Visual Dairies: Jakarta | Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Blogging has exposed me to a great deal of things, like viewing my surroundings in a different light and feeding my constant hunger to see more of the outside world. I didn't use to pursue travelling that much in the past, but as my perspectives evolved with age, the destinations I hope to visit one day have also transited with time. Ask me today, and I'll tell you the places you'll never thought of visiting. I went to Jakarta with no expectations, and although this city isn't exactly the cleanest nor safest city to live in, with dwellings perched along open sewages and pickpockets lurking all around, this trip took me completely by surprise, and it was sure one hell of a ride. Apart from being stuck in the infamous traffic situation, we were treated like royalty throughout our whole stay– being chauffeured around places, pampering ourselves to first class movie premiers, spas, massages and hair treatments every other day and did I also mention, Jakarta's vintage shopping is a game-changer? Vintage shopping is often a hit-or-miss... and I was lucky enough to score a suit dress for four bucks! It's such a huge pity the flood situation prevented us from going anywhere further and scouting more treasures in Surabaya though, but I'm sure I'll be back for more. The memories we get from travelling is priceless, and I'm thankful I'm blessed with such amazing company whom I can keep close to heart in and out of school. Thank you Beby for being such a darling host.. I swear I've never been fed so well.
Photos taken via 5D MII & Iphone 4S
Tangkuban Perahu | Sunday, May 12, 2013
Being captured against a scene which seems too surreal to believe, the five of us dragged ourselves out of bed before dawn and travelled up north for five hours just to have a moment with the breathtaking view of Tangkuban Perahu, Bandung. This marks my virgin experience of coming this close to a dormant volcano, and we did nothing but marvel at the sheer beauty for more than an hour, half the time risking our lives climbing over barricades and steep slopes just to find perfect angles to capture the whole landscape. I celebrated this reigning moment of being 2,520 feet above sea level with this delicate piece, which finally gets the attention it deserves. I really ought to give myself a tight slap for neglecting this piece for the longest time. There's still a bit adjusting to do here at home, but it's another four days and I'm off again to reunite with one of the cities I'll always keep close to my heart. Till then!
Kimono & Heels- River Island | Floppy Hat- H&M
Jakarta Mornings | Wednesday, May 8, 2013
My first morning in Jakarta greeted me with a hot, piping bowl of Bakso (beefball noodles) along one of the roadside stalls in Beby's neighborhood. It isn't often where I get the chance to wake up in a foreign place in the perspective of a local, and I simply miss that city– snagging jaw-dropping vintage deals at the local market, attempting an Indonesian 'tai-tai' hairdo, having food served to us 24/7... and I'm still widely amazed by how Indonesians take their chili very, very seriously. All along, I thought I could adapt to spicy food well enough, but no, the locals' tolerance for spiciness is a whole new level altogether. I promise I'll be back for you, Jakarta. Next stop: Bangkok!
Wide Leg Trousers & Coat- ASOS | Vintage Tapestry Purse | Heels- River Island
Danga Bay | Sunday, April 21, 2013
For someone who's not a huge fan of amusement parks, I was experiencing a mind-blowing moment when I stepped onto the shores of Danga Bay. It was my first visit here, and unlike the usual theme parks I've visited, this place evoked some sense of nostalgia. Somehow, even when there's hardly anyone around, there always seems to be this breeze which promises excitement– it's as though I was travelling back in time, and the whole atmosphere was bursting with this old-world charm which makes me want to keep coming back for more. And just so you know, it's only appropriate that every carnival experience deserves a tutu skirt moment... even if it means risking your life and crossing borders in a highly inappropriate ensemble. Have a great week ahead folks!
Pierre Hermé T-Shirt- Uniqlo x Pierre Hermé | Glitter Heels- Topshop | Vintage Tapestry Purse | Tutu Skirt Dress- ShopWardrobeFlux
Essentials | Thursday, April 18, 2013
You know how they say that once you've great hair, half the battle is won. I'm lucky I was born with manageable hair since birth, but this dosen't allow me to take advantage of that fact. Having healthy hair is always beautiful, and part of the secret to having luscious hair is getting a good hairstylist– one you can listen and communicate with, and brings out the best in you. That's the thing about Joey. She actually listens to me. She dosen't force her opinions on me, but fully embraces my natural self. The results I get are not your kind of glossy perfection you see on magazines or on the red carpet, but my hair definitely feels so much more rejuvenated each time I step out of the salon. In ten days time, I'll be done with another year of college, and it will be a series of kitchen therapy sessions and travelling with my loved ones. So much to share till then! Hair by Essensuals Bugis. My readers get a ten percent off if you mention the blog or my name.
A.P.C Denim Blouse | ShopWardrobeflux Leather Skirt
Let's Travel Somewhere | Friday, April 12, 2013
To me, the greatest luxury of travelling is being able to immerse myself in the everyday life of a foreign land. It's all about speaking a native's language, taking the wrong turns, trying new things and enjoying the wonders that lie in the journey itself. Let's Travel Somewhere– a project started by Nisa Maier gathers travel lovers/photographers from all over the world to share their journeys through their breathtaking photographs, giving us a chance to experience the true essence of the roads less travelled. As most of us won't live to see the whole world, this community realizes that bit of a dream by exposing us to the most amazing and hidden places on this planet. Now excuse me while I plan my next travel destination. Photos via Let's Travel Somewhere.
Checkmate | Sunday, April 7, 2013
Not quite over the hectic week I've conquered, this is yet another one-piece which I've recently acquired at a steal in the midst of sourcing for my final project. I'm not quite a fan of such loud print, but ever since it made it's debut on the runway, there's just something alluring about this much raved optical print which makes it so contagious. My presence on this space might be a little irregular as of late, but hang on with me for a little while longer, will you? It's down to three more weeks and I'll officially be done with my third year of college! Big plans await.
Checkerboard Dress- ShopWardrobeFlux | Heels- Zara | Chanel 2.55