Bali Featured Travel

Bali with Jetstar Asia!

November 10, 2016

It’s almost a habit now to visit Bali at least once a year since I first stepped foot on let’s say, one of my favourite places in Asia. There’s an unending list of reasons why Bali is so well-loved by many ; the roaring surfer waves, chi chi seafront beach clubs, famed babi kuling and nasi goreng, and breath-taking landscapes. The list goes on.

This time, I flew by Jetstar Asia and it was just a short 2hr 45min flight. I’m a frequent Jetstar flyer and I have to say it’s one of my favourite low-cost airlines simply because of its extensive flight route, good flight timings, reasonable leg space, clean and well-maintained planes and also the range of in-flight food menu it provides.

 It was a late afternoon flight so I got myself some hot meals onboard for that empty stomach of mine (ok, maybe it’s just gluttony haha). I also got myself the emergency row seats which have more leg space. $30 for guaranteed comfort, why not? Oh, just a little tip for you if you’re planning to get the emergency row. Pick row 13 instead of 12 because the seats at row 12 can’t be reclined whereas 13 can!

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Did you know that their hot meals onboard are made freshly daily? Say goodbye to stale airplane food!

I had the Black Pepper Chicken combo while Vera had the Penne Pasta combo and both exceeded my expectation. The chicken wasn’t tough and the black pepper sauce added fragrance to the dish. The penne pasta wasn’t stale nor soggy so we finished our food within minutes!

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During our return flight, we decided to try Ayam Bakar and Shrimp pineapple fried rice but the former two were still my personal favourites! If you’re too stuffed for a full meal, you can always opt for snacks like chips, chocolates and sandwiches. I couldn’t stop munching on these Almond biscotti!!!
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It didn’t take us long before we reached Bali. Nothing some food and conversations can’t do (:

And voila, our first stop was straight onto a boat to Nusa Penida!

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Wearing TJM upcoming JUICESEA swimwear!

During the first leg of our trip, we stayed at Akana Sanur which is away from the hustle bustle of Kuta but near enough just to swing by for a meal. I really enjoyed my stay at Akana ; the rooms were spacious, clean and comfortable, service was excellent and breakfast was good!

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Open air toilet concept!

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Motel Mexicola Restaurant @ Seminyak

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Feeling Bali now?

Jetstar Asia is the perfect airline if you’re looking for a holiday without bursting your budget. Like I’ve mentioned earlier on, they have extensive flight routes, good timings, have very little or minor delays, decent leg space (which you can pay a small fee to upgrade if you’re particular about it) and freshly made hot meals onboard! Not to mention, they have many flight deals all the time!

http://www.jetstar.com/sg

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Sophia Chong

Advertorial Featured Outfit

City Girl

November 1, 2016

 

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Basics are my utmost necessity so once I find something that I like, I tend to get it in many different colours. I like how you can layer over these versatile basics and create different looks with the same pieces. Not only are these Grana 100% silk racerback trapeze dresses comfortable, they come in 6 colours which I already have 4 hanging in my closet right now.

Pair with flats and a denim jacket for the day, then just add heels and a blazer to take you into evening. It’s a tad too long but nothing a quick alteration can’t do (:

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Sophia Chong

Featured Italy Travel

South of Italy – Amalfi Coast & Capri

October 27, 2016

Capri

Capri is another of my favourite this trip. Maybe I’m just a die-hard beach girl but there’s just something so alluring about it. Maybe it’s the crystal clear blue waters, the elusive beach clubs, the convertible taxis, the grandeur of designer boutiques lining down the street. All I can say it’s exquisite and pleasing, all done in a tasteful fashion. And yes I do wanna return for a longer stay. A day trip was definitely insufficient to soak into the captivating charm of Capri.

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We took a semi private boat from Sorrento to Capri which took about an hour (which included some grotto touring). Capri is an island on its own not too far away from Sorrento/Amalfi coast and it’s very famous for its blue grotto. We didn’t have enough time so we had to skip it but I’m definitely checking that out the next time I’m back. img_5359 img_5353 img_5386

It took us a funicular ride, a 15 mins stroll through the town and another 30 mins hike down to this gorgeous and one gem of a beach club, La Fontelina. It’s the most stunning beach club I’ve ever seen not just because of its crystal clear water but everything from the soft white mattress on the rocks, natural plunge sea water pool, amazing wine and food were made to perfection. I wish I could stay there f o r e v e r. And you get an ace view of the Faraglioni cliffs during your hike down, what’s there to complain.
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Jumped into the crystal clear Tyrrhenian Sea after half a bottle of wine, conversations with complete strangers in the middle of the ice cold sea, fell asleep under the hot sun, got an uneven tan. Woke up tipsy as hell and had to charter a boat just to send me back to the port (tried walking back but I couldn’t even make 200m hahaha, please don’t kill me when you see this mum). What a day in Capri, but I’d do this all over again. These are the memories that I live for.

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If you’re planning to visit Capri, I’d say prepare a bit more cash cos everything in Capri is jacked up. Though it’s expensive, the scenery, crystal clear sea and ambience is worth it!

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast is like the French Riviera of Italy ; wide coastlines and winding mountainous roads. We stayed at Praiano which is in between Positano and Amalfi. It takes us about 30 mins by bus to get to both towns so I think it’s a relatively good choice considering we wanted to explore both sides. Personally, I preferred Positano a lot more cos it’s cleaner, more structured and less touristy! I love the white washed shops selling little handmade leather sandals, ceramic tiles, beachwear and paintings. Positano is lovely and has many nice cafes and bars lining the whole town! Love the vibes for sure!

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We stayed in a beachfront hotel called Alfonso A Mare and yes, it comes with a nice little private beach (:img_5162 img_5184 img_5186 img_5211

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Le Sirenuse Restaurant, great food with a perfect view of Positano!

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You can never go wrong with European summers and this summer spent in Amalfi Coast has been nothing short of amazing. I loved every single moment spent in the southern part of Italy, it’s beyond beautiful and there’s not a thing about it that I wanna change. So blessed to have witnessed this little slice of Italy!

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Sophia Chong