SEOUL DIARIES 008: CAFES IN ITAEWON

Along the glorious and vibrant district of art museums and galleries are laid-back cafes offering all-day breakfasts and a myriad of flavoured coffees. In close association to the indie Hannamdong Cafe Street, coffee culture in Itaewon is self-directed and expat-friendly. Expect top-notch Americanos and loads of Seoul Design-Spot cafe galleries! Here are some of my favourites! For moreContinue reading “SEOUL DIARIES 008: CAFES IN ITAEWON”

SEOUL DIARIES OO6: SHOPPING @ IFC MALL & LOTTE OUTLETS

MARCH 22, 2014: DAY THREE Despite my frequent travels, I don’t do a lot of shopping overseas. Seoul is probably the only place where there’s never enough space in my luggages for my shopping loot! Hongdae’s open-till-late vintage and indie stores are just about my favourite places to go. Right up there on my favouriteContinue reading “SEOUL DIARIES OO6: SHOPPING @ IFC MALL & LOTTE OUTLETS”

SEOUL DIARIES OO3: CAFE-HOPPING in GANGNAM

Gangnam is, altogether, a fantastic spot for cafe-hopping. I spent the entire day here from morning till early evening, until I headed to KYOBO BOOKSTORE at Sinnonhyeon Station. The area is close to the Jamwon section of Hangang River Park, so take a walk to the famous South Korean river if you feel up toContinue reading “SEOUL DIARIES OO3: CAFE-HOPPING in GANGNAM”

SEOUL DIARIES OO2: GANGNAM

On my second day in Seoul, I travelled to Apgujeong in the district of Gangnam. To catch a trendy side of Seoul without the unexaggeratedly touristy appeal (aka Myeongdong), head to this part of town. Gangnam has been revolutionized by a wave of new-age Koreans. What I loved: this building dressed in a coat ofContinue reading “SEOUL DIARIES OO2: GANGNAM”

Orange Cafe – Espresso of Street | At 여의도

Only in Seoul, you get an insanely good cup of iced latte on the go! Espresso of street, you’ve said it right. Nothing gives a better energy boost than coffee to keep you going on a long long walk in Yeouido Park and across the Han River thereafter. The barista is a kind young manContinue reading “Orange Cafe – Espresso of Street | At 여의도”

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. WeContinue reading “Cups n Canvas Cafè Singapore”

[TAIPEI] oo1. Frozen ice and flashing lights

Taipei in the summer heat – not my ideal kinda holiday. Nevertheless, street food and shopping makes up for everything! We conquered Ximending and Shih-lin Night Market.

whispers in the street

“There is a certain unique and strange delight about walking down an empty street alone. There is an off-focus light cast by the moon, and the streetlights are part of the spotlight apparatus on a bare stage set up for you to walk through. You get a feeling of being listened to, so you talkContinue reading “whispers in the street”

before the street begins

“Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black And the dark street winds and bends. Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow, And watch where the chalk-white arrows go To the place where the sidewalk ends.” ― Shel Silverstein, from Where the SidewalkContinue reading “before the street begins”