Wednesday, December 19, 2018

North Island New Zealand: Things To Do for a 5-day Family-Friendly Itinerary (plus Budget Breakdown)

My family and I explored the North Island of New Zealand in 4-5 days. While many will argue that 5 days is way too short, that's the amount of time we had and it was enough for us. We started with a Hobbiton Movie Set tour and had a mud spa at Hells Gate. We then spent the next couple days at Skyline Rotorua, had a fun zorb ball adventure, immersed ourselves in Maori culture at Te Puia, and wondered at the Waitomo glowworms. Let's begin shall we?
Kia Ora, welcome to New Zealand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Hells Gate, Rotorua, New Zealand - A Family Experience

The North Island of New Zealand is full of geothermal wonders. So of course you have to include a mud bath/sulphur spa on your New Zealand itinerary. For day 1 of our family tour, we started the day at the Hobbiton Movie Set then travelled 1.5 hours to get to our next stop: Hells Gate to experience a natural wonder and to indulge in some pampering. Anybody up for a mud facial? Let's tick that off the bucketlist.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Travel New Zealand: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

For our annual sibling reunion, my family travelled to New Zealand. We made our way from the North Island to the South Island in 12 days. I know, I know, 12 days is "not enough" to enjoy the experience completely but we made it happen and it was more than enough for us. Watch out for a full itinerary breakdown coming soon. But for now, let's travel to our first stop: the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour...

"Mr. Bilbo, where're you off to?"
..."I'm going on an adventure!"
Hobbiton, New Zealand

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Paper Bag Pants Trend (Dresslily Review)

I can't deny it, I'm currently hooked on the paper bag pants trend. While I know that jeans are absolutely fashionable when they fit right, the autumn and winter season - where I am clad in them all the time because it's cold - is enough for me. And now that it's spring, I'm glad to be in lighter and more comfortable material. Still, it's a little bit too windy to be dressing in shorts. Here is where trousers are perfect - or more specifically, paper bag pants!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Moving From A Rented Unit To Your First Home

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my husband and I moved from a unit we rented and into our first home. I still remember packing everything up, unpacking, and moving in. It was such an exciting milestone in our lives and it feels surreal to look back. Are you moving into your first home soon? This collaboration couldn’t have come at a better time. The article below will share a few tips to make the process easier.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Things To Do in Ubud, Bali on Your Honeymoon

After spending 3 days in Seminyak (check out our Seminyak Itinerary and Budget Breakdown here), we continued on our Bali holiday and transferred to Ubud. While Seminyak brought us close to the beaches, Ubud was filled with lush, green sceneries - but still filled with plenty of private swimming pools and relaxing massages of course. We were in Bali for some much needed rest and relaxation after all. While our holiday involved plenty of lounging, and massages, and naps, and doing absolutely nothing (can I get a yaaazzzz?), we made sure to include some activities and things to do in Ubud. Check out my activity choices for a relaxed Ubud vacation suitable for a 4-day itinerary:
Tegalalang Rice Terraces
Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Konifer Watch Review

As I've mentioned in the blog many times before, I've always had a knack for wearing my boyfriend's/husband's watches as an accessory that immediately spices up my outfit as wearing men's watches always does. This time, I am featuring a women's watch with pink details. But hold up, it's no ordinary watch - it's a stylish wooden watch from Konifer with an ebony band.

Konifer Pink Breast Cancer Ebony Wood Watch
Konifer women's watch - HERE

Friday, May 4, 2018

Bali Honeymoon: 3 Days in Seminyak (Itinerary and Budget Breakdown)

Hey guys!

Just got back from an amazing holiday in Bali. My husband and I were finally able to go on a honeymoon (after 3 years of being married) and we wanted a very relaxed trip to de-stress and unwind. Bali, being a top tourist destination, is actually bigger than you think. People from all over the world go there to immerse themselves in the culture, relax in a tropical paradise, go on adventures, party, practice yoga, surf, and so on. WHY you choose to go to Bali will then dictate which area of Bali you should go to. For us, we were there to sightsee, to relax, and get pampered for cheap (read: getting as many massages as we can!). With this in mind, I chose to divide our 8-day Bali honeymoon and spend it in Seminyak and Ubud (Ubud blog post coming soon).

Fresh coconut drink at Potato Head Beach Club
Fresh coconut drink at Potato Head Beach Club

Friday, February 2, 2018

PHILLIP ISLAND: Penguin Parade, Pinnacles, and Panny's Amazing World of Chocolate

It was my second time in Melbourne. I had already seen Melbourne's CBD, the Great Ocean Road, and even free tourist attractions in Melbourne (see blog posts for itineraries). This time, I wanted to see the famed penguins who reportedly parade their way back home every night. Depending from where you're staying in Melbourne, Phillip Island is 1-3 hours drive away. Now some people stay there a couple days but we only made it a day trip. Read on for our one-day Phillip Island itinerary.
hiking at Phillip Island

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Why Rompers Are Perfect For The Summer (feat. Gearbest)

Hey guys!

It is 41 degrees Celcius in Adelaide, Australia as I am writing this. I’ve got the air conditioning on and I’d rather stay indoors. But wait, I’d still like to go out and enjoy my summer. I’d probably be in a tank top and shorts everyday if I could. But when I’m not feeling so lazy, I’d want to look cute but still feel comfortable. Thankfully, fashion allows us girls to have so many options. Today, we’re talking about rompers (also known as jumpsuits) and why they’re perfect for the summer.

1. Rompers are perfect for occasions when you want to look cute but don’t actually want to exert the effort. Like dresses, you don’t even have to worry about having to mix-and-match. Just put on some sandals and accessories, and you’re done!

Flare Sleeve Flower Belted Romper