24 hours in lovely Ljubljana

Our trip to Ljubljana came at the end of a very busy time at my day job. To those who don’t know this fact about me, I work in the crazy world of advertising—highly notorious for toxic hours. The month leading up to our Slovenia trip was also the countdown to the World Cup and …

Croatia: Inspired by + Inspired buy

As big Game of Thrones fans, my husband and I definitely geeked out in Dubrovnik.  To be honest, the medieval city oozes with such dynastic draw that it’s impossible not to.  One look at the red-tiled roofs and you’re immediately transported to Westeros and King’s Landing.  When we started to scale the old city walls, …

Split’s Radisson Blu Resort

Women are all too familiar with the concept of searching for “the one”—the quest for that person who will tick off all the checkboxes in an ever-evolving list of must-haves of the ideal man. I had one when I was 15, and the first line item said “Must be Ronan Keating”; I had to modify …

Sea views from Split, Croatia

We spent the first half of our four-day Croatia trip in Dubrovnik, and the next half in Split.  The plan for Dubrovnik was to stay in the heart of the city and soak in the history of Old Town as much as possible.  Our plan for Split was slightly different: we made a conscious decision …

The only rooftop terrace in town: Hotel Stari Grad

Although there are hundreds of accommodations available in Dubrovnik, there are currently only two hotels inside the walls of Old Town.  I thought choosing between the two options would be difficult but when I found out that only one of them had a rooftop terrace—the only rooftop terrace in the entire town—I knew there was …

Slowing down in Dubrovnik

Leisurely and unhurried—that’s exactly how we planned to see Dubrovnik. When I was researching about how to spend our four days in Croatia, I was surprised by the amount of people who suggested that Dubrovnik should be treated as a day trip. ‘Don’t spend too much time’ was a popular advice—go in, spend a few …

Clear skies and the brightest northern lights

And just like that, it’s April.  For most cities clutched by the relentless grip of winter, April is always met with welcoming smiles and relieved sighs.  April is that dear friend you haven’t seen for a while; it takes one look and all the fond memories come flooding in—longer days, warmer temperatures, that first patio …

Spring and Sweets Daydreaming

Today is Valentine’s Day and Amsterdam is extra full of flowers.  The local bloemenkiosks (flower shops) peppered around the city have more buckets of bouquets on display—surely to supply gifts to those who are inclined (or compelled/forced/extorted) to be romantic this day. But this sudden burst of flowers in the city for Valentine’s Day is …

Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

I used to draw a blank whenever friends asked me about hotel recommendations in Amsterdam.  The reason is simple:  we have our lovely apartment so I’ve never really had a reason to stay or research for a hotel in the city.   Our apartment was selected for us by my husband’s employer even before we …

Brunch at Andaz Amsterdam

We’re grounded for the months of January and February.  At first, I dreaded the thought that we won’t be able to do our usual winter weekend getaways during the darkest and dreariest months of the year.  In 2012, we broke the long winter stretch with weekend trips to Barcelona and Tromso.  In 2013, we saw snow-covered Budapest …