Comfort food @ Peking Cafe (a rooftop terrace), Beijing


  The repeated visit to lovely Peking Cafe in Beijing last year gave me a feeling of comfort food love. A rooftop terrace offered me the view of the crowded lane, Nanluogu Xiang

I had a simply delicious Japanese style rice dish with curry (vegetarian option, I believe) and caffe latte. That was so simple happiness on earth ! 

There were lots of people on the rooftop on that day, but I guess it was a nice spot to relax with a nice cup of coffee and at the same time to observe the bustling world around you.

 
Peking International Youth Hostel

No. 113-2 Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Dong Cheng District

Beijing, China

Tel: +86-10 – 6401 3961 / 8403 9098

SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, Abu Dhabi


Today, it is now a time for Abu Dhabi to shine a bit as a big brother. I would like to share with you the glimpses of stunning architectural work of art, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Abu Dhabi ( or The Grand Mosque as we call it ) . If you are already in Dubai, Abu Dhabi which is the capital of The United Arab Emirates is about 150km away from Dubai. You can use the five-lanes E11 highway if you go by a car.
 
Apart from the grand size of the mosque ( housing 40,0000 worshippers), the most impressive design features for me are the white marble on external surfaces on the main prayer hall ( floral design ), 82 different size domes with pure while marble cladding, the world’s largest hand- knotted carpet (12-month knotting ) and a lot more. Jun June, my lovely Thai friend drove me to see the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi before I left Dubai.   Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open daily for visitors, except Friday morning which it is open for worshipers only. I saw from the website that you also have a lovely chance to join 5pm Sunset Tour too. It must be a good walk in the evening. There is the strict dress code for women. You can check Mosque Manners to see what are allowed. 

Remark :

I found there is still no metro station in Abu Dhabi ‘s city centre (May 2, 2015). Having metro is absolutely more convenient for visitors with the efficient public transport to get around. But if you plan to rent a car or take a taxi, then it is also convenient if you know the way.

How to get there

camel latte – The Majlis @ Dubai Mall


What does this sound to you ! Don’t say it is too scary due to MERS outbreak. Life is all about trying new things and enjoying every bit. Remark  : the precaution advice from WHO is “People should avoid drinking raw camel milk or camel urine, or eating meat that has not been properly cooked”.   Cooked camel milk might be ok, I hope. 🙏

 For me, I have no clue about the taste of any camel milk before so I tried Camel Latte once at The Majlis with its refined finger food , called Arabian twists on my lovely Saturday in Dubai (February 28, 2015). My verdict as a judge in my own court is very simple. I love the way the Italians make a cup of coffee the most so I shall stick with the classic caffe latte and my love for lavazza with the cow milk. 

 
In a super hot summer in Dubai now, nothing can beat Dubai Mall on weekend. A truly long walk from Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station in the air conditioned walkway will make you stronger. You will find the huge camel statues in front of The Majlis at The Souk of Dubai Mall. If you have not yet tried any camel milk before, then maybe you would have fun trying the new delicacies in Arabian style.

Life is sometimes about taking a risk. You will know only when you take a chance 🐪 Good luck and have fun !

The Majlis, Dubai Mall
Call :+971 56 287 1522

Email : cafedm@the-majlis.com

Website : http://www.the-majlis.com

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – Dubai


  Apart from camels’ riding in the desert, what else could you possibly think of as another animal mascots for Dubai? I have no clue. But I later came across that Dubai has Greater Flamingoes somewhere not far from the city ( Ras Al Khor Road ).  You can even see Burj Khalifa from here. ( see above photo – sorry it is iPad’s quality ).

Bird lovers with great cameras would be happy to see these flamingoes and more. I think this sanctuary is maybe super nice in winter time.

 Jun June, my super nice friend opened up my world to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, a wetland reserve on March 14, 2015. Nature lovers should not miss this place. It was very fun to observe these animals quietly. The art of shutting up rules. Check out here and there for more information.

From map below, you can see how Dubai creek and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary interrelated.  Notes :

1. There is no WC here and no food allowed.

2. For the man-made Dubai, this place is for real. Yes, they have real flamingoes as visitors. You will be impressed for at least 10 minutes here. 

Coffee love @ Shakespeare and Co. – Dubai


My mission on the 1st weekend in March 2015 was to find a relaxing cafe featuring tranquil seating to enjoy just a cup of nice coffee. This place is easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Road which is a main road in Dubai.Jun June introduced me Shakespeare and Co. which is located in the heart of Dubai’s financial district and not far from the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

  

 We had a good time. It was lovely atmosphere in March as the weather was still cool. You may consider sitting at the outdoor area in February or March. I found coffee there was very nice and I wish I could come back there for a hearty breakfast. 
 
  
    
Please check the menu.

Remark :

Do you agree that  it is a must to surround yourself with positive souls? Always give yourself a chance 🙏 
Shakespeare and Co.

Al Saqr Business Tower

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

TELEPHONE:

+971 4 331 1757

Open from 7AM – 12AM everyday of the week.

 

Heritage House , Dubai




Today, I would like to share with you the beautiful example of how the wealthy Emirati family would live in the past at The Heritage House in Dubai. At this moment, nothing can beat the beautiful details. The charm of the past is to balance with the fast growing pace of Dubai. This house was originally built around 1890, but was re-furnished with traditional furniture illustrating life in the region during the period of 1940-1960.



In early March 2015 this year, my super nice Thai friend in Dubai – JunJune took me to The Heritage House to spend the good quality weekend going back to the past exploring the beautiful part of Deira. The weather of Dubai in March is still nice to be happy 😋 if you ask me. 


The Heritage House is like a living museum where you can immerse yourself in a soulful place. I enjoy exploring the DNA of each place to appreciate the history, space and time. Interestingly you may love to see how the architecture and its context has been developed over time. I like the open space and adore the detailed of the wooden doors the most.



What do you think of the kitchen in the Middle East region ? Let’s explore & enjoy the journey from the photos 🐫😇😁

open daily 8:00am to 7:30pm, and Fridays 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Entrance is free.
From here you can explore Deira part and Dubai creek


Coffee Love @ Lantern Hotel, Kuala Lumpur


Nothing can beat a good coffee in early morning. Today, I’d love to share my surprisingly fondest moment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I went recently last month. 

I searched for the meaningful hotel ‘s name representing some lights in Kuala Lumpur. It was purely my destiny to be in Malaysia 🌞. My priority ‘s requirement was to find a hotel within a budget with a close walking distance to Pasar Seni LRT Station.  Since I had to leave KL very early the next day. 

I found Lantern Hotel in Kuala Lumpur as my survival cave. I booked ” no window ” room, but I got the upgraded room with the fixed glass window when arriving. Lucky me! Very sexy window to look at the building structure.



I adore the positive vibes and the good energy more than anything. From the reviews of hotel guests at booking.com ‘s website, I was a bit confident that the breakfast there would be lovely. However, I did not expect to get lovely caffe latte from staying there. Therefore, I keep smiling at my luck when I think of my coffee love.

I love the attitude of this budget hotel for a lovely caffe latte. A good coffee is from the good beans, and the great heart of the owner ( 😘 แนวอะ ). I feel thankful for the early-bird service.  I mean, this is a type of DNA I respect. You need to go extra miles to exceed the expectation of your customers , not other ways around. 


For other things like wifi, it is up and down depending on where you are at the hotel.

Location-wise, Lantern Hotel Kuala Lumpur is located at Chinatown area where you can conveniently walk to Central Market Kuala Lumpur and the Sri Mahamariamman Temple. The downside of staying is based on your luck. At night time, some hotel guests made the loud noise ( screaming ). Some kicked their own doors. Yes, welcome to the zoo 🙈😜.

Be gentle to those around you ! Be inspired to look around for the positive vibes. It is a must to surround yourself with good quality people as life is so short ! Good luck, everyone 😊

Lantern Hotel 

38, Jalan Petaling, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50000


Baker & Spice Dubai


If you are at Marina Promenade, I guess it is worth checking out on what Baker & Spice has offered. Baker & Spice has been committed to support local and organic farmers. The concept was actually started in London by Yael Mejia as an artisan food shop. I checked out from the menu of Baker & Spice before going to Dubai as I always adore the artisan shops , organic products and try to support where possible. 

I was always dreaming of having nice freshly baked croissants at Baker & Spice. But again when I was actually there, I opted for a petite brownie instead. Maybe when I went inside the restaurant , I was too happy to see fantastic selection of salads and indulgent desserts etc. I eventually forgot my croissant mission 😜.



With a sweeter choice I have made, I have never regretted as a brownie was just lovely as it should be and my coffee love was a real joy.  ( Pure organic Ethiopian Arabica beans, roasted in Dubai )

From Damac metro station, I took a tram for 2 stops to reach Baker & Spice. Public transportation in Dubai is very convenient  and I am sure you will enjoy strolling on the way back.

Good quality is always better and sustainable in every aspect 🌞 

Be happy, everyone !



Baker & Spice

The Promenade l  Dubai Marina

ph : 04-3624686

Be yourself @ THE FARM, DUBAI


Hello from Dubai ! Happy March 2015 to everyone!  Yeah, finally I have technically moved out of Thailand according to my dream since ages years ago. Thanks a lot to my mentor. Without you, I would not have had  this lovely chance🌿🍃🌞. Let’s see what I got today to share my beloved readers about a posh part of Dubai.



Here I am in a man-made land with no clue about my future. To pursue the good life mantra, each weekend is well-crafted with soulful activities ( just travel and eat ) to ensure that I shall have a glimpse of Dubai experiences where time permits. Life is so uncertain as it is, therefore hanging out with super nice friends is always a real joy. 



This year, I start my love with THE FARM, DUBAI where we went just last weekend on Super Moon Celebration’s day. The fondest impression of soul pampering is still going on. From the small road leading to THE FARM, you will feel like you are in the different world. Is this place really Dubai ?

It is a true oasis for family and friends. Price wise, I think it is not cheap. How would I say when something is considered not cheap in my world. Well,in Dubai I love to check how much they charge for my caffeine love. It is about 26 AED at THE FARM for caffe latte and 30 AED for cappuccino which is a bit more expensive than the other normal expensive places which will charge us around 20 AED for a cup of cafe latte. I think we are all paying also for the water consumption of those trees we love dearly😌😜.  In March, the weather in Dubai is still super nice and definitely you will love to sit outside and feel its leafy charms.

Food-wise, THE FARM prides itself with fresh ingredients. They serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We reached there nearly 5pm, and we need to wait a bit until 6pm to be able to order Dinner Menu.  I am happy also to see Thai selection here on the menu and we met a Thai chef who is super nice and super kind.  

You can see the lovely vegetarian spring rolls as above as the beautiful gift of life as being a Thai and a vegetarian. Lovely Super Moon Celebration Treat on 20.03.2015 ! My order was Garden Select (60AED) which is roasted mix of mushrooms, wilted baby spinach, grilled zucchini, Italian basil and Parmesan in tomato reduction. It was tasty and comforting dish. 

What else do you need in this world? In a desert like Dubai, THE FARM will nourish your soul whenever you need it. 
Reservation is highly recommended and please check out opening dates and opening hours again.
 
Al Barari, Opposite Falcon City
phone : 04 392 5660