Kybele Café Restaurant: Have Some Turkish Coffee at this Perfect Local Hotel Favorite in Istanbul

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Kybele Café Restaurant

Between coffee shops, coffee tables, and perhaps even the best coffee to try, there’s no doubt that the hotel lounge bar–cafe close to the Basilica Cistern known as the Kybele Café Restaurant should be one of the choices for this. This rightfully opulent old-school café in the heart of Istanbul’s Old city, close to the Sultanahmet tram station, the Kybele Hotel has this charming café restaurant that you have to just visit as soon as you find the time to do so. With all the antique lamps and lighting, it makes you imagine as if you are visiting a long-lost artistic Turk grandparent, who loves to collect antique Turkish furniture and ornaments, it’s so fussy and cozy.

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For the inner grandpa in me, I was immediately drawn into the obvious nostalgic atmosphere of the Kybele Café Restaurant. The richly colored rugs, old etchings, elaborate prints, and seemingly endless glass lightings hanging from the ceiling, the place is consistent with the overall theme of Kybele Hotel – a jewel box filled with stunning Turkish treasures. Fascinating enough, this enchanting place is actually a byproduct of the owner’s love for genuine antiques, artworks, and Ottoman rugs (and carpets). It’s easy for me to say that I did not feel like a paying customer, but more of a relative of a Turkish family visiting them for the holidays. It’s so warm and welcoming!

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Adding texture to this overall Turkish spoiling space, they offer good food and coffee choices. From cold drinks, hot drinks alcoholic drinks, to breakfast sets, starters, crepes, waffles, and omelets, salads, pizzas, and desserts – choices are homey and obviously for casual dining. Although I have observed that they were a bit slow with their service, even if the place wasn’t too packing during that afternoon that I visited, I still think that they were okay given that they were accommodating when they were serving our orders. Plus, the waiter spoke very good English, which I fully understood right from the very beginning.

The lamps give that mood lighting to accentuate the overall area and the rest compliments well with the items here. Who knew that coffee and local lamps will turn out to be a bright idea? And did I mention that the rest of the hotel area is purely Instagram-worthy? Yes, both the Kybele Café Restaurant and Kybele Hotel are the things that you should be swinging by for, if you are in this popular street in Istanbul. My clear regret during that day when I dropped by this place was not staying long enough; what can I do, the rest of Istanbul awaits, and my itchy feet is preventing me to stay longer. But I think, if I will get a second chance, perhaps my whole afternoon would be spent just chilling here.

Address: Yerebatan Caddesi, 23 Sultanahmet 34110 Istanbul / TURKIYE
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30 A.M. – 12:00 A.M.
Official Website: http://www.kybelehotel.com/


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A Better Florist Singapore: Surprising Magic Moments For Your Bae Through Signature Blooms, Farmers Choices, Bunches, and Bundles

A Better Florist Singapore

It’s a tale as old as time, and true as it can be, the Beauty and the Beast movie continues to capture the hearts of many. For flower lovers, mothers, girlfriends, would-be Belles, and Disney Princesses out there, perhaps having an enchanted rose may lead to a happy ever after. It’s a fairytale, yes. And, when reality strikes, you find yourself in the middle of the day, daydreaming of love, of happiness, or maybe of flowers, you’ll be happy to know that the feeling of having that blissful moment can be true as it can be? Yes, you’ll be glad to know that there’s A Better Florist to give you that fairytale-ish moment you deserve, anytime, any day.

Fascinating as it is, I just think that flowers give that sense of iridescent happiness when you give it to someone, and much more if you receive one. I remember the first time that I gave to my childhood sweetheart, or the time I gave my mom an elaborate bouquet of flowers... I admit, it was a “perfect 10 moment”, because I was cool enough to buy it from seasoned florists. :-)


I seldom give flowers as gifts, because it’s way too hard to find good florists or flower shops. I would scour the internet, markets, side streets, hipster corners, and forum recommendations just to find that good reliable flower shop! I am particular with this, since I want to guarantee the overall quality of each petal, flower arrangement, as well as the wow factor of the flowers that I’ll give. I insist that it has to be the right one for each occasion – be it for birthdays, thank yous, romantic gestures, anniversaries, or any kind of surprise for that matter (plus, it does not even  have to be for others too, I think you can get one for yourself, for your living room, or for your office desk).

Here in Singapore, gone are the days when it’s challenging to find flower shops that are reliable and really good. Gone are the days when you just need to bring your bae to the Botanic Gardens or the Flower Dome just to enjoy beautiful flowers! Thankfully, A Better Florist Singapore is here and is indeed true to its name!


A Better Florist is all about shopping and delivering dazzling yet affordable and genuinely beautiful flowers for any event, with a guarantee that it’ll be absolutely magical. Sourced straight from flower farms in the Cameron Highlights Malaysia, their flower collections, best sellers, signature bouquets, and even bespoke presentation boxes are undeniably Instagram-ready. They offer Signature Blooms like The Emilia, The Madelene, and the classic romantic favorite, The Allison. The also have The Farmer’s Choice (seasonal stems), Bunches (must choose: The Andrea!), and their winning offers: Bundles – The Pamper Her Bundle, The Blissful Bundle, and The Wonderland Bundle.     

What I like the most about A Better Florist compared to the ones I’ve already seen and tried before is the fact that everything is assembled with obvious attention to detail and personally checked for quality assurance. I have received The Julianne and it looks absolutely luxurious (knowing its price, it is unbelievably reasonable!). I appreciated the fact that it had a customized card from their team, a rustic wrap, and a Flower Care guide, which essentially teaches you how to be a better florist (snip, fill, chill). Likewise, it’s super easy to get around their site and choose, because the website’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) and user interface (UI) are first-time (user) friendly.

So yes, if you are looking for just the right gift to spoil and surprise your real life Belle? Let A Better Florist do the magic for you.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ABetterFlorist




Hagia Sophia: Supreme Mosque in Istanbul That You'll Want to Visit at Least Twice

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Hagia Sophia, The Holy Wisdom Place

Everyone is galvanizing the Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 7, and maybe I should be joining that bandwagon too. I know, what’s that all about? Well yes, the plot was as excellent as everyone’s expectations (even more!), but I would rather galvanize the impeccable Game of Thrones setting-worthy Hagia Sophia! Any trip to Istanbul will never be complete and satisfying, if Hagia Sophia is excluded in that to-do list - this "Holy Wisdom" place, or also known as the Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia in Latin, actually started as a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, then later on as an imperial mosque, and now a phenomenal Ayasofya Müzesi museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The history here is so rich, it should be invited (when inspiration hits?) in a future episode of Game of Thrones one way or another.

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The agenda for that very first day was a meet and greet with Hagia Sophia. This historical mosque museum is so significant and so substantial that you just want to do a proper meet and greet when you visit Istanbul. And for me, by definition – meet and greet means to spend some time and really savor the significance of this place! Do you have any idea what this place is, by the way? This could easily pass as one of your Top 5 mosques to visit of all time. It’s a great architectural beauty, which is, in fact, a byproduct of the Byzantium and Ottoman Empires. Fun fact: Sophia means Wisdom in Greek Language. When we translate the full name of Hagia Sophia to English it is Shrine of The Holy of God.


Outside, the exteriors seem to be like the Sultanahmet mosque, but once you enter this mind-blowing Hagia Sophia museum, you’ll notice how the interiors are beautiful beyond words. Legend has it that the Hagia Sophia is as important as Vatican, and I must admit, it looks true once you see the details and the history of the place. This mosque of sultans is full of imperial looking domes, mosaics, doors, jars, tombs, and ancient artifacts that make you wonder about this only building in the world that served to three religions in order - Pagan, Christian Orthodox, and Sunni Islam.

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Admittedly, it is the Hagia Sophia dome, which sits at the center of the church, which blew me away the most. I mean, how will you not be impressed by this? Even if it’s all dark and old, the shadows from the window panes make it so Game of Thrones worthy. Beautifully decorated with within the centuries during Byzantine period, you’ll see Virgin Mary, Jesus, saints and emperors or empresses meshed with writings and lightings. Each window has a pensive view of the outside that is both grand and historical!

Although, I would have wanted if the renovations were not there to block some of the picture-worthy corners of the Hagia Sophia; yes, it is understandable because Hagia Sophia has been badly damaged by earthquakes, fires and vandalism during the centuries; I wish that there were minimal of these so that travelers and tourists who would want to appreciate the place can enjoy the place more without these obstructions. I think it’s worth highlighting to revisit this again in the future, yes?

Address: Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
Official Website: http://www.hagiasophia.com/

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Top Unbelievable Destinations to Explore in Singapore

Top Unbelievable Destinations to Explore in Singapore

The alluring beauty of Singapore has no doubt attracted the global population since past few decades. Keeping aside all those investment and business talks that Singapore is known about, here is what you really got to celebrate in Singapore:

The Light Shows


Being a travel enthusiast, I have explored the whims and charms of many modern cities, but, the picturesque view of Singapore after the dusk is simply the man’s most beautiful creation.

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OCBC Garden Rhapsody – With 50 high tech speakers, surrounding sounds and light ups, the Gardens by the Bay is literally bass boosted every night. The sounds emerge from the 50m high ‘Super trees’ which mushrooms out packets of unbelievable rhapsody.

Opening Hours: 7:45 P.M. - 8:45 P.M.
Address: Supertree Groves, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive


Wonder Full Light & Water Show – Add another earthy element to the fun, and you are in the middle of a melody of colorful visual arts, fountains, orchestra surrounding sounds and an enthralling experience.

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday- 8:00 P.M. - 9:30 P.M.
Friday to Saturday- 8:00 P.M. - 11: 00 P.M.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, Event Plaza, Singapore


Singapore Flyer It’s a matchless experience to view the city of Singapore, 165m above the ground, through a 6D motion ride! The world’s largest observation wheel showcases a light filled skyline and a romantic experience.

Opening Hours: 8:30 A.M. - 10: 30 P.M.

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The Lush Greens


Cloud ForestThis is a techno garden theme park that comprises of nature’s best selection of trees within a gigantic dome. It mimics the natural forest ecosystem and also comprises of a waterfall and a hilly climate.

Opening Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore

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River Safari SingaporeThe safari is one of a kind, where we get to travel through the river, themed park in a boat! Meet here some friendly giant pandas, squirrel monkeys and the bests from the Wild Amazonia.

Opening Hours: 9:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Address- 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore

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Exploring History


Katong Antique HouseExperience colorful stories of the Baba Peranakan at this unique bare house- the Katang Antique House! The place is one of its kinds where ancient artifacts have been preserved and curated carefully.

Opening Hours: 11:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Address: 208 E Coast Rd., Singapore

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Changi Museum - Explore the horrors and the heroism of the civilians and the martyrs of Singapore at this amazing Changi Museum where the dark period of the prisoners of war after the World War II have been highlighted emotionally.

Opening Hours: 9:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Address: 1000 Upper Changi North Road, Singapore



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