Food and Cultural Extravaganza at Kota Bharu: Kelantan Festival

Calling all festival-lovers… Malaysia really knows how to celebrate festivals and stir some magic with traditional performances. We hear of food fests, cultural festivals and creative competitions every now and then. Although it has been raining for the past few days, it hasn’t dampened the spirit of the people out here. Presenting one such beautiful festival connected deeply to the roots of the State -> … Continue reading Food and Cultural Extravaganza at Kota Bharu: Kelantan Festival

Blogtober Challenge: Why I Signed Up For The Blogathon

Pushing the limits of blogging… (100th post)             What does October signify: Oktoberfest, Halloween, Diwali or something else? The month of October had always been a pretty regular one for me all these years – no birthdays or anniversaries to celebrate, no special blog posts to line up. Just like any other month in the month of blogging, this too … Continue reading Blogtober Challenge: Why I Signed Up For The Blogathon

Trotting by the Virgin Beach: Virginia Beach Attractions

Relax – Pamper – Explore…  Image via Flickr by m01229 Wake up one fine morning to walk along the shores of an endless ocean, only to find yourself stranded. You have nowhere else to go for the next few days. What would you do? Well, enjoy your time, of course. Let’s make the most of the time and engage in some fun activities by the beautiful stretch … Continue reading Trotting by the Virgin Beach: Virginia Beach Attractions

Luwak Coffee Tasting at Indonesia – Coffee or Poop?

Would you try a cuppa? Lyf&Spice went coffee-tasting. Yes, we had coffee, not poop! Coffee means different things to different people. For some, it’s their dose of morning freshness, for the others it’s a concoction of inspiration. For us, Kopi Luwak was an experience! What is it? We had always wanted to try Kopi Luwak. In simple terms, it is the coffee obtained from the poop … Continue reading Luwak Coffee Tasting at Indonesia – Coffee or Poop?

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Street Food on Holiday

Guest post by Bel around the World…  This week, read a guest post on our favourite topic: FOOD, by a fellow traveller, Isabel, from Bel around the World. About Isabel: Isabel draws energy from being outdoors. 23 and from Singapore, she believes there is nothing more fulfilling than being unplugged. An explorer at heart, the world is her playground. She chronicles her student travel adventures … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Street Food on Holiday

Old is Gold: Exploring the Historical City of Richmond

Ready-Set-Explore… The bustling city of Richmond holds a special place in everyone’s heart because of its Civil War history. The oldest major city in America is known for its museums, Federal-style mansions, modern eateries, craft breweries, and gardens. It’s a buzzing tourist destination, and I hope to travel to Richmond soon. Meanwhile, here’s a post I compiled with the help of three of my close … Continue reading Old is Gold: Exploring the Historical City of Richmond

Lyf&Spice: It’s Awards Time

Let’s celebrate! Lyf&Spice has been nominated for 3 awards over the last 2 months. 🙂 Thank you, readers!! These awards are dedicated to each and every one of you for constantly supporting and encouraging Lyf&Spice to grow as a family. Since it’s raining awards, and it’s high time I posted about them, let us begin. 😉 First off, thanks a ton to each and every … Continue reading Lyf&Spice: It’s Awards Time

A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia

A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia  Exploring the cradle of culture About Kota Bharu: As promised a few months ago, I have started compiling clips and excerpts on the city I currently live in, i.e. Kota Bharu, the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. Kelantan is the cradle of Malay culture and Kota Bharu truly lives up to the values of the State. … Continue reading A Day at the Cultural Centre of Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

Of colour pop and street hop The cute little town of Kota Bharu has a lot to offer. We intend to highlight the artsy side to it through this post. Where: Jalan Dato Pati, Bandar Kota Bharu, 15000 Landmark: Near the State Museum, behind the line-up of shop-houses Let’s dive in:  Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour of our 20 favourite pieces of art at Kota … Continue reading Painting the town red: Street Art at Kota Bharu

Inle Lake: Home to Myanmar’s Unique Culture and Lifestyle

 Guest post by the photo-contest winner…  Lyf&Spice is proud to announce its photo contest winner, Hein. The contest held last month received beautiful photo-entries from its readers. Check out the award-winning photo here. As a reward, the winner was asked to write a guest post for Lyf&Spice and here it is. Before we hop in, here’s a quick introduction: Based in Myanmar (Burma), Hein is … Continue reading Inle Lake: Home to Myanmar’s Unique Culture and Lifestyle

Travel to Cambridge – Sibling Diaries

The city through my brother’s lens…  My brother left for the U.S. two years ago, and we haven’t seen him since. On our recent annual family gathering, he faced issues with his passport and couldn’t join us. Our sister-in-law and nephew filled in for him instead. That weekend, he had to attend a seminar in Boston and decided to stop in Cambridge, the city known for … Continue reading Travel to Cambridge – Sibling Diaries

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Halong Bay Cruise: 24 Hours amidst Limestone Rocks

Cruising our way through paradise… Halong Bay, known as one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature, happens to be a World Heritage Site since 1994. This Bay of Descending Dragons (Ha Long) in the Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam is full of limestone rock formations of different shapes and sizes, small islands and a few caves. Based on our 24-hour experience at Halong Bay, … Continue reading Halong Bay Cruise: 24 Hours amidst Limestone Rocks

Tasty Malaysia: Breakfast to Dinner in Kota Bharu

A day-long food tour Today, Lyf&Spice brings a twist in its posting style and takes you around Kota Bharu to eat all that you can in a single day. This capital city of Kelantan, is a food haven that is completely different from the rest of Malaysia. Let’s highlight this underrated and lesser known food destination of Asia.   The Food tour: Take a flight … Continue reading Tasty Malaysia: Breakfast to Dinner in Kota Bharu

Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

The missed flight saga…  It was my first trip to the United States. I’d made plans, chalked out the itinerary, and exchanged U.S. dollars. As excited as I was about the solo trip, however, the world had other plans for me. Welcome to the saga of my missed flight. All About Pittsburgh (Image via Flickr by Always Shooting) Planning a vacation is the best thing … Continue reading Travel to Pittsburgh: Things I Dreamt To Do

Travel to Laos: Nature and Culture at Luang Prabang (Trip Expert 2017 Award)

Exploring the lesser known elements What do you look for when you visit a new city or country? Do you depend on trip planners or do you explore the city on your own – your way, your style? Before we dive in, I would like to thank Ankit Agrawal from Travelosthan for nominating me for the Trip Expert 2017 Award. I am honoured and thrilled … Continue reading Travel to Laos: Nature and Culture at Luang Prabang (Trip Expert 2017 Award)

Exploring Food in Thailand: Top 5 Restaurants in Hat Yai

Bird’s nest, chicken feet and more… My previous post was all about street food in Hat Yai. While you get literally everything to eat off the streets, there are some dishes and corresponding restaurants worth a mention. The food mentioned might not appeal to everyone. It’s an attempt to bring forth the ‘lesser loved’ food to the readers. It’s just a means of giving you … Continue reading Exploring Food in Thailand: Top 5 Restaurants in Hat Yai

Liebster Award: More travel tales your way

A feather in the cap Lyf&Spice has been nominated for the Liebster Award – and happily accepts the award. Yayyy… With this, we continue to provide you with exciting travel tales and food journeys along the way. Many more to come… The rest of the story… Credits: I woke up to a message from a wonderful fellow traveller and foodie, Nastja from Brownie on the … Continue reading Liebster Award: More travel tales your way

Vietnam Guide: 20 Travel Tips to Plan Your Vacation

Handy tips and tricks… [+visa discount] Planning a trip to Vietnam? Here are some handy tips and tricks, and all that you need to know to keep your travel woes at bay. Documents: Having the required documentation in place is a necessity. Besides a valid passport, you need to get your pre-approved letter before-hand, from an agency, and carry its print-out, in order to get … Continue reading Vietnam Guide: 20 Travel Tips to Plan Your Vacation