South Korea (2014)

Yes, I know this was 3 years ago – but I just thought of posting this because it was such a memorable trip!

We went there in January – which was a bad idea because it was one of the coldest months in Korea. I think the temperature went as low as -15 degrees, and I got really sick on the last day. Nonetheless, I still had fun most especially because I got to spend it with my family.

We stayed in Duriworld, we really enjoyed our stay with them. We had free breakfast every day and during the evenings, we order food from different restaurants which were delivered to the hotel! The hotel staff were very accommodating as well.

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On our first day, we went to Seoul Tower, however, due to the fog, we decided to not just go inside the tower as we just thought we wouldn’t see any view anyway (and to save money as well). We just took pictures and enjoyed each other’s company.

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We also went to Lotte World (we arrived really late so we weren’t really able to experience any of the rides):

On our second day, we went to Hello Kitty Cafe + Cat Living Cafe and Gyeongbokgung Palace.

On the last day, we weren’t really able to go anywhere anymore because we were all really tired and most of us were sick (myself included). Though we all agreed that a quick trip to Bukchon Village wouldn’t hurt much (we were all koreanovelas fans so we couldn’t miss this) – and it was worth it.

I will surely be back – but definitely not during winter. Ha ha.

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Harry Potter – Warner Bros Studio Tour (2015)

Harry Potter will always remind me of my childhood, I was only 10 years old when it released its first movie: The Sorcerer’s Stone – and almost all of my classmates got addicted to it (some even memorised the movie lines)! I may not have read all of its books, I actually don’t remember finishing even one book  – but I never missed a Harry Potter movie in cinemas, so yes, I consider myself a fan and I told myself I just have to visit this when I was in London.

We booked our tickets through Golden Tours for GBP 66 per person (this also includes round trip transportation going to the studio from Baker Street).

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I got giddy and excited as soon as we arrived. We didn’t waste any time and started our tour as soon as possible. I even saw a lot of kids wearing cloaks – and it was just the most adorable thing ever.

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We spent a little more than 4 hours to tour the place, it was a little bit tiring but it just felt so magical to be here.

 

London Vacation 2015 (Part 1)

Visiting London has always been on my bucket list – when my boyfriend told me he wanted me to visit him for the Christmas holidays, it felt so surreal – I was literally jumping in excitement when he told me the news. I never thought I’d see London a lot sooner than I expected.I had so much fun most especially because I got to see my boyfriend again – after months of being on LDR!

On my first day, we went to Big Ben, London Eye and Madame Tussauds! We took the Tube going to Westminster Station where the Big Ben was located. London Eye was just 10 to 15 minutes away from the station as well.

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We walked going to London Eye after we took some pictures with Big Ben – we decided to buy London Eye ticket with another attraction (which was Madame Tussauds) because it was more practical – we spent GBP 39 per person.

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I was in complete awe while I was on top, I never thought London was this beautiful, it made me more excited to explore the city!

After London Eye, we knew that the night was still young (and I honestly didn’t want to go home yet) so we went to Madame Tussaud (you can use your ticket within 90 days from date of purchase). It was just a tube station ride from Westminster to Baker Street Station (Jubilee Line).

I highly recommend Madame Tussauds in London – it’s really big (compared to Hong Kong’s) and you really get your money’s worth!

Universal Studios Singapore (2013)

Our second day in Singapore was spent in Universal Studios. We woke up at 7 am and left River City Inn at 9:30 am. We used the MRT to go to Harbourfront MRT station where Vivo City Mall was located. There were three ways to go to Universal Studios from Vivo City: by Sentosa Express MTR (which was an MRT located inside the mall), by Cable Car or by Bus. We opted to ride the Sentosa Express MRT which was priced at SGD3.50 per person per day, the price was inclusive of unlimited ride going to the three different stations of Sentosa:

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20130227-222111.jpgUniversal Studios was located in Waterfront Station. Aside from Universal Studios, Resorts World was also located here.

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20130227-223202.jpgThe price of one day admission in Universal Studios was SGD74 per person, there was an additional fee if your want to avail the express. Fortunately, we got our tickets at a lower rate from River City Inn. The famous Universal Studios globe was located just before the entrance, we spent about an hour taking pictures of the Globe… It was love.

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20130227-223843.jpg The Park was actually divided into 7 parts: Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, The Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar. the Hollywood was the first part to be seen inside USS. Souvenir Stores and Restaurants were located in this area, this was where we saw Pou of Kung Fu Panda, he was too cute and cuddly, we just had to take a picture with him.
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20130227-230208.jpgBefore we roam around the other 6 parts of USS, we had our lunch first at Hollywood China Bistro located near the entrance, we ordered a set meal which was priced at around SGD20.

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The first thing we wanted to do was to watch the Monster Rock in Hollywood Theatre, located in New York. It was very entertaining, I was actually smiling while watching the whole show. As much as I wanted to take pictures of the monsters singing Pop and Rock songs, cameras were not allowed inside the theatre; as a remembrance, we just took pictures right after the show.

20130228-223618.jpgWhile we were walking along New York, we got surprised by these group of boys singing in front of us. New York was definitely a place to stroll around and take pictures of different sights. It was also where Lights Camera Action by Steven Spielberg was located, you would be entering a small studio designed like a boat house, special effects will be used to make you feel like an actual typhoon was happening; it was awesome!

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Our next stop was the Sci-Fi City where the Transformer 4D ride and the Roller Coasters (human and cylone) were located. I definitely recommend the Transformer 4D!

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From the Sci-Fi City, we went to Ancient Egypt. We rode Revenge of the Mummy roller coaster ride, it was an indoor roller coaster and the lights were turned off, basically you would not be seeing how high the roller coaster was. It was definitely fun. The queue was long but definitely worth waiting for. However, if you could not wait longer, you could always go to the single journey line.

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Then we went to The Lost World where we rode the Jurassic Park Rapids, the line was so long, we had to wait for more than an hour before it was our turn. I think there was nothing that extraordinary about the ride. Since we got really tired, we decided to ditch the other attractions in that part.

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The Far Far Away Land was so amazing, I actually felt like I was in the Shrek film. Attractions in this area include Donkey Live Show and Shrek 4D Movie.

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The last part of USS was Madagascar. Since we were already tired, we just decided to try one ride in this area before we leave the park, which was the Crate Adventure.

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By the time we finished going around the whole park, it was already past 7pm, and before we leave USS, we decided to take last look of the Globe.

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Universal Studios Singapore was definitely the best park I have been to…yet. I hope I’ll get the chance to go to other Universal Studios around the world, someday! 🙂

Legoland Malaysia (2013)

The first place we went to during our vacation was Legoland Malaysia. We really planned to visit Malaysia because we wanted to visit two countries during our vacation. When we found out that Legoland Malaysia just opened and was only located in Johor, we immediately included it in our itinerary.

How to get there:
We went to Jurong East MTR station
From there, we went to Jurong Bus Interchange (which is just outside the MTR)
We rode the bus that would take us to Johor Malaysia (Bus Number CW3/CW4)
After about 10 minutes, we were asked to alight the Bus to go through Singapore’s Immigration.
You do not have to do anything, you just have to present your passport and departure card.
Then after the immigration, we rode the same bus, this would take us to Malaysia’s Immigration.
From the immigration, we rode Bus JPO2 which would bring us to Legoland. The whole trip was around 1-2 hours long.

For more info, visit this link:
Causeway Interchange Link

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Make sure you take note of the bus schedules for JPO2, i think they were only available every two hours. (If ever you did not make it to the scheduled time, don’t worry, there were still alternatives, just ask people working for the bus company about the other options).

Legoland gave discounts to people who purchased their tickets online (take note: it has to be booked at least 7 days in advanced), their online price is at RM112 (adult). However, if you buy your tickets at Legoland, its priced at RM140.

Buy your tickets here: Legoland Tickets

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The Park was so cute, I felt like being a kid all over again.

Before we started the whole tour, we first decided to have our lunch at The Market Restaurant at Lego City.

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The Legoland was divided into 6 parts: Lego City, Land of Adventure, Imagination, Lego Kingdoms, Lego Technic and Miniland.

We first went to Lego City. It was where the Lego City Airport, Lego City Stage and Boating School were located. There were also some games in the area, but I think most of the games were for kids.

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Then we went to the Land of Adventure. Unfortunately, we did not try any rides, we were all too busy taking pictures and being amazed by all the lego figures.

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At the Imagination land, we watched a 4D film (located at Lego Studios) and rode the observation Tower (the Observation Tower would give you the view of the whole Park).

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For people who want to ride a roller coaster (but with no loop), Lego Kingdoms is the best place for you. They had a ride named The Dragon which was located inside the castle. We were tricked! We went inside the castle thinking there was a show inside it, then we found out it was actually the entrance to the Dragon roller coaster, the coward that we were, we hurriedly made our exit. It’s such a shame, I know. Instead of riding the Dragon, we opted to the ride the Dragon’s Apprentice. It was almost the same as the Dragon, except it was smaller and was supposed to be for kids.

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By the time we were at Lego Technic, we were already tired, instead of going around the area, we just decided to sit down and have a rest (we were not even ale to take pictures of the area).

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The last part was the Miniland (which was my favourite), it featured popular destinations for different countries around Asia. The Miniland was actually located in the Middle of the Park.

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The Park was just small, I think we got to tour the whole area for about 4 hours only. Kids and Kids at Heart would definitely enjoy this place, we did!

Before we left the park, we bought souvenir items at the Big Shop located near the Entrance (and BTW, the prices were a bit expensive..)

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I hope you enjoyed my post! I’ll be blogging about Universal Studios next, so stay tuned! 🙂

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Disneyland, Hongkong (2012)

We went to Disneyland on our second day in Hongkong. We first rode the MTR at Tsim Sha Tsui station going to Nam Cheong station. From there, we interchanged to MTR Tung Cung Line that would bring us to Sunny Bay station. From Sunny Bay station, we rode the Disneyland Resort Line.

I liked the Disneyland Resort Line. There were a lot of hidden mickeys inside. It was actually an MTR specially made for people going to Disneyland.

Hong Kong Disneyland was just a small park, you could actually tour the whole in half a day. However, since this is our first time to visit Disneyland(ANY), we decided to allot the whole day to tour the Park and to watch the Fireworks Show at 8:30 PM.

The Park had 5 parts: The Main Street USA, The Adventure Land, the Toy Story Land (which was the newest addition to the park), the Fantasy Land and the Tomorrowland.

When you go inside the Park, the first part you will be seeing is the Mainstreet USA. This was where the Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad was located. This Railroad will tour you around the entire Park. (So to people who are not used to too much walking, I recommend you to try this one). Aside from the Railroad, this part was where mostly all the shops were located! So many souvenir items to choose from! I actually could not decided which to buy.

From the Main Street USA, we went to Adventureland. Some of the attractions in this area were the Festival of the King (which we were not able to watch), Tarzan’s Treehouse, and Jungle River Cruise.

We decided to go to Tarzan’s Treehouse, to access the place, we rode the rafts!

After that, we went to Toystory Land. We saw Jessy and Woody, but unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures with them (prolly next time ;)) In this area, you would see the RC Racer Ride. The ride looked really scary, we skipped it and just tried the Slinky Dog Spin. Which was just okay.

By the time we finished touring the Toy Story Land it was already past two. Since the parade would start at 3:30pm, we decided to take a rest, have snacks and look for a location with a good view of the parade.

After watching the parade, we continued the tour and went to the Fantasyland. The Fanstasyland was my favourite part. I enjoyed the “Its a Small World” boat ride and “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” 3D adventure. It was nostalgic. I felt like I was back to being 6 years old. It was just wonderful.

We also watched “The Golden Mickey’s”, which was also located at the Fantasyland.

Last but not the least, was the Tomorrowland. Some of the atrractions in this part were Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster and UFO Zone. We tried “Stitch Encounter”. It was pretty cool. We got to talk to Experiment 626, aka STITCH. He was so cute!

We finished touring the whole park at 8:00PM, we were just in time to relax and watch the fireworks.

The whole experience in Hong Kong Disneyland was really memorable. It was a tiring day but everything was worth it.. i’m definitely coming back! 🙂