SKETCH

London, November 2016 – SKETCH is a “destination place, for food, art and music” and conceived by French celebrity chef, Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur, Mourad Mazouz. It is one of the most fun dining scenes in London. Upon entering the 18th Century building on Conduit Street, one sees a hop-scotch on the floor. Cute idea!…

The Clifford Pier

Singapore  – When dining, Mr. King & I prefer to explore places with a history. So it was pure nostalgia when we visited The Clifford Pier at The Fullerton Bay Hotel in Singapore. “A historic landmark, Clifford Pier was built in 1933 as the landing jetty for ships and marks the arrival point where our forefathers began…

L’Art de Vivre at Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi (post in French & English) – Mr. King took our son and me to Hanoi for a weekend. While Hanoi has become more developed over the past decade, the city still retains its charms. Our journey starts upon our arrival at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, which is a historic sight in itself. Numerous famous…

Belmond La Residencia

Mallorca – After driving on winding roads through villages lined with ochre-color houses and Serra de Tramuntana mountains towering above, our car turned into a driveway lined with olive trees and red geranium flowers. Reaching the top of the hill, Mr. King & I were greeted by a majestic stone-mansion- La Residencia. Nestled in the small…

Metamorphosis of the Hermès Store

Singapore, May 2016 – I was excited to see that after months of renovations, the Hermès flagship in the Lion City has revealed its new face. It is modern, sophisticated and fresh! The flagship at Liat Towers is located on the famous shopping belt, Orchard Road, and is the largest of the four boutiques in…

Bobby Bräuer’s EssZimmer

Munich, June 2015 – Who would have thought that one of Munich’s finest restaurants is above a car showroom? The Michelin 2-star EssZimmer by Bobby Bräuer is nested inside BMW Welt, the state-of-the art exhibition facility showcasing the latest BMW automobiles. The futuristic architecture of BMW Welt alone was impressive enough. Mr. King and I visited…

Spring in Vienna

Vienna, April 2011 – There is no better time to visit Vienna than Spring. Mr. King & I spent a weekend in this magnificent city. It was not an easy task to plan our weekend since Vienna has a number of attractions and is filled with art and culture. Here were a few highlights from…

Tuscan Retreat – Il Borro

September 2011 – Imagine a mediaeval village set in the lush Tuscan hills –  this is Il Borro, an estate belonging to the Ferragamo family, who fully restored the property while retaining their century old facades. Upon arrival at Il Borro‘s gates, Mr. King and I were greeted by the rows of majestic tall trees…

A Plunge into Hermès

Paris, October 2014 – One of the places to visit on my agenda was Hermès boutique in the Saint-Germain- des-Prés quarter. I usually like to just wander around the Left Bank area, but that morning, I made it my first destination. One of the most intriguing facts is that the shop was constructed inside the famed…