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Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Continuing on from our post about our 24 hours in Bangkok .. After hearing many rave reviews about Tenface we decided to go ahead and book our accommodations.. we were definitely not disappointed. Friendly staff, clean hotel.. it had a really quirky vibe with hanging decor and animals along the hallways. 

The hotel has a lot of facilities for guests who like to spend their time lounging in the hotel.. you can use the gym, pool, there's even a bar area. It's not a big hotel but it's nice and cosy, perfect for travellers who appreciate design and for people looking for accommodation during a short stay.

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

You enter the hotel through the basement and have to take a lift to the first floor where you can check-it. It is the same floor where you can find all the amenities and it's also where you go in the morning for breakfast. Everything you need can be found on this floor of the hotel, which makes it incredibly convenient.

Tenface is located a distance away from the main road. You have to drive or walk a short distance through a back alley to get to the hotel, but the walk is an enjoyable one as you will pass restaurants and a gallery that had illustrations on its facade. Pretty interesting sights to stroll pass on your way back. Though the alley does get kind of dark in the night and we would suggest walking in pairs or taking transport back. Tuk tuk is always a great option - fast and affordable!

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

Bloesem Living | Hit the Sack: Tenface Bangkok

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Table for 1: Eenmaal

Bloesem living | Table for 1 please: Pop-up restaurant to dine alone at - Eenmaal

Have you ever had a meal in a restaurant alone? It's something that has been touched on pop culture, namely the scene from Friends where Rachel eats alone and the cute doctor thinks she's a freak.. why is that though? The stigma of eating alone is crushed by Eenmaal - the first one-person pop-up restaurant in the world, a great place for a meal and for temporary disconnect. 

Having a meal is a very common practise for people to meet up and chat and get to know each other over, but having a meal alone every once in awhile can make for great me-time and also allow you enjoy the food thoroughly instead of getting lost in conversation. The experience would probably start out feeling kind of odd but I think when you see all the other individuals around you having a great time and that no one is staring at you and wondering why you are alone, you'll feel right at home.

Bloesem living | Table for 1 please: Pop-up restaurant to dine alone at - Eenmaal

Bloesem living | Table for 1 please: Pop-up restaurant to dine alone at - Eenmaal

Bloesem living | Table for 1 please: Pop-up restaurant to dine alone at - Eenmaal

Bloesem living | Table for 1 please: Pop-up restaurant to dine alone at - Eenmaal

Image credits: Eenmaal

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Trisha Travels: Around Berlin

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Don't you like reading city guides? For us, city guides are a joy to flip through because even if it were a guide to a city we have lived in, we love seeing it from a different perspective and seeing how other people, whether tourists or locals, see the city. Here we have Trisha Toh, who hails from Malaysia, sharing with us a few spots she visited while she traveled around Europe.

Along with the two other cities Trisha visited, Berlin was another must-visit. We're sure this will whet your appetite for the city of Berlin. The next step is to book your tickets there but of course there is plenty of time for that after your go through the city guide. We are awestruck by the architecture, the cafes, the culture and of course much more that the city has to offer. 

Follow along with Trisha's European journey in the Bloesem Gazette " The Conversation Issue". 

To read the other city guides in this series: London & Barcelona

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

More places you should visit while in Berlin after the cut..

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Craving Caffeine  

Zeit fur Brot

There seems to be a revival of ordering sweet pastries when having coffee in Berlin and this place tops the chart for unbeatable cinnamon buns. Baked fresh daily, they come in different seasonal flavours such as almond-marzipan, cherry, walnut-maple, poppyseed, chocolate and white chocolate just to name a few. 

Alte Schönhauser Straße 4

The Barn Roastery 

Once made headlines for enforcing a ban on baby strollers, milk in coffee and sugar, The Barn is no ordinary café. With a strict passion for good coffee, this is one of Berlin’s best places to learn and taste amazing coffee.

Schönhauser Allee 8

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Westberlin

Quietly situated right around the corner of Checkpoint Charlie, westberlin is a great place to run from tourists hogging up the streets of Friedrichstraße. Loved by locals for years, the café offers a beautiful setting for work and casual meet-ups over a good cup of coffee and independent magazines from around the world.

Friedrichstraße 215

Suicide Sue

In the northern part of Prenzlauer Berg lays a quaint little café with a moniker of a (fictional) fearsome Asian assassin who turned her hand to baking biscuits and making open-faced sandwiches, making Suicide Sue highly favourable during breakfast and lunch times. True story.

Dunckerstraße 2

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

Roamers

This timber and succulent-filled café draws customers from all over the city who come for comfort food basics lovingly prepared by truly attentive owners with a penchant for wholesome, balanced living. When it’s available, their homemade carrot cake is worth the calories.

Pannierstrasse 64

Bloesem living | City Guide: Berlin

 Arts & Culture 

Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum

The University Library of Humboldt-Universität was designed by Berlin-based Swiss architect, Max Dudler. Inside, visitors will encounter a big reading hall which is illuminated by natural roof light and contains green desks and lamps with stone covers for 250 people.

Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 3

Tempodrom

A cultural and visionary arena that was once a small circus tent is one of Berlin’s most remarkable constructions of recent years.

Möckernstraße 10

Berlin Tempelhof Airport

The former Tempelhof airport is now a public park, much to the delight of the people of Berlin. Today, the area is used for various activities by families and visitors.

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Shop Stops 

Silo Store

A concept store offering design products that are made by various designers in Spain.

Senefelderstraße 33

Paper & Tea

P & T is a specialty tea company founded in Berlin. It offers a multi-sensory experience in which customers can see, smell and taste dozens of varieties arranged in little bowls at the sleek and minimalistic gallery.

Alte Schönhauser Straße 50

Gestalten

Gestalten Space

Berlin’s leading design and architecture publisher has a flagship store offering the imprint’s own publications along with a well curated selection of book titles, toys and products by designer and artists around the world.

Sophienstraße 21

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Festivals and Festivities

Fête de la Musique

Berliners celebrate the beginning of summer with an open air music festival originally founded in France. It is celebrated every year on the 21st of June.

Festival of Lights

Every year, Berlin’s world famous landmarks in the city centre become the canvas for spectacular light and video projections for a number of days. Art functions and events will also take place during the Festival.

Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.

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Back from Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

After a whirlwind 1o day trip to Amsterdam I am home! Definitely an unforgettable trip... not only was it my first time in Europe, it was also our first Bloesem Class that has taken place outside of Singapore. 

Together with Trisha Toh (our #instafood teacher), I spent 4 days meeting amazing students (who feel more like friends now) and sharing the joy of food styling and photography.. and whenever we were not teaching, we were exploring hotspots around town.. so look forward to some posts on that! We had to also visit cafes of course, treats for me and coffee for Trisha. 

So here are some snaps I thought I'd share of the trip... hopefully not giving away too much.. just a hint of what's to come..

Xo, Zara 

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

 

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Yummy Stach chocolate eggs that were part of our Bloesem class goody bag. Have you tried poppy seeds in chocolate? They're delicious!

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Just walking around town.. exploring..

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


Catering for the class was done by the 2 ladies behind Cousine - they're cousins so Cousine... get it? It's so smart, just love the name.

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


Shop stops to come.. this city is full of amazing shops. Everyone we met had their own list of reccomendations, which was incredibly helpful but it also met feeling slightly disappointed that we could not squeeze in everything on the list, but I think we ended up pretty much covering most of the spots.

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam

Bloesem living | Bloesem class goes to Amsterdam


And I'll end this off with this cutie who stole my heart..

All images by Zara Salahuddin

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Afterhours Taipei

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Welcoming our newest contributor Adinda of Wolves Table.. we are lucky to have her as our Taipei correspondent, sharing with us all the hidden gems and bringing us around her neighbourhood. Thank you Adinda for the beautiful first post and we look forward to many more.. of course in the mean time, her instagram is the place to go for more eye candy!

Taipei is the Queen (King?) of hidden cafes and tiny back alleys filled with 'secret' restaurants. If you stay here for a couple of days and only go where the crowds are going, you'll probably miss all the gems. Heck, if you don't speak Mandarin you'll probably never find it unless you accidentally bumped into one just by randomly passing by.

I know this because I've lived in Taipei for almost two years already and i'm still discovering new places to go, eat or hang. Places that are located in streets where I passed by a million times, but apparently never took that one left or right turn to find that one place. Kinda frustrating. But it also makes a wander through the city super adventurous.

Today i'd like to take you to this place called Afterhours. It's a popular place among people in the neighborhood. It's a cafe that offers a selection of tea, coffee, desserts, bagels, soups but also some Japanese interior goods. The left side of the cafe is dedicated to Japanese plates, pots and some cutlery. The right side is where you can find the seating area, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese magazines for reading and where you can eat, drink, do some work or just relax.

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Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Sun-drenched beaches, boundless culture, unbeatable food, mythical architecture and dubbed as "the city of marvels" by many, Barcelona is indeed one of the most charming cities. Have a different perspective of this city through the eyes of popular Instagrammer, Trisha Toh. You will realise that Barcelona is also filled with many other amazing coffee, arts and architecture spots that you might have just missed! If you haven't taken a look at Trisha's London City Guide, you can have a peep here or the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

View the Barcelona City Guide after the cut..

Craving Caffeine 

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Taranná Café 

Taranna is a small corner full of personality in the heart of Sant Antoni. This cozy place offers an amazing array of homemade cakes, healthy breakfast options and organic juices.

Carrer de Viladomat, 23

Federal Café

This laid back café located in the trendy and hip neighbourhood of L’eixample is a perfect place for breakfast or brunch. It brings natural light, stylish décor and friendly staff. Truly remarkable. 

Carrer del Parlament, 39

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Satan’s Coffee Corner

Do not let the name scare you, the café was named because like Satan, the coffee is dark. Serving probably the best cup in the city, this gem has made its mark as a well known name in the coffee scene of Barcelona.

Carrer de l'Arc de Sant Ramon del Call, 11

Flax and Kale 

This stylish and trendy place is a paradise for those seeking for a healthier way of enjoying food. The menu is tailored for the vegan and vegetarians as it explores some delicious raw options and uses vegetables in all of their dishes.  The fresh and cold pressed juices are the café’s biggest hit.

Carrer dels Tallers, 74

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

 Arts & Culture 

MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art

Not to be missed! The MACBA houses some important works of international artists in changing exhibitions. The surrounding area and architecture outside of the museum is well-known for modern skateboarding.

Plaça dels Àngels, 1

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

CCCB Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona

One of the most visited exhibition and arts centers in the city, the CCCB’s core theme is within the city and urban culture.  It features a mirror façade that reflects the courtyard at the top.

Montalegre, 5

Fundació Joan Miró 

Joan Miro was a respectable Catalonian artist and his work are characterized by its strong colours and simplified forms. The Fundació was built in a Mediterranean style with an emphasis on natural light from the sun in the exhibition rooms. 

Parc de Montjuïc

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Festivals and Festivities

La Tomatina Tomato Festival 

The world’s biggest tomato fight which often takes place on the last Wednesday of August each year where more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets.

Fiesta of Near Death Experiences 

The oddly named festival takes place as homage to Santa Marta in gratitude for allowing the participants to avoid death after a close encounter. 

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around Barcelona

Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.

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