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Words, Art, Love and Life: A Visual Diary

Me: “You’re always saving me.” Art: “This is what I’m here for.”         All photos from this post were taken during the SIKKA Art Fair on March 20, 2017 in Bastakiya Quarter, one of Dubai’s old historical neighborhoods. Being a creatives enthusiast myself, I am and will always be drawn to the arts in whatever form they may be. Through this visual diary of words and mixed media projects, I hope I have ignited a spark of  ...

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My Ultimate Italian Bucketlist

Today’s the day! We’re finally off to Italy! So being the over-planner that I am, I’ve come up with a list of things that I want to see and do during our trip. Yey, I can’t wait to tick them all!   1. Marvel in the grandeur of the Colosseum 2. Say my prayers in St. Peter’s Basilica 3. Visit the Sistine Chapel and admire the Creation of Adam 4. Gush over the Pantheon 5. Make a wish at the Trevi 6. Climb the Spanish Steps 7. Get lost in the charming streets  ...

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Hong Kong in Photos: Where It All Started

Ever wondered how my love for travelling started? My first experience with traveling abroad was to Hong Kong with my family back in October 2011. Since then, I knew in my heart that it’s going to be a part of my life forever. For Kent and me, it was our first trip together too and my first time to bring around my first and only DSLR camera. So many firsts, right? Looking back, I’m glad to have captured some of the best moments of our trip.   May I present: HONG KONG, A  ...

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15 Things to Do in Amsterdam

1. Be romantic. Find the The Fault in Our Stars Bench in Leidsegracht and pretend to be Gus and Hazel for the day. Don’t forget to take that awesome selfie to commemorate the moment.   2. Visit the Dam Square. The Dam Square is Amsterdam’s central square that plays a huge role in history because it is where the city was founded. Some important monuments can be also found nearby such as the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis), New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and the National Monument.  ...

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DIY Paris: Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Le Marais

Day four and five, coming up! DAY FOUR 7 AM | We started the day early, packed our bags and headed to our second hotel in the 10th Arrondissement so we could be closer to Gare du Nord station (since we were taking an early train to Brussels the following day). Our plan was to tour the nearby district of Montmartre and our first stop was Sacre Coeur Basilica. It was a lovely morning and we didn’t want it to go to waste. So instead of taking the funicular railway towards the top of the  ...

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DIY Paris: Tuileries, Île de la Cité, Arc de Triomphe

And the adventure continues. Here we go. DAY THREE 7 AM | We left the hotel early for some authentic french petit déjeuner. We chose a cafe called Terrasse Saint Lazare about one block from where we were staying and we both ordered their breakfast special. Kent had his traditional french omelet and I settled for some bread and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). What I learned about typical french breakfasts is – you can never have too much bread in the morning! My, my! What a surprise it  ...

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DIY Paris: Eiffel, Versailles, Louvre

Hello Francophiles! I’m very excited to present you with the DIY Paris series and to share the five unforgettable days that we spent in this city. I know Paris can be a little bit intimidating especially for first-timers (like I had been when I first set foot there) but fret not because I’m going to lay out our very own itinerary for you to follow or just get ideas from. Sometimes things don’t turn out as planned so just be open to a few adventures and  ...

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