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 ūüė¶

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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Korea: Behind the scenes of a pre-wedding photoshoot at Bong Studio

Korea: Behind the scenes of a pre-wedding photoshoot at Bong Studio

I will have to say that Tyrell and I took a leap of faith signing up for a pre-wedding photoshoot package with a foreign company, without knowing much about the detailed process, nor meeting any representatives face to face. All communication was done via email only. We weren’t able to find any blog posts or information online about the actual process, but we jumped into it, which is not something we usually do. All I can say is that we have good faith in Korean studios XD

Here’s what you need to know and what it’s like to fly overseas and have a pre-wedding photoshoot with local Korean photo Studio, Studio Bong.

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What NO ONE TELLS YOU about how to pick a pre-wedding photography package in Korea

What NO ONE TELLS YOU about how to pick a pre-wedding photography package in Korea

 

Searching for a wedding photography package can be a rather grueling one. First of all, you need to decide on the country; should you take it locally or overseas? If overseas, which country? Should you fly a photographer overseas or engage a local? And then you need to know what to look out for when negotiating the package.
I think I’m going to get a lot of hate from the agents, but ah well, here goes. Here’s what nobody tells you about how to book a Korean wedding photography package in Korea.

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What you NEVER KNEW about hunting the Northern lights in Scandinavia

What you NEVER KNEW about hunting the Northern lights in Scandinavia

I would consider myself to be quite fortunate to have witnessed the northern lights 4 nights out of 13 nights in scandanivia; once in Rovaniemi, Levi, Tromso and lofoten each.

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Here’s what I learnt during my trip that NONE of my research prior to my trip ever told me. The blatant truth about hunting for the northern lights:

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Korea: Day trip to the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival

Korea: Day trip to the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival

Attending a cherry blossom festival overseas is not as easy as it looks¬†because the festival dates are different every year and only released less than a month before the actual festival. On top of that, cherry blossom festivals only last for about 2 – 7 days! The right timing is absolutely crucial but you’re at the full mercy of mother nature here.

So you can wait till the exact dates are confirmed before purchasing last minute tickets Рbut mind you, the flight tickets will be jacked up because this is the peak season and because its last minute. To get a better deal, it is recommended to book your flight tickets months in advance. image

Cherry blossoms in Korea
Korea has always been overshadowed by Japan when it comes to cherry blossom festivals. However, in the recent years, Korea has become a popular alternative to Japan for viewing the cherry blossoms. Why? No prizes for guessing that k-pop, Korean dramas, running man, beauty products (which have overtaken Japan imo) and even plastic surgery have been large contributing factors to this. There is much to do in Korea!

What is the Jinhae Gunhangje cherry blossom festival?
It’s the BIGGEST cherry blossom festival in Korea and is held at the navel port city, Jinhae, which is at the southern most tip of the Korean peninsula.

Its truly an experience to be in this beautiful cherry blossom filled city, Jinhae, basking in the festive atmosphere with both locals and tourists alike.

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