New Year’s Eve, Phillip Island…

After a sorcher of a Christmas Day in Melbourne (36c!) we took off in search of sea-breeze for a mini-break on Phillip Island. Here are our top 5 discoveries… (without even a mention of its famous tourist hotspot; the Penguin Parade)

1) Orange, almond & ricotta gelato from Pino’s Trattoria, Cowes
2) Old fashioned milkshakes in the retro Silverleaves General Store & Cafe
3) Cape Woolamai Pinnacles walk
4) Tasty Greek food at The Goat in the Boat 
5) Discovering how relaxing life is when you holiday with extended family. Namely having grandma, aunties, uncles & cousins on tap to entertain your toddler! It was one of our tamer New Year’s Eves (in bed by the stroke of midnight) but just as well with baby #2 due any day now…

 

Lake Baikal, Russia

 

Everyone’s favorite Baikal fact; it contains 1/5 of the world’s water. It’s so deep and huge it’s hard to remember it’s a lake, it seems more of a sea.

As an avid ‘Risk’ board game fan, I was thrilled that the Trans Siberian stop for Baikal is Irkutsk, a 75 mins marshutka to the town Listvyanka. It’s a Russian version of Cleethorpes, mixed with Greek countryside and part ski village. Shingle beaches, pine forests and alpine ski lodge guesthouses.

The place is famous for ‘omul;’ smoked fish native only to Baikal. After 4 days on train you are craving some omega oils! Plus another local speciality, pancake caviar for only 300 rb. When in Russia…

Where we stayed; Baikal Chalet – 62 euros for a double room and tasty breakfast. Located 10 mins up the hill with views of lake from the balcony.

Pics of the Week; Singapore Botantical Gardens

Halia has to be the nicest of our afternoon tea locations, nestled deep into Singapore Botanical Gardens.  Their savory/sweet sets are $28++ including their sign ‘Halia’ Infusion drink (clue; Halia means ‘Ginger’ in Malay.) It’s also next door to the beautiful National Orchid Garden (entry $5 SGD) voted Singapore’s #1 attraction on Trip Advisor.

Pic of the week; PasarBella@MBS

Sapporo Beer. Gourmet Burgers.  Edamame Beans. It’s a scrumptious farmers market – Asia style! PasaeBella and friends go to town is on 7th – 30th March. You can even nibble your cheese and wine whilst basking in the light projections of the city skyline –  all part of ilight Marina Bay Festival 2014.

Pic of the week; W Hotel Sentosa

Afternoon Tea Sentosa Style at W hotel's Drop The T @ Woo Bar. $68 for a birdcage for x2 people with freeflow tea 3pm - 5pm.

Funky afternoon tea at the W Hotel’s chic WooBar. The trip out to Sentosa Cove s worth it for a scrumptious ‘birdcage’ of passion fruit compote scones & savory cheese nibbles. Drop The T is $68 ++ for a cage for x2 people with freeflow Dilmah tea 3pm – 5pm.

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