She is not lost.. in Bali

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Hello everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. 

In January 2019, I embarked on one of the best adventures of my life to Bali, this travel experience felt more on a spiritual level where I was actually living more in the moment than always trying to pull out my camera phone to capture every single thing I was looking at or experiencing. 

Oh I did… but not as often. 😉

This was my second trip to Bali, the first time I stayed in Ubud but this second trip I stayed a few days in Canggu recommended by a friend and Gili Trawangan but more on this island post later. 
Cangguu is my kind of place…there is more buzz than Ubud..but enough peace to still relax.. one of the best sunset places. A great range of healthy and vegan options if that’s your thing. On the first day, I woke up at 4am to drive about 2 hours to watch the sunrise from Mt Batur a truly magical experience as there wasn’t many tourist around, just myself and 2 other tourist.. winning! 

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After watching the sunrise which started ended about 630am we began our journey to Tirta Empul Gianyar, where water is purified by Hindus in Bali. Although, I did not go into the Holy Water, the temple was so beautiful and cool to wander around. There is just an instant feeling of being calm and relax.

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And then it was time to visit a coffee plantation and the Bali swings. At the coffee plantation I spent the whole time speaking to a young local who had dreams to move to Dubai and whom enthusiastically captured my moments here.

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We then journeyed to Kanto Lampo Waterfall. Hidden away from Bali, peaceful place to escape and roam with such freedom. Entry fee of 15.000 Rupiah. (disclaimer: entry cost as of Jan 2019).

It was here at this waterfall where I really felt my spiritual journey  really began. Maybe it was the sound of waterfall, just something about it, felt such serenity and happy, meeting a few Balinese people who wanted to have fun with us, taking photos of us, and where I wasn’t dressed for the occasion but felt so liberated and free going into the water with half my dress rolled up. 

Oh yes, I slipped falling quite hard on my butt and hurting my hand. Nothing serious. A big smile came on my face as it happened. That’s just part of the adventure.

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After the visiting the Waterfall we drove about 2 hours back to Canggu where the exploration ended at about 1pm. You’re either a breakfast person or not, but I am a breakfast worshipper and yes I did have breakfast at 1pm because #YOLO

This was a Vegan brekky plus a regular flat white cost 115.000 Rp in total (inclusive of service and got tax). 😉 

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Hope you enjoyed this post and hope you have a lovey week! x 🙂

3 coffee places you want to try..

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Hello everyone!

If you enjoy drinking coffee like I do, then these are 3 great coffee places to try when in Sydney.

The first place is Alpha Espresso Bar in Epping who use Pablo and Rusty coffee beans, in my eyes this place is a hidden gem. It is situated right across Epping Station with seatings and they also serve a selection of breakfast food.

The second place is Celsius Coffee in Kirribilli, about a 12 minute walk from Milsons Point Station. The cafe is located in a fairly quiet neighbourhood and the water views is an added bonus. They serve a great breakfast menu. Don’t mind me, just trying to be hipster here 😉

The debut of the delicious food pictured below in order are Billy’s Eggs with a side of Chorizo and the Super Greens Breakfast! 

Good coffee at Flower Child Cafe in Chatswood which has an inspired take of the Grounds off Alexandria. There tend to be a line so if you don’t want to wait too long, best to come early as you can as it can quite busy by lunchtime. 

Hope you enjoyed this little edition, have an awesome week! 🙂

 

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

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Hello Everyone!

The Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect little escape away from the city for a few hours even though it is situated close to the CBD area. You will notice some buildings and skyscrapers around in the background but good thing it is full of ponds, plants and flowers to give that feeling of being amongst the enchantment, particularly in the Calyx area where the installation of walls are full of plants and flowers. Stunning! I don’t know all the plants name taken in the images below, so if you do, please do tell us! 😉

It’s a great place for a picnic, to read a book, chill out with that special someone and friends or hey even just spend some me time. Here are some images I snapped, hope you enjoy these images and have a lovely week! 🙂

Don’t forget to look up, you might almost get pooped on by a beautiful bird 😉 Mr B. in the photo. 

Photo credit below by Mr B.Those colours.. Lets just take a moment..My dream would be to have this plant of walls at home..  And no exploring is without a pitstop after for some breakfast and coffee. Oh yessssss!!! I’m really excited inside to eat this Skakshuka even if I don’t really look it, and the coffee was … spot on! 

Not all those who wander are lost… exploration in Mt Cook

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Hello Everyone

‘She realised she had this one. This one big, bold and beautiful life. And she realised she didn’t want to live it chasing and crying and apologising. Fearing and regretting. She realised she wanted to live it proudly and freely an creatively; Lovingly, fully and sweetly. She realised that she could choose, and so, she chose’. 

I love exploring the South of New Zealand a place filled such beautiful nature, felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to back for a second time. This time exploring Mt Cook, it was seriously love at first as I gasped ‘oh em gee’ at my first sight of this breathtaking mountain. Surroundings were just as amazinggg!! There are different kinds of walks you could go on to see Mt Cook and opt to sleep there too.

Though we did a few pitstops where we had the chance to get off the bus to stretch our legs and to do some photography. Here are some images snapped.

Favourite season of the year, Autumn 

Lindis Pass just stunning 

Somewhere…enroute to Mt Cook 

Mt Cook 

Hope you enjoyed this edition and images, have a beautiful and awesome week! x 🙂

 

Autumn vibes in Queenstown

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Hello Everyone!

My love affair with Queenstown will never end and I was feeling total bliss when I embarked on my second journey there. The first time was 9 months ago, I had ventured out to Milford Sounds and Fox Glacier and I was meant to explore Mt Cook but silly me didn’t read the itinerary properly… Well what happened … we left Queenstown for Fox Glacier and I had actually thought it was a day trip thinking the bus would go back to Queenstown, turns out it was not the case… and that I wouldn’t realise this until 15 minutes before arriving at Fox Glacier.. Yikes! I ended up booking a last minute accomodation at Fox Glacier and it also meant that I couldn’t explore Mt Cook the next day as planned. But that’s Ok… And so I realised adventures was the best to learn. 🙂

I told this story to the tour company Everything Tour Group I was exploring with to visit Mt Cook and they said I could use my ticket next time I came back! And so here I was on my second trip to Queenstown to go and see a Mountain I was meant to see 9 months ago…yasss!

My favourite season of the year is Autumn because everything is so much more colourful, cosy and intimate. There’s many things to do and explore just in Queenstown itself, you can do nice easy walks around Lake Wakatipu, stalk ducks in the pond if that’s your thing, sit on bench chairs and listen to the sounds of water, people watching, bike ride, paragliding which I did last time and lots of more outdoor activities just to name a few. Here are some images captured, hope you like them!

Enroute to Queenstown, somewhere in the clouds 

Exploring Lake Wakatipu 

Beautiful nature and a cheeky duck 
View goals Them Autumn colours.. Total bliss and serenity

Casually posing 

Feeling extra small but I don’t mind 😉 

Autumn vibes 

Hope you enjoyed this edition, thank you guys and have a beautiful week. x

Snapshots of Hanoi

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Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam filled with the hustle and bustle of street vendors, crazy traffic and the constant ‘beep beep’ sounds from people on motorbikes. I was told by a local that sometimes even when you’re walking on the side of the street, they will still honk their horn but there’s no need to walk out of the way, it’s just something they ‘do’ 😉  I must admit it did take some time getting use to.

I wanted to share some images I snapped whilst walking everywhere on foot of the places and the people of Hanoi. Enjoy  🙂

In the midst of traffic

Traditional Vietnamese hats all hand made 

Snapped this whilst people watching on the side street 

Red Bridge by the lake 

Water Puppet Theatre was fun to watch, even though I had no idea what was going on the whole time. Here’s a snap of the people behind the puppet doing it under water! 

Hope you enjoyed these images, where I just love to wander around and capture everyday moments. Have an amazing week. x

 

 

 

Discover Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

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a world heritage site, the beautiful ha long bay in vietnam 

My tour began at 8am with Urban Adventures and we had to meet in front of the Opera which was about a 20 minute walk from my Hotel. The night before I did a quick prep and walked from my Hotel to Opera at night trying to memorise the way amongst the hustle and bustle, and the continuous honks..

The next day it was just my luck bucketing down with rain and my Flamingo Vans had not dried up yet since I got them wet a few days before whilst visiting Tad Sae Waterfall. So my other option was my trusty thongs aka flip flops which at the time I thought should be Ok since I wouldn’t have to deal with wearing wet socks. It was now 7:30am and I was ready within 10 minutes with no umbrella I made my way, also things seem to look a little different now that was in the day. Kinda realising maybe it wasn’t such a smart move to wear thongs in the rain..ugh..trying not to slip with every step I decided to get off the pathway and walk on the road instead which had more grip but meant less water protection. Got myself a raincoat half way and arrived at 8:15am a little freaked out they may of left without me, good thing they waited. 🙂

I had such a great time with Urban Adventures, our travel guide was very friendly and informative and so helpful. Ha Long Bay is a World Heritage Site, a place of ethereal beauty, with many towering limestone pillars and scatters of islands. 

My skirt is blowing backwards in beautiful ha long bay 😉 
700 boats departing daily, you can opt to stay overnight on the boat 

im in a cave, the surprising cave ! 

Hope you enjoyed these images I snapped + edition. 🙂 Have a lovely week. x

Places in Luang Prabang

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Hello everyone

The beautiful acquainted town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the former capital of Laos. It is a great place where time just slows down and there is not a whole lot to do but definitely worth exploring, very easy to walk around on foot or you can opt for a tuk tuk.

In Luang Prabang you will be able to visit golden roofed museums and temples with the influence of colonial French buildings encompassing the fusion of traditional and urban structures, delicious food markets, stalls of clothes and souvenir and monks walking around.

Here are some images I snapped, adventuring on foot…

NATIONAL MUSEUM (FORMER ROYAL PALACE OF LUANG PRABANG) 
oh, darling lets be adventurers…

The Bamboo Bridge is built by families of the community and is open for 6 months of the year after the rain season is over, with an entrance fee of 5,000 kip which contributes to the maintenance and the salary of the families who built the bridge. It is built over the Nam Kahn river and it is removed during the rainy season due to strong current. Across the bridge is even a more small and quiet town, a great escape from the hustle and bustle…

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its actually a strong bridge, with this rubber type material being used to tie the bamboo bridge together..wow! do you know the material name?

some street market food 
some street captures…

Mount Phousi is a great place to watch the sunset with an entrance fee of 20,000 kip. You just have to embrace several steps to enjoy a 360 spectacular degree outlook of the town centre, landscapes and mountains and the Mekong River. It was a humid day and I was running out of clean clothes..love it.

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week. 🙂

 

adventure awaits..Kuang Si Waterfall

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exploring kuang si waterfall 

The biggest waterfall in Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfall has 3 tiers which leads to a 50-metre drop into stunning pools. It’s really easy to get to the falls, asking any tuk tuk drivers in town or joining a tour on the spot as I did at my accomodation, costing 30-40,000 kip round trip. There is an entrance fee of 20,000 kip. I am immensely in love with waterfalls, and should plan to spend at least 3-4 hours exploring. It was raining pretty much the whole time i was there but that didn’t dampen my spirits being at the falls and surrounded by jungles and stunning greeneries. 

Adventures with trees which have gone wild 😉 

And seeing Bamboo trees.. beautiful and stunning! 

Standing in the rain, trying to cover up my camera, trying not to slip on mud…love it 🙂

The rain just creates this stunning mist like feel.. 

Perfect magical hideaway Surrounding by jungle, enjoying Mother Nature 🙂

If you’re ever in Luang Prabang where there is not a whole lot to do, which is a good thing, the waterfall is a popular travellers destination and certainly not one not to be missed.

Hope you enjoyed this edition, have a great week. x 🙂

Exploring Tad Sae Waterfall

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Luang Prabang a World Heritage town is one of the most acquainted small cities I have ever visited and if I ever get the chance, I definitely would go back in a heart beat. The city boast a fusion of traditional architecture and Laos urban buildings. I stayed at the Soutikone Guesthouse 2 which cost $25 USD per night, it was clean in a basic room and had everything I needed, a place to sleep and dump my bag whilst I explore 😉

The hotel said it would cost $25 USD for a tuk tuk driver to take me to Tad Sae Waterfalls and they would be able to organise the private driver for myself (there are tours available however they included elephant riding and I am totally against this). I decided to put my negotiation skills to the test again, as this price for me was a little steep for a trip to a waterfall seeing that it would only cost me about $5-6 AUD to explore Kuang Si Waterfall a bigger and popular waterfall (more on that adventure later..)

The price I was willing to pay was $15 USD for a 30-40 minute drive from the city centre of Luang Prabang. I had approached about 3-4 drivers whom some wasn’t sure how to get there and all wanting $20 USD but I was not willing to budge. In a little shock of being rejected by my $15 USD round trip price which I thought was great and really wanting to explore the waterfall as it was about 1pm now, my price was now $17 USD.. the fifth tuk tuk driver had rejected my offer but called another driver over who had a bigger tuk tuk and between us we agreed on 17! yasss

GETTING TO TAD SAE WATERFALL  

I enjoyed and loved every minute sitting on the back of a tuk tuk for about 30 minutes, sometimes going up and being quite dusty. The driver waited for about 2-2.5 hours as agreed, whilst I boarded this boat below with the boat driver, absolutely loved it! The boat ride cost 20,000 kip for a return trip.

BOAT VIEW PASSING THROUGH NATURE
 
There is an ‘elephant centre’ where you can meet elephants BUT please do not be a tourist and ride the elephants. Humans cannot ride Wild elephants and so baby elephants are tortured when they are young to break their spirit. 
there are 2 different sections of waterfalls to explore 
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myself at the stunning mother nature
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WOW, JUST LOOK AT HER 

After the fun adventure I went back on the same type of boat back where my driver was waiting. 🙂 I paid the driver when I got back to my accomodation.

Hoped you enjoyed this edition have a great week! x

Vientiane – Wat Si Saket and Patuxai

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Hello All

My next adventure in Vientiane was spent wandering around Wat Si Saket, a place filled more than 6,800 Buddhas of all sizes made from wood, stone and bronze all seated in rows. There is an entry fee of 3,000 kip for locals and 10,000 kip for foreigners. Vientiane is a small city and it’s easy to explore by foot or you can opt for a tuk tuk and taxi.

I walked from the city centre of Vientiane to Wat Si Saket which took about 20 mins, but if you’re not up for it, a tuk tuk would be a great way of getting there.

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image of buddha 
rows of buddha

need to stop throwing tickets in bags 😉

I’ve really had to pull out my price negotiation skills in Laos 😉 The only thing I wouldn’t bargain on was food but for everything else…yesss! And why not? All these little amounts all add up. I normally would ask my hotel how much things would cost like say for a tuk tuk to take me to Patuxai from the hotel and how long it will take? I would be told it should around 30,000 – 40,000 kip. Ok, so I would ask a tuk tuk driver ‘how much to go to Patuxai round trip?’ One tuk tuk driver said 100,000 kip and that it was a good price but will offer me a special price of 80,000 kip. I offered 30,000 kip and without an agreement, will walk away to go to the next. The next tuk tuk driver said 50,000 kip and showed me a price list.. which I don’t really buy into. I said 40,000 kip determined that was my number, no no 50,000… yes 40,000 kip trying to look very serious and confident 😉 50,000 kip.. no 40,000 kip and about to walk away.. Hey Ok.. 40,000 kip! The tuk tuk driver waited about 40 mins for me.

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Patuxai Victory Monument built between 1957 and 1968 features four arches facing North, South, East and West is a great place to stroll, sit down to read a book and watch the people. There is an entry fee of 3,000 if you would like to take the stairs to the top viewing floor.

patuxai victory monument
CEILING OF PATUXAI
patuxai just before the sunset 

ending the day watching the beautiful sunset across the Mekong River. take delight in the simplest things – Bo Sanchez 

Laos, first day adventure in Vientiane

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Happy New Year Everyone!!  🙂 
Arrival:

Just before Christmas on Dec 22nd I flew from Sydney to Laos via China into the capital city called Vientiane, a brand new city never seen before. yassss! First thing after checking into my hotel at Ali Backpackers which cost 25USD a night, I set off for food and tried the papaya salad with vermicilli for the first time, normally I just have papaya with sticky rice which is a traditional Laotian dish.

This is the vendor where I bought the papaya vermicelli for12,000 kip.

Papaya salad with vermicilli, it is tastier than it looks 😉 I said yes to chilli having a pretty high tolerance but my mouth was burning.. still nice though 🙂

the next day:

I didn’t have an itinerary with the intention of just winging it I went to reception of the hotel and saw a picture of Buddha Park and decided thats where I am going to go today, then asking what was the cheapest way to get there, with a traveller responding 6,000 kip by bus. OK!  I was given quick direction by the hotel to find bus #14 at the Central bus stop, and along the way I asked about 2-3 people who spoke no english but understood ‘bus stop’ and would use hand gestures to point in which direction to go, about 30 minutes later I found the Central bus stop. hooray!!

But I still had to find bus #14, asking another 2 people ‘bus to Buddha Park’ and with more hand pointing gestures I saw bus #14. and I knew an adventure was about to begin 🙂 It was packed and a little hot inside but I managed to get a seat. So you don’t pay the driver when you board, a lady (normally) goes around just a little after the driver begins and collects payment for the trip.

bus #14
Buddha park: 

The bus journey took approximately 50 mins and there is an entry fee of 5,000 kip.

when you throw the ticket back into your bag and it scrambles up 😉

Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) has hundreds of religious sculptures including a reclining Buddha, you can also go up on top of the pumpkin sculpture for the best view of the park. Below are some images of Buddha Park (will soon put up a video of the park).

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Reclining Buddha 
religious Sculpture climbed narrow stairs inside the pumpkin sculpture to get to the top with this view

The adventure was worth it! The bus stop to get back to Vientiane Central bus stop is right across the park and it cost 6,000 kip.

In the evening, I caught the sunset at about 5:20pm, the perfect end to an awesome day!

sunset right across the mekong river

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week. x

Exploring New Zealand

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South Island in New Zealand is truly one of the most beautiful and stunning places …being the perfect backdrop with breathtaking sceneries everywhere.

The first image was a pitstop venturing out from Queenstown to Fox Glaciers as seen in image 2 approximately a 7 hour drive. I didn’t read the tour guide properly and make these mistakes so that you don’t have to but about 15 mins away from arriving at Fox Glacier I realised this was not a day tour going back to Queenstown! I had 15 minutes to try and book a room in a backpackers and jump on the last shuttle to see Fox Glacier (since I was leaving the next day to go back to Queenstown) … it’s all part of the adventure.

The moon and mountain made me to do it as seen in image 2 of Fox Glacier. Images 3 to 6 was my exploration upon returning back to Queenstown 😉 Jumped off a mountain and went paragliding… was nervous but really great! Lot’s to explore around Queenstown with shops and the most spectacular lakes around… hope you like the visual snaps!

And hope you have a lovely week 🙂 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the 7 Wonders of the World… The Great Barrier Reef

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Adventure Is Out There

This post is a little late but rather late then never! On May 6th 2017, I headed for an adventure to The Great Barrier Reef which is truly an amazing beautiful gem and I am so happy and proud it is in Australia. How lucky! I have been wanting to go there forever since I can remember and in search of nemo… From Cairns, I joined Sightseeing Tours Australia and spent the whole day exploring the magnificent Reef and first time snorkelling. Here are some images I snapped of me and the sea. I also created a Youtube video which you can watch by clicking here.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a lovely week! x

 

 

 

 

Uluru the Australian Outback Adventure

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Just do it. You will be very glad that you did. 

A World Heritage Site, Uluru (Ayres Rock) is really a magical and spectacular on Earth, an impressive Australian landmark, sandstone and a monolith in Uluru-Kata Tjuta. There are free transportation from Ayres Rock airport to your accomodation and it is free to get around from your accomodation into the small town. Here are some images I snapped of the beautiful Uluru.

Enjoy and hope you have a lovely week x

 

Yarra Valley, Winery in Melbourne

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The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

Winery, Yarra Valley

The Chandon Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

St Huberts Winery, Yarra Valley

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People watching inside the Higher Ground

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The view from level 2

The Higher Ground - 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

The Higher Ground – 650 Little Bourke Street, VIC 3000

Happy New Year!! Hope you all kicked off 2017 on a good start.

During the New Year period I explored Yarra Valley, a different kind of exploration I usually opt for, it was nice taste testing different types of wines from different wineries and enjoying the landscapes. Here are some images I snapped of Yarra Valley and of course, no adventure is without breakfast first and coffee. This delicious breakfast dish consists of kale and cauliflower salad, almond hummus, avocado, poached eggs and salted seeds. Yum!

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely week lovelies 🙂

 

Tasmania part 2 – Cradle Mountain

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Nature fills my soul. Because when you stop and look around this Earth is pretty amazing.

Tasmania will always have a place in my heart. The beautiful Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, is a place which should be added to your bucketlist, one of Tasmania’s natural attractions. We did the Dove Lake circuit walk which took about 2 hours, 6kms long and board walked for most if its part all around Dove Lake and underneath the peak of Cradle Mountain, passing through the stunning temperature rainforest known as the Ballroom Forest.Here are some images I snapped, aside from the one’s Im in, snapped by my partner in crime.

It’s been a great year of adventures and I’m looking forward to 2017!!

Hope you enjoyed this edition and i’ll see you in the New Year.

xx 🙂

 

 

Tasmania Adventures – Part 1

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She flirted with life, and life flirted right back with her, as if all the universe, became more alive just for her, and everything felt her glow, in the dew, in the stars, in the colour of the sky, it all shone for her, bright as it could, in the hopes to catch her eye – Atticus. 

On November 30th, I ventured out to a beautiful island called Tasmania in Australia with a population of just over 500,000 people. The first thing I noticed as soon as I arrived was that the air was much fresher. Ah! It was a pretty cloudy day as my adventure first started in Wineglass Bay, Tasmania’s east coast of the rugged and stunning Freycinet Peninsula. A highly recommended place and there are easy options to walk around this National Park.

Here are some images I snapped in order except the first was snapped by a friendly traveller overlooking Wineglass Bay. The next image are some granite mountains around. Image 3 is a Wallaby very friendly animal!

And of course no exploring is without a good coffee, here is a great joint called Machine Laundry Cafe. 😉

Hope you have a great week lovelies.

x

 

 

Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia

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img_2496img_2498img_2472img_2462img_2497img_2499Sydney has the best kind of blue. And its only Spring.

Balmoral Beach has a very nice and relaxing vibe, quite family oriented, than some other famous beaches such as Bondi or Manly. Here are some images I snapped show casing Sydney in its natural prime. Of course, no exploration is without finding a good breakfast and coffee point, and thats exactly what I did. You can make friends with salad with these tasty roast pumpkin and fennel with cos, labne and seeds was so delicious. With a side order of good coffee at Boathouse Cafe as seen in image 3!  😉

Love the blue stripes and the cosy laid back feel the cafe has with vases of blooms overlooking the water. Balmoral Beach is definitely worth a visit especially if you’re wanting a much more ‘chilled out’ place.

Hope you enjoyed this edition lovelies and have a great week.

🙂 x

 

 

 

 

Hotspots in Sydney, Australia

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House. Location of photo being taken, Circular Quay.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge. Location of photo being taken, Bangaroo.

Mrs Macquarie Chair

View of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie Chair.

Mrs Macquarie Chair

View of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge from Mrs Macquarie Chair as the sun was ready to set.

Take the journey to enjoy the view… Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did. Mrs Macquarie Chair and Bangaroo are 2 great locations to sit and relax and wait for the perfect setting to take photos of the iconic landmarks, being the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Ideally, you can pack yourself a mini picnic and chill as you set out to explore or better yet, people watching 😉 Here are some images I snapped and with summer coming on board now, I sure will be spending more time at these  hotspots as I try to capture more sunset photos with the beautiful iconic landmarks as splendid backdrops.

Happy snapping! Enjoy your week lovelies.

 

 

 

 

Door Stalking

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The obsession continues… I have a thing for doors… I’ll Never Stop…Door Stalking… 

Feeling somewhat nostalgia about my days as an expat abroad in London, one thing that I miss often is wandering through the streets and standing in front of peoples home and stalk doors, not in a weird way of course 😉

Here are some images I snapped; the first image of the door is so cute and acquainted, but yet there is something about that blue colour which reminds me of the water, so calm and refreshing. The colour theme continues with the second image, love the matching door and garage.

Number 16, is no attention seeker but that’s what probably makes it more that adorable, love the yellow coloured building with the pop of green door. Number 67, so minimalistic and simplistic. Perfecto. Say no more, with this striking pink door found in Notting Hill. Subtly dramatic.

Hope you enjoyed this edition of door stalking. Have a lovely week lovelies.

x

 

 

 

 

 

The Grampians, Melbourne

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The Grampians

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Overlooking the Grampians on a rainy day

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Caught my sister ‘gramming’

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Chasing Waterfalls


Collect moments. Not things.

Thats exactly what we did as we chased waterfalls and walked around, and the day began to clear on a wet weather day over the rugged mountain ranges of the Grampians, a National Park in Victoria filled with unspoilt beauty and breathtaking landscapes.

Never stop exploring.

Here are some images I snapped, hope you enjoy them.

Have a great week lovelies x

Adventure Is Out There

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What started as a fun hobby turned into a journey of adventures, finding a purpose and my passion…

About 3 years ago, I decided to take the plunge and risk it all, packing some belongings in a suitcase, sold my car and went abroad to live in NYC and London. No solid plan. But I was searching, looking and yearning for something.

I enjoyed what both cities had to offer as they are filled with lots of culture and diversity and theres always something to do. Though, there were some challenging periods such as finding work, friendship and myself. Travelling and venturing out to explore different boroughs, cafes, parks, meeting people and capturing these moments and places took a different turn in how things would eventually unfold. Being creative and sharing it with people allowed the opportunity to express myself in a positive form.

And thats how forthecurious started.

Here is a video I put together as a small gratitude for getting me through, all your likes, comments and positiveness has helped me in so many ways, THANK YOU! You guys are amazinggg!!

If you ever have the idea to start a blog, then please please please DO IT!! You don’t need to be an expert. You just need the passion. I never owned a camera at first and was using the camera phone to capture images. Creating visuals makes me so happy. I have no idea what will happen next… but I’m excited.

Hope you enjoyed this edition and your week lovelies x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sydney Winter

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Whatever Sydney stop showing off now 😉

Sometimes Sydney really puts on a show with blue skies and cool breezes in Winter. I must say its my favourite time of the year to people watch with a coffee in hand or a visit a museum…

Here are visuals I captured with the first 2 being natural images.

Hope you enjoy them lovelies x

Don’t be a stranger – insta: @forthecurious  twitt: @vandy_tang  facebook: ForthecuriousByVandy

 

 

The Great Ocean Road, Melbourne

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Its a great big world out there. Go explore.

Go see Australia with different tones of blue, the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road needs to be on your bucket list, the 12 Apostles (there’s 8 remaining) is one of the world’s scenic coastal routes and is an Australian National Heritage listed site.

Here are some images I snapped back earlier in January 2016 this year in hot 40 degree weather!

Hope you enjoyed this my lovelies and have an adventurous week!

x

 

Breakfast in Sydney

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Flower Child Cafe – Level 3, Westfield Chatswood, 1 Anderson St NSW 2067

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Calabur Cafe and Diner – 51-53 Spring Street, Bondi Junction NSW 2022

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Sadhana Kitchen – 147 Enmore Road NSW 2042

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Bread and Circus – 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

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Harry’s Bondi – 2/136 Wairoa Avenue, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so its no surprise I am always on the prowl for good coffee and breakfast places. Here are some eateries I highly recommend to satisfy your tastebuds!

What better way to start the day then with a healthy, tasty and refreshing Acai bowl which has strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, almonds and shredded coconut from Flower Child Cafe at Chatswood. Goodness galore!

The green bowl is from Calabur Cafe and Diner at Bondi Junction consists of kale and spinach smoothie bowl topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, dried coconut, passionfruit, banana, chia seeds and mint. Enough said.

The next place is Sadhana kitchen a vegan place in Enmore and this is the Winter Bondi meal which is filled with miso-roasted pumpkin, quinoa, macadamia feta, shaved carrot and beetroots mixed with greens, oh, and that finger lickin spicy sesame dressing.

You can never go wrong at Bread and Circus in Alexandria. It is one of my favourite places anywhere in the world for breakfast and coffee served on pretty pink platters has eggs and you have the option of either fresh chilli or real truffle oil. I opted for the truffle oil 😉 under shaved parmesan with avocado, tomato, baby spinach, fresh herbs and sourdough. You are welcome.

Harry’s Bondi serve their breakfast like a work of art as seen with this unforgettable quinoa and feta fritters, fattoush, avocado, labna and hazelnut dukka. And two thumbs up for the coffee.

Try not to skip breakfast, its an essential meal of the day and there are many different healthy options out there. Hope you guys enjoyed this edition and do share your experiences. Have a great week lovelies x

 

 

The Grounds of Alexandria

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Good coffee and food is one way to my heart and that is exactly what The Grounds of Alexandria offers.  Its beautiful decor gives it a romantic feel when walking around and anywhere you turn will be a good photo opportunity – oh the bliss!

Here are some images I snapped around The Grounds – enjoy darlings!

Thank you for dropping by, you can also catch me on instagram @forthecurious for more creative visuals an twitter @vandy_tang

x

 

 

Cambodia – Angkor Wat and the Floating Village, part 2

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Angkor Wat

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Stunning roots which are hundreds of years old at Ta Prohm temple

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Enchanting roots at Bayon Temple

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Houses built on stilts at the Floating Village

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Homes at the Floating Village

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Floating Village

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Watching the sunset at the Floating Village

Travel is like love, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end – Pico Iyer

Soc sa bai? It means ‘hello, how are you?’ in Khmer.

Cambodia will always have a place in my heart, being half Cambodian, I was fortunate enough to explore the country for a few days back in March and wanted to share some more visuals I captured on this journey.

Angkor Wat is a must when visiting, you will not find anything like this unique temple anywhere in the world filled with so much character as seen in the first image. Look at those roots which are hundreds of years old in image 2 at Ta Prohm temple, another must visit and personally my favourite temple in the world which has a concrete jungle-like feeling when walking around.  The continuation of beautiful stunning roots which are also hundreds of years old at Bayon Temple in image 3.

The next 4 images are at the Floating Village a poor community of approximately 3,500 people who predominately live on fish and grow their own vegetables which is then shared amongst the community. I highly recommend visiting as it is an eye-opener experience which will surely make you feel more appreciative of what you have now. Their houses are built on high stilts  and said to last around 40 years before restoration as seen in images 4 and 5. During the wet season the community travel around by boat as water will reach to the top of their stairs. However, I travelled during dry season and was able to explore around, ending the day on a high note by watching the vivd sunset. A moment I will cherish forever.

Hope you enjoyed this edition of Cambodia and please do share your experiences if you have/will be visiting this beautiful country. Have a great week lovelies.

x

Melbourne… But first coffee…

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Brother Baba Budan – 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Degraves Espresso – 23 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Sensory Lab – 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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The League of Honest Coffee – 8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Manchester Coffee – 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Padre Coffee – 513 Queen Victoria Square, Melbourne VIC 3000

But first coffee… on the table… anywhere, good coffee always turns me on 😉

I recently travelled to Melbourne and indulge myself into one to two many flatwhites, but with such a strong love affair, how can I resist? And any excuse to hold something warm in my hands with it being so cold. I felt like I was back in the UK, totally unprepared for Melbourne’s 4 seasons in one hour! Here are some favourites around Melbourne’s CBD area.

The first 2 coffee images are from Brother Baba Budan and is one of my top 3 coffee places anywhere in the world so far. It’s a pretty quirky cafe with chairs hanging from the ceiling serving a handful of pastries. Love smelling the coffee aroma as I approach the cafe, there tends to be a queue of people which is no surprise whom mostly get take out, however, there is a one table right at the front and a bench which sits a few. No free wifi. This place will not disappoint.

Degraves Espresso serves breakfast and coffee with vintage seats and a wooden bar. I enjoy people watching here as it is located down a bustling alleyway. No free wifi.

A new one added to my list is Sensory Lab which has not just great coffee but also free wifi (travellers joy)! Downstairs is David Jones, hence, the ‘classy’ but ‘down to earth’ feel the cafe offers. Here I sat at a booth with hanging lamps, which I am inspired by. They serve pastry and food too. Yay!

The League of Honest Coffee is spacious and serves breakfast and coffee as seen in images six and seven. Spend alot of time reading the newspaper and magazines on offer whilst I take my time sipping my lover.

Just around the corner of Brother Baba Budan is Manchester Coffee which serves coffee, breakfast and bagels in a chic cafe. No free wifi.

The last image is Padre Coffee at the Queen Victoria Market which I highly recommend to visit. Lot’s of fresh food, places to eat and of some good coffee choices including this cute cafe. No free wifi.

Apologies for the lack of post lately but sometimes life just throw things at you 😉 I hope you enjoyed this edition and would love to share some other favourites with ya, if you’re all keen. 🙂

Have a good week lovelies! x

 

Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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It’s moments like this that I do not take for granted…

If you ever visit Siem Reap make sure you explore Bayon Temple, it will take your breathe away. Literally. On March 8th 2016, I was fortunate enough to have that opportunity as I began walking around my mind automatically began going back many hundreds years ago… thinking what life was like then…who were those people… that carved the rocks which are now symbolic faces… the rumbles around… how they got there in the first place… It’s almost like going back into time. A different world.

You can opt for a tour or negotiate a price with a tuk tuk driver if you’re feeling adventerous and is cheaper than a taxi. Either way, just do it.

Here are some images I snapped with images 1 to 3 being inside Bayon Temple and images 4 to 5 being outside.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week lovelies!

x

 

Bali, Indonesia

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Hello  Peeps!

Hope you’re well! Sorry for being MIA for the past few weeks. I took a longer break than intended but I needed the time to cooperate but its GOOD to be back in action! Since then, on the 1st of March I travelled to beautiful Bali in Indonesia for the first time spending a few days each in Ubud and Seminyak. Balinese people are hospitable with such rich culture and nature.

Getting ready by 2am for a 3:30am trek to Mount Batur Volcano which takes 2 hours each way for a 6:20am sunrise. You will need to climb up with a tour guide even if you are local for safety reasons.  I joined a group with 3 other English people plus a guide and off we went in the dark as we made our climb up… I was barely breaking a sweat… joking… our guide had to hold my hand up for the last 20 minutes of the climb – thanks Ari! Alas, we finally reached the top at 5:30am! It was such a relief and achievement since I’m not a hiker but absolutely wanting to do more…Seriously. We waited and waited for the sunrise and WOO she finally came as seen in the first image which is all natural as the sun started to rise across Mount Batur Volcano with clouds floating around the lake, such beauty! After soaking in the sunrise and atmosphere we made the 2 hours climb down which can be proven quite slippery having fallen down a few times and then ended up with a grazed knee, but Oh so worth it.

Image 2 is the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace Tabanan, a community of about 200 people who work by hand and the next image is myself sitting and taking the lush and green scenery all in. The next image is Tanah Lot, Tebanan with many visitors and vendors. I stayed in a secluded villa in Ubud with an open air shower and toilet (although now shown here) since for the past 2 years I have stayed in shared hostels so hence, was so HAPPY to have my own big bed with a mosquite net since there are many of those bloodsuckers around…WOO! Image 4 to 8 is the surroundings of my villa with a pool overlooking the rice paddy and chickens and cattles roaming around… WOO!

After a few days in Ubud, I made my way to Seminyak staying in a hotel which was a 15 minute walk to the beach. Image 5 is a sunset at Seminyak beach – The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun – Christopher McCandless.

The last image is some free tasting flavoured coffees from a coffee plantation. Because, I love coffee.

Any q’s please send them my way…Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week!

x

 

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Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year, hope you all had a safe and enjoyable one.

I was in Melbourne visiting family and did a last minute trip to the Great Ocean Road in hot 40 degree weather, swarmed by an army of flies but the fact that I got to meet people from all over the world such as America, Korea and China to name a few on tour and getting to see the epic Apostles was all worth it.

The 12 Apostles, theres actually 8! Is absolutely stunning… you can choose to see the Apostles during sunset, however, I opted for a day one. Here are some images I snapped in order; The 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and again from below where I went swimming in my clothes to cool down…

The next image is part of the beautiful Port Campbell National Park with that blue sky showing off. And lastly, that’s London Bridge. I highly recommend seeing the amazing Apostles if you’re in Melbourne, it usually takes a whole day but a day you won’t forget.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week lovelies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manly and Shelly Beach

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Shirt and short tan lines and its been about 3 weeks now and I still have that sandal tan lines…It’s almost like I have a whole outfit on 😉

It was scorching hot weather this weather reaching over 30 degrees which calls for another day spent at the beach. Also, I don’t live anywhere near a beach so any excuse to go to one is always a good idea. This time, I explored Manly and Shelly Beach both in Manly and only about a 10 minute walk from each other. Manly itself is a great area to explore, one  way of getting there is by catching a ferry from Circular Quay and takes approximately 30 minutes which is how I did it. You go past the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Manly beach is popular amongst locals and tourists and Shelly beach is somewhat more excluded than Manly. Here are some images I took yesterday; the first 4 images are of Manly beach and the last 2 images are of Shelly beach.

To cap off, it has been an amazing 2015 filled with so much adventures, meeting lots of people, and moving back to Sydney for Summer from London. This will be my last post for the year whilst I take a short break and will be back in the New Year… with other adventures abroad.

Thank you for all your inspiration, comments, likes… it makes me so happy you will never know. Have a safe New Year my lovelies!

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

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I now have sandal tan… and I’m not entirely sure how to get rid of it. All thanks to Sydney summer vibes spent at Bondi Beach in perfect 27 degree weather.

One way of getting to the beach is by catching a train to Bondi Junction Station and then bus 333 which will take you right there!

Bondi Beach is a popular beach attraction amongst locals and tourists with Bondi Iceberg for those who prefer to swim in a pool. Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap with sunscreen and a hat and always swim between the flags which are the safest areas.

Here are some images I snapped over the weekend with that blue sky. Now, if you have any idea of how to get rid of two stripes across your feet, do tell. 😉

I hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies.

 

 

London – Leaves Stalking

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I have an obsession and I am afraid there may not be a cure. Totally obsessed. So obsessed. With leaves. And you can’t stop me stalking leaves in the United Kingdom. Because that’s exactly what I did.

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Here are some collections of images I snapped in order; the first two images are ‘I have a thing for bikes and leaves that grow on walls’. The first image, looks like a fairytale whilst the second image is ‘I have a thing for shadows’ both were taken at St Lukes Mews, Notting Hill.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. I peeked in and shot these two people on a boat at Richmond Park, it appeared to be quite romantic, and to be honest I wanted to join and be a third wheel because it seemed so calm to be out there with no one else around. (Except me stalking in). Love this vintage car I spotted on the street with the backdrop of nature in a modern city.  Spotted this dramatic red door with the beautiful enchanting leaves on top, such subtle character.

Would love to add more enchanting images I stalked around London so hopefully you enjoyed this edition. Have a great week my lovelies.

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Sydney, Australia

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G’day mate

After living abroad as an expat for a few years in NYC and London, I am currently back home in Sydney for Summer. Severely jetlagged as it took 48 hours of travel from the United Kingdom to Sydney with a 5 hour layover in Jakarta.

I’ve learnt you actually don’t need alot to live and came back with 21.8kgs and a backpack after 3 years away from home! On the third day after arriving I explored the beautiful city and finally got to try food and coffee at The Grounds in Alexandria.

Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a steel arch bridge across Sydney Harbour is an iconic image. Shaped like the sails of the boat and holding many events, image two is another iconic building. The next three images are from The Grounds of Alexandria, a place I highly recommend for food and coffee, there tends to be a queue but it’s worth the wait. Image three and four are some exterior of The Grounds and the last image is me with my knight in shining armour, coffee and brioche – oh yes, I’ll have it anywhere, anytime. 😉

Hope you enjoyed this piece and enjoy your week.

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Bristol, United Kingdom

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The two impulses in travel are to get away from home, and the other is to pursue something – a landscape, people, an exotic place. Certainly finding a place that you like or discovering something unusual is a very sustaining thing in travel – Paul Theroux.

On the 24th of October 2015, I explored 6 hours in Bristol in United Kingdom. I found tickets for £30 return from Paddington Station to Bristol and takes approximately 1 hr and 30 minutes. It’s quick, easy and highly recommended to visit if you have the time when visiting United Kingdom.

Bristol is lively, friendly with lots of great restaurants and pubs. When visiting a new place I love to see local living and buildings and hence many reasons for the type of pictures I tend to take and show.

Here are some images I snapped in order; a boat passing through a sign of ‘I adore Bristol’ totally agree with double thumps up! My love of coloured homes in image two. Bristol is known for their graffiti art work such as Banksy, image three is an example of what you can expect to see. Here’s a shot of some complementary homes on a rainy day in image four and a pop of red vintage car in image five.

If you don’t already know, I have a love for coffee and always on the lookout for great coffee places which offer good service and wifi and the last image six is just that – a perfect place called Small Street Espresso, aside from nice coffee its small and cosy 😉

p.s I am working on giving my website a new makeover and have been having problems connecting my instagram link to the blog but please do check it out, would be much appreciated – forthecurious

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies!

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Vilnius, Lithuania

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On the 17th of October 2015, I explored 24 hours in Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania, a city easy to get around on foot if you don’t mind walking endlessly for an hour or so then take a break somewhere before you start another endless walk.

From the airport, I took a direct bus into the city centre which cost 1 euro and takes approximately 15 minutes. Then I was ready to explore and eat! Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is a street in the Old Town of Vilnius which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Image two are the people to watch the people 😉 The next image are some vibrant baroque architecture buildings which can be seen throughout. Always curious and getting lost in alleyways and those are the magical moments where you can spend many moments wandering through alleyways like image four.

The soup is pink! Oh my, its like bright pink! Wow, its pink! Those were my thoughts when I first saw it! But I love being open to food as its all part of the cultural travel experience. The soup is a traditional cold Lithuanian dish called Sotieji Saltibarsciai and surprisingly tasty. I tried this dish at a restaurant called Dvaras which cost 2.35 euro and the next dish is another traditional Lithuanian dish called Tradiciniai Didzkukulia which has meat inside and cost 3.95 euro. The price tag is affordable to try some delicious dishes when visiting.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a great week! 🙂

 

 

Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Take me anywhere…

On the 10th of October 2015, I travelled to Slovenia for 24 hours solely for the purpose of visiting Lake Bled. I would of loved to stay longer and explore more but due to time constraints I would have to settle for Lake Bled. And it’s definitely not a bad settlement.

I have been longing to see Lake Bled for many years and would always just beam when others would post their photos of the beautiful lake. So when it was my turn, I literally squealed at my first sight of her not a care in the world if people stared because they did.

Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image are some boats being parked on the lake during Autumn. The next image is a view of Bled Castle and the next image is the Church of Assumption which you can visit with an entry fee.

There are no motorised boats allowed on the water, a popular method of travel to the island is by renting a rowing boat which is the fourth image with another solo boat being parked aside in image five. The last image was where I sat for some time just admiring the beauty of nature and Lake Bled watching people fish, read and simply just daydreaming.

I hope you enjoyed this and hope you all have a great week.

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Budapest, Hungary

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They say there’s no rest for the wicked, no wonder I feel so tired.

I flew out to Budapest at 6am on the weekend and spent 24 hours with no booked accommodation. I figured if I was flying back 6am the next morning, I would travel on no sleep. It’s not the first time so I don’t understand why I haven’t learnt my lesson 😉

I work Monday to Friday, hence, for the weekend trip and always look for cheap deals to travel on the weekend when I can. From the airport, I caught a bus and metro (530 HUF together) and decided to get off at Ferenciek Tere from Kobanya-Kispest as there are a street of shops I wanted to browse and it is approximately a 10 minute walk to the famous Chain Bridge and a 20 minute walk to the Parliament House as I wanted to see them first.

Budapest in one word, colourful. So you can imagine my excitement! Even though it rained the whole day which proved somewhat challenging for photography, I couldn’t stop smiling as I would stand under my red umbrella staring at the incredible buildings and streets.

Here are some images I snapped in order; the first image is a view of the Hungarian Parliament from the Chain Bridge and the second image is the Hungarian Parliament from a different perspective. The next two images three and four is the St. Stephen’s Basilica from the outside and a glimpse of the inside. The next image is the Chain Bridge on a rainy dreary day but still spectacular to look at!

Image six is one of my favourite buildings because of the all the colours meshed together and the building is just striking in itself. I love the facade of the windows and the balcony, such gracious style. What a stunning design of the windows with tints of pink in the next image! The last image is now one of my favourite coffee shops anywhere, its called Espresso Embassy which I stumbled upon and I highly recommend it if you’re in need of good coffee, vibe and wifi.

P.S. Apologies for the lack of post lately as I have been pretty busy trying to organise my life (more on that later on a different post) and generally just feeling run down.

I hope you enjoyed this and have an awesome week my lovelies.

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Door Stalking, London part 2

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Can’t stop, won’t stop. Door stalking. Because there is too many beautiful doors and facades in London. I wanted to share some more images I snapped over many weeks as I feel all these doors have their own flair and its too stylish not to share.

I absolutely adore the first image as they are complementary neighbourhood numbers. The colour blue represents the colour of the sky and sea and tends to signify faith and trust and has a positive affect to the mind and body as it produces a calmness. The colour pink represents universal love and tends to signify affection and inner peace.

If you have ever seen my instagram: forthecurious,  there’s no denying I have a thing for colours! So the next image with the bright red door and blue and yellow wall makes me scream with excitement! I love how there is such a good balance with the colours as they do not overpower each other even with the bright red door as it is a smaller object.

The next image of the round yellow door facade is adorable, it kinda has a medieval yet modern look, the contrast intertwines beautifully. And another yellow door just because I love yellow! This yellow door brings a warm effect against the more neutral wall creating a sense of joy, happiness and energy.

Number one, is in a league of its own with such an enchanting style. J’adore which is french for I love. The last image is almost like a splitting personality but what both colours have in common is that they tend to signify peace. (insert emoticon with love heart eyes)

Hope you enjoyed this extension of door stalking and hope you have a great week my lovelies.

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Door Stalking, London

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The symbolic meaning of doors: ‘I think I deserve something beautiful’ a quote from Eat, Pray, Love.

Sometimes in London I wander around and stalk. Lot’s of stalking. If I had a dollar for every time I stalked, I would probably have 100 dollars. Don’t worry, its all harmless, its door stalking. How can you resist temptation when London is filled with so many beautiful doors with such character. Here are some images I snapped around over many weeks and wanted to share it because its too stylish not to.

The first door is my favourite door in Chelsea and I really think we are made for each other 😉

I love the next image of the yellow and orange doors right next to each other as they are complementary neighbours. How cute is the matching doors and window in the next image against the green and white! The next image I feel is an understated door but I love the look of enchantment just above and the plant on the left side and the front along with the colours of green and pink, everything just matches perfectly and has a pleasant subtle effect.

The next image of the two different shades of blue of the door and wall is quite bold and strong so to balance it out all you need is a simple black classy lamp on the side to finish off the touch. I thought the red and black doors next to each other was interesting in the last image as both colours have something in common, these colours tend to signify ‘power’ and yet there such a great contrast.

I hope you enjoyed this and hope you all have a great week! 🙂

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

London Wandering & Townske

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Hello!

I wanted to share some images I snapped around London either by foot or bus view which are my two favourite ways of getting around. The first photo is a black and white image of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage and the second image is a bus view. The next image has been given the nickname the ‘Walkie Talkie’ a skyscraper in Central London which looks like an old Nokia mobile phone.

The fourth image is the world-famous dome known as St Paul’s, an iconic and famous feature of London’s national identity. Quickly snapped this bird soaring past the giant Ferris Wheel, the London Eye or Millennium Wheel. The next image is a bus view of Nelson’s Column a monument in Trafalgar Square to mark Horatio Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. A ‘just married’ bus as seen in Chelsea, West London.

On a side note, I am honoured to be a publisher on Townske, check it out here: townske.com/Forthecurious

I hope you enjoyed this and have a great week my lovelies wherever you are in the world!

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Dusseldorf, Germany

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Shouldn’t life be our favourite adventure?

On Saturday 22nd of August 2015, I spent 24 hours in Dusseldorf one of Germany’s wealthiest cities which is posh and modern hypotonized by striking architectures, buzzing nightlife and businesses. Many locals enjoy their social life alongside the Rhine River which boasts many restaurants and bars and when you can get a view of the sunset as seen above, I can understand why.

Here are some images I snapped in order; The Rhine River Bridge, the next two photos are the beautiful Hofgarten Park, don’t forget to always look up as the sun shines on myself, reflection of the Gourmet Festival, a happy child getting a balloon from a clown, distinct architecture building, a man peering out and the charmful windows, the people watching the people 😉

And the last two photos is the amazing sunset at the Rhine River as I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I watched it go down.

I really hoped you enjoyed this and hope you have a great week!

Danke, thank you.

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Brighton, England

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We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.

Yesterday, I made a spontaneous trip to Brighton which is a seaside resort located on the South Coast of England. Brighton is picturesque, vivid and dynamic. It should be added to your bucket list of places to visit. Admittedly, being an Australian I did scratch my head at the sight of pebbles at the sea when I visited for the first time about a year ago, but I warmed up to the idea the second time round 😉

Here are some images I snapped in order; Brighton Pier, Brighton Wheel and the seagulls, Brighton Wheel and the clouds, Brighton Wheel and the crowd, sea and the pebbles, coloured Victorian homes which are part of the conservation, my fish and chips which I ate by the sea, although half way through eating I decided to run down to the water to take a quick picture only to come back with seagulls finishing off the other half 🙂 (gosh, they are quick!)

The next picture is a view of the sea and lastly my beloved coffee which I had at Bond St Coffee a really laid back place to chill.

Hope you enjoyed this and have a lovely week!

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Richmond, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I spent some time at Richmond upon Thames which is one of London’s most attractive borough, a favoured retreat of Royalty and also amongst the rich and famous.

Richmond will offer a sense of instant relaxation with its charm, park life, chilled atmosphere with lots of cafes and restaurants around. The River Thames crosses through Richmond town centre, Kew Gardens and Central London. You can travel by boat along the Thames which will give you a different perspective of attractions.

Here are some images I snapped on a beautiful Summer’s day in London. I hope you enjoy them and have a lovely week.

🙂

x

 

 

My hood, London #2

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Hello

I wanted to share some photos of what I got up to this weekend in my hood in West London.

Here are some images I snapped in order; green vintage car #sointoyou, hot wheels, the next two photos are both street views of Chelsea homes, blue car, acquainted homes, my lover the coffee, gelato from Amorino with flavours consisted of pistachio, dark chocolate and tiramisu (the best combination). Go on, lick the screen. Just make sure no one is around 😉

Fish and chips stall, my mini cod and chips and talented musicians all at the Chelsea market. There are other great street foods on offer such as oysters, pastries, cheese, burgers and international food from Japan, Africa and Turkey to name a few.

A very cool pink vintage car #sointoyou

And lastly, a fitting quote, “have a wild weekend” everyone and enjoy your week.

🙂

x

 

 

Italy, Venice

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I am playing catch up and wanted to share some photos of my second trip to the magical city of Venice in Italy back on the 1st of March 2014.

The first four photos including photo six and seven show the marvel of Venice, a city on water and it’s entirety listed as a World Heritage Site. The fifth photo is myself trying on a beautiful masquerade and the last photo is also myself with a shining nose after I quickly ran into a coffee shop as it started pouring rain. Naturally.

I hope you enjoy the photos and your week. 🙂

x

My Hood, London

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Hello

Hope everyone had a lovely week!

I wanted to share some images I snapped of ‘my hood’ and also what I got up to this week.

In order of images; the first four photos are a palette of colourful homes and street views, the popular South Kensington with crowds having breakfast, brunch or dinner with the Natural History and V&A museum nearby, a no entry door, my one and only coffee, the absolutely delicious tuna wrap with wasabi sauce (the what is that spot?!) I know you just want to eat the screen 😉

And lastly that’s me, peace out and enjoy your week! 🙂

x