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You know, I think we can come to terms that I’m so bad with updating. So I thought it would be a great idea just throw together a photo diary of my best memories during my several trips in summer 2012.

So let me shut up and let the photo complete my story.

Venice/Florence/Cinque Terre/Nice/Monaco/Eze/Avignon

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I fall in love with these vibrant colors everyday.

Aren’t we blessed, able to absorb this planet’s full glory?

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Actually, I’m not entirely sure if we spent 60 hours there, it was a trip back in March. We stayed for two nights, let’s assume we did.

When most people think of Thailand, I don’t think Hua Hin can even come close to Top 5, not when you have Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Samed, Chiangmai etc, Hua Hin might look/sound quite dull or second class.

but you’re wrong if you think that way

There’s a reason why Hua Hin is one of the oldest seaside resorts in Thailand and why so many Thai loves to go there. I do confess their waters might not be as clear as those in Koh Samui or Phuket, it doesn’t rock the metropolitan style like Bangkok, but it is a good old gem tucked away in Thailand, yet to be overflood with mass of tourists.

C, C and I had been talking about a getaway trip since forever but never came around, then one day we decided we can delay no more. C wanted water sports and I insisted I can’t take too many days of leave and I wanna control budget, so we restricted our choice to Thailand. Let me get this straight, Hua Hin is a great choice, but be prepared for a three hour drive each leg from BKK airport (which is a pain in the ass, literally)

SATURDAY

3 p.m.

1. Knead The Muscles

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Honestly, I think its quite dangerous when Hongkongers go to Thailand, because they invade every single Thai massage parlor they (I) can find. Eat and massage, that’s what all (most) of us do. So yep, when us girls arrived in Hua Hin, after spending sometime drooling over how nice our hotel room and terrace looks like, and (like all girls do) get changed and touch up our faces, we headed off into the neighbourhood.

Actually our resort Aleenta is located in Pranburi, a seaside village/town located half an hour away from Hua Hin city. Its not so convenient in terms of accessibility, but we definitely loved this area more than Hua Hin itself. It has some cute B&Bs, cafes and all that jazz. Anyways, off we went and indulged ourselves in full on one and half hour massage. I think we only paid 300 Baht each (~HKD80/USD10) – now come on, you can’t get it that cheap in Hong Kong no matter what.

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7 p.m.

2. Go With The Flow

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If you like food, flea market, live music/theatrical performances or a combination of them, you don’t want to miss the Cicada Market. Cicada stands for “Community of Identity Culture Arts and Dynamic Activities” and is one of most vibrant markets in Hua Hin. A combination of an open-air food court sporting fresh and oh-so-delicious Thai specialities (we loved their grilled seafood, grilled pork and tom yum gong), flea market that covers everything from vintage and fashion to artistic products, topped up with several vibrant live performances of music, dance, theatrics etc, you’re guaranteed a great night in Hua Hin. A friendly note is that the food market operates by purchasing food tickets and spare yourself about 300 Baht per person is definitely more than enough.

I’ll let some pictures do the talking:

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Sunday

8 a.m.

3. Breakfast Like A Princess

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We wasted no time on the next day. Breakfast by the terrace with the gorgeous sunlight beaming on our face. Our daily dose of endorphin fixed.
Ray-Bans? Checked.
Music playlist blasting with the hottest mixes? Checked.
Girlfriends? Checked.

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Fancy jumping in to the pool with us for a swim too?

12 p.m.

4. Maybe You’re Born A Kite Runner

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It’s unbelievable how hungry one can get with the mere exercise of swimming (so leisurely) in the infinity pool and just lying on the sun deck roasting oneself. So we decided to walk to the neighbourhood in the opposite direction to get some calories fixtures. Bad idea in that scorching heat. But we caught some beautiful pictures with more than twenty kites flying in the sky. Kite-surfing is apparently really popular in Hua Hin area, we have a kite-surfing school booth near our resort. C was really interested and went to ask, apparently you need at least four days to learn it properly. Maybe we’ll be back to try it out next time with a longer holiday.

Don’t you think it’d be quite cool when everyone says they windsurf or wakeboard that you kitesurf? I’d say that’s pretty standard. Hell yeah.

7 p.m.

5. Seafood, Glorious Seafood!

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Let the photo do the talking.
A whole super filling meal for like, what, less than HKD50 (USD7)?

Try and beat that, son.

9.30 p.m.

6. A Glimpse Into The Aladdin World

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We live next to a Morrocan themed resort, and every time we walked passed it – it’s like stumbling into the exotic Middle East. We decided to go and try out the shisha bar on our last night, dressing up fancy. Don’t you love this bold yet beautiful red and yellow wall? Don’t ask me how long we spent taking pictures. You know Asian girls never miss the chance to pose 😉 The total bill is not as cheap as you would hope, but I’d say most of the bucks goes to the ambience. Seriously, where on earth could you find yourself having shisha and drinks on an exotic terrace, listening to the whistles of the sea with the sea breeze taming your hair?

The trio would very much like to try it out next time. Meanwhile you can have a look here to satisfy your cravings for an exotic fix.

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Monday

6 a.m.

7. All You Shining Stars

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Nothing beats seeing the sun rising above the horizon on the beach. The view was truly breathtaking. It was probably not the most magnificent, majestic scene I’ve seen in my life, but the beauty of the sun rising always had a special place in my heart. It speaks of hope, light, future, all things bright and beautiful.

I think the beauty of life is simply boiled down to this: the ability to appreciate everything that happens in your life, being able to wake up and feel the warmth of the sun, being surrounded by families and friends, to be able to love and be loved. And from time to time, go outside your comfort zone to experience what God had planned for you.

The magic of travelling never dies.


Last but not least, big thanks to my C & C for the company, such a comfortable combination. (And I spent several minutes browsing our photos, and I can’t find a decent one to put up! Now, who’s gonna take the blame huh?)

P.S. Procrastination has to stop. A two month delay in updating is not something I have planned for, seriously.

P.P.S What’s next? Have a guess.

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July 2012

I’ve always had a strange attachment to Scandinavian things. IKEA, Norwegian and Swedish prints and patterns, salmon, northern lights, forests, snowy mountains, reindeers (?). Yea, you might think, such a strange child. But it is not an exaggeration when I say hitting the Scandinavian soil is one of my dreams.

I was always teased by friends saying I’m a full-time traveller rather than a full-time student. Although it may not be something I should be proud of, as I really should stay focused when I study, I’m proud of all the lands i’ve walked on, all the seas i’ve sailed. There is an old Chinese saying that speaks my heart:

Better to walk a ten thousand miles than to read a ten thousand books (讀萬卷書不如行萬里路)

I may not be rich in academic knowledge, but the wealth I gained from seeing the world is priceless and unique. And i’m forever grateful for all those opportunities.

My travel buddy H. is my friend from Uni back in HK. In fact I just joined a few legs of their Grand Europe Tour in June. She’s my fellow avid traveller, trusted friend and loving sister in Christ. Our idea for this was really random. She wanted to stay around for a bit after Grand Europe Tour, opened the map and the first thing that came into her sight was Norway. I always wanted to go to Norway so when she suggested the trip I jumped at the opportunity.

Scandinavian countries are known for their extremely high living standards (hence extremely expensive for travellers). We shopped all the foodstuff we need at Tesco’s and stuffed them all into our backpacks. So thankful for this decision when we later find out that you need to pay around HKD110 for a McDonalds meal.

We toured with Norway In A Nutshell. Our journey starts from Oslo, touring through the Norwegian highlands, stopping at the beautiful town of Flåm for 2 days, then landing at the beautiful coastal city of Bergen.

The Journey Begins…

The non-stop journey from Oslo to Bergen takes around 7 to 8 hours. We were dozing off on the train but suddenly jumped to consciousness when we realized there was a vast stretch of white outside our window. Bare in mind it was July, and though I know some mountain ranges remained snowy all seasons, it still shocked me to infinity and beyond.

Finse – We seized the 5 minute station stop to jump outside. It was so quite, so quite that I think you can hear it if a needle drops. The chilly wind was blowing, and we saw some people hiking up the snowy mountains. The view was spectacular. I was cold but my heart was on fire.

H and I 🙂

Mydral – Getting off to transfer to the Bergen Railway to the Flåm Railway

Note to self: time to lose some weight, really.

Flåm Railway is one of the highlights of this Nutshell tour which you can’t miss. Connecting the mountain stop of Mydral and the town of Flåm, it is one of the steepest railway in the world. It brings us to see the spectacular waterfalls, breathtaking mountain views and glimpse of the majestic Aurlandfjord.

I wonder if heaven looks like this?

Flåm is situated at the bottom of the valley, against the backdrop of the majestic mountains and Aurlandfjord. Sitting against the natural canvas behind, Flåm is one of the hidden Norwegian jewels you must explore.

The weather in July wasn’t that stable, alternates between pouring rain, drizzles or bright sunshine. So a light water-proof jacket is definitel recommended. H and I stayed at a camping site and we found out many families drive with their caravans and camp out there. It was quite an interesting scene to see many couples and families chilling out on the greens with their camp chair and coffee in hand.

Since we arrived in Flåm in the afternoon, we decided to just take it easy for the day and chill out in the area. As typical Hong Kong girls (?), we take tons of pictures of every single spot we visited……

me screaming with heart-shaped eyes: BABIEEEESSSSSS!!!! (and how cute they are, striking a pose for us)

Reminiscing our favourite childhood activities

My inner happy child released.

Blogging always takes longer than I expected, because there’s so much I want to share with you all!

Follow the blog for our further adventures of majestic Fjord hikes, colourful city of Bergen and numerous jump-shots!

Until then,

xoxo

Hello! Sorry I’ve disappeared off the Earth surface for a while. June is HECTIC! So much on my plate but there’s so much I want to share with you all. I need some real peace to sit down and write something, but for the mean time I just want to drop a note here and say I miss you (and the space to write and blab). Stay tuned for more travel goodies!

Two quotes that highlights my month (and I hope strikes home for you too):

You can’t teach experience.
Your greatness is given to you. 

Taken in Burano, Italy (June 2012)

Wish y’all a beaaautiful June evening!

Until then,

xoxo

Patience, people, patience.
I just got back from skiing in France this morning and will start writing on Amsterdam in the next few days, but some winding down is necessary.

I wonder what songs you all grow up listening to? For me, its a mixture of Disney tunes, good ol’ sixties tunes which my Mom loves, some Celtic and irish music here and there, and some classic Canto pops.

So while I was lounging in our apartment apres-ski with mes amis, we shared what’s on our iTunes. I remember I had some songs that I hadn’t incorporated. And guess what I digged out, a complete set of  what I call my childhood comfort songs sitting silencely (neglected by me) in one of my music folders.

I remember a young self, who must be no more than 5 or 6 years old, wearing matching T-shirts with my sister, sitting in the back seat of our family car, dozing off to the breeze of the Hong Kong countryside and the warm and upbeat music of our parents’ favourite.

The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Yesterday Once More – The Carpenters

Rivers of Babylon – Boney M

I Swear – All4One

Hotel California – Eagles

What’s your childhood favourites? Do share! And I wish you all a great Sunday evening! 🙂

Until then,

xoxo

Photo courtesy of my sister J who took this while she was in Copenhagen, Denmark in January 2012

DSLR gets a bit overrated these days. Expensive camera and lens are purchased yet I doubt a lot of the owners actually know how to operate them. My sister sent me a set of film pictures she developed recently after her trip to Denmark, and its so lovely.

It’s a habit of us both to sit in the living room and go through books after books of photo albums of our family archive during holiday. The colour on films might have washed out with time, but the vivid bursting colours and sensations remains. This prompted me to think: “Maybe sometimes the simpler the better – I will just use one of those disposable camera on my next trip!”

Easter holiday had started, I’ve been a good girl so far, getting started on my essays. Found some cheap tickets so will be heading to Amsterdam for 3 days (in time to catch the flower show in Keukenhof!) and then skiing in France for a week. Updates might be slow but I assure you a good quality photo/travel post will be up soon!

Why is it still so cold in March? Bring it on, Spring!

Until then,

xoxo