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#TravelBlogger #DigitalNomad #AdventureTravel, Go-getter, #Photographer & Storyteller. Currently in #California & #Hawaii

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Best, worst moments of surfing, and everything in between. Wouldn't trade my time in the water for anything else in the world! Note the sinister laughter when I was caught in a wipeout. #BATWxCostaRica

How Am I “Surviving” Being Stuck In Singapore?

There’s this invisible force in motion that somehow makes one feel compelled to be doing something all the time, turning the energy outward and towards productivity and accomplishing things instead of inward for reflection. I feel like I’m sandwiched in a crowd of people moving onward, and if I didn’t, I’ll just be led to go with the flow, or I’ll feel like I’m missing out on precious time. In between my unmotivated days where I get up at 10am every morning and spend my whole evening bingeing on Netflix, I’ve fortunately managed to set my course on a few new projects, such as: Launching my very first course! This is a whole new project outside of blogging and travel, so I’ve been pretty focused with picking up new knowledge, skills and pushing myself outside my comfort zone (especially with speaking in front of the camera!).

Having mixed feelings about having my phone back after tracking it from Costa Rica (where I left it) to the US (where I was denied entry to) and finally to Mexico, where I am now. I've lived without a phone in my hand for the past 2 weeks, where previously it served as my second-in-command wherever I go. ▪️Not expecting a buzz every few minutes ▪️Not scrolling through past text messages hoping a new notification would pop up ▪️Not wondering what life is like "on the other side" ▪️Not wishing i was someplace else doing something else like what said Instagrammer is doing ▪️Not being interrupted by buzzes in between what i'm working in the present moment - something i'm working on for my 2021 resolution, to be more focused and less ▪️Not finding the need to be validated or "liked" ▪️Being fully present on calls, not in between doing work ▪️Fully embracing the present, like taking a nap on the beach or taking in every morsel of food on my plate. The only caveat to not having a phone is my loss of navigational skills and the lack of an alarm. It taught me: ▪️How to trust in the word (when a date says meet at 7pm at X location, you do so), ▪️To believe in fate (from exchanging numbers to "see you when I see you"), ▪️To exercise my memory better (no more portable notes) ▪️To be more descriptive (no pictures to send to illustrate) ▪️Who matters (who cared enough to ask how I am) and who doesn't Do you think you'd be able to live without a phone completely for days or even weeks? 🤳 P.S. Full travel drama in the link in bio if you're curious! P.P.S And yes I took this photo of the beautiful cenotes of Mexico! #BATWxMexico

Glasgow VS Edinburgh - Which Scotland City To Visit?

Explore the cultural heritage of Scotland as well as some artefacts from around the world at the National Museum of Scotland. Once an industrial city, Glasgow is now the cultural capital of Scotland, where you’ll find several attractions, both old and new, to make your trip more memorable. It will ultimately depend on what other parts of Scotland you want to explore while you’re there. This one is really up to you, depending on which other parts of Scotland you plan to visit on your Scotland trip, unless you’re planning a city break only.

I'd almost forgotten what it feels like to be so excited about learning a new sport. It seems the last time I've been so passionate about a sport was in 2010, when I first came to join rock climbing in my junior college (and which I still love and partake in today!). I guess you really know it when you think about it in the minutes between sleeping. This might sound sadistic but the more number of bruises I got from surfing (including a black eye), the more accomplished I feel. I was actually pleasantly surprised at my back muscles the last time I saw it. There's just something about surfing (or any sport for that matter) that makes you want to try over and over again each time you crash and fall. It doesn't matter how often you fall or how much you have to paddle, that one wave that you catch means more than anything. That one wave is what turns your entire day around. Do you feel the same way about a sport or hobby? #BATWxCostaRica

Skincare Essentials For Your Carry-on Bag

I often travel with nothing but a carry-on bag to fit my essentials, so these skincare essentials are suitable for in-flight skin woes as well as skincare throughout your trip. Before we get to the skincare essentials, we need to talk for just a minute about WHY you can’t bring your home skincare routine on a plane. Toner is great for your skin during flight, but you shouldn’t use it without cleansing your face first (we’ll talk about cleansing wipes in the next section). Remember that you’re going to need to care for your skin multiple times during your flight, so you don’t want to apply anything that sticks and doesn’t want to come off.

How 4 weeks in Costa Rica turned into 5, being withheld by officers for 12 hours subject to intense interrogation, having my tourist visa revoked in the US and my phone I'm trying to chase half the world away. Just got off a call with a friend who'd noticed I went "missing" and shared the whole drama with him. (Thanks to all who tried to keep in contact and your well wishes btw!) What transpired over the course of this past week have been everything out of the ordinary. I don't think I'll have access to my phone for another week or two at least (stole my friend's phone to post this) but full story is up on the blog now - link in bio! For the rest who've been unable to contact me, I'm still accessible on Instagram DM or FB messenger. Sending lots of love and positivity to you guys meanwhile. 😘 #BATWxCostaRica

How To Stay Healthy And Sane When You're Travelling Often

As much as you should enjoy savouring local cuisines, you should also look at keeping up a similar diet to when you’re home, so that your digestive system doesn’t get too confused when you eat rich foods. If the trip is long, it is advisable to have lunch or a second breakfast, since it will provide us with a while of rest and will provide us with the necessary nutrients. If you are going to be on an unchanged path for a while, driving for example, you should invest a little of your time in learning a language through audios or listening to positive uplifting podcasts to improve your personal or professional life. It’s so easy to come home exhausted with no desire for anything but rest or getting involved in housework that you may not be giving your family the attention they need.

🌞 A few more days left to win the beach towel of your choice! Check out the previous post to participate. 😉 #BATWxSingapore

Double tap if this baby squirrel brought a smile to your morning/ evening!!! 🐿

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