Singapore, Gardens by the Bay, The White Rabbit, Altitude, Oxwell & Co and The Providore

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Singapore

Every time we drive from the airport to our hotel in Singapore city, we see the amazingly beautiful skyline with cultivated trees and organicly formed buildings. We decided to make a trip to this wonder of nature: Gardens by the Bay. Gardens by the Bay is part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city. It is a is a nature park spanning 101 hectares (250 acres) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. It was a little bit like an amusement park for us but still it's worth a visit. We had lunch in de Flower Dome at the Pollen bistro. After walking around for a couple of hours in the gardens we had a small snack on tiny stools around a tiny table at Satah At The Bay. We felt like two Snowy Whites who visited the dwarfs ;-).

In the evening we wanted to have dinner at The White Rabbit. The White Rabbit is a restaurant housed in the beautifully restored 1930s Ebenezer chapel. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit’s verdant surroundings and rich history takes guests into a world of whimsy and wonder, away from life in the concrete jungle. Beside that they have The Rabbit Hole. This is the chic outdoor bar of The White Rabbit that lets you unwind amid the lush greenery of Dempsey, complete with animal-themed topiary. But when we arrived at The White Rabbit a private party was going on. It was all about the Food Hero 2016 Finales and organized by the AFC network. We were not invited but we had a briljant sollution: party crashing! We got all drinks and food for free and joined the invited visitors on the red carpet where pictures were taken. How cool! When we left the party we received a goody bag with a nice notebook and a set of stainless steel measuring cups. Party crashing: the act of attending an invitation-only event when not invited…we can deal with that from now on ;-)! We had some 'attitude drinks’ afterwards at the Altitude bar. The entree was too expensive, the drinks were too expensive and the bartenders were very rude. To much attitude at the Altitude! Only the view was amazing.

The next morning we had breakfast at The Providore at the Mandarin Gallery. The pleasure of discovering, creating and sharing good food is what the Providore is all about. Good food in all its forms; wholesome, traditional, innovative, nurturing and nourishing. A nice philosophy. Be aware when you order breakfast, the portions are small. The staff is very kind and willing to help you and patiently explain the menu.

At Ann Siang Hill we explored Oxwell & Co. Oxwell & Co was conceived by a group of Brits pining for their local pub while embracing all things Singaporean. Here in this heritage three-storey shophouse, sitting in the heart of Singapores Chinatown, you will find a slice of British comfort from good old fashioned hospitality to food and cocktails. The Oxwell experience is made up of the 4000 sq ft space presenting each floor as a destination in its own right: the bar for refreshing tipples on the first floor the rustic yet elegant dining room on the second floor; and a private function room on the third floor that is reminiscent of a drawing room complete with eccentric British touches. The rooftop houses Oxwells own organic rooftop herb garden, used by the restaurant and bar for food and cocktails. To be ‘Oxwelled”, try there specialty: the signature home-made Gin & Tonic. That’s the real Oxwell Experience!

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Buenos Aires, it’s all about murals, art, books and wining & dining with grandeur

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Buenos Aires

"Don't cry for me Argentina"...Evita Peron said those words when she gave her famous speech from the balcony of the 'Pink House' in the city of great grandeur: Buenos Aires! And a city it is. We saw a lot of highlights allready so we wanted to explore some new things. With Martin from buenosaires-vintage.com we drove an extended vintage 2cv to some of the famous mural paintings in Buenos Aires. Argentine muralist Alfredo Segatori likes to paint buildings featuring portraits of the people who have given him permission to paint them. It features portraits of real-life workers, neighbors, pets, and even the artist’s son, Teo, with the world in his hand. We recognized an owner of a small eating spot in one of the paintings on the wall. We verified this and it was exactly the same man who has been painted giantly on one of the walls. You could imagine that a selfie with this man was a must! The mural of Frida Kahlo in Palermo Hollywood is an artwork that measures 9 metres high by 7 metres wide and depicts Frida smoking a cigarette in a classic pose. The mural took the collective of three artists: Julián Campos Segovia, Jean Paul Jesses and Juan Carlos Campos. Frida's head is made from a wooden panel attached to the wall.

Named for the chic Buenos Aires street on which it’s located, Casa Cavia is a new concept boutique that brings together a somewhat unexpected combination of local tastemakers—a florist, a chef, a perfumer, and a bookseller—under one historic roof in a gracious 1927 home that has been thoughtfully updated. Great food and wines in a beautiful setting. Have lunch in the garden or inside if you prefer. And if you want you can buy a parfum or flowers afterwards in the tiny stores inside Casa Cavia.

Speaking about flowers, Floralis Generica is a beautiful metallic sculpture that popped up in Buenos Aires back in 2002. The amazing aluminum and stainless steel art piece was created by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalono. Measuring 20 meters high Floralis Generica is the city's first mobile sculpture and is controlled by a hydraulic system and photocells. Through hydraulic mechanics and a series of photocells, the 13-meter long petals were designed to open at 8am and close during the evening each day. It is located at Plaza de las Naciones Unidas.

We visited the Malba. The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires is a museum located on Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires. With an impressive permanent collection and a continuous stream of new and exciting temporary exhibitions. The temporary exhibition of Yoko Ono was the one that captured our imagination ;-)! The Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens are a public space administered by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and are one of the largest Japanese gardens of its type in the world outside Japan. At the end of the garden you will find restaurant Möoi to have lunch after visiting the gardens. Möoi is build under a train bridge, so during your lunch you can hear and feel a train above your head. Nice to check out!

El Ateneo Grand Splendid is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires. The Guardian placed it as the second most beautiful bookshop in the world. Having retained its original frescoed ceilings, ornate theater boxes, elegant rounded balconies, detailed trimmings, and plush red stage curtains, the interior of the building remains as stunning today as when it was first envisioned by architects Peró and Torres Armengol. You can buy and read books or drink a coffee on stage, where the great grandeur of early ages still exists.

Just one more thing, because otherwise you will be overloaded with to much information in one compi: If you already visited hidden restaurant Florería Atlántico...please also visit his little sister Brasero Atlántico. Family matters ;-)!

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