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A short recommendation piece on Inlake Hostel in Hangzhou, right on Westlake, a stunning historical site turned into a beautiful, bright and airy zen hostel. I’d consider it more a hotel than a hostel and it’s tastefully put together. Emperor Qin Shi Wang and his entourage stayed here three times (the guest dormitory extension of […]

Photo: Cha Gordo at Christmas. Image courtesy of the Macanese Gastronomy Association.

Photo: Minchi and Tamarind pork dish at IFT Macau Last week November 1, Macanese cuisine was officially added to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of gastronomy, joining the ranks of Chengdu and Shunde in China. The Macanese community has been tirelessly championing this to preserve their heritage and culture as Macanese cuisine […]

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St Paul’s Ruins is possibly one of the most recognisable monuments from Macao that adorn many postcards and where first time visitors to Macao go for their “been there, done that” shot for social media. The façade has seen many iterations since the 17th century – it was first a college, then a church and […]

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I’m partnering up with MGTO for the next three months sharing my favourite places and things about Macao both old and new during the four years I lived there. Also highlighting the unique festivals and events that take place annually in Macao. Stay tuned 😉   Well, it’s the time of the year again in Macao […]

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Last weekend, I joined my friends on this interesting bus tour going around Singapore for a glimpse of famous old films made in the city. Interesting as an idea and we had fun, but it was a little too post modern for our appreciation. We understand the constrains of grants and how this is a […]

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This shop opened a couple of months ago discreetly in the old part of town with walls stacked from floor to ceiling of beautiful sardine cans. I don’t know about others, but I have a bad habit of buying stuff for their beautiful packaging and have a number of sardines boxes and cans after consuming the […]

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Kebaya Tales by Lee Su Kim is collection of short stories which makes for a lovely bedtime read in one sitting, more anecdotal like how my grandmother and mother tells stories and recounting childhood days and growing up, sprinkled with magical photos of the sarong batik fabrics, beautiful accessories and the elaborate Korosang that holds the […]

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The PR agency of the Mandarin Oriental Macau approached me for this interesting project about “Hidden Faces” in Macao to feature my Firecracker labels collection. I was happy to participate as I tirelessly work to try to put Macao on the world map beyond it’s glitzy casino exterior that it shows to the world. There […]

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