Darwin (2016)

Hello again! I’m lying in bed, enjoying a glass of Brown Brothers White Gold Moscato and reminiscing my recent trip to Darwin.

Boy, was it a roller coaster ride!

I should start at the beginning, when my flight was delayed for 10 hours! Then we reached Darwin airport to collect our rented car and realised that those below 25 years old, are considered underage. As such, we had to pay even more for the insurance, which increased our expenditure.

Our excitements diminished even more when we were told that due to wet season, many of the waterfall attractions were closed due to flooding and crocodile sightings.

We spent a total of 11 days (22nd Dec-1st Jan) in Darwin, going for road trips and exploring outside the city.

Right after arriving in Darwin, we immediately drove to Litchfield and stayed at Lake Bennett.

We only stayed for a night before heading even further out to Kakadu.

Unfortunately, it was impossible to visit any of the waterfalls as they were closed. We spent 4 nights there. Other than the trekking at Nourlangie Rock and the crocodile jumping tour, I was really bored. Tara and I even discussed taking a flight to Sydney to spend the rest of the holiday there. We weren’t joking. I even searched for flights that went to Sydney the very next day. That’s how bored we were. Some of you may know, I love Sydney. Like really LOVE. So much so that I’m moving there in a few years time. I can never say no to going to Sydney. Ahh the place of my dreams….

Ok enough daydreaming. Back to Darwin. Focus Nicole.

After our stay in Kakadu, we headed back into the city for the rest of our stay, and we were in dire need of Asian food!

We were supposed to head to Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls and Wangyi falls, at Litchfield. But due to the thunderstorm we had the night before, the roads were flooded. During our whole stay in the city, except for NYE evening, it was pretty much just thunderstorms and more thunderstorms.

I’m telling ya guys, don’t bother going to Darwin during wet season. Uh uh! You’ll miss out on everything and there’s no point risking your safety just to see some beautiful waterfalls. Well, unless you wanna get stuck in your car in the middle of a flooded dirt road, or get eaten by those really big fat crocs they have there. Just saying.

The day we cancelled our drive to the Litchfield Falls, we heard there were a group of tourists who thought it wise to try their luck. They ended up getting stranded in the flooded zone that was infested with salt water crocodiles, for an hour, until help came! And they were very lucky cos the only thing that stopped their car from going over the river, was a big fat rock!

And when we went to Nourlangie Rock for our trek, we drove past a bush fire! It was happening just right next to the attraction!

If you wanna go Darwin to see all the amazing stuff, go during dry season, like between June till October.

I have to be honest and say that I was very disappointed that I couldn’t visit the waterfalls. I mean when you’re in Darwin, you need to go visit them. So when you realise you can’t, it really really sucks.

Oh yes, you can swim in the waterfalls but not during wet season, unless you wanna make some reptile friends. Another bummer.

Staying in the city was a lot more relaxing. We didn’t have to wake up early to prepare for a long drive ahead, or worry about flooding along the road or any crocodile sightings.

We  basically went to the mall everyday, satisfied my Japanese food cravings, found some nice street art, braved through a very sudden heavy downpour on a jetty, and waited to see some sunsets that did not happen at all due to the cloudy skies.

Found this cool street art that had butts painted all over!

Food at Laneway was amazeballs!!

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Mindil Beach is famous for stunning sunsets. Sadly, we weren’t able to witness it.

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Oh yeah, did I mention we had breakfast in bed?!

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Mandorah Jetty. The place where we got caught in the rain and were totally soaked to the bones.

Nightcliff Jetty, another place with amazing sunsets. And as usual, we didn’t get to see it due to the cloudy skies.

And ahh my favourite! Celebrating the end of another year and welcoming a new one. NYE!!

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We were really lucky on NYE. It was supposed to rain during the evening and night, but thankfully it didn’t until we reached back our hotel. It was such a huge thunderstorm, the howling of the wind was so loud an frightening, and because of it, our flight going home, was delayed….again.

But we were so thankful that we could catch the fireworks. A good way to end this trip.

 

 

 

 

xx,
Nic

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Bangkok (2016)

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to a great 2017!

December was crrazzzyyyyy! Goodness two back to back travels!

I went to Bangkok with my Boo from 15th to 20th December. It was our last trip of 2016 and it was a lotta fun!

We went to Karmakamet Diner after checking into our hotel, for dinner.

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The next day, we started out early to go shopping at Platinum Mall.

The ice cream at the mall was sooo good!

Tea was at After You Cafe and we had the Ferraro Shibuya Toast

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And for dinner, we went for the famed boat noodles near Victory Monument.

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On our third day in Bangkok, we went to Chatuchuk Market.

One cafe you definitely need to visit is True Love Cafe @Neverland. They have so many huskies there and it just made me miss my babies back home.

The next morning, we went to the Floating Market and breakfast on the boat. I ate my fav coconut ice cream while Shah had his spring rolls and pad thai.

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We went to Toby’s for lunch and it was the best cafe we went to in Bangkok!

On our last day in Bangkok, we had breakfast at On Lok Yun. Best breakfast everrrrr!

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And we went to Fill In The Blank Cafe for some tea….

I had a really great time in Bangkok with you Boo! The food was amazing! The massage was heavenly! We did lots of walking until our feet hurt but we had lots of fun making jokes and disturbing each other.

This is our last trip for 2016 and I already can’t wait for our 2017 trips!

Once again, Happy New Year 🙂

 

 

 

Love,

Nic

 

2016 in summary

Hello from Darwin! It is an hour away from 2017!! Omg where has the time gone?! 

Yesterday, Mum asked me how did I find 2016. Honestly, I don’t like to define a year by good or bad. There will always be ups and downs. A year is just a year. You get through it, get a year older and learn more as time passes. It’s just life. 

I’m very lucky in the sense that I took this year to travel…..a lot. I’ve met amazing and great people whom I hope to see again. 

I’ve had my downs too. I moved out for a couple of months and got to really get a taste of not relying on my family members whom I’m closed to. I felt that my separation from them made me a little more independent. It was a good learning lesson for me. And a much needed break from everything. 

I also got rid of more toxic people. Honestly, sometimes I wish I can be like some people who don’t need friends at all, to cut away the betrayals. But I’m human. We all need love and companionship. Well most of us. 

This person is just someone I realised I can’t trust and haven’t been for awhile. Very vain and only cares for herself. I’m so glad she’s out of my life and I can finally breathe a sense of relief that the last toxic person is no longer around me. 

Now, I treasure even more the friends I have around me. It’s not the quantity but the quality of friends that you have. I can count with one hand the number of friends I can trust. Not many right? But I know they’re there for me no matter what. And I rather just have them than fake friends. 

This year, I’ve taken time off to find myself. Learn about my self. And love myself. After overdosing last year, I never did recover. I had so much hatred and anger in me. Hatred and anger over myself, family members, friends and even people whom I’ve gotten rid of. It was and is a meaningful journey. I mean it takes time, months or even years, to get over the negative impacts people have imprinted on you. But I told myself last October, enough is enough. And I meant it. 

So those who’s been with me through thick and thin, I’m very grateful. From the bottom of my heart. And I’m sorry for all the pain I’ve caused to you all. I’m still a mess but I will get my shit together. 

2017 will be better. New chapter in my life. And I’m excited about it! And travelling to new places with my Boo and BFF 😉 

So here’s wishing you a Happy New Year!! May your 2017 be mind-blowing!✨🌟 

Sending you all love from Darwin ❤

Love,

Nic

Bali (2016)

Hello! It’s been a while! As you can see from the title, this post is about my recent trip to Bali. I was there from 3rd October to 8th October, allowing me to celebrate my birthday there.

By the time we arrived in Bali, it was almost 9pm. I have to say that Shahrul and I had a bad start to our holiday. We booked a villa in Askara Villa. The manager, Gede, did not check our confirmation slip properly and told us that my mum, who would arrived on the next day, could stay without additional charges. So of course, my mum happily booked her air tickets. But three days before we were due to arrive in Bali, he emailed us saying we have to pay IDR 250000 per night for an additional person. When we emailed him back, he claimed that he did not see our confirmation properly. I told him that it is not fair for us since he was the one who made the mistake, and should keep his promise.

When we arrive at Askara Villa, firstly, he was not there to give us a proper welcome. Second, he called the housekeeper, asking to talk to us. He was rude and unprofessional, claiming that, as I directly quote him, ‘no money no bed’. I said it was unfair that he emailed so last minute. He argued that he emailed us more than a week in advance and has the emails to prove it. I told him off and said that we too have the emails to prove he did not. Realising he was at fault, he kept quiet. And then he started to put the blame on Shahrul who was communicating with him via email, saying that Shahrul did not state that he was talking on my behalf and did not send the confirmation slip. BLAH BLAH BLAH. Of course we did all those when we first started communicating with him!

He went on to say rudely, ‘So you gonna pay or not?’ Me reaching my boiling point, told him, ‘No of course not. We are not paying and we will move out tomorrow.’

I think he thought we were joking cos he just said ‘ok you move out tomorrow’ but when we actually moved out the next day, he was shocked and kept apologising to us for the mistake he made. People if you’re going to Bali, don’t stay at Askara with such a rude manager.

Back to happy thoughts..

We moved in to Bali Asih Villa the next day and the people were so nice and sweet to us.


We went for brunch at The Fat Turtle on the second day cos I was in no mood to eat at Askara Villa.

Relaxation time!


We went to the Ubud Monkey Forest in the evening


Reached back in time to see mum arrive from the airport.

We had to sleep early that night (which we did not) as we had to wake up at 1am to trek Mount Batur. Only slept for an hour omg


And then water rafting after that. We were so sore after.

We were utterly exhausted but still managed to head to Batu Bolong Beach to watch the sunset


On the fourth day, Shahrul and I went to Kandara Karma to explore. The place is so B-E-A-utiful!!


Went for a well deserve spa at Rob Peetoom Hair Spa Bali. The treatment was so good, I felt like a queen being pampered at Rob Peetoom. Not only do you get a great massage but you get to do it while enjoying the amazing view right in front of you. And while getting massage, you get to choose a drink of your choice and munch on biscuits. I could do this all day, everyday! Who’s with me?


Tanah Lot Temple to watch sunset. It was really crowded cos everyone was just walking around and waiting for the moment the sun sets.


Day 5 which is also my birthday, we went to do my fav thing in the world, horse riding!! Gosh it feels so good to be back in the saddle. Especially when my horse, Fudge, is galloping, it feels like I could be riding forever and there’s no worries in the world.



We went back to the villa for some R&R before going out for dinner with my mum at Potato Head Beach Club


Had an amazing 22nd in Bali and thanks everyone for the birthday wishes 😍

Our last morning in Bali was spent surfing. I haven’t surf in years but I would say that compared to the last time I surfed, I’ve improved  a lot. Whereas it was mum’s first time. But I think she did pretty good for a first timer. The next time I go back Bali, I’m just gonna spend my whole time surfing.


We went for a hearty meal after that before stopping to watch the scenery at Water Blow


Bali, you were nothing short of AMAZING! Hope to be back again just for the surf! And I enjoyed being there with my two fav people ❤️