The Liebster Award!

What a wonderful, uplifting start to the new year! It was such a surprise to be nominated by Khelzz of Daily Life's Journey for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much. It has certainly given me a boost to write more often and pick up my blogging momentum this year. (New year resolution!) It's also... Continue Reading →

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Exciting Times Ahead

The start of a new year is always an exciting time. It's full of promise in the blank spaces of my appointment schedule and my to-do list. That it's quite empty right now can be a little unsettling, but I also choose to see the excitement of possibility lying in there. What will I do... Continue Reading →

The Sofitel Metropole Hotel’s Forgotten Underground Bunker, Hanoi

While we're on the topic of war bunkers, the historic Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel has its own underground air raid shelter. Forgotten for decades since the Vietnam (or American) War, it was rediscovered by chance after the renovation of their Bamboo Bar, and reopen in 2012 for public viewing. In tribute to the hotel... Continue Reading →

The Saturday Kitchen – Kueh Salat, A Double Decker Delight

One of my favourite desserts is kueh, a whole genre of little cakes and confections found in the indigenous cuisines of Southeast Asia. Called kueh, or kuih, it is an integral part of Indonesian, Malay and Peranakan culinary culture. You'll also find renditions of that genre in Thailand. There hundreds of different kinds of kueh... Continue Reading →

The Saturday Kitchen – Shanghai Mooncakes with Lotus Paste

I have always had a weakness for traditional Chinese pastries, particularly those filled with lotus paste or red bean paste. But I always thought they were prohibitively complicated to make, until about a year ago when I rashly agreed to make some for a photoshoot and cookbook on mooncakes. That got me learning and practising... Continue Reading →

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