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    A Rainy Day at Penglipuran, Bali, One of the World’s Cleanest Village

    Two reasons that make Bali so enchanting to tourists even Indonesians are the culture and architecture. The architecture boasts a centuries-old style of design that’s heavily influenced by Bali’s Hindu tradition, especially the temples. If you’ve seen most of the temples in Bali, I encourage you to visit Penglipuran, Bangli, Bali. Recognised as the World’s Third Cleanest Village 2016 alongside Giethoorn (Netherlands) and Mawlynnong, the small village will definitely charm you. I heard about this village from my mom, who has been urging me to visit it. After a year or two, finally, I managed to see it with my own eyes. And with a plus-one 😉 Penglipuran derives from…

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    Galentine’s Day at Sea Rock Villa, Bentota, Sri Lanka

    It’s the lovey-dovey month again (yes, FEBRUARY) and the sky has been gloomy these days. Come on, we need sunshine to welcome Valentine’s day! In February 2019, I went to Sri Lanka for a 6 days solo trip and enjoyed it to the max. The travel agent arranged a one night stay at Sea Rock Villa, Bentota before my last day and I found myself thinking, “Yes! I deserved this!”. Bentota is a resort town with clean, private beaches, comfortable resorts and less packed. It’s a contrast to Hikkaduwa, which is as busy as Kuta (Bali). If you’re thinking to have Valentine’s Day trip in Sri Lanka with bae, you…

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    Morocco Nightlife: Buddha Bar Marrakech and Rick’s Café Casablanca

    Happy New Year 2020! This week’s post is a little bit late because, ehm, honestly I was too in the year-end mood, hehe! In this blog post, I want to share with all of you about the nightlife in Morocco. Yes! Morocco is more than an exotic culture and mesmerizing designs. During my trip to Morocco, I had really good times in Buddha Bar, Marrakech and Rick’s Café, Casablanca. Of course, the interior design of both places made the experience more worth it. The Luxurious Buddha Bar, Marrakech I prefer bars over clubs because I can’t stand the smoke. Well, unless I really feel like dancing and going wild 😛 And,…

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    Morocco Travel – A Glimpse of Bahia Palace and Marrakech Souk

    I failed. I’m sorry dear readers and friends, I declare that I failed in capturing the beauty of Bahia Palace and Marrakech souk in Morocco through my camera lens. At that time in 2015, I never dreamt of becoming a travel and finance blogger hence I didn’t really bother to take many beautiful photos of the sites. Furthermore… not to excuse myself, Moroccans do not like being photographed. Although I didn’t mean to focus on the locals, they seemed worried whenever I pointed the camera. As a girl who wandered around the souk alone with a DSLR on her hands, I tried to be polite by not taking too many…

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    Morocco: The Atlas Mountains, Todra Gorge and Sex & the City

    Marhaba! I went to Morocco in 2015 but a few months before that, I decided to watch Sex & the City 2 movie (I know I was five years too late!). Coincidentally, the second movie is filmed in Morocco! The entire movie had my jaws dropped and eyes sparkled by how fabulous those women looked. I mean, the four of them walking into a room with THAT fashion sense will make any head turns. Therefore, inspired by the movie, I opened my wardrobe and mix ‘n match my clothes carefully so I would look at least 10% as fab as those women for my Moroccan trip. Of course, my humble…

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    Travelling in December? I Went to Chefchaouen, Morocco and You Should Too

    Are you planning to travel in December? If you haven’t decided on the destination, Chefchaouen “The Blue City” in Morocco will not disappoint you! I went to Morocco in December 2015 with little knowledge of how beautiful the country was. Oh, and it’s super important to note that Morocco in December will greet you with lovely weather. We’re talking about sunny days with a cool breeze – where you won’t get sunburnt and able to capture beautiful photos thanks to the weather. Actually, the 3 main reasons that made me decided to travel to the North African country in December were: The tourist visa-free regulation for Indonesians The Sahara Desert…

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    A Hidden KL Destination: The Camera Museum at Gold3 Boutique Hotel

    There are many speakeasy aka hidden bars in Malaysia. But what about a hidden museum located on the 1st floor of a boutique hotel in KL? If you’re a fan of photography, art or simply want to update your Instagram account, check out The Camera Museum at Gold 3 Boutique Hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur! As a note, this isn’t a paid post 😉 How I Found the Hidden Camera Museum at Gold 3 Hotel, KL I never knew that there’s a stylish and affordable boutique hotel in the alley of Bukit Bintang until my childhood friend messaged me on Instagram. So, he went for a holiday to KL,…

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    Sorry Santa, I Ate Your Reindeer at Lappi Restaurant, Finland Before Christmas

    Approaching the end of the year, the weather in Malaysia is hot and cold. Well, often cold as I’m sitting in the office with AC most of the time! As I walked passed by in Pasar Seni Kuala Lumpur a few days ago, I could see Christmas decorations in some of the shops. Oh, it’s almost that time of the year again! The cold weather and festive season remind me of my one-day experience in Helsinki, Finland, back in 2017. It was my first time in Finland and first-and-last experience trying reindeer meat at the famous Lappi Restaurant. Sorry Santa, I ate your reindeer at Lappi, Finland, before Christmas and…