Saturday, March 28, 2020

39 Best & Prettiest Cafes that You Must Visit in Seoul (Korea)

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Korea is especially well known for theme cafes and pet cafes. Cafe-hoppers are always in for a treat, as new cafes are always popping up, and options never run out. Over the years, Hongdae and Samcheong-dong have gotten exceedingly popular, especially with tourists, and new cafe enclaves have popped up in Yeonnam-dong and Yongsan to cater to the adventurous locals. Here are 39 of the best cafes that you should definitely visit when you're in Seoul. Most of these cafes are frequented by the locals, and are not infested with tourists, yet!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Ginza Sushi Ichi - Best Michelin-Starred Sushi Omakase in Singapore

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One-Michelin-Starred Ginza Sushi Ichi at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel might possibly offer the best sushi omakase in Singapore. The esteemed restaurant offers two types of omakase for dinner (starting from $220++). I usually go for sushi omakase as I'm a crazy huge fan of sushi, and I absolutely love Japanese rice! Walking into a Michelin-starred establishment, I had my expectations and I was really hoping that Ginza Sushi Ichi, an offshoot of the award-winning restaurant in Tokyo, will exceed my expectations. "Did they?" You might ask. Well, they certainly did.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Best Food & Cafe Guide to Yeonnam-dong(Seoul)

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Yeonnam-dong is where the cool kids go these days, because Hongdae and Samcheong-dong are way too packed with tourists. The influx of tourists in Hongdae led to the sprout of pretty cafes and a ton of eateries in Yeonnam-dong, which can be accessed from Hongik University Station. As you walk along the streets of Yeonnam-dong, you'll see interesting sights such as people having a picnic on the lawn, and young bands doing their stuff. It's very much like the Hongdae back in 2012, just more vibrant and lively. If you're keen on a cafe-hopping day trip to Yeonnam-dong, this article is for you!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

20 Places in Japan that Animal Lovers Must Visit

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I love animals so whenever I travel, I make it a point to visit a zoo or at least an attraction that features animals. Japan was perfect for me. Besides being known for owl cafes and cat islands, Japan is also home to numerous famous zoos and lesser known animal-centric attractions. Wanna feed these squirrels like I did? Read on to find out where you can do so!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza - New Staycation Packages from $298!

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Marriott is one of the most established and known hotel brands, and is currently the largest hotel group in the world, after their acquisition of Starwood. The massive merger rocked the hotel world, just like how Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza has been impressing Singapore with their popular dining options, and awesome rooms for 23 years. Everyone knows that the award-winning Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza is a luxurious 5-star property, so you can be sure that your stay here will be nothing short of amazing. On top of providing the best amenities and a comfortable stay, Singapore Marriott is offering an attractive Staycation Package (from just $298!) Laze the day away in the gorgeous Premier Deluxe Room, dive into a yummy dinner at Crossroads Cafe ($25 dining credit per room, per night, per person), rise and shine to a sumptuous buffet breakfast for up to 2 pax at Marriott Cafe, enjoy complimentary parking, and check out only at 2pm.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Mangwon Market - Fewer Tourists, More Food, Loved by the Seoulites

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Mangwon Market is loved by the locals. There are way fewer tourists here as compared to Gwangjang Market, or Noryangjin Market. I found the food offerings here to be more appealing than those available at the other markets. If you're thinking of coming by, this post on the must eats, or what to eat at Mangwon Market might be useful!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Best Mid-Range Sushi Omakase Restaurants in Tokyo

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As you probably already know, I've been to Tokyo numerous times, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE sushi. On my most recent visit, I made it a point to visit Tsukiji as much as I can to try out the sushi restaurants there. On top of multiple trips to the famous fish market, I also popped by a couple of mid-range sushi restaurants that are known for their affordable and absolutely delicious sushi omakase. I was spending 4,300yen to 5,000yen on sushi sets in Tsukiji and none of these supposedly top-rated restaurants even came close to the 3 restaurants featured in this article. If you're a sushi lover too, you can't miss these three restaurants. Your sushi cravings will definitely be satiated and you'll feel like every penny has been completely and utterly well spent.

Monday, March 9, 2020

19 Cafes with Good Vibes and the Best Coffee in Melbourne

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If you're a coffee-lover, like me, you'd be no stranger to names such as Nylon, Liberty, and Sarnies. I love my lattes rich, robust, creamy, smooth, and with as little sourness or acidity, and bitterness as possible. Hence, my all-time favourite coffee place in Singapore is Nylon. I used to love Assembly Coffee, and Pacamara too. I travelled to Melbourne for 3 weeks recently, and visited a total of 21 cafes - including famous coffee houses such as Market Lane Coffee, Industry Beans, and Manchester Press. Here are 15 gorgeous cafes that brew awesome coffee. And if you love Nylon, Liberty, or Sarnies, I'm confident that you'll love the coffee at these cafes too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route - Amazing Snow Wall in Japan

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The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, which is accessible from different prefectures, is known as the “Roof of Japan”. The entire route is 90km long, and it's not open throughout the year. There are many beautiful and breathtaking sights along the way. You can even stay at one of the hotels, if you're interested. In April, the roads up Mount Tateyama(which experiences some of the heaviest snowfalls in the world) are cleared and a snow canyon is, hence, formed. The majestic snow wall, which draws thousands of visitors who are willing to brave the long journey, is only open from mid April to mid June. Our journey from Takayama to the snow canyon took about 5 hours, and involved train rides, cable car rides and bus rides. The route closes pretty early so be sure to get here as early as possible so that you can spend ample time here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Narikura - Best Tonkatsu in Tokyo (Be Prepared to Queue!)

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Tokyo is home to tons of famous restaurants and is especially known for awesome sushi, addictive ramen, and fresh sashimi. But don't you come to Tokyo and not dine at Bib Gourmand awardee Narikura! I've always been a huge fan of tonkatsu, and I frequent Tonkatsu by Ma Maison in Singapore quite a fair bit. But honestly, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison has nothing on Narikura.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Shinjuku Kappo Nakajima - Traditional Japanese Dinner at the "Cheapest" Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Tokyo

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Have been dying to dine here ever since I heard that it's the cheapest One-Michelin-Starred establishment in Tokyo. Everyone raves about their sardine lunch sets which are insanely affordable. Because I didn't do my research properly, I made a booking here for dinner, thinking that the sardine sets will be available too. Unfortunately, the sardine sets are only available during lunch and the queues are crazy everyday. So, I unknowingly booked myself a traditional Japanese dinner at this fine-dining restaurant.


Sunday, March 1, 2020

3-Day Road Trip - Melbourne to Adelaide (Stopovers at Robe & Victor Harbour)

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I was in Melbourne for 3 weeks, so I thought, "hey why not go on a long roadtrip, and a not-so-typical one?" So, my friend and I rented a car from Thrifty at Southern Cross and drove all the way to Adelaide, before hopping on a flight back to Melbourne. Have you any intention of doing a road trip but you wanna skip the usual Great Ocean Road drive? Well, you might wanna consider crossing states then! If driving from Melbourne to Adelaide, with stopovers at coastal towns, sounds like something you'll like to do, then bookmark this page!