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Those tropical pool vibes in a peaceful oasis amidst the bustling city centre of Siem Reap🌿 Definitely a welcome respite from the sweltering heat this hot season ☀️ @the.aviary.hotel.siemreap #collab . Thank you to all you lovelies for your birthday wishes. It’s actually one of the first times I have taken a trip over my birthday! We originally came to Cambodia to attend a wedding in Prey Veng, and I have to say that traditional Khmer weddings are incredibly intricate affairs with very elaborate costume changes for the wedding couple. For the dinner affair, everyone was dressed to the nines and the ladies were seriously decked out in full-on glitzy ball gowns and impeccable salon-styled hair ✨ . Other than dancing it up at local weddings, we also have been gorging ourselves on lots of food. Currently in Bangkok and will next be heading up north to Chiang Mai, let me know if you have ever been and have any recommendations! 😊
Eating chocolate cake in bed on my birthday / what more can a girl ask for? ❤️ . Hi friends, it has definitely been wayy too long. I really didn’t intend to take such a long break from the gram but was caught up with life like moving into a new place and also other reasons I will probably go into in another post. But thank you soo much to those of you who messaged to check up on me 😍 . I am so grateful to be hosted by @the.aviary.hotel.siemreap who made me feel like a queen on my birthday. Loved the beautiful themed decor of their urban hotel in the center of Siam Reap and can’t wait to share more photos with you. #Collab
One of my last favourite moments from 2017 is this beautiful sunset picnic at Marina Barrage, where we watched the sky light up in soft shades of pink as dusk fell and the city lights came on, while we snacked on pretty cupcakes and raised our glasses of sparkling wine by @vinomofo 💛 . Vinomofo is an Australian online wine retailer who offers a curated selection of wines at discounted prices. Newly launched in Singapore last year, their promise is to make wine accessible to everyone by selling quality wines without the exorbitant price tag. It is free to sign up for a membership and get access to secret deals and flash sales. As wine is definitely overpriced in Singapore (or all alcohol basically) - I say cheers to that! #VinomofoSG #ad . Check out my stories for more shots and behind-the-scenes details from the picnic! . Anyone would like to join in with a glass? 🥂 . . . . . . #instasg #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #beautifulmatters #whpcelebrate #sgig #vscosg #sginstagram #sgblogger #singapore #visitsingapore #sglife #yoursingapore #exploresingapore #thisissingapore #singaporelife #marinabarrage #citizenfemme #girlslovetravel #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #thetravelwomen #girlsborntotravel #sheisnotlost #shetravelz #globelletravels
Do I look like I am walking on water here? 😆 . When I visited Da Nang in Vietnam, I thought to myself that I can actually see myself living here. Often nicknamed as the ‘Singapore of Vietnam’, Da Nang is widely regarded as the most liveable city in the country and it’s not difficult to see why. . Unlike the crowded scene of bustling Saigon or Hanoi, Da Nang’s streets are wide and clean while the city feels very modern and progressive. And Da Nang also has something else going for it that Singapore doesn’t - expansive natural landscapes. The city Is surrounded by breathtaking scenery everywhere from the endless, pristine beaches that stretch all along the coast to the rugged mountains inland. I really appreciate being able to live in a bustling city yet having easy access to a stunning coast and dramatic mountain views 😍 . Da Nang is so much like a “mini-Singapore” that they even have their own version of the Merlion, as the city’s new symbol is part-dragon, part-fish (Merdragon?). Peek my stories to check out the picture and other shots from the city 😊 . What about you guys? If you could choose anywhere to live, would you prefer a bustling, cosmopolitan city, a smaller town close to nature or somewhere else? 🏙🏞🌅 . . . . . #visitvietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #danang #visitdanang @visit_danang #quangnam #citizenfemme #girlslovetravel #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #thetravelwomen #shetravelz #gltLOVE #girlsborntotravel #sheisnotlost #sgig #vscosg #sginstagram #sgtravel #tlasia #beautifulseasia #exploreasia #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #beautifulmatters #youmustsee #athomeintheworld #mytinyatlas #exploretocreate
While I am originally from Malaysia (PJ to be exact, near KL), I have only lived there for around 2 years of my life and there is still so much I have not explored of my own country or home city. . On my last visit back to visit family, I finally visited the Thean Hou Temple in KL - it is actually one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia and is located on top of a hill with beautiful views overlooking the city. Unfortunately the iconic lanterns were not up during my visit, but I still really enjoyed the temple’s vibrant colors and elaborate facade. Another interesting fact is that it’s also a very popular marriage registration venue! 💛 ____ On another note, just wondering what do you guys think about posting travel pictures out of chronological sequence? While this post is about KL, I still do have more upcoming Vietnam pictures 😆 As much as I would personally prefer to post them in order so that they tell a more coherent story about my trips, sometimes certain pictures do look better next to each other 🙈 So just wanted to know whether you guys generally prefer a chronological order or you don’t mind either way? What about when it comes to posting your own pictures (travel or otherwise)? . Also going to put up some polls on this in the stories (my first time using the poll feature lol 😂) so go take a peek! 😊 . . . . . #malaysia #kualalumpur #kl #malaysiatrulyasia @malaysia.truly.asia #igersmy @igersmy #vscomalaysia #visitmalaysia #citizenfemme #girlslovetravel #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #thetravelwomen #shetravelz #gltLOVE #girlsborntotravel #sheisnotlost #sgig #vscosg #sginstagram #sgtravel #tlasia #beautifulseasia #exploreasia #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #beautifulmatters #youmustsee #livecolorfully #mytinyatlas
Happy holidays dear friends! Christmas is a beautiful time of the year that celebrates the spirit of giving and spreading of joy. As we celebrate with gifts, feast with our loved ones and count all our wonderful blessings, it is also a good time to remember those less fortunate whose Christmas may not be as merry. . I know that as much as I have always wanted to make a difference, admittedly I have not done enough to help those in need. But this Christmas, I am going to finally follow through and donate to one of the causes on @giveasia, a crowdfunding platform (in Singapore) that raises funds for charity and individuals in need. . I have chosen ‘The Food Fund Project’ who raises funds for children from less privileged backgrounds and pledges to help feed 270 children this Christmas. While all causes are just as important, I have always had a soft spot for children’s charities as I believe that every child should have a shot at a better future no matter the environment they were born into. Every little bit of help can make a huge difference to the rest of their lives, there is no contribution too small. But just to give you an estimate, $25 can feed 1 child for 15 days and $50 can feed 1 child for an entire month. . I know that we are sometimes wary about whether our money goes directly to those who needs it, so I have checked that all donations will be credited directly to the accredited charity Beyond Social Services (@sg.beyond) and @giveasia also does not take any transaction fees from the donations. . If you would also like to spread the love and goodwill this Christmas, you can support the Food Fund Project or any other cause of your choice on GIVE.asia - visit http://bit.ly/GIVEasia (link in bio). . Let’s never forget to keep giving and may your Christmas be filled with magic, sparkle and endless joy! ✨ . #ad #GIVEasia #partofthegood #everyoneagiver #GIVEasiaXStarNgage @StarNgage
I can’t believe there is only one more week to the end of the year; time always flies by way too quickly! 😯 . Some of my favorite experiences in 2017 include attending two overseas weddings in Vietnam and Taiwan, finally living out my fairytale fantasies in the picturesque lantern town of Hoi An and chasing the beautiful autumn leaves (and eating ALL the amazing food) in Hokkaido, Japan. I am also grateful to have spent an extended time in Vietnam where I was really able to gain a deeper insight into their wonderful culture and food 😍 . What were your favorite travel experiences this year? Any big places you crossed off your wishlist? ❤️ . . . . . #visitvietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #youmustsee #hoian #hoianancienttown #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #girlslovetravel #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #thetravelwomen #girlsborntotravel #sheisnotlost #citizenfemme #pursuepretty #mytinyatlas #gltLOVE #abmlifeiscolorful #livecolorfully #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #sgig #vscosg #sginstagram #theprettycities #sgtravel #beautifulseasia #exploreasia
Lush green surroundings and a Western-style church by a tranquil blue lake - at first glance, this probably doesn’t look like the Vietnam you are used to. When I first saw this scene, I actually thought it looked a little like Switzerland! . Bao Loc is a small town in the Central Highlands of Vietnam - a less-visited region filled with spectacular natural scenery, rolling coffee and tea plantations, mist-shrouded hills and dramatic waterfalls. . It seemed like even many Vietnamese locals from other regions had not heard of this little town. We happened to find out about it as it’s the hometown of a newfound local friend, and decided to head there on a whim as it was enroute to our next destination (Dalat) and our friend’s family was so kind to offer to host us in their home! ❤️ . We had the most amazing experiences in Bao Loc because of our incredible hosts - riding around town on the back of a motorcycle, having one of the best meals of our entire trip in their family restaurant and enjoying amazing home-cooked food and avocado smoothies (grown locally) 🥑 We were truly touched by their hospitality. In travel, it is often the people you meet that leave the most lasting impressions 😍 . Have you ever tried a local homestay in your travels? 🏠 . . . . . #visitvietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #youmustsee #beautifulmatters #passionpassport #beautifuldestinations #girlslovetravel #shetravelz #wearetravelladies #girlsthatwander #wearetravelgirls #femmetravel #thetravelwomen #girlsborntotravel #girlsjustwannatravel #thefairytalebloggers #globelletravels #wanderingwomen #gltLOVE #girlaroundtheworld #girlswhotravel #girlsmeetglobe #sgig #vscosg #sginstagram #sgblogger #sgtravel #beautifulseasia #exploreasia
Besides the Imperial City in Vietnam’s ancient capital, Hue is also well-known for its royal tombs which are monuments built to honour the rulers of the Nguyen Dynasty. . I found it fascinating how each tomb is personally planned by the emperor so that it actually reflects their personalities. Some tombs are set deep into the countryside and integrated with the beautiful natural landscape (Gia Long) while others are more grandiose and flamboyant with a mix of Eastern and Western influences (Khai Dinh). . Pictured here is part of the tomb complex of Minh Mang, possibly the most impressive of all the tombs. The perfect balance of nature and manmade beauty - it is built in accordance with Chinese Confucian principles and is a masterpiece of symmetric architecture which fits harmoniously with the sublime garden landscape. . Tip: If you do visit any of the tombs, remember to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees to show respect as they are quite strict about the dress code! . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #citizenfemme #girlsthatwander #sidewalkerdaily #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe #femmetravel #shetravelz #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #wheninvietnam #vietnamcharm @gotovietnam #explorevietnam #discovervietnam #minhmangtomb #hue #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig #sgtraveller #sgtravel #thetravelintern @beautifulseasia #beautifulseasia #tlasia #exploreasia
Oh hello Monday, let’s do this. Sending you all positive vibes to start off your week ✨ ____ I am starting to see snow pictures on my feed from all around the world, but in Singapore it is just pool weather most of the time 😂 Just poolside chillin’ here at @furamacitycentre, where I was invited for a staycay to check out their revamped facilities (swipe for pictures of the newly refurbished lobby and unique facade). . Besides the beautiful views and in-room ‘invisible butler’ (see my previous post), the hotel location is the biggest draw. Conveniently located opposite the MRT, Furama City Centre is right in the heart of Chinatown and a short walk away from Clarke Quay (nightlife district). So you could stumble into bed after a night of bar-hopping by the river and wake up the next morning for some delicious dim sum and street food 💛 . Promo Code: From now till 31 April 2018, enjoy 25% off Flexi when you book using the promo code Yenningtotravel at https://goo.gl/srsMTA. . What do you usually look for when you book your accommodation? Instagrammability? Hotel location? Facilities? Price? . . #sponsored #FuramaCityCentre #FuramaGroup @FuramaGroup #FuramaCityCentrexStarNgage @StarNgage . . . . . #singapore #visitsingapore #exploresingapore #exploresg #singaporeinsiders #sglife #sgig #thisissingapore #vscosg #instasg #sginstagram #sgblogger #beautifulhotels #pool #poolside #dametraveler #girlswhotravel #thetravelwomen #ladiesgoneglobal #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #femmetravel #mytinyatlas #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #sheexplores
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” - Jennifer Lee . Happy Sunday! Not going to lie, still been pretty busy but I have finally finished up some deadlines so will definitely be posting more on the regular! I am also looking forward to catching up on some shows. I know I am late to the bandwagon but I have recently been hooked onto ‘This is Us’, it is beautifully written and definitely pulls at your heartstrings 💛 . I am a self-confessed TV addict and watching shows is definitely one of my favorites ways to destress. I used to also read a lot but haven’t been reading much nowadays, though I definitely have a few books to get to as well. . What is your favorite way destress or relax? ✨ . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #mytinyatlas #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #sheexplores #femmetravel #globelletravels #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #igvietnam #hue #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig #wonderlustsingapore #sgtravel #sgtraveller #sgblogger #exploreasia #southeastasia
If you are looking to book a staycay or getaway in the heart of downtown Singapore without breaking the bank (those Singapore hotel prices though amiright?), @FuramaCityCentre is a great value-for-money option with an excellent location and fabulous views. I was invited to stay at their Executive Club Room and had a great time! 💛 . Furama City Centre has a long-standing history of 35 years and is one of the oldest hotels in Chinatown, they are currently undergoing a major revamp to refresh their look and modernize their amenities. One very cool new feature is the Echo Dot ’Invisible Butler’ in my room, which is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that can control room lights, play music, provide recommendations on where the nearest convenience store is and even conduct an entire personal workout! We had so much fun playing around with Echo right from the comfort of our bed. Currently only in selected rooms, the hotel plans to roll out this feature to all remaining rooms to provide a new smart hotel experience 😍 . My favorite part of the room was definitely the sweeping panoramic view - which looks out to Singapore River, the business district, Marina Bay and all the way to the sea (swipe for night view). All Executive rooms face this view but you can also make a request if you book their Superior or Deluxe rooms. Here’s a tip, I also heard that there is an excellent view of the NYE fireworks right from these rooms! 🎇 . Will be sharing more on the hotel amenities and location in another post, so stay tuned! . Promo Code: From now till 31 April 2018, enjoy 25% off Flexi when you book using the promo code Yenningtotravel at https://goo.gl/srsMTA. . #sponsored #FuramaCityCentre #FuramaGroup @FuramaGroup #FuramaCityCentrexStarNgage @StarNgage . . . . . #singapore #singaporecity #visitsingapore #yoursingapore #singapore2017 #exploresingapore #exploresg #singaporeinsiders #sglifestyle #sglife #singaporeinsta #sgig #sglife #vscosg #instasg #sginstagram #singaporeinsiders #sgtraveller #sgblogger #wonderlustsingapore #tlasia #beautifulhotels #hotelroom #hotelview #dametraveler
Can you believe this is just a doorway in the Imperial City of Huế? 😍❤️💛 ______ The saying goes that “If it didn’t rain when you are in Huế, it is like you have not been to Huế.” My local friend tells me that Huế receives the most rain in the whole of Vietnam. And as it turns out, we almost did not make it to the Imperial City because of a huge storm that hit Central Vietnam while we were in Huế. . If you want to know what it feels like riding pillion on a motorbike in the storm, imagine hundreds of needles pelting down on your skin as the rain pour down in streams around you. We were heading to look for some Hue local specialties in town, and had to stay at the dinner stall for hours while we waited for the torrential rain to subside. . The rain didn’t seem to let up the next morning, and I thought we might have to brave the storm again or give the Imperial City a miss as we were leaving Huế the next day. But amazingly, luck was on our side and the skies began to clear by early afternoon and we were still able to explore the Citadel and the city the rest of the day. . Thankfully, we did not encounter the worst of the typhoon and may have only experienced the side of the storm. If you are traveling to Vietnam, do take note that Central Vietnam may be affected by typhoon season from August to November - definitely pack a poncho and waterproof footwear! . Have you ever been caught in any extreme weather conditions during your travels? . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #citizenfemme #girlsthatwander #sidewalkerdaily #wearetravelgirls #girlsvsglobe #femmetravel #shetravelz #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #wheninvietnam #vietnamcharm @gotovietnam #explorevietnam #discovervietnam #igvietnam #hue #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig #asiaonetravelsnaps #sgtravel #thetravelintern #skyscannersg #tlasia #exploreasia
Happy Sunday! I know I haven’t been that active in the past week but was too caught up with work. But I am back now and will be posting more updates from Vietnam and Singapore so stay tuned 💛 . What has everyone been up to this weekend? ✨ ___________ An incredibly scenic 3-hour train and bus ride away from Hoi An is Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam and home to the country’s last imperial dynasty. Cradled by the beautiful Perfume River and Ngu Binh Mountain range, Hue was chosen by the emperor Gia Long for its strategic sheltered location, immense natural beauty and excellent feng shui (geomancy). . As the nation's former imperial seat of power for nearly a century and a half, Hue is rich In history and is the source of much of Vietnam's literature, music, medicine, astronomy and cuisine. If you are a history buff or foodie, Hue should definitely be on your list! . The main attraction in the city is the Hue Citadel complex which housed the once-magnificent Purple Forbidden City, the administrative core and royal living quarters that is reminiscent of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Badly affected by the war, the Citadel is a shadow of what it once was but what remains is still largely impressive. The grounds are large enough that you can find your own pockets of peace away from the crowds, we spent hours here strolling among the beautiful ancient buildings 😍 . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #mytinyatlas #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #sheexplores #femmetravel #globelletravels #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #igvietnam #hue #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig #wonderlustsingapore #sgtravel #sgtraveller #sgblogger #exploreasia #southeastasia
The main reason for my Vietnam trip was to attend a friend’s wedding - I feel so thankful not only for being able to witness a beautiful celebration of love in another culture, but to be showered with such warmth and hospitality by our incredibly gracious host families (especially as we were the only foreign guests). It was completely unexpected yet touching that the groom’s mother gifted me an áo dài, the Vietnamese traditional clothing which I am wearing here 😍 . The áo dài may just be one of the most graceful and elegant garments I have ever seen, and just wearing it made me feel like a whole other classier lady 😂 While it may look similar to the cheongsam (Chinese traditional dress) at first glance, it is actually a silky, flowing dress layered over loose-fitting pants. Traditionally long-sleeved, it is also more conservative by covering the whole body from the neck right down to the ankles. The áo dài is custom-fitted so the top perfectly accentuates the graceful curves of the female body - the whole look is very feminine and graceful, yet demure and classy at the same time. Not to mention, it is seriously super comfortable! 💛 . An interesting fact is that the áo dài is also the traditional Vietnamese dress for men. However, it is worn in a more loose-fitting style and limited to more formal events like religious occasions or weddings. In contrast, the female áo dài is a lot more popular on a regular basis - also worn by school girls, female teachers, airline attendants, receptionists, waitresses and others at work. . Have you ever worn another country’s traditional dress before? . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #theprettycities #mytinyatlas #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #sheexplores #femmetravel #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #travelvietnam #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #igvietnam #hoian #hoianvietnam #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig #wonderlustsingapore #sgtravel #sgtraveller #sgblogger
Besides my love for travel, I also have a second passion - food. And also a love for finding amazing deals. So if there is a way to find great food for up to 50% discounts and at the same time win free flights? Yes please! ✈️ . I made a reservation for @galleryandco using the @eatigo_sg app to get a 50% discount off my meal. It’s a cafe-and-museum-shop at the @nationalgallerysingapore (one of my favorite places in town!) and they have the prettiest desserts! I loved their Purple Sweet Potato Tart and newly-launched Pomme apple dessert, which are not just Instagram-worthy but delicious too (swipe for more pictures). My bill came up to $20.35 for 2 pax instead of $32.50 (drinks not discounted), which is a great deal ❤️😋 . What’s the catch? Eatigo is a restaurant reservations app that offers time-based discounts where you can get discounts anywhere from 10% to 50% depending on the time you dine, and every restaurant has a 50% slot every day. While this does mean that the biggest discounts are usually during off-peak timings, there are also perks to visiting the restaurants during quieter timings (especially when you need to do things like stand on a chair to take a flatlay) 😂 . The best part is that they are now running a free flights campaign where you stand a chance to win a pair of flight tickets to Thailand by using the promo code “EATNSEAT” when you make a reservation for a min. of 2 pax and attend it by 30 Nov. . You can download the app from the link in my bio, it’s 100% free and even travelers to Singapore can use it too. . Would you guys like me to share more food posts in the future? 🥞🍕🥙🍣 . #sponsored #eatigosg #eatigoLOVE . . . . . #singapore #nationalgallerysingapore #galleryandco #visitsingapore #exploresingapore #exploresg #sgig #sglife #vscosg #instasg #sginstagram #singaporeinsiders #sgfood #sgfoodie #sgeats #sgfoodporn #foodsg #sgcafefood #instafood_sg #sgcafehopping #sgcafe #sgdessert #thefeedfeed @thefeedfeed #dessert #dametraveler #onthetable #PommeAndCo
Disclaimer: I am not in Hoi An currently and it really breaks my heart to hear about all the damage and casualties from the typhoon and floods. My heart and prayers go out to all the families and victims who have been affected 🙏 ______ Hoi An unquestionably oozes picture-perfect charm at every corner, but is it the stuff of fairytales everyone hypes it up to be? . To be honest, my first impressions of Hoi An was that the Ancient Town felt a little like a tourist theme park - I arrived in the scorching heat of mid-afternoon and the streets were packed with tourists, street vendors were selling overpriced yet subpar snacks, all the buildings seemed to house souvenir shops, restaurants and tailors engaging in the tourist trade and every few steps along the riverside, a vendor would try to sell you a boat ride. . The next morning, we visited the Ancient Town around 6am and it was a completely different scene. The air was lovely and cool, the streets were peaceful without the crowds and the tourist shops had not yet opened for business - allowing the historic buildings to really shine on their own in the warm golden glow. There were morning vendors selling breakfast by the side of the streets and stalls tucked away in the side alleys, and the food was all affordable and incredibly delicious. This was the Hoi An I fell in love with 💛 . Even when the shops lifted their shutters and the crowds came in later in the morning, my mindset had shifted - I realized that the Ancient Town did not represent the entire Hoi An. When I took it for what it was - a living museum of beautifully-preserved heritage buildings, I definitely enjoyed it more. But Hoi An early in the morning will always be the most magical ✨ . Have you ever had a love-hate relationship with a very touristy place? . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #girlswhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #theprettycities #mytinyatlas #darlingescapes #girlsmeetglobe #sheexplores #femmetravel #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #travelvietnam #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #vietnamtrip #igvietnam #hoian #hoianancienttown #hoianvietnam #sginstagram
Reputably the most charming and photogenic town in Vietnam, Hoi An needs no introduction. Historically an important trading port in the 15th to 19th century, Hoi An is most famous today for her immaculately preserved Old Town and the iconic colorful lanterns ✨ . Hoi An had always been number one on my list to visit in Vietnam, ever since I saw photos of this fairytale town with its characteristically bright colonial-style buildings, enchanting lanterns that illuminate the town at night, flowering bougainvilleas that cascade down balconies and winding ancient streets steeped in history. . There doesn’t seem to be a clear history of the origins of Hoi An’s colorful lanterns, which are traditionally all made from silk. They seem to be a legacy of the city’s past as one of Southeast Asia’s busiest commercial centre, where merchant ships arrived in droves and silk was a very popular import. Hoi An was bustling with Japanese merchants at the time, who started hanging lanterns outside their homes that gave the commercial district an enchanting glow at night. The locals took to hanging lanterns too in the hopes of bringing luck, wealth and happiness to their families. . Will be sharing more about Hoi An and my honest first impressions in upcoming posts so do stayed tuned 💛 Have you ever been to this fairytale town? . . . . . #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #girlsthatwander #citizenfemme #wearetravelgirls #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #travelvietnam #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #vietnamtrip #igvietnam #vscocamvietnam #vscovn #hoian #hoianancienttown #hoianvietnam #sginstagram #vscosg #sgig
I hope you have been enjoying my autumn series in Hokkaido (if you haven’t gotten tired of it yet), this will be my last autumn post for now before I continue sharing my stories from Vietnam 🍁 ______ Even though I spent nearly 2 weeks in Hokkaido, it felt like I barely scratched the surface of what this wonderful island had to offer. And this was just one of Japan’s four main islands - there is still so much more of this amazing country to explore. Japan will always be one of my all-time favorite destinations, and it is definitely a country I can see myself returning to again and again. The whole time I was in Japan, I just felt this sense of happiness at just being there. . Maybe it’s how I felt incredibly charmed by the people who are so polite, courteous, respectful and just simply adorable 💗 . Maybe it’s how the Japanese are so ingenious about everything from technology, snacks, skincare to little inventions that simplify our lives in ways you didn’t even think possible (toilets with heated seats and bidets and air blowers? Yes please). . Maybe it’s how there is so much beauty everywhere year-round, but the cherry blossom season and autumn in particular transform entire landscapes into pure poetry for the eyes 🌸🍂✨ . Maybe it’s how Japan has such an incredibly rich and unique culture, from her extensive heritage that dates back thousands of years, the fascinating social customs and rules of etiquette and the iconic modern-day popular culture and love of cuteness. . Maybe it's how all the food in Japan is absolutely divine and will leave an unforgettable impression on your palate, the cuisine is amazingly diverse and well-developed - definitely one of my top favorites in the world 🍱🍜🍙🍣 . Maybe it's just everything about Japan, but it's definitely an ongoing love affair that will always have my heart 😍 . Is there a country or city you always feel incredibly happy in and love revisiting again and again? . . . . . #jbyjautumn #ilovejapan #japantravel #discoverjapan #hokkaido #日本 #北海道 #sginstagram #sgig #globelletravels #girlslovetravel #girlaroundworld #shetravelz #girldiscoverers #traveldreamseekers #dametraveler #autumn #autumncolors #fallcolors #PPOpenSpaces2
“So dawn goes down to day, nothing gold can stay.” - Robert Frost . The ethereal beauty of autumn lies in her transient nature, where the hue of the leaves change from day to day until they fall to the ground. The peak of autumn in Japan only lasts a week or two, where entire landscapes are painted in a stunning blend of gold, yellow and crimson. . The timing and intensity of the peak are unpredictable as it largely depends on the weather. As travelers, this makes it harder to plan ahead and it often depends on your luck whether you are able to catch the peak. As Hokkaido is the northernmost island in Japan, it sees autumn colors first before it sweeps the rest of the country. However, the island itself is quite large and the peak autumn times vary considerably across the island. . When we traveled to the north of Hokkaido, we got there just after the peak where the trees were already looking more barren. And it was too early when we reached Sapporo down south, where many of the trees hadn't started to turn color. On our last day, we decided to try our luck heading to the Jozankei onsen area which was famous for its autumn colors. And while it was only a 1.5-hour drive from Sapporo, it made all the difference. Trees and hills everywhere were in all their multicolored glory, we were finally seeing autumn at her most spectacular. . While we were just planning to head to an onsen, I found Hoheikyo Dam nearby on Google Maps and the pictures looked so incredible that I had to check it out. Upon reaching the info desk, we realized we were just in time for the last electric bus up to the dam and we only had 30 minutes up there before catching the last ride back down. It was a crazy rush, but I am so thankful that we were able to see it because the scenery seriously took my breath away. . While it was already getting dark (this was around 4pm) and the weather was too cloudy, it was still the most beautiful autumn scene I had ever seen. This picture doesn't even do it justice, but my heart was filled with so much wonder and happiness. . What were your experiences trying to catch the autumn peak when you traveled somewhere for the foliage? . #jbyjautumn #PPOpenSpaces2
Happy Monday friends! Back from a little hiatus - firstly, been spending some time with family and caught a couple movies with them (Thor Ragnarok and Happy Death Day). It was my first time catching a slasher flick as I am usually too much of a scaredy cat to watch horror movies (still am), but it wasn’t as scary as I thought it might be. Secondly, I have still been encountering shadow bans so decided to take a little break to hopefully reset things, are they still happening to anyone else? _________ I am missing the gorgeous fall foliage in Hokkaido - one of the best places to catch the colors in Sapporo is at Hokkaido University. However when we were in Sapporo, it was still before the autumn peak so the trees along the famous avenues have not turned colour yet. But still thankful to see some beautiful colors around Ono Pond, the students there are so lucky to be studying at such a beautiful campus 💛🍁🍂 . Sending you many positive vibes for the week ahead! ✨ . . . . . #monday #japan2017 #globelletravels #girlslovetravel #femaletravel #travelgram #youmustsee #sginstagram #instasg #jbyjautumn
The Goryokaku Tower in Hakodate offers captivating panoramic views over the entire city skyline, Mount Hakodate, Tsugaru Strait and Fort Goryokaku - a beautiful star-shaped, Western-styled citadel. In the spring, it’s also one of Hokkaido’s top cherry-blossom viewing spots. ___________ . Happy Halloween friends! When I was in Hokkaido, I could feel the Halloween spirit everywhere as retail establishments and cafes would deck out their interiors and offer themed food, candies and merchandise 🎃 . I remember the only time I experienced trick-or-treating. I visited my cousins in San Francisco when I was 12 years old, I donned on a witch hat and cape and went around the neighbourhood collecting candy. It was seriously so much fun, especially when everyone was into the spirit and really dressed up their houses and yards 👻🕷💀🕸 . In Singapore, it is not so much trick-or-treating but the Halloween parties in the clubs where some offer you free entry if you dress up. The best place to feel the Halloween spirit is the nightlife district Clarke Quay where many people would wear costumes, it’s people-watching at its best. We also have the haunted houses at Universal Studios Singapore, but I have never gone because I am too much of a scaredy cat 🙈 . Are you celebrating Halloween where you are in the world? What do you like most about the holiday?
Lake Notoro is a salt lake in Hokkaido that connects to the Okhotsk Sea, where fresh water and sea water mixed together and led to the growth of “coral grass” - a plant that grows in places near the sea at high tide. In autumn, the lake transforms into a breathtaking crimson red carpet like nothing I’ve ever seen before. _______ . I know I am guilty of taking many back-facing-the-camera or looking away shots. For those of you wondering why us ladies always seem to be showing off the back of our heads (or hats), the artistic reason is that it looks more natural and makes it easier for the Instagram viewer to imagine they are in our shoes looking out to a beautiful view. It also leaves it up to interpretation whether we are lost in the moment or deep in thought contemplating the beauty of this world - making us seem enigmatic and worldly 😂 . While all of that is probably true, the real reason is also that I am just really awkward at posing for the camera. What do I do with my hands? Or legs, for that matter. And I am not one of those lucky photogenic ladies who look effortlessly amazing in every shot, I have to work much harder to find my good angles - so it’s often just easier to face away from the camera 🙈 . Can anyone else relate to this? Do you prefer looking away or smiling (or not smiling) right into the camera? 📷
One of the main reasons I had always wanted to visit Hokkaido is the food. Blessed with bountiful fertile lands and a prime coastal position, Japan’s northernmost island is home to some of the best produce in the country from both land and sea. . As Japan’s largest producer of dairy products, the milk, yogurt, butter and cheese in Hokkaido are out of this world. Every morning, I had to have my daily glass of milk because it was just too good. Hokkaido is also home to the best soft serve ice cream and cheesecake which are all extra creamy, rich and velvety smooth 💛 . With its abundant farmlands, it is no wonder that the fruits and vegetables are also extra fresh in Hokkaido. Besides the local specialities including the famous Hokkaido melon, white corn and potato, I found that generally all fruits and vegetables seriously taste better in Hokkaido. We visited the supermarket almost on a daily basis just to get our fresh supply of fruits and vegetables 🍎🍇🍑🍠 . Of course, Hokkaido is most famous for its seafood - in particular the scallops, salmon and uni. I was looking forward to this the most and was definitely not disappointed. I am the biggest fan of sashimi (thinly-sliced raw fish) and you can get it incredibly fresh from the morning markets. Besides seafood, I also had the best beef and lamb of my life as Hokkaido is also famous for its own brand of wagyu and "Gengkis Khan" (lamb barbeque). . Lastly, Hokkaido is also the land of ramen and there are even different specialities depending on the city. We indulged in so much ramen while we were there, and the portions were surprisingly huge 🍜 . To sum it up, I think everything just tastes better in Hokkaido! As a food lover, all the eating was definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip. And as a special request by the very lovely @findingyoki, I have included some food photos from the trip so swipe left to see more. . Do you love travelling for food? And if so, where is your favorite food destination? 😋
Happy weekend! I have been tagged by the very lovely @chereneo to share 10 facts about myself. I really enjoy reading these tags as I love getting to know the Instagrammers behind the feed, so here's mine: . 1. I was born in Malaysia and hold a Malaysian passport, but I have only spent around 2 years of my life there. I spent my childhood in Brunei, and now I have been living in Singapore for over 10 years 🇸🇬 . 2. I was only 1+ when I first flew on a plane to Brunei. My parents really love traveling so I must have caught the travel bug from them from a young age when we would go on family holidays ✈️ . 3. I am a textbook introvert - I am hopeless at small talk, spending too much time socializing in large groups drains me out after which I need to recharge with some me time. . 4. I am a huge TV addict and spend way more time bingeing on shows and Netflix than I should. Besides the all-time favorite Game of Thrones, I also watch many guilty-pleasure shows like Riverdale and Gossip Girl 🙈 . 5. I love dancing - I used to attend classes for hip hop, lyrical jazz and street jazz and perform onstage for recitals. While I don’t dance often nowadays, I really miss it and hope to get back to it soon! 💃 . 6. I used to be obsessed with Britney Spears and even set up a Geocities fan site (hands up if you know what that is 🙋). . 7. I am a chocoholic - my favorite dessert is molten chocolate lava cake and my favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate fudge! 🍫 . 8. I love Harry Potter and I'm a Ravenclaw, my bucket list definitely includes visiting the studios in London, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and trying Butterbeer! ✨ . 9. I am the oldest child and my sisters are 10 and 7 years younger than me. They help me keep me young and we are all big Disney fans 🎼 . 10. I love food and my favorite cuisines are Italian and Japanese, which is also why these are two of my favorite destinations! 😋 . I would love to tag the lovely ladies @findingyoki, @pearlsofjasmine, @witandfolly, @jinchuferrer and @naomibowler as I would love to know them better. . Now your turn, I want to know more about you! Can you relate to any of these? Or tell me something about yourself 😊
When you think of Japan, one of the most iconic customs that comes to mind is the public bathing culture in hot spring baths (onsen). This long-standing tradition has been enjoyed by locals for centuries for its relaxation and therapeutic benefits. . The most famous onsen town in Hokkaido is Noboribetsu, where much of its natural volcanic water is supplied from “Hell Valley” (Jigokudani) - a spectacular valley of geothermal activity where hot steam and volcanic gasses rise from the ground and the air is rife with the stench of sulphur. . I love bathing in the onsen, it’s an incredibly relaxing activity and the mineral waters do wonders for your skin. However, it’s definitely a bit of culture shock the first time you experience a public bath house. No bathing suits are allowed, so you will have to get naked in front of strangers. While Japanese baths are traditionally mixed-gender, in modern times they are segregated into separate baths for men and women. . It was very unnerving to strip down in public at first, shedding all my clothes made me feel very awkward and vulnerable - especially when I had always struggled with body confidence. What if people stared? What if they judged my naked body? But once I bared all and stepped into the onsen, I realised nobody looked or even cared. Women of all ages with different body types had everything all hanging out, they made it seem like such a natural thing and wasn’t focused on their nakedness at all - so why should I? . Once I shed my inhibitions, it felt so good being able to conquer my fear of being naked and bathe in front of strangers without feeling conscious about my body nor fear of judgment from others. It was an incredibly liberating experience. . Have you ever tried bathing in a public onsen? If not, would you give it a go?
“Oh, but these are the days we dream about, when the sunlight paints us gold.” ✨ _________ Thank you everyone for the incredibly encouraging responses to my last post. It really touched my heart when some of you came forward to tell me how much you resonated with my post, or how it empowered you to share your own experiences. I spoke up hoping that if I managed to get through to just one person, that would have been enough for me 💛
(Disclaimer: This post is totally unrelated to the photo) It was really hard to decide whether I should post about this. . Was it too personal? Too heavy for this platform that often favors aesthetics over substance? But then, not speaking up IS the entire issue. If I never tell anyone else about it, I am only contributing to the problem. So here goes... #metoo. . It happened when I was traveling solo in Spain. Part of my hesitation in bringing it up as part of the global conversation was that I didn’t know if it really counted for anything. It wasn’t rape. It was “just” molestation, it didn’t feel “serious” enough to be called sexual assault, it happens to so many women and if it is nowhere near as bad as the many online stories, is it that big a deal? . But then I realized that these thoughts are EXACTLY the reason behind the normalization of sexual aggression in society and why so many cases go unreported. It’s NOT “just” molestation, it IS “serious” enough to be categorized as sexual assault and anything falling short of rape IS still a big deal. . Sexual assault is “any unwanted sexual contact that stops short of rape or attempted rape." So if you have ever been touched inappropriately without your consent, be it that one time by a complete stranger or repeatedly by someone you know, be it a "casual" brush against the breasts or an outright ass grab - it’s sexual assault. And just because it happens all the time everywhere, it doesn’t mean it’s okay. . We use words like “groping” or “fondling” because the term “sexual assault” feels too serious, but it's using such euphemistic language that diminishes the severity of such offenses and perpetuates a dangerous message in society that such behavior shouldn’t be taken seriously. . So if you have experienced ANY form of unwanted sexual contact - be it on your solo travels, on a crowded train, in the club - don’t downplay it. Call it out for what it really is - sexual assault. Talk to someone instead of keeping it to yourself. And if you know someone who went through such an experience, take them seriously and NEVER tell them it's no big deal. . Every little bit goes a long way in changing society’s mindset.
Among all the towns in Hokkaido, I found Hakodate one of the prettiest and most charming. As one of the first port cities in Japan to open up to international trade, the cityscape is a blend of traditional Japanese and Western-style architecture with influences from Europe and Russia. . The waterfront area is incredibly picturesque, lined with historic red-brick warehouses now converted into an atmospheric shopping and dining complex with trendy shops and hip restaurants. . I saw this lone bicycle parked outside one of the warehouses and I instantly knew I had to take a picture with it. What is the silliest thing you have ever done for the gram? 🙈
Expansive landscapes, sweeping farmlands, unspoiled wilderness, dense forests - Hokkaido feels like a different world from the rest of Japan. . The best way to explore the largely rural and sparsely populated island is by car, where driving through Hokkaido’s stunning countryside is an experience like no other. In autumn, the scenery is transformed with a palette of spectacular colors like these dazzling golden wheat fields that brighten up the entire landscape. ✨ . This was my first proper road trip since I was 12, and now I definitely need to do more of these. Where was your favorite road trip? 🚗 . @passionpassport #PPremoteplaces
“Autumn writes her own poetry, we are merely observers.” ~ Terri Guillemets . For the longest time, I couldn’t quite decide whether I loved spring or autumn more. The first time I experienced spring was in NYC, and the whole time I just felt so happy being surrounded by flowers everywhere. And the cherry blossoms, oh, the beautiful pink blossoms. . But while spring adds so much beauty to a landscape, autumn has the magic to completely transform it. Autumn paints the world in rich shades of gold and burgundy - entire streets, parks, forests, mountains, cities. Her poetry starts with the first touch of color on the leaves, to multicolored mosaics on the hills and ends with carpeting the streets in a fiery blaze. . It was a really close call, but autumn, you may just have my heart. ♥ . Has anyone else experienced a similar dilemma in deciding on their favorite season? . #WHPseasons
Chasing the autumn colors in Japan was an absolute dream. Japan is at her most beautiful in two seasons - cherry blossom season and autumn, and I was finally able to tick one off my list! . Do you know the promotional photos at tourist attraction spots where they show you the place looking at its absolute best? During my first Japan trip to Kyoto, almost all the photos were from autumn in all its multicolored glory. Since then, it has been a dream of mine to return to Japan to experience the incredible autumn scene. . As a huge food lover, Hokkaido had already been on the top of my list for the longest time for its famous seafood and dairy products. So it seemed like the perfect combination to visit Hokkaido in autumn; and sure enough, it was all kinds of amazing. While Hokkaido is world-famous for its ski resorts and ice-capped mountain slopes, it is also a gorgeous autumn destination and I cannot wait to share more photos with you guys 🍁 . Where is your favorite place for autumn leaves? . . p.s. Will be continuing with Vietnam updates after the Hokkaido series, but I wanted to post these autumn photos before winter came. 😂
The Saigon Central Post Office is hands down the grandest post office I have ever seen in my life. At first glance, it more closely resembles a 20th century European railway station with its intricate ironwork, striking vaulted ceiling and arch windows. . There is a widespread claim by local guides and even Lonely Planet that this architectural marvel was designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. As impressive as that sounds, it could be likely designed by Cochinchina’s first chief architect, Marie-Alfred Foulhoux instead. . The coolest thing is that it is still a functioning post office till today, where you can send mail or buy postcards. While I don’t send much postcards myself, I do love collecting cool vintage postcards whenever I see them. Anyone else likes to collect or send postcards when they travel? ✉️ . . . . . . #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #travelvietnam #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #vietnamtrip #igvietnam #vscocamvietnam #vscovn #exploreasia #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #femmetravel #darlingescapes #sgig #vscosg #vscosaigon #somewhereinsaigon #saigoncorner #saigoninmyeyes #hochiminhcity #hcmc
Thank you soo much to everyone who participated in my first giveaway, in celebration of @Uriage_sg Thermal Water’s 25th Anniversary! The lucky five who will win a special anniversary bottle design are @conjering, @nanaynimarco1982, @nettliee, @qiababy1119 and @heavenstar. Congratulations! Please drop an email to email@example.com with your full name and mailing address to redeem your prize. :) . I hope you will enjoy this @uriage_sg thermal water as much as I do, whether it is to refresh yourself in hot and humid Singapore or for a quick hydration boost on your travels. It definitely came in handy on my trip to Hokkaido in the cooler weather ♥ . On that note, would you guys rather be too hot or too cold? It is definitely a hard choice, so will be curious to hear what you think! . #UriageSG #BeautyFromTheAlps #ad . . . . . . . #sgig #vscosg #sgblogger #japan #visitjapan #traveljapan #japantrip #igersjp #instagramjapan #japan_vacations #hokkaido #hokkaidotrip #hokkaidolikers #fallcolors #fallfoliage #autumn #autumnvibes #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #dametraveler #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #citizenfemme #darlingescapes #keepitwild #theoutbound
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted." - Bill Bryson . This quote aptly sums up one of my favorite parts about traveling. When you are in the comfort of your own home city, you tend to fall into a familiar routine and start taking things for granted. But when you travel to a new foreign place, you often see everything with fresh eyes and even the most mundane of everyday experiences feel new, exciting and extraordinary. You take in the surroundings with all your senses that are heightened to the little details and nuances with a renewed intensity. There are new things to learn and experience every day about the city, the language, the people, the culture. . Even when you return home from your travels, you will have a newfound appreciation of the world you live in if you see everything with a new perspective as if you were a visitor in your own city. That beautiful view you pass by every day on your way to work? Take a few moments to appreciate it. That museum or attraction site you always said you would get to later but never did? Make an outing out of it. Always eat or hang out at the same familiar places? Check out somewhere totally new. . Have you ever been a tourist in your own city?
With nearly a century of French rule in the 1800s, their influence can still be largely felt in Vietnam till today. In fact, you could be mistaken for thinking you were in Paris when strolling through the historic centre of Saigon with its prominent French colonial landmarks like the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica. . I also find it fascinating how you can taste the city’s history through the colonial influences in its food and drink. It was the French who introduced coffee to Vietnam, now an integral part of the local culture - right down to the similarities in the streetside cafés and people-watching. The French legacy can also be felt in the everyday cuisine, most notably the Vietnamese baguettes ‘banh mi’ and French-inspired desserts such as the caramel pudding dessert ‘banh flann’. . Happy #Friyay everyone! Any exciting plans for the weekend?
I don’t come across that many walls with vines or flowers where I live, so I just get a little too happy whenever I see one like this incredibly random spot along the street in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). . Saigon streets are infamous for the crazy motorcycle traffic and being almost impossible to cross for the uninitiated, some might even say downright terrifying. I think it’s more of a mental challenge than anything else, the trick is to get over your fears and confidently walk forward at a steady pace so that the motorcyclists can ride around you. . It’s even more dangerous if you come to a sudden stop midway, as the motorcyclists won’t be able to predict your movements. However, you have to be careful of cars and buses as they are less likely to give way to you. . Which city do you find crossing the streets a bit of a challenge? 🛵
Coffee is not just a drink in Vietnam, it’s an entire culture. In fact, it is common for locals to spend more on coffee and drinks in a day compared to food. This ‘Cafe Apartment’ is testament to the Vietnamese love of coffee and one of the coolest buildings I have ever seen, it’s an apartment ‘chocolate-box’ entirely filled with hip cafés and boutiques with a prime view of the famous pedestrian street in Saigon. . I also love how there are so many options from cheap takeaway coffee where you can sit on little stools right on the sidewalks, to modern cafés with Instagram-worthy interiors and enough menu options to rival Starbucks. . Where is your favorite city for coffee and cafes? ☕️
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Not for the faint-hearted, Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as its residents call it) is a high-octane commercial city bustling with so much energy that you cannot help but be swept up into its chaotic whirl. The zoom of motorcycles that zip narrowly past you, the mouthwatering smells of street food from the stalls that dot every sidewalk, the narrow little alleys tucked away just behind sleek modern facades, the French colonial footprint around the city nucleus - it's a fast-developing city that will engulf all your senses. . One of my favorite colonial landmarks is the Saigon Opera House with its intricate ornamental details and soft pink facade. Its elegant French architecture is inspired from the Petit Palais in France built in the same year. . Have you experienced the dizzying energy of Saigon, and more importantly - did you survive all the motorcycles? 🛵
When you are off jet-setting, it’s easy to let your usual grooming routine fall by the wayside (if you are able to keep up a 10-step skincare routine on the road, I really applaud you!). . I have to confess I am extremely low-maintenance when it comes to my hair, so I find @TRESemme products really easy for that hair pick-me-up to bring back some vibrance and shine to my distressed tresses. I have always associated TRESemmé with salon-quality hair care and use their products frequently, so I was so excited when they approached me for this collaboration. . Do share how you upkeep your hair and grooming habits when you travel! . #TRESemmeSG #SalonGorgeousHair #sp #ad
Hi friends, I'm finally back! It's been a long break from Instagram as I was caught up with work and travels, but now I have a bunch of new photos that I can't wait to share with you guys! . Truth be told, I was getting a little bit jaded with Instagram what with getting shadow banned and the dropping engagement, as well as being caught up in the comparison game and feeling like my photos weren't quite good enough. But we could all use the reminder that while Instagram is full of beautiful curated inspiration, we should also post for ourselves and not just what we think others want to see. . I started this account because I had such a big backlog of travel photos and I wanted a platform where I could share them, as well as help others discover all these amazing places. It helps to remember why you started in the first place, and not get too caught up in the game. . Would love to hear your stories on why you started on Instagram too! 😊
One of my favorite things about Sa Đéc is its riverside location and numerous winding canals, along which you can take an idyllic stroll past quaint streets, charming bridges and historic pagodas (like the iconic Kim Huê Pagoda pictured here) - I can see why some liken the town to the little "Venice" of the Mekong delta. . Not unlike the romantic allusions of its European counterpart, Sa Đéc is also home to its own love story. The town is best known as the setting of French writer Marguerite Duras' autographical novel and film 'The Lover' (L'Amant) - based on the tumultuous love affair between an adolescent French girl and her older Chinese lover in pre-war IndoChina. . Check out my stories for more river scenes around Sa Đéc as well as the colonial "Lover's House" of Marguerite Duras' former lover! ✯ . I know I am sooo late to the game, but have only gotten into IG stories recently; been checking out many of your awesome stories and it's so cool to see your updates and videos and even hear how you sound like (I know right, it's like I have been living under a rock). Will be trying to update mine more frequently as well, watch this space! ♥ . . . . . #vietnam @visitvietnam @vietnamwonders @vietnam.destinations @discovervietnam #instavietnam #ig_vietnam #everydayvietnam #vscovietnam #explorevietnam #vietnamtrip #sadec #mekong #vscocamvietnam #vietnamcharm @damestravel #gltlove #femmetours #citizenfemme @beautifulseasia #travelgirlsgo #asiatravels #instasg #sgig @jetstarasia #jetstarasia #vscosg
"It is in the still silence of nature that one will find true bliss.” -J.J.C . During our stay in Sa Đéc, our friends took us on a motorcycle ride out to the tranquil countryside of Đồng Tháp province where we drove past meandering rivers and vast rice fields to arrive at the ecological reserve of Xẻo Quýt. . Previously a revolutionary base during the Vietnam War, you can now take a canoe ride for less than US$1 through the dense swamp under a lush forest canopy of lofty trees and vines or walk amongst the immense lotus ponds. . Check out my stories for more snaps of the canoe tour and motorcycle ride through the countryside! ✯ . . . . . #vietnam @visitvietnam @vietnamwonders @vietnam.destinations @discovervietnam #instavietnam #ig_vietnam #everydayvietnam #explorevietnam #vietnamtrip #mekong #dongthap #xeoquyt #vscocamvietnam @damestravel #gltlove #femmetours #thefairytalebloggers #citizenfemme @beautifulseasia #travelgirlsgo #asiatravels #instasg #thetravelintern @jetstarasia #jetstarasia #sgtravel #skyscannersg
The saying goes that there are so many pagodas in Sa Đéc that if you were to stand on the roof of one you would be able to spot another. One of the most beautiful is the Kien An Chung Pagoda from the 1920s, with its striking Chinese architecture and elaborately decorated tiled roofs. . Speaking of the little riverside town of Sa Đéc, I really began to understand just how small the town was when we were starting to get recognized as the "only foreigners in town". While dining out with friends, a stranger sitting at a table across remarked to our friend on how she remembered us from another stall the day before. Our friend then shared how his relatives and friends would drop him a message every time they "spotted" us around town. As the town doesn't see much visitors, we probably stood out even more when our earnest but clumsy attempts at the language gave us away. 😂 . Have you guys ever experienced anything similar when traveling to lesser-known places? . . . . . . #vietnam #visitvietnam @visitvietnam @discovervietnam #vietnamcharm #vietnamtravel #vietnamtrip #travelvietnam #instavietnam #explorevietnam #vscovietnam #everydayvietnam #sadec #igvietnam #beautifulseasia #exploreasia #beautifuldestinations #passionpassport #thetravelwomen #dametraveler #wearetravelgirls #sheisnotlost #femmetravel #darlingescapes #sgig #vscosg #sgblogger #globalfashiongal @globalfashiongal
Locally nicknamed the "Flower City" of South Vietnam, Sa Đéc is renowned for the thousands of exotic flowers farmed in its extensive Flower Village. The flowering season reaches full bloom in the month leading up to Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year) where the flower farms transform into a beautiful spring spectacle filled with vivid colors and perfumed aroma. . Unfortunately it was not flowering season when I was in town so I had to settle for this pink foliage instead. I suppose my dreams of frolicking among endless flower fields would have to wait for now 😆 . Happy #Friyay, have a beautiful weekend ahead with lots of positive vibes! 💕
Had it not been for my Vietnamese friend @letan93 who recently held his wedding in his hometown Sa Đéc, I would have never heard about this overlooked gem in the Mekong delta. . Tucked away from the well-trodden tourist trail (besides the occasional day-trippers on their Mekong cruises), don't expect any backpacker nooks or a tried-and-tested checklist of ''must-sees". Sa Đéc felt reminiscent of what Saigon may have been like 20 years ago, with its comparatively peaceful tree-lined streets, fading colonial villas, atmospheric riverside walks and bargain noodles for as low as US$0.30. The only itinerary you need is to slow down your pace, go off-path and just spend time connecting with the local way of life. . In fact, the whole time felt as if we were the only foreigners in town - and we had it all to ourselves to discover. This sleepy little town doesn't put on any airs to pander to tourists, and that's what I loved about it. . What about you guys? Do you love exploring well-known destinations packed with highlights or roaming the off-beaten path for undiscovered places without a plan in mind?
Hi friends! Was out of action for a while as I was down with some pretty bad food poisoning. It's one of the most frustrating ailments to encounter on your travels, as you may end up being on house arrest for days (depending on the severity) having to be in constant proximity of a bathroom and likely lose your appetite for everything (particularly street food) except for the blandest of foods. . Before I continue with more Vietnam updates, here is a repost of Dubrovnik as I am way too excited that Game of Thrones is finally back! How epic is the first episode of Season 7 (especially the opening scene)? 😮 . If this location looks familiar, it's Fort Lovrijenac in Dubrovnik which doubles as the Red Keep in King's Landing in the first few seasons. In real life, the fortress played a key role in protecting the city against Venetians from both the land and the sea and offers spectacular views of the Dubrovnik Old Town 💙 . Any other fellow GoT fans here? 🙋
For an amazing insight into another country's traditions and culture, there is nothing more special than being part of such a significant and beautiful experience as their local wedding celebrations. . I am incredibly lucky to have had the chance to attend friends' weddings in their home countries such as Sri Lanka and Taiwan, and this time I am so happy to be in Vietnam with @globalgluttonsg to attend the wedding celebrations of our dearest Vietnamese friends @letan93 and @tramngoc0603. . The wedding celebrations took place in my friends' hometown Sa Đéc - a charming little town in the Mekong delta a few hours away from Ho Chin Minh City. The festivities spanned over 3 days with a series of house parties, traditional ceremonies and wedding receptions involving a total of over 1,000 guests on both the bride's and groom's side - definitely the most elaborate wedding festivities I have attended to date. And one thing's for sure, karaoke is a huge part of the wedding celebrations in Vietnam! . Congratulations again to the beautiful couple, may you enjoy a lifetime of love and bliss together ❤️ . Check out my IG stories to see more of the Vietnamese wedding celebrations! And will be featuring more on the idyllic riverside town of Sa Đéc in upcoming posts 😊 . Have you ever attended a local wedding in another country?
"See the world through the eyes of your inner child. The eyes that sparkle in awe and amazement as they see love, magic and mystery in the most ordinary things." // Henna Sohail . Felt like a child again in this sea of huge floating balls that change color and produce sounds when you touch them, spreading the color to adjacent balls until they are all uniform in color. This 'Homogenizing and Transforming World' installation by the Japanese creative collective Teamlab is a physical representation of how interconnected we all are in this digital age, where every information we pass on and introduce may change the world in an instant.
"Our Earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity.' - Yayoi Kusama . Can you identify the individual objects in this shot or does everything look like an extraordinary blur of color? . In Yayoi Kusama's interactive Obliteration Room, the completely white furniture and objects act as a blank canvas where visitors can cover with colorful dot stickers until nothing exists but dots. . This art project is based on the artist's hallucinations suffered during her abusive childhood where she saw the world covered in dots and felt like she had begun to 'self-obliterate'. #SGLovesKusama
Travel is more than the beautifully curated feeds or the flawlessly edited photos with perfectly matching outfits, it is the all-encompassing experience of exploring new places, opening yourself up to new experiences and being ready for adventure, even when things don't go the way you expect. . I remember how excited I was to finally visit The Big Apple; it was going to be a solo adventure of a lifetime and I only had less than 3 full days to fit in as much of the city as I could. . The first morning after I arrived in the city, I woke up feeling like my eyelids had been glued together and it would literally hurt to open my eyes. As luck would have it, I had come down with conjunctivitis on my very first morning in New York City, and the better half of the day was spent going to the clinic to get checked up and getting some rest after taking my meds. . Despite the rocky start, NYC still turned out every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be - there is an electrifying vibe and endless energy to the City That Never Sleeps. While a little over 2 days is definitely not enough to finish exploring this amazing city, I knew that I would be back to continue this love affair.
“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.” – Antoine Desaint-Exupery . When you find someone who shares the same never ending wanderlust. Can't wait for more adventures with you ♥ . This shot was actually taken by a local Taiwanese hiker we met on the incredibly scenic Zhuliu Old Trail at Taroko Gorge in Taiwan, who turned out to be an awesome photographer and gave us many insider tips on where to find the best local eats. . p.s. Apologies for the lack of posts, as I am currently still sorting through my laptop issues so do not have access to most of my photos 😞
What are some of your travel packing essentials? I am definitely a chronic last minute packer, but there are some must-haves I never leave home without - including my phone and camera (of course), a comfy pair of walking shoes (for exploring cities and outdoor walks), a scarf (handy for both chilly flights or temples) and a pair of shades. . Lately, I have also realised the importance of bringing the right skincare as my skin tends to dry out when travelling - especially on long flights or when in more temperate countries (LOVE the cooler weathers though). Hence, I have teamed up with @uriage_sg to introduce their Hydrating Range which helps you keep your skin constantly hydrated when you travel - made using their patented Thermal Water from the French Alps. . In Singapore, you can find this hypoallergie skincare at major pharmacies like @watsonssg, @guardian_singapore and Unity. #uriagesg #uriagesingapore #endorsed
What pastel dreams are made of - ornately decorated Peranakan shophouses from the 1920s on what has got to be one of the prettiest streets in Singapore. It's also in one of my favorite hipster enclaves that's lined with Instagram-worthy chic cafés and amazing street food. . On a totally unrelated note, my laptop crashed on me. I'm keeping my fingers crossed as I'm waiting for the diagnosis from the specialist. I have heard so many stories and I swear I was already looking into get a hard drive to back up all my photos, but sometimes things happen when you least expect it. Luckily the boyfriend has a copy of some of our travel photos (thank goodness), but hopefully I will be able to get the rest of my files back without having to fork out too much $$$. 😔 . So you have heard the stories - always always back up and don't put it off like I did!
“Good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world”. . The humidity in Singapore can definitely wreck havoc on my hair, and I have a feeling that my fellow international friends who have travelled to Southeast Asia can also empathise. Recently, I have been loving Hask, an organic hair brand from USA that uses all-natural ingredients like argan oil, chia seeds, white truffle and macadamia without all the bad chemicals. Currently using the Coconut Milk & Organic Honey series, and apart from keeping my hair frizz-free, it smells sooo good ❤️ . #endorsed #HaskSingapore #HairCare #NaturalHairCare #HASKtag #NoNasties
"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is." - Mandy Hale . Hi friends! Sorry that I have posted for so long, but sometimes life just catches up with you. But to be honest it's also great to take some time off now and then, to set our priorities straight and focus on what really matters. . I am sure that a lot of us can relate to sometimes measuring ourselves against other people's Instagram lives - Why aren't my photos as good? Why haven't I travelled to as many amazing places? Why aren't my numbers or engagement as high? We lose sight of what Instagram is supposed to be - sharing moments in our lives that are true to ourselves, and connecting to other like-minded souls and finding inspiration in the things we love. . Sometimes we forget that life is not just about what fits into those perfect little squares, but being thankful for what we already have and finding our own happiness. . Have any of you ever felt the need to take a social media detox from time to time to recharge and reset?
Happy #Friyay!! / #Ihavethisthingwithtiles too and Penang is filled with so many gorgeous ornately designed tiles. Interesting fact: these ornamental pieces found their way to the shores of Penang, Malacca and Singapore during the British colonial times and found favor with the local Peranakan community who regarded them as an emblem of wealth and affluence. Till today, these intricate tiles are a distinct feature of Peranakan architecture and design 💕#PPRepetition . Thank you for all the tips and encouragement left on my last post! So thankful to be part of such a supportive IG community. I have taken the first step by doing some major spring cleaning in my room, which I have put off for the longest time - hopefully a cleaner and more organized environment will also breed better productivity! 😆
#Ihavethisthingwithdoors. Randomly stumbled across the prettiest back alley when I was in Penang (thanks Google Maps!), including this gorgeous wall with one of my favorite color combinations. Seriously, where else do people bother making their wall and door in the back alley look so good? 😍 . On another note, does anyone else struggle with procrastination on a regular or chronic basis? Do you have any tips on how you deal with it?
Wow I can't believe that I've made it to 10k! Thank you so much to each and every one of you, I am constantly blown away by your support and kindness in this amazing IG community. Every day I am inspired by you all - be it to take better photos, to follow my travel dreams or to add another place to my already never-ending bucket list. So thank you and have an amazing long weekend! ✨🦄🌈 . Now I just need to kick my own ass to finally launch my website, been putting it off for far too long! 😂 . ps: Who needs a drone when you have cafes overlooking the gorgeous beach and a very obliging Instagram BF @globalgluttonsg 😘#RChic
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