Glamping with HOSHINOYA Fuji

 
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Have you even been to a glamp camp? Let me take you to HOSHINOYA Fuji. It is Japan’s very first, and it has a gorgeous view of Mount Fuji.

Only 20 minutes away from Kawaguchi-ko Station, HOSHINOYA Fuji is nestled in the hills and pine forests. If you’re looking for a quiet place to chill and enjoy the view, this is pretty much the place to be.

I love Cloud Terrace. It’s located at the very top of the resort. Our glamping room was located on the foot of the hill. In saying that, it was worth the 15 minute hike up to Cloud Terrace! Surrounded by pine forest, there were many layers of decks, hammocks and seating area to lounge in. I was transported into Endor, you know, where you find cute Ewoks.

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And if you make it to the top of Cloud Terrace, a jar of marshmallows are pretty much waiting for you. And yes, you gotta make a s’more from the open campfire.

In the evening, we had Dutch Oven Dinner out in the forest. It was actually a really cosy dinner, where we feast on autumn mushrooms and game meats, sourced locally. I always love mushrooms and it was a treat. There was even wild boar in the menu! Our glamping master took great care of us, we stayed nice and warm with electric and wool blankets.

In the early morning, my brother went for a morning canoe in Lake Kawaguchi. It is one of five lakes surrounding Mount Fuji.

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Breakfast came in the cutest wooden box. We had delicious Spanish omelette and mushroom soup with freshly baked Dutch oven-baked bread. We got to enjoy breakkie in our room with the view of Mount Fuji. I could easily spend here all day!

HOSHINOYA Fuji
Japan, 〒401-0305 Yamanashi Prefecture, 南都留郡富士河口湖町大石1408
 

OMO5, You Cool.

 
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Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka is located in a cute part of town called Otsuka, or shall I say, part of Metropolitan Tokyo. Let’s get real, Tokyo is huge! The city alone has a population of 20million people, it makes Australia’s population, tiny in comparison.

I love Otsuka. There were streets filled with little Japanese restaurants and bars. It’s low key and local.

I’m loving the loft style bedroom at OMO5. Small and compact, it’s perfect for my city dream kind of dwelling. The beds appear at the top bunk, with a lounge area at the bottom. It’s a very clever and minimal design. I kept telling the staff, if I have a studio apartment, this would be the inspiration!

The guest rooms are designed in the style of traditional Japanese wooden tower called yagura. The smell of cypress wood and tatami mats, always bring me fond memories of Japan.

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OMO5 Cafe was a treat. There were ample of seating area to choose from, we picked one with the Otsuka view. You have got to try their signature morning pastry, vol-au-vents. I’ve got avocado topping for mine.

This is a cool and modern apartment style living, for those who are looking for a different hotel experience. I love OMO5, and I hope to return again.

xm

Hoshino Resorts OMO5 Tokyo Otsuka 
2 Chome-26番地1号 Kitaotsuka, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0004, Japan
 

Living the Dream at Island Shangri-La

 
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I’ve always wanted to explore Hong Kong and it has always been a dream of mine to stay at Island Shangri-La. The view of Victoria Harbour from the hotel itself is just breathtaking.

We actually stayed there during Typhoon Mangkhut. It was my first time experiencing one, we were advised to stay indoors. We could see the trees swaying, feel the strong wind blasting against the window. And it rained the entire day! But in saying that, we felt very safe with Island Shangri-La.

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There was breakfast buffet, then there was brunch at Lobster Bar & Grill. Think of free-flowing Champagne and wine and delicious bite size treats. Well, I’m more of a peppermint tea kind of girl, and am happy for a free-flow of tea, anytime. My favourite has got to be the lobster bisque. Mmm!

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Pink Afternoon Tea was a delight. There were miniature treats to-die-for. Think of Norwegian smoked salmon sandwich, Strawberry cheesecake, Raspberry lamingtons and rose flavoured scones. All yummy!

We always had a wonderful experience at Shangri-La, and thank you Island Shangri-La for an amazing time. Even with the raging typhoon and all. I look forward to returning to Hong Kong again, as there are many places to eat (and explore)!

x

m

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Island Shanri-La, Hong Kong
Pacific Place, Supreme Ct Rd, Central, Hong Kong
 

My Packing Tips With American Tourister

 
 My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

My favourite travel luggages, American Tourister

I travel quite a bit, at least a 10 times a year. Whether it's interstate, between cities in Australia for meetings, shoots and design markets or flying into a new country.

Here's a couple of tips for packing:

1. Travel light 

2. Be organised (e.g. packing pouches) 

3. Place larger clothing at the bottom of suitcase (e.g. jacket and throw)

 

Travel light 

I generally pack a number of outfits based on per week not on a number of days you're away (I usually do my laundry every week)

Be organised 

I used to have random tote bags and plastic bags to separate smaller clothing items from cables and toiletries. 

I used to roll my clothes up and pack them into the suitcase. Until one of my photographer friends introduced me to packing pouches. That's when I discovered this 5-in-1 Travel Pouch by American Tourister.

These travel pouches are the best things I ever had! Life saver in every way.

It comes in a set of 5 travel pouches to organised all your essentials. My favourite has got to be the Garment and Undergarment Bag and Shoe Bag where I can separate my clothings and footwear. My husband, Leon, loves the Cable Pouch as we could get all our tech gadget's chargers and cables all into one bag.

How to pack

In this flatlay, I'm using the new Curio collection by American Tourister. Yellow and bright. I love this colour as it is almost impossible for me not to miss my suitcase at the luggage pickup area.

Hope that helps :)

Have a fab week all.

xo

m

 My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

My flatlay on how to pack smart with American Tourister.

 

Foodie's Delight

 
 Breakfast spread at Hotel The Exchange's Cafe STOCK, located on the iconic Damrak Street. Image by May Leong.

Breakfast spread at Hotel The Exchange's Cafe STOCK, located on the iconic Damrak Street. Image by May Leong.

This is our third food journal in Amsterdam, a collaboration with Hotel The Exhange. In the previous blogs, we've talked about the yummiest quick and easy meals to get in Amsterdam, and don't forget the Dutch local food.

This time around, my #instagramhusband Leon (of @leonventures) will be taking you to restaurant and cafes we love.

BREAKFAST

It’s a great idea to start off the day at Hotel The Exchange’s Café STOCK. Grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some sun in the outdoor seating area. 

I love Café STOCK, as it’s located on the world renown street in Amsterdam - Damrak street, which is bustling all day long.

This time around, we would recommend the Café STOCK pancakes. The pancakes come in ham and cheese. For the sweettooth,  there's the maple syrup one. We love the yoghurt with extra toppings you can get - berries, banana and honey.

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 Our Cafe STOCK breakkie. Images by May Leong.

Our Cafe STOCK breakkie. Images by May Leong.

 

DESSERT

Bakkerij van der Linde is well known in Amsterdam for their delicious, creamy Slagroomijs (ice cream in Dutch). The creamiest ice cream I've ever had in my life. There's always a long queue at Bakkerij van der Linde, snaking past the next store. 

It is worth the wait. You will see some locals getting two ice cream cones for themselves. It is very rich in flavour. Milky and not too sweet.

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 Yummy soft and creamy ice cream in Amsterdam. Image by May Leong.

Yummy soft and creamy ice cream in Amsterdam. Image by May Leong.

LUNCH

De Bakkerswinkel is only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. We were craving for quiche and salad, and this is the perfect spot. Popular with the locals, with cute canteen style interior with mismatched Persian rugs, De Bakkerswinkel is a quirky cafe with pretty pastel pink walls.

We tried the meatloaf on toast, quiche and salad, which makes a lovely lunch spread.

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 Cute interior of De Bakkerswinkel. Image by May Leong.

Cute interior of De Bakkerswinkel. Image by May Leong.

DINNER

Our third stop was where Amsterdam meets Asia. 8 minutes walk around town from Hotel The Exchange, we found a stylish trendy bar and restaurant called Adam & Siam. There are two entrances into the typical Dutch townhouses and we are loving it!

For mains, we started off with Gieuwhaan Koong Sai Thoua, green curry shrimp with Thai eggplant and coconut milk. Pad Nam Prik Pouw and Stir Fried Chicken and beef with roasted chilli paste and coconut milk were divine. We were caught by surprise, the Adam & Siam dishes were actually spicy and delicious. Rich in aroma and flavours, I have to say it was an amazing dine in experience.

For those who love to try a little bit of everything, I'd recommend the Siam Threesome - Chicken Cake, Chicken Satay and Shrimp Spring Roll. The dipping sauce that came with the dish was sweet and refreshing.

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That's all for now. Thank you for popping by. See you all in 2018!

xm

 

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens

 
 Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Beautiful breakfast view a King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel has one of the best breakfast view in town. We arrived here at night, so, we didn't get to see much. But, in the morning, the breakfast view here was definitely a winner. It’s up on the 7th-floor with a terrace view of the Acropolis. 

Built in the 1930s, King George Hotel comes from an era of old world charm. It’s in such a good spot too, just 2-minutes walk from metro, 1 km from the Parthenon and 2 km from the Acropolis of Athens. 

What I particularly love is that King George Hotel rooms feature antiques, timber floors and marble bathtubs. Although our room was just outside the bustling street of Athens, we had a wonderful nights sleep. 

 Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Photo Credit : King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel (first images) and May Leong (second image).

Thank you for having us, King George Hotel in Athens. I have to say this is one of the most memorable breakfast I ever had in Europe.   

 An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

An era of old world charm at King George, A Luxury Collection. Photo Credit : May Leong

 

King George, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Athens 
3 Vasileos Georgiou Street, Syntagma Square, Athens 105 64, Greece
 

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels

 
 Photo Credit : May Leong

Photo Credit : May Leong

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels is a modern Art Deco hotel that includes a stunning atrium, a glass dome and did I mentioned, a river running through the hotel. It is designed by a well renowned architect, Michel Jaspers, whose concept is all about marrying the old and new, in this case, he used an original 12th century wall.

Located in the heart of Brussels, Radisson Blu Royal is literaly around the corner from the old city. Minutes walk to the De Brouckere metro station and La Monnaie De Munt opera house.

 Beautiful interior of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels. 

Beautiful interior of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels. 

 

The breakfast buffet was delicious with a variety of fruits, muesli, cheese, patisserie and cereals to choose from. The highlight was the waffles... They were yum! And there were little cute milk bottles for soy milk lovers too. 

My favourite part of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels has got to me the beautiful interior of the rooms. It's really classy and modern. The bathroom is to-die-for. All decked in faux marble, it's the a selfie's dream come true, hehe. The modern furniture and artwork compliment one another extremely well. And did I mentioned they have the best hotel pillows and doona? it was so soft to sleep on, I could't believe it's the best I ever slept on!

Looking forward to returning to Brussels again. Have a wonderful week guys!

xm

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Brussels 
Rue du Fossé aux Loups 47, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium