Travelogues

<h1><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Travelogues</span></h1> The main agenda of this blog is to to make traveling simple and fun. Our travelogues document our past travels. We also blog about things to do in countries that could well be our next destinations.

  • Asia,  Taiwan,  Things to do,  Travel Plans

    Kaohsiung For First Timers – 6 Must Do Things

    There are many things to do in Kaohsiung for first timers. Kaohsiung is like the less famous sibling of Taipei. Until recently, due to the political scene, the superstar mayor Han Guo Yu is bringing a lot of attention (and tourism) to Kaohsiung. Travel HANter 10 Mar 19 Kaohsiung For First Timers – 6 Must Do Things Situated near the Southern part of Taiwan, Kaohsiung can be easily reached by a 1.5-hour THSR ride. With the Kaohsiung mayor all over the news, tourists are flocking to Kaohsiung, both locals and international. So exactly what are the must do things in Kaohsiung for first timers? 1. Visit Pier-2 Art Center First…

  • Eska Wellness Spa, Massage & Salon
    Activities & Attractions,  Asia,  Indonesia,  Reviews

    Eska Wellness Spa Massage & Salon [Review]

    Eska Wellness Spa, Massage & Salon has six outlets in Indonesia, five of them are in Batam and one is in Jarkata. In fact, Eska group ventures into wellness, aesthetic clinic and even has its own hotel. When we visited Batam last year, we went to the branch in Mega Mall. Eska Wellness Spa Massage & Salon [Review] The last time we went to Batam, we visited Majesty Spa & Massage. This time, we only wanted to do foot reflexology before we headed back home. Since Eska Wellness Spa, Massage & Salon has foot massage and is located in Mega Mall which is next to Batam Center Ferry terminal, we decided to…

  • Aston Batam Hotel & Residences
    Accommodations,  Asia,  Hotels,  Indonesia,  Reviews

    Aston Batam Hotel & Residences [Review]

    Aston Batam Hotel & Residences first opened its doors in 2017 and is conveniently located in Nagoya. Last December, for our (second) annual getaway, we visited Batam and stayed in Aston Batam Hotel & Residences. Travel HANter 24 Feb 19 Aston Batam Hotel & Residences For our impromptu visit to Batam, we originally wanted to stay in Woda Villa but it was sold out. After doing some further research, we decided to stay in Aston Batam Hotel & Residences as the hotel was new and affordable at about SGD90 per night. So off we went to for our weekend getaway in Batam. Nearest Ferry Terminal The ferry terminal that is…

  • genting dream crusie
    Asia,  Cruises,  Reviews,  Singapore

    Genting Dream Cruises 2018 [Review]

    When my brother and I were young, going on a cruise was almost a yearly event with our parents. I can still vaguely remember eating a lot and hoping to grow up soon so that I can visit the casino too. Boy, growing up was definitely overrated. Many years later, when we saw that Genting Dream Cruises was having a promotion, we decided to go on a short family trip on the cruise.   Travel HANter 19 Nov 18 Genting Dream Cruises 2018 [Review] Genting Dream Cruises was having lots of promotion. We chose the 2N cruise that departs on a Wednesday and sails to Port Klang and back. For…

  • things to do in finland
    Europe,  Finland,  Things to do,  Travelogues

    8 Awesome Things To Do In Finland During Winter

    Finland is in Northern Europe where things are known to be much more expensive than the rest of Europe. However, it is also the magical place to be during Winter. Find yourself surrounded by snow and sceneries straight out of a winter postcard. Hometown of Santa, adorable huskies and reindeer, there are plenty of things to do in Finland during winter.   Travel HAnter  04 Nov 18 8 Awesome Things To Do In Finland During Winter In Singapore’s tourism scene, Finland is mainly advertised to be the place to catch the Northern Lights. When we visited Finland last year, we realised that there are so much more things to do in…

  • Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi
    Activities & Attractions,  Europe,  Finland,  Reviews,  Travelogues

    Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi – Hometown of Santa [Review]

    Santa Claus is everyone’s favourite childhood figure, until that fateful day when someone tells you that *Spoiler Alert* Santa is not real. Still, what is Christmas without the image of a bearded man in red giving out presents to happy children? Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi is a place where children and grown-ups get to relive their childhood dream of meeting Santa Claus.   Travel HANter 28 Oct 18 Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi – Hometown of Santa Finland is the official (tourism) hometown of Santa Claus. A trip to Finland is incomplete without a visit to Santa Claus Village. We got the chance to visit Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi last year when…

  • Santa's Salmon Place
    Cafes & Food,  Europe,  Finland,  Reviews

    Santa’s Salmon Place At Santa Claus Village [Review]

    Santa’s Salmon Place is a small restaurant located in Santa Claus Village Rovaniemi. The place and menu are both simple but the salmon is heavenly.   Travel HANter 24 Oct 18 Santa’s Salmon Place At Santa Claus Village The Location When we were in Santa Claus Village last November, we chanced upon Santa’s Salmon Place. It was about 5 minutes walking distance from Santa Claus village. The Place Santa’s Salmon place serves food in the traditional Lappish teepee. There was an open fireplace in the middle of the teepee where salmons were baked. Hungry guests are often seen staring at the baking of the mouthwatering salmon. We were no different.…

  • Northern Lights ice floating
    Activities & Attractions,  Europe,  Finland,  Reviews

    Northern Lights Ice Floating [Review]

    It is snowing, you are feeling chilly even with that thick down jacket of yours. Now, imagine floating on water with ice around you, looking at northern lights dancing across the night sky. Sold? We were! When we saw the Northern Lights Ice Floating activity, we knew we had to join!   Travel HANter 14 Oct 18 Northern Lights Ice Floating When we were in Rovaniemi, we joined the Northern Lights Ice Floating tour with Safartica. The tour was about three hours and cost EUR92. For accommodations located within 10 km from Safartica’s office, return transfers were included  Since we were staying in the Arctic Light Hotel which was right…

  • Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi
    Accommodations,  Europe,  Finland,  Hotels,  Reviews

    Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi [Review]

    Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland, ranks highly on Tripadvisor. For our trip to Rovaniemi last November, we booked a night’s stay at the hotel and really fell in love with the hotel.   Travel HANter 07 Oct 18 Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi For those we had read our previous post, due to the hefty price of Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle, we only spent one night there. Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, which was a 10 mins drive away, was where we spent our second night. Location of Arctic Light Hotel Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi’s city center is located near many tour agencies. During our stay in Arctic Light…

  • Accommodations,  Europe,  Finland,  Hotels,  Reviews

    Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle [Review]

    Staying is a glass igloo has been on my bucket list since I’ve seen the pictures of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. However, after reading some reviews online and considering the prices, we eventually decided to stay in one of the glass igloos in Rovaniemi – Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle.   Travel Hanter 30 Sep 18 Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Santa’s Igloos Arctic Circle houses 71 glass igloos in Rovaniemi, Finland. Located in Santa Claus Village, a standard glass igloo has a size of 19.4 square meters. A maximum of 3 people can stay in each glass igloo which comes with: Bathroom with shower 2 twin beds Availability for 1 extra bed The Location and Price…