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In our 3-day whirlwind tour of Rome, which hardly does any justice to the beautiful Eternal City, we had entirely packed days which did not take into account of a critical factor in our planning – The (In)Famous Italian Siesta. Even though we chose to visit right before the real tourist crowds pour in (Late […]

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‘Travel Like The Locals Do’ Weeks before the travel, we were beguiled by the marketing campaigns of Vespa tour companies that offered the option of traversing the rolling hills of Tuscany via the Nation’s Choice Ride – The ever humble and incredibly chic Vespa. Travel like the locals do! They claimed with such gusto that […]

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Had the good fortune of trying out the infamous Singapore Airlines Suites class on our little trip to the beautiful City of Light, and it was a fascinating experience – Impeccable service, unreserved opulence, and all that’s stuck in my head now are the two words most frequently repeated by the immaculate Service Crew to […]

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Though Southeast Asia is home to some really interesting eats, they are (with the exception of Hong Kong) sorely overlooked by the Michelin. From a more optimistic perspective, these “hidden gems” that have to pick up their stars can be kept to those in the know and the ‘pre-Michelin’ pricing is also friendlier to diners’ […]

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TL;DR  : A disappointing experience, save for the brilliant main dishes. We had high hopes for this one, having visited its sister restaurant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – The chic decor at L’Atelier came emboldened with stark reds set against velvety black, matched perfectly with top-notch service staff. When we enquired the staff at L’Atelier […]

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The first encounter with JAAN’s former self The first time I visited JAAN was because of a semester-long pursuit – A brilliant professor (whom I still consider to be one of the brightest minds I’ve ever came across) engineered the perfect alignment of educational excellence and the Singaporean core, by dangling a sweet, sweet reward […]

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Perpetually shocked dragon? :P
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We recently paid homage to idyllic Chiang Mai for a short getaway, and here are 7 highlights that we think you might enjoy on your first trip there! 1. The Umbrella Revolution (of a different sort) The cottage industry of paper umbrellas has sustained the village of Bo Sang (~20 mins away from Chiang Mai […]

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She looks exactly like her billboard! The cute lady couldn't bear to part with her menu in her hands, and posed for the photo with it too. Ultimate brand ambassador. :)
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The dining experience started ordinarily enough – you walked to a restaurant, look at the menu offerings , make a snap decision based on beautiful food pictures and weigh your propensity to step in. That is, until we realized a pair of inquisitive eyes was peering out behind the menu stand, quietly observing us as […]

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Recently, we went for a little treat by booking ourselves a single day retreat at Espa, Resorts World Singapore. A little background about Espa, the esteemed award-winning spa chain that has accolades ranging from international awards like the Spa Finder Reader’s Choice Awards, AsiaSpa Awards and World Luxury Spa Awards to local ones presented by […]

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Yes, in the short recent trip to Bangkok, we managed to try out 4 popular spas in a mad whirlwind of pure indulgence. We literally morphed into walking jellies from all the spa treatments, and the 4 spas were chosen after tons of research on the very best spas that Bangkok City has to offer, […]

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The short 4 day Bangkok getaway was nothing like what I’ve planned for, given that we often like to jam-pack our itinerary with visits to the local attractions and scenery. Instead of a “minute-by-minute” super rushed trip that entails lots of traveling around day trip attractions teeming with scammers and touts, we ended up on […]

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Batam, an idyllic and sleepy island in Indonesia, is around 40 – 55 mins away from Singapore via ferry. Due to the proximity to Singapore, sumptuous food delicacies and its favorable exchange rate (9100 IDR to 1 sgd), its a popular weekend getaway destination for many Singaporeans. Everything looks a lot better in pictures with […]

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Mad house at Matahari, Nagoya Hill Shopping Centre
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There was radio silence in the heart of the shopping mall, except for the shuffling of papers and boxes, and gasps on the occasional glimpse of the price tags (in shock, wonder or both?). This is probably a prime example of organized chaos, where in the midst of what seems like a rubbish heap of […]

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This is one of those trips that we simply had to do when we are young. The local government had recently issued an official scare that the ijen crater is strictly out of bounds to tourists due to the toxic fumes billowing out from the crater pits and the imminent dangers of slipping and falling […]

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We had the opportunity to try out the JetQuay services at Changi Airport for our adventure to Mount Bromo-Ijen-Surabaya this time round and it was a interesting concept for travellers who crave for that extra bit of comfort and indulgence in the world’s best airport! 🙂 First opened in September 2006, passengers who use JetQuay […]

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Well, apparently, someone thought of it. And threw in a unkempt pony, street food vendors and wham-bam! The mash-up of the most unrelated things presents itself as Kya-Kya, Kembang Jepun, Surabaya. This probably counts as one of the most out-of-this-world places that i’ve ever been to, with its strangely dis-orienting architectures that swirls in a […]

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Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it’s almost impossible to eradicate. – Inception We were walking along the plains of a crater lake near Dieng Plateau, where a sulfur mine looms in the distance with plumes of thick smoke billowing out of a vent, when our local bubbly guide, Yoga started talking […]

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These little pieces of wearable art are painstakingly created by an army of waxers, painters, stampers and washers in a very warm work area. The repetitive back breaking work of having to dot on the wax, paint on fresh dyes and then washing the wax off to layer on new patterns and dyes yields the […]

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The Bakso Man plys his trade in the compounds of the Taman Sari Water Castle, selling meat balls skewers for 500 rupiah (~6 SGD cents) each. When I tried to take his photo of his makeshift stall, he got up from his seat and positioned himself to sport a serious “I sell real good Bakso” […]

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This man, a proud owner of a very funky looking chicken from Holland, was one of the many friendly people we met in Jogja. Despite knowing that we can’t buy any of his live chickens / birds and bring them home, he was more than happy to share about them, and even took us on […]

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