December 19th, 2010


Spending time in Pottyland

I travel to Portland an average of 4 times yearly and never got quite sick of it. The long haul flight kills me each time but I'm slowly getting used to it. The highlight of the trip for me is spending time with my good friend TS and I usually fly in a few days earlier or extend for a few days to spend some time hanging out with her. We go for a run, grab my obligatory cupcakes and just catch up proper. It's great how we have gotten even closer since she left some 3 years ago. We whatsapp and email on a regular basis so she's almost always updated on whatever I am up to.

This trip was nice and relaxed. I changed my mind about snowboarding at the last minute so we didn't drive up to Mt Hood. We lounged around her lovely house most of the time and I helped a little in the Christmas decorations. Great times and catchups - I'm looking forward to seeing her again :)

Oh. And we discovered a nice pizza place - Hot lips pizza.

Hot lips pizza
Pearl District
At NW 10th and Irving
+1 (503) 595 2342

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There are many home-styled breakfast places in Portland. Most of the breakfast cafes here are in quaint little cottages. With wooden flooring, tables and chairs and a fireplace, it feels very much like home. They all serve eggs benny, toast, pancakes, sausages and bacon. Some do it good, others average but mostly good. Although most are pretty similar, it's nice to check out other options. We did so after I touched down. No eggs benny for me on this trip and I opted for something less heavy - veggie panini that was toasted to perfection but so huge that I could barely finish all of it.

Another place to check out - Laurelwood.

2327 NW Kearney Street
OR 97210
+1 (503) 228 5553

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The Nines

While most people enjoy staying in the typical 5 star hotels and the well-known brands like the Hilton, Regent, Ritz etc, I prefer staying in boutique hotels like The Metropolitan in Bangkok. I am glad that our company's corporate deals are mostly with boutique hotels which are cozier and more unique in style.

We usually rotate around a few favorite boutique hotels in Portland. It's always in downtown as it's more convenient. We have been trying to make reservations at the newly opened luxury hotel - The Nines and managed to do so successfully after 6 months! Now this hotel looks tiny from the outside but it's massive with quite a number of rooms. Yet, it doesn't feel like the usual corporate hotel chains and the decor is nice and cozy and in my favorite Tiffany's color! We were delighted when our reservations were successful and looked forward with much anticipation.

The Nines is popular for it's bar - The Departure, which offers a splendid view of Portland at night. I visited the bar on my previous trip and forgot to take pictures but you can check it out on the site. With our corporate rate, we got a pretty sweet deal and apparently, this same hotel chain in NYC costs a whopping USD$600+ per night so we are very lucky to pay a mere fraction in Portland. Also, it's Portland where everything is a lot cheaper.

The hotel rooms are roomy - double rooms have double queen-sized bed and the color theme is of course gorgeous. Service is pretty good but not in the restaurant - Farmers' Market. The huge downside of The Nines is the food quality. Be it room service, breakfast or dinner, the food isn't good at all so if you stay here, don't bother trying it. Other than that, it's is luxuriously comfortable and totally convenient as it's just across from Pioneer Place (where I do all my shopping at), Nordstrom's, next door to Macy's, near a Rite-Aid and more.

For more pictures, check out the hotel site or The Pioneer Woman's own review of The Nines.

P.S I have been getting a number of 'follow' requests on Twitter. Please don't take it personally if I don't add you onto the list. My twitter account is locked and only for personal friends as I do share information that I don't wish to do so publicly and information that I may not even share on Facebook. Hope you don't mind! Also, to friends, please don't make public comments about where I stay in Singapore or where I currently am, as I am just more paranoid about this as there are too many crazy people around -_- All entries posted here are post entries i.e. never in real-time.

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Books for giveaway

I just did some spring-cleaning and have decided to give these books away. Please email me by 31 December 2010 if you are interested to have any of these books.

For friends, you can collect them from my house and for strangers, I'll meet you at an mrt station. Details to be provided over email.

The titles are -

1) The Triathlete's training bible second edition by Joe Friel RESERVED

2) Triathlon swimming made easy by Terry Laughlin RESERVED

3) Triathlons for women by Sally Edwards RESERVED

4) Dynamic Yoga by Kia Meaux

5) Ultimate techniques and tactics by James Parinella and Eric Zaslow

6) Bike repair manual by Chris Sidwells RESERVED.

1) Digital photography by Ken Milburn RESERVED

2) The encyclopedia Art techniques by Tessa Clark RESERVED

1) No mountain high enough, raising Lance, raising me by Linda Armstrong RESERVED!

1) Keeping faith by Jodi Picoult RESERVED!

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