Samuels restaurant, Thirroul, Australia 

Samuels is a stunning restaurant. My friends and I chose to come here to celebrate our final night of our toad trip down the south coast. This restaurant is fancy, five star and a perfect treat. The waitstaff were very attentive and made sure to understand our complex dietary requirements. The entrées were honestly a work of art, inspired and gourmet. The mains were a delicate fusion of tastes and textures. The desserts were punctuated with detail, so delectable. We were pleasantly surprised to find a restaurant of this caliber in Thirroul and recommend it to all. 

Entrées 

  • Shredded confit duck
  • Tasmanian salmon
  • Zucchini, goats cheese and mushroom

Main course

  • Rangers Valley Eye filled
  • Seared duck breast
  • Edible garden 

Desserts

  • Chocolate log
  • White chocolate parfait
  • Vanilla Panna cotta 

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Harry’s Café, Bondi, Australia

Harry’s is a minimalist cafe, just a short walk from the beach in North Bondi. I discovered it on social media, and we had a few recommendations from friends. It’s a small place, but it’s open and light. It seems a lot less frantic than some of the other cafés around Bondi, probably because it’s a little ways out, but also because of the cool, sleek atmosphere. 

The coffee is aromatic, not too strong or bitter and not too dilute. We were there in time for the lunch menu to kick in and it seemed more exciting to us, although I’ll definitely be back to try the breakfast menu. As far as brunch goes, it’s on the expensive side, but the meal was delicious, artisan and the produce tasted fresh. I had the sashimi tuna poke salad with soba noodles and tamarind dressing. It was flavoursome and fresh. My friend ordered the tumeric chicken salad and was delighted to taste dairy free cheese- true excitement for a lactose intolerant. My other friend had the seafood cerviche and recommended it highly. 

Wander down, midweek to avoid the crowds, and just revel in fine food.

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Singapore Mass Rapid Transit

Singapore Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) is efficient, clean,  fast and very easy to navigate. My English-speaking mother and I were able to master the MRT within a day, and felt comfortable relying on it as a mode of transport within Singapore. It covers the major tourist attractions, comes regularly and is cost-effective. 



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Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are a wonderful piece of tradition against the modern gardens that Singapore boasts so loudly around Marina Bay. After seeing Gardens by the Bay, all artificially implanted with random varieties mixed together, it’s rather refreshing to see a natural progression of acclimated plants I’m their element. The orchid section is stunning and the grounds are huge. It’s not immediately in the city, so plan how you get there and back. We’ll worth it for the old, traditional collection of botanical specimens. The Gardens are a nice oasis, a calming place to retreat to within the hustle and bustle of Singapore City.  The specimens date back to 1859 and are UNESCO World Heritage listed. 


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Speedos Café, North Bondi, Australia

Step out of the ocean, sprint across the sand and find yourself at Speedos Café. It’s a trendy little cafe catering to locals and travellers alike. On grey days you can easily find a seat, but when the sun comes out there’s a queue down the street. I found this cafe by lurking on social media; I was drawn to the pretty colours and beautiful food presentation. I was not disappointed.

The menu offers vegan options, and everything is deliciously healthy, (aside from the cronuts of course, they’re just delicious). Brunch or lunch, I recommend Speedos Cafe as a culinary experience.

 
We shared a “Mermaid Bowl”- a vegan, gluten free pittaya bowl with fruit and nuts. It was like a coconut sushi, light and refreshing.

 

A sunday cronut to share, what a treat!

 

Stunning lunch, with a priceless view.

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Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, Hanoi

This historical site is truly impressive. It is very accessible and has a natural progression through the mango orchard, servants quarters, garage with original Soviet donated cars, lake, house on stilts and more. It’s a huge property and very tourist friendly, offering guided tours in several languages. My friends and I self-guided for under an hour and felt like we covered it all. The grounds are well maintained and have heavy security. Definitely wear your walking shoes and bring a bottle of water, although there is plenty of shade. It has an entrance fee so be ready for that. Worth the visit just for a bite of history, but also just to step back in time where everything is perfectly preserved. 

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National Orchid Garden, Sinagpore

The National Orchid Garden has such variety. All these different types flourish in the equatorial humidity, and the garden is well cared for. There are old specimens, traditional specimens, newer hybrids and show-winning displays. The park has a really nice atmosphere and is very accessible so it’s perfect for nature lovers and ordinary people alike.  

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