sure does for me (again!).  via GIPHY ...

  • 10 Best Virtual Museum Tours In 2020

    The COVID-19 situation has placed some business on a halt, some may have even closed their doors. We have seen how entertainment centers, tourist attractions, zoos, and even museums were affected by this outbreak. There is no denying that technology has made life simpler, making us feel that the world is at our fingertips. As travel bans have been imposed all around the world, you may have heard about virtual traveling. Exploring the world at the comfort of your home might not give you the best experience but think about its convenience; you don't have to deal with the crowd! Even better, some of these tours are free! From the deepest part of the world to local zoos to historical and art museums; there's an abundance of virtual tours made available for you. Can't travel to visit these iconic museums? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are 10 best virtual museum tours you need to check out in 2020!  via GIPHY   1. The British Museum, London Image Credit: Ryan Stefan on Unsplash The British Museum in London was opened in 1759 and was the first national public museum in the world. You can learn about human histories and culture dated way back to over two million years.There are several ways for you to enjoy these historic artifacts. Explore the virtual museum tours through Google Street View. You can visit up to 60 over galleries like the Egyptian sculpture gallery and The World of Alexander. You can also view an infographic timeline of each artifact through History Connected. You can easily read through the facts or even listen to the audio made available. It is very informative and must not be missed by all history buffs! For those of you who had always dreamed of visiting this museum, this is your chance. And the best part is, it's free! Website 2. The Broad, Los Angeles Image Credit: Tu Tram Pham on UnsplashThe Broad in Los Angeles features contemporary art from the 1950s to the present. With almost 2,000 pieces of artwork, you can find collections from influential contemporary artists like Andy Warhol and Yayoi Kusama.Get inspired by the effort made by The Broad to bring this wonderful experience to you at home. Watch one of The Broad's famous installations, Yayoi Kasuma's Infinity Mirrored Room, over some lights and sounds environment. If you want to find activities you can do with the kids, get inspired through the family workshops at home series. It contains step-by-step tutorials that you can enjoy with your family. If you can't get over the Infinity Mirrored Room, then you can learn how to create one from one of the videos.Website 3. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Image Credit: Mitchell Luo on Unsplash National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, is one of the oldest museums to exist in the country. Founded in 1861, you can find artworks from both local and international artists, ranging from contemporary art, fashion, architecture, and dance.Fans of KAWS, you no longer have to feel disappointed about missing this exhibition. Now available via virtual tours, head down to the website to visit KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness exhibition. Other exhibitions you can visit virtually includes the 'Japanese Modernism' and 'Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines.' The latter exhibition is worth visiting as you can listen to the audio tour by the curator himself. Wonderful isn't it? Website 4. National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul Image Credit: National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art has established four museums in different venues; Gwacheon, Deoksugung, Seoul, and Cheongju. It is one of the most famous museums in Korea that showcases Korea's art and culture. The four museums are unique; each showcasing different aspects of art and culture in Korea but are geared towards a common goal which is to provide a rewarding cultural experience to visitors. You can find various artworks ranging from literature to calligraphy, architecture to design, and family-oriented space and children's museum.One of the ways you can enjoy a tour around the museum is through the official website. You can watch tour videos on Jonathan Borofsky's Singing Man or Kim Whanki's Two Moon. Meanwhile, on Google Art & Culture, you can view more collections from renowned artistes or even go on a virtual tour on all levels.Website 5. Musée d’Orsay, Paris Image Credit: Armand Khoury on Unsplash Musée d’Orsay in Paris, France, holds French artworks dated way back in 1848 to 1914. These artworks range from painting, sculpture, furniture, and photographs. Fans of impressionist will find solace in this museum, witnessing artworks from renowned painters like Monet and Van Gogh.As Musée d’Orsay used to be a railway station, you may catch a glimpse of its history through an online exhibition called From Station to the Renovated Musée d'Orsay. Apart from that, get inspired by the canvas painting and oil painting made available for you in Google Art & Culture. You can now enjoy the artworks from this exhibition in the comfort of your home!Website 6. China Paper Cutting Museum, Yangzhou Image Credit: China Paper Cutting Museum on Discover China  The China Paper Cutting Museum in Yangzhou holds a diverse collection of paper-cutting arts from around the country. With almost 400 pieces of artwork, its genre ranged from landscapes, birds and flowers, and plants, and insects. Paper-cutting art has always been important to Chinese folk culture. These delicate and detailed arts may leave you in awe and keep you inspired in many ways.You can view the artwork virtually from local artistes via the online exhibitions made available. If you wanna try making some paper cutting art, how about watching the online exhibition called 'The Art of Cutting Paper by Zhang Muli?' All you need is just a pair of scissors and some paper. Time to get crafty! Website 7. Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kyoto Image Credit: Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, also known as Fureaikan, features Kyoto's traditional crafts. With almost 500 collections ranging from Kimonos, lacquerwares, and textiles, there is always something to see and learn on Kyoto crafts.The traditional garment Kimono has always featured beautiful and intricate designs. Learn its history from the online exhibition, 'The Ancient History Making and Wearing a Kimono' and 'Historical Development of Kimono Pattern'. The beautiful textiles of a Kimono will leave you in awe, as you learn to appreciate them more given that the time and effort it takes to make the textiles can be excruciating. Website 8. Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Image Credit: The Singapore Art Museum The Singapore Art Museum is dedicated to contemporary art based in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Whether the museum is closed for major transformation or due to the COVID-19 situation, you can still visit the museum and view the exhibitions virtually. Singapore Art Museum has been an organizer for the Singapore Biennale in four different years. If you missed it, you may get the chance to view the last years' collections in the online exhibition 'Singapore Biennale 2019: Every Step in the Right Direction.' You can also go on a virtual walk in the museum and explore all levels that are made available.Website 9. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Image Credit: National Museum of Natural Science on Taichung Travel Net If you want to skip the art and history, or if you are just into nature and science, then this museum is for you! The National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, covers exhibitions like astronomy, space science, and ecology. With over 50 permanent exhibitions to look out for, there is always something for everyone to learn from, be it adults or children.As one of the most visited museums in Taiwan, there shouldn't be a reason to skip this museum especially when you can visit it virtually!. Run through the 100 specimens of different departments; geology, botany, zoology, and anthropology in this online exhibition. You will never leave this virtual tour without learning something new, we promise! Website 10. Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Image Credit: Fubon Art Foundation Fubon Art Foundation may be a little different from the rest of the museums on this list. Its aim is to promote art education and support art-based events. To incorporate art into one's lifestyle, it is not necessary to visit a museum or a gallery. Hence, "Very Fun Park" is established where people can experience art from the streets and alleyways in the city.Don't be sad if your trip to Taiwan is canceled, and you can't witness these awesome artworks. Now, you can navigate through the online galleries and view the various installations from different contemporary visual artists. The colorful and unique installations are interesting to look at; it makes you want to witness them in real life too!Website If you think that you can't experience new things without leaving your house, then you are wrong! This list of virtual museum tours will occupy your time, give you some inspiration, relax your mind, and perhaps, allow you to learn something new. If these museums piqued your interest, then you can include them in your itinerary the next time you are traveling!  via GIPHY...

  • Here Are 10 Best Family Road Trips In Malaysia

    Planning a family trip where everyone can enjoy themselves can be exciting but stressful as well. After Covid-19, it is expected that domestic travel will recover first. Why not use this time to plan for a road trip in Malaysia? Going on a road trip is a great way to bond and spend quality time with your family! Whether you are planning for a short weekend getaway or a vacation, Malaysia has so much to offer! Malaysia is ideal for family road trips as there are so many destinations that you can explore and enjoy with your family. Here are 10 best family road trips in Malaysia!  via GIPHYAlso Read: Here Is What Travel Will Look Like After Covid-19 1. Kota Tinggi to Desaru Image Credit: Kota Tinggi Waterfalls Resort It will take approximately 50 mins to drive down from Kota Tinggi to Desaru, hence making it an ideal short weekend getaway to enjoy with your family. Bring your family for a picnic and take a dip in the Kota Tinggi Waterfall. This spectacular view offers serenity, allowing us to relax and unwind. If you have more time to spare in Kota Tinggi, you can also visit the Kota Tinggi Firefly Park. Participate in outdoor studies with your family and get close to nature. This can be a fun yet enriching experience for the family! Image Credit: Desaru Fruit Farm More family-fun activities await you in Desaru. Drive down to Desaru Fruit Farm and learn how to grow various kinds of fruits. On top of that, you can even do a taste testing of the fruits you have picked. You can also bring the kids to feed the ostriches at the Desaru Ostrich Farm. My best pick will be the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages - adults and kids alike.    2. Port Dickson to Malacca Image Credit: Lexis Hibiscus Port Dickson This trip is another ideal short getaway that you can consider. Stay for a night in Port Dickson and the following day, you can drive down to Malacca in less than 1.5 hours. Port Dickson is the best place to relax and rewind. Book one of the water chalets available like Lexis Hibiscus and enjoy a night stay. Nothing can go wrong with spending quality with the family in a private pool. Image Credit: St. Paul's Church on Lonely Planet The following day, you can take a drive to Malacca. There are many historical sites that you can visit in Malacca, which is known for its rich history. Head down to A Famosa and walk up the small hill to reach St. Paul's Church. Image Credit: Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum There are also plenty of museums around the area that you can visit too, like Flora de la Mar Maritime Museum and the Baba & Nyonya Heritage Museum. If you happened to be in Klebang area, you must not miss the Klebang Original Coconut Shake! Nothing can beat teatime with some traditional Malay kuih (delicious!) and a cup of coconut shake topped with vanilla ice cream (yummy!). 3. Kuala Lumpur to Penang Image Credit: Wayne Chew on Unsplash No matter how long you are planning to stay in Kuala Lumpur, there are always things to see and do. It has become mandatory to take a trip to PETRONAS tower whenever one is in Kuala Lumpur. There are various things to see and do around the area like exploring Aquaria KLCC, visiting the aquarium, or shop at Suria KLCC. After spending some time sightseeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur, continue your journey down the road for about 4 hours to reach a UNESCO heritage town, George Town in Penang. Image Credit: Dark Mansion More fun-filled activities await you in Penang. Visit Dark Mansion, a 3D trick art museum unlike the normal, because they glow in the dark! Your kids will definitely enjoy this, we promise!  Image Credit: Penang Hill on Facebook One of my best take in Penang will be Penang Hill. Ride up the funicular ride to enjoy breathtaking views, learn heritage and culture, and enjoy mother nature. Make sure to feast on their local delights like Char Kuay Teow and Assam Laksa. Penang houses some affordable cafes too so be sure to check that out with your family! 4. Ipoh to Cameron Highlands Image Credit: Old Town Ipoh on Lonely Planet  If you are looking for a lush greenery view on a trip, this road trip is made for you. The drive from Ipoh to Cameron Highlands takes about 2 hours. Firstly, wander down Old Town in Ipoh and discover the street arts and cute streets. You can also visit the city's gem such as Kellie's Castle and Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Once you're done exploring Ipoh's beautiful landmark and art, take a trip to Cameron Highlands. Image Credit: Strawberry Farms on visitmalaysia.info Meanwhile, at Cameron Highlands, you can bring your family out for some outdoor activities. Don't miss out on fun activities like strawberry picking in the strawberry farm, visiting the butterfly farm, and exploring the lavender garden. At the end of the day, spend some quality family time over steamboat in Cameron Highlands.  5. Johor Bahru to Mersing Image Credit: Legoland Malaysia on Facebook Our trip down to Johor Bahru will always be about the food or groceries on the usual days. How about a short getaway, let's say a 2-days 1-night trip with a detour to Mersing? In less than 2 hours drive, you can get to Mersing from Johor Bahru. Over at Johor Bahru, you can visit Legoland, a popular theme park that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Spend a day with your family here; enjoy the rides and attractions it has to offer.  Image Credit: Kishor on Unsplash After having some fun at Legoland, you can drive to Mersing. Mersing is all about the beautiful beaches and white sands. You can opt for snorkeling and island hopping in Mersing if your family is up for it. My best take in Mersing is to book a resort and enjoy a relaxing time at the beaches with your loved ones.  6. Sepang to Genting Highlands Image Credit: Sepang International Circuit  If you think that Sepang is only home to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, you are wrong. There are some fun-filled activities that you can do with your family here. In less than a 2 hours drive, you can get to Genting Highlands and the fun continues. Sepang is known for its Formula One race circuit, but if you're not in Sepang to watch one, head down to Avani Gold Coast Resort. You may choose to stay a night here or visit the Extreme Park for some activities like Go-kart, archery, and ATV jungle trail. Image Credit: Resorts World Genting Next, take a 2-hour drive to Genting Highlands. Enjoy the rides and attractions at the outdoor theme park, which caters to both kids and adults. You might also want to check the indoor theme park and video game park. Hop on the Awana Skyway; you can enjoy the spectacular view from a distance together with your loved ones. 7. Kuantan to Kuala Terengganu Image Credit: The Sungai Pandan Waterfall on Hotel Grand Continental Kuantan For me, Kuantan is an underrated city. Not many tourists visit this beautiful destination. In less than a 3-hour drive from Kuantan, you can reach your destination, Kuala Terengganu. In Kuantan, you can find several beautiful waterfalls. In my opinion, Sungai Pandan Waterfall will be an ideal spot if you are on this road trip with young kids or the elderly. Make a trip to Kula Cakes to eat the local's favorite Mango Cheesecakes. This store should be in every cheesecake lovers' list as they serve other unique flavors as well. Image Credit: Terengganu State Museum on Malaysia.travel After all that fun, drive to Kuala Terengganu for a heritage tour. Visit the Terengganu State Museum to learn about the history and culture of this place. Don't forget to also visit Pantai Batu Burok to enjoy the scenic beach view. 8. Bukit Tinggi to Kuala Selangor Image Credit: Berjaya Hills on visitmalaysia.info Another two locations that are off the beaten track should be on your list if you want to have a unique experience. It takes a 1.5-hour drive to get you to Kuala Selangor from Bukit Tinggi. The Japanese Tea House in Bukit Tinggi, also known as Berjaya Hills, offers you a soulful retreat. Explore the French-themed Colmar Tropicale and the zen-inspired Japanese garden. The rabbit farm is a must-visit for families; you can play and feed the cute little furry friends. Image Credit: Mount Melawati on The Star Next, drive to Kuala Selangor which takes about 1.5 hours. You can hike up Mount Melawati with your family and learn more about the history behind this notable hill. Also, make time to visit the Kuala Selangor Nature Park and walk through the mangroves. You can spot various species of birds here too! You should also try the Cendol Bakar. The preparation of the gula Melaka in this cendol is different from those of the normal cendol out there. 9. Banting to Sekinchan Image Credit: Tadom Hill Resorts This trip is catered to you if you're bringing along pre-teen kids or older who are adventurous and love outdoor activities. It takes 2 hours to reach Sekinchan by car from Banting. First, enjoy various adrenaline attractions in Banting. Head down to Tadom Hill Resorts, where you can enjoy activities like ATV and water swings. If you want to try some paragliding, you can hike up Bukit Jugra. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the scenic view from the peak with your family. Next, take a 2-hour drive to Sekinchan. Expect to see the lush green field of paddy in Sekinchan as it is home to the Paddy Processing Factory. Don't forget to drop by any of the small businesses selling tropical fruits nearby. The juicy giant mangoes, soursops, and guavas can quench your thirst over the hot day (Yum!). 10. Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang Image Credit: Sosodikon Hill on Facebook Located in Sabah, both Kota Kinabalu and Kundasang offers you scenic locations with fresh mountain air. Just about a 2-hour drive, you can get from Kota Kinabalu to Kundasang. You don't always have to hike up Mount Kinabalu when you're in Kota Kinabalu. If you still want to enjoy some mountain views but don't want to break a sweat, visit Sosodikon Hill. Don't forget to visit the Asquare Kota Kinabalu, the first creative container night food market in Kota Kinabalu. You will be spoilt for choices with over 60 varieties of food to choose from different street vendors. Image Credit: Desa Dairy Farm on Facebook Next, take a 2-hour drive to Kundasang. You can visit Desa Dairy Farm in Kundasang with the kids and feed the calves and goats while enjoying some freshly made gelato. I'm sure your kids will enjoy this activity! Also Read: 10 Tips On How To Prepare For A Road Trip There you have it, the 10 best family road trips in Malaysia. So what are you waiting for? Start planning for your next road trip to Malaysia now! via GIPHY     ...

  • 10 Best Podcasts To Listen To For Personal Growth and Development

    Looking for podcasts to listen to for personal growth and motivation? Look no further as we have 10 best podcasts recommendations for those of you seeking to improve yourself or looking for content that is uplifting during this tough Covid-19 period. A podcast is an audio program, much like your radio stations. It contains a series of audio episodes focused on a particular topic or theme. In comparison to a traditional radio station, you can subscribe to a podcast channel through apps from your smartphone, or simply listening directly on the website, making it accessible anytime you want to listen to them. With the current COVID-19 situation, most of us are staying at home. I won't deny that staying at home can be mundane and sometimes demotivating as there is nothing much we can do. With more "me-time" at hand, there is always space for us to take things slowly and get motivated. We can also continue to focus on our personal development and growth; something we were unable to do before this crisis. Check out these 10 podcasts that can uplift and inspire you during your "me-time!" via GIPHY 1. The School Of Greatness Image Credit: The School of Greatness on Podbean Hosted by a bestselling author, entrepreneur, pro athlete and world record holder in football, Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness is an inspirational podcast featuring influential people (big names like Tony Robbins and Alanis Morisette.) Each episode revolves around topics like entrepreneurship, health, athletic, and relationship. Each episode runs for generally about an hour, featuring interviews or solo rounds with the host himself. Meanwhile, every Friday, you can catch up on the listener-favorite segment, 5 minutes Friday. This podcast series is inspirational as it pushes you to dream big and chase after your dreams. To quote some words from Lewis, "we are born for a reason, and it is your responsibility to build a better version of yourself. Despite the challenges we are going through, only you have the power to strengthen your mental strength, emotional intelligence, and physical health." For those looking for guides to aid in personal growth and development, this podcast is definitely one you should not miss out! Website | Spotify | iTunes 2. The Habit Coach Image Credit: The Habit Coach on IVM Podcasts Let the habit coach, Ashdin Doctor, takes you through a series of simple habits. Revolving around topics like health, productivity, and relationships, these easy-to-adopt habits will get you inspired and motivated. You can find new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Running for about less than 10 minutes per episode, it is ideal if you are not a fan of long podcasts. In conjunction with the current situation that we are in, The habit coach featured an episode in which Ashdin Doctor highlighted the importance of setting goals and targets to develop good habits during this quarantine period. These tips can help in stopping procrastination and get you started. Just like how Ashdin Doctor mentioned: "awesome lives start with your awesome habits!"  Looking forward to focusing on your personal growth as an individual during this quarantine period? Be sure to listen to this podcast audio as it provides useful content that is motivational and uplifting.  Website | Spotify | iTunes 3. Good Life Project Image Credit: Good Life Project on Listen Notes Good Life Project is a community built to help you live a meaningful life. Through support and inspiration, you can meet people in the community face-to-face or through online medium. The Good Life Project features teachers from all around the world, sharing their stories revolving around their lives and works. Airing twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays, you can listen to the audio episodes featuring special guests like Brene Brown and Bob Thurman and also other everyday guests. These real-life stories may influence you and spark some ideas in making changes to your current lifestyle. Website | Spotify | iTunes 4. The One You Feed Image Credit: The One You Feed on Shining Bright Radio The one you feed revolves around self-help topics like anxiety, depression, and meditation, to name a few. Hosted by Eric Zimmer, this podcast features conversations with experts like psychologists, scientists, and public figures. Get some powerful and practical tips that you can incorporate into your daily life. With the concept of two wolves battling within us, it is up to you to decide which will win. As the name of the podcast suggests, the one you feed will be the one to win the battle. We all need the motivation and wisdom to pull us out of the dark days, especially during this period. If you need something to uplift your mood and keep you motivated during this tough period, give this podcast series a try. Listeners have deemed this podcast as a life-saver and the best antidote to feeling bad. Website | Spotify | iTunes 5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin Image Credit: Happier with Gretchen Rubin on Apple Podcasts Hosted by author, Gretchen Rubin, this podcast revolves around topics on how to lead a happier life. Deemed as one of the best podcasts on iTunes and BuzzFeed, learn one or two tips from Gretchen herself on how to live a more productive life. The happier podcast has featured some episodes revolving around the COVID-19 situation. It's normal to feel that there is nothing much to do during this quarantine / social distancing period. Gretchen has shared some tips on this episode and it has spark some ideas for me! If you have zero ideas on where to start, give this podcast a try! Website | Spotify | iTunes 6. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes Image Credit: Tiny Leaps, Big Changes on Awesound Hosted by Gregg Clunis, this podcast focuses on working towards our goals. Revolving around self-development, you can learn from Gregg on strategies to get started with your biggest goals in life. Sometimes, personal development is not enough for us to get around our lives and achieve our goals. Understanding variable factors like social and cultural influences will help us make the necessary plans and strive for the best. In context, while our goals might get halted due to the current situation, it should not hinder our plans further after some tweaking. Tiny leaps, big changes contents tackle such challenges. To quote Gregg: "all big changes come from the tiny leaps you take every day." Website | Spotify | iTunes 7. Unlocking Us Image Credit: Unlocking Us on Apple Podcasts Unlocking Us first debuted in March 2020. Despite being one of the newest podcasts, there are so many contents that you can look out for revolving around human experiences. Follow Brene Brown as she unfolds the stories from the most courageous to the most heartbreaking. It is human nature for us to feel and get swarmed by our own emotions. Sometimes it is overwhelming up to the point that it becomes uncontrollable. Self-love is important, but with the current situation, one might find their self-acceptance to be really low. Unlocking Us contents explore human emotions and learn to understand them so that we can lead lives with more courage. Website | Spotify | iTunes 8. Hurdle Image Credit: Hurdle on Stitcher  As the title of this podcast suggests, Hurdle follows life experiences, the ups and downs that life has to offer. Listen to Emily Abbate talk to inspirational people; from top athletes to entrepreneurs, on how they get through the toughest time to get to where they are today. With new episodes airing every thrice a week, Hurdle focuses on personal growth, both physically and mentally. At times, we need an assurance that we are not going through this hurdle of life alone. Get inspired to be your better self, but don't forget about the fun along the way. Listen to this podcast to get an idea on how we can improve ourselves this Ramadan. Website | Spotify | iTunes 9. The Overwhelmed Brain Image Credit: The Overwhelmed Brain on OwlTail Often, we are bombarded with thoughts and emotions that may cloud our decision making. This podcast brings you a combination of critical thinking with personal growth. Listen to Paul Colaianni shares tips of being yourself and how you can build your self-esteem and strengthen your emotional intelligence. Listeners are feeling positive about what Paul has to deliver. Coming from someone who has experienced life, it is relatable and hits home for some. The tips shared by Paul are practical and something that you can take note of too. This podcast might be the key to enhancing your effort to improve yourself and develop as an individual.   Website | Spotify | iTunes 10. 7 Good Minutes Image Credit: 7 Good Minutes on Listen Notes  If you dread long podcasts, this is something for you. With each episode lasting just 7 minutes, follow Clyde Lee Dennis as he shares with you some self-improvement tips and inspiration to get through the day. Sometimes, a piece of short advice can uplift our mood and make us more refresh. You can find topics ranging from health, developing habits, and setting goals, to name a few. Each episode features special guests like teachers or speakers like Mel Robbins and Jay Shetty. This podcast gives you an idea of how to get through the day, which is timely given the current climate we are in. Website | Spotify | iTunes There you have it, 10 best podcasts to listen to for personal growth and development! If you are looking to improve yourselves during this period, now is the chance to do so. Listening to podcasts either in the morning before you start your daily chores or work or during your free time, can be uplifting. We hope that some of these podcasts can drive you to be the better version of yourself and keep yourself motivated during this tough time....

  • 10 Sahoor Recipes You Need To Try Out This Ramadan

    Ramadan is here and we can't deny that sometimes, we can't think of what to eat during Sahoor. As we will be fasting from dawn to dusk, we need food that can keep us energized throughout the day. It can also help you repress the feeling of hunger and thirst. With this, we need to choose the right kind of food for Sahoor, and most importantly a well-balanced meal. And when a well-balanced meal comes across one's mind, you might think that it is a hassle to prepare. How to ensure that our food is right but at the same time, fast and easy to prepare? Here, we have 10 Sahoor recipes that you can try this Ramadan! via GIPHY   1. Overnight Oats Image Credit: Heather Barnes on Unsplash Oats can retain your energy throughout the day as it slows down the release of energy. You might think that eating oats on its own may not really be that appetizing. But hey, oats are not necessarily bland when you can whip them up to overnight oats! Usually, you will need to boil the oats to enjoy them. On the other hand, for overnight oat, you would have to soak them overnight so that you could enjoy them the following day. You only need these 3 ingredients to start off the base, oats, milk and sweetener! The rest of the ingredients are up to your preferences. You can be creative when preparing your overnight oats. We recommend you to try the strawberry cheesecake overnight oats! Oats (of course!) Milk (If you are lactose intolerant, you can always include dairy alternatives like almond or soy. Adding milk can have a more filling effect to your meal.) Sweetener (You may also substitute them with either honey or maple syrup, depending on your preference)  Strawberries  Cream Cheese Alternatively, you may try the Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats. Oats (of course!) Milk (We recommend almond milk for this recipe!) Sweetener (You may also substitute them with either honey or maple syrup, depending on your preference)  Peanut Butter  Bananas Instructions:  Mix all the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Transfer it into a jar. Cover the jar tightly with a lid and refrigerate it overnight.  Simple right? You can be creative in creating your own overnight oats. Throw in some of your favorite fruits, some chocolate chips or even nuts. It's all up to you to decide!   2. Breakfast Toast Image Credit: Ana Azevedo on Unsplash Toast is always fast and easy to prepare. Don't worry if you don't own a toaster. You can toast the bread on the grill till crispy and add in the toppings after. To stick to a healthy and well-balanced meal, use whole grain or whole wheat bread. Similar to the overnight oat, there are endless combinations to top your toast. Here are some ideas for you to kick start your Sahoor:  Peanut Butter and Banana Toast: Peanut butter is rich in protein, while banana contains resistant starch. This can keep you full. Drizzle some honey on top to add some sweetness to the toast. Scrambled Egg Toast: The easiest to make is the scrambled egg toast; it's one of the best toppings for toast. You can add sliced tomato, cucumber, and sprinkle some cheddar cheese, whichever you fancy on top of the scrambled eggs!   3. Breakfast Salad Image Credit: Peter Bravo de los Rios on Unsplash Salad is not always about the greens and, trust me, breakfast salad is something that you would want to have for Sahoor. Apart from a healthy bowl of greens, it is mixed with breakfast ingredients like Turkey bacon (from Halal source), eggs, and fruits. Try these ideas to get you started. Instructions for your Salad Bowl: Mix kale, onion, and tomatoes in a bowl. Pour vinaigrette dressing or, you can make your own by mixing lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey and, salt. Top it with a half-boiled egg and crispy sliced bacon. Alternatively, you may create a Salmon Salad Bowl: Mix your greens with smoked salmon in a bowl. Add in cucumber and onion. You can also also add in avocado if you like. For a simple dressing, mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar and some ground pepper.   4. Mushroom Soup Image Credit: Dose Juice on Unsplash I am personally a fan of mushroom and if you are too, this is something you could try to make for Sahoor. Mushroom contains plenty of nutrients and vitamins which we need in our diet. You can enjoy this bowl of mushroom soup with freshly toasted bread or pour them on top of some pasta. Ingredients: Mushroom: Button or chestnut mushroom works the best. Herbs: Thyme and parsley. This is optional but it adds to the flavor. Cream: Heavy cream adds to its richness but you may alternate to regular milk too. Flour: To add to its thick texture. Garlic Onion Chicken bouillon Butter Salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Heat some butter in a pot and add in onion and garlic. Stir until aromatic. Add in the mushrooms and a pinch of herbs and allow it to cook. Next, sprinkle some flour and mix well. Pour in the chicken bouillon stock into the pot and bring it to boil. Sprinkle some salt and pepper and leave it to simmer. Stir the soup until thickened and add in the cream for the final touch. Serve in a bowl and garnish with herbs.   5. Smoothies Image Credit: Amanda Vick on Unsplash Smoothies may sound thirst-quenching but, not all smoothies are. Some may contain excessive sugar that may open up your appetite all the day. However, not to worry as we'll be sharing a healthy smoothie recipe. It's easy to make smoothies. All you need is a blender and the ingredients, dump it all inside and blend on high speed until it smoothens. Remember to add crushed ice too if you prefer your smoothies cold. These ideas might be a great Iftar dessert too! To make smoothies texture like a pro, do add in these ingredients: Banana: Due to its starch content, it makes a perfect thickener for the smoothies. Not to worry if you don't like the taste of banana. You can always adjust the measurements, or choose another fruit. Sweetener: As we try to keep the smoothies healthy, how about substituting sweetener with dates? Apart from it being naturally sweet, it is also rich in nutrients and a quick source of energy. Dairy alternate: Smoothies go well with dairy alternates like almond milk or coconut milk. On top of all the ingredients stated above, you can tweak your smoothies to your liking. For berries lover, you can add in strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries in. Or if you feel tropical, you could try to blend together pineapple, kiwi, mango and carrot juice. 6. Fried Rice Image Credit: Obi Onyeador on Unsplash For those who need a heavier Sahoor meal or rice is your go-to, preparing a plate of fried rice is never a hassle. You can also skip the side dishes as you can add plenty of ingredients to your fried rice. A simple plate of fried rice may require these few ingredients: Steamed rice, leftover rice is the best. Some protein: chicken breast, shrimp or egg whichever you fancy. Frozen mixed vegetables. Seasoning: soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper and salt. Minced garlic Cooking oil Instructions: Once you heat up the pan, add in the minced garlic and stir fry till aromatic. Add in the chicken and shrimp followed by the mixed vegetable. Once the chicken and shrimp are half-cooked, add in the rice and stir well with the ingredients. Add in the seasoning to finish off the cooking. If you are planning to add egg, push the fried rice to the side of the pan and pour the beaten egg in between. Continue to stir fry and mix the egg well with the rice. Your fried rice is ready to be served! 7. Oyakodon Image Credit: PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay  Feeling like having Japanese cuisine for Sahoor? We've got you covered! Another easy meal idea involving rice. A classic Oyakodon meal contains chicken, egg, and onion simmered in dashi (soup stock) and soy-based sauce. To make a simple bowl of Oyakodon, here's what you need: Steamed rice Skinless and boneless chicken thigh Onion Egg Soy sauce Chicken stock + 1 cup of water Brown sugar and honey (optional but best substitute for the sweetness of a rice wine usually found in Oyakodon) Salt (to taste) Instructions: Slice the onion and cut the chicken into bite-sized. Mix soy sauce, chicken stock, brown sugar, and honey into a bowl. Ensure that the sugar is dissolved and bring the mixture to boil in a pan together with the onion and salt. Add in the chicken and bring it to low heat. Let it simmer until the chicken is cooked. Next, pour in the egg and stir once. Let the egg barely set and remove from heat. Scoop out and serve on rice. You can add nori (seaweed) or even green onion for garnishing. 8. Beef Bowl Image Credit: Cookpad Another great source of protein is beef. Making a beef bowl is easy, just like the previous two meals. To make it a healthier choice, we will be using brown rice in this recipe. Ingredients:  Lean ground beef Cooked brown rice Garlic Ginger Sesame oil Soy sauce Crushed red pepper Instructions: Cook the beef on medium heat, stirring and crumbling the pieces until brown. Drain excess grease and add in the garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir until fragrant. Next, pour in soy sauce and sprinkle some crushed red pepper according to your spicy preference. Cook until the sauce is absorbed into the beef. Serve over cooked brown rice and you may choose to sprinkle some green onion for garnishing.   9. Rice with Egg and Soy Sauce (Nasi Kicap Telur) Image Credit: Toluna Influencers Some of you may be familiar with this classic Sahoor meal! Simple, tasty and definitely filling! Simply fry an egg, put it on top of your white rice (you can substitute this with brown rice for a healthier meal) and add in Soy Sauce according to taste. Easy right? And you'll be surprised at how tasty this meal can be, it will definitely open up your appetite during the dawn and keep you full throughout the day.  10. Supplements Image Credit: Th G from Pixabay  Even though you have been eating healthily and staying hydrated, this doesn't mean that you are supplying all of the needed vitamins to your body. Supplements can also help to fill in the nutrients gap.  However, not all supplements benefit you when you are fasting. Some may create complications on an empty stomach so be sure to check first before consuming any. Water-soluble vitamins like vitamin C are suitable and can be beneficial for consumption during the fasting period. Alternatively, you may consume fruits which contain Vitamin C.  There you have it, 10 Sahoor Recipes that you can try out during Ramadan! They're tasty and simple to make, and most importantly, they can keep you energized throughout the day. Don't forget to try them!  via GIPHY ...

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