A Quick Guide to Jurong Bird Park

My mother-in-law’s first visit in Singapore was about two years ago. It was her first time to go here and the highlight of her stay was when we went to Jurong Bird Park. Jurong Bird Park is Asia’s largest bird park, home to more than 5,000 birds with over 380 species. There are interactive and…

Newest Must-Go Places in Manila

I had been a happy busy bee in my homeland. There are plenty of errands waiting for me to do since I arrived in Manila and so far, I have accomplished all our tax obligations, shop for pasalubongs, met friends for long overdue coffee dates, rekindled ties with family and relatives, and rehabilitated our shih…

Weekend Getaway: BATAM, Indonesia

We had a weekend trip to Batam recently. It was an enjoyable, affordable and relaxing quick escape from the city. Batam is another major city in the Riau Islands of Indonesia aside from Bintan and it is also another favorite holiday and shopping destination for many Singaporeans and expats living in Singapore. Harbourfront Ferry Terminal…

Weekend Getaway: BINTAN, Indonesia

Aside from Johor Bahru, Malacca and Genting in Malaysia, another perfect getaway close to Singapore is the lovely Riau Islands of Indonesia. Bintan is one of the major cities in Riau Islands. The province’s capital, Tanjung Pinang, is located in Bintan. Travel time to Bintan is less than an hour by ferry, plus few minutes…

10 iPhone Apps Useful to Expats

The iPhone apps listed here are easy to use, work well with the latest iPhone OS, very useful to globe-trotters and best of all – it’s FREE to download! 1. Viber Free Viber to Viber local and international calls and text messages. Needs internet connection to work. 2. XE It works even when offline, you…

The Mummy Exhibit @ Artscience Museum

It’s almost Halloween but if Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights is too scary for your young ones, why not bring them to Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb exhibition at the Artscience Museum while it’s still on. The exhibit opened last April 27 and will close by November 4. This is the first time in Southeast…

Marche, Vivo City and M-I-L

We invited my mother-in-law (MIL for short) to celebrate her 70th birthday with us here in Singapore. We thought of bringing MIL to Universal Studios so we headed to Vivo City, the largest shopping mall in Singapore and the gateway to Sentosa Island. Vivo City is easily reached by Harbourfront MRT Station and on the…

Tips on Choosing HDB Flats in Singapore

From a happy dream home, our flat turned into a nightmare with repeated toilet choking and flooding. We are a family with simple needs and we wanted a simple home. We were contented with old but decent furnishing in our rented HDB flat. We were overjoyed knowing that we have newly renovated toilets, bathroom tiles…

My Phuket Retreat

I wanted to unwind, to distress, to free myself from all the clutter occupying my mind. So one fine day of August, I asked permission from my daughter and husband to allow me to have some mommy time. Mommy time turned out to be traveling solo for the first time. There were understandable apprehensions initially,…

Confessions of a Food Photo Addict

I must confess. I am one of those who is addicted to taking picture of the food before the eating. Some food photos I took are posted in FB or twitter while some are simply occupying a few MB space in iCloud just for mementos of where I ate, what I ate and the stories…