Sunday, April 1, 2018

Positano

In the meantime, chase light. Chase things that make you feel alive, passions that fill your soul, ideas and dreams that keep you up at night. Chase things that taste like freedom, that make your mind spin with joy. Chase light in the sense of fostering it within yourself and the people around you.
-Marissa Donelly-

First of all, just wanted to say thank you to whoever reading this blog, following my adventures since 2012. When I first started this blog I just wanted to record my journey, but to be honest I never thought I would write 200 posts from 200 places, random thoughts, countless dreams come true. Especially when you live overseas for years by yourself, do everything almost on your own... I  wouldn't lie there are so many times I feel like giving up but then each one of you inspire me, life loves me so much. So I want to make sure before I grow old and grey, I chase things that make me feel alive, passions that fill my soul, ideas and dreams that keep me up at night ( I hope you do the same things too ). And of course highlight them here so whenever I need extra motivation I can always revisit my blog and remind myself how incredibly lucky and blessed I am.  

Meanwhile, here're few souvenirs from my birthday trip 2 years ago in Positano, Italy. One of my absolute favorite birthday trips just indulging myself with gelatto, pasta, pizza and wine for a week 
( you guys have to try Ristorante C'era Una Volta, delicious food at reasonable prices ). I started my birthday trip in Capri, then continue to Positano, even did a day trip to Sorrento. Been dreaming about Italian summer lately but I guess this year I want to do something completely different for my birthday trip, any suggestions where to go? 













Saturday, March 31, 2018

London

Life is a series of tiny miracles.

That was the first thing that came to my mind when I organized tons of pictures from my camera this morning. I couldn't help but smiling as I scroll up and down the view button and found even more old pictures from places I honestly never thought I'd visit in my life. One of my favorite pictures was my colleagues and I standing in front of Abbey Road Studios, London after spending couple of days working on exciting project there back in April 2017. Wait, how on earth did I get to visit London and even get to share my dreams with others at Abbey Road Studios? As a kid, I heard about the famous studio for the very first time through The Beatles Abbey Road album, and growing up I've always wanted to contribute something, make positive changes for music industry but obviously I didn't know how. I just love the idea you get to help and inspire others. I still remember that afternoon I was super nervous when I had to do a short presentation on stage, realizing some people I truly admire sitting on the front row...only few inches from me. A thin line between dreams and reality. It's like one day you find yourself dreaming of creating big things with inspiring, humble people that you can only see or hear their names on television or internet, and the next day you're actually creating those things with them under the same roof. And if that's the reward you get after working so hard to chase your dreams, no matter how hard it can be, I'll definitely do it all over again.

Those tiny miracles also brought me to reunite with two good friends of mine, Valerie and Dodo. We spent a day playing tourist around London, from sharing burgers and beers to watching An American in Paris ( oh even dancing to Moulin Rouge Cancan in the park!!! ) I couldn't be more grateful and happier to spend couple of days in London with some of my favorite people. Looking forward to visiting the UK soon but for now just looking at these pictures make me happy enough, plus knowing my best friend who moved to London about 4 months ago is living her dreams. Talking about tiny miracles, sometimes we don't know where life will take us... 

Also, check out Notting HillKelly Street, Kentish Town and Bywater Street, Chelsea for more pretty houses in London  




















Saturday, March 10, 2018

Colmar, France


Flashing back to my first visit to Colmar, France back in October 2016. How did I even forget to post this? The perfect dreamy little town in the Alsace region of northeastern France is only few hours by train from Basel or Strasbourg. Colmar, to me was sort of love at the first sight. It's everything I ever dream about my simple life in Europe...one day. Cobblestone streets, old buildings, charming old town, cafe, conversations in French. Obviously I never heard anything about Alsace region or Colmar until I stumbled upon Colmar images on Instagram and I told myself I have to visit this place one day.

Where to stay? I stayed at Hotel Le Marechal located in old town of Colmar. Beautiful hotel, romantic room, great service, great location! Just parfait!

What to do? Nothing much but relax! Colmar is a perfect holiday destination if all you want to do just relax. I spent 3 days 2 nights there with pretty much the same itinerary: walk around, take pictures, coffee break, read book, eat, nap and repeat.

What to eat? Colmar is famous for tarte flambee, pastries...pastries...pastries...and of course wine! But my highlight was definitely dinner at La Pignata, an Italian restaurant located about 15 minutes walk from old town. Excellent service ( the owner and staff were really sweet to me ), great food... Don't ask me why Italian food in Colmar, I just love pasta and risotto, I could eat them anytime!