Travel anecdotes – Afternoon Tea and Dinner @ THIRTY8

THIRTY8 is the eminent restaurant located on yes, you guessed it the 38th Floor of the Grand Hyatt in KL. It’s located right behind the KLCC Twin Towers, so a great place to ogle this engineering accomplishment, which I think is a big part of this hotels’ appeal. It has an extensive set dinner and […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Super Saigon, Bangsar

We came here on a whim one evening and kind of liked the cosy setting and simple food. Then we came again with my mother-in-law who is pretty much vegetarian and allergic to a whole host of food groups but managed to heartily tuck in all the different dishes. We concluded that this place was […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Travel Anecdotes – Celes Beachfront Koh Samui

Beach resort I’ve wanted to go to Koh Samui since 2014 when I first lived in Bangkok. It probably doesn’t have the most stunning beach in the world (in my view, that’s still the prize of Maldives) but it was said to be more exclusive than say Phuket or Koh Lipe or Krabi. Somehow we […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Adriatic Dolphins

Sighting dolphins in the Adriatic is a must-do given their habitation here. The problem is trying to find a company that doesn’t exploit their existence, and see them as just a money-making opportunity. We found dolphinwatching.org (website link here) through searching on the web to meet these criteria and we were not disappointed. Marta and […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Istrian Riveria

When a work meeting was finally confirmed in Budapest this summer, we set about planning the details of our post-meeting trip to the Balkans and it seemed clear – Dubrovnik and Split were too far by land from Budapest and we would spend large chunks of the holiday getting to or leaving from the Dalmatian […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Budapest Trip

Budapest was very much a work trip interspersed with sightseeing in the evening and over the weekend. I wouldn’t say this is particularly a recommendation post, it just happens to be what we did given the circumstances. The Parliament This is, architecturally, the crowning glory of Budapest. It’s neo-Gothic majesty sits by the Danube river […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kayra at Bangsar Village

Keralan dining  Kayra just opened their new branch in Bangsar Village and it is pretty phenomenal. While I confess that so much of my adoration for Kayra is personal, look no further than these stellar reviews on food blogs  here, here, here and Tripadvisor reviews to know that there is a unanimous love for Kayra’s […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigirya

Retreat in Sigirya I recently visited Sigirya with my husband and mother in law and we stayed for 3 nights 4 days in the Aliya Resort and Spa. My main search criteria was for a local brand resort that had an option for 2 bedrooms in one accommodation, and Aliya Resort and Spa hit the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Travel Anecdotes – Birch, Damansara City

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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