2bearbear Travel Club Newsletter 3/17: Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Can you believe it? 2017 is about to come to an end and we will begin 2018 really really soon! There are so many things that we are thankful for in 2017 as we ventured the world this year. Firstly, to the Lord who has continued to watch over our safe travels and blessed us with opportunities to visit His wonders all over the world! Secondly, to our readers (yes you!) who have continued to support us through the years (we’re 7 next year!). It’s your support and increased readership to 2bearbear that has spurred us to deliver travel content from a Singaporean perspective over the last 7 years! Last but not least, to our partners and sponsors. Thank you for believing in us and our ability to bring your offerings to our readers in Singapore, ASEAN and the world. We still fondly remember how Raffles Hotel gave us our first big break to a relatively unknown website back in 2013 and how we’ve grown over the years to work with over 100 partners worldwide including Expedia, Shangri-la, Hard Rock as well as Tourism Boards as near as Malaysia and as far as San Francisco.

We’re thankful.

In this last Newsletter of 2017, we’ll recap our travels in the last couple of months and remind us all about the true meaning of Christmas, even as we go about our Christmas carols, shopping and gatherings…

List of Things to do Around the World

In the last quarter, we’ve curated a list of Things to do in…

Memphis

Graceland - The home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll
Graceland – The home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n Roll

Things to do in Memphis

Mix of Dry Rub Ribs and "Wet" Ribs at Central BBQ Memphis
Mix of Dry Rub Ribs and “Wet” Ribs at Central BBQ Memphis

Where to eat in Memphis

Cuba

Entrance of Los Nardos opposite Capitol Building Havana
Entrance of Los Nardos opposite Capitol Building Havana

Top 5 Things to do in Havana Cuba

Selangor

Top Things to do and Attractions in Selangor

Spain – Madrid & Barcelona

Our trip to Spain also yielded amazing experiences to the Bernabeu Stadium and Nou Camp – home to Spanish football giants Real Madrid FC and FC Barcelona. Thanks to Kate for arranging this trip as it was a childhood dream come true…

2bearbear @ Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Home of Real Madrid FC
2bearbear @ Santiago Bernabeu Stadium Home of Real Madrid FC

The Cheapest (and Fastest) Way to See Bernabeu Stadium Madrid!

2bearbear @ Camp Nou FC Barcelona
2bearbear @ Camp Nou FC Barcelona

Visiting Camp Nou – Home of FC Barcelona!

We also got to visit one of the most iconic structures in Barcelona – La Pedrera, created by the architectural genius of Barcelona – Antoni Gaudi…

Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera Barcelona
Roof Top Terrace of La Pedrera Barcelona

Casa Mila aka La Pedrera: Antoni Gaudi’s most ambitious architecture in Barcelona

Top Things to do in Madrid

Japan

We also found Glocalme’s Portable Wifi Device to be an useful addition during our travels in Japan…

Glocalme Wifi Connections in Mount Fuji area
Glocalme Wifi Connections in Mount Fuji area

Why You Should Use Glocalme Portable Wifi Device on Your Travels…

Closer to home, thanks to our partners and friends at Malaysia Tourism Board and the Amari Hotel Group, we got the opportunity to visit the newly opened Amari Johor Bahru

Malaysia – Johor Bahru

Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite
Amari Johor Bahru Junior Suite[/caption
Amari Johor Bahru Hotel: The Most Comprehensive Review Yet!

You can also find out what we did during our staycation at Amari Johor Bahru here

Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel Hoegaarden Rosee Radler Beers at Executive Lounge JB Amari Hotel

Kam Long Curry Fish Head Johor Bahru
Kam Long Curry Fish Head Johor Bahru

Singapore

Back home, we revisited Big Mama Restaurant @ Kim Tian Road – still as good as always; Discovered a new all-you-can-drink watering hole at Panorama’s Free Flow Fridays as well as savoured delicacies at the new opened Food Exchange @ Novotel Singapore on Stevens!

Big Mama Kim Tian Road Tiong Bahru's Spicy Pork Belly
Big Mama Kim Tian Road Tiong Bahru’s Spicy Pork Belly
Panorama Free Flow Fridays Buffet Spread with Prosecco
Panorama Free Flow Fridays Buffet Spread with Prosecco
Food Exchange Seafood Counter Novotel Singapore on Stevens
Food Exchange Seafood Counter Novotel Singapore on Stevens

We also attended a Christmas and New Year’s Dinner Menu Food Tasting @ Amara Singapore with fellow Singapore Food Bloggers and Singapore Lifestyle Magazines…

Cempedak Creme Brulee Amara Singapore's Signature Dessert
Cempedak Creme Brulee Amara Singapore’s Signature Dessert

And ended our coverage in 2017 at the newly opened Novotel Singapore on Stevens – which is set to become a great staycation destination in Singapore, find out why…

View from Infinity Pool of Novotel Singapore on Stevens
View from Infinity Pool of Novotel Singapore on Stevens

As 2017 draws to a close, we decided to remind ourselves of how blessed we are to be living in Singapore. This we did by starting a Singapore Travel Series – Ang Mo Kio Heartlands

Kebun Baru Bird Corner Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West
Kebun Baru Bird Corner Ang Mo Kio Town Garden West

Oh, don’t forget to make full use of your public holidays to enjoy 5 additional long weekends in 2018! Find out more in our post to travel more in 2018!

It’s Christmas Time!

As we unwind and gather with friends and family this festive season, we at 2bearbear.com wish you and your loved ones,

Peace
Joy
Blessings aplenty!

May the true meaning of Christmas rings true and may 2018 be a blessed year for your and your family! Until we see you again in 2018…

Happy and Safe Travels Everyone!

Tom & Kate,
2bearbear.com

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