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Lucerne

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Hihi! This is my second post of the year! Glad that I am making a little progress in blogging. I visited Lucerne about two weeks ago and it is quite a beautiful and small city to visit. I am not sure why I am not taking as many photos like before but I promise I gonna try my best to take more photos in my future trips.

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This is Chapel Bridge which is one of the must-see attractions in Lucerne.

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There are many paintings on the wooden boards.

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I also took a 1 hour boat trip and it is really nice. There are some of the photos I took during the boat trip.

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Really really trying my best to type more for this blog post but don’t know why I can’t type as much crap like last time. So anyway, I am planning for a three week vacation to South America next year, probably during Summer/Fall. Having a little difficulties to get the 3 week leave cos I have missed the deadline to bid for my leave and now most of the leave slots are closed. Aaah! So fingers crossed! I should be traveling alone since I do not like to stick to an itinerary or follow someone else’s plans. Wanna cover Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, etc! I have never been to South America and I will love to explore somewhere I have never been. Wooooohoooo! I can’t wait~! That’s my plan for 2015 and in 2016, I might be traveling to Europe with my sister. If she is not going, I might want to go on a Alaskan cruise or explore USA. Oh man… I simply love to travel!


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Paradise Santorini

Santorini, Greece

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Wow! Wow! Wow! It has been almost a year since I update my blog. Anyone miss reading my blog? Anyway, I don’t think so except myself. I guess I am losing myself bits by bits, getting a little lazy to travel and writing crap/memories on my blog. Gonna try my best to find back my passion for travel and photography.

 

How to get to Santorini from Singapore? 

I took Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Istanbul, Turkey. From Istanbul, I took Aegean Airlines to Athens and then to Santorini. However, you can now take the twice weekly flight from Singapore Airlines to Athens directly between June and October 2014. I was really anxious to travel to Santorini and I had a long break from work and this was why I decided to pay more to travel.

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Why did I choose Santorini?

Stunning photos right! I have always wanted to travel to Santorini. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I really have to say this is one of my best holidays ever. On top of that, this is the first time I took an airplane out of Singapore and explored a foreign place entirely alone. It is not that dangerous as I thought it might be. It is a great experience and I have always wanted to do it badly. So glad that I have the guts to do it! YOLO MAN!

 

Some of the places that I have visited

1. Fira 

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2. Oia

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3. Amoudi Bay

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4. Volcano Island

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5. Kamari Beach

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6. Ancient Thira

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These are some of the dishes I have in Santorini. Seafood like fresh sea bream and fried calamari are MUST-TRY! I really enjoyed my life in Santorini. Who says traveling alone is boring? I have so much fun. I wake up everyday late, eat what I want and go where I want. I plan my trips very impromptu and I believe this should be the way how you should enjoy traveling. I used to plan my holiday itinerary and follow it rigidly which really stresses me out. So now, I will just google the must-go places but the best and easy way is just ask the locals especially your friendly concierge!

 

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Ending my blog entry with the sunset photo I took in Fira. Miss the days I get to watch the sun set everyday while enjoying my dinner with a glass of wine. Till then…


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Bloggers’ Event – Introducing Alpha NEX-5T from Sony

Sony Event Invite: Capture The World In Style With The Alpha NEX-5T from Sony

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I was invited by Sony to a specially catered dinner session yesterday to introduce the new pocket sized Alpha NEX-5T. NEX-5T is an interchangeable lens camera that is great for smarter shooting and wireless sharing, especially for travelers on-the-go. The Sony Alpha NEX-5T costs only SGD999. Personally, I own a Nikon D5100 and Fujifilm X100S. I have always wanted to buy a Sony NEX camera because of its chic design. I love cameras but I am not good with it. Sony is loaning me this camera for a period of two weeks but I really hope they can give it to me for free instead. Hehe :p

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The function that I like about this latest Sony Alpha NEX-5T is NFC. I connected my phone with the camera through NFC and photos taken through the camera can be saved in the phone. It can then shared via Facebook, Instagram and etc. How awesome right.

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It was a specially catered dinner event at Kha. Kha is a thai restaurant, located at 38 Martin Road which is near to Roberson Quay.

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Bloggers….

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Lovely ambience! Food was great! Two thumbs up!

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Thank you SONY! ;D


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My second time to Magical Istanbul.

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I have decided to color my hair black back. I love my hair brown but it has attracted too much attention especially when I am overseas.  I guess it is always good to stay low profile wherever you are in this world. Too much fun is not good for your mental health. I am still young and I have a long way to go. Don’t stay easy or stay cool. Stay serious as you progress with age.

Laughing is good but over laughing is not good. I love blogging and this is the best way to sort out my thoughts. I do not find it as a waste of time and I like to encourage people to go into blogging. Too much worries ain’t good. As time passes, my readership for my blog also increase. It is not very high but I am starting to worry for my personal safety. I am also getting paranoid with stalkers and I have no idea why I have been receiving messages from unknown numbers. Occasionally I get weird men/uncles/young boys coming up to talk to me. It feels like some form of bad luck.

Istanbul is a very holy place and people are really weird. The last thing you ever want to do in Istanbul is to take a cab. They drive as if they are driving ferrari or porsche. Taxi drivers seem like crazy horny men and I got grab by this taxi driver with his middle finger pointing at me. Istanbul is a very interesting, very magical, very holy place that you might go crazy if you have too much fun in this country.

It is definitely not safe for a woman to travel alone in this country. I was walking alone in a shopping mall and I got followed by 2-3 different men. They are pretty good looking chaps but it is very scary when you do not know what they want. If you want to drink coke in Istanbul, please pronounce it as cock-ca-cola and then they will understand.

Till then….again…


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We went to CAMBRIDGE, but I think I am from Oxford. OH Do “I”?

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HELLO WORLD.

Hello World! Time flies, isn’t it…and it has been more than a week since I last update my blog. I know the last post on my Paris trip really freaks people out and especially my friends. I am not exactly okay but I am still surviving so please don’t worry for me, k? It will only make me feel worse and you can help me by treating me like I am normal. My horoscope sign is Gemini and people born under Gemini are extremely egoistic. I believe that I a woman who can take care of myself. I don’t like to listen to lectures and I prefer to learn things through the hard way. And only that, I will learn. Oh well…that’s IRENE for you. :)

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Actually…I am really tired cos I have not slept for the past 48 hours but I really want to finish up this post. I want to blog down my feelings and at the same time, this helps to keep my emotions in check. I haven’t been sleeping well, eating well, feeling well…etc…but here I am typing out this post is to make a promise to myself that I wanna treat myself better. I am not single and neither do I feel that I am in a relationship . So..I guess that means I am in a complicated relationship? Lol. The two of us are in a confused and indecisive state and I think that happens in a Gemini-Gemini relationship when both parties have extreme egos and high pride. We won’t bow down to any one or to any situations. We can lose anything but we can’t afford to lose ourselves. If we ever lose ourselves, it means the end of us. It is scary! Neither one of us has the guts to do something so I just gonna take this as a “term break” before we come into a conclusion. I will just let him do whatever he wants and I will do whatever I want too. If we are meant together, we will be back together and I won’t force things to go my way. Yes, I love him but I need to love myself more. The way he treats me hurts me but the way I am hurting myself hurts even me even more.

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I am from CORPORATE learning centre. Sorry for the errors. :D


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Zurich LONG TIME ago.

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Oh wow! It is another week again since I last update my blog! I thought I will blog pretty often last month but I only managed to write 2 posts. I still have not blogged about my trip to Penguin Island, Versailles and Cambridge. I really want blog about it before I forget the details but right now, I felt like blogging more about my thoughts and emotions.

I just came back from Zurich two days ago. Met up with a friend and we went swimming at Lake Zurich. This was my first time swimming outdoor in overseas! I was very enthusiastic to swim and I only realized that I couldn’t swim very swim after I jumped into the lake. My friend had to pull me up just like how we did during our safety training. I really thought I gonna drown and it was so embarrassing. Nevertheless, I felt quite great about myself cos I am building up my courage day by day.

This is the only photo I gonna post about my Zurich trip. I lost my Fujifilm X100s charger and the photos I took with my Samsung S4 are not nice at all. We wanted to jump off the platform but it rained when we came back to do the jump. I will have the courage to jump one day. I don’t want to let fear to overpower me and stop me from doing things that I always wanted. I want to skydive and scuba dive. I have great fear for heights and the ocean but I am learning to overcome all these fears.

I am coping pretty well with the heartache. Maybe I am learning how to expect less from others and love myself more. People are not obligated to treat you well and it is a bonus if they do. I really appreciate those who treat me well sincerely and I glad that I have friends who are there when I needed them. There will be some who will tell you happiness is more important than anything and you should do things with an unclear mind cos you will feel happier that way. Let me tell you… These are probably the people you need to keep a distance from. This is just short-term happiness and you will suffer from the bad decisions you have made.

I think I look a little different compared to one month plus ago. I think I look a little better… a little slimmer… a little darker… a little fitter… I have already checked off all the list which I blog last week. I did my eyelash extension and also navel piercing!

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