Dirty mountain biking at Margaret River

Whilst the others went for spa relaxation and food-wine debauchery, I took a detour into Margaret River’s dirt trails on a mountain bike. The cool and dry weather during Spring-Summer transition provided the ideal temperate for getting outdoors – your sweat quickly evaporates away while the soft dry terrain leaves you only with some dust […]

Top Ten Romantic experiences in Western Australia for a Valentine’s Day getaway

Ever wanted a romantic getaway for you and your loved one, some place not too far away from Malaysia and that would not put a hole in your pocket? Well here are the top ten romantic experiences in Western Australia for a Valentine’s Day getaway. All you need to do to celebrate the most romantic […]

Malé and Me

Me and Malé weren’t always friends. I often misspelled Malé with Mali. I would mistake Malé for being the capital of Mauritius when rightfully it should have been the capital of Maldives. Blame it on my poor sense of geography or my ignorance of a small country of islands somewhere in the Indian Ocean. You […]

Margaret River – Day 3 & Day 4

Early the next Saturday morning, after a hearty organic breakfast, courtesy of Burnside Organic Farm we set out for the local market, where we could get our hands on some fresh produce. By the time we got to the Margaret River Farmers’ Market at around 10am, the place was a hive of activity. Every fortnight, […]

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


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


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 […]