Food diary in Nozawa Onsen

Aside from mountain snow sports and soaking in the natural hot springs, Nozawa Onsen has a wonderful understated food scene that remains for the most part untouched by the western world and strongly connected to local traditions. It’s a welcome change from the ever growing presence of fast food we experienced in Tokyo city.  In the centre of the village is a hot spring reserved solely for the locals, for boiling ...

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Holiday Tips Tokyo

Travelling in Tokyo is exciting, overwhelming and a continual mesmerizing surprise and here are a few of my travel tips to this wonderful city. Planning Pinterest is a great way to create a visual scrapbook of holiday tips and ideas. I created a pinterest board for the trip, view it here. Buy a map. You will be wonderfully lost at times. Buy a phrase book or jot down some phrases that will help. I used ...

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Wedding Rehearsal Afternoon, Koh Samui

Good friends of mine were getting married on a tropical island in Thailand and I volunteered myself to the task of organising the wedding rehearsal event. Socialise being the underlining word here. Everyone was travelling from different parts of the world and meeting for the first time. Whatever the idea, it had to negate any awkwardness before the big day! To organise an event to be held in a different country was at ...

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Penang you were fascinating

Following a few highly spirited nights in Koh Samui we boarded a Firefly propeller plane bound for an island destination in the bordering country of Malaysia. The flight to Penang was a comfortable and uneventful 2 hour and 30 minute trip. Just enough time for me to snack and read the inflight magazine before the plane commenced its descent. New to Penang We were met at the airport by a driver organised through our hotel. The driver chatted to us the ...

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48 Hours in Singapore – Part 2

Our second day on the island of Singapore began with lunch at a Japanese restaurant called Tampopo found on the ground floor of the Liang Court Shopping Mall. Novotel Clarke Quay where we were staying was conveniently located next to the mall making it more than ideal for food before setting foot around the island for the day. Dk ordered a steak bento box to satisfy his red meat craving and ...

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$10.00 coffee in Singapore! Wowee!

On holidays in Asia we stopped by The Marina Bay Sands Resort for a wander around and to check out the SkyPark Observation Deck which boasts some impressive views across the small island of Singapore. The SkyPark is located on the top of the Marina Bay Sands Resort, the resort is what I call 'out of this world' translated to extravagant, impossible in design and the lifestyle of the rich. The 20 ...

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48 Hours in Singapore – Part 1

Orientation Singapore is an island at the end of the Malaysian Peninsula; it is one of the most efficient and cleanest cities I have ever visited. This cosmopolitan holiday city has an incredible food scene to experience from Hawker centres to Michelin star restaurants and even though it is our third visit there are still some places left to discover on the island. View from the top (57 storeys high) of Marina ...

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24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur + Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia is special place to me, having worked for a company with offices in Kuala Lumpur I have made some great friends over the years and along with that many wonderful memories. Apart from the obvious reasons of seeing my friends, overall Kuala Lumpur makes a great stop over city from Australia to Asia or vice versa. Be it for 12 hours or 48 hours. On a recent visit to ...

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