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24 hours in Bangkok

Bloesem living | Travel: 24 hours in Bangkok

Recently Mei and Zara from the Bloesem Team headed to Bangkok for a super short trip and here's what they got up to.. there's so many things to do and see in Bangkok and so many must-do and must-visit places and things but here's what they got up to with just 24 hours to spare in the beautiful city of Bangkok.

9 AM - Wakey wakey

We spent the night at Tenface hotel. Beautiful interiors, friendly and helpful staff. You could not ask for more. Only thing is that if you plan on walking back to the hotel, it is abit away from the main road and gets pretty dark at night. Other than that, we had a perfect stay.

Head to the breakfast buffet to enjoy a continental breakfast, fill your tummies for a packed day ahead.

Bloesem living | Travel: 24 hours in Bangkok

Bloesem living | Travel: 24 hours in Bangkok

11.30 AM - Head to The Bloc

The Bloc is located more towards the suburbs so taxis and hotel staff would suggest you to head over early in the day rather than in the evening to avoid peak hour traffic. The Bloc is an isolated area with stores and cafes set in freight containers. You can find our favourite store (great for instagramming) Things to Make and Do there, as well as Simple Day Cafe, Think Cafe and a restaurant which we personally were to stuffed with sweet treats to try. 

We will do another post with more details of what we ate and our reviews on them. (You've got to stay tuned!)

3 PM - Head back to the City

Grab a taxi on the main road and head back to the city. You can either take a cab all the way to your next location or simply take a taxi to the nearest BTS stop (their train system)...

Bloesem living | Travel: 24 hours in Bangkok

5.30 PM - Make your way to Karmakamet Secret World

Definitely Mei's favourite place we visited, the place is filled with essential oils, candles, fragrances and other heavenly smelling things.. which comes to Zara's favourite part - the food (we'll share more about that in the following post). Breath-taking location, and just an overall great experience.

Have your dinner and dessert there, then spend some time walking around and perusing their products.

Bloesem living | Travel: 24 hours in Bangkok

9 PM - Home sweet home

For us, we had to head to the airport really early so it was time to head back and pack up but we're sure there's much more to do at night in Bangkok too!

We have so much more to share about the trip so we'll be back soon with photos and all the deets of each spot we visited and the good and the bad of our time there. It was a really quick trip but Mei and I definitely enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. People there are so friendly and will give you a hand whenever you need.. there might be some language barrier but that's easily overcome when everyone is patience and nice.

Be back soon with more! - Zara

.. More shots from the trip on Mei and Zara's instagram

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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.

SiloBerlin2

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

Tempelhof1

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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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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.. Read the Bloesem Gazette " The Conversation Issue"

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Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Travel is something we all love and we always feel that the Bloesem Gazette will not be complete without a nifty city guide for our readers. In the recent volume of the Bloesem Gazette, we had the pleasure to have popular Instagrammer, Trisha Toh, to take us on a virtual ride around 4 cities in Europe. We start off this week with a vibrant city bustling in their music, arts and historic scene —London. Be prepared for a visual feast as Trisha takes us to her favourite picks for cafes and other hotspots! Stay tune for more city guides by Trisha for the next 3 weeks!

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

View the London City Guide after the cut..

Craving Caffeine 

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Workshop Coffee Co.

Opened with four locations, Workshop Coffee Co. serves excellent coffee prepared by friendly and knowledgeable baristas. Their sandwiches are tasty and ample in size.

Various locations

http://www.workshopcoffee.com/

Tap Coffee 

Short for Tapped and Packed, TAP has three outposts in central London, each with a familiar simple and relaxing vibe. There are just six coffee choices on the menu, with a simple list of teas and homemade pastries - definitely something for everyone.

Various locations

http://www.tapcoffee.co.uk/

Kaffeine

Highly regarded by the locals as one of the best coffee-bars in Europe, this laid-back café takes their coffee seriously and has friendly baristas that are pleased to share their knowledge with you.

66 Great Titchfield Street

http://kaffeine.co.uk/

Monocle Café 

Culture magazine, Monocle, opened its doors to their first London café, completing the London coffee scene with well-dressed staff that fully traverses Marylbone. The space itself is airy, bright and remarkably modest. The coffee packs a punch and so do their cakes and pastries.

18 Chiltern Street

http://cafe.monocle.com/

Monmouth Café 

Roasting since 1978, Monmouth Coffee maintains world-class standards for sourcing, roasting and brewing beans, and is still one of the most talked about coffee shops in London.

Various locations.

http://www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Arts & Culture 

Natural History Museum 

One of the three large museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the museum is home to life and earth science specimens housed in a Romanesque style façade.

Cromwell Road

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

British Museum

A museum dedicated to human history and culture, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court impressed me the most. Designed by engineers Buro Happold and architects Foster and Partners, the Great Court is the largest covered square in Europe.

Great Russell Street

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

British Library 

There is one main exhibition area called The Treasure Room where visitors can find a copy of the Magna Carta, original song lyrics written by John Lennon, drawings by Michelangelo and plenty of great historical items. It’s free and open to all.

96 Euston Road

http://www.bl.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Festivals and Festivities

London Short Film Festival 

This celebration of short film is the most looked forward to event that showcases cutting-edge UK independent film makers today.

http://www.shortfilms.co.uk/

Coopers Hill May Bank holiday Cheese-Rolling 

The extreme sport of UK’s festivals, the rolling takes place on a grassy hill where dozens of contestants compete in chasing a 9lb Double Gloucester cheese.

http://www.cheese-rolling.co.uk/

The Alternative London tour 

Take the road less travelled and discover the London you won’t find in any guidebooks. Tour includes Street Art, Modern Architecture, Finance District and so much more.

http://www.alternativeldn.co.uk/

Bloesem Living | Trisha Travels: Around London

Images courtesy of Trisha Toh.

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.. Read the Bloesem Gazette " The Conversation Issue"

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We are ....??? Condé Nast Traveler

Bloesem Living | It's official! Bloesem is now a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler, here are some of our recent posts.. look forward to much more!

If you have heard from my instagram or on twitter, you may have found out that recently there was some very exciting news! Bloesem has become part of the Condé Nast Traveler family. I have become a contributor to this amazing travel website and I could not be more thrilled. 

Have a look here for the first 3 posts that has gone up on the site, the first about travel books, the second a guide to Tokyo and thirdly, a post about the rich colours of Kuala Lumpur

If you are a photographer or blogger and would like to collaborate with us on creating interesting travel posts, do drop us an email, we would love to hear from you.

Some of the upcoming posts you should look out for features beautiful destinations like Montigo, design hotels in Amsterdam and café hopping around Singapore. I promise a feast for your eyes and you may even find some places to add to your list for your next vacation spot!

Catch up on my first 3 posts as an official contributor of the Condé Nast Traveler:

1. 10 Beautiful Travel Books to Add to Your Collection
2. The Hipster’s Guide to Tokyo

Bloesem Living | It's official! Bloesem is now a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler, here are some of our recent posts.. look forward to much more!

.. and more of the beauty of Tokyo & Kuala Lumpur..

Bloesem Living | It's official! Bloesem is now a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler, here are some of our recent posts.. look forward to much more!

3. This Is the Most Colorful Place in Kuala Lumpur.

Bloesem Living | It's official! Bloesem is now a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler, here are some of our recent posts.. look forward to much more!

Bloesem Living | It's official! Bloesem is now a contributor for Condé Nast Traveler, here are some of our recent posts.. look forward to much more! 

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Meanwhile in Kuala Lumpur..

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

A few weeks back we met Ping & Cheryl, a very friendly couple from Malaysia while they were in Singapore. After chatting for awhile, we found out that they are the owners of the cafe LOKL in Kualar Lumpur! (Love the name of the cafe!) They are also connected to BackHome hostel (pictures below), which looks like a lovely place to stay if you are ever visiting KL.

LOKL is a neighbourhood cafe in the historic heart of KL. They serve espressos and local coffee, hot sandwiches with a local twist, and cakes and pastries. It is housed in a bright airy space with an internal courtyard that’s shared with BackHome hostel.  

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

BackHome is an award-winning boutique backpacker’s hostel located right in the heart of Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia. Located in the historic heart of Kuala Lumpur, you’ll find some of the city’s best attractions located within a stone’s throw away. They promise that you’ll get the same tender loving care as you do back home. That means personal attention, a good night’s rest and peace of mind.

BackHome is also home to the LOKL Coffee Co., it's own in-house café that helps sets a positive vibe for your stay in Kuala Lumpur. 

Bloesem Living | LOKL Kualar Lumpar

 Credits: All pictures by Loo Jia Wen ( i know her from Malaysia too ... bought ceramics from her! )

.. LOKL
..BackHome

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