Taipei 101(台北101)

Visiting Taipei 101 in Taiwan was the best thing ever. You get to see a clear 360 view of everything from up there, and I mean everything! High-powered binoculars, souvenir shops and drink bars are available for visitors so that they can have a memorable time there. Located in No. 45, Shifu Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City, it opens daily from 9am-10pm. Moreover, there are Night Markets nearby for you to grab your dinner! (Check out my previous posts on Taiwan’s Night Markets for a review.)

 

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View of the tower while heading there. That’s tall, isn’t it? In fact, its about 508 meters (1,671 feet) tall!

 

The first few floors in Taipei 101 consists of restaurants, a food court, library and a shopping mall (Taipei 101 Mall) that markets several designer goods. The lifts at Taipei 101 are the longest and fastest that goes at 1010m/ min which is 60.6km/ hr! So incredible.

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What a beautiful view from the top of the tower. I could stare at this for hours and never get bored. If it’s your first time in Taiwan, it is mandatory have this iconic landmark marked on your to-do list!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://eng.taiwan.net.tw/m1.aspx?sNo=0002090&id=3469

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A Place For Stress Relief

Universal Studios Singapore (新加坡环球影城) is a theme park located at 8 Sentosa Gateway within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island, Singapore. Featuring 24 movie-themed rides and attractions, thrill seekers, friends and families will be the first to experience many new rides and shows based on your favourite blockbuster hits. I’ve been there twice and I the place is beyond believable! uss

There are seven categories to choose from. They are Hollywood, Far Far Away, Ancient Egypt, New York, Sci-Fi City, Lost World and Madagascar. These categories surely speak for themselves! These two are my favourites:

 

Revenge of the Mummy:

Located in Ancient Egypt, this ride is an indoor high speed roller coaster where we get to go through the ride in total darkness, except certain stops where they showcase scary sights, objects and special effects to scare the wits out of you. It also goes 360 degrees around at one point in time! Why not try this ride out yourself if you want to know more? 🙂

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Transformers:

This is actually a 3D thrill ride on a makeshift car where riders are seen going through the storyline on the ride in the world of Transformers located in Sci-Fi City. In the process of this game, you get to conquer the world with Bumblebee, the transformer!

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Not to worry if you are afraid of heights or speed. Wheelchair-friendly and slow rides are available for the elderly and disabled. Safety comes first and they will not admit your entry if you are unsuitable for the ride.

Opening hours are from 10am – 7pm everyday of the week. For ticket prices, do check out their website here: http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore. Remember to catch their Hollywood Dreams Parade where you can see your favourite characters come to life as Shrek, Marilyn Monroe or even the minions from Despicable Me. USS is especially packed during the weekends or public holidays so be prepared for the long queues and exciting rides ahead!

 

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

References:

http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/this-urban-jungle/transformers-theme-park-featuring-life-sized-replicas

http://www.thefamilywoman.com/universal-studios-singapore-rides-experience-part-2/

http://www.rwsentosa.com/language/en-US/Homepage/ContactUs

Dong Dae Mun Market

Who doesn’t love shopping? I certainly do.

Dong Dae Mun market is a place that attracts many shoppers especially fashion fanatics. Dong Dae Mun market, which is located in Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea, is not just a small building, but an estate.  Dong Dae Mun market is the largest wholesale and retail shopping district and showcases a variety of things for us to shop.

I remembered my friend who went crazy over a Korean shop where he bought a lot of caps, approximately 15 if I’m not mistaken, each of different colors and designs. He spent only about SGD 50 on snapbacks as it is cheaper if you buy them in bulk.  They are basically wholesalers. However, not all of the shops there are wholesale, mostly are located in Section 2(on the map).

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Oh! I forget to mention that the shopping malls there opened from 10am to 5am the next morning, awesome right ? I know it totally is. There are also many events going on around the malls everyday at around 7-8pm KST(Korean Standard Time). There are also many money exchangers around thus not needing to bring extra won with you.

Basically the whole Dong Dae Mun market is a must visit and must buy area.

Dong Dae Mun market can be reached very easily just take the subway! Look for Dong Dae Mun station and take that line. If I didn’t remember wrongly I took line 4.

Do leave your comment below on what are the stuffs you’ll definitely buy when you’re there ?
I’ve bought a handful of items, 2 caps, 5 t-shirts, 4 rings, 1 necklace, 2 pants and 3 pair of shoes. Although they’re not branded but they’re of nice quality and it’s comfortable to wear.
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– Keith

 
References:
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SH/SH_EN_7_2_5_1.jsp

http://www.thekoreaguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dongdaemun4.jpg

http://www.thekoreaguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/dongdaemun3.jpg

The Amazing Bean

If you have never seen Cloud Gate before, which has been nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like structure, it may look like a big drop of water right in the middle of the square, which is exactly what I thought it was! But unfortunately, it wasn’t. Ever since I’ve watched the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” that was released on June 26 2014, I’m been tempted to visit “The Bean” and hope that I am able to in the near future.

Cloud Gate is built and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor’s and it was his first public outdoor work in the United States, which is made up of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates inspired by liquid mercury. The name “Cloud Gate” came about because its surface reflects the sky and city skyline. Cloud Gate sits upon the AT&T Plaza, which is located in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

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It is definitely a tourist trap as it provides an eye-catching view of the entire city located in the area. You get to see a reflection of the whole city from a variety of perspectives which enthralls you to have different points of views of the skyline and clouds, providing an endless reflection from where you stand.

I am constantly amazed by the countless selfie opportunities it allows one to have because it enables you to look thin or plump due to the angles where the reflections are stretched, expanded and displayed on the bean. There is even a concave area where visitors can stand underneath the bean!

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(The concave area that captures your attention)

 

Who would have thought that an enormous gorgeous metallic bean-shaped sculpture could become one of Chicago’s top tourists attractions? It is simply fascinating and is one of those landmarks that makes it worth your time and journey.

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There is almost always a crowd so it’s best to come early to avoid them. No trip is complete without a trip to The Bean. Kids, children and even adults are drawn to it. The best part is that it’s always 100% free! This is the perfect place to visit for a family vacation, and the view especially at night is simply fascinating 😉 Definitely a place you should not miss out!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://sensefunction.blogspot.sg/2012/04/why-cloud-gate-chicago.html

http://www.travelchannel.com/daily-escape/millennium-park

 

 

Fun In Seoul

When I asked my parents for their permission to go overseas to Seoul, South Korea, with my friends, they agreed without asking more questions. At that moment, all I could think of was what I should do, where I should go and what I should buy in Seoul.

Remembering how much fun we had while in Seoul years ago, this place definitely defines a whole new level of fun! Imagine an outdoor and indoor theme park that held the guinness world record for being the largest indoor theme park. Incredible, right? This is Lotte World (롯데월드) located in 40-1 Jamsil-dong, Songpa Gu, Seoul, South Korea, a South Korean version of Disneyland

It is a theme park filled with thrilling rides, different types of parades and much more.

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One of the many reasons why visitors are attracted to Lotte World is because of its amusements rides, especially the Gyro Drop! Even though I have never sat on it, it not only looks thrilling but scary as well because of its steep drop of about 70 metres. Lotte World is in fact one of the greatest theme park In Asia. It was opened in 12 July 1989 with over 8 million visitors every year.

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(The Gyro Drop! Yeap those are people up there. Scary but tempting at the same time.)
There are uncountable rides in Lotte World, many of which I have never rode on or even seen it before. However, despite the many other rides that I enjoyed, there are 2 rides which were definitely unforgettable.

 

1. The Aeronaut Balloon

The ride goes at a slow speed because it is more focused towards kids who are 6 years old and below. However, there is no age limit and even couples are allowed to take the ride. This ride takes you around the circumference of the indoor section of the park. Due to its slow speed, visitors are able to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the entire indoor theme park and have an overview of the rides that was shown on the theme park map.

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2. The Giant Loop

This ride surely makes you go woahhhhhh~! The Roller Coaster goes through a 360 degrees loop and stops at the peak of the loop hanging everyone upside down. The experience was simply awesome because the thrill it gives is too extreme and nothing like what a normal roller coaster ride offers. Imagine doing a handstand for 30 seconds, but at a higher height and being unable to touch the ground for a long period of time.

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It may look small from here, but it is no doubt a huge loop!

– Keith

 

 

References:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lotte_World,_Seoul.jpg

http://madamechewy.com/2014/05/06/korea-travelogue-lotte-world-diy-skincare-course-and-ice-gallery/

http://minyungee.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/july-11-lotte-world-the-last-supper/

http://aburntham.wordpress.com/

http://www.lotteworld.com/gate.asp

The Meiji Shrine

The Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū) is located in the heart of modern Tokyo, Shibuya. It is a Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine, sheltered by a 700,000 square-meter forest of 120,000 evergreen trees, donated from all parts of Japan when it was established, was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

 

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The shrine consists of two large areas: the Inner Garden, with the main shrine buildings; and the Outer Garden, with sports arenas and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. The shrine grounds are entered through two of Japan’s largest torii (shrine gates), made of beautiful cypress wood more than 1,700 years old.

It was great to see all the different people who go there for tourism, leisure and ceremonies. Head for the central shrine of Meiji Jingu as this is where people gather. On Sundays you would be able to see many couples getting married. We were there for about 20 Minutes and witnessed 3 weddings in that time alone. The best thing is that admission is free! However, you have to pay 500 yen to be admitted into the Inner Garden. Check out the admission price and timings here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3002.html

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Meiji Shine is the most famous shine in Japan and is relatively related to the Japanese’s normal life as there are many wedding graduations and mitzvahs there. Last but not least, the shine is also a place that people can pin their aspirations on the walls there.

meiji Priests making their way to the Meiji Shrine

It is great for walking with plenty of shady areas. BUT, be warned, there are no drinks available in the park, so go prepared and bring enough drinks during the time you are there.

– Liu Mu

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/ceremonies/1.html

The Secrets Of Nature

Guangxi which locates in the south of China is one of the most beautiful nature sights in China. Guangxi is famous as the nature sights and a simple folkway. It attracts so many visitors to spend their vocation. It is really a wonder place to spend your holiday. It is serene and offers an amazingly beautiful view. Moreover, the people are very friendly and full of enthusiasm. Here are some pictures and videos to introduce Guangxi sights for you.

 

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Guangxi has so many beautiful places.

 

First one is Lijiang

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Second is Xiang Ba Shan (the elephant nose)

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Guangxi Lijiang is one of the most famous sights in the world. It has been the world intangible cultural heritage because his special natural sights and people habits. So go to visit Lijiang. You will find the amazing about nature.

– Frank

 

 

References:

http://www.guilincits.com/jingdian/71.html