Meeting Rockstar, Executive Chef Mauro Gomez of W Retreat & Spa Maldives

When I first bumped into Chef Mauro Gomez at the W, I thought that he was a bit of a lunatic. No doubt he was good looking and everything, but he also had this huge, shiny cleaver that he took along with him everywhere. I mean, he wore it like an accessory. A large, menacing […]

Cameron Highlands Mystery: The Jim Thompson Intrigue

Malaysia has a rich colonial past and there are many intriguing stories relating to its trade wars, colonial occupation, communist insurgence and its independence. One of the intriguing stories is the mysterious disappearance of the Thai Silk King, Jim Thompson on 26 March 1967 when he went for a walk in the jungle. His disappearance […]

G’day Mate! Margaret River Adventures.. Day 1 & 2

Touchdown at Perth International Airport 1600hrs and the 4 of us, @alilfatmonkey, @tykeonabike, Cumi and Ciki were an excited bunch as we were eager to start our road trip, into the heart of Margaret River. We had a jam packed tour awaiting our inquisitive minds, as you will soon find out. we’re off on our […]

Wining, Dining.. Margaret River

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If you haven’t already heard.. We are in Margaret River ! Wine tasting at Cape Naturalise Wine Co.. the first vineyard we visited in Margaret River. Wine tasting never felt this good or looked this pretty. The view of the vineyard is spectacular! Our new found doggie friends are so gorgeous! Just look at them! […]

Battle of the Ramen – Ippudo vs. Tampopo

Japan is wonderfully cluttered and messy with ramen shops, places that are especially packed during meal times, late at night, the wee hours of the morning, and when the weather is about to get cold. Heck, the good ones are always packed. The lunch crowd squeezes behind a plastic curtain that cordons off , no […]

13 Reasons to Stay at the W Retreat and Spa, Maldives

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W, we have arrived!   If you’ve ever fantasized about sporting the perfect tan, like I have, (i.e. with no tan lines.. i.e. with nothing in the way – just you and the sand and sun) then, the W Retreat & Spa Maldives is your dream come true. White sand, turquoise waters, water sports, busy […]

Chef in the Spotlight – Chef Sven Cepon and the Beef Tartare

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Here is Part 2 and 3 of Chef in the Spotlight – Executive Chef of Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Chef Sven Cepon. Chef Sven worked in a number of 5 star hotels in Cyprus and Switzerland for over 5 years, after which he moved to the Maldives in 2008 as Executive Sous […]

Glasgow School of Art – The Mackintosh Building

Another great place to visit if you’re ever in Glasgow, is its School of Art. It was founded in 1845 as the Glasgow Government School of Design, but in 1853, it changed its name to The Glasgow School of Art.  By the end of the 19th century Glasgow School of Art was one of the leading art academies […]

Malé and Hulhumalé, Maldives

Second day in Maldives and we are totally psyched over checking out Malé. Malé, the capital of the Maldives is rather small, approximately 1.7km long and 1km wide, and located at the south end of Kaafu Atoll. It hosts about 150,000 of the 300,000 odd Maldivian inhabitants and is very close to Hulhumalé, the airport […]

My Happiest Moment

The things that used to make me smile when I was a kid, have changed a lot, especially now that I am an adult. Somehow, we develop a taste for more grown up toys or experiences.. but one thing stays the same though. That very second you go, “oh wow!” uncovering a new bicycle as […]

Chef in the Spotlight, Chef Sven Cepon of Sheraton Maldives

First couple of days in Maldives, and we are acclimatising to the heat. I mean, Kuala Lumpur is hot and everything, but you ain’t felt nothing yet. The scorching heat on your skin as early as 6am.. no wonder everyone goes around in flip-flops , string bikinis, speedos or shorts. The white linen shirt and shorts that are uniform […]