Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

Ever wanted to live out your best Japanese fantasy? I did just that, wearing a kimono in Gion, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan. This is my kimono rental experience in Kyoto.

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED CULTURAL APPRECIATION...

Warning: If you’re easily triggered you might want to skip this introduction and head straight for the pretty pictures. But then again if you’re the oversensitive sort you really shouldn’t be reading a site called “Posh, Broke, & Bored”... 

Now, I may not be an expert on identity politics nor the subtle nuances that separate “dressing up” vs. what some call “cultural appropriation” (but then again, when the thought police constantly shift the goalposts of what they deem acceptable, how does one expect to play the game? Well, that’s their whole point, but that’s another charged discussion for another day) but as a Far East transplant in the West I can tell you that us “Orientals” don’t waste time being offended when foreigners take an interest - however passing or superficial - in our culture. Why get mad when you can get mad money

Case in point: all across Japan, especially in the cities of Tokyo and Kyoto, locals have made the most of the tourism boom by opening kimono rental shops so that visitors can feel the fantasy when in Japan while receiving an education on the culture. Wearing kimono and yukata, even outside of Japan, is considered by the Japanese as appreciative and respectful of their culture when done properly and with reverence to the history and customs of the country. Keep your mind open, your intentions pure, your curiousity sincere, and your execution tasteful; and you not only open a dialogue with and engage with other cultures but also look bangin’ while doing it. This is my experience with wearing traditional Japanese kimono in the geisha district of Gion, Kyoto.

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April 18, 2018

Kyoto, Japan: Wearing Kimono in the Geisha District of Gion

“CULTURAL APPROPRIATION”? IN JAPAN IT’S CALLED  “ CULTURAL APPRECIATION ” ... Warning:  If you’re easily triggered you m...

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit





THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

(ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A MONTH'S WORTH OF THINGS TO DO)


Like rain clouds on a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the questions came rolling in thick and fast on Instagram messages: “Have you moved to Australia?!” Well, I could see how a month of Stories of me decorating and furnishing a new home from scratch could give off that impression. Melbourne is certainly a city I’ve grown up with: although I was born in Kuala Lumpur and spent my adult life in London, I spent much of my childhood visiting extended family there. From Box Hill to Toorak, the suburbs of Melbourne have been my stomping grounds for the best parts of three decades - if there was a city I could easily set up a base in, Melbourne would be it.

But the long and short of it is: No, I am not moving to Melbourne. At least, not on a full time basis in the near future. Although I have built a nest for two out of blood (his), sweat (ours), but no tears (working under pressure is our forte); and although I’ve grown incredibly attached to an apartment that was suppose to be just a flip, my heart (and my Permanent Residence) belongs to the UK. That said, the prospect of making Melbourne my third home is incredibly tantalising. Melbs, this is why - to quote a famous Aussie - 🎢 “I just can’t get you out of my head...” 🎢


INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH’S TRAVEL LINKUP:
PLACES WE CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR HEADS


April 01, 2018

Melbourne, Australia: 8 Reasons Why I'm Moving to Melbourne, and Why You Should Visit

THE 8 SOLID REASONS WHY I'LL  MOVE TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (ALTERNATIVELY, 8 REASONS FOR YOU TO VISIT AND A M...

Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

Sabah, Malaysia: An up close and personal encounter with an orangutan in its natural habitat at Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.




DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO

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How often does one get the opportunity to help a dear friend tick an experience off their bucket list in your home country, in a foreign (to them) language that you not only happen to be fluent in but one they’ve never heard you properly speak? Baby, this is my time to shine. I may have Dreamed of Africa but Luxy has always dreamt of Borneo since she was little: from her childhood dream of having an orangutan sanctuary in her back garden to having her own ape friend who’d follow her to school (I’m just cracking up at the visual of 12-year old her, dressed in a chantilly lace frock, hosting a tea party in the English countryside for orangutans wearing frilly bonnets. More tea, vicar? Ooh ooh aah aah!). Wish no more, baby, because YipAdvisor is about to make it her monkey business to make your dream a reality. It’s time to go bananas in Borneo...

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ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY LUX LIFE BLOG. EEE BB!


March 19, 2018

Sabah, Malaysia: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

DESPERATELY SEEKING A 'MAN OF THE FOREST' AT  SEPILOK ORANGUTAN REHABILITATION CENTRE IN SABAH, NORTH BORNEO...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do




24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - 
WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO


They said it couldn’t be done. That nobody could hit the ground running, straight off an overnight flight from Sydney to Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, and visit all the stops on my itinerary in less than a day; what with the infamous tropical humidity, heat, and the city’s notorious traffic to contend with. Well clearly they underestimate my determination to show a good friend (who finally took up my offer to visit me in Malaysia, since, like, forever) a much needed change of scenery and a whistle stop tour of the city I grew up in, as well as the prowess of my legendary travel planning. I’m not nicknamed YipAdvisor for nothing. Should you also find yourself in Kuala Lumpur for just a day, fret not - Luxy and I have done the footwork for you. Here is my itinerary for 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; with the added bonuses of what else we would have done had we not had other social engagements (Chinese New Year reunion dinner, I’m looking at you) as well as more Kuala Lumpur guides from other travel bloggers.


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ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY LUX LIFE BLOG, AS IT SHOULD BE. GOOD TIMES!
EXTRA PHOTO CREDITS: 61423242526

March 09, 2018

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 24 Hours in Kuala Lumpur - What & Where to See, Eat, & Do

24 HOURS IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA -  WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, EAT, & DO They said it couldn’t be done...

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel



Vishnu take the wheel! Not even the most prolifically-limbed of Hindu deities could have handled the series of many unfortunate events that plagued my very short time in Mumbai, India. By now you'll have heard me garble like a broken record on both Instagram and on my previous India travel stories about how my Mumbai trip (en route to Jaipur) was marked by drama after drama. Funnily enough, I had almost managed to blank the debacle(s) from my memory UNTIL this month's #TRAVELLINKUP topic "Why Travel is Good For Your Wellbeing" triggered some serious BTSD (that's Bombay Traumatic Stress Disorder). Travel, good for my wellbeing? Not today Satan, not today! If not for an extremely relaxing, luxurious, and exceptional stay at the iconic The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel I would honestly never come back to Mumbai. Well, when life gives you lemons, make gin and tonic, and so; here are my pictures and thoughts from my short stay at the landmark of luxury that is this Grand Heritage Hotel.



March 05, 2018

Mumbai, India: A Luxurious Stay at the "Grand Heritage" Taj Mahal Palace Hotel

Vishnu take the wheel!  Not even the most prolifically-limbed of Hindu deities could have handled the series of many unfortuna...

Jaipur, India: 24 Hours in Jaipur - What & Where to See, Stay, Eat, & Do

Jaipur, India: 24 Hours in the Pink City - What & Where to See, Stay, Eat, & Do


24 HOURS IN JAIPUR, INDIA: WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, STAY, EAT, AND DO

Strictly speaking, I had 4 days in Jaipur - but one was written off for recovering from Bombay, two were chock full of festivities and shenanigans (you know how traditional Indian weddings are like, it’s like Bollywood but bigger and better), which left all of a day to see as many of the Pink City’s highlights as I could. Yet, despite a thousand setbacks thrown at me in the form of mind-boggling inefficiency (Bombay International Airport, I’m looking at you), culture shock (Me, to my taxi driver: “Shouldn’t you unfold your side mirrors before you drive?” Taxi driver:Side mirror use by bad driver only. I good driver. No need use mirror” Me: *screams in British accent*), and sheer bad luck - you know by now how my travel companion couldn’t enter the country, leaving me to travel solo in India? That story is now immortalised in my “Travel BTS (Behind The Scenes) ” Highlights reel on my Instagram @poshbrokebored - I survived my trip to the capital city of Rajasthan and made it back, relatively unscathed, with this guide to 24 Hours in Jaipur


February 26, 2018

Jaipur, India: 24 Hours in Jaipur - What & Where to See, Stay, Eat, & Do

24 HOURS IN JAIPUR, INDIA:  WHAT & WHERE TO SEE, STAY, EAT, AND DO Strictly speaking, I had 4 days in Jaipur ...

Jaipur, India: Amber Fort

Planning a trip to Jaipur, India? You can't miss Amber Fort (aka Amer Fort), one of Rajasthan's great fortress palaces. Here's everything you need to know before you go.




LISTEN UP! AMBER PALACE, AMER FORT...HOWEVER YOU CALL IT, THIS IS A GEM YOU MUST VISIT IN JAIPUR

Much like the power struggles between the Rajput rulers and invaders to control Rajasthan, my ordeal to reach its capital city, Jaipur, is one for the classics. Replace Turks, Afghans, and Mughals with a) drama at Kuala Lumpur International Airport when my mother realised that she didn’t have the entry requirements for India (fun fact: the “IDN” on the back of your Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation membership card stands for visa-free access to Indonesia, NOT India), b) drama at Mumbai Airport when I found out that the stacks of 1,000 rupee notes I brought for this trip have been invalid for a while and no bank would exchange them, and c) drama when I realised I couldn’t go to a bank anyway because it was Republic Day and nobody would be working all weekend. Incredible India, indeed! But I rose to the challenges and made it to Jaipur, where for a hot minute all my frazzled nerves were soothed by the historical charms and beauty of the Pink City. The star attraction of which would be, naturally, the UNESCO Heritage Site that is Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort and Amber Palace.

February 20, 2018

Jaipur, India: Amber Fort

LISTEN UP ! AMBER PALACE, AMER FORT... HOWEVER YOU CALL IT, THIS IS A GEM YOU MUST VISIT IN JAIPUR Much like the power s...

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 10 Things to Do With 24 Hours in Phnom Penh


10 Things to Do With 24 Hours in Phnom Penh, Cambodia




PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA in 24 HOURS: 
THE 10 PLACES YOU MUST SEE, STAY, AND EAT AT


There are very few occasions in which I like to be proven wrong. They all involve pleasant surprises especially when it comes to managing travel expectations. More specifically, when a layover city turns out to be more than a place to pass through but rather a destination in itself. That was what happened last Christmas. The plan was to fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia via the capital, Phnom Penh. What I thought was going to be a simple stopover (maybe just a cocktail at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, a few lazy hours at one or two museums) turned out to be an extremely enriching experience of culture, history, food, food for thought, and shopping..all of it clocked in just 24 hours, with time to spare. Suffice to say, I had a Phnom-menal time, and you can too. Here are my 10 Things To Do with 24 Hours In Phnom Penh, Cambodia...


February 16, 2018

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: 10 Things to Do With 24 Hours in Phnom Penh

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA in 24 HOURS:  THE 10 PLACES YOU MUST SEE, STAY, AND EAT AT There are very few ...

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Malis and Topaz, 2 of the Capital's Best High End Restaurants

My review of two of Phnom Penh's best high-end restaurants - Malis and Topaz by Thalias.



MALIS AND TOPAZ: TWO OF THE BEST HIGH-END RESTAURANTS IN PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA


Ayo sis*! I’ve found the Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield of Phnom Penh’s restaurant scene. Like the Sweet Valley High twins who have so little in common, these two restaurants exist almost side by side - separated by a 5 minute walk on the same street in downtown Phnom Penh - and belong to the same family (Thalias, a leading company in the Cambodian hospitality industry), yet seem like polar opposites: one being a revival of an almost-forgotten traditional Cambodian cooking style, and the other being French haute cuisine that is classic and unlikely to ever go extinct let alone out of vogue. Like the Wakefield twins, the two restaurants have more in common than their personalities suggest: both Malis and Topaz represent an era in Cambodian history, both are two of the most highly-rated restaurants in Phnom Penh. Want to keep it in the family next time you’re in the city? I got you, fam...


MALIS RESTAURANTTOPAZ RESTAURANT 

*I’m stanning Aja for All Stars 3, can you tell? She levelled that pussy UP!

February 12, 2018

Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Malis and Topaz, 2 of the Capital's Best High End Restaurants

MALIS AND TOPAZ: TWO OF THE BEST HIGH-END RESTAURANTS IN PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA Ayo sis *! I’ve found the Jessica and Eli...

Jaipur, India: A Spectacular Sangeet Party for an Indian Wedding in Jaigarh Fort

Jaipur, India: A Spectacular Sangeet Party for  an Indian Wedding in Jaigarh Fort



AN EPIC WEDDING PARTY AT AN 18th CENTURY FORT IN JAIPUR, INDIA

“Everything is bigger in Texas”? Darling, no. Everything is bigger in India...at least as far as weddings are concerned. My non-Indian friends, have you ever had the immense pleasure of being a guest at a traditional Indian wedding? Amazingly, despite enjoying a rather eclectic friendship circle across several international cities including my hometown, the mulitcultural Kuala Lumpur (incidentally, there are 2 million Malaysian Indians - that’s 7% of our population), at the ripe ol’ age of 30 I had yet to partake in the festivities of an Indian wedding. So when the invitation came from one of my long-time friends - the first friend I ever made in London, actually! - to celebrate her nuptials in Jaipur the proper way ie. several hundred guests on at least a three-day bender of feasting, drinking, and dancing; the RSVP was a resounding YES. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity in more ways than one (I mean, most people would be so lucky to get married only once) and you can be sure I‘ll be there with bells on!

What follows are photos I don’t remember taking (even if I faintly recollect the scenes) of one of the most the most exciting evenings I’ve ever had: a night of colour, celebration, chaos all set in an 18th century fort in the hills of Jaipur, India. Oh, and there were elephants, too. I told you, everything is bigger in India!

February 01, 2018

Jaipur, India: A Spectacular Sangeet Party for an Indian Wedding in Jaigarh Fort

AN EPIC WEDDING PARTY AT AN 18th  CENTURY FORT IN JAIPUR, INDIA “Everything is bigger in Texas”? Darling, no . Everyt...

Siem Reap, Cambodia: What to See, Eat, Do, and NOT To Do

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A SHORT STAY (AND HOW DO IT IN STYLE AND CONSCIENCE, TOO!)




SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF A SHORT STAY (AND HOW DO IT IN STYLE AND CONSCIENCE, TOO!)

Now, I’m all for slow-living and taking it nice and easy (as the glacial pace I take to respond to Whatsapp messages will attest to) but sometimes, time is a luxury that money just can’t buy. What’s a girl to do, eh? That’s no excuse to dive into a whirlwind tour of a city unprepared. Luckily, I live life in the fast lane and do the research beforehand so others don’t have to. If you’re planning a short (3 or so days) trip to Siem Reap and don’t want to scrimp on comfort or culture, keep reading my guide on Where to stay, What to eat, What to see, What to do and most importantly, What NOT to do.

January 29, 2018

Siem Reap, Cambodia: What to See, Eat, Do, and NOT To Do

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST  OUT OF A SHORT STAY   (AND HOW DO IT IN STYLE AND CONSCIENCE, TOO!) No...

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Location meets Luxury at the Park Hyatt, the only luxury hotel in downtown Siem Reap


Location vs. Luxury: Why not both? Park Hyatt - one of the very few luxury hotels in downtown Siem Reap - proves to be unbeatable for both its prime position and its commitment to 5-star quality. 

January 25, 2018

Siem Reap, Cambodia: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Location vs. Luxury : Why not both? Park Hyatt - one of the very few luxury hotels in downtown Siem Reap - proves to be u...