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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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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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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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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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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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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Aesthetics – Lake Bled

Serenity and tranquil. That’s what lakes are all about and Lake Bled epitomised that like no other. If you happen to be in Ljubljana, then we strongly recommend a one hour bus ride to Lake Bled for a nature’s walk and their ever famous cream cake desert at the minimum. For those who want to […]

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Aesthetics – Cafe Schwarzenberg, Vienna

Cafe cafe Viennese cafe culture is so renowned that it was the only thing I wanted to experience when we had a few hours to roam around what was once the capital of the Austro-Hungary empire. After searching through various blogs, I decided to try Cafe Schwarzenberg purely for its visual patina. It was established […]

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Aesthetics – New York Cafe, Budapest

I was first alerted to this Renaissance beauty in one of the blogs I follow. There is something irresistibly curious about the grandeur of the past – the idea that this was the highest manifestation of beauty is fascinating and it never fails to awe me how the architects of the past were so advanced […]

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Aesthetics – A Summer’s Day in Ljubljana

Ahhh… this often overlooked capital in that perilious path between Austro-Hungary and the Balkan world. I had zero understanding about Slovenia much less Ljubljana for most of my life and despite heavy research before the trip, still couldn’t put my finger on what to expect. What I found? An absolute gem of a city. It […]

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Aesthetics – Galle Facade

Heritage facade Colonial charm in this beautiful island. It’s easy to understand why Galle is such a hit with tourists. A beach, a historical old town with old European accents where you can stroll through the whole weekend from one cafe to another, browsing through curio shops as you devour a vanilla ice cream, dipping […]

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Aesthetics – Old World Geneve

Old World Charm in Geneva  Despite constantly trying different accommodations in Geneva, I’ve never been impressed with any of its apartments offerings on Airbnb until I managed to book this old world charm. I was incredibly lucky, this apartment is usually always booked. But I was determined this time to keep searching until I found […]

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Aesthetics – Ceylonese Nature

I initially knew Sri Lanka only in terms of its conflict since 2007. My first exposure to the concept of displacement, war and persecution was through the testimonies of those who fled this island. Their resilience, intelligence and desire for a better beginning always impressed me. I also wrote a 30,000 word thesis on a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aesthetics – Prague Facade

Architectural Fantasy  For a facade lover like myself, Prague was a place where my camera ran out of batteries fast. As I understand it, the city’s architecture is a melange of Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Art Nouveau etc. We arrived at night but could already get a sense of how there was an intriguing majesty about […]

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Aesthetics – London Facade

Doors and windows of the world I never really used to pay so much attention to the external details of London’s properties, but usually assumed the English architectural facade is much like her people – calm and stately with no frills or flamboyance. This time around, with the time and inclination to keep going through […]

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Aesthetics – Paris in the Fall

There is a French excess in this blog, admittedly but what can I say, it is a photogenic country and coincidentally, Paris happens to be a European capital I’ve visited twice in the past year. This post is more or less a visual diary of this September’s observations of the city. I had the privilege […]

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Aesthetics – Paris Habitat

The resident of this delightful Haussman habitat curates her wandering history in every crevice and texture of her living space. Enjoy these exquisite accents from different corners of the atlas as much as I did!    

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Aesthetics – Two Islands and a Peninsula

In 2015, we did a road trip from Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island, and also took my mother in law to Singapore. The terrain is one of rich green rainforest and the architecture is full of post colonial accents. For me, it is ultimately, the region of which I call home. Enjoy some of these […]

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