Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate National Chocolate Day with The Hotel Windsor's Chocolate Decadence Afternoon Tea


The Hotel Windsor will be presenting the ultimate form of indulgence this July with its Chocolate Decadence Afternoon Tea, held for a limited time only from Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17, 2016, in celebration of National Chocolate Day.

To celebrate the Australia's favourite sweet treat, The Hotel Windsor will present a three tiered stand with an array of chocolate filled desserts, including a chocolate Earl Grey tart, which is a chocolate tart with hazelnut and almond crunch and Earl Grey marquise; a chocolate and ginger macaroon, which is a chocolate macaroon filled with white chocolate and ginger custard, candied ginger; and chocolate banana mud cake, which is a chocolate mud cake with caramelized bananas, rum milk and chocolate trifle.

A CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN
AND SCONES FROM THE HOTEL WINDSOR
IN MELBOURNE

There will also be a decadent chocolate fountain with marshmallows, white chocolate dipped strawberries, cheesecake bites and brownie bites.

The Hotel Windsor's famous traditional and sultana scones will also be served, and there will be a selection of chocolate, rum and golden raison and vanilla and buttermilk scones, baked fresh daily and accompanied with clotted cream, lemon curd and Windsor jam.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Travelife Contributing Editor David Lim on a photography trip to Bhutan



Businessman and serious photography enthusiast DAVID LIM packed his bags and camera for an extreme adventure in Bhutan in the current issue of Travelife Magazine with beautiful Istanbul on the cover.

“I can’t stop thinking about Bhutan. My whole experience made it so memorable, although I can’t quite point out anything in particular,” he said. 

Read more about his photography adventures in the current issue of Travelife Magazine. And here are some of David's thoughts on travel.

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WHAT TOOK YOU OUT OF YOUR TRAVEL COMFORT ZONE RECENTLY?

Being the last one up in a group of seniors to The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. It’s a two-hour, 2,000-feet hike up in thin air, and I did this hike in three. At the temple, I knelt and could not get up. So like a dog, I had to roll over to stand up.

TRAVELING WITH AN ITINERARY OR WITHOUT?

Definitely with an itinerary, but with plenty of free time to explore the place on foot.




MOST INTERESTING ENCOUNTER WITH A LOCAL?

Once an old lady screamed at me in a crowded area in downtown Buenos Aires. All eyes were on me. I wanted to walk away quickly but I decided to confront her instead. It turned out she was just warning me of snatchers and advising me to place my camera strap around my neck.

WHEN EXPLORING A NEW CITY: GET LOST OR NAVIGATE WITH A MAP?

Navigate with a map, preferably a digital map with GPS tracking.



WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A TRIP TO?

Antarctica on an icebreaker ship because it is pricey and hard to come by.

I WOULD RISK LIFE AND LIMB TO SEE…Nothing is worth risking life and limb for, not even Mt. Everest. I wonder if there are helicopter rides to the top?

WHAT’S YOUR LATEST, COOLEST TRAVEL DISCOVERY?
Iceland and the Midnight Sun.

DESCRIBE HOW YOUR FAVORITE FOREIGN CITIES SMELL.
It depends on the season. In summer, it’s lavender in Provence or jasmine in Tuscany – or the canals in Venice. Springtime, it’s cherry blossoms whether in Japan or in Washington, DC.




The Mary Poppins Festival in Queensland, Australia this July 2



Get swept up in the magic of Mary Poppins this Saturday, July 2, when Australia's most supercalafragalistic festival comes alive in the streets of Maryborough in Queensland where the author of Mary Poppins was born.



The iconic Portside precinct of Maryborough will be transformed to the whimsical place of Cherry Tree Lane to celebrate the achievements of Maryborough-born author of Mary Poppins, Pamela L Travers. 

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MARY POPPINS' CHARACTERS
ON THE STREETS

Magic will be in the air as heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the novels and the Poppins characters come to life, including Admiral Boom, who fires his time cannon throughout the day.

Nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, sidewalk art, street theatre and circus workshops are part of a packed program that includes a grand costume parade and live music. Interactive craft experiences for the will be at the Mary Poppins festival. 



Children's workshops filled with hands-on creative sessions involving puppets, circus troupes, arty umbrellas and vintage styling makeovers are just some of the activities on offer this year.

The call is also out for keen Poppins pundits to dress up and take part in the hilarious Chimney Sweep Challenge for the young and young at heart.