Bunc@Radius – the hostel that wants you to have fun in style (Part 2)

I was invited to stay at Bunc@Radius Hostel for the second time last weekend (thank you so much for the generosity)! During my first visit to Bunc@Radius, I was given the opportunity to experience their private room. You can read more about it here.

For the second stay, I had the privilege of trying out the bunk rooms and dragged a few of my girlfriends along to spend the night.

Personal Experience

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There were 8 beds (4 bunk bed) in our room but it didn’t feel crammed at all. Each of us settled in rather quickly and found our own comfortable spot.

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Bunc@Radius – the hostel that wants you to have fun in style (Part 1)

Bunc@Radius is operated under the Radiance Hospitality Group and they have other hotels in Malaysia and Singapore. The group operates a wide selection hotels for the various type of travellers, from chic to luxurious. Bunc@Radius was started by a group of enthusiast keen on reassembling an affordable hostel in Singapore yet allowing hostel guests to enjoy the luxury they deserve at a lower cost.

Personal Experience

I was invited to stay at the Little India brunch where they first set up. The space and layout was something that first appealed to me. Having been to various hostels in Singapore, space is something that is quite limiting so I was surprised to see the high(er than average) ceilings and open communal area. For a minute, I was transported back to one of the European Hostels I stayed at previously.

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Spa Treatments for Less in Singapore

The one thing that I really love indulging in is a good spa session and I believe it’s the same for many Singaporeans who accumulate that stress from work and being cooped up in a hectic environment. I know that there are several amazing spas in Singapore like this list of stunning spas compiled by Yahoo.sg but they also require me to break the bank.

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photo credit: dMap Travel Guide via photopin cc
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5 Reasons You Should Spend Your Weekend Onboard MV Nautica

Fireworks, 6 fantastic dives and excellent company – That was how I spent my weekend last week, onboard MV Nautica in Tioman. I arrived at Punggol Marina at 6:15pm on Friday (25/4) with absolutely no intentions other than to get my Advanced Dive Certificate. But as the engines roared and the vessel gradually drifted away from the jetty, I embarked on one of my greatest weekends yet.

“view from the boat at sunrise”

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving 

Throughout the week since I got back, all I could think about was another dive adventure onboard MV Nautica. So much so that it deserves to be written in an article and I want to share the reasons why you should spend your weekend on MV Nautica as well. Whether you are looking into taking your open water, or planning a leisure dive, MV Nautica is a great place to start. 

“MV Nautica” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

#1. Eat Sleep Dive REPEAT

Eat Sleep Dive REPEAT. Eat Sleep Dive REPEAT. This was my routine onboard MV Nautica and I LOVE it. The great thing about a live-onboard is that you get to relax and chill on the deck or sleep in your beds in between dives. Being constantly out at sea, you also have the option of jumping off the boat and into the sea to snorkel/swim with the turtles and fishes, which we did! You wake up to the blue sea. You have a nice deck to lounge in between dives, and constant supply of drinks (beer included), in between dives (yes I know I said it twice). But seriously, what’s not to love? – note: you shouldn’t be drinking beer in between dives though.

“Wake up to this – from the boat, out at sea”

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 photo credits to Jeremy Lyen

“Chill here” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

“Let the sounds of the guitar serenade you in the evening” 

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photo credits to Jeremy Lyen

“Wake up again in the morning knowing you’ll have more dives for the day”   

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photo credits to Christopher Vaes

“Jump back on the deck to chill before another dive session”

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

#2. Hassle-Free 

If you’re just like me, bogged down by a full time job, and have limited time to plan and go on dive trips, MV Nautica is for you. The minute you get onboard, you don’t have to worry about ANYTHING and just think about diving. You wouldn’t need to rush through immigration with your dive equipments. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the trip. The crew is simply amazing – they make sure you don’t have to worry about a single thing the minute you get on the boat. You just have to enjoy yourself!

“They have premium beds for you to get romantic out at sea” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

“Deluxe cabins are also available” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

“Even the bunk beds come with a view”

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

#3. EXCELLENT FOOD

 THE FOOD IS SO SO SO SO GOOD. The chef has yearrrsssss of experience cooking onboard. And I mean like 15 years? It’s insanely good and I’m not even exaggerating. I actually went for seconds after every meal. There is also a BBQ night where we had excellent grilled seafood with some heavenly sauce it was marinated in. Bottom-line, you have to get onboard to try it. (PS: People actually go back onboard for the amazing food)

“Have a BBQ night on board”

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photo credits to Jeremy Lyen

“Drool at the mouth watering the dishes” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

“We are pleased, happy and well-fed divers”  

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photo credits to Christophe Vaes

#4. Amazing Crew

I cannot stress enough how amazing the crew was. The dive team and the boat crew onboard really made the trip complete. The captain was even serenading us with his guitar and singing. The boat crew was so meticulous and made sure everything was looked after. Plus the boat was kept super clean. These guys are like santa’s elves working while we’re all in bed. And don’t get me started on the dive crew. I felt absolutely safe in their hands and so glad to be onboard to share the experience with them.

“They have fireworks upon special request”

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photo credits to Nautica Diving

“I bet they can nail a fancy dinner if you asked”  

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photo credits to Nautica Diving

 “And they will organise an absolutely unforgettable birthday for you” 

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photo credits to Jeremy Lyen

“The crew brings so much joy” 

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

“They are also very patient and constantly look out for you”  

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photo credits to Christophe Vaes

#5. It’s worth it!

Finally, add up #1, #2, #3, #4, and you are ready for an amazing weekend of diving with MV Nautica. The experience is DEFINITELY worth your money. It may sound like a lot at first, but if you think about it, the trip covers the sta; the journey there; AMAZING FOOD; dive equipments; basically almost everything you need on your trip. It’s hassle-free, your well-being is being looked after.. and I can go on forever about how much I enjoyed myself and I’m very certain you will as well!

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 photo credits to Nautica Diving

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?

Check out their 2014 Dive Schedule HERE and the rates are HERE

Like them on facebook to find out more! 🙂

Oh and if you’re  wondering why you should dive in the first place, read 5 Reasons to Make You Want to Dive and 5 Types of Recreational Dives

Peace & Love,

Eileen x

Review: 5 Footway Inn – Project Boat Quay

Remember that one time when I did the post on accommodations under $30 in Singapore? Well, I featured 5 Footway Inn and briefly mentioned that it would be nice to have a night at the hostel. Lucky me, the kind people at 5 Footway Inn did contact me and invited me to experience their lovely accommodation! Here are my thoughts on it.

Personal Experience

I’ve only been to the North Bridge Road branch since my office is in the area. I was expecting a more obvious entrance like the other branch but I found my way to an inconspicuous door. Kinda felt like Alice when I was walking up (courtesy of the whimsical cafe beside the entrance). However, as I weaved my way through the maze to the reception area, I was pleasantly surprised.

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“inconspicuous entrance”

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“through the corridors of the hostel”

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“picture of the reception” – taken from their fb page cause mine turned out to be too dark!

The reception is a very comfortable place to relax and lounge with the other hostel guest. There are a few iMacs available for the guests and if u have your own device, wifi is available throughout the building. After checking in, I was led to my (standard double) room and I was also given a key card. The key card allows access into your room as well as the cupboards inside for extra safety! Honestly, I was quite impressed because the only other place I know/stayed at that does this is Urbany hostel in Barcelona.

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“Entrance to my room – #67”

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“Key card access to my room”

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“The card also locks the cupboards in the room”

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The room isn’t very big but it was adequate and cosy. It comes with a bed, a table and a cupboard. You see that white box thing on the wall? There’s actually a plug in there so that you can charge your phone and leave it there for the night! How clever.

There isn’t a TV or lounge area in the room but honestly, you chose to stay in a hostel, so get out there and mingle! There is a very inviting roof terrace for guest to mingle (I made a few friends at the terrace myself). It is opened 24/7 with available wifi so you can just head up there whenever you like and feel absolutely at home. The roof terrace is also where breakfast is served.

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“sign leading up to the terrace”

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“entry to the terrace – how perfect does it look? that couch, that light, that tv, the frames on the wall, oh and the people of course.”

The terrace is actually also a gallery (Gallery 76) featuring works by local award-winning photographer Edwin Koo. So in love with the pictures.

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“I love all the gorgeous photographs at every turn”

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“I want that sliding door”

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“Morning view from the terrace”

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“More award-winning photographs”

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“Ingenious use of squeeze bottles”

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“And this is where you get your breakfast – toast & cereal”

The people behind the hostel are very thoughtful and they prepared guides, maps and plenty of information for their guests. If you’re feeling thirsty at night and you’re too lazy to walk to the convenient store, drinks are also available for sale at the reception!

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“Maps marked out for tourists”

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“MRT guide to get to your nearest attraction”

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“More information about various attractions”

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“The iMacs as mentioned earlier”

Location

For the price you pay, the location is an absolute bargain. Being right in the middle of Boat Quay, you’re an arms length away from many pubs like Molly’s, Penny Black, Red Dot and London Bar. Cat cafe NEKO no NIWA is also round the corner.

You won’t be afraid of going hungry as there are plenty of awesome food eateries like BK eating house (BAK CHOR MEE!! ‘beef ball noodles’), Yong Tau Fu with the perpetual long queue next door and the famous Nasi Padang down the road. The hostel is also in the middle of many attractions. A short turn and you’ll find yourself at Chinatown; walk the other way and you’ll get to the museum district. Esplanade is also conveniently close-by. Bottom-line, the location is fantastic.

Oh and I must point out, even though you’re so close to the hustle and bustle, you can hardly hear the noise from the hostel!

ADDRESS: 76 Boat Quay, 049864

HOW TO GET THERE:

DIRECTIONS:

  • Proceed to Changi Airport MRT and take the East West line heading towards Tanah Merah MRT (EW4).
  • Alight at Tanah Merah MRT (EW4). Proceed towards platform B (East West line) and board train going towards Joo Koon MRT.
  • Alight at Outram MRT (EW16) and board the purple Northeast line towards Punggol MRT.
  • And finally alight at Clarke Quay MRT (NE5).
  • At the station lookout for EXIT F and then turn right and walk along the Singapore River and you will see 5footway.inn to your right three minutes later.

The journey will take approximately 30 min.
The single trip MRT ticket will cost S$ 2.10.

  • From Changi Airport, by MRT and bus: view map.
  • From Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal, by MRT and bus: view map.
  • From Harbourfront Ferry Terminal, by MRT and bus: view map.
  • From Tuas checkpoint, by MRT and bus: view map.
  • From Woodlands Checkpoint, by MRT and bus: view map.

Overall Ratings

Rooms – 4/5 ;  Service – 4/5 ;  Location – 5/5 ;  Value – 5/5

Do  visit their website for more information! (http://www.5footwayinn.com/index.html)

5 Footway Inn, Thank you for having me. 🙂

Peace & Love,

Eileen x