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Birthday Remembrance for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok, Thailand
5 December 2016

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, born on 5th December 1927, ascended the throne in 1946 and held the reins until 2016. Having reign over Thailand for 70 years, placing him as the world’s longest serving head-of-state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. At the age of 88, His Majesty passed away peacefully on Thursday, 13th October 2016 at Siriraj Hospital

A special event is staged by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5th December 2016. Bhumibol 1 Bridge was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people.

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I felt deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event held on Bhumibol 1 Bridge to commemorate His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday.

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Group photo of the Media Participants invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand on Bhumibol 1 Bridge

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My fan girl moment with some Thai superstars in the crowd and these boys are ridiciously good looking! From left to right: Boy Pakorn, Phet Thatkrit, Pai Wisarut, Jaron Sorso and Tara Tipa.

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Portrait of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX

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Beautiful sunrise painting the skies with shades of pink hues

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Thousands of mourners gathered on Bhumibol 1 Bridge named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on what would have been his birthday, to remember the Nation’s “Father” and his work to improve the lives of the Thai people.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Mass display of grief, standing in silence for 89-second to mark the King’s life and reign. Thai Royal Anthem is then played and the crowd also join in the mass singing of the song Kwam Fan An Soong Sood (The Impossible Dream) which was composed by His Majesty.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Thanask Patimaprakorn leading the crowd in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Photo Credit: Strait Times

A total of 999 buddhist monks led the prayers in honor to the late His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Spotted the Deputy Prime Minister walking towards my direction which I quickly went up and ask if I can take selfie with him. It is not everyday you get to go so close up with a prominment and influential political figure.

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Mourners holding alof picture of the late king.

At the end of the event, white and yellow balloons were released. Yellow is the color associated with the Birthday of the late king.


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✈️ The Land of Smiles ✈️

Me and prettaeeee Thai Stewardess


Currently in the Kingdom of Thailand for my media trip with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) 🇹🇭 

And it is also my first time onboard Thai Airway, the National Carrier of Thailand. Great to be back visiting the land of smiles and eating authentic Thai cuisine 🤗
Stay tuned for further updates! 😎


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Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa (Part 3)

Click to view Part 1 and Part 2 of my upcoming media trip to Bangkok & Amphawa.

 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Tokio Marine

Chubb Travel Insurance Benefit

Chubb Travel Insurance Table

 

My Sister Sandy is currently working as a Financial Advisor with Manulife and these are the 2 travel insurance policies that she recommends for my trip to Thailand. You can click on the links to view enlarge image of the travel brochure.

Travel insurance can minimize the considerable financial risks of traveling. I will like to highlight the importance of buying insurance and share an example of my own travel mistake when I was holidaying at Athens, Greece in May 2014..

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I got into an accident when the car I was driving hit a huge stone hidden among the bushes. Survived the accident with minor scratches and I had to quickly pull myself out from the damaged vehicle. Shaken by the crash but I knew I had to get back on my feet and moved the car out of the way so that it won’t be a safety hazard for oncoming cars. Had I bought insurance from the car rental company, I wouldn’t have to pay so much for the car damage.

With travel insurance, it gives you a peace of mind when traveling. The processing of your application is very fast and you get to know whether your submitted application is approved within 1 to 3 working days.

If you are keen to know more about travel insurance policies or financial planning, please leave your email or contact number under the “Leave a Reply” section and I will ask my sister to get back to you soonest possible.

 

OVERSEAS WIFI ROUTER

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One way to cut your monthly phone bills when overseas is to rent a Portable Wi-Fi Router. Forget about data roaming and use Portable Wi-Fi Router with affordable access for your travel out of Singapore.

 

Benefits of using Portable Wi-Fi Router are:

  • Secure Network: No longer depend on public hotspot or Hotel Wi-Fi for internet access
  • Portability: Carry your Wi-Fi device in your pocket, and get connected anytime, anywhere
  • Connectivity: Connects up to 8 devices simultaneously (Smartphones, Laptops and Tablets)

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Simply reserve it online at goo.gl/nfFeaB at just $5 a day with first day rental waived. Promo codes below:

  • Japan – $5 a day (FBJP5)
  • South Korea – $5 a day (FBKOREA5)
  • Taiwan – $5 a day (FBTN5)
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  • Hong Kong – $5 a day (FBHK5)

Promotion valid for travels by 31st March 2017.

 

End of Part 3


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I have been dreaming of a White December (Part 1)

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February 2012 (Winter in Munich, Germany)

Santa Claus must have heard my wish that I want to spend a white and snowy vacation for this year December. I don’t care about the presents underneath the Christmas tree and all I want for Christmas is to play with snow. My flight to South Korea is booked and confirmed! Yipee~ Yipee~ Yeah!

This photo was taken in February 2012 which I did a rostered flight to Munich, Germany during the cold winter season. It was also the first time in my life that I see real snow and you can see the child in me, jumping with joy.

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December 2012 (Christmas in New York)

This was taken when I spent Christmas in New York, which I was rostered to do Frankfurt-New York flight. Behind me is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center during Christmas period.

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February 2013 (Winter in Moscow, Russia)

Exactly a year later from seeing real snow in Munich, I got to experience heavy snowfall in Moscow, Russia. That was me braving the cold to build snowman.

And so… I am anticipating to spend a magical snowy vacation in South Korea and excitedly counting down to yet another memorable trip.

End of Part 1


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Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa (Part 2)

WEATHER FORECAST

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Weather Forecast (2nd to 5th December 2016)

December is the coldest month of the year in Thailand with daily average temperature around 26 degree Celsius. The temperatures during December are not as high as other other times of the year and vary between 23 to 33 degree Celsius, making it an ideal time to visit Thailand.

TIME DIFFERENCES

Singapore (GMT+8) is one hour ahead of Bangkok, Thailand (GMT +7)

Example:

2:45PM Tuesday, in Singapore is

1:45PM Tuesday, in Bangkok, Thailand

WHAT TO WEAR

Many tourists preparing a trip to Thailand may be confused about the dress code following the death of the King. Most Thai locals will be dressed in black or white clothing as a display of respect to the late King but this is not compulsory for the tourists. However, tourists should refrain from wearing bright color clothings during this mourning period.

The weather during December see slightly lower temperature but it is still very hot and you should consider practicality and convenience while packing for Thailand. Some historical attractions may not let you in unless you are dressed appropriately to show respect toward the culture.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

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Photo Credit: Google Image

1 SGD =24.9862THB

(as of 29 Nov’16)

 

End of Part 2

Click to view Part 1 of my upcoming media trip to Bangkok and Amphawa.


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Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa (Part 1)

I am pleased to share with all of you that I have been invited to join a 4 days media trip to Bangkok and Amphawa by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). It will be my 8th trip out of Singapore for this year 2016 and I am absolutely looking forward to this all-inclusive trip of airfares, accomodation, tours and meals hosted by TAT.

Very fortunate to be selected as one of the lucky six participants going for this 4-days media trip from 2nd to 5th December 2016, consisting of travel bloggers, editor from Tripzilla and journalists from Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

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Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/tat.sg

More than a month has passed since the passing away of the great and benevolent King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the announcement from the Government has been made to reassure tourists with plans to visit Thailand that all events and festivals are going ahead as planned. While the mourning period is being respected, other areas of life will be returning to normal to avoid disruption and to enable people to make a living.

As such, we, the social media influencers are invited to get the latest updates on the tourism facilties and current situation in Thailand and that after the trip, we can support the growth of tourism in producing contents on the activities and places of interest to visit in Thailand. Meanwhile to help reinforce the message by Tourism Authority of Thailand that life goes on as per normal in Bangkok and around Thailand.


You can view the past posts on my trips to Thailand from the following links

Graduation Trip to Bangkok and Phuket

End of Part 1


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An Adventurous Weekend Getaway to Bintan (Day 3)

Bintan, Indonesia 

20 November 2016 (Sunday)

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Coincidental with the all-black matchy outfit that we wore together on our last day in Bintan. Dope!

Our checkout lunch at the hotel’s restaurant – Burger with double chicken patty, chocolate molten cake, Ayam penyet and Apple crumble pie with vanilla ice cream

Wen Jun had an earlier ferry departure so the three of us went to play pool at the entertainment room. There is a shuttle service from Hotel to Bandar Bentan Telani Ferry Terminal (BBTFT) and we took the last ferry departure back to Singapore.

….End of Day 3….