Author: Peh Yi Wen

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Manchester’s Vintage Finds

With a friend at the end of our 19-day Europe journey waiting to be our guide in Manchester, our last stop proved to be a perfect finish. After our train pulled into Piccadilly Station, we rolled our luggages over to Ibis Hotel on Princess Street — a short 10 minute walk under the sun, last seen in Paris. Then, it was time for brunch. The amazing Genia made special reservations for us at Richmond Tea Rooms, a traditional English style tea room with a Tim Burton inspired interior. We had the best seats in the house. The glasshouse. Richmond Tea Rooms Address: Richmond Street, The Village, Manchester. M1 3HZ Tel.: 0161 237 9667 Riding on the same quirky flow, we went on to Northern Quarter — the city’s creative space with tons of cafes, delis and retail stores. But what I loved most was this building, which held a mish-mash of lifestyle goods. (Pretty much like the old Heeren on Orchard Road.) Think vintage typewriters, cameras, old-school arcade game machines, every kind of accessory and a poster shop that …

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5 Things to do in London

If you find yourself with the misfortune of having only one solid day in London, the first thing I’d recommend you to do: Extend your stay, or make a mental note to return soon. Otherwise, these 5 ‘things to do’ should fill your itinerary up well enough, as they did for us on our last day there. 1. Let the British Museum steal your morning away Located next to Bloomsbury Gardens and a good 20 minute walk from our apartment in Russell Square, the British Museum easily holds you captivated for 3 hours or more — thanks to the 95 different rooms spread out on three levels, taking you from ancient mummies to calligraphy, clocks and watches. More interestingly though, might be a visit to the Natural History Museum (yes, the one similar to Night at the Museum with Dinosaurs and cavemen exhibits), which was the initial plan. We just .. went to the wrong one. British Museum Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm daily (till 10.30pm on Fridays) Free admission …