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

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 🙂

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 

Its been one year since London…

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Twenty years from now you will only be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the train winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover – Mark Twain.

It’s been one year since moving back from London. Oh how time flies. So it only seemed fitting to share some happy captures of my wanders. The iconic Big Ben with that rare blue sky 😉 Wandering around Westminster, I quickly crossed the road and stood in the middle of the island as I had seconds to capture the famous red bus with the backdrop of the beautiful big trees. The stunning architectural design of a transparent roof by Sir Norman Foster in the Great Court created more light and more open space which has preciously been closed off, seen in image 3.

And no adventure is without coffee. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this edition and have a lovely 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 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.

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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

 

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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