Postcards: Zaanse Schans & Haarlem

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For those with a little time in their hands, a day trip to Zaanse Schans from Amsterdam might be worth your while if getting your eyes on the iconic Dutch windmills is on your bucket list. It is a touristy destination, but where else are you going to see people make clogs, Delft ware and … Continue reading

Guide to Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Finishing up in Copenhagen, my next stop would be Amsterdam where I would stay for close to a week in my sister’s apartment, before we jet off to the sands of Morocco. I came to Amsterdam this time round with fairly low expectations, with my first visit 2012 leaving behind an imprinted generalisation of a … Continue reading

Eating in Copenhagen: Kokkeriet

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This will be a photographic reel of my meal at Kokkeriet in Copenhagen. [Kokkeriet] Where: Kronprinsessegade 64, 1306 København K When: Tues – Sat (dinner) Contact: +45 3315 2777 World ranking: 1 Michelin star. Menu: Small menu 11 courses (900DKK, approx. $170AUD). The larger menu is available at $1200DKK, for additional 4 courses. P.S. this … Continue reading

Guide to Copenhagen, Denmark

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The capital of Denmark, Copenhagen would be the second leg of my most recent European escapade. In all honesty Copenhagen was at first not on my list of top places to visit – for what reason I do not know. The lure of exciting world class Nordic cuisine (see: Geranium), flashy architecture, and being home to centuries old fairy … Continue reading

A little camera in hand or SLR left at home?

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I recently read an article on EyeVoyage, that stirred a question inside me – which is better: a little camera in hand or a SLR that is left at home? This question has crossed my mind on several occasions particularly in the past few months of travelling – feeling the extra strain on my shoulders while … Continue reading

Great Ocean Road, Victoria – A weekend getaway.

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Now that the winter chill is in full swing with the mercury barely hitting the low teens, what better time to plan ahead for a weekend getaway in regional Victoria. Spring is only just around the corner, right? A few months ago over the Easter holidays, three friends embarked on a 3 day road trip … Continue reading

France through a viewfinder: Paris

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Note. Postcard shots from each stop on my trip in France will follow as a parallel series alongside Devouring France. Whilst winter may have dawned on Paris, with a cloudy gloom veiled over the streets for much of the days, one will never grow tired of its beautiful canvas. Although I did revisit some of the … Continue reading

Devouring France: Paris

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Quoting my own new year resolutions for 2014 – to eat better (*cough, healthier), be less stressed, be more industrious and write more – I have certainly ticked the first 3 items, but have taken quite a long break from blogging (3 months to be exact), for which I largely blame on writer’s block and … Continue reading

Queenstown: Top things to do during Summer

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Having spent a fair while exploring Wellington and *ahem* visiting my sister (Travel & Food guides to Wellington), I then took a detour down to Queenstown, hired a car and thus began my northward travel back towards Wellington along South Island’s stunningly diverse west coast. A few travel details: How did I get there? I … Continue reading

Ravenous Memoirs of 2013

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In retrospect 2013 has been an incredibly hectic year filled with an unbelievably gluttonous quantity of food related activities and excessive imbibing, which has inevitably meant I have remained in a perpetual blogger backlog going as far back as May. It has also been a year of much hair wrenching work stress, setting in motion … Continue reading

Photography #20 once in a life time, C&W’s wedding

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Weddings are always a heart warming occasion, especially when it is the holy matrimony of two close friends. Being the paparazzi I was, I wasn’t going to pass up an opportunity to snap away at all the good, the awkward and the spontaneous moments of genuine happiness. I have a keen knack at snap-shotting peoples … Continue reading

Paris: snapshots of nostalgia, Europe 2012

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It has been some time since I trekked around Europe. Being busy and all, *ahem I only got around to posting half of the locations I had visited back in 2012. I have since been on several other trips (Vietnam & Japan), which makes it difficult to attempt any form of catchup. Not to mention … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan (central & western districts)

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Previous chapters in my Japan travels: Tokyo part1, part2 // Yokohama // Nara // Kyoto part1. My exploration of western Kyoto (Arashiyama area) began at Otagi Nenbutsu Ji – a short bus ride north of Arashiyama – which is a little known temple on the outskirts decorated with more than 1200 Buddhist statues, most of which are more cartoonish … Continue reading

Kyoto, Japan (Eastern district)

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It is the general rule that I am terribly slow at writing up my travel posts. They come at a snail’s pace and with vast gaps of time. But better late than never… It is only now that a few friends are currently eating their way around Japan, I have been enviously and rather eagerly … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Hanoi day 3

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Aside from all the activities revolving around food and eating, I did visit landmarks scattered around Hanoi. Today’s focus lay west of Hoan Kiem Lake. First stop: Thang Long Royal Citadel. Several Vietnamese dynasties have resided here in this royal palace. The glory days of the palace have certainly passed, with prevalent marks of gunshots … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 2 in Hanoi

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Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot … there would be much pavement pounding yet ahead… It is surprising how quick your mind adapts, and stops worrying about the potholes ahead of you or darting your eyes frantically to avoid traffic catastrophe. It all slowly blends into the backdrop of your mind, as you … Continue reading

Guide to Vietnam – Day 1 in Hanoi

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Have you been wondering where has Almost Always Ravenous been since April (aka my last post)? I have taken a breather away from blogging and given myself a little headspace to reshuffle and rationalise my career calling. Of course there would be no moping around feeling depressed; rather there is no better way to get … Continue reading

Driving through the Italian countryside

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Driving through the northern Italian countryside we bask in the warm spring sun, and take in the rolling hills and lush greens. On our way to Venice we pass through the little town of Sirmione residing on the southern shoreline of Lake Garda. For a long time, Sirmione was a favourite resort for rich families … Continue reading

Photography #19 Aus Open 2013

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Testing out my new lens – Canon f1.4 50mm – at the Australian Open 2013. Check out Murray, Azarenka and Federer in action!  

East-side brunch series: Breakfast-thieves versus Robyn-hood?

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Part 3 of east-side brunch series… I remember I used to follow quite a few more brunch-oriented blogs trying to keep up with the never ending new kids to our food scene, but with so little time to spare, I have been doing much less of the scouring and gravitated instinctively towards a select few … Continue reading

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