My Top 5…Cities in Asia

I’ve decided to start a new feature on my blog called “My Top 5…” it will be about anything and everything.

To start off, I’m going to give you my top 5 Asian cities. I have been lucky to have traveled extensively throughout Asia (although there are so many more places that I still want to go to!)

It was tough to choose, and even after choosing I am coming up with many more cities, but here are my top five cities in Asia:

5. Kota Kinabalu, MalaysiaMalaysia 032

 

Kota Kinabalu is the largest city in the Bornean state of Sabah.

I absolutely loved this city because it had the perfect mix of everything that you could want from a coastal city, delicious fresh fish markets, beautiful architecture, amazing beaches just a short boat ride away and out of this world sunsets

It’s such a fun relaxing city that both myself and Jason really enjoyed. We had fun wandering along the coastline taking in the views and eating the amazing food!

 

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4. Kyoto, JapanOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

If you are looking for culture then look no further because Kyoto is a city that has beautiful culture everywhere. Whether you are looking for the more modern Japan, you want to eat some delicious food and drink some sake, want to wander down the beautiful backstreets where geishas roam or want to take a short subway ride to see the beautiful golden temple you can do it all in a few days in Kyoto.

Kyoto has everything that you need to have an incredible city break!

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I absolutely loved Singapore. It is probably one of the  most multicultural cities I’ve ever been to and what makes it even better is that all of the different cultures and religions seem to get along harmoniously.

…and the food, don’t get me started on the food! it was so good!

I think I might have spent most of my time there trying to change Jason’s mind about moving to America and to move here instead!

 

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I could definitely live here and be happy…

2. Shanghai

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Shanghai is one of those places where the different parts of the city feel like different worlds.

When we visited the French Quarter I was in heaven with the peacefulness, but getting on to the subway nearby brought me back down with a bang and made me realise that I would have a hard time living here with all of the craziness.

But to visit…it really is an awesome city destination.

You can spend your days wandering through old towns, shopping in the large malls, walking along the Bund in awe at the amazing architecture or drinking green tea in the beautiful old town.

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1. Kathmandu

The wonderful city of Kathmandu

WOW!

That was pretty much my expression for the entire time that we stayed here. The culture, food, architecture, people and sights all make this my favorite city in Asia.The wonderful city of Kathmandu

I have the fondest memories of sitting on rooftops with a tea, watching the people meander the beautiful old streets below. There are so many impressive buildings all over the city and even if you stayed there for a month you would still find something new and exciting to see everyday!

We found that we were never with a lack of something to do in Kathmandu. You can fly over Everest in the morning and stroll around the monkey temple after lunch.

 

It was such a cool city! I hope I get to go back there some day and especially after the horrible earthquake that happened recently, I’m sure that your tourist dollars would be much appreciated.

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What do you think?

Do you agree with my choices? Are there any cities that you would add to the list or take off the list?

I’d love to hear your opinion!

Singapore with my niece!

imageI can’t believe that it was over two weeks ago now since we arrived in Singapore!

Just to update you all, even though myself and Jason got married back in August, we didn’t have time to have a honeymoon so decided to have a belated one in February (it just happened to be my 30th too)
We decided to go to Bali for our honeymoon but with my niece after recently moving to Singapore we decided it was the perfect stopover before Bali.IMG_7791

Now, before I go any further I guess I should mention that my niece is actually only a year younger than me.

Both myself and Jason were so excited to catch up with Sarah and see what her life is like in Singapore, meet her boyfriend Peter, see the city and of course, try the food!

On our first night we got insanely jealous when they showed us their apartment complex (complete with two pools and a gym) but the best part…was their private rooftop terrace with a hot tub and a barbecue. We enjoyed a couple of drinks in a local pub and then drank some more on the rooftop. It was the perfect introduction to Singapore.

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The next day we got a taxi to the downtown area and caught our first glimpse of the Marina Bay Sands.IMG_7663

The city is just as beautiful and clean as people say and the architecture is so beautiful.

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The Durian is the national fruit, so they built this building to replicate it. My favorite building in Singapore!

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But I think that the thing I loved the most about Singapore was the fact that it’s so multicultural. It blew our mind just how many different people were living in Singapore. Different religions and races but all living together in harmony. Sarah told us that only about 20% of the population is Singaporean. This shocked us, especially compared to Korea which has such a low level of foreigners and expats.

The next day was our tourist day. Peter had to go to Jakarta for business but his mom was visiting so we spent the day with her and Sarah doing all of the touristy things. It started off with an incredible cheesy Duck Tour.IMG_7733 IMG_7737

Then it was time to go on the Singapore Flyer. (Which was great!)IMG_7794 IMG_7768 IMG_7788

And then it was time for the Gardens by The Bay. This was a wonderful experience and I’d definitely recommend a visit there if you have the chance! You could spend all day there and still not see it all.IMG_7825 IMG_7818 IMG_7835 IMG_7845

As the sun was nearly setting we decided to go to a brewery that Sarahs friend had told us about. When we arrived we were all in awe with the incredible view from there. It’s called Level 33 because, yep you guessed it, it’s on the 33rd floor. Sarah even surprised us with an early birthday dessert plate!IMG_7857

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As you can see, the views were just out of this world! (the food was awesome too!) I even got to have a Singapore Sling (or as we’ve been calling them, a slingapore)

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On our final day in Singapore we decided to head to Chinatown and see the preparations for Chinese New Year (we’d be missing it by a couple of days) As you can imagine there were goats everywhere since this is indeed the year of the goat.IMG_7795 IMG_7892 IMG_7885

The architecture in this area was so beautiful and we had a great morning buying some souvenirs.

Before we knew it, our time was up and it was time to get on the plane for our honeymoon in BALI!

Weekly food post: Hawkers in Singapore

IMG_7710Wow, I realize that I haven’t done a food post in a while (since we were on honeymoon) so here is this weeks food post, a Singapore special!

Once my niece Sarah told us about the Hawkers centers in Singapore I knew we had to try it. Luckily for us there was one right near her apartment.

What is a hawkers center you may ask?

It’s basically a huge covered shopping center type building with hundreds of food stalls serving anything you can possibly imagine! and all at pretty low prices!

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We were a bit overwhelmed when we arrived. How could we possibly only choose one of these stalls!

IMG_7714Sarah and Anne went for some great noodles.

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Jason finally decided on some Laksa noodles.

IMG_7705and I…well I was thinking, go big or go home, so I got the chilli crab!

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It was all absolutely delicious! There are hawkers centers all over Singapore so if you ever come to visit this incredible city, make sure to visit one!

(The photos really don’t do the food justice, it was so good!)

Currently…

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Right now myself and Jason are in Singapore spending some time with my niece Sarah. We are absolutely loving it here and can’t stop eating all of the delicious foods!

Tomorrow we’ll officially be starting our (belated) honeymoon and fly to Bali for a couple of weeks so there probably won’t be many posts or updates. I’m taking tons of photos to share with all of you though.