The right view with the right pace

Nobody is not hooked on Taipei with its pace of life. Having the time to slow down and enjoy the fascinating view from my room at Shangri La Taipei made me appreciate. The swimming pool features the best view of Taipei. Japanese restaurant Ibuki celebrates organic herbs planted in its own farm. An afternoon tea set keeps traditional tastes with a twist of design innovation. Everything is about appreciation.

Sometimes, having no plan is the best plan. Just book a ticket and a room, go for a weekend escape and come back recharged.

Char1es Travel Guide: LONDON

有誰跟我一樣,每次去完歐洲或美洲都會有一星期以上的jet lag後遺症?但倫敦除了給我jet lag,還給我一段美好回憶。倫敦是我8年前第一個踏足的歐洲城市,一直都很喜歡,但近年一直來回往返巴黎時裝週,久久未有機會重遊倫敦。
今次工幹順便遊玩這個霧都,幸運地連續7日好天,強烈建議大家夏天到訪。做足功課book了好多餐廳到了好多靚景點,但網上資料太多大零碎,#char1estravel決定為讀者做個IG遊倫敦攻略。

I was just wondering if anyone else had suffered similar as me – Jet lag. Every time when I came back from Europe or America, there will be over a week of recovering from jet lag.  This London’s trip besides a jet lag also gave me unforgettable beautiful moments. My first trip to Europe was London in 2010 and loves this place very much.  However, I haven’t been there for years even though I went back and forth to Paris Fashion Week.
Luckily, I turned my business trip into a vacation to visit the Great Smog of London again with a string of sunny days lasts through the week.  Side Note:  Highly recommended visit London during Summer Season.  Finding ideas is as easy as losing an hour wandering the internet, so, #char1estravel decided to make readers an IG friendly tour of London.  Here’s a consolidation on some of the best tips for our Ultimate London Travel Guide.

Mayfield Lavender Field
從未到過花田的我,落車一刻是會不由自主地笑,因為真的好美,一片紫海有淡淡薰衣草幽香。離市中心約一小時車程不算太遠,搭Uber車資視乎時段,約30至80鎊。遊人不少但小心選角度可以拍到無人花海,蜜蜂比人更多,穿著長袖衣物比較保險。

I haven’t been visiting any flower field before, but the first time I came here I fell in love with Lavender because of this area, so peaceful and the lavender smell.  Mayfield Lavender Field located in the London Borough of Sutton, close to Banstead.  You might take public transport or driving about an hour from London.  You might also take UBER which cost around £30-80 pounds is depends on traffic time. I will recommend to wear long sleeves for protection because a lot of bees and sun.

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
Nobu除了餐廳原來還有酒店,我深深被酒店外型及帶有禪味的簡約設計吸引住,住後感是這酒店上鏡比真實靚,配套不錯餐廳尤其出色。Shoreditch鄰近Brick Lane,一帶附近都算是hipster area,不少型格餐廳酒吧,推薦Smokstak及Lyle’s。

From Nobu cuisine to Nobu Hotel, the hotel highlights Japan’s meticulous attention to details and a Zen aesthetic of simplicity.  The minimalist interior design is cool, modern and minimalist.  Shoreditch is closed to Brick Lane which the trendiest area for Hipsters in London, the SMOKESTAK barbecue and Lyle’s are also a great choice restaurant.

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有名得過分的餐廳,所以敬請預約。這裡有多個主題用餐區,多年前到過較casual的bar area,今次終於潮勝粉紅色下午茶專區,英式下午茶水準超高,重點係環境氣氛一流。蛋形洗水間和彩色天花依然悅目,還有fine dining用餐區留待下次再會。

This is a famous branding restaurant and be sure to make an appointment before you go.  This restaurant has different sections and I had a Pink townhouse tea room section at this time. The English Afternoon Tea is incredible that you can’t miss it and the key point is the environment – It is one of the most beautiful places. (Side Note: Bathrooms where are big eggs (alien eggs) and under a multi-colored ceiling, this place is amazing.)  I will explore the fine dining section in next time as well.

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Duck & Waffle
人氣超高,倫敦最高的餐廳,但對香港人來說40樓算什麼?食物不錯但未至於驚艷,環境不錯但有點名過其實。

The Hottest Restaurant!  The highest 24/7 restaurant and considered one of the “must-visit” food places in London (In Hong Kong, many restaurants are located above 40th floor, right).  The food is good but not surprised and nice place but suitable for all

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Evans & Peel Detective Agency
一間你要上網「報案」訂位的酒吧,到達後門面完全一間偵探社一樣,入口要和社長登場案件,非常好玩。Bar snack都香口美味,是一個玩味十足的體驗。

This is a speakeasy bar and restaurant have to "defend my case" on the website to make the reservation, the role-play receptionist and a dashing detective.  The snack is above average, this was a playful and exclusive experience. 

Pride in London
在完全沒有預先計劃之下參與了Pride巡遊,一早定好日子,就遇上了一年一度的Pride遊行,不能說不是緣份“Everything happens for a reason.”整個倫敦處處彩虹,食肆、boutique甚至銀行都披上一道道彩虹,個個都笑著celebrate共容的大愛。正日當日氣氛更熾熱,四處巡遊、起舞,不相識的卻有著相同信念,共同堅守繼續宣揚愛的責任,我在看巡遊期間激動得流下眼淚。想參與的朋友記得留意下屆舉辦日期,聽說倫敦的全城參與度比任何地方都高,非常值得來參與支持。

I joined the annual London Pride parade without any advance planning.  This was a great day and I would think “everything happens for a reason”.  London was awash with rainbows as more than a million people descended on the capital for its annual Pride parade on Saturday afternoon.  People are able to just come and be who they are and celebrate whatever they want and share with love. Be honest, I was so excited that I dropped a tear during the parade.  For anyone who would like to match the parade, please save the date for next year.  As I heard London is a largest event hosted the Pride Parade that you won’t want to miss.

My First Asaya Experience

I recently had spent 4 days in Rosewood Phuket.  It's such a relaxing and nice place to stay. Strongly recommend this place  if you are looking for a luxury resort experience in Phuket.

And while you are here - Asaya Wellness SPA is definitely a must go! A spa like no other. 
 
Out of all available treatments, “Sound Therapy” attracted me the most. Why? Because no one would imagine "Sound" can become a form of treatment.  This treatment used “Tibetan singing bowls” which placed on and around your body such that your energy fields are balanced and enhanced through the resonating sound and vibrations. You can actually hear those sounds and feel the vibration into your entire body which make yourself so relax and peaceful. This therapy is aim to improve our overall relaxation by bringing brain wave frequency into a theta state.  I felt asleep midway of the session so you can imagine how amazing it was!

If you prefer a traditional massage, the Thai Body Massage that I tried on my second day will be a good option. This Thai Massage was done by skilled professional therapists that bring relaxation to your body and make you feel refreshed and revived!

Hope you enjoy as much as I do next time when you are here and remember to tell me how you like it!

PHUKET HIDEAWAY

Quality time on requires quality time off.

Being on the road has been a large part of my work recently, and I finally got to hide away in Phuket this time.

Slipping away to a tropical beach break in Rosewood Phuket, the tranquil and refined lifestyle has made me stay at the residence for the entire 4 days.

Here’s quick tips from #char1estravel on when is best to travel in Phuket:
May- Oct, off-peak season with high humidity, since the prices are at an all-time low, it’d be the cheapest time to plan a trip;
Nov-Apr, the rains are over and with the best weather, it’s the busiest time of the year on the island with the most tourists.

 

Room:

Luxurious residence with comfortable furnishings, you can chill at the private pool with an awakening true feeling of escape

Location:

15 minutes drive to Patong Beach, Rosewood Phuket is a secluded hideaway

Facilities:

The main pool is relatively small, and would require hotel shuttle to get there

Dining:

Ta Khai restaurant offers dinner only. It features rustic village ambiance, but you might find the dishes relatively salty. The Italian food at Red Sauce is highly recommended; and I strong suggest you to chill out max at Mai Bar by the pool.

今年驛馬星動,出trip密度創新高,行李unpack完又立即再執過,做空中飛人的日子笑中帶累,終於等到今次布吉之旅可以放個假!

今次入住的Rosewood Phuket,開業只有半年,加上一貫Rosewood的優雅家居感設計,住在這裡就像新屋入伙。而今趟休息之旅真的沒有離開過家門,4天都留在酒店,hea得徹底。到過布吉好幾次的我,今次與酒店職員聊天下才發現布吉5至10月是淡季,濕度較高易有雨,今次5月到訪就有一天整天下雨,其餘時間都天氣甚好。來個 #char1estravel 布吉擇日小貼士:5至10月淡季,價錢實惠,人煙稀少,但陰晴不定;11至4月旺季,價錢較高,人多,天氣應該好好,除非唔好。

Room:

高格調品味家居感,在私家泳池聽歌游水可hea足一日。

Location:

離芭東海灘的旅遊區15分鐘車程,自成一閣環境幽靜。

Service:

服務周到窩心,員工英語水平好。

Facilities:

主泳池較細,適合浸泡多於暢泳。於酒店穿梭需坐小型酒店車。

Dining:

Ta Khai泰國餐廳只做晚市,環境一流,食物偏咸;Red Sauce意大利餐廳食物水準超高;Mai Bar於泳池旁chill到極點。

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Australia! Taking a break from the hustle and bustle is always a good idea. The beach was calling, so was the sun!

 

First stop – Syndey

A morning stroll along the famous Bondi beach was much needed. The splendid views along the coastal walk, the sound of waves washing up against the shore. Calming and tranquilizing, what more could I ask for?

Then that one afternoon at The Potting Shed at The Grounds made me feel like I was a thousand miles away from the city and the crowd. All the hanging plants and great food, the ambience of course! A cozy place to dine in – because #positivevibesonly!

 

And on our way to Canberra, while waiting for the tow truck, I wondered a few snaps till then wouldn’t hurt after all. Oh, have I mentioned my dad was the photographer of the trip? He was definitely a true pro!

Final stop at Melbourne, where we were off to end the vacation on an exciting note. Yes, you might have already watched and heard my scream from what I put on Instagram story, I sky-dived! Once in a lifetime, you have to do something crazy. Just do it and leave your stress and worries behind!

Not to mention taking a few snaps at the instagrammable Hosier Lane for its street art and at the bright Brighton Bathing boxes, these are the must-do and must-visit while in Melbourne.

Now back in the city with fast pace, I’m missing the Aussie food, the beach, and the sun again…