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.

 

Balmoral Beach, Sydney, Australia

Lifestyle


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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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.

🙂

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

 

St Paul’s Cathedral, London Weekend

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Hope everyone had a lovely week! This weekend I spent relaxing and sitting by the Thames with a coffee in hand. Naturally. On Saturday, London was about the blue sky and big clouds. She showed it off. Naturally.

Here are some images I snapped of some beautiful icons; St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge.

Enjoy 🙂

x

Notting Hill, London

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Hello

Notting Hill is an elegant, colourful and classy area in West London with Portobello Market being very popular  amongst tourists and locals alike. The market is busy and buzzing with many antiques, vintage clothing and jewellery, street food, restaurants and talented musicians doing their thing.

Here are some images I snapped of the stylish area on Saturday with a pit stop at a coffee shop. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and have a lovely week.

Thank you.