• Best Scenic Spots in New Zealand’s South Island

    In all the places and countries I've travelled over the years, few have left me truly speechless and in awe as New Zealand did. New Zealand's natural landscapes are diverse and stunning. Because there is only a population of 1 million in the South Island, it is mostly vast, untouched wilderness. Think brilliant blue lakes lined with orange pine trees against snow-capped mountains. If that entices you, definitely put a South Island road trip on your list. And to make your planning easier, I've compiled a list of the best scenic spots.

  • 10 NZ Experiences for Every Type of Couple

    With its snow-capped mountains, turquoise blue lakes and endless winding roads, New Zealand is one of the most romantic places for couples to spend their honeymoon, or just enjoy quality time together. From skydiving to horse riding to simply relaxing in an outdoor hot spring, there is something to do for every type of couple. Here are 10 experiences for a South Island road trip you and your partner won’t forget.

  • Our Weekend Stay at the Marina Bay Sands

    Courtesy of a family friend who is a member of the Sands Rewards LifeStyle program, we were treated to a weekend stay at the Marina Bay Sands, inclusive of club access. Here's where we indulged ourselves in afternoon teas and evening cocktails, soaked in the stunning Singapore skyline from the rooftop infinity pool, and finally, we give our verdict on whether the Marina Bay Sands hotel really lives up to its name.

  • To Travel Or Not To Travel?

    Recently, Edwin and I were having this debate. After we'd returned from our honeymoon to Greece and Italy, my thirst for wanderlust only refueled, and I found myself booking us another (almost) impromptu trip to Phuket four months later. It's been another two months, and I sorely miss the adventure, the beautiful sights - waking up to the view of the ocean right outside our window - and the excitement of the unfamiliar.

  • Phang Nga Bay: Phuket’s Tourism Done Right

    When Edwin and I visited Phuket three years ago, like any excited tourist, one of the activities we did was elephant trekking. Only returning back to Singapore did we realise that behind the facade of these majestic wild animals, are cruel practices that abuse them to become docile and obedient. With this knowledge in mind, we decided against animal tourism in our recent trip to Phuket. Instead, we chose to spend a day exploring Phang Nga Bay on John Gray's Sea Canoe.

  • Rome: The Eternal City

    There is a reason why they call Rome "The Eternal City". It feels like you have travelled back in time to the Roman empire. Ruins are scattered across the city and you can stumble upon pieces of them wherever you go. Despite the grandeur of the city with numerous major landmarks, we didn't enjoy Rome as much as Florence or Venice partly because Rome was just too hot. It was 37 degrees on the afternoon we arrived.

  • Romancing Florence

    The skies were clear, a remarkable shade of blue. Our guide, Alessio, said that it was one of the best weather he had experienced on the tour! I was certainly not complaining that the wind was sweeping my hair into a tangled mess, or that the seat of the Vespa had burnt my butt. I literally felt like a movie star in a period film, romanced by a handsome Italian man (a girl can dream :P)

  • Venice: A Modern Day Fairytale

    Venice, with its old idyllic charm and winding waterways, is well known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Add thousands of tourists converging in narrow streets and clusters of flying pigeons escaping your face by inches, and some of the lustre is lost. Despite the crowd, we were still fully enchanted by Venice's sights and sounds, though there are a few things to avoid should you be making a trip to Venice for the first time.

  • Cinque Terre in One Day

    Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of five little fishing villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. Much of its charm and allure comes from its distinct colourful houses, each village with its own unique character. Having set our eyes on this gorgeous seaside town, we took a day trip from Florence to Cinque Terre. You would be happy to know that it is very possible to see Cinque Terre in one day!