Holiday Inspiration

Gilis, Indonesia

This week I got the dates for my summer holidays finalized. Because I have a new job, I only get a 6 day holiday, but combining them wisely with my shifts, I managed to get 12 days off. That’s already a good “time-out” of work, and of course a great chance to go somewhere. 😉

My summer holiday won’t be until the end of August, but I guess I could already start planning it, to make most of the twelve days. The question is, where to go? Somewhere cheap but nice? Somewhere when I can lay on the beach but still do and see stuff when I get bored? Right now I’m thinking Croatia or Greece etc. But a holiday by a lake in a cottage in Finland isn’t totally out-ruled yet either…

Some inspiration from previous travels from recent years. On my holiday, I wouldn’t mind sunny weather and this kind of views!

Miami Beach, USA

Miami Beach, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Santa Monica, USA

Nice, France

Nice, France

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, USA

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Nha Trang, Vietnam

Bali, Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Masaya, Nicaragua

Masaya, Nicaragua

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Bali. Got to love the sunsets over there!

Gilis, Indonesia

Gilis, Indonesia

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Shopping & Sunshine Prices

After we left Vietnam, I’ve been suffering from this personal money crisis, because everything feels so expensive after the dongs. The fact, that no money is coming in to my account, but more and more is going for travel and accommodation expenses on this long journey, is like turning the knife in the wound. Not to mention, there’s no endlessly room in my bag to carry new stuff so I can’t buy much anything, which increases my shopping-depression. So I decided to cheer the shopaholic in me up, by writing about the all the possibilities I can’t always grab.

Hoi An in Vietnam is a place where you can get everything tailor-made. Had we stayed there longer, I had probably ordered every other dress I saw in my size...

Even the Vietnamese prices felt sometimes expensive though and I didn’t spend that much. (I’m actually a bit proud of myself, of how well I have been able to resist all the temptations. :)) There I usually ended up picking the meal in the restaurant that was 40 000 dongs, because the one that was 60 000 (1 euro is about 26 000 dongs) felt so much more expensive. Funny. After we left the country I realized how little everything really cost.

What comes to shopping I reached my personal paradise in Singapore, on Orchard road where there is hundreds of ways to spend all the dollars. For me the ultimate shopping-heaven though was Forever21 (Now my mom probably does oh-noes back home, but don’t worry, your credit account remains still intact.), clothing store I first came to know in the US, and have been fanatical about it since. It’s a must sight, if I travel to a place where it exists.

Wisdom in the Orchard roads shopping center in Singapore.

Not to underestimate shopping in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam also have a lot to offer. What is great in Asia, is, that you’ll probably find anything you need, by just standing on the beach or on the street. That’s a downside too though, because many times you’ll end up buying something even when you don’t want to. My weakness are the bracelets they sell around beaches… The hawkers usually offer everything from manicure and massage to mangos. The prices they might ask are sometimes ridiculous though, even they say it’s a special “sunshine” or “sunset” price depending on the time of the day “just for you my friend”. And always, tomorrow it will be more expensive. So good bargaining skills are needed. My style is to act cute and innocent when I hear the price, for example “Oh, I would have bought that for 10 000, but now I can’t”. Sometimes in the end the price has come down 80 percent, sometimes only 30. Sometimes I’m left empty-handed.

On Friday we fly off to Kuala Lumpur. Well see how tight the strings in my purse stay in Malaysia…

Life’s totally a beach at Bali

Last few days have been interesting because we’ve seen so different places. Sunday we spent in buzzing Ho Chi Minh City and in the historical Cu Chi tunnels (those tunnels have been actually enlarged for tourist but are still soooo small. Got to give some credit to the soldiers of Vietnam war and really start considering dieting…).

Todays tourists have a hard time fitting into Cu Chi tunnels.

Monday and tuesday we spent, ah, in so air-conditioned and clean Singapore.

The Singapore-view from Marina Bay at night is quite impressive.

And now, finally we’re in Bali, which feels like a mixture of Vietnam and Singapore. Most delighting thing is that people speak pretty good English, and you can actually have conversations when in Vietnam we got mostly sharp “Yes” or “Nooo-no-no-nooo”. What’s great too is that for the first time during this trip we can stay still for a while and might actually sleep in the mornings, with no worries of catching a bus etc.

Dogs like to hang out at Seminyak beach too.

The only thing I have to stress about now is the unfinished homework for school for sports photography. There seems to be no games or matches anywhere here. Guess I just have to hang on the beach few days and catch some pics of surfers… Luckyly beach and surfers are probably the easiest things to find in Bali.