Month: March 2018

The Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia

The Blue Mountains is probably my favourite place to visit, ever. The villages there, like Wentworth Falls, Blackheath, Leura and Katoomba are quaint, with unique oddities with which to amuse yourself. Do your research in each town; there’s more to see than the train station. In Wentworth Falls you’ll find excellent hiking trails, waterfalls and lookouts like Govetts Leap. In Leura you’ll find boutique shops; homewares, cafés, old fashioned lolly shops and The Everglades. In Blackheath there are fantastic antique shops and book stores. Medlow Bath brings you the Hydro Majestic, an art deco hotel overlooking panoramic views of the Megalong Valley. 

Of course, Katoomba can’t be missed for it boasts the shining gem in the crown of the mountains- Echo Point and the Three Sisters. Katoomba is quite touristy, so try the cafés down the end of the main street for a local experience and consider self guiding to the Three Sisters. 

Plan ahead. If you go around March/April and you’ll get the internationally celebrated blues, folk and jazz festival. Go midyear and you’ll get Winter Magic for the winter solstice. 

Just know that the Blue Mountains is so much more than just Katoomba.

.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.


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Maxim’s Palace Chinese Restaurant, Hong Kong

For the ultimate traditional Dim Sum experience in Hong Kong, you must go to Maxim’s. This restaurant is like a banquet hall, it could easily hold over 600 people with stunning views of Hong Kong. The ladies push silver carts, weaving in and around the tables of laughter. They offer you chicken feet and egg tarts and xiao long bao and all the good things I can’t pronounce. The food is so delicious and tastes authentic, rather than the gimmicky tourist traps you stumble across  elsewhere. It’s hard to find, but you’ll know you’re in the right place from the queues out the door. Leave yourself plenty of time if you can. And don’t fret, the menu is offered in Chinese and English,  otherwise just point and nod and you’ll have a delicious time anyway. A little pricey, but totally worth it.


.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.


Cocobox, Hoi An, Vietnam 

Cocobox is a trendy respite in the heart of Hoi An Old Town. We enjoyed cool wet towels, drinks and lunch here during the day, but the rooftop terrace suggested that it would be an awesome bar to visit at night when the heat subsides. While their salad was quite basic (I had a mango, chicken and avocado salad), I thoroughly recommend the drinks. Their coconut iced coffee was a real winner and I also had a delicious smoothie as well. As a traveler seeking cool air, wifi, a refreshing beverage and a clean bathroom, this café delivered all that and more. I regret not going in the evening and I regret not trying more smoothies!

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

The Coffee Academics, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Coffee Academics in Wan Chai, Hong Kong is an excellent brunch spot. The cafe is super trendy, a safe haven for individuals seeking solace in their laptop and wifi. They specialist in a million different coffee brewing methods. Their gourmet coffees are inspired by places around the world and, much to my delight, they actually remind me of those places, like Okinawa with sugar, New Zealand with manuka honey, and Java with pandan and coconut. 

Their brunch menu is to die for. Butterscotch pancakes with espresso butter, or croque madam with aged iberico ham. Delicious. While it’s a little pricey, it’s worth it. I only regret not trying everything off the menu. If I lived in Hong Kong, I’d make this my regular haunt.

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Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

The Long Goodbye, Darlinghurst, Sydney

The Long Goodbye is one of Sydney’s hidden gems. A small doorway to a secret flight of stairs takes you to a candlelit bar, with red velvet chaise lounges. It’s a quaint little place with an air of elegance; perfect for winding down, or a special occasion. I didn’t see a drinks menu at all, but I told the bartender what I liked and he whipped up a mysterious concoction that was absolutely delectable. My friends and I were very happy to sojourn here for the night with our whiskeys and cocktails.  Definitely recommend to all. 



Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Wat Arun  (Temple of Dawn), Bangkok, Thailand 

Wat Arun is a sight to behold. This temple is one of Thailand’s signature icons and shouldn’t be missed. Easily accessed via boat, the temple hosts hoardes of tourists daily. 

I’ve been twice over two years, both times the temple has been undergoing renovations so prepare yourself for construction scaffolding because they don’t look like they’ll finish up any time soon. Also be wary of what you wear; if the temple guard doesn’t think you’re modest enough you’ll need to rent a skirt to cover shoulders or legs.

I took a night bicycle tour of Bangkok (Grasshopper tours, highly recommend) on my first visit to Wat Arun. It was excellent to avoid the crowds and and the heat. I also relished being able to see the beautiful ceramic tile work up close. The gold details shone brilliantly under the floodlights. 

My second visit two years later was during the day. It’s very hot, but the temple is dazzling white in the midday sun. 

.Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.