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Ten airports you must book a window seat for

Aisle or window? That’s a question I’m sure many of us are familiar with. I’m a big fan of window seats – you’ll know why if you’ve seen any of my Plane Views posts! Whether you’re an aisle or a window person, here are ten airports you’ll want to book a window seat for (arriving, […]

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Luxury is in the details

I recently had a conversation with several fellow bloggers about what distinguishes a luxury hotel from its peers. We exchanged notes about our stays in hotels and resorts around the world and we quickly concluded that it’s the small touches and the attentiveness of the staff that make the difference. There was a time when […]

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Ten things to do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most fascinating cities in Asia. With its awe-inspiring skyline and cosmopolitan buzz, Hong Kong lives up to its billing as the ‘Manhattan of Asia’ with true verve. To many visitors, Hong Kong may seem daunting at first but once you get past the gleaming skyscrapers, sprawling malls and neon-lit […]

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A thrilling cable car ride in Hong Kong

I love cable cars. When I was a kid, I built simple models using string, wheels of discarded toy cars, little paper boxes (as the cabins – complete with drawings of windows and little faces), paperclips (to clip the ‘cabins’ to the string) and old shoe boxes (as the stations). The cable cars were suspended […]

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The Hong Kong skyline by day and night

Hong Kong has one of the most impressive skylines in the world – the high density of skyscrapers, squashed in between the mountains of Hong Kong island and Victoria Harbour, is simply mind-boggling. On one of my visits, I spent a day going from place to place to view the skyline from various vantage points. […]

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Culinary Journey: Wonton in Hong Kong Central

What: Wonton noodles Where: Tsim Chai Kee Noodle. 98, Wellington Street, Central, HK Notes: The wonton balls were seriously good! As big as golf balls, they’re freshly made every day and the ladies stuff them with a rich paste full of prawns. The wonton can be eaten in a variety of ways; plain or in […]

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What makes a hotel exceptional

There are many great hotels around the world but there are some which are truly exceptional. I’ve had the privilege of staying in some of them (in the days when my investment banking job paid the bills! 🙂 ) and I’ve often pondered about what makes a great hotel exceptional. From my experience, it’s the […]

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The Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

The Symphony of Lights sound and light show is the largest permanent light show in the world and is one of the ‘must sees’ for visitors to Hong Kong. Held every night at 8pm, the best place to view the show is from the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront on Kowloon. If you’re staying on Hong […]

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Ten city peaks for the most breathtaking views

There’s nothing more spectacular than a city with an imposing skyline and a nearby mountain-top from which to enjoy the view. There’s just something magical about it. I guess it’s the adventure of getting to the top of the mountain and the first moment you feast your eyes on the incredible view. It’s always an […]

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Ten unforgettable city cruises

Some of the most spectacular cities in the world have a sea- or harbour-side setting. Think of Sydney, with its breathtaking harbour; or downtown Vancouver, hemmed in by Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet; New York, Cape Town, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and the list goes on. The best way to really appreciate the beauty […]

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