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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Travel Anecdotes – Amadria Park Milenij Hotel

I was curious about this so-called Monte Carlo of Croatia. When I stumbled on the page of Amadria Park Milenij of Opatija (link here), the aesthetics pulled me in, especially its waterfront location and the stunning outdoor dining hall. It seemed like a beautiful place to conclude a week of Airbnbs in Rovinj and Pula, […]

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Reflections on Your Word

In life, there are those whose words and actions are in better harmony than others. The ones who when they give you their word, you never fret about whether they will deliver. And then there are those who, when they give you their word, you feel no sense of assurance. There is a high probability […]

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Aesthetics – Gerbeaud Cafe, Budapest

We popped by this cafe on a warm November afternoon. It’s a milder version of the New York Cafe, more authentic, less terrorised by stampedes of tourism. We could actually have real conversations amongst locals here, and there wasn’t a need to book way in advance. It comprises of the usual Austro-Hungary dining room aesthetics […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Sea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel’s Sea Lounge is famous for its afternoon tea delights and a memorable view of the Gateway of India perched upon the Arabian Sea. The Taj Palace Hotel itself is an Indian institution – a Tata creation, the haunt of dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, and a tourist must-see or dine. It is more […]

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Reflections on Failures and Death

A short reflection on the grim and macabre aspects of all that we avoid in life. Failures I think the only way we genuinely experience humility is through abject failures. I feel that life has a way of making you bow down to all that you were previously arrogant about, whether you manifested this arrogance […]

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Aesthetics – Sailing from Rovinj

Many told me about the wonders of the Adriatic – and what better way to enjoy this natural wonder than by spending half a day sailing on it. My search quickly took me to Istraordinary’s website (here) and IG page (here). I liked their Legend sailboat and the offer they provided – 4 hours sailing […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kala Ghoda Shopping

The Indian aesthetic tradition is refined and grand. For me, shopping in Bombay is a richer experience than most places in the world. When perusing through their best offerings, you are exposed to a sense of culture, history and individuality, not mass-produced generic thoughtlessness. One of the best places to taste an authentic feel of […]

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Reflections on Relocation

Lately, I’m trying to reflect on why I’ve started to have a relocation itch. It’s strange to think that I’ve been living in one place since February 2018 now. For many years I waxed lyrical that this is what I really wanted. To be back home, in an aesthetically beloved apartment, in my favourite part […]

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Aesthetics – Zagreb Facade

Ahh.. it’s time for another post on facades, this time featuring Zagreb. I wasn’t sure what to expect architecturally in the capital of Croatia. We could feel immediately upon entering into the streets that there was a warmth in the energy of the people, different to our Budapest experience. Yet the buildings and structures still […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Seagulls Rock and Cape Kamenjak

Pictures of sea caves and cliff jumping in coasts merely a speedboat ride away from Pula harbour were, strangely, too tempting for me – a certified height and claustrophobia phobic. I thought that even if I couldn’t participate in these fun nature activities, I would still want to be in close proximity to such beautiful […]

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