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Theme Park Review: Adventure Cove Waterpark - Sentosa Island, Singapore

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Singapore is hot. It’s that tropical and humid kind of hot. Unless you are one of the lucky ones staying in a fancy hotel or condo building, finding a place to cool down can be tricky. Rather then visiting a public pool or retreating to an air conditioned shopping center, we spent a day at Adventure Cove Waterpark on Sentosa Island and can say with certainty that it is Singapore’s most entertaining venue to get take a cool dip.

Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Bundaberg Rum Tour and Tasting

As part of our weekend up north for The Spirit of Bundaberg Festival, we got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery as well as tastings of their new release the Master Distillers Collection Black Barrel – Distilled 2005 as well many other internationally award-winning top shelf rums Bundaberg Rum is now making.

New Zealand Drinking: A look at Wellington's inaugural Capital Cocktail - 31 exclusive cocktails, 17 days


CoCo at the Roxy's Miramar Fizzy Pop // Image Credit: Wellington on a Plate

If you've been following our posts on New Zealand over the past month or so you'd know that I went over to Wellington recently to check out and explore their annual Visa Wellington on a Plate (casually known as Welly on a Plate) food and drink festival, which is a 17 day journey of exclusive menus, burger specials, and drink specials. I want to focus on that last one, drink specials, this time around. Alcohol is obviously a very big part of any great food festival, and seeing that their Burger Wellington concept was so popular in previous years, the organisers decided to introduce Capital Cocktail. The idea simple: around 31 of the capital's top mixologists offer up an specially made cocktail for the duration of the festival, often paired up with a edible treat designed to match the cocktail. It was fun, experimental, showcased the huge amount of talent throughout the city, and most importantly, gave everyone some delicious, memorable mixes to mull over until the next Welly on a Plate rolls around.

A Day in Houston: Visiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is an institution in Houston, it is the largest Rodeo in the world and in operation since 1931. Held at the NRG Stadium (home to the NFL team the Houston Texans), the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts more than two million people each year and operates over 20 days in March. The daily Livestock Show is a great place to get an up close look at the animals before they select the best in show. The event also holds the World Championship barbecue contest as well as nightly world class rodeo and concerts with artists like Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, John Legend, Fall Out Boy and the Zac Brown Band.

A Skeptic Abroad: 5 Reasons to Travel by Busabout (and 5 reasons to think twice)

NB: I am not paid or endorsed by Busabout in any way. These are my own opinions and thoughts and, at time of writing, I am not making any financial benefit from writing this article. These are also my own experiences, and experiences of people I have met on the Busabout travels.

Travel News: The city of Los Angeles prepares for DineL.A's Summer Restaurant Week 2015

An extensive roster of over 300 restaurants has now been locked in for the forthcoming DineL.A's Restaurant Week, a popular biannual event that delivers 14 days of exclusive dishes, fixed price menus, and a sense of culinary adventure to the famed city of angels. The event will kick off on July 13th and last through to 26th July.

A Day Trip To Houston: Visiting NASA’s Space Center Houston

Trivia fact: Houston, Texas is America’s fourth largest city. And one of its most popular tourist attractions is the Space Center Houston which is the official visitors centre of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Opening in 1992, the Space Centre Houston has seen 17 million people pass through its gates. Its main mission is to provide a fun and engaging educational experience on the subject of space exploration. The centre itself features more than 400 space artifacts as well as numerous permanent and traveling exhibits (on my visit there were Angry Bird and Ripley’s exhibits on display).

Seven reasons why we can't wait for the Calgary Stampede

With history and tradition that stems back to the late 1800s, the Calgary Stampede is one of the world's longest running events. Part rodeo, part exhibition, part Easter Show-esque carnival, part music festival, the Stampede kicked off in Calgary, Alberta, Canada today, starting an impressive ten day event that will bring in over a million attendees from Canada and around the world. We're excited that we'll be part of the latter category next week, bringing you exclusive coverage of the event for the first time. And, as we work to get excited about it all (believe me, it's not hard), we're letting you in on the seven reasons we can't wait for the festival.

The view from up top: A day in Toronto, Canada

Next week, we're heading over to the annual music festival and conference Canadian Music Week, held in the fine city of Toronto. Last month, we let you in on the best ways to get to Toronto from Australia, and now today we're taking you through a day in the fine city. What to do, where to go and who to see! It's all here...

Travel Diaries: Spending 24 Hours in the Montreal Summer

It's July. The sun is beaming down on the streets of Montreal and the city is making good on its promise of beauty. A green hill sits in the distance of a city that parades itself as three complementary identities. As a city of business, like any other, skyscrapers loom and threaten to shade you from the sun. As a city of study, the campus of McGill University - one of Canada's most well regarded - serves as a defining feature, ensuring the city caters for more than the business elite.

8 Reasons to visit Victoria (Canada)

You may have mastered the art of skiing or boarding in Whistler and explored the sights of Vancouver, but your trip to British Columbia isn’t over just yet. Before you hop back on that plane home, pay a visit to Victoria, B.C’s capital. Situated on Vancouver Island, just an hour-and-a-half from the mainland by ferry, or half an hour by sea plane (an experience you’ll truly never forget), there is much to see and do in this picturesque harbour city.

Celebrating Chinese New Year in Victoria (Canada)

While it may not be the biggest in all of the land, Victoria is home to Canada’s oldest Chinatown, which makes the island’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations particularly special. Each year Fisgard Street, which is at the centre of the city’s Chinatown, is closed off to traffic and transformed into a site of celebration.

Five things to do off-snow in Whistler (BC, Canada)

While it's best known for its expansive terrain, amazing snow and high-speed lifts, Whistler is unlike your typical ski resort. There is plenty to see and do if you’re looking to have a day off the slopes, or aren't the keenest skier or boarder.

Five things to do in Vancouver (Canada) in the Winter

Vancouver is perhaps best known for its proximity to some of the world’s top ski fields (it’s a mere two hours drive away from Whistler, North America’s largest ski resort, plus the likes of Big White, Silver Star, Red Mountain and Revelstoke aren’t too far either), however it’s much more than just a gateway city to the snow. There is much to see and do in Vancouver during the winter, whether it be watching some sport, exploring the local food and wine or getting active in the great outdoors.

A foodie's guide to Granville Island (Vancouver, Canada)

Once an industrial area dominated by factories and sawmills, today Vancouver’s Granville Island is bustling with both locals and tourists, and for good reason. At the famous Public Market you’ll find more than 100 indoor food stalls offering up fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood, freshly baked bread and pastries, tea leaves and coffee beans, what feels like an endless amount of different cheeses, sweets and more. There are also some great waterfront bars and restaurants to choose from, as well as a brewery and distillery to check out.