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This is a Thursday's Travels Anything about previous, current and future (upcoming) travel exploits entry under my themed blog posts! My version of a Singapore Travel Blog LOL! For more info about the themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

My ex-colleague Ian had shared with us some suggestions on places to go, things to do and recommended food and snacks in Amsterdam. Much love to him!

These are some of the things we did during our trip to Amsterdam during our honeymoon aka #nadskaihoneymoon. Because this entry is going to be really photo intensive, I will be splitting this into another entry.

Before we go into our suggestions on where to go, I'll like to recommend getting the Holland Pass.

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The Holland Pass costs us EUR72/Pax. The pass is actually an all-in-one city pass which covers the main places of interests and also offers an express queue for some places! For more info about the Holland Pass, I would recommend that you read about it here. Actually c(hubby) was the one who found out about the Holland Pass and researched about it!

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Amsterdam is such a beautiful places and was one of our favourite stops in Europe. The people were friendly and nice, communication was easy and the food was delicious. We'll definitely head back one day!

Here are suggestions on the places to go in Amsterdam

1. Museums.

We checked out the various museums like Stedelijk museum, Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum during our trip there. I LOVE museums, love looking at the beautiful paintings, sculpture and the rich history and heritage.

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IMG_9456Most museums will not allow photo taking inside. We chose to respect that and only took pictures outside where it was allowed.

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There are really many museums to visit and my personal favourite was the Van Goth Museum in Amsterdam. Take a look and slowly research on the preferred museums. Unless you purchase an express pass/queue ticket, most of the time you'll have to queue for quite a bit to get in.

2. Cheese Museum.

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As a huge fan of cheese, I had to visit both the Cheese Factory and Cheese Museum. I felt that it was interesting to find out the various types of cheese and sampling. We even bought back some cheese to enjoy in the comforts of our hotel.

3. Amsterdam Heineken Experience

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I honestly do not drink beer, the closest I drink is cider. But because c(hubby) is my Player Two, I accompanied him to the Amsterdam Heineken Experience. (and he seemed really excited about it!)

From fun rides to learning about the fermentation process to the rich history of Heineken, it was really a very interesting experience! Not only that, we had 2 glasses of beer each. For 16 Euros each, I thought that it was money well spent!

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Beautiful bottles available for purchase.

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We paid extra to get glasses engraved with our names. Perfect for our new place. ;)

4. Anne Frank House

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IMG_9411Some of you guys may have read The Diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl who went into hiding from the Nazis in World War 2. Tickets are at 9 Euros per person. If you've read the book, I would highly recommend you visit Anne Frank Huis.

I will be blogging about Keukenhof, Coffeeshops and various eats in my next Amsterdam post. Should you have any questions about Amsterdam, please comment here!

Other blog posts about #nadskaihoneymoon

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This is a Tips on Tuesdays - nadnut pretends to act knowledgable and impart some tips. entry under my themed blog posts! For more info about the themed blog posts, do read the entry here.

This post was inspired from my friend Keng Meng asking in our group chat on how to reduce jet lag as he was traveling on a long haul flight. Personally for me, these tips really worked! I visited USA last year for work and jet lag wasn't too bad for me. But this year when I went to Europe for my honeymoon, I didn't follow my own tips and jet lag hit me HARD. In fact, when I came back, I couldn't sleep and actually went to work back in Singapore despite not sleeping for 24 hours during my Europe Travel. I survived a busy work day but it was dreadful. I was thinking if this how to avoid jet lag article should fit into a Tips on Tuesdays or a Thursday's Travels post and decided to heck it and dump in into this Tips on Tuesday blog entry!

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So here are my tips on reducing jet lag! Let it be known that I am no expert and all these tips were what I have heard from friends and researched on my own!

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You've been warned.

Before your trip.

1. Adjusting your body clock.

If you are traveling to a place where the time difference is more than 5 hours, I would highly recommend adjusting your sleeping and waking up timing to the new location's time zone. Of course, I won't suggest you do it immediately. Instead, you can slowly move it up/down by an hour and slowly adjust accordingly. It'll help you settle in, as much as possible.

2. Stay Healthy.

I know it's a bit silly to even suggest this but it's really common sense. Before my trip to Korea for my pre-wedding shoot, I made sure that I ate right, took Vitamin C and other multi vitamins and exercise frequently. My immune system ain't that good so I was very afraid that I'll fall sick there, so I did my best to avoid falling sick. And the Korea trip was perfect! For Europe, I fell sick badly before my trip, but I wasn't taking care of my body well and was feeling stressed at work due to some staffing issue. Needless to say, I felt reallllly bad during my trip. Jet lag was extremely hard too.

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3. Prepare Melatonin.

For my USA trip, my colleague (or well, ex-colleague now) recommended Melatonin. I took some on the way to San Diego to help myself adjust and I slept like a baby. But of course, with any sort of medication, I would encourage you to get advice from a Pharmacist or your Family Doctor.

4. Stay Hydrated. Be Picky.

Dehydration worsens Jet Lag. With the dry air in the plane, it's easier to be more dehydrated. I'll recommend drinking plain water rather than alcohol or drinks with caffeine in them. Even if you are not feeling thirsty, drink up. Aside from that, remember to pack your lip balms, moisturisers and eye drops. Once I had left my lip balm in the checked in luggage and yes, forgot to drink plenty of water, my lips cracked so bad that it bled. Needless to say, it was a bloody (pun intended!) pain.

5. Be Kiasu. Pack More.

If you are on a long haul flight, I'll highly recommend being an absolute auntie and packing your travel pillow, eye masks and ear plugs. Reason being, if you are going to spend over 15 hours in the air, you should be as comfortable as possible. Prevent neck aches with a comfy neck pillow and ear plugs just incase you are placed unfortunately with some yelling kiddos. Lack of sleep is sure gonna affect your jet lag.

6. Pretend That You Are Already At Your Destination.

Adjust your watch. Also if you are going to land in the morning, try to sleep as much as possible on the plane. If you are going to land in the evening/night, stay awake as much as possible on the plane. This is so that you can go about well adjusted to the time zone! Also, eat as if you are already there!

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7. Work Out.

If you land in the morning, do some light exercises like perhaps a jog? I feel that it makes me feel more alert and awake in the morning! If you land at night, perhaps some yoga moves and stretching would make you feel more relaxed and ready for bed!

8. You Are My Sunshine.

If you land in the day, go out! Natural light helps the body adjusts your natural time clock. I read that staying inside actually makes jet lag worse!

9. Eat & Sleep. Rinse and Repeat.

Adjust your body by eating and sleeping according to your new timezones no matter how hard it is. Follow the timings, I know it's hard as usually planes serve their meals according to the timezone then but try your very best. Even if you had a meal like 2 hours ago or 12 hours ago, try as much as possible to adjust accordingly.

10. Take A Day Break.

I wouldn't recommend packing activities for yourself on the first day of your trip. Let your body adjust accordingly. Take it easy and sleep, work and eat according to the timezone. For my business trip then, I was glad we didn't have meetings on the first day else I would have definitely fell asleep in the meeting room.

I hope these tips would have helped you in combatting jet lag! If you do have any recommendations on how to beat jet lag and would like me to add it in this article, let me know!

Till the next Tips on Tuesdays entry! If you are not going for a long haul flight but is actually planning for a beach vacation, you should check out fellow Singapore Lifestyle Blogger EstherXie's blog post here!

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