[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”

Lori’s Diner, San Francisco

Breakfast at Lori’s Diner on Mason Street, a ’50s-style rock’n’roll American bistro. For the all-American oldies experience, this is the place to be! Love their classic red booths, checkered tiles and memorabilia of Coca-Cola, Elvis Presley and various cars of the era. All of Lori’s Diners are open 24 hours daily; the Lori’s on PowellContinue reading “Lori’s Diner, San Francisco”

Café Sommersko, Copenhagen

Highly recommended by the counter staff at Urban Outfitters, we decided to have lunch at Café Sommersko, just round the corner off the main street of Strøget. The lunch crowd had more or less dispersed by 3pm, which was the time our stomachs were growling as we trooped onto the café’s upper deck. Sommersko’s menuContinue reading “Café Sommersko, Copenhagen”

ReStore – Vintage Cafè SG

Don’t be fooled by this cafe’s ‘furniture warehouse’ exterior! This well-hidden jem of an indie cafè in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Road is vintage-themed and oozing with old-school charm. Its pre-loved cafeteria/kopitiam chairs are even for sale! We were glad to realise that all lattes, including its mocha, caramel and cinnamon specialties, come with a choiceContinue reading “ReStore – Vintage Cafè SG”

London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts

Shops like these you’ll never find them in Asia. Especially where I come from, space is so constrained that anything below 3-floors will be extinct in the next 5 years or so. Baffled by re-modelling works of architecture in the European cities where its aesthetic appeal lies in its vintage houses! Swarovski is sandwiched betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts”

London Lovin’: Old Bailey

Chanced upon the Central Criminal Court, commonly known as Old Bailey, in West End London. In the book A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, it is the courthouse where Charles Darnay is put on trial for treason. In the beginning of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Joshamee Gibbs is tried inContinue reading “London Lovin’: Old Bailey”

London Lovin’: Time is Immemorial

One thing I’ve come to realise about most European cities: they have clocks or clock towers in almost every street. War Memorials too, it seems they value their history as much as time is immemorial. Says a lot about its people being proud of their history. xoxo, Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: City Grandeur

Overeager to see everything on my first trip to London, I took to exploring West End on foot. My fingers were working the shutter overtime, attempting to capture everything. Which I soon realised was impossible! Damn, the rush to see it all wasn’t worth it. Why click fast and leave for another touristy scene, onlyContinue reading “London Lovin’: City Grandeur”

London Lovin’: Oxford Circus

Stepping out from London Underground is like entering a different realm, and it did feel that way to me, exiting Oxford Circus Station. Topshop, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, HMV, Debenhams have their flagship stores on this street. Each year, Oxford Street is decorated with festive lights. Each Christmas, a celebrity turns on theContinue reading “London Lovin’: Oxford Circus”

London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place

The plethora of alfresco dining choices had me drawn in. The colourful interior beyond its ‘landmark purple clock’ delivered its promise of an eclectic shopping mix, right up the alley where London’s best bars and restaurants laid in wait. St Christopher’s Place sits at the heart of the West End and can be found betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place”

London Lovin’: Marylebone Parish Church Gardens

Trekked to Marylebone High Street on foot from Oxford Circus Underground. (Yes it was a loooong journey and walking is what I do when I hate staying in the hotel room with nothing to do) It’s a cool late-summer day with overcast skies but no sign of rain – perfect for a lazy walk inContinue reading “London Lovin’: Marylebone Parish Church Gardens”

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”

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”

A slice of Copenhagen

Officially am the mad Asian girl snapping away with her iPhone, at architecture that citizens of Denmark would have seen all their lives. Here’s a slice of Copenhagen: the streets of Vester Farimagsgade 9 as seen through my eyes. Taking shelter underneath my umbrella in the drizzle proves to be a disadvantage, for my hands wereContinue reading “A slice of Copenhagen”