Lufthansa economy class airfare promotion – SG to New York, for a Delicatessen Bliss

I still vividly remember my weekend in New York last year as I stopped over on the way back from North Carolina – it was a lucky break from a business trip with my previous job. First on my American travel menu – FOOD.

I remember wondering about the place as I wandered around the place – elevating myself to The Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center (apparently a much better view than the Empire State building?), eating as much yummy streetside snacks as I could stomach, and the late night catch ups for cheeky drinks with new friends and old… when I wasn’t being stuck in endless yellow taxi traffic jams..!!

(With Ben at SKY ROOM – was a lot like Singapore’s Lantern/One Altitude/Overeasy – great views and good after-office crowds.)

Heavenly meals could be found in Hell’s Kitchen, and late night supper at K-Town was everyone’s plan after partying.

One weekend in the Big Apple was barely enough, yet enough to win my heart! (I won’t list them out but) I fell in love with all the things that I did, and felt a fiery desire to return one day and try everything that I didn’t before.

For firsts, NYC had the best brunches and this big city was all about the finest food galore.

(My cousin brought me for a swank Soho brekkie at Sanctuary T. I adored the brie cheese toast and a green tea magarita helped to kickstart my morning motor.)

But then, there was time for theatre, shopping strolls, walks in Central Park…
I relished the grandest church I had ever seen, right within the lighted delights of Times Square.

The city didn’t sleep, and neither did we!


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Why am I abruptly re-living my love for New York?

Just found that there is a special promotion to try New York’s wide delicatessen selection by flying on the Lufthansa A380 from Singapore to New York via Frankfurt – for an all-inclusive fare of S$2053.

The economy class ticket purchase includes a free business lounge pass* so wonderers/wanderers/food seekers can enjoy fresh snacks, beverages and WIFI before their flight back to Singapore. THIS OFFER ENDS 15 JUNE 2012 – you should grab it while you can, though I can’t. Really really wish I could go and get lost in The Big Apple again! ;-(

Lufthansa’s SG-NYC promotion conditions: Travellers must depart between 17 June 2012 and 30 September 2012, and return between 17 June 2012 and 30 December 2012. Flights must originate from Singapore and only one transfer in either Frankfurt or Munich is allowed in each direction. Turnaround open-jaw is permitted. Please note that an advanced purchase period of seven days is required. Terms and conditions apply.

This does not even begin to describe my wonderlust of a wandering weekend in New York.

New York, I love you. Maybe one day you’ll love me too ❤

Above airfare promotion ending 15 JUNE can be booked online at Lufthansa's link here.

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Changi Airport Terminal 1

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Finished an extreme 12-hour work day yesterday to go home, pack and jump on a flight this morning.

From the smiling immigration officers in windy lines to the efficiency at Changi, everything makes it so easy to get addicted to this airport.

My small feet thump lightly on the soft carpeted ground, and I relish 10 minutes of calm.
Somehow, I’ve found calmness that the city has created – and who would have thought – but in the heart and bustle of one of the world’s busiest airports.

I love my country and traveling around its peripherals; KL bound for 2 days and then back in a jiffy.

Eurotrip Oct 2011: Roamin’ in Roma with Roomorama

Touristy. Dangerous and disturbed. Chaotic. I arrived in Rome on the day of the Manifesto, and so first impressions and hearsay of the place had always been more a zero than hero. I only planned to have a stingy 2 days in Rome, but amidst the mess I suddenly felt myself wanting to leave. Sweaty, frustrated, lost and stranded with heavy bags and without public transport, I could not get out of there soon enough.

“Nevermind, be brave little girl”, I told myself, “and stick it out”. I’m glad I did, because with a flip of an attitude switch, I calmed myself down and the city gave me an amazing time.

What I loved most about backpacking through Europe for a month was the accomodation choices I generally had, and Rome was overflowing with plenty. I skipped the hostel here and did a homestay that I found via Roomorama. Taking over a local Italian girl’s bedroom for 25euros a night came bundled with promises of tales of rich history and showing me the best Tiramisu in the city. Seemed like a great deal to me. I was sold.

The best Tiramisu is apparently at Bar Pompi, Rome. It comes in 3 flavours – Classic, Pistachio, and Strawberry Cheesecake!

This is no ordinary walk in the park – I step where the Roman Emperors made their mark.

Roamin’ the Roman Ruins at the Roman Forum

And so here I was in Rome, living with the Piermarinis. The location of my apartment was a 10minutes walk to the subway, and completely connected to all the main attractions within 15-40minutes. The best part of my location was sleeping next to Italy’s oldest gelato (Italian ice-cream) factory.

Yummy!

I entered and exited everyday with an 80s style lift, it looked like a shell from a prison cell, and I looked forward each day to going up and down. It was just like from the movies.

Friendly neighbour consideration applies: If you don’t close the door properly, the residents on all the floors would not be able to use it!

The local Italian lady (Angela) who’s room I was stealing now lived in America, but her Mom was happy to have a temporary daughter. My new Italian Hot Mama cared for me while her chubby hubby cooked for me and did my laundry.

In return, I cooked him kimchi noodles. I don’t think he ate any but he was so amused at the Asian twist to his usual al dente spaghetti.

Even though it was only for four days, I felt like I was living la vida local in Italy. I had a snug bedroom to myself while pictures of my new family clung onto each adjacent white-washed wall. The shelves were still filled with all of Angela’s things.

An added bonus of staying with the Piermarinis was a new American friend. The New York girl roomed next to me, I made minimal noise so she could have her beauty sleep. She was chatty, smart and travelled, and we became fast friends. I slept with her for my last night (but not in that way). I snagged the upper bunk – I always loved being closer to the top.

We had dinners and swapped touristic ideas, attraction advice, stuck together most nights and even checked out a club.

One of the Piermarini brothers was about my age, and he loved some of the things I did too… Like martial arts and clubbing. He happened to be one of the most popular club promoters in Rome, and offered to put me on the guestlist for all his parties. I took him up on one of his offers, and NY chick and myself got dressed up to hit up this Italian town.

It was a very local nightclub, and I think we were the only foreigners (you know this when you get stared at or yelled at). For a while I was a little scared, but knowing that my brother-for-rent was one of the party organizers gave me confidence in my skin. We slid 6-inch heels on our feet, gave the bouncers our deets and skipped in to the beats.

Of course, along with the affirmation from the locals on Rome’s attractions, I did other cool stuff besides clubbing. Checked out the Colosseum, for example.

Michaelangelo’s Room of the Muses was stunning.

If you go to Rome, don’t miss the Vatican for the world.

Made friends on the bus and had a mini-Italian dinner party in Campo Di Fiori.

I also tried my hand at some Italian love letters – this one is a thank you note to my gracious and beautiful host/Italian Mama.

It really made all the difference having my very own Italiano family to chat with and care for me. Besides the beauty of the place, they showed me the passion of the people. Molto Grazie to the Pierminano family.

If I stayed in a hostel or a hotel, I would not have had this unique viva la local experience at all.

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Thank you to Roomorama for my Rome roaming and rooming experience.

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Read about my experience at the Sistine Chapel here.
Read about my Roomorama experience in Milan with a fashion designer and her model+photographer boyfriend here.

Getting Spoilt in Spain – Barcelona Day 1

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Picture perfect corners. Loewe and other top brands on other corners. The best tapas. A bottle of wine with every lunch. Art history and architectural paradise. I could go on forever but first, ¡Hola Beautiful Barcelona. According to all my favorite travel sites, this is one of the top 10 cities in the world.

Fernando came to get me from the airport, so all I had to do was stress less and enjoy the breeze. I love Barcelona already.

It´s not as big as the cities in America, and is definitely more chill than Singapore. I get a bit of the Melbourne vibe here, with long lulls and lunches, or the coffee culture.

Fernando brought me to the hood for lunch. No I´m just kidding, it´s not the hood, but it sure looks like it.

Had a bit of a culture shock at the way Spaniards eat! I was famished, but these were the appetizers (Tomatoes, onions, Toasted Italian baguette, pasta with pine nuts and cheese) that came with the meal. Seriously??
Of course Fernando ordered a bottle of wine 🙂

I was going to chop the tomato up but he took it from my hand and rubbed the half of it all over his bread. It gave the bread a touch of tomato, and then he sprinkled olive oil and salt over it. Was pretty yum!

My friend ordered a bottle of soda to mix with the red wine – he mixes it 50-50. I thought it would taste strange (I don´t usually dilute my wine) but it was really light and fresh, like a spritzer.
I forgot to grab a picture of my fishy meal, but this was Fernando´s grub.

No other way to celebrate first meal in Spain than to have desserts right? This was a traditional Spanish cake. Quite dry, with sugar on top.

A crowded restaurant at “lunch” – this photo was taken at 4pm by the way!

Total cost of our lunch for two: $20 euros

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Alex and Sara came to see me, 6pm is way too early for dinner here (I should have said “Hey, I´m hungry!” but I´m too much of a polite asian for that :P) so we had coffee by the sea port. The sun could not have been more perfect. I wish we went to the beach!

We went for a ramble on Las Rambles, it was touristy.

Getting harassed by touts. Always fun!

Street art and spray can paintings – my favorite!

We walked to the Gothic Quadrant and saw the Gothic Cathedral – amazing. So dark and moody, yet pretty.




Girls in skirts on bicycles are a common sight – these public offerings are one year or half hour rentals, basically for locals to jump on and off and move around city. They hope to cut down the number of cars on the road – traffic can get quite busy during peak hours.

I actually noticed a lot of old people today, I guess Barcelona has an ageing population. With less work and more payouts, this may be a small problem for their economy. Anyway it´s time for dinner! But a caprinha first.

Tapas style – Ham and cheese croquettes,

Anchovies on bread, foie gras

Dizzy from the dishes! ^_^ Trust my Spanish friends to bring me to a bar-restaurant which kind of has my name. Cool!

Total cost of our dinner for 5: $18 euros each (including drinks)

It´s only the first day but I’m already trying to get used to the 2pm lunches, and 9 or 10 pm dinners. Fernando says that 1am the party starts, 6am it ends. Next day, everyday, you do it all over again.

My spanish phrase of the day: buenas noches! (good night!)

I have so much to share and say, I´ll post updates here as much as I can. Just to show you pictures and tell you I´m alive! God bless, I wish all of you were here xxx

Taiwan: Playtime in Taipei

Taiwan with my crew was pretty crazy. This picture here is reppin´ the good times from us from Singapore (me), London (Adam), HK (Brian) and San Fran/KL (Charles). I promised all my friends the pictures etc and since I´ve been getting numerous messages on Taiwan the last 2 months, I´m looking forward to writing out full accounts with where to eat, drink, shop, and party.

I meant to have done a full blog post on Taiwan by now but sorry, I´m in Europe, so it will have to wait! x