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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...

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...

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...

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...

Kayotei Ryokan and exploring Yamanaka onsen

Recharged from our first night in Kanazawa staying at the lovely Asadaya Ryokan, I made my way with Y and her best gal pals to our next stop to Kayotei Ryokan, an hour's drive away. Located in the small hotsprings area of Yamanaka, Kayotei is a traditional ryokan, family-owned inn...

Kanazawa Travel in 24 hours

In celebration of Y's big 40 last year, we went for a nice girlie getaway with some of her best gal pals to Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. This post describes the first part of the trip where we stayed in Asadaya Ryokan in Kanazawa for the first night, before moving...

Cusco and Sacred Valley Travel

In my final post on my amazing trip to Peru last year with R & Y, I will delve into the best sights to visit while in Cusco and Sacred Valley. These 2 destinations are a natural place to stop by if you are going to Machu Picchu. We chose...

Machu Picchu Travel

The highlight of our my big Peru trip with Y and R was definitely visiting Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. Yeah, I made it to one of them finally! In researching for this leg of the trip, I did consider if we should do the intense...

Things to do in Lima

Lima was our first exciting destination into South America, a part of the world that Y and I have never been to and we were so stoked to be here with R, as part of Y's celebratory 40th birthday trip. We flew from Singapore to Los Angeles to chill for...

Best of Bolivia – the must sees in Bolivia for first timers

In my follow up post from last year's feature on my top few wanderlust locations - the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia, I find it an absolute must to let you all know the Best of Bolivia if you are visiting this exotic country for the first time, given it's not...

How to enjoy the amazing Bolivia Salt Flats in 24 Hours

One of the most amazing places I went to with Y and R this year had to be the Bolivia Salt Flats - in September, as part of a Y's big birthday. Bolivia was one of the 2 new countries - the other being Peru, that we visited over a...

Your food guide to Danang and Hoi An in a weekend

My first time to Vietnam with Y was in mid August this year, with a girly getaway trip with some of our closest pals to Danang, the idyllic coastal city known for its sandy beaches. Our focus was on food rather than on sights for our 3 nights stay here, and...

Bali Summer Break 2017

Just in end July, Y and I took a well-deserved (that's what I always say) break to Bali, after having not been back there since 2009 when our buddies YL and SH got married. Talk about how time flies! To be honest, I am not crazy about the sun and...

Tokyo Best Eats 2017

I can never get tired of Japan, and was so happy to be able to visit Tokyo in early March where the weather was so nice and cool. Winters here seem to get later and later and the coldest time seems to be from January to early March in these recent...

Courmayeur Skiing

Courmayeur is a lovely little Italian village located at the foot of the famous Montblanc mountain in the Aosta Valley. Conveniently located just beneath the entrance to the tunnel on the Italian side of Montblanc, it can be easily accessed from the French side. I first came here last year...

Megeve Ski

Finally after years of wanting to go Megeve, we finally did it this year! It has always been on my hit list after reading so much about this charming and chic ski town in France, close to the Montblanc. This place is definitely laden with old money and best described...

Hakuba Ski

Hakuba, in Nagano, most well-known for being the first ski resort in Japan to host the Winter Olympic Games in 1998. A lot of friends ask me, why Hakuba as compared to Niseko - a popular ski destination for many tourists from SE Asia and China? I have summarised in a...

30 Hours in Shirakawa and Takayama

My 2016 was completed with a fun winter trip to the region of Shirakawa and Takayama in the Hida region of the Gifu Prefecture for some sightseeing and a ryokan stay, followed by a ski trip to Hakuba with Y and R. Given how full flights were to Tokyo when...

Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Beautiful sunset just before we land in Reykavik. Our first entry into Iceland was via Reykjavik, which is the most natural first stop, before our adventure in Iceland began. We were here for 3 nights but effectively we probably only had one proper full day to really explore the eats and...

South Iceland – best attractions

The south coast of Iceland is also reputed to have many star attractions from waterfalls to the most amazing glaciers and we spent 2 days here exploring some of them with our guide Petur driving us around. Definitely not enough time for sure given the short daylight that we had,...

Akureyri Iceland – Amazing sights from Game of Thrones

Our exciting Nordic trip ends off in Iceland, and after arriving in Reyjavik (promise I will touch on this city in a later post), we started our 'mystical' journey through Iceland starting with a full day visit to Northern Iceland in Akureyri. It sounds almost silly to say this, but...

Lyngen Lodge in Norway

After covering Stockholm in 3 nights, Y and I made our way to another new city - Tromso with gal pals AL and GS in a bid to hopefully catch some Aurora - Northern Lights! We were also sucked into all that talk that it will be harder to see...

Stockholm Best Restaurants and Cafes

In late November last year, Y and I finally concluded the year completing some new destinations in our bucket list of places to visit. It was a Nordic centric trip with gal pals - GS and AL, centering around visiting cities from Stockholm to Tromso, Norway and Iceland - the...

Tokyo Best Eats 2016

In part 2 of my late summer Japan vacation, Y and I adjourned to Tokyo to meet R after our girlie trip with LY ended in Fukuoka. I managed to eat at some good ol' regular favourite spots such as Mikawa Zezankyo (my favourite tempura in Japan), and also tried...

Gyoten Sushi Fukuoka

9 September 2016 was a lucky day for me, where I got to enjoy 2 very distinct and different styles of sushi. For lunch, I had very interesting and a rather modern approach to sushi at Tenzushi Kyomachi, and at night for dinner, I was very blessed to have snagged...

Tenzushi Kyomachi Sushi

After a whirlwind 4 days exploring Western Saga, we did something rather radical. As Y and I was so curious about this sushi place called Tenzushi Kyomachi (named after the chef) located in the fishing town of Kokura in the area of Kitakyushu, we decided to drive around 2 hours plus...

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,...