The time has arrived to begin my 5 months contract with Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas. Words cannot express how excited yet nervous I am. I mean, can you believe it? Today I’m boarding the ship in Southampton, England, tomorrow I’ll be in Le Havre, France.

On one hand, I am super excited to finally live my dream of working on a cruise. But on the other hand, I know it’s going to be hard work (no rest days) and I hope to have the willpower to last all the way through.

I will update again once everything has settled down. But as I have limited internet access on board (no free wifi),  I really don’t know when’s the next time I can come online again. Should anyone wish to contact me, kindly drop me a message via FB or leave a comment below, and I will reply as soon as I can.

Till then, take care!

Regards, Charlene.


My girlfriends and I went to Phuket over the weekend for a well deserved break. Val found this deal on Expedia where it only cost $250 per person for flight and accommodation (2 persons to a room) for a 3D2N trip.

The hotel we chose was The Beach Heights Resort because of the excellent ratings it received on TripAdvisor.

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Or anywhere you prefer.

Haven’t you notice, Scoot hardly has promotion for flights to Seoul. Their ‘Morning Glory Tuesdays’ promos are almost always for Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong or Taipei flights. What about Seoul? :(

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If you’re a first time buyer for budget airline (Eg: Jetstar, Tiger Airways, Scoot…etc) tickets, here are 5 basic guidelines to follow: 

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Excellent guide to my homeland, Singapore

Originally posted on Little Grey Box:

There are a lot of cliché things you can do in Singapore and I’m sure you’d have a fun time doing them, things like visiting Raffles for the obligatory Singapore Sling (yawn). This guide isn’t going to drag your sorry, sweating carcass through the same holiday every other person before you has had, it’s going to thrust you into the world of the locals. Yes, thrust.

Most Asian countries are renowned for being affordable, Singapore isn’t one of them. If you’re a Singapore lover or proud national, don’t worry, I’m not bagging the place. The truth is there are two versions of the country: A) the version for tourists and rich expats and B) the version for locals with a realistic budget. Singapore is only as expensive as you allow it to be.

The best place to base yourself is in the thick of things. Orchard Road is infamous for…

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It’s like I’m addicted. I just visited 3 months ago but already I’m planning a return trip.

Originally posted on Little Grey Box:

I don’t know anything about wine. Well, that’s not entirely true, I know I like white, sparkling and some rose. I also know there are a lot of memes doing the rounds about how important it is! That’s really the extent of it, shameful right?

Based on this, you wouldn’t think I’d be the prime candidate for heading to the Hunter Valley for the weekend. But here’s the cool thing, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley aren’t just for wine snobs with a perfect palate, they are also for regular people who just want a fun weekend getaway.

Newcastle is the perfect base for this weekend trip. By staying in Newcastle you get the best of both worlds, the Hunter Valley and its lush wineries are only an hour’s drive away and the cool bars and beautiful beaches of Newcastle are right on your hotel doorstep. You can be driving through…

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