Friday, December 6, 2019

Top 9 Places You Should Visit in Italy

Today I thought I wanted to share with you some of favourite places in Italy. With the holiday season almost upon us, maybe some of you still looking for ideas or inspiration where to go and what to do this December, so I hope this post would help a bit! I’ve been incredibly lucky to travel the world for the last 10 years. Something that I still find it hard to believe but also incredibly grateful to experience so many things I never thought I could. While every country is special, it’s never easy for me to pick the best or most beautiful country. But if you ask me what is my favourite country, I can tell you Italy is definitely one of my favourite countries. Oh, easy! Who doesn’t love Italy, anyway? Great food, great culture, beautiful people, amazing landscape, architecture and history. A good friend mine would describe Italy as a beautiful lady who knows how to seduce you and that’s why you keep coming back. I absolutely agree with her! I visited Italy for the very first time in April 2015. I remember I didn’t really enjoy Rome that day because of the heavy rain and bad weather but as soon I moved to Venice, I just couldn’t help but falling in love with Italy. From exploring five villages in Cinque Terre to celebrating my birthday in Capri and Positano then of course it’s always nice to visit my dear friends in Milan and Rome, Italy has so much more to offer - you just can’t get enough of this country. Scroll down for more places and pictures and click the city if you want to find out further stories and adventures. Going through some old blog posts from Italy and Europe, I didn’t realize how my photography has improved so much over the years. Another thing to be grateful for I guess…the opportunity to improve, create, and do what I truly love.

Positano



Cinque Terre



Rome



Lake Como




Capri




Burano




Siena


Sorrento



Milan


Venice


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

7 Places You Should Visit in Provence Cote d'Azur

If you’re thinking to visit Provence next year and currently looking for recommendations, here are 7 places you should visit in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur. More than just glitz and glamour, next summer not only you can catch Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco, Cannes Film Festival in Cannes and Lemon Festival in Menton, but also explore little towns like Villefranche sur Mer, Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Antibes and many more. 

Nice

I believe Nice is the perfect start for your holidays in Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur. What’s better than afternoon stroll along Promenade des Anglais until Port of Nice, beach day at Opera Plage, and lunch at Vieux Nice or the old town to give you an introduction about the good life in French Riviera. Even if you’ve always wanted to learn French, there are few language schools offering French lessons with intensive weekly program for those visiting Nice for a short period of time. Also, when in Nice, it’s a must to try socca or chickpea pancake, Nicoise salad and of course crepe.

Nice, France
Antibes

You know if we can describe our perfect summer getaways in French Riviera that would be: lunch date in Nice, shopping in Saint Tropez, gamble and party in Monaco, dinner in Cannes and finally aperitivo in Antibes. We know Leonardo DiCaprio loves Antibes but who doesn’t love this resort town afterall. When you’re not sunbaking on the beach, exploring museum or lighthouse around Cap d’Antibes, the old town is the perfect place to enjoy your afternoon. Grab a seat and order a cup of espresso, a glass of wine, ice cream and crepe. Antibes doesn’t offer a lot of things to do like Nice, but that’s what makes Antibes so special. Quaint and unbelievably charming.

Antibes
 Saint Jean Cap Ferrat

French Riviera is the perfect holiday destination if you’re looking for the sun, beach, a little glitz and glamour, beautiful people, great food, excellent wine, luxury and nature. There are so many places to visit from Cannes to Menton, but when it comes to nature and the perfect afternoon stroll along the beach, nothing beats Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. To get here, you can take a train to Beaulieu-sur-Mer. From the train station you can start walking to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, just follow a clockwise direction and it will take you to Passable beach. The total walk probably take around 2-3 hours, it’s a very easy walk and if you need a little break you can always stop by at Port de Saint Jean Cap Ferrat for a little snack. Wear your most comfortable shoes, bring a bottle of water and sunscreen.

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
Eze

Remember the scene in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast where Belle takes a walk around her village? Yes, we’re talking about the romantic, picturesque old town with cobblestone streets, art galleries and little shops. Well, Eze Village located between Nice and Menton looks a lot like a mini Disneyland with a perfect blend of fairytale storybook and rich French culture. Local people says so many tourists visiting Eze Village in summer, less crowded in winter. The beach and mountains are only few minutes away from the village. So either you want to soak up the sun, go hiking, or even just visiting other towns in French Riviera you know you just have to go down to the train station or rent a car. You can also visit Jardin Exotique - a beautiful garden at the top of Eze Village, few perfumeries and art galleries. If you always dreamed of a simple life in French Rivier ( good wine, good food, good life ) then Eze is the place to be.
Eze
Menton 

Menton, also nicknamed the Pearl of France is well known for not only one of the most colorful towns in France but also home for the biggest lemon festival in Europe. Situated on the French Riviera or only less than 10 minutes train ride from Monaco, Menton has its unique charm despite of being not as popular or glamorous as Monaco, Cannes or Saint Tropez. When you exit the train station and walk towards the old town, you’ll see many cafes and restaurants. Menton has so much Italian influence, so when it comes to food it’s not so hard to find great Italian restaurants. But also do try their food specialty like socca ( chickpea pancake ), seafood, and desserts. Menton old town probably really small but it’s definitely beautiful and romantic with its cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and vintage shops. It gets really busy in February as the lemon festival starts from early February to March just before the grand prix season in Monaco begins. Each year the lemon festival has a special theme, fill the entire main street with colorful parade, music, good food and beautiful people. While in summer a lot of people come to French of Riviera to soak up the sun and dance under the moonlights, be sure to also visit Menton. Even if its just half day, there’s something different and magical about Menton that you can’t quite experience it in other French Riviera towns.

Menton
Monaco

Welcome to the richest and world’s second smallest country situated on the French Riviera. Monaco is a playground for the rich and famous, a home to the most expensive event of the year: Formula One Grand Prix. It’s glamorous, everything you ever dreamed of from luxury cars, champagne and caviar, expensive hotel rooms with private elevator and view, to party with famous people at Jimmy’z. The glitz and glamour of Monaco is too hard to resist. While in Monaco, you can also hike up to TĂȘte de Chien to see the French Riviera from above then continue with lunch at Parc Naturel Departemental de la Grande Corniche.

Monaco
Villefranche sur Mer

The best way to get to Villefranche sur Mer from Nice? We’d suggest you to walk from Port of Nice. Follow the main road, you’ll pass coastal path and within an hour you’ll arrive in a beautiful Villefranche sur Mer. The walk is just simply beautiful, but in case if you’re too lazy to walk you can take a train from Nice main station. A perfect half day trip to Villefranche sur Mer would include a nice lunch by the beach, afternoon stroll around the old town, and a nap at Plage des Marieneres.

Villefranche sur Mer

Monday, September 30, 2019

Ten Years



This time 10 years ago I packed my bags, left Jakarta for Bali with a dream to see the world and work in the entertainment industry. Club Med Bali offered me a part-time job for a month in 2009 and I thought oh this could be my stepping stone. I remember I went to the airport by myself with so much excitement, only later I found my girls were waiting for me at the departure gate with a bouquet of flower, love, and endless support. My girls have always been my biggest support system from day one. I love the way they inspire me to be a better person every day, push me to do better. They believe in me, in my dreams, and how far I can go even sometimes when I doubt myself and feel like giving up. Lady Gaga said there can be 100 people in a room, and 99 of them don’t believe in you, but all it takes is one and it just changes your whole. In this case, I am really lucky to have a bunch of beautiful souls who believe in me, open up the doors for me, give me stage to shine and room to grow so I can be the person I am today. 

I had no idea what was waiting for me in Bali but I knew it was the beginning of a bigger chapter. It would change my life forever. After working and learning so much for a month, my first manager - a great person, she extended my contract. But when she left and a new manager came to replace her, I learned when someone disrespects you, treat you really bad, make you unhappy and work until 2 even 3 am in the morning for days…you have the right to walk away. I spoke to my HR manager and told him I wasn’t happy, I wanted to go back to Jakarta. They let me go and in less than 2 months they offered me a better opportunity to work in Malaysia. Still, every time I think about that day I decided to quit my job in Bali, I had no idea where I got such courage to leave. I was very young, had very little money, but the biggest lesson I guess whenever I find myself not happy maybe at a certain situation or with some people, I know I have to change it. Happiness has always been my first priority, especially been living ( and going through lots of things ) alone for years, I can’t rely on anyone but myself. I’m in charge of my own happiness. That was probably the first time I learned when you let go things that no longer served you well, you make space for better opportunity and people. Well, fortunately, my Bali adventure was sweet and short. In three months, I found a home, a new family, I learned so much from my colleagues, my choreographer, and our guests from all around the world. Then life brought me to Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Florida, Singapore, and so many places I just couldn’t believe I get to see the world. In the last 10 years, I’ve moved around quite a lot. I landed a couple of dream jobs, discovered new passions, failed a lot. 

Sitting in my bed trying to write this post and think about my journey in the past 10 years, I ask myself if there’s anything I wish I could change or do it differently. Nope, nothing at all. I have no regrets. I am grateful for things happened the way it was, for every ups and downs, delays, failures, experience, heartbreaks and I get to do meaningful things I love every day. And if I had to choose the biggest highlight, it would definitely be the people I met along the journey. In life, you meet people who break you, support, celebrate and love you the way you are, listen and truly understand you. Those who have invested so much in me. Give me a stage to shine, take care, and believe in me… They are the biggest treasure and blessings, also my motivation for me to keep going. While money, jobs, opportunity can come and go, it’s very important to have such a strong, big support system and surround yourself with amazing people. 

Isn’t it amazing how one decision can take you to where you are today? Ten years have passed and I still have so many dreams, goals, honestly no idea how to get there but I hope I am still the same fearless, brave girl who left home 10 years ago with confident, passion, and faith things will eventually work out.