In the heart of the financial district of London stands a 61 meters, (202 feet) Doric column, simply known as the Monument. It is an important landmark because it acts as a permanent reminder to the Great Fire of London in 1666 and the rebuilding of London from its ashes. It was built between 1671… Continue reading Why is the Monument important to London?
Are you planning a trip to London? Or are you simply looking for a place to visit in London? Why not plan a visit to Sky Garden and enjoy breathtaking views of London's skyline for Free over cocktails or coffee? Here are 5 Reasons why I think that you should visit the Sky Garden. As… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Sky Garden in London
3 Days in Tokyo Tokyo is one of the busiest metropolises in the world and there are many great things to see and do here. It offers unlimited shopping choices, entertainment, culture and dining options. For some, it can be overwhelming and a little intimidating just to see the sheer maddening crowd that occupy the… Continue reading How to make the Best of 3 Days in Tokyo?
As part of My City & My Town - Appreciating London Series, next door to St Paul’s, you will notice an archway which leads into Paternoster Square. This archway is Temple Bar, created by Sir Christopher Wren in 1672, and is made of Portland stone. The name “Temple Bar” originated from its position as a… Continue reading What is Next to St Paul’s that has its origins in Medieval times? ~ Paternoster Square
One of my special places in My City & My Town, Appreciating London is St Paul’s Cathedral. For many of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have guessed this already, no doubt, given my several feeds on this iconic building. My interest in this iconic building is not only limited to its architectural… Continue reading #1 in My City & My Town – Appreciating London Series ~ What makes St Paul’s Cathedral in London a Special Place to Visit?
Don’t know about you guys, but as the year draws to a close, and in any case, since Thanksgiving, I have been reflecting on what the year has been so far and my journey in life. For the most part 2018 has been a rewarding year - I travelled a lot more, achieved academia success and admire the success of my hard-work unfold, my kids who are My Pride and Joy! There has also been crossroads where I had to make tough calls, decisions and embark on choices which only time will tell if it was the correct one. I am thankful for all its blessings and challenges. This exercise has made me more analytical, helped me to remove emotions, step
It has been a few years since I saw one of these British iconic heritage on the road – the Routemaster. When I did, of course I chased after it and started to click away. I can certainly take a tour in this bus but where is the fun in it for a photographer if… Continue reading The Routemaster Heritage Route 15
I had an awesome day today visiting Leadenhall Market with some very good friends who made it all the more a merrier experience. Visiting Leadenhall Market has been on my London Do-List for a while and I was saving it for Christmas. Although I have lived in London for a very, very long time and… Continue reading Leadenhall Market
I visited Lake Biwa on the same day as I visited Mt Hiei as it was convenient to get to Lake Biwa from Mt Hiei, by taking the Sakamoto Cable car to the Shiga side to the base of the mountain to Sakamoto Station. This two-kilometres, 11-minute journey proved to be well-worth the money as it… Continue reading Lake Biwa
Mount Hiei makes a nice little escape from the maddening crowds of other Kyoto’s main attraction. It is a quiet place and somehow walking in the dense forest of towering cedar trees made me feel good. It was peaceful. There were not many tourists around on a weekday when I visited. I would recommend that you visit this sacred mountain for its natural beauty and it is one of the many places in Japan where tradition meets history and you might be pleasantly surprised 😊...
Kyoto was the former capital of Japan until 1869 and was the residence of the Japanese emperor between AD 794 and 1868. Kyoto has so much culture, food, vibrancy and history to indulge in, that one cannot have too many days in that cultural city. Strolling through Gion or Pontocho to steal a glimpse of the geisha, visiting the many iconic temples or experiencing a traditional ryokan stay will leave you with lasting memories. No matter how much time you spend in Kyoto, saying ‘goodbye’ will always be hard. For me, these were my Top 5:...
Himeji is a City in the Kansai region of Japan, in the Hyogo Prefecture. It is easily accessible from Kyoto or Osaka (see below) and makes a brilliant day trip. My top picks for a day-trip to Himeji are just three places which should be in any visit list to this region. Himeji is home… Continue reading Day Trip to Himeji (姫路) – Castles, Gardens & Temples
No matter where you go in Japan, you will find something that they call “soft cream”, described as silky and smooth. In English, we call it simply as “soft serve ice cream,” the soft ice-cream served on a wafer-cone which ..
I think a visit to the UK or London is never complete without a trip to Windsor, the home of the historic Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, is the residence of the British Royal family for over 1000 years and is said to be the Queen’s favourite… Continue reading Windsor Castle, Berkshire
Hiroshima is a vibrant modern city, having risen from its ashes of the past. It is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture, located in the southwest of Japan’s Honshu Island. Hiroshima's natural beauty can be seen in its impressive Chugoku Mountains to the north and the clear waters of the Seto Inland Sea in the south.… Continue reading Hiroshima & Itsukushima Shrine/Miyajima Island – 2 Days
“Tofu” or bean curd is food made of soy milk, pressed into solid white blocks. Originated in China and was introduced to Japan in the late 8th century, during the Nara period (710-794) by Zen Buddhist monks. It was the luxury food of the Shoguns in the early Edo period (1603-1868), and farmers were only allowed to eat on special days. Today, you can enjoy an exquisite meal of tofu, from starter to main course and dessert in a traditional Japanese setting at Yodofu Sagano.
Uji is a historical city in the green valley of South Kyoto. It is popular for its two World Heritage sites, the Byodoin Temple and the Ujigami shrine. In addition, Uji is famous for the superior quality of Green Tea and the Tale of Genji, the world’s first novel. Uji is easily accessible (see below:… Continue reading Kyoto, Uji (宇治) – A Day Trip
The majestic Niagara Falls was a magical experience and I am sure it is on everyone’s bucket list! If it is not, get it in – because you will be blown with total wonder and amazement at the six million cubic feet of water which goes over the crest of the falls every minute, at… Continue reading 3 Days in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Winery Hopping Niagara Ontario Canada especially along the shores of Lake Ontario is gaining international recognition as a wine region as it is home to over 50 wineries. About 25 vineyards are dotted within a landscape of 15 to 20 minutes outside of Niagara Falls. So, following the Wine Route of Ontario through the countryside… Continue reading Niagara Falls, Ontario. Day 3 – Winery Hopping
Chicago is a beautiful city with skyscrapers, amazing architecture, world class museums, beautiful parks and food from around the world for you to immerse in when you visit. It is the third most populous city in the United States and is situated on a huge lakefront, on the southwestern shores of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan… Continue reading Chicago
Geneva has it all! From chateaus, vineyards, romantic hotels to high-end Michelin stars cosy dining and mountains to lighthouses! Geneva is a perfect getaway for a romantic weekend. Geneva is a City by the Lake, Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as known to the locals here and is surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains… Continue reading Geneva
I have an absolute craze for trying local food. So, when visiting Hiroshima, my first dinner in the City was to visit an Okonomiyaki restaurant to try one of its mouth-watering okonomiyaki and fresh oysters which Hiroshima is famous for. Okonomiyaki is a popular Japanese savoury pancake filled with a variety of ingredients such as… Continue reading Okonomiyaki-Hiroshima’s Soul Food
On the opposite side of the park to Todaiji, across the road is the Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) shrine, dedicated to the deity that protects the city. Legend has it that Takemikazuchi no Mikoto, travelled from Ibaraki, northern Japan on a white deer all the way to Mt. Mikasa, a holy mountain, to reside on its… Continue reading Kasuga Taisha (春日大社) shrine
Next to Kyoto, Nara is a city that is rich in cultural legacy of temples, shrines and gardens. It is easy to get to, less than an hour train journey from either Osaka or Kyoto and makes a nice destination for a day trip, for individuals, couples and families. It has eight UNESCO World Heritage… Continue reading Nara
I had visited Paris on several occasions, but these visits were mainly dedicated to what my kids wanted to do. It was not until March 2015, when I made a solo trip to Paris for a few days that I understood why Paris bridges were covered with Love Locks and is regarded as the City… Continue reading Paris – Top 5 on a lazy getaway to Paris
A short while ago, I saw a question being posted on Social Media which asks: “What do I value Most in Life…” It’s a simple question, top of mind question, which expects a spontaneous response – spontaneous or not, it got me thinking… What do I value most in my life? As a Mum, do… Continue reading “What do I value Most in Life…”