Out of love for travel and design, former interior designer Elaine Brindamour brings together all of her passions to create a travel website focusing on beautiful destinations, hotels, restaurants and exciting activities. Today, Elaine along with contributing writers share vacation ideas, reviews of the latest restaurants, suggestions for great hotels and tips on must do activities from their travels around Asia and the world.
Meet the Writers
This Canadian travel enthusiast resides in Singapore and is the co-founder of Suma Lifestyle. As a former interior designer, her love of travel brings her around the world visiting the hottest destinations while scoping out the trendiest hotels, bars, and restaurants.
Born in Canada to an Indonesian mother and Canadian father, she spent most of her schooling in French immersion leaving little time to learn Indonesian. “Bisa bahasa sedikit” (speak a little bit) is about it.
Throughout her schooling Elaine’s family traveled extensively and moved from Canada to Australia, Bahrain and finally the US where Elaine finished high school. After picking up the Texas drawl in Dallas, Elaine decided to return to her roots and moved back to Vancouver, Canada. Years later after meeting her future husband Tom, together they moved to Singapore for Elaine’s career in interior design. After realizing how special Singapore was, the two decided to stay as Tom’s business flourished. Today they enjoy working and traveling together on both Suma Lifestyle and Tom’s sales training business.
Favorite destinations: Bali, Koh Samui and Nepal.
Favorite holiday activities: Snorkeling, shopping, and trying the local cuisine.
Favorite food: Pretty much everything, but top 3 would be Indian, Mexican, and seafood.
Favorite dessert: Cheesecake and crème brulé.
Favorite restaurants: DB Bistro (Singapore), Jaan (Singapore), Bridges (Vancouver, Canada), Ku De Ta (Bali).
Favorite hotels: So far, W Hotel Bali, and Fullerton Bay (Singapore), but will probably always be changing.
Hobbies: Photography, tennis, bike riding.
This Canadian jetsetter currently lives in Singapore and is the co-founder of Suma Lifestyle. Being a full time professional speaker and trainer, Tom is a natural in front of the camera and often hosts Suma’s travel videos.
With a heritage of half Trinidadian and half Canadian, people often say he looks like Lewis Hamilton or Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), which he doesn’t mind at all.
Tom loves traveling from one stylish or exotic beach destination to another and sharing his reviews through blogs and video blogs. Where will he go next?
Favorite destinations: Krabi, Melbourne and Sentosa
Favorite holiday activities: Relaxing by the pool, enjoying local food and wine tours
Favorite food: Beer, Burgers and Beef Rendang
Favorite dessert: Ice Cream (Mint, Mango and Durian) and Banana or Yam Kolak
Favorite restaurants: Rise at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, anywhere in Soho, Hong Kong and street food throughout Southeast Asia
Favorite hotels: Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort (Singapore), Railay Great View Resort & Spa Krabi (Thailand), Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa (Vietnam)
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf and Reading
This adventure seeker has traveled extensively throughout Australia, Southeast Asia and South American spending months on end going from one destination to the next conquering wonders of the world and her own fears as she sky dives in Australia, climbs to Machu Piccu in Peru and dives with turtles in the Gilis in Indonesia.
Trisna is now calling Wellington, New Zealand home where she shares her outdoor adventures and on the table dining experiences.
Favorite destinations: Bali, Florianopolis, Krabi, Sihanoukville
Favorite holiday activities: Treking, diving, relaxing on the beach and checking out local food and nightlife
Favorite food: Pho, fresh seafood on the beach, and Thai prawn salad
Favorite dessert: Fresh tropical fruits: mangosteen, mango, rambutan,
Favorite restaurants: Jumbo Crab Seafood Singapore, The Boat House Vancouver, Kadoya Vancouver
Inspired by her adventurous friend Veronica, Carmen decided to skip summer semester and explore the world outside her school’s boundaries. From backpacking up the East Coast of Australia to trekking through Borneo’s lush rainforest, follow Carmen as she makes discoveries about life that can’t be taught in school.
Carmen is a published author having contributed a story to the “Chicken Soup Series” “Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul”.
Favorite holiday activities: Scuba diving, sun tanning and meeting new friends from around the world
Favorite food: Sushi, pasta and mangosteen
Favorite dessert: Chocolate hazelnut cake
Favorite restaurants: Mama Chicken’s on Railay Beach, Joey’s
Favorite hotels: Le Méridien (Kota Kinabalu), Rainforest Lodge in Danum Valley
Hobbies: Running, reading and writing
Veronica not only likes to soak up rays on the beach, she also likes to explore city sights and is always eager to attend the next music festival. Join her as she travels around Australia and Asia and she shares her under and above water adventures.
Favorite destinations: Mui Ne, Vietnam & Tonsai, Thailand
Favorite holiday activities: surfing, skim boarding, hiking, snowboarding, scootering, biking, exploring, EATING!
Favorite food: green curry, rice paper rolls, satay, tropical fruit
Favorite dessert: bubble tea, es kacang, mango ice cream, cheese cake
Favorite restaurants: little cheap stalls found almost everywhere in Asia
Favorite hotels: Marina Bay Sands, The Art Series Hotel: The Cullen
Hobbies: soccer, snowboarding, yoga, camping, discovering new music, watching live music, dancing
Our reviews of the restaurants, hotels and destinations we visit vary based on our personal tastes. Get to know the different writers to see what they are looking for when they travel. We only like to write about places we love and recommend, so our star rating system is based on “Good”, “Excellent” and “Exceptional”.