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Ubud, Bali very quickly

View of padi fields from balcony

A friend teased recently that he had been checking on my website and for months all he kept seeing was “the prawn“. Hello again everyone! It has been a while indeed. I was in Ubud with a buddy for a weekend trip and captured some wonderful memories on my iPhone. If you are swinging by Ubud, here are a few worthwhile stop-bys. Continue reading

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Alba White Truffle Fair

The Langhe region of Piedmont, famous for Barolo wines

Alba, in Piedmont, is Italy’s white truffle mecca and main market. My trip to Europe this year had one main intention – The White Truffle Fair in Alba. Each weekend of the month-and-a-half long fair in October and November every year draws thousands of visitors by the bus loads into this charming town; everyone with the common objective of indulging in white truffles and the region’s cuisine and wines. Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland Niseko

Snow sports fashion is mind-blowingly awesome; the variety of designs and styles out there are certain to awaken your inner shopaholic. A trip to a few snow sports shops to browse last year very quickly turned into an uncontrollable shopping frenzy. After three hours…jacket, check. Pants, check. Inner wear, check. Goggles, beanies, socks, all check. All that remains now is just some snow. Not so easy if you live in the tropics or suck at predicting weather! Continue reading

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A gorgeous wedding in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Last weekend, we had the privilege of attending the wedding of a special someone in the family. The backdrop was the gorgeous limestone karsts and isles of Ha Long Bay, aboard the luxury junk, Bhaya Classic III. The flawless organization of the weekend-long celebrations could not have been more perfect – thank you D & J, for being such wonderful hosts.

The magnificent Ha Long Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage Site since 1994 and is undoubtedly Vietnam’s most famous natural wonder. With pristine deserted beaches, grottoes, caves and over 3,000 limestone islets and pinnacles thrusting skyward from the emerald waters, The Bay of the Descending Dragon is a breathtaking marvel well worth the journey for anyone seeking a special and memorable experience. The journey from Hanoi to Ha Long bay takes approximately 4 hours by bus (170km). Alternatively, there is a helicopter option which has a flight time of 1 hour but departs only on Saturdays from Gia Lam Airport in Hanoi. Continue reading

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h2hotel, Healdsburg

h2hotel is set in the heart of Healdsburg’s historic Town Plaza, and is the newer (and more affordable) sister property of the famed Hotel Healdsburg. Entering the property is like walking straight into a Dwell magazine. You walk past the fleet of vintage bicycles, in through an enormous red door (look out for the amazing spoon installation beside the door!), and straight to the large horse-shoe shaped ‘receptobar’ vaguely separating their restaurant, Spoonbar, and the hotel’s lobby. Boundaries are very much intentionally blurred here, where the fluidity of eco-friendly design and function seamlessly integrates with the warmth of the hotel staff, allowing you to feel completely at home and at ease  – welcome to h2hotel! Continue reading

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