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Sinar Eco Resort: A Tranquil Escape From The City

sinar eco resort

Covering over 8 acres of land, Sinar Eco Resort has got two main areas, one side being the farm/camping area near to the river and the other side is where the lodging area is along with the main reception.

Located in the small town of Pekan Nanas, the resort is just an hour drive away from JB Sentral Customs. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself surrounded by Palm trees during the drive into the resort!

Sinar Eco Resort: Modern Lodging in a Farm

There are two kinds of room option at the resort, one being the container rooms which as the name suggests, built using those shipping containers. The other option is the apartment rooms which is in the same building as the main reception area. Apartment rooms are suitable for families or bigger groups.

Standard Apartment Common Living Area

Standard Apartment Room

Standard Apartment Room

Apartment rooms are suitable for families or bigger groups. Each apartment room requires a minimum of 4 to stay and they share a common living room within the apartment.

Nautical Theme Apartment

Nautical Theme Apartment Room

The furniture in the apartment were all built by the staff at the resort. They have a workshop by the farm area where the staff are able to create furniture etc based on their own creativity! There’s one apartment which is a Nautical theme and the idea came from the staff!

Inside the container room

Container Room Washroom

Container rooms are more suited for couples and fit maximum up to three persons. I stayed at the ground level container room and love how easily accessible I can get back to my room. The full-length window in the room allows for good lighting in the room and I love it! The room comes with all the amenities you will find in a standard hotel room.

The rooms are of a modern design and are very clean and comfortable. And yes, the bed is really comfortable! The rooms definitely exceeded the expectations of one would have from an Eco Resort.

The wallpaper is a perfect backdrop for selfies~ 😀

Food @ Sinar Eco

Yummy fried rice served during lunch.

Meals are served at the cafe right next to the reception area. I must say that I’m very well fed with the delicious home-cooked meals served up by the resort! There’s Fried Rice for lunch, Fried Chicken Chop for dinner, Nasi Lemak for Breakfast! You can opt for BBQ dinner at the poolside too!

Farm Experience & Activities At Sinar Eco Resort

Getting Up close with the Farm Animals!

Being a city girl, I hardly ever got close to farm animals even as a kid. Sure, there’s the zoo but there’s a barricade in between so you don’t really get to touch the animals. So when I saw all the animals, I was squealing like a kid. I must say I was a little scared too but you can’t blame me when you have baby goats running up to you and trying to play with you. But the baby animals are so adorable!!!

Tell me, where can you get to carry a one-day old baby sheep? Such a darling!

Getting to meet and touch the animals are not the only thing you can do! You can get your hands wet while having a go at milking the cows, and ride the horses too!

It was my first time seeing horses in real life and I was overwhelmed with excitement! I had a go at riding the horse and it was so tall!! I must admit it’s a little scary while I’m riding the horse but I was at ease because the groom was holding and leading the horse all the while.

Adventure at Sinar Eco

Other than having fun with the farm animals, one can have a go at activities like ATV rides, Kayaking, Eco-Rafting and Archery etc. You can also take either a day or night cruise down the river.

I had a go at Archery and I must say it’s not as easy as it seems. Air pistol or the real deal for me anytime! Lol. The ATV ride was fun and filled with adrenaline rush and be sure to expect mud flying all over if it’s wet!

Went for the river cruise at night and had a lovely time enjoying the night sky filled with stars! I even spotted a couple of fireflies on the ride! I definitely recommend the cruise at night! For the more adventurous type, you can even camp at the riverside for the ultimate experience!

Fun Fact: All the rafts were built by the staff at the resort! And while I was there, they are in the midst of building a 2 story raft! How cool is that?

Relax and Chill At the Resort

After all the fun and adventure at the resort, you can also opt to chill by the poolside at night and have a BBQ dinner.

Spacious Pool Room to accommodate large groups.

Karaoke room with large screen and great sound system!

They also have a very well equipped Karaoke room for you to sing to your heart’s fill. No worries about noise pollution since the only one who might complain are the chickens and goose near to the Karaoke room. If you are not a fan of singing, there’s always the pool room. 🙂

An overview of the resort from the rooftop.

They are also building a Sky Bar at the rooftop of the apartment block. I went up there and the view is awesome. You get a great overview of the whole resort! Imagine relaxing at the bar in the evening with the awesome view. Can’t wait to see how the bar looks like once it’s completed.

Thoughts on Sinar Eco Resort:

Just officially opened in October 2016, the resort is pretty new and they are adding new things every now and then! I highly recommend this place for a short getaway from the bustling city life! The resort is great for families and also suitable for young adults like me! There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

I enjoyed myself during the 2 Days 1 Night stay over at the resort and it’s a really nice break away from the fast paced city! Would love to return when their sky bar is completed!

Here’s a video to sum up my 2D1N stay at the resort! 😀

Sinar Eco Resort

Address: 81500 Pekan Nanas, Johor, Malaysia

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SinarEcoResort/

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Taipei Travelogue 1.4 (台北自由行1.4饶河夜市,新驿旅店)

Finally I’m have the time to blog about the last part of my Taipei Travelogue. It’s going to be just a short post on the 2nd hotel I stayed on my trip and on Raohe Night Market.

To be honest, my trip was not well planned. I have in mind a few places which I wanted to visit and the rest is just up to where my mum wanted to go. I wanted to head up to Jiufen but sadly the weather is not great so my mum decided against the idea. Oh wells, at least it was not like I’ve not been there so it’s not that bad.

So I stayed at City Inn Taipei Station III for the last two days of my trip. I initially planned to travel to Taichung for the first two days of my trip but end up cancelling those plans and hence ended up staying at two different hotels in Taipei as City Inn was already fully booked when I checked the availability to extend my stay.

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I would say City Inn is small in terms of room size but more modern in terms of design. I love the full length mirror in the room! I stayed at City Inn III which is about 15 minutes walk to Taipei Main station.

 

WESTERN IN TW

My mum and me settled our lunches there at the food court which is slightly expensive compared to the night markets but generous servings!

 

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Spotted this Iguana/Chameleon which apparently is a pet of one of the locals. Caused quite a bit of commotion among the diners. Haha.

 

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I also went to WuFenPu but didn’t take much photos as it was drizzling and there’s just too much to see. Nearest train station to get to WuFenPu and Raohe Night Market would be HouShanPi station. Getting to Raohe Night Market to WuFenPu is about 15-20 minutes walk.

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Raohe Night Market is not really huge but it’s one of the best one. Loads of yummy local delicacy and other random things to see. This is a stall selling mini Doriyaki! Super cute!

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You can see pets for sale and I can’t resist checking out these cuties!

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The look on this French Bulldog is so cute and grumpy!!

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No kittens spotted but there’s this beautiful Scottish Fold. Hopefully it found a forever home already.

flamingbeefcubes

For beef lovers, you must try this flamming beef cubes at Raohe! Good quality beef at night market price!! Melts in your mouth I swear!

beefcubes

I super regret getting the small sized one, gone in a few mouthfuls. But it’s really so good that I’m salivating while typing this. Haha.

juicyclams

I love seafood and clams is one of my favorite. So though it’s quite expensive at NTD150 if I’m not wrong for 6 clams, I still wanted to try it out. And I must say it’s really worth to pay that amount for the fresh juicy clams!

meeatingclamsCheck out the size of the clam! It’s definitely bigger than any average clams you find in Singapore.

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And I’m going to end my travelogue here pretty abruptly with a selfie I took at the hotel lobby before heading to the airport. The hotel helped us arranged a private driver to the airport at only NTD450 I think which is pretty reasonable. We had to take the car because we bought way too much stuff and gain one new huge luggage. Haha.

Read my previous post on Kiko’s Diner here!

XOXO.
Joyce Forensia

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Taipei Travelogue 1.1 (台北自由行1.1 桃园机场,星辰大饭店,西门盯)

Finally, I managed to sort out and edit my photos taken during my Taipei trip in May. So here I’m jotting down my travelogue! Will be blogging in both English and Chinese for this Travelogue! Instead of blogging by days, I’ll separate it into parts as this is really a very laid back trip with impromptu itinerary.
我终于有时间整理我五月份在台北旅游时所拍的照片!这次的旅游日记将以英语和中文来写!这次的旅游呢,算是没什么计划。可以说是想去哪里就去哪里吧!

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Photo with the Mum before entering the departure hall! We are taking Scoot to Taipei, I managed to grab tickets at $180++ each with return check in luggage.
进离境厅之前先拍张照!这次也是搭酷航,机票才180++新币哦!是优惠期买的啦!

datasimcounter

Reached Taoyuan Airport at about 6 am. However, the counter that sells data sim cards only operates from 8 am. I bought the 5 days data plan at NTD 300.
抵达桃园机场大概早上六点。不过购买预付卡的柜台八点才开始营业哦!我买了可以用五天网络的卡,才台币300!

day1airportsnacks

As we had some time to kill while waiting for the counter to open, we bought some drinks at snacks from the convenience store! I miss that milk tea!
在等待时,到便利商店买了饭团还有奶茶解饿!台湾的便利商店超棒的!什么都有!

charging ports

Charging ports are available at the airport! This is a huge life saver!
机场内还让人可以充电!太方便了!

bus tickets

After getting the data card, we proceeded to buy tickets for the bus ride to Taipei City. Tickets are at NTD 125 each and intervals of the bus is about 15 minutes for the bus company I bought from.
买了预付卡后,就马上到巴士车站去买票!因朋友的推荐,所以我买了国光客运的,一长票台币125。巴士大概15分钟一趟。

insidebus

The bus is pretty spacious and comfortable, I even took a short nap. The ride itself is about 45 minutes to an hour and drops at Taipei Main Station.
从机场到台北车站大概是四十五分钟到一小时。巴士挺宽敞也还蛮舒服的,我还小睡了一会儿。

trainstation

The metro at Taipei is pretty easy to understand though it might get confusing with the many lines. And also the fact that alternate trains ends at different places. So be sure to look at the signs before boarding! The tickets are in forms of plastic coins like in Bangkok! Those are the single trip tickets. You can buy the Easy card similar to our Ez-link. The Mum and me decided to just stick to buying single trip tickets as we are not going to that many places. The 5 days card at NTD 700 each might be more expensive that paying per trip.
台北的捷运站其实蛮容易理解的。不过因为有很多不一样的路线,而且隔一趟的车也停在不一样的地方。所以上车之前要看好电子板。你可以购买优游卡,就像新加坡的EZ-Link一样。不过我和母亲大人决定买一次性的票,因为觉得没有要一直搭捷运,5天台币700有点太贵。台北的日票和曼谷捷运的一样哦!

citizen hotel

Reached our hotel at about 9 am plus and the kind hotel manager allowed us to have breakfast while waiting for check in at 12 pm. We grabbed a bit and went to roam around the streets nearby. Citizen Hotel is located near Dungmen Station! The room is a little dated but very comfortable and cosy and the toilet comes with a bathtub!
我们抵达饭店时,是大概早上九点。亲切的经理让我们先到餐厅用餐。入住时间是下午12点左右,所以我们吃完了,就到附近一带走走。我们住的是台北星辰大饭店,最靠近的是东门捷运站。房间的设计虽然旧了点,不过挺大的也很舒服,而且厕所带有浴缸哦!

台北市中正區金山南路一段80號
No.80, Sec. 1, Jinshan S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei City 100, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

電話:(02)2397-1377 傳真:(02)2394-8726
http://citizen.hotel.com.tw/

mumximen

We decided to head to XiMenDing after resting awhile at the hotel. Takes us about roughly 15-20 minutes from our hotel to XMD! Here’s a shot of the Mum posing at the entrance of XMD station. It is super crowded there!
在饭店休息了一会儿,我们就往西门盯出发!从东门站到西门站大概需要15到20分钟。帮母亲大人拍个照!西门盯就是热闹,人好多哦!

ximenst

I’ve been to Taipei 9 years ago when I was 15 and stayed at XMD then. The streets remains the same like in my memory.
15岁那年来过台北,住的就是西门盯。和九年前一样,西门盯的街道和记忆里的一样。

ximenstreets store

Spot the cute heart shaped cotton candy! And the many many street food stalls!
可爱的心型棉花糖!!还有好多的路边摊。

ahzhongmianxian

When at Ximending, this is a must try! The famed Ah Zhong Mian Xian! The queue is pretty long but quick. Condiments like vinegar, garlic and chilli can be added at your own preference.
大家都说来到西门盯,一定要试试阿宗面线。人龙排挺长的,不过还蛮快的。调味料可以根据自己喜欢去加。

meesua

Unlike the oyster mee sua we have here in Singapore, the Ah Zhong version is the pig intestine mee sua. I find the taste pretty ok, nothing fantastic. The locals don’t really eat here though, we were told when asking for directions to the stall.
新加坡的面线大多数是蚵仔面线,阿宗的是大肠面线。我是觉得味道还可以,不算是非常好吃的那种。在问路时,当地人都说他们是不吃阿宗面线的。

ah mao

Spotted Ah Mao! The famous dog at Ximending which is also the Mascot of the Risotto restaurant. I noted that there are two outlets and there’s another golden at the other outlet too! But I’m pretty sure this is Ah Mao cause he’s huge even though shaved. So cute!
快看!是阿毛!阿毛还蛮出名的!而且好可爱也很大只!

stsidestore

The Mum and I spotted this stall at an alley and we decided to eat here. Simply because they have two of the food items that I’ve been craving for! The prices are super affordable too!
在一个巷口看到这摊子,和母亲大人就决定在这里填饱肚子。价格便宜,而且有我非常想吃的食物!

braised meat rice

Ordered a Braised Meat Rice to fufill our carbo quota. This is not bad.
先来一碗卤肉饭!味道不错。

smellytofu

Fried Smelly Tofu! I’ve missed this most from my trip 9 years back! I’m craving for it now while typing this. It’s crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. And it’s not smelly at all, very fragrant!
臭豆腐!!我的最爱之一!外脆内软的豆腐,想到都流口水!

duckbloodcakesoup

Spicy Duck Blood Tofu Soup! I love this! And it’s super fresh and Q! I ate this and the smell tofu almost everyday during my trip.
麻辣鸭血!我超爱的!很新鲜也很有弹性哦!我几乎每天都吃鸭血或猪血汤还有臭豆腐!


yakult galore

Okay, ending my part 1 here with a photo of the huge bottles of Vitagen/Yakult drinks! The ones in Taiwan seems to taste nicer compared to the ones we have in Singapore!
超大瓶的养乐多!!就只有在台湾有而已,而且还比较好喝呢!今天就先到这里咯!下次在继续!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Phuket Day 1

Sometimes, you just have to be spontaneous.

Which is how this trip come about. A random rave about a new resort in Batam, schedule of 8 people matched, good deals from the airline and BAM! Tickets booked, hotel booked!

flightophuket

We took a 3pm flight through Jetstar. Most of the girls took half day leave but I took a full day since my house is more accessible to the airport as compared to my office. Singapore to Phuket takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes or so.

This was taken at Phuket Airport, waiting for everyone to have a toilet break before finding our way to our hotel. We took a mini van as there’s 8 of us. Remember to follow the pricing stated on the board near the counter. We were quoted 1300 baht at the first counter when the board stated 1100 baht. Went to another counter and got the price we wanted. Funny thing is that the first counter panic and offered 1000 baht instead. Too bad, we all made our way to the second counter who gave us the price we wanted.

swisshotelphuket

Our accommodation was at Swissotel Phuket at Kamala Beach. Kamala beach is a more quiet place that is away from the buzz at Patong. So if you’re just looking at a quiet retreat, Kamala is a good choice. But for more hype, more accessibility, Patong is the place to be at.

2013-05-10 18.08.03One thing that excites me while walking to our rooms is this cat above. So cute!! You all know I love cats. I was really very happy to see this little boy.

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Not one but two! This little one came to the front of our room at my bidding on the 2nd day morning which we were having breakfast just outside the room. But of course, if you are afraid of cats, no worries as they are super gentle.

We decided to just chill on the first day. So we venture out to the beach and went searching for a place for dinner. Not forgetting some snaps along the way!

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Greeted by the beautiful sunset when we reached the beach. Nice beach, nice sunset. Awesome.

Settled for a random restaurant by the beach for dinner. It wasn’t the best choice but we were all hungry. Good thing was that they had free Wi-Fi. Everyone went busy on their phones while waiting for the food which took quite sometime. We suspect they had Wi-Fi to prevent people from complaining and rushing the food.

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It was pretty serene to dine by a view like this. You don’t get to dine by a view this everyday with awesome companions.

After dinner, we went back to the hotel and some of us decided to take a dip in the pool! It was quite late and I think the pool was closed but no one stops us so… 😛 Thanks to Jacqueline for all the nice pool and underwater shots!

Silly things we do underwater. Haha.

Totally unglam shot. Haha, but it’s not often you take underwater shots so just post la. Haha.

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Ending this post with another Sunset By The Beach photo. It’s different from the one above ok!

Stay tune to Day 2 adventures with the girls where we go Island Hopping and to Patong!

Photo with watermark credits to Cheryl Tay.

Underwater, Pool photos credits to Jacqueline Wong.

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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Genting Travelogue: Day 3

Day 3 was our last day in Genting. Or rather last half a day left.

We were up at around 7 am plus and got ready for our breakfast at around 8.30 am. This time, Breakfast is at Level 28 at the World Club Lounge. Just one level up from where our rooms were.

When we enter the lounge, what greeted us was a great view of Genting. We could see the whole of the outdoor theme park and the other hotels from Level 28. Did I mentioned that Level 28 is the highest floor in Genting?

Although it’s not as a wide variety as compared to the breakfast at the Coffee Terrace, there still many things to choose from! There’s french breads with different type of cheese, pratas, eggs in the way you like it, pancakes, seafood salad to porridge and noodles! There’s curry chicken too!

After breakfast, we bid farewell to Casey who was our guide for the whole of the trip! He’s a really nice and friendly guide who ensured that we have fun and was comfortable throughout the trip. My mum actually click quite well with him! XD The trip would not be as fun without him!

We then head back to our rooms and we decided to all move our luggage to my room as it’s the room most accessible to the lift lobby. Us bloggers then decided to leave our mums in the room while we made our way to the Visitor’s Gallery to take a look at Genting’s History. Genting will not have existed if not for it’s founder Dr Lim Goh Tong. He had the idea of building a highland resort while working at Cameron Highlands many years back and went forward with his idea to build Genting. It was quite an eye opener to look through the exhibits and see the revolution of Genting.

After visiting the Gallery, we decided to do some last minute exploring the shops that we passed by the day before. We also get our Baskin Robbins ice cream fix before heading back to the hotel to “collect” our mums! 😛 We were actually thinking that our mums would have went shopping themselves or came down to the lobby to meet us as we are supposed to head down to the coach waiting area at 12 plus.

Ended up our mums were still at the hotel room and the 4 of us, Shine, Miyo, Grace and me decided to play a little prank on our mums. Miyo rang the door bell and then we all ran to hide when one of our mums came to answer the door. Just nice it was Miyo’s Mummy who came to answer the door. It was super funny to hear their remarks on why there’s no on outside from our hiding area. It was also mad hilarious as we were all running with ice cream cones in our hands! 😛

We were caught red handed when an uncle who walked pass reveal to our mums that there were a few girls outside laughing. LOL. It was actually quite a sight when we enter the room though. Our mums were lying/sitting on the bed chit chatting and all. It seem that they had a really good time!

So we rest for a little while before checking out and headed to the coach area to book our seats for the coach. Our coach were actually delayed for one and a half hours. We sat there chatting to pass time while waiting before my mum get attracted to the Char Kuey Tiao smell and went to buy a plate to share. It was quite a sight to see all our mums sharing one plate of Char Kuey Tiao and it’s really cute!

Soon, our coach arrived and it’s a long way back to Singapore!

I really enjoyed myself during this 3D2N trip in Genting with the rest of the bloggers and all our mums! It’s great to be able to know the other bloggers better during this trip! 😛

(Candid of Miyo)

Really super thankful to Resorts World Genting and OMY.SG for such a wonderful experience and memories!

Do consider heading up to Genting if you’re looking for a short getaway from Singapore. There you will enjoy awesome cooling weather and there’s many yummy food! Have a whole day of fun at the theme park and head to the spa to relax! And if you’re interested, you can always try your luck at the Casino! Not forgetting there’s actually the Strawberry and Mushroom farm which you can visit!

XOXO,
Joyce.Forensia

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