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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

TRAVEL - Sara Shantelle Lim Travels to CEBU Philippines on Singapore Airlines Business Class (PART 1) - Movenpick Hotel, Paragliding, Banana Boat Ride, Jet Ski, Island Hopping, Snorkeling + Extreme Sport - Whale Watching at Oslo, Canyoneering & Cliff Jumping.

TRAVEL - Sara Shantelle Lim Travels to CEBU Philippines 
on Singapore Airlines Business Class 
Movenpick Hotel (PART 1)
Paragliding, Banana Boat Ride, Jet Ski, Island Hopping, Snorkeling (PART 2)
Extreme Sport - Whale Watching + Canyoning & Cliff Jumping (PART 3) 


Its time of the year for the sunshine again. Most people don't know this, but I really love beach sports and activities. I love paragliding, jet skiing, and even banana boat rides. 

On this particular Cebu Philippines holiday, I did all, including island hopping and snorkeling. I even swam side by side with huge Whale Sharks! This holiday was a short 5 days trip, but I did plenty! The funniest thing was that, I thought I booked a Canoeing trip on one of the days, it turned out to be CANYONING (Canyoneering) - which is a highly extreme sport, which involves climbing through the dense jungle and mountain, with no safety ropes at all. If you fall, you may die. No only did I climb the mountain rocks and waterfalls, I also actually cliff jumped multiple deep waterfalls. It was a huge mistake in not reading and booking my trip properly, but it was highly memorable. The videos are a must watch.

If you like EXTREME SPORTS - this blog post and trip is going to tinkle you. 

Well, as usual I took Singapore Airlines to Cebu, Philippines. I really love Singapore Airlines, as they have the best service and business class seats. The irony is that I thought that I had booked a business class ticket on Singapore Airlines, but in the end, I was a little disappointed when I went onto the plane and realised that it was a SILKAir plane. I paid SGD$1900 for this business class ticket. But after speaking to the passenger beside me on the business class, I learnt that she had purchased her ticket at a discounted price is only SGD$500. Moral of the story, do not impulse purchase air tickets, always do a little research first. Buying at different time or dates can result in paying 4 times for the same air ticket. 

Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu




This is Movenpick Cebu Hotel lobby, its very open concept and very windy. They provide you with a welcome drink. Their furniture are mostly blue and green colours to compliment the sea and beach front. They also have some intervals of complimentary snacks like popcorn and drinks at their lobby. 

Their signature free flow of popcorn at their lobby. You can also drizzle chocolate that they provide. 

After I've checked in, we went over to the hotel rooms to check out our suite room. It comes with a living room, a bedroom and a spacious toilet with a huge bath tub. 

Movenpick Cebu Hotel Room Suite 






After changing into a casual beach wear, we decided to have lunch at the Hotel Lobby. They serve pretty good pizza and fresh fruit juices. While eating in front of the poolside, we played with their POOL Table, Darts and even a XBOX, all complimentary for guests staying at their hotel.


Movenpick Cebu Hotel Pool


I've noticed that there were a lot of Koreans on holiday, and they loved hanging out at the Movenpick Hotel poolside. The poolside had some really chill dance music for the pool party. 

I was way more interested in checking out the beach front. Just a few more steps down from their poolside, the hotel placed a number of beach chairs for their guests to relax on their greens. 



Of course I chose to sit on a chair that was nearest to the sea water. Notice there's a little island in the middle front of the water? It is where the hotel made a man-made floating restaurant connected to their beach front. 


Movenpick Hotel Cebu Beach Front with a Island Restaurant


There's a little wooden walk way to the island Restaurant. They have fresh BBQ seafood. They even serve ostrich meat! I dare you to try it!



I paid SGD$450++ a night for their room, but I think you can get their rooms at only SGD$200+ a night on off peak seasons. 

Here's a picture of their recent prices..



Stay tuned for Part 2!! 

TRAVEL - Sara Shantelle Lim Travels to CEBU Philippines 
on Singapore Airlines Business Class 
Movenpick Hotel (PART 1)
Paragliding, Banana Boat Ride, Jet Ski, Island Hopping, Snorkeling (PART 2)
Extreme Sport - Whale Watching + Canyoning & Cliff Jumping (PART 3) 




Monday, 25 February 2019

TRAVEL - Sara Shantelle Lim goes to SPAIN on Singapore Airlines Business Class (Part 4) - Bull Fighting Ring, Trekking at Donana Nature Spain.

TRAVEL - SPAIN (Part 4)
Sara Shantelle Lim goes to Spain on Singapore Airlines Business Class 1 Month Trip
Bull Fighting Ring & Trekking at Donana Nature Spain

BullFighting in Spain


We always see a man with a red cloth on television with a bull. Little did I know that this tradition and show still exist till today. I do find it very cruel, hence, I only went to this place to visit the museum, but not watch the bullfighting show itself. 

Every year, approximately 250,000 bulls are killed in bullfights. The animals are stabbed multiple times before suffering slow, agonizing deaths in front of an audience, including children. Animal cruelty is not entertainment. You can help by not attending bullfights.



The conclusion of a Spanish bullfight is almost always the same: The matador plunges his or her sword between the bull's shoulders, puncturing the animal's heart and killing it. Next, a team of mules or horses drags the dead animal out of the ring.




Bullfighting is a traditional Latin American spectacle in which bulls bred to fight are tortured by armed men on horseback, then killed by a matador. Starved, beaten, isolated, and drugged before the “fight,” the bull is so debilitated that he cannot defend himself.



If estocada is not successful, the matador must then perform a descabello and cut the bull's spinal cord with a second sword called verdugo, to kill it instantly and spare the animal pain. Although the matador's final blow is usually fatal, it may take the bull some time to die.

Trekking at Donana Nature Spain


Okay, if you like nature and animals, I think its better that we go for a trekking session, instead of watching a bull fight. This way, we can maintain peace in this world.

Doñana National Park is in southern Spain. It’s known for its wetlands, migratory birds, pine forests and shifting coastal dunes. In the park, Palacio del Acebron is a 20th-century palace, home to the national park visitor center. Nearby, El Rocío Hermitage is a religious sanctuary dating from the 13th century. On the coast, Playa de Matalascañas has a seafront promenade lined with bars and eateries.

Doñana National Park is a natural reserve in Andalusia, southern Spain, in the provinces of Huelva (most of its territory), Cádiz and Seville. It covers 543 km2 (209.65 sq mi), of which 135 km2 (52.12 sq mi) are a protected area. 


The park is an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It was established as a nature reserve in 1969 when the World Wildlife Fund joined with the Spanish government and purchased a section of marshes to protect it. 


The eco-system has been under constant threat by the draining of the marshes, the use of river water to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, water pollution by upriver mining, and the expansion of tourist facilities. It is named after Doña Ana de Silva y Mendoza wife of the seventh Duke of Medina-Sidonia.









Read more about SPAIN PART 1 - PART 4 - HERE.

Some info and pictures are taken from Wikipedia

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