Singapore mood sling, wanderlust in little India, Arab street, Orchard road, high tea at Raffles, the Marina Bay Sands and visiting Dempsey Hill

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Singapore

We visited hotel Wanderlust the day after we arrived in Singapore. Housed in a 1920's building in Little India, Wanderlust is an experimental boutique hotel showcasing a diverse range of fun themes. It includes restaurant Cocotte, but unfortunately it was closed from 2.30 pm till 6.30 pm. We couldn't even get a coffee or a glass of wine. But luckily we could have a glimpse at some hotel rooms, thanks to the cleaning staff. We had lunch at Roots later on, a little bit further down the street. But we were still disappointed that we couldn't have the 'Cocotte experience'.

We took an Uber taxi to Arab street where we wandered around while it was raining cats and dogs. While Little India is memorable for its fragrances, it’s the vibrant colours of the shops of the Arab Quarter that stick to the memory. Textile stores and outlets selling Persian carpets are the most prominent, but you’ll also see leather, perfumes, jewellery and baskets for sale. Haji Lane is a street full of tiny shops. Young people frequent the shophouses along this lane for the independent fashion boutiques and Middle Eastern cafes.

Orchard Road, Asia’s most famous shopping street, is home to fashion favourites, specialist stores and loads of other lifestyle choices. Who'd have thought that over 150 years ago, Orchard Road was just a small lane lined with fruit orchards, nutmeg plantations and pepper farms. Today, Orchard Road is flanked by iconic shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and entertainment choices for every taste and budget. We had a small bite at Wolf Burgers, situated in a hip indoor food market in the Suntec City, later on.

Two days later we booked a high tea at Raffles. Serving high tea for more than one hundred years, Raffles’ high tea has an old world charm and a real sense of occasion to it. We ordered two glasses of champagne as well. Be aware that it will cost you a lot of money, but it is worth a visit! You have to book in advance while it is full (high tea) house every day!

We had a very nice view at the sunset on the rooftop bar of the Marina Bay Sands. It offers a breathtaking city-skyline view not found at any other Singapore hotel. The world's largest rooftop pool stretching 150 metres across Sands SkyPark. Unfortunately the pool is accessible only to hotel guests, but we did have a glimpse of it.

The last day of our visit in Singapore we had lunch at PS Café. PS Café is located on Dempsey Hill and specializes in homemade cakes such as chocolate fudge cakes, sticky date cake, pecan pie, florida key lime pie as well as coffee. The cafe offers indoor as well as outdoor seating, where you can star-gaze while sipping coffee. We had a delicious salad on the terras and got loads of mosquito bites for free. A nice Singapore souvenir to complete our Singapore mood sling ;-)!

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Sao Paulo, the old masters, vintage, flip-flops and dinner in a green environment.

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Sao Paulo

We visited the MASP in Sao Paulo. The Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo is a private nonprofit museum founded by Brazilian businessman Assis Chateaubriand, in 1947, as Brazil's first modern museum. The museum is a landmark with its glass and red pillars built out of concrete. When we we're there unfortunately the pillars were covered in plastic for renovation. But the exhibition was what impressed us most and stole our hearts. What a beautiful way to exhibit art!

The return of Lina Bo Bardi’s radical crystal easels to the collection presents a selection of 119 artworks drawn from the museum’s diverse holdings, spanning from the 4th century BC to 2008. The easels were first presented at the opening of the museum’s current venue in 1968, and withdrawn in 1996. We also saw our famous Dutch old masters Rembrandt van Rijn and Frans Hals exhibited on the crystal easels. Next to Degas, Cezanne, Monet, Velasquez, and Picasso. The statement of taking the paintings off the wall and placing them on the easels making them more accessible to the public. Moreover, the placement of the labels on their backs allows for an initial direct encounter with the work, free from an interpretive framework.

After our museum visit we explored the Jardim Paulista from Avenida Paulista to Rua Augusta, one of the most famous streets in Sao Paulo, and checked out the nice store B.Luxo Vintage. This vintage shop is perfect for those who appreciate vintage objects, decorative items, accessories and clothes. Founded by two people who work in the fashion industry, this vintage shop is beautifully decorated, stylish and organized. The shop is so famous that even actress Sarah Jessica Parker visited B. Luxo Vintage. Famous Brazilian artists are also regular customers. It is worth a visit and the pieces are one by one beautiful gems.

Rua Augusta is a feast for the eyes with its colour painted walls, hip stores and coffee shops. The further you walk to the Oscar Freire the more stylish hip and rich people you will notice. A must see is the store where you can find the most famous flip-flops of Brazil: the Havaianas. These colourful, rubber-soled flip-flops have become a global phenomenon and this 300 square meters flagship store designed by Isay Weinfeld is the best place to find them.

We had dinner in one of the hottest new restaurants in Sao Paulo, the much talked-about restaurant KAA. KAA is a magnificent example of a beautiful use of space. The main restaurant is narrow and long. It is nearly 800 square-meters and has a high-ceilinged space. A massive green wall with more than 7,000 live plants, a retractable roof over a section of the space, a staircase leading to a mezzanine-level lounge, and a dividing wall behind the bar, all add to the magnificent feeling of airy relaxation. And the food is delicious! The wine menu is showed on an iPad, how modern. The brie tortellini with fig compote was excellent. We recommend that one in specific!

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