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Showing posts with label Luxury Indulgence. Show all posts

Keio Plaza ( 京王プラザホテル ), Tokyo’s First Skyscraper Hotel!

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What would you say to staying in a 45-year-old grand dame situated right in the heart of Tokyo city? Well, together with my family, I had the pleasure of spending couple of nights in Tokyo’s first skyscraper hotel serving the global community since June 5, 1971 – the Keio Plaza Hotel ( 京王プラザホテル )!

Consisting of 2 towers, Keio Plaza Hotel offers both leisure and business travellers a choice of 1,437 rooms, boasting 16 restaurants and 9 bars, 38 banquet rooms and 3 wedding chapels, an outdoor sky pool, fitness room, and even a clinic, all under one roof!

Just like a grandeur standing tall, the 47-floor hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Tokyo’s most accessible transport hub, the Shinjuku Bus Station and Shinjuku Train Station. Flamboyant chandeliers adorned with dazzling Christmas tree illuminated with hues of blue greeted us at the hotel’s main lobby upon our arrival; it was certainly a welcoming sight! Isn’t it such an eye-candy?

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Keio Plaza Hotel Stay in 2014: Hello Kitty Princess Room

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Keio Plaza Hotel Stay in 2016: Plaza Deluxe Room
This would be my second time staying at Keio Plaza Hotel, a 5-star hotel in Japan’s bustling capital. My first was a very different experience, one that's totally out of this world. So I am really pleased to be back again, trying their new Plaza Deluxe Room which was renovated just last spring.
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Coral Expeditions’ Flag Ship Multi-Million-Dollar Facelift!

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Coral Expeditions’ flagship Coral Discoverer has just completed a refurbishment ahead of its inaugural South East Asia expeditions, commencing 25 November 2016.

The ship, which has concluded its dry dock in Singapore, has received a multi-million-dollar facelift, incorporating the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms, the first on any Coral Expeditions vessel. The remaining 30 staterooms have received full upgrades to bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork. The intimate expedition character of the ship that guests have come to love, has been maintained.

Mark Fifield, Coral Expeditions Group General Manager said, "Our inaugural Asia season is the perfect opportunity to welcome guests to a new chapter for our company. The Coral Discoverer was built to very high standards in Australia and this refit has ensured she remains the most comfortable small expedition ship afloat today."
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Golden Goose Liver Foie Gras Penne in Emborg Cream Sauce

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Creamy Penne enveloped in a robust goose liver sauce is what you will get from this home-cooked pasta dish. Whet your appetite as you spoon mouthfuls of these cylinder-shaped tubes with cheesy sausages to fill your gourmet desire.

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Tease your palates; dress it up with that superfluous dollop of goose liver. Let your guests have the option of mixing the Foie Gras bits with the pasta or gobble up the extra toppings.

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Cooked al dente, the hollow center and ridges allow the penne to hold the creamy mushroom and goose liver sauce making the dish even tastier. Are you tempted to try cooking this Golden Goose Liver Foie Gras Penne in Emborg Cream Sauce?
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Toyota Corolla 50th Anniversary Special Edition Launch!

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The Exclusive 11th Generation Corolla Is Here! Borneo Motors Singapore today marked the 50th Anniversary of the Toyota Corolla Altis with the unveiling of a limited 50th year edition Anniversary variant. For the month of September, the dealership has planned a series of engagement and promotional activities to mark the anniversary and pay homage to the legacy set by all 11 generations of this humble yet extraordinary vision-leading car. Since its launch, the model has rolled out more than 40 million cars globally.

Now in its 11th generation, it has been designed and engineered with the goal of bringing happiness and well-being to the people. Toyota Corolla has constantly lead the category since 1966 by offering technologies, services and value that are always better. With the limited edition model, the legend has redefined itself to give the Corolla customers confidence, enjoyment and excitement like never before.
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Prague Travelogue: Charles Bridge and Astronomical Clock

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Eastern Europe Day 9 Continues: Decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, the Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague. The bridge is built of sandstone blocks, flanked at each end by fortified towers - Lesser Town Bridge Towers and the Old Town Bridge Tower.

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Lesser Town Bridge Towers ( Malostranske mostecke veze ) - For tourists arriving from the Old Town, this is the main pedestrian entrance to the Lesser Town. The smaller Judith's Tower is connected to the Lesser Town Bridge Tower by a walkway.

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Old Town Bridge Tower ( Staromestska mostecka vez ) - Completed in 1380, this blackened aged gate along with Charles Bridge was built by Emperor Charles IV and forms part of the old fortification system of Prague, built to protect the Old Town against northern invaders. The charming Charles Bridge has many stunning sights and it is certainly instagram worthy!

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Come, travel with Luxury Haven to discover the famous historic Charles Bridge and visit Old Town for a glimpse of the medieval Astronomical Clock in Prague!
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Claypot Chicken Wings with Baby Abalones ( 鲍鱼鸡翅煲仔 )

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I have always enjoyed cooking food in claypots, where ingredients are slowly coaxed to perfection, releasing the aroma of the food making it a flavorful dish.

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I bought a bigger claypot recently, the La Gourmet Truly Oriental Claypot. I used it to prepare this mouth-watering Claypot Chicken Wings with Baby Abalones ( 鲍鱼鸡翅煲仔 ), using fresh canned abalones from Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant.

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The claypot seals all the nutrients inside the pot by locking the steam, retaining the natural flavours of the food. This delicious recipe can also be a one-pot dish, and it's great pairing with a bowl of fragrant Jasmine rice especially with the scrumptious Braised Peanuts and Flower Mushrooms ( 花菇 ) that I had also added. I like to use Japanese Flower Mushrooms for my cooking as I like the thicker texture, but they are more costly.

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Look at how tender and juicy the chicken is! Of course, the baby abalones tasted great too! Did I get your attention, foodies? Let's get cooking, shall we?
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Czech Republic Wanderlust: Things To Do In Charming Prague!

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Eastern Europe Day 9: Finally, I am in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague or Praha in Czech, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic.

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With breathtaking views and stunning architectures from Romanesque rotundas and Gothic cathedrals to Baroque and Renaissance palaces, Prague is a city where you will wanna visit over and over again. Having celebrated my 50th birthday there, the mythical Prague will be forever etched in my memory.

There is really no reason not to visit the architectural gem city with layers of rich history and charm. So join me as we explore this spellbinding beauty!
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Singapore Aesthetics Clinic: Liposonix vs Coolsculpting!

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Liposonix ( ultrasound ) or Coolsculpting ( fat freezing ), which is better? Well, I have tried both and I have to admit they yield pretty good results.

I am such a glutton, and have no discipline over food. I am also " allergic " to exercises which makes it even worse. Are you like that too? Love to eat, but hate to work out? Thank goodness I am not over-weight, but just needed to get rid of those unsightly tummy fats so that I can fit nicely in a dress.

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In this post, I shall share my personal experience on these two fat-reduction procedures which I had at EHA Clinic, both performed by Dr Elias Tam. Hopefully at the end of the post, these information will help you decide if these treatments are what you are looking for.

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Well, the good thing about #Liposonix and #Coolsculpting is that you do not need to go under the knife to get rid of your unwanted fats. These are non-surgical and non-invasive unlike procedures such as Liposuction, which carries certain surgical risks. However, they are not alternative procedures to Liposuction.
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Festive Thai-Style Abalone Salad with Italian Baby Spinach

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This is a quick and easy Abalone Salad using Fresh Tomatoes and Foglia Sublime Baby Spinach drenched in Sin Sin Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce.

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Using the #HockHua Tiger King Australian Wild Black-Lip Abalone, this was part of my Chinese New Year BBQ/Steamboat Dinner early this year. Instead of adding the abalone into the steamboat, I turned it into a sweet and spicy salad.

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This Festive Thai Style Abalone Salad sitting on a bed of crunchy Italian Baby Spinach, is so tasty with the sweet and spicy dressing, definitely a must-try especially for the novice cooks! Best part, only 4 ingredients needed!
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Sauvignon Blanc Seafood Platter Recipe with Emerald Crawfish

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Be tantalized by this mouth-watering oceanic love filled with Shrimps, Clams, Mussels And Baby Lobsters, cooked in a potion of Sauvignon Blanc White Wine and Scented Thyme Leaves Olive Oil.

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This seafood platter was prepared for our threesome Valentine's Day. It was just a simple affair at home in February, pairing this dish with a bottle of Moscato and Toasted Foie Gras Ciabatta. The Duchessa Lia Moscato d'Asti, a gift from my BFF, is a sweet sparkling wine which is perfect for the special occasion.

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The hightlight of the Sauvignon Blanc Seafood Platter is the Emerald Whole Crawfish ( 清水小龙虾 ) which I found in NTUC Finest some time back.

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I was intrigued by the box of baby lobsters and knew I just had to bring these babies home to experiment. Hence, the idea of this shellfish platter was born.
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Czech Republic Karlovy Vary, World Famous Spa Town

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Eastern Europe Day 8 Continues: A spa town in the western Bohemia, Czech Republic? Sounds like haven for spa-goers, isn't it? The renowned West Bohemian Spa Triangle, Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad is historically famous for its hot springs, and is the most visited spa town in the Czech Republic.

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Well recognized for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Carlsbad is a popular tourist destination especially known for international celebrities visiting for spa treatments.

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The name " Karlovy Vary " may not ring a bell, but I am sure many of you have come across some of their sights in the movies. The city has been used as the location for a number of film-shoots, including the 2006 films Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah, Shanghai Knights, and box-office hit James Bond film Casino Royale, which used the city's Grand Hotel Pupp in various appearances.
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Gallery Rare: Your Hermes Birkin and Kelly Luxury Boutique!

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Japan’s pre-loved luxury goods company, Gallery Rare, has set up shop in Singapore with the aim of offering the largest collection of rare Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags in Southeast Asia.

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These iconic Hermes bags, named after English singer and actress Jane Birkin and American actress Grace Kelly respectively, are highly coveted collectibles and enjoy great demand in Asia. Time Magazine recently reported that investing in a Hermes Birkin bag might have better returns in the long term than gold or the stock market. These bags, which can cost anything between USD 60,000 to USD 200,000, are made in limited numbers and are generally not advertised.
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Tasty Foie Gras Stuffed Chicken in Merlot Red Wine Reduction

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Making restaurant-style food is always a challenge for me. As I am such a glutton, I often like to experiment with good food. This Tasty Foie Gras Stuffed Chicken in Merlot Red Wine Reduction has gotta be one of my most satisfactory dishes by far as it is extremely delicious!

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Merlot is best for making red wine sauce for a dish like this cause it is smooth and fruity. Imagine all the goose liver tucked inside your juicy chicken breast and drenched in a mushroom red wine reduction accompanied by healthy grilled pumpkins. The taste is just heavenly!

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During my recent trip to Budapest, I was introduced to the Hungarian Golden Goose Liver by my tour manager. Being a fan of Foie Gras, I naturally bought some of the finest goose liver pates. Do you know that Foie Gras is good for you, and it is known as " the French paradox " according to American researchers and Dr Serge Renaud - a specialist in the field? ( Source: Golden Goose Liver )

Apparently, Foie Gras are a recommended part of dietary intake since they help reduce the level of so-called " bad " cholesterol in the blood. So unlike the contrary hear-say, goose liver is actually good for you!
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Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic, UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Eastern Europe Day 7: Nestled in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic is a small city named Cesky Krumlov, crowned by the magnificent Cesky Krumlov Castle.

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With history dating back to the Middle Ages, the quaint town is a gem of Renaissance architecture, boasting maze-like alleyways, charming burghers houses, medieval pubs and more. Due to its distinctive preserved medieval core, the Old Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the historic Prague castle district.

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A town full of art, the Renaissance smokescreens of painted houses, conventional artisan shops and medieval taverns, Cesky Krumlov is indeed an indisputable fairy-tale beauty.
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Vienna: Hofburg Imperial Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral

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Eastern Europe Day 5: Known as the City of Music due to its musical legacy, Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Lying in the east of Austria and close to the borders of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, Euros are honored in Vienna so you do not have to worry about changing into another different currency here.

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One of the interesting ways to explore Vienna’s attractions is via a ride in the two-horse carriage, one of Vienna's highlights. It is hard to imagine the cityscape without the Viennese Fiakers. The term " fiaker " originates from the French and refers to the hackney carriage stand in the Parisian Rue de Saint Fiacre.

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You can find these carriage stands in different areas of the city: Stephansplatz, Heldenplatz, Albertinaplatz, Petersplatz and Burgtheater. The 20-minute tour through the centre of the Old City costs €55, and the 40-minute tour through the Ringstrasse and the Old City costs €80.

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One popular tourist attraction in Vienna is the Mozart's birthplace. No. 9 Getreidegasse in Salzburg was the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who's family resided on the third floor from 1747 to 1773.

Join Luxury Haven, as she explores Vienna with EU Holidays, seeing the City of Music through her lens.....
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Okinawa: The Secret is Out, Featuring Priscilla’s Secret!

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Fancy going to a beautiful island with natural elements of the Sun, Land and Sea? Located in the southernmost tip of Japan is the Okinawa Prefecture, with Naha being the prefectural capital, and Okinawa Honto where most of the US military bases are located.

Being an avid traveller and having invited to Tokyo to review some of the most interesting hotel rooms during the Hello Kitty's 40th Anniversary, I have to admit I have yet to visit Okinawa although the sunny haven has always been in my travel list. I have thought nothing much of Okinawa before except for their renown beaches and World War II sites. Thanks to Okinawa Tourism, I am glad to learn more through their series of videos featuring Okinawa: The Secret is Out! So who is Priscilla? Read on to find out more, plus some of the amazing videos and places of attractions of Okinawa!
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Slovakia: Bratislava Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

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Eastern Europe Day 4: Charming narrow winding streets, medieval castles and towns, historic churches and characteristic buildings, Bratislava is almost unhampered by civilisation. Officially the Slovak Republic, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.

Bordering Austria and Hungary, Bratislava is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Euro is the official currency for Bratislava when the Slovak Republic joined the Euro-zone in 2009.

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Perhaps one of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, which seats on the hill above the Old Town and Danube River. Built and rebuilt many times over more than 1,000 years of existence, eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past.
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Budapest Danube River Cruise, Central Market Hall Shopping

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Eastern Europe Day 2: As the sky turns dark at 4.30pm in winter, evenings in Hungary are characterized by enchanting illuminated sights. One way to marvel at the grace of Budapest is going on a sightseeing cruise along Danube River, which I will be highlighting at the end of this post. This city, packed with fortifications and buildings from Roman times will fascinate you.

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Budapest Great Market Hall aka Central Market Hall is located at the Pest side near the City Centre. Striking Zsolnay tiles lay over the massive roof structure, making the three-storey market the most spectacular element of the building from afar.

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Be it rain or shine, the Central Market Hall is one of the most visited tourist attractions. It is centrally located in the city center just at the end of Vaci Utca. This is the place to buy Hungarian souvenirs, beautiful handmade porcelain clocks like these, or traditional food home for your family and friends.
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