Exploring Gunung Kubing: Dippin at One of Indonesia’s Infinity Pool

How many of you have experienced swimming in Singapore’s most famous infinity pool, located at the Marina Bay Sands? Back in 2010, when it was first opened, every one I know was like racing to take a cool photo at the new symbol of luxury. I was one of them of course. Sadly, I haven’t started blogging at that time, and Instagram was not even existed yet so I couldn’t find the legit proof that I had been there in 2011.

Anyways, I’m here not to post about that, but about this super cool hidden infinity pool that I found in Belitung! So I had trip with SanaSiniYo to visit Belitung, and the guide asked me whether I had any particular spot that I wanted to visit. I googled some legit touristy recommendation and stumbled upon this waterfall at the bottom of Gunung Kubing that has a sort of pool with a great view of Belitung’s greenery. I told the guide it would be great if they could take me there, because there were not much people who know about it. Not even the guide himself who was a local guy. LOL.

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Belitung was a beautiful island in the south area of Sumatra, surrounded by turquoise sea and plenty of other smaller islands (I’ll share to you my island-hopping experience in Belitung one day). We had to drive for like 2 hours from the city to Membalong Village, got lost once in a while due to bad GPS connection. Went through a very narrow path where it stopped at point because the car couldn’t continue on any further. So we had to walk, or hike to be exact, for like 300 m (probably about 10-15 minutes) to get at the top at the waterfall.

Once I got there, it was incredibly breath-taking and seriously mesmerising. It’s like I couldn’t believe my own eyes that Indonesia has such a hidden gem as beautiful as this place! It was all worth the trip. So as usual, I started to take photos, got shirtless and dipped into the clear water. I went beyond the border, which made out of rocks and enjoyed the view. I kid you not, it was one of the best traveling experience I had so far! Thank you SanaSiniYo (Timothy and Erick) for making this happen!

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Write to you later,

HG. (@gersonhenry)

ps. check out some delicious local cuisines that I fancy from Belitung.

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Shades and Shorts (Kinda Day) in Singapore.

So I had a very short trip (3 days) to Singapore for work. Well, it might not look like a work trip if you see the photos, but trust me it was for work.

It’s been almost three years since the last time I visited Singapore, well four if you count a four hours transit in Changi haha. Anyway, this trip was exciting for me, not only that I got to do what I love (traveling, taking good photos) and got paid for it, I also got plenty of things to post on my Snapchat and Instagram. Yes, happiness is that simple (or shall I say, shallow?) sometimes.

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Changi

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People in Airport

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MRT

The first stop was PasarBella, a huge food court that sells global cuisines and Singapore’s freshest produce, wines, craft beers, and groceries. I decided to taste their famous crackling pork (this one is a MUST) and paella fried rice.

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PasarBella. Address: 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994. Phone:+65 6887 0077. Hours: 10AM – 10PM.

 

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One out of Oh-So-Many-Tempting Food Display

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Paella Fried Rice

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Crackling Pork

Tiong Bahru was next. It has plenty of clean white, unique architectural homes and it’s full with artsy concept stores, restaurants and coffee shops. I actually really enjoyed strolling around in this area, despite of its very sunny and dry weather. Shorts, tee, shades, and a pair of comfy sneakers were the perfect essentials.

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Tiong Bahru

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In Front of Plain Vanilla Bakery

I dropped by Plain Vanilla Bakery and was immediately hooked with their cupcakes, especially the salted caramel one.

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Plain Vanilla Bakery. Address: 1D Yong Siak St, Singapore 168641. Phone:+65 8363 7614. Hours: 8AM -7PM

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Not far from it, stood a place I could called home. Books Actually. A book store that sells like numerous titles of books and magazines and old stuffs from around the world. This place could really make me poor.

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Books Actually. Address: 9 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168645. Phone:+65 6222 9195. Hours: 11AM – 9PM

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HOME

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PEZ

After Tiong Bahru, Marina Bay Sands was next. Decided to spend the golden hour on MBS deck and just simply waited for the sun to set behind the city’s towers. Not your usual sunset, but it was still beautiful. Sadly, I didn’t get to capture it. But at least, I had my OOTD photo taken.

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As I said earlier, Shades, Shorts, Tee and a pair of comfy Kicks are best for sunny and dry weather. Shades & Tee: H&M; Shorts: Pasar Baru; Kicks: Nike Airmax.

The day after, first up was brunch at Boufe. But the place was closed. So, Wild Honey at Mandarin Gallery came up as a plan B turned plan A. It’s a very nice place to have breakfast or brunch, since it’s indeed their specialty. They turned various breakfast dishes from around the world into a more appealing and elegant look.

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Spanish Hash. Wild Honey.  Address: 333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897. Phone:+65 6235 3900. Hours: 9AM – 9.30PM

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European breakfast. This is one of their signature dish.

The big brunch got me bloated. Suddenly all the walking felt challenging. Me and my friends decided to hop on a bus and went to our next hotel, Lloyd’s Inn. It’s a very very very simple, minimalistic and Instagrammable hotel. The interior was all white and clean.

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Bus Ride

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Chillin at Lloyd’s. There’s actually a mini garden at the back of my room and it has this enormous comfy sofa. Outfit details: Shades & Shorts: H&M; Tee: Uniqlo.

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Changing my sneakers to a comfy pair of Teva.

Last stop in Singapore was the Siloso Beach. I was hoping there would be sunset to watch, but voila, it was all gloomy so yeah. Boo…

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Gloomy Siloso

Well, to sum it up, 3 days in Singapore was still undeniably fun. I’d definitely always wanna come back and just explore this city a little bit more.

HG. (@gersonhenry)

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See you later, Merlion City.