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

As mentioned in our previous Maldives entry, we had to take a seaplane to our resort. Seaplanes do not come cheap, so when planning for your Maldives holiday, do try to choose a resort that comes with transportation, ideally a ferry service.

For us, we never tried a seaplane before and we had really liked our resort (not sponsored!) and a lot of other resorts were fully booked due to the high season. We decided to splurge in the end.

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Honestly, the seaplane experience isn't anything spectacular. Skip it!

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This was our view once we landed. Fell in love with the resort even before reaching our rooms!

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While waiting to check in, we were served with a cool refreshment. Needless to say, the beer guzzling monster hubby chose a beer.

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There are many sorts of accommodation in Maldives actually. You can choose from hotels to resorts. Most honeymooners would splurge on a villa in a resort.

Cost breakdown:
Air tickets to Male via Singapore Airlines - S$1,100
Seaplane transfer - S$1,200
Watervilla - S$5,900

There are beach vilas, which are on land and water villas like the picture above. Of course, a water villa would be the more sought after choice as it's not only Instagram worthy but it's really convenient when wanting to go for a swim. All you have to do is head for a swim from your balcony.

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More pictures when walking towards our overwater villa in Maldives.

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As mentioned in the last Thurday's Travels blog entry, the Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci was definitely the most interesting hotel that we stayed in. We didn't opt for 5 class hotels during our trip nor did we go budget. Instead we chose 3 star hotels in good locations. Skai aka c(hubby) and I felt that locations were more important than the beauty of the hotel.

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But of course, great locations comes at an exorbitant price. We stayed an ideal location which was kinda central but yet a little bit out of the way. Our hotel stay was SGD$1156.11 for 6 nights.

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Long long long walk to our hotel. About 20 minutes from the train station.

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The hotel was decorated with Leonardo Da Vinci's works hence the name Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci. :p

Some pictures of the hotel room that we stayed in.

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Tiny area to hang our clothes.

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Our simple bathroom was clean, thankfully.

The room was pleasant unlike some of the hotels that we stayed in previously. The staff were also very friendly. We noticed that the room did not come with a kettle and we asked the staff at the front desk. She mentioned that they do not provide kettles but they'll be able to boil water for us at their cafe.

So we sat there with our kimchi cup noodles and engaged in some small talk with the friendly staff. (Don't judge us for our cup noodles! We were desperate for some spice and the kimchi noodles were HEAVENLY!)

Lovely stay in Hotel Leonardo Da Vinci though there were reviews that the traffic was quite noisy  for guests, we didn't hear a thing. Maybe cos we're sound sleepers?

We took a stroll and stumbled into a night bazaar.

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Gorgeous Duomo!

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We couldn't resist but to partake in a cheese and meat platter, sandwich and a few glasses of wine.

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The atmosphere was amazing. People were having a picnic at the food bazaar, sampling wine, enjoying cheese and meat. It was extremely laid-back, the weather was great and everyone was just having fun. I really do miss this lifestyle.

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We noticed another Duomo under reconstruction and couldn't help but take a selfie in front of this beautiful architecture. Seriously, their buildings are so beautifully made.

We soon called it a night as we were tired from the journey.

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On our way back to the hotel, we spied this lovely old couple holding hands and laughing away. We looked at each other, smiled and told each other that we'll be like them. The Asian version of course.

I know that I sound like a sappy love sick fool but I really am happy to have found him. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him too. 🙂

I'll soon be blogging about Florence's other attractions in my other Thursday's Travels entries! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment in this entry!

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You've probably read about my overnight train travel from Amsterdam to Venice via Germany. For my Venice to Florence leg, we had it much easier. We took a train which was barely 2 hours! I guess inter-states travel is really much faster and easier! Honestly it's really nothing much, pretty uneventful actually but I thought to write this down for documentation purposes. Memories ya know?

We traveled by Italo. We departed from Mestre in Venice at 13:07 and reached Fl Santa Maria Novella at 15:00! The train ride costs EUR31 per pax.

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While waiting at the train station.

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The seats were comfy and there was WIFI! Extremely useful for us!

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We also were served drinks (juice for me, wine for him) and some light snacks.

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As it was Easter that week, we had extra goodies! Yums!

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One thing that I thought was quite interesting was that they had dedicated cabins specifically for certain purposes e.g. Break room and Baby changing area.

We reached Florence shortly and we checked into the most interesting hotel during our Europe stay! Will share more about it in the next Thursday's Travels entry! Florence was our longest leg for our Europe trip and we had plenty of time to sight see and relax!

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ME GUSTA!!

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Yes, we're silly that way.

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After our stop in Amsterdam, we traveled by train to Munich. Honestly, Munich was just a stopover as our main destination was Venice!

Just for memory sake for those who were asking us for costings, here are pictures of the train to Munich.

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Off for our long ride to Munich!

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This is our cramped room!

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We took the City Night Line Sleeper Train. Because it was an overnight train, we decided to splurge for the sleeping cars. Each sleeping car can fit up to 3 bed compartments and there are two different type of "classes". The economy, which comes with a washbasin and deluxe which will cmd with a shower & toilet.

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We went for the economy compartments! Which comes with hand towels and also a mouth rinse. There were also shared washrooms which were kinda clean, acceptable lah!

Aside from the sleeping cars that I mentioned earlier, there are two other types of 'accommodation'. The Couchettes which are simple bunks in shared 6-berth / 4-berth compartments and the ordinary seats which were basically 6 seat compartment on reclining seat cars.

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It costs us SGD$782.22 for 2. Although expensive, we thought it would be safer and more comfortable to stay in a sleeping car.

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In the morning, the train conductor transformed our beds into these chairs!

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Our simple breakfast which was included in the fare.

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Oh hai! We're in Munich! We freshened up, got a bite and rested a bit before we caught our next train to Venice! We took the train from Bahn.

This time, it wasn't an overnight train. We got the 6 seater compartment.

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Sadly, when we booked, we didn't manage to get seats beside each other. So we sat staring at each other 😛

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Check out our view on the way to Venice!

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For those who were wondering, there are also meal trains where you can purchase light bites and drinks. Also, a place to chat and stretch your legs.

The train from Munich to Venice costed us SGD$267.91 for 2. It was an interesting experience traveling by train and I would urge everyone to try it once! It might not be the most economical choice nor the shortest time taken but it's definitely something different! For our trip within Europe, we traveled by train all the way!

I've hoped you enjoyed the pics from the sleeping cars, there isn't much to share about this transit but we thought to share the pics for those who were curious! I'll be blogging about Venice soon! One of the most beautiful legs of our trip! Should there be any questions, please feel free to comment here!

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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 entry in this Singapore Lifestyle Blog!

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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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