Friday, December 1, 2017

Life Has Been..

....pretty chill lately!

Things are slowing down in the work space, and here I am trying to catch up with all that I once had so much passion for but had to put it aside as life takes its course.

 So many things to update, but first, here's a pic from my recent beach holiday:

Maldives it is!

Till then *abrupt ending*,

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Honeymoon Part 2: Florence

On the 2nd leg of our honeymoon, we made our way to Florence via TrenItalia.
Everything went smooth until the evening when we arrived, it was pouring like mad!
We could have walked to our hotel with our luggage but we decided to take the mini bus instead since it was raining.

Dropped by McCafe for their warm pastries!

Not able to do much on a rainy evening, we decided to take shelter at the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence Cathedral - no fees to go inside the cathedral!) and to cross off the list of places we wanted to visit in Florence.

Breathtaking artwork on the ceiling!

Our 2nd day in Florence was so much better! Woke up to an amazing weather!
Decided to walk up to the rooftop garden of our hotel and look what they've got!

A beautiful rooftop scenery overlooking the Cathedral and on the far right, there were snow capped mountains!

Next up was to visit the Basilica di Santa Croce. The church is where some of the famous Italians such as Michelangelo and Galileo (I don't know the rest) were buried in.

As we arrived about 9am, we didn't have to queue for the tickets.We paid €8.00 to enter and took our own sweet time to be amazed by the work of art.

From Santa Croce, we made our way to the Museo di Palazzo Vecchio where we continued to be fascinated by the amazing artwork of the famous illustrators and it was just so easy to roam around and get lost in the museum for hours because it's almost never ending!

Ticketing details can be found here.

We bought the Museum + Tower and Battlements for €14.00 each and if you're planning to head to the tower, prepare yourself to climb 416 steps to see this view:

It was no less awesome.

After all the climbing, we headed for lunch before walking to the famous Ponte Vecchio, where almost everyone in Florence was (it was so sunny and crowded!).
The ponte is lined with jewellery shops so make sure to drop by and have a look if you like gold!

View from Ponte Vecchio
With nothing much planned after that, we headed to Boboli Gardens to spend the rest of our evening there while waiting for the sun to set.

Boboli Gardens was huge!! I don't even think we covered all but I believe we did good enough to see what Boboli Gardens had to offer haha.
As we were there quite late in the afternoon, we did not make it to visit the Silver Museum and only managed to walk around the gardens and a quick walk at the Costume Gallery.

Part of the Boboli Gardens.

The next day, we went on a day trip to Tuscany! More on that in my next post!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Honeymoon Part 1: Rome!

We're back from our honeymoon in Italy! Left the country for exactly 2 weeks and man, it felt really long!

Just thought of writing the post on our trip so that I can look back and reminisce, as well as to provide some tips and tricks along the way for those who are keen.

We went to several cities in Italy and here is a quick summary of our stay in Italy:

1. Rome - 4D3N
2. Florence - 4D3N (including a tour to Tuscany for 1 day)
3. Cinque Terre - 3D2N
4. Venice - 4D3N
5. Milan - 3D2N

If you count the total days, it's actually 14 days exactly (the days in between 2 cities are considered 1 day each). Can't believe we survived looking at each other 24/7*14! Haha.

Anyway, this is our itinerary in Rome:

DAY 1:
1. Arrived at Rome Fiumicino Aeroporto (Fiumicino Airport) via Qatar Airways.

From the airport, we headed to Roma Termini by the regionale train, tickets were bought from Tren Italia here. The earlier you book, the lower the prices are.
Forget about getting the Eurail Pass (or the likes) if you don't plan to visit different cities in within, say, 3 days. I'd suggest you go for the individual trips.
2. Checked in to our AirBnB which we booked via
3. Since we arrived early in the morning, we decided to waste no more time and headed straight to Coliseum, which was about 20-30 mins walk away from our accommodation. We reached about 8 plus and there was very little queue to get the tickets.

Ticket price: €12 per person

Travel Tips: Don't bother getting the Roma Pass even though it includes entry to several museums (excluding the Vatican Museums) and allows you to skip the queue to the attractions. If you want to save some €, just make sure to be at the ticket counter early in the morning.

4. After Coliseum, make your way to the Roman Forum + Palatine Hill, both of which can only be accessible if you have bought the ticket to Coliseum which includes entrance to Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.

DAY 2:

Note: We made a mistake on Day 2 when we decided to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, after St. Peter's Basilica.

1. Headed to St. Peter's Basilica at 7.30am (no queue!) and paid €8 to use the lift to go straight up to the dome (€6 to use the stairs which are 320 steps in total). Note that you'll still have to climb about 550 steps(!!) to the cupola where you'll get this view:

The view was worth the climb though!

Entrance to the basilica is free but you'll have to pay to get to the dome and the cupola.
This was where we made a mistake. We thought by going early to St. Peter's Basilica first (before the Vatican Museums), we'll be able to skip the long Security check at the basilica and then head to the Vatican Museums after.

However, after the basilica, the queue at the Vatican Museum was a nightmare!! We were there on a Saturday and apparently all the museums are closed on Sundays so we had to purchase the Skip the Line pass (cost us a bloody €35 per person as opposed to €16 per person to enter the museums!!)

I read somewhere on the TripAdvisor forum that we should go to the Vatican Museums first, then to Sistine Chapel (both are connected) thennnn only to the basilica which apparently is also connected via the museums and you can skip the queue at the basilica - true or not, I'll never find out now. Haha.

In short, Vatican Museums --> Sistine Chapel --> St. Peter's Basilica.

Be prepared to spend more than half a day to walk through all the part of the museums and church!

2. Headed to Piazza Navona for dinner, then to Pantheon (closes at 7pm) and to the infamous Trevi Fountain for its evening sight!

Quite a sight to behold honestly.
DAY 3:

1. Free roaming haha. Basically we made our way to the Trevi Fountain again just to look at it during the day. But still, it was sooo crowded.

2. Walked to the Spanish Steps and we were greeted with this sight: many people!!! Can barely see the steps.

3. Walked to the Piazza del Popolo and climbed a little to the Villa Borghese gardens for sunset.

Smart Tips: There'll be Bangladeshis walking around the garden to sell you roses. At first, they'll claim it's free. If you do not wish to pay for those roses (even if they say it's free for you), DO NOT BELIEVE THEM! Once you have the rose in your hand, they'll start asking for money. 

Of course if you're willing to pay maybe €5 for 3 stalks of roses, then go ahead!

DAY 4:

No itinerary for Rome because we left for Florence via train! Will continue for Florence soon!

PS: Let me know in the comment box if you have any question on Rome or any of the places I listed earlier in the post. :)


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!


Looks like my blog survived another year despite the rare updates. Hehe.

To commemorate the new year, this was what I had for lunch:

Unagi spaghetti or whatever you call it at Pasta Zanmai.

My favorite unagi risotto ala carte has been removed from the new menu and it was heart breaking for me on this new year's day. 

Nonetheless, everything was more than I could ask for because I spent it with the most important person in my life:

Ooh, spot the new hair! Haven't really managed to snap a proper pic of it because I'm just too lazy. :P

Here's to a much better year ahead to everyone!

Peace and love, always,

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