[THAILAND] o16. DAYTRIP TO AYUTTHAYA

40 miles north of Bangkok lies Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, capital of Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. Ayutthaya Kingdom was destroyed in 1767 by Burmese army who took down the city. Ayutthaya, like Rome, has since left most of its ruins within sight. Officially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is its Historical Park, whose ruinsContinue reading “[THAILAND] o16. DAYTRIP TO AYUTTHAYA”

[MACAU] oo5. COAST TO COAST

“To wander is to be alive.” ― Roman Payne, Europa You know how I’m always excited by the sea. Give me a beach vacay anyday! But in Macau, the coast would suffice. These might not have been the best pictures to represent the best days of my life. xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[MACAU] oo4. THE ISLAND IN 20 PICS

Let me take you on a tour of the nondescript: things you won’t see unless on foot, plowing through the city. “It all takes time and lessons and places, but I’m learning to listen to my restless heart, telling me to “go, go, go!” ― Charlotte Eriksson, Another Vagabond Lost To Love: Berlin Stories There youContinue reading “[MACAU] oo4. THE ISLAND IN 20 PICS”

[MACAU] oo3. HORSING AROUND

We regret to interrupt your regularly scheduled travelogue… …to present you with a series of horses… horsing around. In the chinese zodiac I’m born in the year of the horse   I couldn’t resist. Reporting live from Macau Tower! Jean, out! xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[MACAU] oo2. RUINS OF ST. PAUL’S | MUSEUM OF MACAU

Tourists are so darn easy to sniff out. If you’ve been to Macau, you’d know the Ruins of St Paul’s (大三巴牌坊) but a one-sided wall, completely demolished and naked in the back. So the first-timers (like us) would still clamour for pictures with the famed 16th-century complex, an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. 68 stepsContinue reading “[MACAU] oo2. RUINS OF ST. PAUL’S | MUSEUM OF MACAU”

[MACAU] oo1. OF EGGTARTS, GRAFFITI AND ALL THINGS YUMMY

“I looked to the ceiling and told God, “God, next time I want an adventure, strike me with lightning. You have my permission.” ― Kristen Ashley, The Gamble We were crazy for adventure and found our answer in Macau. The idea came like a flash of lightning. So with one day to spare we grabbedContinue reading “[MACAU] oo1. OF EGGTARTS, GRAFFITI AND ALL THINGS YUMMY”

[TAIPEI] oo5. DAZZLING CAFE

Dragging our 20kg luggage through subway stations and streetwalks of Taipei seemed like the best way to work up an appetite. So that day, a native Taiwanese friend, Wesley, met us at the legendary Dazzling Cafe, touted by many food bloggers for their famous ice-cream toasts. And we feasted on this ginormous 3-tiered toast splendidlyContinue reading “[TAIPEI] oo5. DAZZLING CAFE”

[TAIPEI] oo4. FAST & FURIOUS

Sometime at the end of last year, I took a fast, furious and fulfilling trip to Taipei with Elizabeth, one of 2 people I’m so thankful to have met at Singapore Airlines, both of whom are no longer there but are always ‘there’ with me. Taipei is all about the night markets, shopping and foodie-hunts whilst makingContinue reading “[TAIPEI] oo4. FAST & FURIOUS”

[SANTORINI] oo8. SNAPSHOTS & FLASHBACKS

I have been amassing a copious amount of photographs in these two years, it’s no surprise I’ve had to spend hours filtering through terabytes of memories. My favourites are heavily biased toward those taken in Europe, especially Greece and Santorini, and oh, Belgium and Paris too. I think I take too much pride in good photos I forgotContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo8. SNAPSHOTS & FLASHBACKS”

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”

[DIARY] LOVE YOUR IMPERFECTIONS

31 days into 2015 and it has been surreal. I’ve been thankful each day for the people I’ve met, especially to those I’ve learnt to count on for simply being there. The obstacles in my current career are finally levelling out. I’m beginning to understand why some of my colleagues would fall in love with this jet-setting lifestyle. Don’t be fooledContinue reading “[DIARY] LOVE YOUR IMPERFECTIONS”

[SANTORINI] oo6. FOODPORN IN GREECE

xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[SANTORINI] oo5. PHOTODIARY: JOJO BEACH BAR @ PERIVOLOS

xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[DIARY] ONE LESS STRANGER

A sleepless night was spent following tweets on AirBnB’s #OneLessStranger campaign. Tired and insomniac as I was, I couldn’t help applauding the global movement to connect people across cultures, to eliminate the distance we keep with people we don’t intend to know. To be on the receiving end of a thoughtful deed from a stranger – it is a simple,Continue reading “[DIARY] ONE LESS STRANGER”

[SANTORINI] oo4. SIGALAS WINERY

Wine tasting at Sigalas Winery on Santorini Island was followed by a splendid meal at their very own restaurant. Wine with dark chocolates is…simply heaven on earth. Μπαξές, Οία Oia, Greece +30 2286 071644 xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[SANTORINI] oo3. LIVING ON THE EDGE

Sitting on the edge of Santorini’s peak, the dormant volcanoes that we can see are silent with power. The calm blue sea emanates with trillions of years of being. This sense of awe in the face of earth’s grandeur captures what each of us essentially are in the grand scheme of our universe – mere specks ofContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo3. LIVING ON THE EDGE”

[SANTORINI] oo2. ALEXANDER’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL

For 3 days, home was Alexander’s Boutique Hotel, a resort-villa mid-waisted on the slopes along Oia’s breezy coastline. At night, Santorini’s otherwise pitch-black darkness is incandescently lit. A romantic glow permeates the scenic seaside village. At Alexander’s we experienced how it must feel like to reside in a cave! We were checked into 2 rooms: a family suite, asContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo2. ALEXANDER’S BOUTIQUE HOTEL”

[SANTORINI] oo1. THE ELUSIVE SUNSET

I began my journey to Athens in Greece. Everyone who’s ever read a summer issue of Condé Nast Traveller dreams of the perfect Santorini sunset. Elusive is the word: sunset at Santorini isn’t about the picture-perfect moment. It is the breathtaking instance when you first catch sight, with your very own eyes, the illuminated sphere of bright fiery orange, radiating pink atContinue reading “[SANTORINI] oo1. THE ELUSIVE SUNSET”

[PARIS] oo9.THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE

Paris was a dream, and a very beautiful one. The procession at the Arc de Triomphe blew us away with its grandeur and oomph commandeered by top-tiered officials of Parisian council. Hi blogosphere, I’m back. I’ve missed this space, ab imo pectore (from the bottom of my heart). xoxo,Viktoria Jean