Weekend guide to Timor Leste

I am writing this as I wait for my flight back to indonesia, NEVER book for NAM air, the worst airlines in the world that is always late. The flight was scheduled to depart 12:15 pm but then doesn’t depart until 1:15 PM. Book Citilink instead from Bali to Dili

If I were you, you should save the money and stay in Bali instead, you will have a memorable experience in Bali with lower cost of living and more things to do. You can go to beautiful Jacosland in Timor leste but it’s not cheap.

Timor Leste is a  southeast Asian country no one knows existed besides their neighbors Indonesia and Australia.

If you like a weekend getaway and are used to a 1st world lifestyle, this is not for you. It’s a developing 3rd world country that still has a long way to go. The transportation is terrible. They have a van that goes around for 0.10 cents a ride, if you’re a foreigner they will ask for more. It is beneficial if you speak tetum or portugues fluently. Taxi drivers are sharks, they want to get every single dollar from you as much as possible.

Be prepared to spend $100 US dollar+ a night if you want quality rooms with air conditioner

If you’re on a tight budget, you can book your rooms in Dili backpackers or Casa Minha for cheap rooms however in some rooms there is no air conditioner and you are in a room with 3-5 other people like a hostel.

You can find a lot of cheap food in Dili but also a lot of  expensive food. Traditional Timor Leste food is made up of Indonesian and Portugues dishes.

 

If you go to their stores, you can see imported portugues and southeast asian snacks. Before you leave Timor Leste, there is a chance to buy souvenirs at the airport but the best option is to buy from Tais Market and support the locals who made the crafts.

Timor Market

 

Food:

For food there are a lot of options in Timor Plaza, they also have movie theatres and live like normal people.

Cheapest option :

Noyuturi restaurant

Timor Noyutri Restaurant

$1.50 for a meal that is rice nasi ayam (chicken) sambal sauce you can add another fish for $1

Timor Indonesian food

If you’re really hungry you can try Isabella’s food in food star restaurant located along 30 da Agosto street. Food is  all you can eat for $6 USD and it’s really good.

If you miss the American fast food joints they only have Burger King and it’s about $8 to $15 for a meal. Something that I learned is that if a country uses another country’s currency instead of their own, there is a problem and prices tend to be higher with the country that is borrowing a foreign currency. In this case, prices for food, activities are expensive in Timor Leste since there is less demand for tourists to visit this country.

Timor Burger King

 

Ok this is all for now, feel free to ask me any question.my Snapchat is joebro964 or +1 206 294 6390 whatsapp, I have also posted pictures about it on Facebook.

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Adventures in Singapore week 1 :)

Singapore labor

Here is what I learned so far besides Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay or the name “Raffles ” used everywhere in Singapore:

To summarise my first few days in the country, Singapore is an amazing country to visit. They have all sorts of fun things for tourists. The airport gives good first impressions as it was really clean, they have a movie theatre, swimming pool, garden. Where can you find that?

On Monday, I visited Kampong Glam, a cultural hub for the Malay/ muslim community of Singapore. I had the opportunity to see a beautiful mosque. It was my first time to visit a mosque and I learned a lot. Singapore had a lot of merchants from India, China, Malaysia and Europe.

Back in the days, the merchants did not understand each other’s languages. To solve this problem, the government of early Singapore has made Malay, English, Tamil and Mandarin so that the traders would be able to understand each others.

On Tuesday, I visited Chinatown, I was able to try the famous Michelin star Hawker Chan’s chicken. It was really good. I was able to explore Civic Centre and learn more about the trade along the Singapore River.

The Chinese merchants taught the Singaporeans the concept of Feng shui where movement of objects and buildings have to be created in a certain way in order to remove the bad luck. The Chinese Singaporeans believed that without feng shui, there is bad luck which has caused the financial crisis. Therefore, the S$1 was shaped into an octagon with 8 sides because the Chinese Singaporeans believed that is good luck which has caused more success for Singapore. The flow of the water for the Merlion also helped the flow of good luck.

The Taoist people also believed in the concept of burning materialistic objects for their deceased loved ones. They believe that the objects they burned would be sent to the loved ones. Where can you find paper iphones, $1,000,000+ notes, houses, shoes, to be burned for the deceased loved ones?

On Wednesday, I got to visit Little India, the idea of  racial harmony. Where Hindu Indians would dress as Chinese or the Chinese dress as the Malay muslims in schools and learn about each other’s food and culture. I was able to learn more about Hinduism, try Indian Laddu and fish biryani.