The Cafè Braun, Mondsee

Hungry for apple strudels and a steaming mug of hot chocolate and coffee? The Cafè Braun was our mandatory pit-stop on a tour of landmarks from the 1965 film musical, Sound of Music! ‘Twas a rainy mid-afternoon, and we ran from Mondsee Abbey (a quick 50m dash) into the welcoming embrace of Cafè Braun, whereContinue reading “The Cafè Braun, Mondsee”

The Hills Are Alive…in Salzburg Austria!

When I was in Salzburg, I had the pleasure of exploring the rolling hills of Mondsee via Panorama’s Tour of the Sound of Music! I shared an afternoon singing along to “Do Re Mi Fa”, “Climb Every Mountain” and “Sixteen going on Seventeen” with 20-odd tourists who grew up also singing and dancing along toContinue reading “The Hills Are Alive…in Salzburg Austria!”

Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch

Or rather, the beauty of Peppers Clearwater. Wouldn’t mind waking up to lakes and greens everyday! Facts: The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 185 people. 4,423 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region above a magnitude 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2012. Nevertheless, the city still retains such scenicContinue reading “Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch”

London Lovin’: Notting Hill

Autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet, light rain smattering wet droplets on my leather outer. Can you imagine how happy I was to see the ‘travel bookstore’ with a blue door on Notting Hill? Mostly I was busy snapping pictures, head in the clouds, wishing I could step into a bookstore and meet my personalContinue reading “London Lovin’: Notting Hill”

London Lovin’: Patisserie Valerie

Tucked away in the streets of Notthing Hill is a Patisserie Valerie – great wifi connectivity, comfy sofas, and mad awesome latte with cake! As it is now late-summer, London is all overcast skies and occasional light drizzles, which is perfect for a hot cuppa. Nothing makes me gladder than to see a spacious cafèContinue reading “London Lovin’: Patisserie Valerie”

London Lovin’: Wild & Coffee Company

Sniffing out the best brews on my London cafè-hunt, I stumbled upon Wild & Coffee Company along Oxford Street. Dying for a mid-day coffee fix, I was so glad to see that it’s been labelled ‘London’s best coffee’. Though small and subtle, the interior decor is amazingly cosy. A really awesome place to sit andContinue reading “London Lovin’: Wild & Coffee Company”

London Lovin’: The Lyceum Theatre

21 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7RQ

London Lovin’: Ladurée

London Lovin’ – Parisian sweet treats in the heart of Britain! In 2011, The French patisserie’s first stand alone London tea salon opened at Covent Garden Where? The Market Covent Garden London WC2E 8RA Did you know…Ladurée was the first pâtisserie to color the macaroons, and sandwich them together with ganache or buttercream filling!! HowContinue reading “London Lovin’: Ladurée”

London Lovin’: Dr Martens

Checked out the Dr Martens’ Store at Neal Street, Covent Garden They have an amazing array of vintage collection Dr Martens as well as the latest one-of-a-kinds (Dr Martens x Agyness Deyn) which aren’t even on sale anywhere else at the moment. Left happy with my 1460 Matte Black, after trying on tonnes of coloursContinue reading “London Lovin’: Dr Martens”

London Lovin’: Pret A Manger

It’s London Lovin’ Week! Managed to tick something off my bucket list today: spend an afternoon with coffee and a book, in London’s Pret A Manger. The name Prêt à Manger means ‘ready-to-eat’ in French. The first shop was opened in Hampstead, London. (and please, it’s pronounced “pret-ah-mahn-zhay“, not “prettaye man-gurl”) What I had thisContinue reading “London Lovin’: Pret A Manger”

5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London

This time tomorrow I will be in London, trolling SOHO’s awesome cafès. It’s time to share my favorite blogs when I’m seeking the best of UK’s brews! The 5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London ♛ Caffeine Mag What it is: UK’s only consumer coffee magazine, available in independent coffee shops What I love: TheirContinue reading “5 Best Blogs on Cafès in London”

For the Love of Music

Inspired by LP Cover Lover, an amazing site containing the world’s greatest collection of record album covers from the golden age of LPs, I checked out Amoeba Music on my recent trip to San Francisco. Occupying a 24,000 square foot former bowling alley on the eccentric Haight-Ashbury district, Amoeba Music is the world’s largest independentContinue reading “For the Love of Music”

3 Obvious Reasons to Visit Maldives

1. Sun, Sand, Sea As we approach winter months, basking on the beach has never been more appealing. 2. Maldives is Instagram-Worthy P.S. Do not judge my failed jumpshots please. 3. Snorkeling and other water activities are practically free on most island resorts. Some resorts even provide the equipment and instructors to guide newbies along.Continue reading “3 Obvious Reasons to Visit Maldives”

5 Things I Learnt about Dubai

This weekend, I’m in Dubai, feeling so lost about the city’s roads, culture, everything. With Harper’s Bazaar World of Fashion, Fashion Forward Season 2, Global Village 2013 – 2014 and all those exciting events going on, no doubt Dubai deserves being hailed as the regional fashion hub. There are just soooo many things I can’tContinue reading “5 Things I Learnt about Dubai”

Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes

Fedora’s friend Ridge drove us up the coast at Mission Bay – Patteson Avenue which overlooked the active volcano on Rangitoto Island They say, you only live once What with volcanic hazards and possible reawakening of volcanic activity, this place is entirely too beautiful. Then again, beautiful things are dangerous. The Auckland volcanic field isContinue reading “Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes”

Photo-diary: I’m in love…with Kurumba Maldives!

Unbolt your main door and this is what you see This world is all kinds of amazingIt’s positively exhilarating to know that the beauty of Maldives is right at your doorstep Complete with sea breeze and utter, remote peace. I’ll always be in love with the skies and the sea. One of my favourite spots:Continue reading “Photo-diary: I’m in love…with Kurumba Maldives!”

Photo-diary: Island Life, Maldives

The beauty of Maldives never fails to take my breath away Honestly would love to stay on this island and work for peanuts, if it means that I get to see this every day of my life. Also, Kurumba Maldives is a crazy good place for getaways! It has 2 outdoor freshwater pools, 3 tennisContinue reading “Photo-diary: Island Life, Maldives”