Category Archives: TRAVEL

TRON Lightcycle Power Run: Roller Coaster Thrill In Motorbike Style

This is TRON Lightcycle Power Run, a thrill ride available at Shanghai Disneyland Resort. What makes this roller coaster so special is the roller coaster car which, as the ride name suggests, is really motorcycle, the TRON Lightcycle from the rebooted sci-fi flick TRON: Legacy. What this means is, you are exposed as you were riding an actual motorcycle and the exhilaration is further boosted by the fact that the riders will have to lean forward on their chest, in a near-prone position and head forward. There’s even handle bars on each ‘bike’ for you to hold on to your dear life. Continue reading TRON Lightcycle Power Run: Roller Coaster Thrill In Motorbike Style

Finally, A Studio Ghibli Theme Park Will Be A Reality In 2020

Good news, fans of Studio Ghibli! There’s going to be a theme park based on the company’s iconic 1988 animation My Neighbor Totoro. I know right. It is kind of long overdue and finally, theme park goers will have a choice other than Disney and all-thing Hollywood. Studio Ghibli’s producer, Toshio Suzuki, and Aichi governor, Hidaeki Omura, jointly announced this exciting news at a press conference a couple of days ago. Details are still pretty scant at this point. All we know now is the theme park will spawn within Echo Park in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture. Continue reading Finally, A Studio Ghibli Theme Park Will Be A Reality In 2020

China Is Now Home To The World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel

Ferris wheel originated as a leisure ride that usually completes a cycle in matter of minutes, but since 2000, the idea of Ferris wheel is no longer carnival or amusement park exclusive when London Eye, which are basically fancy words for a huge-ass super slow-moving Ferris wheel with motorized capsules, opened to the public as a tourist sightseeing ride. Since London Eye (which stands 135 meters or 443 feet), a few other countries have followed suit to erect their own version of the Eye, though of course, those aren’t referred to as [insert city name] Eye. Continue reading China Is Now Home To The World’s Largest Spokeless Ferris Wheel

You Can Relive The Grandeur Of Inflight Dining With Pan Am Experience

Before the inflight meals became a flying horror story, inflight dining, particularly in the 50s to 70s, was an experience to behold. In fact, it was an upmarket kind of experience where meals are served hot in real China and sometimes, even silverware. Also, seats weren’t this cram back in those days (the future could be worst, btw). Clearly, today’s microwave oven varieties in shrink-wrapped in disposal containers certainly can’t hold a candle to what the 50s-70s airlines had offered. But fear not, one aviation enthusiast/Pan Am aficionados, Anthony Toth, has taken upon himself to bring back the glory days of inflight meals, recreating the grandeur of inflight meals once experience by our forebears by replicating it onboard a replica Boeing 747-200 jumbo jet. Continue reading You Can Relive The Grandeur Of Inflight Dining With Pan Am Experience

Second Robot-Staffed Hotel Opens In Tokyo Bay, Dinos Come Standard

In another example of jobs threatened by technological advancement… a hotel in Tokyo, Japan, called Henn-na Hotel, has employed more robots than actual humans to run the entire operation. But instead of brooding over this grim prospect, we are rather intrigued by Henn-na Hotel because, the robot stationed at the front desk is not just any ‘bot, it is a robotic dinosaur. Yep. You heard that right, a freaking dino. Why? Ermmm, because it can? I don’t know, really. Or maybe because Henn-na means to “to change” which represents the hotel’s commitment “for evolution in striving for the extraordinary sensation and comfort that lies beyond the ordinary. Continue reading Second Robot-Staffed Hotel Opens In Tokyo Bay, Dinos Come Standard

Behind The Scene Of The Upcoming AVATAR-Themed Park At Disney

Director James Cameron had this crazy idea known today as AVATAR as far back as 1995 but back then technology wasn’t available to make it without breaking the bank. Now, not only AVATAR was made and screened in 2009, already sequels (yes, sequel, as in more than one) have been planned. Fast forward 7 years and technology is available to allow a theme park based on James Cameron’s AVATAR to be created and it will be throwing its door open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in summer 2017. That’s just a few months down the road! Continue reading Behind The Scene Of The Upcoming AVATAR-Themed Park At Disney

Spamusement Is where You Get To Soak In Hot Spring On A Roller Coaster

Vacationing is all about opportunity cost. Meaning, you have to chose one activity over another at any one time. For example, if you want to relax at a hot spring, you will have to forgo the excitement and thrill of amusement park. But soon, in Beppu city on the island of Kyushu, you can have the cake and eat it as far as spa and amusement park is concerned. This means that you can enjoy the relaxing hot spring, AKA onsen, Beppu city is known for while screaming your lungs out on a roller coaster ride. To be clear, we are talking about doing both things simultaneously, not one activity after another. And that, folks, is the ingenuity behind the idea of Spamusement which, as the name suggests, is a spa and an amusement park hybrid that will be realized in the city of Beppu city. Continue reading Spamusement Is where You Get To Soak In Hot Spring On A Roller Coaster

Believe It Or Not, This Double Bed On The Mountain Is A Hotel Room

When we talk about minimalistic hotel, you can’t get any more minimal than Null Stern Hotel, which literally translates to zero star hotel. And when we say ‘you can’t get any more minimal’, we do mean you can’t, well, not unless you can beat a room that has no walls and only has a double bed with side tables. There’s no wardrobe in sight, neither is a bathroom, and it is right smack on the mountains of Graubünden, Switzerland, up on a slightly air-deprived altitude of 6,463 feet. In other words, if you are looking for a hotel room with unobstructed, panoramic view, this is it. Continue reading Believe It Or Not, This Double Bed On The Mountain Is A Hotel Room

Colossal 190-Foot Statue Of China Deified Warrior Is Simply Breathtaking

Among the many things China is capable of achieving is building insanely huge or complex structures and the colossal statue of Chinese legendary General Guan Yu (or more commonly known as Guan Gong, which loosely translates to ‘Lord Guan’) is the latest example. Located in Jingzhou City, Hubei province, this imposing statue designed by renown artist Han Meilin measures 58 meters (190 feet) tall and weighs an incredible 1,200 tons and that’s yet to include the traditional Chinese staff and blade combo weapon known as ‘Qing Long Yan Yue Dao’ (loosely translate to “Green Dragon Crescent Blade“) the deified warrior holds in his right hand. Continue reading Colossal 190-Foot Statue Of China Deified Warrior Is Simply Breathtaking

The World Has Google Street View, Faroe Islands Has SheepView 360

With Internet giant Google relentlessly trying to cover every inch of planet Earth, it may surprise you that there are some populated areas, albeit with far fewer people than most cities, that are pretty much uncharted by Google. However, you probably would forgive Google for not dipping its toe in Faroe Islands, cos’ after all, she is a small multi-island nation populated by a little under 50,000 people. But if you think that number residents are quite a bunch, well, it is not quite – especially not when there are actually more sheep then humans. Continue reading The World Has Google Street View, Faroe Islands Has SheepView 360