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.

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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Finally, a post about Florence! Our trip to Florence was only for three nights, and it was three weeks ago, but I still wanted to write about it, of course. There aren’t photos of absolutely everything I’ve described, but I picked out some nice ones. We did visit a lot of museums in Florence, some more interesting than others, but at least we can say we’ve done them all.

I also bought a pair of brogues in Florence, which still have to make their way into a Fashion Friday outfit some time soon. I feel like they are the last shoes I will ever need.

And so, Florence: the city I feel needed just a little more time to fully appreciate.

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I won’t bore you all: Venice was probably my least favourite part of our trip. I found it really underwhelming, not very impressive, and run down with tourists. It was quieter in some streets but also smelly in some places. It was hard to find good food. I had a very disappointing and tasteless alio olio – you’d think it would be hard to mess up an oil-based (instead of sauce based) pasta! But I still got a select few nice photos of the city, and I am very sure it would be more enjoyable in a cooler season, so take my experience with a grain of salt.

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By golly does it feel good to be in Singapore eating Asian food right now. Please don’t take any offence, but my body is not used to eating so much pasta and it really filled me up during our trip! It was amazingly delicious, though, and some meals were better than others. We had a lot of three-course lunches and dinners, and way too much carbohydrate to process, so now it is relieving to be having cuisine I am a little more used to.

I wanted to recount our trip to Italy in one post, but I have decided to split it up. I am posting this detailed post about Varenna about two weeks since we were there, but even so, I would love to answer any questions you have about the places I visited. 🙂

Read on to see more photos and read about our adventures!

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We visited Varenna over a week ago but it’s time for another Fashion Friday post. This is one of those posts that focuses a little less on the outfit and makes use of the surroundings and its architecture or nature. In this case, it’s a bit of both, as Varenna sits on Lake Como, but the villa we shot this in also has some stone steps and pillars.

I’m missing my Achievement Unlocked for June, but it’ll be posted some time in the next week, promise! There are more travel photos and blog posts to be shared, and I’m doing my best to keep them not-so-wordy. 😉

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