Almaty, Kazakhstan : Where we stayed : The Ritz Carlton Almaty

When we decided that we were going to spend a few days in Almaty, I was worried that it would be too much like going to another city. Then I saw some of the photos of The Ritz Carlton with the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop and the green parks in front of it – […]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan : Where we stayed : Rixos Almaty

During our four nights in Almaty, we chose to stay in two different hotels, so we could experience different parts of the city. The Rixos was our choice for the first two nights, because it was a) highly-rated in booking.com and tripadvisor  b) located in the middle of Almaty city. Here’s a brief summary of […]

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Almaty, Kazakhstan : The Sights

No, we didn’t see Borat. In fact, when I brought this up to our guide whilst walking through the beautiful First Presidents Park, she told me that the people of Kazakhstan are not so fond of him (to put it nicely). The movie was not even filmed in Kazakhstan! So, how was Almaty? Did we […]

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A Sangria Night @ Wildflour Bakery & Cafe, Manila

Been here in Manila for a week now for work. Didn’t think I’ll find time to blog, but here I am, sitting in my hotel room here in Makati, typing away 🙂 Here’s Mr Mustard’s rare appearance today while I was walking to work. Pretty nice place ay, this area.  It’s my 6th visit back […]

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A stroll along Zhong Yang Da Jie, Harbin – China

During our short trip in Harbin, we spent a lot of time on Zhong Yang Da Jie (Central Street). If there’s one thing you can do in freezing winter weather, it is to walk. A lot 🙂 As one of the longest pedestrian walkways in China, it is cobbled-stone, with shops and restaurants to both […]

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Harbin International Ice Festival

I probably should have done this post four months ago. Here’s what I managed to snap, in minus 25 degree celcius.  Let me introduce to you, the Harubin International Ice Festival, when we went there on the 5th of January 2015. Never been so cold in my life!

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A night in Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

4:05 pm Kathmandu time, we’ve only just departed 7 minutes ago and currently at 5634m in the air. Humbling to know that Mt Everest is at 8848m and about 100 people attempt to climb it each year. Amazing. Definitely not something in G or my bucket list 😉 Maybe a plane ride over it next time. Onto Hyatt, […]

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Colourful Kathmandu

1:28pm, local Kathmandu time. G and I are sitting in the departure hall of Tribhuwan International Airport, legs perched on our hand carries, waiting to fly home. FZ578 is delayed for an hour, argh. Looking out through windows here reminds me a little of being in Queenstown. Mountains, blue skies, endless clouds. Unfortunately, the similarities end […]

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