Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hotel Review: South East Asia Hotel Singapore

South East Asia Hotel is one of the oldest hotel in Singapore, established in 1953. It has been a choice of many because it's budget friendly, more spacious room (compared to others), comes with a free breakfast, very accessible by bus or MRT and also to shopping areas like Bugis Junction, Sim Lim Square and many more.



» Location «

The hotel is located in 190 Waterloo Street beside Kuan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. 


» Booking Procedure «

We can't find the hotel booking either in Agoda or Booking.com so we proceeded to the hotel's website: http://www.seahotel.com.sg/ and filled-up the reservation form using this link: http://www.seahotel.com.sg/Reservation/Reservation.aspx

My cousin did all the booking procedures and email exchanges with them. We reserved for 3 nights there and payed for our first night. Here are the prices but it may vary based on hotel policies:


Standard room:             SGD$ 100.00

Superior room:              SGD$ 120.00
Triple room:                  SGD$ 130.00
Family room (4 adults):  SGD$ 160.00 

All rates are inclusive of government taxes. How cheap, right? Considering the high-cost of living in Singapore.

» Arrival «

We arrived at night time and the rooms were ready when we got there. We paid for our remaining balances and slept on our respective rooms.

» Facilities «

Don't expect everything from this hotel because it's a budget hotel.

» Rooms «

Here's the view of our room when we arrived. The room is a bit dark but we didn't mind because we just need a good bed to rest and a safe place to spend our nights.



Here's the view of our room after we went back to the hotel (the 2nd day). They offer daily housekeeping, which is great.



» Restaurant Area «

The restaurant area for the breakfast section is a bit small but we didn't bother it at all. 






» Daily Breakfast «

Just choose between Vegetarian Buffet or Continental Breakfast. I chose the Continental Breakfast.





» My TripAdvisor Review «


» Info «

Hotel Classification:      3-star hotel
Address:                        190 Waterloo Street Singapore 187965
Check-in from:              2:00 PM

Check-out until:            12:00 PM
TripAdvisor Rating:        #259 of 319 hotels in Singapore by Traveller's Rank

» Overall «

It's a great stay if you're a budget traveller. But if you're in Singapore for a luxurious stay, this hotel is not for you.


How about? Have you been to Singapore? Where did you stay?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

3 Useful Apps that I Used When I Travelled to Singapore

Last January 20 - 23, my family along with my relatives went to Singapore for a 4-day trip to celebrate my aunt's 60th birthday. I have been to Singapore three years ago with them also (except for my Mom and my sister) and the place is still familiar to me. At that time, I just relied our travel to my cousins because I was a first-timer and recently turned 21 at that time (such a baby). This time my Mom and my sister trusted and relied to me because my sister and I managed to travel alone to South Korea (without our parents). Thank you! :) 

Moving forward, I want to share the apps that I used to survive on our 4-day SG trip.


Explore Singapore MRT (left), Google Maps (center), Uber (right)

1. Explore Singapore MRT map - The app was developed by Explore Metro and was recommended by Lonely Planet and CNN. The app has a street maps of every station and a route planner to check what stations to take and how many stations to get there.

What I love from the app is you can check if even in offline mode, which means without internet connection. How cool, right? Internet connection in SG is a bit pricey though. I have saved a few bucks without getting lost. :)

Got this screenshots from App Store:


You can download the app in App Store and Google Play.

2. Google Maps - The app was developed by Google Inc. I guess everyone is familiar with this app so I won't elaborate it more. If the app mentioned above helps to find the MRT routes, this app helps me to check the whole place (around the area stores, hotels, landmarks, etc.). It is very useful. :)

You can download the app in App Store and Google Play.

3. Uber - The app was developed by Uber Technologies, Inc. There's no need to wait for a taxi because with Uber, you can book a ride hassle-free.

Note: Uber in SG is a bit pricey compared in Manila but it's safe.

You can download the app in App Store and Google Play.
  

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I'm just sharing my experience with the apps.

How about you? Did you use any apps when you travelled here? Share your experience.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Experience Authentic Japanese Cuisine at Little Tokyo, Makati City


If you want to experience authentic Japanese cuisine but can't afford to go to Japan, Little Tokyo in Makati is a good choice. Note: The restaurants are owned by Japanese owners.




Little Tokyo is a compound located in Pasong Tamo, Makati City. I attached a guided map in case you want to go there.




From Alabang Town Center, ride a P2P bus and get off at Greenbelt. Little Tokyo is just a walking distance from there. :)


Rule of the thumb from my co-workers, if you see a restaurant with few customers, think of it as a best restaurant to eat. Since we found out that this restaurant have a few customers, we opt to choose this.



Yoshida Seimen Yokohama Ramen is one of the best authentic Japanese restaurant in town. This is the inside view of the restaurant.



I tried the best seller, which is Yokohama Ramen. It is one of the best authentic ramen I ever tried. The taste is not that salty, the noddles are firm and the pork is tender.



For the price of Php 290.00, I was able to try a Japanese authentic ramen. I will definitely go back there. :)


How about you? Have you been to Little Tokyo, Makati? If yes, where did you eat? Share your experience.