If You Only Have One Night In Budapest

“If all they were meant for was to teach you how to love again, then it was worth it. Some of the best adventures are meant to end” –Erin Van Vuren.

Many people told me they went to Budapest for a day trip, enroute to Vienna or Prague. So I thought to myself, I will just spend a relaxing night there. Big mistake. Not only did I extend another night in Budapest, I cried when it was time to leave. Here, I found my castle in the air. At the end of 48 hours, it had overtaken Paris and Amsterdam to become my favourite city in Europe. Some things, like love, you just cannot explain. Everything in this Hungarian capital agrees with me, but most of all, its quietude soothes even the most battered of souls, and its informality makes one feel right at home. I think this is why art exists. Suddenly you are reminded to love yourself again.

The best way to explore this city of surprises and wonder is by walking. So abandon your pretty but impractical summer sandals, and throw on your most comfortable sneakers, unless you want to have blisters as big as your toes. If you only have a day in Budapest, here are my top three recommendations.

1. Stay at Hotel Moments

Collect your beautiful moments here at this stylish boutique hotel situated on the iconic Andrassy Avenue. In all my years of travelling, I don’t think I’ve seen hotel bathrooms as spacious as theirs. And as their name suggests, the staff seems bent on making every moment of your stay Instagrammable — you will find yourself enveloped by their warmth and gracious hospitality. Take a left turn and stroll along Andrassy Avenue. It’s a pretty long stretch, and you may just find plenty of reasons to make Budapest one of your fave cities too.

2. Eat at VakVarju (Blind Crow)

You have to order the BBQ pork ribs (Hungarian-style of course). You will never eat another anywhere else again. And if you love a red wine with strong character, you must savour a bottle of Ordogarak 2011.

3. See the whole of Budapest from Castle Hill

Explore Buda Castle. And then watch the city transforms into magic, as the day turns into night. From the top of the hill, you hear the melancholic strings of the violins, you see Baroque beauty, you drink in the sunset, you exhale love. You would not want to leave. I sat there from 8pm to just a little past midnight, lost in Middle Ages dreams.

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5 Things Snorkeling In Maldives Taught Me

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#1 Desire and live life according to your own appetites

Stop mourning and start living. Your bad situation is never going to get better unless you get over yourself, move on and do something about it.

#2 We aren’t saints

You do not have to love everyone. Homophobes and racists are horrible people. There you go, I said it.

#3 Love the world, not your agenda of the world

Take each day as it comes and live it through. Do not problematise emptiness. Things are never going to go as planned. So stop planning, and keep swimming. Just do not be so stupid as to swim against the current mindlessly.

#4 Choose your battles wisely

Say this more often: “I prefer not to”. Take your individuation and run.  Fear not. If we all lose in life anyway, (so laments Unamuno), then what else is one afraid of losing?

#5 Find your Dory

Never lose yourself. Ever. Again.

 

Find Your Steel

When I was 19, a fortune-teller told me I would be a businessman when I grew old. I laughed in his face and replied “that’s why I never believed in fortune-telling you are hilarious. I only want to be an artiste. Always and forever.” If you are reading this uncle please know that I am sorry. Your prediction was spot on.


  

One more year to go. Enjoying the ride so much I do not want this to end. 21 years of service including my stint overseas. My friends did warn me that I would get too emotionally attached to places. Well I thought: “what you call chaos I call opportunity”–no need to search any further cos I found me. #LastYearToKickSomeAss #回忆总是美

VIBES cafe #styleXstyle opening soon at 1 Stars Avenue #03-01 Media Gallery. See you there.

It’s Bah Kwa Time!

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It’s that time of the year. Chinese New Year is round the corner. So looking forward to binging on my favourite goodies : mum’s homemade pineapple tarts ( simply the best) and Fragrance Bah Kwa (and not just because my face is on taxi cabs), just the way I like it– slightly toasted, with a glass of red.

24 days into the new year and I’m feeling pretty serene.
Did not make any resolutions since that never worked for me anyway. Instead I decided to try something new: simplify and be less of an overachiever.

Less unnecessary drama.
More putting myself in other people’s shoes.
It is life-changing.

Ma vie à Paris.

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Route à sciences Po.

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Mes amies japonaises dans la rue de Paris.

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Les femmes dans le train. De Place D´Italie à St Germain des Près.


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La classe commence à dix heures jusqu´à six heures tous les jours.

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Ma compagne Misa.

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And why should there not be a European group which could give a sense of enlarged patriotism and common citizenship to the distracted peoples of this turbulent and mighty continent? And why should it not take its rightful place with other great grouplings and help to shape the onward destinies of men? In order that this should be accomplished there must be an act of faith in which millions of families speaking many languages must consciously take part.

Therefore i say to you :

Let Europe arise!

—the tragedy of europe

Sir Winston Churchill Zurich Speech 19th sept 1946