The Hotel Life: Conrad Centennial Singapore

A couple of weeks back I went for a little staycay at the Conrad Centennial in Singapore. Speaking of staycation, despite me being an avid fan of travelling, hotels and all, I have not really get into the ideal of a staycation! Crashing at a hotel when my own bed is just 20 mins car ride away? Doubtful! With that being said, Seeing The World In Steps had it’s very first staycation with a very close friend at the Conrad. A little break for the buzz of life and a little “vacay”. I used 57,000 points to redeem for the room. The Conrad is the flagship property of hilton group in singapore. It is located in the downtown core near the marina area. The location is perfect since it is near the malls and shopping centre, you are only steps from the marina waterfront area with most tourist attractions as well. Furthermore the hotels is literally connected to a couple subway lines nearby, making it easy to get to other places as well.

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The Bucket List: Day Trip to Galway and Cliffs of Moher

Making a trip to Ireland, you definitely can’t miss out on making a trip to the Cliffs of Moher, which boost impressive, jaw dropping cliffs with some even at a height of more than 150m from the top to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs is also one of the most impressive one in the world, running for more than 15 KM in the west of the island. This is also the main and most well-known attraction in the whole of Ireland. Located at the south western edge of the Burren Region. I decided to do a day trip when I was in Ireland. Since I was staying in Dublin, I got a rental car for the day and drove there in the morning. Seeing that I was in the west of the country already, I decided to pair up the place with a visit to Galway as well! All in all, it is an awesome day trip, do note that I did this in Summer which gave me more daylight. Join me in my journey in visiting them!

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The Bucket List: Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House

I got to the hotel slightly later than expected, we arrive shortly after 7pm in the evening. With the flight delay as well as the traffic from the airport to the hotel. There seems to be a game going on leading to jams here and there. Dublin airport is not far from the hotel actually, the taxi ride cost around 30 euros. Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House is located on the other side of River Liffey. The location is not too bad. Probably a 10 to 15 mins stroll from Temple Bar or Mary St area. Hilton properties do not seem to be that great in Dublin, most of their location is not perfect. The Conrad is also located quite far from the city centre. For those who take the airport express bus, there is a bus stop right in front of the lobby here so that it easy enough. I guess being slightly out of the area also mean that it is rather quaint and quiet, definitely an alternative from staying in Temple Bar which might get a little rowdy late at night. 

 

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The Bucket List: Ryanair FR5773 737 GLA – DUB

Penning down my very first time on Ryan Air, I am sad to say that it is probably going to be my very last time as well. This is going to be less of a flight review but rather more of my whole flight experience on board Ryan Air. Europe most infamous budget air. Or the one that tries to milk out everyone. I do not know much but perhaps it seems that they have a much more profitable model than conventional ones. Continuing on my journey, my next destination is Dublin. The only direct flights are Aer Lingus but operated by Stobart Air or by Ryan Air. Ryan Air timing works better and they are like cheaper by 300. In total I paid for 195 SGD for 3 tickets and 2 add on bags. Which is why I go ahead with them. I guess it is also interesting to try out the most notorious airline in the world.

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The Bucket List: Upper Deck Lounge Glasgow

Dublin was my next destination after 2 nights in Glasgow. Located off the shore of cointentinal UK, the only way is by air to get to Dublin. Time for some Guinness I guess! I was at the airport super early, more than 3 hours in advance for my very first Ryan Air flight and the last one as well. I will share more on the disastrous experience on Ryan Air in the next post. To sum it up, that almost took up most of my time and together with the long security lines at Glasgow Airport I barely had 20 mins in the lounge, it is going to be a rather short review. This just makes me appreciate how amazing train travels are in Europe and how easy it is. Back to the lounge! The only Priority Pass or contract lounge offering in Glasgow Airport is the Upper Deck Lounge, and it is a crowded one. Certainly it couldn’t cope with the amount of passenger in the Airport.

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The Bucket List: Hilton Glasgow

For my two night stay in Glasgow, I decided to stay in Hilton Glasgow. This is one of the properties that Hilton have in the west of the city centre. I was attracted to the price of the place as well as the easy access. It is right near where I was returning my rental car and near the city centre as well. The uber to the airport from here cost a mere 15 pounds. It is a rather large properties and near the SECC. It does however seems to be one of the legacy older Hilton Properties clearly in need of a reno soon! The location was alright, less than 10 mins walk to the city centre, although the orientation is a little weird and need to walk one round off the back of the hotel to enter it. Would be better if they have a back entrance! We paid about 260SGD per night for our rate. We got the Double Double Guest Room which comes with two double bed. Furthermore, I am able to earn hilton points and got free breakfast as well.

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The Bucket List: Sixt UK X Driving in Scotland

There would be two parts to this post actually. First I would like to share about my experience of renting from Sixt in the UK, especially Manchester in particular. Then following on I will just like to write about my experience of driving around Manchester as well as in Scotland. If you have been following me you will realised that Sixt is always my go to brand for renting cars. They are constantly cheaper than their peers such as Hertz, Sixt and Europcar. I think they have a air pricing and very good cars. Most of the time the cars that I have got were less than 6 months old. Furthermore, I hold platinum status from them and upgrades are often easily attainable. I have previously got a huge Cadillac SUV in Las Vegas! Furthermore I could earn Krisflyer Miles as well!

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The Bucket List: Isle of Skye

The cream of the crop of Scotland Highlands. The best of the best for nature and a treat for your eyes. The Isle of Skye is the most representative example of Scotland wonders as the rustic scenery that the country has. Perched up in the north western part of UK and Scotland. The remoteness of the place left this part of the earth rather untouched and still a feast for our eyes. The whole trip, The Bucket List, was planned around Skye. It was really at the top of my list at that point in time. Everyone have been raving about Scotland and the nature, the rugged landscape, a part of the world to be experienced. I am glad to say that I went before it become too touristy and crowded like Croatia or Iceland. Continuing on from the previous part, we drove up from Edinburgh, stopping for a visit at Macallan, then we went Inverness for petrol and to get some food. This might be a rather lengthy post since I will be sharing all the places I went to around Skye. Not to worry, there would be plenty of photos too.

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The Bucket List: The View Restaurant Cuillin Hills

When in the Isle of Skye, there are two main groups of tourists, one that rents a self catering accommodations such as those cottages which are literally located in the mountains or by a loch or those who choose to stay in hotels and airbnbs in the towns. For me I belong to the later, but don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good food and fine restaurants for travellers to check out in Isle of Skye, in fact the cuisines are one of the best in the country. Just like the award winning Three Chimneys. Portree is home to a couple of nice one as well. Located just a short walk from town lies Cuillin Hills Hotel and I have heard good things about their restaurant as well, The View. Such a simple name, but I guess simplicity is everything since the view is really amazing over here.

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The Bucket List: The Oyster Shed Skye

I guess that anyone that have been to Isle of Skye would have heard of The Oyster Shed! I love how rustic this place is, hidden in the hills, off a random dirt road. The perks of it being hidden from the town means you are going to get the most original, freshest food. And of course, the best view ever! Follow the little signs and you will be in paradise, this  to me is the real michelin star and really from water to the table! The Oyster Shed is located in the town of Carbost, where Talisker is housed as well. Making it a perfect combination to grab some whisky and go it with your oysters. It is located just behind the distillery in the hills. Follow the roads up and there would be signs to guide you. Google Maps works as well! This is by far the most awaited place that I would like to share with you guys!

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JED’S In KL: Changi Lounge at Jewel

On the way back from KL, I got the opportunity to stop by Jewel and decided to pay a visit to one of Singapore latest offering this year, the Changi Lounge at Jewel! Jewel have been the pride and talking point for the whole of 2019 so do check them out if you have not heard of it! I have to say that I am constantly amazed and impressed by this place every time I visit. What is different is that this Changi Lounge is operated by Changi Airport itself and is located in the public area so technically it is less convenient for most travellers. It does still have its purpose since Jewel offers early check in so it does allows passengers to rest up and take a shower as well. Furthermore they are also targeting air cruise customers. I had an opportunity to check it out when it first open months ago and the decor was impressive. Thankful, this time around I get to experience it fully!

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JED’S In KL: Kuala Lumpur

An idea came up during dinner and the idea was act on a week later. I will definitely classify this as one of the most impromptu trips every. While I have been to KL numerous times and honestly there isn’t anything special with the place! The company I had was definitely one of the best ever or rather a prize! One of my best trip ever to date and the memorable time spent together! While it is mostly a chill lax and enjoying the company while feasting over awesome food, surprisingly we also did a little sightseeing which I have to say seems like a first for me in KL! I have been to KL numerous time, most of them in the past when I was younger, I guess the last trip was more than 7 or 8 years ago! It is still a first that I did some form of Sightseeing! We went to the Batu Caves as well as the Federal Mosque! Highlight Alert! While I did tons of churches and cathedrals, a mosque got to be a first for me as well! Basically acting as a memoir, I will be sharing about the sightseeing part of the trip and then the more interesting food part!

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The Bucket List: Dunborrodale B&B Portree

Let me just say that Isle of Skye is really super far away and remote. Almost to the northern edge of continental UK as well as Scotland. We constantly ask ourselves if we are there already and yet at the same time, the views keep getting better and more gorgeous accompanying us on this long journey. I will definitely share about my stay in Isle of Skye later on. But now I would just like to share on this equally pretty bed and breakfast that I stay in! The Isle of Skye is the highlight of this trip, the peak travel season is in summer, same goes for the accommodations. I actually book this place half a year in advance. Most of the accommodations here are self service such as cottages and houses from Airbnb or independent website. There are too many choices to choose from. From some that is smack in the middle of a mountain where you have the whole hill as your backyard or a herd of sheeps being your alarm clock. You have a choice. Popular areas includes Carboost, Claigan. I decided to stay in Portree, the largest town in Isle of Skye. Do note that Skye is a very seasonal place. Summer expect to pay more than double for accomodation and crowd can be double as well. Be prepared to book accomodations way ahead. More than half of the places were fully booked when book this places 6 months ahead. While in winter it is easy and cheap.

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