Perched amidst the dreamy Himalayas, we have Bhutan, one of the most exclusive country to explore. The top question that I got from everyone was, "Why Bhutan?" Let's just say, I had a calling and I answered. The rest was history and Bhutan has officially topped all my wanderlust adventures around the world.
Prior to my trip, I had no idea what to expect and little information about this magnificent country was available online. Luckily, I was recommended Dragon Trails Tour after doing a vote on Instagram & it was honestly the best decision I have ever made. FYI, independent travel is forbidden in Bhutan therefore you will need to go through some form of an agency to get your trip sorted. I actually tried a couple concurrently but felt that Dragon Trails Tour were the most sincere in making my Bhutan experience a memorable one.
Today's post is going to be one of the most highly requested travel post because everyone is so curious about this "exotic" country. I will try my best to fill you in and give all the tips that I have but trust me, the experience is unique to each & is definitely not one to be missed. I went there with an open heart and now it is filled with beautiful memories. I can't wait to go back.
Hello back from Singapore! It's been awhile since I had the time to sit down and pen my thoughts. Time is flying insanely fast and we're already in March. I literally have no idea how or what happened in the past two months. I guess this all boils down to being too busy and overwhelmed at work. Haha, who's with me?
Well, I know many of you are curious about my job since I am constantly traveling. I would love to tell you something cool like a ninja or a spy but I am just a plain ol' designer, selling my life to the fashion industry. My friends would always joke that they have to book an appointment a month before just to grab dinner with me. Yup, the life of a designer is not that glamorous after all. All the blings and glam is just a facade of a severely exploited industry.
Nonetheless, things have been going pretty well for me. There are ups and downs but I am always thankful for the people that I get to meet along the way. I hope 2017 has been great to you so far. Mine had a pretty exciting start which you'll get to read all about it in this post.
There are plenty of super cool themed cafes all around the world but how often do you get to brag that you have dined with the cutest alpacas roaming right beside you? If you are planning a trip to Taipei, you might want to keep half a day free to spend some time with these furry animals.
Pardon my super awkward smile and huge distance away from this cutie, I was low key fearing for my life. Moments before snapping this image, I witnessed this sassy lil Alpaca spitting on a guy right in the face for intruding into her personal space. As much as I wanted a photo with her, I certainly do not want an acne outbreak after. Remember to not hug the alpacas too tightly or you may end up with a nasty surprise too!
We all know, Taiwan is the land of food, food & FOOD!! Conquering the food journey in Taiwan was tough as there were simply too much to try in such a short period of time. We did have our fair share of yummy goodness during our week stay so here is the bunch of food we managed to stuff into our tummy!
Warning, this not your average overhyped food post! We love immersing in the different cultures so we tend to try eat like a local. Also, I will be blogging about our itinerary and Alpaca Cafe journey in another post so stay tuned! ;)
Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate The Club's first anniversary & launch of their new dining concept, The Disgruntled Brasserie. Housed in a 19th century colonial building that is nestled in the hip area of Ann Siang, The Club is a luxury boutique hotel that features 20 luxurious rooms, inclusive of two of the most stunning suites to unwind in.
We were first ushered into the lobby called Mr & Mrs Maxwell's (how cute!) for some drinks to catch up among ourselves before the event started. Mr & Mrs Maxwell's, specially decorated to resemble a cosy living room, is the perfect place for us to hang out after a long day. I honestly could not even get myself to leave the comfy sofa that was situated in the corner of the room! (also partly because I was in heels ;P)
The theme for the anniversary party of The Club was Golden Gatsby which explains all the fancy furnishings and exquisite ornaments. We had a sumptuous dinner that was served at the newly launched Disgruntled Brasserie, which is a casual take on its predecessor, The Disgruntled Chef.
The Disgruntled Brasserie has a more relaxed environment, furnished with warm lights, luxurious wood tables and comfy sofas. I personally enjoyed the photo wall that is a reminiscent of The Club's iconic heritage as it feature pictures of local hawkers and street traders in the olden times.
Kicked off with an awesome plate of Canapés (less atas description: appetisers, starters. You're welcome!).
My favourite, surprisingly, was the Duck & Chicken Liver Parfait. Ate this without knowing what it was because I was too hungry to read the menu and it was one of the best things I have ever tasted! If I knew it was liver, I would probably not eat it but now I am hooked! It has a sweet aftertaste to it which reminds of me desserts. And I LOVE DESSERTS.
The other canapés are equally tasty as well. Would definitely recommend getting their canapés for a start especially if you are having business meetings. You get to fill your tummy with delectable food without the hassle of any unglamorous moments of stuffing a burger in your mouth. ;)
For mains, we had the BEST Baked Miso Cod & a very hearty Foie Gras Beef Burger. I am swooning over the Baked Miso Cod as it is such a perfect blend of flavours. Perfectly timed, the cod was piping hot with the meat still soft and tender. It was accompanied by some pickled daikon to tickle your tastebuds and mushy peas to wrap everything up. One word, perfect. This cod is so good that I am actually planning a birthday dinner for my mom because she needs to try it, in fact, everyone needs to try it. Haha having a serious fish obsession now, I shall stop.
The Foie Gras Beef Burger is really special as the Foie Gras is actually in the middle of the beef patty! How cool is that? The burger tastes amazing as well. The beef patty was extremely juicy and the having the foie gras enveloped in the middle is probably one of the most indulgent experience.
Sorry no pictures for desserts cuz' I literally devoured the Lemon Tart without even thinking. I know.... food makes me go crazy sometimes but ya know, I gotta be there for my lemon tart!! Lemon tarts are my favourite! ^^
Aside from the delicious food and casual dining experience at The Disgruntled Brasserie, The Club also houses B28, an underground whiskey bar that is tucked away at the basement. How cool?! Tagged the "home" of jazz, B28 has their resident jazz band, The Nicole Duffell Organ Trio that plays one of the most intoxicating tunes. No wonder this quaint little jazz bar has a full house every weekend! Had one of their whiskey blends by their skilled bartenders and it was indeed very tasty.
Of course, a glass of whiskey is never enough, we went ahead to spend some time at the first Peruvian-inspired rooftop bar in Singapore (also housed in The Club), Tiger's Milk. Isn't the place stunning? Had to take a quick shot because I am obsessed with the decor. Tiger's Milk is definitely a more fun and relaxing place to chill with your mates after a long day.
Little overview of how the room looks like in the day, perfect for a staycation to unwind from all the bustle. Might I add, the view is pretty good especially in the night. ;)
My favourite part of the room? This breathtaking bathroom. I know, this bathroom is anybody's dream. So many of you asked me where this was on Snapchat. Now you know, it is the bathroom of The Club's Suite! This is huge, spacious and just simply stunning. Told everyone that I can stay in this bathroom forever HAHA. I mean come on, imagine waking up to this and having breakfast by the tub? YAS!
Good news huns, if you are planning a getaway or staycation, The Club is having a special package just for you. At just SGD288, you can now experience The Club's luxuries and celebrate your own anniversaries with a one night stay at The Club's King Room (free complimentary upgrade to The Club Suite), a congratulatory bottle of Proseco (yes to bubblies!) and a $50 voucher to dine at The Disgruntled Brasserie. Welcome drinks, complimentary breakfasts and romantic touches to your rooms will also be provided. This Anniversary Package is only available till September 2017, all you lovebirds out there, you can thank me later. Click here to find out more! ;)
Overall, I had a blast at The Club's First Anniversary Party. From tasting the menu of their newly opened The Disgruntled Brasserie to enjoying jazz music at B28 and even sipping some fine cocktails while appreciating Singapore's skyline at Tiger's Milk... it was definitely the perfect way to end the night. Thank you The Club Singapore & Huntington Comms for having me, now I am still dreaming of that pretty bathroom. Haha! Thank you for reading loves &have an awesome one!