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7

November

TWENTY

0111 HRS

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

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Bangkok is one of my favourite cities for a weekend getaway. Great thanks to Hotel G group, I had the chance to be whisked away to have a stay at Pullman Bangkok Hotel G – a  5-star designer hotel located in the heart of the city at Silom. *blessed*

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is probably one of the most stylish modern lifestyle hotel offering cutting-edge design, in-vogue dining experiences, trendy events complete with spectacular panoramic views of the city centre and the iconic Chao Phraya River. You might not know this, but Pullman Bangkok Hotel Gwent through a complete renovation and rooms are looking real stylish – think classic vintage chic and classy whites. I stayed in the latter and every corner was instagram-worthy ;)

Not forgetting that this hotel houses two award-winning restaurants, 25 Degrees Burgers and Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant (helmed by Michelin starred Chef Sylvain Royer). Dean actually brought me to Scarlett last year in October for my birthday dinner and I had a memorable experience there. Am definitely happy to be back there for another meal and it was such a great experience – both food and service were impeccable. Even if you aren't a guest of the hotel, you might like to visit this place for a meal.

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Outfit: KLARRA's pleated halter dress in dusty blue, KLARRA's eyelet cutout top in wine & pleated wide leg pants in wine



If you are heading to Bangkok or overseas for a trip soon, you might want to check out www.hotels.com/visaholiday. I recently chatted with a friend and got to know that hotels.com is partnering with Visa from now till 31 December. Visa cardholders (for Visa Infinite & Visa Signature only) are able to enjoy 12% off with minimum 2 nights stay . Accommodation often takes up the bulk of travel expenditure and it's great to know that we can enjoy some savings. Besides that, you can easily book through www.hotels.com/visaholiday or via their mobile application too. www.hotels.com/visaholiday has over 700,000 hotels in more than 60 locations – it provides real time prices and it goes through a secure cashless payment process. ;)

Coupon : 12%
Code : VISA12
Book : 1 Nov to 11 Dec 2016
Stay : 1 Nov 2016 to 31 Mar 2017
Restrictions : Only Visa Signature & Infinite Card BINs with min. 2 nights stay

P.S: This promotion via Visa is not part of my trip to Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. The above information provided for Visa & hotels.com is for informational purposes only. beatricetan.com is not liable for any incompleteness, or delays, or for any actions taken in reliance on information contained herein.
 

21

October

TWENTY

0310 HRS

Boutique aesthetic clinic – Astique

My usual beauty regime has been quite simple – daily care with moisturizer and monthly facials. But due to our weather and long working hours over the years, it seems the basic care for skin isn't enough and very recently, I started heading to an aesthetic clinic to understand what else I can do to improve my skin.

I was introduced to ASTIQUE, a boutique aesthetic clinic located in the heart of Orchard Road at Shaw House. ASTIQUE is situated inside the AsiaMedic compound at Shaw House. For first timers, you might want to ask the friendly staff at AsiaMedic for directions. If you are wondering where's Shaw House it's basically in between Thai Embassy and Lido. The clinic has a very decent space with cozy interior and a resting corner for you to enjoy hot refreshment while waiting for your appointment.

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The clinic is run by three doctors, Dr Celine Leong, Dr Matthew Yap and Dr Ng Hong Yi and during my first visit, I met Dr Ng Hong Yi who has years of experiences in this field and has also worked overseas for a while. I liked that Dr Ng started by patiently listening and understanding clearly on the concerns I have as well as my past medical/skin experiences.

I had issues with uneven skin tone that resulted in my skin looking dull, unhealthy and I came to realise that for the past year, my skin doesn’t heal fast enough or marks are easily formed – this was the main issue I wanted to solve. I do feel that the tired skin aged me and many a times, I’ve received comments that I look tired or pale when I’d no make up on. Putting on makeup might not always help unless if I apply a thicker/heavier foundation. With these issues in mind, Dr Ng recommended me to try out ASTIQUE’s Radiance EX treatment, which is a combination of non-invasive laser treatments that uses light energy to gently stimulate natural collagen growth, improve pores, remove irregular pigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and for overall skin rejuvenation.

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The treatment took about 20 minutes and there was little pain nor discomfort. The little pain was very bearable and the whole process was comfortable. Numbing cream was applied after my face was thoroughly cleansed so I suppose that helped. Dr Ng was very gentle, meticulous during the laser process and I liked that he pre-empted what was about to happen, which made the process a smooth one – that definitely says a lot about his experience. This treatment had no downtime as well which was a good thing as I had meetings scheduled for the next few days.

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This laser stimulates collagen production in the skin, and as new collagen is generated, lines and wrinkles are decreased. Additionally, as the laser light penetrates age spots and other pigmentation, these areas are broken apart and absorbed into the skin. I was told that results of the Radiance EX treatment lead to a refreshed appearance, smoother skin texture, an even skin tone, and a decrease in pore size. The treatment took about 20 minutes and there was little pain nor discomfort. The little pain was very bearable and the whole process was comfortable. Numbing cream was applied after my face was thoroughly cleansed so I suppose that helped. Dr Ng was very gentle, meticulous during the laser process and I liked that he pre-empted what was about to happen, which made the process a smooth one – that definitely says a lot about his experience. This treatment had no downtime as well which was a good thing as I had meetings scheduled for the next few days.

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The above was taken two weeks after my laser treatment and make up stays better on the skin. I'm looking forward to be back at the clinic soon again to try out other treatments and will be back to share more with you guys :)

ASTIQUE specializes in treatments such as laser skin treatments, non-surgical facelifts, fillers, facials, non-invasive body contouring. As we all have different skin care needs, they also developed various skin care products suited to the needs of both genders. They do both face and body treatments as well as Mole removal and tattoo removal. If you are unsure what treatments are best for your skin issues or if you would like to better enhance your skin, I would recommend you to consult Dr Ng and understand what treatments you could explore.

In the meanwhile, if you are hoping to find out more about ASTIQUE, do visit the following for more details:

www.astiqueclinic.com.sg
www.facebook.com/AstiqueClinicSG
6732 3801 (call)
9857 7892 (SMS)


10

October

TWENTY

1010 HRS

A day at Phillip Wain

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It has been a while since I've took some time off for a pampering session. I used to go frequently for facial, gym and if I decided to pamper myself a little more, I would also go for a massage. The only thing is that these are all from different places and it can be quite a hassle to book and if I were to do all together in a day – it's quite difficult taking into consideration the travelling time.

Very recently, I was speaking to a friend, Eugenia and was introduced to Phillip Wain. If you haven't heard of it, Phillip Wain has been known as an Asian leader in fitness and beauty industry for more than 30 years. Phillip Wain is the region’s premier practitioner of the pioneering one-stop total beauty service. I came across places offering massages and facials but have never came across one that offers facial, massages, gym, classes altogether in one place. The extensiveness of services surprised me and got me quite curious to visit this place to take a look. 

So I visited Phillip Wain a few weeks back and made a couple of treatments to try out within the day. Phillip Wain is located at a very accessible location –  in the heart of Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery. The place is located at the top of the building and occupied the entire level. It looks narrow upon entering, but the space is very well utilised – rooms were adequately built for comfort and privacy. There is also a little bistro counter, health juice bar situated inside, serving an assortment of healthy food and drinks. The resting corner seems really comfortable as well, might be a good place to take some rest, read a book in between your treatments. Definitely living up to its name of being a one-stop service fitness and beauty place. 

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I was quite skeptical prior to the visit, wondering if the standard of the services offered by Phillip Wain would be on par with places that focus solely on a particular treatment. I tried 4 services at Phillip Wain:
1. Facial – Phillip Wain's signature Aqua EX3 Face Spa 
2. Massage – Advance Cell Reborn Therapy
3. Slimming – Triple Action Magnetic RF Therapy
4. Fitness – Pilates Personal Training

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The experiences were surprisingly very enjoyable and I felt that the standard of services exceeded my expectations. The professionalism of the staff were commendable and I could tell they were each very experienced in their own fields. One thing I could tell was that they do have a rather large team of staff and I'm guessing that because they hire experts in each area. Moving on to the treatments – starting with slimming treatment, facial and lastly, pilates.


1. FACIAL – AQUA EX3 FACE SPA

In all honestly,  I do in fact have my own facial place that I usually visit, but this face treatment that I did at Phillip Wain was much more comprehensive than my usual. I suppose it was also the type of treatment, and in this case, it was the Aqua EX3 Face Spa.

The Aqua EX3 Face Spa is one of the most signature treatments of Phillip Wain and I would recommend you to try this if you are looking for facials focusing on whitening and lifting. Benefits of this facial includes
- Reducing fine line, wrinkles and age spots
- Improving skin tone and texture
- Promoting regeneration of collagen and elastin fiber

This treatment uses an advanced technology combining mechanical and chemical peeling to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Using a unique spiral tip, it helps to gently exfoliate the surface of your skin to remove skin’s impurities, sebum and dead skin cells while hydrating and replenishing your skin with essential customized solutions. It then ended off with the snail lifting massage – I enjoyed this tremendously. Pressure was great and the beautician knew the right spots to press. This massage uses filtered liquid snail mucin and highly concentrated nutrients from plant stem cells to firm up skin, promote cells regeneration to restore skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Benefits of the snail mucin:
- Brightening and moisturizing
- Improving skin elasticity
- Anti-bacterial, Anti-aging and Whitening


2. MASSAGE – ADVANCE CELL REBORN THERAPY 

This got to be one of the best massages I'd in a while. This massage combines the east and the west technique, and uses firm bio-regulating renewal cream, evening primrose oil. What's really unique is that this particular massage uses energy stone and the experience was very enjoyable. I liked the effect of the hot stones on my body and the pressure exerted by the masseur was good as well. I felt very energized after the session was done and this is one treatment I'll definitely strongly recommend you to try. 


3. SLIMMING – TRIPLE ACTION MAGNETIC RF THERAPY

I also made an appointment to try the triple action magnetic RF therapy – which is one of Phillip Wain's latest slimming and contouring treatments. As quoted from them, " This treatment uses a patented technology which combines a matrix of multi-polar radio frequency (RF) along with magnetic pulses that work in synergy to effectively reduce cellulite, improve skin elasticity and deliver substantial circumference reduction. The Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PMF) helps to stimulate the synthesis of collagen, triggers the proliferation of fibroblasts and promote new blood vessels. Simultaneously, the RF helps to induce collagen and elastin synthesis by causing controlled thermal damage in the dermis, which triggers self-repair mechanism of skin tissue to improve overall skin condition and enzyme mediated lipolysis to decrease subcutaneous fat mass and ameliorate blood circulation."

The treatment was very comfortable and it came with massage to promote blood circulation. The staff performing the treatment was very experienced and I enjoyed the treatment very much. The only thing is that for slimming treatments, it requires a prolonged period and including a change of diet to see the results. So it was too early for me to gauge the effectiveness of this treatment through a session. 

3. FITNESS – PILATES
My first time trying Pilates and I loved it. Eugenia recommended me strongly to give this a try and I'm glad I did. Phillip Wain has two full-time instructors who have years of experience. Besides, the room was fully equipped with an extensive range of machines/equipments for all to use. I thoroughly enjoyed this experience too and definitely felt that I've worked all parts of the body after the session. If you would like to join pilates, you might want to check out their classes!

I think it's absolutely convenient to have one stop for all the services and this definitely is a bonus for all the busy women out there. Besides this, you might be interested to know that Phillip Wain is an all-ladies fitness and beauty place so it's great for women who are more comfortable in a female-only environment. Bathrobe and towels are provided and shower/locker area provides ladies essentials such as shower gel, shampoo, hair dryer, facial remover, cream, and even eye cream (another plus point).

A special treat for you guys from now till December:
Quote ‘Beatrice Tan’ to experience any one of these services at SGD68 or 3 services of your choice at SGD200.
• 55-mins Triple Action Magnetic RF Therapy (U.P. $856)
• 90-mins Aqua EX3 Face Spa (U.P. $728)
• 85-mins Advance Cell Reborn Therapy (U.P. $588.50)
• 60-mins Pilates Personal Training (U.P. $192.60)

Terms & conditions:
• Valid from now till 31 December 2016.
• Valid for new female customers, aged 21 years and above only.
• Each service/treatment is limited to one-time redemption per customer only.
• Redeemable at Phillip Wain Singapore only.

To enquire or book an appointment, please call 6250 0100 or visit Phillip Wain at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, Level 7 (Accessible via lift 6 & 7). If you would like to find out more, do check out Phlilip Wain's website.

Thanks Eugenia for arranging everything and it was definitely a day well-spent at Phillip Wain :)

  


Copenhagen is known to be a city with great food and I personally am very impressed with the city's aim of developing high quality of life by focusing on going green, having sustainable and organic approach to almost everything. From what I came to know, the organic living is in the line with the green profile in Copenhagen and by setting the standard on organics, it can help to protect the environment and help to ensure clean drinking water free of pesticides.

Thanks to Copenhagen tourism, we got to visit some of the best places and I'm very sure I wouldn't have known them or even experienced them if it wasn't for 'Visit Copenhagen' (the name of the tourism board). I hope this list will again, be of help to you if you are planning to visit this beautiful city.

1. Joe & the juice

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2. Sankt Peders Bageri
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Sankt Peders Bageri is one of Copenhagen's oldest bakeries and known for their "onsdagssnegle" (cinnamon rolls). This was located very near the hotel we stayed, Hotel SP34.
Address: Sankt Peders Stræde 29 1453 København K


3. DOP Organic Hotdogs

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"We have revitalized the traditional hotdog using only organic ingredient, making healthier fast food of the highest quality." 
I'm not a huge hotdog fan but I do enjoy a good hotdog bun especially when it's done well – good mix of ingredients, chewy buns. DOP hotdog bun I've had was definitely one of the best I've tried. Do get the cheese sausage one if you are a fan of cheese too ;)
Address: Købmagergade 52 1150 København K

4.  La Glace
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Conditori La Glace is one of the oldest confectionary in Denmark. It has been founded in 1870 and has been through six generations. It was definitely quite an experience to see the old rooms and interior their tea house – they were very classic and beauitful. La Glace specializes in their cakes, coffee and confenctionary treats. Would recommend this place for an afternoon tea or to get some gifts for friends/family back home. 
Address: Skoubogade 3 – 1158 København

5. Copenhagen Street Food | PapirØen
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Located right in an abandoned warehouse across the harbor from Nyhavn and the Royal Playhouse. There is no entrance fee and from what I know, there were 33 food stalls and trucks stationed there with all sorts of cuisines. From traditional to international. A few of the must try would be the Duck Fat Fries, Egg Wrap and if you are looking for Asian food, they do have prety tasty sushi rolls too. Copenhagen street food is one of the places I would definitely revisit if I'm back. I heard they are shifting places so do check out their facebook page for more details if you are heading there!

6. Torvehallerne (Food market)
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I was happy to know that Grød was situated there. Grød specializes in oat porridge, (love anything oats!) both sweet and savory. They begun first with a store at Jægersborggade but gradually expanded to other areas of Copenhagen. Besides Grød, Torvehallerne has other popular stores such as Coffee Collective which is famous for its fresh brewed coffee. Torvehallerne is another place I would visit if I'm back in the city. 

Address: Frederiksborggade 21 1360 København K

7. Toldboden
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Toldboden is a maritime restaurant specializing in seafood and steak (think lobster roll, fish and chips etc). I adore the interior of this place – those tall glass windows and wooden tables and recycled (yes) rugs/props around.  Toldboden is located near one of the most popular attractions of Copenhagen – the little mermaid. It's a perfect place if you would like to find somewhere to have drinks and yet having pretty quality bites for the afternoon. 
Address: Nordre Toldbod 18-24, 1259 København, Denmark


 
       
8. Manfreds

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Manfreds is a cosy underground restaurant with tight seatings. The intimate dining atmosphere is continued in the dishes that are served in a communal style for sharing. From Christian Puglisi (An ex-sous chef at the prestigious Noma) and the team behind Relæ (another restaurant by Christian Puglisi which I tried but was a little underwhelmed), this place serves affordable new Nordic cuisine. It's famous for being a veggie-focused restaurant and it is also famous for its raw meat dish (didn't manage to capture any but you can click here to see – it's a must try for sure).
Address: Jægersborggade 40, 2200 København, Denmark

9. ANTE 
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If you enjoy fine-dining, Ante would be another pleasure to experience. I really enjoyed the creations here and personally thought it they were very innovative. We had an amazing wine pairing session and if you do not take alcohol, their juice pairing was really interesting too. It was situated just beside hotel SP34 and the space was very small but it had a very cosy setting which I really liked. Lights were dimmed throughout so some might think they were dining in the dark but I thought it was very romantic. 
Address: Jarmers Pl. 1, 1551 København V, Denmark


  

10.  Väkst
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Väkst is located right in Hotel SP34. It is the latest project by Cofoco (another prominent restaurant around the city and they are behind restaurants Höst and Italy). Väkst has a menu that focuses on vegetables and the cuisine is very Nordic. Love how the place is filled with natural light with its large windows and that it's surrounded by fresh plants. Food was very memorable and service was impeccable, I would recommend this for a visit for sure.
Sankt Peders Stræde 34, 1453 København K, Denmark

There are just so many incredible restaurants in Copenhagen and here would be the first of the list featuring 10 of them. Pardon for delay in this as work at Klarra side has definitely caught up with me. I'll be back again with one more entry in the next few weeks and will update you via my social platforms :)  Would definitely love to connect with you there at @beatricesays in the meanwhile!  

24

July

TWENTY

0107 HRS

Outfit | Copenhagen Photo Diary

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Outfit: Pleated bottom asymmetrical maxi from Klarra



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Outfit: Outer long vest from Klarra, top and bottom from a random shop in Bangkok, bag from Coach

 

I had some free time on one of the mornings in Copenhagen and since i was alone and had nothing planned out, I decided to arrange for a shoot around the city center.   


I remember receiving an email from a team named Sweet Escape a while back and after reading their email, I came to know they have photographers over 120 cities. I thought their concept reminds me of uber, just that you have to book it a day or two in advance. So since I was in Copenhagen, I thought this would be something fun to do and I would definitely love to create some new content for the blog especially in this beautiful city. So that was what I did for two hours in the morning at 9am and here are some of the shots.

I enjoyed the time spent with the photographer and got to learn more about photography her at the same time (my photographer was a gorgeous Russian female by the way). Ain't the most comfortable posing on bustling streets and that took me a little while to warm up. Furthermore, I really dislike causing inconvenience towards others so I try not to stand in the middle of a busy street posing for pictures.
 

Brought over a few outfits from Klarra and love the pleated bottom asymmetrical maxi. Such as comfy piece and I like that it's non sheer (although nude garments would still be recommended when it comes to white pieces) and the material is rather crease-free. Klarra's designs are conceptualized with the idea of versatility (we try our very best) so hence, we kept the design simple with classic pleats with the asymmetrical, double layer details to make it more unique. This design can definitely be worn for weekends or occasional dressy dinners – just a change of footwear ;) 
 

The emerald long vest is actually another piece that can be styled or worn very differently. Some of our customers wore it as a dress on its own or with a belt, and I prefer to wear it as a layer piece. 
 

Anyway, this was fun and I would absolutely do this again if I've the chance. Was really excited to receive and share these pictures! The above pictures were taken around Hotel SP34 and also the city hall of Copenhagen. If you are looking for places to shoot, the city hall is definitely one of the places I'd recommend :) 
 

 

Travelling in Copenhagen during this summer is definitely one of the best seasons. I've spent a week in Copenhagen to explore the city as best as I could, and it didn't take me too long to fall in love with this place. Denmark has always been known as the happiest nation in the world and the Danes being the happiest people on Earth. After reading up on some articles and after immersing in their way of life, getting to know their culture, I could definitely see why. 
 

In Denmark, I came to understand that the Danes enjoy a work-life balance with a sense of financial security, allowing them to have the freedom, opportunity to pursue the kind of life they want to live and the personal goals they want to achieve. With that said, the Danes enjoy a very high level of satisfaction with life. The Danish society doesn't believe in judging other people's lives and also, it places great emphasis on gender equality – these are definitely two of the principals of Danish Culture that I respect very much. Besides the mentioned, I personally felt very safe commuting and walking around Copenhagen and that made the trip absolutely refreshing and enjoyable.

  Apart from the culture, Copenhagen is also rich with design-led stores and known for having quality homeware designed by Danish designers. Every single piece looks simply like an art. Shopping for beautiful homeware (or home & living stuff) has always been one of my favourite things to do and owning those beautiful pieces make me absolutely over the moon. Another reason why I love this amazing city.  

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I love how the city emphasizes on organic produce, renewable energy technology, being green and carbon-free as well as having sustainable and environmental friendly solutions for almost everything. Do you know that Denmark has the world's highest organic share and is the most well-developed organic market? Besides this, Copenhagen is also the first Scandanavian city to adopt a mandatory green roof policy. The city is currently working towards being the world's first carbon neutral capital in 2025 and this is one of the supporting initiatives. It's pretty interesting to know and if you keen to find out more, do click here to read.
 

 

Places to visit:
1. Nyhavn
A 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. Lined by brightly coloured townhouses,  it is filled with bars, cafes and restaurants - 
a perfect place to end a long day, dining by the canal with jazz music and good food.
 

2. The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The sculpture is made of bronze and granite and was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. The sculpture of The Little Mermaid turned 100 years old on 
23 August 2013.

3. Tivoli Gardens
A national treasure and an international attraction. Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen is a must for all visitors of different ages. You could take a walk in the park with a minimal entrance fee and purchase the respective rides along the way if you would like to experience them. The park is filled with various restaurants, situated with in special architecture, historic buildings and lush gardens. Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.

4. Christiansborg Palace 
Christiansborg Palace is where the queen welcomes official guests, hosts royal banquets and the magnificent venue for lush events. You can enjoy a tour and get behind the scenes of the splendid halls and the royal kitchen. The palace is also home to the Danish Parliament and it holds unique stories from Copenhagen’s establishment and up until today. If you would like to get a good view of the city, I would recommend you to make a trip down to the top of the tower. 
Do note that this palace closes at 4pm but you can still visit the top of the tower till 9pm for all days except Monday.

5. Freetown Christiania
A self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents and is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989. Christiania has been a source of controversy since its establishment in 1971. The residents are known to have developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004 and although theauthorities tried normalizing the legal status of the community, it led to conflicts, police raids and negotiations. Therefore, this place still remains with special attention and is open to public to visit. There is a mix of homemade houses, workshops, art galleries, music venues, cheap and organic eateries, and nature to see. No picture-taking is allowed in this place.

6. Superkilen
Superkilen is a public park in the Nørrebro district of Copenhagen, Denmark. This park has been created to celebrate diversity & is filled with objects from around the world – with ideas/artifacts contributed from 60 nationalities.

7. Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg is considered one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture and is made up of four identical buildings.See the statue of King Frederik V from 1771, located in the middle of the palace square or experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks through the streets of Copenhagen and finish at Amalienborg. (Takes place at 12:00 noon sharp) 

8. Jægersborggade
One of the hippest and most buzzing streets in Copenhagen. Although it is just a small residential street, but it is home to around 40 art galleries, organic produce shops, vintage clothes, ceramics and jewellery designers, as well as wine bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Michelin-starred restaurant Relæ is located there, as well as, the prominent coffee house – The Coffee Collective and Danish porridge, Grod. This street hosts a popluar fleamarket from time to time as well.


9. Church of Our Saviour (Vor Frelsers Kirke)
Church of Our Saviour is a baroque church and is famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering a magnificent view of Copenhagen. The route up to the outdoor spire stairs can be a quite challenging as it was extremely narrow. I personally think this place gives a splendid view of the city but be sure to wear comfortable shoes and outfit (avoid skirts etc) as you would need to climb steep steps. Definitely a place to visit.
  

 

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Places to shop:
1. Stroget
Strøget is famous for being one of the main shopping streets and is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of theworld's most expensive brands. You can find big brands like Prada, Max Mara, Gucci, Louis Vuitton or shops like H&M, Pandora and Zara.

2. Illums Bolighus
An international flagship of modern living, design and furnishings, featuring Danish and Scandinavian Designs for homeware, furnitures etc. This was a homeware heaven and one of my absolute favourite places to shop. You can find cards,  homeware, mats or anything to do with home and living.

3. Kortkartellet
Typography city posters and art prints. A Copenhagen based company with a love of aesthetics, typography, design and is known for creating maps art with city names. A little piece of Danish designed minimalism for the wall and another place if you would like to get some souvenirs.


4. Keramiker Inge Vincents
Owned by Danish ceramic artist, Inge Vincents, the shop features functional ceramic products such as paper-thin bowls, vases, cups and various containers for tealights etc. Everything is exclusively white and no two objects are the same as each piece is handmade. This is one of my favourite shops and I got home a handmade cup from there.

5. Ro Chokolade
A chocolate shop specializes in handmade chocolates and homemade ice cream.Enjoy slim, conical form chocolate with champagne fillings, truffles with fruit fillings or ice cream with chocolate, chilli, star anise and cinnamon. One of the best tasting chocolates i've tried. A good idea for gifts.

6. Karamelleriet
Makes handmade quality caramel. In the shop in Jægersborggade, you can see how the caramels are made and you could taste and buy them on the spot. The caramels come in different flavours such as peanut crunsh, soft fudge, hard caramel called 'rocks', fruit candies, toffee, chocolate, licorice, mint and chocolate coconut. This would be a good idea for gifts as well.

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Copenhagen is a city you probably would want to get lost (yet you would never really get lost there). It's an absolutely easy place to explore everywhere by foot or by bike. If you are thinking of exploring more of the city in a day, I would strongly recommend the below activities.

 

 

Things to do:
1. Touring the city with Go-boat

We got to experience controlling our own solar-powered picnic boat in Copenhagen's harbour and canals. The sustainable go-boats were all made with recycled materials and are easy to navigate. The go-boats can accommodate up to eight people and each boat has a picnic table in the middle. You can bring your own picnic lunch, dinner or order a picnic basket in advance from GoBoat too.
 

 

   2. Cycling around the city with Cycling Copenhagen
One of the most enjoyable activities I've experienced. Copenhagen is made for cycling, with bicycle routes on almost every street. The lanes were spacious, the paths were easy to cycle, all I wished was being better on bikes. We had a two-hour cycling tour with Cycling Copenhagen, where Christian the founder, led us to some of the beautiful places in Copenhagen. Christian was very attentive and patient, sharing with us about the culture and history along the way as we went. Biking has never been this fun ;)


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Things to know about Copenhagen:
- It is the capital of Denmark
- The Danes speak Danish and English
- Denmark is not on the Euro, it is on Danish Krone
- You could cross over to Sweden just by a bridge. Copenhagen is linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge
- Tipping is minimal. Restaurant bills usually include a service charge and taxi drivers don't expect a tip, although it's customary to round up the amount


 
Things you might want to do when you arrive in Copenhagen:
1. Sim Card
Buy a 3G card from 7-11 and top up 100DKK (SGD20) for 20GB of data. Would recommend the top up if you are staying more than two days. 

2. Copenhagen Card
Travelling around Copenhagen was a breeze with the Copenhagen Card. This card allows one to enjoy:
- Free admission to 73 museums and attractions
- Free public transport by bus, train and Metro 
- Discounts on restaurants, attractions and entertainment 
* Includes bringing along two children under 10 complimentary

*You have the option to purchase it for a day, two days, three days or five days.
*For a three-day card, it costs 629,00 DKK (SGD126) for adults and 319,00 DKK (SGD64) for children.

Hope this post is helpful to you guys who are travelling or are thinking to visit. I'll be back to share another post focusing on gastronomy next week. Catch you then!

 

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July

TWENTY

0107 HRS

Travel | Hello Copenhagen

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Hotel SP34, a boutique hotel situated near Strøget (Copenhagen's main artery with the longest pedestrian shopping streets in Europe, featuring design shops and international flagship stores). This hotel has a very accessible, central location and is around 5 to 10 minutes away from the metro, train station.

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It has been slightly more than a week since I've came back from Copenhagen

It was my second time being in this beautiful city. The first time was a mere two days and it was during the period when I was n London doing the fashion short courses. It was a rather impromptu trip to meet a friend, merli, who was there for work. And back then since I was already in Europe, I would take up almost every opportunity to visit a new country/city whenever I could, if time permitted and flight costs were reasonable. I remember being very much in love with the city and I left with a heavy heart – wishing that I had more time to explore the place. 

I was elated and certainly very excited when I got the chance to visit Copenhagen this time (thanks Copenhagen Tourism and Singapore air!). Furthermore, summer is probably the best season to be in Copenhagen – you get to dress light, walk around in cooling weather.. this city is just beautiful to be explored by foot (or bike). 

 I must say the itinerary of this trip was very well-organized by the Copenhagen tourism board with the mix of activities and a comfortable pace – we had a good balance of planned activities + free & easy time. I extended the trip for a couple of days and had initially wanted to take the chance to extend the trip longer. But being away from KLARRA for a few days was already quite a stretch. Reason being is because 'm still very hands on with work and I'm at work for KLARRA everyday whenever i can. The good thing about my work is that I could still work wherever as long as I've my laptop and internet, so I managed to get work done during those free & easy time.  Although I would really love to use those time to explore the city more, I've no complains that I got to do both (if not I'll be too worried about KLARRA!) during the entire trip. 

Anyway, I can't wait to share more pictures and the experiences with you. Be back soon and catch you then x

5

July

TWENTY

1207 HRS

Travel | Copenhagen Travelogue

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I was stoked to have the opportunity to visit Copenhagen (one of my favourite cities) two weeks ago and I was there for a week, courtesy of Copenhagen Tourism & Singapore Air x

I'm one who tends to take countless of photos whenever I visit a new place and sometimes, I wonder if it's a good travel habit to have. I've too many photos to sort, it takes up a huge amount of memory space (I've been getting too many memories cards and hard discs) and also, it can make choosing photos a difficult task. But yet at the same time, these photos captured almost every single memory of mine for the trip.. As I can be quite nostalgic, I secretly (or not so secretly) do enjoy reading my older posts at time to relive the memories, the good times and to remind myself to be thankful for what I've experienced in life till date <3

As you can guess, am in the midst of preparing the post and stay tuned – I'll be back soon! 

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June

TWENTY

1206 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #7 | The Westin (Final)

 

 

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Outfit: A comfy strip set from Klarra 

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This entry marks the last of Fiji Travel. 

We started the day having a hearty breakfast at Outrigger's Sundowner Cafe, where we dined by the white sand beach. The beach was beautiful – wished we had more time to explore the resort but we had to check out that very morning to head to another location for our last night's stay.

Our last stay was at The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa, Fiji. another luxury resort with a private beach and an 18-hole golf course located right by the hotel. 

We left the hotel and went for lunch at Cardos's steakhouse and cocktail bar at Port Denaru. We were craving for Asian food and decided to go for Singapore Seafood (surprised to see this on the menu) – which was sort of like stir-fried meat with rice. Portions were generally quite huge for the meals we ordered in Fiji.

Spent the afternoon back at The Westin. The resort also houses a Spa house named Heavenly Spa -  where it was situated in a lush green environment and offers a comprehensive spa menu. I had a body massage and II thought the pressure was good. The only thing was that the spa beds were located outdoor and the weather was a little warm for comfort. But overall, the service was great.
 
We ended the night with a wonderful dinner with peeps from The Starwood Group, Xavier and Shristi, for the night. Dinner by the beach at The Kitchen @ Westin was a good idea – we had lobster (definitely not missing the seafood at Fiji) and we enjoyed the meal very much, thanks to great company too x

Thank you once again, to tourism Fiji and Fly Fijiairways for this lovely summer getaway <3
 

Back for another update on Fiji and I know this is taking a while! Have been spending most of my time at work and finally got down to edit the photos. A couple more entry before Fiji travels come to an end. 

Continuing from the previous entry, we had a day out at Nadi and headed to Sigatoka River Safari at 8am in the morning for its River Safari ride. I don't think I'm someone who is able to take 360 rides or drop-down rides etc but I do enjoy very much enjoy high speed rides or 360 turns. I googled before we set out for the day and was already looking forward to this as I personally enjoy rides like this (you'll experience 360 turns via the jet boat rides) – this reminds me of the Shotover River ride I had in New Zealand Queenstown. 

The Sigatoka river ride was also another way for people to travel to the village (Fiji is known for the village tours). This is part of the Sigatoka tours by the way – you can easily book via their website here. In a nutshell, the tour we had covered these:

Bus ride to the Sigatoka Jet boats port with a guide along the journey sharing about the history of the area and the history of the villagers along the valley road
On board on the jet boat with the captains for our sigatoka river ride with commentary stops along the way and learning more about Fiji history and the history of the Sigatoka Valley
Village tour where we met the village guide, locals living in the village, village head and we experienced a traditional Fijian kava ceremony etc
Lunch at the village 

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Meet our Sigatoka River Safari guide, Clare Ann Steele. She was certainly very attentive, has an absolutely warm personality and took care of us during the entire trip. Thank you Clare x

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Where we enter the jet boats

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The village 

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Again, very thankful to have our trip planned by tourism Fiji and we were definitely very well-hosted by everyone we met. Thanks to these lovely people, we got to learn so much about Fiji within those few days and had such a great time x