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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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! 🙂
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.
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.