EXPLORING ATHENS, GREECE // MOST SPONTANEOUS AND MEMORABLE TRIP

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For the past month, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect getaway. I hadn’t been on holiday for more than a year and I was in dire need of one. After a number of lengthy discussions with a friend who lives in Europe, we decided on a gem of the Mediterranean, Greece. Without any proper plans, we booked our tickets to meet up in Athens the following week, booked a night’s stay at a hotel and off we went. No itinerary, no organised plans. Just a travel partner, a plane ticket and a hotel reservation. It was crazy, spontaneous and potentially hazardous. It made my anxiety level shoot up with it being my first time getting on a long-haul flight to (almost) the other side of the world but I did it anyway. This little young organised Malay girl was off to her first crazy spontaneous adventure.

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EXPLORING SEOUL : MORE PLACES TO EAT // SEOUL SEARCHING #2

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In the process of preparing for my second trip to Seoul, I came up with a list of restaurants and cafes I would like to visit while I was there. Since there were people who asked me for a list of places to eat in Seoul, I thought I should share it on my blog to help anyone else lurking on the internet and asking the same question. I already have a list up somewhere on this blog so here’s another one to keep your mouths busy when you’re in Seoul.

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SPENDING NEW YEAR’S IN SEOUL // EXPLORING SEOUL

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If you don’t know this yet, I spent a small chunk of January in one of my favourite cities in the world, Seoul. After leaving Seoul in May, I had a strong urge to revisit because I felt like I didn’t explore the city enough. I had plans to explore other cities in South Korea, like Busan and the famous Nami Island but all those plans fell through, thanks to bosses and boyfriends. I am a single 20 year-old young woman with no obligation towards a lover or a stern and strict boss. Unfortunately, my friends do not share the same description so I had to compromise my plans. The trip ended up becoming sort of a “healing time” for me, where I let go of any built-up stress and worries to enter the new year with a lot of inner peace.

Since I’ve visited every single tourist attraction that I wanted to visit in May, I had more flexibility on this trip where everything was more casual and spontaneous because I didn’t have an itinerary to follow. I did try coming up with an itinerary because I like to plan ahead but it was surprisingly difficult to do so I decided to wing it, every single day. On this trip, I also decided to leave my blogger responsibilities behind and live in every single moment I had in Seoul. I didn’t plan on blogging about this trip at all but since a few people asked, I decided to do it anyway, in a more personal way. Hence, the existence of this particular round-up.

So, here are some of the things that occupied me on my first winter experience, in Seoul :

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RISKING MY FREEDOM WITH BREAKFAST THIEVES AT APW BANGSAR

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On my final day in Kuala Lumpur, I made it a point to have brunch at Breakfast Thieves before my flight at 4PM. I’ve seen a few of my Instagram followings eat here and the food looks so good, I just had to give it a try.

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EXPLORING PENANG : TOURING GEORGETOWN BY FOOT AND BY BIKE

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On our last full day in Penang, we decided to be a bit more adventurous and were dropped off at Penang’s famous art street. However, instead of hunting down the street art, I decided to walk down the streets to explore the city as a whole.

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EXPLORING PENANG : PENANG HILL

Two weeks ago, I went on an academic trip with my university to Penang. We spent 4 nights in Penang and did a bunch of things. Since it was an academic trip, it wasn’t all touristy so I won’t be giving you the detail of the entire trip, only the touristy parts because, who cares if we visited the Royal Customs office or USM?

The first thing we did was visit Penang Hill, or Bukit Bendera, which is a very popular tourist attraction in Penang. It is apparently the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, which takes you to the top of the hill. With 52, 100 year-old, bungalows, it doesn’t only take you closer to nature but the history and culture of Penang as well.

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