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20 
Nov

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us.

Wedding Abroad – Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us.

So what are the Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us.

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Wedding Abroad Banner

  • Fully Inclusive “Celebration Wedding Packages” – Free Monthly Payment Plan for your Budget
  • Concierge Team & Award Winning Service – 96% Feefo Customer Service Reviews in 2015
  • “Wedding First” We Book Your Wedding Date before your Travel Arrangements
  • Speak to a Specialist! Real People with Expert Knowledge & In-Resort Wedding Coordinators
  • Pay in UK £’s – Don’t worry about currency fluctuations
  • Financial Security and Peace of Mind – Members of ABTA and ATOL protected

We put your “Wedding First” and book your travel arrangements around your confirmed wedding date. Our UK-based Weddings Abroad Specialists will help you find your perfect venue, then your In-Resort Coordinator will finalise your plans.

Regardless of which package you choose in our exclusive and tailor-made range we will always offer as standard:

  • Expert advice and support from a wedding abroad specialist here in the UK to find your perfect wedding venue
  • Booking of the date and time of your wedding, before any other travel is booked
  • Detailed Wedding Confirmation Pack outlining the legal process and important information related to getting married abroad
  • Your own online wedding profile to manage your wedding arrangements
  • Pre-departure booking of wedding extras via your online wedding profile
  • Concierge Team here in the UK to answer any questions you have
  • Checking of legal documentation here in the UK before you travel
  • Market leading in-resort wedding coordinators to help with all your final details

…and packages starting from as little as £ 999

Talk to Tracy or Russ at Not Just Travel on 01455 240522, email tracy.allen@notjusttravel.com

EUROPE SUN – BEAUTIFUL WEDDING VENUES LESS THAN 4 HOURS AWAY…

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - SantoriniWith so many options on your doorstep and just a short flight away, it’s no wonder weddings in Europe are so popular. From marrying on the ‘Island of Love’ also known as Cyprus to marrying overlooking the caldera in Santorini.

Cyprus

Greece

Portugal

Malta

Italy

Spain

Croatia

Czech Republic

Turkey

Slovenia

 

CARIBBEAN – PERFECT FOR A WINTER SUN WEDDING

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Aruba Beach Wedding
Aruba Beach Wedding 

Are you flexible with the time of year for your wedding? The winter period is the perfect time to get married in the Caribbean! Powder white beaches and crystal-clear waters are just some of the reasons to tie the knot there!

Jamaica

Dominican Republic

St Lucia

Antigua

The Bahamas

Cuba

Turks & Caicos

St Vincent & The Grenadines

Barbados

Trinidad & Tobago

Grenada

Aruba

EUROPE SNOW – LOVE ON A MOUNTAIN TOP – OUR WINTER WONDERLAND WEDDINGS!

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - The Wilderness Snow Chapel - Lapland
The Wilderness Snow Chapel – Lapland

Are you dreaming of a magical winter wonderland wedding? Imagine arriving by reindeer sleigh at the sparkling ice chapel in Lapland followed by watching the Northern Lights on your wedding night! or say ‘I Do’ in the Austrian Alps surrounded by breath-taking scenery.

Austria

Iceland

Lapland

MEXICO –SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL SCENERY THEN MEXICO IS FOR YOU

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Azul Fives – Riviera Maya
Azul Fives – Riviera Maya

Get married in Mexico. If you’re looking to get married surrounded by beautiful scenery Mexico is the perfect wedding location for you. Home of the affordable luxury all-inclusive… Mexico has some amazing wedding venues and locations, whether it’s beach weddings or sky terrace weddings overlooking the sea. Mexico is ideal for large wedding parties, whether it includes a mix of adults and children, or if your wedding group is made up of adults only.

Tulum

Xcaret

Riviera Maya

Puerto Aventuras

Playa del Carmen

Playa Mujeres

Playacar

Nuevo Vallarta

Cancun

USA – SO MANY ICONIC LOCATIONS

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Wedding in Central Park NYC.
Wedding in Central Park NYC.

USA weddings offer so much choice and options for wedding couples and guests’. Whether it’s the bright lights of Las Vegas, big city of New York, sunny state of Florida or one of the Hawaiian Islands such as Maui that you desire. The US has it all… and much more!

 

Florida

California

Hawaii

Las Vegas

New York

INDIAN OCEAN – BE INSPIRED BY OUR TRULY ROMANTIC WEDDINGS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Anahita - Mauritius
Anahita – Mauritius

Get married in the Indian Ocean. Weddings in the Indian Ocean have long been acknowledged as some of the most desirable in the world. Exchanging your vows on a sun-kissed beach, with sand between your toes is the dream of many. Knowing the Indian Ocean wedding venues as well as we do there is no surprise why it is such a popular wedding location. The Indian Ocean is one of the premier wedding abroad destinations in the world.

Mauritius

Seychelles

Sri Lanka

The Maldives

SOUTH EAST ASIA – WEDDING ABROAD WITH EASTERN PROMISE AND ROMANCE

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Sala Phuket Resort and Spa - Thailand
Sala Phuket Resort and Spa – Thailand

Getting married in the South East Asia is ideal if you are looking for a relaxed and indulgent experience. There are so many traditions that are a completely different culture to the UK that it makes it a perfect choice for those couples looking to make it a unique wedding experience for their guests. South East Asia weddings cover numerous amazing landscapes and backdrops, so working with our specialists to find the venue that’s right for you is an absolute must.

Bali

Malaysia

Thailand

CRUISE WEDDINGS – TAKE THE VOYAGE OF A LIFETIME AND SAY “I DO” AT SEA…

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Cruise Wedding

Cruise Weddings… that’s probably something you never considered before. Well not unless you’ve already been cruising or seen a wedding at sea take place. What better way to get married than to get married on the high seas, wide open space, gorgeous sunshine and of course not forgetting the absolutely fabulous food. A wedding on-board cruise ship is becoming more and more popular so give it a try. Our specialists have visited many different cruise ships including P&O, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Celebrity and many more.

Long Haul Cruises

Short Haul Cruises

Luxury Cruise Weddings

 

AFRICA – UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS IN AFRICA – SAFARI’S, VINEYARDS AND MUCH MORE

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Diani Reef Beach Resort - Kenya
Diani Reef Beach Resort – Kenya

 Africa is just one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ places you must visit. Although after you’ve visited once you’ll want to return time and again. What better way to explore Africa than to do it on your wedding and honeymoon. Weddings in Africa can take place on a beach, up a mountain, or even in a luxury game reserve. Africa weddings are ideal for wedding parties or small and intimate weddings ‘just for the two of us’.

South Africa

Kenya

Zanzibar

Zambia

THE PACIFIC –  BE CAPTIVATED BY THE PACIFIC ISLANDS

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour

If you’re looking for a long-haul wedding, then you can’t get much further than the other side of the earth! Weddings in the Pacific can take place at numerous quite amazing locations. There are so many islands and options to choose from, it’s a really tricky decision to make as to where to have your Pacific wedding. Weddings in the Pacific are ideal if you have family and friends around the world who will be joining in to share your big day too.

New Zealand

Fiji

Australia

Cook Islands

SOUTH AMERICA – EXPLORE THE CULTURE OF SOUTH AMERICA

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us -

If you’re planning a trip to South America, this maybe immediately following your wedding abroad and your venturing somewhere different, or perhaps you are marrying in the UK and looking for a unique honeymoon somewhere further afield. Our specialists can help you organise and plan your perfect honeymoon to South America.

Brazil

Costa Rica

MIDDLE EAST – A PERFECT DESTINATION FOR YOUR HONEYMOON

Six good reasons why to book your perfect wedding abroad with us - Oman

At present getting married in the Middle East isn’t easy for British couples. So instead we welcome you to organise your honeymoon with us. This can be a wedding that has taken place in the Indian Ocean and we can include your honeymoon to the Middle East on your way home. Or indeed if you decide to marry in the UK we have a number of amazing honeymoon hotels and resorts in the Middle East that will be absolutely perfect for a private honeymoon for two.

Oman

Dubai

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Published Date: 20th November 2017
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14 
Nov

Art and Garden by Fuan Wong

Art and Garden by Fuan Wong

Art and Garden by Fuan Wong
    Fuan Wong

Born in 1959, the fourth generation of immigrant Chinese to Malaysia, and resides in Penang. Fuan’s father was a renowned orchid breeder having won the prestigious Eric Holtum Gold Medal in 1966 and 1967. This award has never been won twice by the same person, not to mention in consecutive years. With this background it’s no wonder where his love of botany and horticulture stems from. His grandmother also had a passion for crafts like rattan weaving.

During his formative years Fuan spent time in England, as he puts it, “Bumming Around” trying to find his artistic medium. He dabbled in watercolour painting, landscape design and mosaic making and was greatly influenced by the works of Carl Gustav Jung.

By 1985 Fuan had found his medium by working with fused glass and became self-taught, with a little help from books, videos and the internet. Developing an artistic style based on his past training in the Chinese “Hsieh-Yi” (Hsieh means “to write” and yi is “idea”) style of painting where the emphasis is placed on the spontaneous application of ink and colour on rice paper. The style objective is to depict as much as possible in the fewest number of bold strokes usually completed in only a few seconds and tends to be finished before the first stroke dries. The artist must be a master of the technique and have full knowledge of his subject matter.

This has its parallels with fused glass-the artist must understand and master annealing (hardening) schedules, the various chemical compositions of different glass and the results that different degrees of heat give to the different oxides used to colour glass. These disparate elements are then combined, and the kiln finishes the work off using heat, time and gravity.

For the next 20 years from his workshop and studio on Lebuh Armenian in George Town, Fuan produced his truly unique pieces, where no two items are ever the same.

Over the past 10 years Fuan has been developing part of the seven-acre durian orchard in Teluk Bahang, originally owned by his father into the Art and Garden, where his fused glass pieces seamlessly intertwine with tropical vegetation.

Art and Garden by Fuan WongArt and Garden by Fuan WongArt and Garden by Fuan Wong 

Art and Garden by Fuan Wong

Art and Garden by Fuan WongArt and Garden by Fuan WongArt and Garden by Fuan Wong

Art and Garden by Fuan Wong

 

 

 

Whilst walking around the gardens we took that many photos, it’s difficult to pick the ones to showcase the extraordinary work. We are not gardeners so did not appreciate the planting fully, but this did not detract from our enjoyment of this magical environment. There were waterfalls cooling the air and large ponds of Koi carp sitting naturally on the terraced hillside.

Also dotted around the gardens are works by other artists:

Adam Michalski, Howard Tan, Nina Rupena, Phillip Hemnell, Thomas Powell, Nizam Abdullah, Ch’ng Kiah Kiean and Khor Guan Kheng.

Look out for some unexpected pets at the top of the gardens, they alone are worth the entrance fee.

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14 
Nov

Changi Airport Terminal 4 – Singapore

We were stopping in Kuala Lumpur and Penang for research and decided whilst there would take the opportunity for a day trip to Singapore with Air Asia on 7th November 2017. This just happened to coincide with the first day passengers were starting to use the brand-new Changi Airport Terminal 4 building.

This had two benefits for us, as it reduced the taxi time to the airport building at terminal 1, by around 10 minutes and we got to see the extremely impressive, state-of-the-art, pristine mega building T4. Being new it has all the latest facilities visitors could need. Free Wi-Fi though-out the building, mobile device charging points situated between departure gate seats, a great range of shopping and food outlets to pass the time whilst waiting. You can even download e-books.

Singapore gets things done. T4 was announced on 1st March 2012, to replace the old budget terminal which in turn was demolished on 25th September 2012. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new T4 took place on 5th November 2013. Just over 4 years later the building was accepting passengers. Some boring stats: T4 is the size of 27 football pitches or 225,000 sqm and is capable of handling 16 million passenger movements annually. This takes Changi Airport up to 82 million. T5 is already on the cards. They are also looking to invest in a high-speed rail service from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, much like the Japanese Bullet Train, with a transit time of around an hour.

The state-of-the-art systems FAST, Fast And Seamless Travel, is a self-service process of check-in, bag drop, departure immigration as well as boarding making it both seamless and efficient. However, as with going live of most systems, there were initial problems. Entering Singapore was a short queue to immigration, as we were only travelling with hand luggage. They took a digital photo and scanned both thumbs whilst checking your passport. It was announced that all the processing had taken place and were now registered in Singapore and could in the future use the automated systems.

T4 operates free shuttle buses to T2 every 10 minutes and MRT (Mass Railway Transfer). Just outside the arrivals there were taxi ranks.

On the return to the airport later that evening we expected the process to be Fast and Seamless Travel, unfortunately there were a few hitches. The facial recognition worked fine but the reading of my thumb prints caused concern. I was asked to try again, still no good. They cleaned the screen and asked to try again, still no good, finally they accepted defeat and reverted to the manual counter.

My thumb prints were re-scanned, but still did not match the image of the morning. I tried to keep it light-hearted and explained they were the same thumbs I arrived with and stated to Tracy that I was okay to leave the Country, but my thumbs would have to follow on later. At this point I was given a stern look and I kept it buttoned from that point. Eventually they waved us on to our departure gate, happy in the knowledge that my thumbs were not a cause for alarm to the Singapore Government.

Changi Airport T4

The departure area of the building is more like entering a lobby of a five-star hotel rather than an airport. It was clean, spacious, light, airy and cool. Signage made it simple to find where you needed to go for all the facilities.

 

 

 

 

Changi Airport T4

Changi Airport T4We headed to the food quarter on the mezzanine level, where as you would expect, a selection of international cuisine on offer. For smokers there was a special area designated.

After eating we descended from the upper level and followed the signage towards our gate passed the shops and duty-free outlets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changi Airport T4Right in front of you the area opens out with an audio-visual depicting a Peranakan Love Story set in Singapore from the 1930’s. This was akin to la la land for Asia, but a great area to keep children occupied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changi Airport T4Finally you wander to your gate area where there is comfortable seating areas. Some of the seats have electrical sockets and USB so you can connect your mobile devices whilst waiting.

Our flight was ready for boarding, once again the systems failed to work seamlessly. Rather than just scanning your details and the gate opening, they had to revert to checking passports etc… for us to board.

 

I’m sure when the god of IT gets passed the stage of “well it worked in the demo” this will be FAST and probably cheaper for the airline.

You’ve probably notice there is a tree in shot. Well yes, it is real. It does add to the feeling of serenity rather than being stuck in an airport.

Russ Allen 14/11/2017

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Published Date: 14th November 2017
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