Krabi in 4 Days

My final trip of the year 2016 to Krabi came up pretty suddenly by my parents one day, but of course I’d jump at any chance to travel anywhere anytime. It was definitely a nice little family trip that ended off the year on a good note!

Krabi, Day 1 ( 19 December 2016) – We reached Krabi at around 4pm so it was pretty much spent chilling about, familiarising ourselves with the place and making plans for the next few days. After checking in at our hotel, we headed over for dinner.

Ao Nang Fiore Resort
Really peaceful resort with an amazing view of the mountains in the distance since it’s on a hill, which also meant that it was quite far from Ao Nang Central. They do have a shuttle bus every two hours which was convenient but when there’s no crowd, make sure to double confirm with the reception that the shuttle bus will be running. They have buggies which bring you to your guest rooms but since we didn’t stay too far up we could still walk if we wanted to. You can imagine the craziness on a rainy day when everyone is asking for a buggy, especially those staying at the top heh. Besides the inconvenience, it’s definitely good to chill!UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_6885.jpg

Dinner: Lae Lay Grill
Dinner here was at this hilltop restaurant was definitely a great start to our trip !Our hotel recommended the restaurant to us and dropped off us off there. Otherwise, they offer free pickup services too if you call them up in advance.  It would’ve been great if we had a table next to the view but it was fully booked since it’s apparently quite a popular place to eat at. But the view of the mountain and the sea was still stunning! The weather was great too so we managed to catch the sunset though it was, sadly, partially blocked by the mountains. Food wise was great too! Honestly, as long as it’s Thai food I’m happy enough.


Krabi, Day 2 ( 20 December 2016) – We decided to go for the Four Islands Tour inclusive of Tup Island, Koh Gai,Koh Poda,and Phra Nang Cave.The lady who sold us the package last night  picked  upup at 8.45am so we didn’t have to get up earlier, which was really nice of her! After gathering a big group of around 35 people we headed off to the speed boat, and they spared no empty seats at all.

First Stop: Tup Island
Our first stop was Tup island where we saw the sand bar connecting two islands at low tide and waddled our way through it, the deepest part though reaching our slightly above the knees.



Second Stop: Koh Gai
Then it was chicken island which we didn’t get to stop at but was more of a photo spot where we took turns taking a picture with the chicken.


Snorkelling came after that where we jumped off from the ship head. We saw quite  a lot of corals and shoals of fish feeding on the coral reefs , and spotted the colourful parrot fish once in a while amongst them pecking at the coral with their sharp “beak”.

Third Stop: Koh Poda
Lunch was at Koh Poda which the organiser brought from the main island. It was simple but nice and we had fried chicken and Thai curry which you can’t go wrong with. The island probably would’ve been nice if it wasn’t really packed with people plus it didn’t help that it started to rain…

Fourth Stop: Phra Nang Cave
Finally we stopped at Railay beach to see the Phra Nang Princess cave, a shrine filled with wooden phallic shaped carvings offered to the princess which was hmmm weirdly interesting…but we spent most of our time here watching the rock climbers navigate themselves up the steep limestone towers.

Dinner: LongTail Boat Bar & Restaurant
Located along Ao Nang Seafood Street along a several other seafood restaurants competing with each other, we decided to settle on this one after walking near to the end simply because…it said TripAdvisor Award. Not sure how reliable that is but all the restaurants there were so similar we had a hard time choosing and this one just stood out with that TripAdvisor branding heh. The food was decent but also quite pricey and we ordered the seafood set meal. The restaurant boss is an Italian guy who came in halfway showing us a huge fish he ordered (We thought he fished it out from the sea himself actually), which explained why they had a section on Italian food at the end. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t great so we didn’t see any sunset, though it would’ve been so pretty since we were dining right next to the sea. Fancy view fancy food.




Krabi, Day 3 (21 December 2016)- Spent the day touring around Phi Phi Islands. Was initially hesitant on going on another island hopping trip because we thought it might be similar yet even more crowded and the weather didn’t seem to be great but really glad we did! We were lucky enough to have the sun and though it was crowded, it still didn’t take away the beauty of the place.

First Stop: Bamboo Island
Our first stop was at Bamboo island which had really clear blue waters and the tide was quite strong. Didn’t see any bamboo but lots of driftwood and fallen trees.

Bamboo Island

Second Stop: Monkey Bay
Then we stopped by Monkey Bay for snorkelling, named after the greedy monkeys that dominated the island of course haha. Since the sun was out it was perfect for snorkelling and saw such a variety of corals! Though, it was quite dangerous since the long tail boats were going in and out of the area where we were snorkelling…

Third Stop: Vikings Cave & Pileh Bay
They brought us around to Vikings Cave and Piley Bay where geography comes to life as we were surrounded on both sides with towering limestone karsts. Everyone on the boat was busy snapping away pictures because it was so gorgeous.

Vikings Cave
Pileh Bay

Fourth Stop: Maya Bay
Finally the all famous Maya Bay where “The Beach” was filmed. I was expecting the crowd so that’s all right, but the place was still as beautiful even with all the people and speedboat parked along the shoreline. Though  I can only imagine how amazing it’d be if it was isolated. We dropped by Lo Sa Ma Bay on the other side of the island with a really nice lookout point and was where they apparently shot the final scene of the movie.

Maya Bay


Lo Sa Ma Bay

Fifth Stop: Snorkelling
We went on our final round of snorkelling at a and saw a lot of fish here!This time round with our waterproof phone pouch I was able to take some pictures and videos at last!

Dinner : The Last Fisherman
So we stumbled on this restaurant on our last dinner here, this time attracted by its dine by the beach concept located at one end of Ao Nang.  After trying our luck to catch the sunset by the beach (which we failed), we decided to check out the stretch of restaurants which we’ve never noticed previously and found this hidden at the end, though extremely popular and full of people. It definitely had that beach holiday carefree vibe and when it got darker, the flickering fire on the stands that line the restaurant front gave off a really exotic vibe. We were lucky that we were there early enough to get a table directly in front of the beach and ordered the BBQ set which was super filling for the 3 of us and really worth it! Salad and dessert was buffet style too and we spent 1800 Baht for a really full meal. Ended it off with some coconut ice cream from the roadside stalls which I’ve been craving to try.



Krabi, Day 4 (22 December 2016)- Basically chill day again since we were flying off at noon. Took our time having our breakfast buffet here with the pretty view and went for a swim in their infinity pool which I’ve been eyeing since the first day.



So that marked the end of our Krabi trip! Till next time!


Bali in 4 Days-Part 2

Bali, Day 4 ( 2 December 2016)- Our final day in Bali was again, another early rising one requiring us to wake up at 2am in the morning to take the car to the northern side of Bali at Lovina to watch the dolphins.

Lovina Beach Dolphin Watching
We set out on one of their boat which all of us sat in a single row and set off towards the sea along with many other boats in search for dolphins. Was pretty funny whenever someone spotted a dolphin you will see all the boats racing in that direction. I think we were considered lucky to see groups of dolphins swimming near our boat and some even leaping slightly above the water!The sunrise was gorgeous too, though it didn’t rise above the water like I was expecting it to, but instead over the mountains.


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Banjar Hot Springs
Since we didn’t go to the other one near Mount Batur, our driver kindly suggested this alternative for us to visit today. Of course you can’t compare it to the view of the mountain and lake of the other , but it was really therapeutic nevertheless!


Gitgit Twin Waterfalls
There were three waterfalls here though we just visited the Twin Waterfalls because we were still exhausted from the Mount Batur hike yesterday heh. Before we got off the car, our driver warned us of the local guides there who warn you that you will need them to show you around or you get lost and fall to your deaths or something nonsensical like that, and of course you have to pay them for their “service”. Sure enough, once we alighted, a man approached us telling us if we needed them and we told him that we didn’t have enough money so he didn’t bother us anymore. There were a few paths leading to the waterfall but definitely manageable and wouldn’t require a specific guide to bring us there. Our driver however, did tell us that a local guide is definitely recommended for the other waterfall which you could do cliff diving at since it can be dangerous, but not for this one. We swam a little in the waters which was freezing cold but super refreshing!WhatsApp Image 2016-12-06 at 03.13.12.jpeg

Ulun Danu Beratan (Temple by the Lake)
Started raining when we reached and was a little foggy. We sought shelter and had our lunch while waiting for the rain to stop but that of course…didn’t happen. But we still managed to look around and snap some pictures of the temple. This site is printed on their 50,000 rupiah dollar note so definitely worth seeing!whatsapp-image-2016-12-06-at-03-10-22img_6161

Jatiluwih Rice Field
So we spent a long time deciding if we should still visit the rice paddy field under this horrible weather, and we still ended up choosing to go since we are already here in the area. I was really glad we did though! Going down to the rice field was a dirty and muddy mess, probably because we chose the wrong path, but it was quite funny at the same time heh. When we finally reached the bottom and looked around us surrounded by rows and rows of neatly aligned rice paddy fields, I knew that our efforts were not wasted.img_8106img_6206

Tanah Lot
Our very last stop before flying off! We wanted to see the sunset here but no luck for us again with the rain and all though it stopped when we finally reached. It was still low tide so we managed to get down to the temple site which I didn’t the previous time I was here. We queued up to receive their blessing where they sprinkled a few drops of holy water on us and placed rice on our forehead and flower behind our ears, though you have to give a small donation of course. Saw the holy snake too which was linked to a legend at the temple though it just looked like a normal sea snake haha.

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So that was our eventful four day trip in Bali which we definitely wasted no time at all. Noted never to be tempted by the extremely lucrative exchange rates along the road side because they are FAKE and our money almost got cheated away. Apparently it’s a norm in Bali and our experience fit exactly what our driver told us, though he only told us a little too late. Luckily we didn’t change that much money and he returned us our euros when we threatened to call the police. But it’s a lesson well learnt!

Climbing Mount Batur

Bali, Day 3 ( 1 December 2016)- Conquering Mount Batur was not an easy task but it was certainly the highlight of our Bali trip! We started the day in the wee hours of morning at 2am and dragged our lazy selves into our driver’s car before falling back to sleep again on our way from Legian to our destination. When we reached, it was still dark and studded with stars shining away, silently observing us on our journey. It was a good idea that we both brought along our jacket because it was actually quite chilly, even though we pretty much took them off around 10 minutes into the hike. After we met with our friendly guide who passed us a torchlight each, we were good to go.

Our hike started off on an excited note, with us chatting and laughing about. He confidently assured us that since we’re healthy and fit, we’ll probably take around 1 and a half hours to hike up compared to the usual 2 hours. We totally LOLed at that, he had a little too much faith in us perhaps. However, it didn’t seem that bad since the path was pretty flat and sandy. All of us still in high spirits, he pointed enthusiastically up at a steam of dotted lights slowly making its way up a really steep mountain. That, he told us, was where we were heading to. That did give us a shock and it didn’t really register in my mind just how high we were climbing. My friend joked how he probably shouldn’t have revealed the truth to us, but we were definitely now more mentally prepared for a tough journey ahead.

Slowly though, the  path narrowed, the ground got steeper with uneven surfaces and bigger pieces of rocks appearing. He told us that there were two main sections to the climb. The first part, which we were at was relatively easy, while the second part was more challenging. Although we haven’t reached the second half, I already felt it was a little tiring. But we carried on, and finally reached the midway point where we paused for a longer rest.

Then, we got ready for the challenge to come, and it was a challenge indeed. I couldn’t have imagined my fate if I hiked without my guide. A couple of times he grabbed me just in time when I lost my balance. Phew. So on and on we trekked, the fact that there were people both in front and behind us kind of keeps you motivated to keep going. It was physically tiring and a little mentally draining since you had to be alert and select the right spots to place your footing. However, the hike was still within my capability and there were even grandmas hiking too, looking professional with their hiking sticks and probably fitter than we were heh. It never seemed to end until he called out that we were just 25 minutes away from the first sunrise watching spot, after which we could decide if we wanted to continue on to second viewpoint or the peak. Well, first goal was definitely just to reach the first checkpoint. And finally, we did it. We hugged and congratulated each other for making it at last, and took our first victory shot.


WhatsApp Image 2016-12-06 at 03.51.05.jpegAlready I felt a great sense of accomplishment. Surprisingly, we still had 40 mins till sunrise, which was a lot of time and since we were already here on Mount Batu, why not just go all the way to the top? Taking a deep breath, I mentally prepare myself for another similar experience and it was right that I did because the hike was even steeper than before. However, somehow through sheer determination to see the sunrise, we made it. It was a spectacular sight as the sun was already peaking behind the clouds, turning them into streaks of gold, orange and yellow. It was such an amazing view, almost surreal and too picturesque like that of a painting, with the sun rising above the mist of clouds that shrouded the mountain opposite us, an even more challenging Mount Agung. We took more than enough photos of course, and then settled down at a nice spot to be wowed by mother nature’s beauty, while savouring the breakfast set -banana sandwich with soft boiled eggs- that our lovely guide made for us.


After a while we knew reluctantly that we had to start making out way down, probably the most dreaded part that we wish we didn’t have to confront. If going up was tough, going down, I thought, would be worse. But at the same time it was kind of fun in an exciting way? There was a path we took which was pretty much all sand and we were practically sliding our way down. I must have looked and sounded like a joke as I was flinging my arms wildly and screaming hysterically. Halfway down we heard someone exclaiming “Oh that looks so fun!I want to go there too!”. That laugh till I’m crying emoji would’ve been the perfect reaction heh. So after going pass that steepest part, I could finally enjoy the scenery around me better. He showed us the active craters that were still releasing steam and we saw soo many monkeys. After my bad encounter with monkeys at Uluwatu I was really careful not to get too near to them. But look at that monkey selfie we got!

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There were many baby monkeys too which were extremely cute! But I dare not try to cuddle them. He also showed us what’s left after the volcanic eruption turned a village into black sandy flat land.

I’m not sure how long we took to reach the bottom but it was definitely longer since we took an easier but more windy road which I didn’t mind at all. It was really nice to enjoy looking at the endless stretches of plantation below us and looking back at the volcano we hiked in the morning, we just couldn’t believe that we were really just up there in the morning.


Second Stop: Coffee plantation

We spent the next half of the day visiting a coffee plantation and trying a full range of coffee and tea, including the Luwak coffee which didn’t taste any different to me since I don’t actually drink coffee.

“Shit Coffee” cleaned vs uncleaned

Third stop: Holy Spring Water Temple 


Our guide got really creative with this shot haha

Fourth stop: Chilling at our pool and ending the night off at a bar along Seminyak beach. We went there looking for a bar with those colour beanbags we saw on Instagram and found way more than one heh, it was basically the entire stretch.


So my verdict on climbing Mount Batur?
JUST DO IT. The hike was tough but still manageable for me though if you’re physically fit it shouldn’t be any problem at all. But even so, the view was indeed worth all that effort.

Bali in 4 Days- Part 1

Bali, Day 1 (29 November 2016)– After a really early plane ride, we touched down at 8am in Bali. FINALLY. We could barely contain our excitement and couldn’t stop grinning and letting out small squeals of joy at our arrival!The last time I came to Bali was four years ago with my parents but it’s a place that you will definitely never get sick of because there’s just so much to explore!

First stop: Balinese Barong Dance

Our Bali adventure began at the airport where we booked a driver for the day from one of the booths. Honestly though, we had no plans, just a few places we were absolutely sure we wanted to go… so we pretty much went along with our driver’s first suggestion to stopover over  at a place to watch their traditional Balinese Barong dance which represents an eternal fight between good and evil spirits.The mythological animal which looks like a lion is the Barong, representing the good spirit which fights the Rangda, the evil spirit. Although I couldn’t understand what they were saying, you could roughly guess who is who and which act they were in, and they tried to interact with us audience from time to time, switching into English and adding some comical parts into the dance at one point.WhatsApp Image 2016-12-06 at 03.55.03.jpeg

Second Stop: Lunch

After the show we headed off to Nusa Dua but didn’t end up doing any water sports because we were really shocked by the high prices they offered us. Plus, it was really hard selling us and we didn’t felt like going for it either. We stopped over at a restaurant for lunch and tried their Iga (Pork ribs)  which was delicious!

Mee Goreng (left) and Iga with Honey (right)

Third Stop: GWK Cultural Park

Then we made our way to the Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural park where you see huge statues like the ones below. We paid  100 000 rupiah for entrance and it included the Barong dance which we saw previously, so actually we could’ve saved some money if our driver told us about it heh.



Fourth Stop: Pandawa Beach

Headed off to Pandawa beach afterwards. The beach was not exactly stunning but it was nice to just wade in the water near shore. But what was really a funny experience was how locals came up to us asking for pictures. Some of them were students on a school trip who seemed to be on a lookout for tourists and asked us where we were from and how we liked Bali. I’m not sure how many photos we took but they just kept approaching when they see others talking to us… One guy even asked us to hold up a sign which we refused because we had no idea what it said except for the word “wife” which was err..kind of weird?


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Fifth Stop: Dreamland Beach

Then it was Dreamland beach! Been there last time with my parents years ago but it seemed so much less crowded this time round and we spent a lot more time here snapping pictures and frolicking around!Right across the main beach there was another more secluded one which we enjoyed so much because there wasn’t anyone there. IMG_7254.jpgIMG_7224.JPG


Sixth Stop: Uluwatu Temple & Sunset

Finally, we headed off to our last stop Uluwatu Temple for sunset!Also the place where I had my first horrible experience with those notorious monkeys. I’ve heard stories about how they snatched belongings from unsuspecting tourists so I was pretty careful to make sure there wasn’t anything that they could steal from me. But while I was exclaiming how cute they were, one of the monkeys dashed towards me and jumped towards my bag, snatching away my dangling keychain. Ok it was no big deal, just a keychain soft toy, but it was a really cute one which I had for ages and the monkey just took that away from me and was brutally chewing its way through it? Another tourist tried to get it back for me but these smart little creatures were way too fast! I don’t know how long I stood there thinking of a way to get it back and watching that monkey slowly dissecting my poor elephant toy but then I realise that it was a goner, sadly, and reluctantly told the rest to go.  We saw the Kecek dance which followed another traditional story while a group of guys were chanting continuously in the background all the way through. We got quite distracted though halfway through by the sunset across the horizon , which we weren’t expecting because of the cloudy sky, but surprise! The highlight of the show came much later on when the sky got darker  and the monkey king put up a tiny fire performance. He first surrounded himself with balls of grass lighted on fire and began stamping on it and kicking them high into the sky towards the sea. Pretty impressive sight when you see the fireballs  flying around (not towards us of course) in the night.


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Bali, Day 2 (30 November 2016)- Our original plan was pretty much just to laze around the beach and relax because our next two days will be super intense. However, on the way to the beach, we passed by a tour booth and decided just to take a look, but ended up buying a package to do some water sports after bargaining to a price of 1500000 for two of us to do the seawalk, parasailing and jet ski.

First Stop: Sea Walking


Second Stop: Parasailing


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The water sports were pretty fun! Personally my favourite was definitely parasailing and it was pretty cool floating up there in the air with a parachute! I really liked the jet ski one too since we got to ride it ourselves too and going at full speed! The seawalk was honestly nothing special for me since I’ve done diving before and you see so much more, but it was still an interesting experience going underwater yet not getting your hair wet at all.

Fourth Stop: Exploring Kuta

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So we ended the day walking along the beach from our hotel at Legian to Kuta to take a look. We didn’t get to see any sunset though unfortunately due to the cloudy weather but it was still a nice evening stroll. Plus, guess what we found! Matcha ice cream from Mcdonalds! Of course the matcha addict in me had to try it out. Actually it was vanilla cone ice cream coated with matcha, but I was still really satisfied!

So that marked the end of our two days spent chilling around in Bali because the next two days will be crazy waking up at 2am to catch the sunrise.

Starstrucked in Santorini

Santorini, Greece (20 May 2016)– Picture perfect from every angle, my initial skepticism completely vanished when I caught sight of those white washed houses and blue domed churches finally in REALITY. Santorini has always been my idea of the perfect Greek summer dream,  a place on my bucket list of places to go, and sure enough it didn’t disappoint!


Exploring Fira
Fira was the place where we stayed at for the entire trip. Our accommodation was a nice and cozy family house with really hospitable owners. We decided to go for a free walking tour on the first day and the guide brought us around Fira without of course, forgetting to bring us to see the famous blue dome and church bells. Actually that was the first question I asked him, typical tourist move heh.  We hiked all the way up to Imerovigli where he said we would see the best view and it was spectacular indeed. Once you reach a high vantage point and looked back, you can see the entire coastline with the white buildings along the cliff. There are a lot of paid tours on the island but they were the ones who started the first free tour despite the disapproving attitude the rest have towards them for disrupting the tourist business. Our guide was no expert but he just volunteered out of interest to show us tourists places that he consider worth going and sharing a little knowledge about what he knew.

Journey up the volcano
View from the top!

Volcano Hike
On the next day we took a whole day tour which included a boat trip to the volcano and a swim at the hot spring, a visit to a tiny island called Thirassia and ending at Oia to catch the sunset. Honestly, we were feeling a little lazy so we just felt like following a tour without having to plan anything by ourselves. It cost 38 euros per person which we found pretty decent considering that it included transportation to and from the place we stayed at too.

Our first stop was the volcano and we hiked up to the highest point where we could see the crater and the entire sea view from the top. The wind was blowing so crazily hard and I don’t think I’ve ever felt so afraid of actually being blown away? Sounds stupid but the fear was real. The entire walk up and back down took around an hour before we depart for the hot spring. Such a shame that I didn’t bring my swimming suit because the water was so clear and blue that I would’ve loved to jump in. It turned out that the swim to the inner part of the hot spring was a pretty long one and many people didn’t even reach before they had to call for help to bring them back to the boat. So…swimming skills are still a must!

Our next stop was the island of Thirassia. Honestly, there is nothing much on this island. But being a Greek island, it still had that old greek charm and amazing view of the Aegean Sea that made it worth spending a few hours there. We hiked all the way up in search of food. There were many restaurants near to the sea but we decided that those were probably tourist traps and were likely more expensive. The hike up was tedious, especially since it was sweltering hot but the tavern we went to, and the view, was well worth the sweat and effort. The food was not too pricey and delicious, especially the freshly made Moussaka!We had one later on at Fira but it didn’t taste half as good as this. So definitely recommended to hike up for some great food!


Sunset at Oia
Finally, the highlight of the tour was of course the sunset at Oia. Known as the second best sunset in the world, it’s not hard to see why. We spent some time wandering around  the alleys in search for the postcard perfect blue domes. When it was almost sunset, we went to the tip of the island where everybody is, and waited for the sun to set below the horizon. It would’ve been a nicer experience if we didn’t have to squeeze through the crowd just to get a peak of the view, but you know…all great things have to be shared.


Red Beach
On our last day, we pretty much spent half the day at the Red Beach, soaking in the sunshine and ocean breeze. Honestly, the beach was nothing particularly spectacular except for the soil tinted with a slight reddish brown, but it was a nice place to just chill and relax about!

Still can’t believe that I’ve finally experienced the paradise island of my dreams, and I get the reason for the hype over this place. There’s something dreamy and surreal about this place, a place where you can dump all your troubles away into the foamy sea and just live in the moment itself.





Ghostly Gorgeous Mittenwald

Mittenwald, Germany/Austria (12 June 2016) – Right after the trip to Konigsee was another hiking trip to Mittelwald which was just as amazing. Our main route for the day was to visit the Gorge of the Ghosts (Leutasch Geisterklamm) , hike up to a restaurant called the Hut, hike back down to the village of Mittenwald where we will take the train back to Munich.

Our first stop was a short trail to the waterfall. We had to pay 2.50 euros to enter but it was definitely worth going! It brings you into the innermost region of the gorge with the foamy waters flowing fast beneath you and where you reach the waterfall at the end.


Then it was our turn to hike through the Gorge Ghost Trail. It’s really designed to be family friendly with educational stops along the way and stories about goblins and ghosts. We even saw a man carrying a baby who is probably only a few months old on his back!The hike was really easy at the start with the path already paved out, but after awhile it got a little harder when we had to hike up to a restaurant called the Hut which was a little steep and slippery but thank god the weather was great and it wasn’t raining like it was yesterday. At one point we even crossed the border of Germany and Austria, indicated by a square stone brick with T on one side and A on the other.

After what seems like a never-ending series of twists and turns, we finally reached the HUT. And it was totally worth it because we had the most amazing view of the Bavarian Alps around us that looked completely picturesque. Amazingly the weather did not disappoint like it was predicted to by the weather forecast, and the sun was shining in all its glory.


We chilled around for a good two hours or so before making our way back down. Fortunately we did not have to take the original path and going down was so much easier.


Then we reached the village of Mittelwald which was so beautiful and I especially loved how the houses were so colourfully well painted. The whole town pretty much could have popped out of any fairytale story though it felt a little like a ghost town especially since it was a Sunday with all the shops closed and barely anyone on  the streets. We had some ice cream and just sat around to enjoy the peace of this tiny town among the alps. Perfect way to end the day I say!


Königsee, Germany (11 June 2016) – Yet again, another paradise on earth. Upon reaching our destination after a really early train ride to Königsee, we were greeted with amazing clear crystal blue waters. Although the weather wasn’t really in our favour and it was already drizzling, the waters were still a breathtaking blue, though it’d probably be even more so when the sun is up and shinning. We took a boat ride, passing between towering rock cliffs. At one point, boat guide told us to shut the windows on one side of the boat while opening up the rest on the other side, took out his trumpet, played a few notes and paused. We waited in anticipation, everyone silent and listening attentively. To the surprise of everyone on the boat, we could really hear the notes being echoed back a few seconds later. Absolutely unbelievable. And the sound of the trumpet echoed was faint but crisp and clear.

We reached our first stop at St Bartholomew around lunchtime. The famous church probably most popularly seen in postcards was just as picturesque as it looked, with the Alpen behind and the lake reflecting the red domed church. We did a mini Rundweg since we only had an hour to explore but just walking alongside the lake enjoying the gorgeous view was more than I can ask for.






We took another boat ride next to our next stop to hike to a waterfall that’s supposed to be the largest one in Germany. We hiked along the lake and the lush greenery, pretty easy for the most part until we reached a steeper section of the route that was made more slippery and muddy due to the rain that was getting heavier.

We saw A LOT of cows along the way and the Scheiße they left behind. UGH. But well at least the cows were cute and friendly and didn’t mind us approaching them! We continued hiking but it got to a point where rain was really making things hard for us so we stopped halfway through and decided to head back. We still managed to see the waterfall but probably just not as close up as we’d liked to.

This trip was so so worth it. I’ll definitely be back again when the weather gets better and I can only imagine how gorgeous it will look on a sunny day.

Enchanting Chania

Chania, Cretes (23 May 2016) – Gorgeous place stumbled upon because of crazy expensive tickets that forced me to do a detour. Who would’ve expected that?
After spending a night at Athens airport because of the 5 hours transfer, I finally landed at Chania airport early in the morning at 6am. Getting to the hostel went pretty smoothly but being way to early, the hostel wasn’t opened for check in yet. I wondered around and decided to make my way towards the direction of the sea and found a bench facing the sea.

So there i spent a few hours, nibbling on some chips saved (luckily) along the way and spent the rest of the time dozing off or reading a book.

When I finally checked in, I was told that breakfast was available and it was great to see a proper kitchen and ingredients for you to make your own breakfast. Awesome!

Having breakfast, a guy from the hostel told me that they are organising a trip to Balos Beach which I have never even heard of. Well I didn’t do any research , just planned on going to the old harbour and walk around, not much of a plan really. I would gladly go with them but it cost 25 euros, pretty expensive for someone who’s crazy on budgeting so i was really hesitant about it. And then I decided to google it and read amazing reviews about the beach which really got me tempted. With a bit more prompting from the hostel owner  who told me about the cute little goats you would see there (Yup, goats, that’s all it took to get me persuaded) I decided to go with them.

The bus ride there was looong. We had to go through a crazy rocky winding road before reaching the beach. It was a really scary ride and the bus was practically on the edge of the cliff. One wrong move and…gosh don’t even want to think about it. When we finally reached, oh my there were really  GOATS everywhere! They came up to us blatantly asking for food and totally unafraid. After a few quick snaps with the camera and squealing over their cuteness, we made our way down a rocky path to the beach. It was another long winding road walking between the valley and for the first time after Iceland I could feel the grandness of mother nature that made me feel so insignificant. Suddenly, the hills began to slope away and there right before my eyes was the blue sea, stretched out in front of me, shimmering in different shades of blue. I was speechless. It was not your average beach I’m telling you. There were patches of white in between the sea where the water was more shallow and the water was a crystal clear baby blue shade.

The excitement to get to the beach was real. When I finally reached and turned back to see how far we came, I was pretty surprised at how high the cliff was. But it was amazing to be surrounded by pristine blue waters , and the waves were the gentle kind that lap gently at the soft white sand in a steady rhythm. I wadded around in the water since I forgot to bring my swimsuit, but it was more than satisfying. I felt lucky and grateful enough to be there, with some lovely people from the hostel, just chilling and enjoying the precious short time we have at paradise.



The time to go back came way too soon but we had no choice, the tide was already rising and the sandy white path which we came from was already submerged in water. Lucky for us it was still shallow enough to wade through.

After reaching our hostel, I took a quick shower and went out to check out the old harbour. Yes I was tired, especially from the lack of sleep the previous night at the airport but I guess sheer determination got me going. The sun was already setting and it was a really nice walk to the harbour with the sky painted in hues of pink, orange and yellow. There’s something about the Old venetian harbour that made me fell totally in love with it. The quaint narrow alleys and mixture of architecture from the Ottoman and Venetians were nothing I have ever encountered before.  I just felt a tinge of regret at not being able to see this place during the day, especially during sunrise.


The town was already buzzing with life from the cafes and restaurants that lined the port on one side. I had dinner later on at one of the restaurants near the port with some people from the hostel and we had pizza to share and a huge bowl of salad each. Even found out that the girl from Italy was flying to Rome tomorrow morning just like me!What a coincidence!Was pretty glad that I’ll have some company on the plane the next day. Our meal ended with a bottle of free alcohol, ice cream and cake (which I was obviously more interested in haha) thanks to our lovely waiter.

It’s such a shame I couldn’t stay here for a few more days but Chania you can be sure I’ll be back.


Regen Regen in Regensburg

A trip to Regensburg just wouldn’t be complete without some Regen to add to the charm of this tiny medieval town! With the Danube river flowing through the city that made it a popular trading centre in the past, it has retained much of its medieval buildings with most of it left (thankfully) undestroyed by the Second World War. Apparently the city lost its significance after the trade industry went down, so much that it wasn’t worth being set as a target for the bombings.

Our lovely tour guide first led us down a street called the Happy Turkey Street apparently named after an inn owned by a really happy guy called Turk.Pretty easy huh? Be happy, make others happy and have an entire street named after ya!Das gefällt mir auch!I mean….who wouldn’t want to have a street named after you? Our tour guide showed us the many ways Italy influenced the city, such as a tower that’s typically found in Tuscany but can be seen towering overhead along a row of houses. Apparently the tower is a symbol of power and the higher the tower, the more power it symbolised since it reflects the wealth of the rich merchants who could afford the expensive stones used to build the tower. But now the tower and the courtyard around it is used as…a student hostel haha. Our tour ended with the Stone Bridge that was supposed to be the highlight of the tour. You know how you should always save the best for the last?

But unlucky us, the bridge was still under renovation and we saw the bridge enveloped with such ugly steel frames…We had 4 hours of free time after the tour and we immediately went for the Bratwurst restaurant recommended by our guide. If it did’t cost 2.50 euros for the sausage and bread, i’d definitely go for a second round. I have to say this is probably the best sausage I’ve tasted in Germany so far! The sausage went so well with the sauerkraut and sweet mustard!Sehr Sehr Lecker.

With our tummies half full but really satisfied, we went on the stone bridge to do a little exploring and the view surely didn’t disappoint! Everything looked so picturesque and idyllic, with the river banks covered with green grass and trees, and medieval houses that added to the already gorgeous landscape! We stopped by for some ice cream at the end of the bridge before making our way back to the Altstadt since there wasn’t much to see after crossing the bridge. We entered the gothic styled Saint Peter’s Cathedral, named after the saint with the keys to heaven!We managed to find a stained glass painting in the church of Saint Peter with his magical keys too! Didn’t think it was possible with so many paintings inside but yeah we found it (After some searching of course). We had plenty of time to spare so we strolled along the alleys and settled for dessert Round 2 at a cafe! The chocolate Spaghetti Eis was enough for four of us to share and was completely satisfying with the ice cream pretty much submerged in runny chocolate sauce and cream.

It started drizzling slightly, as the surprisingly accurate weather forecast had predicted, in the late afternoon, but we had a peaceful stroll in the park near the Hauptbahnhof in the rain that ended the trip really nicely:) To end off the post with something new I’ve learned today: Ich muss schiebe etwas nicht auf die lange Bank!

-Regensburg, Germany (23 April, 2016)