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  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 »

  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 »