Archive for January, 2012

Things are starting to come together in our humble little Parisian home. I know I’ve done my thang when there are at least 30 holes in the wall. What makes your home home?

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I want some of these to light things up.

I love all by Sanna Hannukka. {via Famille Summerbelle}

Adorable fortune balloons.

So much yummies.

Can’t wait to make this soup.

And make one of these.

Have you been here?

There is a brocante in my neighborhood this weekend so I am über stoked.

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Singapore surprised me. It always just seemed like a random business capital— which after visiting I can say that it very much is… but with an extra pinch of spunk.

A walking tour: The lit up quays and colored lights make it seem almost like a nighttime playground, only a very expensive one. Wander into the depths of the quays such as Clarke’s Quay and the Boat Quay which lead you to the heart of Merlion Park. From that spot you can turn in circles ’round and ’round and see nothing but astonishingly beautiful buildings and things such as the casino with the boat on top and the Singapore Flyer. By the time you trot back northeast towards the famous hotel in town,  Raffles, you’ll be just in time to quench your thirst at the Long Bar….which just so happens to be where the Singapore Sling was invented. Perfection!

From there you can aimlessly wander through the colorful streets towards Arab Street where the adorable Rich + Good Cake Shop is located (grab some rolls to go … they are just too delicious). This area is where the beautiful mosque is situated as well as cluttered streets, noodles places, tattoo parlors, hookah bars and shops filled with trinkets. I almost felt like this part of town was the true Singapore… the genuine part. A broiling melting pot before the skyscrapers were put in. Who knows.

Singapore favorites:

Jumbo - Seafood Restaurant – Clarkes Quay – 30 Merchant Road – 6532 3435

No. 18 Fried Kway Teow - Singaporean – 70 Zion Road

PS Café - Café – 28B Harding Road – 9834 8232

Raffles Hotel + Long Bar – 1 Beach Road – 6337 1886

Rich + Good Cake Shop - Cake Shop – 24 Kandahar Street – 6294 3324

The Sailors - Italian Restaurant – Robertson’s Quay – 15 Merbau Road – 6737 3069

White Rabbit - Chic Restaurant – 39C Harding Road – 6473 9965

PART ONE

This was the first of our stops in Asia. Immediately after arriving at the hotel, my dad and I wandered the streets aimlessly. It was so humid my lens would fog up as I tried to focus on the beautiful primped trees near the KLCC beneath the famous Petronas Towers. This city is definitely a bustling one, and a businessy one. High buildings and hotels pierced the clouds and the multi-laned streets made it a little bit less of the type of town you can wander by foot. I found the metro (or as they called it “the lightrail”) to be extremely modern, clean and useful. It was über cheap and so easy to use (I had never seen anything like a tolken system before!).

We roamed the city center, climbing the Kuala Lumpur tower (after struggling to find the entrance) and popping by Bangsar for some Indian food at Devi’s Corner, which was like a real Chettinadu. This area was filled with many shops. It was indeed a bit of a walk from the closest metro stop, Bangsar on the magenta-colored line so I would almost suggest hopping in a quick taxi from there for the equivalent to about a buck, ha! Malaysia was a wonderful mix of Asian, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures, and I look forward to being able to travel there again in the future.

As my dad was on the hunt for Malaysian noodles and food, our hotel suggested Songket- a local Malay restaurant with shows before the dinner. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the pleasure of feasting on local dishes such as Popiah Goreng, Satay, Kau Udang Raja and Udang Raja Pangpang. Nom nom nom.

The mall at KLCC is filled with pretty much everything (even cupcake shops.. and one of my personal favorites, Chili’s). If you find anything missing from your suitcase, you’ll definitely find it there.

One thing I did not get the opportunity to try was a fish spa, but here are some reviews on where to do it while you’re in KL, it’s supposed to be a fun thing to try out… how could you not want little fishies to nibble on the dead skin on your feet?

I was very lucky to have Jasmine send me about all of her favorite places from her hometown. Check out her blog here.

If anyone has any other suggestions for KL please put them in the comments!

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Bisou Bake Shop – Suria KLCC Mall, Jalan Ampang, 50088 – 4th floor

Devi’s Corner – 69 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, Wilayah Persekutuan,  59100

Fatty Crab – No 2, Jalan SS 24/13 Taman Megah Petaling Jaya, 47301 (closed on Mondays)

Madam Kwan’s – 65 Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, 59100

Nirwana Banana Leaf – Sri Nirwana Maju, 43 Jalan Telawi Tiga, Bangsar Baru, 59100

Shin Kee Beef Noodle Specialist – 7A, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 55100 (closed on Wednesdays)

Seng Lee Restaurant - 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490

Sisters Kitchen – LG 07 + 08, Lower Ground Floor, GTower, Jalan Tun Razak

SkyBar – Traders Hotel, 33rd Floor

Songket – No. 29, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, 50450

Wondermilk Café – 7A + 8A Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Jalan Dutamas 1