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Regent Singapore, A Four Seasons Hotel – Home Away from Home

by Rosemarie John August 22, 2014

The multi award winning Regent Singapore is located on Cuscaden Road – central to the business district, the tranquil Botanical Gardens and a minutes’ walk away from Orchard Road, the city’s most exclusive shopping and entertainment hub. After a comprehensive facelift, Regent Singapore is unveiling its 440 newly refurbished guestrooms. Here is an account of my reminiscences of my stay […]

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Batu Caves, Malaysia – A Place of Reverence

by Rosemarie John August 19, 2014

Cooing pigeons flew over my head. The sound of temple bells inviting the Gods to accept the prayers of the devoted reverberated around me. The temple guardians (dvarapala) stand vigil protecting the sacred precincts from malevolent forces. Resident macaques scale the limestone walls and the colossal 140 feet tall golden statue of Murugan, the primary Hindu deity worshipped at Batu […]

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An Instagram Food Tour of Malaysia

by Rosemarie John August 13, 2014

This trip back home to Malaysia has been about food and only food. I have been on a mission to eat as many dishes as I can and document it. Malaysia, my home country is a melting pot of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds making it an amazing destination to satisfy a curious palate. Cuisines vary from Chinese to Indian, […]

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The Versatile Blogger Award

by Joseph Ellis August 9, 2014

This year has been a great year for our blog. We won several awards and even recently got nominated in the Top 10 Singapore Blog Awards 2014. But the Versatile Blogger Award is where you are nominated by your peers – and that’s something very special. Thank you Travel Notes & Beyond for selecting us! It is truly an honour […]

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Big Hotel Singapore – Modern, Chic and Centrally Located

by Joseph Ellis August 3, 2014

Representing Travel and Beyond, Todd Beltz writes about his experience staying at Big Hotel, Singapore. Anytime someone thinks or mentions the word “big” the first thoughts that come to mind is well, something that is big in size. My first stay in the year old property, BIG Hotel, may not exactly be big in size, but it sure is big […]

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A Journey through Kyushu – Day 2 in Kumamoto

by Rosemarie John August 1, 2014

Next up was Kumamoto, home to a historic castle and the majestic Mt. Aso beyond peaceful emerald plains and sparkling clear waters of its springs and lakes. My return to Japan through Oita had already vetted my appetite to see more of its glorious beauty and so, I began my journey to Kumamoto with eager excitement. The symphonious sounds of […]

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#MushroomMania2014 – Savouring Mushrooms at Punjabi Junction, Canberra

by Rosemarie John July 26, 2014

Every July, the Australian Mushroom Growers run a foodservice campaign called Mushroom Mania encouraging the community to eat out during this month and enjoy healthy meals. We had blogged about it in the beginning of the month discussing our tasty mushroom find and the benefits of mushrooms too. Last night we explored the flavours of mushrooms cooked the Indian way. […]

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A Journey through Kyushu – Day 1 in Oita

by Rosemarie John July 22, 2014

It was 8.40 am when I set foot in Fukuoka, one of five prefectures in Northern Kyushu and I was excited to have returned to Japan after 25 years. I embarked on this journey aboard Jetstar Asia from Australia via Gold Coast and Narita. This was a 3 day trip around the island of Kyushu and my journey which commenced […]

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Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport Hotel – A Day in Transit

by Rosemarie John July 13, 2014

On my solo journey to the land of the rising sun, I had made my way from Canberra to Sydney by bus to catch an early morning flight out to Narita, Japan via Gold Coast on Jetstar. With a 5am check-in and an airport that doesn’t stay open 24 hours; I just had to put up in a hotel. I […]

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Experiencing Business Class on Jetstar

by Joseph Ellis July 11, 2014

It’s been a couple of hours into the flight and it’s been great so far inside Jetstar’s Business Class. The hostesses were polite and generous. The menu was gratifying and my co-passenger was a delightful elderly lady from Melbourne whose company was proving to be highly engaging. And so under the sunny skies of wintery Melbourne, the flight readied to […]

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