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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‘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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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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nam kahn river 

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 / NEGOTIATION A PRICE 

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 
waterfall 1 
waterfall 2
myself at the stunning mother nature
so awesomeee
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.

wat si saket

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.

tuk tuk

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).

pumpkin sclupture
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