Wednesday, 29 July 2015

RANDOM KYOTO (FROM JANUARY)

kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter
kyoto in winter

Random shots of Kyoto from our January trip (finally). We were told that it was the most quiet time of the year in Kyoto when we visited, it was very cold, but it was so good. It's Kyoto afterall, how can it be not good? It was perfect.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

HOTEL OKURA TOKYO

hotel okura tokyo
hotel okura tokyo
hotel okura tokyo
hotel okura tokyo

End of another Tokyo gem coming really close now....

Yes their main building -a beautiful 60s architecture- will be closed at the end of August and then will be demolished to be replaced to a modern high-rise building. (the hotel will remain)
If you are interested go ahead and read about this by Monocle -->http://savetheokura.com/

It's only about 12 minutes walk from my shop, so hopefully I can go back one weekend morning before it closes at the end of next month. If I can survive the heat that is though....

Hotel Okura Tokyo


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FAVOURITE ADDRESSES IN SINGAPORE TO EAT

(this post had been saved as draft for god knows how long...)

Just a quick walk from the Red Dot Design Museum there is this most amazing Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.
You'd really need another (or a few more) stomach while in Singapore! I sometimes get a bit worried when buying food from markets or food stalls but in Singapore they are kept amazingly clean and we were really impressed! Ros had taken us earlier to another hawker center near Ann Siang Hill called Amoy Street Food Centre where we had the best fish ball noodle soup and some curry of the type I had never tried before anywhere, they were both really delicious and we could not have tried these if not for Ros!! We were very lucky :)

At the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre we had Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice and LOVED it. It was the best Singapore chicken rice we have ever tried and I can tell you that we have tried at so many places. I could eat it everyday, it was sooo good, was perfect. Once is not enough to go to each Hawker Center, we learned.

singapore
singapore
singapore
singapore

For the Chicken Rice we also tried Boon Tong Kee (thanks to the tip from Rebecca!), this place was also very special, if you prefer dining restaurant style then this is the place to go :) We tried the one in River Valley Rd as it was (kind of) close to our hotel but I want to try their other restaurant next time.

Another place that we loved from Rebecca's recommendation was YA HUA BAK KUT TEH EATING HOUSE. I had tried Bak Kut Teh once in Tokyo before but what this was completely different. 200 times better.

singapore

singapore

We also tried the black pepper crab at kind of a fancy restaurant in Orchard Road. There are too many things to try and enjoy! We also went up to a glittering place for dinner and drinks at one of those high rise buildings, it was fine, the night view of the city was amazing, but it was not really our kind of place. It was hard to tell where you are, if I didn't see Marina Bay Sands in a corner of my eye I could have thought we were somewhere in Shinjuku or Manhattan. If you know what I mean.

Reviewing and trying to finish this post I am getting hungry and now craving for some good Singaporean chicken rice.... Or another trip to Singapore! Can not wait to go back!

Now it's finally the end of my Singapore posts....! Now onto.....Kyoto trip (from January.. haaaaa!) !



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