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Five things you must do in Athens

Five things you must do in Athens

Athens is the launch pad to the Greek Islands. Most people who visit Greece begin their holiday in Athens by necessity. While it may not have the beautiful beaches of Paros or the classic white and blue buildings of Santorini, this city is at the heart […]

HONG KONG DESTINATION GUIDE: TOP FIVE DISTRICTS AND THINGS TO DO

HONG KONG DESTINATION GUIDE: TOP FIVE DISTRICTS AND THINGS TO DO

I’ve been to Hong Kong probably a baker’s dozen times and I never tire of it. Each time my first steps on to the concrete were straight off a bus, having crossed the border from Shenzhen in China, where we used to live. I was always euphoric as we drove across the bridge connecting the two places, fresh from a frazzling Shenzhen customs which consisted of queue after queue after queue.

MONDAY COFFEE: THE FLIGHT COFFEE HANGAR | WELLINGTON, NZ

MONDAY COFFEE: THE FLIGHT COFFEE HANGAR | WELLINGTON, NZ

There are many good times to visit Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, but one of the best is during the culinary bonanza that is Wellington on a Plate. This is when the food-friendly city turns into a feasting zone of epic proportions. Restaurants offer exclusive menus, there are pop-up events, and this year there are apparently 123 burgers for you to chomp you way through.

MONDAY COFFEE: AMANO | AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

MONDAY COFFEE: AMANO | AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

I love going out for brunch so much that I could almost count it as a hobby. The problem is that it is an expensive hobby so I try and restrain myself from eating too many plates of bacon and eggs.

How to do Tokyo on a Budget

How to do Tokyo on a Budget

If you are lured there by the bright lights, the unique attractions and the incomparable Japanese culture, like we were, then read these tips on how to do Tokyo on a budget and you’ll be laughing into your (vending machine) ramen.

Monday Coffee: A Vietnam Cafe Crawl

Monday Coffee: A Vietnam Cafe Crawl

Vietnam is a coffee-lover’s paradise. From standard brews like lattes and espresso to the classic Vietnamese egg and weasel coffees, there are plenty of choices to suit any tastes. This is why I had to embark on a coffee crawl on my recent visit to Vietnam.

CHECKING IN AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL PUDONG, SHANGHAI

CHECKING IN AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL PUDONG, SHANGHAI

After a few weeks spent running around Beijing and Shanghai we were ready to slow down for a bit and enjoy some pampering in one of the world’s most exciting cities. We didn’t need to look any further than Mandarin Oriental Pudong.

MONDAY COFFEE: UNDEFINE | SHANGHAI, CHINA

MONDAY COFFEE: UNDEFINE | SHANGHAI, CHINA

I am a terrible artist. I mean, I’m probably about as good as the woman who tried to “refurbish” that 19th Century Spanish fresco which ended in a fiasco a few years ago.

EIGHT ‘TIL LATE: HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN KUALA LUMPUR

EIGHT ‘TIL LATE: HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN KUALA LUMPUR

With skyscrapers, world-class shopping malls, restaurants galore, Kuala Lumpur is big city living but without the hectic pace you find in parts of Hong Kong and New York. Here’s a recipe for a day well spent in Malaysia’s capital.

MONDAY COFFEE: CLAMP COFFEE SARASA | KYOTO, JAPAN

MONDAY COFFEE: CLAMP COFFEE SARASA | KYOTO, JAPAN

Mondays are probably the day of the week we need coffee the most. I know once I get over the rude shock of being woken by an alarm after a weekend of sleep-ins, the first thing I do is make a coffee. When I had an office job it was such a ritual and I couldn’t open my bleary eyes properly until I had a sip of a flat white.