My Top 3 Travel Companions (did YOU make the cut?)

My Top 3 Travel Companions - Posh, Broke, & Bored
OF COURSE I HAVE TRAVEL BUDDIES - WHO DO YOU THINK TAKES PHOTOS OF ME? BAG DOLCE & GABBANA


"Are we there yet?" 
"JASIMINNE SHUT UP"

Keep your friends close, your enemies closer, and the few who can tolerate your quirks and idiosyncrasies for more than 24 hours without wanting to wrap a hairdryer cord around your neck closest. 😈  As in, their names written down in your black book of 'people to travel with'. I mean, the world as it is can hardly contain my special brand of obnoxiousness, never mind hand luggage restrictions (what do you mean I have to stash my purse in the overhead compartment?!) that are barely big enough for my Travel Privilege. Self-deprecation aside, I am a dream to travel with if you need skincare and beauty products, a photographer (and retoucher), and an endless supply of plasters (you'll prise my pretty-but-impractical shoes off my cold, dead feet). Travel companions, sorry, consistent travel companions are hard to come by - RIP the scrub who'd happily take up a free holiday and hotel stay on my press trips in exchange for taking a few photos of me, but would mysteriously develop back pain whenever I needed help with the camera 🙄  - so in celebration of this month's #TRAVELLINKUP here is my tribute to the 3 people I haven't yet throttled (and vice versa) while in pursuit of new horizons. Visas, valium, and wine at the ready... 😅

#TRAVELLINKUP

October 01, 2017

My Top 3 Travel Companions (did YOU make the cut?)

OF COURSE I HAVE TRAVEL BUDDIES - WHO DO YOU THINK TAKES PHOTOS OF ME? BAG DOLCE & GABBANA "Are we there yet?"  ...

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 3: Lake Bled, Slovenia

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 3: Lake Bled, Slovenia

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay...
20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES.
AUSTRIA • SLOVENIA • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA • CROATIA • MONTENEGRO • ITALY

PART 3, DAY 5: THE SERENE SPIRITUALITY OF LAKE BLED 
AND SLOVENIA’S ONLY NATURAL ISLAND

On my 2nd and last day in Slovenia, I woke up in Ljubljana with a feeling of missed opportunity: for I had failed to capture the capital city's vibrant nightlife, which came as a surprise to me given the tranquil and traditional nature of its charming cobblestoned Old Town. Those close to me *does the Mockingjay salute to my long-suffering friends and family* know that my need to be aware of every detail of my travels borders on the obsessive (some would say I'm a control freak, I prefer the phrase 'detail-oriented'). Having found myself unprepared for the dark side of Ljubljana's moon, I drove to the most famous destination in the town of Bled praying that I had done my homework, and that Lake Bled would be as breathtaking as I had hoped it to be. 

Once again, I discovered that nothing could've prepared me for what I was about to see...

September 28, 2017

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 3: Lake Bled, Slovenia

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay... 20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES. AUSTRIA  •  SLOVENIA  • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA  •  C...

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 2: Ljubljana & Maribor, Slovenia


20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 2: Ljubljana & Maribor, Slovenia

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay...
20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES.
AUSTRIA • SLOVENIA • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA • CROATIA • MONTENEGRO • ITALY

PART 2, DAY 4: THE LAID BACK CHARM OF LJUBLJANA AND MARIBOR, SLOVENIA

September 25, 2017

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 2: Ljubljana & Maribor, Slovenia

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay... 20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES. AUSTRIA  •  SLOVENIA  • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA  ...

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 1: Vienna, Austria

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 1: Vienna, Austria

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay...
20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES.
AUSTRIA • SLOVENIA • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA • CROATIA • MONTENEGRO • ITALY

PART 1, DAYS 1-3: CHASING THE GHOSTS OF THE 
AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN EMPIRE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

Has it already been half a year since I blogged about what is possibly the most extra reaction to a Youtube video by declaring my intention to chase Balkan ghosts with a 3 week tour of the former Yugoslavian states, beginning of course with the Austro-Hungarian empire (because we know those Habsburgs liked to have their fingers in many, many strudels) and nicely rounded off with a bit of Tuscany and the Italian Riviera? When I announced, back in May, My Ultimate Itinerary for an Austria, Balkans, and Italy Road Trip - or 'Travel Tasting Menu' in keeping with that month's #TRAVELLINKUP topic - the general consensus was "This isn't just a metaphorical meal, this is a feast of Bacchanalian proportions". Well consider me fed and watered on all things travel, for after 20 days of road-tripping and sleeping in a different hotel in a different city every other night I am truly indulged and laden with the travel equivalent of a food coma. *Burp* Now that I've had a week to recover from my long holiday I'm ready to recant my summer, starting with the first of many blog posts to come about 20 Days in 20 Cities and 6 Countries. First stop - Vienna, Austria. Grüß Gott!

VIENNA. NOW. FOREVER. 
September 22, 2017

20 Days, 20 Cities, 6 Countries - Part 1: Vienna, Austria

A city a day keeps the wanderlust at bay... 20 DAYS. 20 CITIES. 6 COUNTRIES. AUSTRIA • SLOVENIA • BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA •  CROA...

10 Reasons Why You Must Visit Malaysia, by a Proud Malaysian


MALAYSIA BOLEH, YOU PUN BOLEH
(MALAYSIA CAN, AND SO CAN YOU)
10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT MALAYSIA, LIKE, NOW
September 01, 2017

10 Reasons Why You Must Visit Malaysia, by a Proud Malaysian

MALAYSIA BOLEH , YOU PUN BOLEH !  (MALAYSIA CAN, AND SO CAN YOU) 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT MALAYSIA, LIKE, NOW

Honey, I'm home!

Life, lately: Why I took a break from blogging and a look at my new London home



(DON'T LET THE TWEE PINK CURSIVE FOOL YOU; I'M BACK AND B*TCHIER THAN EVER) 

LIFE, LATELY: WHY I TOOK A BREAK FROM BLOGGING, WHAT'S BEEN KEEPING ME BUSY, & A LOOK AT MY NEW LONDON HOME 


August 25, 2017

Honey, I'm home!

(DON'T LET THE TWEE PINK CURSIVE FOOL YOU; I'M BACK AND B*TCHIER THAN EVER)   LIFE, LATELY: WHY I TOOK A BREAK FR...

Paris, France: My First Ever European One Night Stand

Paris, France: My First Ever European One Night Stand



BARELY LEGAL TEEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME + SUDDEN ACCESS TO HERETOFORE LIMITLESS FUNDS AND DISCOVERING THE EUROSTAR = ONE NIGHT IN PARIS...

It was always a given that I'd have itchy feet: whether I have the controversial 'wanderlust gene' DRD4-7R (which apparently inflicts 20% of the world's population) or if my travel addiction was cultivated from a tender age. Before I left my sheltered and privileged upbringing in Kuala Lumpur for a life of independence and adventure in London, I had boarded more airplanes than any form of public transport (in fact, I suspect I still do). My parents fanned my flames of fernweh with road trips around Europe, holidays in Hawaii, and missions to visit every Disneyland in the world (only Shanghai left to go!). Travels to far and exotic lands were woven into the fabric of my upbringing, but it was only after I attended the school of life that I became acquainted with a new and exciting kind of travel: European city breaks. Posh, Broke, & Bored is no stranger to the long weekend; whether they be 48 Hours in Edinburgh, 24 Hours in Brussels, or 24 Hours in Milan. In the spirit of this month's TRAVEL LINKUP I thought I'd share my travel story about I discovered and fell in love with day trips to European cities with my very first time, from 10 years ago...


*PARDON THE QUALITY OF THE PHOTOS, THESE WERE PRE-DSLR-DAYS AND TAKEN ON A SIMPLE POINT-AND-SHOOT. 
July 01, 2017

Paris, France: My First Ever European One Night Stand

BARELY LEGAL TEEN AWAY FROM HOME FOR THE FIRST TIME  + SUDDEN ACCESS TO HERETOFORE LIMITLESS FUNDS AND DISCOVERING...

My 'Asian Beauty' Haul: Hero Skincare products from Korea, Japan, & more

My 'Asian Beauty' Haul: Hero Skincare products from Korea, Japan, and the Far East. Hada Labo, CNP Laboratory, Tony Moly, Bio-Essence, Naruko, Shu Uemura, Laneige, Biore, and more.



It's not all snail slime* and animal face sheet maskshere is my ultimate Asian Beauty haul and my suggestions for beginners wanting to get into Korean and Japanese skincare (and then some), featuring some of the latest most-loved skincare from the Far East.

Sometimes, the greatest finds are right under your nose. It took me nearly three decades of having a skincare routine of water and nothing, then an 'end of my 20s' crisis to scare myself into moisturising my face with something other than Creme de La MEH (aka apathy and last night's makeup), and now finally I've come full circle with Asian Beauty. My last skincare haul back in Winter was inspired by suggestions on r/SkincareAddiction, whereas the this haul are recommendations from r/AsianBeauty: hero products from South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore - all of it easily available in the likes of Watson's, Guardian, and Sasa (drugstores commonly found in my native Malaysia). Incidentally, I'm in Kuala Lumpur right now and am sure to load up on even more skincare. For now, let me just get through my latest haul and share why these hero products are must haves for every enthusiast and beginners looking to hop onto the AB (Asian Beauty) skincare train.

*which, BTW, is soooo 10 years ago - it's now all about starfish and horse oil...

MY SKIN TYPE: NORMAL, SOMETIMES SENSITIVE


June 19, 2017

My 'Asian Beauty' Haul: Hero Skincare products from Korea, Japan, & more

It's not all snail slime * and animal face sheet masks -  here is my ultimate Asian Beauty haul and my suggestion...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 6 of Kuala Lumpur's Most Instagrammable Restaurants

6 of Kuala Lumpur's Most Instagrammable Restaurants: Shelley Yu's, Buncit Bao, Paperfish, Pan & Tamper, The Good Co, Rubberduck


Feed your feed. The saying goes: "you eat with your eyes first"...

My home country of Malaysia - a melting pot of cultures, languages, and flavours - has always been famous for* its unique flavour palate of Malay, Indian, Chinese, dan lain-lain (and others). In the last decade or so the makan (foodie) culture has shifted its focus ever so slightly from cheap, fast, and gritty street food to trendy, photogenic eateries thanks to the millennial and Gen-Z obsession with sharing on social media (Do you remember when you could tuck into a meal right away instead of waiting for everyone to take a dozen shots for their blogs, Instagram, and Snapchat? No, me neither). For an expat who returns to her native Kuala Lumpur every 6 months or so this means that each trip is filled with exciting new dining destinations, and this trip will be no different...except that the moment I land in Malaysia this coming Monday I'm on a strict diet ahead of my detox in Chiang Mai. No caffeine, no meat, no sugar - only raw fruits, water, and steamed vegetables. Oh sweet, delicious irony. Here's my wistful look at 6 of Kuala Lumpur's New Instagram-worthy Cafes & Restaurants - call it a digital FOMO, if you will... 

*Let's be real, the food is the best thing about Malaysia. Stunning natural beauty? Rare and exotic species of wildlife? Yes, well, I can't eat a rainforest can I? ...can I? 

MORE THINGS TO SEE, EAT, AND DO IN MALAYSIA

June 17, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: 6 of Kuala Lumpur's Most Instagrammable Restaurants

Feed your feed. The saying goes: "you eat with your eyes first"... My home country of Malaysia - a ...

Prague, Czech Republic: La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise


A MICHELIN STARRED MOTHER'S DAY MEAL AT
LA DEGUSTATION BOHÊME BOURGEOISE
HASHTALSKA 753/18, PRAGUE 11000
June 15, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic: La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise

A MICHELIN STARRED MOTHER'S DAY MEAL AT LA DEGUSTATION BOHÊME BOURGEOISE HASHTALSKA 753/18, PRAGUE 11000

Prague, Czech Republic: A Weekend In Prague

A Weekend In Prague, Czech Republic.


Life lately in the British Isles feels like being caught between a rock and a hard Brexit. With a coalition of chaos* looking less likely than a deal with the hard-lining devil, I'm becoming increasingly disillusioned about my life in the UK. On especially dark days the home I've made in London seems like it's been reduced to a mere gateway to city breaks in Europe. Speaking of long weekends in the EU and the Dark Ages**, recently my mum popped over to see the medieval monuments of Prague. Mummy dearest had never been to Czech Republic, or Czechia as it's now supposed to be called, so naturally I wanted to show her around. It was the very least I could do, given that my parents cultivated my love for travel from a young ageMummy had to fly a long way (13 hours from Kuala Lumpur to London, then 2 hours to Prague) for a short trip, so I crammed the highlights into a showreel of sightseeing and Michelin star restaurants. Just as well that Prague is one of Europe's more compact and walkable cities, but don't just take my word for it - Czech it out!

*I like my men how I like my parliament: hung. 😏
**I mean, I'm conservative but geez, these lot make me look like a SJW. 🙄

June 13, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic: A Weekend In Prague

Life lately in the British Isles feels like being caught between a rock and a hard Brexit. With a coalition of chaos* ...

Tiny Traveller: Little Girl vs. World, a 7 year old's Europe road trip

Little Girl vs. World, a 7 year old's Europe road trip throughout Brussels, Rome, Florence, Venice, Disneyland Paris, Lucerne, Bavaria, and Holland

The wanderlust is strong in this (little) one.


FIRST, AN EXPLANATION FOR MY DISAPPEARANCE...

Hello, it's me...before I invite you to dive into my archive (arc-dive?) of some of my earliest travel memories, I feel like I owe an explanation for my absence of late. It's relevant to this post, I promise. For the past 3 weeks I've been so uncharacteristically silent on social media that a worried Aftab showed up at my house to make sure I wasn't dead and had my face eaten by cats. I've been sort of in a bad way, mentally and emotionally. Without going in to too much detail (have to keep my head doctors in business, eh?), for almost a month I've been struggling to keep my head afloat in the mire; a perplexing mix of ecstatic highs followed by extreme lows and then apathy, despite having exciting new prospects to look forward to. All of this wild oscillating between both ends of the emotional spectrum have been overwhelming to say the least and not helped by unrelated daunting tasks at hand. As always, I choose isolation rather than burden friends and family with my feelings until I 'sort myself out', so to speak. How very East Asian. 

Little Girl vs. World, a 7 year old's Europe road trip throughout Brussels, Rome, Florence, Venice, Disneyland Paris, Lucerne, Bavaria, and Holland
Me in a more innocent time and with far better eyebrows.

One of the places I've been retreating to is memories of my childhood: a simpler time, carefree and untainted by troubled thoughts, when my greatest fear was not being able to take my favourite stuffed toys - I had 2 plush turtles: a small one with a yellow, red, and blue shell; and a oversized pastel pink one - with me to dinner. In the spirit of #THROWBACKTUESDAY (is that still a thing? I wouldn't know, I've been AWOL from the internet for, like, forever) here are some photos from my earliest travels which might be the catalyst for my serial wanderlust, and also proof that I've been throwing shapes since before social media was a thing. Are travel bloggers born or made? Take a look at 7 year old me, then decide.

June 06, 2017

Tiny Traveller: Little Girl vs. World, a 7 year old's Europe road trip

The wanderlust is strong in this (little) one. FIRST, AN EXPLANATION FOR MY DISAPPEARANCE... Hello, it's m...