Hotel Review – 25 Hours Hotel Das Tour, Dusseldorf, Germany

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After the dreadful 13 hours ride in a direct flight aircraft, the first thing most of us would like to do would be to check in into the hotel room. With the freezing weather and the sky was about to turn dark for nightfall, I was thankful 25 Hours Hotel Dusseldorf was about 5 mins walk from Wehrhahn Station.

The interior was pretty much German-French inspired with retro/vintage furnishings as well as the metal frames of Eiffel Tower. A large Christmas tree was set up and there were fresh flowers and trinkets on sale due to festive seasons. For those whom would love to chill, coffee and cakes are available at the lobby’s mini Café La Tour. Continue reading “Hotel Review – 25 Hours Hotel Das Tour, Dusseldorf, Germany”

Lindt Chocolate Museum, Cologne

Chocolate Museum Cologne

It was Day 11 of my Germany-France trip and having visited the famous Cologne Cathedral + plenty of shopping the day before, it was time to make a trip to a place that makes me smile and hungry at the same time. 

Lindt Chocolate Museum, also known as “Schokoladen Museum” was added on to my place-to-go list since I am a sucker for anything chocolate. I sure was glad the location was just about 5 mins walk from Art Otel Cologne, the place I was lodging.

Greeted by 3 Lindt “Chocolate Bears” at the entrance, I couldn’t helped but to take a picture with them. The place sure was huge inside! I was already eyeing the retail store as well the chocolate themed café even before I had gotten my tickets to enter. Continue reading “Lindt Chocolate Museum, Cologne”

Sutra Calligraphy & Teahouse at Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Punggol

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My first blog post after over 2 years and I have recently exported my content from Blogger to WordPress.

The decision to continue blogging wasn’t exactly because of the covid-19 and Singapore implementing circuit breaker mode, which forces most people to hide in their homes.

Anyway, I would like to share an experience offered at Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) which not many might know. Located just less than 10 minutes walk from Punngol Mrt, Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) is basically a place of worship for Buddhist and it has a teahouse which serves satisfying vegetarian options for both devotees and the public. Continue reading “Sutra Calligraphy & Teahouse at Fo Guang Shan (佛光山) Punggol”

Yayoi Kusama Hometown and A Visit to Matsumoto City Museum Of Art

It has been some time since I last blog on this little space of mine. Just an update which has bugged me to finally post on my latest trip to Japan. The one pit stop from my itinerary was to visit Matsumoto City Museum Of Art despite the winter.
As you can see, Matsumoto is Yayoi Kusama’s hometown and the building is speckled with her signature polka dots. Even the shuttle bus which I took that made their rounds was covered in polka dots.
”The Place For My Soul” was the exhibition held within Matsumoto City Museum Of Art. It showcased various Yayoi Kusama’s works from when she started her art journey and so on. Sadly no photography was allowed and I had to respect that.
There was even lockers to store your belongings, a library, a cafe as well as a retail store which I ended up buying 2 of Yayoi Kusama’s merchandise. I also took some time wandering around the museum, admiring its architecture and taking photos of it.
I sure was glad that I have visited a famous artist’s hometown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Staycation Review

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Staycation
I had a staycation with mum over the weekends at Sofitel Singapore City Centre, nestled in the heart of the central business district. I was rather surprised at first since I wasn’t expecting to find a luxury hotel around Tanjong Pagar, especially directly above the MRT station.
The hotel was rather elegant to begin with, as my mum and I stepped in, making our way towards Racines, a French and local Chinese restaurant for lunch before checking in. Chilled soup and bread was served as we waited for our mains to arrive.
My mum ordered the braised Ee-fu noodles with scallops, XO sauce, mushroom and chives ($24.00). It was really savoury and tasty. Sad to say the Squid dish ($28.00) that I had ordered was really disappointing. Tough squid stuffed with glutinous rice and the portion was really small and unfulfilling.

 

Racines Resturant

 

Racines Resturant

 

Racines Resturant Ee Fu Noodles

 

Racines Resturant Squid
After the meal, we headed to the twin-bed room to take a look around. Pretty cosy with a view overlooking rows of shophouses. My eye lit up as soon as I caught sight of a bath tub. Yes I did soak in it for an hour or so around 2am in the morning as well as the next day before checking out.
The hotel provide a welcome drink which could be claimed anytime during the stay from 1864 bar. My mum and I both picked the mocktail of blended mint leaves and lychee. Refreshing drink to go with some complimentary snacks.
I did use the hotel facilities such as the gym that night as well as sitting by the swimming pool the following morning. I did not enter the pool since it was too small for laps anyway. Too bad there wasn’t any sauna or steam room available in the toilets.
It was definitely as nice staycation as I got to spend time with mum and to relax.

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Rooms

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Rooms

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Rooms

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Rooms

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Welcome Drink

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Gym

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Pool Side

 

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Pool Side