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Travel: Taiwan Photobook

Taken me forever to do a travel post for all my Taiwan holiday pics from December but Voila! 5 days and 4 nights of city life, friendly people, delicious food, night markets, shopping and just being a tourist… Hope you enjoy the photos!

 

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With love…xxx

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Travel and Lifestyle: Honey Toast Anyone?

Never have I been this excited to try something, something girly, glamorous, beautiful.. and never have I ever thought that I would describe food this way either. May I just introduce you to Honey Toast from Dazzling Cafe, which has spoilt Taiwan for aaaaaaages with picture perfect toast! Yes, toast! Not just any toast though, toast that is made from Asian bread and I make a differentiation because Asian bread is made from a completely different recipe, it’s sweet to the taste and fluffy and soft to the touch. I wouldn’t even call it “bread” because that would be degrading it completely. Now can you imagine this toast smothered with custard and ice cream and covered with blueberries, strawberries, macarons and other heavenly confectionaries…? Whoever came up with that is a genius! Even the decor of the little cafe fits the type of food they serve, more on the cute and upmarket side, all the waitresses were dressed in super cute, pink aprons and with manners to make your legs go jelly. Of course the honey toast isn’t their only speciality, they also have amazing waffles and other wonderful treats to choose from.

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So that was my afternoon spent with my beautiful friend Christy, the most beautiful babe I know, treated us to possibly my favourite dessert as from now… honey toast. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading! 🙂

With love…xxx

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Travel: LoveMaryLu for the W Hotel Taipei

Hi Everyone! Hope you’re all having a great week so far. I am super excited to write this post because knowing that I’m a little fussy when it comes to hotels, I was super impressed with the W Hotel in Taipei when I stayed there on my recent trip to Taiwan in December 2013. Not only was it walking distance to the 101 building but it is conveniently located next to the MRT station as well as the bus terminals. Initially before we made reservations, I was sitting on the fence between the W Hotel or the Shangri-La, both world-renowned for their luxury, great service and 5 star facilities. It’s the first time I’ve stayed at a W Hotel boasting spectacular views and ultra chic furnishing, how could I possibly refuse? The only reason I’m a little fussy about hotels is because it bothers me so much that I can’t even sleep at night knowing my sheets are possibly dirty and I absolutely cannot use a dirty bathroom!

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That said, not only was our room very clean and modern but it’s the little things that count. Like our slippers were changed on a daily basis, we received a new set of toiletries everyday despite we never finished the previous day’s ones and our towels were also changed everyday. Also, it makes me super happy when the hotel provides bath robes since it’s such an inconvenience to carry my own bathrobe everywhere. They were so thoughful in providing toiletries, you literally can leave your toiletry bag at home and you’ll survive perfectly, they provide toothbrush and toothpaste, face wash, razer, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, body butter, bath salt, nail file, shower cap, cuticle sticks and some other random things. What impressed me was that all their toiletries were Bliss products, and those who don’t know Bliss, it’s a very reputable skin care brand. Check out their website by clicking here. The facilities in the room were super high tech, everything is pretty much electronic including the curtains, lights and even the toilet! The toilet senses when you enter into the bathroom and you’ll never ever have to touch the toilet seat or flush the toilet on your own. The design of the room was also simple, chic and an absolute pleaure to stay in. Our room wasn’t even the suite, it was a pretty standard room but the facilities are still very impressive, which says a lot about the hotel.

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The staff were all nothing short of fantastic, you were always addressed by sir, madam or Mr and Mrs …., and will always be greeted with a smile, regardless the time of day. Welcome amenities were delivered to our room on Christmas Eve, which was our first night and since we weren’t in our room when the staff came by, they left a letter in an envelope to call them when we wanted our welcome amenities delivered and everything was personalised, we were addressed by our names. I’m sure you’ll agree that good service count big and small things. Another thing I liked about the hotel was that the lobby was on the 10th floor and the concierge and arrival area was on the ground floor. Since the rooms only started from the 11th floor upwards, every room would have a decent view. Once you get to the 10th floor, the hotel guests would need to walk to another set of lifts where you use your room card for the lift to take you to the floor you stay on, this way, you will never find non hotel guests hanging around and using the same elevator as the hotel guests.

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The best part of our room was that we had a massive floor window which is basically one side of the wall. It’s always amazing to stay in a room with a view. One thing I loved about the blinds/curtains was that it completely blacked out the room when it was down, for obvious reasons of course! That said, of course staying at a hotel like this comes at a price but it’s worth every penny considering the kind of service and facilities you get at your fingertips! I always take issue with staying in such amazing hotels when traveling to big cities because you’re out most of the day left with very little time to actually enjoy the facilities at the hotel. I admit that I never took advantage of the pool, gym or the spa but it was definitely still a great exerience none the less and I’ll be happy to stay at the W Hotel Taipei again. 🙂

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For more information, check out their website: www.wtaipei.com

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With love..xxx