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Universal Studios Japan

Over the last 7 years, I’ve often visited Universal Studios Singapore and it has provided me with tonnes of memories. When Universal Studios Japan (USJ) introduced the Harry Potter world, I knew it was a trip I had to make. When the opportunity arose from our crazy impromptu trip to Japan, I jumped at the chance to squeeze it into our trip. Planning the trip to USJ with a 14 month old child was a challenge and we were skeptical that it would work out. After much research and planning, we decided to take the risk (child switch doesn’t really work in USS) and bought the tickets from JTB Singapore due to the great pricing that they had. However, we got the Universal Express 7 from Klook as they did not sell them at JTB. We arrived at the Universal City Station at 8.30am in the morning and decided to have breakfast outside of USJ since the park only opens at 9am.  However, it was a huge mistake as the queue to enter the park was …

Lost in translation | Osaka

Growing up in a small cityscape like Singapore, and in between cultures, like most Singaporeans, I’ve always had a sense of wanderlust. Travel is an addictive thing, and I’ve always looked forward to it becoming a meaningful part of my life. Honestly, it’s easy to feel depressed about the many awful things that are happening but at the same time, when you get out there, you realize how awesome the planet is. There are much to discover, that is both wonderful and humbling. Curiosity is a definite travel essential – to understand the culture, the people and to ask questions to better understand. It’s like a good book that you can’t wait to read, yet, it also requires patience and the attitude of letting everything takes its natural course. When I travel, I usually do my fair share of research and with time, I came to realize that the best moments are not engineered, and it those serendipitous encounters makes people fall in love with travel. Traveling with an open mind and no expectations is …

Filmshots | Taipei

Back in March, we took a impromptu trip to Taipei with 2 of my closest friends. As it was Ben’s very first trip to Taipei and we were really excited to show him our favourite haunts. We ate loads of street food that were in our stomachs before photographs could be taken. Being able to pick up my camera after a long hiatus away from it feel strange and it took me a while to adjust back to really “seeing” again. I’m glad I’m back on my feet and since the wedding is over, it is time to get going again. Filmshots is a series that showcases memories documented on film, to see more of those on these series, click here.  Captured with the Nikon F2 and Portra 400

Turning a year older

This year’s birthday is probably the best I’ve ever had – a surprise birthday party the night before we flew off, weekend trip to Perth, spending quality with my bestie and her family, birthday dinner at my favourite Ciao Italia and having churros on a rainy winter birthday night with my fiance and girlfriend from University. My last birthday before marriage was a success. In the year to come, I can only hope that I’d have more energy to deal with more wedding planning and not turn into a Bridezilla. Time has really flown by and looking back really helps me appreciate all the trials and adversities that I’ve been through. It made me the person I’ve became and I hope it would continue to mold me as I take on new roles – a wife, a mother, a daughter and a sister in law. Cheers to another year of crazy adventures!

Let’s fly away to Perth, my second home

As a child, my mum used to ask me “What is a home?”. I’ve pondered over the possible answers only to have her remind me that a definite answer is one I couldn’t give her at that point of time. Over the years, the meaning of home has changed a lot for me. Home is still my country and my parent’s home, one that I grew up in. Over the years home has evolved for me, not in the physical sense, but emotionally. I used to think home is where my parents were, as long as they were there, I was home. With the passing of my mum, this meaning changed a great deal. Home, became one where my memories lies and my primary point of contact with my family. Though I’ve traveled far and wide, Perth has always been my second home. Perhaps, it would always remain close to my heart, as it reminds me of the last trip I took with my mum. In years since that trip, Perth is an annual destination, much …

Filmshots | Bali Wanderlust

Bali is an absolute paradise for those who desires beautiful landscapes, mouthwatering food, cheap alcohol and wonderful coffee. I love a good getaway, but Bali can been overwhelming at times with thousands of tourist swarming the popular destinations. Alas, nothing remains untouched for too long in the world filled with wanderlust driven explorers. Filmshots is a series that showcases memories documented on film, to see more of those on these series, click here.  Captured with the Leica M7 with Portra 400