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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia is the oldest and the largest koala sanctuary in the world. It is 12 kilometers away from Brisbane City and is open from 9am to 5pm. The entrance fee for adult is 34.20 AUD while 19.80 AUD is the ticket price for a child.

With 130 koalas, a guest would be able to enjoy holding one of the koalas in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.

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Not only koalas are the available animals in Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There are also a wide array of Australian native animals that can be seen in this place. These animals are as follows:

Kangaroo. It is a marsupial animal that is indigenous to Australia. A male kangaroo can reach up to 2-meter tall and weigh about 90 kilograms.

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Wallaby. This may look like a kangaroo, that because they belong to the same family. However, you will notice the difference between a kangaroo and a wallaby through its size. A wallaby is smaller than a kangaroo.

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Tasmanian Devil. This animal is regarded as the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It was before native in mainland Australia, however now, it can only be find in the island state of Tasmania.

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Wombat. It is another marsupial animal that is native in Australia. It is about 1 meter in length with a short and thick tail.

Platypus. This mammal is one of the five extant species of monotremes that lays egg instead of giving  birth to its young.

Aside from the above animals, you will also encounter different types of birds at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary such as cassowary, lorikeet, laughing kookaburra, barking owl and many others.

If you are a person who does not like animals, surely you will begin to love animals after visiting Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary!

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Five things that made me say “Oh!” in Australia

Australia is one of the continents that many has dreamed to explore. I was excited to travel to Australia during its winter time. Here are the five things that made me say “Oh!” in Aus(Ohs)tralia:

1. Accommodation. It is expensive! Oh my G! A 3 to 4 star hotel price in Southeast Asia is equivalent to a hostel price in Australia. Nevertheless, it is somehow worth it because the hostel I booked was within the central area and I could roam around the beautiful places in Sydney by foot. In fact, the hostel where I booked conduct group tour to its guests. That’s where I was able to see the whole Central Sydney, by joining that group tour!

2. Water. Oh my! It’s pricey! A bottle of 600ml water costs 3aud/3.5sgd/121php. Would you believe?! Bring your own water if you do not want to be dehydrated during your trip!

3. Double-decker train. Oh! They have it! I got too excited when I was able to take a double-decker train for the first time in my life. Well, no use as I still sat at the first level! 🙂

4. Manual train door. This is the experience I would never forget during my Australia exploration. I am used to experiencing having automatic doors to open when in a train. However, when I was in Brisbane, I kept waiting for the train door to open. It was not opening until the lady helped me to press the button. Oh shocks! Okay, so a button is needed to be pressed!

5. Exotic animals. Traveling to Australia is also memorable to me because I got to encounter lots of its native animals. Koala and kangaroo are famous animals in Australia. However, I saw other animals which I have not seen before such as wombats and tasmanian devil to name a few. Oh gosh! Tasmanian devil was so scary to see as it munches its crunchy food!

These were the unique experiences I did not encounter from all of my other travels. Australia is the land of “ohs”, I mean the land down under! Traveling to Australia is indeed one of the trips to remember!

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Hunter Valley: The Oldest Wine Region in Australia

Hunter Valley is one of the popular wine regions in New South Wales. It was established in the 19th century by James Busby, the father of Australian wine. This region is best known for Chardonnay, Shiraz and Semillon.

Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours away, Hunter Valley is worth to pay a visit when you are traveling to Sydney.

First activity in the Hunter Valley tour is the wine tasting.

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After that, the tour host or the guide will bring you to the cellar to show you how wine is made and where they are kept. Wines are stored in a keg until they are ripe for drinking!

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Finally, the Hunter Valley host or guide will bring you to the vineyard.

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Not only wine is available at Hunter Valley. They, too, have a wide variety of cheese to choose from.

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Aside from wine and cheese, Hunter Valley has an amazing landscape!

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If you get lucky, you will also get a chance to meet wild kangaroos along the way from Sydney to Hunter Valley or Hunter Valley back to Sydney!

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Never miss visiting Hunter Valley when you are in Sydney!

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Ramoji Film City: The Largest Film Studio Complex in the World

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Ramoji Film City is a film studio located in Hyderabad, India. With its size reaching around 2, 000 acres, it is certified by Guinness Book of World Records as the largest film studio in the world. It was built in 1996 by Ramoji Rao, a Telugu film producer.

 

 

 

The film city opens at 9:00am everyday. It is a popular tourism and recreation centre with natural and artificial attractions such as film sets, theme parks and amusement rides among others.

 

 

 

Regarding entrance fees, there are four types of day tour packages that Ramoji Film City offers:

  • Ramoji Festive Day Tour (Entry Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm only)

Adult : US$25
Child : US$21

  • Ramoji Festive Premium Experience (Entry Time: 9:00am to 11:30pm only)

Adult : US$46
Child : US$42

  • Ramoji Festive Noon Fiesta (Entry Time: 12:00nn to 2:00pm only)

Adult : US$42
Child : US$38

  • Ramoji Festive Twilight Experience (Entry Time: 2:30am to 4:30pm only)

Adult : US$28
Child : US$24

What are you waiting for? Book now and witness the magical fun at Ramoji Film City!

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Angsana Bintan

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Angsana is one of the many resorts in Bintan. It houses a private beach and a range of activities to choose from.

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The check-in for the hotel is at 3pm Indonesian time, so if you arrived earlier than that, they will ask you to go around the resort first and come back for check-in. Same with checking out. Check-out time is at 12nn. If your ferry back to Singapore is at 1:35pm, you have to check-out by 12nn. Their shuttle bus will leave the hotel at 12, and you have to stay and wait at Bandar Bentan Telani till the ferry departs. Angsana is just 15 minutes away from Bandar Bentan Telani.

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Angsana is not designed modernistically. It is built to let its patrons have a local feel. It is a hotel close to nature, which is perfect for a relaxing vacation!

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Your stay in Angsana will never be a boring one! Everyday, they have various activities for their patrons to choose from. Here is a complete guide of activities that Angsana offers all throught the week:

I joined Sunrise Yoga at 5:35am. Even though I was the only one to do yoga at that time, they still continued with the event. I had then a one-to-one yoga and my own personal instructor that time. Lucky me!

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Also, I participated in their Guided Bike Tour. I am beginner level in cycling. However, the tour leader patiently waited for me. The supposed to be 1hr biking, finished at 1hr and 40 minutes.

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I would want to come back again to Angsana because of various activities they offer. It is always good to stay active and adventurous!

What to do in Plaza Lagoi?

Plaza Lagoi is the only shopping mall located in the “heart” of Bintan. There is a complimentary shuttle bus that can take you to this two-storey shopping mall from Bintan Resorts hotel or Bandar Bentan Telani.

Restaurants, food court, money changer, mini-mart and retail shop can be found here. Food for hotel prices are usually expensive. If you are living frugally and want a meal for lunch and dinner that is 4x or more cheaper than the hotel price, then head to Plaza Lagoi.

In Plaza Lagoi, they have a food court called Food Gram. It is clean and has a modern look and colorful design. The food is freshly cooked and is served hot for the customers.

Nothing much to do here, but it is worth a visit if you intend to change money into Indonesian Rupiah or you want to purchase food with price way lower than what your hotel offers. Just a tip: if you are buying food here, make sure you have ample time to wait because the staff serve slow.

How to go to Bintan

Bintan is the most promoted beach in Indonesia. (Well, next to Bali!) This island is at least 45 minutes away from Singapore depending on which point you are entering.

From Singapore, you have to take a ferry at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. There are three entry points in Bintan: Tanjung Pinang, Bandar Bentan Telani and Bintan Lagoon Resort.

Tanjung Pinang is the capital of Bintan and it is 2 hours away from Singapore. Bandar Bentan Telani is where the famous resorts in Bintan are located, and it is 1 hour away from Singapore. Bintan Lagoon Resort is 1 hour and 30 minutes away from Singapore.

When boarding the ferry, be at the terminal 1 hour and 30 minutes before the ferry departs. You need to check-in, go through immigration and board the ferry 20 minutes before the departure.

Enjoy your holiday in Bintan!

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Pehn

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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia detailing the horrific killings led by the Khmer Rouge with Pol Pot as the leader. The place is used to be a school – Tuol Svay Pray High School, which was then renamed as S-21 (Security Office 21).

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The school was turned into a torture, interrogation and execution center. An estimated of around 14,000 people entered the killing center, but only seven of them had survived.

The first floor of the school was used as individual cell while the second floor was used as a mass detention center.

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One survivor of  the horrendous killings is Bou Meng. Bou Meng was tortured, and his wounds were washed with salt. After that, his wife was killed.

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Going to the museum like this is depressing. However, it is worth a visit to immerse ourself in the event that happened in the past.

Cruising with the Royal Caribbean: How is it like?

Spending three nights in a ship may sound like boring, but hey, it’s not! The Royal Caribbean Cruise – Mariners of the Seas has a lot to offer for you not to feel jaded while on board.

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Here are the five amenities in the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship you will enjoy while sailing:

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Arcade. Tons of games to choose from here. If you are feeling tired staying in your room, you can visit this area and have fun with the games as you reminisce your childhood memories.

Sports Hall. Rock climbing? Ball sports? Which ever you want, they have it both!

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Theater. World class performance are being held here. There is one night (or two nights?) arranged for everyone on board to watch the show in this theater.

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Pool. Want to dip in the water? No problem! They have two swimming pools: one for kids and one for adults who wish to submerge in the water, too. In this area, there are also live bands playing some groovy music. Click here if you want to see a video of a band playing on that day.

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Gym. Are you a fitness junkie who wouldn’t trade your exercise for anything else? Fret not! There is gym in the ship!

It is not only the facilities of the cruise that I enjoyed, but also the Captain’s Night, where everyone had to wear their formal dresses. First, there are astounding performances.

Followed, by the dinner!

Royal Caribbean Captain’s Night is truly a night to remember!

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St Regis Nusa Dua Bali

St Regis Bali is the quintessence of pure elegance and comfort. Your stay in this luxurious hotel will surely be an unforgettable one!

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Come and let me tour you around St Regis Bali!

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Spacious living room with all the finest details where one would love to sit all day sipping a Balinese coffee or eating tropical fruits.

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A huge bathroom area where you can make your DIY spa to pamper yourself as you indulge into a relaxing bath.

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Outdoor table and chairs if you prefer to have your meal outside under the warm heat of the sun.

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Feel free to enjoy your swim at your villa’s private pool!

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Relax at its exquisite beach chairs when you are feeling tired.

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When you are jaded with swimming at your private pool, head to the hotel’s private beach!

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My accommodation at St Regis Bali is indescribable! Aside from superb services, the hotel gave Balinese bag and hat as complimentary items to its patrons.

Staying at St Regis Bali is a once in a lifetime experience that will forever linger on my mind!

If you wish to book this hotel, check out the price and availability here.