Archives for category: travelogue

Day 1 (3/01):

I remember feeling all nervous taking a plane alone for the first time. Yet, I was so excited. Joey met me at Hokkaido airport and I changed into winter clothing and all. I was so wrapped up like a little dumpling. But when we stepped out of the door, I feel like perhaps I can wear a hundred more layers because winter in Hokkaido feels like an endless freezer.

It was already late when I arrived and I was starving. After a long gruesome 1hour ride, we finally reach the area of her apartment. She brought me to eat some fast food chain of beef rice bowl. IT WAS GREAT.


Day 2 (4/03):

Spent our day walking at the streets of Otaru. I can’t even tell you enough how beautiful that place is. It really looked like a place out from a fairytale. There was just white everywhere. After walking by the canal, we went to the food district and I had the best king crab, yum!!! I remember how we want to take photos but it was too cold for our hands to leave our pockets, therefore the lack of photos 😦

One thing about living in a winter country is that, you won’t feel like bathing because that means you have to part with your dear clothes. And after forcing yourself into the hot shower, you just don’t feel like coming out, hahaha.

oh and, the really plain looking food in the picture, the Oden, is hands down my favourite 7-11 food!! I MISS IT SO MUCH T-T

Day 3 (5/01):

Caught a flight to Osaka, and I thought that, maybe we can run from the cold for a little bit. I was soooo wrong, the wind in Osaka is a killer. After the really confusing train ride and stuff, we got to our AirBnB and rested abit before heading out again. By that time, it was already dark because winter = shorter days and longer nights. Dotonburi was a bustling street of shops and food. We tried some beef thing (can’t remember what it’s called, but basically it’s fried on the outside and pretty uncooked in the inside), where we didn’t really enjoy. But the seared beef bowl with the onsen egg was really good though!

One thing I also love about Japan is that they have vending machines everywhere that disperse hot green tea. It’s really a lifesaver during winter.

Day 4 (6/01):

Got up early and made our way to Universal Studios Japan!!!! I was reaaaalllyyyyy excited to go there because Harry Potter Land. So anyways, even though we were pretty early, the ticket and entrance queue was already crazily long. After entering, we straight went for Harry Potter land first. It was soooo pretty, the place. Hot butter beer was really good too! Next, we went to test our limits at the roller coasters. I think the real test was really queuing for the rides. Because it was SO cold and that 2h wait in the cold was just, omg-is-it-our-turn-already. Ended our trip to USJ with those like mini shows and parade.

I was extremely tired already. So when we were having our super awesome steamboat dinner, idk if you can imagine this, but I was falling asleep while chewing my food LOL.

Day 5 (7/01):

Nara Park day! The deers there were extremely cute but when they see food, be sure that they will pester you to no ends. We tried hiding the biscuits in our pocket, but it backfired because they end up chewing our jackets and stuff. Also, these cutie pies actually bow back at you when you bow at them!!!

Day 6 (8/01):

Better known as legs-day haha. We went to Kyoto Prefecture to see the shrines. We went to a particular area/shrine/idk what but there were just steps after steps. Really beautiful place though. The greens from the tree together with the orange from the thousand tore gates really made the climb so worth it. The view? nothing less than gorgeous. I was really proud to reach the top btw. There were so many times I wanted to just give up LOL. Also, they serve really nice hot soba there.

Day 7 (9/01):

Back to winterwonderland Hokkaido. It was a chill day there because we were already so worn out from all the travelling. Mostly just eat and shop and eat again. Highlight of day 8 was really the wagyu beef which we paid a bomb to tried. Unsurprisingly, it was sooo oiishi hehehe. We bought another plate of different part of the cow to compare. Although both was really good, the wagyu beef literally just melts in your mouth. So, so delicious.


Day 8 (10/01):

Jo had school in the morning so I had a great sleep till like near noon and then headed to do some shopping on my own. I went to the Pokemon shop to get some souvenirs. Well, the one in Hokkaido is pretty small and there wasn’t much variety though. After that, Jo brought me for some soup curry. I was really curious and skeptical as to how it would taste but god I WANT MORE NOW. Wow the ingredients were just so fresh and so good. The soup was amazing too.

Day 9 (11/01):

We were supposed to head to the outlet mall after Jo’s school but apparently the bus service to there stops after 1pm. We had no choice but cancelled our plans and shopped around (as there isn’t much to do at the town we were at). Near 5pm, Jo brought me to try some BBQ pork bowl for dinner (as usual, very awesome), and we headed for Mt Moiwa. By the time we were there, the sky was already dark although it was only 6pm-ish. The top of the mountain was a gorgeous sight to behold. It was also literally breath-taking because it was so cold and we couldn’t enjoy it much. So jeng jeng jeng we head for hot chocolate instead 😀

It was also my last night in Japan. Really bittersweet.

Day 10 (12/01):

Denial me just want to extend my holidays but broke me says I have to get back to reality. So broke me and Joey trudged my luggage to the bus where we parted our ways. You know the feeling where you just don’t want to leave… yeah I was having some serious Japan-withdrawals at the airport when I was having my Starbucks and waiting for my flight.

This trip was nothing short of amazing, awesome, everything. The food, the people, everything really. I enjoyed the sushi, the oden, the cheap but good beef bowl and many and everything more. Did I also mentioned I misplace my wallet thrice? And of all the 3 times, I was able to get it back with nothing being taken away.


Hope I’ll be able to go back soon to see the cherry blossoms and busk in the awesome culture again.

love, cheryl.


Departed from Singapore on 20 June 2016

Day 1: Athens

21/06/2016. We arrived in Athens International Airport, placed our luggage in the luggage locker and began our adventure. Rode a bus to Syntagma Square, grabbed some lunch at a nice cafe, got our SIM card at Vodafone and then head to Acropolis Museum. We bought a hat as a ripped-off price, but that’s only because the sun was so unforgiving. The museum was huge and filled with many artefacts, and I can just imagine seeing them in their full glory. Oh what a beauty they would be! By then, we were so tired from all the travelling, we headed back to Syntagma square for dinner at KFC (haha, ikr). I was so amazed at how the sun didn’t set until like 8.30pm! After dinner, sat by the Old Royal Palace and watched the change of guard and just chilled there for a bit. We sat bus X95 back to the airport (tip: do buy the bus ticket early, cause once the shops are closed, you won’t be able to get them, and there were people who were unable to ride the bus because of that) Back at the airport, we washed up like hobos in the toilet and just found somewhere to crash.

Day 2: Mykonos

Got on our flight to Mykonos! It was at like 5:35 AM, crazy early. When we arrived at Mykonos, it was only 6ish AM, and this wind was SO crazy. Can you imagine, it was as if we were by the beach at night, and it was just so different from the super hot weather in Athens. This random lady even said to me: “Welcome to windy Mykonos” when she heard our exclamation about the wind! So it was still really early, and we decided had a nice breakfast at some cafe. After which, we dropped our luggage off at our hostel’s reception and headed for our day’s itinerary, Delos. While we were walking to the ferry terminal, we were so marvelled by the pretty streets and we kept stopping to take photos and admire the streets that we almost missed the ferry!

The first thing that came into my mind when we arrived at Delos was “this is a friggin’ barren land”, which was true! There were nothing but ruins on this small island, but it was an amazing sight. We followed the guide whereby she told us some history about the island and the ruins, and then we had to explore it ourselves. We trekked up to the highest point of the island in slippers. Can you imagine? It was crazy tired but so worth it. When we were on the way down, we kind got lost. But the fun kind of lost, haha. Headed back to Mykonos where our night activity was to party, but was so tired from the previous days and we just crashed for the whole night.

Day 3: Mykonos

Woke up early after some adequate rest from the early night, and visited The Windmills and Little Venice before we left the main square of Mykonos. I love how pretty Mykonos is, every turn is shades of white and blue. So beautiful I can’t even tell you enough. Afterwards we checked-out of our hostel and head to our next hostel: Paraga Beach Camping, and it was by the beach! Wasn’t time to check-in yet when we reached, so we chilled by the pool side where we met Hartley, this really nice Aussie that chatted with us and told us about his travel stories. Anyway, our hostel there was a mini tent which was kinda cute, but really hot. Our shared toilet was really clean, which I was so thankful for. We continued our day by heading to Paraga beach. The beach was really nice!!!! It has the clearest water I’ve ever seen and I was just so awed by it. Vania went snorkelling while I enjoyed my afternoon on the sun under the umbrella. At night, Hartley brought us to the neighbouring Paradise Beach. Party freaking starts at 10PM omg. It was SO WILD!!! I totally underestimated how people in Mykonos love to party! AT about 12:30AM, Vania was so high and we stumbled back to our hostel across this like a small road along the rocky cliff without any street lights. Next day, we were kinda amazed how we actually made it back. Thank god, haha.

Day 4: Naxos

We took a ferry from Mykonos to Naxos, and arrived shortly at 10.30AM. I think Vania’s and my first thought about Naxos was “where is everybody?” Seriously! It was a 180 degrees change of environment because there was literally less than 100 people on the streets. We then came to realised that Naxos is not a “popular” island for foreigners and thus free from the touristy crowds. Also, shops are only open early in the morning and late at night. In the afternoon, locals would be either by the beach or sleeping.

Anyho, we deposited our stuff in our hostel and headed to walk around. Had lunch at ‘Pizzadelia’ which sold really really awesome gluten-free food! We visited the castle, which was just an old street of Naxos. Very beautiful architecture but because of the long walk and crazy night at Mykonos, we were like too tired to appreciate it’s beauty 😦 We continued to walk around but there were no shops open, so we gave up and head to the beach near our hostel. The beach was very very quiet and it was just so different from Mykonos. Yup, we spent the afternoon complaining about how we missed Mykonos already haha. Near dusk, we chanced upon a super breath-taking sunset by the pier before dinner. The crazy us also actually climbed a small hill to visit Temple of Apollo after dinner (we were too early for the bars). It was a pretty nerve-wrecking experience! The walk to the hill was a stretch of road with the ocean by the sides. It was high tide then! We grabbed on each other like we were holding on for our lives hahaha. It was so pretty there at night, we just laid on the rocks to watch the stars. When we were heading back down, Vania sprained her ankle so we decided to call it a night.

Day 5: Naxos

We signed up for a day-tour which brought us around. Some sights were: Sanctuary of Apollo and Demeter, the incomplete statue of Dionysos. We also visited the local winery which offers Ouzo (a kind of citrus alcohol), pottery, the olive press museum which served super duper delicious Olive Oil cake and the Chalki (an old town). At night, we wanted to experience their night life, but was wayyyy too early again! We finished dinner (at Pizzadelia!!!) and pre-drinks and it was only 12AM, but the hype doesn’t start till about 2.30AM. Crazy right? Their bars are actually opened till 9AM!!! We gave up waiting as we were dead tired from the day tour, bought a crepe (best crepe we’ve ever eaten) and laughed all the way back to our hostel hahahaha.

If you’d ask me, I love Naxos because it’s so peaceful and quiet here. Very relaxing. 2 days here really helped me to be more laid back from the hectic city life. Not to mention that the streets of  the island is gorgeous as well. Food and accommodation is also more affordable compared to the touristy places.

Day 6: Santorini

We bid our goodbye to the hostel owner’s adorable dog and made our way to the ferry terminal to Santorini. Our accommodation at Santorini was downtown of Santorini at the Beach area. As we were on the bus to our Airbnb, my thoughts were “where’s the pretty Santorini we see in pictures?”, because along the way were all barren land and abandoned/rundown building. After checking in, we had a rather late lunch at Tranquilo (the bar owned by the same Airbnb owner). Food there was cheap and fantastic. I had a really big portion of Balsamic Chicken Rice. Currently drooling as I’m typing this hahah. So it was pretty late after that, and we decided not to head to town. We chilled by Perissa Beach, which is also known as the ‘Black Sand Beach’.

Day 7: Santorini

Vania signed up for diving while I made my way to the town (Fira). It took me really long to catch the bus, argh. As I reached the town, it was so populated with tourist, really. There was nothing much at Fira too, just expensive shops. I decided to have a nice lunch first as crowd is really not my thing. Had this plate of really good beef covered in tomato sauce! After lunch, I was being adventurous and trekked my way to the next town, Imerovigli. On my map, it says half an hour walk, but I think I took about an hour HAHA. It was uphill all the way, which was really tiring. View there is much better than Fira, but there was nothing there. Just expensive and pretty hotels. Admired the view for awhile and made my way back to Perissa beach for dinner with Vania and her diving instructor (Gareth). Gareth was really nice, he gave me a volcanic stone that he found underwater. Vania picked one up for herself too. We asked a lady that sells necklace to string it for us. Ahhh, so precious. Gareth’s such a crazy guy; lived as a fighter in Russia, a MMA fighter, travelled 64 countries by busking, got shot and got into many car accidents before omg. Somehow, his way of living really inspires me. He’s really free-spirited and does what he enjoys. Money cannot buy the vast experience he’s lived through. “Live in the moments”, he says.

Day 8: Santorini

We signed up for a day tour which brought us to: volcano, hot spring at Agios Nikolaos, island of Thirassia and Oia for sunset. The hike up the volcano was gruelling for us. Firstly, the tour group was so huge that we lost them several times. Secondly, the sun was super unforgiving. The volcano is dormant, thus we got to smell sulphur along the way. Honestly, I thought that it wasn’t a very good experience, as the view at the top was not very nice either…. we were like zombies when we returned back to the boat. Next was hot spring (which I didn’t go down, but Vania say the water wasn’t hot) and followed by lunch at a small island of Thirassia. We were then ferried to Oia, where we rode a donkey up to the cliff. The donkey person was so rude and I didn’t even manage to get a nice picture with the donkey 😦 Anyway, Oia is a more traditional town in Santorini, which is also the prettiest. However, it was still only filled with shops, hotels and a countless of tourist. Vania went to cliff-jump, while I spent my time in a cafe (lady was so unfriendly). We ended the trip by catching the sunset with a gorgeous view of Oia.

An item ticked off my Bucket list: Sunset in Santorini.

If you ask me, I would say Santorini is too overrated. Not as dreamy as what people say or in pictures. Just marketing gimmicks I would say. Naxos and Mykonos was comparable. Except that they are not caldera. Perhaps I would stay a day in Santorini just to catch the sunset in Oia, but 3 days was definitely too long, unless you’ll like to chill on the beaches like us. Vania did mentioned that the dive was good though.

Anyhow, I would just like to say that Santorini did show me something important: that destruction can create a beautiful mess too. Santorini is a remnant of the volcanic caldera, after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island for the last about 360,000 years ago.

Day 9: Athens

So we had this long search for our AirBnB. The apartment was damn far from the metro and we were lugging our luggage under the freaking hot sun. Can you imagine our frustration? After we final-freakingly reached our Airbnb, we just collapsed and had the sweetest nap till dinner. Shisha-ed and just talked and chilled by the streets at night. (sg y u ban shisha :(!!!) Streets at Athens are not as safe as the islands though.

Day 10: Athens

It’s our last day here in Greece, and I must have been really tired because I overslept for our walking tour oops. We made our way to a street with lots of cafe, we kinda happened to pass by this gem while going to the Acropolis Museum on the first day. Since it was our last day, we wanted to have a good meal. Sat down at Estia (we were completely sold by the guy after he mentioned all the awards they received from TripAdvisor) and ordered sooooo much food. We had Feta cheese, vegetable soup, Hummus, pita bread, Salmon and gyro (main course) and Baklava. Baklava is their signature dessert here in Greece, and it’s so good!!! I think we spent a total of about 60ish Euros just for lunch. Continued our day by shopping for souvenirs. I bought my very own pair of greek sandals from The Poet, the famous sandal-maker, woohooo!!! Damage was 40 euros though.

Our last activity was to visit the Acropolis –  Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike, but was swiftly chased down after awhile cause we went in kinda late. Before the climb, we were like saying our prayers because we had so much legs day for the past few days. Thank god it wasn’t hard to climb! We saw the Theatre of Dionysos on our way up too. We also saw other archeological sites, like the Arch of Hadrian, but only from bus passing by there hahahah fml. Again, Acropolis was really overrated to us. As it was pretty much destroyed during the war, it’s now under a major reconstruction. I feel that they kinda put too much emphasis on the reconstruction, that people could not enjoy the history of it instead. Also, there were barricades everywhere and we can’t go near the buildings. We ended the day by having our final dinner in Greece at the same street where we had lunch at. So emotional :((((

Departed from Athens on 1 July 2016

I can’t believe we made this insane 5-minute decision to go to Greece. By far the craziest and best decision I’ve ever made. It was like a dream-come-true. Eucharist polý Greece, you have been an amazing experience, one that I will not ever forget and will always hold closely to my heart. Thankful for the really nice and helpful people we met along our journey and thank you God for keeping us safe throughout this journey.

I hope my next getaway will be another incredible one. Let’s see where my wanderlust brings me. I do hope I will get more chances to travel to Europe though.

Till then.

Hello World,

Not a good time to post because I’m supposed to go out soon to celebrate grandma’s birthday, so I shall make this quick.

I’ve just returned from a 8-day trip to Malaysia, Cameron Highland > Ipoh > KL. We took a 8-hour train ride from JB to KL, followed by a 2-hour car ride to Cameron. It was a great trip with mom and dad, and dad’s friends. As you grow up, you’ll spend lesser time at home, thus time with family is always so precious.

I didn’t quite enjoy Cameron. Firstly because the weather wasn’t as cold as before. Secondly, it’s infested with houseflies. Thirdly, it wasn’t strawberry season yet when we arrived, thus the strawberries were sour 😦 I think this trip to Cameron really make me appreciate my living environment in Singapore more than ever. We don’t have to eat in a housefly-infested environment whereby we cannot stop swapping houseflies away and eat in peace. The food at the night market were also housefly-infested and you wouldn’t even want to think of buying the food. We also visited tea plantations, although I was hoping that we would visit opium plantation, as mom said she visited them years ago. But I guess they closed down haha.

(I am actually back from visiting granny)

Ipoh was a food haven. The food streets were filled with local delicacy that can’t be found here in Singapore. Although I kind of guess that food were better in Ipoh due to the stronger taste (saltier, sweeter etc) of the people there. I personally enjoyed their beancurd, fish soup beehoon and salted chicken!  We also visited Kellie’s Castle and a few of the limestone cave temple. However, there isn’t much to do there, so we were stranded at the hotel at 7.30pm for the 2 nights we were there.

I visited 2 of my cheer friends, Sandy and Weiliang in KL. KL was our last destination and we spent 2 days there. I think it was one of the best highlight, because I got to meet up with my friends I haven’t seen in awhile! They brought me around for really awesome food (nasi lemak, thick toast, pan mee, snowflake, burger, chatime), boy I was so bloated at the end of the day! We went for ice-skating, archery and shisha!! Had so much fun talking about cheer and our cultural difference, kept laughing and chatting about everything under the sun. How I enjoyed their company and I really really miss them so much right now!

Anyhow, I hope grandma will be okay soon. Guess what tho? YASSS, my macbook is finally here 😀 Excited for the next trip!

Till then.

Hello world.

It has been awhile. I haven’t had the time to update because my laptop decided to stop working 😥 dear laptop, you have served me well. Last 3 years of my poly life was partly a breeze due to you.

So recently, I turned 21.

And I thank god for everything that has happened in my life, all the good and all the bad that has shaped me to the person I am today. I’m really thankful that I’ve got so amazing people around me that loves and accept me for who I am. My friends, my family. I can’t be any happier and I just feel so contented :’)

Let’s start with the weekend before my birthday. Had brunch with Shawn, as I really wanted to try this gluten-free restaurant but it wasn’t open 😦 Nevertheless, it was still a good time. I’m lucky to have a guy best friend like him who’s always so supportive in my decisions, straight forward to keep my on track, but always there for me to rant my problems.

In the afternoon, #dontbeacareen had a little staycation at Studio M hotel where they surprised me with a really awesome unicorn-theme party! I was so surprised and overwhelmed, because after all, I wasn’t close to them before. It was only recently that we started hanging out, but they are really amazing people. They made me unicorn hat, made me a birthday cake made out of watermelon (because no gluten no dairy), surprised me with a pinãta and a hugeee unicorn balloon! I think that the best part of all is the really great company.

So the next day, we had a family gathering from both sides of my family. It was something I wanted because family is something that brought my through this 21 years of my life. Nothing is more important and precious than them. I am thankful to have such a tight-knitted family and I will not trade them for the world. As much as there is some unhappiness here and there from time to time, I know they always have my back. I know that when I need them, they will always be there. I know that when I am weak, they will be my pillar of support ❤️

Later that night, I also had dinner with Beaunice and Lina. The two girls that I have known almost half of my life. Though we may be busy and living our lives in different direction, but when we are together, it’s like secondary school all over again. Those times were the best time of my life :’) I don’t know what would I do without these gems in my life🙆🏼

On my birthday, ahtan and I embarked on a voyage to Batam. We made plans for 3 days 2 nights at Montigo Resorts! Best choice ever. I am so amazed at their service. Before our trip, they constantly kept in touch with me to make sure everything is well prepared and planned. During our trip, the staffs were so friendly and helpful!! Not to mention the buggy ride that is just a call away, there’s no need to even walk when you just want to relax 😛 After the trip, they made the effort to follow-up my feedback and kept in touch. Such good service, it was definitely worth the price and I will definitely want to be back!

Anyway, the 3d2n has been so awesome, so relaxing and just so chill! We went massage, pedicure, shisha, had so much good food, had so much fun in the sun.

Too zen 😌

Did I mention that that have A&W in their mall too?! WOOOOHOOO they had super awesome burger, fries and root beer float!!!

On the night before my birthday ended, I had a really great surpise!! I GOT ACCEPTED INTO UNISIM 🎉🎉🎉 God really have his ways sometimes and I’m thankful for it.

Time pass really fast when you’re having fun. Just like that, 3d2n is over and now I’m back to reality… NOOOOO 😫 bring me back to Montigo already!!!

I’ll end here for now, and update more frequently when my new Macbook comes (hopefully) heehee.

Till then!