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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 »

  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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

  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 »

  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 »