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...

Featured Activities

Oct 22, 2013 , Japan


After much extensive research on where Y, LY and myself could go nearby to Tokyo by car, Izu Peninsula looked extremely interesting enough and plus none of us "Japan addicts" have been there before. Located 120km southwest from Tokyo, it took us around 2 - 3 hours driving our wonderful...

Feb 26, 2014 , France

Going green and blue slopes in Val D’Isere

After travelling for close to 5 hours from Geneva International Airport, we got to Val D'Isere town around 7.30 pm and quickly dashed to the Pro Shop at the posh and discreet Le Barmes De L'Ours Hotel to rent our ski equipment, as recommended by Val, one of our ski instructors for...

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...

Mar 13, 2015 , Japan

Northern Nagano

On our second day of exploring Nagano, we decided to focus on northern Nagano. Y had to pop in to Hakuba for a quick work visit, so I found us a really nice quaint ryokan called Yuyada Sekiya which was within walking distance to the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park. Driving through...