Bistro des Arts serves delicious French bistro fare, and it is one of the best places for breakfast in Dubai Marina. On weekends (Friday and Saturday) they have a brunch offer, which includes coffee, a main course and a crepe plus all you can eat from their brunch buffet.
Bodia Spa is a chain of luxury spas in Cambodia. It is one of the first stops I make after touching down in Phnom Penh, because their massages work miracles when it comes to fighting jetlag.
Silk is such a beautiful and versatile material, and I knew from the beginning, that I wanted to sell silk products in my shop, but when I was looking for suppliers, I was shocked to find out how silk is typically made. Did you know that the traditional way to produce silk is to boil the cocoons with the silkworms inside? Many hundreds of silkworms are boiled alive, just to make one scarf! That seemed unnecessary to me (what a waste of silkworms!), so I started looking for alternative ways of making silk, and I found out about peace silk/ahimsa silk.
I found CWSG (Cambodia Women’s Support Group) online, when I was looking for suppliers for my shop. In the beginning, I was just looking to purchase products off the shelf from the group, but as we got to know each other, I soon realized that I wanted to expand the level of collaboration to also include design development for my own brand.
Most buildings in Dubai Marina have a pool and a gym, but the standard can vary a lot, so the facilities are something that you really want to consider, when choosing which building to live in. Sometimes it can pay off to spend a little extra on rent to live in a building with good facilities instead of having to purchase pool access and gym membership externally. In our new building the pool area is really nice, so we have not been to the beach club since we moved in.
I was a guest at The Butcher and I did not pay for food and drinks
The Butcher is a new gourmet burger restaurant in Dubai Marina. The restaurant is a branch of a popular Dutch chain, which is known for making all their burgers with high grade Aberdeen Angus beef.
It is always ladies’ night somewhere in Dubai, and on Saturdays, an old favorite is the ladies’ night at Q43 at Media One. Their ladies’ night offer has changed over the years, but these days, you get free flow all night from a selection of cocktails and wine for 59AED as well as 50% off the regular food menu. It is a really good deal for those of us who think that a great night out starts with good food.
Samai is Cambodia’s very own rum brand, and every Thursday night, the distillery in Tonle Bassac transforms into the city’s coolest rum bar. The distillery is only open on Thursdays which gives the venue a sense of exclusivity, like a hidden club for the initiated only. The people who find their way to Samai are mostly expats and locals of the more well-heeled, well-dressed kind.