Two Days on Bai Tu Long Bay

Any trip to Hanoi is not quite complete until one has done Halong Bay. Meandering around its limestone landscapes and clear tranquil waters are an assortment of boats of varying sizes encrusted with tourists. And for two days and one night, we were among the camera clicking hoards. We had opted for a premium option—a … Continue reading Two Days on Bai Tu Long Bay

A retiree’s bar in Seoul where it’s always happy hour

The husband and I pottered off to Seoul a few months ago, ostensibly for him to attend a dental conference. But we made some time to explore this sprawling city and discover its fascinating culture. We visited some must-do's including the demilitarised zone (DTZ) where we walked into the seemingly endless tunnels built by the … Continue reading A retiree’s bar in Seoul where it’s always happy hour

Ha Noi Pearl—One Fabulous Little Hotel in Hanoi

We had made a quick weekend trip to Hanoi for a much needed break. It was going to be an easy, laid-back excursion to explore the city’s food and historical sites. As with all our travels, the choice of hotel was important as where we stayed was integral to the holiday experience. It was something … Continue reading Ha Noi Pearl—One Fabulous Little Hotel in Hanoi

A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food

The chaos of Hanoi’s streets is fascinating. Festooned overhead are vast tangles of electric cables that hang like massive, high voltage beehives, teasing you with the prospect of a sudden unexpected jolt should they decide to fall. And there’s nothing more invigorating than crossing its scooter-laden streets. Walk at a steady pace and watch the … Continue reading A Walking Tour of Hanoi’s Fabulous Street Food

Hanoi’s Coffee Culture

If there's a city with a proud cafe culture, it is Hanoi. The locals are immensely proud of their local coffee, and sip it all day in their inimitable style. I wish we in Singapore were as proud of our local coffee as they are. In nooks and crannies, tucked deep inside narrow 'tube houses' … Continue reading Hanoi’s Coffee Culture

Lazy Days At Amangalla, Fort Galle

Of all the gorgeous hotels and resorts I've had the privilege to stay in, one of the most enchanting in every sense of the word, is the Amangalla in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka. With the expressway that now connects Colombo the Fort Galle, the journey from the airport should take less than three hours. When … Continue reading Lazy Days At Amangalla, Fort Galle

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 the hotel's Bamboo Bar, and reopened in 2012 for public viewing. In tribute to the … Continue reading The Sofitel Metropole Hotel’s Forgotten Underground Bunker, Hanoi