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5 Annoying Things You Want to Avoid Doing When on a Cruise

For many people here in Singapore, going on a cruise is one of the best vacations one will ever have in his life. We spend so much time planning for this dream vacation and looking through so many different options—from adventure, luxury, family-style, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Asian, the choices are endless.

But before you board your ship, keep in mind: You may have the power to choose your cruise, but you cannot choose who you will be travelling with.

If it’s your first time to go cruising, here are a few tips to keep in mind to steer you clear of annoying habits.

1. Being a Chair Saver
Nothing takes you out of vacation vibe faster than a person hogging chairs and sometimes even tables. These are the annoying cruisers who wake up as early as six in the morning, run to the pool deck and put bags, books or towels on a row of poolside chairs and lounges, then go back to bed. Sometimes, these people won’t even show up until after lunch time.

2. Smoking in the Balcony
Although it was used to be acceptable to smoke on your own private balcony and even inside cabins, those rules have changed nowadays. However, as always, there will still be some who will puff away cigarettes on the balcony next to you, while you are trying to enjoy your morning coffee.

3. Leaving Kids Unattended
Thankfully, though, most parents in cruise are great about this and know that there are kid-friendly and childcare facilities in most cruise ships. But there will always be couples who just let their children loose and run wild. Nothing is more irritating than kids playing in the elevator, pressing every button to every floor while you are trying to get to your dinner on time.

4. Going Non-Stop on Drinks
Cruise lines usually offer pre-paid beverage packages, and many of course will take advantage of this. Nothing will make you the most popular—and unwanted—cruiser than being the one who parties non-stop. Night after night, they become louder and more obnoxious, putting themselves and everyone near them at risk.

5. Hoarding Food
When you’re on a cruise, you have the privilege to eat anytime of the day and enjoy all the food in the buffet—from steaks and lobsters to fries and burgers. So, it’s just rude to see some people to stockpile their plates with food, put it on their table, then go back to piling some more for a second plate. Unless the captain announces that there’s going to be shortage of food, which we have yet to hear in the history of cruising, there is really no need to hoard.

Anyone can enjoy a cruise, but do the rest of the ship a favor and behave appropriately for a more enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

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7 Must-Visit Asian Cities for Food

Foodies unite! If you have been dreaming to go on an ultimate food adventure but not sure where to go, here’s a list of five of the best foodie cities in Asia to begin your journey.

1. Tokyo, Japan
In a country that boasts more Michelin stars than any other, Tokyo is the topmost must-visit place for any foodie in the world. Here, you will be surprised how such tiny restaurants, tucked away from small street offer huge variety of dishes. You should obviously try as much sushi and ramen as you can, and while you’re at it, get some yakitori and okonomiyaki as well.

2. Singapore
This little city in Southeast Asia will surely surprise you with its diverse variety of cuisines, which you can easily find in many of its hawker stalls and centres. Some of the crowd favorites are the char kuay teow, chicken rice and the ever popular chilli crab.

3. Dubai, UAE
Food in this city are always rich and flavorful, and consists of a beautiful mix of local Arabic, Emirati and Lebanese cuisines. Do not leave UAE without trying shakshuka and kebab. Don’t miss out on falafel and luqaimat, too.

4. Seoul, South Korea
A food adventure in Korea is never complete without trying the iconic Korean dish Kimchi, which consists of fermented pickled veggies in chilli paste. This local dish will definitely give an extra kick of spice to any of your meal. While you’re there, don’t skip trying bibimbap and Korean barbecue as well.

5. Bangkok, Thailand
Thai cuisine is rich in aromatics and flavor, usually bursting with sauces and spices. For a helping of authentic Thai cuisine, experience the must-try dishes such as tom yun goong, pad thai and the popular mango sticky rice.

6. Hong Kong
What is a Hong Kong trip without dim sum? Here in Hong Kong, you can have your serving of dim sum almost everywhere and anytime of the day. These dishes are not just pleasing to the palate but also to the eyes, as they are served in beautiful bamboo baskets. Some of the favorites include har kow, siew mai and charsiew bao.

7. New Delhi, India
One of the most amazing Asian meals are not served on a plat,e but on a banana leaf. In New Delhi, thali—an Indian traditional meal of rice, bread, various curries and sweets—is served on nature’s plate. And don’t even start looking for spoon and fork, as this local specialty is expected to be eaten by hand.

So, there you have it, seven Asian cities any foodie should visit. While all these cities feature a wide range of flavors, the common thread here is that the ingredients are always fresh, the preparation is meticulous, and the presentation is thoughtful, which of course deserves a deep and passionate consumption.

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The Safest Countries for Travelling  


When we travel outside Singapore, we make sure that that specific place is safe and peaceful. The survey of The Institute of Economics and Peace helped us in determining the most peaceful and safest country for travel.


The Institute of Economics and Peace recently released their Global Peace Index. The Index featured one hundred sixty two countries around the world that portrays peacefulness and safety. The Institute derived their list based on twenty three characteristics in every country like prison population, crime levels, weapons export and import, political error and many others.

The characteristics are assigned with particular scores – from one to five. The highest of the one hundred sixty two countries is Iceland. Iceland got a score of 1.148. Iceland is not as popular as Paris or London but when it comes to peacefulness and safety, the country is the best.


This is a good place to start our traveling. Iceland is not only known for its ice, frosty temperature and blue lagoons. Iceland also boasts of stunning views. What are we waiting for? It is time to visit Iceland and see for ourselves why they are considered the most peaceful and safest country for travel.

We think that Iceland is expensive but frequent travellers recommend the place because it is affordable. For starters, Iceland is beautiful this time of the year. Before going there, we should not forget packing some jackets or coats and of course, our cameras to capture its stunning charm. Happy travelling! It is more fun if we bring along the family or friends.

Global Peace Index

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