reviews

Aroi Dessert Cafe, Hanoi

This dessert cafe was a great find. Wifi, right in the thick of a restaurant alley, just off from one of the main streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. It has an extensive bev list and everything is reasonably priced so it’s easy to just kick your feet up and chill out. We shared a lava cake and a Teddy bear chocolate mousse and both desserts were a perfect sweet treat. My friend was satisfied with her iced matcha latte and I really enjoyed my iced honey and kumquat drink. It’s not the height of luxury, but honestly, in Hanoi it’s just a real treat to find aircon, comfy sofa, delicious treats and wifi. Would recommend.

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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Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, Asoke, Bangkok

Tucked away in the Exchange Centre in Asoke, Bangkok, is a little chocolate café. They serve decadent treats and rich delights- a haven for any sweet tooth. Their desserts don’t hold back, they ooze, pop and melt in your mouth. Their Nutella waffles are thick and their affogatos are strong. Be sure to go on an empty stomach, their desserts Andre not for the faint hearted. There’s ample space to sit by yourself or bring friends, and the air con is welcome respite for sweaty travelers. The drinks are reasonably priced and all things considered, this is a satisfying café. 

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TeaWood Taiwanese Restaurant, Hong Kong

This restaurant isn’t exactly on the main drag. Go up a few escalators, then an elevator and you’ll find yourself at this schmick Taiwanese restaurant. They offer good value combos and their soups have depth of flavour. It’s a quiet little establishment with (what seemed to be) a substantial following of patrons. The noodle soup is delicious, the sweet tea is a bit too saccharine, but the dumplings really hit the spot. 

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Women’s Museum, Hanoi

​This museum is so cool! It has little modern twists and contemporary sayings of women’s liberation to help engage the modern audience. There are floors of displays and artifacts surrounding traditional dress, war heroes, birth and marriage rituals. It’s thorough, respectful and educative. There are also photography prizes  a gift shop and a cafe as well.

Keep in mind it closes at 5 (we didn’t know and we’re chased out!). Also bring your walking shoes because there’s a lot to see. 

It’s great to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in a patrilineal society, and during some of the most trying times, war. 

It’s a bit far out from the Old Quarter, which is tourist central, so consider taking a taxi, or bring your map. 

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.

Hoi An Old Town, Vietnam 

​Hoi An Ancient Town is a relaxing break from the fast intensity of the major cities in Vietnam.  We spent two full days there and wanted more. I spent nearly three hours just wandering the streets by myself, following my nose. It has something for everyone, so you’ll find something to do that interests you. 

They close off roads in the old town so that pedestrians may have access to mooch without the threat of mopeds and the like roaring down the street, although watch for bicycles. 

There’s an abundance of cafés with aircon, clean toilets and wifi  (must haves for every traveller) and there are some real gems that have stunning rooftop terraces for sunset drinks and dinner. 

The clothes tailors do same day service, the local artists are inspiring and the book stores have quaint gifts to send home. 

The city is a labyrinth of side streets, bougainvillea blossoms and lanterns. 

At night, the town shakes off its lunchtime lethargy and the markets come to life. You can offer candles to the river and take a boat ride, or just revel in the colourful lights. 

It really is a stunning town.

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.

Marina Bay Sands Skypark, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Skypark is a must do in Singapore.  You’ll get unparalleled views of the Harbour and surrounds- the sea, the port, gardens by the bay, the central business district, the suburbs. 

I highly recommend you time your trip to be at the Skypark at sunset. That’s when you get majestic skies and the city lights twinkle and awaken. If you wait even longer, you’ll get a light show on the Harbour (but I disappeared before then to grab a bit to eat). 

The Skypark itself runs like a machine. It costs about $26SGD per person to get to the top, and you’ll find it can get very crowded up there. There are trinkets and food/drinks available up there but if you don’t want to be hit by tourist prices for a meager hot dog, then eat before you go. 

There’s always the option of having dinner up there, but reserve a place as I don’t think they take walk ins and it gets filled pretty quickly. Also, don’t expect to be anywhere near the famed infinity pool. Lastly, the queues to leave are long and windy as there are only 2 lifts available up to the SkyPark, so leave yourself a loose schedule because you could be waiting a while to get down. 

All in all, the experience is worth it. The panoramic views are breathtaking and the rest of the experience is just incidental.

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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. 


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