categories

Lifestyle

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 »

Amba Hotel Ximending Taipei

  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 »

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 »

  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 »

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 »

What To Visit In Bangkok

    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, Singapore

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 Bali

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 »