Coffee with Nabs and Sue – a long overdue catch-up at Orange Thimble cafe, and then over at my place.
Mon and Yang come to visit the ‘hood :-))
My spoils from H&M, and the new Celine. <3
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was a stunning location. St-u-nning. From the oversize hanging bamboo bouquets of orchids, to the pyramid-tier roof, to the double-volume glass ceilings letting in natural light and verdant foliage – it was gorgeous.
Our dear friends married in the Author’s Lounge, an adjoining old colonial house that functions as a tea lounge during the day. The central courtyard is now covered over (thank goodness for air conditioning!).
It was a fun, song-filled, racuous wedding – I never fail to have a great time with these peeps. Warm memories for years to come :-)
Hello darlings! I am back from Bangkok – it was a great trip, full of belly laughs, good food, and retail therapy. Just what I needed!
I thought I’d share some of my favourite and long-overdue shots of my Hanoi trip that straddled the New Year.
New Year’s Eve dinner was a lovely buffet in the bar / lounge area; we got seats in the glass-house section which just glowed with the fairy lights outside.
I was too hungry by then (dinner started at 9pm!) to take pictures of the food, but I did get a picture of the Cracker surprise. I love crackers.
I got a pelican joke, and a little red scrunchie.
We decided it’d be more atmospheric to count down outside by the pool, where most of the guests were. It was a chilly night, but the lights on the water and the beautiful historic-looking architecture warmed the heart alright :-)
I love this shot of us – we look so happy! This was just after the clock struck midnight. It was a magical moment, because 2012 promised so many new things – us moving into our first home together, our honeymoon, and new adventures. But more than anything, I was very relieved 2011 was over – our super eventful December (with my mum entering hospital, my skin flaring up so badly etc.) was behind us now. We could start again. And 2012 had to be better. It just had to be.
The first day of 2012? We ate. Cha ca la vong, specifically :-) It is such an experience, and while the fare is simple, the flavours are so satisfying.
So that was how we ushered in 2012!
Bangkok photos to come soon.
So in between what has been an absolutely crazy January travel schedule, I managed to find myself down with a cough, sore throat, and cold. Naturally. :x Thankfully I am well on the mend, and a little more ‘Zen’ and rested than when I was in the middle of it all.
Here are some of my favourite shots from the trip up there in mid-January.
The last couple of trips up there have only further cemented my love for the place. I will have to find excuses to return soon!
And since we’re on the topic of Hong Kong and photos, my dear sister has finally started chronicling her photographic journeys at Aanthologie. Please stop by and say hi! :-)
Hanoi was a much-needed getaway and a great way to hit the ‘reset’ button on the year – we were looking forward to the cool weather, delicious simple food, and the beautiful, calm sanctuary that is the Sofitel Metropole.
The hotel was festively decked out – a lovely welcome.
First up, lunch. We headed straight for the Vietnamese restaurant in the hotel, Spice Garden. The best bun cha (grilled pork skewers and rice noodles) ever can be found here.
Then we headed out for a stroll. The streets were bustling and lively. Clearly people were in a cheery mood in preparation for the New Year.
This Angry Bird game made me smile. Comes complete with iPhone!
Afternoon tea at Paris Deli, our favourite cafe.
Nearby, we discovered the cutest little textiles store. Well-made and affordable table runners and scarves came home with us.
This street corner seemed to be the ‘hip and happening’ hangout spot among Hanoi youths, who were sipping lemon tea and chewing on kwa chee while giggling over Youtube videos on their iPads.
We stopped this street vendor to buy…
… some masks! Doing it like the locals :-) But no, really, the pollution was getting to us.
The next pit-stop was M’s favourite banh mi store, Nguyen Sinh. Banh mi is this east-meets-west sandwich with French baguette, and a mixture of mystery-meat cold cuts. We’ve also seen banh mi with veg (lettuce, carrots, onions) but this store didn’t include veg.
The Hello Kitty calculator was begging to be photographed :-)
There were lots of people buying calendars for 2012 – yeah, analogue rules!
Back to the hotel for the evening. The lights were so pretty and festive, I felt so lucky to be here with M :-)
By the poolside, the best creme brulee ever. Eggy and soft and perfectly crisp on the top, with an almond tuile biscuit.
Next, the New Year’s eve celebrations, cha ca la vong, and more.