Terima Kasih, Bali – 5 day itinerary

My friends are also one of those “Let’s plan this and that but that’s not going to happen” group. So, our Bali trip is yet to be our biggest groupcation (yes, I went there! Haha). We didn’t know what to expect upon arriving at the airport because none of us have been to Bali. Also, putting the itinerary together was the hardest part of this trip, because we live in different parts of the world and the time difference makes it worse. Oops. Fast forward, a year later, we finally got the chance to see each other (after 6 years) and explore Bali together!

Day 1

Nusa Penida

We slept around 3 am and woke up at 6 am to get ready for our trip to Nusa Penida. Insert zombie mode. I was able to look for a tour guide company that was cheap and reliable via TripAdvisor. This is the first time I used TripAdvisor and I would totally recommend this for those who haven’t used this as a travel reference before.

I emailed Rod 2 months before our trip and coordinated everything with him. He bought our speed boat ticket to get to the island one week prior to our arrival and emailed him again 3 days before my departure, just to make sure that everything is a-okay.

Our driver picked us up around 7:15 am to drive us to Sanur for our speed boat ride to the island. It took us half an hour drive to arrive there, so we checked-in at the Maruti Express booth and walked around the small eateries at the port while waiting.

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Camping at Brannen Lake + Sand Sculpting Competition

This summer, Jasper and I decided to go to the Island for a one-night camping trip. We took the ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay in Nanaimo then from there, we drove 15 minutes to get to Brannen Lake.

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“West Coast Paradise nestled amongst a luscious forest of mature trees, creeks & streams featuring a beautiful private beach on Brannen Lake” (x)

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New York City: A 4 Day Itinerary.

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Day 1

I arrived in New York around 4 pm, took the subway and arrived at my Aunt’s house around 5:30 pm. (Me and my friend got lost at the airport twice. That’s why it took so long. Hahaha!) By the way, as soon as we got into the subway station, I bought the $31 Metrocard- which is an unlimited one week pass to New York’s transit. It was an awesome deal.

(The attractions are put in order, from places we visited first to last)

  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Times Square

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A Day Trip: Bowen Island

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Bowen Island is a small island located 3 kilometres away from West Vancouver. You can take the ferry from Horseshoe Bay or water taxis to get to the island.

After work, I met up with Jasper and we drove to the ferry line-up right away. It only took us around 20 minutes to get to the island, which is great! When we arrived in Bowen, we noticed that the island has the cutest shops ever! Each of them has this rustic and vintage feel combined together. Just like the photo below:

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Introducing: Olympus OM-D EM-10 Mark II

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This post is dedicated to my new lovely camera: The Olympus EM-10 Mark II. Finally, after looking at endless reviews from different websites, I took the courage to purchase the EM-10 Mark II (which came with the 14-42mm Zuiko lens). I am currently learning on how to use the camera properly, as it has a lot of stuff that I haven’t even heard of yet. Hahaha.

So, what’s the best thing to do with a new camera? Go somewhere and take as many pictures as you can. That’s why we (Jasper and me) went to Bowen Island and tried to use the camera as much as possible. I will be posting a blog about our little adventure in Bowen Island soon (and this one will be updated with the link. =))  But as for now, I will tell you the reasons why I chose the EM-10 Mark II mirrorless camera.

What I love about the EM-10 Mark II:

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Vancouver Art Gallery: The Birth of Modern Culture.

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I act like a tourist in my own city every once in a while to discover and recommend places to people who hasn’t been in Vancouver yet. So when my friend got the “Tourism Challenge Pass”* we took the opportunity to visit the Vancouver Art Gallery! I’ve been in Canada for almost 7 years now and I haven’t had the chance to explore the Art Gallery, weird.

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Celebrating Spring: Tulip Festival

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After seeing hundreds of photos in Instagram and Facebook, we decided to visit a 10-acre land full of Tulips at Abbotsford, BC.

This year, Abbotsford is inviting everyone to join them in welcoming Spring 2016! Because you can never go wrong in spending your day with this beautiful and colourful field. It takes an hour to drive from Vancouver to the location, but due to heavy traffic, we arrived in Abbotsford after an hour and a half later. The traffic may be horrible but it was totally worth it!  Continue reading