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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Christ Redeemer of Rio de Janeiro: A Guide

A visit to Rio de Janeiro would not be completed without visiting to the Christ Redeemer Statue. Locally known as Cristo Redentor this statue has been voted as one of the new Seven New Wonders of the world. It was the the largest Christ statue in the world from 1931 until 2010 when it was taken over by the 'Christ the King' statue in Poland. The iconic statue is located at the peak of the 700-metre (2,300 ft) Corcovado mountain in the Tijuca Forest National Park. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Voucher Giveaway: Print Your Travel Memories with Printit App

Each time and every moment after your great getaway, you will be printing conventional photos, share it on social networking site or even just view it from your electronic devices. THAT IS BORING!! Instead, transform those great memories into your limited edition postcards, photobooks, or small souvenir-like photoprints.

That's 'Printit' for you!

Printit app provides an easy to use application. Just download the app from Google Play or Apple app, install them, choose your favourite photos, make the payment and prepare for it to be delivered to your doorstep.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hong Kong Skyline: Day & Night

Visiting Victoria Harbor and to have a clear shot of the view of the Hong Kong Skyline at HK Island has been my mission. Then came year 2014, with a lucky strike to be able to visit HK twice in two months has enabled me to obtain the beautiful shots of the Hong Kong Skyline. Click on each panorama photos to enlarge the view.

The Hong Kong Skyline with skyscrapers owned by multinational conglomerates and banks with expensive apartments and condominiums at the foot and middle of the hill. The tallest of them all is the The tallest of these is the 118-storey International Commerce Centre (ICC), completed in 2010, at metres (1588 feet). ICC is also 6th tallest building in the world.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hostel Review: Matchbox The Concept Hostel in Singapore

This year was my fourth time to Singapore and this is the first time on leisure basis. As usual, during my solo travel, I will always choose a hostel. With good ratings from Hostel World, I have decided to book an accommodation at 'Matchbox The Concept Hostel'.
Situated at Ann Siang Road, strategically in Chinatown, Matchbox is a transformed old 2.5 storeys Chinese heritage building and is surrounded by cafés and restaurants.
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