International

Under the spell of Osaka and Okonomiyaki

It’s most iconic structure may be a 16th-century shogunate castle that sets Raffles samurai senses tingling, but Osaka is probably better known for its high tech architecture, street eats and many, many stars… Michelin stars, that is. Japan’s undisputed gastronomic capital, it is said that the people of Osaka spend more money on food than on anything else. In fact, the […] Read more…

Hello Kitty Pork Buns and Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream at Universal Studios, Osaka

Hangin’ with Hello Kitty in Japan

Sugarpuff has a bit of thing for Hello Kitty. And by “bit” I actually mean the kid loves that prissy puss with the white-hot intensity of a thousand burning suns! Needless to say in Japan, the birthplace of the famed feline, my girl is in Hello Kitty heaven. When I say feline I must do so with a […] Read more…

Meoto Iwa (the wedded rocks) in Futami, Ise Shima

On the ninja trail in Ise Shima

This post is all about Mie, Mie, Mie. Japan’s Mie Prefecture that is. Or, more specifically, the pretty bayside region of Ise-Shima. Home to Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine, Ise-Shima isn’t as big on the international tourist radar as it is with locals in search of spa retreats, pearls, and enlightenment. But the Eats Worlds are seeking […] Read more…

Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

Wet and wild at Holiday Inn Baruna Bali

It is somewhat of an understatement to say that both Raffles and Sugarpuff love the water. Whether it’s in the sea, in a pool or falling from the sky, my little Pisceans certainly live up to their pesce astrological personas, which is a touch ironic given that I think astrology is such a crock. So […] Read more…

Learning to fly with these super kids at Mount Faber #escapers15

#escapers15 – The Singapore sessions

“How would you feel about travelling to two countries and four cities in four days, racing against a bunch of prominent social influencers from 9 different countries?” Honestly? I’d feel like packing. Though I restrain myself from jumping up and down shouting “pick me! pick Me”, picked I am. And so I find myself being welcomed to Singapore’s Ibis on Bencoolen […] Read more…

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai with Kids

Atlantis Found // Dubai With Kids

Dubai is one seriously hot destination for families! I’m not kidding, it’s 40 freakin’ degrees in the shade when we exit the sweet, sweet sanctuary of the air-conditioned airport on our first visit to Dubai with kids. It takes less than 90 seconds to get to a waiting car and I’ve already built up a sweat. I’m positively glowing. And […] Read more…

Cimu Motherly Devotion Bridge Taroko Gorge, Tawian

Gorging in Taroko, Taiwan

I’ve written before about my love for Taiwan, one of the few destinations that I’ve ever visited with few preconceptions or expectations.  I guess, if anything, I expected to find a lot of factories stamping “Made in Taiwan” on to plastic toys. Because I vaguely recall that the Barbie dolls I shaved and tattooed as a child  came […] Read more…

Raffles Singapore with kids

The history of Singapore is both long and convoluted and, given my lack of standing as a historian of any note or, in fact, at all, I won’t even attempt to delve into its complexities, except to state the obvious… the glamorous and glorious Raffles Hotel has seen more than its fair share of the noteworthy […] Read more…

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, Narita

Food & Fudomyo in Narita City

Transiting through Narita International Airport on your way to Tokyo or some other fabulous Japanese city? Well don’t! Do yourself a favour, get out of that cavernous airport, jump on a train (they’re terribly punctual, you know) and take the ten minute ride into Narita City. Seriously, you won’t regret it. Well, unless you miss […] Read more…

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