Been on a hiatus, lost my photos on my GoPro from the last trip, misplaced my GoPro, trying to get someone to buy my drone and yada yada yada.
And also, I’ve been busy.
But watch this space for there’s a birthdaycation coming after all this craziness in March is over (please).
Not entirely a bad year so here’s one of my best videos of 2017.
I’ve always wanted to stand up paddle-board. I read that Stand Up paddling is the most chilled out sport of all board sports. Boy, were they wrong! Nothing chilled about this sport.
The board looks light but it’s actually heavy and I struggled to carry it into the water.
..but I did eventually. (As you can see in the muted video cos I sound very annoying when i’m panicky🤮)
I think if I learn how to paddle with the right technique, I might get the hang of it. So here’s my #1 resolution for this year (and in writing)
1. To take up SUP (Stand Up Paddle-boarding)
The writer is not WUI. (writing under-influence) She will make this happen.
2017 has given me so much life lessons; falling into depression (tho not clinically diagnosed), falling out of love/like, failing at friendship and so on but then again it’s just another year, and I am grateful and blessed because I am still alive and breathing after all of the bullshit that the year brought me.
There were days when I dealt with hangovers. With headaches. With post-surgery trauma. With unanswered texts and canceled plans. With broken hearts.
But you know what they say,
“What doesn’t hurt you only makes you stronger.”
And you will continue to grow.
Going into 2018, I know what kind of toxic people I should keep far away from. I’ve learned so much about myself; what I like and don’t like, who I’d spend my time with, what I want in life and how bad I want abs. (I mean abs are good but dayumn, donuts 🍩).
I’ve also realised if I don’t take a major leap next year, I’d die of the ‘stagnant syndrome’.
So here’s to 2018.
Hope you have a safe New Year’s Eve celebration and if you’re drinking tonight, Uber home.
Start 2018 with a bang 💥
A year ago, I wouldn’t have thought going to Yangon & Bagan on an all-expenses paid trip but Sunsilk, you are gold ❤
Flew on Malaysia Airlines (not Business but still as good) and watched two movies cos flight was delayed by an hour and we were on board.
That didn’t matter cos as soon as I checked into Park Royal Yangon, the room was ah-mazing and the bed was as comfy as my Ugg boots. Thank you Park Royal Yangon ❤
Park Royal Yangon is located in the heart of the city set amidst the country’s rich cultural heritage. Went for a walk to the cafe about seven (7) minutes walk from the hotel.
A quiet cafe about seven (7) minutes from Park Royal Yangon. It was a hot and humid day and all i needed was latte and maybe a light snack.
i know i should avoid all crustacean but i was craving for a plate of gatal seafood. i suffered tremendously later in the night. Padan muka.[/caption]<
if you’re in Yangon, I highly recommend Babette Eater & Bar.
..and of course i decided to go exploring and got lost at the tracks.
I think it was a train station but couldnt tell cos there wasn’t a ticket counter. Maybe this was the hidden gem 💎 travellers kept on talking about.
Next stop, Bagan! Can’t wait 😍
view from semabu hills hotel, nusa penida.
it was a morning just like today. the Sun was out, the sky was bright as my neon dress and the calming sound of the ebbing waves.
i love that semabu hills hotel puts the intricate details of the exterior decor and landscaping of the hotel.
nusa penida is fifteen minutes (15) away from nusa lembongan. you can get a boat for 30,000 rupiah (USD 2) from the yellow bridge (iconic landmark in nusa lembongan).
how else would you have hot latte in semabu hills hotel? 😎
Badung Strait separates Nusa Penida from the Bali Island. On a good day, you can see Mount Agung from Nusa Penida. (it’s Day 8 from the first volcanic ash hiccup of Mount Agung🙁)
While waiting for your room to be ready, you can also opt to immerse yourself in a good book at the cafe. There are big colourful settes in the lounge/cafe area. But watch out for flies if you order snacks! There’s a serious case of flies around. Waste management is not really prioritised here on the island.
after what seemed like ten tortoise years later, we finally got the keys to our room. And it’s the best room in the Hotel 😍 (you be the judge 👩🏻⚖️)
it was raining the whole afternoon when we arrived. finished a book while i was there (checkout my reads on Instagram #zalyazidreads) ♥️
and then there’s the pool 😍 off to the next island.. Bali