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Nov 2, 2018 , Japan

Best way to experience Karuizawa

Karuizawa is a beautiful upmarket mountain resort located in the Nagano Prefecture. It's definitely not a cheap place compared to some other countryside areas, and has developed as a popular place for many Japanese to visit especially during Summer, with many affluent ones owning a second home here. I aptly call it...

Oct 23, 2018 , Japan

Best of Kusatsu Onsen

For my summer getaway this year, I did almost the unthinkable of visiting Japan in July! Unthinkable because it's the summer season then, and all I could say was my furry paws and body was just sweating profusely in the hot humid weather years ago when I went to my...

Sep 12, 2018 , Japan

Kayotei Ryokan and exploring Yamanaka onsen

Recharged from our first night in Kanazawa staying at the lovely Asadaya Ryokan, I made my way with Y and her best gal pals to our next stop to Kayotei Ryokan, an hour's drive away. Located in the small hotsprings area of Yamanaka, Kayotei is a traditional ryokan, family-owned inn...

Jul 11, 2018 , Japan

Kanazawa Travel in 24 hours

In celebration of Y's big 40 last year, we went for a nice girlie getaway with some of her best gal pals to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. This post describes the first part of the trip where we stayed in Asadaya Ryokan in Kanazawa for the first night, before moving...

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Oct 14, 2015 , France

Plaza Athenee Paris

During my visit to Paris in July during summer and one of the busiest times of the year- Haute Couture Week, Y and I were kindly hosted by Fendi at Hotel Plaza Athenee, part of the Dorchester Collection. I was rather excited and definitely very thankful for their generosity and was...

Aug 24, 2017 , Italy

Courmayeur Skiing

Courmayeur is a lovely little Italian village located at the foot of the famous Montblanc mountain in the Aosta Valley. Conveniently located just beneath the entrance to the tunnel on the Italian side of Montblanc, it can be easily accessed from the French side. I first came here last year...

Nov 19, 2015 , France

Sunflowers in Provence

Very often when one googles for flowers in summer in Provence, images of lavender and sunflower fields fill the pages. So it's only natural to any non-local including myself that sunflowers are just springing up anywhere in Provence in the peak of summer. So here's the reality check, for sure lavender fields aren't everywhere, and...

Mar 10, 2015 , Japan

Matsumoto sights and stay

In early February, Y and I decided to do some ryokan hopping and sightseeing to Nagano after having confirmed our booking for Noma's pop up in Tokyo in late October last year (Yippee yeah yeah!). So the planner in me went ahead in full steam to plan all the exciting...