asia, food, Malaysia, travel

1 Day in Kuala Lumpur

As I had 3 days in Singapore, I took one to do a quick day trip to Kuala Lumpur. It was an admittedly rushed trip packed with catching flights, trains, and buses, but I did manage to check off a few things. Here’s what you can do over a short layover.

1) Explore Batu Caves (and climb its 272 steps). May not sound like much of a challenge at first, but their giant size and the scorching KL heat sure made it difficult. After the feat, however, you can reward yourself with a coconut. Note for girls: Remember to bring a cover-up of sorts as shorts are not allowed for entry.

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2) Shop at Central Market. Skipped this due to public transportation detours and delays, but supposedly is a great spot for souvenir shopping.

3) Feast at Lot 10 Food Court. There are lots of street food in the Bukit Bintang area but if you want to stay indoors Lot 10 has many vendors for you to pick and choose from. We created our own 3 course meal by food stall hopping – Chili Crab ($20 CAD), Duck Egg Kway Teow ($4 CAD), and Mango Shaved Ice ($2 CAD) Delicious! And not to mention cheap.

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Chili Crab

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Char Kway Teow

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Mango and Lychee Shaved Ice

4) Catch a glimpse of the famous Petronas Twin Towers – just to say you’ve seen it.

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My favourite part of Kuala Lumpur has got to be the Lot 10 Food Court. It was a bit of a struggle to do all the activities under 10 hours and the public transportation issues and hot weather did not help one bit!  I do think it is definitely doable within a day, but a full day and night would probably do it more justice.

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asia, fashion, food, Singapore, travel

2 Days in Singapore

Singapore is both a country and a city-state which is small enough in size to be easily be explored within 1 or 2 days. Here’s my schedule with the goal to see the most that I could within 2 days. Unfortunately, as I got sick partway during the trip, I was not able to complete it myself, but happy to share it nonetheless.

1) See its most iconic symbols – Merlion and Marina Bay Sands.

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2) Dine at a Hawker Center. Maxwell, Chinatown Complex and Telok Ayer were my top picks but we ended up only going to Satay by the Bay (near Gardens by the Bay), Albert Centre, and Bugis Food Street.74185f61-4fda-4170-ac2d-2cbacbaee4f0

3) Hang out at Haji Lane. So many chic cafes, restaurants, shops and of course, graffiti.

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4) Enjoy the history at Clarke Quay. Missed this activity and the secret bar we had in mind nearby – 28 Hong Kong Street Bar.

5) Take a breather at Gardens by the Bay. Admire the Supertree Grove both in the day and at night. They have a light show every evening.IMG_1982

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6) Try one of the cheapest Michelin starred restaurants.We went to Hawker Chan in Chinatown opened by one-Michelin starred Laio Fan Soya Sauce Chicken. Quite overrated in my opinion.

7) Admire the Singapore skyline from above. Bars of choice were Ce La Vi (at Marina Bay Sands) and 1-Altitude. But as it was a rainy night, rooftop bars were out of the picture. Our Singapore expat friend brought us to Club Street instead where we got to try a Singapore Sling.IMG_3203

8) If I had a 3rd day, I would go to Sentosa!

The weather in Singapore is very hot and humid. Sunscreen, water, and electrolytes highly recommended! Public transit is quite easy to get around, and not to mention inexpensive, we used one of their ez link cards to commute on the MRT easily. It even connects directly to the airport for a cheap fare.

Let me know what you enjoyed in Singapore, and if you haven’t been – please enjoy!

 

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canada, food, montreal, travel

5 Days in Montreal

Montreal is a popular long weekend destination for us in Toronto since it’s only a 6 – 7 hour drive away. I visited Montreal for the first time as an adult over the Canadian Thanksgiving holidays. Here are some of the cool things I did during the 5 days. 

  1. Live in an awesome Airbnb. Although your stay indoors might be short, a great accommodation does make a difference.  LeQube was chosen for its reasonable price, walking distance to a subway station, beautiful interiors, and let’s not forget to mention a rooftop jacuzzi.IMG_0432
  2. Indulge even at brunch. At Le Passe Compose they serve foie gras eggs benedict – where else can you get that? And it is as delicious as it sounds. From this trip, it was hands down my favourite meal. Be prepared to spend over 30 minutes in line though.IMG_0442
  3. Take in the beauty of Montreal Botanical Garden. I was lucky enough that my visit coincided with their annual Lantern Festival and it was definitely magical!IMG_0380
  4. Dine at the famous Au Pied de Cochon. 4 words: Duck in a Can. As cliche as this restaurant may be as a Montreal staple, it lives up to its name and hype. Remember to make a reservation as they get fully booked fast!

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    Definitely not the most photogenic, but that doesn’t affect the taste!

  5. Squeeze some sort of exercise in by hiking up Mont Royal.  Quite an easy hike as the trail is a slow gradual uphill. Since it was fall, a beautiful view of the city and the changing colours of leaves could be seen.IMG_0507
  6. Discover a secret bar. Atwater Cocktail Club – swanky interior, interesting drinks, and as a bonus you can order snacks from the restaurant Foiegwa that it shares a kitchen with.IMG_0497
  7. Have a semi-romantic date on The Montreal Observation Wheel. A giant Ferris wheel that gives a panoramic view of Old Montreal and St. Lawrence River. My experience was semi-romantic because we had to share the car with others.IMG_0492
  8. And most importantly, do what must be done in Montreal – poutine at La Banquise. It’s open 24 hours so there is no excuse.IMG_0501.JPG

It was interesting to re-visit Montreal as an adult to appreciate the sights of its landscape and architecture. And of course being able to choose where to dine was a definite plus. Whether you will be in Montreal for a weekend or even just a day, these are some locations that I would recommend to consider for your next trip!

 

Bonus of places I also dined at but did not make the “favourites” cut:  L’avenue, Ganadara, Bar Darling, Farberge, Cafe Falco, La Diperie, and Nos Thes.  I also ate at MAIS which was delicious and quite reminiscent of La Carnita in Toronto.  However, I didn’t have any photographs of the food and as the meal was treated by the owner/chef  I am admittedly biased. Do check it out though if you are at Mile End doing some shopping!

 

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DOMA Toronto Tasting Menu

Doma a French inspired Korean restaurant is the first-time endeavor of Chef Paul Kim from Seoul, Korea. Their menu changes slightly each month by incorporating new items and rolling forward a few popular items from the previous menu.

For $65 per person, you can experience their 9-course tasting menu which is effectively also their entire monthly offerings. Great deal!

I went in the month of May and some of their popular entree type items are still currently available on their menu this month. Continue reading

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food, Italy, travel

24 Hours in Rome

With only one day in Rome and so much to see, it was a struggle to narrow down my checklist of things to do. After being in Venice and Cinque Terre for a few days, I was slightly nervous for the bustling city of Rome and its larger population as I had been warned with many pickpocket stories. Thankfully, nothing of the sort happened.

Here’s what I did in my 24 Hours in Rome:

1) Get personalized pizzas. Tasty and cheap individual sized pizzas at Trieste Pizza were perfect for us on the go. You can make your own if you don’t mind a short wait or they have several popular ones already pre-made to be heated up and ready to serve.

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2) Explore Roman Forum. So many ruins to see in just one spot! Would definitely recommend using an audio guide or getting an actual tour guide to learn more about each site. Continue reading

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48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 2

In my first day at in Cinque Terre, I managed to visit 3 of the 5 villages. This second day, I went to see the last two and attended the annual Monterosso Lemon Festival which by chance, we were in town for.

Here’s what I did with my second 24 Hours in Cinque Terre:

1) Hike from Vernazza to Corniglia on The Sentiero Azzurro (The Blue Path). This leg of the hike was quite enjoyable as most of the view was of the ocean. It also gives you a nice breeze as you walk.

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2) Enjoy the cliffside view of Corniglia. Continue reading

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48 Hours in Cinque Terre Pt. 1

Cinque Terre meaning five lands is an area comprised of 5 villages – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. Each one is exceptionally beautiful as they all rest along the coastline and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had 2 full days to explore all 5 villages by hike and by train. Monterosso was my personal bias because during my 3-night stay it was my home.

Here’s what I did in my first 24 Hours in Cinque Terre:

1) Grab pastries for breakfast. From Wonderland Bakery in Monterosso, I had to try a cannoli!

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2) Hike The Blue Path (Sentiero Azzurro) from Monterosso to Vernazza. Continue reading

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