Friday, October 24, 2014

Dining in Hauptwache (18th century Guardhouse) Cafe in Frankfurt Germany

While walking around the square, I came across this old building named "Hauptwache" which means main guardhouse in German. Originally the Hauptwache cafe which was built in the year 1730 was a military HQ when Frankfurt was still an independent state. Later on, it became a police station and a prison until 1904 which was used as what we could see till today, the Hauptwache café. (Source: Wikipedia, 2014). Since I will only be in the city for only few hours, why not I take the opportunity to have some light dining in this old yet cool cafe?



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Frankfurt City from 'Main Tower'

During my short 6 hour transit at Frankfurt, Germany, I took the opportunity to get out of the airport for some sightseeing activity. The first place that I have visited in the financial hub was the Main Tower. Main Tower is a 56-storey skyscraper, the tallest in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Main Tower can be easily recognisable from far.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Flight Experience on Lufthansa Airlines: Nonstop You

During my business trip to Rio de Janeiro, I had the opportunity to fly on Lufthansa airlines for the very first time. Basically, Lufthansa airlines is the largest airlines in Europe and the five founding members of Star Alliance. The routes I flew on Lufthansa airlines were Bangkok-Franfurt (one way) and Franfurt-Rio de Janeiro (two ways). My review will be based on these two routes.

Bangkok-Franfurt Route
The Bangkok-Franfurt flight was served by the newly reburbished Airbus A340-300

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fly Thai Airways: As Smooth As Silk

The first time I flew with Thai Airways was 7 years ago in the year 2007 to Tokyo, Japan followed by my flight back to Penang, Malaysia after my graduation in Bangkok in the following year. It was a mixed experience then at that time with pleasant and delayed flight. Nevertheless, I wish for another flight experience with Thai Airways and here we are, flight to Bangkok and Franfurt in a shared air-code flight with Lufthansa airlines as the Star Alliance Partnership. 


Short Haul International Flight
Penang-Bangkok

The return flight from Penang to Bangkok on Thai Airways used the Boeing 737-400. I was very delighted to be on plane with bright, colorful and comfortable seat


Monday, August 25, 2014

Inaugural Ultimate Movie Buff Crowned in Penang

In conjunction with the 1st anniversary of Gurney Paragon and also the completion of TGV Cinemas in Gurney Paragon, Penang; TGV cinemas held the inaugural "Ultimate Movie Buff Challenge" which began on July 17, 2014 . To enter this competition, one (age 18 and above) is required to purchase a movie ticket from TGV cinema in Gurney Paragon and submitted together with a single receipt of at least RM30.00 in any of Gurney Paragon outlets/shops . Throughout the span of about a month, more than 600 forms were received. Lucky 15 contestants were selected for the Ultimate Movie Buff Challenge Game Show which took place at the Gurney Paragon on the 17th August 2014. I was very honored to be invited again as a blogger to provide coverage in this inaugural event by TGV Cinemas of Gurney Paragon.  

Are you the Ultimate Movie Buff?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Famous Copacabana Beach of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Copacabana Beach, arguably one of the most famous beaches in the world, is located at the Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Copacabana is famously known for its 4 kilometre resort beach with tonnes of hotels and hostels. I felt lucky to have stayed at this place for about a week during the World Cup 2014 season

To visit this famous beach from the International Airport (GIG), simply state 'Copacabana' to the taxi driver/stand and they will understand you. The journey will take approximately 30 minutes - 1 hour depending on the traffic situation. 

Tickets + transportation to the Christ Redeemer can be purchased at the Praça do Lido market which is situated at the Copacabana beach.


Friday, August 8, 2014

My First Airbnb Experience: Guides and Tips

My very first trip (Business trip) to Rio de Janeiro coincided with the World Cup 2014 season. Thanks to that event, hotel prices soared ridiculously to at least USD300 per night while most hostels offered about USD100 per night for just a bunk bed for at least USD100. Well, I wouldn't mind paying USD100 for an accommodation but it's a definite no way for just a bunk bed even with free breakfast provided. Finally, thanks to my friend's recommendation, I have decided to search for accommodation through Airbnb. In short, Airbnb is a website for people to rent out their lodging and it is a home-stay experience for travellers instead of the conventional hostels and hotel. 

I was presented with a free Brasil T-Shirt during my arrival by my host

Thursday, July 31, 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil FanFest Experience

It was a miracle as well as blessing for me to be in Brazil at the correct place and correct time. Yes, Brazil hosted the greatest show on Earth, the World Cup 2014 Football Tournament. Despite the ridiculously expensive tickets for each match, I could still enjoy the world cup season at the FIFA fanfest. Rio de Janeiro, the city I was staying at that time was one of many venues for the fan fest which took place at the famous Copacabana Beach. 

The main entrance to the Fan Fest
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