Amba SongShan Hotel Taipei ©blaastyle

  After a night in Ximending, I spent the rest of my stay at Amba Hotel SongShan Taipei.  This latest addition to the Amba group is well-located with asimilar look and feel. SongShan District The Songshan district is less crowded with tourists but there are several attractions to keep you busy. A 2-min walk away… Read More »

Speakeasy bar Taipei ©Blaastyle

  Back in the Prohibition era in the US when alcoholic beverages were banned, a “speakeasy” was a hidden place to sneak a drink.  Its ambience would often be subdued with soft music while patrons kept a low profile.  Today’s speakeasies are more “accessible” yet try to retain their original spirit.  On my recent Taipei trip,… Read More »

  Thanks to the Amba Hotel group which prides themselves on hip and well-located establishments, I discovered two areas during my trip in Taipei: Ximending and SongShang. Ximending is a hugely popular shopping area among tourists and local youths situated in west Taipei.  Often compared to Sibuya of Tokyo, there is indeed something for everyone. … Read More »

  If there is a good reason to wear winter shoes, it’s Minelli. Why wouldn’t you? They are quality pieces in trendy yet versatile designs. Here’s a small selection that are available in Minelli shops in Switzerland. I’ve been looking for a basic pair of moccasins, but I ended up with this model with mini… Read More »

Why You Should Practice Yoga

  I have been practicing yoga for more than a year now and I can vouch for its benefits.  It boosts both body and mind, and fellow practitioners even say it positively impacts their whole lifestyle. I admit I got into yoga through the I-wear-lululemon trend.  But it was love at the first class.  It… Read More »

Why You Should Dress-Up Too.

  Women in the cities in Asia seem to enjoy dressing up. They parade the streets on weekends with the latest it-bags – and not in your usual jeans, t-shirts and sneakers combination.  Girls nail the office wear too.  In Lausanne and even in the bigger city of Zurich, I would become self-conscious wearing simple… Read More »

The Art Of Flat Lay With IKEA

A “flat lay” or “flatlay” is simply a still-life picture of objects lying on a flat surface.  Here are tips and tricks on how to capture aesthetically appealing flat lays. Find your flat surface.  For your background “canvas”, you can use a table, however you’ll have to climb up a chair or step stool to make sure… Read More »

  A big city can be seen as a collection of neighborhoods, each with its distinctive character. This is no different in Taipei, a modern beautiful city where I stayed for a long weekend.  Explore this city with me through my pick of neighborhoods or districts in this travel guide and photo diary.    … Read More »

My bespoke Jeans and chinos ©blaastyle

  It’s tricky to find a pair of jeans that fit me off-the-shelf. Invariably I have to alter the length, or I don’t quite like the cut – ditto for chinos. A solution comes by the name of Selfnation, a Zurich and Berlin-based company which tailors jeans and chinos to your measurements. The founders want… Read More »

Places to Eat in Bangkok ©Blaast Travel

More shopping and eating-out suggestions from my trip to Bangkok.  Eat & Eat…   Apinara Thai Cuisine   The destination for traditional spicy Thai food. The menu does also offer a selection of “neutral” dishes.  The décor is authentically traditional yet manages to feel modern.      After You Dessert Cafe  I tried the signature toast with… Read More »