Category Archives: Travel / Places of Interest

Food Safari in Melbourne

I have always known Melbourne to be a food lovers’ paradise because of its vibrant multicultural and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Melbourne’s infamous climate of having “four seasons in a day”can sometimes confine one indoors all day. Some people believe this may … Continue reading

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Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces, just good food from fresh ingredients” – Julia Child, American chef and cookbook author One of my favourite activity to do in any city that I visit is to check out … Continue reading

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Bush-walking in the Blue Mountains

Climb ev’ry mountain search high and low Follow ev’ry by-way every path you know Climb ev’ry mountain ford ev’ry stream Follow ev’ry rainbow till you find your dream A dream that will need all the love you can give Everyday … Continue reading

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Hatch Cottage, Moss Vale, Southern Highlands

When we visited the Southern Highlands in autumn last year, we were really enchanted by the beautiful colours of the trees and vegetation. We are just a little early this year but nevertheless, we see so many beautiful colours around … Continue reading

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Chestnut picking in the Southern Highlands

“It’s a glorious autumn day, what are we going to do?”, Mysaucepan summons urgently. We are at the Southern Highlands during the Easter break for a second year in a row. We conjour beautiful memories of our Southern Highlands trip … Continue reading

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Gems from New South Wales’ South coast

One of the exciting things about living in Sydney is the sheer natural beauty of its seascapes, cities, towns and villages along the coastal line of New South Wales. On this sunny day, we take a leisurely drive from Sydney … Continue reading

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Trip to Perth, Western Australia, October 2011

We love our annual “pilgrimage” to Perth in Western Australia because it means spending time with my sister Alice and her family who moved there from Sydney in 1995. Through the years,  we have watched our nephew and niece grow up … Continue reading

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Breakfast at Marina Bay Sands and lunch at Jumbo Seafood, Singapore

I was on a business trip to Singapore recently and stayed at the Marina Bay Sands resort. It is not the most central of locations if you want to be close to the mega busy shopping precinct at Orchard road. … Continue reading

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Breakfast at Hotel Maya & lunch at Elegant Inn, Kuala Lumpur

On my recent business trip to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed at Hotel Maya which is located on Jalan Ampang in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. I found it to be a convenient location because it is merely a 10-minute walk … Continue reading

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Jalan Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

One of my favourite places to visit whenever I am in Kuala Lumpur is the wet markets around the city. Although these wet  markets are slowly disappearing in the face of global supermarket chains which now dominate fresh food retail … Continue reading

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Salvador Dali at the ArtScience Museum, Singapore

“Every morning upon awakening, I experience a supreme pleasure: that of being Salvador Dali… And I ask myself, wonderstruck, what prodigious thing will he do today this Salvador Dali?” – Salvador Dali I have been away for about two weeks … Continue reading

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Hai Tien Lo, Singapore

I am on my best behaviour tonight as I’m dining with my wife and the in-laws (or should I say “the out-laws”?) By being on my best behaviour, I mean holding back on drinks which can be more torturous than … Continue reading

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Cameron Highlands – the “forgotten paradise” of Malaysia

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered” – Nelson Mandela, ‘A long walk to freedom‘, South African civil rights leader (1918 – ) During our recent … Continue reading

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Centennial Vineyards Restaurant, Bowral, NSW

“An avant-garde approach to food, showcasing some of the Southern Highlands and Australia’s best produce” and “Modernism mixed with a little orthodox”. These are the opening propositions of a menu that is intended to provide diners with unique local flavours … Continue reading

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Southern Highlands in the palm of your hands

It is easy to lose track of time when we are caught up in our busy lives each day. Happy family reunions mark the passing of time and these occasions seem to come sooner each year as we gather and … Continue reading

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The South Coast Food & Wine Trail

Do you have fond memories of your vacations and reminisce the happy times, good food and good company with loved ones? Do you sit at the office daydreaming about that mouth-watering glass of pinot while tucking into the roasted duck … Continue reading

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