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Eating Cheap in Singapore

This is a small guide to help the first time visitor to eating cheap in Singapore.

If you are a backpacker or travelling on a tight budget where you eat can make a huge difference to how much you spend as a traveller.

This is particularly true in Singapore. If you eat in the tourist areas or in expensive shopping malls you could be spending a lot more money than if you eat where the locals eat.

In Singapore there are many Food Markets where you can get a great meal at a great price and it will be more interesting than eating western food in your hotel’s restaurant or another friggin burger.

Where I am staying near Zhongshan Park I noticed a local food market very close to the hotel so I thought after a long flight I would eat close to the hotel.

After my short walk I came to the Balastier Food Market. The market was busy with locals and tourists alike getting a hot evening meal.

There was a great assortment of dishes pork, seafood and noodles or rice being the main combinations.

I had the Bak Kut Teh set meal. Bak Kut Teh means meat bone tea literally. The dish is braised pork ribs in a fragrant meat broth. The broth also had a bulb of garlic which I think had been cooked in the broth.

I was thinking of the people that I would meet the next day and only had 2 cloves.

Along with the meat and soup you got a plate of baby bok choy in a light soy sauce with fried shallots, a bowl of rice and some fried tofu which I was told I should dunk into the soup – she was right – it was good,

Another tip I got was to get some sauce for the meat. I was told to get the really dark soy sauce and add in some chopped birdseye chillis (which are too hot for me) but I added a couple pieces.

The sauce was delicious. Most soy I’ve had has acted as a salting agent but this was a sweetening agent for the pork.

It was more than enough food and I couldn’t eat it all.

And the cost of this extravagant meal $7.

So the learning here is good food can be found everywhere and at every cost. So if you want to get your dollar to go further look harder and you can find culinary gold at a lower price.

Private tour of Pompeii


On a summers day in August 79AD the people of Pompeii were going about their everyday tasks oblivious to the danger watching over them.

The previous day was Vulcanalia (the festival for the Roman God of Fire) and in honour of the day Mount Vesuvius was likely speaking to the people. Little did they know it was about to roar to life burying the town for the next 1500 years.

Scientists say it’s most likely people were killed by a pyroclastic flow which is a surge of heat produced when a volcano erupts so when the town was excavated people were found exactly where they were when disaster struck, with no ability to try and escape the eruption.

For the next 6 hours ash rained on the town, until it was under 15 metres of ash and buried for the next 1500 years.

In 1599 a wall of Pompeii was uncovered but quickly forgotten again until the 19th century when the site was discovered and excavated.

Ever since Pompeii has been an important tourist attraction and a must on The Grand Tour of gentlemen in the 19th century and tourists today.

Today Pompeii is  UNESCO World Heritage listed and attracts well over 2 million visitors per year.

The best way to counter the crowds and the multitude of tour groups in their big buses is to take a Pompeii & Vesuvius private tours.

This will allow you to bypass the waiting for other people, be able to see gems that private travel guides know rather than see the same thing, walking the route that thousands of people on the tour buses have done before and are doing that day.

By taking Private tours in Italy it gives you the ability to customise your experience seeing the things that you are interested in, not the same old experience that everyone gets on group tours.

Try using travel guides and private tours you will find that you can get a more pleasant and customised experienced and a better holday all round.

Welcome to Vienna Now You Tube Series

One of the great things about the internet now is the ability to access large amounts of information to research your trip so you can get the most out of your travels. You can now find information about the things that interest you, whether that is food, history cultural sites or any other past-time that you maybe interested in.

Vienna as the former centre of the Austria/ Hungarian Empire has a tremendous amount of things to see and also so many things for you to do and many buildings in city of historical interest.

The Vienna Tourist Board have made a series of videos called Vienna Now available on You Tube that will help you plan your trip to Vienna.

The videos will examine different aspects of city life including wine, food , shopping and Vienna in film.

The series of videos is presented by Chris Cummins a British radio presenter who has lived in Vienna for the past 13 years. He will show you different things to see in Vienna and will enable you to find the types of things that only locals know.

Each video is about 5 minutes long and is full of great information and ideas for you to have a great holiday in Vienna.

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Pay your Argentina Reciprocity fee online

Are you about to travel to South America and are visiting Argentina?

Argentina is one of the most interesting countries in South America with a large amount of major tourist attractions

In Buenos Aires you can learn to tango, see a local football game or the polo and so many historic buildings to see.

And so many other places to see Patagonia, Bariloche you could spend months discovering this beautiful country.

But before you go you need there are things that you need to plan. Firstly of course you need a passport, but you also need to pay your Argentina Reciprocity Fee.

Argentina iVisa is an online visa service that will allow you to pay your Argentine Reciprocity fee easily with no hassles.

The benefits to paying it online include:

  • Accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex and PayPal
  • Saves time by paying online
  • Information can be translated to 20 different languages online
  • you can pay in most major currencies
  • Applications Checked for Errors

The cost of processing the fee is $20 and there is 24/7 customer service if there is a problem.

So if you’re travelling to Argentina you can save some of your precious time using Argentina iVisa

5 Adult things to do on The Gold Coast

When everyone thinks of the Gold Coast the first thing that springs to mind are the theme parks. But what about the adults, what do they do when they visit the Gold Coast?

There are plenty of adult  things to do away from the main theme park stretch of the Gold Coast nowhere near the screaming and tantrums of those little munchkins.

Most people will go to the Gold Coast for about 5-7 days so I’ve given a quick rundown of a few things to do in that time.

  1. The quest for the perfect photo.

Everyone wants to come back with the iconic photo looking down the coast beach one side high rise buildings the other. Here are 3 ways you can get some great shots.

Firstly the romantic way. Hot Air Gold Coast offer a range of champagne breakfast/balloon ride packages over the Gold Coast hinterland, a great way to get some fantastic photos and a great way to spend the morning.

Hot Air Gold Coast will pick you up from your Gold Coast Hotel.

If you’d like to do get in the air with a little more adrenaline maybe a helicopter ride or Tiger Moths maybe more appealing.

There are a number of companies offering 15 minute helicopter scenic flights over the Gold Coast. For then even more adventurous Tiger Moth Joy Flights operate out of an airfield in Pimpama.

If none of that appeals you can always get 360 degree views from the Q1 Observation Deck at the top of the Q1 building. You also have the option of the 90 minute Skypoint climb which is the highest external building climb in Australia.

   2. Meeting the wildlife

Experience Australian wildlife by feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas. There are bird shows, sheep shearings, Aboriginal performances and treetop ropes courses at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. It’s a must for overseas visitors who’d like to see Australian wildlife up close.

You can see Pelican feeding daily at 1.30pm at Ian Dipple Lagoon, 371 Marine Pde Labrador. You should get there early to witness the pelicans gathering before feeding time. Pack your swimmers and a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it.

3. Around the Water

As you can imagine Gold Coast life revolves around the sea, surf and beach.

There are a number of water based activities to try.

You can learn to surf – there are many surf schools along the Gold Coast where you can learn to hang 10 and allow the inner child to show through. If you like your surfing a little less wet you can go to the Surf World Museum at Currumbin.

For horse riders you can ride along the beach try Tassiriki Ranch for details.

Lastly for the adrenaline junkies there are the power boats. Paradise Jet Boating will give you an action packed ride over the water.

4. Food

Gold Coast boasts some great restaurants and also Jupiters Casino where you will find 5 different restaurants.

Ask your hotel concierge for a local recommendation.

5. Health and Fitness

If a relaxing holiday is more your forte then there are many options for you.

If pampering is what you need there are many day spas where you can find your peace and look your best.

For fitness and well being every Monday and Wednesday morning Tai Chi classes are held at Justin Park Burleigh Heads and Australian School of Meditation also hold free yoga classes you need to contact them for more details.

If golf is your thing there are many great course on the Gold Coast try the Emerald Lakes Golf Club or the Links Hope Island Resort there are may others though.

There are plenty of things for adults to do on the Gold Coast and every place you go doesn’t have to end in the name World

Action Slovenia

house in the mountains Slovenia

Action Slovenia specialises in multitude of activity holidays such as skiing, snow boarding, sledging, ice climbing in the Julian Alps, during the winter seasons. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, white water rafting and golf for the rest of the year

We are situated on the edge of the Triglav National Park alongside the beautiful Bohinska Sava River, boasting some of the best game trout fishing. There is, the river only a few feet away with it’s clear crystal waters, ideal for kayaking and white water rafting.

We specialise in fun sports based holidays for active people. By this we mean people who like the outdoor life and don’t necessarily want to spend their holidays tanning on a beach.

Now in our 5th year we have the best fun loving English speaking guides and instructors to ensure a great experience.

We offer:

Fully inclusive holidays,

  • Skiing and snow Boarding 3,5 and 7 nights.
  • Fully inclusive Learn to Ski/Snowboard Breaks which also includes lessons.
  • Winter Multi Activity Break that allows you to try out a host of winter sports and activities.
  • Learn to Kayak at Reka Hisa’s own Kayak School. We offer taster sessions as well as a whole range of fully accredited courses, for all ages and levels.
  • Fishing on one of Europe’s great fly fishing rivers.

Summer Multi Activity Breaks includes:

  • Canyoning, rafting, kayaking, biking ,hiking, horse riding, paragliding.
  • Hiking breaks in the Triglav National Park, spend 3 nights in Alpine huts and reach the summit of Triglav the highest peak in Slovenia, and walk the high level valley of the 7 lakes.We can also tailor holidays in Slovenia to suit everyone’s taste. Anything from sight-seeing and gentle walks in the Alps and the surrounding areas, mountaineering, white water rafting, game fishing, snow boarding, skiing and much more. We can tailor your holiday to suit you.For more information about Action Slovenia please go to their website