TRAVELS / Singapore

When I think about Singapore it feels like I've only been there for two days because time went by so quickly. But going through my photos I realized that I saw quite a lot. I have to admit that I got carried away by all the shopping opportunities one day - and trust me there are a lot. But that's the thing about Asia, you can't escape the shopping. Someone I met along my journey told me that Asians define their level of success through their possessions . So of course they show it with the watch or handbag they wear. The bigger you can see the logo the better. As I prefer it the other way around and love designers that use minimal logos or none at all Asia so far has not been a big fashion inspiration to me. But there are more places I'm going to see in the next weeks so that could always change.

Parliament Place

Parliament Place

Besides the shopping I spent a lot of time in the morning and evening in Chinatown and felt like I could conquer the world because of all the energy I suddenly felt. Cute restaurants, bars and cafés all next to each other (felt a lot like Europe) and a lot of people to just watch and enjoy.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Chinatown

Ministry of Communications, Singapore

Ministry of Communications, Singapore

Unfortunately the weather wasn't great and one day it rained for a few hours so I deciced to go hotel hopping and see what Singapore's got to offer and the one I absolutely loved the most was The Fullerton Bay Hotel with its amazing interior, rooftop bar and pool. Marina Bay Sands was really nice but not the type of hotel I like because it's just too big and FULL of Tourists. I love little boutique hotels with less rooms and more character.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel - pic via their website

The Fullerton Bay Hotel - pic via their website

HOTEL Parkroyal on Pickering

HOTEL Parkroyal on Pickering

Parkroyal on Pickering - pic via their website

Parkroyal on Pickering - pic via their website

Parkroyal on Pickering - pic via their website

Parkroyal on Pickering - pic via their website

HOTEL Marina Bay Sands Pool

HOTEL Marina Bay Sands Pool

MALL The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

MALL The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

View from the pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

View from the pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

TRAVELS / Ubud Bali hotel and impressions

Coming to Bali has been on my travel to do list for so long. Of course, this list is not the shortest one as you can image if you ever had a look at my PINTEREST TRAVEL board. Since I started my journey in Sydney this list just keeps getting longer and longer. You meet so many people that tell you about these fascinating places they’ve seen and bum it’s on my list. Unfortunately this list is not a nice beautiful list on a thick paper that feels like silk as I would love it to be. This list is a mix of images in my head, screenshots on my phone and sticky notes in every bag and every drawer I have. But it's nice to not have everything organized so I'll keep it that way for now and enjoy the things I've seen so far - like Bali.

I already told you in my first impressions of Bali HERE that it was not what I expected at first but that quickly changed as I got to Ubud. The people were so friendly, the nature and culture were so much more visible than in Kuta – I felt at home as soon as I got there.

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HOTEL: TEGAL SARI

www.tegalsari-ubud.com

Of course the hotel is always a factor that can make a stay in another country or city unique and unforgettable or horrible. I was very lucky with mine. After hours of searching the web, not knowing what I was really looking for I found Tegal Sari, supposedly an insider tip and after staying there I can recommend it very much. You cannot book a room via the big hotel booking sites, just via phone and email which attracted me immediately. (After I wrote this they changed their website and you can now book directly on their website - I hope the charisma of this hotel doesn't get lost) 

The friendly staff showed me different rooms because I was curious what the other rooms looked like, they have a free service that brings you to Ubud center and the most amazing location: between two rice fields.

One rice field (all these little houses are the rooms of Tegal Sari)...

One rice field (all these little houses are the rooms of Tegal Sari)...

... and the other rice field

... and the other rice field

Hotel area and way up to one room

Hotel area and way up to one room

Massage area

Massage area

CAFÉ AND RESTAURANT: WATERCRESS

www.watercressbali.com

I had the most amazing Balinese food in Darwin, Australia and I am a huge fan of the Balinese kitchen but you know that feeling when you've been travelling a lot and you just feel like you need something that feels like home. That happened the second I set a food in this café. With its amazing breakfast selection, thoughtful and modern interior and truly friendly staff you just feel like home.

Chiapudding and Ice Tea with lemon sorbet at Watercress

Chiapudding and Ice Tea with lemon sorbet at Watercress

First floor at Watercress

First floor at Watercress

UBUD IMPRESSIONS

A friend told me that Ubud is the spiritual center of Bali and that felt just perfect. There were not many tourists, great shopping and little cafés and shops everywhere to make my Bali experience perfect to me. Seminyak is supposed to more "chique", shopping centre and clubbing but I didn't even make it there because I enjoyed Ubud so much.

Ubud market (closes around 5pm so get there early)

Ubud market (closes around 5pm so get there early)

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Traditional dance

Traditional dance

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HIKING: VOLCANO MOUNT BATUR

Except for enjoying myself, the people I met and the wonderful culture and nature I hiked up an active volcano one day: Mount Batur. The most recent eruption was in 2000 and you can still see the lava field from the eruption in 1968 from the top. The trip started at 3 am, we hiked in the dark and were rewarded with the most beautiful sunrise, that got more and more beautiful every minute. 

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The only not so absolutely amazing thing about this hike was that there were monkeys that seemed cute and fun at first but then stole and ate my breakfast (they are very fast and quite strong), I tried to hold on to my banana but I had no chance.

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Monkey and its baby in front of Mt Batur's caldera

Monkey and its baby in front of Mt Batur's caldera

Mt Batur after descending (you can clearly see the calder in this photo)

Mt Batur after descending (you can clearly see the calder in this photo)

I fell in love with Bali, the beautiful jewellery, the way people treat themselves, nature and their surroundings. It was a very unique experience, so relaxing and mind freeing. I will come back and a few things that are definitely on my list for next time: black sand beaches, yoga and a lot of temples.

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INTERIOR / what my future home will look like

I've always felt like I need several apartments just because I liked too may different styles when it comes to interior. In the last couple of years I always went for the classic all white and little splash of colour every now and then and was always quite happy about it. BUT it always worked for one or two rooms, never a whole apartment. Since I'm constantly on the move at the moment I haven't really thought about furnishing an apartment until I stumbled upon THIS APARTMENT DREAM. It has everything I always wanted when it comes to my future home and more. I found this piece of gold in Byron Bay by accident. I planned to go to another motel and ended up at the wrong one but it was so unbelievably perfect I couldn't have asked for more.

My room was part of a house that was recently renovated and you can rent just a room or the whole house via Airbnb. Have a look at it if you plan to go to Byron Bay soon as it is my pure interior inspiration. (Instagram @flamingo_cottage)

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My absolute bathroom dream. Love the colours, the minimalism and the feeling of it.

My absolute bathroom dream. Love the colours, the minimalism and the feeling of it.

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