Mount Takao – Day Trip From Tokyo With Amazing Autumn Foliage

Mount Takao Cover

Have you heard of Mount Takao? It is outside of Tokyo but is easily accessible via train. Mount Takao boasts a quiet, serene surrounding—a far cry from the hectic city life.

Mount Takao is a day trip option if you want to get out of the city for a bit, and getting there from Shinjuku Station takes about an hour. But the mountain does not just offer the sights and sounds of nature, there are also shopping streets and restaurants located on the mountain itself!

Still not sure whether you should make the commute? Here are 7 Reasons Why You Should Make A Day Trip From Tokyo To Mount Takao.

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17 Best Cafes & Coffee Shops In Perth That Are So Worth Visiting

Perth Best Cafes

Prior to our recent trip to Perth, we noticed the lack of online recommendations for bakeries and cafes in this wonderful Western Australian city. So we took it upon ourselves and harassed our Perth-based friends for their favourite haunts.

Bear in mind that most establishments stop operating by the late afternoon in true-blue Aussie style, so wake up early or risk missing out!

There are more cafes in Perth than you think. And Australia really has the best cafes in the world. Here’s our guide to 17 Cafes & Coffee Shops in Perth That Are So Worth Visiting.

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8 Family-Friendly Staycation Venues In Singapore With The Best Offers

Family Staycation Singapore

Family vacations are important because you get to enjoy  time together and forge precious memories. For those who are unable to travel abroad, having a family staycation is a great and easy way for parents to recharge, relax and spend quality time with the kids.

And if you are having trouble finding the perfect staycation, here are 8 Family-Friendly Staycation Venues In Singapore With The Best Offers.

These hotels are offering packages tailored for families with children and as an HSBC Credit Cardholder, you get to enjoy extra perks such as complimentary breakfast for up to 2 adults and 2 children (up to 15 years old), an extra bed (very useful if you have an older child), complimentary room upgrades and more.

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Wan Chai (Hong Kong) Food Guide – 14 Places To Dine At

Wan Chai Hong Kong Guide

Third-wave specialty coffee cafes, rowdy raunchy bars, upscale speakeasy lounges, street side local hawkers, fine dining restaurants… Wan Chai is a bustling district in Hong Kong with an eclectic mix of tenants.

It is impossible to categorise this neighbourhood—because you simply cannot limit Wan Chai to a single trait when so much is going on at the same time.

From one-Michelin-star Fook Lam Moon Restaurant, local Hong Kong-style restaurant Joy Hing’s Roasted Meat, Omotesando Koffee’s first international outpost, peacock-themed cocktail speakeasy Ophelia to independent coffee shop The Cupping Room, here is our Guide to Bars, Cafes, Cha Chaan Tengs and Restaurants in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

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Kith Cafe Has A New Outlet Tucked Away In The Corner Of Winsland House

Kith Cafe Fish and Pasta

If you are a fan of the Kith Cafe, we have great news for you. Kith Cafe has opened a new outlet at Winsland House, where you can enjoy their signature coffee and hearty Aussie-style mains.

This spanking new cafe has a spacious interior and is located in the slightly quieter and less busy area of Somerset, transforming the cafe into a suitable space for those who want to share conversations with their dining partner in a more intimate setting.

What is even better is that this outlet is also equipped with many charging ports, which makes it a great space for those who want to work whilst enjoying a hot cuppa in a conducive environment.

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Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore – The Best Penang Buffet At Only S$98++ For 2 Pax

Pan Pacific Orchard Penang Buffet

This March, the Pearl Of Orient Penang Fiesta makes its return to the award-winning 10 at Claymore, situated in the lobby of Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore.

Since its debut last year, Executive Chef Andy Oh (who hails from the quaint town of Penang, Malaysia), has worked with his team to put together a big spread of authentic Penang dishes, which features iconic dishes as the tangy, spicy Penang Assam Curry Fish and the traditional Penang Bak Kut Teh. 

The Pearl Of Orient Penang Fiesta will only be running until the end of May this year, so be sure to make a reservation and have a taste of the finest and authentic Penang cuisine in Singapore. It is one buffet that your folks will love too!

From 01 March 2017 to 31 May 2017, simply quote ‘ladyironchef’ to enjoy a Pearl Of Orient Penang Fiesta Dinner buffet at S$98++ for 2 persons.

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Holland Village Food Guide – 32 Restaurants, Bars & Cafes To Visit

Holland Village Guide

Holland Village is a popular hangout spot in Singapore. Besides its numerous cafes and coffee places and bars, Holland Village is also known for housing many restaurants. You can find almost any kinds of cuisines in Holland Village—Chinese, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Korean…

You are spoilt for choice at Holland Village; it is little wonder this is one of the most visited hoods in town.

And if you are thinking of heading there for a drink or a meal with friends, we have made things simple for you with our guide to 34 Restaurants, Bars & Cafes To Visit. READ ON

Ssikkek BBQ – Korean BBQ Buffet With Free Korean Army Stew At S$14++/ Pax

Ssikkek K BBQ

There are a few Ssikkek BBQ outlets in Singapore, and their popularity leaves one little to wonder. It is really a simple and fuss-free place for some casual feasting. While Ssikkek doesn’t have the best quality meat, it makes up for it with its competitive pricing and lively atmosphere.

Ssikkek BBQ’s outlet at United Square is having a promotion where you get a free Korean Army Stew for each dining table. Korean BBQ buffet with free Budae Jjigae at S$14++/ pax? Count us in!

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5 Reasons To Visit Beauty World Centre Food Centre Before It Is Too Late

Beauty World Centre

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We never thought this day would come, but unfortunately and to much dismay, the day is here. The Beauty World Food Centre is slated for renovation works, with the potential sale of this food centre.

If you have not dropped by the Beauty World Food Centre in a while, or if you have not visited before, stop what you are doing right now. It is not too late for you to rewalk your steps and relive the tastes of your childhood.

Here are 5 Reasons to Visit Beauty World Centre Food Centre Before It Is Too Late.

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A • Toast Breakfast & Juice Bar – Popular Breakfast Spot In Kuala Lumpur

A.Toast Bamboo Charcoal Toast

Hidden under a pedestrian bridge along Jalan Pudu in Kuala Lumpur, A • Toast Breakfast & Juice Bar is an unassuming eatery you are likely to pass by without a second thought unless you are specifically looking for it.

Do not underestimate this humble breakfast bar, for its photogenic breakfast toasts and refreshing fruit juices have been gaining much popularity on social media recently. As its name suggests, A • Toast Breakfast & Juice Bar is a breakfast place that opens from early morning to mid-afternoon.

Those who are working nearby can grab a sandwich along the way to kick-start a productive day or have a simple brunch here during the weekends.  READ ON

7 Types Of Animal Cafes In Asia To Visit And Take Lots Of Photos

Pets Cafe

Animal cafes have been increasing in numbers, especially throughout Asia, in recent years. There is a huge demand for animal cafes and we suspect that the trend is not dying down anytime soon.

With the hype starting from the cute cat cafes in Japan, there are now many animal cafes all over the continent that encompass a wide variety of animals catering to animal lovers. For the uninitiated, animal cafes now include rabbits, owls and even alpacas!

If you love having a cuppa while cosying up with animals, read on. We have compiled an extensive list of animal cafes in Asia that you should not miss out on! READ ON

6 Best Day Trips From Tokyo You WIll Regret Not Visiting

Daytrips from Tokyo

Japan is definitely a country you cannot visit just once.

The different prefectures each carry its own individual charm. You can choose to experience how the modern city life is like, or let the old-world architecture of other cities take you back in time.

It is quite impossible to cover every inch of Japan with just one trip, but you can get the most out of your stay by going for short, eye-opening day trips to other towns and cities located within reasonable distances from Tokyo.

Here are 6 Of The Best Daytrips From Tokyo.

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9 Pretty Airbnb In Melbourne You Can Stay At For S$150 Per Night

Melbourne Airbnb

Despite being approximately 6,028 kilometres away from Singapore, Melbourne remains one of the most popular vacation destinations for Singaporeans. No surprise there, since the Australian city happens to be among the most liveable cities in the world.

Accommodation is actually relatively affordable and we have narrowed down gorgeous Airbnb homes that you can afford to stay at.

Here is our guide to 9 Pretty Airbnb In Melbourne You Can Stay At For S$150 Per Night.

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Acme Bar & Coffee – Try The Sizzling Brownie At This Stylish Cafe In Kuala Lumpur

ACME KL

Acme Bar & Coffee at The Troika is located in Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The stylish cafe caters mostly to tourists and professionals working around the area and its sophisticated interior exudes an air of elegance. Yes, it is one of those places to see and be seen.

Think floor-to-ceiling windows where natural light is filtered in, clean lines and comfortable cushioned chairs to encourage customers to linger on for a leisure chat with their companions.

It is a great place to spend anniversaries and special occasions if you are in Kuala Lumpur.  READ ON

8 Sakura Foods You Must Try During The Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry Blossoms

Sakura is a beautiful variety of cherry blossoms that bloom in Spring. They are infinitely gorgeous in shades of pinks and whites, and Japan sees an influx of tourists every Spring; people from all over the world fly to Japan for hanami (cherry blossom viewing).

And in the recent few years, the Japanese have been using sakura as an enhancing ingredient. You’d be surprised how sakura can be consumed in so many ways!

Generally, sakura is used as a flavour, as a light pink food colouring or as a garnish in modern cuisine. Here are 8 Sakura Foods You Must Try During The Cherry Blossom Season.

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Chocha Foodstore – Beautiful Retro Cafe At Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Chocha Foodstore

There is no lack of good cafes along Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur and besides the popular Merchant’s Lane, one up and coming dining establishment joining the cafe scene is Chocha Foodstore.

Although the cafe is housed in a rundown building, we fell in love with it at first sight with the charming retro interior and impeccable attention to details. Beyond that, food on Chocha Foodstore’s menu consists of local favourites that come with a creative twist.

It is a fantastic place for a casual lunch or tea with your friends. READ ON

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