Shwe Sin Tai Silkwear is a workshop that specialises in traditional hand-worked silk weaving. The workshop is located in the Amarapura area of Mandalay and it is famous for the hand-woven silk fabrics and traditional Burmese clothing. When I was traveling in Myanmar, I was fascinated by the traditional Burmese clothing. I thought it was really beautiful, especially with the vibrant colours and patterns. I wanted to try it on and possibly get my own set. My local friend Min Min took me to Shwe Sin Tai Silkwear in Mandalay just before it closes. I managed to see some workers weaving intricate patterns on the silk materials and there were some apprentices learning from the more expereinced. I was able to try on a few traditional Burmese clothing and I was very happy that I managed to get two sets of top and patterned longyi. Longyi is the traditional skirt that both Burmese men and women wear. I thought the design of Longyi that I got was simple yet comfortable. I really liked how mine are bright in colours with tiny detailed pattern.
I hope you enjoyed the images of this unique silkwear workshop. As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈
Location: Shwe Sin Tai Silkwear, Amarapura, Mandalay, Myanmar
Panorama Restaurant is one of a kind restaurant, with a breath-taking cityscape of Dubrovnik from 412 meters above sea level. The restaurant can be accessed by taking the cable car to the top of Srđ Hill. Panorama is the one and only restaurant/ bar in the area. The Dubrovnik Cable Car was built in 1969 and it has been a popular tourist attraction since then. The cable car ride takes around 5 minutes one way and you can slowly see the city and the surrounding islands become cartoon like miniature as the cable car slowly ascend to the top. Okay, back to the restaurant! Panorama is a Mediterranean cuisine restaurant with a lot of seafood dishes, fresh salads, burgers, pastas and some vegetarian friendly dishes. For desserts, it offers homemade cakes and a variety of other deserts. There is also a range of beverage choices from cocktails to exquisite wines.
It was hard to choose what to eat because there were so many appetizing choices. The waiter was very friendly and helpful in giving us advice in what to eat. In the end, we ordered a Seafood Platter for appetizer, Tuna Sandwich, Scampi Risotto and Crabmeat Ravioli. The seafood platter was light and fresh, I especially liked the chargrilled octopus. It was well marinated and well cooked. Out of the main dishes, I enjoyed the Scampi Risotto the most. The risotto was well seasoned, creamy but not too heavy.
Apart from the incredibly delicious food, the view makes up a major part of the experience. There is an outdoor and indoor area. For my travel companions and I, we chose to dine outdoors to enjoy the pleasant weather. Since it is quite high up above sea level, even though it was super sunny when I visited during mid-April, it was a still little chilly because of the wind. I thought it was a nice finishing and considerate touch that on every chair there was a blanket provided for the customers to keep warm. There were also big outdoor umbrellas to give shades when it gets too sunny.
Over all, this dining experience was a very enjoyable one. The prices are a little on the higher end in Dubrovnik but I would definitely recommend those who are looking for a relaxing dining spot.
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈
Location: Panorama Restaurant, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When traveling, food is an important part of the experience. I am not much of a foodie but my sister and family friend who I was traveling with are. So, the importance of high standard food quality was stressed and highlighted throughout this Croatia trip. We arrived Split around late afternoon via bus from Dubrovnik and wanted to have some authentic Croatian food. Our Airbnb host, Zorica recommended us to check out the restaurant Villa Spiza and I am glad we did, because the restaurant was absolutely fantastic. My travel girls and I had a great experience there because Villa Spiza isn’t one of those commercialized dining place but a small, cozy and local place. The menu of Villa Spiza changes every day according to what the local fish market has to offer on the day. There are also meat options available. However, all dishes are fresh and none of the dishes are served with overnight ingredients. This makes the place popular for both local and travellers, because everything is fresh! When we arrived at around 7:20 pm, the restaurant was already packed and by the time we were seated (around 7:50 pm), many dishes were already sold out. In the end, we all got a hot vegetable soup as starter then 2 grilled fish (Sea Bass and Wild Sea Bream) and a truffle pasta.
I love how the food was prepared in front of us and it made me feel like I was peeking in someone’s home kitchen. The dishes were well seasoned and cooked. I especially liked the barbequed Wild Sea Bream. The skin of the fish was crispy yet on the inside was overflowing with juices and tender meat. Overall, Villa Spiza was a great start to our Split adventures and I would highly recommend the place for those who are looking for more local, down to earth places to dine out at. My advice is to go there early, maybe around 6 before they run out of any ingredients for daily menu. Also this is an ideal restaurant to dine for 2-4 people. It will be hard for a big group to dine there.
As for now, Happy Jetsetting! ✈
Map: Villa Spiza, Ul. Petra Kružića 3, 21000, Split, Croatia
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