August was my penultimate month of employment (so exciting) and it was a rather busy month both on the work front as well as the blogging front. Here’s what I got up to as well as exciting news regarding my travel plans for September and life after employment.
Qatar Goodwood Festival
August kicked off in style with an invitation to attend Ladies day at the Qatar Goodwood Festival and it was my first time ever going to the Races. We were in the QREC box, which was awesome and amazing hospitality. To mark the occasion I wore a fascinator and dress and had such an amazing time. The horse I bet on didn’t win but it was so much fun nevertheless with great company!
Dressing up in Traditional Indian clothes
It was wedding season and so I wore my traditional Indian clothes, including a Sari after absolutely ages, for Amit’s cousin’s wedding. I do love dressing up in Indian clothes and I had bought my Sari during my trip to India in November last year and had been really excited to wear it.
I also celebrated Indian Independence Day at The LaLit London Hotel and it was another lovely reason to get dressed in Indian clothes again.
Afternoon tea in Mayfair with Lastminute.com #ATasteofTravel
I attended an event with Lastminute.com hosted at The Mayfair Hotel where we sampled various Afternoon Teas, with an international twist, which were amazing and you can read about them here. Highlights were Sicilian lemon scones and trios of Bruschettas – the dream!
When I am not drinking Mojitos, I am usually drinking French Water aka Champagne and I tried the Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial for the first time at the event, and was amazed as you have the glass of bubbles with an ice cube or two to keep it cool. It was delicious and the perfect summer refreshment.
A Press trip to Basel, Switzerland
I visited Basel, which is Switzerland’s third biggest city, which borders France and Germany, on a press trip.
It was a trip filled with art, culture, good food and amazing scenic views everywhere and the cutest cobbled stone streets with instagram worthy moments wherever you looked.
Highlights included going for a swim inside the River Rhein with my DSLR Camera (and lenses), iPhone, Money and keys but you can read about that on the blog 😉 Here is my post about my trip to Basel.
Exploring London like a local tourist
The St Paul’s Cathedral were running a series of ‘Summer Lates’ where with a ticket you could go inside the Cathedral and take photos and so when Aftab suggested it I jumped at the chance.
After that, we decided to go for dinner to Mei Ume, as we were craving sushi and dim sum. We had been to Mei Ume a few months prior to review it and absolutely loved it and you can read my review here.
After our dinner we took the scenic route to the tube station and managed to enjoy the London night skyline with all the landmarks twinkling.
Catching up with friends at fun places
Aftab and I caught up over hot chocolates and cupcakes at Peggy Porschen, which was every bit as pretty in real life as seen on Instagram.
The Mermaid Mashup special ice cream – a collaboration between Four Winters and The Meringue Girls, was on our hit list to try and so we did, well Aftab did, and I photographed it 😛
I went for the Cereal Crunch, which was cereal clusters combined with vanilla ice cream and rich salted caramel. It was dreamy and I would take ice cream for breakfast any day.
We also had a blogger catch up at Rosewood London. It was literally so much fun.
Rosewood had a pop up in collaboration with British GQ in their courtyard and the drinks and food were fabulous there.
We then moved on to Chiltern Firehouse and had lots of champagne and Rose and a fantastic time together. It was a Bank holiday Monday well spent!
The Crown at Bray and Hinds Head
Amit and I had our first experience of Heston Blumenthal’s restaurants in the gorgeous village of Bray at The Crown at Bray, where we had a lovely meal, and the Hinds Head, which is michelin starred, where we popped in for cocktails.
You can read about our experience here.
Breakfast at Hoppers
Hoppers don’t usually open for breakfast but they did for a special event where we learned all about The Amari Hotel Group’s first venture in Sri Lanka called Amari Galle.
The food was amazing and it was lovely to finally meet Chef Pillai too.
I am really excited about September, as not only is it my final month of work, but I am getting to travel. I am kicking off the month with a press trip with the Thailand Tourism Board to Thailand and Malaysia, which will focus on the ASEAN Gastronomy Local Experience. We will start in Bangkok and visit Ayutthaya and proceed to fly to Malaysia where we will be in Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.
It will be my first time visiting Thailand and I am super excited about it, especially as the itinerary looks amazing. I have been to Malaysia before but that was 10 years ago and so I am so glad I get to visit again.
I have a staycation in North Devon planned too which will be lovely as it is timed the weekend before my last week of work and so I am looking forward to soaking up the English countryside and fingers crossed the weather behaves.
September 28 is my last day of work and I have a leaving do planned for the evening with my work mates. I can’t get too merry though as on the 29th, early morning I depart on another Press trip with the Qatar Tourism Board to Doha, where I will be staying at The Shangri-La Doha. I am so thrilled to visit as it has been on my list for a long time and it is the perfect way to start my life as a full time food and travel blogger.
Please do follow along on my social media channels which are as follows:
Twitter : @binnyjs
Life after employment – Freelance services
As my ten year career in banking comes to an end, I am truly really excited about the future. I am going to spend a lot of time creating new content for the blog (and writing up all my travel adventures), as well as developing my skills in photography by going on courses.
I am also embracing the freelance life and will be offering social media consultancy and marketing services, where I can manage social media platforms for clients.
I have loved photography ever since I invested in my DSLR and it has brought with it many exciting photography projects, including capturing a couple’s proposal at Aqua Shard, as well as food photography commissions. I have set up a little section on my blog, which can be viewed here.
If anyone would like to commission me for any freelance photography work or projects or social media or marketing services, please get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful for all the support everyone has always shown and here’s to a fantastic September 🙂