Thursday, November 29, 2018

What to Eat at South Melbourne Market - 7 Stores You Can't Miss!

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South Melbourne Market has been around since 1867. It is not as popular with the tourists as Queen Victoria Market is, but it definitely is way more popular with the locals. If you visit on the weekends, you'll notice that almost every store has a long queue — people buying meats or fish, local produce, fresh pasta, or cooked food. Of the two markets, I prefer South Melbourne Market as it is not as touristy, and the food is generally cheaper. You can get a variety of cuisines, and you can definitely get your marketing all done in one place. Apart from getting groceries and their stomachs filled, visitors can have their hair cut, nails done, brows threaded, and even take home art pieces, handcrafted soap bars, fashion accessories and tableware.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Odette - Is an 8-Course Birthday Dinner for 2 Worth $931.01?

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Helmed by Chef Julien Royer, Odette is a 3-year-old fine-dining restaurant that has been awarded 2 Michelin stars in just its first year of operations. Inspired by Chef Julien's grandmother, Odette, Odette has debuted on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants at 9th place — the highest new entry of all time. And the Best Restaurant in Singapore has also made Singapore proud by ranking 28th in The World's 50 Best Restaurants in 2018. If you've been to Jaan, you'll know that Chef Julien is brilliant, and exceptional in his craft. Sending out contemporary French cuisine in a tastefully decorated space in National Gallery, Chef Julien works under the watchful eye of the world, and aims to deliver what one would expect from an esteemed dining destination that has 2 of the most precious and prestigious stars to its name.

I celebrated my birthday at Odette, and did I feel that the $931.01 bill for 2 people was worth it? Well, read on to find out.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Maggie Joan's - Turning 3 with a New Chef and New Menus!

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If you're a foodie, you'll definitely have, at the very least, heard of Maggie Joan's. Well, it was my first time here, and I have to say that I was blown away. Chef Seumas Smith, the new head chef, has popped over from Moosehead, and is now at the helm of Maggie Joan's. I really like the food at Moosehead, so I know that I was in for a treat at Maggie Joan's too. Using the finest seasonal ingredients from artisanal producers in the creation of every dish, where every component is made from scratch, Chef Seumas brings out the best of every ingredient in his own magical way. I assure you that you'll walk out of Maggie Joan's utterly satisfied, and already planning for a return visit.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa - New Heritage Trail & Lunch at Shutters

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Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is nestled on a hillside, surrounded by 3.8 hectares of manicured gardens and natural rainforest. Boasting 140 guest rooms, suites, villas and a mansion, Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa is known for its beautifully restored colonial architecture. Built on a piece of 10-acre land, where old British military barracks and air raid shelters stood, Amara Sanctuary has a story to tell. The rich history of the property might not be known to many, but that’s going to change now. The new Amara Heritage Trail—a 60-minute walking trail— allows participants to discover the nature and conservation efforts in the property, learn about World War II related stories, and it also offers a glimpse into the lives of the British soldiers who lived here in the colonial era.

Friday, November 16, 2018

The Kiroro, Hokkaido(A Tribute Portfolio Hotel) - The Epitome of Luxury

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Situated in the heart of Kiroro Resort, known for its superb powder skiiing, The Kiroro, Hokkaido is part of Tribute Portfolio, a collection of independent hotels under Marriott International. The Kiroro is located in the village of Akaigawa, Hokkaido, and plays host to a crazy number of guests every year, especially in winter. In December 2016, The Kiroro, Hokkaido unveiled a fresh new look to provide winter enthusiasts a high-end boutique experience to retreat back to after an exciting day out on the snowy slopes.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The St. Regis Singapore - Is a Luxurious 5-Star Staycation Here Worth $700?

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St Regis is all about the finer things in life. The brand is synonymous with 5-star luxury, exquisite dining experiences, and world class hospitality. A stay here is definitely a dream come true. If you've always been thinking about pampering yourself, and your loved ones, with a staycation at St Regis, but are not sure if you should splurge on a stay here, this post is for you.

Is this the best 5-star hotel in Singapore for a luxurious staycation?

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hotel Fort Canning - Lovely Boutique Hotel Near Plaza Singapura

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Hotel Fort Canning's location is truly unique. The stunning conservation hotel is really near Orchard Road, but it is also tucked away from all the hustle and bustle, amidst lush greenery, at the same time. Guests can access Fort Canning Park anytime they wish, or walk to the nearest shopping mall for some retail therapy.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Westin Singapore - Weekend Staycation with Heavenly Beds

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After staying in the hotels in Japan, I have a new found appreciation for the hotel rooms in Singapore. Just look at this gorgeous room in The Westin Singapore that is so spacious, cozy and utterly comfortable. I wish I never had to leave! The 5-star Starwood property in the heart of town is ideal for business travelers and holiday-makers alike. Your stay here will definitely be nothing short of amazing!
 

Monday, November 12, 2018

(REOPENED) Hashida Sushi Singapore - An Unforgettable Omakase Experience

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My omakase experiences have gotten, progressively, more expensive. While I was deliberating on where I should bring my best friend for a celebratory omakase meal, I consulted Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow on his thoughts on the biggest names in the Japanese cuisine scene in Singapore. Here were my options : Shinji, Shoukouwa, Hashida, Tatsuya, Jiro. Nat very patiently went through every option with me, and it was a no-brainer. Hashida, it was. I made a reservation online for lunch on a weekday and made my way to Mandarin Gallery with a racing heart.

Hashida Sushi was first opened in Tokyo, in 1966, by Master Sushi Chef Tokio Hashida. His son, Kenjiro Hashida, is at the helm of Hashida Sushi Singapore.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Goodwood Park Hotel - Staycation in a Beautiful Heritage Hotel

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Goodwood Park Hotel is a familiar name to both locals and travellers. The famous 5-star hotel, which was built in the 1900s is one of the oldest hotels in Singapore. Her colonial beauty has been preserved and protected, and the heritage hotel welcomes throngs of visitors throughout the year. I've always thought that staying here would burn a huge hole in my pocket, considering how exclusive it seems, and its proximity to Orchard Road. Surprisingly, a night stay in one of their deluxe rooms on level one, next to the pool, wasn't as pricey as I had imagined.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Strings - Fantastic Hotel in the Heart of Nagoya

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The Strings Hotel is a city lifestyle hotel in Nagoya, the fourth most populated city in Japan. Amenities based on the concepts of “healthy,” “beautiful,” and “refreshing” are offered in all of the guest rooms. From nano water (water purified with nanotechnology), to rain shower equipped baths, to down feather comforters and pillows which have undergone negative ion processing, The Strings promises more than just an impressive stay. The Strings Hotel is located near Sasashima-raibu Station which is a one-minute train ride from the main Nagoya Station. The location is therefore, impeccable. The hotel is also within walking distance of a cinema complex and many eateries.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Grand Hyatt Taipei - Spacious and Luxurious Hotel in a Great Location

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26-year-old Grand Hyatt Taipei is Taipei's first 5-star hotel. The 27-storey luxury hotel has 853 rooms and 9 restaurants and bars. The hotel is almost linked by an overhead bridge to the iconic Taipei 101 and is just a short walk away from the Taipei International Convention Centre. Its location is impeccable, making it a natural hotel choice for tourists and business travellers alike. The elegant hotel has just gone through a $100 million makeover last year, and plans to refurbish the restaurants are in the works.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Grand Park Otaru (Hokkaido) - The Only International Luxury Hotel in Otaru

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Grand Park Otaru, which is managed by international hotel chain, Park Hotel Group, is the only international luxury hotel in Otaru. The gorgeous 18-storey hotel overlooks Ishikari Bay and the Otaru Marina. Located conveniently next to the JR Otaru Chikko station and Wing Bay Otaru (one of Hokkaido’s largest shopping malls), the hotel boasts 296 rooms and suites. You can expect stunning views and nothing short of a comfortable stay here.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Gate Hotel Asakusa Kaminarimon - Great Location, Modern Rooms!

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Asakusa might not be the most central of location in Tokyo but most tourists still make it a point to visit because of the Senso-ji and Tokyo Skytree. Dressed in eye-catchingly bright hues, Senso-ji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It draws throngs of people day in day out. It's beautiful in the day, and as stunning at night. Sitting pretty right opposite the famous temple is The Gate Hotel, which plays host to visitors from all over the world. Located just about 250m from Asakusa Station, The Gate Hotel is near many eateries and bars. You can have supper at the popular Ichiran before heading to A.S.A.B (a quaint and cozy bar) for drinks. If you're up for a louder and more vibrant kind of bar, pop by Hub Jazz Bar for live performances and mingle with the crowd! If you prefer to drink in the hotel, The Gate has got you covered with their private bar that is exclusive to hotel guests. Knock back a couple of cocktails as you revel in a splendid view of the iconic Skytree.