Stay in a Lava Cave with Private Cave Pool in Oia, Santorini | Greece | 2017 | Review |

Stay in a Lava Cave with Private Cave Pool in Oia, Santorini | Greece | 2017 | Review |

 

It took me some time to finally choose a hotel because, although quite a few hotels have really nice infinity pools, these are usually public pools. Also, most of the private pools end up being a Jacuzzi tub instead of an actual pool. After searching through numerous hotels, we finally found an accommodation that had a private pool. And what’s more, the private pool was a CAVE POOL.

I loved the lava cave so much that I figured I just had to have a blog post solely for the lava cave.

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Guide the Shipwreck Beach, Navagio in Zakynthos and the Secret Viewing Point | Greece | 2017 |

Guide the Shipwreck Beach, Navagio in Zakynthos and the Secret Viewing Point | Greece | 2017 |

 

If you’re Asian and have not heard of Descendants of the Sun, then, well, you CANT BE ASIAN. Descendants of the Sun is the Korean drama that took over Asia by storm in 2016. It received immense popularity both locally as well as internationally, where it has been sold to 32 countries and translated into 32 different languages.

The drama’s success helped boost Korea’s economy, contributing in a rise of tourists, overseas sales of products featured in the drama; and more investment in Korean entertainment companies by Chinese companies seeking partnerships. Descendants of the Sun has been reported to have earned 3 billion won from product placement advertisements (PPL) and 10 billion won from sales of related sound tracks and video-on-demand service. The “Two Tone Lip Bar” lipstick that Song Hye-Kyo wore in a scene on the show has broken sales records for Aritaum in South Korea.

Of the numerous filming locations around different parts of Greece, the shipwreck cove (aka Navagio Beach) in Zakynthos is the most outstanding one, and for a reason too. On top of being the star location of Descendants of the Sun, the shipwreck cove is actually also the most famous and most photographed beach in Greece!

Navagio Shipwreck Beach

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Greece: What you didn’t know about claiming your tax refund VAT at Athens airport 2017 

Greece: What you didn’t know about claiming your tax refund VAT at Athens airport 2017 

I initially thought that I was very familiar with the procedures of claiming tax refunds, but turns out that claiming tax refund in Europe is slightly different to claiming it in other countries like Korea.

Here’s a quick guide as well as what I learnt from claiming my tax rebate in Athens.

 

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Korea: Quick guide to claiming your tax refund at Incheon airport 2017

Claiming your tax refund in Korea has become even simplier than it was a year back because now, most shops offer IMMEDIATE tax refund on the spot, so you need not haggle around with a mountain of tax refund slips.


Your receipt will state very clearly “Immediate tax refund”

Remember to bring along your passport with you when you’re shopping to get the immediate tax refund. Otherwise, remember to request for the tax refund slips.

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However, there are still shops that don’t provide immediate tax refund, so here’s what you need to do to get your tax refund.

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Israel: How to enjoy the Dead Sea like a pro

Israel: How to enjoy the Dead Sea like a pro

I’ve always remembered reading about the dead sea as a kid and was intrigued at how people could possibly float in such a salt lake. To finally get the chance to experience floating in the waters of the dead sea for real is just mind blowing!

Some of my my friends asked me “Has anyone drowned in the dead sea before?”. Well, I tried very hard to sink myself in the dead sea, but i kept bobbing back up. I’d say yes, it’s impossible to sink, not drown. Because technically, if you float with your face down, you will drown lol!

I literally couldn’t find any sand at the bottom of the sea. Everything that I scooped up was salt. Mega cool!!!

A rather sad piece of information is that the waters are receding by a meter each year and by 2050 it will be completely extinct 😦

The dead sea borders Jordan to the east and Israel to the west and you can visit from both countries. I visited the dead sea from Israel and here’s some tips on how you can enjoy the dead sea like a pro with 1 night:

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How to be clothed SNOW READY for less than SGD250

One of the difficulties I had when preparing for subzero is not knowing what and how much clothes to bring. Juggling between wanting to be absolutely prepared for the cold and wanting to travel with ease (without lugging heavy luggages around), this was no easy feat. Not to mention, how to look fab despite the many layers of clothing.

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But the most important thing of all is.. How to be snow ready (clothed) without spending a bomb. Here’s how you CAN for less than SGD$250.

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Quick guide to crossing the border to Aqaba, Jordan from Eilat, Israel 2016 via the South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal

Quick guide to crossing the border to Aqaba, Jordan from Eilat, Israel 2016 via the South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal

 

 

The South Wadi Araba crossing aka the Yitzhak Rabin border terminal is one of 3 border crossings between Israel and Jordan and it is located at the southern tip of Israel. It is a great choice for tourists looking to tour Petra and Wadi Rum, as the south Wadi Araba crossing is the closest border crossing to these 2 attractions.

However, the complexity of crossing the South Wadi Araba border has thrown many tourists off planning free and easy trips to Jordan. Much of the complexity comes from the Jordanian customs due to the different fees and procedures. Many tourists opt for Jordan tours that are from Israel and they assist you to cross the border, but if you are able to cross the border on your own and tour Jordan free and easy, you will be able to save quite a fair bit of tour money.

Here is a quick guide on what you will need to do, what documents to keep and how much money you will need for crossing the south Wadi Araba crossing. (Note that this guide excludes visa applications)

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