28 November 2016

5D4N in Krabi, Thailand

I visited Krabi in Oct, went with no expectation and returned with a heart so full. I never thought I'll like coastal areas but I DID. It was the rainy season tho so it was quite a bummer as it rained almost every day. But I'm glad that the sun came out on one of the beach hopping days, allowing me to see the beauty of the seas in its truest shimmer and glam. The view was absolutely breathe-taking, I was so awestruck even as I write this.

The whole trip went super well! I met so many new friends that open my horizon and did so many things that went wayyyy beyond my comfort zone! Still quite amazed at how I climbed a cliff without a harness and snorkelled. I even returned back to Singapore, determined to refine my swimming skills.

I stayed at the Slumber Party Hostel, the Ao Nang branch, and it was the best decision ever! The hostel is super lively every night as the name suggests, it is a bar on the first floor. Every night, there were activities such as pub crawl and beer pong match. Yunqing and I LOVE BEER PONG, we even joined the competition as "The Singapore Fling" LOL Sadly, we didn't even make it through, we lost at our first match hahaha but all is good, we played well actually but the opponents were even better! The hostel really caters very well to its visitors, a traveller for traveller environment where activities are planned out for you to choose. Not normal tour activities but instead curated locations by the owner that are off the beaten track. The owner himself was the guide of the trip so I can guarantee you the tour is worth it!!!

I wanted to vlog but I was lazy hahaha. I can't exactly remember what are the places I visited too but I'll try my best :)

Day 1
We reached in the evening so there was nothing much left to do! We stayed in and joined the others instead.
This is the wall behind the hostel counter. Is filled with testimonials and the wifi is "gofuckyourself".
We had welcome bucket before the pub crawl!
Learnt new games too :)
 One of more happening bars at Ao Nang! Overall, the club prawl was meh as nightlife in Krabi is nothing exciting. 

Day Two
I slept at the top bunk!! Always wanted to sleep at the top bunk since young and I was so excited and happy!! Felt like a little kid again :P
 I love thai milk tea!!
Off to our first tour by the hostel! We visited Chicken Island and Ton Sai Beach, snorkelled and did cliff climbing!
 The view after the climb was so worth it! Could been better if it was sunny!!

Lucky us, the stall next to our hostel sells SUPER YUMMY AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD. It was so yummy!!! We went back for like twice or thrice, I can't remember. 

Third Day
On our second beach tour, we went ahead with group tours and the highlight was none other than Maya Bay! It was so so so so so so so so pretty!

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 Went snorkelling again and I love Yun Qing's smile here! :)
We also went Phi Phi Island! 
 Also, visited the night market at Krabi Town. Is a very simple night market that is good for leisure stroll as it is not very crowded. It also has more food stalls, good way to fuel up!

Day Four
There's nothing much to do at Krabi hence on day four we just walked around and explore. Nothing much so lets let the photo do the talking.



As it was some Chinese festival, our night in Krabi ended with free fireworks. Like what in the world, my trip was already going so well and the firework is just!!!!!!!
Day 5
Home-bound and Happy 22nd to one of my best and closest friend!

Not a very detailed post but I just want to get it out as I'll be travelling for 3 weeks in Indonesia in Dec. Looking at the photos still make me smile. Will be sharing more next month as I'll be embarking on my first semi-solo trip (as is an exchange programme and my friend will be flying in to join me). Pretty excited and nervous at the same time but I'm glad I'm finally stepping out to do what my heart desires even if is just SEA.

Till the next post!

Love,
Jasmine

22 September 2016

Museum Dates

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I headed to the Art Science Museum as I wanted to visit the Future World Exhibition. I was attracted to the social posts on my feed and Explore that were all #instaworthy pictures that portrayed the place as one filled with very beautiful light installations. As it is not really a guy kind of thing (for the majority of the guys out there), luckily my boyfriend also found an exhibition that he'll prefer more, which is the Big Bang Data. We booked our tickets online for only $17 ($1 booking fee) for two exhibitions as they had special discounts for students :) Yay to never growing older!


Future World


Indeed, the Future World exhibition lived up to all the images that people took. The placed is fill with many light installations to educate and create awareness on some future issues such as the sinking of islands due to Global Warming. Just a thought though but isn't the usage of such a substantial amount of lights contributing to global warming too... Hmmmm maybe Panasonic, the sponsor, used some sustainable lights which I'm not sure. Anyways, moving on.
























The exhibition also encouraged interaction beyond photography taking. They had a section where visitors could draw and see their drawing appear on the big screens around. I had lots of fun at this section and was feeling cheeky and hence declared that Alien exist :D There's also many other sections but I shall not reveal too much and let the photos do the talking instead :)





And, now we are at the most #instaworthy section of the whole exhibition, the fairy lights like light display!!! It felt like everyone came to the exhibition for this as it was crowded with people camping around to take their perfect photos. Of course, I joined them and took many nice photos too which was only possible as my boyfriend was an amazing photog ♥






The whole exhibition felt like a virtual world and it was an experience that I would recommend :)

Big Bang Data

Big Bang Data was like a documentation of how data had evolved over the years, how people like you and I had been contributing to the Internet of Things. I was taken aback when I walk through the exhibition as it had never occurred to me that such a process that we took it as normal could be recorded and presented. I actually preferred this exhibition more as it was more enriching and thought-provoking. I felt like I was like on a tour in the Internet space which was an interesting perspective as an outsider as all along I was inside and part of this change. They also raised questions such as how data should be used...




My favourite part of the exhibition will be the part on the Universe. I couldn't exactly remember what was it themed but I loved the whole experience. I was first greeted with a few globes that featured the continents in the world. As I walked further in, there was a sky filled with constellations (I believe) and there were bean bags for us to lie down and enjoy the view. It felt so surreal and I just sat on the bean bag and enjoyed the view above me. 




Building up on how the whole exhibition was on data, we were also encouraged to contribute more data to the exhibition which I thought was cute. It also injected a sense of realism on how we had created this whole world of data. We are talking about ONLY one space here. However, if you think about it, human are everywhere and the data that we have produced goes beyond what is shown in this image below.


'We Are Only So Small In A Big Big World'.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself at the ArtScience Museum. It made me felt small but in a good way :)

I love going museums as it brings me so much new perspectives and inspirations on how others view and think. I am someone who learns from experiences and hence I've always fancy museum as it a good place to get them :) 

I've come to the end of my post and I hope I've inspired you guys to start visiting museums! Apart from ArtScience Museum, there are many other museums out there such as Singapore Arts Museum (SAM) for Arts and Lifestyle lovers. In my opinion, I would say this is the best museum to start because it is more relatable to our daily lives. If you like history and culture, you can visit National Museum of Singapore and Peranakan Museum. If museums aren't your cup of tea, you can soak up some art and festival over at Gillman Barracks which have night events such as the annual Art After Dark

On the side note, I am extremely proud of my outfit and you know the secret, is all in courtesy of Taobao. This time, from head to toe, even the lace bra ;) 

Always remember to keep that fire inside you burning! I often visit the museum when I'm in need of some inspiration and I hope you'll find an activity that makes you happy :)

Take care and be happy, until next time!

Love, 
Jasmine

3 August 2016

2D1N JB Trip


Time flies indeed and we are now close to the last quarter of the year. It is still not too late to achieve your goals that you have planned out during the start of the year and maybe one of it sounds like exploring JB? ;)

Today's post will be all about my short trip across the border to JB just earlier this week, with my boyfriend! Also, I'm a Malaysian (born in Singapore) so it definitely felt good to be home (although my hometown is in Ipoh). Despite only returning to my hometown once a year (twice when I was younger), I always had an emotional connection with Malaysia, is... a feeling beyond words!

I booked this trip wanting to celebrate the end of my 12 weeks internship BUT I extended another 2 weeks so well it shall just be a short getaway to get some breather then! :P I also had a last minute meeting so I went in office for half a day haha. Nonetheless, let's get started! :)

Day 1

My boyfriend and I took 950 from Woodlands and only reached JB at around 4pm. As we were late for check in, we grabbed a cab to KSL (RM10.90) which only took 5-10mins. Alternatively, you can also take a bus to KSL. Our hotel was Holiday Villa Johor Bahru, a four star hotel, which we bought from Agoda at SGD$85. If I'm not wrong, the hotel is only less than 2 years old hence the facilities/rooms/design are still relatively modern and new. As I requested for a non-smoking room, we got randomly upgraded from Superior Room to Deluxe Room (as Superior Room were all in smoking floor) so YAY. The room was spacious and overlooked the Johor skyline from the 22nd floor.




Around evening, we visited the Pasar Malam just next to KSL (Nearest exit: Coffee Bean). It happens on every Monday night so if you're giving KSL a visit, do check the night market out. We left the night market with happy stomachs as we were presented with so many food choices. We ate Asam Laksa, Chendol, Carrot Cake, Potato Wedges and many many many more. Our favorite would be the cake shop which sells amazing cakes. We brought the double cheese cake, it was so fluffly and yummy and it was only like RM10?! Pasar Malam in Malaysia is more cray than SG's so if you love Pasar Malam in SG, surely you'll love the one in JB :)


Subsequently at around 9pm, we paid the new hipster hangout place, Kilang Bateri, a visit. It took about RM15-20 for a 10-15 minute cab ride from Holiday Villa. The place was decorated like a container market, similar to the famous Common Ground in Korea and Artbox in Thailand, just well nearer :) The view was superb from the third floor, overlooking the whole Bateri while being accompanied with a live band. The only con was that there was no alcohol (well of course) so we chilled with ice teh tarik and fries instead.





Day Two


We woke up at 10am and headed down for the complimentary breakfast at the hotel. The food was decent but it was made up with the view :)




Thereafter, we headed to the Infinity Pool for a dip. The view was so sick and my only regret for this trip is not spending enough time in the pool :( We only chilled for less than an hour and had to head back to the room to check out at noon :( Meh.





After that, we went KSL to catch Jason Bourne for about RM30 for 2. KSL also has pretty affordable shopping. For instance, I got my tempered glass replaced at only RM 5. Also, my boyfriend got himself a new specs at only RM120 while a box of Biomedics lenses was at RM100. I couldn't remember the shop name but it is the optical shop opposite the cinema on the highest floor.

Around 5pm, we headed back to City Square. We've previously explored City Square area so there was nothing much in store for us. We unwind at Bev C over their renowned espresso ice cube coffee. We also had a little fun drawing each other on Bev C's drawing pad. Who drew better? Clearly it was me :P







For dinner, we headed to Meldrum Walk for Stingray. It wasn't anything fantastic but it was still nice.


And yeap, that's all for our short getaway! We only spent SGD100 including accommodation for 2D1N :) The itinerary for this trip is inspired from Jemma!

I didn't had any break after my exams (before I start my internship) therefore this break was needed badly! I really thoroughly enjoyed myself. Returning to work was very much dreaded but well JB is just a highway away so the options are always open :)


Thanks Love, for the great trip! ♥


Love,
Jasmine