About Gary & Taya

Founders of 9to5Travel, this jet-setting Canadian husband & wife team scour the globe searching for the best travel destinations the world has to offer. They provide detailed accounts of tropical beaches, gourmet cuisines, and luxury hotels. Learn more about the couple here.

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Singapore’s Tanjong Beach Club on Sentosa Island

Tanjong Beach Club or “TBC” lies on the sun-kissed crescent shaped Tanjong Beach, on the southern coast of Singapore’s Sentosa Island. This retro-luxe club, modeled after 1950s beach resorts, has a sexy, tropical modern design.  The club boasts panoramic beach & ocean views, and comes complete with an infinity pool, two bars, a restaurant and […]

Novotel Citygate Hong Kong Hotel Review

Upon arrival to Hong Kong, we were exhausted from our long flight and were in desperate need of a good night’s sleep. We had planned to stay with my husband’s aunt in Kowloon, but knew it would be tight quarters. We decided to book a hotel for the night near the airport and reserved a […]

Cathay Pacific Extra Legroom Economy Seats

We flew Cathay Pacific Airways from Vancouver to Hong Kong and upgraded to their exit row seats. Cathay offers its customers the option to secure seats with extra legroom in their Economy Class cabins on long and short-haul flights – with an additional fee or by redeeming Asia Miles. Since my husband is six-foot-two, we […]

Why Exit Row And Bulkhead Are Not Always The Best Seat Choices

When flying long distances, we often request/or pay extra to upgrade to exit row or bulkhead seats.  Usually, these seats have more legroom, making flying more comfortable – especially for larger taller people. However, from our experience, these particular seats are not always your best bet. Sometimes it is wiser to save your money and […]

How To Pack And Travel With Only Carry-On Luggage

During the month of January, we spent an epic four weeks traveling in Asia: Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Macau, and Hong Kong. The most cost effective way to get us to our desired destinations was to take a whopping 10 different flights. Since we were flying so frequently, we decided it would be wise to only […]

What To Take On A Long Haul Flight

Let’s face it, if you’re not flying first-class, then being on an airplane can become quite uncomfortable at times. There are a few items you can take with you to make your flying experience a little more pleasant. The following are items we recommend taking with you on board the aircraft: Inflatable neck-pillow: They are […]

How To Stay Comfortable On A Long Flight

If you’re planning on taking a long-haul flight, the following top 5 tips will keep you comfortable during your in-flight journey: Take off your shoes: Feet tend to swell when you fly, so plan to take off your shoes and stretch your toes during a long flight. Do put them back on when visiting the […]

South Korea’s “Hawaii” – Jeju Island

Gary and I lived and worked in Seoul, South Korea for one year.  During our week summer vacation in August, we decided to travel to the South Korean province of Jeju-do. Jeju is a subtropical island located off the southern coast of the Korean peninsula. Koreans call it the ‘Hawaii’ of South Korea because it’s […]

How To Have Your Wedding In Dubai

Yesterday marked two years since we were married in an intimate wedding ceremony, and walked down the aisle on a beautiful beach, in Dubai, U.A.E. We stayed at Al Qasr Hotel in the Madinat, which is in the same complex as the Burj Al Arab (‘world’s most luxurious hotel’, ‘world’s tallest hotel’, and ‘world’s highest […]

World’s Most Photographed Beach Is In The Seychelles

A few days after our intimate wedding in Dubai, we left the U.A.E. to spend our honeymoon in the stunning Seychelles – an archipelago nation off the east coast of Africa. The flight (we flew Emirates Airline) is four hours directly south of Dubai. After I had seen incredible photos of the islands in the […]

Executive Pastry Chef Alejandro Luna Has A SweetSpot

Allow us to introduce you to one of Singapore’s top ten pastry chefs, Alejandro Luna. Luna is the über talented Executive Pastry Chef at high-end SweetSpot pâtisserie located in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino. Luna has spent the past 15 years in the upscale pastry business. He landed in Singapore last year via some of the […]

Best Beach In Kauai, Hawaii’s Garden Island

Kauai is called “The Garden Isle” in Hawaii. The name is appropriate since it is an absolutely stunning tropical island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, with lush rainforests and thousands of indigenous flowers. We stayed at the Sheraton Kauai Resort on Poipu Beach. It is a lovely resort with excellent, hospitable service and […]