Fantasy Fridays: Phuket, Thailand

For the benefit of those who are reading this blog for the first time, we had earlier decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays 🙂 A holiday every Friday! Not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo re-cap of a trip we or either one of us have taken in order to re-live our past travels and all the related memories of each trip. And we call this:

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

Bolly loves beaches. So for the third instalment of Fantasy Fridays, we find ourselves back in Southeast Asia in the island of Phuket, off the southwest coast of Thailand. Phuket island’s a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for obvious reasons – sun, sea and sand. There are no lack of beaches to cater to different tastes including Patong beach (read: very crowded and suited for the party-goer), Kata beach (many consider this to be the most beautiful beach in Phuket with its white sand and clear waters), Karon (a more spread-out beach and much slower pace compared to Patong and Karon) and many others.Nearby Phi Phi islands which gained worldwide prominence largely due to the film “The Beach” (starring Leonardo di Caprio) has also become a major tourist-magnet.

Who can resist the silky soft beaches, warm blue inviting seas and magnificent tropical sunsets that this island has to offer?

Simply breathtaking…

The start of a beautiful holiday…

We were not actually on our honeymoon but nevertheless appreciated the gesture from the hotel 😉

The swimming pool at our hotel located near Kata beach…I could wake up to this everyday…

As a typical tourist, we had to explore the bustling and party-town of Patong beach including Sala Spa Massage which offered “Massage, No Sex”…

Beachside dinner at Kalim Beach with a view of Patong Bay 🙂

Agenda of the day – sit and laze around at the beach…

Adrenaline junkie me decided to entrust my life to a bungee cord and jump off a platform in order to scratch off another item on my bucket list of things to do. Bolly wasn’t amused…

The soaring limestone cliffs surrounding the white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters of Ko Phi Phi (or Phi Phi Island) was once a hidden paradise but now teems with tourists like Bolly and I. Many lament this loss…

🙂 🙂 🙂

Does this bring back memories of your last beach vacation? What other beautiful beaches have you visited?



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Ready, Get Set, Go!

Like how the early bird catches the worms, the early vultures shoppers got ready, set and went to catch the best purchases this Wednesday 27 June 2012 morning for the first day of the summer sales in Paris.

With discounts from 30% to 70%, many couldn’t resist the temptation…

Making their way to main shopping avenues and streets such as Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, l’Avenue Montaigne, Champs-Élysées, Boulevard Haussman and the grands magasins (departmental stores) such as Bon Marché, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps…

After all, one can always reason that the more you buy, the more you’ll save… 😉 (never mind that the more you buy also means the more you’ll spend…

In some cases, some had to bring along special “equipment” to store their purchases…

34 days left until the end of the sales on 31 July 2012 and an exceptional opening of stores this Sunday 1 July 2012…

Are you tempted? 😉

“I can resist everything except temptation”. Oscar Wilde

Looking on the Bright Side

I first spotted this inverted red traffic light man while walking around Paris one day.

Today, I felt just like him as I had a topsy turvy day.

Everything seemed upside down and in a mess.

I’ll look on the bright side though.

Today’s almost over and tomorrow’s another day.

Time to lay my head down and get some rest.

Goodnight, world.

Fantasy Fridays: Prague, Czech Republic

We had earlier decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays (apart from the obvious impending weekend and two days away from the bureau). A vacation every Friday! Not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo recap of a vacation we or either one of us have taken in order to re-live our past holidays and all the related memories of each trip.  Plus it makes us look at our photos (those guilty of taking tons of photos with the digital camera but hardly look at them, raise your hands :P)!

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

On our second installment of Fantasy Fridays, from last week’s post on Bangkok, we fly across continents to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Prague was a destination pretty much unknown to me when I made the trip there several years ago with two girlfriends. We experienced 5 days of nippy cold weather but to say the least, the city blew my mind away by its history and beauty. As I was told and I came to agree with, Prague is essentially like an open-air museum and there’s no better way to explore and discover the city than on foot.

When you get to Prague, you’ll most certainly end up in the Old Town Square. Once you get there, climb up the Old Town Hall! It’s worth the effort as you will get good views over the city…

But before you get there, for those who arrive without hotel reservations, a vending machine-style hotel reservation service was available at the airport. No guarantee about the hotel rates though…

Ordering food wasn’t always easy when we didn’t speak Czech…

The most prominent attraction in Prague, the Prague Castle…

The assortment of roofs and steeples caught my attention…

Walking around and experiencing a mystical Prague…

Old world trams…

Resembling two dancers, this modern building which was given the nicknames of “Fred & Ginger” (after the names of two dancers) and “Dancing House” stood out like a sore thumb among the Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings in Prague…

Crossing the Charles Bridge which links the Old Town to the Prague Castle…

The view of the Prague Castle at night almost single-handedly justifies a trip to Prague…

What struck me about Prague, quite apart from the almost in-your-face beauty of the city was its authenticity. Authenticity insofar as it being not (as yet) tarnished by the influx of globalisation, mass-market brands and cookie-cutter buildings. That’s why I’ve been recommending friends to go visit as soon as possible…

And you, what are you waiting for? 🙂

Inspiration for the Day

A sunny day it was. A reprieve after the dreadful cold and rainy days we had.

I decided to walk home to take in some fresh air and enjoy the warm weather.

Something caught my eye and made me smile.

Contentment and joy can sometimes be found in the small details of our everyday life.

We only need to be open to them.

“Just living is not enough …… one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.”

Hans Christian Anderson, The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales