[Qingdao] Starfish, Sea Urchin and Other Exotic Foods

This is a mega-post on everything worth eating in Qingdao. I’m a total travel foodie, and hence made it a point to visit Qingdao’s two most popular street food haunts: Pichai Courtyard and Taitung Night Market, For all who’s seen my Instagram stories, yes, starfish is actually edible!! Despite its tough outer skin, a cookedContinue reading “[Qingdao] Starfish, Sea Urchin and Other Exotic Foods”

[Qingdao] KeEr Cafe 可儿咖啡馆

We discovered a gem on Day Two, in the form of a quaint two-storey establishment nested along Minjiang 2nd Street. Drawn to its warm façade of multi-coloured stained glass windows and brick walls lined with backyard pottery, we entered through a homely wooden wrap-around porch where patrons can dine on hand-painted blue wooden furniture overlooking the streets, reminiscent of having cosy breakfast at a neighbours’ patio.

[Qingdao] 5 must-haves on your bucket list

All beer enthusiasts would have tasted the famed export from Tsingtao Brewery, whose name derived from its city of origin in Shandong Province. Unlike most Western lagers, Chinese beers tend to add rice into their fermentation process, hence lowering a certain taste of acidity in its end-products. For the sake of tasting only the freshestContinue reading “[Qingdao] 5 must-haves on your bucket list”

[Short Let London] Your Home Away From Home

Travelling behaviour of millennial globetrotters have, in many ways, been shaped by digital media. Our lives revolve around fitting snippets of travel experiences, ranging from meals to iconic landmarks and scenery, into picture-perfect 1080 X 1080 px squares. You would think that when it comes to choosing a place to stay, accessibility would be the main consideration –Continue reading “[Short Let London] Your Home Away From Home”

J65 @ Hotel Jen Tanglin

Just last week, I gushed over my weekend at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore (HJTS), and promised to share more about J65 – HJTS’ very own F&B outlet. So here’s a long pictorial essay. As a precaution, do not proceed on an empty stomach as it will be sure to growl at these food-porn up ahead. I had the pleasureContinue reading “J65 @ Hotel Jen Tanglin”

Staycay @ Hotel Jen Tanglin

Welcome to Hotel “Jean” Tanglin, a cuppa hot chocolate anybody? Fooling around with Club Lounge amenities as though this place was my own. ‘Local flavour’ and ‘home’ are indeed the overarching themes for the old Traders Hotel at 1a Cuscaden Road, which has gone through a SGD45 million makeover to become the spunky new Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore!Continue reading “Staycay @ Hotel Jen Tanglin”

[Kuala Lumpur] Toast And Roast

If like me, you had imagined ‘Toast and Roast’ to be a brightly lit cafe with piping toasts and artisan coffees, then you’re in a surprise. KL’s Toast and Roast is a distinctly traditional coffee-shop serving old-school teas, best-for-a-hangover hot Honey-Lemons, chewy Hakka noodles, bouncy beef ball soup, and what they became famous for – roast pork / chicken. When yourContinue reading “[Kuala Lumpur] Toast And Roast”

[Kuala Lumpur] Alexis Cafe

Rocking the ghetto streets of Bangsar is this classy, off-the-beaten-track bistro cafe that has maintained its name with a fine selection of cakes and a sleek price to match. Not a conceptually-strong bistro, but Alexis banks its traffic on excellent word-of-mouth and high quality desserts.    Having heard a great deal about their Tiramisu, theContinue reading “[Kuala Lumpur] Alexis Cafe”

[L.A.] FOOD SNAPS IN LOS ANGELES

Tribute to all the food-snaps I take that go un-posted as soon as the physical item gets devoured / forgotten. Here’s a post to say, you’ll always be remembered. Tralala. I love you, Los Angeles. ▷ Breakfast @ Denny’s for the first time and I liked it! Western portions are way too generous. With a selection likeContinue reading “[L.A.] FOOD SNAPS IN LOS ANGELES”

[NEW YORK] EAT. SHOP. REPEAT

“I love New York. You can pop out of the Underworld in Central Park, hail a taxi, head down Fifth Avenue with a giant hellhound loping behind you, and nobody even looks at you funny.” ― Rick Riordan Eat, shop, dream, repeat! was all we did in New York during the winter. In early February,Continue reading “[NEW YORK] EAT. SHOP. REPEAT”

[SINGAPORE] PINK DOT SG 2015 / PARKROYAL ON PICKERING

☼ Supporting the Freedom To Love #PinkDotSG Attended my first Pink Dot last Saturday (13 Jun) with ChaiArmy, and celebrated the weekend with a wholesome staycation at the Park Royal Hotel on Pickering Street. I was curious about Pink Dot campaign which had gathered much talk and controversy (pink versus white) when I felt the cause inherentlyContinue reading “[SINGAPORE] PINK DOT SG 2015 / PARKROYAL ON PICKERING”

[THAILAND] o19. AFTER YOU DESSERT CAFE 

If you could only make one dessert pit-stop in Bangkok, it has to be AfterYou Dessert Cafe! In the absence of distractions (animals, excessively hipster embellishments) the establishment focuses on a competitive menu  and plain awesome desserts! Since Taiwan’s Dazzling Cafe experience and toasty good times in Korea’s trendy coffeehouses, I’ve not had good toasts in a while.Continue reading “[THAILAND] o19. AFTER YOU DESSERT CAFE “

[VENICE] HOW TO EAT AND DRINK LIKE A LOCAL IN…

Couple of days back, I chanced upon this interesting site that arranges professional gourmet food tours in Italy. The foodie in me was jumping for joy! I wish I had done more research before my trip to Venice (2014), which led to sub-par pastas and touristy rip-offs (although you never go wrong with seafood risottos).Continue reading “[VENICE] HOW TO EAT AND DRINK LIKE A LOCAL IN…”

[THAILAND] o18. SALA AYUTTHAYA

Thailand might be most famous for vernacular and religious buildings, but its modern-day architecture has surpassed world-class standards. We hunted down this structural wonder, with the luxury of time and an inexplicable need for coffee, situated across the famed Wat Phutthaisawan, along Chao Phraya river. Sala Resort’s boutique accommodation in Ayutthaya features 26 guest rooms (all uniquely designed) including a duplex river view suiteContinue reading “[THAILAND] o18. SALA AYUTTHAYA”

London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café

“This is our way of celebrating the great city we live and work in. Where others see nothing but debris and stone, we see the possibility of a truly life-enhancing experience.” – W6 Creative Director Paul Holt. I was pleasantly thrilled to be amongst privileged writers notified of the grand opening of W6 Garden Centre Café. This gemContinue reading “London Lovin’: W6 Garden Centre Café”

[THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS

Following a seafood-induced food coma and a brief exposure to Thai Buddhist rituals at renowned Wat Phanan Choeng, our local Thai friends took us on yet another cultural tour – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, also known as Wat Lokkayasutharam. At this point it would be useful to note there are more than 2 Temples withContinue reading “[THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS”

[THAILAND] o16. DAYTRIP TO AYUTTHAYA

40 miles north of Bangkok lies Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, capital of Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. Ayutthaya Kingdom was destroyed in 1767 by Burmese army who took down the city. Ayutthaya, like Rome, has since left most of its ruins within sight. Officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is its Historical Park, whose ruinsContinue reading “[THAILAND] o16. DAYTRIP TO AYUTTHAYA”

[THAILAND] o15. VINTAGE ROD FAI

Talad Rod Fai, Bangkok, is an open-air bazaar peddling an insane array of vintage collectables, quirky kitsch and memorabilia from yesteryear. Since its move in 2013 due to an expansion of the BTS Skytrain line, its reappearance at the new site accommodated a bigger, more international crowd. I loved the old Rod Fai next toContinue reading “[THAILAND] o15. VINTAGE ROD FAI”

[THAILAND] o14. SIX HANGOUTS TO HIT IN BANGKOK (FOODIES ONLY)

Perks of having native Thai friends – they’ve tried it all and only take you for the best. I had the honour of my Thai native friends’ undivided attention 5 days in January this year. Knowing us (foodies who were through with tourist traps in the big city), the pair of them took us gallivanting throughContinue reading “[THAILAND] o14. SIX HANGOUTS TO HIT IN BANGKOK (FOODIES ONLY)”

[THAILAND] o13. BANGKOK ON IMPULSE

“I don’t believe in guilt, I believe in living on impulse as long as you never intentionally hurt another person, and don’t judge people in your life. I think you should live completely free” ― Angelina Jolie 2 Jan – 7 Jan // There are only two places I travel to on impulse when alone:Continue reading “[THAILAND] o13. BANGKOK ON IMPULSE”