Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Capri : La Dolce Vita

Because life isn't about milestones, but moments. The open road, fresh air in our lungs and laughter filling our bellies ( even better with wine and pasta... )

Last June, while I was so lucky to visit Stockholm for a work trip, I decided to take a week off and celebrate my birthday in Capri, Italy. It seems only yesterday I arrived in Rome for the very first time, I loved every single things I experienced in Italy from food to Roman architecture, from fashion to exploring Cinque Terre, getting lost in colorful houses at Burano - but that was back in April 2015 and of course I couldn't wait to visit Italy again.

It didn't take me a very long time to decide which places I would love to see this time. In my head was : I'm turning 27 this year and I've done so much work for the past year so I deserve a beautiful place with clear blue skies, good food, and beach to relax. 

Capri, where else ?

Perhaps the best thing about Capri is that there isn't many things to do. You'll find many bars and restaurants at Capri and Anacapri, boutiques, historical sights, hotels and villas, of course the beaches, but really...when in Capri, you just have to relax, eat, wine and repeat. This island is one of those places that actually forces you to recharge, so be sure to get yourself a good place to stay, to eat, bring some colorful summer dresses, good books, a music playlist and money ! Capri can be a little expensive as your meal costs from EUR15 but heyy, you're on vacation - so why not splurge more ?
Obviously I had no idea what Capri's like except I kept hearing positive comments how people love it, so when I had to book my accommodation ( I normally do it on the spot, no bookings in advance, but oh this is my birthday so I wanted to give myself a little present ) I knew I wanted a room with a terrace and wifi, just so I can reply my emails and work a bit. Maybe not so much in the center of Capri to avoid tourists, so Anacapri - the neighboring town about 5-10 minutes bus drive from Capri sounds like a perfect place to stay. 

I found Alle Ginestre Capri B&B located about 15 minutes walk from Anacapri. The super sweet owner picked me up from center Anacapri where the bus dropped you off, explained me about Capri, what to do, where to eat ( really good restaurants, not the tourist trap ones ), gave me map and showed me a beautiful room with a private terrace and ocean view. It was just everything I ever wanted. But as I have warned you before, this B&B located quite distance from both Anacapri and Capri, but I don't mind at all with the walk, as you'll pass the local houses and meet local people. It's a very quiet area but you'll be very spoiled with stunning sunset, the food and wine you'll get from my favorite restaurant Da Gelsomina . Great service, amazing food, a very intimate cuisine experience with breathtaking sunset, just 5 minutes walk from the B&B. Birthday girl couldn't ask for more.

The view from Alle Ginestre Capri B&B

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Life's Good

I grew up watching my mum worked really hard for the family. She teaches at the university, so when she got morning classes she'd leave home earlier than us and of course came back home late when she got to teach the evening classes. Sometimes she even invited me to sit in her classes and I saw how her students really love and respect her. The whole picture of career-oriented woman in her inspired and motivated me to be just as strong, amazing and humble as her. Do what you love, love what you do... I remember I couldn't wait to finish high school simply because I wanted to work, I wanted to have a job so bad. I wanted to dress up, you know like those morning female CEO's morning looks where she glides through an expansive lobby balancing her phone in her left hand, checking those emails and appointments, while trying to sip her morning coffee. She walks confidently her way up in the elevator. She makes positive changes, no matter how small or big, and continuously inspiring others. So I got my very first job as a tourist guide after I graduated high school. I came to sooooo many job interviews only to get rejected - people thought I was so young and had to wait couple of more years to finish university, but I just couldn't wait to be really productive and do something interesting at least for myself first. Right when I almost gave up, the expat community in Jakarta called me, they hired me the same day to work part time as a tourist guide. Of course I had no experience before at tourism industry, but I've always loved meeting people and confident at public-speaking, I was quite familiar with Java, Bali and Jakarta and wanted to work with people from different backgrounds. The manager saw that I was willing to learn and work hard, he gave me chances and the rest is history. I am thankful for him to give me that huge opportunity when no one else didn't believe in me. 

8 years later... here I am. Enjoying my morning commute to work, I do grab my coffee every morning and check my emails, dress up depends on the mood( because a girl should be two things : classy and fabulous ) or ripped jeans - blazer - with a touch of red lipstick or no make up at all when I'm too...lazy. Still, oh always, bubbly, crazy, energetic and I constantly remind myself to take a break, a little pause, live in the moment and appreciate little things in life. Even tho in a real life, when I'm overwhelmed and overloaded at work - I just forgot to pause, instead just pushing myself like what I did last week and promised once it's done I would take a walk, treat myself with iced coffees, take couple of pictures, just a little break to clear my mind. One of the things I absolutely love most about Singapore is definitely my office is located strategically in the city center, so it's easy and convenient to walk to Esplanade, Marina Baysands and City Hall. I love taking my evening walk all the way to Marina, and stare at the view of tall buildings behind me. It reminds me of the long journey I had to go through before I got here, and how grateful I am to be able watching miracles happen every single moment in life, dreams come true, those little thoughts become things, surrounded by soooo much love... that I still have to pinch myself and whisper is this even real

Saturday, July 16, 2016

She Lives Free

She is unapologetic
She is wild with her heart
She is free
She is art
Though some can't figure her out
She's an incredible mess
That's just how she likes it.

Flashing back to one lazy afternoon at home when a very good friend of mine came visiting for few days last May. Thank you for capturing the moments through your lens as usual, Dani ! 

Photo by : Dani B