• Bangkok Cafes: 3 Cafes in 3 Hours
  • travel |    16 February, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • We had 3 hours to spare in ‘The City That Never Sleeps’, so we cafe-hopped our time away to these 3 beautiful spots!

  • I was recently in Bangkok for an exciting campaign shoot for online fashion house Pomelo (more on that next month!), it was a super quick trip, but we managed to find 3 hours of spare time before our flight back to Singapore. In those 3 hours, we obviously do what Singaporeans love to do best – Cafe hop! Here’s what we managed to cover, and what you can easily cover, whenever you have a bit of time in Bangkok.


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    Patom Organic Living

    Located in Thonglor’s residential neighbourhood, the spacious natural-light-filled cafe is essentially a modern glasshouse encapsulating Patom’s belief in balanced living. The space houses locally-sourced products from groceries to lunchboxes. Their outdoor area is occasionally used to hold food markets, selling fresh produce from the local network of farmers.

    Address: 9/2 Sukhumvit 49/6 (Soi Prompak), Klongtan-Neur, Wattana, Bankok 10110 Thailand
    Opening Hours: 9am – 6:30pm

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    Shugaa

    It’s apparent that this double storey concept cafe’s interior is influenced by the primary ingredient used in the menu – sugar. Here, you’ll see soft pastel tones and stylish crystalline shapes and structures. The menu features dainty desserts and delectable French-Japanese brunch items. If you’d like to go one step further into the dessert making process, make your way to the DIY Fondant Corner located on the second level.

    Address: 27 Sukhumvit 61, Klongtan-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
    Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm

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    The first thing that greets you as you enter this cafe is its homely and rustic vibes. Their menu offerings also reflect the country-living vibe and make for a hearty and lovely meal. What we tried and will be back for: their creamy and flavourful Penne Alfredo with Mushroom and Broccoli.

    Address: 28/10 Sukhumvit 61 (Soi Major Cineplex Ekamai)
    Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm

    Other Cafes we Recommend:

    Although we didn’t have time to visit more cafes, these were the ones we wished we had the chance to visit:

    Vanilla Garden

    Nestled in the cluster of cafes in the Ekkamai neighbourhood is this quaint Japanese compound consisting of two cafes and one library – Vanilla Bakeshop, Vanilla Cafe and Sauce. Opt to seat outdoors with a crispy cronut because that’s where you’ll get the best view of its luscious and cinematic garden.

    Address: 53 Ekkamai Soi 12,Sukhumvit Soi 63 10110, Thailand
    Opening hours: 7am – 10pm
    Website http://www.vanillaindustry.com/index.html

    Nikko Cafe

    Don’t judge this Japanese eatery by their earthy industrial exterior. This is a coffee house the locals patronise, so you know how good the food and drinks are going to be. Even if you don’t go for the food, this spacious establishment is great for people-watching and enjoying meaningful conversations over their matchas.

    Address: Ekkamai 12 and Sukhumvit 23, Bangkok 10110
    Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NikkoCafe/

    I hope you enjoyed this really short guide we put together, let us know in the comments below if you have any more recommendations for cafes in Bangkok! I hope to be doing more cafe guide series, just stay close to the blog and my socials! x

    Love,
    Drea

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  • Courtside Casual
  • style |    15 February, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • I’ve been guilty of wearing this dress too many times in a given week – but can you blame me?

  • Hat: From Bangkok
    Dress: Our Second Nature
    Shoes: Superga
    Bag: Warehouse

    I’ve been guilty of wearing this dress too many times in a given week – but can you blame me? This ultra light cotton dress from Our Second Nature is perfect for casual day-outs, brunch, weekend outings, days-where-I-don’t-want-to-think, etc. Go for a sportier look with sneakers (check these light denim ones from Superga!), or if you wanna keep it to the relaxed vibe of the dress, switch it up with brown or black slip-on sandals!

    Love, 
Drea

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  • Hokkaido Travel Diary (Part 1)
  • travel |    14 February, 2017  |    No Comments    |   
  • Daryl and I had a whirlwind 4D3N adventure in North Tokachi, Hokkaido.

  • Daryl and I had a whirlwind 4D3N adventure in North Tokachi, Hokkaido, a few weeks back, and I have to say, this trip to Japan has to one of my more memorable adventures ever.

    Best Time To Visit During Winter
    I’ve experienced being in a snow environment when I was way younger say the ages of 7 or 8, but I have no vivid recollection of how I felt or how it feels to be surrounded by snowfall and snow. This trip brought that experience to a whole new level – not only did we visited Hokkaido during its coldest period of the year (we were averaging -10 to depths of -30 degrees Celcius), we got 1 to 2 metres worth of fresh powder snowfall every day. So if you are thinking of having the ultimate snow experience, be sure to visit Hokkaido between the mid of January to the middle of February. Though if you wish to see the Igloo Village (pictures above) in Lake Shikaribetsu, it is usually only completed during the end of January, so plan to visit the village then!

    Lake Shikaribetsu/ Hotel Fusui Igloo Village
    Upon arrival into New Chitose Airport, we headed straight for Lake Shikaribetsu.

    During summer, Lake Shikaribetsu is the perfect boating retreat for Hokkaido residents. Just a 2.5 hrs drive from New Chitose Airport, it is not too far away for a weekend getaway. When winter comes, the landscape and atmosphere of the lake changes completely. The lake becomes completely frozen and its surroundings covered in snow. Lake Shikaribetsu’s residents work tirelessly to build outdoor onsens and Igloos for their annual winter festivities which are slated to be completed by the end of January of every year.

    We stayed at Hotel Fusui, which gave us the perfect views of the lake. All their rooms face the lake, and if you’re an early riser, wake up to the sunrise beyond the mountains. If you have the time, I would recommend spending a good 2 full days here, just so you can take in whatever Lake Shikaribetsu has to offer, and join in the activities and winter-time-only facilities the Igloo Village offers – like the outdoor onsen, where you get to soak in a hot tub while overlooking the frozen lake, and the Ice Craving Workshop I participated in, where I got to carve out my own cup made of ice, and drink from it! Other winter activities at Lake Shikaribetsu include snowmobiling, snow-shoe hiking with a guide through the forest, attending a concert in a concert hall made entirely out of ice, have a drink at the ice bar, and if you are up for it, stay the night in the Igloos (it will surprisingly be warm (according to the locals!)!

    For more information and bookings, http://www.hotelfusui.com/ or http://www.nature-center.jp

    Country Roads Restaurant
    Our next stop after Lake Shikaribetsu would bring us to a prefecture called Kamishihoro, a 45-minute drive away from Lake Shikaribetsu. Along the way, we stopped at a restaurant called Country Roads, with the friendliest owners (who are the cooks as well) and servers ever. If you are taking this route, be sure to stop by this humble country-styled restaurant and order their beef stew, you will not regret it!

    Address: Country Roads カントリーロード, 136-1 Shimooribe Nishi 2 Sen, Shihoro-chō, Katō-gun, Hokkaidō 080-1285, Japan. 

    Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm

    Kamishihoro/ Nukabirakan Onsen
    After lunch, we made a 45 minute drive to Kamishihoro prefecture, where we stayed at Nukabirakan Kanko Hotel. A day’s worth of snow-shoe trekking, visiting the nearby ski slopes, and more onsens would await us, but I shall save all those details for Part 2 of my Hokkaido travel diary coming up later this week.

    Prior to this trip, I was told that a winter onsen experience would be unforgettable – nothing beats feeling all warm in a natural hot spring while watching snow fall right in front of your eyes. Which is what I got to experience here. It was too surreal and it would be a huge blessing if I got to experience this again in my lifetime.

    Note: The onsen featured in today’s blog post is for both sexes. Usually male and female onsens are kept separate, and you would have to be completely undressed in your gender-specific hot spring. However, if you are heading to the unisex area, be sure to stay covered up with a towel, like what I’m doing!

    Address: Nukabirakan Kanko Hotel. Japan, 〒080-1400 Hokkaidō, Katō-gun, Kamishihoro-chō, Nukabiragensenkyōkitaku, 北海道河東郡 上士幌町字上士幌町字ぬかびら源泉郷北区48-1

    More exciting updates in Part 2 of this travel diary. Stay close! x

    Love, 
Drea

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