First Meal in London

*this is not a sponsored review*

I was clearing some receipts when I saw one from London when I was there for a stopover. I was with a friend who came to pick me up at the airport and we dropped by at wagamama for lunch before it was time for me to check into a hotel. It was a random decision and we had no regrets. No, there was a regret that for my virgin trip to London, my first meal was Asian.

101a Wigmore Street, London

 It was the start of lunch time so the place was reasonably filled. We were seated immediately and a pretty lady named Veronika came to serve us. Everything was kind of speedy. In a good way. We looked through the menu, Veronika came to key them into her handy device and wrote down our order numbers on our paper placemats.

A couple of minutes into our conversation, the drinks arrived. Then came the side dish, Chicken Gyoza.

Chicken Gyoza – five steamed grilled chicken and vegetable dumplings. served with a chilli garlic sesame and soy sauce

I do not have a picture of it but I have to say that the dumplings would have been *meh* without the sauce.

And if I’m not mistaken, my dish arrived within the next five minutes.

Chicken Raisukaree from wagamama

I had the Chicken Raisukaree.

Chicken Raisukaree – chicken stir-fried in a coconut and lime curry sauce with mangetout, peppers, red and spring onions. served on sticky white rice and garnished with red chillies, coriander and lime

My first impression? “Wow, I cannot wait to dig in.” But I had to wait because it would be rude to start eating when my friend’s food has not arrived yet. Yes, orders do not arrive at the same time. His only took a couple more minutes.

My Chicken Raisukaree was a good dish but not great. I saw the colours of the ingredients on my plate but that did not translate on my tastebuds. Would I have it again? Yes, because it was satisfying and visually appealing. I would give it a chance.

As for my friend, he chose the Surendra Chicken Curry.

Surendra Chicken Curry from wagamama

Surendra Chicken Curry from wagamama

Surendra Chicken Curry – a rich, spicy green curry made with jalapeño peppers, onion and ginger. topped with sweet potato straws and served with steamed rice

If I am not mistaken, he said his dish was spicy and he liked it. I did try a little gravy but I can’t seem to recall what it tasted like but I definitely knew I preferred my dish over his.

wagamama receipt

The price could have been a little cheaper for a single dish.

Here’s the breakdown:
– Surendra Chicken Curry = £10.95
– Chicken Raisukaree = £10.95
– Chicken Gyoza = £10.95
– Tiger Beer = £3.95
– Coke = £2.40
Total including VAT = £34.05
*Service not included.

An extra 10% was given for the service.

I do not think it would be fair for me to convert the currency to Singapore Dollars but it would have been about S$69. *holy smokes*

wagamama has a cool system in place. There is an app that you could use to pay the bill. The best part is, you can split the bill with your friends in the app! Did we try it? No.

We had to download the app and I was not on mobile data and my friend did not want to waste his. If I am ever back in any of their outlets, I would definitely try that option out.

My overall experience was good. I would return to this place because the service was fast. The staff were friendly, but we did wait a bit to get their attention to pay the bill (that’s why they have the app, duh.)

The food was good. If there was a branch in Singapore and especially near my office, I would pop by almost every day. Okay, I’m exaggerating. I would have it at least once a week and if the price was lower.

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Mr TravelNoobDude is still alive

Wow what happened here?

Well, a full-time job happened. A job that didn’t give me much time for a social life. I had a lot planned for this site but it all fell through. I blame myself. I had to shift my priorities. Only managed to share some interesting stuff on my twitter account time to time.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t find time to travel. I think since the last post, I’ve visited Vietnam twice. Thailand for a week and most recently, Amsterdam.

I am shifting my priorities again and will be devoting some time here. Stay tuned 🙂

canal amsterdam

Ngwe Saung – Myanmar Travel Experience (Part 2)

 Click here for Part 1.

I made a reservation for 2 nights at Shwe Hin Ta Resort Hotel by calling them from Singapore. I had to find their number on the Internet and I was glad they had my booking when I got there. Click here for the review I did on TripAdvisor

Shwe Hin Tha hotel namecard

Shwe Hin Tha hotel name card


The cost of my hut was US$30/night. I have been researching about the price and it was US$25 a month ago. Pricing is inconsistent so watch out for that. The hut is basic. Has a bed with mosquito net, a fan, no hot shower. It felt a little icky but that is because I am pampered.

Electricity only runs from 6pm to 6am. That means I could only charge my phone at night. They have a concrete room with better facilities like air-conditioning, TV and hot shower but that costs more.


view of hut

2 rooms under one roof. Mine was the one on the right while the US lady was in the other.

inside hut

Inside the hut and the toilet door. Was in the process of repacking.

My plan was to just laze and that I did well. On the first afternoon, I spent time reading my book on my porch and enjoying the view. My hut faces the beach. PERFECT. The breeze was in my opinion, chilly and strong. It kind of styled my hair for me if I stayed out long. (I think I just rhymed)


View from porch


You might have surprise visitors.




They had a couple of blue deck chairs on the beach. I dumped my book and T-shirt there and off I went to dip in the water. By dipping in the water, I meant sitting there like a baby and waiting for the waves to crash into me because yours truly does not know how to swim (I’m not ashamed to admit it!)

Others were going for it because they could walk further into the water and swim.  I only let the water reach below my chest and I headed back to my chair to snooze, wrapped in my towel because the breeze was cold.

Nightfall, I had dinner at the restaurant at the hotel premise. I would not say it was great, it was satisfying for me. I had a chicken dish and rice. Chicken was not fully cooked.  The waiters/waitresses were all teenagers so service was attentive and enthusiastic.

The walk back to room was dark. There were no lights by the sidewalk so had to be careful. Having a torchlight might be useful. Off to bed by 9pm with the lights on.

In the middle of the night, I was woken up by a sound of something rustling near the ceiling. As if making its way through the hut. I got a glimpse of its body and I knew it was a rat. Not bothered and I was back to sleep in no time. If it was a cockroach, I would be awake the whole night unless it was dead.


I woke up at about 6am and had a cold shower. By that I mean, wash head first, face, one hand, the next hand, and brace myself for the torso and beyond because I hate cold shower so I know I took a long time in there.



There was a free breakfast buffet. I had noodles and coffee. After stuffing myself, I was off for a long walk down the beach. I did not plan how far I wanted to go but I went for it.
beach walk

According to Google Maps, I would have walked about 9.8 Kilometers in total.

walk distance trace on google map


It was nice to be by myself, not worrying about anything and just soaking in the peaceful environment.

Saw a local man squatted by the beach from a distance. When I got nearer, he waved at me and I just smiled. He  then did the hand gesture of snapping a picture. He wrote “COLUMBUS” on the sand and posed for it. He came to look at the picture and mumbled something in Burmese and walked off. I was just standing there thinking, “wtf just happened?”

Myanmarese smiling


Saw this weird dead creature. Looks like a fish with a body of a squid. Creepy.


weird fish 1

Anyone has any clue of what it is?

Weird species found on beach


A couple of spots where you could get refreshments and plop yourself down to rest on the sun decks

beach refreshments


Fancy a horse ride?

horseride on beach


I was thirsty so got myself a big coconut for 1000 Kyat. It was tiring to carry it around.

I was exhausted when I got back to the hotel so I had a rest on the their blue deck chairs, drinking from my coconut, reading a book and secretly taking selfies. (No, I ain’t posting the selfies here)

leg and coconut short on chair

Relaxing at the beach with my coconut and a book


Hotel reception was able to book a bus ticket back to Yangon for me. They gave me two time slots. I think the first was 6am but I chose 8am. Cost was 9000 kyat

NgweSaung to Yangon bus ticket

Bus ticket from Ngwe Saung to Yangon

Time went by quick. During dinner, I had a fish dish which was better than the day before. Retired to bed early. The rat story was true because there was a nice lady from USA beside my hut and she said the food she threw away was out of the basket. Someone else on TripAdviosr took a video of it. Oh! The US lady also saw a long dead snake on the beach :S


It was the last day so I did the same routine at 6am. US lady joined me for breakfast. She introduced me to Angelica from Germany. We three were heading back to Yangon on the 8am bus. The journey back was the same, 5 hours of puke-fest.

At Yangon, we agreed to share a cab to the airport. We bargained to have the ride at 9000 Kyat so that we could easily split it between three of us. We had to wait for a driver so Angelica decided to try balancing something on her head like the locals.

angelica balancing


Our driver looked Indian so the two ladies asked me to try speaking to him in Tamil. I tried and he understood me! If I am not mistaken he grew up in Myanmar so he could speak Burmese and Tamil. What are the odds!


The check-in and other experiences at the airport was clear & smooth. It was a new airport so it was clean. Could not finish my fried rice dinner because it was too spice. Next thing I knew, I was back in Singapore 😦

Plane Take-off & Landing – Delta Air Lines, Narita to Singapore

I love planes. The following video is one I took when I was on board Delta Air Lines. Take off from Narita International Airport (NRT) & landing at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). I believe it was a Boeing 777-200ER.

EDIT: Thanks to youtube user, Wen Hao, I learnt that it was actually a Boeing 767-300ER.

Jetstar Asia Knows How to Confuse People

I  was looking to fly to Nha Trang (Vietnam) and have been monitoring the flight price on Jetstar for about a week. The price did not change much so I decided to do a One-Way search. The option was Singapore – Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang within a day.

The basic search I did on Jetstar. Singapore to Nha Trang (One-Way)

The basic search I did on Jetstar. Singapore to Nha Trang (One-Way)

The base price aka Starter Fare was S$109.96 excluding tax and any other add-ons. I also noticed that the Plus Bundle package which includes certain perks was only S$2 extra (Normally about $30). I might as well enjoy the additional perks!

Jetstar Starter Fare was S$109.96 but Plus Bundle fare was only $2 with extra perks!

Starter Fare was S$109.96 but Plus Bundle fare was only $2 with extra perks!

When I clicked on Continue, the next page showed me the base price has increased from $109.96 to $150.69. What?! Why!?!? The $2 bundle value was also included.

Jetstar Base price increased from S$109.96 to S$150!

Base price increased from S$109.96 to S$150.69!

Okay so I headed back and chose the “Starter Fare” instead and the next page showed me the unchanged S$109.96 base fare. Wait, am I missing something here? If I chose “Plus Bundle”, I would expect the price to increase by S$2 from the total of the “Starter Fare” including the tax. I did a test with other flights and the base prices remained the same.

Jetstar Base price remained the same with Starter Fare

Base price remained the same with Starter Fare

I just needed to clear my doubt so I called Jetstar. I spoke with someone from the reservations department. He did a search on the trip to Nha Trang and told me that it did not exist. WHAT?!

I told him I am seeing an available flight online and if I booked it online will it get through? He said it will if its available but his system is not showing an available flight. Alrighty, So I just went ahead and asked about the base fare difference.

Let me sum up what happened. He did a check on the website but he told me the Plus Bundle S$150 base price was the final price but I asked him why it still remained as S$109.96 for the Starter Fare. It went on like this for a while with him putting me on hold and at times muting the call (I guess to curse me). I asked him if he understood my question and he said yes but made it sound like I did not understand his answer. He did not give me a logical answer. I could hear the frustration in his voice and I am sure he heard it in mine. Finally, he put me on hold again, this time longer.

He came back and told me he talked to someone from some department and apologised for the confusion. It turned out to be a glitch and they are not flying there. WHAT?! He gave me the option to fly Singapore – Ho Chi Minh – Nha Trang.


Explaining that did not make sense to him as expected. He said I had to do a multi city booking. We ended the 39min 42seconds call.

I tried doing a separate multi-city booking and this was the message I got:

Jetstar requires that your second flight departs at least 26 hours after your first flight arrives

*Jetstar requires that your second flight departs at least 26 hours after your first flight arrives*

I said “F*** YOU” staring at my screen but my computer might have been offended. *I didn’t mean you baby, it was at Jetstar*.

Pissed, I am.
Book, I did.
Starter Fare, it was.

*I will update if the anything goes wrong with the flight*