Wednesday, April 19, 2017

#foodhype - Exploding Lava Cookie, Creamery

Recently there is a influx of short “buzzfeed” style 1 minute videos which introduces new food hype and places, and it was adopted by local bloggers and platforms such as ladyironchef and eatbook.sg etc and i have to say i really enjoy watching these snippets and i tend to save the links of those really interesting ones for “future reference”. LOL

Recently i came across this video on Facebook:

The video made me want to head down and try it! I On a side note, i feel like i have seen/ heard about this lava cookie somewhere sometime last year but i can’t remember where it is. Anyway, last weekend my friends and i was at town deciding where to have dinner/ dessert and we decided to make a trip down to Creamery to try this lava cookie hype!   photo IMG_3667.jpg
139 Tyrwhitt Road #01-03, 207557 - Nearest MRT: Lavender

I’m not sure if they just opened, relocate or have been there for the longest time but apparently the FaceBook video that went viral brought in the crowd (thanks to the power of social media) I overheard the uncles from the convenient store beside asking each other what happen to Creamery and why the sudden influx of customers, LOL #mystery

The outlet was a little small and could only accommodate about 5 tables, definitely not enough to cater for the sudden hype. I had to wait about 25 mins for a table and i overheard the staff telling the people who came later that they have to wait up to an hour or so for a table. (One reason is that the cookies are baked upon order and we were told it takes about 15 to 20 mins to bake…) I also felt that they were not ready to handle the crowd as they seem rather shorthanded as well. Perhaps they didn’t expect the video to go viral? LOL Suggestion: maybe more tables outside as well?
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With that aside, the menu offers 5 cookie sets and each comes with a scoop of ice cream. Once the cookie are baked, the staff will bring the little hot pan to your table and drop a scoop of ice cream of your choice on the cookie to create the “overflowing lava” effect. I was actually quite amused by how almost everyone started whipping their phone when the food arrives at their table and requesting the staff to pose for their photos or to drop the ice cream on their cue (mostly for instagram boomerang, lol) I just had to ask the staff if they get these requests a lot and the answer was yes, but only recently after the FB video went viral. A couple of cookie sets were not available that day so we ordered:
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“Choc a lot” with a scoop of Piko Piko (Coffee Tiramisu) 
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“Monster Matcha” with a scoop of Berry Cheese Cake 

Other than these 2 ice cream flavours, they also have other interesting flavours such as the Super Baby Milk Power (which really taste like baby powder) and Thai milk tea. I would say the combination of hot (being the “lava” and cold (ice cream) was quite matching and the warm cookie tasted really good! For less than $10 a set, i would consider it affordable. To conclude, i would say this is just another food hype in SG. One of those dessert place you try once and probably won’t return again unless you are near the area.

Update 1: I just read that Creamery originated in Bangkok and they already have outlets in JB and Bangkok as well! Wait. If they have been around for the longest time, how is it that they only went viral in SG like recently???

Update 2: The place was really crowded that night i went because it was a weekend. Typically weekday (especially in the afternoon) there is minimal crowd so that’s probably the best time to head down if you want to try their cookie sets.

Creamery Boutique
#01-03, 139 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207557

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Thursdays.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

High tea in singapore like a "tai-tai"

Recently over the weekends, i went for a couple of high tea sessions and i realised these sessions are really good for catching up with friends or just to spend a relaxing afternoon with your loved ones. These high tea sessions usually comes with a set which you can share amongst 2 to 3 friends and the amount of food is usually more than enough simply because, 1. you probably had your lunch before the tea session or 2. you are gonna have your dinner a couple of hours later so you probably not want to make yourself so full that you can't have dinner after.

Each session can last about 2 hours or so because it’s not all about eating the food but also creating conversations and the food are like “fillers” in-between and if the food is good, it can also be part of your conversations as well. Now that social media plays a big part in most of our lives (i almost type lies, lol), you probably spent the first 30 mins taking photos or #selfies, editing them on the spot before sharing the “tai tai” lifestyle on your instagram and/or Facebook.
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One of the cheapest tea set which was recommended by my friend, Leedia. Fosters offers this “Devonshire Cream Tea Set” which is available daily from 3pm to 5.30pm and for only $11.50++, you get freshly-baked scones, home-made strawberry preserve and cream, a slice of cake, finger sandwiches and also a choice of coffee or tea. (I got mine changed to hot chocolate without any additional charge)

Finger sandwiches and cakes are pretty much normal but the highlight of the set are definitely the scones which are served warm, crusty on the outside, soft inside and absolutely delicious when paired with the strawberry jam.

Tucked at a corner of Holland Village, Fosters is really a “hidden gem” for tea time (not so sure about the rest of the menu) and the ambience and setting of the restaurant gives a very english rustic vibe. (I even chanced upon a group of french maid cosplayers having their tea session in the restaurant on a Sunday, LOL) If you are looking for a somewhere with value for money high tea set, i guess this is the place. 


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I first know of L’eclair by Sarah Michelle when i chanced upon their ads on Facebook and a few months back, one of my colleague mentioned that she was going for this high tea which requires booking at least a week in advance and it turns out to be L’eclair by Sarah Michelle. So last weekend i went for their $60 nett high tea set (it was $50 previously but it increased due to a change of menu - more savoury, less sweets) Booked about 3 weeks in advance. The high tea sets are available from Tuesday to Sundays with 3 seatings a day.
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The high tea set came in 3 tiers. The top and bottom tier were savouries and middle tier were 5 of their famous Eclair (mini) and the set also came with choice of coffee/ tea for 2. I changed mine to hot chocolate with no additional cost.
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The assorted mini eclairs were good, especially the Ispahan (which consist of Rose, Lychee and Raspberry) and the other was the 66% dark chocolate. These 2 are my favourites amongst the 5. But what i really enjoyed was the Truffle Egg Mayo Choux Puff (i wish there were more!!!) and their Signature chicken and Bacon Pie. It was good that i would actually consider walking over from Dhoby Ghaut just to get the full sized version. For this $60 set, i would honestly say i prefer the savouries over the sweets.

Find out more on their high tea set: http://www.leclair.com.sg/high-tea

After trying out 2 different high tea sets and living the tai tai lifestyle for a couple of Sundays, here are the other 2 high tea sets which i think are reasonably priced and would probably make a trip down to try them out soon.
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Afternoon Tea at The Marmalade Pantry from 3pm to 6pm daily. The set is priced at $38 for a set that serves 2. Compared to L’eclair, this is much cheaper but i’m not sure if the food is as good/ premium. You get 2 pots of Gryphon teas, range of finger sandwiches, scones, strawberry preserve and cream, and not only that the set also comes with choice of any 2 cupcakes. I guess i have to find out myself if the set is worth the $38.

The other one i found was Afternoon Tea at Lime, Parkroyal on Pickering Hotel. It’s priced at $42++ for a set with one serving of coffee andtea or $48 for a set with unlimited serving of coffee and tea. Each set serves 2. Now that i think about it, L’eclair seem rather pricey at $60 for 2 leh.
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They call their afternoon tea set “Tiers of Joy” So punny, lol. Once again, 3 tiers of both savoury and sweets. Available daily from 3pm to 6pm. in photos, the food looks really good and and premium, especially how they describe it on their website. There is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cup with Gianduja Chantilly (no idea what the last 2 words means but it must be good since they must mention it) and the Peking Duck Duxelles encased in Profiterole. (Peking duck wor. lol) The environment seem not bad, after all Lime is located inside the hotel so how bad can it be right.


Do let me know via my social media platforms like twitter or instagram if you have any recommendations for high tea! I can totally get used to this tai-tai lifestyle, HAHAHA If you are looking for places to catch up with a few friends and want a nice environment, you can consider going for high tea sessions! *wink* That’s all i have for this post, till the next!


Sunday, April 2, 2017

7 facial products i use! #men

You know how we are told we should take good care of our skin when we were young? I used to be one of those really lazy people who doesn't use any facial products and by washing face means literally rinsing with water or when water "flows" through your face when bathing, but thankfully i was blessed with not-too-bad skin, even when going through puberty. At the most i will get a couple of pimples here and there (omg i hate those that grows directly on the nose!) and as i grow up, i realised how important it is to take care of your face with the help of facial products.

Before i go on, i would just like to say this is NOT a sponsored post. Just wanted to share about the products i'm using right now, and "enlighten" those younger ones reading my blog. I realised through my 8 years of blogging, one of the things i haven't been sponsor was facial and i think the reason is because i have all the while been photoshopping my photos. I mean if you look through all my archives, you will realise that i always have nice smooth skin in my photos! LOLOLOL Not like it's bad in real life though. Just a couple of pimples here and there once in a while... some acne scars cause by my itchy hands... Visible pores... Ok enough,  i shall not digress further.
Here are the 7 products that i use day to day and so far so good...

Then again, different products work differently on people, depending on skin type, sensitivity etc. I would say my skin is more towards oily. Oil blotters are super effective on me, meaning i can turn the blotter paper transparent after wiping my entire face, especially the T zone. It's super disgusting to see the end result so i try not to use it every now and then...
Bio Essence - Miracle Bio Water

I have been using this water mist for the longest time (i heard there is a newer version now, with like SPF or something but i have yet to try it) There are a lot of mist products out there in the market right now but i love this Miracle Bio Water mainly because it's cheap (always on promo, 2 large bottles for $29.90, LOL) and i feel that it really works in terms of hydrating the skin. There is this cooling effect, and it moists the surface of your skin, making you feel refresh and clean :)
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Do i still need to introduce this product? It's one of the best overnight sleeping mask around and honestly, it works wonders. Every other night i apply a thin layer over my face and the next morning my skin still feels bouncy and hydrated. I first know of this product when my friends asked me to buy it back from Korea (apparently it's cheaper there) and my mum also mentioned it's good for the skin as it purifies and hydrates the skin throughout the night when you are sleeping. I always get mine from the airport when i travel because there is this duo set at $60-ish?
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate ($80)

I first knew of this product when it first launched in Singapore a couple of years back and all the influencers were raving about it on their social media, probably #SP (if you know what i mean) but few months back i decided to get  a bottle at 80 bucks, not exactly very cheap but i could feel that my skin was getting better after a few weeks of using. My skin became smoother and more radiant as the days goes by. Each night i just massage a couple of drops on my face and allow it to work its wonders overnight. I just feel that the lavender smell is quite strong though.
Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser ($40)

Everyone needs a daily cleanser and mine turns out to be from Kiehl's as well. Basically it cleans the face (duh!) and aids in reducing enlarged pores. The little fine grains makes it feel effective as it exfoliates the skin as well. One of the problems i'm having is visible pores so this 2 in 1 cleanser helps me in a way, like killing 2 birds with 1 stone. Good for lazy people like me, LOL. I make it a point to use it every time i bathe.
OXY cover

One of the cheaper yet effective pimple medication around. What i really like about this Oxy Cover is that it helps in covering up the pimples like a foundation. I just have to apply it on my pimple(s) and blend it with the skin around it and hey, it's not that visible already! The only con thing can think of is that it only comes in 1 shade so... it either hides your pimple or make it more obvious to others. The active ingredient - Benzoyl Peroxide aids in killing the acne bacteria and also helps in drying excessive oil. Very handy product i would say.
Neutrogena Oil-Control Hydrator

As i said earlier, I'm usually quite lazy when it comes to taking care of my skin so this is one product which i will only use if i remember, LOL. I use this hydrator which acts as a moisturiser that helps to reduce oil secretion and maintain a matt outlook throughout the day. It's oil free so it's very light on the skin and it's non greasy. I personally feel that it's quite effective and i always try to use it as and when i can or remember.
Innisfree Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask ($29)

One of my favourite mask to use when I'm feeling hardworking. Usually i use those pre-packed mask which you can just put over your face for 30 mins and the job gets done (without knowing if it's really effective but nvm) but i love this Super Volcanic Clay Mousse mask from Innisfree! First thing first, it's very easy to apply. The mask is in a form of mousse so you just have to press a little onto your fingers and glide it over your face to cover every inch. This mask aids in unclogging your pores and remove impurities. Not only that i read that it also removes whiteheads, blackheads, and dead skin cells! Cheap and good, love it.

Like what i mentioned earlier, different products work differently on people so what works for me might not work for you so do try out different products to deem what is suitable for your skin type. Maintaining good skin is an ongoing process and it does take some hard work and discipline to do it, especially as it gets harder as you age.

To better skin,                                    



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Where to get your Adidas NMD in Singapore?

Ever since the very first launch of Adidas NMD during end 2015, there has been this craze. Until today you hear people queuing overnight just for a pair of these exclusive sneakers (i was one of them, *roll eyes* i will share on it later...) or people re-selling them at exorbitant prices on carousell and you can't help but wonder what is so special about these shoes. Basically some background is that the NMD (no idea if NMD is an abbreviation or what it means anyway) is a new design by Adidas that borrow some minor influence from past models and complete with "Boost cushioning". 

The NMD is so popular that it literally sold out within minutes on their website and until today, people still queue overnight whenever there is a new launch. Probably the reason why it's so popular is because of the hype it created (just like Yeezy) and it's impossible to walk in to any physical Adidas store and buy it off the shelf so either you queue like everyone else in SG or buy it from someone else at a higher price. The reselling price is at least 1.5x the retail price...
Sometime last year, i decided to queue up overnight like everyone else so that i could own one of these NMDs. Made the decision to go down to SEEK (one of the retailer that brought in stock for the launch) the night before at around 10pm. The launch starts at 10am the next day by the way, that's a 12 hours wait. Zzz. Joined the unofficial queue, got chased out of the mall by the security a couple of times throughout the night and when the launch was just about to start, the crowd went berserk and knocked down all the barricade and rushed towards the store. 

OH MY TIANS. I can still remember the scene until today, lol. 

The store crew had to calm everyone's tits down, forced the crowd to cooperate to form a single queue line and because of the commotion, i was separated from my friend and pushed to no. 66 (from like the first few) *roll eyes all the way to the back* We were all given queue numbers and a form to indicate our choice of colour and sizing. By the time it was my turn, the black colour that i wanted was OOS and i had to settle for the charcoal grey one. Luckily there was still my size left. Phew. Anyway after that experience, i told myself i will never put myself through all the misery again and would rather pay more and get it somewhere else if i really want another pair.

Fast forward a year later, i now own 3 pairs of these NMDs :|

Nope. I did not queue again even though nowadays i still try my luck at the Adidas website minutes before the launch. With so many AAA grades out there nowadays, it's also quite scary to get it from reseller already... and now the moment you have been waiting for (unless you scrolled down without reading -.-) How to get it if you are in SG?

You ship it from the UK! https://www.jdsports.co.uk/search/nmd/

Apparently the thing about this whole Adidas NMD hype is only happening in Asia and the shoes are readily available in europe, UK to be exact. If you or your friends are there, they can just walk into local stores like Footlocker, JD Sports and get the shoes off the shelf. If not, then ship it over just like me!
A lot of the designs and sizing are still available. Even the recently launched Triple White!

The one question in your head right now is probably how much it would cost to ship these shoes over to Singapore and so here's the answer:

Just in case you are still wondering how much it would cost in total, here's an example if you get a pair at 100 pounds + £14.99 shipping. It would be £114.99 in total and with simple google conversion...
Hurray to British pound going down, LOL #brexit

Wait. Isn't the retail price of a typical pair of NMD shoes $199 in Singapore? With the current conversion rate, you are paying only 1 dollar more without queuing.  You just have to wait for your shoes to arrive within 10 days upon ordering. 

What sorcery is this??? LOL

Well, i have tried it and i own 3 pairs of NMDs now. No more queuing or whatsoever. Just note that there is a difference in UK timing and SG timing so you have to wait awhile (probably the next day) before JD Sports launches the new release. Don't worry about the authenticity of the NMDs as well as JD is a reputable shoe store in the UK :)

This is not a sponsored post or whatsoever. Just sharing something great even though i secretly hope that not a lot of people will find out about JD Sports, LOL. If you like this post and would like to share it on your Facebook, do share it by clicking this button: 

Happy Shopping,                              

Thursday, February 16, 2017

#Travelogue - Eat Pray Love, Bali (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1... When i told my friends I’m visiting Bali for the first time, they mentioned to me that there are certain food dishes that i must try and i managed to cover most of them in this trip! Did my research online beforehand and also told Agus (my driver) that i would like to go to these places to try their food. He also recommended other places which serves better and authentic version of the dishes we wanted to try! Without further ado, here are 6 food dishes/places to try when you are in Bali! Do note that the addresses that are stated below might not be the actual places that i went, they are the more “famous” ones in Bali which i found online and are highly recommended.
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This place is not exactly famous and in fact, it's just one of the random place that our driver brought us to have breakfast. I have come to realized that these "random" places are where you can get authentic local meals at cheap prices because your driver, being a local probably knows where are the best places to have good or even better food.
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My favourite chicken congee or what the local call it - "Bubur Ayam". It's basically chicken porridge served with condiments such as shredded chicken, slices of egg omelette, fried onions etc. Even though it seem like a simple dish, it was absolutely delicious! It was so tasty that i called in for a delivery the following day via this Bali food delivery app.
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"Mie Ayam Jamur" - Yellow noodles served with diced chicken and mushroom. I think what makes these local food so tasty is the seasoning/ sauce that they use in preparing the food. Even though I'm quite sure there were lots of MSG, LOL

Bebek Bengil
Bebek Tepi Sawah Restaurant - Jalan Raya Goa Gajah, Br. Teges Peliatan, Ubud
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One of the must try dishes in Bali, the "Bebek Bengil", a traditional Balinese deep fried duck, accompanied with sides (Rp 95,000) I initially did my research on where to have this dish but our driver recommended us this restaurant instead and apparently this is one of the more famous place in Ubud to try this dish. I'm personally a fan of duck meat and this duck was so crispy and tender. It went really well with the rice and side dishes, really enjoyed it and worth the $10.
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Other than the food, the ambience was also awesome! The restaurant offers outdoor dining in their nice and quiet private pavilion surrounded by paddy fields. Highly recommended for those intending to try Bali's famous crispy duck!

Naughty Nuri's
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Naughty Nuri's apparently serves the best barbecued pork ribs and some would say that they are the best they have ever eaten anywhere else. Ordered a portion and the rack of ribs came glistering with a slight charred on the surface. The smell is heavenly and you simply can’t wait to dig in when it arrives at your table. The meat is so tender that it slides off the bone with ease and you get to taste the succulent meat in your mouth. Apparently there is an outlet in Singapore at Capitol Piazza so if you are wondering how good it is, you might want to head down and  try it out yourself?
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Babi Guling, also known as Suckling Pig is the most well known Balinese dish and apparently you can only taste the most authentic ones in Bali. At first i thought i’m just gonna be served a portion of the suckling pig with crispy skin on a plate (like a typical Chinese roast pork dish, lol) but my Babi Guling was served together with a lot of random items...
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Honestly, i had no idea what i was eating other than the obvious suckling pork and rice. I then read online that the other items were pork satay skewer, pork loin, blood sausage and mixed vegetables. The taste is a bit confusing but taste pretty good when mixed together. The pork skin was really crispy and the pork was delicious. Just not very sure if i want to have it with the rest of the items and i would definitely prefer to have more of the pork than the other items, HAHA

Made's Warung
One of the more well known establishments in Bali for Indonesian Food. They serve pretty decent food but can get a little pricey. Based on their menu, i would say they cater mostly to tourists with their wide range of food items, from authentic Indonesian/ Balinese food to western food. The presentation of the food, the taste and the overall ambience of the restaurant kinda justifies the price though, it's a great place for gatherings and chill over a some chilled drinks. 
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Jimbaran Beach
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Jimbaran Beach is one of the best places in Bali to watch the sunset and the best part is, you can have your meal by the beach while watching the sunset so the best time to head there is in the evening at around 5pm and i heard it can get rather crowded at that timing. There are several seafood restaurants along the beach but based on what i researched and read, there isn't one restaurant that really serve awesome seafood and... guess what? The reviews were right...
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Missed the sunset timing but nevertheless, we decided to have our dinner there and chose one of the seafood set menus which consist of 2 crabs, squids, prawns, mussels, vegetable sides, rice and it also comes with 2 complimentary beers. The cheapest set would set you back at Rp 1,000,000 which is about SGD100? Quite pricey for that meal i would say.
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The meal does look good in photos but it's actually quite meh. Not worth it for 100 bucks (which you can use it for much better tasting food in Bali) but it was a good experience dining by the beach. I'm quite sure it will feel more worth it if you are having it while watching the sunset with your loved ones, LOL
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Jalan Pantai Kuta No. 204, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

What's a trip to Bali without having at massage? There are quite a number of massage parlour in Bali (including those sleazy ones) so you have to keep a look out for those authentic ones or ask around for recommendations. I was introduced to Smart Salon and it was so good that i went back the next day. The masseurs were professional and i enjoyed the ambience of the place. Had the full body massage with oil (Rp 175,000 for 60 mins) and it was so relaxing, especially after a day of outdoor activities under the sun. Not the cheapest massage around, but one of the better ones.

Water Activities at Nusa Dua
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When it comes to going to destinations with nice beaches and clear waters, you probably will think of doing water sports, so prior to this trip, we booked a water activities package from online and we thought it was quite worth it! For about $60 per person (if i remember correctly) we got ourselves a package which consist of a Turtle island tour, Parasailing, Banana boat, Snorkelling for 30 mins and "flying fish". That's quite a lot of activities for just one afternoon! 
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I have always enjoyed snorkelling but this time it was pretty scary because i went into the water without a life vest. So i had to constantly keep myself afloat and it was quite tiring. There was some point i was like oh my tians, should i just go back up on to the boat, LOL Last time got life vest, will auto float and can just enjoy the view of the fishes and coral, this time... just lots and lots of bubbles everywhere because of all the struggling, HAHAHA Ok lah, got enjoy a bit lah.
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Hanging on to my dear life at the side of the boat because i was so so so tired. Had to fight against the current and swim all the way back to the boat. Oh my tians. Don't know how much salt water i drank that day. #remembertouselifevest
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Banana boat which at one point they ask us to not hold the handles and they do a steep turn, making us fall into the water. No photos of para-sailing and flying fish because everything happened too fast and we video-ed everything instead. I always enjoyed para-sailing because the view at the top is always awesome, a bit scary at first (for someone with a phobia of heights) but eventually you will get used to it. Just don't take too long to overcome cos the entire experience only last for like about 5 mins? LOL First time trying "Flying fish" and it was so awesome when we lifted up!
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As the tour title suggest, our package includes a "turtle island" tour which they brought us to this island about 15 mins boat ride away. Saw lots and lots of turtles of different sizes, some were really huge. Other than turtles, there were also other animals and reptiles like eagle, snakes etc. It's like a mini zoo in short. Always loved visiting the zoo, lol.

That's all i have for my 2 part Bali travelogue! Hopefully it's quite interesting and infomative to you guys and those who stumbled upon my blog which researching for your Bali trip. Guess what's after this travelogue? It would be my Taiwan trip! #amiatravelbloggernow? LOLOLOL I wish. Till the next post.

Eat, Pray, Love.