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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 329 of 365

Note to myself, a reminder: 

In this 329 days, I've cried almost every single day.
There's no words to explain what's in my head, but i know at the end of the day, it will make me stronger.

I've lost a lot of people whom I thought I'll keep for a lifetime. 
I miss you, but I also understand.
I understand that nothing lasts forever, you lose some people, and you gain some too.
I understand that, maybe it wasn't meant to be, maybe we're just in our different stages in life.
I also understand that maybe the people whom I've lost, wasn't meant to be in my life anyway.
But i know I've got to push through. Whoever who's also going through this, lets push through.

I've graduated a year ago, with two jobs in between, and now I'm jobless again.
That dream. That dream that everyone has, to have your life sorted out and get a job right after you graduate, that fucking dream. I hate you.
A lifeless broke failure is what it made me feel like every single day.
That job that promised me so much, but gave so little. It was as if my efforts weren't appreciated.
Why promise, when you cant fulfill it?
I loved it there, that was the worst part. I thought for a while that it was perfect.
That's alright, lets push through, and hope something good comes along soon.

Pressure.
Have you gotten a job yet?
Why aren't you looking?
Why are you so picky?
Why are you working there?
You're still jobless? *laughs*
You're wasting your life.
Whats wrong with you?
That's alright, lets push through.


But, Thank you.
Thank you to those who listened.
Thank you to those who tried their best to comfort me.
Thank you to those who tried their best to crack jokes and turn my frown upside down.
Thank you for making that cafe feel like its our own version of Central Perk.
Thank you for all the love, even though the most of you don't know what's going through my head.
Thank you boo, for being my rock and for loving me. You always make me better.
It's these little things that made me strong, and the reason why I'm alive.

Thank you.


"In every darkness there's light"

Monday, October 23, 2017

A guide for Nha Trang, Vietnam.


About 9 hours away from Ho Chih Minh, lies a beautiful coastal city, named Nha Trang.
Lets be honest,when we think about Vietnam, we usually only think of a few places : Ho Chih Minh, Da Nang, Sapa, and Hoi An. When I first heard that I was going on a vacation to Nha Trang, I was really wondering where on earth is this? Besides Da Nang, I've never heard of any other places in Vietnam that's great for a beach vacation, but thanks to Air Asia flying there directly now, I got to discover this beautiful place!

Nha Trang reminded me a lot of Penang island, as it has both beautiful beaches and also a beautiful city! I did a lot of research on Nha Trang before heading there, but not many were found as it is


 is not really popular amongst Malaysians yet ( according to the locals there). One of the tour guides we met joked and told us that Nha Trang is basically like a mini China as the whole place is filled with people from China. There are many Russian tourists there as well. Therefore, keep in mind that the locals there wouldn't know how to speak English much, but they speak really good Mandarin and Russian. Do download the Google Translate app before you head there, it really helped me a lot.with

Without further ado, here are some tips and places that I've visited in Nha Trang!


Warning : This post is really fucking long because I've got too many photos to post.

1. Visit Christ the King Cathedral 

I've never been to any European countries before, therefore, I've never really visited a cathedral as beautiful as this! This catholic cathedral was founded over 200 years ago by the French and its built in a very Gothic Revival style. Church services are also still up and running!


 As you walk through the pathway to the cathedral, there are statues of many saints, which were pretty interesting!





 TIP: Dress appropriately! It totally slipped my mind that I was supposed to dress appropriately, therefore i wasn't allowed to enter until i bought something to cover up. Haha! 

Entrance Fee : Free 

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 5am to 5pm, Sunday 4.30am to 8pm

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2. Visit the Po Nagar Cham Towers

Po Nagar Cham Towers is one of the popular historical Cham temple in Nha Trang. It is said to be founded in year 78. These Cham towers are still used for worship by Buddhists and when you visit, you can do your prayers here as well. This place is not only a great historical building, but it's also a great place for photos!



 





 





Entrance fee : 22,000 VND (RM4.10)
Opening Hours : 6 am to 5:30 pm
Tip : This would be a great place to hire an English speaking guide, as there weren't any handbooks that were given to us. We didn't really know what this place was about until we Googled it. 

3. Go for the Island Hopping Tour. 

This Island hopping tour is extremely popular amongst tourists. It brings you first to the Tri Nguyen Aquarium,  followed by Mun Island, then Mot Island, and lastly, Tranh Beach. The whole tour costed us about 180,000 VND (RM33.45) per person, which wasn't bad at all. Do keep in mind that the payment for the tour is EXCLUDING entrance fees for all the islands. There were tour agencies that costed more, but we were lucky to find one that gave the cheapest price. Tour agency details will be provided down below. 

My family and I did not visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium, as we've read many reviews on how the fishes there are mistreated with very small tanks and dirty water. Therefore, we just waited outside and took some photos. There's also an entrance fee of 120,000 VND ( RM 22.30) for the aquarium.



The next Island we visited was called Mun Island. This is where my family and I went snorkelling. The water here was soooo beautiful and clear. The snorkelling equipments were provided by the tour agency but honestly, it didn't look that hygienic. There was also an entrance fee of 20,000 (RM3.80) per person and you also have to pay to rent out the beach chairs. The snorkelling here wasn't great, but it was the best out of the four places in the tour. 




No filter for this! The water was really this clear.

 There weren't any sand in this beach, only rocks. It was quite tough for us to snorkel as well because the waves kept pushing us back and we'd hit huge rocks on the shore easily. My brother also got cut pretty badly by the rocks. So, please be mindful about this!



Next, we visited an island called Mot Island. I was the most excited for this island as i saw photos of the famous floating bar in the middle of the sea. Sounds exciting, right ? But we didn't get to visit it because apparently there were too many kids on board and they assumed that no one will be interested. Dissapointing. Nevertheless, we still got to have some local cuisines and cocktails on the boat, which, I'm not sure if I enjoyed or not. There were also some live shows on the boat for laughs.




Lastly, we visited Tranh beach. I wasn't really interested in this beach at all as it looked so damn crowded that I couldn't be bothered. My family and i just sat on the beach chairs and waited to go home.


Overall, this island hopping trip was alright. If you wanted to just fill up your day and explore the beaches, then this would be great. But if you're looking for great snorkelling, and really fun island hopping, this wont be right for you. I wouldn't say that this tour was completely shit, but i wouldn't say it was amazing either. The best Island hopping trip I've ever been to was still in Phi Phi Island, Krabi.

Tip : The toilets provided on the islands are extremely dirty, some has no doors as well, do prepare yourself for this. Everyone's usually advised to use the toilets in their own tour boat, but yeah, still pretty nasty.

Tour agency contact details : Yellow Bee Travel, 85, Nguyen Thien Thuat street. 
Email : ongvang88.co@gmail.com

4. Visit Dam Market for shopping

There aren't many places to shop in Nha Trang, and their night markets are usually quite small, therefore, this is the best and most popular place you can shop. Dam market consists of two sections, one for food & groceries, the other for souvenir's, accessories & clothes shopping. I'd say that the things in Nha trang aren't as cheap as places like Cambodia or Thailand, so don't expect the items to be cheap. The clothing items here are also pretty repetitive, nothing special.
If you're not interested in shopping, i'd still recommend this place as you can check our local fruits and food.
Here are a few random shots that i took on my stroll around Dam Market.



Yes, those are puffer fishes! 

Tip : Sellers here can be quite unfriendly and rude when bargaining. So, don't ask if you're not interested at all.

Opening hours : 6am to 6pm 

5. Visit Nha Trang beach

Nha Trang beach is just down the road from the apartment that we stayed in, which was called Sunrise Ocean View Apartments. This beach reminded me a lot of Cenang beach in Langkawi as it is the main beach of Nha Trang. There are beach chairs there were you could rent out for RM10 and also, coconuts for about RM5. If you're just looking for a beach to relax or tan, this is the place for you. The sea water here is a bit polluted and not as blue as the ones in island hopping, but, a great place to relax and enjoy the sea breeze.





That's all for the places I've visited! There were more that I wanted to write about, but I'm afraid that this post would be way too long! 
Overall, I thought Nha Trang was alright. It really wasn't the best beach vacation I've had, but am thankful for the opportunity to explore it. 


Overall tip for Nha Trang : If you really want to go around easily, get an English speaking guide.
We didn't have much help from the locals because of language barrier and that caused us to visit places without knowing the history behind it. 


Hope you've enjoyed this long overdue post.
Love,
Esther

Monday, May 1, 2017

A day in Kuala Lumpur : Cafe Hopping

 Raisa and I have been talking about visiting a few cafes in Kuala Lumpur for a long time now.
On a sunny Wednesday, we both decided to proceed with our plans and visit as many places as we could!
Initially, I thought we were only to going to one cafe, which was The Toast Co, but we ended up going to four different cafes, which was awesome! 
All these cafe's were within walking distance from Petaling Street, so it was really easy for us to walk and travel around.

Let me take you to the four cafe's we went to.


1. The Toast Co.

Our first stop had to be The Toast Co. as we had always been looking into this place.
We were deciding where we should have our brunch, and we decided that this definitely had to be the place. Couldn't miss out on the toast! 


How it looked outside. Super cute!




What we had : Pulled Beef Toast, Creamy Mushroom Toast and Berry Coulis Cream Cheese Toast. (RM55)

Our food came in a set as we ordered the Three Way Toast that included a meat toast, vegetarian toast and a sweet toast. This set also came with two passion fruit teas and wedges. It was sooo worth it!
Do not underestimate the size of the toasts! It was actually pretty damn filling ! 

Overall, the meat and vege toast were DELICIOUS, but I didn't really like the sweet toast as I don't really like Berry jams anyway. 
But, I will definitely come back again and recommend it to my friends!


2. Leaf &Co. 

We came to Leaf and Co. right after to have our favourite, DESSERT!


As I entered leaf & co, I was actually amazed at how beautiful this place actually is. 
The ambience of this cafe will give you that calm, relaxing vibe as it is surrounded by antiques and also a huge tree inside.
It's definitely a place where I'd come to do my work and relax!



A beautiful big tree in the middle of the cafe, a pretty good spot for photos !


Outside area ! 

Our pick : Belgium Chocolate Crepe Cake! (RM14)
To all the chocolate lovers out there, this was so good! There's also some crunchy bits in the cake that made everything so much tastier!

Outside area

3. Merchants Lane

I've been to Merchants lane a few times before, but Raisa has never been there so we decided to visit it together this time, to have tea! 

Merchant's Lane has to be one of the most beautiful cafe's in Kuala Lumpur, as everything in there looked so antique! This cafe kind of reminds me of the heritage of Penang and Ipoh. 
Also, if you've been to the infamous cafe in Penang, Chinahouse, they both have the similar antique atmosphere!
Perfect destination for tourists!




 Tea time : Blooming flower tea with chrysanthemum 
2 pax for only RM15!





They used to have two beach chairs at this spot, but was removed and replaced by some tables and chairs with dried flowers all over. Who knew that dried dead flowers could've looked so beautiful.

  Ma beautiful friend! Raisa


4. Cho Cha

Meaning of Cho Cha : Sit and drink tea.

Cho Cha has got to be one of my favourite cafe's out of these four places that I've visited (ambience wise).
It has everything that I've described in all the other three cafe's.
It is antique, and also a place that's chilly and relaxing, definitely a package!
The only thing that would've made everything better was the pricing of the food and drinks. 
To be honest, it is quite pricey, but it was worth the visit!





This is my favourite spot, open aired area with seats under the sun. 
Perfect for sunny beautiful days like this!


Oolong Tea : RM18.
Served in a traditional Chinese tea pots and also tea cups! ( CUTE AF)



The second floor of Cho Cha also has another bar, named Ray Bar and we got to explore that a little. 

How beautiful does this look!!!





That's all for the four cafes ! 
If you have the time to explore and are thinking of Cafe Hopping, Kuala Lumpur is definitely the best place to be! You can explore Petaling Street/ China town too as everything is so close to each other and are in walking distance.

If you're afraid of being stuck in traffic, you could also take a train and stop in Pasar Seni, which is super near everything.

I hope you've enjoyed me taking you to these places ! 
Let me know which was your favourite!

Love, 
Esther





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