T4 Open House

IMG_1100_meitu_1Welcome to Terminal 4 Open House. Excited to visit the new terminal before it starts operation at the end of the year.

IMG_1101_meitu_2My “travel” buddy

IMG_1107Finally our time to board

Terminal 4 is built on a plot of land that was originally occupied by the Budget Terminal. It is the smallest terminal at 225,000 sqm, about half the size of Terminal 3. Once fully operational, it can handle about 70 per cent of Terminal 3’s handling capacity. It features start-to-end self-service systems, allowing travellers to check in, deposit their baggage and even go through immigration via automated systems.

IMG_1117Self-check in counters

IMG_1119Immigration

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IMG_1127_meitu_4Security clearance

IMG_1176Boarding

6 Airlines will be flying off from T4 – Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines.

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Remember to look out for the arts around the terminal. You will also notice that there are many greenery spanning across the whole terminal, giving the tourist a first hand experience of our garden city.

IMG_1145Petal clouds

IMG_1183Les Oiseaux – The birds

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The highlight of the tour is definitely the Heritage Façade. It is inspired by Peranakan shophouses nestled around Singapore.

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The musical, Peranakan Love Story is played on the LED screen spanning 2 shopfront bays on the Peranakan façade. Peranakan Love Story is a theatrical performance of a love story between two young adults, set in 1930s Singapore. The production is done in collaboration with Singapore’s local talents and artistes including Dick Lee, Adrian Pang, Benjamin Kheng and Koh Cheng Mun.

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You can watch the full musical, Peranakan Love Story here.

The registration for the Open House is closed. If you didn’t manage to get a chance to visit, you can read more about it here.

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Linfield Cottage

IMG_9427Our accommodation for the next 3 days

Linfield Cottage is a luxury 1900 Federation home that has been beautifully restored. The house comes with a big living room, a big dinning room, kitchen, a large bathroom with spa, separate toilet, 2 bedrooms, outdoor sitting area with bbq and a laundry room. Not forgetting the 2 fireplaces, 1 in the kitchen and 1 in the living room. The house is prefect for the 5 of us, 4 adults and 1 cute little boy.

Note: I took some of the photos from the website to give a more complete picture of how the whole house looks like.

Picture1_meitu_1The outdoor area. We didn’t spend much time here cos it was too chilly but we did make good use of the bbq pit.

IMG_9110Living Room

IMG_9117Dinning Room

Picture2_meitu_2The cosy kitchen which we spent most of our time

IMG_9116Our bedroom

Picture3_meitu_3The master bedroom

IMG_9111Bathroom with spa. The spa was little Timmy’s favourite.

Picture4_meitu_4Laundry Room. We didn’t do any washing, definitely something useful for people planning for a long stay.

The host was very thoughtful and the fridge was well stocked to ensure that we had enough food for 3 days. We did get additional food for our BBQ dinner. The rooms were clean and spacious and look just like what it was shown on the website.

Website: Linfield Cottage

Right next to Linfield Cottage is the cellar door, facing the rows and rows of vineyard.

IMG_9152Linfield Road Wines

IMG_9269_meitu_1All excited to try out the sparkling red wine

The lovely lady even shared with us spots to see wild kangaroos. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot 1 or 2 at the vineyard.

It is important to note the opening hours of the cellar door. Most of them don’t open daily. This does, open 7 days from 10am to 5pm daily.

Website: Linfield Road Wines 

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Barossa Farmers Market

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The Barossa Farmers Market is a genuine, local produce market which opens every Saturday from 7:30am to 11:30am.

You can find an array of food in the market, from fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, chicken, duck, beef, pork, lamb, specialty breads, the Barossa’s famous smallgoods, fresh milk, stunning pastries and baked goods, honey, olive oil and olives, freshly roasted coffee and blended teas and confectionery.

IMG_9098The market section

IMG_9099The breakfast section

We arrived quite late and most of the food were already sold out. We managed to grab 2 quiches to satisfy our hungry tummy. Unfortunately, the stall did not have a oven so we had them cold. We also bought some strawberries and persimmons to eat for the next few days.  They were one of the sweetest fruits we ever had!

If you are passing by Barossa on a Saturday, I strongly recommend you to check it out.

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Website: Barossa Farmers Market 

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South Australia Road Trip – Day 1

IMG_9083_meitu_1Waiting for our night flight to Adelaide

We were lucky to land on a Saturday morning so we decided to visit the Barossa Farmers Market before we head to our first accommodation.

IMG_9106Barossa Farmers Market

It was quite a long drive from the airport and we reached there quite late around 11 am. We had a light breakfast and continued our drive to our accommodation.

IMG_9427Finally reached our accommodation at Barossa Valley

IMG_91381st cellar – TeAro Estate

IMG_9152.JPG2nd cellar – Lindfield Road Wines

Most of the cellar door closed around 5pm and we were tired from all the travelling, so we only managed to visit 2 on Day 1. Ended Day 1 with BBQ dinner at home.

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Phi Phi Islands Day Tour

We booked a 1 day trip to Phi Phi Islands with Orchid Speed Boat through our hotel. It cost 2,800 baht per person. The crew were super friendly and they made sure everyone had an enjoyable tour. Highly recommend!

The speed boat picked us up at 9am at Railay West right outside our hotel.

IMG_48561st stop – snorkeling

Life jacket and snorkeling equipment were provided. We picked the right day to go for the tour and the water was calm and clear. There were many beautiful coral reefs. Initially, my sister did not want to go into the water as she didn’t know how to swim. Knowing that the captain immediately offered her a float so that she could also enjoy the water like the rest of us.

IMG_48582nd stop – Viking Cave

Viking cave is also known as Bird Nests Cave. The gathers gathered the bird nests from the cliff using bamboo scaffolding. We didn’t visit the cave, the captain slowed down in front of the cave for us to take some photos.

IMG_4865Cursing into Phi Ley Bay

IMG_4870We stopped to take some photos. The water here is super clear.

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IMG_4878Bye Phi Ley Bay. Moving on to the next stop.

IMG_4884Guess where we are heading

IMG_4885Queuing for our lot to park the speedboat

IMG_4889Welcome to Maya Bay

Maya Bay is famous for its setting for the movie “The Beach”. It’s also because of the movie, the beach is extremely crowded. You will need to pay an additional 200 baht per person to visit the National Park and enjoy the beach.

IMG_4896We braved through the pain to walk through a patch of super rough shoreline  barefooted to reach Loh Sa Ma.

IMG_4904We moved on to Monkey Bay. Can you spot the monkeys?

IMG_4906The monkeys were not scared of human. They would get close to ask for food.

IMG_4911One even hopped on our speedboat and stole a bottle of orange juice.

IMG_0467It was finally lunch time and we headed to Phi Phi Don. Lunch was included in the fee paid. Lunch was buffet style though the food selection was not fantastic, it was good enough for us.

IMG_0473We had 1.5 hours at Phi Phi Don so we did a little exploring.

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After lunch, we went for another round of snorkeling before going to our final destination – Bamboo Island (famous for its white sand). We were given some time to enjoy the beach.

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The trip around 5 pm. Fresh watermelons and pineapples were served on our way back. There was also free flow of mineral water and orange juice throughout the whole tour.

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Krabi Short Getaway

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It is almost a tradition that we have to go for a beach holiday every year. So this year, we are heading to Krabi.

After 1 hour and 50 minutes of flight, we finally landed. From the Krabi airport, you can take the official airport bus to Ao Nang for 150 baht per person.

IMG_4849On the bus to Ao Nang

From Ao Nang, you need to take a longtail boat to Railay. The boat comes every hour and it costs 100 baht per person (one way). There is no need to get a two-way ticket as you can easily get a long-tail boat back to Ao Nang from Railay. The boat will leave once it reaches 8 people and it costs 80 baht per person. They will charge more if there are lesser people. Remember to book your bus ticket from Ao Nang back to the airport in advance. It costs 200 baht per person.

IMG_4852Waiting for our longtail boat to Railay

There are many resorts located in Railay. The accommodation ranges from bungalows and medium-priced resorts in East Railay to a collection of luxury resorts focused on West Railay. As the East beach is primarily covered in dense mangroves and is unsuitable for swimming, we decided to stay on the West Beach.

IMG_0392Grand deluxe building room at Sand Sea Resort with a private terrace

IMG_0395Bathroom with separate shower and bathtub

We took a walk to the West Beach Walking Street which is a 1 min walk from our hotel and settled for lunch there.

IMG_0396Nutella Thai pancake. It is a yummy roti prata with nutella.

IMG_0406A big plate of prawn crackers to share. My sister was not impressed by my choice 😛

IMG_0407Local feast – tom yum soup and green curry

After lunch, we took a walk to Railay East and Phra Nang Beach. The 2 beaches are connected by a path which follows the base of the cliffs bordered by caves and stalactites. On this path, you will also find the track to Railay Lagoon. The track seems rather challenging and we were not well-prepared (in flipflops) for adventures so we gave it a miss.

railay-east-phranang-pathYou can spot monkeys along the path so we walked through it super quickly and didn’t stop to take any photos.

IMG_0398Phra Nang Beach

We ended the day early as we booked a day tour to Phi Phi Islands. We bought dinner from Railay Family Restaurant (definitely our favourite) back to enjoy it in the comfort of our room.

IMG_0413Our favourite restaurant. The price is reasonable and the service is fantastic.

dinner day 1Our dinner – Pad Thai, grilled fish and mango sticky rice

IMG_0418Day 1 ended with the beautiful sunset along the beach

We spent most of Day 2 on the Phi Phi Islands Day Tour. Read more about in on Day Tour to Phi Phi Islands.

Day 3 was beach visiting day. A quick mention that there are no sun chairs along the beach so remember to bring along you own beach mat or towel unless you don’t mind getting sandy. Our resort provided us with beach mat which we brought it along.

IMG_4938 (2)_meitu_1Phra Nang Beach. You can walk to the cliff area during low tide.

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IMG_4965Admire their determination to take good photos

IMG_0541Lazing around the beach

IMG_4981Chicken Island

A point to note is that there are many parasites in the water. If you have high tolerance to bite, then you will enjoy the water more. The bites eventually got the better of us and we left to hang out at Railay West. We got no bites from Railay West so we concluded that it was a Railay East problem.

IMG_0525Our favourite drink – pineapple shake. Made with real pineapple. Super refreshing, good for hot weather.

IMG_0446Tonsai beach is behind this cliff

IMG_0481You can get there by doing some climbing which we didn’t try.

IMG_0486Evening at Railay West

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IMG_4969_meitu_3Back to our favourite restaurant for dinner. Tom yum soup, fried rice and our last grilled fish in Krabi.

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Cafe Hopping – Farrer Park

2 years ago, we went for our first cafe hopping near Lavender. This time, we explored the cafes near Farrer Park. As Patrick said “3 is just nice, 4 will be a torture.” so 3 was the number of cafes we went.

1. Enchanted Cafe

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A fantasy theme cafe with a fantasy menu. The drinks menu was especially magical yet it came with a local touch. They had drinks like The Sorcerer’s Elixir, Milky Series with flavour like Ondeh Ondeh, Bandung, etc.

IMG_0645The famous decoration corner

IMG_0664The Sorcerer’s Elixir. The drink will turn sparkly when you stirred it. We half expected that the drink would not be fantastic but we were still surprised by the novelty.

IMG_0665Enchanted Buffalo Bites. A recommended dish but we felt the dip lacked the BBQ taste and was too watery.

IMG_0669Croque Madame. Smoked salmon paired with velvety homemade mayo sauce. The sauce was not too tangy and when paired with the smoked salmon and fluffy eggs, PERFECT!

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Website: Enchanted Cafe

2. Brunches Cafe

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Off to our 2nd stop, Brunches Cafes. When you stepped into the cafe, you immediately felt that you had went back in time.

IMG_0692Barrel transformed seats

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IMG_0685Coffee on the Rock. No surprise that I chose the Bailey’s flavour. Poured the cold milk into the ice coffee. When the coffee melt, your ice coffee is ready. No more diluted coffee.

IMG_0688A large bowl of Truffle Fries. Good for 4 to share.

IMG_0689Golden Risotto Ball. The outside of the risotto balls were super crispy and stuffed with stringy cheese. The combination of the tomato sauce made this dish flawless.

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Website: Brunches Cafe

3. Non Entrée Dessert Cafe 

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Last and final stop, Non Entrée Dessert Cafe. As the name said, the cafe only served desserts. They changed their menu frequently according to the theme. One of the selling point of the cafe was the presentation of the desserts served.

IMG_0702The decorations according to the theme – Urban Garden

IMG_0709Chocolate Avalanche. It was like eating a miniature garden. The warm lava cake would drip and covered the orange-infused vanilla gelato. The soil was made of chocolate and crunchy almond nougatine. Loved the balance of all the different ingredients.

IMG_0713Pot de Fleur. A flower pot made of edible ingredients, Strawberry Rhubarb Compote, Lychee Lime Granita, Sakura Pump, Prosecco Rosé Jelly. It came with a Yuzu Mist which you could spray on the cotton candy.

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Website: Non Entrée Dessert Cafe 

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