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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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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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.

🙂

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! 🙂