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The Daily Fix / Malacca, Malaysia

Jonker street in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Malacca is, without a doubt, imbued with nostalgia. The vibrant street boasts of antique shops, a growing number of eateries, and fresh concept shops. But truth be told, most people are attracted to this street because of its underground coffee joints. One such shop is The Daily Fix, a café that has an easygoing ambiance combined with historical Malacca vibe. The wall featuring various colorful enamel dishes is a good example of this. The laidback cafe is partly hidden from the busy street as you have to go through another shop to reach the seating area. Mismatched, low-key furniture share the space along with potted plants here and there. These elements come together to offer guests a cool and welcoming respite. The Daily Fix specializes in top-flight roasted coffee and special flavored pancakes (savory or sweet). One of their bestsellers is the fluffy Pandan Gula Melaka, made aromatic with screwpine leaves and local palm sugar. Their mint cake comes highly recommended, too. The Daily Fix is …

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Montigo Resort Nongsa / Batam, Indonesia

These days, Batam is the third busiest entry port to Indonesia next to Bali and Jakarta. It has become the favorite resort destination to most travelers and locals alike because apart from its hectic development, Batam still offers a leisurely island escape. This is where Montigo Resort Nongsa comes in to offer their exceptional brand of beauty and service. The resort’s vast architectural expanse of white is gorgeously set against the deep blue Nongsa waters. The 88 villas in this contemporary resort each comes with a personal concierge, for starters. Each villa boasts of uninterrupted sea views through its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private beach area. Though the beach area is not much for swimming, the infinity plunge pool from your personal space would definitely urge you to dive in. The luxurious 3-storey villas are spacious, with details ensuring clientele’s ease and comfort. The interiors exhibit clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme that’s both pleasant and relaxing. Simple paintings adorn the walls and an elegant four-poster canopy bed is the highlight of the master …

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Oneday Wallflowers / Bangkok, Thailand

One of the many things to love about Bangkok, Thailand is being able to buy relatively affordable but still exquisite flowers. Case in point would be Oneday Wallflowers, a flower stall located in the Sukhumvit Soi 26 area. Much should be written about this shop, but like it’s soft-spoken owner florist Lux Suriyakumphol, the dainty creations he produces does the gentle marketing for the business. The fresh-picked and high-quality flowers are flawless for all occasions. The blooms and greens in Oneday are imported from Bangkok’s biggest flower market before being arranged into memorable handiwork for their clients. Apart from the colorful beauties, the shop also sells succulents, dubbed as the perfect plant for forgetful gardeners as they only require easy care. A good thing to note is that Lux is an architect, which means that he is very much hands on with everything about the shop’s offerings. Visit Oneday Wallflowers shop and delight in the diverse floral arrangements and potted plants on sight. And there’s always the pleasure of walking back toward your place, your …

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Privé / Singapore

Privé offers a laid back alfresco dining experience amidst a lush garden setting of the refreshed Chijmes. This standalone pavilion features natural furnishings and charming decor details that add to its French vibe. The distinctive round structure encourages patrons to look out and enjoy the greenery past its walls. The glass walls enable guests to do so without having to sacrifice comfort as one can opt to stay in the air-conditioned hall. Still, it is highly advisable to experience the relaxing atmosphere of Privé out in the open. This quaint restaurant offers casual Western cuisine coupled with fuss-free service. Their abundant choices of pastas, pizzas, and all-day breakfast will vie for your attention, along with their signature items of gourmet burgers, milkshakes, and the famous eggs Benedict. From their picturesque socializing area right down to their photogenic food dishes, Privé seems to be the best location in the city central for a memorable alfresco experience. 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996; +65 6337 7810; chijmes.com.sg/prive/ Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by Franz Navarrete

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Oneday Hostel / Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok’s eclectic accommodation scene offers travelers plenty of quality for their baht. Young, sleek, and vibrant, Oneday Hostel is a designer boutique spot that’s rebranding the whole concept of staying at hostels. Priding itself in exuding a certain sense of sophisticated inspiration, Oneday’s industrial-meets-rustic design is both relaxing and exhilarating. This hostel offers dormitory-type accommodation and private bedrooms. Their snazzy communal area feature upholstered leather sofas, inclusive computer stations, and a cool breakfast room where people are encouraged to take their slow time. The exposed brick walls style is certainly an interesting feature and can be found in most rooms. With its Sukhumvit Road location, Oneday patrons are assured of being near where the action is, and yet a distance away to give much-needed privacy. The hostel is walking distance from the BTS Phrom Phong Skytrain and a stone’s throw away from some of the capital’s famous eating joints, street food galore, ultimate shopping, and bustling nightlife. When you’re done with your exploring, have a sound sleep in your comfortable bed to wake up refreshed to …

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Wayfarer Guest House / Melaka, Malaysia

For travelers looking for inexpensive accommodation, staying at guesthouses is becoming a popular option. And why not? Many guesthouses, usually remodeled family homes, are situated nearby downtown areas and tourist destinations. Such is the case for Wayfarer Guest House at Melaka. This beautifully-designed, family-run place is located in the heart of the historical city of Melaka. Apart from its great location, this airy place also offers patrons unobstructed, stunning views of the Melaka river from its balcony rooms. They have 8 cozy but spacious rooms ready for occupancy- all attached with the modern comforts of your own bathroom, hot shower, air-conditioning, and free wifi. The guesthouse features lovely timber floors, wooden shutters, and interesting bits and pieces of furnishings that’s historically artistic. The details of the place are geared to give guests that aged, rusty impression that is both warm and charming. Next time you find yourself in Malaysia, do stay at Wayfarer Guest House and see how relaxing it is to feel right at home in their surroundings. Lorong Hang Jebat, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia; +60 …

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Supplies & Co. / Singapore

Tightly-curated and thoughtfully laid-out, Supplies & Co. is a lifestyle boutique that specializes in a rather eclectic mix of stylish and functional home products. Currently located in Orchard Boulevard’s Park House, Supplies & Co. prides itself in consistent quality and timeless design with their handpicked items. Featuring clothing, cutlery, scents, home decor, and sofas, the shop’s thrust on dedication to quality is apparent as most products are of international brands from Japan, the US, and UK. Founders Danny and WJ Tan gave their shop a homey feel with earthy tones, soft lighting, ample space to move around, and easy jazz music playing in the background. With occasional artworks adorning the store’s walls, it also gives customers the calming ambiance of an art gallery. Patrons are called to meditate on the craftsmanship of its goods, thereby providing buyers with more than a simple shopping experience. Visit Supplies & Co. especially when you are looking to spruce up your space with style and elegance. Park House, 21 Orchard Boulevard, 1-23 SINGAPORE 248645; suppliesandco.com   Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by …

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Bisma Eight / Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, long considered as Bali’s cultural heartland, is famed for its shrines, small farms, rice paddies, and dense forests. This mellow rural charm is the backdrop for Bisma Eight Hotel’s holistic ambiance and quiet luxury. This boutique hotel offers all the necessary comforts, but goes beyond basic expectations. From its soothing views of rice fields, a temperature-controlled infinity pool overlooking the Ubud Forest, and an alfresco restaurant/cafe in Copper Kitchen and Bar that serves up organic food sourced from neighboring farms, Bisma gives its guests a good spoiling with thoughtful respect for local context and culture. The accommodations comprise of 38 suite rooms and feature a living room and bedroom partitioned by Sungkai Wood panels for privacy. There are three room types available – forest, canopy, and garden – with differing views. The bathroom showcases a unique Japanese-inspired cedarwood soaking tub and rain-shower. Retractable reading lights in bed, meanwhile, let you in on the hotel’s admirable attention to detail. The spacious suite is designed for plenty of natural light to filter in and furnished mostly …

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Lloyd’s Inn / Singapore

Sometimes, all it takes is a new perspective. Indulge in space and light in this tranquil boutique hotel perfect for a relaxing getaway. A combination of minimalist design approach and raw architecture with refreshing touches of nature makes this an ideal spot, even with its location near bustling Orchard Road. The rooms feature clean lines, stripped-down amenities, and an open-concept shower to entice guests to commune with nature – without compromising privacy, of course. The holistic vision of the hotel is also apparent in their roof pantry, garden deck, and dipping pool. Lloyd’s Inn is proof that basic elements and luxury standards can harmoniously come together to offer patrons an invigorating experience. 2 Lloyd Rd, Singapore 239091; 6737 7309; lloydsinn.com  Words by Evita Limlengco Photography by Veronica Mok

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Trikora / Bintan, Indonesia

An hour by boat across the straight plus an hour by land through the gentle slopes of Bintan, hides a refuge that is Trikora. Known for its long stretch of white beach dotted with picturesque huge boulders, Trikora beach is a lovely area to take things slow. From a row of shacks in 2009, the beach resort still keeps a modest charisma despite the big move of redesigning the entire place a couple of years ago. Notwithstanding the bare necessities of furnishings strewn here and there, the cottages’ high ceiling, white-washed fixtures, and reclaimed wood materials give the same old organic feel and open ambiance. Outside the pleasant rooms and cozy nooks, there are hammocks hanging between the trees that barricade the white sand. The same hammocks that keep the salt breeze at bay and mark the line for the radically moving tides also act as a quiet refuge for some serious downtime. After feasting on local catch meal after meal and rubbing the sand between your toes, what else can we do in this …