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Christchurch Cathedral, NZ

This is a sad reminder of the Christchurch quakes. I think it’s important to visit as you can see the full extent of the devastating earthquakes. There seems to be a lot of local controversy around whether to demolish it, rebuild it, or permanently relocate the congregation to the Cardboard Cathedral. Regardless, visiting this monument is a humbling experience, seeing it all gated up, half exposed to the weather and reclaimed by nature. Christchurch Cathedral is also surrounded by community-builtding initiatives like giant chess boards, art installations and gourmet food vans, so it’s worth the visit anyway. 


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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.

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Goldfish Street, HONG KONG

Goldfish Street in Hong Kong is one of the oddities that makes Mongkok a tourist destination. It gives the city a distinct flavour of traditional customs mixed with modern convenience. It’s not much, the traveler on foot could cover it in about ten minutes. Frogs, snapping turtles, giant tortoises, fish fish fish and more- the variety is great. 

 To the Western eye, the conditions that the animals are kept in are disheartening.  One must consider whether the value of seeing a tourist attraction is worth the heart break of witnessing their living conditions in person. However, it’s a quintessential element of Hong Kong- the frantic energy, the buying and selling, the small pets to a dorm tiny apartments. 
It’s on the way to Sneaker street and the Women’s  markets, so it’s easy to swing by.

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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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Botanical Gardens, Singapore

The Botanic Gardens are impressive and extensive. 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.

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Pasticceria Papa, Bondi, Australia 

I had the most wonderful afternoon tea here. A long black with honey on the side for me, a tall mocha for my friend, and we shared a tirimisu and a Nutella ricotta cheesecake between us. The coffees were strong and rich, just like the cakes. Both cakes were fluffy and melt-in-your mouth. They tasted like guilty delights and authentic Italian decadence. They have displays of cakes for birthdays and seem to be part of a larger complex, with a grocery and delicatessen. 

Perfect afternoon tea. 

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