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If you follow my social media platforms long enough, you will realize that i rarely go for a beach vacation. Most of my travel destinations are just cities and mostly are during winter time. This July, i finally have a beach vacation with #TripofWonders Indonesia. Of course, it is even better when i have my travel companion Bobo and Nana with me for this trip.

We went to Lombok after Makassar. Read more about Makassar - HERE

Gili Island is just 20-30 mins away, we took the speed boat to Gili Island from Lombok. Well, The Gili Islands are primarily known for 3 things: party, diving and snorkeling. But ACTUALLY, there are much more things you can do. Island hoping, taking picture and chilling by the beach is my favourite things to do. 
During the day, You can also go for Snorkeling trip (100,000 Rp ). Snorkeling trips in a glass bottom boat last from 10am – 3.30pm. They take you to three different snorkeling locations around Gili Meno and Gili Air; and then you stop at the other island for lunch.

I never really had a holiday like this before. Just sit there and watch the world go by.

We went to GILI AIR 
Most bars and restaurants offer sun protected loungers or giant cushions on the beach where you can simply enjoy a delicious, cool Bintang or a fresh fruit juice and of course eat something while marveling at the wonderful view. What can i ask for more? 

 Back to GILI TAWANGAN ISLAND after snorkelling. 

We stayed on Gili Trawangan. There are no vehicles on the Gili islands so transport is by foot, bicycle or horse. Renting a bicycle is around 50,000 rp if i’m not mistaken. You can easily find bike rent anywhere in the island. It takes approximately one hour to cycle around it and two hours to walk.

Catching the Gili Sunset is a MUST for this entire trip! Gili has the most famous sunset with the signature swing right there. I’m sure this looks familiar to most of you right. 
Yay! That’s the Ombak Sunset

The islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beachside cafes still playing reggae and no cars or motorbikes to disturb the peace. 

Don’t forget to GET A MASSAGE

Yes, Get a massage! Pamper yourself! If you enjoy massage services, Gili is the place to do just that. You can get cheap massages everywhere on the island from 100,000


The Villa Ombak bring the theme of traditional resort built by local heritage as well as Ombak Sunset is touched by modern and sophisticated culture. It is situated on the popular western side of the Gili Island, Gili Trawangan, Hotel Vila Ombak is the perfect island escape with tropical gardens and carefully designed rooms that complement the surrounding Indonesian islands and landscapes. 
At Hotel Vila Ombak youll find 8 styles of accommodation each designed to complement the unique surroundings of the various Indonesian islands and specially appointed to match your holiday needs and budget. 

We stayed in the Delux Ombak Room

The breakfast is good, especially the view! I don’t mind doing this every morning

For more information about the hotel, visit their official website at - http://www.vilaombak.com

That’s all for my Gili’s vacation. Up next - Bangyuwangi!

That’s where the adventures begins.

Skin care is definitely important because if you don't care about your skin then the harmful sun rays and pollution will damage it resulting in skin problems. Chances of getting premature skin ageing, hyper pigmentation, acne and pimples, clogged dirty pores, etc. can happen. If you maintain a healthy skin care regimen, then it not only keeps skin healthy and glowing but also keeps your confidence levels up. 

I'm really concerned about my skin after recovering from acne few years back. It was time to take good care of it before anything bad happened again. *touchwood* Hahaha.  

Air is one of the most essential elements needed to sustain life. The overall health of your body and mind greatly depends on the quality of air that you breathe. But nowadays people often tend to forget about the importance of clean air. 

Never take clean air for granted. As an outdoor person like me, when the air gets bad outside, it becomes a natural tendency for us to assume that we will be safer in our homes. Yet, does staying indoors equal to protection from dust and dirt? The answer is NO. Your indoor air is often much more polluted than the air outside. Since we spend most of our time indoors these days, our exposure to poor indoor air quality puts us at risk for a number of ailments, including allergies, asthma, and respiratory issues.

2016 is truly amazing for me. 
I've finally complete another adventure. All thanks to Indonesia Tourism for the arrangement and hospitality. This 11 days journey is truly amazing for each of us. We managed to visit 4 cities of Indonesia in total for this time which is Makassar, Lombok, Banyuwangi and Bandung. Obviously, 11 days is not enough to visit all of the places. Indonesia has so much more to discover. 

I've been to Bali Island 3 years ago, but not the rest of the cities in Indonesia. Well, I'm still glad i get to discover some of them this trip. When you think of Indonesia, most people would probably just “Bali,” but there are SO many more incredible islands to discover (over 17,000, in fact). 

After visiting Hong Kong for a couple of times. I've realised that one of the things that the Hongkie LOVE about : shopping and eating. If the locals aren’t out on the streets of Causeway Bay shopping, they’re probably out for yumcha (dim sum) or checking out the hottest eateries in town. Honestly, there’s just not enough time, money and stomach space for you to eat all the food in Hong Kong. So, you still have to be selective and go for your priority food. For me, i like locals Chinese food and i love something Insta-worthy and tastes good at the same time! Hahaha. Therefore, here is a summary of some of the places i went for this round. 


I could not resist when my friends told me that there’s actually Gudetama-themed dim sum restaurant. I mean, cute and tasty?! Of course, I had to give it a shot! Dim Sum Icon has two outlets in Hong Kong, the most popular one should be the one in THE ONE at Tsim Sha Tsui, but I went to the one in Central. Its around 5 minutes walk from the MRT station. 
I'm back to this city for the sixth time this round. Hong Kong is a busy city. If you are a city girl/boy, you will definitely love this place! It is so much to do here, it is really headache about where to start in order get the most out of the trip. For me, i love to shop during my trip. That's the reason why, it is a MUST to do some shopping! I've been to most of the common shopping district in HK. So this time, i decided to explore some new places and guess what i've found? SOLO Mall. Basically, It is a unique concept building with a lot of shop lots.

Booking a hotel is very easy. But finding the right hotel? It took us forever! If you are a tourist in Hong Kong, people say that it is best to book a hotel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok. But depending on your itinerary, you might consider other areas. For me, the most important thing is that the hotel is very near MTR stations, restaurants or food stalls and convenient stores. Of course, you should also make sure you feel safe in the area, its surroundings, and the building itself.

So, which part to stay in? The Kowloon area or The Hong Kong Island?

If you stay in Kowloon, the Tsim Sha Tsui part of Kowloon is probably the area of Kowloon that most tourists seem to prefer. Many of the Kowloon tourist attractions are located in this neighborhood. It is also near to Mongkok, which many people would feel has a more "local" feeling - that is, less tourists compared to Tsim Sha Tsui and more local people and street life (the ladies market, sneakers streets etc.)  If you stay on Hong Kong Island, I would recommend staying in Causeway Bay or the neighborhood called Central. 

But, regardless of whether you stay in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island, as long as you are relatively near the MTR station then you are fine because the public transportation is quite convenient in Hong Kong. It will take you anywhere you need to go. 

For the hotel, If you are on a tight budget, you will be happy to know that there are a lot of budget hotels in Hong Kong.There are a huge number of hotels in Hong Kong and with so many to choose from, it can be really hard to decide where you should stay. If you are not travelling with a large group of people. You can consider ....

Sorry for the delay, was really busy with travelling and works these few months. 
Finally have time to upload my Club Med VLOG after so many months. 

There you go! E N J O Y 
Do let me know if you have any question / feedback

Nothing beats a night out with your best mates! I love having a drink with my friends during the weekend, especially cocktails! There are so many easy-to-drink cocktails that come in pretty colours and sweet flavours. Generally, women prefer cocktails for an easier drinking experience. If you're a cocktail drinker, odds are you've heard of the term ‘craft cocktails’ floating around recently. 

Guess what - there are plenty of crafted cocktails in the market. Each place has their own specialty with different tastes and ingredients. I was surprised to find them available at The Westin Kuala Lumpur too. It is located at QBA Bar & Grill and if you enjoy cocktails, this is the perfect spot! 

The Westin Hotels & Resorts have recently introduced Crafted at Westin, a new cocktail menu that invites guests to choose well behind the bar. They use a lot of natural ingredients in the cocktails, which taste fresher and less sweet compared to your average cocktail. If you like specialty cocktails, I recommend giving it a try. 


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