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.

 

2 days in Bali: What to do?

Seriously? 2 days in Bali, Indonesia? How could that be possible?

If you have only two days to be spent in Bali, what would you do? Well, no worries! Rent a van to tour you around.

Here are the five places you would be able to see in two days:

Monkey Forest. This 12.5 hectares forest is situated in the town of Ubud within the village of Padangtegal. Monkey Forest is viewed by the village’s residents as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village. There are many point of interests that you can see here such as an estimated of around 700 monkeys and 186 species of trees. Upon entry, you need to pay an entrance fee of 4USD.

Taman Ayun. Taman Ayun is a Balinese temple located in Mengwi subdistrict in Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia. This temple was built in 1634 and extensively renovated in 1937.

Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. Its name is derived from the Balinese language “tanah” which means “land” and “lot” which means “sea”. Tourists come here to visit the home of the ancient Hindu pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, and also, to witness the beautiful sunset at this area.

Rice Paddy. Bali is a home to many rice terraces. If you want to visit an excellent one, head to Jatiluwih! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jatiluwih, as the name itself says, “jati” meaning “really” and “luwih” meaning “excellent”. It is “really excellent” in Jatiluwih!

Beach. Bali, Indonesia has numerous of beaches to choose from. The beach where we head to was in Nusa Dua. As the sea is part of the Indian Ocean expect furious waves hitting and pushing you back to the shore!

That is a glimpse of Bali, Indonesia in two days! Happy exploring!

For accommodation around Bali, click the link below:

Ubud: https://www.booking.com/city/id/ubud.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Seminyak: https://www.booking.com/city/id/seminyak.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Nusa Dua: https://www.booking.com/city/id/nusa-dua-id.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

Kuta: https://www.booking.com/city/id/kuta.en.html?aid=1180716&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1

 

Is a day trip to Batam, Indonesia worth it?

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Batam Island is 45 minutes away from Singapore by ferry boat. It is used to be a poor place, but because of its strategic location (being close to Singapore and Malacca Straight), this island is slowly improving in terms of economy.

If you have plans of having a day trip from Singapore to Batam, be sure that you know your destinations once you reach Batam Island. The residents of Batam do not know how to speak the English language. There are some (only a few, very few) who knows a bit, but they are not that conversant. They may know how to speak English, but they cannot express it well and so you cannot also get the information you need.

The first place that you will see once you reach the island is the Batam Centre. Batam Centre is a place where you can shop for souvenirs. There are also eating places where you can dine to feed your hungry stomach.

During our visit in the island, we did not enjoy much because we were not able to see their tourist spots. We did not have much information about the place because their Tourist Information Center that time was closed and also their residents could not express well about the attractions that they have. To be safe, we just toured around the place by foot.

To be fair with Batam, they may not have the most appealing place for tourists, but you can still stay overnight in one of their hotels to relax. There are many hotels and resorts in Batam where you can enjoy swimming and play water sports. To check for hotel prices and availability around Batam, check here.

What to do in Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, also known as JB, is the capital city of Johor in Southern Malaysia. It is the second largest urban area in Malaysia next to its capital, Kuala Lumpur. Also, it is one of the biggest business centers in the country.

Many people from Singapore visits JB for shopping reasons. If shopping is not your type, there are interesting spots that you can see in JB. You can go around the city by riding a taxi. From JB Central, you need to walk to its adjacent mall City Square. From there, you ride a taxi that will take you to Plaza Kotaraya. The taxi fare is at least 5 RM (Malaysian Ringgit) eight years ago, which is equivalent to 75 Philippine peso. Famous tourist spots are within walking distance from this shopping mall.

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Johor Old Chinese Temple

Johor Old Chinese Temple is one of the oldest structures in the city of Johor. This temple is a place of devotion and it symbolizes unity among the five groups of Chinese dialects. As you enter the temple, you can see the exhibits of century-old Chinese stuffs. The Chinese characters are posted on the wall including the picture of the famous people in their history.

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Grand Palace (Istana Besar)

The Grand Palace was built by Sultan Abu Bakr as his official residence. Now, the palace has become an extension of the Royal Abu Bakr Museum. The treasures of the royal collection have been displayed in the palace.

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Royal Abu Bakr Museum

The Royal Abu Bakr Museum is located at the north of the Grand Palace. It displays the exceptional and beautiful treasures from all over the world. However, the exhibit has been transferred to the palace and the museum has been closed.

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Sultan Ibrahim Building

Sultan Ibrahim Building is a unique structure in Johor Bahru and it symbolizes the country. It is the home of the state secretariat and the other departments of the state government.

Don’t miss to see these places when visiting Johor Bahru! If you are planning to have overnight at Johor Bahru, click here to check hotel prices and availability.