Joseph Ellis

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24 Hours in Singapore – Stay at Novotel Clarke Quay, Take a FunVee Ride & a River Cruise

by Joseph Ellis March 23, 2014

Most often than not, we come across visitors to Singapore who just have a whole day to sample the many sights that Singapore has to offer. This can be a daunting task considering the myriad of attractions that the city has on offer. So if you are visiting or have time to see Singapore in just one day read on. […]

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Kampong Sucimurni – Glimpsing Malay Culture

by Joseph Ellis February 24, 2014

One evening during our stay at Tanjong Jara Resort, we strolled into a cultural gathering.  Actually our noses led us there.  There was an aroma of something cooking by the beach and sounds of laughter and gaiety in the air. So away we went to investigate the source of merriment and behold what an enjoyable evening it turned out to […]

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An Invigorating Experience at Tanjong Jara Resort Spa Village – Terengganu, Malaysia

by Joseph Ellis February 18, 2014

I had passed by the Spa Village at Tanjong Jara Resort on the first day I arrived. It looked very inviting and serene. I was waiting for my chance to sample some of the great massages they have listed there on their menu. And so the next day around late morning I scheduled a date with the Spa Village and […]

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Experiencing a Pasar Malam in Terengganu

by Joseph Ellis February 15, 2014

We found ourselves in a riot of colours.  Lined across both sides of a street in Dungun some 20 minutes away by car from Tanjong Jara Resort is a long lane where street vendors gather to proudly display their wares. Tiny little shops neatly arranged selling colourful items for daily personal and household use. We stood for a moment in […]

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Nepal – Why We Shall Never Return

by Joseph Ellis February 10, 2014

During the course of our travels, we have forborne many euphoric moments… but there have been some nightmarish experiences as well. But the one that towers over them all is the one we experienced at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport. It is harrowing enough to make us never want to visit that country ever again. Nepal is a beautiful country. Its […]

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Shangri-La Hotel Singapore – Sanctum in a City

by Joseph Ellis January 10, 2014

A tropical sanctuary in the heart of bustling Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel is a perfect refuge after a taxing day of shopping, exploring and gorging on the delicacies that Singapore has to offer. Set amidst 15 acres of lush greenery, our stay in the Garden Wing was nothing short of magical. The hum of running water, the chirping of crickets and […]

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Off the Beaten Path Thailand – Wat Phu Khao Thong

by Joseph Ellis November 15, 2013

It was our maiden trip to Bangkok and we decided to explore Ayutthaya, the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Our first stop after a 2 hour ride in a stuffy van brought us to Wat Phu Khao Thong, a stupa or chedi as it is called in Thai built in 1387. If you’ve seen Borobudur, then this monument may not […]

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Hello Kitty Town – Rekindling Memories of Childhood

by Joseph Ellis October 18, 2013

Some forty years ago, Yuko Shimizu created a cute character called Kitty White for Shintaro Tsuji the founder of Sanrio. This cute kitten is known the world over as Hello Kitty and has inspired a themed restaurant and maternity hospital in Taiwan, a couple of theme parks in Japan and now a Hello Kitty Town in Nusajaya Johor, Malaysia. Fresh […]

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Legoland Malaysia – Childlike Delight Awaits

by Joseph Ellis October 18, 2013

Ever imagined yourself as Gulliver among Lilliputian buildings?  It’s even more exciting if those buildings were famous world landmarks like the Taj Mahal,  The Great Wall of China, Forbidden City or the Petronas Towers. And what if I have to tell you that this fantasy is possible indeed. On a rather humid morning recently, Rosemarie and I decided to embark […]

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A Relaxing Evening at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur

by Joseph Ellis April 18, 2013

If a luxurious stay at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur wasn’t already a weekend of true relaxation, an evening at the Majestic Spa and Truefitt and Hill topped it off just like a dollop of freshly whipped cream on scoops of gelato! The Majestic Spa The first impression you form when you walk into The Majestic Spa is the fact […]

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