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a trip to d’une île

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{Photo: by Studio Aandacht for Trend Tablet}

Not Sure if you are already planning your summer vacation ... believe most of you are covered in snow right now ... and I can only imagine this being a lot of fun ... but if you are longing for somehting warmer then start taking a vritual trip to France with me today ... I just discovered this amazing place in the middle of nowwhere where two former city slickers have gone back to 'the beginnins' ... 

Amsterdam couple Michel Mulder and Sofie Sleumer invite you to visit  their d ’ u n e   î l e ... only an hour and a half away from Paris. Medieval cottages, each interior uniquely designed, exquisite food and beverages and the soothing simplicity of nature. 

Ben and Tatjana from Studio Aandacht went to visit the couple last summer and luckily for us they took some beautiful pics for us ...         [MORE PICS after the break]

 

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Fenny reporting from Gent

Report written by Fenny from F to Fabulous

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Hello Bloesem readers, It’s me again, Fenny from F to Fabulous. Did you enjoy my last travel report about Budapest? I really hope you did !

My traveling buddies finally went back to Kuala Lumpur after almost 2 weeks of exploring Central and Eastern Europe, I  extended my stay for another 4 days at The Netherlands. I visited Amsterdam and Den Haag. Amsterdam was an awesome city. I  love the city, but visiting Gent – Belgium was really unexpected and a pleasant surprise!  My friend whom I stayed with in Amsterdam told me that she wanted to drive to Antwerp –Belgium and brought me along to have brunch with her sister. It was bizarre for me that people would go across the country for brunch and come back haaa! After brunch, her sister suggested we visit Gent instead of Bruges or Brussels for a day trip. It was an absolutely great idea because I’m always eager to go to less touristy places. True enough this tiny town, an hour away from Antwerp was really worth exploring. 

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It was summer time; mostly students, local residents and a few tourist enjoyed the sunshine by the canal. They were reading, picnicking, or just chatting with friends. I felt the laid back atmosphere as soon as I stepped in the old town area and loved it. Gent- old town has similarities with Amsterdam. The Grand Canal is the center of attraction, and small canals have its charm; I found so many hidden treasures while cruising. I couldn’t make it to the magical boat cruise during my visit to Amsterdam, but I was glad I did it at Gent. Whoever visits Gent should do it once. The cruise brings you to a hidden tunnel that leads to the back of the Gent castle. The view was truly magical.  [READ MORE]

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Fenny reporting from Budapest

I am glad to be back here and to contribute my travel post about this precious space. It has been a while since my last write up about one of the restaurant's in Kuala Lumpur. Recently, I had a trip to several countries in Central Europe with my friends, and we ended our trip at the most beautiful city in Eastern Europe, Budapest.

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When we first arrived at Budapest central station, we didn't have any idea what this city could offer. The station looked old and torn, and the weather was just way too hot and dry for us. We completely looked like aliens from another planet, because this city is not a popular destination for Asian's or at least for Malaysian's, so we obviously seemed losted. Our first move was to find a taxi which could bring us to our hotel, we booked a renown hotel chain with the hopes they could guide us on what to do in this city for several days. We found the taxi, and the driver was genuinely pleasant, he spoke English well too, we thought, "hey this is a good start!"                                    [MORE IMAGES]

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Fenny reporting from Kuala Lumpur

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**report written by Fenny from F for Fabulous

Shop tour in Kuala Lumpur : Poco Homemade – Kitchen & Zakka

I live in Malaysia for almost 7 years, and what I love most about the country is the diversity of food. Malaysia is one of the countries to visit if you would like to have a culinary experience. From the gourmet dining to street food, you name it – they have it all. I dare to say you will have a comprehensive gastronomy by visiting this country. But what I love most is to visit dining place in the neighborhood area. They are normally more intimate, cozy and less commercial.

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Recently I went to dine in the very sweet lifestyle cafe nested in the fast growing area in the suburb of Kuala Lumpur. And I think this place is worth to share and to visit (if you live/or ever visit Kuala Lumpur). 

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Sandy reporting from Bangkok

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**report written by Sandy from the Cookie Cutter

If you live in this part of the world, you might have visited Bangkok over a long weekend or for a short getaway. Due to the proximity, I’m fortunate to have visited this vibrant city quite a number of times. Recent trips this year saw me steering away from the usual shopping haunts and street food (they are still awesome, of course). I've been uncovering interesting cafes with beautiful decor that are off the beaten tracks. I’m happy to be sharing two of my favourites from my recent sojourn with you.

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Away from the maddening traffic and smell of deep fried street hawker food, I discovered a little oasis called Parden Cafe & Zakka. Helmed by a friendly Japanese lady who has made Bangkok her home, this cafe is such a gem I almost wanted to keep it under wraps! Once inside, I forgot temporarily that I was in Bangkok.

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