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  Instagram is great for finding new places. That’s how I discovered  The Blooming Gallery in Bangkok, Thailand (while browsing hashtaghs #BangkokFood and #BangkokFoodie).  I immediately high-listed the misleadingly-named café when I saw that “Matcha Cheesecake” picture and its raving caption. Nestled in the Eight Thonglor shopping mall, the café is set like a glasshouse… Read More »

The Payogan Ubud Bali ©Blaastyle

Where to stay The Payogan Villas and Resort Bali received us warmly on our 2am red-eye arrival on Saturday. We were spoilt to a gorgeous XXL-sized 2-bedroom pool villa overlooking a valley.  I recommend that you always choose a resort that opens out to the valleys – otherwise you may start to feel hemmed-in being… Read More »

  Blaast Places Prepare to be tempted – the “toasts” of The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough simply delicious. You will be asking for seconds.  Located near the Botanical Gardens subway station, this is a boutique café which does the baking onsite in a small kitchen and you can sit out on the terrace.  They offer a signature selection of freshly-baked sourdough bread, and also pastries like banana… Read More »

  Bali is one of these islands that you can choose to visit not for its beaches, but for its luxuriant inland tropical nature.  I am of course talking about Ubud.  Beaches in Bali are not particularly spectacular as beaches go, but Ubud is unique.  Here’s a diary of my 3-day long weekend – as… Read More »

Where to eat in Hong Kong? If you needed another reason to visit Hong Kong besides its vista – it is that Hong Kong is also a foodie’s paradise.   Eat   Street food breakfast    Start your day with a local breakfast of big flat steamed noodle rolls with white carrot and fish balls served with… Read More »

  Sorry donut fans – I find it hard to get excited over donuts.  To me, they are just a sugary dough often topped with more sweetness.  That was my impression until I tried the donuts with a twist at Brother Bird on Bali Lane in Singapore.  This is a small restaurant-cafe with a dark… Read More »

  My 4-day Hong Kong trip has been intense with a lots of sightseeing, good food but surprisingly little shopping (I’m on a shopping diet).   Let me first fill you in with the sightseeing part and my feel of the place.  Hong Kong welcomed me on the first day with … pouring rain!  Nonetheless, that didn’t… Read More »

Where To Travel Next ?

  There is an unflattering joke that the best thing about Singapore is how convenient it is to travel to more exotic destinations.  I love Singapore as a destination in itself but I will also not miss out on chances while I am here to explore the region.  I have already been on family vacations… Read More »

Haakon, Singapore

  I connected with Vickii, a food, travel and lifestyle blogger based in Singapore and she suggested meeting at Haakon in Holland Village – “They have good Açai and coffee”. The place is small, but the big windows, high ceiling and clean simple lines of Scandinavian-style décor make it look spacious. I chose the small “Haakon’s Classic Açai… Read More »

Café Mood, Lausanne

  For the size of the town, Lausanne’s restaurant scene is upbeat and also not immune to the bobo vibe. By this we mean: an interior that mixes old and trendy with mismatching chairs, tables, cups or sofas, and obligatory wooden elements (furniture, wall and some other structure).  The menu or “Today’s Specials” are preferably… Read More »