Best Vacation Destinations for Anthophiles

Originally, anthophiles refer to insects which frequent flowers or feed from them. These days, however, flower lovers everywhere has appropriated the term anthophile to mean a person who loves or appreciates flowers. For example, I’m a self-confessed anthophile. Since I don’t have much space for gardening in the city, I make do by displaying fresh cut flowers on my work desk, dining table and even on my bedside table.

It may seem a bit frivolous for others because flowers wilt anyway, so why keep purchasing them? But for me, it really is worth every cent. Plus, the lives of fresh cut flowers do not end on murky waters inside a vase. You can actually dry them out and craft them into potpourri or frame them into something artsy. Your only limit is your imagination!

Still, nothing beats living, breathing and thriving flowering plants. Fortunately, I do get to appreciate flowers in their natural habitat when I travel—wide, open spaces of pastel-coloured flowers in full bloom. Wherever I am, I always make it a point to visit flower farms or well-tended gardens and parks. So if buying hampers and fruit baskets from the best florist in Singapore is not enough to satisfy your anthophilous needs, perhaps going straight to the source may do the trick. Here are some of the prime vacation destinations you can visit and the best time to go there.

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Keukenhof in Lisse (The Netherlands)
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Tulips have become so in demand that it even caused the Tulip mania during the Dutch Golden Age that sent the prices for tulips skyrocketing. They have remained popular even up to this day. These elegant blooms are perfect for various occasions, including weddings and especially for Valentine’s Day. Every online florist in Singapore probably has Holland tulips in their inventory. To see these tulips in their place of origin, travel to the tulip fields in Holland to see millions of bulbs bloom in spring. The best time to visit Keukenhof is during the months of March to May.

Though I can’t visit those fields whenever I please, every time I miss Holland’s gorgeous tulip farms, I often order A Better Florist’s The Allison composed of multi-hued tulips. It just transports me to the countryside’s of Europe. Fortunately, you can also buy The Allison from Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Dubai due to their recent expansion. Seems like there are anthophiles everywhere as they’ve already gained quite a following after they’ve been touted as best flower delivery in Hong Kong, best florist in Hong Kong and one of the best florists in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The flower business is definitely blooming!

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Yanaka Cemetery, Ueno, Tokyo (Japan)
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If your version of satisfying your floral fix during a vacation is by ordering a luxurious bouquet from the best florist in Hong Kong in between shopping sprees and food trips, then you need to level up your anthophilous game. Why not ditch your annual Hong Kong trip and pick another Asian destination for an authentic floral fix at Japan’s sakura season! This is probably the most magical season in Japan. Even the best bouquet from the best florists in Singapore can’t quite capture the whimsy and scenic appeal of sakura. When springtime comes, tourists flock to the country to get a glimpse of the ephemeral beauty of Cherry Blossoms. For a brief time, Japan gets covered in a delicate tapestry of pink and white.

Yanaka Cemetery in Ueno may seem like a morbid choice, but trust me, if you want to witness the cherry blossoms in full bloom and in relative peace, then this is where you want to be. Nagoya Castle may have the more cinematic overall experience, but you can also expect droves of people bound to be there obstructing the view. The best time to witness the sakura season is late March to mid-April. You can also check online for a more accurate schedule.

 

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Family-friendly Theme Parks

Choosing a theme park for your family trip is crucial especially if you are travelling with your young kids. We have listed the top 10 best family-friendly parks around the world so that nobody will be left out on your next trip!

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Legoland
The name speaks for itself. What child (or even adult) does not want to play with Legos? This chain of Lego-themed amusement parks currently has seven spots around the world (Denmark, UK, California, Germany, Florida, Malaysia, Dubai) and is set to open in Japan and South Korea in 2017. This attraction has rides that are not too extreme, so they are suitable for the young ones. And of course, your kids will surely love the mega Lego creations in Miniland!

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Efteling
Based in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, this theme park features attractions and rides that are based on myths, fairy tales, and folklore. It’s a bit old compared to the other famous theme parks and is notably laid-back. Efteling is as magical as it is simple.

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Nickelodeon Universe
Unlike the other parks on this list, Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park in the Mall of America in Minnesota. Due to space limitations, however, the park mostly has flat rides but also has a few of the obligatory roller coasters. It features rides like Splat-O-Sphere, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, and the iconic SpongeBob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge.

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Parc Festyland
This small theme park is located in Normandy, France. Because of its size, it also has shorter queues; it only had about 110,000 visitors in 2005. Your kids will truly love the Viking ship rides, bumper boats and water slides and you can dine in any of the four restaurants on the premises.

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Sesame Place
Located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, this wholesome theme park features the kids’ favourite characters from Sesame Street. Its main attractions are the Neighborhood Street Party Parade, Cookie’s Monster Land, and meet and greet with Elmo and Friends. Everyone loves Sesame Street!

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Universal Studios Orlando
Also called Universal Orlando, the theme park has Harry Potter studios, which makes it a winner for kids. It is every kid’s dream to own a wand from Ollivander’s. The adults can also try the butterbeer available on site. Aside from the Wizarding World of Potter, the park also features attractions like The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Nestled in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, this zoological theme park allows its guests to marvel at animals wander around the park. It received accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which means they have met the conservation and research standards. The park is embodied Walt Disney’s philosophy of animal and environment protection.

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Disneyland
This theme park is famous for obvious reasons. The word Disney is a kid magnet. Scattered around the globe, Disneyland features Adventureland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Star Wars Land is also currently being planned. Disney princesses and characters are on site to usher guests and entertain the children.

If you have not give a thought to your family’s summer holidays, perhaps it is time to give us a chance to plan something magical for you and your children. Just askus@ladyredot.com today!


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Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.

Christmas Desserts Around the World

Christmas is coming! That means your family is probably already planning what to prepare for the anticipated Christmas dinner. If you are tired of the usual, or if you simply want to try something new this year, you might want to try these delicious desserts from all over the world:

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Brigadeiro, Brazil
These chocolate truffles are made by mixing condensed milk with cocoa powder and butter. Balls are formed and are covered with chocolate sprinkles. This delicacy is truly scrumptious!

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Cola de Mono, Chile
Sometimes called colamono, it’s a mixture of milk, coffee, aguardiente (alcohol), sugar and cloves. It’s similar to eggnog or white Russian and is best if served chilled. This beverage dessert is smooth and creamy, yet powerful.

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Bunueolo, Mexico
Sometimes rolled into a shape of a ball, or laid flat, these fried cookies or fritters are topped with powdered sugar and are best if served warm. These are great with your coffee or hot chocolate!

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Bûche de Noël, France
Called the “Yule Log”, it is made by baking a thin sponge cake which is then rolled to form a log. The middle is filled with frosting and chocolate ganache is used to make it look like a real log. Just delicious!

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Vaniljerkranse, Denmark
These butter cookies (or vanilla wreaths) exude simplicity but are very delicious with crispy vanilla taste. Luckily, people all over the world can get a taste of Denmark’s special cookies. Yes, it is similar to the commercial Danish cookies you can buy at the grocery store. Thanks, Denmark!

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Stollen, Germany
This is a simple yeasted cake filled with dried fruits, marzipan, nuts, and cinnamon flavour. Yes, it’s sort of similar to the usual fruitcake, but a lot better because of its sweet outer loaf or covering. Köstlich!

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Julgröt, Sweden
This Swedish rice porridge or pudding is a mixture of cream, almond or cinnamon flavouring, and of course, rice. It truly warms you up on a cold winter night!

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Banketstaaf, The Netherlands
This pastry has a buttery, flaky outer layer which and has a sweet almond paste filling. It’s usually topped with sliced almonds, frosting or even cherries. A perfect pair for your coffee or tea!

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Biko, Philippines
A type of rice cake, it’s made by mixing coconut milk, brown sugar and sticky or glutinous rice. It’s traditionally placed on heated banana leaves and is topped with latik (which sometimes called coconut caramel or coconut milk curd, it’s a type of syrup derived from coconut milk and sugar). Tropical taste!

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Pavlova, New Zealand
Although this dessert is mainly composed of meringue, its inside or crust is actually crisp and soft at the same time. It is usually topped with strawberries and/or raspberries, but any fruit of your preference will work. Perfect combination!

So, we have just mentioned the traditional desserts from all over the world, but go ahead and be adventurous! Add a twist to these depending on your preference. Have fun, and taste Christmas in your mouth.


 

mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

2016-17 Top Destination in Europe

Each continent has its flavor and uniqueness. If you have not been to Europe, you should visit one of these places. Time and time again, guidebooks and friends will tell you what spots are must-sees for different destination, but everyone has their own idea of where their ideal vacation will take them.

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Rome, Italy
Eternal City – the nickname given by the locals. Rome is a wonderful destination for the holidays. From gorgeous gardens to hidden rooftops, there are the plenty of best spots in the city to find a little Rome romance. Whatever in life you are looking for you will find it. Wander into any church and be amazed by the sheer beauty of it.

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Paris, France
Typically known for the city of love, it is well known for its art, fashion, gastronomy, and culture. Alongside the world-famous museums and monuments, there are also some gloriously eccentric ones. They know how to make a decent pastry, with a good cup of coffee, you can sit in their café and watch the world goes by.

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Nice, France

Although it is France’s fifth-largest city, Nice is just like its name, nice. It has the most enchanting skyline paired with a beautiful sea. However, there is no white sand between your toes, it is a pebble beach. Away from the bustling city center with its flower markets and street performers, and far from the central hub, Nice has a number of fantastic sites that often go overlooked.

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Berlin, Germany
Berlin is a place where East meets West full of historical content. It has plenty of rich history and unique culture. You will immerse into the vast choice of museums, restaurants and art galleries. Like some other European capitals, Berlin has pronounced differences among its many neighborhoods.

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Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona has a great location and is has mild climate throughout the year and is located on the coast and there are miles of beaches all along the north. It’s packed full of creative people and offers amazing food and architectural masterpieces that you don’t often come across in Europe.

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Zurich, Switzerland

Switzerland offers a surprising amount of cultural variety. Zurich is also abuzz with sleek eateries, cool shops, and a full of history. With the most important highlights ranging from historical spots and natural escapes to food and shopping havens, you will have loads to do even as a solo traveler.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city is small enough that visitors can get a real feel for its people, neighborhoods, sights, and secrets. With more than 6,800 houses and buildings protected as monuments and dating from the 16th to the 20th century, Amsterdam boasts the largest historical inner city in Europe.

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Vienna, Austria
A city that charms and seduces from scratch, Vienna may just steal your heart away. Spend a few days getting to know Vienna and you’ll discover its vivid World War II history, radical art movements, and nonstop street life. If Vienna doesn’t steal your heart, it definitely steals your stomach with its variety of desserts.

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London, England

Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye… The list goes on and on. There’s nothing quite like the experience of hopping on a red double-decker bus and seeing some of the most recognizable sights in the world from its top deck.

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Brussels, Belgium
Some of the world’s best chocolate and home to more beer varieties than any other city in the world, that is our Brussels. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city at the heart of Europe. Although it is known more for being a political hub, it also has a surprisingly young vibe that makes it one of the more cutting-edge cities in Europe.

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Kotor, Montenegro

Located where the Balkans meet the Adriatic, Kotor sits on a deep bay surrounded by soaring cliffs. Kotor has all the features of a typical Mediterranean town: narrow streets, small shops, antique monuments and picturesque buildings.

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