Category Archives: Travel

Today is Tuesday November 20, 2018
  • London!

    It’s been 4 years since I last went to London.

    This time round, I went to Borough Market. The food (yes, even more food!) is scrumptious!

    And I had the best coffee ever here! Even better than Milan and Venice.

    And at Portobello Road, there’s this small bookshop that sells only cookbooks, and I had the yummiest dessert there. Chocolate cake and pavlova. There’s a small sitting area inside where they serve food. They open at 11am, and we ordered the last 2 pieces of pavlova at 12pm, after which, they’d all sold out!

  • I stuffed my face with food hundreds of percents in Venice!

    My sister and Vince got me a Time Out Shortlist Venice city guide. Together with the places we were recommended to go and eat, there was too little time (2 days), too many places to try.

    I think I am still suffering from heartburn and indigestion from eating so much. But it’s SO worth it!

    Some places to eat in Venice:

    Antiche Carampane in San Polo.

    That black thing is squid in it’s own juices – squid ink.

    Fiaschetteria Toscana in Cannaregio.

    That steak is a 1kg steak florentine. With very nice wine. And we also had deep fried zucchini flower which is so yummy. And we also had fish. SO MUCH YUMMY YUMMY FOOD!

    Igloo in San Marco – for creamy gelato. One of the best ice cream I’ve ever had!

    Fresh food from Rialto Market.

    In the top left photo is the zucchini flower.

    Food! More glorious food from all over Venice.

    And of course I went sightseeing and on the gondola!

    Finally, Piazza San Marco!

    I Venice.


  • Milan!!!!!!

    I had such a good trip, I cannot stop exclamation pointing!!!

    I arrived Sunday morning, 18th of May… Yeah, yeah… the update is late… I have been trying to cope with the fact that I had to get back to work… I was still in a different time zone, yadda-yadda… blah-blah… in short- excuses.

    THE DUOMO!

    Backview:

    Front view:

    All sides, including right at the top. I paid 5 Euros to climb up many flights of steps. If you want to take the lifts, you pay 7 Euros.

    THE GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE!

    CAFE DOLCE & GABANA!

    I didn’t go there because it was a tourist attraction. I only found out it was a designer cafe a day later when I saw the picture in a book.

    CANTINA DELLA VETRA!

    See the bottom 2 pictures. My first dinner in Milan. Fantastic food. I tried the seafood ravioli and the asparagus risotto. The menu is in Italian, but the waitress, Sophie, translated it for us.

    The top 2 pictures is just a random cafe where I had breakfast. If you sit down and have breakfast, the price of food is double. Cheaper to grab and go!

    CENTRAL TRAIN STATION!

    Where I’d be taking the train from to VENICE!

  • Bali In A Nutshell

    Surprise! This post is almost on time!

    Bali Trip – 8 March to 10 March.

    Stayed in a 4 bedroom villa in Jimbaran. It’s called Pat Mase. See the photos. It is a very nice hotel – on macro level. Aren’t the pictures gorgeous? Given my half-assed photography abilities. I am not going to start grieving on a micro-level. The past shall remain, in the PAST!

    What else is there in Jimbaran? Beach side seafood restaurants. So many of them! All along the beach. So, you’re having dinner on the beach, by the sea. Type of food? Seafood of course. But it’s really pricey, for JUST barbecued seafood. Boring! Dinner for 6 – USD401.00! They didn’t even want to give discount on the USD1.00. I fainted, and collapsed on the sandy beach. Ah! That’s why they serve us on the beach. The sand will cushion the fall of every person that faints when they see the bill.

    It’s just barbecued seafood – served on plastic plates that were not cleaned properly! The service astrocious, and the food took an hour to be served!

    Restaurant I would recommend, Ma Joly in Kuta. Type of food? Very nice food. French. But they have Italian too. And very good service, excellent ambiance. See pictures below.

    Another restaurant I would recommend – Lotus Cafe in Ubud. Very good food too. The food is fresh, and healthy. Red rice, not much grease, lots of salads and vegetables. I don’t have any pictures. But we’re sitting around a man-made pond. I think they have a few outlets all over Bali.

    Ubud – Definitely a must visit! Monkey forest, lots of nice bistros, many shops selling souvenirs, costume jewellery. I got this for RM25.00

    Legian – we just drove past, but they were many nice shops selling home decorative items. They have higher-end shops as compared to Ubud and Kuta.

    Nusa Dua – all the high class hotels with sea front. You can have a massage on the beach, with the sound of the waves, facing the ocean – if that’s your kind of thing. The hotels are all really nice. I want to stay there the next time – when I go with my favourite sister. We can be the beach bum sisters of Bali-wonderworld.

    I am quite sure I went to Seminyak too – but I cannot remember what happened there.

    Like I said, it was a whirl-wind trip. Too fast and too furious! I feel I know what the Tasmanian Devil feels like when he pauses for 2 seconds.

  • Puripunn – A Baby Grand Boutique Hotel, Chiangmai

    This post is wayyyyyy overdue. I was actually at Puripunn 3rd week of January.

    It really is a very small hotel. 30 rooms. But very nice! Service is above average. They only have ONE eating outlet. But the food is quite good. On my first day, I had curry noodles. It is medium spicy curry noodles with chicken and some seafood, and crispy noodles on the top. So you end up having a mixture of soft and crispy noodles in a curry broth. I hear this curry noodles is only available in Northern Thailand.

    The weather was very nice early in the year – when I was there – Reminder! This post is a month late. About 16 to 18 degrees celcius. A bit too cold for me.

    They have a teensy swimming pool with jaccuzi.

    Oh – and the Thai Massage was fabulous! One hour – NOT ENOUGH!

    Here are some pictures of the place – there are not so many – because I have already taken pictures of the entire hotel, and this is it!

    But for professional pictures of the hotel, you may visit their website here.

    Would I recommend it? Of course! It really is very nice and relaxing – but there isn’t much else to do but….. NOTHING!

    And please do not be alarmed if when you tell the taxi man to get you to Puripunn that he takes you to a narrow back alley, because, suddenly – VOILA! (Or, as the taxi driver put it – BINGO! Here you go!) Literally, out of nowhere, emerges, The Baby Grand Hotel.