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First Time Backpack Travel


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I’M BACK! Well I have been back for almost two weeks now and have been loving my first week back because I had the best week in terms of sleeping pattern. Every time I’m back from vacation, I can easily fall into a deep sleep and wake up very early feeling energized. I was planning on keeping this pattern but sadly Homeland came into my life and I have been binge watching till midnight (still better than I was with Narcos). And since I’m reunited with my laptop I can finally update this dusty corner on the internet with pictures that I took while I was on holiday.

This is the first time I try to travel carry on only for two weeks vacation. Also first time I travel with backpack only for two weeks vacation. I did end up checking my bag a few times but that’s only because I wasn’t short on time and also I did end up purchasing something that is more than 100ml that I have to check in. Next time I do this kind of traveling again I want to try going fully carry on. I didn’t pack much but still have some left over clothes that I did not end up wearing. Same goes with toiletries and makeup. I can be more minimalist next time and I plan on doing so. But I am still proud with how I managed this time. I think I will post a review of the backpack that I ended up bringing for the trip because I remember it was quite an ordeal for me to choose a bag.

I would like to share my packing list for this trip just for those of you who are interested.

For clothes & accessories I brought:
* 3 short sleeve t-shirts
* 1 tank top
* 1 blouse
* 2 jeans shorts
* 1 shift dress
* 1 utility jacket
* 4 socks
* 3 bras
* 7 undies
* 1 set of swimwear
* 1 slip on shoes
* 2 sandals (birkenstocks and flip flop)
* 1 cross body bag
* 1 backpack
While on me I wore:
* 3/4 length sleeve t-shirt
* black tank top
* straight cut jeans
* down jacket
* leather jacket
* converse
* and a set of undergarments of course
For toiletries & makeup I brought:
* shampoo bar
* soap
* massage bar (used as moisturizer)
* sunscreen
* toothbrush + toothpaste
* mascara
* brow powder + gel
* cream blush
* highlighter
* eyeliner pen
* lipstick
* lipbalm
* snorkel
* microfiber towel

There was time when I had to stay longer in Bangkok without our bags because the plan was to visit Bangkok in between our Phuket trip to see my friends from Indonesia whom I haven’t seen in years. Deo decided to take it upon himself to book a room for the night instead of buying a flight ticket back to Phuket the same day. So I was without change clothes that night so I had to purchase some things. And I also went shopping a little bit.

And here is the list of things I bought:
* low top converse: to replace the ones I brought because they were filthy.
* striped dress: for that night in Bangkok that I didn’t plan.
* undies: same as above.
* swimwear: same as above and I wanted to use the pool of the hotel.
* jersey dress
* body lotion
* razor blades
* bum bag: to hold my passport, wallet, and phone when I’m also carrying my massive backpack.

So there you go, complete list of the things I brought and bought with me for my Thailand – Malaysia trip. Oh I also used packing cubes to separate things in my backpack and I can vouch the handiness of using them to organize your stuff when you pack. Try them out if you haven’t. And I realize this post is just getting way too long so I will bid adieu here!

Hot Weather Vacation

Starting from April 3rd until April 16th, I will be away visiting Thailand and Malaysia for my birthday (7th of April). It has been a hot minute since the last time I go on a beach holiday. So far it has been mostly city trips. I was in between destinations when I was planning for my birthday trip. From New York to Tokyo. But due to financial reason, I chose to go to Thailand instead. And while we’re at it, might as well visit Malaysia for a short while.

Out of excitement, I have made several packing lists for my birthday trip. That’s arguably my favorite thing from a vacation, planning what to pack. Although more often than not, I got overwhelmed during packing and disregard my list completely. This time, I plan on packing lighter than light. There’s no need to pack different clothes for every day I’m away. Also my formula for packing is just simple, a breathable t-shirt (short sleeve or no sleeve) and a simple jean shorts (denim or white). A pair of flip flops is crucial to bring too!

I will probably pack a shift dress too just in case I need to dress up a little bit. Although I don’t think I planned on going somewhere fancy during this trip. I just want to stay in water as much as possible and eat the good food. I am also still considering getting a backpack for this trip due to different places that I’m going to visit, it might be handy to just have a backpack on my back rather than dragging a rolling luggage around. Ah, I really can’t wait!

One Day in Paris

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Last weekend, Deo and I impulsively decided to go to Paris for the whole Saturday. We took the bus at 1:00 AM on Saturday and come back to Eindhoven at 10:00 PM the same day. We had only one goal to go to Paris; eat ramen! Which we ended up obviously did. I am still regretting not getting seconds for both our trips to Ippudo (we went for lunch and dinner, I could have downed four bowls of ramen!).

If you noticed, the second picture on the first row is really really dark. It’s because we arrived really really early. Around 6:30 AM actually. We were pretty much zombies when we arrived. But the day turned up very nicely and we made the most of the day with sightseeing and eating ramen!

I’m very happy that we did do this spontaneous trip because 2017 is the year of being spontaneous!

Rome, Italy 2016

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Like I previously mentioned, Deo and I went away for a couple of days. We escaped to Rome, Italy from Monday to Wednesday to celebrate his 29th birthday. 29th of November for his 29th birthday. Sounds like something to celebrate for. The plan was not to have a romantic trip solely, but we really wanted to see Rome like tourists. Although we did have a nice dinner in front of Pantheon with a romantic live music.

What we usually opted for when we go to a foreign city is a hop on hop off bus. Not only you can see everything, but the information that’s given during the tour is very interesting. By no means it covers in depth level of knowledge, but it puts more depth into sight seeing compare to just walking around. We also booked a guided tour for inside the Colosseum as well as for the Palatine Hill. I think I can say for the both of us, it was well worth the money. The guide was also offering another tour for the Vatican city but unfortunately, we had to head back to The Netherlands that day.

Three days weren’t nearly enough to cover the beauty of Rome and to absorb all the history. But it was a good trip nonetheless. And one day, we plan on coming back. Maybe during the warmer months because it was bloody cold there!