[THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS

Following a seafood-induced food coma and a brief exposure to Thai Buddhist rituals at renowned Wat Phanan Choeng, our local Thai friends took us on yet another cultural tour – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, also known as Wat Lokkayasutharam. At this point it would be useful to note there are more than 2 Temples withContinue reading “[THAILAND] o17. AYUTTHAYA – OF RECLINING BUDDHAS AND WISHING WELLS”

10 SECRETS TO GOOD SKIN

Shh… I’m letting you guys in on what I do to keep my skin minimally flawed and young-looking. I’m not without vices – my lifestyle certainly does a great deal of harm to my skin. Constant travelling, difficult climates, dry-air in airplane cabins, late nights, sleepless days, junk food and irregular meals, social drinking and partyingContinue reading “10 SECRETS TO GOOD SKIN”

[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN

Probably the only time you can catch the night scene outside St Peter’s Square is if you spend the night at Vatican City, or if you’re reading this as I’m about to show you a couple of my night scene captures. Outside St Peter’s Basilica on the day we arrived, there was a huge preparationContinue reading “[ROME] A NIGHT AT THE VATICAN”

[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY

Bringing to you a quick showcase of the world’s smallest independent state – all 109 acres (44 hectares) around St. Peter’s Basilica and the palace of the Vatican. In and around are beautifully preserved cultural sites, lush green gardens, and museums which feature some of the world’s most famous sculptures and paintings. Home to architecturalContinue reading “[ROME] 10 SNAPSHOTS OF VATICAN CITY”

[ROME] IN ALL ITS RUINED BEAUTY

What everyone should love about Rome: its historic ruins and scatters of exquisite shambles. Much of this city appears discarded – as if picked apart by fickle historians and deemed unworthy of more than an afterthought. Centuries of time gone by lay preserved in these archived sites, untouched by restoration, that are as common inContinue reading “[ROME] IN ALL ITS RUINED BEAUTY”

[ROME] PIAZZA DEL POPOLO

Flanked by the Via Flaminia, Piazza del Popolo was an important entry point to Rome’s city centre for travellers entering the city via the Adriatic Coast. Today, the piazza still hums with a steady stream of travellers eager to check this off their travel itinerary. We took mandatory shots with Rome’s iconic obelisk which was initially erected toContinue reading “[ROME] PIAZZA DEL POPOLO”

[ROME] THE SPANISH STEPS

We took the best part of an hour to conquer the celebrated Piazza di Spagna, otherwise more fondly known as the Spanish Steps, which rises up towards the Church of Trinità dei Monti. Summer was shrouding us all in killer heatwaves. Nevertheless we managed to revel in the refined, eighteenth century atmosphere, once home toContinue reading “[ROME] THE SPANISH STEPS”

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (IV)

This is the part we say goodbye to an awesome biking expedition: from stopping at various landmarks at San Francisco bay, to biking till the foot of the bridge, and then across the bridge, to exploring the city of Sausalito, I had so much fun that I forgot to feel tired. From the pier at Sausalito,Continue reading “Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (IV)”

La Galette, Copenhagen

If you love pancakes, and the French comic series Asterix, La Galette is the place for you! The place is a well-kept local secret as it is hidden from the sidewalk. Upon seeing the cardboard Asterix cut-out, you need to enter the gates into the yellow building and walk further in. The owners are FrenchContinue reading “La Galette, Copenhagen”

[THAILAND] oo2.Island Lovin’

Headed for Thailand’s Koh Samui with my favourite travel pals in exactly 3 days’!! ❤ So stoked about scuba-diving, and living the island life in my friends’ resort. Also can’t wait to start partying at the local hotspots on Chaweng Beach. On our last trip to Koh Samet, another offshore party island in the Gulf of Thailand,Continue reading “[THAILAND] oo2.Island Lovin’”

Along Salzburg Mondsee

Touring the hills of Salzburg Mondsee. Rain misted up the windows a little so it got somewhat blurry. Nothing beats the crystal clear of the lakes, greenery of the mountains and scattered Mondsee cottages. When in Salzburg, celebrate the Sound of Music. They had us all singing along to Do-Re-Mi!

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

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! Leopoldskron Palace is privately owned and not accessible to the general public, unless you’re aContinue reading “Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg”

Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch

Or rather, the beauty of Peppers Clearwater. Wouldn’t mind waking up to lakes and greens everyday! Facts: The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 185 people. 4,423 earthquakes were recorded in the Canterbury region above a magnitude 3.0, from 4 September 2010 to 3 September 2012. Nevertheless, the city still retains such scenicContinue reading “Travel-diary: the Beauty of Christchurch”

London Lovin’: Notting Hill

Autumn leaves crunching beneath my feet, light rain smattering wet droplets on my leather outer. Can you imagine how happy I was to see the ‘travel bookstore’ with a blue door on Notting Hill? Mostly I was busy snapping pictures, head in the clouds, wishing I could step into a bookstore and meet my personalContinue reading “London Lovin’: Notting Hill”

Book Review: I Heart London

Published June 7th 2012 by Harper Book Number 5 brings Angela back in full circle. She is summoned home for her mom’s 60th birthday party to a weed-rolling dad, and an ex-fiance who still wishes to stick his tongue down her throat. Plus her mom convinced the family and friends to hold the Angela-Alex weddingContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart London”

Watching Snowflakes Fall

My friends amass all kinds of travel trinkets: keychains, fridge magnets, shot glasses, travel mugs, and even Starbucks tumblers with city names. I’ve recently started collecting snow globes, after months of making sure I take a polaroid in every city I travel to, until my 5-year-old White Instax-Mini 25 took its last breath in Perth.Continue reading “Watching Snowflakes Fall”

Book Review: Window (Michele Renae)

I received this book in exchange for a review, and here it is! Date Published: October 22, 2013 My Ratings: 7.5 / 10 “I loved that word: decadent. Unrestrained self-gratification. Indulgence.” Set in modern day France, this contemporary piece is written in sensual prose that tells of a girl starting afresh by moving to Paris.Continue reading “Book Review: Window (Michele Renae)”

Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes

Fedora’s friend Ridge drove us up the coast at Mission Bay – Patteson Avenue which overlooked the active volcano on Rangitoto Island They say, you only live once What with volcanic hazards and possible reawakening of volcanic activity, this place is entirely too beautiful. Then again, beautiful things are dangerous. The Auckland volcanic field isContinue reading “Photo-diary: Rangitoto and Volcanoes”