SEOUL DIARIES 025: HOTEL MOTEL

I’m never again staying (alone) in a motel, regardless of how good the deal. Checked out from BLU:Guesthouse Hongdae, dragged my bags through interweaving subway lines, and finally arrived at Gayang Station. First, let me take a selfie –  to commemorate the end of (the first part of) my solo-venture. A long bumpy walk later, I found Baekje […]

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. “ I love this book even as I’m sucked into the throes of its deepest tragedies. Even as I’d watched the movie midway through the book, I was unprepared for its ending. Nazism, constant bombings, war-torn countries […]

Passion Tree Cafe, Brisbane

It’s 36°C in Brisbane & I’m mad happy to find a cafè with shaved ice, desserts and cold cold coffee! Incredibly spacious with comfy throw pillows along wall benches, the cafè is popular amongst local Koreans and Asians. We found the place on a warm Tuesday afternoon, drawn to the sweet aroma of macarons. Their […]

Cups n Canvas Cafè Singapore

Having been to cafès in downtown San Francisco, Cups n Canvas really really oozed the American jazz-pub vibe. It is chill, artsy-fartsy, complete with an art-studio section which is regularly closed off for painting lessons. This much raved-about artistic cafè on Selegie Road, just off Orchard Road, was jam-packed on a pre-Christmas weekend afternoon. We […]

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 this […]

365 Guide New York City: Drink. Eat. $ave. Every Day of the Year. A Guide to New York City Restaurants and Bars.

I received this book from Hugo House Publishers Ltd in exchange for a review, and here it is! Monica DiNatale is no doubt an expert on dining out in NYC. This guide will make life for first-time NYC travelers a hell lot easier. Swishing through the pages, you’ll find the name of the bar/restaurant, its […]

Book Review: You Don’t Have to say You Love Me

Neve Slater’s self-esteem is buried somewhere underneath her size 32 waist-line. She battles to fit herself into a size 10 in order to finally attract the attention of her love interest William, and decides to enter a ‘pancake relationship’ with the sex-god celebrity journalist Max. Max’s social reputation as a full-time jerk with the ability […]

Book Review: The Food of Love

I’ve truly learnt a lot of Italian phrases from Anthony Capella and here are some of my favourites: “…what your first Italian date told you to say to anyone who got fresh with you..” 1.“Cacati in mano e prenditi a schiaffi” lit: Take a shit on your hands and then smack your own face 2.“Lei e’un […]

Book Review: Happily Ever After

“Everyone’s allowed to be in love with the wrong person at some point. In fact, it’s a mistake not to be.” ― Harriet Evans, Happily Ever After Much like hot chocolate on a rainy Sunday afternoon — which is what the coverpage conjures as an afterthought — was exactly how the book felt in my hands. This […]