Antoinette, Penhas Road, Singapore

# Singapore Cool Cafe # – Antoinette – French Patisserie with Hakka influences. If you look at the map of Singapore, you will see the area near ‘Lavender’ street running the north eastern side off downtown. This area, as I found out, is among the oldest on this island country. But now, as any Singaporean will tell you, the area is coming back with good array of cool and hip cafes run by younger generation who revived the...

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Some New Exhibit Arrangements at Bangkok National Museum

Above: Hun Luang or Hun Yai or royal puppet theatre.  I always fell for something old and marvellous than something new and shiny. A few weeks ago, we were in town, browsing through the National Museum where we occasionally go back just to collect whatever we had missed the previous visits. Found out that the Assarawinitchai Hall and complex which had been under renovation is now complete with new arrangements of the beautiful...

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Thai Lunch at Erawan Tea Room, Bangkok

When it was debuted years ago, Erawan Tea Room inadvertently set a trend that would later become the hottest one of the current time – bringing back Thai foods and desserts and make them all cool again. But now, it seems, even after years into their operation, the place is now making another statement that is equally very awesome. First, they are not serving you plastic straw now, unless you ask for one. Second, their menu features...

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The Rare, Historic, Glass Plate Negatives Exhibition at Bangkok National Gallery

Plate photography or glass plate photography is a type of photo-producing technique that uses a thin glass plate coated with light-sensitive emulsion as a capturing medium.  Plate photography replaced the earlier Daguerreotype process, and preceded the widely-used celluloid film process, which now, as we know, has just almost been entirely replaced by digital photography. And that captures the four eras of photography that we know of in this...

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Japanese Seasonal Ingredients at Elements, Okura Prestige Bangkok

Elements at the Okura Prestige Bangkok received a one star Michelin last year. It is a place for fine culinary experience given that this is a luxury Japanese hotel establishment with strong influence of the native land in everything they has to offer, French cuisine included. From now until 31 August 2018, Elements – the hotel’s fine-dining establishment – is offering special menu featuring premium Japanese summer...

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The Oriental Spa ‘Essence of Thailand’ at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s the Oriental Spa is a short boat ride away from the hotel’s more familiar side of their beautiful classic buildings. Still, you will not be able to see it even if you are perched on the riverside and try to steal a glimpse. Tucked away behind everything – the hustle and the sounds – is this place where, in total serenity, people come for a total get-away and rejuvenation. A complete quality...

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Best Breakfast in Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

We sometimes spend weekends stay-cationing at our condo in Bangkok CBD and take the opportunity of being close and convenient wandering around for great local foods – the ones considered too far-fetched given our usual abode in the suburb. And last week we ate at ‘Urai Han Palo Songwat’ (อุไรห่านพะโล้ทรงวาด) Teochew-style braised goose that for me is the best breakfast ever in Bangkok...

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Handmade Dim Sum at Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, Carlton Hotel Singapore

Asked which meal was the most special while we were in Singapore recently, and the answer can easily be the variety of hand-made dim sum at Wah Lok Restaurant at Carlton Hotel in the city center. Singapore is not short of dim sum opportunities – from old-school, red-carpeted venues, to hip and hyped places. But when it comes to the real things and the original creations, the locals would – in a perfect unison –  point to this...

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So, You Want to be a Chef? The Okura Prestige Bangkok Cooking Competition 2018

Above: The five finalists with Yamazato’s Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara (the  one with the black cap crouching in the middle), the judges, Okura Prestige Bangkok’s General Manager Edward E Snoeks (the one in suit), and Director of Marketing Communications Vipasiri Napawongdee (the beautiful Khun Lek, furthest left third row).  For those who want to be a chef, this is one great opportunity for real professional kitchen experience...

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