Travel Anecdotes – Nero Nero, DC Mall

We’ve never had a bad experience at this ubiquitous Italian offering. It’s the kind of place where weeks later, the aftertaste of their perfectly baked rosemary bread, caramelised basil and melted cheese still linger on your palate. It’s on the expensive side for local standards so this is not our regular go to by any […]

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Reflections on The Past

The past, they say, is another country. In some ways, it is a healthy sign of our evolution, if we consider the past as a place remote and untouched by our current space. There seems to be a sense that we have moved on with the times, seized the present and are marching onwards for […]

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Aesthetics – Indoor Walks

I wondered if it’s scraping the bottom of the barrel to share photos of what mornings have been like, visually, since the pandemic began. Clarity walks in the common space of our apartment block, was what unexpectedly gave me a new lease of life during the most critical days of the world, region, country and […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Khyber at Fort, Mumbai

My affection for India goes through various fluctuations but can never really dissipate. Our annual visit though seems so vague in the cards with the virus infections soaring relentlessly, compounded with their lack of medical infrastructure to stymie this phenomenon. I content myself with some memories of those earlier days of discovering this city of […]

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Reflections on the Breaking Point

  When plunged in the depth of dark times we often wonder ‘why us’? Why couldn’t it all be like the ideas we wanted, the hopes we carried, the desires we nurtured. In our minds, we illogically romanticise the lives of others and how it seemed to be unharmed by the maladies that we believe […]

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Aesthetics – View from the Top

So the nomads amongst us are having itchy feet and longing to hit the skies again for another adventure to begin but God had other plans. I realised I had a dated collection of these aeroplane window shots, taken at a time when arriving at a new country was so deliciously exciting. Since developing a […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Family Trip in Langkawi

This was a big family trip taken in 2016 to celebrate my parents 75th and 80th birthday. We had been planning this family holiday and exchanged multiple emails with Starwood for various months then but true hospitality and service only began once we started to directly contact Westin Langkawi. Special thanks to Mr Zureimi and […]

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Reflections on Solitude

Quite often life has been about embracing our own internal fortitude in solitude. After every episode of difficulty, the reiterating lesson is often the realisation that while love and companionship are blessings, an honest lesson of evolution is one that requires us to dig inside our own internal resources for elevation. How do we live […]

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Aesthetics – A walk through Hoi An

Vietnam was in general, a very engaging introduction to the Indo-China world. We visited in December 2014, as we were about to wrap up our first year in Bangkok. We started from Hanoi and stopped by Lang Co and Hoi An before moving to Ho Chi Minh. I would say Hoi An was, as many […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Hua Chang Heritage Hotel, Bangkok

I stayed here just before starting a work deployment back in 2016. It looked cute from the outside with its white colonial shutters and we always passed it on the BTS. Positives-location is 1 BTS/walking distance to the Siam malls. Alot of effort is invested into the prettiness of the drama and ambience (vintage Thai […]

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Reflections on What Life Isn’t

When life fundamentally does not manifest itself to be the image you had in your head the journey is very much about shifting to accommodate your new reality. The answer is to not resist. Embrace, do all that you can to elevate the status quo to what you want it to be and accept that […]

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Aesthetics – Goodearth Homewares

Goodearth I first locked eyes with this beautiful homewares store a decade ago, circa 2010, in Khan Market, New Delhi. Back then it was a place to get a few gifts for family at home. After that, life took me away from this paradise until 2014, when I first visited Bombay and was taken to […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Lombok Memories

Yet another one of those snapshot of memories from five years ago. At the time I was living in Jakarta and wanted to try some local islands with friends. They had overdosed on Bali trips and Lombok had become the latest haunt. I didn’t really know what to expect apart from a tropical beach but […]

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Reflections on Uncomfortable Patterns

The Lockdown has awakened something in all of us privileged enough to sit at home and luxuriate in boredom. A time to reassess our past journey as an individual and as the collective humanity, and ask ourselves whether we want to be in auto mode or clear out some cobwebs of congestion.  A big chunk […]

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Aesthetics – Budapest Facade

All over the media, it seems clear that travel needs to be aborted until 2022 or something like that. My days of trawling through a new city and taking copious amounts of photos of interesting doors and windows are currently well into the past. Retrospectively my last few facade aesthetics was in the summer of […]

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OSO Ristorante, Jakarta

Throughout the Covid lockdown, my travel repertoire backdates to a time when I was not consciously recording our experiences, so apologies in advance for the unflattering photos. But I had a nice memory of a birthday dinner here back in 2015 and thought might be worth a share. We had just recently started getting into […]

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Reflections on Apathy

When we reflect back on our life, it’s fair to say the most fulfiling times are those where we are fully engaged in the enterprise of living. Even when life caused us pain, the pain stems from a longing for more from existence. The most ideal combination is when we are able to balance between […]

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Aesthetics – Pula Abode

There is always the hit and the miss with Airbnb. It’s been the only way to travel since 2013 but I’m starting to withdraw a little from this travel option these days. That is if travel is ever possible again in the Covid era. Anyway, we reckon this Airbnb we stayed at in Pula was […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Istanbul Stays

During these Covid lockdown days, I’ve been stuck indoors going through my old hotel reviews and came across my memories of Istanbul which is without a doubt, one of my favourite cities in the world. It is utterly unique, a cross between East and West, enchanting architectural relics of the significant empires of the past, […]

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Reflections on The Biggest Risk

Another brief rumination. The year started out with some melancholia as multiple well-known public figures left the world in such a tragic, shocking haste.  Of course, none was known personally to me but I felt as broken as the bereaved. All of the departed left behind grief-stricken spouses and children and by all accounts were […]

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Aesthetics – Streets of Rovinj

Even now, I still consider Rovinj one of the prettiest towns I’ve seen. There’s something natural, sultry and raw about her beauty. If she was a woman, she would be a middle-aged goddess, wearing her history proudly on her face without any camouflage. The attractiveness of this little town is also all-encompassing: every alleyway you […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Le Meridien, Jaipur

My husband stayed at the Le Meridien in Jaipur back in February this year and here’s his feedback to the Le Meridien team. ‘The Le Meridian Resort and Spa at Jaipur is a wonderful property. Away from Jaipur city but great for some peace and tranquillity. I stayed with my mother and our check-in was […]

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Reflections on Giving without Expectations

The evergreen philosophy regarding generosity advises us that we should give without expecting anything in return and yet you still get a bit shocked, angry and disappointed when those you feel you have given your time, care and effort to refuse to do anything for you that would in any way cause them some effort, […]

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Aesthetics – Ljubljana Facade

We were charmed by Ljubljana partly because we didn’t expect it, and we didn’t expect it because we had never heard of it. Small-town sophistication imbued with Aesop Fable tranquil. Terrace cafes brimming with patrons by the river, cyclists running their daily life, quaint back streets, weekend farmer’s markets and beautiful facades. We wished we […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Pangkor Laut Resort

Arguably the most popular YTL Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort is also the closest to Kuala Lumpur city, taking us approximately 2h and 45 minutes to get to the Marina, and a further 10 minutes boat ride to get to the island. We have tried and reviewed (link here) the three other YTL resorts in Malaysia […]

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Reflections on the New Decade

And so another collection of 12 months have come and gone and we are here, almost two months into a fresh new decade that once seemed resolutely unattainable, lodged within a science fiction future. For the longest time now, I approach new years with some contradiction of both apathy and trepidation. That pressure to have […]

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Aesthetics – Grapevines of India

I didn’t realise there were grapevines in India until recently. The only other one we visited was somewhere between Lausanne and Geneva… it was half bald and my shoes were killing me was my main memory of that event. I was impressed with this landscape in Nashik, a small town about 4 1/2 hours drive […]

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