Sometimes the past has to be forgotten for a bit before we remember its worth.

Located in Dadaocheng, once a major trading port in Taiwan, the A.S. Watson & Co building (named after the pharmacy it used to house, the first Watson’s on the island) is a vanguard of the historical neighbourhood. Nearby are the Yongle Market, famous for the fabric stalls (all that remains the former centre of the island’s textile industry) and Dihua Street’s busy shops selling Chinese medicinal herbs, incense and Taiwanese tea.

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Café Lomi

We must have visited at least ten cafés in Paris (not traditional French cafés serving cups of dark roast but artisanal cafés serving specialty coffee) in the span of a few days. And of these ten, there was only one café which we returned to again, and that’s Café Lomi. Its location in the 18th arrondissement adds colour: here you may find the African district of Goutte d’Or and their ethnic market, Marché Barbès. No Gucci or Louis Vuitton shops here nor the wealthy Chinese…Continue Reading “Café Lomi, Paris”

Sometimes the best things are truly saved for last. We have been to Singapore many a time, what with one of us having permanent resident status at the island nation (guess which one?) and all the cafés that seem to be popping up.

Most of the cafés we have visited tended to be hipster-ish or kopitiam-retro-chic or just plain visually dazzling. The coffees? Always a decent cup, to be fair, though none has really wowed us yet. Till now.

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I arrive at TAP Coffee at exactly noon. It is a Sunday and they had just opened the door, so I am their first customer. Unusually for me, I order a cappuccino, something Kenny would get. I always have my coffee black and his white so we have one of each to photograph.

The café itself is simple and almost unadorned. Old wooden tables and chairs; a chandelier that makes the place cosier rather than distant. The effect is relaxing, happily so.

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