Category: Travel

Since I wanted to avoid creating a category for each country I visited, I created Travel. That way I can also include posts about local trips or day trips. Some countries that may be mentioned in this category include Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan.

My parents are from Indonesia, and a lot of my family lives there. The last time I visited Indonesia was in 2012, when one of my cousins got married. I don’t really like Indonesia in general, mostly because I get strange looks and weird comments because of my complexion and non-native appearance.

I visited Hong Kong for the second time, in December 2013. I first visited in about 1996 when I was six years old, and apparently lost my first tooth there. I really liked the McDonald’s Happy Meal toys.

I studied Japanese in high school for about four years. I don’t remember very much of the vocabulary, but I have very good reading ability of hiragana and katakana characters. Kanji not so much, though. I visited Japan in 2013. I absolutely adore their cuisine and culture.

Nick and I visited Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth. The only way to get around the island is to drive or ride a bike, so we hired bikes!

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I recount my Sunday in Perth! I explored the city and its tourist attractions on my own. I’ve got a bunch of pictures I took on my phone. I had some great food, saw some great views, and visited a little retro video game museum too.

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I am in Perth today, which is on the other side of Australia. It was a five-hour flight, which was honestly quite pleasant. I spent the afternoon walking around and exploring. But what makes this experience new, beyond the fact that I have never been to Perth before, is that this is the first time I am travelling alone.

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Got a few minutes? Good! Then you can watch this little video Nick and I put together of our trip to Europe and Singapore. It’s under four minutes (promise) and it’s set to one song. Nothing too excruciating, and it’s pretty fast-paced as well. 🙂

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Yaaaaaay finally my Singapore post is hereeeeee!

I have been to Singapore once before, in 2008, with my family. It was around Christmas time, before Marina Bay Sands was around, and we took time to experience a bit of nightlife… mostly eating. 😛 On this trip, we didn’t go out much at night, but we did the obligatory zoo visit, aquarium visit, and garden visits. And had a lot of good food.

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We were only in Milan for a day because we weren’t as keen on exploring it as we were other cities in Italy. We did need to travel to Milan because of its international airport anyway. This is a pretty quick post, but stay tuned for my Singapore post, which should (finally) be around in the next week!

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We visited Rome towards the end of June on our trip to Europe. I’m not sure what the Romans actually do in Rome, but we did visit many of the buildings that were a huge part of their lives. I think it’s amazing that the old buildings still stand. There’s nothing really like that in Sydney, which might explain why I find it so interesting.

Compared to other cities we visited, I didn’t leave Rome with the feeling of wanting to really come back. On the flip side, I feel like it actually had the most sights and experiences that I enjoyed. The Colosseum is a must-see, as is Vatican City, but they were not my favourite parts of the trip…

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Remember that time two months ago when I was ill?

Here we go again.

I went to San Diego for a work trip last week, where we had conferences for two days straight. I was only there for about three whole days, but dealing with the jet lag as well as keeping up with the conferences was a little too much for me to handle, and now I’m not feeling very good at all.

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