Not your average carebear. I am a Love-A-Lot Care Bear who lives to travel and eat. MEET LOVEY LOI My blog is all about hidden gems and unique travel experiences. My philosophy is I don't write about it if I don't like it. Visiting majestic waterfalls, volcanos and steaming hot spring all in a day (Dec 2017) AKUREYRI ICELAND – AMAZING SIGHTS FROM GAME OF THRONES SUNFLOWERS IN PROVENCE Finding sunflowers in Provence (July 2015) Dining finally at the World's No. 1 Restaurant pop up in Tokyo (Feb 2015) NOMA TOKYO WHITEPOD RESORT SWITZERLAND Going glamping in eco-resort Whitepod Resort Switzerland (Dec 2014) The most amazing, luxurious ryokan getaway (21 - 23 Sep 2014) TAKEFUE RYOKAN, KYUSHU SAFARI IN MASAI MARA Unforgettable journey in Masai Mara (June 2014) Stay at Le Chardon Mountain Lodges (Dec 2013) MY FIRST TIME SKI TRIP TO VAL D'ISERE I dream of retiring here (Apr 2013) LAKE COMO, ITALY - SIMPLY BREATHTAKING

Latest Travels

Oct 25, 2019 , Japan

My Japanese ryokan hopping adventure 2018-2019 – 7 Ryokans in 3 months

It's been a whirlwind 2019 and I do apologise to my readers for the long radio silence. It's been a mad year of renovating and moving house which can be terribly intense. I am back in action again! Many of my fans often ask me what I look for or...

Jul 22, 2019 , Italy

Exploring South Puglia in summer

If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-track, wallet friendly, and not swamped-with-tourists destination in Italy, I think Puglia is the answer. For summer last year, I headed out to Puglia for Summer Part 2 (first part being my hot but enjoyable trip to Karuizawa), joining my travelling buddies from Hong...

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...

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Feb 12, 2014 , Taiwan

Happy New Year and a Teddy Bear Bonanza!

Hello to my readers, I have taken a long break of 2 months since my last post on Taiwan, and it's great to be back on my blog writing, and most importantly writing my first post in 2014 on my new blog look. Let me know what you think? It's...

Nov 2, 2016 , Japan

Karatsu favourite eats and shops

After our stay in Onyado Chikurintei in Takeo, we made our way through Imari for a quick stopover Imari beef lunch, before arriving at Karatsu in the late afternoon. Karatsu (唐津) is a coastal city on Kyushu, about 50 km west of Fukuoka. Karatsu has always been prosperous since ancient times,...

Oct 13, 2016 , Japan

A lovely stay at Onyado Chikurintei Ryokan

For my annual ryokan trip this year, it was with good ol' pal LY whom we haven't travelled with to Japan since our Izu girlie trip in 2013. Talk about how time flies! Given it's been 3 years on since our last ryokan trip, we felt we deserved to pamper...

Jun 27, 2013 , Japan

Osaka Best Eats

2013 kicked off with a wonderful trip to Osaka with Y's Hong Kong friends - YW, AL and TW, just before Chinese New Year. I haven't been to Osaka in ages since I think 2003 so it was nice to be back there for a short weekend trip before heading...