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Things To Do In Riga

Art Nouveau Riga

As far as European travel destinations go Riga is easily one of the most underrated.
January 27, 2015

Things To Do In Riga

As far as European travel destinations go Riga is easily one of the most underrated.

Gallery Park Hotel Riga: Restaurant Renomme

Gallery Park Hotel Riga Restaurant Renomme

In my first blog post about the award-winning 5* luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel Riga I've shown you why GPH Riga is the right choice for the discerning and sophisticated traveller who wants a luxurious, hospitable, and convenience stay that reflects the elegance of Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014. Today's post follows up with Renommé, Gallery Park Hotel Riga's restaurant whose accolades for its Latvian culinary classics sees that this gourmet dining destination holds its own without needing to rest on the laurels of its prestigious hotel. 
January 29, 2015

Gallery Park Hotel Riga: Restaurant Renomme

In my first blog post about the award-winning 5* luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel Riga I've shown you why GPH Riga is th...

Riga Restaurant Recommendations


I've had heaps of positive feedback on my Riga blog posts, thank you! It seems that many of you have enjoyed my suggestions on sights to see and things to do in Riga and I'm happy to say that I've saved the best for last - mushing and sledding with huskies in the snow. Today's blog post, however, is one for the foodies and is a follow up to Thursday's restaurant review of award-winning Renommé in Gallery Park Hotel Riga.
January 31, 2015

Riga Restaurant Recommendations

I've had heaps of positive feedback on my Riga blog posts, thank you! It seems that many of you have enjoyed my suggestions on sig...

The Great Latvian Outdoors: Husky dog sledding in Riga


On the last leg of our Riga city break, Henry and I learnt how to be real mushers, crossing the Latvian countryside with a team of husky dogs and a sled. The wonderful staff at Gallery Park Hotel Riga made the arrangements - Henry and I were picked up from the hotel in the morning by a representative from Tour Point and we drove to the 'base camp' in West Riga for a good two hours across long icy roads (with signs pointing to Moscow!) past endless stretches of pine forest. Our guide (we'll call him R) told us fascinating stories about Latvian history, local legends, and about the high probability of the Holy Grail being lost somewhere in Riga - let's get digging!
February 01, 2015

The Great Latvian Outdoors: Husky dog sledding in Riga

On the last leg of our Riga city break, Henry and I learnt how to be real mushers, crossing the Latvian countryside with a team of hus...

My favourite hotels of 2014

Hotels are my ultimate respite from the grind, chaos, and reality of daily life. There's something ever so soothing about being in a space that's not cluttered with your personal belongings - it allows you to escape your head space and rediscover yourself piece-by-piece (or in my case one carelessly dropped sock on the floor at a time). If I'm an iPhone, then staying in a hotel is like restoring myself to default factory settings. I'm sure many busy urbanites like myself agree that taking the time to go on holidays is an essential luxury to regenerate oneself - if you don't press pause every so often, you're going to burn out. So yes, holidays are important. While my idea of a good holiday is one where I'm always on my feet, exploring every corner of a city until its lights are off for the night then collapsing into bed just to recharge; sometimes I want to spend just a little more time in the hotel and enjoy 'me time'. For this purpose, I'm going to share with you my three favourite hotels of 2014* that I had the pleasure of calling both my base for exploring my surroundings and also my base for rejuvenating my mind, body, and soul.

* The Year Of The Horse (what? I'm Chinese) :  31 January 2014 - 19 February 2015

March 03, 2015

My favourite hotels of 2014

Hotels are my ultimate respite from the grind, chaos, and reality of daily life. There's something ever so soothing about being in a s...

Arriving in Riga: Gallery Park Hotel Riga


Intrigued to explore the charming capital of Riga, Latvia - awarded the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 - to report on this beautiful, historical city, Henry and I chose a hotel that reflects the elegance and sophistication of Riga: Gallery Park Hotel
January 25, 2015

Arriving in Riga: Gallery Park Hotel Riga

Intrigued to explore the charming capital of Riga, Latvia - awarded the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 - to report on this...

Riga's a Blast: Firing Kalashnikovs at Riga Shooting Range


My posts on Riga so far have been postcard-pretty photos of candy-coloured Art Nouveau buildings, luxuries like Gallery Park Hotel Riga, and the wintry beauty of snowy landscapes - so far, so lovely. Today's blog post is about an attraction that is more rugged and rough around the edges but by no means only for men and is just as exhilarating as the ballet (but with more bang for your buck) - Riga Shooting Range.
January 28, 2015

Riga's a Blast: Firing Kalashnikovs at Riga Shooting Range

My posts on Riga so far have been postcard-pretty photos of candy-coloured Art Nouveau buildings , luxuries like Gallery Park Hotel Ri...

Destination: Riga, Latvia


Labdien (hello) from Latvia! Perchance you may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that I'm in Riga, Latvia. Dear friends, I write to you now from the comfort of luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel ensconced in the warm enriching glow of an eight hour nap followed by a spellbinding evening of ballet - Swan Lake at the Latvian National Opera - and a satisfyingly heavy meal which Henry and I (tried but failed to) walk off with a stroll through the park. Everything is covered in a blanket of snow and the city looks just like a postcard of the ultimate fantasy of what a European city should look like (but without the crowds, the chaos, and the urban grime of say, Paris).
January 23, 2015

Destination: Riga, Latvia

Labdien (hello) from Latvia! Perchance you may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that I'm in Riga, Latvia . Dear friends, I ...

'The Idealistic Wanderluster' - What's Your Travel Personality?

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro - Posh, Broke, & Bored

Greetings from Helsinki! I'm in Europe's hipster capital with Henry taking up where I left off with my 2015 resolution to travel to a new country each month. Today I ask: 'What's Your Travel Personality?' - a most timely query posed by this month's travel linkup (hosted by Luxy of Lux Life Blog)
July 05, 2015

'The Idealistic Wanderluster' - What's Your Travel Personality?

Greetings from Helsinki! I'm in Europe's hipster capital with Henry taking up where I left off with my 2015  resolution  to...

Tallinn, Estonia: Tondi Lasketiir Firing Range


Henry and I couldn't find the time to go a shooting range when we were in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, so we popped over to Russia's neighbour to the West - Tallinn, Estonia - to fire historical Soviet and contemporary guns.

September 29, 2015

Tallinn, Estonia: Tondi Lasketiir Firing Range

Henry and I couldn't find the time to go a shooting range when we were in Moscow and Saint Petersburg , so we popped over to Russ...

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours


Stay at Palazzo Parigi, dine beside the Duomo of Milan at Obicà Mozzarella Bar and Terrazza Aperol, shop for Valentino and at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, take in art & culture at Fondazione Prada, eat at Il Salumaio and Bar Luce, then party at Bar Martini by Dolce & Gabbana AND Cavalli Club.
Ciao, darling! Have you got a minute, or rather 1400 minutes to spare in Milan? Si? Molto bene! With the summer sun shining upon us, 'tis the season for European city breaks: be it a Baltic tour of Riga-Helsinki-Tallinn or London-Paris-Rome or Amsterdam-Berlin-Lisbon; pick n' mix, make it your own. Take advantage of the continent's proximity (and homogenous currency) yet incredibly diverse culture by embarking on what I call the 'Euro Express' - the perfect 'short but sweet' holidays for the eager beaver on a time-budget. I've written Brussels Express and Edinburgh Express city guides, and now it's time for How To Do Milan in 24 Hours
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...
PHOTOGRAPHY & WORDS BY JASIMINNE YIP. ALL PHOTOS OF ME BY CATHERINE LUX. ADDITIONAL PHOTO CREDITS: 2 & 3, 4, 29 & 30,  35 & 36


June 22, 2016

Ciao Milano! How To Do Milan in 24 Hours

Ciao , darling! Have you got a minute, or rather 1400 minutes to spare in Milan? Si ? Molto bene ! With the summer sun shining upon us...

Does my (travel) privilege look big in this?


FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS - #TRAVELBLOGGERS EDITION
aka 7 Reasons Not to Date a Blogger or "You don't have to be a masochist to work here, but it helps"
May 04, 2016

Does my (travel) privilege look big in this?

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS - #TRAVELBLOGGERS EDITION aka  7 Reasons Not to Date a Blogger  or  "You don't have to be a masoc...

What I Saw In Warsaw

Neon Museum Warsaw, Poland

What I Saw In Warsaw (now repeat that 5x as fast as you can)
January 17, 2016

What I Saw In Warsaw

What I Saw In Warsaw  (now repeat that 5x as fast as you can )

Helsinki: First (10) Impressions


Yesterday I returned to London from a much-needed short break in Helsinki, Finland - hence the hiatus on Posh, Broke, & Bored (but did I or didn't I make up for it on Instagram? Go on, say Hel Yeah!)
July 09, 2015

Helsinki: First (10) Impressions

Yesterday I returned to London from a much-needed short break in Helsinki, Finland - hence the hiatus on Posh, Broke, & Bored (b...

Destination: Helsinki


This time next week I'll be wriggling with anticipation for one more sleep before my trip to Helsinki! Can I get a Hel Yeah?
June 27, 2015

Destination: Helsinki

This time next week I'll be wriggling with anticipation for one more sleep before my trip to Helsinki! Can I get a Hel Yeah ?

What's In My Camera Bag | My Camera Lenses & Guide to Prime Lenses


Today's post follows the 'Useful & Beautiful' theme of Posh, Broke, & Bored in which I share tips and hacks that could well be useful for your photography, blogging, or to just 'win at life'. So yes, that's useful, but how is it beautiful? Well! I'll illustrate my knowledge with ocular crack/eye candy from the five different countries I've been to this year - Latvia, UK, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. For this blog post about my camera lenses I've put together an eclectic gallery of photos - travel, street photography, portraits, food, wildlife etc. - taken by both Henry and I. A few of these you may recognise from recent blog posts but most of them are f-f-fresh off the boat, so even if you're not a budding blogger looking to level up your photography and learn more about camera lenses, you can just enjoy this post as 'Postcards from Kuala Lumpur'.
February 27, 2015

What's In My Camera Bag | My Camera Lenses & Guide to Prime Lenses

Today's post follows the 'Useful & Beautiful' theme of Posh, Broke, & Bored in which I share tips and hacks that c...

Christmas In London


Another year, another Christmas in ol' Blighty. While most of my friends contribute to the desolation of London by driving or jetting home for two days of seasonal bingeing and parcel-passing in the name of the lord, for the foreigner with family an ocean away who don't celebrate 'Jesus day' (Godless heathens!) the options for whiling away Christmas Eve and the day itself are limited. Option  1: trawl the empty, eerily quiet streets of London imagining yourself the lone survivor in a 28 Days post-apocalytic scenario (did that in 2011). Two: keep busy with volunteer work (a personal tradition since 2013). Three: find an adopted family for the season (did that last year and the year before). And finally, four: combine forces with others who remain in the city with a most unorthodox Christmas evening where tradition begins with turkey and ends most abruptly in a most unfamily-friendly night of Cards Against Humanity, black comedy, and decidedly improper running commentary on all the Christmas TV specials.
December 26, 2014

Christmas In London

Another year, another Christmas in ol' Blighty. While most of my friends contribute to the desolation of London by driving or jett...