Road trip and beach day @ Cabana Retreat

Sabah is really on the world's map these days. You can't walk a mile without seeing a tourist frolicking through their phones getting their bearings these days. Which is actually alright, I just hope we are aware of the sustainability of things. Which also makes something about a road trip, so refreshingly untempered.

Something about going away to somewhere (even though it is still towards a touristy area) feels incredible. Maybe it's the scenic drive. The more engagement with your surroundings, and the chatter you enjoy with your family and friends in the car. The independence in exploring a new place, instead of going in and out to a place you see so much in pictures.

The four of us decided to travel to Kota Belud and stay overnight at Cabana Retreat because one of us is heading to the big city Singapore to work. Kind of like a farewell, and that I almost forgot it was the Ramadan month, so Fat can't eat during the day. I was also still very sick, coughing my lungs …

Literally a post about Sakura

I have officially become one of the millions that overcrowded the Japanese parks in Tokyo during Sakura season.

Can you blame me though???

Initially, I didn't understand the hype about the Sakura but after seeing with my own eyes how they gracefully disintegrate in the breeze and fall like gentle rain over the many passerby, laughing, toasting and hugging - I totally understand why the Sakura season makes one of the most romantic, most iconic backdrop walks of all time.

Because it truly is.

This is that trip (I usually have one in a year) with mum. And we've been talking about the Cherry Blossoms for as long as I can remember.

Personally, I've never seen the Sakura flowers. It's the kind of flowers you only see in movies, as a backdrop of a dreamy date. Or in a Korean TV series, and you always think it's so beautiful but will not remember it after. And do you know, that the Sakura flowers only bloom for approximately a week? Which is why being able to catch them a…

Day trip at Marine Ecology Research Center (MERC)

It's always sunny in Kota Kinabalu 😊

I've always wanted to go to the Marine Ecology Research Center (MERC) at Gayana Island Resort, so when the company asks us if we wanted to go for a day trip..... I replied within seconds.

I absolutely love educational trips, totally my thing!

Upon arriving Gayana Island Resort, we were welcomed by friendly folks who took us for a short tour around the resort and spoke about their many and excellent conservation efforts. Some of the efforts include reducing plastic usages and replacing them with zero waste items like steel bottles instead of plastic.

Living in the islands are no easy feat, you have to truly be as sustainable as you can to avoid wastage. Many things are imported from the lands.

The tour included an educational videographic about the importance of the giant clams in the sea's ecosystem. Some of the main things, if not the most important, is the fact that giant clams are the sea's natural vacuum. They clean the sea th…

One random Thursday night @ KL Journal

Sway and I were on Skype when we were talking about celebrating our birthdays together. Now that we're both working, I thought it was only cool that I booked a stay in one of the decent hotels in KL.

And then we decided to make it a both of our thing. For our birthdays of course! We decided to choose between one of those 4 stars hotel that's right smack in town with buffet breakfasts 😋

So we booked KL Journal Hotel.

It's only 5 minutes walk to Lot 10, you could see it from the hotel and about 10 minutes from Jalan Alor (food heaven) and Changkat (Pubs heaven?). It was also because we wanted to eat dinner at Joloko the next day (which is right smack in KL city) that we decided to stay in KL city itself.

KL Journal was a quirky, high rise, right next to the HSBC building downtown with the most vibrant swimming area. I say area because while the pool was fairly small, the drinks, bar and chill area were quite big. It could accommodate maybe up to 200 pax? and absolutely col…

Madesimon Villa @ Ubud

I had promised Wira that I would do the deed of sharing his new other villa on my blog. While I didn't stay there (he said it wasn't ready) and particularly took any of these photos, his and his team's kindness (they say it's the Bali spell) have made me feel obliged to.

Plus, it's always good to share... on pretty things especially 😉

It's already live on is slightly more expensive than ThanTha because it could accommodate a party of at least four. It's so pretty oh dear, I wouldn't even think twice if I had a party of four with me.

Link to book here 

What I especially love about the Balinese villas and homes are that they are always surrounded by leaves and trees. You can always hear the trees flutter, and call me hipster, but that is seriously soothing.

Below is Wirah and his family 👋 If you do come, please come and say hi to him. I'll leave his number here so you can contact him directly and maybe mention my name! 😁

Isn't his f…

Walking around the Old Town Prague

...deserves a post all by herself↔💘

I love Prague. Old town Prague?
Maybe a little obsessed by it.

I remember old town Prague; the beautiful orange hue as Jessy and Mum's backdrop. Melancholy violin playing as background music. People clapping, cheering, some kissed. The old in pairs, some alone, clucking through the cobblestones with their walking sticks. The young laughing their way through the bridge - some with a pint in their hands. Kids running escaping from their mums. We even saw a fully dressed full fledged wedding couple. Getting ready to snap at sunset. In the midst of throngs of people.

Why wouldn't everyone love this bridge? 
It's so beautiful. It's so alive. 

And there are layers, and layers of this remarkable town. One entry from the other, another area is vibrant with more things.

It really just keeps getting better by each step.

This was the walk in the morning, we walked into the Old Town Square without knowing. There were horse carriages, ice creams, …

Dinner at Joloko, Kuala Lumpur

Sway and I were talking about celebrating our birthdays together while I'm there (Libras rejoiceeee!), and naturally the first thing we did was, Google. Quite done with late nights, we just wanted to chill and eat. Joloko was one of the few restaurants that came up on the search (I forgot what I typed), and without sharing to Sway, days later Sway shared with me via Insta, on Joloko again.

Either their digital marketing efforts worked hauntingly well, or it was basically just a sign for us.

So yes, you can say we randomly picked a place and rallied the gang at least a month before to meet up here. I was thinking of part dinner part celebration, since we barely catch up and we're earning now!!

Turns out, it was a celebration of all sorts! New jobs, terrible dates, you know, the many things to celebrate as a modern woman these days. It turned out to be a little soiree. So. Much. Fun. 

Before even anything, I publicly apologized to everyone for choosing a place right smack in th…