Exploring the Wine Village of Saint-Émilion

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 23 September 2014.

After a failed road trip plan, my friend surprised me with a spontaneous getaway to Bordeaux. It was February and we had some days off from school. The weather was still chilly and I couldn’t find a better way to enjoy my days off than to visit a city so famous for its wine.

Bordeaux in itself is charming and I loved the pub scenery downtown. Initially we wanted to do a wine tasting tour, preferably in a charming small town with gorgeous vineyards but since it was the holidays everything was booked up. We were a little disappointed but the lovely lady at the tourism centre suggested us to visit Saint-Émilion, which was not far from Bordeaux and we could easily catch a train to go there. She told us we might not get a wine tasting tour there either but at least we could see what a wine village looks like and maybe snatch a bottle or two of the best wine there. This option sounded amazing and we were a little excited to explore the wine village of Saint-Émilion.

Saint-Émilion got its name from a monk named Émilion who settled in the area back in the 8th century. Émilion had a gift of healing and people believe that his spirit still lingers over this medieval village. Vineyards in this area has already existed since the Romans but it was Émilion the monk and his friends that started the production of wine.Read More »

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Bucharest, a Surprising Foodie Destination

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 13 July 2016.

We’re talking about one of my favourite topics this week: Foodie Paradise! Who doesn’t love to eat during travelling?! For me it is one of the most essential things to do while travelling. Trying out new cuisines is a must so I always make the time, but it also doesn’t mean that I splurge all the time. I also cook (if I stay at an apartment) and make simple sandwiches too, it really depends on my mood. It is important for me not to get hangry (hungry and angry)!

When I moved to Bucharest in 2012 to study there for several months, I was a little worried about the food scenery. I know very little of Romania, I know absolutely nothing of the food there. I was a little nervous when I arrived but also curious of what I would find. I just hope the city/country wouldn’t leave me hangry all the time.

I was pleasantly surprised from my second day in Bucharest.

I lived at the university dorm, and near it was a shopping complex called Carrefour Orhideea. I spotted a restaurant called La Mama and was told they serve homecooked-like food. So I went and tried it. I loved their simple dish with its familiar taste. They had the perfect rosemary oven baked potatoes that I can still remember its taste until this day, and the chicken schnitzel was just the perfect combination with the potatoes. I also ordered their homemade iced tea lemonade which was refreshing. To top it off, the cost of my meal was not expensive (compared to Western Europe where I resided before).Read More »

Spending a Day at library@orchard

Last year in December my dad and I did a quick trip to Singapore. My sister was moving to a new place and she was moving the day after I did my bi-monthly infusion in Malaysia. So we thought we’d drop by to help her out.

(I didn’t exactly help her out in the end as I was down with a really bad migraine. Woopsy. I gave her my moral support though :D)

We had a day spare and we decided to spend it at library@orchard. I already went once with my mum but it was too short of a trip. This time I wanted to spend more time and read more books. My dad was excited too as he had never been here before.

It started to shower when we got there, so we were happy to be inside this awesome library. This is a public library and it is located inside Orchard Gateway. Apparently it is a boutique library meant to attract young adults.Read More »

The Olive Trail and Gandria

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 19 July 2013.

After finishing everything, I decided to give myself a one week break to enjoy Switzerland. I wanted to do a trip to Interlaken, or anywhere nice, by myself. The great thing about being a travel blogger is that you always can rely on your fellow traveller friends to give opinions on where to go. Some places besides Interlaken were suggested, but my partner in crime, Aiko, suggested Lugano. She wanted to make a trip there when she was in Geneva but never had the chance and she managed to talk me into it.

I searched for Lugano and picked up some keywords including charming, villages, walking, beautiful scenery, old town.

And so it was decided, a day trip to Lugano. I have never been to the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland so this was a great chance to do it.Read More »

That Picturesque City Called Luzern

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 10 March 2013.

“Luzern is like a pretty town out of a postcard” – those are the words coming from my work mate when I informed him that I was visiting Luzern for the weekend. Every since I arrived in Switzerland, I have not stopped smiling. In Geneva, the old town is simple but pretty with small cafes decorating the pavements. In Zurich, where I am living now, is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever lived. I always feel like hugging the whole city just because I feel so lucky to be here. The lake offers incredible view whatever the weather is like, the city transportation is amazingly punctual and neat and everywhere you walk, the streets are clean and nice to stroll in.Read More »

Kuliner Salatiga yang Legendaris dan Tak Terlupakan

Salatiga adalah tempat saya menghabiskan masa kecil, dari TK hingga SD. Saya ingat hari-hari saya di kota kecil yang adem ini sungguh menyenangkan. Walaupun kota ini kecil, menurut saya banyak sekali tempat makan yang enak. Tempat-tempat makan ini biasanya dikelola oleh sebuah keluarga, memakai resep andalan turun temurun. Mungkin karena ini lah makanan yang sederhana bisa terasa sangat lezat.

Tentunya saya sudah beberapa kali berkunjung ke Salatiga karena masih banyak sekali teman-teman keluarga di sana. Saat di sana kami selalu menyempatkan diri untuk mengunjungi tempat-tempat makan yang dulu sering kami datangi. Ceritanya ingin nostalgia. Beberapa tempat makan ini masih seperti dulu, ada yang sudah berubah sedikit, ada pun yang sudah tutup (sungguh sayang sekali!). Selain itu, kami juga kerap diajak untuk mencicipi tempat-tempat makan baru.

Kali ini saya mau berbagi informasi kuliner di Salatiga, baik yang legendaris maupun yang baru namun tak terlupakan.Read More »

Discovering Clisson, the Italian Gem in France

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 11 May 2013.

It was a fine Spring day in France. Winter was finally replaced by joyful Spring and it brought the sun with it. With the sun shining and a warm temperature, my feet, as usual, started to itch begging me to find a new place to explore.

“Let’s bike to Clisson” suggested a friend.

Since only two of my friends had bikes, they decided to do a Nantes-Clisson bike trip while I put on my summer short and headed for the train station with the rest of our gang. It was only March and I was in shorts, I couldn’t believe it. I intended to absorb as much sun as possible, just incase dull weather took over in the next few days (it didn’t!).Read More »