Sail Away

Blog, Travelling

 

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore. Dream. Discover.  


– Mark Twain

 

Traveling,
I love the excitement of it all–feeling like an explorer–discovering a new land, a new language, a new culture and all the little challenges that go along with it. I am more spontaneous and don’t live for the future or the past just in the moment. Being impulsive and saying ‘yes’ to nearly everything is part of the fun.

Traveling has not only been something that I do, but it has been something that has become a part of me. Having said, traveling is not only a way to get away—it’s a way to learn and experience life through different cultures and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. If you haven’t gotten to travel before, start somewhere small and close.

I know it can be quite intimidating to go somewhere where you don’t belong to, but I promise that it helps you grow as a person and change your persepective about life.  The best part are, you’ll always get to experience and learn something new everyday. Having a travel bucket list is always a fun idea. I like to write down places that I would like to travel someday, so when you do visit, you get to cross it off the list!

 

xoxo,

S-Tee

Welcome 2018

Blog, Travelling

 

New beginnings 🎉

Every experience in my life is orchestrated to teach me something I need to know to move forward. Life always seem so perfect in social media. I try to be as real and true to myself as possible, albeit my life may seem perfect, it’s not. It’s nowhere close to that. But I’m grateful with what I have now -imperfectly perfect. Couldn’t been better.

The richest person isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least. Wealth is a mindset. Have less and appreciate more.

Be thankful for your life, your health, family & friends and your home. Many people don’t have these things. Be grateful. Be humble. Be teachable.

The world is bigger than what we ever imagine of. There’s always a chance, a room, a space to improve and grow. Don’t criticize or judge people who’s trying hard to get up from zero, hard and bad time. We deserve a life chance to grow and get better.

Perspective is everything. Traveling has given me a deeper appreciation for my life and has sharpened my mindset and outlooks on things. What you see is my perspective, what I choose to see. The beauty and moments where my heart lies. ♥️

 

 

Xoxo,

S-Tee

Extended Vacay

Travelling

 

After few days well spent in Langkawi, we’ve extended our short vacay in Pantai Timur (East coast).

Impromptu.

Never been in our #bucketlist vacay but who cares? We did it!

We spent a week in Cherating (Pahang) and Terengganu.

We stayed at The Legend Resort, Cherating for 2 nights, Ulek Beach Resort, Dungun for 1 night and Sutra Beach Resort, Merang, Terengganu for 3 nights. It’s located at Setiu. The smallest district in Terengganu. Well, all I can say is, not too bad! Setiu is a remote area, less famous area amongst tourist, the least I can say. However, we just want to get an overview and experience so that we know what to do in the future. It was the plain of welcomes, but it was a welcome nonetheless 🙂

We survived!

The only thing that I regret the most was, the food. Oh my. I have no idea it was just me or as well as other people. The food really disappoint me. No kidding. In addition, it’s really difficult to find a decent food stall or restaurant nearby the hotel. We have to drove approx 20-30mins to find them.

Fortunately, on our last night in Terengganu, we (accidentally) found this ‘lively’ restaurant at Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu and finally we had a good and tasteful food. Believe me, the food was so delicious, the seafood was so fresh and juicy and most importantly, tasteful! On top of that, it very reasonable at price. Happy tummy happy me. This is what we call a truly satisfaction. Paid off! 🙂

Oh God, I forgot the name of the seafood restaurant. Give me some time to recall. My bad. I know I know ;'(

To be continued…

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Birthday Short Getawayyy!

Travelling, Up close & Personal

Can’t wait.

This time, we’re not going overseas. Instead, we planned to go to an island in Malaysia.

#cuticutiMalaysia.

This island has been my must-go trip in Malaysia. Pretty much say that it means a lot to me. A lot of stories I can share here. One of them was, it was my 1st ever honeymoon when I got married to le hubs 🙂

Thus, you pretty much aware why I love being there. All I can say is, all the good and sweet memories began there. And counting!

Most likely this short escapade is for my Birthday (not so) treat/holiday. We wanted to do a short and sweet trip in Malaysia before we go far far awaayyy from here.

This island is situated in the Northern coast of Peninsular of Malaysia.

Where we will be going?

🙂

Stay tuned!

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Caffe Bene

Interior, Travelling

Hi Everyone!

I am now sitting at my workstation along with my patotie Fai. The nickname that I think suits him well. It sounds cute and witty! He seems to have few of nicknames now. LOL. Okay forget about it.

I want to share with you a coffee shop that I will recommend besides Starbucks, Coffee Bean or other typical-famous coffee shops. It called Caffe Benne, a double-storey coffee shop located at District 1, within Ben Thanh market’s vicinity.

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Did you you know that Caffe Bene originally from Korea? Hi K-pop, Korean TV drama lovers! Here the ‘Korean’ place for you. Definitely a subtle Korean touches.

 

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My mouth watering by just looking at this!

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A good place for working, meetups & hangout.

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Caffe Bene is comparatively more spacious than the typical coffee shops that we are used to. You can see that from the pictures.

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The place is spacious with ‘generous’ interior, modern yet hipster elements in design, high speed wifi connection and definitely a good coffee! You can definitely smell the aroma of coffee and waffles filling the place.

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Stairs to Level 2.

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Space at Level 2.

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I ordered caramel macchiato; my fav coffee drink ever and the taste as good as Starbucks! I reckon each coffee shop has different taste of coffee. It could be the different type of coffee, the barista or an unique recipe, no? But I like my coffee here, Caffe Bene!

 

Cheers everybody!

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The opening ceremony for the first branch of Caffe Bene in Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh.

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

 

Hello Vietnam

Travelling

Hi Everyone!

I’m in Vietnam y’all!!!  I’m staying in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) and will be staying here for 19 days. We renting a serviced apartment for 14 days. The place called Sunflower Boutique Studio, located at District 4. Its a very nice place to stay – an apartment with modern interior and equipment in it and thus far we’re satisfied with the service offered. This is the best place to stay for a long period I must say. On top of that, I saw quite number of expats who stay(ed) here. Its a safe and nice place to stay I could guarantee 🙂

What I like about Sunflower Boutique Studio ?

  1. The wifi. The wifi speed that will make you happy and smile throughout the day. LOL! I really mean it.
  2. The room. 1st time I entered into this room I know I will like it. Its modern, neat and clean room with modern equipment! I like modern interior.
  3. The host. Her name is Le. She’s very nice lady and her English is perfectly understandable. She’s very helpful too. She will recommend you an interesting-must-visit place to go with an affordable price and will assist you to deal with the travel agency. Easy peasy!
  4. Expat. Expats live here. LOL!

 

What I like about Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City?

  1. The best place for shopping! As you may aware, there are a lot of Malaysians here and easy to find halal food restaurant especially in District 1 (Ben Thanh). Unfortunately, its a bit pricey and sometimes I cant relate it. Vietnam is a very cheap country and the HALAL food here is expensive. I don’t mind to spend on good food especially its HALAL but I think its being ridiculous.
  2. Ben Thanh market. The famous market for Malaysian as a whole. When first I came here 3 yrs ago, I was surprised that most of the seller here could speak Bahasa (Malay language) flawlessly. Hence, easy for negotiation; I meant bargain  😛 and indirectly become close like sister/brother.
  3. Coffee shop. There are A LOT like a lot coffee shops here. From the street one to high end one. Most of coffee shops and even restaurants have wifi. I’m quite surprise with the wifi here. The speed is undoubted. Even better than Malaysia. Sorry to say this but it’s a fact. Malaysia need (MUST) to improve on this.
  4. Startup. Again, it really surprised me when the startup community here is blooming, expanding and they’re successful compared to Malaysia. Ehem…. something to ponder upon.

 

I reckon there’s many more fun facts about Saigon or Vietnam entirely. I will update time to time with a good reviews, recommendations and tips for you.

Until we meet again!

Tu biet!

 

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

 

 

Songkran Festival

Travelling

The Songkran festival is the traditional Thai New Year’s Day and is celebrated from 13 April to 15 April.

History behind the festival

The word Songkran is from the Sanskrit language and means the passage of the sun from one sign of the Zodiac to another. That means there are twelve Songkrans each year, but the significance of the this Songkran (sometimes called Major Songkran to distinguish it from the others) is when the sun enters the sign of Aries the Ram. The particular event was also closely related to the Vernal Equinox.

Celebrating New Year at the time of the Vernal Equinox was very common in the past. The Songkran celebration is similar to those of the Indian Holi Festival, the Chinese Ching Ming, and the Christian Festival of Easter. Indeed April Fool’s Day probably originated as mocking those who didn’t accept the switch of New Year from April to January in France in the Sixteenth Century.

The date was originally set by astrological calculations, but it is now fixed on 13 April. The festival may be extended if some of the celebrations fall over a weekend.

In Thailand, New Year is now officially celebrated on January 1, in line with almost all other countries. Songkran was the official New Year until 1888, when it was switched to a fixed date of 1 April. It wasn’t until 1940, that this date was then shifted to 1 January.

What is Songkran?

Songkran is the occasion for family re-unions, temple visits and annual house cleaning. Many Thais observe the holidays by spending time with families and friends. Traditionally, Thais perform the Rod Nam Dum Hua ritual on the first day of Songkran, which is officially the National Elderly Day.

During the ritual, young people would pour fragrant water into the elders’ palms as a gesture of humility and to ask for their blessings.

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The second day of Songkran is officially the National Family Day. Families would wake up early and give alms to the monks, then ideally the rest of the day would be spent sharing quality family time together.

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Water as Symbolism –

Contradictory to what you may have witnessed throughout Songkran, fun-loving Thais don’t just throw water at each other for no good reason (besides having a kick out of seeing other people soaking wet). The real meaning behind the splashes is to symbolically wash off all misfortunes in the past year, thus welcoming the new year with a fresh new start.

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Traditionally, Thais would politely pour a bowl of water on members of the family, their close friends and neighbours. As Songkran has taken a more festive note, a bowl becomes a bucket, garden hose and water guns, and the spirit of holiday merriment is shared amongst all town residents and tourists alike.

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An important religious ritual on Songkran is ‘Bathing the Buddha image’, in which devout Buddhists pour fragrant water over Buddha statues both at the temple and at home.

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More religious Thais would engage themselves in Buddhist ceremonies and merit-making activities throughout the holidays.

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Apart of that…Songkran is for….

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Enjoice!

 

xoxo,

S-Tee

 

Ko Racha Yai

Travelling

Hi everyone!

It has been awhile since my last post about my (coming) journey. Here I am – at Ko Racha Yai, Phuket Thailand – beautiful island about 20 nautical miles off Phuket Island. Ko Racha Yai is a small , isolated paradise. There are a couple of other resorts on the island , but they do not come close to quality and location of Racha Yai. The Racha sits on Patok Bay which has by far the best beach and outlook. The beach is fine white sand and the water turquoise crystal clear , ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

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I’m staying here; Ban Raya Resort & Spa for 5 nights. I was entirely sure we are going to experience much sunshine – warmth definitely + humid! I’m sweating like I’m at sauna : P

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You can have coconut shake right away!

 

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The MAJESTIC bar!

Meet the ‘fortune tree’.

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Left: Healthy & Long Life. Right: Good Luck, Happiness & Prosperity

It’s like 5 star swimming pool to me. Well accommodated & equipped.

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Marina Bay’s tropical version 😛

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The sun were in a good mood and for the past 3 days, we witnessed this beautiful island bathed in sunshine, shrouded in blue skies, and the white beach a welcoming mat to the beautiful clear turquoise waters of Patok Bay and the Andaman Sea beyond. Simply stunning !

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The boats will drop off passengers here

Here are few snippets of information about this amazing island:

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Ko Racha Yai and Ko Racha Noi, also known as Ko Raya Yai and Ko Raya Noi, are twin islands off the southeastern coast of Phuket. Known for their crystal clear blue waters. These islands have been an almost exclusive paradise for divers for years. With Racha Yai’s white sand beaches and expanding accommodations, Racha Yai is growing in popularity.

Racha Yai is one of the nicest islands to simply get away from everything and relax. Less boats and tourists visit this island and Jet Skis & Para sailing are officially banned.

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With Racha Yai’s white sand beaches and expanding accommodations, Racha Yai is growing in popularity. Racha Yai is one of the nicest islands to simply get away from everything and relax. Less boats and tourists visit this island and Jet Skis & Para sailing are officially banned.

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The beaches are white powdery sand with plenty of space to spread out. Remember, we need space, no? LOL 😛

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The sun lounge chairs for rent are spaced a good distance apart from each other and there is only one row unlike the crowded beaches of Phuket and Coral Island where the chairs are sometimes 5-6 deep.

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Sightseeing, snorkeling and scuba diving services are available from tour operators in town. They are please to help 🙂

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A hilltop viewpoint on the bay’s south offers a magnificent view of the whole island. The view during sunset was magnificent and I was in awe. Unfortunately I didn’t capture any 😥

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Looking back towards Phuket from Siam Beach is one of the best things to do. Most visitors to Racha Yai come to escape the noise and distractions of Phuket and Coral Island. If you looking for peace and relaxing vacay, this is the best place for you. I saw quite numbers of family as well as couples here 🙂

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I enjoyed my time here thus far. You should come and experience here. Definitely a new experience and worth vacay. #rachayai #banraya #phuket

Until we meet again!

xoxo,

S-Tee