[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”

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)”

Sausalito – Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (III)

Took a snapshot at this lovely residential estate cum diner by the bay! Loving how the baby blues of the house were in perfect pastel harmony with the cloud-streaked blues of the skies and crystal clear turquoise of the sea. We were finally in Sausalito, after biking from the pier, then across the Golden Gate Bridge!Continue reading “Sausalito – Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (III)”

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (II)

Part 1 saw us through the journey from Pier 39, and in Part Deux we finally peddled past the threshold and across 1.7 miles of galvanized steel! We did it – was my first thought, taking the first step onto the gate. The 2 of us only just saw the gate from the start-point milesContinue reading “Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (II)”

Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

Friends, I can finally say that I’ve been to Hong Kong. Cannot believe that for the past 4 – 5 times I’ve been here for work / holiday, I’ve never made it up to the highest mountain (1,811 ft) on Hong Kong island!! It was close to 9 p.m. when we dropped Samantha back at ourContinue reading “Victoria Peak, Hong Kong”

Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden

Evening cuppa at Charles Dickens Coffee House! This was once the busy office where Dickens published his periodical All The Year Round from 1859 until his death in 1870. I sipped on weak herbal tea with milk and had a slice of cheesecake to calm a crazy stream of thoughts. Can’t even begin to count the reasons whyContinue reading “Charles Dickens Coffee House, Covent Garden”

The Love Lockdown

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 metalContinue reading “The Love Lockdown”

The Secret Rathaus Glockenspiel

Ever wondered what lies behind and inside the famous clock tower of Munich? Well, here’s a glimpse! A cafè/pub/restaurant lies within stone-grey walls, hidden away from the world that is watching the fairy stales spin atop the tower’s clock. xoxo, Viktoria Jean

Rathaus Glockenspiel, Munich

What comes to mind when you think of Munich? Longchamp and Rimowa!! And well, for me it’s the Marienplatz clock tower. This grandeur never fails to give me the chills! My goal next year is to photograph the Rathaus Glockenspiel in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. So far, I’ve only done Summer and Autumn. xoxo,Continue reading “Rathaus Glockenspiel, Munich”

London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts

Shops like these you’ll never find them in Asia. Especially where I come from, space is so constrained that anything below 3-floors will be extinct in the next 5 years or so. Baffled by re-modelling works of architecture in the European cities where its aesthetic appeal lies in its vintage houses! Swarovski is sandwiched betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: Vintage Shopfronts”

London Lovin’: Time is Immemorial

One thing I’ve come to realise about most European cities: they have clocks or clock towers in almost every street. War Memorials too, it seems they value their history as much as time is immemorial. Says a lot about its people being proud of their history. xoxo, Viktoria Jean

London Lovin’: City Grandeur

Overeager to see everything on my first trip to London, I took to exploring West End on foot. My fingers were working the shutter overtime, attempting to capture everything. Which I soon realised was impossible! Damn, the rush to see it all wasn’t worth it. Why click fast and leave for another touristy scene, onlyContinue reading “London Lovin’: City Grandeur”

London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place

The plethora of alfresco dining choices had me drawn in. The colourful interior beyond its ‘landmark purple clock’ delivered its promise of an eclectic shopping mix, right up the alley where London’s best bars and restaurants laid in wait. St Christopher’s Place sits at the heart of the West End and can be found betweenContinue reading “London Lovin’: St Christopher’s Place”

Videopress: Christchurch, New Zealand

Took this whilst in Christchurch last month, on a chilly early November morning. Wholesome sounds of nature only, hence the chirping birds and ear-popping winds. Still getting the hang of videopress-ing on my camera and phone; pardon me if the travelogue is a tad shaky!

London Lovin’: Covent Garden

What exactly is in Jamie Oliver’s Secret Basement? Found this green door whilst exploring the outskirts of Covent Garden!! When the celebrity chef bought an old bank building in Manchester, his workers uncovered old Joy Division and New Order master tapes, as well as a million dollars worth of treasures (including gold, jewelry and aContinue reading “London Lovin’: Covent Garden”

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’: Windswept

Good morning London! My face is so not ready to see the world, but this face is so ready to brace the autumn winds hitting the streets today at 24km/h. I’ve heard that some flights leaving London were cancelled in lieu of bad weather. Ironically I’m hoping it stays this way! Have prepared a readyContinue reading “London Lovin’: Windswept”

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”

Book Review: I Heart Vegas

Published by Harper, 2011 Unemployed: check. Deportation notice: check. Next stop: Las Vegas! Best friend Jenny treats Angela to a weekend at Vegas with her new room-mate, supermodel Sadie. Concurrently, Jenny’s ex-boyfriend Jeff, currently engaged, takes his posse on a stag night slash strip-club weekend to Vegas. Something smells fishy…or does it? The chapel ofContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Vegas”

Book Review: I Heart Paris

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks Date Published: January 1st 2010 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Yes I truly heart Paris! With all due bias, this is my favorite in the series. Set in my dream city to live in someday, the third installation captures the mystery and allure of Paris. The Alex/Angela relationship takes a nosediveContinue reading “Book Review: I Heart Paris”