2015 Europe Trip: Prague Charles Bridge, Vltava River & Castle Side

As mentioned previously, Prague is an amazing place to be in. Continuing on from my previous post. I was on my way across the Charles Bridge over to the Castle Side. Castle Side are part of district 2 which is just on the other side of the river. There are many ways to reach here including by bus or tram, but I would say that walking would be the best. Such a place like Prague, requires you to spent some quality time with it, talking in all the sights as you walk on the streets. Trust me, it is definitely going to be worth it unless the weather is amazingly hot. Although I have to say reaching the castle is a little tough from foot. I didn’t visit the castle this time around due to poor time management L the castle will be visible and towering among you when you all walking towards its direction on Charles Bridge. I do say that it is pretty far, since I had wander around the streets on the castle side but was still nowhere near it.

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2015 Europe Trip: Prague

Prague was definitely a dream come true for me, having heard about it ages ago and finally being able to set foot on it seems virtual. Seemingly I will associate Europe normally into East and the West, hatefully to bring up the Berlin Wall and the cold war, this is actually the simplest way to separate them and also the most common differences you could see while travelling in Europe. Western Europe are more developed and well maintained, largely due to their early dominance in development and trade while the East is always playing catch up, but in the recent years, some of the countries development are rapid, quickly getting them on par with the West. Although Czech Republic are geographically in the central part of Europe, they used to be on the east side of the wall. Prague being the capital city of Czech Republic is the most iconic representation of the country. Despite it being apparent that they are not as rich, clean and developed as the West, the centre of Prague are largely well maintained and simply just gorgeous. However, on the bright side, everything in Prague are significantly cheaper than other tourists cities, food and drinks. I could not think of another adjective to describe it, back to basics, it is just beautiful. Oh, this is one of the romantic city in the world, it could definitely compete with Paris for the title. It just has that unexplainable charm that you would not understand unless you have been there. I would love to spend some quality time here in the future with my love one. Hopefully these pictures lets you feel the charm.

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2015 HongKong Trip: Singapore Airlines 856 A380 SIN – HKG Business Class

Perhaps it may be my third time flying it but the excitement definitely doesn’t die down, I am just such a loyal fan to Singapore Airlines, sorry guys, I am just that fan boy. I will dare say that i do know Singapore Airlines very well in the offering and products including their company information. To say,  I actually know quite a few people, directly or indirectly that are working for Singapore Airlines, from flying crews to their office staff. Congrats SIA, you have definitely won me over! I am also super glad to say that I am living in an air hub of such a great airline, you are and will be my number one choice forever, A Great Way To Fly! I actually knew from Josie that actually all the “n” in Singapore Airlines official logo or name are in small caps, heard that it was some fung shui reason. IMG_4096

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2015 Europe Trip: Grandior Hotel Praha

One, two, three, four, five and probably even six or seven. European, American or Asian Standards? That’s the key here. First of all, number of stars. As easy as ABC, and also by the amount of money you are paying for the room, generally the higher the number of stars the better hospitality you receive and also the “better” the pay. Normally, regardless of which type of standards you are following, seven stars hotels are self declared. No association has ever rank any hotel in this category before. Although I have to say that these hotels are really seven stars, but hopefully it doesn’t cost a seven figure sum to stay in. Hey I could probably afford it in Zimbabwe dollars ! There are only 3 hotels in the world that are described as 7 stars hotel, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and the Town House Galleria in Milan. It certain takes some powerful wallets to stay here. I had once read about Ben from One Mile at a Time having high tea at the Burj and the view was seriously amazing. Normally I would say the Asian standards and Middle East have a higher standards, expect awesome buffet breakfast large nice hotels in 4-5 Star while I would say the European Standards are low. In Europe, the stars represent what services or items the hotel provides from toilet cleaning and colour TV for 1 star to a buffet breakfast for 2 star, if you provide luggage service or internet access you get another star. Even how long the reception is open determine the ranking of the hotel. Although I have to say the Swiss are famous for its hotelier and hospitality, the service industry are hotcakes over there. Although, my stay at Grandior was pretty great too!

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Travel Souvenirs ?

Hello everyone, I just realised that I had written about 20 blog post and hit pass the 1000 views mark. i am really glad to see the progress of Seeing The World In Steps, I didn’t actually expect such view rates at all. Actually it is just something which is super new to me that I am keen to try. Perhaps when I am old and legs are weak i will fall back here and start reading about my past adventures! Hoping so that by then I have already complete my arduous journey of Seeing the World In Steps and have already complete chronicling my adventures here.

Okay, back to the point of this adventures. I am actually so interested in what other people always do when they visit a country. Taking a jump shot at the city most famous icon? Keeping the boarding pass or the hotel key card? What do you guys actually do to remember yourself of ever visiting that unique place? I have read that one of the avid travellers in the world, Marcos, recommend that you should buy a bottle of cologne or listen to a particular music. Thus, whenever you smell the same scent or hear the same piece of music you will remember your adventures. Actually I find this quite nice and planning of doing so the next time I travel.

Of course buying the usual stuff and taking the iconic pictures, one of the thing that I will always do when I visit a brand new city would be buying a magnet, this hobby of mine actually didn’t start long ago so i still do not have a complete set. If my memory served right, I am probably missing pieces from Rome, Florence, Pisa, Verona, Lake Como, Lucern, Mt Titlis, Geneva! Another reason to visit these places again right? Besides aiming to visit all the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I am trying to fill up my fridge man!

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2015 Europe Trip: Eating in Munich, Bratwurstherzl, Spatenhaus an der Oper and Weisses Brauhaus

Pork, Pork and Pork! Potato, Potato and Potato! P&P seems to be the abbreviation for food in Germany or perhaps in Munich. Oh yea and Sausages before I left this out. Practically, speaking they are quite an expert at making things with potato, there are salad, potato balls……etc. Some of you guys may have heard of Germany being famous for their suckling pig, pork knuckles and also the sausages. Frankly speaking, I do quite like their sausages, but actually our Cantonese roast pork is much much better than their crisp pork knuckles and suckling pig. Another food item that you may see frequently are pretzels. I don’t really have a liking for it as I find it awfully salty with all those huge rock salts, but they are actually pretty good with beers and dipping into the gravy that usually comes along.

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2015 Europe Trip: DB Bahn IC Bus MUC – PRG

My first stop was Munich, after 3 nights in Munich it’s time to move to Prague, the city that I have heard for so long but only visiting it now. Getting to Prague was actually quite a brain killer, there are no direct flight neither are there high speed train. The only option are taking a normal train or the IC Bus. The normal train takes a little more than 5 hours to reach Prague main train station. I have actually decided to go ahead to book the train, but after reading some reviews I found out about the Bus and it seems like the way to go. Perhaps being one of the unique post of mine where I am reviewing a Bus rather than the Plane. Pretty great way to get around too ! IMG_1999

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2015 HongKong Trip: Krisflyer Service, Flight Delay and Changi Airport SilverKris Lounge

Having finished work and having dinner with a friend, I have just reached home the night before at 11pm, shower, pack my bags and finally get some rest for my flight at 9.30 am to HongKong. Tiredness wont be any issue despite having only a couple hours of sleep, given the thought of flying SQ Business later. Having this was much more efficient in drowning in coffee, keeping me quite awake and hype up for my experience to come. Right close to 7am, before I left my house I received a text informing me that my flight is being delayed, my mind just didn’t felt like it and thus I drop a call to Krisflyer to double confirm and some thoughts in my mind just make me ask them for the reason of the flight delay. They assured me that it is just an operational delay and the flight was arriving late into Singapore. This is actually good, given that I could write about Singapore Airlines handling flight delay given that delay on Singapore Airlines flight are so rare. In contrast, just for your info, the budget wing of SQ, Scoot have been hit by delays in the past few weeks and they handle it quite badly, so it was nice to be able to compared the difference.

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2015 Europe Trip: Munich BMW Visit

One of the days in my stay in Munich, I specifically went to visit the BMW Headquarters in BMW Welt, this have been on my trip since I have found out and it is not a let down at all, continue reading and I will share with you why you will not be disappointed when you visit here. Some background knowledge first, BMW is a German Auto maker that cars are famed and dream after worldwide, especially in Singapore, owning a BMW reflects on your status and also symbolise your social position. Perhaps for some of the foreigners, hoping that I have readers abroad? Owning a BMW isn’t a easy task in Singapore, as it cost at least 150K SGD to purchase a most basic model and that doesn’t even includes the cost of maintaining it. Furthermore, Singapore have rigid rules and regulation to purchasing cars. After I visited here, how I dream that I can buy a car here given that it’s so filthy cheap in Singapore Standards. Read on to know the price.

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2015 Europe Trip: Munich

Finally the time have come for me to share with you on this unique place, Munich, this gorgeous and amazing German City. It’s clean, efficient, pretty and a perfect place to stay in. According to a survey did, Bavaria and in particular Munich rank high on European list of place to retire, with a high standard of living it certainly isn’t simple to retire here and enjoy all these perks. Safety and Cleanliness are the main point here. As usual with the other German cities, the sausages, beer and people probably makes me fall in love with this place even more. Oh, and the cakes in Munich are delicious too. Throughout the main city, sausages, beer and Bayern Munchen are seen frequently, probably why this city in Bavaria is so famous also.
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2015 Europe Trip: Citadines Arnulfpark Munich

I have booked the Citadines Arnulfpark Munich apartment hotel for my 3 night stay in Munich. To be frankly, the location isn’t as attractive as it seen on Google map, but the location was quite nice, quiet and elegant, there are also supermarkets and a couple restaurant nearby. The best part of the apartment is that the tram stop is right infront of the hotel, although the surrounding is pretty quiet in the late evening, probably after 8-9pm. It is actually walking distance to the main train station, Hauptbahnhof and the ZOB, the main bus station. Although people would say that it is possible to walk to the main city centre and the Hauptbahnhof, I would certainly not recommend to do so. Trams are far more convenient and practically “free” too.

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2015 Europe Trip: Lufthansa Airlines 1771 A320 IST – MUC Economy Class

Oh this tiny little plane, it is actually not really tiny, unless you compare it to the A380 jumbo jet or the 747 and then it really pales in comparison. The A320 is actually a workhorse, where many budget airlines and Inter Europe flights. It also had a pretty clean and safe record, until this past year where it hasn’t been kind to the aviation industry, the AirAsia Crash and also the GermanWings Pilot Suicide recently. It is really sad to hear such news and especially for me since I am flying on the A320 a few hours after the GermanWings crash.

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2015 HongKong Trip: Introduction

I had recently took a short trip to HongKong and partly due to some expiring miles, I had the best short trip of my life, flying in Business Class, got a tour of the Suites Class and meeting one of the best Flight Stewardess on my return flight to Singapore. It a blessing that I managed to met her on my flight and she has shared many valuable and exciting experience with me onboard the short 4 hour flight, how I wish I was flying long haul. Hello Josie, if you are reading this, hoping to meet up with you soon and hear more of your adventures !

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2015 Europe Trip: Prime Class CIP Lounge

I had a pretty tough time while in transit in Istanbul Ataturk Airport perhaps things ease out a bit once I entered the Prime Class CIP Lounge. Freshly off the exclusive cabin of the Singapore Airlines Business Class, I found myself in a chaotic, overwhelmed Ataturk Airport for my transit, in a foreign location where Singapore Airlines Ground support is contracted out to the locals and a place where I couldn’t communicate well. It really felt loss, especially since I wanted to double confirm my baggage status, I wanted it to be tag all the way to Munich and not left in the Lost and Found area in Ataturk Istanbul. I couldn’t really remember the number of places I went to ask and check. The Ground Staff handling Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines transit desk and also the Lufthansa Staff prior to boarding. To sum up, it’s tough and tired. I also had to cleared security checks twice, that means taking off your belt, shoes jacket twice. Oh god! True advised, plan more time for transit or arrivals in Istanbul.

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2015 Europe Trip: Singapore Airlines 392 777-200 SIN – IST Business Class

After making my way from the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 to the gate I was surprised by the queue at the security checks, it was quite some wait, but definitely smooth and efficient. To speak frankly, I will rather get “molested” by the security then taking out my belt, it’s just so troublesome to wear the belt again. Soon, I was in the gate area, and boarding was called, as usual, everyone just crowded around the entrance, but, but, there came the power of holding the blue card and I just managed to squeeze those people that were blocking the entrance and boarded first. Once onboard, there were 3 flights stewardess there to welcome us and one of them escorted me to my seat, offering to hang my jacket as well. Seeing that I was snapping some pictures, she offered to take a group photo for my family as well.

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