I've been wishing, dreaming and planning to climb that rock for two years! That photo finally is not taken from Google anymore, but taken by yours truly! So I took another weekend trip last month to a pleasant country, yes Sri Lanka! Here's our Sri Lanka getaway in pictures!
1. Sigriya Rock Fortress
Definitely the highlight of this trip. It is true that it's all about the climb. The summer heat didn't weaken my motivation to climb that rock! It was harder than it seemed in pictures! Imagine how the stairs are installed around the steep mountain?! It took us around 2 hours to get up and down. I can say this experience is a must as all the sweat and next day leg soreness was worth it!
Lesson: Don't ever ever ever skip your leg day!
Another thing that I loved here is that I was able to experience my first elephant ride! I'm telling you, it was not all fun. It freaked me out when the elephant started walking while we were on top of her praying not to have a bad fall!
3. Out & about
Getting around was easy for us since we have Sri Lankan friends with us the whole time. This fact also made the trip cheaper for us as our good friend tried to keep us from spending anything. Lucky us! I honestly didn't enjoy the food though as I am never a fan of spicy but Thank God there's KFC and McDonalds!
I'm always interested of how locals get by with their everyday lives. We were honestly in awe of the hospitality of the locals, most especially the family of our friend! Sri Lankans are undeniably polite!
4. Dambulla Temple - "Inner peace"
We visited Dambulla temple where you can find an enormous golden Buddha statue. It was already late when we got there so we weren't able to take nice pictures. I've learned that you can't enter the temple with shoes on, you must be barefoot now matter how rough the ground is!
Inner peace is a state of being calm in every aspect of your life. Finding their inner peace is like the "mantra" of Buddhist. They are firm believers of good karma which I personally think is the healthiest ingredient to live a meaningful life. Just like Po of Kung Fu panda!
5. Awe of beauty
Sri Lanka is overall an awe of beauty. Unfortunately we had a very limited time to explore the stunning beaches on the Southern part of the country. The sunrise photo we've captured below made me feel like we're in a safari in South Africa, which is one on my travel bucket list as well! Sceneries like this will just make you take a deep breath and thank your creator for allowing you to wake up with such natural charm!
The trip was not a change of atmosphere for us but rather a taste of home. The scenery and surroundings are as laid back as it gets. It made us feel like we visited a nearby province back home. This trip made us realize once again how a simple way of living can bring absolute happiness to your life!
When it snows, you have two choices: Shovel or make snow angels. Snow angels for sure! You can't imagine how thrilled I am to write about my first experience with snow. Apparently I was not able to, but anyways...
It was indeed a short planned weekend getaway in Northern Europe! Well, everyone's been going to Georgia lately because of it's breathtaking mountain views, cheap holiday packages and most of all, nearest place we can go to that snows! That was the main target anyway, a "bucket list" thing for all of us. We spent 2 full days with a friendly tour guide. I believe it's better to get a tour guide since it's a 2 hour drive from Tbilisi to Gudauri Ski Resort, it won't be comfortable enough if you don't have a private car. Well at least for me. I love long drives and driving to the snowy mountains was just way too cool for first timers like us!
One thing I loved about Georgia aside from our snow experience? Wine! There are shops with cheap wines everywhere. You will receive your first wine bottle at the immigration for free and you would probably go home with wines on your luggage!
We went to Chateau Mukhrani Winery which was an awfully beautiful place. The tour will give you insights of Georgian winemaking and traditions. Plus wine tasting!
Georgia is indeed a beautiful country that's worth a visit. For a quick weekend, we were able to visit several places like Jvari Monastery, Mshketa, Ananuri Fortress and more I can't remember the names! It was fun walking around the streets anytime and super safe! We were able to ride a cable car, drink "Cha Cha" (Georgian version of Tequila) which instantly put us into cloud nine, eat lots cheese, drink free wines and enjoy stunning views! I'm a lover of weekends and this trip is definitely one of the best!
So I felt like almost everyone had a glimpse of Singapore except me. It's a usual stopover before going home since its close and we don't need a visa to enter. Therefore I was thinking to do the same when I go home next year, but I'm indeed lucky that an opportunity came to travel there for a week! This is a very unexpected trip and it's only been 3 months since I went to Egypt. Life feels even more thrilling when you receive surprise blessings.
Unlike any other zoo, I was kinda impress as they have lots of animals (of course) but I mean lots of numbers of each kind. I'm not an animal lover but I definitely enjoy visiting zoos.
Marina Bay Sands
I was in awe when I had a glance of this fascinating hotel! I always knew that it's amazing since it is one of the landmarks of Singapore, but it's beauty was jaw dropping in person! The bridge and the Arts and Science Museum adds up a great view! I can spend the night there just watching the lights.
I love visiting museums as I love visiting zoos. Some find it boring to visit still artworks but I am an appreciator of those things! The amazing exterior of the building is enough to make you want to check the interior. It looks like a government house.
Time for Sentosa island! We planned to get up early but we woke up with heavy rain! Made me felt more like I'm back home. I always thought Sentosa island only consist of casinos and hotels, I didn't know it has a lot of fun attractions including a waterpark! I wish I had more time to try all of them!
Trick Eye Museum
Who is not a fan of optical illusions?? It's always cool to see optical illusions because it exercise your eyes and your brains while it fascinates you the whole time. Ticket price is totally reasonable!
And of course the one place I wouldn't miss!!! USS! I've been to Universal Studios in California way back 2001 and I was truly amazed. Knowing that there's another US just nearby makes you want to add it on your bucket list! Well what can I say, anyone would take pictures in every corner of it. You gotta have your power bank ready for your day in Universal!
Bugis street is a place for cheap finds. I always prefer bargain shopping, spend less, shop more!!!
At first I thought "hawker" was a name of a restaurant. Then I realize they kept calling different food centers as hawker. So hawker is how they call the open air food complex at the streets. As expected it was cheap and it was good!
Most of the commuting we did was riding the train which I am used to since I use the metro everyday to work. However I was kinda disappointed as the feedbacks I heard were overrated. Or maybe I just tend to compare with luxurious metro stations in Dubai.
One thing that made me happy about this travel is the chance to get together with my close friends who I haven't seen for quite a long time.