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Malacca – City Guide

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?

  1. Where to stay:

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.


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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Have you heard of The Daily Fix Cafe in Melaka? If not,  then it’s time to take a look! Or  have you visited this unique place already?  Were you also being charmed by their quirky interiors and laid back atmosphere? Nested in an heritage building, The Daily Fix is also subtly decorated. Their colourful vintage  objects, many of them are of Peranakan style, are really eye-catching.
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!


Photography: La Mangosteen.

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Best things to do in Langkawi

I’m sure you’ve heard many good things from Langkawi and its archipelago of 99 islands. Pristine beaches, incredible wildlife and rock formations, jungle with waterfalls and a variety of species. All that sounds like a unique paradise that is waiting for me. Only about one hour flight from Singapore, it was the perfect destination for a long week-end getaway. I really enjoyed my stay on this small heaven. In fact, I wasn’t against the idea of being trapped here… It was that mix of tranquility but also fun and adventure in Langkawi that I will miss once leaving!

Here are some of my favourite things I did on the island. Maybe yours soon as well?

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Peace – Oriental Tea House in Bangkok

You don’t have to be a fan of Japan to fall in love with Matcha and tea related things. Especially when it comes to tea ceremonies, I can’t help myself but being completely amazed. Take your time and breath because there might be one place in Bangkok that will make your eyes wonder and your heart flutter… Come down to see, taste, smell – and smile – at Peace –  Oriental Tea House! Zen. Promised!

PS: Don’t you think this place is very well-designed as well?

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La Salle College of the Arts

There is only one place in Singapore where I duly wish return to university again: La Salle College of the Arts! Beside the fact that La Salle is a great place to sign up for interesting subjects {btw, I kind of envie my friend who is studying at their Puttnam School of Film! :D}, its architecture is just cool and awesome.

Designed by award-winning RSP Architects Planners and Engineers {who also built ION Orchard, Henderson Waves, The Oberoi Hotel Gurgaon}, it was completed in 2007 and aims to “reflects and engages the city fabric by embracing the city’s diversity”.

I love the consistent use of glass which allows space and transparency. The monochrome design emphasizes very much the geometric shapes. The fact that you can easily get lost when strolling around the different “cube-like” towers {which are connected by bridges} also makes the architecture more complex and interesting. Like a maze. Or a labyrinth. Or anything you can imagine!
My statement: a very fancy place to study at!

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The hidden charm of Tiong Bahru

If you follow La Mangosteen then you might have noticed how much I enjoy spending time in one of the oldest neighbourhood of Singapore – Tiong Bahru. Why? Simply because there are so many things to discover in this unique area of Singapore. It always feels a bit like taking a leap into the old time where Singapore wasn’t a metropolis yet. Low-rise art deco buildings with rounded corners. Spiral staircases. Hidden entrances. It’s hard to believe some of the architecture features are from the 30s. History is right here people! Come down and see!

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