All around me, as far as the eye could see, there was sand -- sand dunes as well as sand piles in intriguing shapes forming gigantic sand sculptures embodying nature’s random yet orderly chaos. This is the Valley of the Moon, in Northern Chile, whose name derives from its similarity to the surface of the moon. I stood in the midst of the sand sculptures looking up at the excruciatingly bright blue sky with the wind of the Pacific blowing across my face and felt like a small figure in a Dali painting. The colours were so sharp that even with my sunglasses on, I had to squint. read more
I was recently at Don Alfonso, one of the region’s best Italian restaurants in Macau and chatted with the Sommelier, Roberto Gallotto. Don Alfonso undoubtedly has one of the most impressive wine lists in town and was recently awarded the highest accolade by Wine Spectator for its 322-page selection. It shares the list with all the food and beverage outlets run by Hotel Lisboa and the newer Grand Lisboa Hotel.
Last week, I stood in front of the expansive wine section of the Lotte department store in Busan and wanted to scream. My third day in Korea and my palate was craving wine. Despite scouring the shelves, there were very few wines under US$100! Price sensitivity is of course relative to how much you have, but knowing the international market price only too well as well as having a sense of their quality to value ratio, I could only utter one word: Ouch!