Crudeness of Art

“Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” – George Bernard Shaw On close inspection undepicted in the pictures, passers-by have scribbled crass comments below the masterpieces. Which I could not understand. Which drove me senseless. An approval of ribaldry? Or a subversion of the fact ordinary humans cannot accept the salacious […]

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 metal […]

Globalization is…

…having Hong Kong crispy duck for supper, grilled Frankfurters on a bun for lunch, and Thai rice noodles (phad si eiw) with Tom Yam-based steamboat and crispy chicken green curry for dinner. All these along the same stretch of restaurants in a town village of Germany! Not to mention having our fair share of the […]

Micro-Chip, Macro Dreams

Could somebody invent a micro-chip for our brains, to programme us in such a way we can speak all the languages we will ever need? Frustrates me soooo so much that I can’t speak German, and I’m in Frankfurt where everybody rattles off in their native tongue and all I can mumble back are Guten […]

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, […]

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 a […]

5 Ways to Wear your Dr Martens: A LOOKBOOK compilation

1. Colour Block Clashin’ 2. Goth Preppy 3. Delicately Grungy 4. Aztec and Leather 5. Punk Denim

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. […]

Travel-diary: Beautiful Graffiti in Salzburg

Random Graffiti along an underpass in Salzburg, Austria Sound of Music themed, and Mozart-inspired graffiti – too pretty, I had to take photos! Freedom of artistic expression – truly liberating.

Travel-diary: Salzach River, Salzburg Austria

Along Makartsteg, a bridge over the Salzach River: It is the ‘Pont Neuf’ of Salzburg’s city centre, where lovers lock down physical embodiments that signify the fidelity of their love. Makartsteg Bridge was named after the 19th century Historicist painter Hans Makart, born and raised in Salzburg, who became famous as a painter of the Viennese […]

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 The very garden where Sound of Music was filmed Gates to the horticultural masterpiece Mirabell Palace, which houses the offices of Salzburg’s mayor and the municipal council The palace where flowers […]

Travel-diary: Biergarten Hofbrauhaus

Fun fact: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived around the block from the Hofbrauhaus in the late eighteenth century. Mozart revealed in a poem to have written the opera Idomeneo after several visits to the beer hall. The place for beer lovers For the love of meat And the famous German pork knuckles Digging in! Basically a […]

Travel-diary: Asians in Munich

Touched down on the third largest city in Germany, the host city of the 1972 Summer Olympics, with the cutest city motto: München mag dich, which literally means Munich loves you. On the first day, we had lunch at Dachau Station, KZ-Gedenkstätte, in which our Döner (kebab) came in colossal proportions! Our stop where we touched down […]

Travel-diary: Dachau Concentration Camp, Munich

Exceedingly bright and cloudless summer day spent at Dachau, Germany’s longest running Jewish concentration camp Here we are at the gate, where 60,000 Jews entered but never left. (admittedly, we look a tad too happy for the solemnity, but it’s a tourist thing) To be honest it could be a lovely walk in the park […]