[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

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)”

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”

Harbouring Intentions

Strangers of all levels are friends you’ve never met. At the idea of meeting new people I used to panic and worry about letting them come into my life, and for the past year, despite abundances of travel buddies, there are times I’d choose to explore new places alone. However I’ve come to be aContinue reading “Harbouring Intentions”

[THAILAND] o12.Does Nature Imitate Art?

Legend has it: a boat carrying Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) capsized at Ko Samui, killing the old couple who, for their son’s sake, were sailing to Prachuap Khiri Khan to ask for the hand of their in-law’s daughter. The locals believed then that their organs turned into the rock formationsContinue reading “[THAILAND] o12.Does Nature Imitate Art?”

[THAILAND] o10.Lamai Beach Samui

Ever taken a day from work to stroll all morning along the calmest beach on Koh Samui? I love how my traveling job makes it all easy to find myself on an entirely different city from day to day. Yet it makes me appreciative of nature’s beauty on a minuscule scale. I’m all excitement andContinue reading “[THAILAND] o10.Lamai Beach Samui”

[THAILAND] oo9.Leaving on a Jet-Ski

Eight of us embarked on 4-hour jet-ski safari that took us on a tour of 7 of Thailand’s offshore islands. While Josephine maneuvered the ride for the journey to the snorkeling island, I drove both of us back to Koh Samui. We had aching arms for days after the ride. Jet-skiing is such amazing funContinue reading “[THAILAND] oo9.Leaving on a Jet-Ski”

[THAILAND] oo8.CoCo Tam’s Bar, Koh Samui

Day beds, bean bags, egg chairs, shishas and the island’s most varied selection of cocktails on the beachfront: there’s nothing not to love about CoCo Tam’s Bar. The music was sooo good we had to ask the bartenders for their playlist! Ideal for after-dinner chillout drinks, we took a short walk here from H BistroContinue reading “[THAILAND] oo8.CoCo Tam’s Bar, Koh Samui”

[THAILAND] oo5.H Bistro @ Hansar Samui

I’m hella fortunate to have Thai friends who know all the best hideouts and dining places. While waiting for a couple more friends to touchdown in Koh Samui, we dined at the beachfront H Bistro at Hansar Resort. Its French Mediterranean menu boasts the likes of grilled Hokkaido Scallops, pan-roasted Miyazaki sirloin, smoked duck prosciutto,Continue reading “[THAILAND] oo5.H Bistro @ Hansar Samui”

[THAILAND] oo4.Beyond The Sea, Siamese Brasserie

The entire week spent in Koh Samui, we basically feasted all day long on authentic Thai food and fresh-from-the-ocean seafood. The high tides plus bad weather made it nearly impossible for water-sports, so we cancelled our initial plans to take the open-sea scuba-diving license exams. On our first morning we drove to ShaSa Resort forContinue reading “[THAILAND] oo4.Beyond The Sea, Siamese Brasserie”

Island Life: Maldives

Blogging from the island of Samet, Thailand, and I’m dying show y’all pictures of the sun, sand and sea! This would have to wait till I’m back in civilisation. For the moment, my Maldives pictures would have to suffice. Cheers everybody and have a great week ahead! ❤ xoxo, Viktoria Jean

[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’”

Sunset at Swan River

Slow and romantically lone walk along the Swan River waterfront overlooking South Perth.  Sea breeze and its accompanying calm did wonders for the incessant noise in my head, as did the pull of my heart in various messy directions. Loving the bright blue skies, crystal seas and its zen. This is nature at its best;Continue reading “Sunset at Swan River”

Crossing Po River, From Milan to Venice

Four hours in a confined train carriage, and us 3 travel-buddies have seen boredom right down to the essence of jumpy, restless psychosis. Especially since we were headed for Venice! As our train pulled away from the city of Milan, across Po River and into Venice, I had this pretty clip captured and filed awayContinue reading “Crossing Po River, From Milan to Venice”

Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass

I received this book from Beating Windward Press in exchange for an honest review, and here it is! Published October 1st 2012 by Beating Windward Press LLC MY REVIEW: Melanie Neale’s memoir evokes a scenic memory of the Bahamas and Florida – an elusive beginning to a heartbreaking story of growing-up and falling apart inContinue reading “Boat Girl: A Memoir of Youth, Love & Fiberglass”

3 Obvious Reasons to Visit Maldives

1. Sun, Sand, Sea As we approach winter months, basking on the beach has never been more appealing. 2. Maldives is Instagram-Worthy P.S. Do not judge my failed jumpshots please. 3. Snorkeling and other water activities are practically free on most island resorts. Some resorts even provide the equipment and instructors to guide newbies along.Continue reading “3 Obvious Reasons to Visit Maldives”

Photo-diary: I’m in love…with Kurumba Maldives!

Unbolt your main door and this is what you see This world is all kinds of amazingIt’s positively exhilarating to know that the beauty of Maldives is right at your doorstep Complete with sea breeze and utter, remote peace. I’ll always be in love with the skies and the sea. One of my favourite spots:Continue reading “Photo-diary: I’m in love…with Kurumba Maldives!”

Writing Prompt: Mint

Describe the taste of mint, without using the words blue, green, cool or fresh. No, you can’t use “minty” either. — Sarah Selecky You place it gently at the tip of your tongue, slowly wrapping it in a fold, delivering it into the moist cave between your lips as you clench your teeth shut. YouContinue reading “Writing Prompt: Mint”

Photo-diary: Island Life, Maldives

The beauty of Maldives never fails to take my breath away Honestly would love to stay on this island and work for peanuts, if it means that I get to see this every day of my life. Also, Kurumba Maldives is a crazy good place for getaways! It has 2 outdoor freshwater pools, 3 tennisContinue reading “Photo-diary: Island Life, Maldives”