3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 5

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Day 6: Singapore Part 1

Some of you may think “Why I did not stay in Hong Kong and fly to Singapore?” Well, if you have been to Hong Kong or have planned a trip to Hong Kong, you would know that hotels in Hong Kong are very expensive because Hong kong Dollars changes according to USD changes. So, staying one night in 3 stars hotel in Hong Kong would cost almost same as the total of the round trip from Hong Kong and Singapore and one night in 4 stars hotel in Singapore.  So, that’s why I decided to visit Singapore instead of staying in Hong Kong, and another reason is I’ve never been to Singapore.

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The flight was full although it was night flight which arrives Singapore at 5:50 AM.

I took a taxi ride to hotel and decided to take a rest.

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After few hour of discovering Singapore, I started loving sSingapore so much, not only because I visited there in February when Vancouver is freezing and wet all day, but it also because of great food with very cheap price.

One of the most famous Singaporean cuisines is chicken rice (or Hainan chicken rice).  It is a steamed or roasted chicken served with rice and soup. The price range for chicken rice in regular food courts is between $3.5 and $5.0 (1 Singapore Dollar is almost same as 1 Canadian Dollar). So, those are cheap and taste amazingly great.

 

Another notable thing about Singapore is the developed public transit. I could go pretty much every major places in Singapore by using subways. The ticket for subway ride is also cheap. I love cities with great public transit or have cheap taxi fare, because I don’t have the  international drivers licence and also I like taking public transit because it makes me feel like becoming local people in the places I visit.DSC02397DSC02393DSC02413

In the evening, I went to see Merlion, one of the symbolic statue of Singapore. The contrast between Merlion and tall buildings in Marina area creates great atmosphere that made me think this is a special place, not similar to anywhere in the world. After enjoying the great view of Merlion and beautiful buildings, I visited The Long Bar in Raffles Hotel to drink Singapore Sling. It tasted great and became one of my favorite cocktail so far.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Continued to 3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 6.

 

3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 4

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Day 5: Discovering Hong Kong and Hong Kong International Airport

Since, my flight arrive at Hong Kong International Airport at 4:30 AM, I have to wait until around 9 AM or 10 PM which most of stores’open time.DSC02247DSC02249

At 4:30 AM, although Hong Kong International Airport is considered as one of the busiest airports in the world, it is very quiet around this time. It was very interesting to see the quiet check-in area, which I’ve never seen.

So I decide to go to Cathay Pacific Airways’ arrival lounge in the airport.

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Arrival lounge has small sofa area, buffet food area (breakfast was served when I went there) and shower rooms with washroom. It  is very small comparing to departure lounges. After 5 AM, the lounge was packed with a lot of people arrived from long haul flights from Europe, North America, and South Pacific region, since Cathay Pacific has so many flights arriving in Hong Kong between 5 AM and 7 AM for the connection flights leaving Hong Kong from 8 AM to 10 AM.

After few hour of staying at arrival lounge, I decided to discover Hong Kong because my flight to next destination is 1 AM.

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When I visited Hong Kong, it was Chinese New Year week, so there are decorations for celebration everywhere and a lot more tourists than usual. Another thing I noticed was the air quality in Hong Kong. When I visited Hong Kong in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the air quality is not as polluted as this time. In addition, it was hard to see skyscrapers in Hong Kong Island from Kowloon side.

After sightseeing and having good food in Hong Kong, I decided to go back to Hong Kong airport for another flight to next destination.

The trip time from Kowloon station to the airport is only 24 minutes. From my experience, Hong Kong has one of the fastest airport express train in the world.  It takes only 26 minutes from the airport to Hong Kong station, which is central of Hong Kong and where various businesses take place.

After a short transit trip in Hong Kong, I came back to the airport.

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Airplane watching as usual.

After spending few hours in the airport, the boarding for the flight had started. The time in Hong Kong was 1:20, so it was Day 6 of 8 Days Trip!

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Next destination: Singapore!

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Continued to 3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 5.

3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 3

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Day 4: Abu Dhabi Day 2 & Dubai Day 1

After one night of nice hotel stay, I woke up and decided to go to swimming pool in the hotel.

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The swimming pool is located 19th floor of the hotel and I can see wonderful view of Abu Dhabi from it. Since, it was February, it is considered as winter in Abu Dhabi, although the temperature was 25 degrees Celsius and there were nobody in the pool. So I enjoyed so much in the pool with the great view.

I spent about an hour in the swimming pool and get ready for check out after that.

 

Emirates Palace Hotel

Emirates Palace Hotel, some travel books and websites call it “7 Stars Hotel”. This hotel became very famous because of the movie, “Sex and the City 2”. This hotel is also one of the most famous places in Abu Dhabi and I decided to go there (not to stay, but for cafe).

However, the hotel has a policy that only hotel guests and restaurant guests can enter the hotel building. So, I booked a cafe through the concierge of Hyatt hotel and went for lunch.

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The hotel building was rounded by many fountains and it was hard to realize that I was in a country in desert. At cafe in a lobby floor of the hotel, I had this hotel’s signature cappuccino which is decorated with 24K gold leaves (60 UAE Dirham), as many tourists do in this hotel.

The interior of the hotel was also gorgeous and I can easily recognize that this hotel is called as “7 stars hotel”.

 

After I visited Emirates Palace Hotel, I took a taxi ride to Dubai.

 

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Continued to 3 Nights 8 Days Trip:  Part 4

 

 

Flight Review JL017 YVR-NRT Economy Class

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I chose a flight review as my first blog post of this year.

I spent the Christmas and New Year holidays in Japan, this flight review is about the flight I took to go to Japan from Vancouver. JL017 departs Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 1:00 AM and arrives at Tokyo Narita International Airport at 4:30 PM on the following day due to the time difference.

As always, my travel starts from taking this picture.

The check-in started from 3 hours before the departure time. The check-in was pretty smooth and it was handled by Swissport Staff, instead of Japan Airlines staff members.

 

It was a very snowy day, however, the lane left the spot on time. It was my first time to fly with Boeing 787-8, which is one of the newest aircraft in the market.

SEAT & LEGROOM

My seat was 45K, which is an exit row seat with window. I am very pleased to get an extra legroom!

One thing that makes JapanAirline’s 787-8 different from any other airlines’ 787-8 is that Japan Airlines is only one airline which has 8 seats in a row in the economy class, as other airlines have 9 seats in a row.

The plane took off smoothly and shortly after take off, beverages and snacks were served. I was surprised that hey served hot towels for even economy class passengers, which many airlines only serve for premium class (first and business classes) passengers.

LUNCH

After the snack, the lunch was served.

The menu was beef sukiyaki and teriyaki chicken with rice, bean salad, Japanese udon noodle, fresh vegetable salad,  fruits salad, and miso soup.

It seems very healthy as they serve many kinds of salads and way more vegetables comparing to many other airlines’ in-flight meal.  I also liked that they serve a small bottle of water with a meal, since the inside of the airplane is usually dry and the body tend to be dehydrated during the long flight.

It was pretty good as an economy class meal

During the flight, I enjoyed 3 movies, which are “Start Treck Beyond,” “Your Name (Japanese title: 君の名は), and Shin Godzilla (Japanese title: シン・ゴジラ).  As the flight was 9 hour, I only had 1 hour to sleep, but I was satisfied so much to be able to catch up with latest movies.

The pillow has an interesting shape and it fits on the neck and comfortable.

Supper 

Prior to arrival, the second meal was served. The meal was tuna sandwich, pasta salad, and sliced apple.  It was decent for the second meal for the 9 hours flight, but I was expecting a bit more, like one more items like yogurt.

Shortly after the second meal, the plane was ready for descending to Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT).

The airplane arrived at Tokyo Narita International Airport on time. Shortly after landing, the airplane arrived at the spot and I left airplane with almost no tiredness.

Overall, it was very enjoyable flight, as Japan Airline had many latest movies, good product and seats, and tasty in-flight meals.  In addition, flights attendants were very welcoming and polite throughout the flight and make the flight very comfortable.

3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 2

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Day 3, Part 2: Abu Dhabi Day 1

After arriving to Dubai International Airport, I took a taxi ride to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of United Arab Emirates.

DSC01788 DSC01791 DSC01799 DSC01785On the way to Abu Dhabi, I saw so many interesting buildings and endless desert.

 

After 2 hour 20 min of taxi ride (there was a traffic at the highway close to Abu Dhabi, so it took longer than the time mentioned in travel info), I arrived the hotel that I will spend the first night of this trip.

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HYATT Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, the reason why I chose this hotel is because this building is certified as “The World Furthest Learning Manmade Tower,” by Guinness World Records.

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When I arrived at the hotel, it was at 10 AM and official check in time was 3 PM, however the receptionist told me that I could check in. So then, I did early check in since I was tired from two nights of flights.

DSC01823 DSC01813 DSC01814 DSC01819The room looks very stylish and modern with great view of Abu Dhabi. I was surprised that this room is categorized as a cheapest room in this hotel,

 

So many of you may think “Why Abu Dhabi?, Whu not Dhubai?” I have reason why I decide to visit Abu Dhabi, instead of spending time in Dubai longer.

There are some interesting things in Abu Dhabi that I really wanted to see, such as Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace Hotel, and Ferrari World.

 

So I decided to go to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, as a start of my discovery in Abu Dhabi.

 

DSC01841DSC01843DSC01885DSC01878Surprisingly, the inside of the Ferrari World looked a bit empty. So that I went to ride “Formula Rossa,” as known as the fastest roller coaster in the world.

DSC01874DSC01845The speed of the coaster reaches 240km/hour within 1 second after it starts. It was so much different than any other roller coasters I’ve ever tried. It’s fast, long and extreme. Everyone has to wear safety glasses to protect eyes from sands and wind.

 

Later on the day, I went to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the landmark of Abu Dhabi.

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It was one of the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen in my life and it impressed me so much. I enjoyed Abu Dhabi so much and after I get to hotel, I ate dinner (I didn’t take any picture in restaurant, sine the lighting was very dark in the restaurant) and slept after I had very long day.

 

Thank you for reading and have a nice day!

Continued to 3 Nights 8 Days Trip Part 3.