Slow Down in Sabah: Jari Jari Spa

Jari Jari Spa – the perfect place to slow down! My trip to Borneo was jam-packed! I stayed at 3 different styles of hostels and hotels and visited yet another resort all in 4 nights.  I learned an incredible amount about nature in Kota Kinabalu and the wildlife within. By the start of my 4th…

Play and Stay in KK: SPLURGE at Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia If my short, magical stay in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) taught me anything, it’s that service is of utmost importance, the people are incredibly friendly, they all seem to be amazing singers, and there’s no shortage of things to do!  My first couple of days gave me a deal…

Escapism Has Landed: EscapismTO’s Launch @ Assembly Chef’s Hall

Escapism Toronto Launch Party Well, beaches, I’m back in Toronto after 3 years Seoulcialiting it up in Korea.  Over 1,000 days have gone by, but the agency launch parties haven’t changed a bit.  Most of the faces look the same and the dress-code of hobo-chic vs. try-hards continues to identify who is on the list…

Play and Stay in KK: Day in Paradise – Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort

My Day in Paradise at Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia is one of the most underrated tropical, romantic, and affordable beach vacation destinations in Asia.  When visiting Sabah in February 2018, I was put in contact with the team at  Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort.  They wanted to partner with The Toronto Seoulcialite, but had been…

Play and Stay in KK: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu

Where to Stay in Sabah: Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort Kota Kinabalu Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysian Borneo) is the ideal place to stay in Sabah. Just outside of the city, it offers something for couples (read: adults only) and families alike!  I could live very happily at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort…

Staying in Sabah – Deal: Dock In Hostel Kota Kinabalu

Where to Stay in Kota Kinabalu: Dock In Hostel near KK Airport When arriving in Kota Kinabalu on a red-eye fight from Seoul, the last thing I wanted to do was take an eternity finding my bearings.  At 2 AM I got a GrabCar from the Kota Kinabalu Airport to Dock In Hostel in under…

Making Memories: Dreams of Malaysia

Meeting Malaysia A major bonus of my 3rd year teaching English in South Korea has been the opportunities for international travel.  2017 had some major ups and downs, but my passport has been getting a workout.  This past year alone, I’ve managed to see Taipei, Tokyo, Jeju, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur!  While each place was…

5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay – Singapore’s Stylish Hostel

5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay Singapore A terrace with a view overlooking the Singapore river, a magnificent view of Marina Bay Sands, and an endless supply of coffee?  5FootWay.Inn Project Boat Quay in Singapore made some big promises!  Located splat in between the Clarke Quay and Raffles Place MRT stations, this luxury hostel is the most…

Seoul Food: AirAsia Menu & In-Flight Food Review

The New AirAsia Menu In-flight meals have gone through some major ups and downs over the past few years.  When I used to fly as a kid, I always thought they were decent enough.  When my Dad upgraded us, our meals were fantastic.  On my trip to Italy I figured they’d have a way to…

Escape: Top Reasons Why Bali’s the Perfect Getaway to RELAX!

Bali: Your Relaxation Destination! Guest Post by: Wander with Jo! The mere mention of the word Bali, is bound to instantly conjure up visions of an island paradise, surrounded by party beaches and resorts, big and small. The real Bali, however, is much more than just a happening destination, it is an aspiration about the…

Jet-Setting Japan: Rockin’ Around the Tokyo Robot Restaurant

The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo The Robot Restaurant is widely regarded as one of Tokyo’s most notorious tourist traps.  I had heard mixed reviews from friends and colleagues.  A friend who recently visited Tokyo said he loved seeing his boyfriend laugh like a giddy child throughout the show.  A fellow blogger and her gal pals…

Seoulcialite Staycations: Vantage Value Hotel Worldwide High End Suwon

I’m always amazed by how small Seoul can feel for such a massive city.  While Co-Pilot lives on a military base in Korea, his cousin and her boyfriend live live and teach in Suwon!  Suwon is technically part of the Seoul subway system.  Since they’re leaving to go back to the States soon, we wanted to…