Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yangshuo, China

Flashing back to my second visit to China last April. I started at Zhangjiajie with a mission to find Pandora ( coming soon on the blog ) then I went to Yangshuo for 3 days - which was honestly too short but I managed to take a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong river and spent the whole afternoon exploring the Yangshuo County.

While Yangshuo and Zhangjiajie are obviously beautiful, but my highlight of the trip was definitely meeting a lot of nice people that helped me getting from one place to another. Started from Thai couple I met on the bus to Zhangjiajie, to my amazing taxi driver, security guards at the bank and bus stations, another random couple and maybe about 10 Chinese people I ran into in Guilin when I couldn't find my hostel and lost for an hour. Thanks to these strangers for being extremely nice and warm, just when I thought I'd never make it. Traveling to China can be a little challenging if you don't speak Mandarin, but thank goodness learning Chinese at university did actually help. Pheww.

Scroll down for more info how to get to Yangshuo from Guilin city ( one day trip )

Where to stay ?
I stayed with Wada Hostel

How to get to Yangshuo from Guilin city ?
There are frequent minibuses and express buses to Yangshuo. From Wada Hostel walk to Guilin railway station, about 5-7 min walk. While there are minibuses depart from the square in front of Guilin railway station ( 80-90 min, RMB22 ), you can also go to the bus station which about another 5-10 min walk from the railway station and buy the tickets from counter inside terminal.

Invariably touts will try to sell you a more expensive ticket, just ignore them and keep walking to Guilin bus terminal. Buses depart every half hour and take about one and a half hour journey.
Most buses  will arrive at North bus station, you can talk public buses or walk for about 15-20 min to Yangshuo county. Best way to explore new places and exercise too !

Monday, October 2, 2017

Club Med Maldives

Clear blue sky, crystal clear water, tropical palm trees and beautiful people ! 
Always home sweet home, Club Med. 

I was really fortunate to spend a week in Club Med Maldives last month, taking some time off to pause, reflect and reunited with some of my favorite people in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. Club Med is not a new place for me, in fact I started my career at Club Med Bali in 2009 - had one of the best years working together with bunch of amazing people at Club Med Cherating Beach and even after all these years we all still good friends. More than friends...we will always be one big family.  

This year marks 8 years since I left the resort to pursue my other dreams. Oh dear, 8 years, what a long journey it's been. I was so young when I started working there. Super energetic, very loud, happy, confident that people would call me Miss 1000 volta even psycho… These wonderful people have taught me so much about life and little did I know this place has changed my definition of home . It is no longer the place where I was born and raised, but the people who just accept and love you the way you are. Who gives you the stage to shine and room to grow, believes in you more than you even believe in yourself. Something I never knew before that you can find new family in new places, perhaps the best thing about stepping out of your comfort zone - you never know who you’ll run into but at least so far I am grateful I’m always surrounded with good people ( positive attracts positive ).

Thank you again Club Med Kani ( especially Sentha ) for the best 7 days under clear blue sky, salt water that heals everything, and beautiful souls who reminds me how insanely lucky I am and no matter what happens in life, how hard it gets, I’m going to make it. 

Ps : Always surround yourself with people who deserve your magic. 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Taiwan Express

4 days 3 nights was definitely too short to explore Taiwan but perhaps that's enough to convince myself to return and explore more what Taiwan has to offer. I had no idea Taiwan has so many places to visit, from national park to mountain, and of course pretty cafes if you have a serious sweet tooth like me ( leave it to Taiwanese for perfect desserts ). Oh well while I hope it won't take me a very long time to get back there, at least this time I managed to visit Raohe street and Shilin night market, Jiufen and Xiangshan hiking trail.