Saturday, December 29, 2018

My Daily Life in the Netherlands 009

I have been wanting to post a daily life update in the Netherlands a while back but I just didn't have the time to collate all the pictures I took. So, the idea was to do an every 2-month update (ideally monthly) and now I am 6 months too late! Goodness gracious, haha.


I took so many food pictures that I do not know how I am able to post them all of them here? I have to make choices. This is one of our weekend breakfasts. 


Driving on the Lekdijk (Lek dike) in Utrecht.

The struggle is, I have LOADS of pictures and they are all over in my albums (downloaded from my camera) and my phones. My travel albums are organised according to the places I have visited per year, so the times and dates sometimes do not always correspond especially for local travels where I have multiple visits. I have to look into each album to check which photo's are for a particular month. This is going into the details kind of work, ugh.

So for this daily life update post now, I am doing a 3-month timeline: August, September, and October. I will do my best to post the last months in a few days. This is important to me because these kinds of posts I need in this journal when I look back 3, 5 and 10 years from now.

So I guess you know what my New Year's Resolution will be. Do a daily life update every 2 months or monthly!

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Monday, December 24, 2018

San Marino: Cesta and Montale Towers and Chilling at Bar Piadeneria la Capanna


Aperitivo at Bar Piadeneria la Capanna.


This is the Cesta Tower (or the Second Tower).

After checking out the Guaita Tower, I decided to take the plunge and walk to the other two towers. Not to go inside the towers and inspect them but I thought that the walk along the ramparts would do me good. After all, the views would be spectacular I am sure.

And I was correct! The stroll to the two towers was really nice and something I would highly recommend to anyone visiting. I managed to snag an Aperitivo along the way as well. Just perfect as it was late in the afternoon.

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Guaita Fortress in San Marino


At the top of the Guaita Fortress on Mount Titano in San Marino!

Two years ago I visited San Marino. It was a short solo trip in the northern part of Italy, visiting the foodie cities of Bologna, Parma, and Modena. I squeezed in San Marino since it's not too far away and the little country has fascinated me for some time now. I really wanted to check it out.

Trivia: Did you know that San Marino is the 3rd smallest country in Europe? After Monaco and the Vatican. In the whole world, San Marino ranked as the 5th smallest country.

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bratislava: Tea and Cake at the Magical Kormuth Konditorei


This cafe has a spectacular interior design showcase of artistic details in Renaissance style. To me, it's simply, wow!


I managed to find this historical and magical patisserie cafe during my lunch walk around town on my second day, just before taking the limousine back to Vienna Airport.

Well, I was actually looking for a place for lunch when I passed by this place. I was quick to notice the fascinating interior of this cafe; the walls and ceilings were extraordinarily decorated with paintings and frescoes in Renaissance style. Wow.

Upon closer inspection and after speaking to the waiter guarding the entrance, I realised that the cafe doubles up as a museum. To enter and to get to enjoy the one-of-a-kind interior (and take pictures), one would need to pay by taking one of the two tasting menus available.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Old Town Bratislava in the Evening Photos


After dinner at the Parlement Restaurant in the castle hill, I went around the Old Town (Stare Mesto in the local lingo) for a little evening walk before retiring for the night. My hotel is located in one of the tiny cobbled-stone alleys so it's just a stone's throw away from any nook and cranny of the Old Town.

The stroll was also a good excuse for me to help digest the heavy on the meat and potatoes Slovakian meal. In addition, I was curious to see what the Old Town looks like when the lights glow against the dark skies, and of course,  if there is a good (nightlife) vibe in the old city...

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Arriving in Old Town Bratislava, Slovak Food Festival and Dinner at Parlement Restaurant

I have been wanting to visit Bratislava for years but never came around to actually planning the trip.


Bratislava panorama from the castle hilltop.


Just about to enter the Old Town's city gates.

The travel plan was to combine 3 cities in 3 neighbouring Central European countries: Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and a little road trip to Sopron (Hungary), famous for its wine. They are located not more than an hour away from each other. See, I did my homework.

But fate had its own way of orchestrating real life. Last May, I went to visit Bratislava on a business trip.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The (Street) Food Scene in Xiamen, China

So tell me people, who loves to check out the local (street) food scene when travelling to a new place?

Well, raise your feet please! *pun intended* hehe


These braised pig trotters are a delicacy common in southern China, particularly in Guangdong and Fujian regions.


Local street market.

I quite enjoyed the local foodie scene in Xiamen. There were new dishes I discovered and specialities that I tried. Food plays a major part in my travels, mainly because I love to eat and enjoy what the culinary world has to offer.

Food, in my travel book, can make or break the adventure and they can sometimes be the highlights too! In this blog post, I will be posting the food pictures I took in Xiamen.

Brace for a flood of food photos!

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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Last Hours on Gulangyu Island: Mansions, Market, Seafood Peanut Soup Dinner and Xiamen Skyline


Seafood soup with peanut base for dinner at a street-side stall.


The skyline view of Siming District at night from Gulangyu Island.

I realised that with my pace of travelling, which is I stop and look and smell the flowers, 1 day on Gulangyu Island is not enough to visit all the sights of interest. There were more places I wanted to see but the sunset was fast approaching.

This blog post will mostly be pictures of my last few hours on the island. I highly recommend hopping the boat over from Siming to here if visiting Xiamen. The island is so rich in history and it's a beautiful place.

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Xiamen, China: The Beach and Shuzhuang Gardens (& Piano Museum) in Gulangyu Island

Xiamen is not one of those "Bucket List" or "Tick-the-Box" types of travel destination for non-Chinese tourists. To be honest, I am liking the idea that I have been here because of this, hehe.


The Forty-four Bridge facing the sea.


I am a rebel sometimes. I go against the flow. I support the underdog. Like going to less popular towns and cities. Just try something different really. It is refreshing in my opinion.

So I have been to 56 countries (and independent states) so far and I am almost reaching the ceiling of countries and places I want to visit. I do not ambition however to visit all countries but I want to travel to unique, exotic and off-the-beaten places. Where mass tourism hasn't had a foot in the door.

Anyway, in Xiamen, I highly recommend visiting Gulangyu Island. What a beautiful place, with so much international history and architecture.

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