Activities - See

L’Isle Sur La Sorgue sights and shops

After a fun filled week in Paris of shopping and eating, we made our way with bestie CG to beautiful sunny Provence in France. After taking a quick train to Avignon which was really like a touch and go, and resting nearby, we made our way early on Sunday morning to L'Isle Sur La Sorgue. Sorgue river running through the town and Place Xavier Battini. The small town of L'Isle Sur La Sorgue, which used to be a fishing village, is known for its many water wheels that once powered its textile industry in the past. It's easy to see them as we walk along the famous Sorgue river which starts from the Fontaine de Vaucluse, although our eyes are more focused on food and shopping! Every...

Fendi Haute Fourrure Collection Preview

After admiring the breathtaking fur coats at the Fendi Haute Fourrure defile at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Y was invited for an exclusive preview two days later to 9 Avenue Hoche. A beautiful space in this Haussmann style building had been specially converted to host the exquisite Fendi Haute Fourrure collection where customers like Y had the privilege to be up close and personal with them, and learn from the best in Fendi – their in house resident fur expert accompanied with other fur artisans who were responsible for making these furs come to life. We were picked up in a car and whisked away to this building where Guillaume, the Retail Director for Fendi SE Asia, and another friendly French lady from Fendi greeted us and brought us...

Fendi Haute Fourrure 2015

This year’s summer holidays had a special meaning for Y and I as it was a first time we were taking a full month off to travel with Y’s friends in different cities, and also the first time that Y was invited to a fashion show in Paris, and it wasn’t just any show we were talking about here. It was the FENDI Haute Fourrure show, Fendi and Karl Lagerfeld’s first collection debut at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with the collection titled aptly ‘Silver Moon’. This show was also held to celebrate Karl Lagerfeld’s 50th anniversary this year designing for FENDI, and what better way then to showcase it through its luxurious furs which the house of FENDI is so known for! Karl Lagerfeld’s...

Niseko best restaurants

Niseko mountain on a clear unfoggy day, what a rare treat! Niseko, nestled in Hokkaido and one of the world's top 10 ski resort GO TOs for any avid snowboarder and skiier has also a decent selection of restaurants. Having been to Val D'Isere and Zermatt, by comparison the advantage of Niseko is obviously its fantastic choices of Japanese food, which I can never tire of. The downside is that there aren't really that many fantastic gourmet choices in the mountains, as all the restaurants good or bad are pretty much based at the foot of the mountain in the town or outskirts. Home cooking Sukiyaki on one of the lazy nights. Even then, as I went to Niseko earlier this year in March, I was still...

Teddy Bear Museum Sapporo Airport

In my visit with Y this year for our ski trip to Niseko, we arrived at Sapporo's New Chitose Airport and given that we arrived first before everyone else, we had to explore the Steiff Nature World which was a Steiff Teddy Bear Museum here in the airport! How cool is that? We realised that this airport is really a great shopping and entertainment place especially for kids. When we finally figured out our navigation in this large airport that almost seemed more like a large shopping mall chock full of restaurants, shops and theme parks, we found that we have to walk towards the "Smile Road" to see my furry friends. As we made our way there, we saw there was a Doraemon themed sky park, a large Hello Kitty...

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 Azumino to Hakuba. Beautiful Japanese Alps greet us as we drive towards Hakuba. We were lucky to get blue skies as we drove northwards towards Hakuba area on this very fine day before we were greeted by snow capped fields and Alps in the backdrop as we approached closer to this beautiful ski town. Hakuba is still a well kept secret for skiing in Japan, as many tend to go to Niseko, but Hakuba has...

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 food, sights and stays for our 3 days 2 nights in Nagano as well as the rest of Tokyo trip with buddy CT (Y's good friend since her boarding school days in Perth) who was more than happy to let me do all the research. After studying the map of Nagano and what interests us, we decided to stay a night in Matsumoto on our first day, then drive up north towards Hakuba on our...

Le Sergeant Recruteur on New Year’s Eve

After a eventful driving trip around Switzerland, skiing in the sunny alps of Zermatt and exploring a new gourmet city - Lyon, we arrived in Paris around noon on the last day of 2014. Paris is one of my favourite cities if you don't know that by now, and it was nice to be able to spend it with R and Y here. We managed to squeeze through visiting some boutiques in the afternoon before we arrived at Le Sergeant Recruteur for our New Year's Eve dinner. Views of Eiffel Tower after our afternoon of shopping at Avenue Montaigne. Located on the little 'island' of Ile St Louis, a rather unique location given it's probably the only finer dining option amongst its neighbours and my...

Zermatt mountain restaurants

Zermatt mountain restaurants are as famous for their cuisine as it is for skiing. They boast 50 over mountain restaurants, which is pretty impressive comparing to other resorts I have been to such as Val D'Isere and Niseko, Japan. And they range from the mass casual ones to the finer ones with great food and wine. Well, being with so many foodies and wine aficionados, it was a given that somehow the restaurants planned each day for the ski week would be the main determining factor where we ski each day. Just take note that the budget here per head is easily 60 - 90 swiss francs per head (including wine and depending if you are as hungry as me). One of the views of the...

Montreux Switzerland in December

Montreux is located just 10-15 mins by car from Vevey, so after a short eventful sightseeing and a quick lunch break in Vevey, we decided to drive to Chateau De Chillon (Chillon Castle) first, to check out this famous scenic castle, located by Lake Geneva just after the town of Montreux. View of one of the suspended highways near Chateau de Chillon. Chillon Castle framed by the bare winter trees. The Chillon Castle was first occupied in 1150 by the Savoy family, and the castle consists of 100 independent buildings that were gradually connected over time to become the large compound that it is now. A tip is to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to climb up and down lots of stairs. This castle is like...
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