Cinta Sayang Resort – The Perfect Family Getaway

Kedah. It was the first time we bring Aydeen here. In fact, it was the first time we went here together! The trip wasn’t complete before taking pictures in front of the paddy fields, of course!

Let the story of kedah be in another post. For today, we are going to focus on review of Cinta Sayang Resort!

Located in Sungai Petani, Cinta Sayang Resort is a perfect place for family getaway. Not convinced? Read on!

1. A great place to start learning to play golf

This was the first time ever we tried playing golf. We were coached by Pro Zamri, who made it all sounded easy! (ignore the sound of kids shoes – that’s our toddler running around 😂).

2. Saturday night – BBQ dinner by the pool!

One of the best BBQ dinner we’ve had so far! Located just beside the pool, the place is suitable for both romantic dinners and events.

As you can see from the above picture, half of the place was reserved by a company for their event. We were informed that if the number of pax is big enough, the resort can reserve the whole place for you!

The food were perfectly prepared then and there. We literally drool seeing this picture, reminded us of how tasty they were!

These were among other food available during the BBQ night. We arrived quite late that night (toddler alert!), but at least you have the idea of how good they tasted – they were almost finished!

P/S: Shafa’s favourite was marshmallows with chocolate fountains 😀

3. Beautiful & instagrammable lobby

Don’t get this point wrong. The whole of the resort was picturesque. And the lobby, specifically, was just perfect for some instagram update once you arrived (yes, our toddler love wefies 😂 )

What’s best, the lobby was spacious and wheelchair & stroller friendly, from lobby to the pool! Great for parents with small kids, as well as elderlies!

Only thing, we did not check whether there was lift to the hall above. Probably to check on it next time.

4. Breakfast like a king

Located just infront of the golf course, the breakfast view from the cafe was spectacular! If it’s too hot, you may have a seat inside, which features unique seats (we particularly love the swings).

These were among those available for breakfast buffet at Cinta Sayang Resort. There were also Dim Sum and Pau!

You may also choose to add cake during any meals. They were lovely! You need to pay extra for these, of course!

5. Serene golf course

The golf course was so big and have loads of scenic places. Look at how excited our toddler was, exploring the place!

For this big & beautiful place, videos are better to give you a whole view! Have a look at below video, which shows the scenery around the golf course, with buggy driven by Yusof! 🙂

Cool, isn’t it? And below is another video on some briefing on the golf course, package, etc.

6. Exciting lunch & dinner set, and the Carnivall Waterpark!

This place is truly complete getaway! The lunch & dinner sets, as well as the Carnivall Waterpark, will be written on separate posts. So keep yourselves posted!

CNY Menu At Ming Palace Restaurant, Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur

JenjalanKami was honored to be invited by Corus Hotel Kuala Lumpur to have some food tasting of their new CNY menu at Ming Palace Restaurant, located in the hotel!

Being in the CNY mood, Shafa decided to wear a casual CNY themed outfit, which she had bought years ago. Glad it still fits!

The hotel itself was lovely decorated with CNY decorations. Festive mood is in the air!

The restaurant was oriental-themed, perfect for those who are eating out to celebrate CNY.

Meet the Executive Chinese Chef behind the CNY menu – Mr. Ng Chee Wah! Beside him was the Senior Marketing Manager of Corus Hotel KL – Ms. Azlinda Mohd.

OMG we swear this was the tastiest and the most heavy full course we’ve had in our entire life! 😂

Let’s dive on into each of the dishes!

1. Lou Sang Set Of Pear And Salmon Fish Yee Sang

We started of with, first and foremost, the Pear And Salmon Fish Yee Sang! This was second or third Yee Sang for Shafa, but the tastiest one she had so far!

She’s a big fan of salmon and salads, so this dish easily became her favourite (hence, the happy face). There were pears, guava and pomelo mixed with the salmon and pine nuts. Mmmm… So yummy and crunchy!

2. Double Boiled Chicken With Abalone, Sea Cucumber And ‘Ming Mok Yee’

Have a look at Shafa’s face, and you can imagine how fragrant the broth was. This double boiled chicken soup tasted quite intense, as it is more of a tonic than a broth.

With abalone and ming mok yee added, it is said that this soup can help ward off physical and mental fatigue, improve one’s mood, regulate blood sugar levels, improve blood circulation and keep the body healthy as a whole – perfect as a dish for Chinese New Year!

3. Steamed Tiger Grouper In Supreme Soy Sauce

The dish looked so good, Shafa opened her mouth wide to eat all of them straight away (she’s a big fan of steamed fish). 😂

This Steamed Tiger Grouper drizzled with the chef’s secret Supreme Soy Sauce was so delicious! The flesh is tender, silky and super delicate – you may want to consider to ask for second serving!

4. Lemon Salad Chicken

This Lemon Salad Chicken was so good. The sauce was sweet and tangy – totally makes you feel like you’re in heaven! The chicken was crispy outside and juicy inside. We really fell in love with this dish!

5. Baked Tiger Prawn With Salted Egg Yolk

This savoury goodness was our favourite! The golden yellow dish has a sandy texture that tasted so good in each and every bite – especially since it was mixed with Nestum cereal. There’s no word to describe how good it was!

6. Fried Rice With Almond And Raisins

We totally fell in love with this dish! The combination of almond and raisins were so savoury and sweet – it pairs beautifully with other dishes in the set. This is definitely a perfect side dish for the Chinese New Year!

7. Chilled Sea Coconut With Longan

The Chilled Sea Coconut With Longan is very nourishing and cooling – perfect to beat the heat of Malaysia’s hot weather.

This dessert has many benefits for the body, such as moisturises the lungs and tonifies the kidneys – yet the sweet taste of the longan make it as scrumptious as any dessert. We wouldn’t mind eating bowls and bowls of this!

8. Sweet Dainties Duet

This dish has 2 desserts in it (hence the name duet) – which are steamed bun with red bean filling and fried ninko bun yam based with lotus paste filling.

The hot and fluffy steamed buns were irresistible! The soft and fluffy buns were stuffed with sweet red bean paste filling. As for the ninko buns, they were wrapped around lotus paste and dipped in a yam batter which were fried to perfection. They tasted so good, it made us want to have a second serving!

The set menu starts from RM 1,188 nett onwards (per table of minimum 10 persons) inclusive of one bottle of red wine or chilled orange juice with a 38% off on a second table of 10 pax.

As for the Five Prosperity ‘Lou Sang’ Menu it is priced at RM68 nett (half portion) and RM 108 nett ( for a full portion).

All promotions are available from now till 19th February 2019.

For bookings, please contact Ming Palace Chinese Restaurant at 03-2161 8888 extension 188. Or alternatively you may call the Marketing Department at extension 163.

Thank you Corus Hotel KL for having us!

The FuelPlus Experience

Hi hello everyone!

How has your new year been? Ours is getting pretty hectic – with a lot of events, reviews & meetings, we have been delaying our blog posts for quite some time. Now, we’re back on track!

In today’s post, we would like to review our experience of using the product FuelPlus. It’s our first time using this product, and of course, Yusof is the one who’s testing it, because he is an expert on cars & fuel consumptions (at least between the two of us 😉).

In this picture, JenjalanKami is with Muhammad Haniff Ibrahim – the CEO of CQ Bio Energy Sdn Bhd who owns the FuelPlus brand. He was briefing us about the product and how to use it, and we have been reminding him, if we hate the product, we’ll tell people about it. And he’s cool with that, he surely was very confident with his product!

That two boxes in the picture look like cigarettes boxes, but they are actually the packaging of FuelPlus! Unique, isn’t it? And that uniqueness is the reason why the people at the table beside us enquire about it and ended up buying the product (he was a total stranger to all of us – we seriously need to learn Haniff’s art of closing sales)!

Enough introduction, let’s talk about the product review itself.

This is Yusof’s Persona car’s reading before using FuelPlus. Aside from travelling as a JenjalanKami traveller, Yusof also travels everyday to customers’ factories for his day job.

If full tank and for a mixed use of city (traffic jam) and highway (constant speed), the fuel can go for about 400 kilometres.

This is the full tank, which Yusof had added FuelPlus. He set the mileage to detect how many kilometres the car can go with full tank when added FuelPlus.

And… Taa-daa! This was the result – an extra 56.7 kilometres with full tank when using FuelPlus! Same usage as previously – he traveled in the city & highways. Amazing, isn’t it?

Based on the above calculation, Yusof had saved 14.15% when using FuelPlus! Imagine the savings if you religiously use this product!

But of course, different people will have different results. As Yusof quoted, “eventually what matters the most when trying to have a better fuel consumption is the driver’s right foot”!

We hope this post will help you in making your decision whether or not to buy FuelPlus. Share us your experience, if you’re already using!

2018 In Review And 2019 Plans – JenjalanKami

We know. People already started to do 2019 goals, while we just started on reviewing 2018. That is why we mix them up in one post. Better late than never!

As we drill down all the blog posts that we have shared throughout 2018, these posts outshines others!

1. The Travelling Baby

Hack, people love the newest member of JenjalanKami rather than the same old us! I guess maybe in 2019 we should add on another new member? 😂

Kidding. We’ll make sure our 2019 posts will be more juicy stuff on Aydeen’s adventures (and hell yeah, our planners are already started to be filled up for 2019. Woo-hoo~)!

2. Why Family With Toddlers Should Consider Travelling To Japan

Ahhh.. This was actually a general blog post, but we know our readers are mostly family travellers with baby and toddlers on tow!

And.. Most of the readers travel in Asia (our biggest number of readers are from Malaysia, we love all of you!). So probably 2019 we will focus on Asia travels (sorry brothers in Europe, will definitely catch up with both of you in between the plans)!

3. The Emirates Experience – Viewpoint Of Family Travellers

Our readers love to travel with their family, and some of them are doing a thorough research on long distance flights (we know, because some of them even personally message us in social media for some tips and advices)!

We know flights in general, whether long or short, are great investments (we literally restrain ourselves from buying good food and shopping to make this happen). Thus, review on flights will definitely be a big help for JenjalanKami’s readers. Especially if you are travelling long distance with babies and toddlers, it can easily become nightmare if things turn out unexpected 😱

Though we can’t promise long distance flight in 2019 (we are still saving for our next family visit trip), we do have some short distance flights in mind. Let’s hope for that!

4. 5 Alaska Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

Believe it or not, United States of America is the second highest number of readers for JenjalanKami, after Malaysia! We love all of you so much!

Thus, we will not forget to put destinations pieces for this country in the year 2019. This particular post is a guest post by Nikki Spitzer, a local Alaskan. We will definitely collaborate with more American bloggers (and also possibly the countries nearby the U.S.) in year 2019!

5. 5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Le Quadri Hotel

OMG, this is our current obsession! We can’t say how much we love hotels so much! We used to be (and still are) Agoda hunters, searching for the best deals for members only (and that’s Friday, people!). 😂

We have a number of hotels and resorts coming up for reviews in year 2019, so be sure to check out our blog every single month if you are hotel lovers, like us!

So that’s basically our review for 2018 and plans for 2019. Hope to have an awesome year ahead!

MOV Hotel 2 Days 1 Night Experience – What You Need To Know

Hello everyone, hope you had a nice holiday! How has it been? For us, it was hectic. Just before the holidays, we were so excited to have been invited for a 1-night stay at MOV Hotel. Here’s what we think!

1. Parking service available

Everybody knows how Kuala Lumpur is such a packed place, especially the Bukit Bintang area. Therefore, MOV hotel doesn’t have it’s own parking space. However, there is a parking service available for those who come by car, which was offered by a third party. Just ask the friendly front desk people!

2. Instagrammable spots everywhere

Ahhh… Holiday is never complete (or started) without an awesome instagram update. The waiting area is beautifully decorated, with unique seats and lightings. Even Aydeen loves them!

The hotel is seriously instagrammable everywhere! This picture was taken inside the lift on our way up to the hotel room. Excuse Shafa’s eye bags, apparently it’s normal for mothers raising active toddlers. 😂

And this was taken inside our room! Shafa would have selfie-d all day, if it wasn’t because she was dragging an 18-months-old toddler who doesn’t know how to sit still. 😌

And these were taken during breakfast! We told you the hotel is instagrammable everywhere. 😊

3. Slide to breakfast

See that white thing beside the beautiful waiting area? That’s the slide that will take you to breakfast, in case you’re bored with lifts or stairs!

And that red thing at the breakfast area? That is where you will be cushioned from the slide for breakfast! Slide your way to the homemade sausages!

4. Super friendly staffs

Now, isn’t this the first thing that anyone would review a hotel? A staff reflects the whole hotel service. So, with a smiley face and warm gestures like this, visitors will definitely come back again (we know our son would)!

5. Mesmerizing KL View

Aydeen loves windows, especially the ones where he can observe what’s happening around him. During the day you will have a great view of the busy city life.

Obviously, we loved the window too! Taking in the scenery a few seconds before Aydeen started to do things to grab our attention. You know, all those toddlers moves. 😣

We especially love the night view! Full of beautiful lightings from famous buildings. A great way to de-stress yourselves if you can’t be away from the city!

6. Beautifully Decorated Rooms

Romantic design, isn’t it? Though that design only lasted for a while before Aydeen decided to mess them up. Life with toddlers is always fun 😂

7. Non-smoking Family Room

When we told the hotel staff that we will be coming with a 1-year-old toddler, they gave us this non-smoking MOV Family Loft room. Very thoughtful!

8. Perfect for family

The MOV Family Loft comes with 1 king-sized bed and 2 single beds on the upper level. Do watch your toddlers, they will definitely love the stairs!

9. Neatly arranged facilities

The sink was situated just beside the king-sized bed. And what’s best, there are two mirrors, baby! Perfect for family with many girls (apparently I was the only one interested in the mirror for our small family of three 😂).

These were some of the facilities provided during our stay. Kiblat for Muslims are clearly signed too. Excuse our toddler, he was just too interested with the lamp above the bed. 😅

10. Scenic rooftop pool

This is our favourite picture of the stay – the swimming pool experience with a view from the rooftop! The swimming pool is quite small, though, you may want to avoid peak hours.

These were some of the views we managed to catch. We missed the night view as the time was too tight, didn’t manage to fit them in. Pretty sure parents with toddlers would understand that. 😅

11. Tourist spots nearby

These were some of the tourist spots that we managed to drive through nearby. Would have loved to visit, if it weren’t Aydeen’s bedtime already, and we only have one night!

12. Deliciously cooked breakfast

While waiting for our breakfast to be cooked (yes, cooked!), doughnuts were served. And as you can see from the picture, homemade sausages were also available.

These were the breakfast that we had. Aydeen apparently loved them, look how he was eager waiting to be fed!

We had an awesome experience with MOV hotel and will definitely come back again!

7 Things to Do In Orlando With Toddlers

Anybody who is a native of Orlando knows that there is no end to engaging, fun venues for entertainment. In fact, the city is famously known for being one of the largest amusement park hot spot of the United States. Within just a few short miles from downtown you have parks such as Disney, Epcot, Universal, SeaWorld and many more! These parks alone are a major draw for tourists as well as native Floridians but there are a lot of families traveling to Orlando for vacation that may not be too keen to spend their time at some of the busiest, most expensive places the sunshine state has to offer.

One example of this is definitely parents with small children. Like us, who don’t see toting tiny littles around through all of the hustle and bustle as a feasible option, tourist families would much prefer a smaller scale entertainment venue. Little ones are apt to get cranky, tired, overheated/cold, hungry and a myriad of other issues that can quickly make a fun day go downhill. Plus, after shelling out the big bucks for top dollar amusement parks (Disney, SeaWorld, etc.) it can be frustrating and disheartening to parents to have to pack up the family and leave midway through the day.

This is why, as parents with a toddler, that we decided to do a little digging and see what the city of Orlando has to offer for travelers who want to get the most out of their trip. We were shocked at just how many different options Orlando has available, especially in terms of affordable entertainment for the younger family members in a traveling group. If Orlando is on your traveling bucket list in the near future and you’ve been stressing about options that you can enjoy with even the smallest members of your family, stay tuned because we’re about to list 7 of the best options we found!

1. Take a ride on the Icon Orlando.

Are you a fan of breathtaking views? If so, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to board the tallest observation wheel on the East Coast. Be sure to come with your camera/phone fully charged because you won’t want to miss a single beautiful moment from the time you board until the time you disembark from this giant rotating observation wheel. Single day admission is also super affordable, so if in the future we’re able to visit with our little one, it won’t break the bank either!

2. Take the family tubing down river at Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run.

There are those who dream to see blue waters but don’t like to fry at the beach. That’s us, and Kelly Park offers a great alternative with its spring fed waters that stay cold (68 degrees!) all year long and crystal clear waters. The park features a fully functional concession stand, picnic pavilions, souvenir shops and much more. You can rent tubes onsite as well as reserve camping spots if you’re looking to spend a weekend at the springs. Admission is typically about $6 per carload, parking is within easy walking distance to the water and the experience is one you’ll keep with you for years to come.

3. Get creative at the Crayola Experience.

As one of the most iconic brand names in U.S history, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore Crayola if you find yourself in the Orlando area. With dozens of creative, hands-on experiences featuring every color imaginable (and even ones you can name yourself) the Crayola is a unique and one-of-a-kind family adventure that you’ll want to revisit time and time again. Among the available things to see and do, you can shop the gift store, travel between a dozen activity station, play games and grab a tasty lunch from the snack bar. There’s even an indoor playground on site to help keep the smaller members of your group happy.

4. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the World of Chocolate Museum.

Yes, you read that right, there’s a museum dedicated to chocolate right in Orlando. From the moment you step foot in the museum your journey to all things chocolate will begin, including a brief stop in the rain forest to learn about cacao, the origin of all things chocolate. Though the guided tour itself is only 45 minutes in length you’ll get the full experience with stops that include 25 sculptures made purely from chocolate, see some of the machinery used to make chocolate and visit the tasting room! From there you can explore the cafe as well, so no need to despair once the tour is over.

5. Get your glow on at the Putting Edge.

Family members of all ages will love being transported from their every day world and into a world of ethereal glowing features. This illuminated universe is made even more epic by the fact that you get to play mini golf against your loved ones and visit the included arcade if golf isn’t your thing.

6. Enjoy the farm experience at Green Meadows Petting Farm.

As of this very moment, the farm is expanding and moving to another location so it’s closed for the big move, however, it’s definitely an experience you don’t want to miss with your little ones. From cows to chickens and goats, you’ll be in awe at the animal encounters that are available for the picking and your little ones will delight in being able to provide the animals with daily snacks.

7. Fly into the sky with the Orlando Balloon Rides.

If you’re the fearless type, then these hot air balloon rides are for you! This is truly the experience of a lifetime, as the Orlando Balloon Rides company has become one of the worlds largest operators of commercial hot air balloons to date. The company is committed to making each and every experience a memorable, experience for each member of your party.

Although we’ve included 7 of what we consider the best experiences to share with your family, little ones included, we haven’t even scratched the surface of what awaits you in Orlando, Florida. A quick internet search will provide you with dozens of other opportunities that we strongly suggest taking advantage of if you’re looking to save money as well as ensure that your youngest family members can join in on the fun during your Orlando vacation!

Why Family with Toddlers Should Consider Travelling to Japan

You know the daily drill of the exhaustive process of potty training a toddler. As any parent who has ever potty trained a child will tell you, leaving the country – or even the house – during this difficult stage can be stressful and counterproductive. Why should you visit a foreign country – with a whiny toddler even?

Well, if you’re talking about potty training – first things first! Japan will make the process a bit easier. There are child-sized toilets in a lot of the public restrooms, which any toddler will feel much more comfortable using. The bathrooms will be a point of interest for older children (and adults), as well. They’ll will be fascinated by the toilets in Japan with all their buttons and fancy gadgets. In their staying in hotels or apartments, you’ll find special toiletries for kids. And when dining out, don’t worry if you have a picky eater who refuses to eat sushi. In many of the restaurants, you’ll find a children’s menu. The food was even served on adorable children’s dishes with small eating utensils at most restaurants where we dined.

Everything is whimsical, themed, or cute. Japan has a way of taking something completely ordinary and making it whimsical and cute. If you order a donut for your child, it will very likely be decorated with googly eyes and a face. If you order a hot dog from the child’s menu, they’ll cut it and cook it to look like an octopus.

If your children enjoy amusement parks, you’ll find a number of popular parks to choose from when visiting Japan with kids – including Disneyland Tokyo and the only Disney resort with a nautical-theme, Disneyland Tokyo!

Tokyo, Japan, specifically, is a serious stimulation of the senses. Everywhere you look, there are bright lights, colorful signs, and flashy electronics.
It’s a city packed with action. Just the type of place that would wow a child. Is your kid a gamer? Tokyo has an entire district dedicated to video games and Anime. You’ll even find urinals equipped with gaming systems.

It is one of the friendliest countries. So naturally, the friendly people make visiting Japan with kids a lot easier. It’s nice going to a place where people will smile at children and offer to help families with children. More to it, Japan is safe and clean even for young kids! It is even one of the safest countries in the world. It’s also very clean.

Let us know your Japan experience!

5 Malaysian Travel Bloggers You Need to Follow this School Holiday

What a way to start the school holidays but to discover more places so here we compiled a list of some of Asia’s top up-and-coming, Malaysian travel bloggers; keen observers and documenters of life that let us see the world vicariously through their globetrotting adventures and drive us to count our pennies at home—so that we might fulfil the wanderlust in us!

You’ll pick up great tips on the best places to eat, the country that gives you the best bang for your buck, and the priceless experiences you won’t exchange for anything in the world!

1. RAMBLE AND WANDERER

RaW of Ramble and Wander takes travel blogging to new heights with his award-winning photos and posts, some of which have been gained international recognition on BBC Travel, CNN, and Lonely Planet!

2. MALAYSIA ASIA

David Hogan Jr. is a multiple award-winning travel writer and blogger from several tourism boards in Malaysia. He covers the latest news and events related to tourism and the local scene in Malaysia, such as the upcoming 20th Century Fox World theme park at Genting Highlands.

3. MY TRAVELLICIOUS

Why you should know him: If you’re looking to inject some humour in your reading list, look no further than Fadli of My Travellicious. What differentiates Fadli from the other travel bloggers is that his posts are bilingual (Malay and English) and he writes from a first-person point-of-view using a highly conversational tone and a stream of consciousness style.

4. THE TINY WANDERER

Kher Ying of The Tiny Wanderer keeps a record of her personal travel experiences on The Tiny Wanderer, so you won’t see much in the way of reviews, but instead, you get a first-hand view into certain experiences, such as waitressing in Melbourne, working on a cruise ship and living in Germany.

5. ALEXANDRA LUELLA

Aside from being a foodie lover who documents her gastronomic conquests across the world, she’s also quite the stylite who takes an interest in eclectic wacky clothing lines and attends acclaimed fashion events!

10 Things to Do in Merida, Mexico

The stunning colonial city of Merida is located in the Yucatan. This city is rich in both culture and architecture. What captures you most about Merida is the people. Unlike some of Mexico’s more popular vacation destinations the pace is slow and the smiles are big. Merida is also widely considered to be Mexico’s safest city for years now.

Narrowing the list down just 10 things to do in Merida is tricky. That becomes increasingly difficult when you realize just how many amazing day trips from Merida there are. This list is a starting place but by no means all there is to do in this thriving Mexican city.

1. Wander the Historic City Center

The historic city center better know as Centro is the beating heart of Merida. You’ll find shops, restaurants, markets and entertainment everywhere you look. The stunning colonial architecture and brightly painted homes come with right stories. This is undoubtedly the number one thing to do while you’re in Merida. If you want to take a deeper dive into the the homes and gardens check out this great walking tour.

2. Climb Uxmal

While a day trip to the famous Chichen Itza is totally possible we are going to recommend visiting Uxmal. This set of ruins is equally as impressive as it’s more famous cousin and boasts some incredible perks. There are two major reasons Uxmal gets our vote, the first being you can climb the ruins. Climb up, take some pictures or just marvel in the moment. The second reason is there are far less tourists. The crowds at Uxmal are small so you won’t waste time waiting at the entrance.

3. Relax at the Beach in Progreso

There is a bus called AutoProgreso that take you directly from Centro to Progreso Beach. The beach is lined with restaurants and bars to enjoy while you take in the view. If you make a purchase for any of the restaurants they will allow you to use one of their beach chairs. Progreso is alo a cruise port, on days the the ship is in town you’ll see lots of street vendors pop up as well.

4. Browse the Markets

At the root of all cultures there is food. To find the most authentic, fresh ingredients you have to visit the market. Merida’s biggest market is the Lucas de Galvez market, located in Centro. The tip here is to go in the mornings before the crowds and the heat pick up. You also get your pick of all the freshest produce and food.

5. Swim in a Cenote

If swimming in a freshwater, underground cenote is on your bucket list the Yucatan is perfect for you. Within a short drive of Merida you can swim in all cenotes of all shapes and sizes. The hidden gems can be tricky to find so linking up with a great local guide for a cenote tour means you’ll get the most of the experience.

6. Visit the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya

To truly understand this region of the world you need to make a stop at the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya. The museum focuses on the history and culture of the Mayan World. You’ll have a chance to learn about the way of life and see what aspects are still present in everyday life. The beautiful modern building is air conditioned making it a great option for a hot afternoon.

7. Taste Yucatecan Food

When most people think Mexican food they think taco. While you will find plenty of tacos they are not the main event. The Yucatan has its own unique dishes including cochinita pibil, huevas motuleños, panuchos and chilaquiles. Eat your fill of Yucatecan food at some of these amazing spots. Also,don’t forget to use that salsas found on the table at each meal

8. Experience a Street Festival

Merida is one of those cities where there is always something going on. Every Sunday there is a street festival in Plaza Grande. Vendors selling food and handcrafts line the park paths and streets. If you time is right you’ll hear music and see people flocking to the streets to dance. It really is the best way to spend a Sunday.

9. Ride Bikes

In Merida there is a strong focus on families. Family friendly activities are common and easy to find. One of the most popular is Bici-Ruta, a Sunday morning bike ride. Every Sunday morning between 8:30 and 12:30 half off Paseo de Montejo is closed for the ride. You’ll find bike rentals near the Walmart.

10. Visit the Churches

The churches and cathedrals are pillars of each neighborhood in Merida. Each is backed with history and its own story of how that community has grown and changed. Create your own walking tour, popping in and out of these beautiful spaces.

10 Unbelievable Destinations to Spend New Years Eve

Can’t believe how incredibly fast that 2018 flew by. A whole year and it felt like it happened in the blink of an eye. As the end of the year approaches us everyone is starting to make their New Year’s Eve plans for ringing in the New Year and welcoming 2019. Traveling for New Year’s is always so much fun for me because it is so much fun to spend your holiday in a place that isn’t just your hometown. If you can make it to a big celebration/festival then it will make your holiday that much more fun. Here are 10 of the best and most unbelievable destinations that you can spend your New Year’s Eve throughout the world.

1. Sydney, Australia

Sydney is absolutely beautiful and they host a huge fireworks display and celebration for the New Year. You can watch the firework show at Sydney Harbour and enjoy the beautiful show. Plus it is also Summer time there during the New Year which means it is nice and warm for ringing in your New Year. Not to mention because of how time zones work, you will be the first to ring in the New Year in Sydney.

2. London, England

London is an amazing city and they have an incredible New Year’s Eve fireworks show that you can watch at Stately London along the Thames. But be sure to buy your tickets in advance as they do sell out quickly!

3. New York City

Of course you can’t exclude New York City from the list. It is one of the most famous New Year’s Eve celebration cities in the world and is quite often televised. From watching on TV you always want to know what that experience would be like! Just keep in mind, it gets extremely busy and packed like sardines in Times Square but the view and whole experience is truly amazing.

4. Pago Pago, South Pacific

If you’re looking to be the closing lineup for ringing in the New Year then you will want to do so in Pago Pago in the South Pacific. You will be the last place to strike midnight and ring in that New Year with a fun celebration!

5. Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Orlando FL

Disney is a truly magical place but even more so around the holiday season. A great way to spend your New Year’s Eve would be filled with a day of fun at the park followed by the magnificent firework and projection show to end your night. Get there early though because they do tend to hit capacity on holidays!

6. Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland is another beautiful country to visit if you have never been you may want to try it out. There are so many fun activities and festivities to celebrate ringing in the New Year and their celebrations are three days long. The firework show at midnight on New Year’s Eve is a spectacular sight to see as it features 4.5 tons of fireworks that are shot over the Edinburgh Castle, it truly is amazing to see.

7. Hong Kong, China

If you want to mix the feel of the New York City New Year’s bash with the traditional cultures of China then you may want to schedule a visit to Hong Kong this New Year. There is a beautiful fireworks display over the skyline and you will see the famous ball drop just like in NYC.

8. Cape Town, Africa

Cape Town is an absolutely beautiful city and a great place to bring in your New Year. Again, Cape Town is entering the Summer season so you can certainly enjoy your New Year in the beautiful warm weather and enjoy an extravagant fireworks show with fun festivities around you.

9. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is known to be a party city so as you can probably imagine, they know how to celebrate. They bring in the New Year with a celebration known as Silvester that features the Party Mile including food, festivities, and shows/music. The fireworks show at midnight is incredible and the party continues after the show is over!

10. Las Vegas, Nevada

Another party city is of course Las Vegas. The whole Vegas strip becomes one big New Year’s celebration filled with food, festivities, and music. At midnight there are so many fireworks being sent off that you are bound to see them from wherever you are, it makes for a great night!

New Year’s eve is such a great time of the year. You get to reflect on the past year and everything that you went through. If you are looking to make a trip for your New Year’s celebration this year I hope you check out one of these amazing destinations. You are bound to have a blast at any of these beautiful cities. Above all, remain happy, healthy, and safe during your celebrations.