Activities - Eat Drink

Paris Eats and Shops

I love Paris in the spring time I love Paris in the fall I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles I love Paris every moment Every moment of the year I love Paris -- Lyrics from song "I Love Paris", I love the version by Ella Fitzgerald Me looking out of the balcony of Castille Hotel - just next to the famous Chanel shop on Rue Cambon Yes this is exactly how i feel every time I am in Paris. I have been in this wonderful city in pretty much every season - spring, summer, autumn, winter, and I love it every time. Look at how happy I am in the picture above. Despite...

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 down to Niseko for Y and my first skiing trip (a pity they don't have skis built for bears like me yet, sigh!) View from Ritz Carlton, Osaka room Osaka went past really fast, since we were there for merely 2 and a half days. I will itemise what are the must tries in Osaka for a short weekend. Osaka has increasingly become quite a noteworthy gourmet haven, with an increasing number of Michelin star-rated...

Niseko Skiing

I was so excited as I peeked out of the plane and saw all the snow capped fields in Sapporo. It wasn't that cold just about -3 degrees by the time we got from the airport to the rental car location, where TW was the official driver and drove us for 3 hours plus to Niseko. SUIBOKU http://suibokuhirafu.com/ We rented a 5 room apartment in Suiboku, which belongs to a friend of YW and AL's. So we got it at a less crazy rate. The apartment was large spanning over 2 floors, modern interiors with lots of faux fur throws making it look really luxe and cosy. They even had a hot bath for us to soak our achy muscles after our skiing daily. There...

Hakone Sights

Me posing with the yummy "cow-packaged" milk from Hakone. Miss it so much! In my part 2 on Hakone, I will share with you some of the memorable Hakone sights that we experienced. 1. The Hakone Open-Air Museum Ninotaira, Hakone-Town, Kanagawa-Prefecture, 250-0493 Japan http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/english/ This is a definite must go for anybody that visits Hakone. Why? It's got an impressive open landscape of art, sculptures including those by Henry Moore and a Picasso Museum. Taking the escalator after buying our entry ticket to go to the "OPEN-AIR" area. This image had a cool 'sci-fi' feel to it. Map of the area - checking it so that we don't get lost. Reclining figure: Arch Leg (1969 - 70) by Henry Moore This pavilion designed by Tezuka...

Luxury ryokan Hakone Ginyu

Just arriving into the town of Hakone, enjoying the scenic view. Hakone is about 2 hours drive from Tokyo, and spending 2 nights here was a nice break from our Tokyo leg which we spent from 16 to 26 December in 2012. We rented a car from a shop near Shibuya Excel Hotel where we stayed. Although it was bit of a chicken and duck talk with the rental car guy, we were able to figure out that all we needed to key into the GPRS was the local japanese telephone number. It was great that I was clever enough to buy a wonderful local Hakone guide in Japanese with pictures and telephone number to refer to. View on the highway to Hakone STAY Y...

Michelin Star Eats in Tokyo

Tokyo is one of my favourite cities, because I love Japanese food, it's one of the cuisines I could eat forever. I would love to live in Tokyo, but it's too expensive to live there unfortunately. I alway dream of living in Tokyo city in a nice hip neighbourhood like Daikanyama or Aoyama, then go down to the rustic areas of Japan and try out a new ryokan, see new sights and try that town's local native cuisine. Sighhh! Oh and did you know how much they love Care Bears over there? There's like a Japan fan club and all. Ok that's a separate story altogether. Anyway back to Tokyo, this was a  fantastic yummylicious trip if I had to sum it up in 2 words! We...

Tokyo casual eats and cool concepts

In Part 2 of my Tokyo trip in December 2012, I will share with you some of the more casual eats that I enjoy very much. EATS - CASUAL 1. Ichiran Ramen 1-22-7 B1F Jinnan Sibuya-ku Tokyo-to 150-0041 Tel: 03-3463-3667 www.ichiran.co.jp/english This ramen joint has something close to 30 branches in Tokyo. The one we love to go to is in Shibuya, as that is where we usually stay. This trip, we stayed at Shibuya Excel and it's around an 8 minutes walk to Ichiran. What I love about Ichiran is that I am able to state my preferences for the noodles - from al dente to soft, soup intensity of flavour, choice of extra garnishing, which is perfect, so it doesn't end up too...
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