Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bare Your Sole 2015 at Sentosa Palawan Beach

Being able to walk with your shoes/slippers seems to be the norm in Singapore. But do you know that in the not so fortunate countries, wearing shoes is a luxury? It’s not every day where we’ll get to experience how they walk which is why Habitat for Humanity Singapore held the Bare Your Sole event yesterday to raise awareness on the issue.

Bare your Sole is an annual barefoot walkathon in its 7th year running. It was held at Palawan Beach, Sentosa and saw over 6000 people baring their soles for a good cause.

The event was graced by HFH Singapore’s Patron Mr. S. Dhanabalan, Goodwill Ambassador Anita Kapoor, Singapore’s only female race car driver Claire Jedrek and socialite Kim Lim. Ultramarathon runners, Mr Lim NgheeHuat and Mr Yong Yuen Cheng, were also present to complete the walkathon route as part of their SG50 tribute to run 50km each day for 50 days. Bare Your Sole 2015 marked their 45th day where they kick-started the event, leading the pack with participants walking barefoot behind them.

In addition to the walkathon, participants were treated to a wide range of activities such as a high elements course with flying fox and rock-climbing wall, a Habitat Village and a Kids’ Corner. Exciting martial arts and musical performances were also put up, and a wide array of scrumptious food and beverages was provided to suit the tastes of everyone.

The event raised whopping S$350,000 for charity. All proceeds from Bare Your Sole 2015 will go towards Project Home Works, Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local home-cleaning programme. This project aims to improve the living conditions, safety and sanitation of the elderly and the vulnerable living in one- and two-room rental flats across Singapore.

With such initiatives made by Organizations like Habitat for Humanity, it helps to raise awareness on issues outside of Singapore and allow normal people like us to have the opportunity to help the less fortunate. Bare Your Sole Walkathon is definitely one walkathon to look out next year!

Editor: Tse Lyn

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Taiwan Travelogue: Nantou Attractions at Bamboo Sky Ladder (南投竹山天梯)

Woot! Discover the hidden attractions in Taiwan! Welcome to Nantou (南投) city. Nantou is located at the center of Taiwan and it is the second largest country of Taiwan surrounded with countless magnificent hills and mountainous attractions for tourists’ destination. Likewise, this city is also well-known in their oolong teas plantation as well as grape wine production.

Calling for all nature lover and traveller! Today let me bring you to one of my favourite landscape scenic in Taiwan Nantou, the Bamboo Sky Ladder (竹山天梯).

It was the day we refresh ourselves in the morning and get along our identity to meet the Taiwanese Media and Bloggers in Nantou City. Yes! This is me representing from Singapore! Woohoo~

We kick-off our smooth journey from Taichung city, travelling via the premium coach and it took us about an hour to reach Nantou City. Hence, tips for traveller, it is recommended for you to rent a car or scooter while travelling in Nantou.

Wefie while on our way to Nantou City! Yay ~!

After a long ride, we finally reached the entrance of Ladder Scenic Area (梯子吊橋風景區)! However, this is not the full destination yet! It is the starting point leading to the Bamboo Sky Ladder. We still have another 1.5 hours of walking distance for us to reach the main landscape attraction at the peak of Bamboo Sky Ladder, right above the Taiji Canyon (太极峡谷).

The entrance fee to visit Ladder Scenic Area (梯子吊橋風景區) cost at 50 TWD.

And without further ado, let’s begin our journey... … …

From the main entrance to Taiji Canyon, you will have to climb a thousand steps of stairs, passing through the dreamy bamboo forest and take a cross at the earth god temple.  Along this long distance exploration, you must be extra careful with the stiff and slippery stairs, although you will feel exhausted but it is definitely a worth climbing and walking journey once you reached the destination of "Heavenly View" at Bamboo Sky Ladder (竹山天梯).

Dreamy Bamboo Forest ~!

竹林 ~

Climbing mountain is a good exercise. 

Breathtaking moment to see this landscape with my own eyes!

So near yet so far... Keep it up if you can see the sky ladder! 

Be extra careful with the slippery stairs and falling rocks.

Follow the directory to prevent yourself getting lost in the bamboo forest.

The imprint left by 921 earthquakes...

Don't give up and keep on walking!

Almost reaching... 

Finally we reached the entrance of Bamboo Sky Ladder (梯子吊桥)!

Wefie with the clique at Bamboo Sky Ladder!

Standing on the horizon sky bridge and admiring the most stunning panoramic was one of the peaceful moments in life. I am glad that this perfect scenic experiencing has overtaken the distances and times spent in this journey. For your info, the length of the sky ladder bridge is 136 meters with 208 steps and the difference of height is around 20 meters. Bamboo Sky Ladder is open daily from 7.30am to 5pm (Last ticketing at 4pm).

 Serenity ~

                                                 Wonderful place for photography shoot!

Sefie opportunity with friends on the sky ladder!

Sometimes you just need to disconnect from everyone else and enjoy your own company.

Photo with friend from Taiwan! ^^

Call it a day! Yay! ^^

Feel the spectacular nature-landscape attraction in the heart of Taiwan, Nantou - Bamboo Sky Ladder (南投竹山天梯). The ladder suspension bridge is ranked as world number 2 in Nantou and tourists may enjoy the scenery view of nature bamboo, gigantic rock, steep cliffs and Taichi Valley Scenic. Let's enjoy the video here! Cheers!

Bamboo Sky Ladder (南投竹山天梯) Address Location

SilkAir Launches Direct Flight from Singapore to Cairns

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SilkAir today launched its inaugural flight to Cairns, the second Australian city in its route network, after Darwin. The addition of Cairns will increase the number of destinations in SilkAir’s route network to 49 destinations in 12 countries.

The inaugural flight departed this morning at 1.40am from Changi Airport and is expected to arrive at Cairns International Airport at 10.25am. The return flight will take off at 11.55am and is expected to land in Singapore at 5.50pm.

Flights to Cairns will operate on a thrice weekly basis service on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through a circular routing with Darwin. The inaugural flight and subsequent Saturday flights will depart Singapore for Cairns non-stop and then return to Singapore via Darwin. The Monday and Thursday flights will fly to Cairns via Darwin and then return to Singapore non-stop.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Time Lapse Singapore Jubilee Bridge at Marina Bay Singapore

Jubilee Bridge at Marina Bay Singapore is now officially opened to the public. It is one of the attractions in the heart of Singapore, and it links from esplanade by the bay to Merlion Park parallel to Esplanade Bridge.

This bridge is part of trail highlights Singapore history and was built to celebrate the golden Jubilee of Singapore (SG50). Hence, this is also a vibrant place for you to position yourself in line with the spectacular Singapore landscape city.

Hp and the Jubilee Bridge

Without further ado, let’s sit back and enjoy this time lapse video filmed by me at Esplanade Theatres by the Bay! Cheers! ^^

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Taiwan Travelogue: Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神) in Taichung Xinshe

Satisfy your hunger at Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神) nestled in Xinshe District. If you direct translate from the word ‘菇神’, it means God of Mushroom! As Taichung Xinshe is famous for its mushroom, therefore this is a MUST place to visit for your lunch, afternoon tea and dinner delights.

Welcome to Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神)

The exterior of the Master of Mushroom Restaurant was surrounded by the magnificent Mountain View and their interiors was a relaxing and home-feel ambiance and give the space given, it allows guests to feel the natural breeze while having a delectable meal.

黑木耳 vs 白木耳

Mushroom Hotpot is their specialty cooking style in Master of Mushroom Restaurant. Hence, the organic mushrooms in the hotpot reveal its true mushroom sweet taste to savor guests’ appetite and it is recommended to pair with fresh meats and vegetables and bowl of rice.

The boss of Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神) 

Take a few minutes of your break time to enjoy the most wonderful scenic view right outside the window. It keeps you refreshing and may helps to ease your bloat moment too.

清凉的风景 ~

Before leaving the Master of Mushroom Restaurant, do visit their adjacent store, a one-stop place to for you to shop for souvenirs and varieties of dried packet mushroom, mushroom merchandise, mushroom toys and stickers.

Mushroom Cookies! 

A one-stop mushroom store.

Yup! We spent a great time at Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神) in Taichung Xinshe.

Master of Mushroom Restaurant (菇神) Location:
No. 287, Xiezhong St., Xinshe Dist., 
Taichung City 426, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Opening Hours:
Weekdays: 10am - 9pm
Weekends/Holiday: 10am - 10pm


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