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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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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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KILO – a culinary and design experience in BALI

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I was thrilled that KILO went international in 2014 and opened its outlet in Bali Semiyak. Not only was I amazed by the culinary creations by chefs Manel and Hans, but also by the ambience existing here. The restaurant’s architecture, dominated by glass and surrounded by plants, creates an open space with enough privacy to enjoy your meal and company. KILO’s signature dishes, inspired by Western cuisine and infused with Asian influences are very delicious.
Amazing food and thoughtful design at the same time – very much to my taste! I’m quite sure you will agree! 😀

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Malacca – City Guide

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I’ve been in love with this city since the first second. It’s hard to describe but there must be something special about it that makes me return over and over again. Could it be the colonial and heritage vibe?  The joyful crowd? The vibrant colours? The mesmerizing scents? Or is it simply this kind of positive energy that makes me feel fabulous whenever I’m here?!

Yes, it’s Malacca! This place, once ruled by Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial forces is today a Malaysian UNESCO world heritage town. There is also a strong Muslim, Hindu and Nyonya Peranakan influences in this city. Are you ready to be seduced by the richness of this city?

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  1. Where to stay:

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HOTEL MAJESTIC: My favourite hotel in town for many reasons: great location, friendly services, spacious and nicely designed suites overlooking the river. Being part of the renovated historic mansion which dates back to the 1920s, Majestic’s architecture probably reflects the colourful history of Malacca.

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Kokois – Cafe. Bistro. Concept Store.

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Chaos. People. Myriad of motorbikes. Things you might associated with Ho Chi Minh City, on the first sight. All this is tiring and restless, you think? But gems are there; tucked in the backyard of old colonial houses, hidden between small lush green alleyway, or often on rooftops. Have you read my article about the top 10 places in Ho Chi Minh City? Check it out and you’ll see!

I don’t live in this buzzling city anymore, I sometimes miss it and was therefore so happy that a friend sent over some pics from Kokois Cafe and Concept Store. Located in Thao Dien district 2 and in a former warehouse, this place is spacious, minimally decorated and it has a lot of lights! {That’s my cup of tea!} KoKois also houses a large and varied collection of local and international designers with an emphasize on handmade and fair-trade design.

I already can’t wait until my next visit to Ho Chi Minh City to explore this gem! You wanna join?

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The Daily Fix Cafe

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I love to come here, not only for their pancakes and my morning coffee, but also to unwind in their tranquil and garden-like backyard. The light here is really special. You have to come down and see!

My next post will be about other amazing places in Melaka that I’d love to share with you. Stay tuned!

 

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