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my late posting 0

Posted on June 26, 2008 by dorisch

Oh dear, I didn’t even know that my last post was more than a week ago! Blame it on my work load and the upcoming programs in July and August, plus the political and economic stability at this moment. I need to work harder so that we can have a stress-free and enjoyable year end vacation in November.

Though we are still set to visit Tokyo and possibly Sapporo, I still can’t get my mind off the beaches and familiar places in down under. I really miss Australia 🙁 Perhaps I should check out my life insurance rates to find out if there is any premium added for my account. Australia or Japan – I guess it doesn’t matter – as long as I get to go out and breathe some ‘fresh’ air. I know Tokyo’s air probably won’t be that fresh but a trip to hot springs destination, Hakone should put that into perspective.

san diego zoo in summer 0

Posted on June 18, 2008 by dorisch

With most family traveling this summer, my cousin is planning to head down to San Diego since he’s also passing that way to explore a franchise business.

I heard that the San Diego Zoo, located in San Diego California is one of the best zoo’s in the United States. It is a must for all visitors to include the San Diego zoo into the itinerary – I wished I knew that earlier eight years ago when we were there!

The zoo is said to house nearly 4,000 animals. Also in the zoo, are the infamous pandas, one of the main reasons as to why the zoo is so popular. Among the many animals you’ll will also expect to see giraffes, tigers, and basically any other animal that you can think of. The animals themselves have plenty of room to run and play, giving you all the space you need to view them in their active environment and best of all – while they are at their best.

Anytime you plan to visit San Diego this summer, you should make sure you visit the zoo. Kids simply adore the animals here, while parents find them adorable. Even if you have never been to a zoo before, the San Diego Zoo can more than change your outlook.

travel gadgets store 0

Posted on June 14, 2008 by dorisch

I like walking into a travel gadgets store. No matter how many times I visit a travel gadgets store, I am bound to discover something creative and unique. It’s amazing how people can think of all the cool gadgets for travelers. Whether you are looking for a lightweight case for your notebook computer or a handy sleeping bag for your camping needs, a good travel gadgets store will offer lots of choices and ideas.

Couple of years ago, I bought some disposable toilet seat covers and disposable plastic tablemats when we were traveling with our baby. Being our first trip with a baby, we needed to be equip with compact, lightweight and portable stuff for the family vacation. In another month or so, I would be dropping by the travel gadgets store again before heading for our tokyo trip. This time, I’m thinking of getting a water bottle with a built-in filter 🙂

a night in putrajaya shangri-la-hotel 0

Posted on June 11, 2008 by dorisch

I love staying in hotels especially boutique and luxury ones with superb views and top class environment settings. Recently, I have the chance to stay in Putrajaya Shangri-la hotel in Malaysia and this is one of the luxury boutique ones in the innovative garden city area.

Situated at the top of the hill, its hotel is set on a nice surroundings with beautiful garden decor, lots of greenery, a cosy fountain at the entrance and it is like a park inside a hotel. The decor, service and little touches evoke peace, relaxation, comforts and luxury for this 5 star property. While I couldn’t afford the suites, there are three room options to choose from – hillview, parkview and fountain court view. I chose the fountain court room that opened up to the elegant hotel courtyard complete with pond and fountain. It was nice. The deluxe Park View rooms offer wonderful views of the nearby Putrajaya lake and botanic gardens while the deluxe Hill View rooms looks out across the hotel’s lush landscaped terraces.

how about tasmania, australia? 0

Posted on June 07, 2008 by dorisch

When it comes to Australia travel, many people tend to choose cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Perth. You don’t find many people talking about a trip to Tasmania or Adelaide especially if they are making their first trip to Australia.

For me, every Aussie city has a character and beauty of its own. I like all the cities for its uniqueness and special sights – each state promises a different experience, there is something for every sort of traveler. That is Australia. Many years ago, I was in Tasmania with some close girl friends and we love this laid back, quiet and hilly state. It is tucked at the farthest south in the Australasia but the mountains and scenery is beyond comprehension. Salamanca, Hobart has to be my favourite hang out on Saturdays and you can find all sorts of handmade artisan products and fresh produce in Salamanca market from ostrich eggs to ostrich feathers to fruit leathers, jewelry, furniture and fresh fruits and veggies. So if you are planning to travel to Hobart, make sure you make time to visit the Salamanca market for a worthwhile stop.

missing the fun of family and group vacation 0

Posted on June 01, 2008 by dorisch

Some of my close friends had just returned from their group vacation from Club Med Phuket few days ago. We were completely envious! If only we are not this busy, we would join all four families for this fun-filled vacation. Not only did they manage to get cheap flights to Phuket, they grabbed a good package during a travel fair. With 10 kids and 4 couples, it is hard not to have fun, is it? I only wish we can be part of the fun and that our little 4 year old can ‘party’ with the rest of the kiddos. Well, I can only look forward to another mega family cum group vacation next year. Hopefully, we won’t be that busy during those travel promotions!

old hotel accommodation can cause problems to allergy sufferers 0

Posted on June 01, 2008 by dorisch

Since I have a sensitive nose to dust and dust mites, I’m particularly careful when sleeping in any accommodation that is old when I travel. Somehow, old bed and breakfasts, hotels and motels tend to have mildew problems and that can be a hassle for allergy sufferers. This is the time where I wish that I could shop for portable Ebac dehumidifiers so that I don’t have to worry about my nose sensitivities. Otherwise, I will make sure that the hotel accommodation isn’t one that is too old and that it is a non-smoking room. For any worse scenarios, I may even get a portable air purifier when I’m traveling!



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