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Standard Room and Rooftop Pool at Ibis Styles Yogyakarta
A nice little hotel situated on Jalen Dagen, not far from Yogya's main thoroughfare (and tourist frenzy) Jalen Malioboro. Free breakfast and free wifi included in the room rate, with very nice and attentive staff. As you can see, the room is very modern and chic, with a queen-sized bed, whereas the rooftop pool and bar, while not exactly Marina Bay Sands, is brilliant for an evening siesta after a day's temple exploring. Recorded March 11, 2013.
Views: 12306 Lee Claxton
Avenue of Stars 星光大道, Hong Kong, HD Experience
This is the Avenue of Stars (星光大道) situated on Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on a really hot day. The area is lined with icons from international movies, much like Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but with Victoria Harbour in the background. Recorded May 8, 2012.
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Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Deluxe Twin Towers View Room
Just a quick layover in KL, chose the Traders Hotel, and we were upgraded to a Twin Towers Room. The views are amazing at night. Recorded May 2, 2012.
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Prambanan, Yogyakarta, HD Experience
Please take a look my blog entry for Prambanan, here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/candi-prambanan-was-overrated/ A visit to UNESCO World Heritage site and Hindu place of worhip, Candi Prambanan just outisde of Yogyakarta. Recorded March 12, 2013.
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Wangfujing Shopping District (王府井), Beijing, HD Experience
For an overview of Wangfujing Road, with many pics, check my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/wangfujing-beijings-orchard-road/ Wangfujing (王府井) in Beijing reminds me of Xintiandi in Shanghai: a place for tourists to shop for high value goods, while at the same time experiencing a little of Chinese culture. I have also visited shopping districts such as Myeongdong in Seoul and Ximending in Taipei, and Wangfujing really is on par with them. Recorded February 22, 2013.
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Wat Pho (วัดโพธิ์): The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok, HD Experience
A swelteringly hot day at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok, one of the three MUST SEE temples in the city (other two being Wat Arun, and the Grand Palace). I think 39 degrees temperature, with very high humidity. Could have spent hours there, but the heat was unbearable, with very little shade. The golden reclining Buddha was a great sight, and fortunately it is indoors, away from the sun's glare! Recorded April 29, 2012.
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Boarding Emirates A380
EMIRATES VS ETIHAD VS QATAR VS TURKISH - WHO IS BEST? Please check out my opinions on the matter in my blog here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/emirates-vs-etihad-vs-qatar-vs-turkish/ This is what it looks like boarding an Emirates A380, flight EK355, flying from Singapore to Dubai. I've included some footage of pre-boarding announcements, the pilot's pre-take off message, and the unintelligible ramblings of the purser. EK355 is a redeye flight, leaving SIN at 21.35hrs and landing at DXB at 01.30hrs the following morning, so the whole flight is in the dark, therefore nothing to see out of the window. However, I will post a short video of some inflight footage later including the take-off viewed from the PTV. P.S. the man in the blue shirt in front of me when boarding really got in my way! Recorded 21 March, 2013.
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Traders Hotel Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur
Early morning at the SkyBar at Traders Hotel in KL. You get great views of the Petronas Towers from here, although the bar wasn't open early enough for me to enjoy a drink this time. Last night we had a few drinks, but I could not film anything. I can tell you, the atmosphere at night is amazing, more like a club than a bar. Very loud music - and always packed to the rafters! Recorded May 1, 2012.
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Swayambhunath: Kathmandu's Monkey Temple
Great views of downtown Kathmandu from up here at Swayambhunath Temple (स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप), but the place is full of monkeys, as you would expect. Stray dogs, pigeons, and monkeys. Hmmm. I had a shower immediately when I returned home. But had a good time up here, there's more to see here than at Boudhanath Stupa, which is one of Kathmandu's other main tourist attractions.
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Singapore Airlines ground operations at HKIA!
Nice to see some ground operations in action. I think this was a B777-200 on its way back to Singapore Changi. Video taken at Hong Kong International Airport on the morning of May 10, 2012.
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Impressions of Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The Sultanahmet district is easily the best part of Istanbul, as all the major sights are within a short and cheap tram ride away. It was also nice to walk around looking at all the local shops and cafés. This was recorded in April 2014.
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Boudhanath Stupa (बौद्धनाथ), Kathmandu, HD Experience
Check out my blog post on The Boudhanath Stupa here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/the-super-boudhanath-stupa/ It was a great experience to see this Tibetan-style Buddhist monument and I had the chance to climb to the second level, but I wasn't going to follow that maniac who went right up to the Eyes (see middle part of video). Oh and in the first clip, meet my mate, Scott. ;)
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Singapore Botanic Gardens, HD Experience
A guided tour through the Singapore Botanic Gardens, renowned as one of Singapore's major 'natural' tourist attractions. The Gardens are an easy walk from Orchard Road or Tanglin Road, and quite near Traders Hotel. Also included is the National Orchid Garden, which cost us S$5 each for admission. Filmed October 24, 2012.
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Tanah Lot, Bali, HD Experience
Please also kindly read my blog entry on Tanah Lot, here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/sunset-at-tanah-lot/ A quick look around one of Bali's tourist hotspots. Tanah Lot is approximately 45 minutes drive by taxi from Kuta, and costs around 130,000 rupiah each way (nearly £20 return). As this was during high tide, we could not step foot inside the actual temple itself but it was nice to experience the area on such a hot day - and no monkeys, thankfully! Recorded March 1, 2013.
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Turkish Airlines Extreme Take Off out of the Kathmandu Valley
This was one of the bumpiest take offs I have ever experienced. Must be the Kathmandu tarmac, which I hazard a guess is not the most professionally-laid in the world. But when in the air it was nice to see the snow-capped Himalayas in all their glory.
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Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, HD Experience
I only chose to go up one of the observation decks in Shanghai, and I decided on the Jin Mao Tower. this is also famous for containing the Grand Hyatt Hotel, with incidentally its sister property, the Park Hyatt, being located in the SWFC opposite. Recorded May 11, 2012.
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Singapore Zoo, HD Experience
Take a look at my blog review of Singapore Zoo: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/singapore-zoo/ My 3rd ever visit to the world's best zoo (新加坡动物园, சிங்கப்பூர் விலங்குக் காட்சிச்சாலை) and still as memorable as the first time! My favourite part of the zoo is the Bornean Orangutan Exhibit, which includes free-roaming babies overhead! This time around, I also finally got the chance to see Kai Kai, in his new panda forest exhibit, which will be fully open when the River Safari opens later in 2013. Unfortunately, Kia Kia's mate Jia Jia was hiding somewhere and nobody could see her. Something else I enjoyed was seeing the infamous white tigers swimming in the water - something I had not been lucky enough to witness on my previous visits. If you considering visiting the Zoo, it is advisable to purchase tickets for the Night Safari and/or Jurong Bird Park as part of a combo ticket, as this saves a lot of money (although remember the Bird Park is not located onsite, so an extra taxi ride is required). Recorded March 18, 2013.
Views: 296097 Lee Claxton
✈ Airport Chronicles: London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3
A mid-morning walk around Terminal 3 of Europe's busiest airport, with many American and Asian airlines hanging around. However, British Airways and Virgin obviously dominate the proceedings. Recorded 16 March 2014.
Views: 21588 Lee Claxton
Ximending (西門町) Shopping District, Taipei, HD Experience
*Please watch in HD* This is a daytime overview of Ximending (西門町), the pedestrian shopping district, which is very 'hip' with young and trendy Taiwanese. It looks even better at nighttime, with all the neon lights lit up. As I walked around here, I got a very strong comparison to Myeongdong in Seoul (check out that video to see what I mean). Recorded May 5, 2012.
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Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore, HD Experience
My blog experience from Bukit Timah can be found here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/monkey-business-at-bukit-timah/ A VERY challenging hike up to the summit of Bukit Timah and back down again, taking in the sights and sounds of one of Singapore's main tracts of primary rainforest along the way. Saw a few pesky monkeys, but luckily they were not too interested in us Humans. Filmed March 22, 2014.
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✈ Airport Chronicles: Shanghai Pudong Airport, Terminal 2 上海浦東國際機場
This is Terminal 2 of Shanghai Pudong, awaiting the SQ831 flight to Singapore. The airport is fairly impressive, with large public spaces and good areas to view the tarmac and runways. Not one of the very best, but certainly superior to the likes of NRT and TPE which I have also chronicled recently. Recorded May 13, 2012. 上海浦東國際機場
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Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, HD Experience
A daytime overview of the main areas of Bukit Bintang: Part of the famed 'Golden Triangle', and KL's premier shopping and 'happening' location!
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KLCC Park with Petronas Towers, HD Experience
*please watch in HD* I have always wanted to visit KLCC Park (Taman KLCC). Unofrtunately the fountains on the lake were out of action until June, but I still enjoyed a nice morning stroll through the gardens. Obviously the highlight of the area is the Petronas Towers, which I will cover in another video. Recorded May 1, 2012. *edit: parts of this video are a bit shaky, sorry*
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Marina Bay, Singapore, HD Experience
One of the great parts of Singapore is Marina Bay. You could easily spend a day at Marina Bay taking in all the sights and sounds, and visiting the attractions, such as the Merlion, the Esplanade, the Helix Bridge, and of course Marina Bay Sands resort! Plenty of food and drink outlets too around the Bay, just make sure you find some shade to sit in! Recorded October 23, 2012.
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Sci Fi City, Universal Studios Singapore
This is the Sci Fi City area of Universal Studios Singapore. It's a small area of the park, but it is known mainly for Transformers: The Ride, surely one of the best theme park attractions out there. Battlestar Galactica now has security searches with metal detectors before you join the queue to make sure you have nothing in your pockets. Recorded October 23, 2012.
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Boarding Singapore Airlines A380
Just a short video of arriving at Changi and awaiting Singapore Airlines Flight SQ322 back to London Heathrow and then boarding the plane ready for the 13hr flight. We took-off from SIN at 00.08 and landed at LHR at 05.08, almost perfectly on schedule. You can also catch a quick glimpse of the new Thai A380 which is currently on rotation between SIN and BKK. Recorded October 29, 2012.
Views: 8393 Lee Claxton
✈ Airport Chronicles: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Terminal C
This is Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), in the evening, awaiting the TG418 flight to Bangkok. Mainly showing the C Terminal of the satellite building, and towards the end of the evening it was impossible to see any planes. Recorded May 2, 2012.
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Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, HD Experience
These Sydney gardens are a nice botanic garden beside the harbour. Some incredible flora and fauna around here, including Flying Foxes. Check out my blog entry on the Botanical Gardens: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/sydneys-garden-with-a-view/
Views: 4652 Lee Claxton
Turkish Airlines Flight TK727, Kathmandu to Istanbul
Widen Your World with Turkish Airlines. My blog thoughts on TK! http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/11/02/widen-your-world-with-turkish-airlines/ Some raw footage of a trip on the sleeping giant Turkish Airlines aboard their A333 enroute from Kathmandu to Istanbul. I thought it would be good to look at what it is like to fly on a more obscure international route from Turkish Airlines, as opposed to the more popular European/American routes. I was very happy with the service received from the Turkish crew in economy class. It was a friendly flight and the cabin was in a 2-4-2 formation, which I think is my preferred variant. Also I was pleasantly surprised to see touchscreen AVOD and live onboard cameras! One sour note, about half way through the flight, I had to wake up the guy sitting next to me as I really needed to go to the toilet. He got very grumpy about it, but in my opinion if he's in the aisle seat next to a stranger, then he should sleep at his own risk! It's a 8 hour flight, I cannot NOT get up for that duration of time. I think asking to get up once is well within the realms of acceptability. Quite frankly, I thought he was a bit of a drama queen. Whose side are you on?
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Trip to Singapore 2012 (HD)
Please read my blog post on the top 10 attractions in Singapore: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/the-top-10-attractions-in-singapore Some clips from my trip to Singapore. Had a whale of a time! Stayed at Marina Bay Sands but wasn't even in the hotel much - had so much to do. Also did Asian Civilisations Museum, Botanic Gardens and Night Safari, but got no footage for one reason or another. Filmed April 23-27, 2012.
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Standard Room, Ibis Bali Kuta Hotel
A brief overview of a standard king room at the Ibis Bali Kuta Hotel in Bali. You get free wifi in the rooms, but the speed is poor and can only be used for basic stuff like checking email. All staff at the hotel were very nice and trustworthy. A very conveniently priced budget hotel.
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✈ Airport Chronicles: Taipei Taoyuan International Airport
A view of both terminals, awaiting the CX469 flight to Hong Kong. Not a bad airport, but not one I would enjoy being stuck at for a long time. The areas around the A and D Gates are top notch (that's where most of the airline lounges are), but the B and C gates were very basic. Recorded May 7, 2012.
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Singapore Airlines B777-200 Perfect Landing at Singapore Changi Airport
Please watch in full 1080p for best viewing experience. This is the final approach and landing of SQ405 from Delhi to Singapore on February 19, 2013. As you can agree, the pilot did a perfect job. Also seen on the approach, some of Singapore's best-known tourist attractions, such as Marina Bay Sands hotel and casino, the Singapore Flyer, and the Esplanade theatres. It surprised me that it did not take long for the plane to slow down after making its initial touchdown. All in all, a great flight, however I was slightly disappointed not to hear the trademark "...and to all residents of Singapore - a warm welcome home!" when we landed from the cabin crew. Please watch my take-off and in-flight videos of this flight.
Views: 21951 Lee Claxton
Taipei Zoo, HD Experience
A look at Taipei Zoo in a lovely Taiwanese summer morning. It is set in a tropical setting, much like Singapore Zoo, and the setting looks lovely. However, unlike Singapore Zoo, Taipei Zoo's animals seem less well-treated, and the exhibits are small in some cases, especially the Bear enclosure. Some of the animals are sheltering from the sun, which made it hard to film them. Recorded May 6, 2012.
Views: 4485 Lee Claxton
The Temple of Heaven (天壇), Beijing, HD Experience
For my thoughts on The Temple of Heaven, please read my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/03/07/prayers-to-the-air-the-temple-of-heaven/ The Temple of Heaven, located just outside Tiantandongmen Metro Station, was my personal favourite attraction in Beijing. It had more to see and do than the Summer Palace, and just felt more impressive in general than the Forbidden City. Filmed February 22, 2013.
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Trip to Hong Kong 2012 (HD)
Please visit my blog for more information on some of the attractions featured in this video, including Victoria Peak: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/the-roof-of-hong-kong/ Spent 3 nights in Hong Kong, here are the highlights on occasions when I had my camera! Recorded May 7-9, 2012.
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Economy Room at Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku, Tokyo
The Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku iis a great budget hotel in the heart of Shinjuku, Tokyo. The Airport Limousine Bus stops right outside the hotel. There is a Post Office with ATM and a Family Mart convenience store within touching distance, plus a 24hr McDonalds at the end of the road. All staff speak good English. Economy Room shown here. Filmed October 26, 2011.
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Kowloon Park, Hong Kong, HD Experience
A very hot and humid afternoon in Hong Kong, and here's what it looked like in Kowloon Park - see how the locals relax! The park is larger than Nan Lian Garden nearby, but ultimately not as well-landscaped. Filmed May 9, 2012.
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Hansar Bangkok Urban Suite
Just a quick tour of Hansar Hotel in Bangkok, a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World, then a guide of the Urban Suite. The Hotel is quite hard to find, it's on Rajdamri Road, just in between the St. Regis and the Four Seasons. Recorded April 28, 2012.
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✈ Airport Chronicles: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Terminal 3
This is Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (इंदिरा गाँधी अंतर्राष्ट्रीय विमान पातन), India's busiest airport. Vast, carpeted open spaces reminded me fondly of Seoul Incheon and Singapore Changi. It has great potential to be a regional leader in the near future, and DEL is clearly superior to the likes of DXB and BKK already. Terminal 3 (or T3 as the Indians call it) is huge to walk around, just a shame I arrived early morning when it was still dark, and it then became foggy as the darkness lifted. I did happen to notice an Air India flight delayed for 3-4hrs, which unfortunately is not uncommon for that airline. Incidentally, I also really like the tannoy annoucements here at DEL, 04.04 is the best example of the Hindi language version. Recorded February 19, 2013.
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Bali Collection Shopping Precinct, HD Experience
This is the Bali Collection shopping precinct located in the Nusa Dua resort area of Bali. There is strong security to enter this shopping area, and once inside there is a nice airy feel about the place, with nice bars and restaurants, as well as your typical Balinese souvenir outlets. The nearby Conrad Bali Resort offers a free shuttle bus to and from Bali Collection.
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Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong, HD Experience
This is the famous Nan Lian Garden, one of the true sanctuaries in the sprawling metropolis that is Hong Kong. A lovely way to spend a morning marvelling at the scenery. Filmed May 9, 2012.
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Universal Studios Singapore, 2014, HD Experience
A detailed tour of USS, one of the best theme parks in Asia, despite being relatively small in size and the smallest of all Universal parks around the world. Here, you can walk around New York, SCI-FI City, Ancient Egypt, Jurassic Park, Far Far Away, and Madagascar. See Puss, the Madagascar Penguins, as well as Optimus Prime and Bumblebee doing their meet and greets. Battlestar Galactica rollercoasters now permanently closed. Interesting thing with USS is that you can get your arm stamped if you leave the park, which means you can re-enter later in the day. Filmed 19 March, 2014.
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Standard Room at Ibis Hotel Myeongdong, Seoul
Update: I also have a room tour of Ibis on Bencoolen Hotel in Singapore. I also will have many more Ibis hotel tours on my channel in the coming months. This is what a standard room at Ibis Hotel Myeongdong looks like. Free Wifi and comfortable beds, as well as an unbeatable location make this a brilliant budget option when staying in Seoul.
Views: 9845 Lee Claxton
Angkor Wat (អង្គរវត្ត), Cambodia, HD Experience
Read my comprehensive review of my time at Angkor Wat over at my blog: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/angkor-wat-the-theatre-of-dreams/ A fantastic experience in the Cambodian jungles. Heat was a brutal 40degrees today. Didn't see the sunrise, as I am not an early morning person. However it was amazing to walk around and admire the architecture of the most famous religious monument in the world.
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Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, HD Experience 청계천 스트림
Just a little overview of the Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천 스트림) in downtown Seoul, South Korea. It is notable for being a 8.4km treated river which was unpolluted and then reversed direction. At night it features many performances along much of its length, including currently the Korea Lantern Festival. It is a place young people of Korea want to go on a weekend.
Views: 5445 Lee Claxton
✈ Airport Chronicles: Tokyo Narita International Airport, Terminal 1 (February 2013)
*edit - at 04.24 you can see a United 747 have a massive crosswind wobble upon landing* This is a look at Terminal 1 of Narita International Airport, Japan's premier tourist gateway. Delta and United both use the airport as a hub for their Asian operations, both with (especially Delta) lucrative fifth-freedom rights from Tokyo to other Asian cities, such as Beijing, Manila, and Bangkok. I don't know why the Japanese Aviation Authority allow them to get away with it, tbh! I have never been a huge fan of NRT. It is very old-school, reminding me of American or European airports, whereas I prefer the modern oases of Changi. This time I got to experience the fabled Observation Deck, which is before you go through security. I had 5 hours to kill before a boring redeye flight to Singapore on Delta. Fastforward to 07.37 for the Thai A380, and to 10.05 for the Emirates A380. Recorded February 27, 2013.
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S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore, HD Experience
Read my comprehensive blog review of the S.E.A. Aquarium here: http://backpackerlee.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/s-e-a-aquarium-at-resorts-world-sentosa/ This is the confusingly named S.E.A. Aquarium at RWS Marine Life Park (which also comprises the Adventure Cove water park, and the Maritime Musuem. As expected, there were lots of kids screaming in this attraction. Recorded March 15, 2013.
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Far Far Away, Universal Studios Singapore
The area of USS designated for Shrek and friends. A nice area to look at, with intricate theming, but really nothing to capture the attention apart from a 4D Theatre and a small rollercoaster. Recorded October 23, 2012.
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Singapore Airlines Flight SQ222, Sydney to Singapore
Just a mini trip report, raw footage. I flew from Sydney to Singapore aboard the Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 (upper deck). It was actually one of my most enjoyable flights ever with SQ, and the cabin crew were among the most friendly I have encountered - they never even got annoyed with the two people in front of me who kept ordering gin & tonics every half hour! We landed in Singapore very early, despite a slightly late departure from SYD. It was also quite bumpy over Indonesian airspace. Must have been a tropical storm. (BTW, I will upload the takeoff and the landing in separate videos).
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