Sweating in Dubai…43°C

29 JULY – 02 AUGUST 2016: Dubai has never been on my bucket list of countries to visit. However my Mum and I were due to attend a wedding in the Seychelles and had booked our travel with Emirates, which required us to take a flight from London to Dubai and then a connecting flight…

Hong Kong – Last Stop (for now!)

03 – 06 AUGUST 2015: My sister Jill, cousin Justine and friend Rabikah were in Philippines with me so we decided to go to a nearby country for a few days and picked Hong Kong as Jill and I have never been before. First impressions were that it didn’t reflect the Chinese culture I had…

Cebu – Where My Family Began!

20 – 24 JULY 2015: The Philippines has 7,107 islands, of which only around 2,000 are inhabited. I am proud to say that my family come from one of the most beautiful islands, Cebu. Considered ‘Queen City of the South’ and known for world class beach resorts, water sports and diving spots. I often think…

Samanda in Bali – Sun, Sea & Sand!

14 – 18 JUNE 2015: Third destination on the Samanda trip is Bali, Indonesia! Which means it’s time to hit the beach and get some colour! Firstly, Bali is as beautiful as I had expected. It’s a well known honeymoon destination so my expectations were pretty high! And speaking of honeymoons, we were actually lucky…

Samanda in Malaysia – Part 2

13 JUNE 2015: Day 2 in Malaysia…. We didn’t make any plans on our second day so we decided to do as much as possible as it was also our last day in Malaysia. LITTLE INDIA – BRICKFIELDS ‘Little India in Brickfields is a medium sized town located just outside of the city centre, Kuala…

Samanda in Malaysia – Part 1

12 JUNE 2015: The next country on the Samanda trip was Malaysia… Hotel: Hilton at Petaling Jaya which is on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. The hotel itself was very nice although the area around the hotel was fairly run-down and a few places smelled funny. We spent most of our time in Kuala Lumpur…

Samanda in Singapore – Marina Bay Sands

10 JUNE 2015: Ever since I decided to go to Singapore I have been excited about visiting Marina Bay Sands (MBS). It’s considered an architectural masterpiece, towering in front of the city with 3 great towers and a huge infinity pool / rooftop park that spans across them. MBS is one of Singapore’s few iconic…