Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Galle, Sri Lanka - a long weekend in pictures

A couple of months ago we spent a lovely weekend in Galle in Sri Lanka, with our good friend Beiruti Brit. We had a fun cooking class, we wandered around, stayed in a great hotel, and of course I took photos. I haven't managed to get around to posting them as I been swamped with work, wedding planning and trying to stay healthy by going to yoga and occasionally seeing friends! But here we go, again, far too many pictures as I just can't make up my mind. But better too many than not enough!

These shots are from our visit to Galle market as part of our cooking class from Deco on 44.





Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Mustard - Bengali / Punjabi food on Race Course Road, Little India

I had once asked for recommendations for Indian food in Singapore and have asked for advice on twitter plus City Nomads is something I read regularly, and I was therefore frequently advised to try out Mustard on Race Course Road which is a Bengali and Punjabi restaurant. We are curious as to how it ended up being Bengali and Punjabi but can only imagine a Bengali and a Punjabi got married and founded a restaurant as it has a distinctly home cooked feel.

We finally decided one night that we didn't feel like cooking (happening a lot recently but my life is currently utter chaos, every second is basically dedicated to work / wedding planning / yoga / semblance of a social life, leaving very little time for anything else such as maintaining this blog, travel, fun, cleaning (G finally got around to getting us a cleaner woooohhooooo) or cooking. So we jumped on the MRT and headed down to Little India station and came out at the Buffalo Road exit and headed a few metres up Race Course Road to Mustard.

So, what did we think? This is a hard one. There was nothing bad, but there was nothing amazing. Nothing blew our minds but we didn't dislike anything either. It was "fine". For 85$ each for starters,  mains and 2 jugs of Kingfisher, we found it a bit expensive. I have never paid more than about 40$ each at Khansama which is what we were comparing it to as our usual "go to" mid range Indian. I just can't feel that it was worth 170$ for the two of us. But again, nothing wrong with it, and maybe we chose the wrong items, but nothing blew our minds. They had spice warnings on the menu for some items which they reminded us of when they took our order but we didn't find anything that hot, so maybe it is more geared towards your average Westerner.


We were given poppadums on arrival, with a sauce that wasn't quite something I could identify but I think it had citrus and maybe coriander in there. Ok but nothing crazy good.



Monday, 28 July 2014

Krabi, Thailand - Longtail boat trip to the lagoon


As part of my Asian hen do, I was whisked away to Krabi for an awesome girls weekend. One of my surprises was an amazing day on a long tail boat (we had it to ourselves) and we sailed calmly around the waters south of Krabi and it was fantastic. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend you follow our lead and jump on a boat.

I feel I must give you a *warning* , this is one of my many many picture posts. But I can't help it, it is so beautiful! And we had a great great day.

 We started at 9am where we were picked up from our hotel and driven a bit to the west of where we were staying to the long tail boat port. Or at least it seemed that a long tail boat port as that is all there was there! The weather was gorgeous and we were very excited.


 Climbing on was quite an adventure but once on, we settled in, donned our lovely coverups that N brought with her from Thailand and chilled out with some cold water.


 We had some trouble getting out to sea, the engine kept conking out which was a concern!


We eventually got out onto the water and were rewarded with beautiful views.



Sunday, 27 July 2014

48h in Bangkok - Take 3! The Entertainer Giveaway


And we are back in Bangkok with our Entertainer Giveaway (there is a sale going on right now so head over to https://www.theentertainerme.com for more info.

Today's guest contributor is the lovely Anna who blogs over at Bangkok Girl Blog - http://www.bangkokgirlblog.com - Check it out below! You now have an amazing choice of things to do for a weekend in BKK!


48 Hours In Bangkok

Bangkok is an amazing city, with everything from historical temples, to parks you would not expect to find in the middle of an urban jungle, to the most fantastic markets to some of the best food you will have the chance to experience for pennies.

Day One
Book in to the Oriental Residence. The Oriental Residence is the perfect location in Bangkok central to both Phloen Chit BTS and Lumpini MRT. Choose from one-three bedroomed suites. Leave your luggage if your room is not ready. Or be sure to check out their website before booking – they often offer a weekend staycation packages which offers early check ins and late checkout, perfect for stay cations.






Thursday, 24 July 2014

i.am Cafe - Haji Lane - Good Western food with a twist

So we have been walking past i.am for months now as it is close to our office, on the way to yoga and pizza. And it is always busy, often with a queue. And we saw all sorts of people with huge slabs of multi coloured cake so we keep telling ourselves we need to actually check the place out at some point! So the other day, after I went to yoga at lunch and G went for a bike ride, we met up and headed over for a late lunch (around 3pm) and luckily though it was busy, someone just left.

We sat ourselves down near the counter and started to understand where the am in i.am came from when we saw the Dutch grandma bikes with the stroopwafels in the display and Amsterdam on the wall.





Saturday, 19 July 2014

48h in Bali - The Entertainer Giveaway

Now a contribution from the lovely Surrey Princess  about 48h in Bali! What would you do with 48h in Bali? Or any other of the fab locations covered by The Entertainer Travel Application? Check out the following link for more info on how to join in and win a chance to get a booklet with loads of discounts on fancy hotels. http://www.mylifeinsin.com/2014/06/giveaway-entertainer-up-for-grabs-give.html

Over to Jo!



Day one; as soon as you land, dump your stuff in the hotel and get out there! It's better to arrange a private driver in bali if you're traveling far and wide, your hotel can arrange this for you. First stop, you're probably quite hungry? So head to Grocer and Grind in Seminyak for a quick bite. You'll feel at home with the wonderful breakfast/brunch food on offer. then hop back in your car and head to Ubud.


In Ubud, grab a bunch of bananas and head into the sacred monkey forest (it's exactly as it sounds). You can easily spend a few hours here admiring the beautiful temples and snapping photos of the cheeky monkeys! Make sure to keep your hands out of your pockets or they'll dip their hands in there too!



Ubud itself is an eclectic mix of jewellery and art shops, and is a great way to spend an hour or so... But once you're done, ask your driver to take you to Tanah Lot in time for the famous sunset...


Tanah Lot is a water temple which has a beautiful sunset view. you can walk up the hill and admire the cliffs, or stand on the seashore and watch from there. Either way... you won't be disappointed.




For dinner, head to Motel Mexicola in Seminyak which is a laid back mexican place with some of the best tacos I have ever eaten - for insanely cheap. order to your heart's content and enjoy the lovely atmosphere and eclectic decor. Then head back to your villa or hotel for some shut eye!


Day two; most people stay in villas in bali, so enjoy your luxury private residence and perhaps order breakfast to the room. after a quick dip in your private pool, head out to Seminyak! Seminyak has some of the best shopping in the region and you'll find lots of popular Australian brands as well as some boutiques. head over to Potato Head  Beach Club for a casual late lunch by the sea. The fish and chips are great! 




You're probably exhausted by now, so head back to your villa and order in a massage, most villas will have a spa attached to the property so this isn't unusual.


For dinner, head to Sarong in Seminyak (book ahead). it's a wonderful fusion restaurant of indonesian/chinese/indian food and is very unique. It's in a beautiful setting with delicious cocktails. sip your drink and enjoy the delicious food while you muse about your favourite  thing you've done in bali.




Thanks Jo! Check out her blog at http://www.thesurreyprincess.com

Friday, 18 July 2014

Another 48h in Bangkok - The Entertainer Giveaway

And the lovely (and prolific) Beiruti Brit  has also shared another post for the Entertainer Giveaway. Here is her "Foodie" 48h in Bangkok.


"Whilst there is certainly no shortage of hotels to stay in when visiting Bangkok, you would be hard pressed to find one in a better location than the Sofitel Sukhumvit http://www.sofitel-bangkok-sukhumvit.com/en. This towering hotel is situated just minutes away from Nana BTS station within easy walk of nightlife hubs such as Soi 11 and just a short ride on the BTS to numerous shopping malls from the newly opened Central Embassy at Ploenchit to Central World and Siam Paragon.

This itinerary has been put together with the serious “foodie” in mind so please be warned in advance that this post may make you hungry! It is also designed with a fair bit of walking in mind (all the better for helping to burn off the calories you are going to consume) so remember to pack some comfy shoes and to drink plenty of water or freshly squeezed juices – available on most street corners – as you go.

Saturday

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There can be no better introduction to Bangkok and Thai food than taking a walking tour and Taste of Thailandhttp://www.tasteofthailandfoodtours.org/ run one of the very best. After a quick introduction to your tour guides and fellow walkers at Saphan Taksin BTS you are whisked off through the historic “Bangrak” area, learning not only about the area that you are in but about the local wet markets, restaurants, shop houses and of course the food. Expect to enjoy dishes from all 4 regions of Thailand from curry puffs to Royal Thai cuisine, Northern specialties like Som Tum to traditional Chinese herbal drinks.






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