Day 6 in Okinawa: Kouri Shrimp, Okinawa Fruits Land, Neo Park, Mazemen Mahoroba

Kouri shrimp food wagon okinawa

From Hotel Koza to Kouri Island, where the Kouri Shrimp food wagon is located, we took the expressway and paid the toll of 720yen. Traveling so much also meant needing to refuel. Petrol at JASS was relatively cheaper this time at 133yen per litre. At the airport on our way back to Singapore, there were state-sponsored surveys happening – apparently there are plans for a railway line to connect Naha in the south and Nago up north, and they were interested in what travelers thought and if they would use it. I told them it made more sense to drive because I was just buying way too many things and lugging them onto the train would be too troublesome. πŸ˜€

A pretty scenic drive…

Kouri Shrimp is so popular that it is already crowded from the moment it opens for business at 11am (*do note that it is closed on Thursdays).

The most unusual thing about this place has to be that the toilet is ‘hidden’ behind an unmarked white door.

Kouri Shrimp Okinawa

You order the food and pay at the food wagon, and return to collect your food there too. The wait is about 15 to 20 minutes though it feels much longer when the weather’s so hot.

I’d already done my research and knew exactly what I wanted. The beef is a steal at just 500yen! We decided to eat in the car instead of at the 2nd floor deck behind Kouri Shrimp ‘cos the weather was just unbearably hot.

Thankfully, the beach is close by so people can cool off in the waters.

I think the shrimp would be much more delicious without the shells but I was too lazy to peel them. Hot weather, remember? D:

Okinawa Fruits Land

This place is really kid-friendly. Go on a quest to try and free a king supposedly captured by fairies. Answer questions and collect stamps along the way…

Blue seal ice cream okinawa

And of course, I had to have Blue Seal Ice Cream again. The pineapple sorbet flavor is really good. The milk tea one so-so.

Then it’s off to Neo Park but before that, we popped by the Seria store that is near to Neo Park. It’s the only 100yen shop I’ve been to in Okinawa that allows the use of credit cards!

Neo Park

Neo Park can be described as being really “open concept” as you can go right up close to the animals here. Very kid and family friendly!

Why, hello there, little piggy!

It was soon time to return the rented car to Orix. There is an ENEOS petrol station just next door! So you can top up the petrol tank before returning the car. Orix also provides a free shuttle service to Naha airport – we alighted at the domestic terminal. Found a locker rental service for baggage storage then took the monorail to Makishi station where Kokusai Dori is. Around 15mins was all it took and cost just 300yen.

We didn’t quite know what to eat for dinner because we were spoiled for choice along Kokusai Dori! Then I recalled that we didn’t eat at Mazemen Mahoroba after visiting Makishi Market as it’s closed on Tuesdays so off to MM we went…

Mazemen Mahoroba

Mazemen mahoroba

Mazemen mahoroba is located in a dark alley. But isn’t that where good hole-in-the-wall eateries are? πŸ˜‰ Just trust Google Maps to get you there. Thankfully we had our wifi device from Native!

Keep to the main road then turn in to a small, dark alley and walk till you see a white vertical signboard a few metres ahead and it’ll be Mazemen Mahoroba.

Spicy Taiwanese Stir Noodles πŸ˜€

Stir Noodles with Charred Cheese – can be jelat after a while. Go with the spicy Taiwanese stir noodles instead…

*Free Oimeshi: you can ask for some rice to “finish up the left over sauce in your bowl”.

Kokusai Dori at night:

The coolest thing has to be seeing the folks dressed up as Super Mario characters driving go-karts around Kokusai Dori!


I love the surprises around every corner. If we don’t return to Okinawa, at least we’ll have all these memories flooding back from reading my blogposts again. πŸ˜€ Blogging on the go is tedious but so necessary.

Day 4 in Okinawa: Aeon Nago, Churaumi Aquarium, Hotel Koza Dinner During Typhoon Kong-rey

Though we managed to avoid Typhoon Trami, we didn’t realize Typhoon Kong-rey was hot on its heels. So I’m typing this now in the comfort of our hotel while the howling of the wind continues outside. When I asked the hotel staff if it was safe to head out to buy food (thank you, Google Translate), the reply was “Very, very dangerous!” *gulp* We went anyway. There’s no stopping two Singaporeans from getting their makan.Β Haha! Even though the supermarket was just two blocks away, and definitely within walking distance, I insisted on driving there. I wasn’t afraid of being blown away but I was terrified of having something fall and hit me whether it be an air-conditioning unit, signboard, or tree branch. πŸ˜€

In the morning, the drive up north to Churaumi Aquarium was rather challenging. Visibility was very poor in some areas due to the heavy rain. But the drainage system for the Expressway was apparently very good. There were hardly any waterlogged areas.

Couldn’t even see the license plate of the car in front:

It’s about a 2-hour drive up north to Nago. You take a ticket from the entrance toll gantry (machine). At the exit toll gantry (where there is an actual human), hand over the ticket and pay cash. The GPS even calculates toll payable and notifies you even before reaching the toll station! πŸ™‚

For us, the toll payable was 1020yen.

After that crazy long drive, with our bladders about to burst, we made a quick stop at Aeon…

Aeon Nago Shopping Center

We had udon at Sanuki Udon Hanamaru. Picked this seasonal item ‘cos it looks so good. The croquette is really good too. Plus, there’s free chilled water you can help yourself to, like in many foodcourts in Okinawa.

We were running a little low on petrol after the long drive so we popped by JASS, where regular petrol cost 140yen/litre.

Churaumi Aquarium

We parked at the multi-storey carpark, which we found simply by following the long line of cars ahead of ours. Despite the heavy rain, there were still lots of people headed for Churaumi. I suppose, like us, they had pre-purchased tickets AND visited Okinawa mainly because there’s this fantastic aquarium with whale sharks. Not one, but two!

And rays and lots of fish…

Plus exhibits to scare you…

Camera-friendly fish below:

We wanted to visit the Ryugujo Butterfly Garden too but it was closed due to the impending typhoon. So we decided we should return to the hotel.

The toll for the return trip via expressway was 720yen.

We stopped by Plaza House Shopping Centre too but just about all the shops and eateries were closed. A supermarket and a taco place remained open though.

Hotel Koza (business hotel)

Parking at Hotel Koza costs just 500yen/day, which you pay upfront when you check-in. Then you’re free to park at any of the lots belonging to the hotel.

There is a supermarket nearby so we drove over to get some dinner – basically sushi and other cooked items. And beer. I’ve had more beer in one week in Okinawa than in my entire life, I think. I’m not sure why Okinawans live such long lives when they have cheap beer and cigarettes. πŸ˜€

Not too shabby a meal when a typhoon’s sweeping by, eh? The winds are crazy. Have you ever seen a lamppost moving? Well, now I have.

And what you see on TV is real.

Okinawa supermarket during typhoon

Lots of food sold out. But there’s always still some sushi and lots of sashimi. πŸ˜€

Images Of Okinawa Two Days After Typhoon Trami

Okinawa after typhoon

This life-size dinosaur has been strapped down. Just in case the strong winds get it moving about and scaring folks? πŸ˜€

Uprooted trees in Okinawa

Uprooted trees

No water after okinawa typhoon

No water here. Luckily I had wet wipes with me. πŸ˜€

Starfruit tree barren after the typhoon. Starfuits littering the ground.

Valley of Gangala cafe closed

When traveling around this time of the year, whether to Japan or to Taiwan, there is a high possibility of encountering a typhoon. This time round, it’s Typhoon Trami, just as we’re about to journey over from Singapore to Okinawa. I’ve seen some horrifying images and videos of the damage caused by this natural disaster. And now we get to see, first-hand, what it’s like to be in Japan two days after a typhoon has struck.

Truth be told, apart from some leaf litter by the sides of roads in the more rural areas, everything seems back to normal. Electricity and water supply disrupted in just a handful of places.

The weather has been terrific. Hopefully it stays that way for the rest of our holiday. πŸ™‚

Part 2: I Went For The FREE Chinatown Walking Tour

Free Walking Tour Chinatown

After surviving the Kampong Glam walking tour (2.5 hours is no joke), I took a break for two days then returned for the Chinatown walking tour, again with Monster Day Tours. πŸ˜€ Our guide for the morning was Basirun (or Bas). The meeting place is at Exit A of Chinatown MRT station, and the walking tour ends at the Fuk Tak Chi Museum in Telok Ayer. I thought Bas had a “air steward” sort of voice – the kind that’s so pleasing you’ll either zone out or fall asleep. But he confirmed that he had never been employed as cabin crew before. :DI liked that he used an iPad during the tour, to show us pictures from Singapore’s past, etc. The highlights of this particular tour is the trip to the hawker centre (free popiah!) and a tour of the wet market located at the basement.

free chinatown walking tour singapore

It’s a tough job, I think, trying to make the tour entertaining and engaging for not-easily-impressed angmohs. Using an iPad means there’s no need to search within the bag for laminated pictures, as the guide during the Kampong Glam tour did.

I thought it was really funny how Bas took us to a shop that sells paper offerings which, as you probably already know, are burnt as gifts for deities and deceased loved ones. There are chicken rice sets, cigarettes (what?!), cars, clothes, passports and ferry tickets, among other “essentials”. I could not believe my ears when an angmoh lady said she was going to buy some of the items to bring back and show to her pals. (@_@) I didn’t even want to step into the shop, as I had no business to be there. Maybe I’m slightly pantang. πŸ˜€

chinese paper offerings for the dead

former opium den chinatown

Bas points out what was formerly an opium den for the rich (levels 2 and 3) and for opium sales to coolies (level 1).

We also saw lots of artwork along the streets, one of which depicted a scene from a ‘mass wedding’. Bas had even prepared a picture to show us. I think he said the photograph was from one of his colleagues. We were told that couples had to pay just $6K to participate in one, and they got a honeymoon trip to HongKong, Bali and Japan too, alongside all the other couples. Sounds pretty unromantic to me. But I guess people had to do what they had to do back then…

mass wedding mural and photograph

I absolutely LOVED the trip to the wet market. Here I am thinking that seafood at FairPrice supermarkets is cheap. And at the wet market, I saw prawns being sold at HALF the price I’m used to paying! My goodness. I’m going to shop at wet markets from now on…

live frogs chinatown wet market

I thought it was HILARIOUS how the angmohs tak boleh tahan this part of the tour. They looked like they were going to pass out. So nauseating meh?

It was quite funny how a group of us were standing outside this live frog stall at the wet market, and as the boss was taking out some of the frogs (presumably for another customer), one agile frog managed to escape and stood proudly on the cage, breathing what must be the air of victory and freedom, and along comes the dude again, giving the frog a backhand swipe so it falls back into the cage! The angmohΒ ‘cheerleaders’ were devastated. XD

Joked with Bas about their reactions, and he simply said he had already forewarned everyone about what they’ll experience during the wet market tour and everyone still wanted to participate so yah… πŸ˜€ We wisely decided not to tell anyone about the yummy frog leg porridge at Chinatown. πŸ˜€

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Overall, I enjoyed the tour. Gave the guide a $10 tip ‘cos I felt he deserved it. He bought popiah for everyone to share (I didn’t eat it ‘cos he’d specifically ordered popiah without chili and I think popiah HAS to have chili in it lah).

The vibe I got from Bas is that he’s very friendly and open, and he cared enough to ask me what I work as, whether I was on leave that day, etc.

When he told me that his wife had just given birth last week, and he’s now the proud father of his first child (a girl), I was so happy for him! I really think he should have told the group this good news at the start of the tour. So if he ever looked tired, all the guests who are parents would be able to commiserate. I’ve been told that babies keep their parents awake throughout the night but have never experienced this myself, so I can only try and imagine, you see. I’m sure they’ll be more generous in tipping too. *wink wink*

And he was happy to satisfy my curiosity about his job too. He shared about his journey to becoming a tour guide, money matters, and even about their non-competition clause. Also, I learnt how some tour companies actually disallow people from joining their tours if you’re training to be a tour guide and you’re going to work for another company. (What? They know some secrets about Singapore’s history that no one else knows, is it?)

I Joined A (Really) Free Walking Tour Around Kampong Glam

FREE WalkingTour

Our guide for the free walking tour around Kampong Glam was Kyanta Yap (told us to call him Yap).

I never knew about the free walking tours happening in Singapore. And now I think they’re such an oddity because… “free”? Nothing in Singapore is free! πŸ˜› Apparently, there are quite a few tour operators in Singapore offering free walking tours… some are more ‘free’ than others. I’ll explain why in a minute. There are operators such as Monster Day Tours (the one I went for), Indie Singapore, SneakPeek Singapore, among others.

Why some are more free than others?

Monster Day Tours doesn’t mention tipping at all, Indie Singapore hints that “tips are always welcome” while SneakPeek Singapore just states upfront that there is a “recommended minimum tip of $22” in red font, underlined. Like that also called free ah, bro? Your bak chor mee is free, but please tip the uncle a minimum of S$5, ok?

Told you nothing’s free in Singapore. πŸ˜›

SneakPeek walking tour

Their definition of “free” is rather different from mine. πŸ˜€ [Screengrab from SneakPeek’s website]

Anyway, I went for the free (really!) walking tour hosted by Kyanta Yap from Monster Day Tours. My pal, Samy, had shared about these daily free tours on Facebook so I decided, on a whim, to go on one of them. Turns out the guide is Samy’s former student! πŸ˜€ The guy has students all over Singapore, I tell you. And I know this to be true! πŸ˜€

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Summary: The 2.5 hour tour on Mondays starts at 9.30am. The meeting point is exit A of Lavender MRT station. The ICA building is just next door so you can visit the (free) washroom there first; no pee breaks during the tour. The guide shares a little of Singapore’s history – everything from Sir Stamford Raffles to nightsoil collectors. We walk past some HDB blocks, admire a mosque that’s humorously known as “the leaning tower of Singapore” with a tilt of 4 degrees, find out how Kampong Glam got its name (gelam trees, if you don’t know), enter Sultan Mosque (time for pictures in those robes given to angmohs to cover themselves up), get a drink at a coffeeshop, gawk at a set of buildings that look like an optical illusion, and end the tour with a stunning view of the Singapore skyline on the 39th floor of Andaz Singapore.

monster day tours review

Angmohs who obviously have no fear of heights. Or of the glass shattering.

singapore free walking tour

Robes and sarongs loaned out for free at Sultan Mosque. PERFECT time for taking pictures. As a well-covered-up local, I didn’t get a new OOTD.

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What I liked: This tour is really FREE. After the guide signals that the tour has ended, you’re free to go. But if you want to hand him a tip or ask more questions, you may. There is ZERO pressure to tip. He points out stuff that tourists may not notice at all, such as the extra time given to seniors to cross the road if they tap their ezlink cards on the card reader at the traffic light pole.

What I learnt: Orchard Road used to have nutmeg plantations. Nightsoil was used as fertilizer. As alcohol isn’t halal, Muslims use perfumes without alcohol. But if they’re at the hospital and alcohol swabs or whatever is needed, then yes it can be used in life-and-death situations.

free walking tour in singapore

The optical illusion! πŸ˜€

free walking tour singapore

There were probably some 30 people on this tour; some cropped out of this photo. Guide used a portable mic so we could hear him loud and clear. Yes, even if you’re standing behind him. πŸ˜€

What I think can be improved: Show pictures of the interiors of HDB flats. The Malay Heritage Centre is closed on Mondays so instead of bringing tourists there and saying sorry, we cannot enter, why not host the Kampong Glam tour on some other day of the week? The coffeeshop that Kyanta wanted to take us to was also closed, so that was a bummer. When talking about geomancy, why not share about the famous $1 coin with its octagonal shape? Don’t recommend the Chinatown hawker centre. The one behind Bugis Village is better! Or Tekka Centre. I personally visit the one at Kovan frequently. I avoid the one at Chinatown at all costs. The touts and the people begging for money freak me out. Also, I find that it’s mainly PRC people cooking for other PRC diners. My preference is for local food prepared by locals.

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I stared at the guide’s name tag / guiding license for the longest time because his name did not seem ‘local’ to me and at that point, I didn’t know he’s my pal’s former student. Turns out Yap was born in Jakarta, Indonesia but spent many of his growing up years in Singapore, and he’s now a citizen. He mentioned he’s quite new so I suppose that’s why he spoke about the recent Beerfest and joked about getting drunk there the weekend before the tour. πŸ˜‰ I’m also not sure if he really likes the sun or if it’s a genius move, but when he was wrapping up the tour at the 39th floor of Andaz, he had us stand around under the shade while he stood out there in brilliant sunlight. πŸ˜€ If I’m a tourist, for sure I tip lah. (As a local, I’m thinking eh bro here still got space leh… why you standing there ah? 39th floor sunlight no joke hor! Later you chaotar!)

Meeting The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, Thanks To Princess Cruises

Lantern Fullerton Bay Hotel

The gorgeous pool and the stunning view at Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel.

I visited Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel recently, thanks to an invitation by Princess Cruises to meet the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus. First up, let me just say that the pool where Lantern is located is GORGEOUS. And guests actually have a selection of sunblock and sun tanning lotions to choose from at the poolside! Unfortunately, we did not get invited to use the pool. πŸ˜€ So we could only try and escape the heat by getting a seat under some shade while the bikini babes soaked up the sun. That said, it was a very informative session as the Sleep Doctor, Dr Michael Breus, whom Dr Oz calls “MY sleep doctor”, helped shed light on many sleep-related concerns.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Swimming Pool

Full-sized sunscreen products for hotel guests to use.

Princess Cruises Singapore

I’ve recorded the main highlights of the session for your viewing pleasure, so go ahead and click on the play buttons below to watch the video clips! πŸ™‚

If you’ve ever wondered how much sleep the Sleep Doctor gets, watch this video:

In this next video, the doctor shares about the effects of Caffeine, Alcohol, Exercise and Sunlight on one’s quality of sleep:

I think this is what we attended the event for – the Question & Answer segment. The good doctor answered every single question that the audience had…

In Part 1, questions were raised about how we can get better sleep while traveling (yes, lots of us have trouble falling asleep in a different bed), how much sleep adults should be getting, deep sleep vs interrupted sleep, and sleep deprivation.

In Part 2, the focus is on napping, sleeping after mealtimes, sleeping with a light on, etc.

In Part 3, it’s about people who are constantly “on call”, such as doctors, policemen and firemen, medicines for insomniacs, sleep disruption faced by ultra athletes, and how to select sleep trackers.

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All in all, I think it was a useful session. I did actually try to sleep with an eye mask on and used earplugs too, the night after hearing the Dr speak. However, it seems old habits die hard. πŸ˜€ As I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep, I think it doesn’t matter though.

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(Traveling Soon?) Cheapest Portable WiFi Router Rental @ 50 Cents Per Day!

We Go Native travel app

I’m used to paying at least SGD5 per day for wifi router rental when traveling overseas. So when my pal told me about the launch of the new Native Experiences mobile app and its launch offer of wifi router rental at 50cents per day (for up to 5 days)*, I signed up immediately! Japan, here I come! πŸ˜€ You may know all the benefits of getting a wifi router (no need to change SIM cards, can share among multiple devices / users, etc), but this particular wifi router can be used within the specified region. For instance, if you get the South-east Asia one, you can use the wifi router inΒ Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore – with one device, you can visit all four countries if you’d like! The North-east Asia wifi router will be valid for use in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Macau. And at 50 cents per day, seriously, just get it now!

(*After the 5th day, it’s SGD4.70 per day. Refer to the app for more details.)

Native iOS Android app

Available on both iOS (Native) and Android (Native Experiences).

Native is also backed by travel industry veterans, in particular Euro-Asia Holidays, which was established back in 1988 and has been a favorite of holiday goers since.

Now, you’ll want to HURRY because the launch price effectively doubles to $1 per day on 11th August. One dollar is still (dirt) cheap, obviously, but nothing beats 50-cent wifi, in my opinion. πŸ˜€

And while you’re at it, take a look at the experiences Native offers. There are also some Travel Revolution Fair Deals that you can still book via the app!

Travel Revolution 2018 Deals

Native Singapore

Just type in the country / city you’re headed to, and let Native show you what activities and attractions are on offer. Take advantage of the current National Day $5.30 promo (which ends on 12th Aug), that gives you a discount of $5.30 off any activity (limited to the first 250 redemptions)!

Euro Asia Holidays and Native travel app

The team behind the Native travel app, including the Events Management specialists from Marvele Group Pte LtdΒ and the travel industry veterans from Euro-Asia Holidays.

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Website:Β http://wegonative.com/

Facebook:Β https://www.facebook.com/wegonative/

Download via these links:

Native App Store AppΒ Native Google Play App

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/native/id1410713362?ls=1&mt=8

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gonative.app

Singapore Airlines’ New Business Class and Suites Showcase

Singapore Airlines 787-10 Dreamliner regional business class

Before popping by Artbox Singapore 2018 the other day, I’d visited the Singapore Airlines’ showcase at Tanjong Pagar Centre. πŸ˜€ I think it’s a really smart idea to let more people experience what it’s like to fly via Business Class or Suites by hosting a roadshow like this. Now more travelers will know what they’re missing out on when they choose to fly Economy Class. Also gives them something to aspire to, e.g. “I’ll only fly via Business Class in future”. πŸ˜€

In the picture above, you see the New 787-10 Dreamliner Regional Business Class. The armrests are adjustable so you can get even more space (an extra 6 inches, or so I’ve heard). *I think the customised trucks are very cool but I think it doesn’t exactly give me the feel of being in an airplane, unlike the actual mock-ups which I’ve been in at the Singapore Airlines Open House event previously. Still, it’s nice that they allow us to have a seat and “imagine” we’re flying Business Class or in one of those fabulous Suites.

There are apparently Mickey Mouse toys for the young ones when they fly:

Singapore Airlines children's toys

Then there’s the new A380 Business Class:

Singapore Airlines new A380 Business Class

What I really love would be the Suites. Like they said, it’s just like a hotel room. You head in and you have a bed, an armchair and all the space you’d need.

Singapore Airlines new A380 Suites

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Besides offering to print your Instagram pictures taken onsite for free (you get a photo sticker), Singapore Airlines also has a Spin & Win game. My pal won a pen while I received an SQ luggage tag.

Singapore Airlines Spin and Win

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If you’d like to visit the roadshow at a location near your home / workplace, check out this link for more details:Β http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/plan-travel/local-promotions/sg-premiumshowcase/

SilkAir Inflight Meals + Economy Class Review

SilkAir Inflight Meals +Economy Class Review

According to the in-flight magazine, SilkAir flies to 52 cities (and counting!) and serves over 300,000 meals on board every month. So, do the SilkAir inflight meals taste good? And what about the overall cabin experience, and the service from the cabin crew? Is SilkAir the “poorer cousin of Singapore Airlines” like someone commented to me recently? That’s what I tried to find out when we flew to Cebu on SilkAir.

BREAKFAST:

silkair inflight meal menu

It was either scrambled eggs with chicken sausage and potatoes OR minced chicken with rice. Definitely go for the former option. I found there was too little minced chicken on too much rice, and it wasn’t very tasty either. Add some chopped up chili padi maybe? πŸ˜› I actually missed chili sauce a lot while I was in the Philippines.

silkair inflight meal

LUNCH:

silkair inflight food

We were told to choose between “chicken with rice or fish with potatoes”. He wanted fish (and I wanted fish too) so I went with the chicken. And he regretted his decision while I was like “wow, green curry!!!” The chicken with rice was MUCH better than the fish, which tasted like it was from a lousy caterer PLUS it was left to sit around till it got soggy. But the potatoes were good – it’s hard to go wrong with potatoes, really.

silkair inflight meal review

As usual, their bread and butter pleased him. And I really liked the sliced fruit – peaches and watermelon. Yum!

And besides the usual “coffee, tea or juice for you?”, there’s also the option (which the cabin crew don’t really tell you about) of wine, beer, and even vodka orange!

This is totally his. I don’t drink on flights. It’ll totally make sense to you if you encounter an emergency evacuation…

silkair free drinks

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As for the seats, I really don’t see any difference between these seats on SilkAir versus those on budget airlines. There’s also not much space for stuffing (slightly bulky) bags under the seat in front.

silkair economy class seat review

You can access the SilkAir inflight entertainment system via your own mobile phone or tablet but you will have to download their app. Too troublesome. I read the book I had with me – Joe Biden’s ‘Promise Me, Dad’ – and we also got to watch some cartoons, American Ninja Warrior and some funny videos.

No sound required as the images speak a thousand words:

silkair economy class

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Service was kinda bad on the flight to Cebu. A stewardess spilled some hot liquid on my arm (and disappeared without apologizing) and later dropped a pair of bread tongs on the guy seated in front of me. *sigh* The butter on the flight is good but the butter fingers are not appreciated. Then since we were seated at the back of the plane, even with the curtain drawn, we could hear the gossip going on… some bitching about passengers on another flight. Tsk tsk. I’m pretty sure this wouldn’t happen on a Singapore Airlines flight. So that comment about “poorer cousin” and all, I think there’s some truth in there somewhere.

The funniest thing happened on the flight back to Singapore, though. There was a couple seated in front of us and one of them had apparently ordered a cake to be served during the flight because the other person was celebrating a birthday. But the clueless flight attendant actually came over AND ASKED them if they had placed an order for cake before serving anything. Bam! Surprise gone. And some time after that, the stewardess came over and asked us to complete a survey, and gave us a pack of SilkAir playing cards as an incentive for doing that survey. THEN, get this… she gave the cake to the person in front, and presented them a similar pack of playing cards as a ‘birthday gift’ from the crew, and then asked them to fill out the same survey form! πŸ˜€ I was so amused. (Yay! I got a birthday gift too… eight months early!) πŸ˜€

I’m not sure what cabin crew life is like. Probably it’s really stressful and there might be a need to vent and release some of that pent-up frustration but that chatter should never reach the ears of passengers. I’m not sure if I’ll be flying with SilkAir again soon, but I’d most certainly like to get on a Singapore Airlines flight – there, I’m really made to feel at home without the risk of hot water spills and flying bread tongs. And definitely no bitching. Cheers to that.

5 Creative Ways to Preserve Your Travel Memories

Photojaanic

As someone who truly believes in the importance of work-life balance, I make sure that I set aside time for relaxing and having fun, as well as doing work. Travelling is one of the ways to refresh and recharge. From the adventures in places that are far from home like Bali, to the adventures here in my own city, there’s always something unique and memorable in each holiday. From photobook to postcards, there are many ways to preserve your travel memories.

That being said, sometimes the busy life and packed schedule makes printing photos a bit trickier, as there are more things on the to-do list with higher priorities. But with an online printing service, it actually takes a lot less time and hassle to print these travel photos. What’s more, there are more choices than just photo prints to bring your travel memories to life. Here are a few ideas of what you can do with your travel photos.

Travel Photobook

Photobook
If you’d like to keep detailed memories of your travel experiences, a photobook might be the best option for you. Not only do you get to print your photos, but you can set the layout and add text however you want it. Adding text will surely help you tell the story of your travel, and keep some extra memories that were missed by the camera. Whether you choose to arrange your photos chronologically to remember your travel just the way you experienced it, or if you prefer to arrange it according to a theme or highlights, a photobook is a perfect way to preserve your travel memories for yourself.

square prints travel

Square prints
The most versatile, and probably the easiest way to get your travel photos, is square prints. You can get as creative as you’d like with the square prints, from making a travel gallery wall, to creating a scrapbook where you can write down your fondest travel memories. The choice is yours.

Travel Postcards

Postcards
Postcards are classic items for travelling that you can also use as souvenirs. Rather than buying postcards with someone else’s photo on it, why not use your own photos? Printing postcards with your travel photos is not difficult at all. What’s even better is that you can write the story of each photo behind the postcard, either to keep for yourself or to send to your loved ones. Epic stories need to be written down and read.

Travel passport notebook

Passport notebooks
This is something every traveler will appreciate: a handy notebook to keep travel organised. Its use isn’t limited to travel-related things as you can use this to jot down everything from ideas to your to-do list. Having a notebook with your own travel photo will not only make it feel more personal, but it can also remind you of the good time you had during your travel.

wall art travel

Wall art
Sometimes, the best stories and memories need to be shared with your loved ones, and why not do so with your own photos? You can pick your favorite photo(s) to be printed and hung up on the wall. There are various types of wall art you can choose: from canvas prints, mounted prints, to posters – you are not short on options. If you’re up for a challenge, how about making a series of wall art from your travel? For example, if you’re a culinary junkie, you can make a series of unique dishes you found during your travel. Or if you’re into buildings and architecture, you can make a series of interesting buildings from different cities that you’ve visited. You can be sure that there will be many stories that can be told from these photos.

I hope these ideas can help you get creative with your travel photos! Don’t let them gather dust as your memories are too precious for that!

Author:
Dixie Thamrin
Content marketing writer at Photojaanic