Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A day's out in Venice in Spring Summer

I have hundreds of photos of Venice but very few make it to daylight...............

WHY AM I KEEPING THEM?!?

Anyway, while I was updating my 2016 in pictures and seeing the photos of Venice reminded me of that lovely day out in town with Allesandro, our airbnb's owner's friend. Minus the fact that there were three of us ladies trailing him around, it would probably be a romantic walk for any for that matter. 

Venice in, spring / summer is so beautiful.... 😍😍


We went out sometime around 10am, a habit we cultivated over the years of appreciating what a good holiday meant. Some sleep in. It took us about 20 minutes from the countryside to reach town, and was then welcomed by the young kindred. 

He promised to bring us into the heart of Venice, into the alleys and cobblestones of this small but beautiful canal city. From the main piazza, to the hidden gems of old settlements. Which we did. To the canals, the ever so famous canals, to the esplanade off we went. With the singing gondolas or rather Italian radio (modern now) filling up the air. 









That day's weather was PERFECT. I mean look at it. 



Blue skies, sun out, fresh seas. Just enough breeze and sun, for hats and scarves. For gelatos, or ice creams. For wines or seafood. For skirts and shirts. 





I don't know who needs a cheese cake gelato, but now I do


After about an hour or so walk, we decided to have lunch in one of the small restaurants in the city. So tastefully done, so typical Italian in its ways. Allesandro ordered bolognese, while each of us tried different things separately. Fish, meat, pizza. 



This piece of meat of a 3 course lunch which I forgot what

How do people live in such a touristic city? I feel weird sitting in a restaurant people snapping everything away.. Including you as their subject matter in their pictures. 😒😒 I'll probably know soon, since KK is becoming one. 

We walked into galleries. And walked back out. 




We saw lots of masquerade shops. Had to buy one. Knowing me and my random choices in life. 


We went into the fresh market, and bought lots of prepacked risottos (because mum😂). I bought some fresh tomatoes and asparagus for dinner. I WAS SO HAPPY SHOPPING IN THE FRESH MARKET. I think it's the psychology of being in a holiday. Versus having to grocery shop when you're at home.......... Always rushing.  


Allesandro telling mum about their fresh produce yum




Stumbled upon a corner where all the painters would sit there for hours to paint on Venice ❤️❤️❤️ Some people are so talented. I just stared from behind. 

And then we ended the half day trip with a cruise ride back to where we started. The amount of mental pictures I took. Can't erase them from me, they're mine 😛😛😛





Nearby our stop was a supermarket, and I continued my search. We bought bacon, some butter. The meats in Italy are so awesome I'm just thinking of reasons to try them. Strip bacon, back, belly. Omg. 

By the time we were done for the day, it was already 4pm. Just in time for me to rest in, and start whipping out dinner. 

Except, sunset at that time was 9pm and we were wondering between to eat when hungry or dark 😂


Love,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie. 

Friday, January 06, 2017

Highlights of 2016 in Pictures

Hey guys,

I wanted to do a travel video like the cool person I am but our computer are not in talking terms with the keyboard, so the plan failed 😭😭


So now, I'm just posting photos as below.

When I skipped my brother’s engagement for a much earlier planned friend’s wedding in KL
(😭😭😭😭 Yes I am a terrible sister)


So out of extreme guilt I helped did their engagement decoration 😭😭😭


And then eventually celebrated the Chinese New Year over a SLUMBER PARTY! 


Went for a high school reunion, look! Sisters!


Company outing with these guys


Sorry, I meant these guys ^

Read our trip here >>

Went to Bangkok with BFF for Stephie’s Bachelorette PARTAYYYYY 🎉
(Got conned, free unlimited alcohol in the process and lots of food court)


Read our adventures here (Shopping in Bangkok) 
Read our adventures here ("Temple Running" in Bangkok)

Continued the trip with my little girl, Jessy to Pattaya (They were FREE stays!) 💅💅


Read our free stay at Intercontinental Pattaya Resort >> 

Learned how to cook from the Thais yayyy


Read about our cooking class in Pattaya >>

Visited Italy, Venice (!!!) Everything I dreamed it to beeee 😍😍😍😍



Learned how to make Tiramisu, Pizzas and Carbonara from real Italians (omg can’t believe I’m saying this) And DRANK SO MUCH while I was at it


Ate way too much gelato^


Stayed in the countryside


Read about staying in countryside Venice via Airbnb >>

Ate the whole of Italy up. Okay fine, just Rome


Clearly at this point I don't care about anything else anymore ^

Read about my food adventures in Rome & Venice >>


Best friend Stephie got hitched, FINALLY


And the rest of the gang followed and partied in the kampong

*a moment of silence. It was also the day I found out about my uncle's passing. Loved him so much. I believe he's in a better place*

Took the best family photo EVER


Visited the family at Tenom (Missed them so much) 


Read about my Kampong trip >>

Became aunties!!




Visited Chee Hang and his beautiful Jane in Shanghai for their wedding.
Ate too many things, thanks to Chee Hang Love


And formed a comradeship *peace out

Company’s annual party, my 4th year 


Worked hard but partied harder



Picked up a hobby………… that pays


Best friend Swee Wei got married!!!!!!! Flew to KL for her special day of course
No long distance can stop me


Finally gone on that Vietnamese foodcation I’ve been dreaming!!!!! 😍😍😍😍


Read about my Hanoi adventures, barely done >>

Celebrated my 2*th birthday (HAHA I just realised, I wore the same thing)
Don't care if it's a taboo (and mum's and sis' jokes of drawing portraits of me and disgust)



Night run (the only run in the year for us really 😜) + neon party with the little girl


Living between two cities ……. And two families ✈✈✈
(Idk wtf I'm doing with my finger, maybe it represented three of us siblings) 


Year End Family Gathering ……. Which got me REALLY sick.
Like high fever and nauseous sick, sick


LOOKING FORWARD 2017!



Love,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.