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Not all that glitters is gold, not all who wander are lost

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July 2013

Santorini, not just in blue and white

I’ve actually heard a couple of people mentioned that Santorini is overrated and I was looking forward to checking it out myself.

Did I find Santorini overrated? Not really. Although I would have planned my trip differently had I known what I now know.

The best way to enjoy Santorini, in my opinion, is to get an awesome accommodation, one with an outdoor pool with a seaview in Fira and spend a couple of days just lazing in the pool and enjoying the view for most of the time.

Santorini could be overrated if you’re looking to explore and wander around (what I did) since that wouldn’t take up too much time plus it gets really hot in the afternoon (thus the need for a pool).

I did love these random kinda doors popping up everywhere.

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We took a 19 euros caldera tour with a local agency. Was choosing between including transportation or not and ended up choosing the latter cause someone wrote that going down to the old port of Fira on foot was an experience not to be missed. Absolute bullshit.

At least for me cause #1 I’m not a fan of donkeys and #2 definitely not a fan of walking down 588 steps covered in donkey shit.

Old port of Fira.

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First stop, the famous volcano/island Nea Kamani. More than 50 shades of grey.

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My mom and my sis with their bright green umbrella. A touch of colour when all seems grey.

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Stacking stones. This was super common in Laos but it was actually my first time seeing this in an european country. We ended up standing there trying to Google the story behind stacking stones but there were too many; prayers, a form of worshipping, a gesture of asking…

Regardless, I decided to join in by stacking my own stones. Hurhur.

Oh and seriously, how cool is it that we get 3G on a volcano!

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Overlooking Palea Kameni from Nea Kameni.

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Thirasia where we stopped for lunch and ice cream.

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It was a rather small and quiet island with a couple of abandoned shops/cafes.

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Quick stop by Oia for passengers to get down in time for the famed sunset. I find it interesting that on just one island, you could get 3 different coloured sand beaches.

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Blue and white up next.

Haji Lane in Singapore

Its kinda weird how people tend to see the beauty in foreign countries but not in their own. Singapore is just an island, yet after more than two decades of living in Singapore, I have not covered the entire 274.1 square miles.

Like this colorful estate. How is it that I have not seen this situated in the central part of Singapore.

Colorful estate in Singapore

Anyway, Haji lane. The hip place of today. A street filled with whimsical & quaint little stores, random finds and coffee stops.

My kind of road signs (and a handwritten sign in the background saying “strictly no dumping”).

Haji Lane in Singapore

A quarter of a Subaru parked outside a shop.

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What was once on the stairs “Fashion is what’s available, style is what you choose”.

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I thought this was a pretty interesting name for a shop.

Haji Lane in Singapore

Personally, I felt that the garbage bins kinda ruined the whimsical feel. It would be pretty damn awesome if the shops could decorate the garbage bins too.

Haji Lane in Singapore

In contrast with the repetitive malls in Singapore, this is definitely a breath of fresh air.

And that concludes my first post on Singapore. :)

Traveling must do(s): Put the lime in the coconut

I was going to write about songs and memories. How my most vivid memories are, more often than not ,connected to songs.

Anyway..

Even though I’ve never made actual plans to go to New York, I had known for a while that when I am there someday, I MUST take a yellow cab, wind down the windows, stick my head out and have the Empire State of Mind blasting in my ears.

Well, that was before my plane was delayed and stuck on the runway for four hours. Before I found out that I had to pay 108 bucks for a week of data (cause they only had this one single monthly plan). Before I joined the incredibly long queue for a cab. Before I got kinda frightened by the cab driver who slammed his hand on the seat constantly for no reason (frustrated at bad traffic?).

Yes I did blast the song, no I didn’t wind the windows down with my head stuck out cause we were stuck in awful traffic and it was raining. Speaking of which, it rained the day I arrive and the day I left.

But I do like this shot quite a bit.

Rainy day in New York

And this made me think of the galaxy far far away.

Traffic on a rainy day in New York

So, I was listening to a Hawaiian party song playlist on Grooveshark which had Put the Lime in the Coconut. Somewhat silly, but guess what, that is going to be my must do if I end up in Hawaii one day. Haha.

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