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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Dubai, events, food, travel

Ladies’ Night is Every Night in Dubai

Being a lady is great in Dubai if you enjoy going to the bar for a few drinks after work. You don’t need to worry about cover or paying for your drinks – don’t even need to chat up guys for free drinks either!  A very popular and well known weekly event is Tuesday Ladies’ Night – most bars and clubs partake in this. And they give up to sometimes 3 or 4 drink tickets per person!!!! Why don’t we have this here?

In addition, you are likely to be able to find a Ladies’ Night for every night of the week somewhere within the city. In our case we went to four – Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  Continue reading

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