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    To borrow a well-known expression – when one is tired of Bangkok, one is tired of life. The multi-faceted city has so much to offer the traveler. Let me share a few of the places I explored during my short 4-day trip there. The Sights     Grand Palace & Wat Phra Keaw… Read More »

  I am representing Singapore in a worldwide foodie contest in collaboration with AccorHotels .  In the first round, I am facing the UK. Each participant shows how to cook a local dish.  I chose the Laksa Noodle Soup – a local favorite that was once named by CNN Travel as one of the top… Read More »

Esquina Tapas Bar in Singapore ©blaastyle

  It’s mid-week and time to give yourself a treat with a change of setting, like taking a micro-vacation. How about “travelling” to Spain with friends to share some tapas and wine?  Then head out to Esquina Tapas Bar in a buzzling neighborhood with other hip coffee joints and restaurants, and surrounded by colonial buildings.… Read More »

Food Places in Ubud ©blaastyle

  Bali is seldom known as a foodie destination but I did discover several gems of cafes and restaurants in the inland Ubud area. Here are three highlights.   Breakfast and Brunch Lazy Cats Cafe Lazy Cats Café appears to have been transported by a time machine into Ubud.  It would not look out of… Read More »

  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 »