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
 

Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna

 
 Fun roof top at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. Photo by May Leong.

Fun roof top at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. Photo by May Leong.

It was a pleasure staying at Ruby Marie Hotel in Vienna. With U-bahn just minutes away, it's a nice place to stay, for holiday makers. A former Stafa department store, Ruby Marie Hotel is right at the corner of Vienna's popular shopping street, Mariahilfer Straße.

 My mister, Leon Korobacz chilling out on the roof top garden. 

My mister, Leon Korobacz chilling out on the roof top garden. 

This boutique hotel is original and fun. It has got the cutest rooftop bar, furnished with colorful deck chairs and potted plants. It was an unforgettable experience, chilling out on the rooftop and dreaming of far off places.

There's a little something for everyone here at Ruby Marie Hotel. My husband, Leon (of @hungrysydneysiders), loves playing guitar, every now and then. When we found out the rooms at Ruby Marie have amplifiers and guitars (you could just rent for free), it was too much fun! We had a little session in our loft room just playing Bob Dylan's classics.

 Loving the retro common rooms at Ruby Marie Hotel. Photo by May Leong.

Loving the retro common rooms at Ruby Marie Hotel. Photo by May Leong.

We had the loft room, right on the top floor, with a wonderful terrace view of Vienna's cityscape - from Kahlenberg to the Gloriette in Schönbrunn. The bright, spacious rooms are chic and modern. Think of soft pillows, ultralarge blankets and an extremely comfortable bed.

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And talking about food, we are loving the breakfast buffet at Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna. It is excellent! The fact they use beautiful, fresh and organic produce is a bonus! We couldn't have asked for a lovely stay in Vienna. 

Ruby Marie Hotel Vienna 
Kaiserstraße 2-4, 1070 Wien, Austria
 

Our Stay at Lilla Roberts, Helsinki

 
 Delicious Finnish breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts

Delicious Finnish breakfast at Hotel Lilla Roberts

It was our first time in Finland, as we have never been to Scandinavia before. We were invited to stay at Lilla Roberts in Helsinki. It was a former 20th century power plant converted into a stylish hotel. Just a few minutes walk into the heart of Helsinki.

The rooms are chic, with comfortable beds. We are loving the doona covers (they come in two, his and hers). Plush sitting area with high ceilings and windows.

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Breakfast buffet at Lilla Roberts is a traditional Finnish breakfast filled with smoked salmon, rye bread, quiche, cakes and biscuits. The Scandinavian restaurant is cosy, with indoor plants and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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Hotel Lilla Roberts, Roobertinkatu 1-3, 00130 Helsinki
 

Hotel The Exchange Food Guide : Quick and Comfy

 

Back in Holland for the third time, this time, I’ll be spending a week in Amsterdam, exploring the Dutch cafes and bars that are unique to travellers and foodies. 

Leon (of @leonventures) and I were all checked in at Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch fashion hotel is located in the heart of Amsterdam. Just a few minutes walk from the central train station, it’s close to many awesome cafes and bar. 

 The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

The quirky Rembrandt room in Hotel The Exchange, Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Here, I’ve teamed up with Hotel The Exchange to create a yummy food guide. Read up to find out all the best places to grab a bite around this fashion hotel. This food guide collaboration will be Quick and Comfy, followed by Comfy with Typical Dutch and Foodie's Delight in the next two months.

Breakfast

Café STOCK is just next to the Hotel The Exchange, smacked in the middle of the busy Damrak street. Pop over from Central Station. It’s a great spot for people watching. I love Café STOCK’s quirky interior of hand illustrated wallpaper and simple furnishing. 

 Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

Yummy apple pie and chocolate cake at Cafe STOCK. Photo by May Leong.

We started off our day with a delicious spread of apple pie, chocolate cake and muffins. The chocolate cake is rich and oozing with dark chocolate. It goes perfectly well with a hot cup of tea. 

Hotel The Exchange is currently having a free breakfast special when guests book on their website. Use the promocode "MORNING!" to receive free Cafe STOCK breakfast on one day of your stay until 1st of November (max for 2 persons).

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Snack

Melly’s Cookie Bar is a great place to grab a quick espresso coffee, and a light snack (cookies, of course). It has a cute mint green colour interior with loads of natural lighting too. Melly’s has a good selection of cookies,  my personal favourite is the Double Chocolate.

 A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

A nice spot to have a cookie and a cup of latter with my #instagramhusband :) . Only 5 minutes walk from Hotel The Exchange. Photos by May Leong.

It is just a 5 minute walk from Hotel The Exchange, through narrow and quirky lanes to Melly’s, away from the hustle and bustle of the Damrak. It’s a perfect stopover if you need a quick snack to recharge.

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Lunch
De Laatste Kruimel (in Dutch, it means ’The Last Crumble’) is only 10 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. The apple pie, goats cheese quiche and courgette cake with lemon curd are all to-die-for! It’s true to its word, we ate every last crumble of the delicious treats.

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My favourite has got to be the courgette cake (courgette is also known as zucchini to some). Mouth-watering from the moment I had my first bite. This place is a local (and also a tourist) favourite, so be prepared to stand in line or wait for a table. Small and narrow, I’m surprised how many people De Laatste Kruimel could squeeze in sometimes. 

 

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Dinner

Just two streets away from Hotel The Exchange, it takes only 4 minutes to pop over the Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar. This bar also doubles up as a barber shop, great for men who are looking for hipster haircut and a shave.

 Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

Oh those mouth-watering Chicken 'n Red Velvet Waffles with Surf 'n Turf Burger. Photo by May Leong.

We’re here at Cut Throat Barber Bar to try their famous Chicken ‘n Red Velvet Waffles. It does not disappoint. On top of that, we also ordered Surf ‘n Turfburger and Spiked Shakes. The Spiked Shakes comes in three yummy milkshake flavours, and we went for Chocolate and Strawberry milkshakes, with a dash of Vodka in it. Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam!

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 Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam. Photo by May Leong.

 

Thank you for reading this blog post. More to come in October and November on what to eat when staying at Hotel The Exchange!

Have a great weekend all!

xom