Adventure · Asia · Hong Kong · Macau · Travel

[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

Asia · Macau · My life · Travel

[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 you… Continue reading [MACAU] oo4. THE ISLAND IN 20 PICS

Adventure · Asia · Macau · My life · Travel

[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

Asia · Macau · My life · Travel

[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 steps… Continue reading [MACAU] oo2. RUINS OF ST. PAUL’S | MUSEUM OF MACAU

Asia · Macau · My life · Travel

[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 grabbed… Continue reading [MACAU] oo1. OF EGGTARTS, GRAFFITI AND ALL THINGS YUMMY

Europe · Greece · Santorini · Travel

[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 forgot… Continue reading [SANTORINI] oo8. SNAPSHOTS & FLASHBACKS

#mood · My life · Silhouettekiss

[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

Adventure · Asia · Korea · Travel

This is HELLO and GOODBYE

Bidding farewell to the room and bed @ BLU Home Guesthouse that has kept me warm and well-rested for the past 6 nights. And this is me saying: HELLO JEJU ISLAND!   Embracing the next part of my adventure with KRISPY in Jeju!! Will meet her at Gimpo airport before our flight, and since I'm checking… Continue reading This is HELLO and GOODBYE

Asia · Café · Cafés - Seoul · Korea · Travel

Hello Kitty Cafe | 헬로키티카페 홍대점

Two years ago I was wildly excited to come into Hello Kitty Cafe in Hongdae. Two years later, I'm mildly amused by how ugly their kitty-shaped waffles have become. The insanely pink stand-alone building is still a popular tourist attraction (cue an aggressive horde of multi-lingual Kitty fanatics), and always will remain a novelty this… Continue reading Hello Kitty Cafe | 헬로키티카페 홍대점

San Francisco · Travel · USA

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)

San Francisco · Travel · USA

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)

San Francisco · Travel · USA

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 miles… Continue reading Biking the Golden Gate Bridge | Part (II)

Café · Cafés - Copenhagen · Cafés - Europe · Copenhagen · Europe · Travel

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 French… Continue reading La Galette, Copenhagen

Café · Cafés - Copenhagen · Cafés - Europe · Copenhagen · Europe · Travel

The Living Room, Copenhagen

Cafè culture in Copenhagen is amaaaazing! Touched down in the morning at 6am, slept for 3hrs, until the silence of the hotel room made me so darn restless. So, I embarked on the list of coffee-places I wanted to visit! First stop: The Living Room @ Larsbjørnstræde. The street is lined with indie cafès, vintage… Continue reading The Living Room, Copenhagen

Europe · Food heaven · London · Travel

London Lovin’: Wafflemeister

Amidst the London rush hour, the lost tourist a.k.a Viktoria Jean was trying to get to the ice-cream store just across the street on South Kensington. At 6pm in the evening, walking against the crowd is no easy feat. Everybody seems to be dashing somewhere, moving fast ahead with their lives, going with the incessant… Continue reading London Lovin’: Wafflemeister

Book Reviews · Musing

Book Review: The State We’re In

Publisher: Headline Review Date Published: 4th July 2013 My Ratings: 7 / 10 Average Goodreads Ratings: 3.9 / 5 SYNOPSIS: What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a life-long optimist,… Continue reading Book Review: The State We’re In

Adventure · Europe · My life · Pictures · Salzburg · Travel

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… Continue reading Travel-diary: Mirabellgarten of Salzburg, Austria

#mood · Adventure · Books · Quote of the Day · Silhouettekiss

vividly awake in every sense

“Time to leave now, get out of this room, go somewhere, anywhere; sharpen this feeling of happiness and freedom, stretch your limbs, fill your eyes, be awake, wider awake, vividly awake in every sense and every pore.” ― Stefan Zweig, The Post-Office Girl

Adventure · Bucket list · Musing · Quote of the Day

the front porch

It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life's betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or… Continue reading the front porch