Nov 14 2016

3D2N Trip to Bintan Lagoon Resort (Part 2)

Continuation of my trip to Bintan Lagoon Resort! You can read Part 1 HERE!


Woke up bright and early for breakfast at Fiesta!

We planned to go for a swim after that but it was raining unfortunately So I went back to the room to rest while Mel went to hit the gym.


In the afternoon, the sun was bright and sunny already so we went to the beach for a stroll before going for our swim.


Had some light bites by the pool. It was soo relaxing to just lie there and think of nothing.


Love the chicken and fries!


Coconut juice to cool ourselves down


Bought this bag during my BKK trip which is so roomy and nice to bring around!


Went for a quick swim before heading back to our room and wash up.

It was Sunday so the beach was relatively empty. Spent some quality time together just sitting on the sand and looking at the waves crashing.


Our first time having such a relaxing trip.. Our previous trips were just jam packed with places to go but this time we decided to just take it slow and just enjoy the serenity of the place, and Bintan is a really good place to do that.


Travels are always fun with you <3


Caught the sunset as well


For dinner, we went to a Japanese restaurant in Bintan Lagoon Resort.

We ordered the Teppanyaki set + Sukiyaki set to share. The waiter warned us that the portion is really big and double checked that we could finish it haha.


Our seafood teppanyaki set


The waiter helping us to put in the vegs


Desserts to end the day, and we managed to finish everything! Haha.

The next day, we decided to explore the resort abit more. There was this part of the resort which we didn’t explore the past 2 days and it’s really a hidden gem.


There was these steps to take which according to the BLR staff, couples do come here to take wedding shots because the view up there is really nice.


And it really is!!


Could just sit here and stare at the scene the whole day.


Mel prefers to meditate there.


Top of the world


Went for some last minute shopping before our ferry! We managed to buy 2 Polo tees each!


Had a quick snack as well!

Since BLR has a private ferry service, it was such a smooth and quick journey back home. Our ferry was at about 5pm, and we took the shuttle service from the lobby to the ferry terminal at 4.25pm (and reached in less than 3mins). No need to squeeze with the crowd and queue for so long to board the ferry! Haven’t had such a relaxing holiday in a really long time, and it was really fun at the same time with my favourite travel partner! :)

You can also book your next weekend getaway on Bintan Lagoon Resort’s website HERE!
http://www.bintanlagoon.com

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Oct 21 2016

3D2N Trip to Bintan Lagoon Resort (Part 1)

Recently back from a short 3D2N getaway to Bintan with Mel and it was such a good and relaxing short break.

This is my second trip to Bintan and both trips I stayed at Bintan Lagoon Resort. I like staying there because of their direct ferry service (powered by Moziac Ferry Lines) which leads you right to the doorstep of the resort! Custom clearance was really fast and you don’t have to waste another hour to travel to the town area.

Beautiful peaceful beach that greeted us when we arrived. Sun sand and sea for the next 3 days!!

There’ll be an internal shuttle bus which would pick you up from the ferry terminal and send you to the resort lobby.


Our Deluxe Room which had a nice pool facing.

Put down our bags and we’re off to tour the area!


The Sea Sport counter. There are over 30 Land and Sea Sport Activities which would leave you spoilt for choice.


Some of my colleagues actually travel frequently here to play golf. This is the beginner’s range, and they actually still have 2 other world-renowned, exceptionally designed championship 18-hole courses.


There’s also pool tables & those football machines which are complimentary for guests to use if I’m not wrong.


TV Consoles which are available for rent too! Great for those who come in large groups.


The really well equipped gym which Mel hit almost everyday.


There’s also something for the kids if you’re planning a short getaway with your children!


I’ve always wanted to go into one of these so I sneaked in shhh..


They even have this which we didn’t have time to play :(


Was hungry from all the walking and we settled our lunch at the newly opened Fiesta Restaurant which serves international cuisine!


The restaurant is perched on a hill and overlooking the pool side.


Super love the white and glass structures which makes the whole place looks so bright and welcoming!


Nice lighting calls for more selfies!


And more!!


Lots of choices to choose from. Mel and I like ‘Fresh Life’ the most!


So relaxing…


I like that there are a few counters which serve freshly prepared food!


There’s also a live band that sings songs of all languages, even mandarin ones!!


Rested for awhile before changing to our sea sport attire!

There’s many sea sports to choose from, like canoe, jet-ski, banana boat, snorkeling and more! We decided to give jet-ski a try!

Jet-ski was so fun!!! If you’re the kind that doesn’t like too extreme sports but still want that bit of thrill, this is the perfect sea sport. And it was so nice being in the open sea and under the blue skies, with wind blowing in your face.

Initially I was afraid that we’d fall but it wasn’t scary and pretty easy to handle. What was even scarier was when we were walking on the sand to our Jet-ski, there were like super a lot of small crabs crawling towards us which I totally freaked out and kept jumping. Made Mel piggy-back me back to the shores after we were done hahaha.


Thanks for saving me from the crabs hahaha!


Check out my poliwag top which I bought for fun in BKK! Poliwag cos we were playing sea sports!!


Went back to our resort to wash up and we’re off to roam the beach again before dinner! I like how everything is so integrated and convenient at Bintan Lagoon Resort.. Save all the traveling time!


One good thing about this place is also that they have their own private beach which spans across a 1.5km distance. Even though we were there on a Saturday, it still wasn’t too crowded.


Dinner was at The Nelayan which has really nice ambiance since it’s just by the beach!


Their soup of day was soooo good!! Mel couldn’t stop raving and drank till there wasn’t a single drop left.


Ordered Seafood Risotto and a combination grill platter (beef, fish, prawn & lamb) to share!


Followed by 2 desserts which were awesome as well!


Took a really slow 2hrs dinner cos we were just enjoying the view and ambiance.

Surprisingly, the weather in Bintan is not as humid and hot as in Singapore even though we were under the sun most of the time! I guess the cool breeze really helped too. Will be blogging about my 2nd & 3rd day in another post so stay tune!

If you’re planning a trip to Bintan, I’d really recommend staying at Bintan Lagoon Resort! You can check out more about the resort HERE and book your weekend trip now! There’s a Weekday Package promotion (2D1N) which is on-going till 30 October where you can save about 30%!
www.bintanlagoonresort.com

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Oct 16 2016

Fujifilm X-A2 Camera + Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 lens!

The past week has been an exciting week because I’ve been busy playing with my new camera!!! Bought the Fujifilm X-A2 on a random note cos of some promotion and 2 days later I got myself new lens (XF 35mm f1.4) too hahaha.


Meet my new X-A2!! It’s a mirrorless compact with APS-C sensor. Previously I was using my Panasonic Lumix which served me very well for the past 3 years. The Fuji is about 1.5x bigger and heavier than my old cam and at first it took me quite awhile to get used to the weight but I guess it’s still better than carrying a DSLR around!


The camera came with a kit lens (16-50mm) but I wanted a prime lens. So happened I could hunt one on Carousell so I immediately got it! This is the XF 35mm f1.4, and the built of it is sooo pretty. I can just stare at the glass the entire day. :/


There’s actually a newer X-A3 model which was recently launched, but I prefer this one cos it looks more vintage while the newer one just looks like a toy. The person at the shop also told us that this is a more popular model compared to the newer version. There’s a few minor upgrades to the newer version but I can live without that. New version = more expensive too! I also love how vintage this camera looks and it also comes with a LCD screen which you can tilt for selfies! I was researching at other brands/models and there was no other cameras which looked this good and had a screen that could tilt.


Side by side with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. Matching colour!


So the whole week I was trying to test the camera and getting used to using it. Previously I was just using auto mode most of the time but I think it’s time I should start learning how to use the manual functions!

The shots below are all straight out of the camera and non-edited. Colours were really rich and pictures are sharp. Love it!


Under low light condition. I didn’t even adjust the ISO, aperture and don’t know what much so I guess photo quality could be better.


Visited Muji Cafe with Fawn on Thursday. We bought the cam together and this girl still hasn’t even taken her camera out to play while I’ve already gotten myself new lens.


Love the depth of field of this lens!


On Friday, Mel sent flowers to my office.


Went to Hana Japanese Restaurant whose flying noodles are all over instagram now. But we didn’t have that.. This pic was taken from the table beside me hahaha.


Abit too dark for my liking but I guess I could have increased the brightness. This beef don is damn good btw.


Make full use of the flowers by spamming pics of it. And also using it as a test subject for my camera.

Really like my camera with the new lens! Alot more to get used to still especially the settings but I think I’m getting used to the weight of it already! Not that bad actually. Only bad thing about this 35mm lens is that it’s quite zoomed in so it’s almost impossible to take a nice selfie! Now I’m thinking if I should get another wide angle lens :/

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Sep 7 2016

Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival Light Up!

Headed down to Chinatown to view the mid autumn festival light up as well as to get a paper lantern to play last Saturday!


Feeling like a tourist in my own country haha! Singapore can be an interesting place if you explore hard enough eh.

Some lantern design contest. I like this one! So pretty.

So apt for the Pokemon Go season. Would have gotten this design if it’s on sale!

Took a break and ate some cooling ice dessert!

OOTD! Tried dressing up with something oriental haha. You can’t see clearly but my top has like embossed oriental patterns.

Found a place which offered a birds-eye view of the entire place! So scenic!

Had claypot rice for dinner at the hawker centre. So gooodd.

The selections this year was abit disappointing. Didn’t managed to find this really pretty paper lantern which I saw before long time ago in Chinatown.. :(

After that we walked all the way to MBS (2.7km) for pokehunt! Hahaha. The place was still so crowded at 11pm.

I really like weekends like this. I guess it’s the company that matters too. :)

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