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ROVANIEMI, FINLAND : MY SANTA CLAUS SAFARI EXPERIENCE IN LAPLAND!

“If you live an ordinary life, all you will have is ordinary stories.”  Those were the sharp yet truthful words of  Aurora Lane, played by the stunningly gorgeous, Jennifer Lawrence in the movie, the Passengers. So here’s a rundown of my extraordinary experiences from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland! Why travel to Finland? I am a 40 year old kid who’s…

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MY 2016 TRAVEL MEMORIES FROM 38 CITIES IN 14 COUNTRIES

It’s never been the volume of destinations but the random experiences, the priceless learning about the world and myself, the few strangers I met who became my friends, the travel memories to cherish, and most importantly, the kind of person I’ve become after each trip. Although in retrospect, I know my wanderlust has been extremely…

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FOG BLANKETED DUBAI SKYLINE

Winter is upon us here in Dubai! We’re thankful that we have been experiencing cooler mornings and longer nights. And what a way to usher in the winter season sans snow is through sighting of thick and fluffy fog that blankets the impressive Dubai skyline! Although this thick fog may cause zero visibility for several…

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INDIA IN 50 PHOTOGRAPHS

India Gate, New Delhi. Butter Chicken, Butter Naan & Indian rice. I love Indian food seriously. My travel buddy, @gelothebear (follow him on Ig). Walk, camel ride or a motorised tricycle to the gates of Taj Mahal. Ticket booths to Taj Mahal in Agra. Namaste. Good morning from Agra! One of the entrance gates to…

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GASTRONOMIC FEASTS AT DUSIT THANI DUBAI

It’s easy to narrow down my personal favourite themed restaurants located within premier hotels in Dubai. If it’s authentic Thai dishes, it has to be Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine, hands down! Located at the 24th floor of Dusit Thani Dubai, Benjarong Thai restaurant has never ceased to be amazing! It offers satisfaction not only to…

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HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHENGEN VISA TO FINLAND & ESTONIA FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Yes, folks. I am ecstatic to report that after 3 weeks of waiting, I finally received my 3rd Schengen visa granted this year! And yes, despite the validity was only limited to the duration of my travel, I am thankful beyond words for the chance and the blessings to travel to Finland and Estonia for…

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19 HOURS IN MILANO

Last July 2016, I took a 2-week-break from my expat life in Dubai, UAE and boarded a 6 hour- flight via Emirates to Rome, Italy. Finally, I gave a green light and a strong nod to a lifelong dream to set foot and experience Italy even for 14 days only. I could have opted to…

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VENEZIA : A DREAM TRAVEL DESTINATION

I was half-awake when I yawned at the sight of my window. While pulling myself up from being seated on a slouched position, I saw apparition of speed boats instead of cars on laterals of my train. What used to be visible solid roads and tracks from Firenze became fluid, where boats float and birds fly over!…

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FIRENZE, ITALY : MY FIRST (BUDGET) TRIP TO FLORENCE

The strong scent of leather from various bags, jackets, belts and shoes that are being sold in the night market validated that I was still in Italy. I rolled my luggage down the cobblestone alleys of Florence as soon as I alighted from my 2-hour-train ride from La Spezia Centrale in Cinque Terre to Stazione di…

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LIGURIA, ITALY : MY TRAVEL TIPS, RANDOM THOUGHTS AND REGRETS IN CINQUE TERRE

It was Tuesday, right after breakfast, when I left Hostel of the Sun in Napoli, following my pleasant 3-night-stay there. Mr. Sun was up, and Italian summer was scorching hot last July 2016. Playlist on my earphones. Scenes that I saw in Rome and Vatican City that past week flashed before my eyes. With my…

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