Windsor Castle, London – Travel Guide

Windsor Castle – A popular location where Royal Weddings were usually held. It was built in the 11th century and occupies 5 hectares of land in the English county of Berkshire. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. It’s also where Her Majesty The Queen chooses to spend most of her private weekends in.

There are several things to see and do in Windsor Castle. Time your visit well to witness the Changing of Guards in the castle compound. The ceremony usually takes place at 11am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, but the schedule can change (refer HERE for details). During this ceremony, the guards would march through Windsor Town into Windsor Castle. You could also take photos with the guards-on-duty but don’t go too near to them, as they basically are still working, and may probably shout at you to stay away!

St George’s Chapel, situated next to the area where Changing of Guards take place, was built in between 1475 and 1528. It’s also the wedding venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Inside the chapel lie the tombs of 10 monarchs, including Charles I, and Henry VIII. Do note that photography isn’t allowed inside the chapel.

Next, you could visit Queen Mary’s Doll House, it was built for Queen Mary by architect Edwin Lutyens and is filled with treasures created by different craftsmen and artist of that time.

Lastly, it’s a must to visit The State Apartments where you get to witness different rooms and admire some of the greatest treasures of the Royal Collection. Much of the southern part of the building was destroyed by a fire in 1992 but has since been restored.

You will see a tall round tower from anywhere in Windsor Castle – it’s The Round Tower, being built on top of a man-made mound. Today, the Round Tower houses the Royal Archives and the Royal Photographic Collection. And be sure to check the flag flying on the top, if you see the Royal Standard flag, it means that The Queen is in residence!

Windsor Castle is a short walk from Windsor & Eton Central Station. From London Paddington Station, take the train to Slough Station and transfer to another train to Windsor & Eton Central Station. The whole journey takes about 45 minutes.

Alternatively, you could head to Windsor Castle by Bus Green Line 702, which operates daily from Greenline Coach Station, London which is near to London Victoria Station.

There is no visitor car parking at Windsor Castle, so you could only park at public car parks in the town centre.

Opening Hours:

  • 1 November to 28 February (10am – 4:15pm) last entry 3pm
  • 1 March to 31 October (10am – 5:15pm) last entry 4pm

Do check Windsor Castle website for closure dates.

Admission: 

Adult – £21.20. Over 60/Student with Valid ID – £19.30. Under 17/Disabled – £12.30

Family (2 adults & 3 under 17s) – £54.70. Under 5 – FREE

But it’s highly recommended to book your tickets online, as the queues for on-site ticket purchases is super long almost all the time. You could get your tickets HERE from Klook, just print a copy of the ticket and exchange for your admission tickets there (using Express Lane).

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Cassia Bintan: Mookata Weekend Getaway

Thinking what to do this coming weekend? Want to plan for a weekend staycation but not in Singapore? I think I got just the answer for you!

Bintan, a 45-minute ferry ride away from Singapore, sure has something up their sleeve to keep your weekend hype up!

Months ago, I went for my weekend getaway at Cassia Bintan with my girlfriend. It was quite a last-minute plan, thus was unable to book an early ferry to Bintan, so instead, we had to travel on the 2pm ferry and arriving on Bintan Island at around 3pm (SG time).

Upon arrival at Bintan Island Ferry Terminal, we were greeted by the friendly staffs, were then guided onto a small coach, to get us to the resort.

The hotel lobby (aka Meeting Point) is a very lively place to be, the design is very open-concept, where the hotel lobby area shares with the breakfast dining area. There’s also a swimming pool right in front of the hotel lobby.

Check-in was smooth and quick. We were given a free upgrade to a One-Bedroom Apartment Garden Loft, and to our surprise, the loft was really huge! There’s a kitchen, bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a huge toilet in between them both and a living room area. On the second floor, there’s a unique cushioned area that provides extra space that can be used for games or late night chit-chat with friends & family.

We didn’t spend too much time in the room and proceeded back to the hotel lobby area where Market 23 is located. Market 23 is a café-cum-supermart that sells convenient ready-to-eat, grab-and-go meals, and ingredients for Mookata. We choose the ingredients we wanted and placed our order with the counter. Once done, you can simply carry everything back to your room to start your own ‘cooking show’!

But before heading back to the hotel, we have one more thing to be done, which is to inquire about the spa packages available. Cassia Bintan itself does not provide any spa packages, however, it’s sister resort Hotel Angsana Bintan (5-minute walk from Cassia Bintan) provides top quality spa packages, and at an affordable rate. Once our spa session was booked, we head back to our room to cook our dinner.

Cooking Mookata in a hotel room is really a first-of-its-kind, and we really enjoyed it! Everything you need for the cooking is available in the kitchen! Just make sure you turn on the fan, close the bedroom door! Once cooking is done, we made our way to Angsana Spa for our spa session. I have to say that the service there is super good! It’s worth a visit and a try!

The next morning, we woke up late and went down to Meeting Point for our breakfast. The breakfast spread wasn’t alot but was sufficient to fill our tummies. We headed to the beach after breakfast before heading back home, to Singapore.

Overall, we’ve enjoyed ourselves in Cassia Bintan, even though we did not have ample time to try out some of their ATV activities or water sports. But it’s definitely a place to be with your family and friends to spend the weekend away.

You could make your booking thru Cassia Bintan website or book your hotel and ferry tickets separately thru booking websites like Expedia, Booking.com or Agoda.

Magical Scottish Highlands (Part 1)

Wanting to visit the Isle of Skye or the ‘Harry Potter’ Bridge but lazy to hike or feeling unfamiliar to self-drive on a bumpy road of Scottish Highlands?

That’s what I thought prior to my visit to the Scottish Highlands in August, and proceed to book some day-tours beforehand. I went to Isle of Skye Day-Trip with WOW Scotland Tours and Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter Bridge) Day-Trip with Happy Tours.

First up, let’s start off with my experience with WOW Scotland Tours. WOW Scotland Tours is one of the top tour companies in the Scottish Highlands. With tours starting from Inverness, Invergordon, and Greenock, they are rated 5 stars by Visit Scotland. Visit their website here. And honestly, the Isle of Skye is a spectacular, beautiful place to visit, and I shall try to let the photos do most of the talking here!

The meeting point for the Isle of Skye Tour is at Inverness Bus Station (just 5 minutes walk from Inverness Train Station) @ 8:30am. The luxury mini-coach (with USB & Wi-Fi onboard) will then bring us on a 12-hours action-packed day tour around the Isle of Skye.

The coach zoomed off from Inverness and we arrived shortly at our first toilet-stop @ Achnasheen Railway Station. This railway station was opened since 1870 to serve the town of Achnasheen. We were able to catch a rainbow when we’re there too!

Next, we headed further west into the highlands and arrived at our next photo stop – Loch Carron. This is the first place where we got a glimpse of the Isle of Skye!

After 30 minutes, we finally see the Skye Bridge in front of us. And once across it, we’ve finally reached Skye! We were then given a short toilet/photo break at the town of Kyleakin, where you could see the Skye Bridge standing right in front of your eyes.

Next stop was one of my favorites – The Black Cullin Mountains, where we were given a guided hike to somewhere less-known for its stunning views. (it’s really stunning, no kidding!)

We headed deeper into Skye and arrived at our next photo stop at the Old Man of Storr. It’s literally the headline for the Isle of Skye, everybody comes to the Isle of Skye would need to witness this amazing 50m high pinnacle jutting out from the ridge. The Old Man of Storr was also featured in the movie – The BFG!

The next stop for our day-trip was Kilt Rock, an exposed sea cliff. This spectacular waterfall sure took my breath away! It’s something I’ve never seen before, and it’s just so beautiful! There is also a Dino Museum where you will be able to witness one or two dinosaur footprints that are being displayed. (real or fake, I’m not sure too!)

We had another opportunity for a short hike to our next stop, The Quiraing. The Quiraing is a series of landslides that have combined to create high cliffs, hidden plateaus, buttresses, and rock pinnacles. The views are stunning when we’re there, it’s really jaw-dropping!

We headed southward to the town of Portree. This is the largest town in Skye and is a beautiful peaceful place to explore. Do head up to the Harbour Viewpoint to witness the quirky pastel-colored houses over the water.

All things have to come to an end, we then left the Isle of Skye and headed to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. It’s one of the most popular castles in the world, where we got the chance to visit 2 different viewpoints of the castle. And also have the chance to cross the bridge over to the castle itself!

Towards the end of the day-trip, we were brought to a view-point to have an awesome view of Urquhart Castle, before having a surprise trip to meet some highland cattle on our way back to Inverness.

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Our journey ended in Inverness Bus Station at approximately 8:30pm. I have to say this 12 hours day-trip is the most eye-opening, jaw-dropping, amazing day-trip I’ve ever been to! I definitely recommend WOW Scotland Tours to you guys if you’re looking for a quick one-day tour around to the Isle of Skye!

Perth Weekend Itinerary

Perth, the capital of Western Australia. The city where Swan River flows into the Indian Ocean is Australia’s 4th biggest city after Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Perth is just 5 hours away from Singapore and is easily accessible directly by Singapore Airlines, Qantas and Scoot.

It’s highly recommended to self-drive in Perth to fully maximize your time there, and also to give yourself more flexibility in time. Renting a car from Perth Airport isn’t tricky, as most well-known car rental companies are right in the Arrival Hall.

I rented my vehicle from Budget during my trip. It’s also recommended for you to purchase a SIM card from the airport and use Google Maps, as the SIM card will only cost you AU$10 for 5 days. Accommodation in Perth is quite affordable! For my trip, I’ve stayed in a boutique hotel near King’s Park & Botanic Garden – TRIBE Perth.

Perth isn’t a very large city and isn’t as bustling as the other cities, but there are still lots of things to do, sights to see that you shouldn’t miss, whether it’s within or nearby of Perth!

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Why not start off your adventure in Perth from its city centre? Feel rich in The Perth Mint, where you will understand the history of Western Australia’s gold searching and the chance to witness the world’s largest coin – Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin.

 

Shopping usually isn’t the must-do in Perth, but if you are in for some shopping, visit Hay Street Mall and Murray Street Mall to satisfy your shopping needs!

P.S. Looking for outlet shopping? You could visit Watertown Brand Outlet for discounted items from Adidas, Calvin Klein, Skechers, Cotton On etc.

 

A short walk from the main shopping streets, you will find a rather special building – London Court. It’s a shopping arcade that was built to look like historic London. (Personally, do visit London Court if you’re nearby, else you could probably skip this.)

 

Elizabeth Quay

A short walk from Perth City Centre will bring you to the iconic Elizabeth Quay, where the waterfront promenade and a bell tower stands. The Bell Tower, Perth is 82m tall, contains a set of 18 bells that hands in it. Once at the top, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of Perth’s CBD area. Next, you will see a 28m tall sculpture called ‘Spanda‘, that represents ripples and links the Swan River, land and sky. The final iconic attraction you will see is the Elizabeth Quay Pedestrian Bridge, a superb location for you to snap some panoramas of Perth’s CBD area.

The Swan Valley

Your Perth’s adventure will never be complete if you do not visit The Swan Valley! A trip to The Swan Valley could take up at least half a day, depends on the locations you visit, and the time spent in each location. The Swan Valley is located in a region between Guildford and Bells Rapid.

To start off your day-trip, it’s recommended that you visit Guildford, where the Swan Valley Information Centre is located. You could also get your breakfast fixed at a nearby cafe – Little Guildford, where they serve a huge hearty portion of breakfast set that will definitely give you enough energy to start off your day right!

From Guildford, a 15 minutes drive will bring you to Caversham Wildlife Park. This wildlife park is a must-visit even though this place is overwhelmed with tourists. You will be able to get up-close with your favorite Aussie animals like koala bears, kangaroos, wombats etc,  you can feed kangaroos and wombats for free, spent some time watching animal & farm shows and many more! Admission prices for adults are AU$27 and AU$12 for children.

Next, a short drive will bring you to The House Of Honey where it sells delicious honey ice-creams and honey-made products. Their honey ice-cream was really good (a must-try).

Cheese-lovers could visit The Cheese Barrel, and be amazed by rows of different flavors of cheeses. Most of the cheeses were not made locally but were imported from all over the world.

What’s coming to Australia but not buying some nougats back? Do remember to visit Mondo Nougat! There are free tasting and you get to witness workers making the nougats.

Western Australia is popular for its winery, especially in The Swan Valley, you could find tons of them here! You could visit Homestead Brewery, Mandoon Estate, Black Swan Winery, Sandalford Wines, Lancaster Wines and many many more!

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

Singapore has Singapore Botanical Gardens, London has Hyde Park, Perth has Kings Park and Botanic Garden. This 400.6-hectare park is one the world’s largest inner city park that overlooks Perth’s water and the CBD area. A State War Memorial can be found in the park where it honors the servicemen and women who fought and died during the wars. At the top, you will be able to see a beautiful view of Perth city, great place for panoramas!

A stone-throw away from the park is the popular-Instagrammable Blue Boat House (Crawley Edge Boatshed). There aren’t any carparks nearby for you to park your vehicle to visit the boathouse so you would need to “illegal park” along a residential road opposite it. But actually, you won’t be spending too much time there anyway, even though queues may be expected at times.

Fremantle City

Fremantle should be planned on the same day as Kings Park, visiting this neighboring city of Fremantle will take you on a 30-minutes journey south of Perth. Things that can be done there includes visiting the Fremantle Markets, Fremantle Prison, Fremantle Harbour for an authentic Fish ‘n Chips meal, WA Shipwrecks Museum, WA Maritime Museum.

Day-Trips from Perth

There are several attractions that are situated near Perth that are worth a day trip. You could decide on visiting:

  • Witness tons of limestones in The Pinnacle Desert.
  • Enjoy fresh lobster at The Lobster Shack.
  • Look for quokkas on Rottnest Island (ferry from Fremantle).
  • Stroll along the historic jetty at Busselton.
  • Try out world-class wines in Margaret River.
  • Slide down sand dunes in Lancelin Sand Dunes.
  • Feel tiny beside the magnificent looking Wave Rock.

I’ve been to The Pinnacle Desert & had a filling lunch at The Lobster Shack.

Leasany – A Buddy That Helps With Your Travel

Recently my trip to the U.K. got better with the help of Leasany! What’s Leasany? It’s actually a Singapore start-up that aims to help Singaporeans by renting and selling essential-but-costly equipment for their travels. So in long, will help minimize the risk of owning and the cost of traveling. Furthermore, Leasany also has a blog section where you could find tons of travel blogs which will definitely assist you in your planning for your upcoming holidays.

A visit to their website will give you an idea of them being a ‘buddy’ for your travel, as you could rent and purchase items that are essential!

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Under the ‘Rent’ section, you can find affordable items like Walkie-Talkies, Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera, Xiaomi Powerbank Charger, GoPro Action Camera, American Tourister Luggage, Unicorn Ring Float, DJI Osmo Mobile 2, Insta360 Camera and even DJI Spark Drone. Their rental charges range from S$1 to S$24 per day, and there’s promotion for longer rental periods.

As for ‘Shop’ section, the items you can find here include wet tissues, toothbrush travel kit, plasters, face masks etc. Which I think it would be useful for busy Singaporeans who have limited time to purchase and prepare these items prior to their travels. And… That’s where Leasany comes into the picture, to the rescue!

Upon deciding on the items you would like to rent from them, simply order it! There are 2 options – Delivery or Self-Collection & Return, I would recommend meeting them up for Self-Collection, as their friendly staffs will talk you thru your product before handing them to you. What’s more, you will be able to meet them at your preferred location to collect the rented items! Upon returning the item, the staffs will meet at your preferred location and deposit will be refunded to you directly via the same payment mode once we’ve acknowledged the returned item condition.

I had rented a GoPro Hero 6 with them, and I got to say that the entire process is so smooth and quick! From ordering the item, till meeting up with the staff, and returning them the item. I am really happy with their service and their product’s quality was really good.

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Interested in renting a GoPro Hero 6 or a DJI Osmo Mobile 2? Head over Leasany now and make your order! Use promo code “hypetraveler” for 20% discount for rental services. (Valid till 31 January 2019)

 

 

Flowers As Important Elements Of A Wedding

When planning for your wedding, flowers will always be counted as a top priority. These items will even demand a budget. It will still be worth all the spending because there are many things you can do with these materials. That is from the ceremony venue and for the complete reception.

Your choices of flowers, sometimes become the symbol of your wedding. The best example of this is your bouquet. Friends and relatives would want to see your choice of flowers for the center of the special occasion. Your selection can somehow define your taste, preference, as well as your personality. Therefore, you should stop by a florist shop in Singapore so that you will know what your options are in planning for the flowers to use on your special day.

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In addition to that, getting the most beautiful flower arrangement means getting help from the best florist, which should be your best move.

Deciding on your choice of flower is not just about your hand bouquet, but all the bouquets of your bridesmaids and other characters in your entourage. You can even pick a flower theme for your dream wedding. Filling the entire place with these florets can make a once dull place into a paradise with all the natural beauty of the flowers filling the four corners of the room. Some dresses of the women and pockets of men can have accents of flowers. Centerpieces on every table should have the most wonderful creation of the hired florist.

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If you have picked flowers to be your theme for your wedding, working with professionals who are experts in floral arrangements should also be included in your priority. You may say that you can do things on your own, but this is a huge event and you cannot spend so much time stressing yourself on decorating your venue when you can just hire someone to do the job for you. By hiring a professional florist, you can be certain that her creations will always be pleasing to everyone’s senses, as this is her expertise.

An express flower delivery service can save your wedding day. With a bulk order of flowers that are of different varieties, you can request the florist to utilize them all in making sure that your day will be filled with prettiness all over. The natural alluring scents of these flowers can fill the room with romantic aroma, just a perfect aroma for the newlyweds.

Christmas With Disney Along Orchard Road

Disney and Pixar characters will spend this coming Christmas with you, in conjunction with Orchard Road’s Christmas On A Great Street! This will be Disney’s largest Christmas street light-up in South East Asia, stretching 2.88km from Tanglin Mall to Plaza Singapura.

This giant Disney Wonderland will be divided into 4 different zones:

  • Disney Princess (Tanglin Road to Scotts Road)
  • Mickey Mouse & Friends (ION Orchard to Mandarin Gallery)
  • Frozen (Mandarin Gallery to Orchard Central)
  • Toy Story (Orchard Central to Dhoby Ghaut MRT Station)

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Along the way, there will be several exciting pop-up stores from Häagen-Dazs, SK-II, OPPO, Uniqlo, OWNDAYS and more.

And last but not least, the popular Great Christmas Village (in front of Ngee Ann City) will be back from 15 November 2018 to 26 December 2018, there will be a duplex carousel this year alongside the usual amusement rides and Santa House.

There will be a Light Up Ceremony on 10 November 2018, 7:00pm @ Plaza Singapura. And don’t forget to play with ‘snow’ at Tanglin Mall, check out the giant Christmas Tree at ION Orchard.

Orchard Road will be lighted up with tons of Disney’s magic from 10 November 2018 to 1 January 2019.

Flying From Singapore To London. How?

Flying from Singapore to the United Kingdom’s capital, London, has never been so easy, with so many different varieties of routes and airline companies to choose from.

1. Direct Flight (Full Service Carrier)

There are currently 3 different airlines serving direct flight to and fro Singapore and London.

Last month, I flew to London with Australian national carrier, Qantas on their Sydney-Singapore-London route. The flight was reasonably priced and is actually a brilliant alternative! The seats were comfortable, the legroom is reasonable. Qantas also provides free amenities like eyemask, toothbrush, and toothpaste! The only complain I had was that their in-flight meals just isn’t very yummy. Feeling hungry or thirsty during your flight? Simply walk to the back and you will be able to grab some snacks and drinks!

For those who can’t really afford a flight on Singapore Airlines, the next alternate airline company would be U.K’s national carrier – British Airways. They have more frequent promotional airfare, with their seats and legroom on par with Qantas, but definitely wins Qantas on their in-flight entertainment and in-flight meals.

Lastly, it will be flying with our national carrier, Singapore Airlines. Airfares are normally more expensive than the rivals (unless you purchased a year ago or during their two-to-go promotion). But it’s easy to understand that normally the more you pay, the better thing you will get in return! Which I personally think is quite true, the in-flight entertainment is very good, their in-flight food was the best (very local) between Qantas and British Airways, and the seats are definitely super comfortable.

Below are the flight times for the 3 airlines (flying out of Singapore):

Qantas 1: 11:55pm – 6:15am (+1)

British Airways 16: 10:35pm – 5:05am (+1)

British Airways 12: 11:15pm – 5:50am (+1)

Singapore Airlines 306: 1:10am – 7:45am

Singapore Airlines 308: 9:00am – 3:40pm

Singapore Airlines 318: 12:35pm – 7:15pm

Singapore Airlines 322: 11:30pm – 5:55am (+1)

2. Direct Flight (Low-Cost Carrier)

If flying Qantas, BA or SIA is too much for your pocket, your next direct flight alternative till January 2019 is flying with Norwegian Air. They fly out from Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 to London Gatwick Airport. With fares from S$300+, it’s super affordable if you look at the service they provide, and the flight comes with in-flight entertainment and meals! Seeing them go is really a sad thing for me, as I personally enjoyed my flight with them!

Below is the flight time for Norwegian Air flying from Singapore:

Norwegian Air 7408: 9:10am – 4:10pm

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3. Flights with Stop(s)

If flying for 13 hours straight isn’t your cup of tea, and prefer to have a stopover during your trip, there are actually tons of airlines you could consider!

There are Finnair (via Helsinki), Emirates (via Dubai), Qatar Airways (via Doha), Etihad (via Abu Dhabi), KLM (via Amsterdam), Malaysia Airlines (via Kuala Lumpur), SWISS (via Zurich), Lufthansa (via Frankfurt), Air France (via Paris), Thai Airways (via Bangkok) and many many more.

Price wise, it’s really dependable on the time of your flight and the dates of your travel. Service wise and quality of the flight is also dependable on the airline you’re flying with. For example, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, and Air France are usually the better airlines.

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But if you still want to find an even cheaper alternative, you could go with Singapore Airlines’s subsidiary – Scoot that flies direct to Athens and Berlin, where you will could then book a separate flight with a different airline (e.g. easyJet, Ryanair or British Airways etc). It may seem troublesome, but definitely cheaper.

So which method would you be flying to London from Singapore for your future trips? Do let me know in the comments!

One-Day Trip to South Wales, U.K.

It’s summertime in the U.K. and it’s almost the perfect time for day tours! And prior to my trip to U.K. this July, I’ve booked a day tour to the Wye Valley in South Wales with Where When Wales Tour.

This tour takes no more than 15 pax per trip which is good as I think anything more than that would be very havoc and everybody would be waiting for one another. We were seated in a comfortable 16-seater Mercedes-Benz air-con mini coach, the tour guide (also the driver) was friendly and knowledgeable, though sometimes a bit long-winded, we really enjoyed ourselves!

The day-tour started off at approx. 8:50am from the National Museum Cardiff.

Our first stop was Caerleon Town, where we were given a guided tour to the Roman Bath Museum, National Roman Legion Museum and the Roman’s Amphitheatre.

The Roman Bath Museum was once a permanent Roman Legionary fortress in Roman Britain, and was operational and occupied for over 200 years. The baths museum has covered walkway at the side of what the remains of the military bathhouse. Quite interesting but not as spectacular as the Roman Baths in Bath.

Next, we went to the National Roman Legion Museum, located just less than 5 minutes walk from the Bath House. The museum isn’t very big, but it contains many interesting bits of Roman’s history. There’s a huge collection of artifacts that give visitors a better insight into the Romans’ life.

Last stop in Caerleon Town was the Roman Amphitheatre. This Amphitheatre was built to serve as the Roman legionary fortress of Isca, at around AD 90. And the remains of the Amphitheatre is simply magnificent! You could see the seatings and the archway where Romans will enter the Amphitheatre. Pretty cool!

After leaving Caerleon Town, we made our way to our lunch stop, in a charming town of Monmouth, the birthplace of King Henry V. Before alighting for our lunch stop, we were given the chance to walk across the 34m Monnow Bridge. It’s Great Britain only remaining fortified river bridge, with its gate tower standing on the bridge itself.

It’s lunchtime and we just decided to have a quick meal at Pizza Express, the entire store was empty and we were the only customers! But anyway, the pizzas were great, and freshly baked right in front of our eyes!

After lunch is what I’m most looking forward to! We followed the River Wye and arrived at Tintern Abbey. This 13th-century Cistercian abbey is the first in Wales, and second in Great Britain. It was established a long long time ago on 9 May 1131, by Walter de Clare, the Lord of Chepstow. This abbey fell into ruins after the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. Even there isn’t any windows or roof, but when you’re inside the building, you could imagine how grand, how magnificent it would look like if it’s able to withstand till today.

We then continued our journey through Wye Valley to the quaint border town of Chepstow. Here in this town, we visited Britain’s oldest Norman castle – Chepstow Castle. It was founded in 1067 AD. This is also the castle that brings us Harry Potter, as it was reported that J.K. Rowling got her inspiration for the series during her young days in Chepstow.

Chepstow Castle is located not too far from the England-Wales border, and it’s situated on a cliff looking over the River Wye. It was quite properly maintained!

This is the last stop before our journey back to Cardiff. I’ve been to Cardiff a few times, but never travel around South Wales for sightseeing, seeing different small towns and ruins. This is definitely an eye-opening day for me, and would I recommend this tour? Yes, I would! You should really spend a day out from the city exploring the outskirts of Cardiff City.

For more information about my tour agency for this trip, Where When Wales, you can click here.

Flight Review: Qantas Economy (SIN – PER)

It’s June 2018, and it’s also my first overseas holiday trip of the year! Thanks to the Hari Raya Puasa long weekend, decided to travel to Perth for a short 4D3N vacation with my parents & girlfriend!

Even though Australia has been always on my must-visit list, but traveling there always got push back. And finally, got to travel to the Aussie!

Perth is located in the western part of Australia and can be easily reached by several airlines via direct or transfer. I’ve decided to fly with Aussie’s national airline – Qantas. It’s my first time flying with them, and was kinda excited!

Qantas flies Airbus A380 to larger Aussie cities like Sydney, Melbourne. However, Qantas flies daily with its Boeing 737 for the SIN-PER route.

FLIGHT DETAILS

QF 78 | Boeing 737-800

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 – Perth Airport Terminal 3

Flight Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Departure Time: 11:45pm, Arrival Time: 5:00am

Checking in and depositing of baggage was easy & smooth in Changi Airport, thanks to its FAST Self-Check-In kiosks.

This Boeing 737-800 flight has 2 different seating class – Economy & Business. There are 12 business class seats with the seating configuration of 2-2. The remaining 162 seats are for Economy with the seating configuration of 3-3. And yes, it isn’t a huge aircraft as compared to Airbus A380.

Let’s go in details on the seats. For economy class, Qantas equipped it with Marc Newson seat with 30-inch seat pitch, together with a 9-inch in-flight entertainment touchscreen display and USB port. As for business class, it comes with a 37-inch seat pitch, and up to 22-inch width between arms. It comes with a 10.6-inch in-arm in-flight entertainment touchscreen, extendable leg rest with fold-out footrest and USB port.

 

 

The flight was alright in the beginning, but I have to minus points off Qantas for their in-flight meal, which was quite bad… They gave garlic bread with butter inside and was quite hard to bite on. The warm food selection was quite limited in quantity too, as I was seated at the back of the plane, the option I have left was braised beef with mushroom & vegetables. Other than my complaint on their food, overall was alright for my flight to Perth, with Qantas.

Looking for the best price for an upcoming trip to Australia with Qantas? Be sure to visit Zuji Singapore Qantas Airways Exclusive Airfares!