Singapore Airlines Premium Economy is World Class

A quite a number of friends have messaged asking what airline we used to fly to South Africa. The answer: Singapore Airlines.

We chose Singapore Airlines because of these reasons:

  1. The ease of travel: To get to Cape Town was only Manila – Singapore – Johannesburg (one hour on the plane) – Cape Town. The was back was only Johannesburg – Singapore – Manila. So simple, right?
  2. The fantastic staff and service: We love how organised Singapore Airlines was when it came to loading and unloading passengers. The staff on both flights were extremely polite and catered to every small need.
  3. The comfort of the planes: We rode economy on the way to Cape Town and premium economy on the way back. Honestly, both ways were extremely comfortable with good airline food and a wide selection of entertainment available on both flights.

Singapore Airlines is celebrating their 70th Anniversary and we couldn’t be any happier to hear them continue to soar. There are also lots of great flight deals as part of the celebration. I think it’s safe to say we’re all looking forward to booking our future flights to other global destinations with them in the near future.

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Cape Town, South Africa | #catcarltravels

Over half a year ago, Patty, Nicole, and I together with our husbands began planning an epic adventure to South Africa. Africa has always been on my bucket list so I was counting the days till we would be able to experience this continent for ourselves. Cape Town was our first stop and it’s no wonder that this city is often called the most beautiful in the world.

Cape Town’s natural mountains and rock formations make for the most beautiful scenery with each turn being more breath-taking than the next. It’s little pockets of colonial architecture and incredible interiors make for eye-candy almost everywhere that you go. Think of it as a mix of Sydney, San Francisco, Malibu, and any other European influenced colony you love. I think it’s safe to say we were all pleasantly surprised by Cape Town and would definitely go back in a heart beat.

Here are more pictures of our four days in Cape Town. Our itinerary can be found at the bottom of this post.


  • Enjoyed a private Franschhoek city tour with Huguenot chocolate factory and Boschendal Manor & Winery cellar tour. We also stopped by La Residencia, the most beautiful boutique hotel I’ve ever seen.
  • We had a 6-course set lunch at Blaauwklippen Wine Estate Restaurant in Stellenbosch and Nicole got to open a champagne bottle with a sword!
  • We went to Hout Bay for a full day Peninsula tour includes Sea Point, Clifton Beach, Bantry Bay, Maidens Cove, Camps Bay. We then went to Boulders Beach to view the penguin colony. Unless you have a zoom lens the seals aren’t going to be too easy to see.
  • We went to Cape Point Nature Reserve and took a funicular to the Light House at the top. Then, drove towards the most South-West point on the African continent – The Cape Of Good Hope.
  • We went to Table Mountain and enjoyed breathtaking 360 degree cable car ride to the top we also got to see Signal Hill. We honestly wish the time we had at Table Mountain was longer. So much to appreciate from that view.
  • We went on a helicopter flight over Cape Town for views of City bowl, Green Point Stadium, Beaches of Clifton, White sands of Camps Bay, and Majestic 12 Apostles. It was only 15 minutes but it was amazing! Highly recommended.
  • We had a private Cape Town city tour where we got to see The Castle of Good Hope, Bo Kaap / Malay Quarter, Houses of Parliament, The Cape Town City Hall, The Iziko Slave Museum, The Company Gardens, The Green Point Stadium – city tour ends back at the V&A Waterfront.
  • We took an Ameera Sunset Catamaran Cruise from the V&A Waterfront that was the perfect way to end our Cape Town adventure.

Delicious Restaurants

  • La Parada Del Mar at Camps Bay: Beautiful interiors and delicious tapas
  • Grand Beach: A beach front bar and restaurant that has super yummy mussels and hamburgers
  • Cape to Cuba: Live bands on weekends and super yummy Cuban food.
  • Mothers Ruins: A gin bar that is the perfect end to a long day of touring.
  • The Pot Luck Club: A little pricey, but worth stopping by for the yummy small meals and pretty interiors

In case interested, we booked our South African Tour through Jeron Travels and flew to South Africa via Singapore Airlines


My Top 5 Favorite Local Swimwear Brands

If you know me well enough, you know that I’ve spent a large chunk of my life on our beautiful Philippine beaches. My family lived in Cebu and used to hit the beach every Sunday, for Holy Week or New Years would spend weeks on end in Camiguin Island, and after being married to Carl, we would head to Danjugan Island as often as we could in the year.

With all this beach-loving, I’m always on the look out for high quality swimwear brands to accompany me. And I’m happy to report that these five local swimwear brands are my personal favorites. They are made with high quality fabrics, offer cuts that are super flattering, and aren’t as expensive as many foreign brands out there. I wish I had these brands available during my 20s. So you millennials are lucky to have them! With summer here, I thought it best to share them with all of you. In no particular order here are my top 5 favorites:

#1 Eighth Mermaid

What’s not to love about Eighth Mermaid. They’re constantly offering new and unique styles and they always come up with the cutest designs and colors. From sherbets to wine and mango, there’s something for everyone. I have to admit that many of their styles are a little cheeky but they can easily help you find the right one for your boy type. You can tell from the number of pics that they are truly one of my favorites! They are also the picture on top of the wine mailot.

#2: Soak Swimwear

I love Soak for their classic cuts and gorgeous coverups. I feel quite confident in a Soak piece knowing that I can frolic in the beach the whole day and will be covered in all the right places.

#3 Naked Sun Swimwear

Naked Sun, ironically, is the only brand that has been able to give me a pure white suit that doesn’t go transparent in the water. They also carry quite a number of adorable bikinis and coverups.

#4 Beyond The Beach

If they say that you need a little black dress in your life. You also need a little black suit. And Beyond the Beach offers the perfect plain black halter suit that I always turn to when I want something to flatter me no fail. It also comes in a cute light pink.

#5 Googoo and Gaga

Initially known for their cool graphic tee shirts. This local brand has taken it a step further and created adorable swimwear for both you and your little people. Nara always gets compliments when she wears their suits.

Who are your favorite swimwear brands? Share them on the comments section below!