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Everyone deserves a holiday especially after hard work. My husband has been flying around very often and I’m so glad that he made it happen as he planned for everyone including my in-laws. It was also baby Terena’s second trip to overseas.
We spent 4 days and 3 nights in a stunning villa called ‘Villa Mandalay’ with full services boutique. There are 7 bedrooms, private pool, entertainment room, the spa areas, and also the living room areas with a bar etc. The best of all, it has a beautiful view of traditional rice terraces and the ocean.
And this is my favourite spot.
The next day was even better. Because baby Terena went into a pool for the first time and we could easily tell that she LOVED it. Baby happy, daddy and mummy happier.
So much fun, so much laughter, that moment.
More relaxing moments with a bottle of Indonesia beer and good foot massage. I recommend you guys to try their massage not manicure/pedicure.
Thank you for the great time and good services. Also, thanks to sweet my father-in-law who bought this rose for me on a Valentine’s day. My mum&sis-in-law got one too.
A lucky girl I am. Looking for more great time with a big family.
Happy new year everyone. May all the loves and great things be with you and your positive attitude always. Time flies so fast. How I wish I had appreciated those times with the loved ones so much more.
Anyway, here is another post on my previous Italy trip.
Florence was my next stop after Rome. It was supposed to be quite long drive from Rome to Florence. But thanks to my husband. We got to our destination faster than we expected. This city will probably make the shoppers happy, really happy. I seriously went crazy shopping for designer goods over there. Their collections are much newer compared to what we have seen in Singapore, and most importantly, they are also cheaper. Prada and Salvatore Ferragamo stores are much bigger there compared to the other cities in Italy I went to. Other than shopping, I also enjoyed the good seafood there! It’s much better than Venice, Rome, and Milan.
I was staying in Ferragamo Family-owned Hotel called Lungarno suite. This hotel has the most comfortable bed!
Tourist areas 5 minutes walk from a hotel. Very convenient. There are many restaurants with good views as well.
Strolling around after our lunch.
And then we went for a BIG time shopping at THE MALL! Less than an hour’s drive. (apply to how fast my husband drives)
I did not take many photos of this place as I wanted to concentrate on my shopping alone. They have all the designer brands I was craving for.
Another happy shopping day. More than satisfied. My last post on italy trip will be coming up soon. I save the best for last.
Without a doubt, Venice is my favorite city in Italy. There is only little things I dislike about Venice, and too much to love.
True that, the Venetian canals in the summer can be quite stink and there is no way to avoid it if you want to see the true beauty of Venice. Also, heavy crowds and all the pigeons might not make this city sound like the perfect destination. But despite all this, I still put Venice as one of the best city I’ve ever been to so far. I find it romantic, relaxing, unique, small yet rich in history.
And I’d say that was the highlight of my italy trip.
I took the water taxi from a train station to the hotel we were staying. I got to see many great views along the way and it was such a good first impression.
It was a really bright day.
We reached The Westin hotel approximately in twenty minutes. The hotel’s dock is right on the Grand Canal and water taxi is the best way to arrive. I find The Westin in Venice is so much better than the one in Rome. Or maybe I just personally prefer Venice more than Rome.
Check out the view from my hotel room. Tell me… How could I not love it?
I wouldn’t want to waste anymore time in the hotel room so I quickly got myself refreshed after showering and moved on to next exciting moment.
a Gondola ride, a beautiful song.
Some gondoliers will sing to you in Italian or play a musical instrument during the gondola ride which you often need to pay extra for such service but it will be worth it. When I heard them sing the very first time while I was crossing a small bridge, I paused immediately to listen and look at how happy they were.
In fact, everyone in this city seems so happy and enjoyable. It really felt like a dream to me at that moment, a very sweet dream.
Only if I could sing an Italian love song.
Locks of love on Accademia Bridge
This is where the lovebirds write their names on a padlock, attach it to a bridge, and throw keys in the river. This act was inspired by a bestselling romantic novel, I Want You (2006), by Federico Moccia.
Taking a short break.
My energy boost after a long walk would be this glass of Lemonade with Gelato sorbet! So refreshing. Gelato in Singapore can’t compare a tiny bit with what I had in italy seriously. I think I spoil my taste bud.
This little bird wanted his shares too. I’m glad I managed to get this shot.
And we continued walking.
I spotted this along the way. What a good sense of humor. “OPEN SOME TIME” hahaha!! Love the ideas.
Should I say this person is being lazy or creative?
Shopping was next. I wasn’t tempted by luxury brands when I was shopping in Venice. It will be another story if I’m in Milan or something.
Venice is uniquely famous for their local crafts and other unique stuffs such as Venetian glass, art sculpture, marbled paper, nice watercolors or oil painting of Venetian scenes, and of course those carnival masks that caught my full attention.
Venetian carnival masks.
They are so unique and detailed in designs with a long history behind those masks. How they are made and what’s their origin. Isn’t it interesting?
So I bought some back of course. The mask is quite bulky but definitely worth my luggage space. How often do you get to see such thing right? Do take some notes and be more careful when buying these masks. They do sell fake ones as well. But it’s not difficult to tell the difference by looking at all the details. Here’s what I got.
Masquerade Eye Mask, 30 euros.
I also bought “I love Venice” T-shirt for myself and some postcards for loved ones. Shopping was fun but it was not how I wanted to end my day in Venice. Because the best thing to do in at night is actually…
a nighttime stroll
There is not much in terms of nightlife but it’s more about going on a nighttime stroll where I can soak up the atmosphere and do some photography along the way. It was pretty quiet at night and I got to see many beautiful spots without the crowds.
Back to the hotel after 2 hours of strolling.
and relaxed ourself for an hour in the hotel bar soaking up the night view before moving to the next city tomorrow morning.
One day spent in that small island-based city was good enough for me to appreciate all the good things they have. Would I ever go back there again? My answer is yes, obviously. I wonder what it’d be like to spend another holiday over there, but in the winter. Actually, it would be a great idea to bring my parents here as I’m very sure they will like this place like I do.
It’s true as they said about this romantic city. Thank you Venice for your beauty.
Sweet love.- nira
The collection of Patek Philippe chronographs exhibition took place at the Alkaff Mansion on May 24, 2012. It was specially for privileged guests to get up close with their historical timepieces and chronographs collection which were flown in exclusively for this event.
The evening started with a welcome speech and presentation by Mr Thierry Stern before the unveiling of chronographs collection, then followed by a dinner and cocktails.
With Philippe Stern.
I’m wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA white gown.
Inside the Chronograph Cube, the historical (from the mid 19th century) to modern timepieces were displayed.
Another pleasure experience was when the watchmakers activated the chimes for the guests to listen to the unique sound of Patek Philippe called “Minute Repeater Sound Chamber Cylinder”.
It was great to be a part of this exclusive event. I’m looking forward to another one in the near future.
-Continue- We took one day to cover most interesting places in Rome and. And did I mention that the weather to me was terribly hot? But it didn’t matter because I enjoyed myself. A water bottle and a map helped a lot too.
There is so much to observe, absorb and experience in Rome. So, here’s more places we went in late afternoon.
Colosseum – Anfiteatro Flavio
The greatest invention of the Romans and still the main landmark of the Eternal City. It was built about 1920 years ago by the Flavian emperors. We paid 12 Euro each for express entry.
A Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome, and the most influential building of ancient Rome. Below is my most favourite shot in Rome.
Outside the temple.
I was not very excited to go there at first but it ended up being one of my favorite places in Rome. You will like this place if you like seeing old ruins. If you don’t then you probably shouldn’t visit this attraction. I could spend hours here imagining what it used to look like.
Definitely a place for photography.
After a long walk (6-7 hours), we went back to hotel, The Westin Excelsior, to freshen up and get ready for our first dinner in Rome.
Dinner was at The Mirabelle, a refined restaurant in central rome. It located at 7 th floor of the Hotel Splendide Royal in the Via Veneto (10 minutes walk from The Westin hotel). This restaurant has a great view, good food, and professional services.
My day ended with a nice romantic dinner just like that.
It could be tough to finish up a list of all the random positive things about Rome: history, culture, Romans, architecture, ancient ruins, art, sculpture, shopping, cuisine and etc. But you know what is the sweetest thing about Rome? It’s simply just being in Rome, and even better with your loved one.
Guess what’s the next city? Be back soon with more beautiful shots.