• 72 hours in Seoul

    by  • November 16, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Some pictures from a short trip to Seoul. Love the blend of old and new, BBQ meat, streetside stalls, trendy cafes, chic fashion and gorgeous girls. Yummy pancake at Gwangjang market   You’ll never go hungry in Seoul, street side stalls are everywhere.   Patbingsu at Dalsuga, Seoul     On the way to...

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    Mutton briyani – Fierce Curry House

    by  • November 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    It has been a hectic week. I deserve a GOOD ( read: greasy, calorie-laden, the-diet-can-start-tomorrow) lunch. And the briyani here certainly did not disappoint. Fierce Curry House 16, Jalan Kemuja, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur Open daily, 7.30am – 10.30pm Google map here  

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    Noryangjin Fish Market, Seoul

    by  • October 29, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    One of my favorite ways to spend the morning – pottering around wet markets. Noryangjin is not a huge market. If you have time to spare, it’s a nice way to spend a couple of hours. This is a wet market, literally. If you decide to visit Noryangjin, do leave your favorite shoes behind. Navigating...

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    Singapura, oh Singapura

    by  • March 2, 2014 • 0 Comments

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    Going down south always feels a bit like coming home. After all, this is where I spent a good decade of my life. Despite the crazy rise in property prices, food here remains quite affordable. I’m surprised that a bowl of noodles still cost SGD2.50 and you can even get ice-blended juice for SGD1!...

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    48 hours in Dublin

    by  • February 1, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Arthur and his daily pint

    This trip was inspired by Anthony Bourdain’s layover series. It’s not the best way to see a new place, but if you’re short of time, it’s better than not getting there at all. The Irish are a naturally friendly lot. Everyone I met had a ready smile. There’s generally a good vibe around here. The...

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    It has been quite a year

    by  • December 31, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    In the blink of an eye, it’s another year. 2013 came and is almost gone…way too soon. It has been quite a year. Made new friends, and rekindle old ones.   Visited some new places.Shifen, Taiwan   Keelung, Taiwan   Takayama, Japan   London   Shilin, Taipei   Geneva   Shirakawago, Japan   Interlaken, Switzerland  ...

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    The Persimmon

    by  • December 21, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Found this in the fridge…I’d almost forgotten all about it. We got this from a roadside stall while strolling along Kamo river in Kyoto. The old lady manning the stall even threw in some tomatoes which were the sweetest I’ve ever had. It’s been almost a month since we got back from Japan. I’m amazed...

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    One night in a mountain ryokan in Maze, Japan

    by  • December 18, 2013 • 5 Comments

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    Maze is not your usual tourist destination. It’s a small mountain village of 1500 people in Hida area of Japan’s Gifu Perfecture. With lush greens and crystal clear river, Maze is known mainly in Japan for fishing, especially the ayu (sweetfish) – an indigenous freshwater fish found only in Japan and some parts of Korea,...

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    Endo sushi, Osaka

    by  • December 1, 2013 • 2 Comments

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    Our 2-day stop is Osaka was pretty much free and easy, mainly shopping and random eating. There’s one must-do on my list though – breakfast at Endo Sushi. I’ve heard rave reviews about this tiny, 106-year-old sushi bar in the Central Wholesale Market and was eager to check it out. We arrived at Endo...

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    Geisha-spotting & some random thoughts

    by  • November 23, 2013 • 2 Comments

    geiko in higashiyama

    After my first geisha-spotting in Gion Kyoto a year ago, I walked away intrigued, and yet feeling as if I may be missing something. Ever so often, I’d be pre-occupied with capturing the perfect shot. If only I’d taken more time to observe the little details. This time around, as we hang around Hanami-koji in Gion...

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    101 years and still going strong

    by  • September 16, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    It’s not very often we get to savour traditional Teochew fare in a century-old eatery. With 101 years of history, Restoran Teochew Setapak is becoming a rarity, serving classic Teochew dishes and pastry. Now into its third generation, this family owned business is still going strong. Few of the popular dishes here are Teochew-style...

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    Roti Man

    by  • August 24, 2013 • 0 Comments

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    Spotted this near Jalan Ipoh. A familiar figure in my childhood days, the roti man faithfully delivers our daily bread come rain or shine, skillfully balancing a wide array of bread and snacks on his tiny motorbike. And honking as he comes along. It’s fast becoming a rare sight in urban areas.  

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