I used to be the girl who extremely afraid of wearing colors especially those refulgent ones. Afraid of the bright colors might not complement my skin tone and make me look extremely odd. But, after some experiments, I started to embrace colors. As long as you team it with the right color, BAAAM you’ll look great! Recently, I’ve been obsessed with the color combo of mustard yellow and black as it gives off the Spring/ Summer vibe. Besides, yellow is seriously a happy color that instantly enliven your day!
Mustard yellow has been making its entrance to the runways since last Fall and it continues to dominate the Spring/ Summer runways as Yellow is one of the on-trend colors in 2017. Ranging from bright lemon yellow to mustard, you are sure to find the perfect shades that look good on you!
For this look, I wore a mustard yellow ruffle long sleeve top. Since the top is quite sheer, I wore a cami top underneath. Then, I team this top with my trustworthy pair of black mom jeans. To add a splash of edge, I added a black leather statement belt featuring studded detailing. I finished off this look with a pair of black mules and carry a burgundy shoulder bag.
Outfit Details:Top: H&M, Jeans: Topshop, Belt: Mango, Bag: Charles & Keith, Shoes: Charles & Keith
“Style is a deeply personal expression of who you are, and every time you dress, you are asserting a part of yourself”
Japan has never been in my travel wishlist even though my favourite cuisine is Japanese food (pretty ironic isn’t it). However, I am absolutely glad that I’ve paid a visit there with my family last year. Japan does not disappoint me, in fact it exceeded my expectations. The food, the people, the architecture, the culture, — it was bliss. I’ve visited Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto during my trip, but I’ll be breaking down the content into 3 different articles. So, if you want to check out those posts, stay tune!
1.Visit Osaka Castle and Nishinomaru Park
Osaka’s monuments really don’t get any more iconic than this majestic Osaka Castle. It was surrounded by breathtaking Nishinomaru Park, which happened to be a great spot for Hanami during the Cherry Blossom Season (I wish we went there a week early to catch those beautiful scenes!) Osaka Castle park is free so make sure you stroll around, you can even have picnic there.
The castle opens it’s doors at 9 am and the park surrounding the park is open all to the public at all times. It will cost you 600 Yen to go inside the castle.
Don’t forget to grab the delicious Matcha ice-cream while admiring the Osaka Castle!
2. Go Kuromon Ichiba Market
If you are a hungry soul (like me) craving for mouthwatering fresh seafood, and street food, you must not miss this market which has more than 190 years of history and tradition. There are tons of shops (approximately 150) selling food from sweet to savory.
Food to try:
Grilled Scallop, Tuna Fish, Sashimi, Takoyaki, White Strawberries
3. Shop until drop and Eat all you can at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi
Going to Osaka without making a stop at Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi is like going to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Shinsaibashi Arcade is the premier shopping area in Osaka. Around 600 meters long, it’s filled with trendy boutiques, retail chains, and luxury department stores. Whether you’re looking for Japan designers’ shops or international brands, you’re bound to find what you love here! When you walk into this open area and see that large Glico man sign. That’s when you know you’re in Dotonbori. The giant Glico Man is Dotonbori’s most iconic landmark.
Food You Must Not Miss In Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi
Ichiran originated from Fukuoka offers Classic Tonkotsu Ramen from the 1960s. It is an extremely popular ramen place in Japan even the locals will queue up for their ramen! I can literally have this every day, it totally taste different (in a good way) with what I had in the past!
Ever since I had my first burger and lobster experience in London, I will not miss any possible chance to have a bite of it, and I’m glad I did.
Pablo which originates from Osaka as a takeaway cheesecake shop has attracted long queues for its signature “Rare/Medium” cheesecake. Recently, Pablo have even packaged its products as Osaka souvenirs targeting at travelers.
Authentic Japanese Street Food
When in Japan, eat Japanese food (including their delicious street food) as much as possible. Don’t lie, you’re going to miss the authentic taste when you’re back home.
If you enjoy the adrenaline rush or want to reminisce your favourite movies’ characters. Universal Studio can never be wrong! The prior reason I visit USJ is of course the sake of Harry Potter!
Make sure you grab yourself a mug of butterbeer! I had the frozen version and it tasted like caramel root beer! I swear it is soooo good! There are few rides which are extremely enjoyable. For instance, Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey (duh! even though it’s in Japanese version, I still enjoyed it a lot!), Hollywood Dream Backdrop (utterly thrilling), The Flying Dinosaur (if you have a strong heart make sure you go for it despite the long queue)!
5. Visit The Convenience Stores!!!
You might be thinking am I serious? Why include convenience store in a travel list. Trust me, you’re gonna thank me later when you find out how much you get to save while getting yourself some delicious meals and snacks. There are three main stores name you should know, which are 7-11, Family Mart and Lawson Station. You can literally grab so much things here, ranging from light breakfast (sandwiches), to bentos, coffees, beers, and ice-creams!
6. Grab Great Deals at Rinku Premium Outlet
If you’re a shopaholic, or wanted to grab cheaper designer pieces, seek no further than Rinku Premium Outlet which has more than 200 brands including some of their local brands.
Make sure you grab the discount coupons at the information counter to get some further deductions.
If you are planning a visit to Rinku Premium Outlets, you can plan it on your Day 1 or your last day since it is located so near to Kansai International Airport.
If you’re not aiming to shop, I still recommend you to drop by Rinku Town as you get to see the breathtaking city scape from this huge Tempozan Ferris Wheel. You can even visit the Marble Beach to catch sunset.
I hope this travel guide comes in handy if you plan to travel Osaka!
Do not hesitate to leave me your questions, or better tips!
“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul”
Ruffles were having a BIG moment in 2016 and the game is still going strong this season, which I am absolutely thankful for as I’m definitely the “rufflemaniac” who just couldn’t get enough of ruffles.
If you have come across fashion weeks, or trend reports you probably notice that it is difficult for us to find a fashion runway that didn’t feature a little bit of flounce. So, if you’re still hesitate whether you should get your hands on, you should definitely give it a try!
Last year, ruffles were widely to be seen on dresses or chiffon blouse, but this season they were presented in unusual fabrications such as sweaters, leather skirts, or even the on the classic button down shirt.
Ruffles have the tendency to be feminine, romantic, and a little bit dressed up. For this look, I’ve decided to combine the eye-catching statement piece (ruffle button down shirt) with a basic (skinny jeans) to create that perfect balance. To inject a sense of edge, I wore a statement belt, and carried a chain crossbody.
The ruffle button shirt – I fell for this ruffle shirt at first sight and decided to purchase it for my graduation. This white button down shirt is versatile as you can easily dress it up and down depending on the occasion. And thanks to its ruffles and small cutout detailing on the back, this elevated button down shirt is definitely an eye-catcher and balances between being basic but yet a statement piece.
If you love beaches and tropical climate, Koh Lipe which is also known as the Maldives of Thailand is definitely the hidden treasure you won’t want to miss. With crystal clear turquoise blue shorelines that fade into white sandy shores, you can’t help but to fall head over heels!
I went there during October, which is nearly the end of non-peak season. If you prefer to have a quiet walks on the sand, intimate dinners and have the sea all to yourself, then off-season travel is utterly perfect for you. Most important thing is you get cheaper hotel rates.
This is my 3 days 2 nights stay in Koh Lipe – The Noi Guesthouse. I have a marvellous experience here! Great service, delicious breakfast served, comfortable and clean room and most important is they do provide complimentary shuttle service! (definitely a big plus point).
Koh Lipe is a small L-shaped island which consists of three major beaches: Pattaya Beach (south), Sunrise Beach (east) and Sunset Beach (west).
Pattaya Beach is the longest (1km) and busiest beach among the three beaches. The area gets crowded the whole day, as it is also where the tourists line up for their ferry boats, immigration, and of course swimming and sunbathing . At night, Pattaya beach is also famous for its nightlife as most of the restaurants and bars operate until late night.
Sunrise Beach (Haad Chao Ley) which is my second favourite beach has a long (approximately 800m) strip of white sand bordering a wide shallow bay. If you love sunrise, trust me you’re going to love here. Besides, sunrise beach is also perfect for long walks, yoga, kayak, and snorkeling.
Among the three beaches, SunsetBeach (Haad Pramong) is the smallest and kinda off the beaten track. It gives off that chill and peaceful vibe which makes this beach my ultimate favourite! In addition, if you have a huge thing for sunset like me, sunset here is going to sweep your feet away!
Aside from visiting beaches, you must not miss The Walking Street which connects the Pattaya and Sunset beaches, and known as the beating heart of Koh Lipe. The Walking Street has almost everything you need there. Ranging from the authentic Thai restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops to Thai Massage. Everything here is fairly cheap as well! You can enjoy a delicious seafood dinner and it costs you way cheaper than you imagine.
Things to Do While You’re in Koh Lipe
Rent a kayak
Sea kayaking around Lipe is a great way to enjoy the tranquility of the sea and explore hidden snorkeling spots and see the island from a different perspective. Prices start at 100 baht per hour or 300 baht per day.
Watch Sunrise and Sunset EVERYDAY
This is the best free thing you must not miss in Koh Lipe. If you are on a day with good weather, you probably have the chance to see the most memorable and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. Hence, do it like us and make both a ritual and important parts of the day.
***Tips: For the sunrise, go to the southern end of Sunrise Beach where the sun appears right next to Koh Usen islet. For the sunset, head to Sunset Beach or the tip of Sunrise Beach next to Mountain Resort are great options.
Go Diving / Snorkeling
You’re in a beach paradise, so why not seize this opportunity and go for diving and snorkeling to explore the underwater world.
Indulge Yourself with Thai Massage
The best thing to do on a relaxing trip is to indulge yourself with Thai Massage. I would suggest getting a Thai massage your first day on Koh Lipe as you shouldn’t be sunburnt yet. If you have sunburnt skin, try to avoid it or opt for the aloe massage as it will help to heal the sunburn and provide cooling effect. Massage prices are pretty fixed throughout the island, and its cheap!
Walk the Walking Street and Have Some Food Hunt
Like I’ve mentioned, walking street, the heart of Koh Lipe has numbers of restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops. So make sure you take a walk and try out some of their authentic street food. Make sure you remember to grab roti mina, and some coconut ice-cream!
The best thing to do in Koh Lipe is to enjoy the idleness and do nothing!
“The World Is A Book, And Those Who Don’t Travel Read Only One Page”