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New seven wonders of the world revealed

WHAT do Beirut, Kuala Lumpur and La Paz have in common?

wonders of the worldThey are among the winners of a new global campaign to find the seven most incredible cities in the world.

The New7Wonders Cities was created by Swiss-born filmmaker and explorer Bernard Weber, who has been on the hunt for the best new spots across the globe for years.

More than 100 million votes flooded in back in 2007 when he asked the world which seven wonders were the greatest. The Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China were among the winners.

Then, in 2011, he did it all again, this time searching for natural wonders. Winners included Jeju Island in South Korea and the Amazon.

The latest list may be surprising to many, but Weber says it showcases the diversity of the planet.

“We began with more than 1200 nominees from 220 different countries and here have seven cities that represent the global diversity of urban society,” Mr Weber said. “For the first time in human history, more than half of our planet’s population lives in cities and this election emphasises the dramatically challenging character of our changing world.”

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Icon of Bali – A must see!

Bali TempleMy first trip to Bali was full of temple tours, I must say when you see one you’ve seen it all, except for one that really  stands out amongst the temples scattered all over Bali that includes even the biggest temple they called mother of all temples.

This temple was the last in our itinerary but looks like saving the best for last mode 😉 I was referring to the icon of Bali the temple on the lake – Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, located in Lake Bratan, Bedugul.

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (Lake Bratan Temple) after Tanah Lot, this is perhaps the most photographed temple on the island and is certainly one of the iconic images of Bali.

The temple sits on the western shore of Lake Bratan and it can give the illusion of actually floating on the water. Built in 1633, the temple is devoted to Ida Batara Dewi Ulun Danu, goddess of the lake. A beautiful temple in a truly stunning setting.

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It’s  59 kms from Seminyak and approximately 1 hour drive. but if you are in a tour there are several pit stops…more temples to see before the Icon. 😉

I was so mesmerized about  this temple. Hmm maybe it’s subjective but when I entered the area, I was not expecting it would be exceptional, as usual there were a lot of hawkers and what have you in the area that sometimes they can really get into your skin! 😛

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Lunch overlooking Mt. Batur in Kintamani, Bali & Coffee Luwak is a must!

Mt. BaturAfter almost 4 hours of temple hopping, its time to feed our hungry bodies, It’s almost lunch time so we continued our adventure towards Kintamani where the active Mt. Batur and a beautiful lake was located. Kintamani is surrounded by the captivating nature and there are six ancient villages around cauldron of Batur Lake which is often conceived by Bali Age Village.

Kintamani is beautifully seen at the day time around 10:00 am until 15:00 pm especially having fine weather where entire Kintamani area will be able to be seen clearly. BUT, when we were here, the weather was a bit cloudy so we just make the most of what Mt. Batur could offer, can’t wrestle with climate 😉

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Generally, all tourists who visits this place will arrive in the day time where they can enjoy the panorama or enjoy the lunch in the local restaurant with lake view which we did!

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We finally arrived in Grand Puncak Sari, it was not actually the place I wanted to go and eat our hearty lunch, but another beautiful lake view side but the driver said its easier to have lunch in this place so we just agreed to it. It’s an awesome place to be honest, ahhh it’s a lovely place!

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We arrived in this restaurant 11:30am and still quiet, only 2 tables were occupied. It’s a huge restaurant with nice ambiance indeed! Sumptuous buffet food that doesn’t cost too much by western standards of course!

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 We ate to our hearts content 😉 We enjoyed the weather as its a bit chilly,

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Temple tour of Bali and others

Bali tourLet the adventure begin…Our first activity in Ubud, Bali was to tour the temples in that area, its not inside Ubud but a few hours away, so we already arranged a tour and  we were picked up by our driver at 8am, our itinerary was Goa, Besakih, Tegalalang, Tirta Empul and had lunch Mt. Batur in Kintamani and stop over coffee is a must too.

Goa Gajah – The Elephant Cave

Our first stop- The Goa Gajah complex at Bedulu village is just 2 km south east of Ubud on the main road to Gianyar. The centerpiece here is a cave dating back to the 11th century. We paid an entrance fee of Rp 6,000 and walked a few meters going down to the elephant cave.

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The entrance of which is an ornately carved demon’s mouth. Inside are some fragment statues, as well as a statue of Ganesha.

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Other than that nothing more you could see inside the cave. I tried to take picture but quite too dark but I got some!

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Statues stand guard around pools near the entrance. A number of the relics here strongly indicate that the site has a Buddhist as well as Hindu past.

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The complex is of a decent size, in my own opinion not really that spectacular, just need to see it while in Ubud. 😉 The complex is open daily from 8.00 AM until 4.00 PM.

Tegalalang Rice Village

Tegalalang Rice village located on the north-south road from Kintamani and Ubud. Tegalalang is famous for rice terraces but nothing like Philippines Rice terraces though.

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The long stretched road is lined with shops from clothing to carvings. The beautiful view of the rice terraces is full of coconut trees as well. This is Bali’s agricultural tourism.

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I liked the coffee shop overlooking the rice terraces, what an ambience! We just stayed around 30-45 minutes as nothing more to venture, just had some pictures and off we went to the next tourist area. We are heading to the temple complex Tirtha Empul to Penelokan Road.

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Exploring Bali the Island of the Gods

DSCN9201The long wait is over … Our first trip to Bali had finally materialized! We’ve heard alot of travel stories about this famous island in Indonesia, now it’s our time to explore and savor what Bali could offer!

We touchdown Denpasar Airport in Bali, Indonesia 25 minutes earlier than our scheduled arrival of 1:15pm, great we said! But it took as almost an hour to get out of the airport. The immigration was so busy, with seven  immigration officers against 150 more or so on the queue. Finally get over it and got our luggage. Exchanged some money in the airport not much competition there, all prices were quoted the same, 9,400 Rupiah to one Australian dollar.

We went out to look for our driver as I have arranged a driver to pick us up and bring us to Ubud. The amount of people/driver waiting there was massive so it took as a few minutes to finally see my name written on a white coupon bond. Alas we said!

We were starving, so the driver said we can eat lunch first before going to Ubud as it will take as an hour or so. He recommended a restaurant in Denpasar, telling as the chicken there is so delicious that you would like to eat even the bone- quite interesting!

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The restaurant was nice and they were famous for pressurized chicken, So I needed to try it myself and my hubby got himself also a chicken cooked in honey and Nasi goreng – our first Indonesian food. And my favorite watermelon juice  is a must! 😎

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Food was nice I must say, the toppings they put on that pressurized chicken helped the flavor and of course sambal gives a lot of kick to it! overall was a nice meal.

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Off we proceed to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. We wanted to immersed our self to the quiet area of Bali so we thought.  When we entered the area, you can figured it out that it was the center for wood carvings too, I was wondering how much trees left here. 😉

We arrived at our hotel/cottage around 4pm, we are in a good location so near everything, shops, convenient stores, restaurants and a big temple.

We ch0se a cottage that has a Balinese theme, to feel the essence being in Ubud.

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The facade of our cottage was so nice, the cottage was big actually, big veranda and big room as well.

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They put the stuff in the veranda just in case you want to have coffee in the veranda. In the morning hot water is served in a small thermos/hotwater jug.

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The swimming pool not too big, just enough for the capacity of the cottage, over looking the rice paddies.

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The room is huge no complaint about that, we have 2 queen bed, this room is good for family of 4  but it lacks some comforts. The room is quite dark at night as they only have 2 small bulbs for the entire room! gee I had a hard time reading under those lights! The bathroom is of decent size with bathtub but there was not enough space to put some of your stuff 🙁  Although customer service is superb!

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After unpacking our things we went out to see the area. We have a good location actually, we’re very near restaurants, shops and convenient stores, as you walk, you’ll be greeted with a lot of hawkers hmmm patience is a virtue here. 😀 A few meters walk is a temple and they have something going on there that night some kind of a theatre.

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Not far from our hotel is the Ubud Monkey forest, something to see but not for us, we don’t like to mess up with the monkeys 😉

I must say, it’s no longer a quiet, peaceful Ubud, it’s definitely a tourist trap now.

The following day, we went to the  tourist area Goa, Tegalalang, Tirta Umpul, Kintamani and Besakih. We we’re picked up by our tour driver at 8am. I’ll write this adventure on the next episode!

Thanks for reading, till next time. 😎

The world’s top 10 cities for nightlife

WANT to have a good night out?marquess-nye-party

Some cities simply have more to offer than others. So where should you go?The world’s top cities for nightlife have been revealed in a survey of 27,000 travelers by Hotels.com.

The city that never sleeps, New York, was voted the top place to party the night away, followed by notoriously wild Las Vegas.

But overall, Europe is undoubtedly the best city for night-time entertainment.

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Melbourne, Australia what an awesome place!

Melbourne, AustraliaI first visited Melbourne in 2008, when a friend invited me to see Australia, so off I went! I arranged the necessary documents needed to apply for a tourist visa. After like 3 weeks I was granted visa for 3 months stay, that’s exactly I applied for and was granted weeee! I planned my first travel to Down Under without any expectations of what Melbourne, Australia looks like, is it a concrete jungle? Will it be a boring city? Will I like it? Well it turned out I not only liked it but LOVED, LOVED, LOVED it!

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Top apps for browsing the web

ChromeA reviews of the best apps for browsing the internet.

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iPhone, iPad, Android- Free

If you use the Chrome web browser on your desktop, grabbing the mobile version is a no-brainer. After you sign into your Google account, all your desktop bookmarks, saved passwords and open tabs become available on your smartphone or tablet, and it improves on the stock browser with extras such as unlimited tabs and an incognito mode.

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Lovely Singapore Terminal

DSCN2463When we travel and needed to stop over an airport for 4 or more hours before heading to your next destination, don’t we all wished that the airport will be convenient enough to have a little bit of rest. I have seen some airports in the US, some in Australia, Japan, and some in Southeast Asia But amongst these huge and high tech airports, one stand out in my opinion and that’s Changi Airport of Singapore. I guess its because of too many areas for a weary traveler to rest and have a nap, or to read books, click on your laptop/tablet or just have a quiet moment for yourself.

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Singapore’s New Icon Gardens by the Bay

Garden Of Dreams – Singapore’s new icon Garden by the Bay promises a multi-sensory experience for visitors- from lush greenery and floral displays to choice F & B options.

Singapore is akin to a city within a garden, where rich greenery co-exists perfectly with a myriad of world class attractions. Its burgeoning Marina bay precinct, home to the Esplanade-Theaters on the Bay, Marina Bays Sands and the Singapore Flyer, has a new iconic green attractions to add to the experience.

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