I’ll admit, I am annoyingly anti-mainstream sometimes – always have been. But when it comes to traveling, I know I’m not the only one. Massive crowds of tourists and touts are a huge turn off from visiting some places (I’m lookin at you, Thailand). For this reason I was hesitant to go to Bali. It’s a super popular/famous destination, and I kept hearing the stereotype that it’s just a place that Australians go to get drunk. While this may be true, upon landing on Bali, I truly felt that ‘magic’ that people describe it as. I only drove through the heavily touristed areas, like Kuta, and stayed at a much less populated beach, Balian Beach, which I’m sure contributed to my positive feelings. 🙂
Taipei was on my bucket list to visit while living in KL, as my company has a plant there, and I had heard so many good things about it! They all turned out to be true. 🙂 I ate a lot of amazing food and walked a ton. I’ll go through what we packed into each of our busy days. But before going through all of the sights…Take a look at what we ate! Taipei = amazing (and very cheap) food city ❤
I love Melbourne. It grew on me immensely throughout my stay.
There is a big Sydney vs Melbourne rivalry in Australia, and they are so very different – I was surprised at how different. I honestly loved both but if I had to pick…Melbourne wins by a narrow margin. 🙂 The energy, the architecture, and the cafes – it feels so cozy and fun.
Sydney is gorgeous! It’s autumn in Australia, and it was perfect weather for exploring the city – sunny and crisp 🙂 I took an overnight flight from KL. Thanks to dramamine and my silly eye mask, long flights are basically like teleportation. And now that I’m flying so much, an 8 hour flight like this is one that I would call “not bad at all.” Hopefully I can keep this attitude forever! Haha, anyway, here is an overview of everything I did in Sydney.
These last 2 weeks have been so rich and full! My original plan was to do a 2 week trip to Australia, but I ended up changing it around due to a small injury – and I absolutely love how it turned out! Yay for flexibility and especially for impulsive flight bookings 😀
It’s been a while since I posted! I have been in KL for the last few weekends, doing a bit of going out (finally tried Zouk and Skillet!) – but mostly a whole lot of nothing. I am starting to feel a bit restless / irritable in KL…a result of homesickness, probably, seeing as it’s already been 7 and a half months in KL! Haha, so this trip was much needed. I spent some time last week/weekend in Bohol (and a hot minute in Cebu) with my friend Denice! 🙂
For a brief moment we reconsidered our plans, as there was a US travel alert and a terrorist attack just days before our trip….but it was no problem! Another slight issue was that I fucked up my foot last week, so I was in some pain walking at the beginning of the trip…but luckily it didn’t mess up any of our plans. 🙂 It was also Easter weekend so crowds were to be expected. But holidays, injuries and terrorists won’t stop us from traveling together! hah. Anyway – here’s everything we managed to do!
This weekend, my coworkers and I went on a quick trip to Penang. 🙂 Everyone here in Malaysia said Penang is the best ‘food place,’ so I had to check it out.
We stayed at an airbnb, which was beautiful – but there were quite a lot of communication issues with the host. I guess an unforeseen downside of airbnb in Asia…But besides that, everything in Penang was really great!
Upon arriving, we went to find some food. Our uber driver advised us to go to Love St, which was super cool – there were a few bars with live music, and street food nearby. Got some kuey teow, poh piah, and mochi! And of course some beers after that.