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Celestial Court Sheraton Hong Kong – Cantonese cuisine at its best!

Celestial Court in Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers ranks as one of the best Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong.  Their award-winning dim sum is incredibly popular among discerning diners and if you take a look at their menu, you’ll understand why.  Deluxe ingredients such as jumbo scallops, sea urchin, lobster and Fukuoka pork are [...]

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Afternoon Tea @ 1885, The Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Penang

So where would you go, in Penang, if you wish to have a quiet tête à tête with your best friend over a traditional English Afternoon Tea?  Why … to 1885, of course. 1885 – named for the year that The Eastern & Oriental (The E&O) Hotel was established, is a classic colonial-style dining venue [...]

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Stillwater @ Crittenden, The Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

We visited a few vineyard restaurants in The Mornington and one of the loveliest is Stillwater.  It is located in the acclaimed Crittenden Estate at the foot of Red Hill.  Since it opened in 2004, this modern vineyard restaurant is well known for its relaxed fine dining.  Developed by owners Zac and Jacqui Poulier from [...]

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Somerset View, The Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne

The Mornington Peninsula is about an hour’s drive from Melbourne city.  In our last trip to Melbourne, we decided to explore this peninsula.  We started our trip from the city heading to the Yarra Valley where we stayed a night in Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa.  The following morning we checked out and drove [...]

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The Majestic Malacca – Dining at The Mansion & Pampered at The Spa Village

When we were at The Majestic Malacca, we loved climbing up the wooden staircase to The Mansion – the semi-formal dining room just a floor above the lobby.  The polished wooden balustrade reminded me of the grand old houses back in Ipoh, especially the “big knobs” design on the vertical pillars. The Mansion has a [...]

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The Majestic Malacca

I cannot help but be awed by The Majestic Malacca the very first time I set eyes on it.  Located at the banks of the Malacca River, the grand white building with green windows is a sight to behold.  I felt as if I’ve been transported back in time.  As a kid, I used to [...]

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Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, Yarra Valley

In our earlier trip to Melbourne in May, we took a day trip Winery Tour in the Yarra Valley – read all about it here.  One of the wineries we visited was Balgownie Estate Vineyard. Just last month we visited Melbourne again and were invited to spend some time in Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & [...]

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Four Points by Sheraton, Sandakan

I have never been to Sandakan and when an opportunity was presented to me recently to visit this town at the north-eastern tip of Sabah, of course I jumped at it. What more when it’s a chance to visit some of Sandakan’s famous sites, try its popular food and culinary delights but most of all, [...]

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Orientica @ Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

Take the lift to the 2nd Floor of the Hotel Equatorial in Ho Chi Minh City and when you enter Orientica Seafood Restaurant & Bar, you will be greeted by bold colours of red, silver and black – the predominant palette of its ultra-chic decor. All done and matched tastefully in a modern, stylish theme [...]

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Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City

When I was booking our airtickets to visit Vietnam, I was debating between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.  Since we have never been to Vietnam before, actually either city would be fine with us.  We decided on HCMC due to its shorter flight time from Kuala Lumpur.  Our flight was an early one and [...]

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Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran

Officially opened about 2 months ago, the Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is a luxury resort located in Southern Bali very near to the renowned seafood restaurants along Muaya Beach in Jimbaran Bay. Located in a sprawling 1.5 hectare property, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran’s water theme resonates throughout the 118 rooms but the main feature is [...]

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Melbourne – our favourite places (part 2): Yarra Valley Wineries

Located just about 50km away from Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD), the Yarra Valley is a world renowned wine region.  Located at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley offers a rich diversity of terroir varying from the cool valley floor to the colder Upper Yarra Valley slopes.  It’s about an [...]

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Melbourne – our favourite places (part 1)

Personally, we feel the best time to visit Melbourne is during autumn and winter. Yes, we love Melbourne during these seasons.  The past 2 trips we made there had been right smack in the middle of winter, in July and the other one recently, in late autumn, in May. Gorgeous autumn colours Temperatures during winter [...]

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Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort – Toast Around the World

Recently, I was privileged to be invited to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for a special event.  After a long flight whereby our plane could not land at Denpasar the first time round due to bad weather, I finally arrived at the resort at dinnertime, almost 4 hours late. Welcome to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort! To [...]

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The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa – a revisit

It’s been about 8 months since we were last at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa.  When we were there in August last year, the resort was about to embark on its refurbishment program. Please read my earlier post on this beautiful resort here. Set in an idyllic natural retreat of the island, adorned with [...]

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