This Pyramid Café In The Philippines With Food From $1 Will Save You A Trip To The Louvre In Paris

This Pyramid Café In The Philippines Will Take You To The Louvre In Paris

There’s no need to cross continents to visit the Louvre in Paris.

The Louvre in Paris

The Pyramid café in the Philippines offers a similar experience that’s a lot closer to home. The café mimics the Parisian landmark’s glass and metal pyramid and the likeness is uncanny.


If you think it looks awesome during the day, then wait till you see it at night.

The glass café lights up with a mix of yellow interior lights and purple outdoor lights, and delights guests with a fresh menu that starts from a mere S$1.


Let’s get a behind-the-scenes look at this Parisian café in Cebu, Philippines.

Perfect Parisian vibes

Couples who want to feel like they’re in the city of love should consider a romantic date in this destination.


You can wine and dine while enjoying the café’s minimalist aesthetic, which give the perfect chill vibes. Meanwhile, singles who are waiting for something real can easily mingle and meet someone new.


Those who are hanging out with a large group of friends and family can enjoy the scenic view of lush green trees in their private dining halls.


Fans of magical starry skies can check out these enchanting lights with cozy patterns that complement the night sky visible through the glass panels.


Filipino & European concoctions from $1

The quaint café offers delectable Filipino and European seafood, salads, pastas and pizzas from $1.

Their French macarons boast of a rich dose of banana flambé and fruity fillings with a variety of flavours. Those with a sweet tooth can binge as much as they want since they only cost S$0.90 (PHP 35) per piece.


A tropical vacation in Cebu conjures dreams of fresh fruit ice blends.

The region is rich in watermelon, avocado, mangoes and pineapple. You’ll surely beat the heat with these vibrant concoctions for S$3.20 (PHP 120) per glass.


The Philippines’ islands are jam-packed with fish, shrimp and squid. Don’t leave without having a taste of their fried bangus or milkfish for S$7 (PHP 265).


Chicken lovers should grab this mouth-watering chicken fillet sandwich that comes with classic french fries that we’ve all come to love for S$7 (PHP 265).


If you want something cheesy and spicy, consider indulging in this large serving of creamy shrimp béchamel for S$8.93 (PHP 335).


A trip to Paris isn’t complete without tasting a diverse selection of wine. You can easily enjoy fresh delectable food with the sweet and bitter tang of wine from S$10.40 (PHP 390) per bottle.


How to get to The Pyramid café

The Pyramid café is a 37-minute cab ride from the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

The establishment is along Garden Bloc and near McDonald’s and Cebu IT Park.

Address: Garden Bloc, W Geonzon St, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun, 11am-3am
Contact Number: +63 32 516 0254
Website: The Pyramid Cebu

You don’t need to break the bank to feel like you’re in Paris. The Pyramid café is a Parisian destination that has delectable treats for an affordable price – and if you do visit, share your experience in the comments.

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Glamping Resort In Bintan Has Desert-Themed Tepee Tents & Is Only 50 Minutes From S’pore

Glamping Resort At Treasure Bay Bintan To Open Officially In Feb 2020

Ever thought of going camping but turned off by the idea of getting grimy and dirty?

glamping – AKA glamorous camping – resort in Bintan looks to solve that, and will be officially opening its doors to the public in Feb 2020, just in time for a March holiday vacation.

Here’s what you can expect from The ANMON Resort at Treasure Bay Bintan.

Spacious nordic-looking tepee tents

The ANMON resort, which held its soft launch earlier this year, shows us the meaning of glamour in the term glamping.

The beautiful leisure grounds are dotted with 45 sqm tepee tents, giving a hotel-like experience even though you’re supposed to be camping outdoors.

Upon walking into each of these tents, prepare to be greeted by a calming nordic-themed bedroom furnished with earth tones splashed across the walls.

Each tepee tent also has its own bathroom that won’t look out of place at an atas resort.

With brown and white as its main colour scheme, this bathroom reminds us of a classy MUJI store.

You can find toiletries such as shampoo and shower gel placed in refillable bottles, so you won’t need to worry about weighing your luggage down with your own.

Also, each of these tepee tents can accommodate up to 4 people, making it perfect for a family trip or vacation with friends.

The resort’s PR spokesperson told MS News that prices start from S$120 per room per night. Depending on your travel dates, it could go up to around $300.

Prices are still relatively affordable if you split them between your travel buddies.

Desert-themed tepee tents named after minerals

Not only do these tepee tents look cool, their names are pretty dope as well.

Each cluster of tepees is named after a desert mineral like Amber, Borax, Opal, and Garnet.

Despite its desert-inspired surroundings, this resort is relatively tech-savvy as well.

ANMON uses a digital concierge service, meaning you’ll be able to get in touch with various concierge services through your phone.

You can also make use of services like planning a resort itinerary just by scanning a QR code with your phone camera. How cool.


Indulge in Mediterranean cuisines at The Compass Rose & TIPI Bar

No vacation is complete without indulging in endless amounts of good food. You won’t be missing out on this at the ANMON resort.

The ANMON resort has 2 dining areas — The Compass Rose and TIPI Bar.

The Compass Rose, is a 150-seater restaurant that serves a series of Mediterranean fusion cuisines.

Guests can even choose from a series of vegan and vegetarian options.

But if you’re looking for a place to chill and have a drink, you can visit the TIPI Bar for desert inspired cocktails and mocktails.

If you’d like, you can even get to indulge in a shisha session there.

Topping it all off, this resort has an all-day social space called The Oasis — a party pool by day and an open-air movie zone by night.

Just 50 minutes away from Singapore

To get there, you’ll have to take a 45-minute ferry ride to Bandar Bintan Telani ferry terminal. Afterwards, hop on a 2-minute bus ride and you’ll arrive at Treasure Bay Bintan.


For more information about travelling there, visit Treasure Bay Bintan’s website here.

Know someone in need of a short getaway trip? Tag them in the comments below!

All images courtesy of the ANMON Resort via Touch PR & Events unless stated otherwise.

Raffles Hotel Reopens On 1 Aug With Gorgeous Suites, Ballrooms & Restaurants

Raffles Hotel Returns After 18-Months Of Renovation

The iconic Raffles Hotel closed its doors in December 2017 to make room for major upgrades and renovations.

On Thursday (1 Aug), the hotel was back in action with a fresh look, new suites, luxurious restaurants, and high-class venues.

While Singapore’s architecture has changed over the years, Raffles Hotel is a constant reminder of our British past.

Here’s a look at how this neo-Renaissance building has transformed after several months.

Meticulous restoration

The Raffle Hotel’s meticulous restoration was led by interior designer Alexandra Champalimaud.

Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Singapore, said in a press release,

It is our wish and desire that our guests will continue to create treasured memories at the hotel.

The main building would certainly strike an awesome first impression. The walls are whiter than ever with fresh paint and sparkling marble floors.

You’ll definitely feel like royalty while walking up the grand staircase to reach your suite.

Ballrooms, boutiques & facilities

The hotel’s Jubilee Hall theatre has been replaced with a grand ballroom which can seat up to 300 guests.

Stunning chandeliers, customized wall panels, and long dining tables serve as a reminder of the city’s rich heritage.

We bet you’ve seen loads of swimming pools in your lifetime but not many can match the grandeur of this shimmering destination.

A charming boutique also sells vases, shirts, and other souvenirs so you can preserve and treasure every memory of your stay.

Refurbished fancy suites

Locals eager for a staycation will be happy to know that the suites have been refurbished too.

The Courtyard Suite provides easy access to the main building, Raffles Spa and Raffles Arcade. After a long day of sightseeing, tourists can relax on this king or queen-sized bed and enjoy world-class service from Raffles butlers.

The Residence Suite includes dining areas, pantry, intimate office space, living room, and powder room.

You’ll definitely feel like a king or a queen while enjoying a warm bath inside this tub after a long day at work.

Restaurants & bars

The refurbished interiors are certainly luxurious, and you can expect the same quality from their restaurants and bars.

Raffles has collaborated with Chef Anne-Sophie Pic – of the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in  France – to create the La Dame restaurant. We’re hoping it’ll rack up Michelin stars in the years to come.

Foodies can enjoy dishes like Cucumber with Oscietra Caviar and Gariguette Strawberry and Rosat Geranium.

Another option is a breakfast filled with vibrant berries, tangy bread, and colourful fruit juices at Tiffin Room.

True to its British roots, the hotel also serves afternoon tea and delicious treats at the Grand Lobby.

Stay the night at Raffles Hotel

There are loads of hotels around Singapore, but none can equal the grandeur and history of the Raffles Hotel.

The establishment opened in 1987 and derived its name from Singapore’s founder — Sir Stamford Raffles. You can book a suite on their website.

Are you a fan of the newly refurbished hotel? Are you planning to make a visit? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from Raffles Hotel Singapore. All images courtesy of Raffles Hotel Singapore unless otherwise stated.

Bugis Street & Village Is Getting A New Look With Container Shops & Link Bridge To MRT Station

Bugis Street & Village To Be Integrated & Revamped Under CapitaLand

Bugis Street, known for its cheap clothing and street food, is a popular shopping destination for Singaporeans on a budget.


If you visit the shopping district frequently, here are some good news. The shopping experience there is about to get better, thanks to CapitaLand — Bugis Street’s new management.

The iconic shopping street will soon be merged with Bugis Village – a mall in the same vicinity – forming an integrated shopping destination named Bugis Box.


Bugis will feature container shops like Common Ground

Following the success of concept malls like Funan Mall, which opened last June, Bugis Box will also have their own modern design and unique colour.

Not only will it have a marketplace that opens from day to night, the integrated shopping haven will also feature modern street market as well as shared spaces such as co-living and co-working areas.


With the addition of container shops, Singapore may soon have our very own mini Common Ground.

Common Ground is a mall constructed from shipping containers in Seoul, South Korea

Will also have retail incubator for shops to experiment with new concepts

A retail incubator is also part of the proposed plans.


This specialised space will allow retail brands to experiment with new concepts and push boundaries.

A new food hub for hungry shoppers

Famished from all the shopping, shoppers can also head to the new food hub which sells popular local dishes as well as other delicacies from around the region.

Visitors can also try their hand at recreating these dishes on the spot, or bring back ‘instant’ versions of the delicacies.

From laksa pastes to bak kut teh soup packs, these are the perfect souvenirs for tourists to dabao home.

Convenient linkway bridge from MRT

To save visitors the dreadful walk across the sun, there’ll also be a link bridge connecting Bugis Street to Bugis+.

Bugis+ is also connected to Bugis Junction, which happens to be strategically positioned above Bugis MRT.

To cut it short, you’ll be able to get from Bugis MRT to the new Bugis Box without having to bear with the sweltering heat or getting drenched under torrential rain.

Bugis Street, an upgraded version

With the fresh design, convenient access, and the increased variety of stores, Bugis Street and Bugis Village are likely to see new shoppers patronising their stores.

What other features would you like to see in this zhng-ed up Bugis Street? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from CapitaLand

Thomson Nature Park Is A Free Safari To Spot Banded Langur Monkeys, Bubul Birds & Rare Sambar Deer

Newly-Opened Thomson Nature Park Lets You Spot Banded Langur Monkeys & Rare Sambar Deer

There’s no need to cross borders to explore natural forests and safaris.

On Friday (11 Oct), National Parks announced the opening of the Thomson Nature Park which boasts of rich wildlife and biodiversity. The 50-hectare forest is home to rare animals like the Banded Langur Monkey, Sambar Deer and Bubul Birds.


If you’re tired of hanging out in shopping malls, here’s a new destination in the North you can head to for a breath of fresh air.

Three Forest Trails

Located on the premises of a former Hainanese village, the opening of Thomson Nature Park is a step to reconnect to and preserve our cultural heritage.

The forest is filled with lush green trees connected by rope bridges and underground culverts that allow wild animals to roam freely.


National Parks worked closely with the original residents to determine which trails visitors can wander. Guests can explore five trails such as the Stream and Ferns Trail, Ruins and Figs Trail and Ferns Trail, Langur Trail and Macaque Trail. The 5 trails span 3.8 kilometres and are designed to go around the former village’s road network.


Singapore’s city life features high-rise buildings and condominiums which is a big departure from the kampung life of our ancestors. We imagine elderly grandparents can reminisce and tell stories of their childhood while strolling with their grandkids.


Wildlife Safari

The 50-hectare park is home to animals like the Malayan Porcupine, Banded Langur, Sambar Deer and Mousedeer.


For the uninitiated, the Banded Langur is a sky monkey that can only be found in Singapore. There are estimated to be only 60 langurs alive and we’re curious to know if these monkeys will grow to have a big fanbase like our otters.


Otherwise, keep your eyes peeled on the trees and you may find a straw-headed bulbul perched on a branch.


The sambal deer is a rare find and we wish that they’ll be able to meet and greet guests. Here’s to hoping we can run as gracefully as these animals while traipsing over branches during a hike.


How to get to Thomson Nature Park

Locals can visit the Nature Park by booking a Grab or riding the bus.

Those opting for public transport can take bus 138, 138A, 167, 169, 860, 980 and alight at at Upper Thomson Road near Aft Tagore Dr. You can also ride bus 138, 167, 169, 860, 980 and alight at Upper Thomson Road near Bef Tagore Dr.

Thomson Nature Park
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm daily
Carpark Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm daily (no overnight parking)
Website: National Parks

Thomson Nature Park is a new getaway to get in touch with local wildlife and contemplate life in a kampung village. Make sure to come with friends and family who can help you spot animals.

Featured image from Facebook. 

Cat Capsule Hotel In Osaka Lets Furry Felines Watch Over You While You Sleep From S$106/Night

Cat Capsule Hotel In Osaka Is A Paradise Of Furry Felines From S$106/Night

Cat lovers can spend their holidays gazing at cats in this capsule hotel.

Neko Yokujo & Neko Hatago is a cat capsule hotel and café located in Osaka, Japan.


What’s unique about this destination is that it lets guests relax in tatami baths, gaze at furry felines and play with them 24/7 for S$106/night.


Let’s take a look at this cat paradise that will get you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Gaze at cats while you sleep

Neko Yokujo & Neko Hatago is the world’s first capsule hostel that’s directly beside a cat café.


While a solid glass wall separates the room and the capsule hotel sleeping compartments, guests can spend their night looking at the furry felines. They can also play with their adorable friends through radio-controlled toys.


At the same time, cats can watch over the guests while they sleep.


Unwind at cat café & spa

Animal lovers want to get up close and personal with the cats can cuddle and hold them in their cat café.


If you ever miss the tropical weather in sunny Singapore, you can enjoy a hot foot bath with a cat resting on your lap. The hotel claims that letting cats rest on your tummy or waist can help you get warm and improve blood circulation during the cold winter weather.


A cat’s purr is scientifically proven to decrease stress and boost your immune system. Skeptics can test that theory by petting the cats’ cheeks and stroking their backs to hear their calming sounds.


Cats can also reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks by more than a third, according to a decade-long study by the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute.

Since touching cats can boost oxytocin, pet owners often have less stress and maintain healthy social relationships.


Consider cat adoption

Guests who form a lasting bond with their cats also have the option to keep them permanently.


All the cats in the hotel are managed by Neco Republic – an animal welfare company –  and they are waiting for their forever homes.


The current profits of the hotel are used to purchase the cats’ food and medical expenses.

Staying at cat hotel & café

Staying at the Neko Yokujo & Neko Hatago hotel costs around S$106 (8,500 yen) per night. You can enjoy watching a cat’s nighttime activities and play with them 24/7.

Those who want to touch and cuddle cats directly should consider their cat café packages which cost S$18.75 (1,500 yen) on weekdays and S$22.50 (1,800 yen) on weekends for one hour.

An all-day pass costs S$47.51 (3,800 yen). You can visit their website to learn more details.

The hotel is a 45-minute cab ride from Kansai International Airport.

Address: 1F, 1-14-29, Shimanouchi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka, Japan, 542-0082
Hotel check-in: from 3pm
Hotel check-out: until 10am
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm–9pm; Sat-Sun & Holidays 12pm–8pm
Website: Neco Republic

Neko Yokujo & Neko Hatago is a top holiday destination for those who want to unwind in a cat paradise. From S$106/night, you can meet new friends and consider adopting them too.

Featured image from Neco Republic.

This Village In Japan Replaces Dead People With Dolls & The Reason Is Sad But Unnerving

Japan’s Nagoro Village Faces Declining Birth Rates & The Struggle Is Real

Japan’s countryside villages have shrunk in population because of the nation’s low birth rates and citizens’ migration to cities.

While the government has made an active effort to encourage more parents to have children, Japan’s Nagoro Village has turned to dolls to populate their town.


According to CNA Insider, Tsukimi Ayano – a 69-year old doll creator – fashioned the town’s life-like figurines to commemorate the dead and repopulate the community.


A village full of dolls seems like an unnerving plotline for a horror film, but it’s actually a serious attempt to bring life back to this village.

Dolls replace residents

Eleven years ago, when Tsukimi Ayano returned home, she discovered that the village once brimming with life felt lonely. As young people had moved to the city for employment, their population of 300 residents declined to only 27 people.

To combat the absence of residents, Ayano created her first dolls to resemble her parents and other family members. The hobby continued and she has created more than 350 dolls inspired by residents who died or left the village.


Ayano tells CNA Insider,

Some (of the dolls) resemble people who used to live here or passed away.

Village of dolls

Thanks to Ayano’s efforts, the Japanese village is filled with doll monuments that represent its past residents.


A short stroll reveals dolls lying in forests or hidden among trees, like this ‘child’ in a red sweater and green cap who’s hanging from a wooden fence.


This doll is made to resemble a real-life cyclist from afar, but a closer look reveals he is a mere mannequin.


No more children in the village

Kids who want to play hide and seek might find dolls mischievously creeping up on them instead.


All the children in the village have left so the school has dolls reading books and chatting with other students in a classroom.

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The inns which used to be lively spaces for the community are filled with dolls to represent the adults and elderly who used to discuss gossip and village concerns.

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Declining birth rates in Japan & Singapore

Nagoro’s sparse population is a nationwide consequence of the low birth rate and high life expectancy in Japan.

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CNA Insider reports that Japan’s population will shrink by a third in 2065 — leading to a workforce shortage and possible economic crisis.

The threat of declining birth rates is also an issue that hits close to home in Singapore. A local report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018 found only 39,039 births were registered in 2018 compared to 2017 — equivalent to a 1.5% decrease.

Both Japan and Singapore have turned to robotics and immigration to solve their population woes, and we have yet to see its impact.

Creative attempt to repopulate the village

The life-like dolls seem haunting once you discover that they’re meant to mimic dead or former residents. However, it’s also a creative yet lonely attempt to repopulate the village.

The lack of residents in Nagoro Village remains to be an issue without a solution anytime soon. It would be sad to see the village become a ghost town so we’re curious to know if Japanese and expats would be willing to relocate to this village of dolls.

What do you think about the dolls of Nagoro Village in Japan? Will you pay them a visit? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image adapted from Google Maps.

Penang’s Kek Lok Si Gets Lit For CNY With 10,000 Lights, Looks Like An Imperial City In The Hills

Kek Lok Si Temple In Penang Holds Annual Display Of 10,000 Lights & Lanterns From 19 Jan-21 Feb

Chinese New Year is just a week away, and if you happen to be heading to Penang to visit your relatives, boy, are you in for a treat.

From 19 Jan-21 Feb, Penang’s Kek Lok Si Temple, with over 10,000 lights installed, will be transformed into an ethereal palace looking over the island.


We bet you’ll be tempted to stop and stare at the temple’s glimmering radiance. Here’s a look at their past CNY celebrations so you know what to expect when you’re there.

Do come armed with DSLRs and a fully charged smartphone ’cause one thing’s for sure, there’ll be lots of beautiful shots for the ‘gram.

More than 10,000 lights installed at Kek Lok Si Temple

Like previous years, Kek Lok Si temple – Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple – will be home to over 10,000 light installations that will spark much excitement for the Lunar New Year.


The destination will be jam-packed with LEDs, traditional Chinese lanterns, and bright neon lights.

According to Penang Foodie on Friday (17 Jan), the traditional lanterns will alternate between contrasting red and yellow colours, transforming it into a vibrant complex.  


Kek Lok Si Temple, which sits atop the hills of Ayer Itam, is a sight to behold during the day. But here’s news —  it looks even better at night.


Don’t forget to go to the top floors of the highest temples to catch this panoramic view of the island.


While we frequently see a lot of city lights, this stunning sight looks straight of Disney’s Mulan animated film, as they celebrate the victory of the war after defeating the Huns.

Visitors can also look forward to spectacular firework displays that will put conventional firecrackers to shame.


After a long night of sightseeing, you can relax with friends and family at this pagoda. We hope you can experience peace and quiet for a nice change of pace.


Pray for good fortune within the temple’s golden red interiors

Devout Buddhists can also visit the stunning temples to pray for prosperity and good fortune.


They say praying on the first day of the New Year is effective. So, dropping by the temple may be the extra boost you need to ace university examinations, have good health, and live a prosperous life with your family.


Traditional Chinese lanterns also light up the gold and red interior of the spiritual complex. The bright lights make the atmosphere brighter and more cheerful than the usual temples we frequent.


The temple also has stunning gardens leading to Buddhist statues, where you can place your lit incense sticks into the pot after prayers are done.


How to get to Kek Lok Si temple

Kek Lok Si temple is a 45-minute cab ride from the Penang International Airport.

The temple opens daily from 8.30am-5.30pm. But if you solely plan to bask in the warmth of its radiant lights, here’s what you need to know.

Kek Lok Si Display of Lights

Address: 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang
Date: 19 Jan-21 Feb
Opening Hours: 7pm-12am
Website: Facebook page

Kek Lok Si temple has gorgeous lanterns and temples that are bound to take your breath away. Don’t forget to stop by if you’re planning a trip to Penang soon.

Will you visit soon? Let us know in the comments below.

Featured image from Facebook.

Fox Giving Marmot A ‘Heart Attack’ Moment Was So Epic, It Won Best Wildlife Photo

Person Behind Tibetan Fox Hunting Marmot Photo Snags Wildlife Photographer Of The Year Award

Be inspired to take your next adventure thanks to these award-winning wildlife photos.

London’s Natural History Museum organised The Wildlife Photography Awards and received 48,000 entries from 100 different countries.

Chinese photographer Yongqing Bao’s entry titled ‘The Moment’ featuring a Tibetan fox ready to pounce on a shocked marmot – a species of large squirrels – snagged The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.

wildlife photography award 1Yongqing took this photo at Nan Shan mountains in northern China

Wildlife photography can make many stop and stare. If you’d like to see the stunning images, here’s a look at some of the award-winning photos that you need to check out.

Tibetan fox about to pound on shocked marmot

How far would you go to feed your children?

The winning entry titled ‘The Moment’ by Yongqing Bao featured a Tibetan Fox hunting a Himalayan marmot to feed her three hungry cubs, according to The New York Times.

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The image conveyed a stark contrast between life and death as the predator was poised to attack and the prey realised its quick demise.

Bao took home the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award for his stunning feat. We were equally amazed, and even made a meme out of it.

Glowing squid also a stunning photo

Meanwhile, the winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year was Cruz Erdmann.

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His entry titled ‘Night Glow’ featured a bigfin reef squid altering its body colour and pattern.

Notable mentions of the awards

The competition also announced winners for different categories like birds, amphibians, animal portraits, invertebrates and mammals.

‘Pondworld’ by Manuel Plaickner captured the mass migration of common frogs in large ponds. We never knew that these amphibians had their own sci-fi wonderland until today.


The ‘Garden of Eels’ by David Doubilet includes a swaying group of eels drifting across the current.


‘The Equal Match’ by Ingo Arndt reminds us that we’ll never know which day will be our last.

The picture highlights a horrified guanaco as a female puma grabbed him by the throat.


Surprisingly, Mr Arndt revealed that the guanaco escaped while the female puma went hungry.

Hawaii is famous for its gorgeous beaches but it’s volcanoes are a sight to see too. ‘Creation’ by Luis Vilariño has red lava from the Kīlauea volcano dripping down towards the cool Pacific Ocean.


‘The Huddle’ by Stefan Christmann proves that you need others to survive in the wildlife too. The photo featured 5,000 male emperor penguins huddled with their heads down to share body heat.

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Appreciating the beauty of wildlife

We undoubtedly love to take vacations in urban destinations but these pictures inspire us to consider a wildlife adventure too.

If we witness the beauty of nature, then maybe we’ll be more inspired to preserve the planet and protect the environment.

The Earth is huge and there are a lot of places to discover.  In the meantime, consider adding underwater worlds, hot volcanoes, forests and savannas to your travel bucket list.

Have you ever had a wildlife adventure? Share your stories with us in the comments below.

Featured image from Natural History Museum. 

M’sia Has A Harry Potter Café That Lets You Lepak & Drink Butterbeer At ‘Diagon Alley’

Harry Potter Café In Ipoh Looks Like A Shop Suited For The Wizarding Street Of Diagon Alley

Those of you who are still waiting for your letters from Hogwarts, the wizarding world of Harry Potter is not entirely out of reach now.

We’ve recently discovered Platform 9½ Café in Ipoh, Malaysia, which lets you experience what it’s like being in shop located at the iconic shopping street of Diagon Alley.


Aspiring Hogwarts students waiting for their owl-sent letter can finally buy the supplies they need to learn spells.


Let’s take a peek inside this otherworldly cafe that will make your childhood dreams come true.

Hogwarts uniforms & shopping carts

Those who want to rekindle their love for the Harry Potter series don’t need to go to London or Japan to see the settings for the fantasy novel.

This Harry Potter café in Malaysia features a massive chandelier and cobble-stoned interior that are exact replicas of shops in Diagon Alley.


Guests can meet fellow students and dress up in black robes and Gryffindor-themed scarves. Here’s to hoping you can meet brave and chivalrous friends.


You’ll be happy to know that you can grab a shopping cart to store rolls of parchment, quills, spellbooks, potion bottles, and strange baubles.


If you ever get tired from shopping, then take a seat and enjoy the cool breeze in this rural town. The peace and quiet are miles apart from your busy life in the city.


Butterbeer float, cold brews & slushies

Muggles can finally get the chance to eat a menu with magical ingredients from S$1.60 (RM 4.90).

Their popular Butterbrew is made with sarsaparilla & Home Brew Butterscotch for only S$1.95 (RM6). Meanwhile, their Butterbrew Float is served with a scoop of butterscotch ice cream from New Zealand. 


Tea lovers shouldn’t miss their Dried Fruit and Herb Tea like this Lumos Tea, made from fresh orange, lemon and red dragon fruit from S$4.50 (RM13.90).

Long-time fans will notice that their teas are named after classic spells like Wingardium, Reparo, Confurdo and Vulnera Sanentur.


Coffee connoisseurs can also enjoy a variety of frappes, cold brews, and slushies too.

How to get there

Platform 9 ½ Café is located in Ipoh, Malaysia.

It’s beside My Home One along Concubine Lane and a 17-minute cab ride from the Sultan Azlan Shah Airport.

Address: 22, Lorong Panglima, Concubine Lane, 30000 Ipoh, Negeri Perak
Operating Hours: Sun-Thurs 9am–6pm, Fri-Sat, 9am–10pm
Contact Number: +60 17-450 1118
Website: Platform 9 ½ Cafe

After years of waiting, you can finally drink butterbeer and shop in Diagon Alley. They say we all have magic inside us so we want to find some spellbooks and realize our potential.

Featured image from Instagram. 


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