Hanoi impression

I was born here. Is it why I love Hanoi so much? I don’t know. But the truth is: there is something special about this old Vietnamese capital that makes you feel special when you here. You start to think about the past, about history. You start to look closer at old house facades, the way people walk at sip their coffee on the street pavements. As for me, I felt this familiarity as if I knew this place for centuries. Or it is simply because things have been here for centuries? I thought I was somehow in a dream. A good one.
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Everyday #heritage

I love going to my work, it’s located in the area of Chinatown in Singapore, with old and colourful shophouses. I’ve been knowing this area for a while but never felt bored of these beautiful houses. There’s always something to discover, as if you see something new. Perpetually.

Boracay in low season.

It’s our first time in the Philippines and we’re just amazed by the beautiful landscape here. Seems like all the predictions we heard came true: “You’ll see, it’s the best beach in South East Asia!”, “Philippines people are naturally the friendliest!”, “You’ll love the snorkeling spots!” etc.

Although July is considered as a low-season month, we still got to enjoy the turquoise, crystal clear water, the blue sky with its breathtaking clouds constellation, the underwater world that I knew only from TVs. No matter how long you stay in Boracay, I would highly recommend an island round-trip with the traditional sailing boat ( Paraw sails)! You’ll see: it’s a wonderful island, a precious piece of nature that needs to be protected!

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Blue lotus

I love flowers, of all kind. And there is something about dry flowers that I can’t help but just being addicted with. This Sunday, the lotus that I put to dry one week ago just turned blue. Exactly like I wanted. They make a great decor for our interior, don’t you agree?

Sunday inspiration

Design inspiration for today: wooden spoons that I could snatch from Sadec District . Don’t know yet if I will ever use them, they’re too cute! Do you also share the love for ceramics and small little things? Come down to Sadec District in Saigon to discover, or simply to get inspired!

Photography: La Mangosteen

NOOK – Moonlight dinner in a rice field & more.

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Moonlight dinner in a rice field. Does this speak to you? If yes, then you should consider NOOK, because this restaurant has everything to become your favourite spot for comfort food with an amazing view in Bali Seminyak. The cosy place is surrounded by the beautiful rice fields near Umalas. Lush green, quiet, peaceful and serene is how you can describe the setting.
It happens that we love to come here not for dinner, but at any time of the day and at any occasion whenever we are in Seminyak. Be it for brunch, for a drink or dinner, the team of NOOK always treated us well with many of their home-made dishes. The menu combines typical Asian and Western delights. I highly recommend eggs benedict or Avocado sandwich for breakfast, beef rendang for lunch and for dinner, you have to try their BBQ dishes! For vegetarians: NOOK just recently introduced a few delicacies with fried tofu and grilled veggie. (Yum!)

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Hey Camel ceramics

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Alejandro is the face behind Hey Camel Ceramics and his designs are full of sensibility and surprises. I love the way he explores the shapes and textures or includes striking pattern in the pots, cups and spoons he creates. Especially, believe it or not, the colours and textures of Hey Camel ceramics make me feel calm and relaxed. How strange and beautiful! Alejandro, may I ask you for your glazing recipe? Please :-)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

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Ho Chi Minh City’s best Vietnamese and Thai restaurants – A Guide

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I previously shared with you my favourite spots in Ho Chi Minh City in my last City Guide {missed it? Check out here! } and you already know how surprising this city can be! Family owned restaurants nestled on rooftops, cute coffee shops tucked behind hidden alleyways, chilled-out bars on riverside. Well, it seems like this city can treat you really well! At least, that’s what we feel every time we come back here.

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1. Secret Garden – Roof Top restaurant, Top Floor, 158 Pasteur, District 1, Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam

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One of the spot you don’t want to miss is definitely Secret Garden restaurant, this wonderful place on the rooftop of a historical building. The entrance is a bit hidden, and you have to take the stairs to reach the 6th level, but once you’ve arrived and gotten inside, you will forget all the efforts you had to put in to find this place! Will it be the light, the green surroundings or the home-cooked food that will strike you the most? The most important thing is: you can sit at any corner, you can order anything on the menu and everything just feels right!

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Home x Gallery by Kouichi Kimura Architects

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Japan inspires me in many ways and there is especially one thing I keep being astonished by: the way spaces are being dealt with. During my first visit to Tokyo, I’ve already witnessed that space is an invaluable good in Japan. But the good thing is: sometimes drawbacks motivate (and oblige) people to be more creative and push architects and designers to simply be brilliant!

Designed by Kouichi Kimura Architects, this house is characteristic for it multipurpose use. It’s a gallery in addition to being a habitable space. The external appearance of the building already suggests the richness of the internal configuration.

What else do I love? The brilliant connection of separated spaces by large window frames. The minimal use of shapes and colours. The subtlety in the use of texture. The sense of privacy without being confined. Did I already mention the iconic passage linking the back courtyard to the street? And also this kind of unforgettable black blocks that shapes the horizon? Wouldn’t you agree with me that we can start dreaming? Now.

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