Travel Writing

TripAdvisor review: Fisherman’s Plate, Wellington NZ

Fisherman’s Plate looks like your regular run-of-the-mill takeaway. They have a long standing tradition of serving fish and chips, and they have an extensive Vietnamese menu. I was going to just go with my usual pho,  but decided to take the path less trodden.
We had salt and pepper squid with green tea soba noodles and Vietnamese salad. It was to die for, absolutely stunning. The soba salad was warm, plum sauce sweet, tender, lightly seasoned squid, fish sauce salty, had a peanut nuttiness, had some red cabbage colour, and fresh herbs for punch. This dish is a true revelation. We ordered two and I would be happy to eat it all day. This restaurant is a hidden gem. It may seem tame from the outside, but do yourself a favour and jump right in. It will be the best Vietnamese you’ll have in Wellington.

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TripAdvisor review: Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

Jurong Bird Park is a lot of fun. I suggest going early to avoid the crowds, perhaps prebuy your tickets because the queues are outrageous.

I recommend taking the tram to get an idea of the whole park first before splitting off to follow your nose.

I visited Jurong Bird Park through RMG Tours-i do not recommend this. It takes too long in transit and I didn’t get as much time at the park as I wanted. You should Spend a while there, there is a lot to see and do, the variety of birds is impressive and their enclosures seem elaborate and reasonably natural. 

Take your time here. If you just run through the park you’ll be the usual suspects- pelicans, flamingoes, penguins. If you take your time, you’ll see the smaller birds, the exotic birds, the amazing bird shows.
A lot of the park seems to be a bit run down and out of date, undergoing maintenance and the like. It’s still in working order and there’s still a lot to see, but it’s not a modern, seamless experience like the Night Safari. 


Gap Cache Log Book

If you walk down the lane, you find a small park. The park that is filled with subversive art installations. There are murals on the wall, planted natives for the future, a giant kaleidoscope… Christchurch is has hidden quirks. 
There is a tree-stump about shin height. I looled down and found this small door. 

I opened it.

Inside I discovered a Gap Cache Log Book. It recorded entries from people who chanced upon the logbook, as I did. 

Christchurch after the quakes is a place full of human strength and resilience. There are signs of life, if you choose to pay attention.

TripAdvisor: Or Tor Kor (OTK) Markets, Bangkok

These fresh produce markets are simply wonderful.

They’re a maze of everything food related. There are a few florist stalls to add a subtle fragrance to accompany pin pricks of colour. Their fresh coconuts can be dehusked and grated according to your needs. As you move through these, the fresh fruits and juices offer refreshment for the weary traveler who finds themselves uncomfortable under the blanket of smog that settles over the city.

The markets have an extensive marine section, both alive and otherwise. This doesn’t smell too fishy, though. I believe that those involved in maintaining the markets pride themselves in its cleanliness. I learnt from a stall holder that they don’t have a rodent problem (unlike other areas of the city) because they’ve addressed the issue head on, in a humane way (!).

They also have a section dedicated to dry goods, such as dehydrated fish, jellyfish, abalone, curry powders and more. They’re so pungent, you can really tell that they’ll add depth to whatever dish you decide to cook.

The bags of spice are aromatic and sensual, and at this point, your visit to the markets has become spiritual.

Finally you reach the middle. There are vats of curries and crowds of people. It’s a wonderful place, bustling with life and colour. I recommend you go, buy some produce and make yourself something. Or just go to see the exotic variety.

We bought enough food from these markets to have a feast fit for a king. We had crab, and pomelo salad and we learned how to make Tom kha ghung from scratch.

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TripAdvisor: Long Table, Bangkok

The cocktails are exquisite, the views of Bangkok are sublime, the food is gourmet and deliciously inventive and unique. I highly recommend coming here for after dinner drinks, or even at dusk. Either way, it’s definitely part of the nightlife. It’s not pumping like a nightclub- it’s more like an elegant lounge and it runs at a slower pace to the rest of the city. It’s sublime.

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TripAdvisor: The Local, Bangkok

When I was in Bangkok, I could not get enough of this place. Their crab curry is to die for and their fried fish is so flavoursome and totally delicious. Every morsel and delicacy was just a mouthful of pure joy- even their basic Thai dishes like morning glory salad. The staff were great, they remembered us as well as our orders over the course of the few times we visited the restaurant.

The venue itself is also great. There’s a chicken coop out the front, beside the shrine. The restaurant itself sits behind a house that exhibits cultural items like a museum, and there’s a fishpond with carp.

The food it definitely the highlight. I’ll be back for sure.

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