Myeongdong Shopping Street

Where to Shop in Asia?

Shopping is an integral part of any travel experience. The opportunity to buy any cheap or expensive souvenirs to remind travelers of the places they have been to is simply irresistible. Many people would even travel to shop, their destinations often within Asia.

Some of the idea places which promise a really unforgettable shopping experience are as follows:

1. Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui Credits :

Tsim Sha Tsui

The shopping atmosphere in Hong Kong is a very vibrant one. Major streets in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central Hong Kong, and Kowloon are usually graced with the presence of designer stores which luxury shoppers would definitely take pleasure in visiting.

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Apliu Street

Ladies' Market

Ladies’ Market

For budget shoppers, go for a bargain hunting spree at shopping streets in Li Yuen Street East and West (Fashion accessories and clothing ) and Apliu Street (Electronic items), or look for the famous Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street that sells wide range of souvenir items for all women of various ages.

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2. Bangkok

Recently, the capital city of Thailand is voted as the #1 shopping destination in the world. Luxury and budget shoppers would undoubtedly book flights to Bangkok for this culture.

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall

Siam Paragon Shopping Mall | Credits : Wikimedia

In the Pathum Wan and Pratunam areas, there are upscale shopping malls in which stores of international and local designers may be found. However, markets across the city are more preferred as haggling is permitted there. A typical Bangkok tour package would bring travelers to exciting places like the Chatuchak Weekend Market and the Damnoen Floating Market.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

Chatuchak Weekend Market | Credits:

Damnoen Floating Market

Damnoen Floating Market | Credits:

3. Singapore

Orchard Road malls

Orchard Road | Credits: Singapore Marriott Hotel

Singapore is one of the best venues for shopping sprees in Asia. Luxury malls are scattered across the nation, providing immeasurable convenience to people. It even has a whole street (Orchard Road) dedicated to shopping, with stores of Prada, Gucci, MCM and other luxury brands. But just when people start to think that it is only for the splurging shoppers, Singapore presents the famous Bugis Street and Chinatown where cheap souvenirs can be found.

Bugis Street Singapore

Bugis Shopping Street | Credits:

Chinatown Singapore

Chinatown | Credits:

4. Seoul

Undeniably, Seoul is one of the most popular places to visit for shopping nowadays. The areas of Myeongdong and Dongdaemun will not just present people with nice items to buy; but a glimpse of the modern lifestyle of many South Koreans.

Myeongdong Shopping Street

Myeongdong Shopping Street | Credits:

Those who are in for some luxury shopping are directed to Chungdam-dong and Apgujeong-dong in Gangnam. There are also loads of other shopping areas in Seoul dedicated to herbs, seafoods, antiques and more.

Chungdam and Apgujeong in Gangnam

Credits: Korea Tourism Board

5. Tokyo

Japan is famous for its unique fashion. Thus, people come to Tokyo to shop and get on with the trend. Shopping in Shinjuku, Shibuya and Ginza districts will surely enthrall anyone. However, it is not just fashion which Tokyo takes pride on; but also the gadgets and anime-related products sold mainly in Akihabara.

Shinjuku Street

Shinjuku Street | Credits:

Akihabara Street

Akihabara Street | Credits: VCinemashow

It is a waste of experience to not ‘shop until you drop’ when in these Asian cities. In order to enjoy more, choose cheap tours and add the excess money to the shopping budget. It is very difficult to resist the temptation so it is better to be prepared.

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore, Now Open!

Trick Eye Museum Singapore Opening Day | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore Opening Day | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Offering more exciting and unique bonding opportunities for families and friends, the Trick Eye Museum Singapore opens its doors to the people on June 8, 2014. Located within the ever-famous Resorts World Sentosa, this exciting destination is sure to take people into a truly interesting and exceptional world of 3D imaginations.


As implied in its name, the museum basically ‘tricks the eye’ with its three-dimensional paintings on the walls, ceilings, and floors; creating unbelievable illusions of the images coming to life and the surfaces popping out as if it’s all really there, particularly when seen from the correct angles. It applies the “Trompe-l’oeil” approach which is one of the oldest art techniques used in ancient Greece and Rome, although the term was coined only during the Baroque period.


Taking pictures is greatly encouraged inside the museum which houses more than 100 paintings and sculptures. Flashes are even allowed! Step into the picture and strike your creative poses, and tell a visual story in your photos! In several themed galleries, people can even touch displays for a better and more unforgettable Trick Eye experience.


The Trick Eye Museum originated in Korea, and is constantly hailed as one of the best museums in the country. Branches are established in major cities like Seoul, Busan and Jeju Island. It is actually made more popular by different Korean dramas after the museums were used as a favorite shooting location for romantic dates and family scenes. The recently-opened branch in the Lion City is basically the first overseas venture of the enterprise. Several artworks and installations displayed in the museum were specially designed for the Singapore branch.


Tickets are only available for purchase on-site at the Trick Eye Museum Ticketing Booth. Regular rates are S$25 for adults and S$20 for children and senior citizens. The museum is located between the Sentosa Boardwalk and the Universal Studios.


Since its first day, this Singapore attraction had been receiving immense attention from the public, locals and foreigners alike. As the days pass by, this new destination is expected to attract more tourists from all over the world.


Here are some optical illusions from Trick Eye Museum:

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

Trick Eye Museum Singapore | Credits: Trick Eye Museum Facebook Page

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Duanwu Jié
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Festivals to Attend to Make the Most Out of June

June has begun and we’re in the final month of the year’s first half. Are the days rolling by fast? Make the most out of it then by going on exciting vacation s to incredible places! For maximum satisfaction, we recommend that you schedule your holidays in time with some of the most fascinating and exhilarating festivals around the world!

1) Duanwu Jié “Dragon Boat Festival” (China)

Duanwu Jié Photo by:

Duanwu Jié
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Falling this year on the June 2, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of the biggest events in China. It is the day when rivers in the country are filled with colorful dragon effigies. There are also boat races, made more lively by gong and drum sounds, which are the main attraction of the festival, which is held to commemorate the ancient people’s desires to drive away the evil spirits believed to be brought about by Qu Yuan, a revered poet who killed himself by jumping into the river as a sign of protest in 278 BC.  On the banks of the rivers, people celebrate the event by lighting incenses and ringing gongs for blessings. Drinking Tsingtao beer and eating glutinous rice as well as lighting firecrackers and watching dragon dances are also parts of the festival. Other customaries include giving away aromatic silk sachets to children, drinking hsiung huang wine, and hanging calamus and moxa with the pictures of Chung Kuei, the demon slayer, in front doors.

2) Summer Solstice (England)

Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge Photo by: The Guardian

Summer Solstice Celebration at Stonehenge
Photo by: The Guardian

It has always been a controversial festival in Stonehenge, Wiltshire in England; but the interesting histories of the festival (which dates back to pre-Christian times) as well as its connection to cult practices just contributed to the incredible interest of people on the Summer Solstice. Actually, it is just a solar event in which the sun is directly above the northern hemisphere, which falls every June 21st of the year. Come to think of it, there is nothing harmful or dangerous with the event, except its link to certain beliefs and traditions. However, thousands of people still come to Stonehenge during this festival to watch ceremonies and traditions be performed.

3) Regatta of St. Ranieri (Italy)

Regatta of St. Ranieri Photo by:

Regatta of St. Ranieri
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The Regatta has been part of the Italian heritage since the 1290’s. It’s an activity held in Pisa, the city famed for its Leaning Tower. The festival basically comprises of boats scrambling across River Arno to get the paliottos (triangular silk banner). It is not that dynamic on the part of the onlookers but it’s surely a nice way to see a unique side of a usually-quiet community. The event will happen on June 17th.

4) Pride Week (New York City)

NYC Pride Parade (2012) Photo by: EmpireGuides

NYC Pride Parade (2012)
Photo by: EmpireGuides

On June 27, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. The operation led to riots that lasted for weeks, and the beginning of modern gay rights movements. To commemorate that happening, the LGBT communities in the city decided to start an annual event they call the ‘Pride Week’. Happening on June 28-30 this year, it is marked by lively parades which pass by Stonewall Inn. Alongside are rallies and demonstrations as well to fight for the LGBT pride.

5)  Otaue Rice Planting Festival (Japan)

Otaue Rice Planting Festival Photo by:

Otaue Rice Planting Festival
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A tradition that dates back to the Japanese imperial times, the Otaue Rice Planting Festival will be held at the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine in Osaka on the 17th day of June. It is a custom that strengthens the link between Japanese lifestyle and rice cultivation. Basically, the festival comprises of religious rituals performed through spectacular dances and songs to ask for good harvests especially during the autumn season. The main attraction of the festival is the Sumiyoshi Odori performed by 150 girls.

6) Sanno Matsuri (Japan)

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Sanno Matsuri
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Proving that Japanese heritage is still alive and flourishing in the city of Tokyo where everything seems to be advanced and modern is the Sanno Matsuri, a festival that dates back to the Edo Period. It is when 300 people dressed in ancient costumes parade around the streets of the Japanese capital during the jinkosai, the main procession which starts at Hie-jinja Shrine. Happening from June 6 to June 17 this year, it is an interesting event which will allow tourists to experience different Japanese cultures and traditions without leaving the city. It is recommended for people to go through a large ring of thatch, which is believed to purify people from the sins they have committed for the past 6 months of the year and make them receive goodluck on the next six months.

7) Haeundae Sand Festival (South Korea)

Haeundae Sand Festival Photo by VisitKorea (Korea Tourism Board)

Haeundae Sand Festival
Photo by VisitKorea (Korea Tourism Board)

During the Haeundae Sand Festival in Busan on June 6-9, 2014, people will beautiful sand formations from local artisans. Set in the famous Haeundae Beach, this event is just in time for summer. Aside from seeing the sand formations, people can also enjoy hot sand bath wherein people will be buried in the sand from neck to toe. This is believed to generate positive health benefits. Also, there are volleyball competitions held in the beach; and at night, firework displays and beach parties are held.

The excitement of June is not limited to the events stated above. There are a lot more festivals happening around the world, constantly inviting you to partake and share the fun.

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New Hub for Budget Flights to Kuala Lumpur Now Open

After all the construction delays, Kuala Lumpur finally opens the doors of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA 2), the newest low-cost carrier terminal in the city, on Friday.

Source: | Photo by Bernama

Source: | Photo by Bernama


A Malindo Air flight from Kota Kinabalu was the first one to touch down its runways at May 2nd’s midnight; while the record for its first departure was a flight to Manila via Cebu Pacific, which took off at 3:15AM that same day.

Present in the launch was Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, the deputy transport minister of Malaysia. In an interview with the press after the Malindo flight landed, he mentioned that everything runs smoothly and noted KLIA2 as a new national icon.

The new transport hub is operated by Malaysia Airports Holding Berhad (MAHB). Covering a total of 257,000 m2 of land, it boasts of 60 gates, eight remote aircraft stands, 80 aerobridges and 225 retail outlets. According to reports, it will be capable of handling 7,000 passengers per day. The number is foreseen to increase dramatically once AirAsia moves to the terminal on May 9, 2014 from the LCCT.

At the moment, Malindo, Cebu Pacific, Lion Air and TigerAir are the airlines operating in the terminal.

Features of this new development include a transport hub, a car park, rail and bus and taxi services, and more. There is also a budget hotel established by AirAsia’s Tune Group nearby.

Changi Airport Runway

Changi International Airport : A Crowning Glory of the Lion City

Changi Airport Runway

Photo by Changi Airport Group

Awarded as the World’s Best Airport for 2014 by the World Airport Awards, this is the second consecutive year of Singapore’s Changi International Airport on the top position – besting other world-renowned airports like South Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Germany’s Munich Airport. The award was bestowed on March 26, 2014 at Barcelona, Spain.

The victor was determined through a survey conducted by International Travel Research and Consultants Firm, Skytrax. The respondents were almost 13 million passengers of 110 nationalities from about 395 airports all over the world.

Alongside the prestigious recognition, Singapore’s pride had also been recognized for best airport leisure amenities.

Wondering why?


Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall

Terminal 3 Departure Hall | Photo by Changi Airport Group

The Singapore Changi Airport is the main airport of the country. Sprawled on a total land area size of 13 square kilometers, it has provided ample space for four major terminals, one of which is under renovation until 2017. The airport services more than 100 airlines from over 250 cities across 60 various countries. Every year, Changi receives millions of travelers going in and out, and transiting through Singapore, placing it in the list of the busiest airports with international traffic in the world.

With all these statistics said, it is fairly easy to determine why the Changi management and the Singaporean government are so keen in constantly raising the bar for developments and innovations. Backed up with full determination to provide the public with only the best, it has made available stunning facilities that would allow people to enjoy, get entertained and stay connected inside the airport premises.

As Skytrax CEO Edward Plaisted once pointed out, Changi Airport indeed offers a whole travel experience on its own, setting standards which other airports are challenged to follow. It is an important move to convince people that staying in the airport is all part of wonderful journeys.


As we all know, traveling with the kids often leans on the difficult side simply because the little ones do not have a long span of attention. They easily get bored when they can’t do or see anything new at least every fifteen minutes. That is why normally, children find airports an uninteresting place; and so Changi International Airport had provided great solutions to that.

Offering full-pledged entertainment to the little ones, the airport opened children’s playgrounds around the terminals. Fully air-conditioned, these indoor areas serve as great venues on which children ages 1-12 can play around while waiting for their flights.

Terminal 1 Transit : The Social Tree

Terminal 1 Transit : The Social Tree | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Terminal 2 Transit: Playground

Terminal 2 Transit: Playground| Photo by Changi Airport Group

Terminal 3 Transit: Movie Theatre

Terminal 3 Transit: Movie Theatre | Photo by Changi Airport Group

For less active kids who are into game consoles and computers, the airport has the entertainment deck. It has the XBOX Kinect Room, Music Area, MTV Booth, and an XBO X360/Playstation 3 Area. There is even a movie theatre where everyone can spend time watching those box office hits.

Interactive activity sections may also be used to practice those artistic genes within your kids! For some family bonding moments, Changi Airport opens the Entertainment Lounge, TV Lounges, and Family Zone too. The latter provides areas for mothers to diaper changing and nursing needs.

Terminal 2 Transit: Xperience Zone

Terminal 2 Transit: Xperience Zone | Photo by Changi Airport Group


It is known that many fly in and out of Singapore, or at least transit through it, for business purposes. It is then understandable, their need to stay connected and updated with everything. For that, Singapore’s prime airport flaunts the availability of business centers where secretarial tasks can be done. Photocopying, typing and mailing of documents are easily completed in these areas.

Changi Airport's Free Internet Kiosks

Free Internet Kiosks | Photo by Changi Airport Group

More than 500 internet kiosks are also located around the terminals to let people stay connected before their flight. Using these computers is free of charge, as well as the fast Wi-Fi connection in the airport.

Those who wish to stay updated with news from the financial world may do so. Plasma televisions are especially channeled on news sites like BBC World, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia and CNN. Across the screens are comfortable lounge chairs for better experience.

Terminal 3 Transit: TV Lounges

Terminal 3 Transit: TV Lounges | Photo by Changi Airport Group



Now, the best contributing factor in making Changi Airport the best airport in the world today may be the nature experiences it offers. Within its premises, people can deviate themselves from the typical busy environment and relax as they appreciate the beauty of the gardens. There is the Cactus Garden located in Terminal 1; the Orchid Garden and Koi Pond, and the stunning Sunflower Garden in Terminal 2; and the mesmerizing Butterfly Garden in Terminal 3.

Terminal 1 Transit: Cactus Garden

Terminal 1 Transit: Cactus Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Terminal 2 Transit: Sunflower Garden

Terminal 2 Transit: Sunflower Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Terminal 2 Transit: Orchid Garden

Terminal 2 Transit: Orchid Garden | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Currently under maintenance is the Enchanted Garden in Terminal 2, a feature that utilizes sights and sounds. Flowers bloom when triggered by motion, detected by sensors; and the pathways are installed with sparkling lights, creating a fantasy-themed atmosphere. Many who had gone here had pointed out the ‘Shangri-La’ vibe the area exudes.

Other amenities that will make travelers feel rewarded are the rest areas with comfortable reclining seats, ideal for quick naps and sleeps; a shower area for some quick freshening up; a fitness and spa center; hair and beauty salon; a swimming pool (YES! A SWIMMING POOL!); a music bar lounge, and several dining facilities for everyone.

Terminal 1 Transit: Rooftop Swimming Pool

Terminal 1 Transit: Rooftop Swimming Pool | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Terminal 1Transit: Fish Spa and Reflexology

Terminal 1Transit: Fish Spa and Reflexology | Photo by Changi Airport Group

Those merely transiting may also opt for a quick Singapore city tour arranged by the airport staffs. It lasts for two hours and is totally free!
People may also access a transit hotel and lounge for a more comfortable experience while waiting for their next flight. Crowne Plaza Hotel also has a direct link to Terminal 3, offering a more luxurious stay.

Singapore values its travelers, whether going in, out or merely through its airport. For the government and the management of Changi International Airport, it is not just about setting the trend for airports and gaining worldwide recognition that drives them to continuously exceed the public’s expectation. It is all about providing an unforgettable airport experience, in hope that a great impression towards the Lion City will be etched in the hearts of the people – even if their stays lasts for a few hours only.


*All images used are from Changi Airport Group