OH SO BEAUTIFUL
*These words shall suffice to summarize my Japan trip. For now.
OH SO BEAUTIFUL
*These words shall suffice to summarize my Japan trip. For now.
I didn’t send her a present this second Christmas but she still is close to my heart in the sense that she touched my whole-being, a new experience that’ll last for lifetime.
A woman, I would have never crossed paths with if it wasn’t for my immersion trip to Australia. I realise after my trip that she was more than a host to me. I will always remember vividly having dinner together at 7 while watching Australian Idol, the season with Benji Madden. My favourite will always be the thick cabbage soup (name I can’t recall) with warm garlic bread that she used to bake for us. Simple as that, just like her. Then, we used to wash the dishes together, though she wouldn’t let me near the hot water in the basin and instead I would be helping her dry them with a white cloth. We would sit at the kitchen counter for hours sometimes, talking about our future plans, lives and our past. She was around the age of my mother or even a bit older but she became my friend. A true friend that cared about me and in a way, envied my youth, most probably because I was a reminiscent of her childhood. She would always get me in my feet and never let me miss a chance to go out and explore. It’s strange, even if we were from 2 parts of the world, we still had so much in common. “Good on ya!”, she would say time after time, which I still remember so distinctly.
10 weeks at her place and just like that, she became one of the woman that I truly admired and aspired to be. Genuine beauty from the inside and out that made the last day very emotional for the both of us. I don’t know what it is and it’s even harder to put it in words but she was special to me and I really hope my memories of her will still be as vivid when I have kids, just so I can tell them all about this special someone. Though, I’m quite certain I may never see her again, which saddens me. But more than anything, I am beyond glad I was able to meet a unique being at my time in here, which we call life.
*I had this sudden urge to write about this special woman I got to meet during my time in Australia in fear that my memories of her would fade away in time. This urge came in when I and my friends were talking about our Australian days the other day and I realize how fragile these memories get, no matter how significant to us, it is bounded to perish as time goes by, so by writing this little description of her, I hope to seal the memories of this special woman, so that maybe in 5 to 10 years, it is just as clear as it is today.
Almost a decade and I am back in my home country…
Quite a bumpy ride taking the domestic plane from Kathmandu to Butwal…
But seeing this view and flying through the clouds was simply breath-taking…
Still so lush & beautiful…
Ready for landing, which is the scariest part for me…
Best part of being home is the hand-made food made with so much love… Ditched the forks & spoons, the way to eat nepali is using your hands 😉 !
Love from Nepal,
For the last 2 years, I feel like I have been away for the Summer, which is true; getting myself involved in an exchange programme the first summer and being away for immersion last summer in Australia. For a long time, I haven’t been home (Hong Kong), while most people prefer to be somewhere else taking a tropical vacation, I was actually pretty excited to finally be home and what better time to explore the place than summer time!
Last Friday, me and my bestie took a casual trip to Sai Kung, which is almost 2 hours away from where I live by train. We had to take an additional 10 minute minibus ride since it was quite remote. Well, just like any other trip, the commuting is worth it when you finally reach the destination!
Here’s one of the first shots we took.
You can tell already that it was a very chill & relaxed place. There’s just something so calm about the water that instantly makes everything just flow.
If you are in Hong Kong, this place is called Sai Kung waterfront park. It is basically a long promenade overlooking the sea.
You could hop on different cruises that would take you to some hidden beaches and other activities like snorkelling and boating. For us, these had to wait for another day!
We decided to just stroll around the local town, which was in fact more like a neighbourhood. A very friendly one indeed!
By the way, if you love seafood, I think this would be a mini food heaven for you!
So first things first, we were starving after that long journey and what better way than to have a meaty burger to devour the hunger!
We went to this really cute restaurant/ cafe called “Jam” (btw, there were many unique little cafes that were so homely that you wouldn’t find at city centers with a really good eye for design & archecture that let off very bohemian & retro vibes!)
The lemonade was the perfect choice to refresh and it was sooo good! The milkshake I ordered was quite unique, it was “Apple & Cinnamon” flavored and it was quite a twist to regular milkshakes that I really enjoyed!
The food was very good and it literally took “Jam” into all of their dishes! Can you believe I had my fries with Jam? I asked for Ketchup but they didn’t have it! I think the patty was somehow seasoned with some Jam juice because it was very juicy with an interesting slight sweetness!
The chicken salad was excellent though! I really enjoyed the balance of sweetness & sour!
After lunch, we had a quick stroll and shopped at this vintage shop called “Vintage” (very original isn’t it!) It really was a true vintage shop where you could find almost anything and being a 90s kid, I was pretty excited to see some familiar things!
Just opposite to the vintage shop was this retro-looking cafe called “Five Coffee Company” and they served original coffees! Not the ones you find at starbucks but authentic coffee beans that you could smell from afar! They had other choices of drinks too, such as beers & juices and light snacks!
We went for an iced latte to beat the heat and it was the perfect atmosphere to ponder upon life and silly things!
Here’s my friend posing for a shot (though we really did discussed stuff & took some notes!) haha 😆
After a coffee break we decided to walk till the end of the promenade. The wind was blowing and there were many four-legged friends walking along too!
Seeing a lot of people on the water, literally walking as the water was quite shallow, we decided to try as well!
It was an amazing experience literally walking on water. It took us a while to reach the sand area in the middle of the sea.
Finally reached it! This was actually in the middle of the shallow sea. Then we made our way across to the beach side!
Made it to the mini beach!
You can still see people so far away in the water! That was how shallow the sea was!
Here’s a little outfit of the day I tried to take with the colourful kayaks!
I felt that my outfit was very coachella inspired! A very unintentional though! All that mattered was that it was comfy and very appropriate for the weather!
Oh by the way, we saw cows as well just chilling like any other day munching the grass!
And of course, I had to take this mandatory follow-me- around picture to complete my little adventure!
How is your summer so far? Hope you too are enjoying exploring new or even old places!
For a very long time, well at least I think, I have been craving to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life but it just wasn’t possible with all the assignment deadlines as a student and preparations to be done for the summer course at work! As soon as I submitted my last assignment, I had to celebrate and so last weekend, I planned a mini weekend getaway with my friend to Macau! My short vacay lasted for 2 days (16-18 May, 2015) but I felt like it was one of the most satisfying getaway even though Macau is pretty much similar to HK (in terms of the hustle and bustle in downtown).
We checked in Saturday night at this hotel near the beach called the Pousada De Coloane. It lies a bit remote from the city area and we didn’t realize this until we got there, which was about a 40 minute ride form the ferry terminal. Unexpectedly, it was quite worth it hearing the waves hitting the shore early in the morning! So, I would say it’s a great location if you are looking for a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in a city like Macau! To be honest, from my experience, it actually balanced the day, from shopping and visiting hectic busy areas to winding down and having a piece of mind at the end of the day!
I only visited the Macau Tower and the Venetian the first time, so of course I had to visit other main attractions, like the Galaxy, City of Dreams and the Ruins of St. Paul. On the night we arrived, we visited the City of Dreams and partied all night at one of Macau’s top Clubs, called Cubic. It had such a concert sort-of- vibe with its huge stage and the DJ’s hitting their jam on the stage. We literally danced all night and thank god, we decided to ditch our heels before we left the hotel! So yes, we were partying in our flats and vans, but hey we still got free shots and drinks at the bar! 😀
The next day, we could hardly get up and the weather was not cooperating too! It was drizzling all afternoon and we were pretty much stuck indoors for a good 2 hours during lunch at the hotel.
Then, late afternoon, we headed to Venetian to explore the casinos and shop around. It was my first time in a casino and it’s not like I even know how things work, so obviously I was only comfortable with pressing as few buttons as possible and to try my luck! So we played the Big Wheel, where we just had to insert a few dollars, choose a number and hope for the best!
Then we tried searching for Bath & Body Works, since we don’t have it in Hong Kong and it literally took us like an hour! It was all worth it when we got to smell all those yummy candles (what I was looking forward to most!). It got a bit overwhelming after a while and I ended up getting just 1 candle that I initially smelled and loveeeed! Coconut Leaves! Two of my favorite thing in a jar! JUST AN EXPLOSION OF WONDERFULNESS! Btw, I also went a little nuts over Lush, especially their bath bombs.
After Venetian, we hopped on the shuttle and got a free ride to the Galaxy! We bought little charms from pandora that signified Macau to add onto our bracelets and bangles. The fountain in one of the entrance was humongous and the fountain show was even more amazing! They also had a peacock dance performance and they were just as amazing! After that, it was Casino time to try our luck again at the Galaxy! I’ll admit, it was a short-term gain! 😛
Finally, we made our way to see the very famous Ruins of St. Paul (because it wouldn’t be a Macau vacay without it!). We had to walk through Senado Square, which is another popular venue infused with history with its wave-patterned mosaic stones that were built by the Portuguese and modern culture with various shopping attractions and cuisines! Indeed, the architecture has been preserved so well that it seems like you have travelled back in centuries. As dreamy as the walk is to St. Paul, there is nothing like seeing the mesmerizing facade that stands so grand. Personally, I think it is even more spectacular at night and there is something about it that is so calming as you climb through the steps and make your way to it. I am very glad that I got to visit it and probably is the highlight of my trip like many tourists!
A vacay isn’t a vacay without a little spending, so we popped into Forever 21 that was next to the church and got some goodies for ourselves! After that, we were exhausted to the max and hungry (hangry even!) and we decided to get Indian food to fulfill our cravings! We went to this small resto called Indian Spice and the food was divine! Finally gathering up our energy, we headed back to our hotel to get some rest and spent the rest of the night in hot bubble baths, movies and chit-chats over wine!
Though a short trip, it did its magic by making my weekend a lot more interesting than usual! It made me miss last summer and the year before where I spent a few months away, like really away from home! Having no plans this summer, I am more excited about making spontaneous trips here and there, even if it is in this tiny place called Hong Kong! I figured I should aim to visit each and every corner of my own hometown while I am home for summer.
Xoxo, Oddinary Girl
If you are an up-for-anything-and-everything sort of person and have an immense interest in bungee jumping or simple a YOLO attitude, you will probably know of the highest bungee jump in Macau. Well, seeing a person shoot down from the 61st plus floor made me second guess my desire to jump.
I had always wanted to bungee jump.. Just for the thrill of it but Oh My God, my heart sank when I saw people in action. I’m just wondering… How can you gather all of yourself before you just let yourself lose. I am not particularly scared of height and I actually love the thrill you get when you drop from a height like when riding in roller-coasters. I also realized my fearless boyfriend, or at least he assumes to be was even more scared than I was! Lol, anyway just for the fun of it, I’ve told him we should do it together and promised one another if one of us does it, the other has to too. So… Yah, I don’t know if it was a wise decision but I am kinda trapped now, aren’t I?
For all you experienced people, how did you guys do it? Any tips?
I can’t believe I was in New York last week! Never in a million year did I thought I’d see New York.. especially not this soon but perhaps the bucket list fairy has finally chosen me. I cannot explain the happiness I felt when I stepped on the concert pavement of New York, seeing people run down the streets with their dogs, the sight of the yellow cabs and of course the very delicious hot-dog stand that you can find in almost every corner of New York.
After a 10 hour bus ride (27 November, 2013)… we were finally in the streets of NY in traffic already… welcomed by the rain.
but it was still warm and cozy at the NY hostel..
First stop was Central Park! It was quite a sight with its dull yellow leaves just hanging there by a thread… til the wind blew them far.
Then next stop was the Natural Museum… it was a massive 4 floor building filled with interesting histories in all 4 corners.
Late that night, we were special guests at Madame Tussaud’s to meet Mr President and his lovely lady 🙂 It was a quite an honor!
We ended our long day at Times Square, mesmerized by the glistening lights. 🙂 Yep, that’s me with my mesmerized face 😛
Day 2 was Thanksgiving (28 Nov, 2013) and we hardly made it to the Macy’s thanksgiving parade… the crowd was crazy!!!
So we didn’t get to see it properly and we pushed our way to wherever it would take us. On the way we saw this really amazing street artist that created amazing pictures using oil sprays in under 5 minutes! (I know this because I filmed him, so I don’t have a picture to post unfortunately..)
We decided to head to the Rockefeller Center and bought tickets to go all the way up. It was freezing and the wind made it even worse! I could hardly pull a smile with the wind on my face..
But I did manage to get a decent picture with the sleek and sophisticated Empire State behind me 🙂 I really felt like I was on top of the world!
Day 3, November 29 2013. It was quite a lazy day for us with all the walking and sight-seeing here and there but it was BLACK FRIDAY!!! So ofcourse, we girls still found the strength to go in the hustle and shopp til we drop!
Unfortunately, it didn’t go as I imagined my first Black Friday… 😦 The crowd and the lines and the hustle and bustle was just too much and not worth it for the deals, well at least for clothing apparels. So we just ended it there and headed back to get some good night sleep!
Day 4, 30 November, 2013, last day in NYC and we were determined to do everything there is to do! First stop, the 9/11 memorial. The line was crazy long but the wait was soooo worth it! It really is a beautiful tribute to all those lost on that very day. I clearly remembered that day as a child seeing it in national TV. I did not believe it at first, thinking it was a fake video but then the constant playing of the video of the planes crashing in the news made me realize the horrible event. Even though, I did not lose anyone to that event, I was very much touched and felt deeply for the ones that lost. I will always remember this beautiful place, where once there were the two twin towers with all these people that had so much for their lives but had fallen too soon.
The only thing left after the horrible incident was this tree. It was truly inspirational to see that it still stood strong and bold, like a symbol of hope. The hope for all the survivors and people that lost and the nation itself. Hope that everything fallen will rise again just like the tree.
After the Memorial, we made a quick stop at Wall Street to touch the ever-so famous BULL as tradition that believed it would bring us wealth and there I am posing with my hand all over it 😛
Next stop was the Statue of Liberty!!! This was another wish in my bucket list and I was so excited to see it! As a little girl, I would imagine how little I would look in front of the statue and today I was going to figure that out. 😀
And yes, I could imagine how little I would look, more to say non-existing if I were to be even on the edge of the lady’s foot. After taking millions of pictures from all angels for my satisfaction, we decided to go to Brooklyn bridge. The roads around the bridge were under construction so we really struggled to find it. A lady who approached us to ask if we knew the way was clueless as we were. We were on the verge of giving up, when that same lady across the road shouted and waved at us, pointing to a direction. We quickly followed and there we were.
And there we were overlooking the bright city of lights, the true colors of New York. It was the perfect place to enjoy the last night. We still had some time in our hands, so we headed over to Times Square once last time.
There we were at the red stairs in the center of Times Square, the heart of New York.
Along the way to our hostel, we made a quick stop at the Love Sculpture Statue and ended our night with conversations of the extraordinary adventure we had in NYC!
My visit in New York proved that it is possible to fall in love with a city this much!!! I really love this city because it made me so alive and not to mention it was very homely as it was very similar to Hong Kong in so many ways but definitely larger, brighter and livelier! I know I have to put New York City in my bucket list again because I am definitely returning back to this dream city. ❤