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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summer 2012 Photo Diary Part 2: Getting lost in Venezia, Italia!

Last summer also marked the very first time that I've set foot in Italy. I arrived in Venice on a flight straight from the very hectic travelling I've done with Emma in Paris and at that point, my feet were literally begging me to stop moving. Lucky for me and for my feet especially, Venice is a very relaxing city with lots to see and even more to eat! Unlike Paris, the weather was scorching hot and the sea was glistening in the sunlight. We, or rather I came to Venice armed with a very small knowledge of the Italian vocabulary (three to be exact; Prego, Scusi and Grazie -typical I know!), if you don't count the names of the various Italian food or pasta types hehe ;) .

I've always been a fan of Italian food and as soon as we got off from the Vaporetto (the water bus), me and Ems went straight to the first busy Italian restaurant that was really close to where our hotel was located. To be honest, me and Ems were truly disappointed with our first 'Italian' meal in Italy because it was completely tasteless and very expensive. In my opinion, these waterfront restaurants were only 'packed' with people who were very tired and hungry from all the travelling because they were conveniently located next to the main Vaporetto stop in San Zaccaria.

I think the best advice to give to anyone who is going to Venice is to literally 'get lost' within it. You can find so many little treasures on this island if you would just allow yourself a chance to explore, to indulge in your very own curiosity. If one were to venture deeper into the maze-like streets of Venice, one would surely find very exquisite Italian cuisine. The good restaurants or shall I say 'authentic' Italian restaurants are usually located far from the main tourist attractions. These little gems of Venice provide a great service, little to no wait time and very good food at minimal prices. If you're into Murano crafts and jewellery or Venetian Masks, you'll be amazed at the bargains that you can find yourselves in if you would just wander a little more into the narrowest of the Venetian streets.

One of the best places that I've visited in Venice which Im sure Emma would agree with is the Lido beach. We spent two full days there just soaking in the sun, swimming, sipping on Italian slushies and eating pizzas all right there on the beach. We rented our little paddle boat that comes with a slide on both days and had ourselves so much fun!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Summer 2012 Photo Diary Part 1: Destination PARIS

Trodded on French lands for the very first time, sipped on fine French wine, savoured on exquisite French cuisine,  and visited more churches than a pilgrim on a pilgrimage. France was a truly remarkable experience. Spent most of the time in France visiting a streak of art museums and enjoyed an abundance of art works and paintings from the likes of van Gogh to Manet to da Vinci. I've even managed to steal a glimpse of the smiling Mona Lisa :) 

Went on dessert hunt and we managed to stop at every dessert shop we come across and was not haunted by even tiny bit of guilt. No not yet. Finally got to the Ladurée in Paris - it may be available everywhere in the world now but it is never the same to relish on these dainty macarons in it's country of origin. Shopping was not left out of course as we brave the avenue des Champs-Élysées with whatever student budget we have. It still amazed me how me and Emma managed to survive this very day without emptying our wallets before we went on a plane to Italy. 

I had little to no pictures of the art museums and especially the Louvre because my camera ran out of battery and all the pictures were taken on my iPhone which has sadly been stolen when I was back home in Penang :/

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Onto the next chapter of life!

So, I've realised that I haven't been blogging a whole lot as of late but I've decided to pick up where I left of since now I've finished my exams and I am finally done with university! Yup hooray! Go me!

I am going to be doing a photo diary of all the places I've been to in the past year. It's gonna be tough work seeing I have actually travelled more in the past year than I have my entire lifetime put together. Not gloating or even complaining, just really been living life really, and having fun I guess! 

I really did enjoy my time here in the UK, uni have been really tough and stressful but I'm glad I persevered and pulled through it all. Now I can't wait to attend the graduation ceremony and since I have never attended one before, the excitement level is doubled. I had my chance when I graduated from college but I was already in the UK at that time and had to miss it. I guess better late than never!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

If you wanna win..

Learnt something very valuable today.

"If you wanna win, you gotta be a shark, and a shark's gotta eat!"


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Can't wait to be home!

Lately, I've been missing home so bad and things don't get easier with all the exam stress that's been building up! But anyways, I've got so much planned out for when I go back to my beautiful tropical island! The food, the friends and the drive along the beaches - I just cant wait!

Anyways, I heard this song on a cab and I'm hooked on it ever since. It would be perfect to drive down to the beach and have this song on repeat x

Countdown till home: 52 days


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wrapping things up...

Last day of 2011. This year has come and gone by very fast but I'd have to say this year is one of the most eventful years I've ever had!

Some of the things that happened to me in the year 2011:
  • Interned at The Women's Weekly Magazine
  • Graduated from College with Diploma
  • Went on a family trip to Hong Kong
  • Moved to the UK
  • Completed one semester in University as an undergraduate
  • Spent this Christmas and New Years in Holland
Like everyone else, my year has been filled with ups and downs (mostly ups hehe) and I enjoy every bit of it, good or bad to the fullest as these are memories nonetheless. What I cannot believe is that I've moved to the UK for 3 months already! Time sure does move by quickly!

As the year is coming to an end, it is time again to make a new list of new year resolutions. I find it really hard to keep them most of the time but I still make a new one each year haha but I guess it is always good to stay motivated and having a list of unresolved resolutions somewhat pushes me to do better in life.

Here's wishing everyone Happy New Year and may the year 2012 bring you more happiness, prosperity and good health!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Themepark, a burst of colours and childhood memories

I had wanted to test my Digital Harinezumi out further and
was struggling to come up with a good location.

Then I thought where else could it be better than to take
these old looking photographs
at a place where everyone must've spent in their childhood; a themepark.

Two ferries wheels in a theme park, what's the point?


When I looked back at these photographs,
it really does remind me of the days when I was still a child.

I remember when I was young,
Dad would bring me to "Pesta" when it came to town.
I remember, he would go on the scariest rides with me
eventhough he was more afraid of it than I am.
I remember a lot of happy memories from when I was little.
I remember...