ITB Asia in Singapore 2016

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The audacious and inimitable Travelling Gourmet TM visits…

MEGA Travel Trade Exhibition in Marina Bay Sands organised by Messe Berlin, and interviews Shawn Pun of Qatar Airways’ Sales Department, who explained, “We have more than 150 destinations and adding more like Helsinki, Pisa and Marrakech and more…” Qatar Airways has an international crew and pilots of many nationalities. Qatar has been in operation for close to 20 years. To keep in tune with today’s high tech internet society, passengers on board enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi for the first 15 minutes of their journey. To remain connected for the duration of the flight, convenient packages start from US$5! Those flying First Class enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi for the full duration of their flight. On Business Class you can order whatever meals you like throughout the flight up to 90 minutes before arrival at the destination.

Other countries exhibiting here include Iceland, Finland, Germany, Austria, Indonesia and more! I was impressed with the Germany, Berlin and Salzburg exhibitors who showed knowledge and passion for their products. The Spain Tourism and Catalunya Exhibitors were also very helpful and informative.

See my interview with the Spanish representative for the 15 UNESCO World Heritage cities in ESPANA! It is on Facebook LIVE…go to find “Dr.Michael Lim (The Travelling Gourmet) on FACEBOOK please…

The representatives of the German Pavillion and Austrian Pavillion were also most friendly and helpful. Please see my interview with Herr Volker, the Commercial Attache of the Austrian Embassy in Singapore. My knowledge of German came in very handy and communication in the German language with them was very smooth and hassle free. Usually people feel much more comfortable and are more open when sharing information in their own native language…

Until the next time, this is The Travelling Gourmet TM saying: Keep calm and carry on Travelling! Life is too short for bad food, horrible wines and unpleasant experiences. Never settle for less than the best! You owe it to yourself…Enjoy!🙂

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An original poem by Dr….

M The Travelling Gourmet TM

The Professional


An Original poem by Dr.Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

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Dedicated to all who put their lives on the line in the dark alleys and back streets of the world fighting the bad guys…


Always cool

Always calm

Always collected

Always subdued

Always low key

Always low profile

Always thinking

Always analysing

Always collecting Intel

Always resourceful

Always blending in…

Like spooks…

Usually undercover…


When things get very BAD…

Bullets fly!

Grenades explode!

Sharp knives slash!

IEDs detonate!

People die.



Dead men do not look noble.

There are NO easy choices.

It is kill or be killed

That is when you need quiet professionals,

By your side,

Guarding your six,

Never running away to leave you to die.

Fighting coolly to the last drop of blood

Keeping you and himself ALIVE!

In one piece.

To S.E.R.E.


You don’t need low Calcium, low energy

Careless “cowboys”

You don’t want Rambo wannabee narcissists

Who are naïve

Who want to show off…

Who think they are in an episode of CSI:Miami

Who are in a fantasy virtual world of computer video games…

Life is not a video game.

War is not a Hollywood movie.

There are no SFX

In real life when people get shot professionally,

They do not get up again. Not ever.

Be professional.


And LIVE every second like it is your last!

One day it will be…

As long as it is in your sleep…

It is all good.

Who Dares Wins! 🙂


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SAS in the Land of Smiles…

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The intrepid and indomitable Travelling Gourmet TM jets to the City of Angels and reports on the…

MARVELLOUS Land of Smiles that is the Royal Kingdom of Thailand and the SAS (Safety and Security) here. As my Thai Airways Boeing 747 jet banked to starboard I saw the beautiful city of Bangkok shimmering in the warm rays of the sun. Baggage collection and Immigration was hassle free. My chauffeur who also was the chauffeur for Jack “Alibaba” when was in Bangkok a few days ago, told me, “Bangkok is very safe now, no more demonstrations…” A most comfortable and pleasant ride in a Mercedes 300S with ice water and ice cold towels to beat the sweltering heat of Bangkok!  In about 43 minutes I arrived at the opululent Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok where there is 24 Hour Security Guards check the undercarraige of cars with mirrors on a long handle.

In an exclusive interview with the Grand Hyatt Erawan Director of Security, Vaiphob Pinvisest, Khun Vaiphob told me, “Since the Erawan bomb incident two years ago, we have tightened security. We have additional security screening at the entrance to the hotel with Metal Detector archways like in international airports. We update our Intelligence with the Thai Police and Army, and are always alert to potential threats. There is also regular and extensive training for our Security and hotel staff, and training in case of an ‘active shooter’ incident. Our Security department works very closely with the Royal Thai Police and Intelligence Agency. We also have a lock-down policy in case of a major incident. Our Security cross-train with the US Embassy OSEC team too. We have wide perimeter and CCTV surveillance to identify potential threats.” There are other measures in place but as I am sworn to secrecy, I cannot comment on them. Suffice it to say that I felt very safe and secure to stay in probably the most well protected hotel in Bangkok. Vaiphob, who has served in the Special Forces “Red Berets” of the Royal Thai Army added, ” I consider Bangkok and the Grand Hyatt Erawan really safe now.” Vaiphob is also the Vice President of the Thai Hotel Security Association.

On a gentle amble to the renowned Erawan Four Face BUDDHA Shrine, I saw a combined Thai Police and Army Checkpoint just beside it. It is just about 1 minute away on foot from the Grand Hyatt. The fragrant smell of incense smoke filled the air as I prayed and observed the devotees praying. A group of pretty ladies in traditional costume sang to the music from a Thai orchaestra. It was all peaceful and tranquil…as it should always be in a place of worship. An air of serenity permeated the atmosphere…The Thais are like the flexible bamboo…ever resilient and quick to bounce back from adversity. A most admirable trait to always emulate. Khum Beau, the charming and courageous Marketing Communications Manager of the hotel was on duty during the bomb attack in 2014 and had to deal with the terrible aftermath. She told me, ” The journalists supported us a lot…a few days after the bomb, we had a event and they came to support and attended…we were very grateful…” NEVER EVER let terrorists and bad people frighten you. The good will always win in the end! That is my belief! Die Gedanken sind frei!!! Immer!


Excellent ERAWAN Tea Room!

On a cool evening, I went to try the cuisine in Erawan Tea Room…Famous for its signature Litchi Tea on ice and other Thai specialities….it does not only serve Afternoon Tea BUT Lunch and Dinner too! The ambience is warm and cosy with unique high backed Lana style  wooden chairs, blacjk as a reven’s wing.  Arguably, one of the BEST Thai restaurants of its class in Bangkok. Ich liebe es! (I love it) OMG! The Ocean Trout in a Curry Coconut Milk Soup with Galangal and Lemon Grass is to rob the Bank of England for! Diminutive Chef Achara is a lady with a very happy Aura and radiates joy and happiness. It was clear to me that all her dishes were cooked with LOVE! Very Good cuisine always comes from the heart! The following day, Chef Achara kindly let me in her kitchen to teach me the finer points of Thai cuisine. I have trained in Thai cuisine in the famed Mandarin Oriental Hotel on the Chao Phrya River in Bangkok and also in the School of Thai Cuisine in the Dhara Devi Mandarin Oriental Hotel (now no longer part of the Mandarin Oriental Group), so Thai cuisine is no stranger to me. I was so grateful to Chef Achara for teaching me her signature Ocean Trout in Coconut Milk Soup which is sooooo good! Chef welcomed me in to her spotless kitchen by saying, “Welcome to my home!” Mise en place all done, she took just minutes to conjure up her specialities like Thai Pomelo Salad. The big paysanne chunks of fresh Ocean Trout took just 31 seconds to cook in the flavoursome Coconut Milk Soup! Just perfetta! Not overcooked at all! It is always a great honour when a Chef welcomes you into her kitchen. Kop khun kraap Chef Achara!

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones…

Later I savoured every morsel of the flavoursome Ocean Trout  to the sound of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones belting out “I can’t get no satisfaction!” in the background…Ironic as I was more than satisfied. One of life’s little ironies. Sixties and seventies music played lazily in the background as I dined. With dessert of Thai style teardrop shaped Chendol with big chunks of Taro (Yam) in a Palm Sugar spiked “soup” topped with crushed ice…Frank Sinatra’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra, sang “You only live twice” from the 007 blockbuster movie of the same name.

The other place for yummie Thai noodles is You and Mee…a most catchy and witty name. Mee also means noodles🙂



At the Grand Hyatt Erawan in Bangkok, it’s putting on the Ritz everyday!


The Spa and 25 meter Pool (1.5m deep) and high tech Gym, not to mention the Sauna, ice cold Plunge Pool with mini waterfall, and Steam Room are also very enjoyable. Every morning at 06:00 my Breitling woke me and I was very happy to go to the Gym and have an early morning swim! The cold water makes our bodies burn more Calories to maintain the normal body temperature of 37 degrees Celsius! Exercise is vital when there is a lot of food tasting to do!

If you appreciate SAS (Safety & Security) plus luxury in Bangkok, the City of Angels…the Grand Hyatt Erawan is for you! Arguably the safest hotel in Bangkok…ENJOY!🙂

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok

494 Rajdamri Road

Bangkok 10330


Tel: +66 2254 1234


To be continued…

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MARRIOTT now the Largest Hotel Company!

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The intrepid and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM tells you about…

MARRIOTT who has now acquired Starwood Hotels and Resorts..

The most iconic and visionary name in hospitality, Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR), expands to include 30 of the most desirable and prestigious hotel brands with the addition of the Starwood Hotels & Resorts portfolio. At a time when travelers place even greater emphasis on enriching and personal experiences, they can now choose from the most diverse selection of hotel brands ever. With more than 5,700 hotels and 1.1 million rooms in over 110 countries across the globe, guests now have access to the best hotels and resorts wherever they travel.

 Marriott International’s successful completion of the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has created the world’s largest hotel company, while provided unparalleled guest experience.🙂

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The indomitable and implacable Travelling Gourmet TM’s original poem on…



FRIENDS are like plants.

FAIR weather “friends” are like shrivelled autumn leaves that fall and rot in the winter snow

Never ever to be seen again

FRIENDS true and strong are like the Bamboo

FICKLE to bend easily in the Typhoon, never breaking, like Titanium, six hundred times stronger than Steel

FIRM and steadfast after the stormy weather has died…

FIRST to stand by your side to help and encourage as TRUE


FOREVER treasured and much appreciated.


MAN’S BEST Friend, the noble Dog!

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World SMILE Day Friday 07.10.2016.

Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM

The suave and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM reveals one of Thailand’s top secrets…

MANY do not know that in the Land of SMILES…

Everyday has its colour…every dog has its day…nicht wahr…

Today is World SMILE DAY!

Thailand is decorated with yellow on HM The King’s birthday.

Day and color to wear in the Land of Smiles…believed to have Hindu origins.

Color of the day / Celestial Body/ God of the day

Monday yellow red Moon Chandra

Tuesday pink yellow and white Mars Mangala

Wednesday (day) green pink Mercury Buddha

Wednesday (night)[citation needed] grey orange-red None Rahu

Thursday orange purple Jupiter Brihaspati

Friday light blue black and dark blue Venus Shukra

Saturday purple green Saturn Shani

Sunday red blue Surya

As Spock in Star Trek says: Fascinating… 🙂


Happy SMILES to ALL Good Friends & Comrades and Food & Wine Lovers.!!!! To the baddies, blackguards and scoundrels und boesen Leute…we will SMILE when you are down and out. Hell, we won’t just smile, we’ll have a jolly laugh! The Germans call it ,,Schadenfreude”…Wahahahah!

We’re all smiles!
Spread the joy and make someone happy today. Happy World Smile Day!
To those who take the time to read my humble articles, I thank you sincerely and truly! This is for you!
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Super Singapore Tourism Awards!

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All food photos are of real food with no photoshop

Wed 5 October 2016

The suave and debonair Travelling Gourmet TM goes to the Ritz Carlton and is greeted by Henry…

MANCINI’S haunting theme from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s…Moon River played as I strolled into the Grand Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton for the Singapore Tourism Awards 2016. I could tell it was going to be a very grand affair from the decorations and laser light display. I sat at table 42 where I had an excellent view of everything that was going on. In the lobby of the Ballroom, wine and drinks had been served. I opted for a flute of Chandon sparkling wine made by Moet & Chandon in Victoria, Australia…almost like Champagne.




The Winners!

Experience Excellence (Leisure)

Best Attraction Experience  – National Gallery Singapore

Best Dining Experience  – Odette, The Lo & Behold Group

Best Hotel Experience – The St. Regis Singapore

* For other Award Winners please check the Singapore Tourism Board website







To be continued

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