To start, I am so honoured to be invited not only once but for the second year around, to attend the Dolce and Gabbana haute couture events. This summer the events were held at Palermo, the capital city of the beautiful Italian island of Sicily.
I was so excited about attending this special event again, but even more about visiting Palermo. Although it isn’t a highly advanced or a luxurious city, but the culture and history it has just made it very appealing.
During this week, there were quite a few different events happening everyday, along side with the pop up DG store, bar, and restaurant. After we freshen up from our flight, we thought to visit the DG pop up store. It was located by the port, with a large spacious store, and a Tropical Italian outdoor bar and restaurant. The store not only stocks their latest ready to wear clothes, but also specially made for this summer event outfits as well. One thing I loved from last summer and was looking forward to was the fabric shopping bag you get from any purchase at the pop up store. It is a great little souvenir to remember this trip by.
During the new year of 2017, I decided to take a trip to the other side of the world and experience the differences they have to offer.
To make the most out of this trip, we decided to experience it through a road trip style. We rented a car and drove to all the areas that we wanted to see. Well, we did take a few flights from city to city or it will take months to visit them all. We started off in Sydney, Australia. In my mind Australia is always a sunshine filled place, with beautiful beaches and Koala hanging on all the palm trees. In parts, I was mostly right about the sun and beaches, but we did have to enter the zoo to see the Koala. That was one of my favourite activates we did during our time in Sydney. I was able to see and learn about Koala, and even able to take a selfie with them too! However, we were not permitted to hold them as interacted by the keeper. Apart from the Koala, we also managed to see the Kangaroos, and amongst other very interesting animals.
Of course if one arrives in Sydney, one must see and visit the Sydney Opera House. After doing the most tourist full activities, we went and stroll around the city before having a boat trip dinner. It was a great place to see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge from day light to night light. With live music and delicious seafood, the night was made.
Throughout the many travels I have done, this one comes close to being my top destination. From the breath taking views to the different cultural experiences, this trip has opened my eyes.
We started off the trip in Lijiang city, within the Yunnan Province of China. This city is situated at an elevation of 2,400m above sea level. Upon arrival to our hotel, we pass through streets that seem to be in the midst of trees and mountains. Once we arrived at the hotel, its was another world. Passing through the traditional Chinese styled building, I entered the garden where I saw the beautiful traditional folk dance performed by the locals.
After resting, we ventured out to explore the old town of Lijiang. Here’s an interesting fact, did you know, that the architecture of the Japanese animated movie, “Spirited Away” was inspired by the buildings of the Old Town. Anyway, back to the old town. As we walked through the town, it was like the town has come alive with the night. Lights glows at every corner, restaurants, and shops were full of people, from tourist to locals. As the name suggest, all building within the old town are in traditional architecture, therefore, it makes you feel as though you have left the modern world and enter into the pass.
You’re single and you plan to travel around the world, but you don’t know what to pack. This can be a problem for a lot of people, especially if you’re used to traveling with someone. While traveling with your girlfriend, you will need to carry a lot more stuff that you don’t really need, that’s just how traveling as a couple works. But if you’re traveling alone, you can decide what to pack and what not to.
You will be able to pack more lightly and efficiently with no unnecessary things in your bags.
But what are those essential things? How to pack your bag quickly and not forget anything for a trip around the world? That’s why we have decided to put together this guide on how to properly pack for your adventure without any trouble or stress.
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Like Sam Tsui's song, Open Up the Sky, we can't keep the rain from falling down, but we can for sure make the best out of it... Open up your sky and go see the world! :D
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To some of you who travels often and contently away from home for a few weeks, months a year, will know exactly what this post is going to be about. This week is not going to be about the latest style, the best place to travel, or what the trending new toys are going to be. It is a much more personal story, a feeling that sometimes, are hard to understand until it occurs to you personally. Therefore, I would like to take this platform to share with you all.
Growing up is an unavoidable progression one must go through in life. Becoming independent, an adult, creating a life you call your own. Yet, stepping through this path of life, there are certain aspects of the past, I will have to leave behind. Not because you or I want to leave it, but are unaware of this happening since it was never an issue of it not part of your life during that moment. And that I am speaking of above am home. Home used here is very generic, as to me it symbolized family, friends, etc. and not just your house of residence.
Throughout the younger years of my life, like many others, I will be home and cared and loved for by my family, and friends. However, slowly, as I got older, I realized the time I spend at home, becomes less and less. The older I got, the further away, I have moved, and the distance to get home from walking distance to hours of flight time. Yes, I do get homesick when I leave, but realizing it is not the place, the area, the house, I missed, but the people, and the littlest things they do every day that I missed. Regretting taking everything my family and friends does for me, for granted, always thinking why didn’t I have more dinners at home, or do more to show my appreciation. Knowing that, every chance I got to be back home, no matter where that is, as long as the people I cherish are with me, I am going to make every moment with them a great memory. A memory that when we are apart, we all look back and yearn for the future, where we meet and can create more memories. Therefore, make memories, ones that you and your friends, family, think back and laugh. Never take that for granted and forget the importance of family and friends. Life is made of many moments and depending on you to create the most memorable ones that are worth keeping.
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Mykonos is one of the most beautiful places I have been so far! From the traditional white and blue buildings to the endless sunset over the water, it is a place of pure relaxation. Everyone there spreads the feeling of warmth and happiness that are just so welcoming! It has been a while since I have received such a big welcome on holiday from all the locals. To me, Mykonos was like a five star hotel, with friendly locals, beautiful architecture, amazing food, and lots to do, it’s truly above and beyond my expectation. Many hotels there are family owned and operated, and doesn’t have many rooms, but the personal services that they offer are, (dare I say it) even better than any other five star luxury hotels around the world.
If you are in Mykonos, how can I not mention the beaches! I was speechless when I first arrived on the beach! The golden warm sand on my feet, and the clear water reflecting the blue-sky cascading shades of blue on the water are simply breathtaking. There are some beaches that have sun beds, and somewhere you lay on the sand. There is a small charge to use the sun beds, but it is only 10 euros, and you are allowed to use it for the whole day! You are also able to order food and drinks to be delivered to you on your sun beds.
As mentioned before, people that are on the island are all very friendly. I have made so many new friends during my time on the islands from locals, to other travellers. People who are visiting the island would be from all around the world, all races, and sexuality, but all have one goal, is to relax and have a good time. Because people generally go for a few days and would go to the same beaches, you get to know them and becomes friends.
First, I have from the Mighty Bee, their delicious coconut water. Some nutritional facts about coconut water: this refreshing drink contains many bioactive enzymes that occur naturally, which help greatly with digestion and metabolism. According to some studies, the cytokines found in coconut water have suggested to have a significant effect on the anti-ageing process. Being that I am neither a doctor nor a nutritional scientist, I would just stick to my taste buds! The coconut water from the Mighty Bee is one of the most natural tasting products out there. Their drinks are never heated and unpasteurized to keep its purest organic form. They have two different types of the coconut water, the “Virgin Coconut Water” and the “Raw Coconut Water”. They are basically the same except the “Raw” drinks come in cold high pressure processed, and the “Virgin” is completely untouched.
The whole atmosphere of the place is very young and energetic. It doesn’t have any fancy table or large chandeliers, but a more rustic, down-to-earth feel with music, bonfire, and great food. You might think food from places, like this must be gross looking, but that is completely the opposite. All of the dishes, and drinks offered, I would say could compete with any trendy restaurant out there. Although I did not get to try every stall at the street feast, but from what I have seen and ate, each dish looks as delicious as it tasted. If you are a food business and wish to show off what you can create, definitely apply for a place there. It's not only a great place for attendees to enjoy the food, but for the traders, to expand their brand and grow their dream. My friends and I had such an amazing time at the feast, not only enjoying great food, but also the whole feel of the place. It is a very sociable place, from interacting with your own friends to other attendees, even the stall owners too. One of my favorite stalls there was the Smokestak. From the large metal smoke case where the meats are kept to the delicious taste, are all what the Street Feast is about. Creating a memorable brand with their own creative design as well as creating food dishes that has an amazing taste. I had the pull pork and my friends had the pork ribs, and briskets. We also got some Tacos and Indian Food that were equally great and full of flavor.
The street feast is only open on Friday and Saturday night from 5pm till midnight. Therefore, if you and your friends are in need of something new to do, pop over to the street feast and check it out. There is a small entrance fee of 3 Pounds, which isn’t very expensive as with each dishes’ price. Right now, there are two areas, where this event is held, Dalston Yard (the one I went) and Lewisham’s Model Market. Two others I would assume to open soon in the summer are Shoreditch Yard and Hawker House. I would definitely go back again, and try all the other yummy food. Just remember if you do decide to go, plan to leave a bit early as it might have a pretty long line before you can get in.
Let me know below what you think of the Street Feast London and how your experience went.
The overall atmosphere of the restaurant is a mixture of both luxury and sophistication. Although the tunnel like entrance it’s something I practically agree with for the restaurant. I love the design of the restaurant, which uses neutral colors and elements. Not overdone with patterns or too plain, but just enough of the two. Not like other restaurant with the same class, being at Fera, I don’t feel I need to act in such a proper fashion, where I couldn’t even enjoy my dinner. Of course, a basic mannerism for fine dining will be appropriate.
Having to book online through their main website, my booking was not found in their system. This means that I arrived without a booking, luckily there were enough tables for walk-ins. They handle this situation appropriately without making my guess and I feel awkward. All the staffs were very friendly and always have a smile on their faces. Throughout the night, they have achieved all a fine dining, Michelin-starred leveled restaurant should do. Such as serving the ladies first, and explaining what each dish is. Getting toward the end of the night, small issues become more apparent. The staffs seem to be more engaged in cleaning up than to serve the remaining few tables. Creating small flaw of forgetting to bring what was asked. Overall, I am still very impressed with the services Fera offered.
Fera offers modern British cuisine with a creative and natural take on it. The taste is amazing, with each dishes bringing something different to my taste buds. Apart from what we have ordered, there were various small dishes offered for us to try throughout the three-course dinner. Each dish has its own artistic presentation that highlights the natural and creative means the chef is expressing. Something I always look at is how hot each dish is, (with exception of dishes that are meant to be cold), and the plates as well. I am happy to say that Fera covers this area very well.
Overall, I am very stratified with Fera, it lives up to the standard of a Michelin-starred restaurant. Although there were minor mistakes, but it is very common and expectable. If you are ever in London, this is a must try restaurant!
Total average stars for Fera at Claridge’s are (4.8*).
Let me know in the comment section below what you think of this review, and if you have been to this restaurant, tell me about your experience.
“Apart from my background of hospitality services, this review is solely based on my own opinion.”
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