Holiday on my mind

March 10, 2013By 0 Comments

2013 is supposed to take me to at least seven cities, twice to two of them. That’s according to my team’s travel plans. With less than 10 months left in the year, that means little chance for a personal holiday.


A view of downtown Seoul from Grand Hyatt (2008)

A view of downtown Seoul from Grand Hyatt (2008)


An area in Seoul's Dongdaemun Market - 2008

An area in Seoul’s Dongdaemun Market (2008)


Luckily, one of the cities I’m supposed to travel to is Seoul, now one of my favorite places – and the only one so far that’s been able to easily whet my appetite to shop (Dongdaemun Market, I love!).


Chia Te bakery's pineapple tart: divine!

Chia Te Bakery’s pineapple tart: divine!
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And luckily again, I’m supposed to fly in mid-October  to Taipei, a city I’ve been wanting to visit not really for sightseeing but for its cuisine and… heavenly pineapple tarts. Chia Te Bakery’s pineapple tart is real love! I can eat a whole box of it and would be happy not to share :) My boss’ Taiwanese friend used to bring a box to the office every time he was in town. Unfortunately he seldom visits now, which means no Chia Te pineapple tarts for us. So my plan is to try other brands of pineapple tarts in Taipei and hoard and bring home as many boxes of Chia Tes as my airline luggage allowance would let me.

That said, I would still love to have my own holiday – preferably somewhere with a seaside resort to let my cellito have some fun in the sun. Traveling for work has its perks, but is not 100% fun. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get a free week for a getaway.

But where can we go? There’s a multitude of choices, but I like the idea of having a Spanish holiday, if my bank account would permit, as suggested in the following write-up. At the same time I’d also love to see lots of historical sites like those in Granada and Segovia, though I know I will need a month of holiday and hefty savings to do all that!

Read on…


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So where will 2013 take you?

There’s so much choice on offer, it can be difficult to decide where to go and what to do. Of course you will be governed by various factors such as budget, flight time and how to entertain the kids, but once you’ve whittled down your list of must-haves the chances are you’ll still have a tantalising range of destinations to consider.


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Benidorm in Spain
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Let’s start with the old favorites. You’ve got holidays in Spain which never fails to disappoint – whether you head for the cheerful resorts of the mainland, such as Benidorm in the Costa Blanca or the upmarket resort of Marbella, or opt for an island escape such as Majorca in the Balearic Islands. The Canary Islands are also Spanish, although they’re geographically closer to Africa (just a stone’s throw from the coast actually) so they’re a little further in distance. The benefit of holidaying here is that its warmer climate means you can get a sun tan all year round – even in the winter months.


A beach in Goa, India (Photo credit:

A beach in Goa, India
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Further afield, you’ve got the exotic favourite of the Caribbean, a heavenly place of porcelain-white beaches and whispering palms. Or you could opt for the wistful beauty of Goa, located on India’s west coast. In fact if you’ve got Goa holidays 2013 on the agenda, now is a great time to start planning your trip – because the chances are you’ll find plenty of deals and discounts to help make your holiday that little bit sweeter.

What’s on your holiday wish-list this year?

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A hen living in a city away from her original nest. Lived 15 years of her life a stone’s throw away from the sea but swims worse than a cat. Almost named Maria Banana by her mother (yet to figure out if it was a joke). Proud promdee but loving the city. Making a living churning out pieces. Wondering if her day-to-day routine has started giving her some psychedelic effect (“Purple haze all in my eyes. Don’t know if it’s day or night”). Loving life nonetheless. Loving mudraxhood, loving her Cello, day and night!

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