Activities - Tips

A Holiday guide to Cornwall

MC and us decided to do a midweek short holiday to Cornwall from London when looking at options around. It's known to be a very popular choice of destination for local Brits who often go there for a seaside holiday or a summer vacation. Located in the most south west part of Great Britain, it's almost completely surrounded by the sea with magnificent coast lines. I dreamt of blue skies, long beautiful beaches plus Devon Cream tea, and that's the reason why we went. Their tagline we saw at the Newquay airport is "Cornwall - where the sun meets the sea" and they were not kidding, just look at the picture below. Morning view of the coastline behind Trevalsa Court Hotel. Cornwall is a really...

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 the group. It might be a bit more expensive than other shops, but we liked that the ski equipment for rental looked pretty new. Plus, they had a great selection of ski brands and merchandise as well. First time meeting Christophe our ski instructor who was helping R to fit his skis. Spanking new looking ski boots and skis for rental. We kickstarted our first night with a hearty classic Savoyard dinner in L'Arolay, which...

Luxe ski holiday in Val D’Isere!

After Y and my first ski trip to Niseko in early Feb last year, we decided to go on a ski trip with R and bunch of fun loving friends to Europe just before Christmas. The question was where in Europe? First, we had to get all the headcount confirmed so we knew what kind of budget we could afford, as the lovely thing about Europe skiing is always staying in their ski lodges, and some can be crazy pricey - just google "luxury ski lodges europe" - and you will know what I mean. I have seen some that cost 100,000 euros a week. We put the word out and gave about 2 months for everyone to get back to us on their schedules....

Discovering Taiwan for the first time

Continuing from my earlier post on discovering Taiwan, here's the itinerary which I think be useful for 1st timers plus Mr Hung's contact at the end of post if you wanna hire him to bring you around Taiwan. Please bear with this rather long post, as I rather not break up the itinerary into 2 pages, might make it harder for you to read everything. (yes yes, some of my fans have been telling me to write shorter posts, so I am trying!) Hiring a driver has pros and cons! Pros - it's great for lazy bears and humans, large families especially if you are travelling with young or old ones. Cons - it takes longer by car, especially when some places in the south...

Best Tokyo Food Halls

Enjoying a breakfast scone with clotted cream in our hotel The food halls in Japan are really in a league of their own. I always make it a point to visit them when I am in any of the big cities and to me the best Tokyo food halls are Isetan (Shinjuku), Mitsukoshi (Ginza) and Takashimaya. This trip, I only managed to find time to go to the first two. Most of us may just go for the typical tourist brands like Yoku Moku which is great and wonderful for their wafer biscuits, but there are so much more wonderful gems you can get. Here's a quick low down on the must tries. MITSUKOSHI 4−6−16 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo There's a whole section that serves traditional...

Japanese beef restaurants in Tokyo

After my trip to Izu with Y and LY, we drove back to Tokyo on the 2nd October, and stayed there for 3 nights. It was jam packed with shopping and of course eating, trying to just squeeze in lunch and dinner and possibly tea as and when we could to eat all our favourite food. We wanted to do as much BEEF meals as possible, and yes, to me, there can never be too much red meat especially when we are in the Land of the Rising Sun, which has one of the most amazing beef! This is my run down of the few Japanese beef restaurants in Tokyo to visit if you are a beef fan like me. Fun image of cow from...

Izu Eats

Continuing from my earlier post on Izu - Day 1, on our second day, we decided to drive towards the local food street near Atami Sekitei, where there was a supermarket and other small goods stores. It was such a horrid weather, was just raining the whole day, made it a bit stressful to drive around. View of the street where the supermarket was - love the overhanding signals. Ah yes, I forgot to mention LY is obsessed with food and any kind of supermarket. Well it was a good thing we came here, as the Kyoho grapes and musk melon was so cheap compared to Tokyo. We couldn't believe it. We had to buy them and LY asked our ryokan lady to serve the...
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