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Top 6 Hotels from 2014 Travels!

In 2014, we travelled to USA, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia and this list features the top 5 hotels from our travels in 2014!


Top 6 Hotels 2014

 Art Jamming @ Quincy Hotel Singapore
6. Art Jamming @ Quincy Hotel Singapore
 Swimming Pool @ Palace Hotel San Francisco
5. Swimming Pool @ Palace Hotel San Francisco
HI Spa Experience @ Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
4. CHI Spa Experience @ Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang
Spa Pools @ Miaoli Maison De Chine
3. Spa Pools @ Miaoli Maison De Chine
Marina Bay Views @ Pan Pacific Singapore
2. Marina Bay Views @ Pan Pacific Singapore
Infinity Pool @ Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya
1. Infinity Pool @ Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya

6. Quincy Hotel Singapore – An All-Inclusive Stay

Quincy Hotel Singapore is one of the first hotels in Singapore that offers an all-inclusive stay. What do we mean by that? If you’re staying at Quincy on the weekends, you’ll be able to participate in Art Jamming Sessions, Cupcake Baking Sessions and enjoy all-day dining at the hotel’s in-house lobby restaurant.

Feeling active? There’s also an infinity pool and gym (complete with steam bath and sauna) at level 12!

5. Palace Hotel San Francisco USA – History Class and Luxury

Palace Hotel San Francisco was established in 1875 and refurbished 1991, restoring its glory days of 1909. What we love about Palace Hotel is its rich history and deep connections to the development of San Francisco. Much akin to how Raffles Hotel saw the growth of Singapore.

In addition, the hotel’s bar – Pied Piper Bar & Grill is also named among the 7 finest bars in the world. Historically, it has also seen many a deals closed at this elegant and classy bar!

4. Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang – Relax & Rejuvenate

Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa Penang is the top ranked hotel in the Batu Ferringhi area. Besides being a 5-star hotel that prides itself in providing a luxurious and exclusive experience for its guests, it also has a huge premise (12 hectares of lush greenery); so much so that guests won’t even know that its at full occupancy!

In addition, the award winning CHI Spa will also leave you fully relaxed and rejuvenated when you return home!

3. Miaoli Maison De Chine Taiwan – Health Centre with Spa Facilities

Miaoli Maison De Chine has recently completed its renovation and has added a new health centre in the basement of the hotel. Unbelievably, there’s a huge swimming pool, gym that overlooks the pool and not 1, not 2 but 3 spa pools (in addition to the steam bath and sauna) at its health centre.

Spa pools also come with shower and water jets that offers water therapy. They even come at 3 different temperatures (2 hot and 1 cold temperatures) to cater to needs of different guests!

2. Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore – Views of the Marina Bay

Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore is one of the top hotels in Singapore. Not only does it offer excellent facilities at its hotel (including St. Gregory Spa, Pacific Club – possibly the highest hotel club in Singapore and excellent dining options @ Hai Tien Lo, Rang Mahal, Edge Restaurant and Pacific Marketplace), it also offers one of the best views overlooking the Marina Bay area.

This also means close proximity to attractions at the Marina Bay including the Esplanade, Gardens by the Bay, Helix Bridge, the Singapore Flyer and shopping options at Marina Square Shopping Mall.

1. Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya – One of the World’s Top Hotel Swimming Pool

Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya really surprised us in several aspects. There are 4 different hotels in its premise that caters to couples, family, business and luxury travellers. Yes, the premise is huge and spans 26 hectares (approximately 64 hectares)!

But what really impressed us was its infinity pool! Not only can you enjoy sunsets over the Gulf of Thailand, there are also many jacuzzi spots around the pool. These jacuzzi spots allow you to lie down as the water jets gently massages you. Lastly, as night descends, the pool is transformed with neon-coloured lightings all around the pool; a view to behold.

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Top Hotels 2014

Top Hotels 2014

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Top 20 Travel Experiences 2014!

Again, we initially wanted share our top 10 travel experiences of 2014. But as we read through our posts, we realised that there’s so much more to share and decided to extend this list to the Top 20 Travel Experiences of 2014! Without dwelling too much into the details, we’ll let the pictures (and sometimes videos) do the talking!

20. Driving across Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco


Driving through Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco!

We finally got to visit the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! Not only so, we drove across it while listening to the local radio. What an unforgettable experience!

19. Watching an Ice Hockey Match – LIVE!

 The Kiss-Cam
The Kiss-Cam

We caught the Portland Winterhawks (an ice hockey team based in Portland Oregon) play during the new year’s eve of 2013. In fact, there were so many first experience during this match

– It was our first time watching ice hockey LIVE!
– We bought a raffle ticket that gave us a chance to win some cash and support a local charity.
– We ate at Burgerville (for the first time) and used a touch screen drinks dispenser that dispensed cool drinks (that you could mix yourself) such as coke lime and vanilla root beer!
– Witnessing the Kiss-Cam for the first time after watching it so many times on NBA matches (on TV of course)
– Experiencing why Americans and Canadians love their ice hockey so much

18. Doing the scenic Oregon coastal drive

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Wild sea lions!

During this scenic Oregon coastal drive, we enjoyed the spectacular ocean views and even saw wild sea lions in their natural habitat. Kate also caught a glimpse of the migrating whales as it was the migrating season as well!

17. Conquering the steep slopes of San Francisco

 Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope - Haight Park San Francisco
Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope – Haight Park San Francisco

Although we knew that San Francisco was built atop a series of hills, we finally experienced how steep it really is when we drove through it! At one point, while ascending a slope, it was so steep that we felt the bonnet of the car almost lifting up! Also, we saw Lombard Street which is touted as the crookedest street in San Francisco.

16. Hearing the Sea Lions call out – First thing in the morning!

 Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco

Although we knew we were staying near Fisherman’s Wharf while we were in San Francisco, we did not know that we were also able to hear the sea lions so clearly – first thing in the morning! You can probably imagine how annoyed the local residents must be!

15. Enjoying Crabpot Sea Feast in Seattle

 The novelty of eating seafood ONLY with your bare hands at Crab Pot Seattle
The novelty of eating seafood ONLY with your bare hands at Crab Pot Seattle

It is one thing to arrive at MVF’s (Man vs Food) recommended restaurant. But it is really quite another to be at Crabpot Sea Feast in Seattle, the place where seafood feasts originated. We heartily tucked into our sea feast armed with a small wooden mallet and our bare hands! An awesome experience this! Don’t forget your bib as things can get really messy!

14. Visiting (and recognising) the World’s FIRST Starbucks Coffee in Seattle

 Small Starbucks Seattle with a
Small Starbucks with a “1912” at its entrance

You may know that the World’s First Starbucks Coffee is located in Seattle near Pike Place Market. But did you know that there are 2 Starbucks Coffee near Pike Place Market? Look for the smaller, humbler looking one; Or you can simply refer to our picture above :)

13. Seattle Underground Tour – Find out the secret of Seattle City

 Sky light above
Sky light seen during Seattle Underground Tour

On the first impression, you would think that this underground tunnels were dug out by Seattle pioneers for a particular reason right? WRONG! Following the Seattle Underground Tour, you’ll find out the secret to how these tunnels came about. In fact, Seattle is really built upon itself…read our post to find out more! This really really surprised us!

12. Sinking our teeth into the juiciest dumpling @ Yang’s Fried Dumpling Shanghai

 Yang's Fried Dumpling 小杨生煎 4 for 6RMB
Yang’s Fried Dumpling 小杨生煎 4 for 6RMB

You have not understood the meaning of JUICY DUMPLINGS until you’ve tried Yang’s Fried Dumpling in Shanghai. Confirm plus chop, the juiciest dumpling we’ve ever eaten! Be careful of the splattering juices on every bite!

11. Discovering the secrets in Yu Garden Shanghai

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蝙蝠鹿豫园 – Mosaic at exits of Yu Garden

There are many little secrets waiting to be uncovered in Yu Garden Shanghai. For instance, did you know that this mosaic, located at the exits in Yu Garden, actually represents safety (for people passing it), blessings and wealth? Not that we believe it, but it’s really interesting to know that so much thought have been placed into the design in and around Yu Garden Shanghai.

10. Best Infinity Pool @ Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya

 Best swimming pool EVER at Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya!
Best swimming pool EVER at Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya!

We really LOOOOOOOOOOOVE the infinity pool at Royal Cliff Hotel Pattaya because

– It has jacuzzi jets all around the pool. Some allowing you to sleep on it even…
– Awesome sunset views over the Gulf of Thailand!
– Pool magically transforms with neon lights at night

9. Watching artists at work in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam


Artists drawing in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is a great place for shoppers! *winks at Singaporeans* Not only are the bags, shoes and cold wear cheap, really good art work is very affordable as well. From the video, you can see how much effort the local artists put into making each and every piece of art on sale. We bought a piece at USD$50 and frame for USD$15.

Good stuff!

8. Dining atop Taipei 101

Set B Dish 3 Taiwanese Styled Giant Braised Grouper Taipei 101 Ding Xian Restaurant
Dining at Ding Xian Restaurant atop Taipei 101

To celebrate our wedding anniversary, Kate and I enjoyed lunch at the top of Taipei 101. Not only was the food delish, views were spectacular as well! A really surreal and enjoyable feeling. Most importantly, to be able to dine with your loved one on your special day…

7. Sweetest and tastiest PEACH ever @ Taoyuan Taiwan!

Must try peach at Xiao Wu Lai for NT80 or NT600 for a box of 12
Sweet, tasty and beautiful peach in Taoyuan

After tasting the peaches in Taoyuan, we finally realised why its name is TAO (peach) YUAN (garden). They were so out-of-this-world, TASTY AND SWEET! A must-try in Taoyuan!

6. Glass blowing at Kuo Tai Glass Park Zhunan

Glass Blowing at Kuo Tai Glass Park
Glass blowing at Kuo Tai Glass Park

At Kuo Tai Glass Park in Zhunan, you’ll be able to blow your own glass ware. Something which we did and found to be really fun as well. With master glass blowers on hand, kids are also able to create their own glass wares in a fun and safe manner.

5. One of the best ice creams we’ve ever had at Miyahara Taichung

Miyahara Ice Cream Toppings
Ice cream toppings at Miyahara Ice Cream

If you take a look closely at our ice cream from Miyahara Taichung, we actually had a cheesecake, a pineapple tart and a floral cake (in addition to rum and raisin) as toppings for our ice cream! Ordering an ice cream that allowed us to also taste famous local pastries? Fantastic!

4. Wondering around Taiwan’s most famous night market – Feng Jia Night Market!

 Feng Jia Night Market 大腸包小腸 - Red Stall
Feng Jia Night Market 大腸包小腸 – Red Stall

Finally being able to visit Feng Jia Night Market was an unforgettable experience. It is indeed the night market of night markets in Taiwan. Although it has been superceded as the largest night market in Taiwan (the largest being Jin Zuan Night Market launched in 2013), it is still undeniably the most famous with SOOOOOOO MANY amazing things to eat! Our favourites include 大腸包小腸 (big sausage wrap small sausage) as well as the cheap fresh juices here!

3. Qool Weekend Staycation @ Quincy Hotel Singapore

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Art Jamming @ Quincy Hotel

It was a new experience for us to enjoy an all-inclusive hotel stay at Quincy. This experience included

– Art Jamming Sessions (see above)
– Cupcake Baking
– All Day Dining
– Daily Cocktail

What’s more, because of its location, you’re just minutes walk away from Singapore’s premier shopping belt – Orchard Road. All in all, it was a wonderful experience to just chill and enjoy a relaxing staycation in Singapore.

2. Watching National Day Parade Preview LIVE from Pan Pacific Singapore’s Harbour Studio Room

 Fireworks as seen from our room from Pan Pacific Singapore
Fireworks as seen from our room from Pan Pacific Singapore

Thanks to the great folks from Pan Pacific Singapore, we were able to enjoy the National Day Parade preview from the comfort of our Harbour Studio Room. We were also able to hear our favourite local songs and sing along at the same time. But most of all, we enjoyed the amazing fireworks lighting up the Singapore skyline right in front of our eyes!

1. Sailing aboard the Mariner of the Seas by Royal Caribbean Cruise

 Pool Deck with Romero Britto's Surfer Boy Sculpture aboard Mariner of the Seas
Pool Deck with Romero Britto’s Surfer Boy Sculpture aboard Mariner of the Seas

Mariner of the Seas is one of the biggest cruise ship to visit Singapore and we took the opportunity to embark on its 8D7N cruise to Thailand and Vietnam. The mere act of discovering every inch of the ship was already an experience itself. The list of things to do aboard the Mariner of the Seas just goes on and on. One of the highlights has got to be the Dream Works characters at the “Move It Move It” parade. Po’s awesome dance moves is still the first video on our Youtube Channel! Other firsts for us, include reaching the top of the rock climbing wall and ice skating at sea!

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Top 20 Travel Experiences 2014

Top 20 Travel Experiences 2014

We hope you have enjoyed coverage of the Top 20 travel experiences of 2014. If you have had some amazing travel experiences in 2014 as well, do share it in our comments section below!

Happy 2015 Everyone!

Tom & Kate,
2bearbear.com

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Universal Studios Singapore : Snowy Christmas Celebration!

Universal Studios Singapore presents Singapore’s Biggest Snowy Christmas Celebration from 1st December 2014 to 4th January 2015! You can choose from either the

1. Universal Studios Singapore One-Day Pass @ $84
Valid for visit from 1 Dec 2014 to 4 Jan 2015 with extended hours from 10am to 9pm and 31 Dec from 10am till 1am. Inclusive of a Christmas set meal voucher.

OR

2. Christmas Event Ticket @ $50
Valid for visit from 1 Dec 2014 to 4 Jan 2015, 5pm to 9pm.


What to expect at Universal Studios Singapore Snowy Christmas Celebration

Christmas Fireworks Spectacular @ 9pm

 Fireworks at Universal Studios Singapore
Fireworks at Universal Studios Singapore
 Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Fireworks Spectacular
Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Fireworks Spectacular
Fireworks Universal Studios Singapore
Art Jamming by the Pool
Fireworks Universal Studios Singapore Snowy Christmas Celebration
Fireworks Universal Studios Singapore Snowy Christmas Celebration
Universal Studios Singapore Snowy Christmas Celebration Fireworks
Universal Studios Singapore Snowy Christmas Celebration Fireworks
Spectacular Fireworks at Universal Studios Singapore
Spectacular Fireworks at Universal Studios Singapore

Let it Snow! / Santa Meet & Greet / Winter Tales

Snowing @ Hollywood
Snowing @ Hollywood
Snowfall Universal Studios Singapore
Snowfall Universal Studios Singapore
Winter Tales Universal Studios Singapore
Winter Tales Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore Santa Meet and Greet
Universal Studios Singapore Santa Meet and Greet
Sesame Street Saves Christmas Show Times Universal Studios Singapore
Sesame Street Saves Christmas Show Times
Photo Opportunities with DreamWorks Characters
Photo Opportunities with DreamWorks Characters


Zones Open during Snowy Christmas at Santa’s Land @ Universal Studios Singapore

You’ll be happy to find out that all 7 zones of Hollywood, New York, Sci-Fi City, Ancient Egypt, Lost World, Far Far Away and Madagascar are open during the Christmas Celebrations at Universal Studios Singapore. This means that you’d also be able to enjoy your favourite rides such as Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and Revenge of the Mummy throughout the day until 9pm at night! Unfortunately, Battlestar Galactica will only re-open some time in early 2015…

Transformers the Ride @ Universal Studios Singapore
Transformers the Ride @ Universal Studios Singapore
Universal Studios Singapore - Revenge of the Mummy
Universal Studios Singapore – Revenge of the Mummy
Jurassic Park Universal Studios Singapore USS
Jurassic Park Universal Studios Singapore USS
Madagascar @ Universal Studios Singapore
Madagascar @ Universal Studios Singapore
Water World Universal Studios Singapore
Water World Universal Studios Singapore
Far Far Away Universal Studios Singapore
Far Far Away Universal Studios Singapore

Waterworld Show

The most spectacular “live” show at Universal Studios Singapore is Waterworld. Be prepared for excitement, explosions, death-defying stunts and loads of splashing good times (if you’re sitting in the first 6 rows)!

Set of Waterworld in Universal Studios Singapore
Set of Waterworld in Universal Studios Singapore
Water World - Arrival of the
Water World Universal Studios Singapore
High Speed Chase Scenes
High Speed Chase Scenes

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Snowy Christmas @ Universal Studios Singapore

Snowy Christmas @ Universal Studios Singapore

All in all, it was an enjoyable experience at Singapore’s Biggest Snowy Christmas Celebration @ Universal Studios Singapore. However, time really passed during the 5pm to 9pm period. Hence, we’d recommend getting the day pass to get the most of your visit to Universal Studios Singapore!

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A Letter to Jen (Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Staycation)…

Dear Jen,

Thank you for hosting us at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, one of the many hotels that you own all over the world. We thoroughly enjoyed the staycation at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway and we’re so glad that we got to experience, first hand, your hospitality over the weekend :)

 Entrance of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Entrance of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway


What we enjoyed about Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

1. Relaxing in the comfort of your room

 Superior Room Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Superior Room Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

What we really love about your room is not only the view of the city (including Marina Bay Sands) but really the comfort within. Why didn’t you tell us that you had such a comfortable bed and a fantastic choice of channels on TV? We actually spent hours just lazing in bed, catching up on movies and watching “live” soccer…ah…

2. Great service from your staff

 Kate and staff in Club Lounge
Kate and staff in Club Lounge

Jen Jen Jen, you have kept your “secret weapon” unknown to us haven’t you? We experienced great service all around the hotel! Upon arrival, we were promptly whisked away to our room by Kate (see picture above) and we were checked-in AT OUR ROOM! There were also all-round smiles everywhere we went. Wait ah…let me show you this picture…

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Friendly Baywatch@Jen Lifeguards and Bartenders at Rooftop Pool

3. Breathtaking views from Rooftop Pool

 Rooftop Pool of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Rooftop Pool of Hotel Jen Orchardgateway


Video of pool deck at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

 2bearbear enjoying Sangria at Rooftop Pool Hotel Jen
2bearbear enjoying Sangria at Rooftop Pool Hotel Jen

When you showed us the pictures taken from your rooftop pool at Hotel Jen, we thought you had them photoshopped. Never did we realise that the views were really so awesome! Coupled with tropical drinks such as Sangria and Mojito, holidays had just begun!

4. Cute little surprise

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Received your note and fruits!

Thanks for the cute little surprise arranged for us while Kate and I were soaking up the sun at the rooftop pool. We enjoyed the fruits before heading back up for chilling hours at the Club Lounge. Love your handwriting by the way ;)

5. Chilling hours at your Club Lounge

 Club Lounge Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Club Lounge Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

 Selection of food during cocktail hours at Club Lounge
Selection of food during cocktail hours at Club Lounge (Chilling hours from 5:30 to 7pm)

 Gourmet Biscuits (aka Brewing Hours) from 12pm to 5pm
Gourmet Biscuits (aka Brewing Hours) from 12pm to 5pm

 2bearbear enjoying views from Hotel Jen's Club Lounge
2bearbear enjoying views from Hotel Jen’s Club Lounge

 Wines served during chilling hours
Wines served during chilling hours

 Concocting cocktails at Club Lounge
Concocting cocktails at Club Lounge

See the two ladies seated in the first photo? That is the best seat in the Club Lounge. That was also where we enjoyed chilling hours as well. Views were great and we especially enjoyed the generous servings of sashimi. But we would have loved to try your specialty cocktail Jen1509. Remember to serve it the next time during your chilling hours k?

6. Fresh Seafood Buffet at Makan@Jen

 Makan@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Makan@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

 Seafood Buffet at Makan@Jen
Seafood Buffet at Makan@Jen

 Fresh seafood at Makan@Jen
Fresh seafood at Makan@Jen

 Sushi spread at Hotel Jen
Sushi spread at Hotel Jen

 Pork Knuckles
Pork Knuckles

 Baked Lobster and Crabs
Baked Lobster and Crabs

 Free flow of beer at $15++
Free flow of beer at $15++

 Delectable desserts from the buffet spread
Delectable desserts from the buffet spread

When you told us that you were taking us to a seafood buffet dinner, we thought that it would be an international buffet with some doses of seafood. WE WERE SO WRONG! Your seafood buffet was A SEAFOOD BUFFET with doses of other meats. At every turn, we saw seafood, seafood and more seafood! But what really impressed us was that they were all really fresh. When we peeled the shell off the snow crab, the meat all stayed together (unlike some famous international buffet) and revealed itself as one huge chunky piece! Moreover, the baked lobster? Mmmm….so so so succulent!

Thank you for having us seated right opposite the lobsters as well. We were always the first on scene when the batches of lobsters were served! A secret to be kept between us ;P

7. Pedestrian Night at Orchard Road

 Pedestrian Night at Orchard Road
Pedestrian Night at Orchard Road

 Jack and Rai performing at Pedestrian Night by Singapore Tourism Board for Tourism 50
Jack and Rai performing at Pedestrian Night by Singapore Tourism Board for Tourism 50


Jack and Rai performing “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles

Did we mention that Hotel Jen Orchardgateway has an excellent location? It is right by Orchard Road, Singapore’s premier shopping belt! But the highlight during our staycation was being able to watch Jack and Rai perform “live”! You didn’t arrange this experience just for us did you?

8. Breakfast at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

 Breakfast spread at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Breakfast spread at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

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Nasi Lemak for breakfast!

 Choice of breakfast juices
Choice of breakfast juices

 Beautifully poached eggs
Beautifully poached eggs

We love that you start your breakfast early at 6:30am. Sunrise over breakfast is just magnifique! Do help us thank your awesome chefs for those beautifully poached eggs. Will eggs benedict be on the cards the next time we visit?

9. Free rental of bamboo bicycles

 Free rental of eco-friendly bamboo bikes
Free rental of eco-friendly bamboo bikes

We love this nice little touch of extending free rental of these eco-friend bamboo bicycles for all guests. Using bicycles to navigate around the city is definitely a great touch. We love it especially that there’s no time restrictions. Jen, you’re so smart!

10. Hi-Tea at Lounge@Jen

 Lounge@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Lounge@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

 View of Orchard Road from Lounge@Jen
View of Orchard Road from Lounge@Jen

 Hi-Tea at Lounge@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway
Hi-Tea at Lounge@Jen Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

Chilling at Lounge@Jen is a relaxing experience altogether. Classy yet casual. A perfect place for friends to chillax. You and I both know the secret location where the best views are…shh…let’s meet there some time ok?


How to get to Hotel Jen Orchardgateway

Yes, we remember that Hotel Jen Orchardgateway is located at 277 Orchard Rd, 238858. Thanks for providing us complimentary parking and reminding us to enter the hotel via Somerset Road (not Orchard Road). Of course we parked at level 8 as you have recommended because that lift has only 3 buttons – Level 1, 8 and 10.

We wanted to just take the MRT as well because it is just as convenient by alighting at Somerset MRT. Just a short walk from 313 Somerset.

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Jen,

Thanks for an awesome staycation at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway! So great to have a friend like you!

Be our BFF k?

XOXO!!

Tom and Kate,
2bearbear.com

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Harris Hotel Batam Center : By 2bearbear’s Youngest Reviewer!

Harris Hotel Batam Center was visited by one young aspiring blogger – Ken. Known simply as Ken, he is only 8 years old this year. Ken stayed for 2 nights at Harris Hotel Batam Center and here is his version of the review…

 Room and Facade of Harris Hotel Batam Center
Room and Facade of Harris Hotel Batam Center
 Swimming Pool of Harris Hotel Batam
Swimming Pool of Harris Hotel Batam


Getting to Harris Hotel Batam Center

From Singapore Cruise Centre, Singapore to Batam Centre Ferry Terminal, Batam Island. (When we exited the ferry terminal, they always ask us for taxi). 5 to 10 minutes walk to Harris Hotel Batam Centre.

Things to note

1. Check in is at 2:00pm Batam time GMT +7. Check out time is at 12pm GMT +7.
2. The hotel staff is very friendly and they also have a welcome drink! It tastes like lemongrass.
3. Getting to the Ferry Terminal and the Megamall opposite is very difficult.

Used Batam Fast Operator. Got seasick on the way :(


About Harris Hotel Batam Center

(Hotel Room Service Number is 0). Hotel room very clean. Swimming pool at hotel has sea view, 1.15m tall (Note from Tom : I think he’s referring to the depth of the pool).


What I enjoyed in Batam

Megamall has A&W, J.Co and other shops.

1. Did foot reflexology at Johnny Andrean for 42,000Rupiah ($4.50 SGD) per person. Hair wash and blow dry for 45,000Rupiah per person at UG floor. (Note from Tom : Foot Reflexology at 8 years old?! He really knows how to enjoy this Ken)

2. Lunch at Black Canyon Coffee Cafe. Cookies ‘n’ cream frappe costs 33,000Rupiah at Ground Floor.

3. Next it’s time to play at Time Zone! 1 card costs 100,000Rupiah ($10.70 SGD) with stored value of 175,000Rupiah. The best game was the car racing game. I played it for 7-9 times!!! But beware, there is a gambling game called Deal or No Deal!!! At 1st floor…

4. Movies at Cinema XXI are priced at 25,000Rupiah ($2.70 SGD) for Mon to Thur and 30,000Rupiah ($3.20 SGD) for Fri to Sun. Caught 2 movies in 3 days. Big Hero 6 and Penguins of Madagascar, 2 of the latest movies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Note from Tom : This was the actual number of exclamation marks used by Ken – All 19 of them. No kidding!). After movies, I finished the remaining Rupiah in the game card :(

5. Bought back 2 dozens of J.Co Doughnut for 115,000Rupiah. Yummilicious!

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Kranji War Memorial and Kranji War Cemetery : Remembrance Service on 9 November 2014

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Your Guide to Things to do in Yangon Myanmar!

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Parkland Green : What’s new at East Coast Park?

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Top 5 Things to do and Attractions in Vancouver Washington USA!

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Top 11 Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco USA

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