Bleisure? Workation? These new blend words are trending, and it’s no wonder, considering the rise of the Digital Nomad in today’s globalized workforce. “Bleisure”, business and leisure combined, is on the upswing; a BridgeStreet Global Hospitality report states that 60% of travellers report having taken bleisure trips, out of which 30% extended their business trip […]
Norway – The Streets are Talking
Street art, murals, graffiti – whatever you wish to call them, they represent society’s thoughts – often as political satire or just plain creative expression. I was pleasantly surprised to see the walls of Norway bedecked with colourful, intense and quirky artwork, especially in the streets of Stavanger. Read any travel guide about Stavanger and […]
From Syria to Singapore – Life goes on for this pastry chef
These days, it’s highly unlikely that pastry is what comes to mind when you think of Syria. But for Syrian chef, Waddah Bou Saad, sweets are his motivation for happiness in life. I had the honour of meeting Chef Waddah at a recent event organized by CNIEL – the French Dairy Interbranch Organization who have […]
Ridiculously Easy Herb Garlic Baked Fish
Every time I go to the granddaddy of all Singapore wet markets, Tekka, I buy a whole fish or two. And the last time, I “splurged” on a decidedly plump and attractive garoupa. Baking a whole fish is one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to cook fish. You could simply dress it with […]
Travelling Solo…top tips and apps for an awesome trip!
I started travelling solo when I was in my early 20s. Back then, most of us had just started working, so finding a friend who had the time and the money to travel at the same time as you was akin to asking the stars to align at your discretion. My first solo trip to […]
Of Spice and Advice – dishing on life and death with the top chefs of Singapore!
5 Chefs, 5 Questions. That was my goal when I attended the opening ceremony of the 21st edition of the World Gourmet Summit (WGS), which runs from March 20th to April 16th. On Monday, 27th March, 39 outstanding professionals and establishments from the F&B and hospitality industries were recognized at the WGS Awards of […]
Eggplant Parmigiana – best lo-carb cheat dish ever!
This is my ultimate lo-carb, cheat dish. Just eggplants, tomatoes and copious amounts of cheese and you get a dish so decadent, you forget it’s a lo-carb dish after all. If you’re really particular, just omit the breadcrumbs to make it even more lo-carb! Try not to omit the wine though, it really adds a […]
Travel Dreams – Best Travel Destinations 2017!
As the year rolls into another, one hopefully filled with glorious hope, I am already dreaming of where to travel to in 2017. Yes, I have been keeping an eye out for what the bigwigs of travel predict to be the best travel destinations for 2017, but my list isn’t so much about which country […]
World Mental Health Day – How to Help a Friend
Oct 10th is World Mental Health Day 2016 and the theme for this year is “Psychological First Aid”. I interpret that as “how do you help someone who has mental health concerns”. Mental Health. That’s about as broad as saying, “Physical Health”. It’s such a wide spectrum of issues and diseases, there really is no one-size-fits-all […]
Gulab Jamun – milk balls in a rosy sugar syrup!
I’m not the biggest fan of Indian (or Asian, for that matter) desserts. I’m a chocoholic, through and through. But amongst the Indian desserts, the ones I like are Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai (cottage cheese balls soaked in thick, sweetened milk) and Kulfi (“indian ice cream”). Although it’s easy to buy Gulab Jamun off the shelf at […]