Vesak Day, also known as Buddha’s birthday, is a public holiday in Singapore. Since starting a full-time gig, mini vacations keep me excited about seeing different parts of Asia.

This weekend, I took an extra day to make it a 4-day weekend!!! We are in Hoi An, Vietnam and it is such a charming old town.

I would give a bit more history but hubby forgot our guide book at home :-/

I did read before coming that the city requires shopkeepers to hang and light lanterns outside their buildings. It creates a warm and colourful atmosphere.

Food is delicious and cheap; the city has several beaches; and locals are super friendly – even if you don’t buy something from a vendor, most reply with, “Have a nice day.” So there is something for everyone here!

Admittedly, we were a bit lazy on this trip. Normally, I feel the need to do all the top guidebook sights – Marble Mountains, Cham Islands, My Song, etc.

But this time we have chilled in the ancient town, walked around, eaten, hit the beach, and hung out at the pool – and I barely feel guilty!

Here are a few quick pics from my iPhone, although I took most with my DSLR and will have to upload once back in Singapore:


View from hotel room above

An Bang Beach

Found a local with very familiar pants!

Placing a light into the river for good luck!

Smile!

Where have you travelled recently!?!

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Prata Making in Singapore

by Vitra on April 26, 2015 · 0 comments

I’m a fan of trying new things when traveling – (as long as it doesn’t include jumping off buildings or eating bizarre foods.)

So when my company arranged an afternoon out of the office for a Prata Making workshop, I was excited. For those who are unfamiliar, Wikipedia describes prata as a fried flour-based pancake that is cooked over a flat grill. It is usually served with a vegetable- or meat-based curry and is from Malaysia and Singapore. Prata is also commonly cooked upon request with cheese, onion, banana, red bean, chocolate, mushroom or egg.

It was listed at number 45 in the World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Go in 2011.

We booked with Casaurina Curry Restaurant at Upper Tomson – a no-frills Indian-looking restaurant with a busy and open kitchen in the middle of the floor, separated by glass.

The classroom was basically two tables positioned in the corner of the restaurant. The surface – not super clean, and i’m sure probably not sanitized properly. But regardless, the whole point was to learn how to roll out the dough, which the instructor showed us a few times – never in words, just by doing.

Here we are, trying to become prata-masters:

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Would I do it again? No.

But it was a great experience to have. Fun for kids if you are in town – they can get their hands dirty and eat at the same time.

*Just a note: The pratas we rolled out where not cooked. I believe they were thrown away.

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Kota Kinabalu, Borneo

April 7, 2015
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I spend the weekend in Kota Kinabalu and am torn – there are beautiful aspects, but I found the city rather rundown and polluted. It seems that many people use “KK” as a base to get to other places in Borneo – Northern Sabah, Sipadan, etc. We decided to be low key and low activity. […]

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A Day Trip to the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia

March 22, 2015
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The Blue Mountains is definitely worth a day trip if you are visiting Sydney. About 1.5 hours outside of Central Sydney, the Blue Mountains are densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. When droplets of oil from the trees combine with dust particles and water vapor, the result is a blue-looking horizon. Taking a day-trip […]

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A Weekend Getaway in Batam

March 15, 2015
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One of my favorite things about Singapore is its’ proximity to so many interesting destinations. This weekend, Hubby and I decided to take a weekend getaway to Batam. Situated 12 miles off of Singapore’s south coast, the island is part of Indonesia. It took us about an hour to get there via speedboat from Singapore’s […]

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Sunrise Hike at Mount Batur

February 6, 2015
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The alarm went off at 2am on the morning of August 17th. We sluggishly got dressed and made our way to the lobby – our tour guide was already waiting for us. After a relaxing day in Bali, we were now going to embark on a hike up Mount Batur to view sunrise. Mount Batur is an active […]

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