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    Travel

    Misty Morning in Ă“bidos, Portugal

    Happy Malaysia Day! I hope you’re enjoying your one-day off đŸ˜‰ Last night the wind blew strongly and the weather was cold. So, this week I’ll take you to Ă“bidos, Portugal. In the previous week, we went to Porto. Actually, before I reached Porto, I stopped by at Ă“bidos, a classic small town with narrow cobbled streets. There’s nothing much to see there, but it was a beautiful morning that I’ll remember. That day was cold and misty, I and my friends had the privilege to enjoy Ginja – a Portuguese liqueur made from ginja berries, alcohol and sugar. Imagine drinking cherry liqueur in a cold morning! Make no mistake,…

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    Money,  Travel

    Vitamin Sea in Porto & How Financial Goals Saved Me

    I didn’t expect that many people enjoy reading my previous post. One friend even messaged me saying that it’s so refreshing. So I guess in unprecedented times (or stressful, to some) like this, you’d like to see a similar post. This week, let me take you to Porto, an enchanting coastal city in northwest Portugal and share how my financial goals saved me. P.S.: the girl on the cover photo is not me, but I like how her pink hair is contrasting to the blue sea hehe… Porto: Sea, Wine Tasting and Sardines I had only two days in Portugal – one in Lisbon, one in Porto. Of course, one…

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    Travel

    Starbucks What? One Fine Day in Capri, Italy

    “Oh, look at that mural! It looks similar to Starbucks’ logo, isn’t it?” I asked my tour guide who took me and the group around Capri, a beautiful island in Bay of Naples, Italy. “Starbucks? What is it?” she replied. Oops! Right. Italians don’t drink Starbucks. Aaand, there wasn’t any Starbucks store in Italy when I visited in 2017. Due to sheer volume of business, Starbucks is designed to serve customers quickly and efficiently, whereas in Italy, you go to a coffee bar precisely for leisure and long, winding conversations with your local barista. Jenna Wang, “Why It Took Starbucks 47 Years To Open A Store In Italy” – Forbes…

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    Life

    God, Why Me? Have a Break at Kenny Hills Bakers Ampang

    If you’re reading this, I hope you’re well. I didn’t update the blog last week because I had nothing in mind that I felt was worth it to share. But I do now, especially after a well-deserved break at Kenny Hills Bakers đŸ™‚ No, this isn’t a food review post. The previous blog, which I shared my vulnerabilities, was surprisingly received a well-response. I thought nobody would care. But turned out, some of them were feeling the same! God, Why Me? ‘…in all things God works for the good of those who love him…’ Romans 8:28 Last week, a lot of things happened to me at the same time. I…

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    Life,  Money,  Travel

    Meditation, Travel Movies and How RMCO Changed Me

    This week’s blog post will be about my personal experience, especially how RMCO (Recovery Movement Control Order) changed me. Staying at home most of the time for a few months have changed me. I didn’t know that my new hobbies – meditation and travel movie marathon could open up a new perspectives. New RMCO Hobby #1 – Meditation and Face Mask I always use Innisfree Super Volcanic Peel Off Mask 2X twice a week to tighten my pores and get a glowing complexion. Then, one day, I felt super emo so I decided to combine it with meditation. They got along really well! As I couldn’t stand sitting for a…

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    Travel

    Other Things to See in Toraja Besides Ke’te Kesu and Londa

    There are three main reasons why most people intrigued to visit Toraja, Indonesia: Ke’te Kesu, Londa and the funeral ceremonies. But actually, there are other wonderful things to see when you’re there! I could write a lot of blog posts about Toraja but there won’t be a lot to read as some of them are short visits. Or perhaps it’s I who want to finish writing about Toraja (hint: look at the Countries page, there are many places that I haven’t written about). Ok, without further ado, here are some places or things that you shouldn’t miss when in Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia: The Erotic Mountain at Buntu Kabobong, Bambapuang Because…

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    Travel

    Rambu Solo, Toraja: The Grand Funeral that Attracts Travellers from Around the World

    It is grand and bizarre at the same time. But that’s exactly why people from around the world come to Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia – to see Rambu Solo aka the traditional funeral ceremony. In the previous post, I shared with you how Torajans respect their family highly, especially when it comes to sending the deceased to the afterlife. Noble families usually sacrifice 24-100 buffaloes. The middle-class families will sacrifice 8 buffaloes and 50 pigs. The locals believe the more buffaloes slaughtered, the faster the soul reaches heaven. As you can see from the video above, Rambu Solo is a grand funeral ceremony. It lasts for a few days/weeks and costs…

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    Travel

    Toraja Trip: The Ancient Ke’te Kesu’ Village and Londa Tombstone

    On my second day in Toraja, I visited lots of jaws-dropping destinations like Ke’te Kesu’, Londa, Baby Grave, a historical burial site and Christ the Redeemer statue. But for this week, let me share with you about the ancient Ke’te Kesu’ village and Londa tombstone. Your trip to Toraja will be a cultural one, so make sure you don’t miss the two! Ke’te Kesu’: Family Bond, Pride and Hanging Graves If you don’t have enough money to bury your loved ones… would you sleep in the same room with the corpses and act as if they’re still alive? Making our loved ones happy is a joy to most of us.…