‘Sundara’ Sunday – Brunch in Bali

Jimbaran beach and the famous Jimbaran Bay are located on Bali’s southwestern coast. The land gently slopes away from the beach revealing exclusive celebrity haunts hidden under a canopy of leafy tropical forests. Jimbaran is the realm of luxury hotels, the likes of the Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay. This is where you will find ‘Sundara‘ meaning beautiful in Balinese. Tucked away in a corner, a sea facing restaurant with beautiful views and brunch menu to match it 🙂

It has beautiful views, beautiful food and beautiful people…

Here is a glimpse of what we ate and drank 😉

The restaurant has an amazing view of Jimbaran Bay, try it out in the evening to catch the sunset and enjoy the DJ session over some cocktails!
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The Grand Hotel – Stockholm

The Grand Hotel Stockholm

The Grand Hotel Stockholm was beautifully located and full of old European charm. We had booked a standard room and were sorely disappointed with it. It was tiny, refurbished and overlooked a little byline. Not worth the money at all. I would say stay somewhere else. However, if you want to splurge then ask for a room over looking the water front. Its a beautiful room and a view to die for!

Lobby at The Grand Hotel Stockholm
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Château d’Etoges – An appointment with Romance & History

Both castle hotel and residence of charm, the Château d’Etoges invites you in the heart of Champagne , where you have an appointment with history , authenticity, charm and tranquility. Located in the heart of Champagne, near Epernay, just 90 minutes from Paris , the Château d’Etoges is full of romance, charm and history. The grounds are something to behold. Staff is top notch. The restaurant Orangerie is one of the finer restaurants I have eaten at in France! But lets leave that for another time 🙂 .

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IMG_9207Thats us, Jasmine and me, post the champagne 😀 !

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The Heavenly Lake – Lake Namtso

The Namtso Lake is held as “the heavenly lake” or “the holy lake” in northern Tibet. Lying at the foot of Nyainqentanglha Mountain, it covers an area of 1,940 square kilometers at an elevation of 4,718 meters. or 15,479 ft! It is believed to be the largest saltwater lake in Tibet and at the highest elevation in the world.

A legend says Namtso is the daughter of the god Indra (the mythological king of the abode of the gods) and the wife of Nyenchen Tanglha (念青唐拉). The goddess of the lake has a cyan body, three eyes, and two hands, with an aquarium on her right hand and a mirror on her left. Her hair is raised in a high bun with the other hair falling on her back. She rides a blue dragon and is quite charming. Continue reading

Tibetan Mandalas


Mandalas are works of sacred art in Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism. The word “mandala” comes from a Sanskrit word that generally means “circle,” and mandalas are indeed primarily recognizable by their concentric circles and other geometric figures. Mandalas are far more than geometical figures, however. For Tantric Buddhists, they are rich with symbolism and sacred meaning. In fact, the etymology of the word “mandala” suggests not just a circle but a “container of essence.”

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NBT07 Tibetan OM MandalaBefore a monk may participate in the construction of a mandala, he must undergo a lengthy period of artistic and philosophical study. In the Namgyal monastery, the personal monastery of Dalai Lama, this period lasts three years.
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Oh Lyonnais! – Aux Lyonnais

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Lyonnaise-style charcuterie platter

I spent many years as a child feasting in France, thanks to my father who loved his food and introduced us to it at a young age. One of my favourite memories of child hood was tentatively dipping my spoon into the hot bowl os Quenelle. First the sauce creamy with lobster and then the wonderful taste of Brandy! Ah!, it was a moment of anticipation and then pure joy. Continue reading

easy peasy lemon drizzly (cake)

One of my favourite cakes. Never tried it with yogurt though, shall do that now 🙂

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IMG_5152The effort:payoff ratio of this cake really couldn’t be better – the only things I didn’t have on hand to whip this up in the hour before night shift were lemons (problem solved thanks to the bar across the road). My rush to bake it resulted in its arrival still warm, and its disappearance before cooling entirely. While the decoration side of things may look impressive, I simply used two different sized cake tins, placing the smaller on top after drizzling the larger, and then sprinkled a few decorations on that I thought looked pretty.

The cake recipe is a pretty standard pound cake, and can be easily divided/adjusted according to how large you want it. I usually make it in a loaf pan, however since moving house into an apartment, such a baking item has been lost in translation. It was no worse off for being in a round…

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Sera Monastery of Lhasa

DSC_0977DSC_1005Sera Monastery (Tibetan: སེ་ར་དགོན་པ, Wylie: se ra dgon pa “Wild Roses Monastery”; Chinese: 色拉寺; pinyin: Sèlā Sì) is one of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 1.25 miles (2.01 km) north of Lhasa and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north of the Jokhang Continue reading