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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Karma Beach Bali: One of Bali's Hidden Beaches (Bali Series)

Coming from the Philippines, my unreasonably high standards for beaches can turn out to be a burden sometimes. I know a good number of you could relate to this predicament. This leads to massive disappointment when I visit other island destinations. For Bali though, I became more realistic after asking some friends about its beaches. People have this notion that Bali has the same beaches as we do. The truth is, the island of the Gods is not known to have the beaches that we have grown to love. In fact, they are all from far from it. You won't find an abundance of dreamy white sands and crystal waters there. The Balinese beach culture mostly appeals to those who love riding the waves: Surfers. Wannabe Surfers. Or those who want to watch hot people surf.

However, no matter how discouraging the reviews of the beaches were, I still took it upon myself to see if Bali had a beach comparable or even better than ours. With that in mind, my quest to look for Bali's beach began. Fortunately, it was not too hard to find. I simply had to ask the right people.

When friends told me to visit this trip of beach on Bali's southernmost point, I conditioned my mind that this will be an "okay" beach". I said: " I'll be fine with that. Give me one white sandy beach and I'll be happy. I might not be able to stand seeing another temple in Bali."

Saturday, July 21, 2012

CUT by Wolfgang Puck (Singapore): It's all about the Steak

Celebrity restaurants, especially those with a huge following, are now a dime a dozen in major cities. When I was in Singapore, Joel Robuchon in Resorts World Sentosa was my first choice but after making an ocular, the restaurant gave the impression that it would be more ideal for a romantic date, wedding anniversary or engagement. Since I was taking one of my bestfriends, a relaxed and not-so-high-brow restaurant was a better fit. I wanted fine dining with a casual vibe. Hence, we chose CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Marina Bay Sands Shoppes. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Gardens by the Bay: The Future of Singapore

I am too overwhelmed to write anything while looking at these photos from my recent trip. Singapore's 101 hectare, Pandora-inspired (Avatar) superpark called Gardens by the Bay is definitely a sight to behold, especially at night. Its goal to make itself a city within a garden and not a garden within a city is not far from happening. In fact, Singapore is headed there already.
These pictures show you why Singapura, the Little Red Dot, has become the poster child for urban and economic development. This country does not have short term plans. Rather, planning is made for the more decades to come. Even with limited natural resources, this country has managed to make itself one of the most impressive economies in the world. For this post, you'll get glimpse of Singapore's newest project that tells us why this country is the future.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Harry Potter Exhibition Singapore: Keeping the Magic Alive

I am a self-confessed and proud Potterhead. I started reading J.K Rowling's books even before they hit it big. The books opened my imagination, leading me to a world of magic, wizards, and out-of-this-world creatures. Upon hearing about the movie deal (a natural course), I was as excited as the 10-year old kids who loved Harry Potter. It was such a rare phenomenon that swept across the globe.  Everyone wanted to be part of the journey of the boy who lived.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Dean and DeLuca Opens in Singapore: Spicing up your Epicurean Craving

My view of Singapore for the coming days.

Believe it or not, I am obsessed with anything that reminds of me of New York. Out of all the places I could visit in Singapore on my first day, Dean and DeLuca got way past everything on my list. 

How could I not go? I regularly visit their lovely and humongous branch in SoHo every time I find myself back in New York City. 

For those of you who aren't familiar, gourmet purveyor Dean and DeLuca is one of NYC's most famous upscale grocery store and cafe. Its much-awaited opening in Singapore was last June 22, 2012 at the Orchard Central. All the foodies must have found this news "eargasmic".