**This post is SO overdue, I meant to publish this in October but it got left hanging in my Drafts. Read in retrospect!**
After exams ended mid-july, I yearned for a getaway of sorts – anywhere with a good view cos my eyes needed to rest from all that studying!
I initially planned for a trip in Europe but after the ill-fated MH17 tragedy, the family felt a bit shaken so we agreed to stay put for a while. I was still adamant on that much-deserved holiday, so we settled for a sweet beach holiday within the country. A beach break is always a good idea :)
Malaysia is a country with many public holidays and what’s good about 2015’s public holidays is that most are strategically placed near weekends. You know what that means…plentiful extended long weekends!
For the first long extended public holiday weekend, a group of friends and myself decided to have a nature-retreat escape. After reading this article, we decided that we had to tick at least one off the list this year!
We headed to Dusun in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, about an hour away from Kuala Lumpur. We stayed there one night which is more than enough really and maximised the facilities and activities available. We mostly just relaxed and hung out – which is what being at a nature retreat like this is all about. The photos in the website definitely lived up to the quality and thus it was excellent for photo-snapping.
Made another trip to Bali after 5 years and so much has changed. The airport is different, there’s more highways and they’ve installed a toll. They’re definitely more resorts/hotels and the dynamics of the city has changed. Nevertheless 100% tourism devoted as always.
I stayed at St. Regis with my family and it was amazing. Website photos definitely lived up to the quality and the weather (minus a few showers of rain here and there) made it so apt for constant snaps. Definitely no filters needed!
The resort is indeed big and there were buggies available for service but I decided to forgo all that and enjoy every walk, every path, every view. I just loved the abundance of greenery, the river flowing-like pool and the complimentary wi-fi available everywhere! Who doesn’t love that hehe.
The beach was quaint and lovely and I was reminded of how awesome the waters are here in Bali; clear see-through blue with a constant present of waves. Nowonder it’s a surfers haven.
Last weekend I ticked another destination off my beachy/island getaways – Pangkor Laut Resort, a separate island off the main Pangkor Island, Perak.
(p.s: I’m from Perak so I couldn’t help but feel a little pride there!)
Pangkor Laut is as beautiful as the website portrays it to be. Everything about the island is picturesque, serene, breathtaking and blissful. Definitely perfect for taking photos, speaking of which was definitely our favourite past time there :D
I love weekend/holiday trips around Malaysia. Sometimes you just need to get out of the city (KL for me) and take a breather, refresh your eyesight and explore a new place. So I was thrilled when the parents decided to spend this Raya Haji weekend visiting my brother in Johor Bahru. Makes our visit more exciting cos we have a tourguide!! A long and relaxed weekend, i got to see what Johor is about and appreciate the simplicity of its town and people. I also got to ponder on where new developments is taking the city, im thinking the next best hub in about 5-10 years time? Always exciting learning about the development of a city and society.
I didn’t take that many pics but here’s a pic of me having a plate of scrumptious local hainanese chicken chop in town. I haven’t had chicken chop in ages so having this in a city i’ve never visited made it extra special for me.
Last month when I was planning my graduation cum Euro trip my dad suggested we visit my uncle working in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosnia for short). There was a thought. Bosnia? Didn’t cross my mind but I certainly wasn’t going to pass that chance up. All I knew was that it was previously war torn and that it’s a beautiful country. I had no idea what to expect, but I was excited.
Upon arrival I was enchanted. We were greeted by my excited uncle who then told us that our first stop was a drive all the way up to the former Winter Olympics mountain for some fine Bosnian cuisine. To be honest everything I saw and experienced was a delight. But nothing was more enchanting than the view. Bosnia is a beautiful mountainous country, a sight for sore eyes, a never-ending valley.
A bunch of classmates and I decided to make a day trip to Bath over the weekend.
It’s such a lovely place! Only an hour away by train from Reading and the view of the meadows on a sunny calm Sunday morning was refreshing. Definitely a favourite part of travelling by train :)
We started our day in the morning so we could make use of our whole day. Arrived at the station and even the view from there was nice! Check out the terraced houses uphill in the background..
So my second brother came to visit and you know what that meant – extended weekend trip to London! (so very grateful for a relaxed timetable this term..)
Exams are over and I’ve got a good 2 weeks left before I fly home.
Oh and sun’s out to stay! (or atleast I hope so) Woopie!
So I’m in Cardiff now to visit Abang and Aliaa and to bask out in the Welsh sun. Have to say it sometimes feels weird to just head out without my coat. It’s like, eh I think I’m forgetting something.
My coat? Sunnies!
Our most anticipated visit during our Paris trip was a day-trip to Disneyland!
And it was rather a special one because not only was I was with my favourites, we stayed back for the fireworks at the end of the day AND Disney was also celebrating its 20th birthday. Guess what, I turn 20 too this year! (more like in a few days :D)
I recently got back from a week’s trip to Paris with my favourites!
Rooftop restaurant of Printemps
This was my second visit to Paris, this time longer and in a different season! Albeit some rainy moments, the sun was mostly shining. And the flowers were blooming too!
A few weeks back, I accompanied the bestfriend RS on her day trip to film in Oxford. She’s studying journalism and as part of her course she’s frequently out filming and interviewing people. She needed a helping hand and Oxford is only 1/2 an hour away from Reading AND I hadn’t seen her in a while so I thought why not!
journalist in the making!