Travel Anecdotes – One and Only Guerlain Spa, Dubai

Exotic Luxury Recently, I was in Dubai and didn’t feel like spending my time in shopping malls. I wondered what would be a quintessentially Dubai experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else that would be pleasurable and relaxing. It didn’t take much consideration before I decided on the One and Only Spa in The Palm. […]

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Reflections on Finding Growth

 What Connects and Disconnects Us  Nurturing the inner journey I often reflect on the different qualities of friendships because these channels of connection have played such an evolutionary role in my life. In many ways I feel I have been profoundly lucky – I’ve always had the good fortune to lock lives with incredible souls. […]

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Aesthetics – Malacca Facade

Malacca Melange Often touted as one of the most historical city in Malaysia, Malacca (Melaka) certainly reflects its past in its architecture. No trip to this city situated about 1 1/2 hours away from KL can be considered complete without a stroll down Jonkers Street. We went here close to the Chinese New Year season […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 3 YTL Resorts of Malaysia

Luxury Boutique We’ve now explored 3 YTL resorts in Malaysia, and even by the first experience at Cameron Highlands Resort, we pretty much knew that this was a brand that is unlikely to let us down. There are  only 4 YTL resorts in Malaysia and the most famous one is Pangkor Laut Resort, which is […]

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Reflections on the 1990’s

The Past Century Every generation will carry with it the best and the worst of times and it is comforting to feel nostalgic about a certain period of the past which we undoubtedly now hail as glorious and innocent. I was an adolescent of the 90’s and while the conversation then was very much about […]

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Aesthetics – Ephesus

We took this trip back in 2012. I had some vague recollection of a childhood family holiday here but as an adult with a fresh lens of the country, it all seemed so much more meaningful and special of course. Izmir in general had a wonderful Mediterranean coastal town vibe – laid back, easy, simple, […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Bits of Ankara

This is less a travel anecdote but more of a memory lane type of rumination. As I’ve been repeating ad nauseam, my best years were my Ankara years. I lived in the Gaziosmanpasa part of Cankaya and life revolved mainly around 2 roads – Arjantin Cadessi and Filistine Cadessi and all of its accompanying sokak. […]

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Reflections on 2018

A re-orientation  I’m a tad cynical about annual resolutions. Quite a few goals set out in previous years haven’t been achieved in the shape I longed for so I arrived into this new year with more questions than answers. Do I repeat previous years goals that have been unfulfilled in an undying never-give-up-spirit and give […]

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Aesthetics- Hong Kong

Oh so modern Concrete jungles oppress me. Physically it feels like an assault – the first time I stepped out onto the streets of Hong Kong and came face to face with her collection of sky scraping towers (after having just left the magical dream that was Shanghai) I actually felt like something was pushing […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Montreal Magic

Magic of Montreal As I discussed in my snapshot of Ottawa, I am a big fan of Canada. Out of all the trips in 2018, my Canadian experience was my favourite. It was probably the first time I landed on North American territory since more than two decades ago, so it was very much like […]

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Reflections on Bereavement

How, When and What When first experiencing a big loss, such as the death of a loved one, a few questions about the unbearable weight of the pain emerges. How will I ‘get over it’? When will I get over it? What do I do with this pain? Here’s my take on these concerns based […]

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Aesthetics – Montreal Facade

Old and New The old and the new is what the Montreal facade seems to be about. The exit staircases outside the buildings are also one of her idiosyncrasies. I wish I spent more time observing and photographing the different styles of Montreal’s properties but this is all I’ve got so far. Enjoy!    

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Travel Anecdotes – Sunday Brunch in Geneva

Fancy Sunday Brunch at the Ritz Carlton It was one of my best friend’s birthday and when we knew we would coincide in Geneva this winter during her birthday week, there was no other choice but to indulge ourselves a little bit. To be fair, I had done a little bit of research on what […]

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Reflections on Pinterest Joy

Resolving existential crisis’ through Pinterest This is ultimately, not a reflection piece but a rudimentary post on Pinterest quotes that sounds wise and poetic though I’ve never read or studied the full works of Gibran and Rumi to have any true insight of their passions. Pinterest is my short-cut to anxiety. When pre-occupied with all that […]

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Aesthetics – Genève Facade

Windows of Geneve I never truly paid much attention to Geneva’s architecture and to be honest I still don’t know how to describe it. My German comrade defines it as ‘Southern’ but I can’t be sure what that truly means. Wikipedia indicates that it is a confluence of Romanesque, Classicism and Gothic but my crude […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Damansara City Eats

Damansara City, Damansara Heights  Technically this is not a ‘Travel Anecdote’ but rather more of a local anecdote. I am proud to say that my neck of the woods has made it to Lonely Planet’s World’s Top 10 Neighbourhoods (though we share the same list with Tooting of South London so am not sure how glamorous […]

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Reflections on Sacrifical Love

A Deeper Shade of Love In my youth, the concept of love was strongly linked with joy and happiness. When it came in the shape of romantic love the idea was finding someone you had a strong connection with and attraction for. When it came to platonic love the idea was sustaining friendships with those […]

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Aesthetics – Enigmatic India 2014

Introduction  I’ve attached a year to this post because the fact is, this enigmatic country will continue to be an aesthetic feature in this blog going forward, hence the need to confine this update as discoveries of 2014. By this time I had already experienced India to some extent, having lived in Delhi for almost […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Angsana Velavaru

Paradise on Earth I never really paid attention to the different qualities of beaches until we went to Maldives in 2014. I didn’t do that much research before I came, our key words were mainly private beach villas, and put a financial cap on it as it soon became obvious that the prices for their […]

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Reflections on Remote Work

Contemporary Employment I had fantasised about being able to work from home for over five years and after so many missed opportunities, finally managed to secure a home-based project for 2018. This was my dream come true (obviously shows how limited my ambitions are) and I can’t deny that it has been a wonderful one. […]

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Aesthetics – Prague Abode

AirBnb Choice in Prague  This Prague apartment impressed us not just because of its perfect location in the Old Town but also because of it’s extraordinarily high ceilings (maybe more than 20 feet?) its gorgeous facade and also the beautiful courtyard garden of the property. Perhaps it’s a pretty conventional place for Prague, but we […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Saigon Snippets

Ho Chi Minh Thoughts HCM was the last city we visited in Vietnam. After having first arrived into the unique atmosphere of Hanoi, then moved south to the melancholia of Lang Co and the ubiquitous Hoi An, HCM felt somehow closer in temperature and feel to other capital cities of South East Asia with mushrooming […]

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Reflections on Life on the Move

The perpetual foreigner Since I was about 15, I haven’t lived in any one place with enduring permanence. The pattern has been something like 8 years out, 4 years in, 1 year out, 1 year in, 7 years out, 1 year in – all interspersed with short breaks ‘in’ of course.   But essentially, a […]

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Aesthetics – Heritage Kuala Lumpur

Muddy Confluence I always assumed Kuala Lumpur was one of the more overlooked cities in the region so was pleasantly surprised (albeit vaguely perplexed) that she was rated the 10th most visited city in the world by the Euromonitor International, trailing behind New York(!) which was ranked at number 9. Proud as I am of […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 3 Thai Beach Resorts

1.) ALEENTA HUA HIN   This was located in Pranburi and not Hua Hin as named. Aleenta is approximately 3 hours drive away from central Bangkok and if you leave at about 8 or 9 am on Saturday, you will be there by 11am/12pm to enjoy the property without being too tired. Well starting with the […]

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Reflections on Global Hate and Love

Patterns of Division Quite often, I experience life as a voyeur, peeking into various worlds that seemed to operate with a flawless but elusive algorithm, and one that ultimately did not need me.  It was only when I embraced the fact that existing in the margins was going to be my algorithm, did I finally […]

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Aesthetics – Harrods and Portobello Market

A tale of two neighbourhoods Harrods and Portobello Market are about four tube stops from each other but speak of two different Londons. Uber Luxury and Uber Boho. As I sort of self identify with this whole Les Bobos phenomenon (bourgeoisie and bohemian) both give me equal amounts of aesthetic pleasure. Here are her best […]

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