The Love Lockdown

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Eiserner Steg Frankfurt

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Couples lock down their vows over the Eiserner Steg in Germany, which stands proud over River Main linking Frankfurt’s city centre to the district of Sachsenhausen. Another lover’s bridge marked with everlasting passion symbolized by the act of locking with a sense of resilient security and firm, unyielding permanence. The irony of these very metal locks surviving way past expiry of its owners’ heartfelt promises, we may never know.

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Once you look beyond the riveted steel truss, everything else can be forgotten. The scene of River Main from the centre of the bridge took my heart and mind away, just for a little while.

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Eiserner Steg
Mainkai, 60311 Frankfurt,
Germany

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

Swans at Schloss Leopoldskron

A glimpse of the rococo villa from the bank across, while surrounded by a gorgeous bevy of swans. Contrary to popular belief, the Schloss Leopoldskron palace was never used as the Von Trapp villa in Robert Wise’s Sound of Music!

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Leopoldskron Palace is privately owned and not accessible to the general public, unless you’re a registered resident of the castle accommodations.

Schloss Leopoldskron River Palace
We were in Salzburg mid-September while temperature hasn’t descended to an insane low, though dark clouds and rain weren’t merciful enough to spare us.

Swans Schloss Leopoldskron
One of 3 scenes filmed here was of Julie Andrews and the children falling into the Leopoldskroner Weiher. I remember that so well now!

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Sound of Music Tour
Our larger-than-life, don’t-seem-like-she’s-been-doing-this-everyday-for-twenty-years tour guide.

Swans at Schloss Leopoldskron

Schloss Leopoldskron Swans riverside

Schloss Leopoldskron Salzburg

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Friends who were excited at meeting swans who aren’t people-shy.

Schloss Leopoldskron
Leopoldskronstraße 56-58
5020 Salzburg

xoxo,
Viktoria Jean

For the Love of Music

Inspired by LP Cover Lover, an amazing site containing the world’s greatest collection of record album covers from the golden age of LPs, I checked out Amoeba Music on my recent trip to San Francisco.
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Occupying a 24,000 square foot former bowling alley on the eccentric Haight-Ashbury district, Amoeba Music is the world’s largest independent record and vinyl music store. The sheer size is insane. I literally had a jaw-drop moment when I saw floor to ceiling shelves chocked full of CDs, cassettes and records.
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If my parents had still kept their vinyl from the ’70s I would have considered getting the players
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Despite the impossible size, the store is impressively well-organized.
Just look at their cassettes collection.
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And from these books you can check if your desired CDs are available.
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I went with a bunch of people who weren’t planning on returning empty-handed, so we spent an entire afternoon flipping through records and grooving to the tracks on free-listening stations.

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Now, onto the amazing LP Covers I’ve found!
Here you go, LP cover lovers.
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Despite getting lost in the store for hours, I’ve barely touched the tip of the iceberg. There are too much awesome stuff in here.
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Amoeba Music even stocks up on AudioBooks
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Amoeba Music’s selection of vintage gig posters and ’70s pinup printables was just as impressive as their music collection.
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Madonna’s 1987 gig at Madison Square Garden.
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THE ROLLING STONES
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THE BEATLES
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Even Elvis Presley
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We barely grazed the punk, rock and roll section and already the sun was setting.
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If you’re here on a collector’s mission, do plan a list of records you’re looking for!
For non-LP-collectors like me, you’ll never know what you’ll unearth amongst the mountains of vintage and contemporary music. Art, loads of hidden jems, crazy album covers (and apparently loads of dust, true to a vintage store). This place is truly holy ground for music fanatics.

1855 Haight St
(between Shrader St & Stanyan St)
San Francisco, CA 94117

Photo-diary: Island Life, Maldives

The beauty of Maldives never fails to take my breath away
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Honestly would love to stay on this island and work for peanuts,
if it means that I get to see this every day of my life.
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Also, Kurumba Maldives is a crazy good place for getaways! It has 2 outdoor freshwater pools, 3 tennis courts, a yoga pavillion, spa and a fitness centre. Snorkeling was insanely fun, because you don’t even need to be a good swimmer – the crystal clear water in the lagoon sort of buoys you up naturally.
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Kurumba Island
Vihamanafushi
08340, Maldives

Travel-diary: Mirabellgarten of Salzburg, Austria

Gorgeous flowers in a heart of a beautiful city.
Couldn’t help falling in love with the immaculate garden, the Papagena fountain and greenhouse Orangerie  photo DSCN3291.jpg

The very garden where Sound of Music was filmed
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Gates to the horticultural masterpiece
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Mirabell Palace, which houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and the municipal council
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The palace where flowers are so well-kept and completely photogenic
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The Grand Parterre is embraced by a marble railing decorated with vases by Fischer von Erlach.
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On the balustrades themselves you will see statues of Roman gods from 1689: Diana, Flora, Minerva, Ceres, Pomona. Venus, Vesta, Juno and Chronos, Bacchus, Jupiter, Mars, Hercules, Vulcan, Hermes and Apollo. These statues were made by B. van Opstal.
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With my awesome Salzburg companions: Grace and Samm!
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The Pegasus Fountain, a work by Kaspar Gras from Innsbruck, installed in 1913. The four groups of statues around the fountain were sculpted by Ottavio Mosto in 1690 and symbolize the 4 elements: fire, air, earth and water.
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Open year-round, the Mirabell Palace and Gardens are free to the public! A really short walk to the east from Salzach River and a great way to rest your feet, away from the hustle and bustle of town. Am so glad to have finally found my way here 🙂

Travel-diary: Red Square, Moscow

Hello from Moscow!
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It’s been raining a lot when we arrived, unfortunately we chose a damp, drizzly and cold summer day to go to Red Square at the heart of the city.
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BUT it was pretty much worth it.
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80% of the architecture here have that Turkish/Middle Eastern influence, or perhaps it is the other way round.
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FYI this is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
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Mandatory shot: been there, done that 😀

Travel-diary: Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio

Built circa 1080
Milan, Northern Italy
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The walls of the Basilica
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The confession chamber.
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There’s something about churches that illuminate the unspeakable calm
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One does not need to be of a certain religion to appreciate the beautiful monotony of rites
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The Basilica also houses the tomb of Emperor Louis II, who died in Lombardy in 875.
A crypt built in the 9th Century houses the remains of three venerated saints: Ambrose, Gervasus and Protasus.
It just didn’t feel right to take any photos of the bodies and urn.

Outside on the church grounds:
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An afternoon of absolute peace and zen, navigating my way around the church-grounds amidst curious stares from locals on religious missions.
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Catholic University of the Sacred Heart)
stone’s throwaway from the church
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The smell of books, libraries, canvas satchels and sneakers…
reminiscence of a life I already miss.

Adam Sackler vs Lee Kwang Soo

Does anyone else see what I see?
Adam Sackler (of HBO girls) could totally be Running Man Kwang Soo’s doppelgänger!!

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KWANGSOO

Defintely some kickass similarities there

P.S. Watching HBO girls season 2 in bed.
Very tickled by Adam, Lena Dunham’s brooding antihero love interest

 

Travel-diary: Melbourne

Perhaps I’m not too much of a winter person. Hiding from the incessant drizzle in the heated warmth of the hotel just shows what a coward I am!

Checked in at Rendezvous Melbourne in the evening. Dinner was at Nando’s, before bumming with Rena and watching Running Man till we almost dropped dead from laughing and fatigue.
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Breakfast-ed at Straits Cafe the next morning, then took a tram up to Victoria Market with Zen and Sean.
The market is where  organic fruits, sausages, raw meat and local dairy products are rumoured to be the freshest and most sought-after.
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Bought a bag of my favourite macadamia nuts and as usual, tasted the local coffee! (Still wildly in love with Italian Caffe Shakerato)
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Also nibbled on some local chocolates, ribs and sausages… Has it been scientifically proven that taste buds do get frozen in the cold? Because sadly, mine were practically in winter hibernation.photo 2 (2)

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Melbourne is high on my list of places admired for its serenity 🙂

Till we meet again~

and a new chapter of our lives begin

We’ve come sucha long way baby…
I’m happy for all of us

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Taller than Roomie  in my heels *evil cackle*
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With Krispy the graduated ‘senior’ teehee. Congratulations Joyce and Enqi!!! *grouphug* :”)

My throw-hat moment tomorrow &…
I don’t have the freaking guts to do anything crazy, in front of 1000 graduands,
like the guy today who flashed his Bollywood skills to the Prof hahaha.

Fresh new start?

P.S. Photos courtesy of MRSMICKY 🙂