Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho


THE LAUNCH OF  MYKI SAND BAR AT ARCHER STREET, SOHO
May 26, 2016

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

What To See in Amsterdam : Five Museums you Can't Miss including Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museum Van Loon, Venustempel Sex Museum, and Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution.
SWOOP IN ON THESE FIVE AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS

The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the tulips at Keukenhof, check in at the uber-hip new W Hotel, enjoy these unexpected and luxurious culinary experiences, and of course soak in the best of Dutch art, design, and culture. From classic to contemporary to downright raunchy, here is my pick of the 5 Must See Museums in Amsterdam. You can easily, like I did, cover all of these in two days. Entry to some of these museums are free or discounted with the I Amsterdam City Card which also offers free unlimited public transport - but with a city this scenic, why not explore on foot?
May 08, 2016

Arty Amsterdam: 5 Must-See Museums

SWOOP IN ON THESE  FIVE  AMSTERDAM MUSEUMS YOU CAN'T MISS The four things you must do in Amsterdam is to tiptoe through the ...

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...

3 Luxury Restaurants To Try In Amsterdam

3 LUXURY RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN AMSTERDAM
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Whether you've got the munchies or are just plain ravenous from tip-toeing through the tulips, if you're seeking a gastronomical experience that is refined and just a bit unexpected, I've got just the three restaurants for you. Fuel up, buttercup...
May 02, 2016

3 Luxury Restaurants To Try In Amsterdam

3 LUXURY RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN AMSTERDAM __________________________ Whether you've got the munchies or are just plain rave...

Arriving at The W Amsterdam



HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL
On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourite homes away from homes - W Hotels. As I did in Saint Petersburg, Russia, I stayed in the latest bijou offering from one of the world's sleekest hotel branches. The brand arrived to Amsterdam only last October, and I couldn't have been more excited to review the spanking new W Amsterdam!
April 29, 2016

Arriving at The W Amsterdam

HERITAGE & HAUTE MEET IN AMSTERDAM AT THE UBER-HIP NEW W HOTEL On Wednesday I arrived in Amsterdam to one of my favourit...

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)


WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH-STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP 

It's official - should the end be nigh, it's neither the Rick Grimes nor the Batmans (Batmen?) of the world who will swoop in to save your sorry souls. The real heroes, my friends, are the curious breed of hardcore social-media addicts you call bloggers - not just because our savvy for all things tech and trending will come in handy for breaking codes, although you can be damn sure that any live updates on the apocalypse will be extensively shared on Snapchat - but because, as Professor Blacksheep will attest when we foiled his dastardly plans with 12 minutes to spare, bloggers do it better. Can I get a 'Squad, squad'?
April 27, 2016

clueQuest: Revenge Of The Sheep (giveaway!)

WITH MY INGLOURIOUS BAAAAAH -STERDS AT CLUEQUEST: REVENGE OF THE SHEEP   It's official - should the end be nigh, it's ...

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

April 24, 2016

Fendi Flowerland & Keukenhof

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods


When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience

WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PAN-ASIAN CUISINE
WHERE: CHAI WUHARRODS FIFTH FLOOR, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

I have a theory about the Overseas Chinese: that when it comes to gastronomical pilgrimage, our motherland either exists in a Bermuda Triangle or possesses the ability to bend light in to a cloak. Why else would otherwise perfectly sane Malaysians (including yours truly & family), Singaporeans, Australians etc. in search of the Chinese food of their dreams and heritage completely bypass China, instead seeking outposts far in the land of the white man?! From the accents that staccato the air outside Four Seasons in Bayswater you'd think that you can't get roast duck anywhere else in the world, honestly. Take it from this Malaysian Chinese who by the age of 12 had dined in no less than 21 Chinatowns across 3 different continents: the children of the Orient can't resist our food calling to us from foreign places. Have Chinese food, will travel - now that's an Asian Persuasion.
April 22, 2016

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods

When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PA...

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

TWO LUXURY LOVERS, ONE ALDYWCH

Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where every horror story you've ever heard about London traffic (both the four-wheeled and two-legged variety) crawls past some of the city's most iconic landmarks: whether it's the tired and touristy (London Eye) or the underrated yet quintessentially London (basically every pre-war building with a view of the river). At least the view makes for an interesting distration from the ever-climbing taxi meter, yes? Steadfastly self-employed as I am (read: works from bed, attends Skype meetings wearing crispy linen blouse + sweatpants) you'd have to move heaven and earth to get me to venture out of my pocket of East London and into Covent Garden. F/29/Shore-bitch. Will haul arse for: the opera (or Lion King, depends on how long we've been friends), London Fashion Week, and of course the promise of cracking company (I mean, her surname is Lux. Spirits don't come more kindred than that.) + beautiful beverages + good nosh. Because the best things in life are free. I see your contempt for bloggers and raise you my complimentary cocktail.

April 19, 2016

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

TWO LUXURY LOVERS,  ONE ALDYWCH Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where ev...

My Perfumes & the Travels They Evoke

My perfume collection and the travels that they bring to mind. An olfactory journey to Russia, Italy, Cuba, Vietnam, South Korea, France, and Malaysia. Starring Chanel Cuir de Russie, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino, Creed Virgin Island Water, Tom Ford Champaca Absolute, Dior Leather Oud, Chanel No 5 Eau Premiere, and Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge.

What a suggestive force smell is. It's this sense with all its Pavlovian powers that makes me want to instantly disrobe and lie face down in anticipation of a massage whenever I catch the spa-like whiff of lemongrass (which is why I should probably avoid Thai restaurants). It's why amortentia - the most powerful love potion in the wizarding world - smells to each person of their favourite things. Mine would be: the seats of a new car, fresh paint, and vanilla ice-cream OMG am I pregnant?! Scent leads us down forgotten paths of memories old and transports us to places we'd rather be. This same aspirational quality is why the head honchos of the fragrance industry are probably cackling all the way to the bank in a perfume cloud of Justin Bieber 'Someday' and 'Girlfriend'. Muahahahaha.
In the theme of this month's travel blogger linkup I thought I'd share with you my collection of fragrances and the journeys to faraway lands that they bring to my mind.
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April 04, 2016

My Perfumes & the Travels They Evoke

What a suggestive force smell is. It's this sense with all its Pavlovian powers that makes me want to instantly disrobe an...

Better Sleep With Leesa

Discovering #BetterSleep with The Leesa Mattress, an affordable luxury in a convenient and innovative package.

Move over, Uber: I've found a better ride to Dreamland thanks to my new bedfellow and she doesn't even turn up the Magic FM to drown out my primeval grunts and gargles. 
You see, I suffer enjoy this sleeping disorder I call 'car-colepsy' which takes me from 0 to zZz in under 90 seconds - and before you ask, only as a passenger, never as the driver. You can leave your house now. For years, my lack of license to party with REM (of the dreaming variety, not the band) outside of the backseats of taxis was pegged to the factor that despite being born a whole 2 weeks late I'm still not ready to leave the womb for its white noise and gentle rocking delights. Short of installing Magic Fingers (I can't decide which side of the 'creepy or decadent?' line it shuffles over) I've tried everything - the sophomoric droning of Brian Cox, glasses of warm milk, anti-allergy bedding covers, heck, even redecorating my bedroom.
When Leesa got in touch with me with the promise of #BetterSleep I was at best curious, at worst, skeptical. What could their mattresses, as widely-lauded as they are in the US, do for me that my previous bed slabs have failed to achieve? Will I, despite their best of intentions, be condemned to a life of getting my shuteye in moving cars and hotel rooms? My fears were unfounded: after a week of testing The Leesa Mattress + an uninterrupted run of 7-8 hour sleeps, the blame for my once-chronic insomnia was shifted as quickly as it (my previous mattress) was shuffled into a removal van.
 IN COLLABORATION WITH LEESA
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March 29, 2016

Better Sleep With Leesa

Move over, Uber:  I've found a better ride to Dreamland thanks to my new bedfellow and she doesn't even turn up the Magic...

Edinburgh Express: What To See & Do In 48 Hours (Pt. 2)

Edinburgh Express - A City Guide of What To See & Do In 48 Hours



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Rested and ready? Excellent. Despair not at the impending end of your Edinburgh trip for there's time still to see many of the city's sights including another hilly ascent, shopping, restaurants and pubs, and then some.  If you were astute enough to time your flight/train back for the afternoon, you'll even have ample time for wildlife-spotting before the end of your city break. Incroyable, no? I mean business when I say 'Edinburgh Express'.
So strap on your boots, grab that camera, bag some pipes, and let's get crackin'...




March 25, 2016

Edinburgh Express: What To See & Do In 48 Hours (Pt. 2)

PART 2 OF  EDINBURGH EXPRESS: WHAT TO SEE & DO IN 48 HOURS ______________ Rested and ready? Excellent. Despair no...