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February 2017

Take Your Coming Vacation to Nairobi, Kenya

Derived from a native community (Maasai) language “Enkanye Nyorobi,” Nairobi means a place of cool waters. True to its name, the city indeed a cool place. With a cool set up, there are numerous places where someone can visit during holidays in this city. Be sure to enjoy the local cuisine in some of the best restaurants in the region. In terms of accommodation, guesthouses are all over, with different hotels offering bed spaces for visitors.

Nairobi national park is one of the destinations that everyone must stop at. Many wild animals in this park that have been left to naturally interact with nature. You can expect to be face to face with lions, zebras, antelopes, baboons, monkeys among other animals at the park. There are a number of formidable tour guide companies that will always be ready to take you round.

The Nairobi arboretum is yet another place worth paying a visit. If you are a naturalist, this stop is a must. The arboretum is preserving thousands of plant species. This is therefore where you can learn some of the plants you know physically but can’t match them with their names. The cool breeze and calm environment within the arboretum makes it a great place to spend a picnic.

If you want to know more about the history of Kenya, then The Nairobi National Museum should be your next stop. The national museum offers education and leisure tourists an opportunity to learn the rich heritage of Kenya. Opened all days of the year, let your visit not be complete without you making a stop at this site that is located on the western sides of Nairobi referred to as Westlands. The museum houses celebrated collections of Kenya’s contemporary Art, nature, culture as well as history.

Next to Nairobi, you can find the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. A visit to this game reserve would be very prudent indeed. The Maasai Mara Game Reserve is one of the few homes of all the big five animals, namely the African elephant, Cape buffalo, Rhino, African leopard and African Lion. This is just a tip of an iceberg as there are other hundreds and hundreds of species. Almost any animal that can be found in Africa will be found at the Mara. If you visit in July, you will be able to appreciate the great Wildebeest Migration from Serengeti in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara. In October, the Wildebeests migrate back to Serengeti. This is one of the great wonders of the world worth witnessing.

In Upper and Lower Hill regions of Nairobi are the spot where you can discover high rated hotels. These hotels have different ratings, hence different costs of accommodation to suit your pockets and class. Most of these guest houses have swimming pools, gyms for recreation, physical fitness, spas for body massage and general body wellness. Notwithstanding, there are other good hotels and guest rooms scattered all over the city.

And there is no Safari that can be complete without good food being served. In Nairobi, you have the opportunity of enjoying the Kenyan cuisine at its bests. Native vegetables, traditionally prepared are worth your taste. There is also the Ugali, a corn flour product that is the staple food of Kenya. Ugali can be served with any stew, mainly for lunch or dinner. Other foods include fish, beef, Irish potatoes and beans are prepared in different ways.

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Tibumana Waterfall – Feed your soul in solitude

Sometimes exploring the unknown has its own share of surprise and joy. Bali is a great place for the adventure seekers to discover loads of opportunities to explore around. Waterfall is one of the attraction to be discovered, and there are numerous beautiful waterfalls available in this island. Some of these waterfalls are still away from the realms of commercialism and chaos.

Tibumana waterfall is one such waterfall for the explorers. Located in Bangli region, just an hour drive from Ubud and two hours from Kuta, this waterfall is a serene spot for all those who want to enjoy the forest atmosphere. To reach here, it is recommended to bring someone who knows the area pretty well. A tour operator in downtown Kuta charges around IDR 400,000 for this single trip, including a car and an advanced driver. Optionally, you can always hire a scooter and navigate your way with a map, as this will be far more exciting. Bangli houses mountain lakes and water couches that make Bali so fertile. Numerous villages are scatted across a landscape of rice terraces, lush valley and forests. These will treat you well along the way until you reach at the destination.

At the car park, you will find a tiny shack where you need to pay IDR 10,000 as retribution fee. You then need to follow a winding path with stairs for around 15 minutes until you arrive at the waterfall. The pathway is so refreshingly beautiful. There are vines creeping down the cliffs and small, colourful butterflies flying around. The lush, green jungle is filled with the sweet chirping of birds. The air is crisp and clear. There is simplicity and purity all around the place.

As you approach the waterfall, the rumbling of the waterfall becomes more evident as you feel the place is getting cooler and breezier. The waterfall is a single one in the dry season, while in the monsoons you will find twin sheets of water splashing down from the hill. The cascading sheet of waterfall creates unrealistic prismatic formation of sun rays, giving the place a sense of being in a fairy tale. The entire place is enclosed in this green case of green ferns, mosses, vines, which makes you feel that you have entered a secret world away from the world you live in. Because of the enclosure, there is a pond at the end of the waterfall. The shades of the water are mesmerizing. Turquoise, sapphire like shades of the crystal clear water will just take your breath away.

Do carry your swimsuit or extra clothes. Take a refreshing swim in the waterfall and feel your senses invigorated. The water is no more than 6 feet deep, so diving is not an option. You can stand right underneath the waterfall and let the hydro pressure do wonders for your body pain and stress relief. The tranquillity is what draws people here, to idle for long hours of relaxation in solitude. It is one of those places where you want to come just to laze around and sit and marvel at nature’s beauty in isolation.

The entire area is very photogenic. Everything lends an artistic beauty to the waterfall. Be sure not to forget to bring your camera to capture all these beautiful moments. The fact that the place is not crowded, therefore you can strike wonderful poses in this little undisclosed place. Since a temple is situated nearby, you may find smoke remaining of offerings made to the waterfall for all the life it brings. Make sure not to litter the place with food and drinks.

Explore, relax and meditate. Isn’t that all is needed for the soul, once in a while?

About Bangli:

Bangli regency encompasses great natural vista of the island, with scenic roads of rugged hillocks, woody ravines and giant bamboo forest overtaking its trail. And for this reason, while you are in Tibumana, you may want to explore around to check on some places. You can pay a visit to Apuan Falls and the famous Penglipuran village. The trees here are so enormous that it could block the sunlight even in the noon, added more to its mystical atmosphere.

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Kids and the Animals Bonding in Bali

The bond between kids and animals is one of the most fundamental bonds to ever be witnessed. The health and wellbeing of both the animals and kids is boosted a great deal by this interaction. Though adults may also love animals, the amounts of time they can dedicate to these creatures can’t never be compared to the time the kids spend with the animals they love most. Some of the benefits the children may get from loving animals are to learn to be responsible by taking care of them while at the same time to study nature as the great textbook in the zoos, thus this will gain the much needed knowledge and life skills.

In Bali, the wants of children as far as nature and animal studies are concerned has highly been considered. As a result, there are a number of parks that the kids can visit to continue fostering the powerful two-way animal children relationship.

Bali Zoo

Starting in December, perfectly in time for festive season, visitors of Bali Zoo will be greeted with a unique warm welcome from the friendly herd of deer. Situated within the areal of Bali Zoo’s entrance, Bali Deer Park spans over 4,700 meter squares of lush tropical garden, a home to thirty-four Sitatunga deer, eighteen Timor deer, and six wallabies. Guests are welcome to touch, feel, play and feed the free roaming gracious deer while queuing to purchase the entrance tickets.

Walking through Bali Deer Park, visitors’ sights will be indulged with manicured garden offering contemporary feel park that features natural plantations, such as palm oil, banana trees, and other floras that one can only be found in the tropics. The park also features a number of water fountains to soothe the sensory journey into nature.

Bali Deer Park is designed as part of Bali Zoo commitment to offer unique wildlife experiences for the visitors, as they are expected to feel nature’s warm welcome from the moment their first step foot on the zoo’s ground.

Jalan Raya Singapadu, Banjar Seseh, Sukawati, Batuan, Gianyar

+62 361 294357

Bali Safari & Marine Park

Bali Safari & Marine Park has forever been a park that dedicates efforts in encouraging children to be in love with the natural environment thus striving to preserve it to the best of their abilities. Such commitment can be seen by having programmes for kids, and Tiny Paws World is one of them. This activity introduces participants to the park keepers to gain the first-hand experience of what it is like to work with the animals. This programme also provides the opportunity to feed and handle some of the animals while learning about their care and feeding.

This unique and exciting animal experience includes helping the park keepers to prep the favourite food for the animals, learning about the animals from the dedicated park keepers, learning how to groom a horse, and learning about the challenges of becoming a veterinarian. The kids are also offered the chance of joining a motorized Safari tour, which carries them on secured, slow moving vehicles navigating through the homes of animals of India, Indonesia and Africa. Children get the precious opportunity of appreciating encounter programs such as the Elephant Educational Show and the Predator to Prey Shows among others.

After having an educational day out in the natural environment, a playing session is mandatory. Children are released to jump up and down in the Park’s Petting as they get a chance of assisting in the Pony’s grooming. The day of fantasy continues with the little ones being allowed free access to an array of amusement park rides that are positioned in the Fun Zone of the park.

Jalan Bypass Prof Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar

+62 361 95000

Bali Bird Park

This is the best place where children are provided with unrivalled opportunity to learn more about birds. Special events are frequently sponsored by the park, to increase the awareness of adults and children alike of the threats faced by wildlife in this era. While in the park, the children will be able to learn and have an experience of about a thousand different birds of 250 species within just a single day. There is probably no other park in the entire world that can offer such a high number of species to their researchers.

Expect to feed the pelicans, the Papua rainforest bird, the lory, and the birdstars among others. To have a practical experience with the geography learnt in school, school children will afford to interact with the rainforest in the park, a rainforest that has been preserved from much disturbance. The kids mostly enjoy birds when they are freely interacting in their natural habitat than when they are confined in cages.

Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Gianyar

+62 361 299352

Bali Butterfly Park

As a centre for butterfly breeding, preservation and research, Bali Butterfly Park is one unique place where the little ones can come to have an experience with the mystery of nature while the parents come to do their research. The park has dedicated its time and resources to ensure that one can be able to see almost all the famous birdwing butterflies in the region. It is no question that butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures in nature and are really loved by children more than any other age group in the society.

At Bali Butterfly Park, the children explore what they can’t get from anywhere else as this is the largest butterfly park in the Southeast Asia. The park is established in 1996 and arguably among nature’s riches, having almost all the butterflies that can be found in every corner of Indonesia and even beyond. The rare encounter with the endemic butterfly species will surely not disappoint the children.

While on their expeditions in the park, the children can take breaks to enjoy beverages and snacks at the mini restaurant in the park. And to have a memory of the place, souvenirs are available at the Souvenir Art shop.

Jalan Batukaru, Banjar Sandan Lebah, Wanasari Village, Tabanan,

+62 361 8940595

Elephant Safari Park

How about visiting live a group of Sumatran Elephants in the north of Ubud? These giant herds take pleasure breathing fresh air and indulging the cool, humid climate far away from the busy live. In Elephant Safari Park, children will get the opportunity to feed these giant mammals with the food provided in the park, with no extra charge. They are also welcome to meet and greet with the baby elephants at their nursery. To supply more information about elephants, Elephant Discovery Museum is available to provide the information related with elephants from different continents. Elephant Art Gallery is the newest addition in this museum, featuring adorable paintings, unique statues and valuable carvings.

Elephant ride is of course the main reason why kids want to go to this park. The elephant ride takes the passenger for a tour along the track built amidst the locals’ owned plantation and jungle. The beauty of the nature as well as the fresh air will be the additional benefit in this activity. After the ride, lunch at the restaurant is a must, while keep getting distracted by the view of the elephants playing in a lake or roaming around the park.

Jalan Elephant Safari Park, Taro Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar

+62 361 8988888

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Backpacking to Singapore

The term backpacking is derived from the activity of using a backpack. A backpack can easily be carried for long periods of time and can be used for long distance travelling and hiking among other activities. Backpacking is majorly an activity that’s associated with people when they are using public transport, when one is going for longer trip duration as compared with vacations and when people go for hikes and local sightseeing visits.

Backpackers guide in Singapore
Pushing Singapore to my back has never been easy. Since I started using this guide, travelling has become even more interesting. This diamond shaped island has a lot to offer for backpackers who are on a budget. Though it is possible to get a jest of what this island is, taking a one-month vacation means a true exploration of the entire island. After spending a year in Singapore, it dawned on me that not only the rich can be able to come here for a vacation but almost everyone can afford being here.

To begin with, the island might seem like a rather strict place with the numerous rules and regulations. However, a quick learning of the dos and the don’ts enabled me learn that it is truly a friendly nation that has a blend of expats together with cultures from the entire globe. Their rules are what have made this city amongst the safest places one can ever visit. As a first time backpacker, it will be prudent for you to “Stuff your eyes with wonder in Singapore, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the Singapore. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

Moving Around Singapore
There are a number of ways a backpacker can move around Singapore. You obviously need a means to move from the airport to your place of residence as well as to move around the island exploring the beauty of the place. “A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” The truth is that observation is only complete if you are moving around.

There are very affordable taxis in this city. With as little as $20, you will be able to move to or from the airport to your room. It is definitely the easiest option when you have a late night flight as well as when you are in groups of four. It has always been my preference since all the times I come to Singapore, my wife and daughter always accompany me.

The most popular and easiest way to move around the city is by the use of the Metro System commonly known as MRT. It is the most connected means to the airport as well as around the island. With the prices being averaging $3-$4, to get to the airport, I always have an affordable way to move around.  Although buses are also available in some routes, I rarely use them. Instead, I prefer walking around.

Nice Weekend away
Whenever I get more play time, I prefer to visit Singapore. A single weekend is enough for me to wonder, exploring some of the hidden gems being offered by the city. With a 24-hour plan, I am able to spend good time covering some corners of the city. The truth is, whether a take a month or a weekend in Singapore, “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Marina Bay: This is amongst the newest developments in Singapore, coming to us as a magical night time spot. There is no better place of appreciating the well-lit up sky scrapers together with the glimmering waters as from this spot. Checking out the breathtaking infinity pool, a water display, held a 20:00 daily as well as the Merlion is really therapeutic. An additional Garden by this Bay ensures that I am met with real tranquility of the city.

Chinatown: This offers a great opportunity for me to buy gifts from an area that has been decked with attractive shop fronts. At the Maxwell food court, I enjoy an array of foods from the local and international cuisines. I have been lucky to taste the Mooncake as last year; I was here during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festive.

Other places to visit include the Arab Street, the Botanic Gardens and the Little India among others. The Botanic Gardens offers a great park walk day especially during the summer. It is my place of preference when am recovering from a lazy jet lag day. The Little India on the other side offers a nice spot to do shopping as well as exploring the interesting smell of spices on sale.

Shopping
It is true that Singaporeans love to shop, a factor that has made it possible and easy for me to shop whenever I am in this island. In addition the Chinatown, other shopping spots include the Mustafa Center (found at the Little India), Sim Lim Center, Vivo shopping center (the largest indoor shopping center on the island) , Orchard Shopping road on the 5th avenue and Bugis among others.

When visiting Singapore, you don’t need to pack everything in your backpack while leaving home. Just pack what you need, and with just enough money for someone on a budget, you will enjoy your stay and shopping thus being able to come back home with a full bag of gifts and with little hassle. Make that bold step and visit Singapore as Charles Dudley Warner says that “there is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.” Try and begin it.