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 »

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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 »

Channel Yoga Favorit di YouTube

Setahun terakhir ini saya memutuskan untuk melakukan olahraga yoga secara rutin. Awalnya saya hanya ingin menguatkan otot-otot saya, tapi setelah beberapa bulan rutin saya merasakan ketenangan jiwa juga.

Saya belum berani gabung dengan kelas yoga yang terkadang ramai dan tentunya saya tidak pernah bisa kan memprediksi pesertanya sehat semua. Untuk itu saya memilih untuk mendatangkan guru privat ke rumah.

Photo from here

Ternyata guru yoga saya enak diajak ngobrol dan dia memahami kondisi saya. Dia menyarankan saya fokus ke meditasi dan yin yoga saja. Nanti kalau sudah kuat bisa belajar yang lainnya. Saya sangat cocok dengan guru saya ini jadi sampai sekarang saya masih privat sama dia, terkadang ada teman yang gabung (dengan catatan dia sehat). Guru saya ini juga sudah tahu, kalau dia tidak enak badan atau batuk/pilek pasti langsung membatalkan janjinya. Pokoknya sudah klop ya 😀Read More »

Eating My Way Through Porto

This post was originally written for my old travel blog Dream Explore Wander on 1 August 2013.

When people come to the small city of Porto in Portugal, most expect a unique gastronomic experience. For that matter they are definitely in the right city. Located near the sea, Porto offers a wide range culinary delights that will spoil you rotten. With so many cafes and restaurants, all boasting to bring the best Portuguese food, I sometimes feel overwhelmed and it’s easy to land in an over-priced restaurant with only standard quality meal.

I was of course over the moon when I found out about Taste Porto Food Tours run by a local, André. There is nothing I love more than knowing a city guided by a local who knows the city best. Even better with André is that he knows where all the amazing places to eat that us newcomers wouldn’t know.

In Porto, to find authentic Portuguese food, you will have to go directly to its talented locals. Beyond the beautifully-tiled churches and gorgeous narrow alleys, you will start to smell onions being fried and the aroma of sardines filling your nose, making your mouth water. There are so many different kind of cuisines in Portugal and I find the cuisines to be different than that of other parts of western Europe remembering the different culture influences. More spices are used, more flavours are combined – the Portuguese are ones that are brave with taste and are not afraid to spice up their meal.Read More »