I will be writing more about this Bail vacation in my later post. Where did we go? What big thing happened there, and lessons that I have learnt.
Also, I will be mainly blogging about fashion clothing and interior design. Clothes that I wear & interior design inspiration.
Begin of my fashion study at The Fashion Institute in Sydney.
Daily life update of foodie and life back to my lovely hometown – HONG KONG. Hopefully more and more traveling posts! I am more than appreciating people who comes across to my newbie blog – “skim flat white”. Thank you so much for the interest and support. For those who are curious why is it called skim flat white. Closest friends might find out because it is the one & only coffee I would drink. Stick with SKIM FLAT WHITE :) ktx Very nice shots! :) Check out Skim Flat White !
Back when we were in Spain I wrote a post entitled “Barcelona Doesn’t Suck”, in which I explained Amanda’s fierce and irrational hatred of Barcelona. She shares the same feelings towards Athens, except stronger – once when she was there, she “got a disease on her legs” which made them swell up and turn into cylindrical cankles for a week. She describes the city in a manner that would make you envision it as a sort of Brazilian favella instead of the cradle of Western civilization as we know it, and actually refused to even stop there – but lucky for me, Kathleen is a rational human being, so we outvoted her and checked ourselves in for a couple of nights.
My verdict, unbiased by purported but undiagnosed leg diseases: Athens is great. It’s the sort of place that makes me feel like a real dipshit, and for good reason. First of all, there’s about three thousand years of human history, well preserved and on display, that’s easily walkable in a day. Second of all, there’s that fantastic Greek alphabet with all of it’s fancy characters – that’s the part that really does it for me, actually. See, for six years I studied engineering at the University of Alberta, taking countless courses in mathematics and every branch of science imaginable. In all of these courses, characters from the Greek alphabet were used to represent variables and mathematical constants, the vast majority of which I have long forgotten. As a result, every time I read a Greek word, I’m reminded of just how much of my education has leaked out of my skull like water through a cauldron as I recognize the letters but fail to fully recall their significance. Seeing those words chiseled onto the side of a two thousand year old stone column just compound the effect, making me realize what an insignificant sack of carbon I really am in the grand scheme of things. Few cities can have that effect on a person so easily. Athens is one of them.
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Baker’s Hill is another tourist destination in Sta Monica, just a few minutes away from Mitra Ranch, and is popular for the bakery goods one can buy as pasalubong (homecoming gift) such as cookies, crinkles, hopia, and a lot more confectionery items. What started out as a simple bakery has been extended into a mini park, with nice landscaping and a lot of statues/figures perfect for camera-addicts. They also have a viewing deck, with a similar view as the one you can see from Mitra Ranch. Inside there are also a few stalls for drinks, food, and even souvenir shirts.
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We took the day to relax on a ferryboat tour of the Bosphorus. An hour and a half up the strait, an hour and a half back down. In between the boat rides, I walked with students up a mountain to see the Yoros Castle (Yoros Kalesi). It was a trek, no doubt – sweaty and hot, no clouds to block the sun – and when we saw closed doors at the peak, I worried they would be disappointed. Almost ready to head back down, to relax with nargile by the water, I tried banging on the door a few times. A man opened it furtively. I begged him, in broken but desperate Turkish, to let the students in two explore. “Just two minutes!”
“In two minutes, I will lock this door and go to lunch. Two minutes!”
The students rushed past the door, ooh-ing and ahh-ing at the thin strips of land that give shape to the Black Sea. Hundreds of ships, tiny like ants, waited their turn to pass into the Dardanelles. After a few minutes of jumping around and snapping group photos, we hustled out of the castle area, but continued to wander. Rufus, a stray dog, guided us down the mountain.
Perseverance, y’all – it pays off.
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Given Thailand is 95 percent Buddhist, there are of course hundreds of Bangkok temples — known in Thai as “wats.”
Some are small, located far down tiny sois and well out of the way of tourist traffic. Others are part of massive complexes filled with halls, schools and revered statues, earning them a place in all the Bangkok guidebooks.
We visited the famous Wat Pho and Wat Traimit.
Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the oldest and largest Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It is home to more Buddha images than any other Bangkok temple and it shelters the largest Buddha in Thailand.
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I can not believe another week has flown by. I really have no idea where time is going! At least it will be the weekend soon which means I could get use out of this lovely Kate Spade hat while tanning in the next couple days.
This was my first floppy hat purchase and I am glad I got it. It is the perfect size and color for any occasion. Luckily, I got the hat on sale! Kate Spade usually has great deals on their sporadic sales. I was glad I got a hold of this one.
This tunic of mine is so colorful and perfect for summertime. Even though summer has come to an end, it was a great top for the Bahamas.
Climbing these rocks were annoying but it had to be done to get a great picture, obviously! It was a gorgeous day out as well which made it even better to have a mini photo shoot ;)
Unfortunately, my pink hat is no longer available but here is one in black that’s similar. Y’all probably think I’m crazy or something for literally wearing my jacks everywhere I go but they are one of my favorite pairs of sandals so I can not get enough of them!!
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We arrived in Boracay at around 11 am. After checking in and having lunch, we immediately changed to our beach clothes and headed to our first adventure – parasailing!
We were actually lucky to have someone to guide us to sign up for cheaper adventure fees. We got package deals and such. We rode on a speedboat from the shore to the station in the middle of the sea. Okay, so our first adventure was actually riding the speedboat. Parasailing came in next. Lol!
Being suspended high up in the air, you get to appreciate God’s majesty and creation in a different perspective. The multihued seas, the refreshing green mountains, and the blindingly yet beautifully white sands were perfect in aerial view. And the wind, the wind that can sway us from left to right. I cannot understand how this was only a minute portion of the world when it was actually very wide. Everything is just beyond comprehension.
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Hanoi: pretty, charming, slightly communist, dusty, reminiscent, historical, bustling, small, growing. Thought I’d share a few thoughts and tips for anyone thinking of doing this trip.
When I went December 2013/January 2014
When to go I’m not sure if I would advise travelers to come to Northern Vietnam during winter season. Although what the Northern Vietnamese would call ‘winter’ is quite mild in comparison to other places (like, say, Beijing), the cold can be a inhibiting especially if you’re planning to do the Halong Bay and Sapa side trips.
For the first time in 50 years, in fact, it snowed in Vietnam (northwest region), which stopped us from doing the Sapa tour. I read that it can be quite miserable in the area during winter – you will barely see anything because of the fog/mist, and heating is inadequate; luxury accommodations are supposedly unheard of, so you won’t have the comforts of a warm and cozy place. Well, that decided it for me. For us (my family and I), actually. No way were we venturing into snow flurries – I had left Hong Kong for Southeast Asia to escape the cold, and here I was…
In Halong Bay, meanwhile, you won’t be able to swim, sunbathe, or whatnot at wintertime. I can imagine what it would be like during the summer (the full moon parties of Koh Phangan in Thailand come to mind) – but then again, we were on a family trip, so we were fine without. Also, the waters of Halong Bay were much too murky for me to even want to dip into anyway… (I’m from the Philippines, so I’m spoiled as hell when it comes to beaches and sea water).
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