Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Hotel: Keraton at The Plaza - Jakarta, Indonesia

Opened the beginning of this month.

The new modern and contemporary boutique hotel Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is linked to The Plaza Jakarta mall, thus how it got its name.  It  occupies 22 floors of the building.
The spa will be opening next month.

Byron - London, UK

In my opinion, Byron, is the best burger place in London.  I haven't been to many burger places, but I'm sure it would be hard to prove that there is something better.  It's like the Johnny Rockets of London, but less of a fast food burger joint.  In this last trip, I had lunch there twice, in a short vacation and trying to try as much restaurants as possible, this is unusual for me, but in this case the burger was that good.  One of the branches I have been to had a projector with black and white silent Micky Mouse cartoons, which I loved!  This burger place has numerous branches scattered all over London.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Hotel: Bulgari Hotel London, UK

Open now.

The Bulgari Hotel & Residences opens just in time for the London Olympics 2012. It has 85 spacious elegantly furnished rooms and suites.

Cest Bon Cookies

Who doesn't like cookies. But its not any cookie.  We like the chewy, the sweet cookie dough, the ones that has lots of chocolates, the yummiest kind of chocolate.

Cest Bon Cookies is another baking home business that creates soft chewy cookies. They have a variety of choices. I personally like their chocolate cookie dough kinder cookies (not featured in this post).  The owner is super sweet, ask her for recommendations.

Monday, May 28, 2012


Fleur Flower & Gift Wrap is the flower shop I go to frequently to get flowers for the house.  Its a beautiful little shop located in Nuzha Co-op besides Starbucks.  The shop is exactly besides Rice Pudding Factory I have wrote a post about before.  They\ve got some pretty flowers I haven't seen around before. In addition to roses, tulips, hydrangeas, and the gorgeous peonies, all with a variety of colors.  I've seen the arrangements they make, and they are of the really elegant and simple kind.
Photos belong to Fleur
Address: Inside Nuzha Co-op, block 3, next to Rice Pudding Factory
Tel.: 97118668

Saturday, May 26, 2012

UMU - London, UK

Umu, a Michelin starrred restaurant tucked in Mayfair, UK's first Kyoto restaurant, was on my list of have to visit restaurants in London.  I like the idea that even though it looks like an old Kyoto restaurant in Japan, that the wooden door slides open automatically when you press the button outside.  The place is dark and the decor is really nice.  This must be one of the most expensive restaurants we've been to during the trip, but the quality of the food, and the complimentary dishes we had made up for it.  Sadly my photos weren't that good. Reservations are required for dinner.
Address: 14-16 Bruton Place
Opening times: Mon-Fri 12:00-2:30pm, 6:00-11:00pm
Sat 6:00-11:00pm
Closed on Sundays

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Hotel: Niyama - Maldives

Opened in February 2012.

Niyama is part of the Per Aquum collection and is 40 min sea plane ride from Male airport.  The hotel collection is the same as the one that Huvafen Fushi is part of, which I have visited two years ago.  Like Huvafen Fushi, Niyama also has Lime Spa.

Monday, May 21, 2012

My Stay at Viceroy Maldives Resort & Spa - Part III

This is the final part of the Viceroy Maldives Resort & Spa trilogy.  I think I left the best for last. Treehouse is the resort's Moroccan inspired lounge set in, as the name suggests, a tree house. The atmosphere up on the mini playground-like tree house was fab.  We went there everyday of our trip just to chill.  Nothing's better than being enveloped by the darkness of the star-filled night surrounded by the sound of the waves and sea breeze.  Their food is also extremely good, mostly light Arabic food.
Mezza platter
Chicken shawarma
I don't know what these two dishes are called but they are the most ordered dishes, the first is prawns and the second is fish, and like we were told, both were really delicious