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7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Visit Slovenia This Year

Slovenia, Slovenia… this country has become a more mentioned place amongst travellers then ever before. So with all the hype, I had to go see for myself why everyone loved this place. What is so great? I just don’t get it…..

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  1. The alcohol is too cheap

There’s always that snobbish though telling you that cheap alcohol taste shit. So you should really avoid going to Slovenia to be tempted by great tasting prosecco for only £3.

2.Slovenians don’t actually like Melaina Trump

How dare they not have any love or respect towards the first lady…..

  1. The unspoilt landscapes are so hard to get too

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A day with the rescued Elephants of Mondulkiri

So it is 2018 already huh? I have started the year off being ill and I mean ILL – flu, tonsillitis, fever the whole package. So I am sorry about the radio silence here and I hope anyone reading this is having better luck.

Spending 3 weeks in Southeast Asia in December and spending Christmas and New Year in my birth country was lovely and I cherished all the family time. I also experienced by far the best day of my life  when we travelled to Cambodia. I have a few posts coming up on my trip but I thought my first post of the year should be about the best experience – the elephant sanctuary. Most people know that I love these majestic creatures and in reality my dream job would be to work on elephant conservation, who knows maybe it will still happen one day. But for now, I have to make do with visiting the conservations and donating. In Cambodia, many elephant sanctuaries are found in the less touristy province of Mondulkiri.

How to get there? Take a bus from Phnom Penh (roughly 4.5hours & 10USD)  or Siem Reap (roughly 8 hours & 17 USD). We used Rithya Mondulkiri Express, it was really easy to message them on Facebook and make a reservation and the vans were comfortable.

Please pre-warn anyone you are travelling with of the journey. I failed to mention it to my family because they left me in charge of planing our trip agenda. Listen, if you are not going to get involved in the planning, do not complain during the execution. It was a long drive, but every moment of it was worth it because I got to meet the most beautiful elephants: Princess, Sophia, Lucky, Happy and Comvine with their beloved Mr.Tree, the founder of the Mondulkiri project.

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The Reality Of Your First Love

I am writing this post while I sit on my 13 hour flight back home to Singapore to see the family for Christmas. Did you know that people are more emotional on flights? Either because you know your not going to see someone special for a few weeks or that you are about to see people you grew up with after nearly two years and finally go on that adventure you have been dreaming of. That is also one of the reasons there is a higher chance of crying while watching a film on board your flight… I personally love a good sad film on planes as I feel the tears hydrate my tired eyes 😉

But this post isn’t about long haul flights. Today I am simply writing about that spectacular “first love”. You know the one we always see on movies and read in romance novels? That love that every girl dreams of when she is little, that Prince Charming? Unfortunately what a lot of us weren’t told is that first love doesn’t always last forever.  Continue reading “The Reality Of Your First Love”

11 Lies My Parent’s Told Me As A Kid

Let’s get straight to the point – we all lie. But the lie’s or stories we are told as kids really stick with you and mould you into the person you are today. Luckily for us, we have google and all other sources so our parent’s can’t make something up for their own benefit. But here are some of the lies my parent told me as a kid that I havn’t really gotten over

  1. Wear these clothes I use to wear, their trendy                                                                  The sad truth is as a kid you are stuck with your mother’s fashion sense, and sometimes it ain’t cute.                                                                                                                         IMG_2630
  2. If you swallow the seed of a fruit, a tree will begin to grow in your tummy             While this was just mean and I even remember crying after I swallowed an orange seed, I am totally using this on my kids when I have some 🙂
  3. When you die, your soul returns to the sky as a star                                                  Now while scientifically this isn’t true, I have always been mesmerized by a night sky filled with stars. This was probably why it was so easy to believe my dad when he use to tell me this. Even now, I still look up at the skies and know I have people up there looking after me ❤
  4. ” I was talking to my guardian angel”                                                                                   This was my father’s favourite line when we use to ask him why he always talked to himself. He was just disguising that he’s a little crazy and thinks out load – either way, I love the cover up!
  5. “I didn’t forget to pick you up from school – I was just running late”                        Yeah right – you totally forgot until you saw your child’s name appear on your phone!
  6.  Your Cat COCO ran away                                                                                                          So far I have made it seem like my father was the only one chatting doodoo, but mom I remember that time you said our first pet cat COCO had run away and we were all heartbroken. But the truth was she was killed by the neighbour’s dog, all that time I thought she didn’t like us anymore.                                                                                
  7.  If you keep making that stupid face, your face will look like that forever              But guess what – I’m still pulling that silly face and I’m just fine 🙂 I also still roll my eyes at every other sentence and they roll back to their usual position with ease                             
  8.  It was the tooth fairy                                                                                                                   This is something else I’ll carry one with my kids, my mom blew the cover one night I remember being half asleep and seeing her sneak a 50 cent coin under my pillow and take my tooth! CAUGHT RED HANDED!
  9.  Zwarte Pieten will take you away if you’ve been naughty                                            In Germany and other countries like the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland, St.Nicholas day is a big day for kids where he comes to visit with chocolates and gifts. Whenever we were in Germany over Christmas we would have “st. Nicholas” come visit with his helper – Zwarte Pieten. In all honesty this whole tradition is pretty racist in my opinion as Zwarte Pieten comes with a black face and we were told that if we hadn’t behaved that year he would take us away. I actually remember being scared – truth is it was just one of our distant relatives dressed up, who was probably more scared of kids.
  10.   If you keep cracking your knuckles they will grow bigger and you will have fat fingers                                                                                                                                            It is such an annoying habit and my sister does it so often so I don’t blame them for trying to stop it but my sister still has lovely slim fingers so hey – go figure.
  11. I wasn’t snoring                                                                                                                          They say after you wake them up from accidentally falling asleep by the TV…. and “not snoring”

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What are some of the lies they told you?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Boozy Brunchin – Igloo’s in London

Happy Hump Day!

Winter is here, and so is the cold crip air and annoying silky rain. My friends know that I am largely affected by the weather, like my hair, the rain makes my mood go frizzy and dull and I begin to trade in my long summer nights out and about with movie nights in with a meal and glass of wine. However, with Christmas nearby my social calendar has started to fill up again.

I do not have a single evening free from Wednesday to Sundays for the rest of the year – this is giving me somewhat anxiety especially since I also only have three weeks left until I travel back home to Singapore and have my lovely (also very judgemental) father greet me with the usual “have you put on weight mel” phrase. I swear he does this even when I’ve lost weight (parents hey).

Anyway, over the weekend the girls and I went for a bottomless brunch at the sipping room. It was our little treat to IJ who hosted us in New York City  and is now living back in London and what better way to have a post New York celebration than to booze away with some fried chicken and waffle?

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The Shaking History of the Hohenzollern Castle

Most people come to Germany to visit the stunningly magical Castle Neuschwanstein. However, many forget that the Germany monarchy was big, with castle’s splattered all over the castle. In the Schwaben land, where Stuttgart is the main city, the Hohenzollern Castle stands watching over the hilly region.

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Celebrating 150 years this year, this castle is as old as the nation of Canada, so you can only imagine the history that haunts it within. Continue reading “The Shaking History of the Hohenzollern Castle”

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When in Dubai… Have A Private Yacht Party

If you are looking for a cultural getaway then Dubai probably isn’t your ideal destination. Apart from the Dubai dessert and old souks, the rest of the city is a modern concrete jungle. However, if you want to party all night in extravagant surroundings then this will be your dream. Dubai reminded me of Las Vegas, just with a little more class and less drunken behaviour in public.

I am planning to do a separate post on a Dubai party guide, similar to the one I put together for Vegas pool parties. However, for today, I wanted to share an amazing tip to take your trip to Dubai to another level without having to spend the big bucks.  Continue reading “When in Dubai… Have A Private Yacht Party”