I have been flying in and out of the country 3 times
in the past two weeks and I am honestly feeling..
It is like half of February has gone by
and I am still stuck in post CNY mode.
Like I said...confused.
Bewildered. Lost. Out of sync.
That said, I loved the getaways and the freedom of doing nothing.
The days spent wandering about doing nothing much,
planning what to eat next..ahh, the pleasures of a holiday.
I have to thank YC for the impromptu Phuket trip cos he just went ahead and booked it,
probably intending it as a surprise,
but found himself telling me way in advance cos I actually had a wedding lunch to go to. Ha.
Left to my own devices, I wouldn't have anything planned for Valentine's
cos we agreed a long time ago that we have been there and done that for the flowers & dinner route.
I may not look like it but I am a horribly unromantic person.
I have bad planning skills, I can't hold in surprises
(I spent the week before Christmas begging him to ask me what present I bought,
before wailing into my pillow that I am not supposed to say)
I usually have nothing planned for the special days, birthdays, anniversaries.
He is the one who goes around booking surprise staycations and holidays
and telling me randomly, almost as an afterthought,
YC: "Eh, tomorrow we are having a staycation."
Me: "WE ARE?! SINCE WHEN?! WHERE. WHO. WHAT."
-goes off to sleep-
We have a pretty dysfunctional relationship.
But i have been told opposites attract and I seriously think that is the case for us.
Phuket was soooo good though.
Mainly because all I did was to laze around, read a book,
dip in a mini-pool, snack on seaweed chips, eat some more,
visit random places for cheap food, watch TV and sleep.
It was WONDERFUL.
I felt like a giant slug after 2 days of doing nothing
but I was so happy :)
started the trip with new nails.
I am usually a red or nude nails person so much so
that my manicurist knows the exact shade of red or nude I would either use.
She was stunned when I asked for nail art.
I think I made her day.
we checked in at Westin Siray Bay mainly because I think YC
is aware of my obsession with their White Tea Aloe body lotion. Haha.
we had a gigantic coconut tree in front of our balcony
and a mini pool. Mainly for me to dip my toes in when it gets too hot
reading under the sun (despite the coconut leaves)
We spent the first day doing nothing much but exploring a nearby shopping mall
and its huge-ass supermarket.
I LOVE supermarket shopping in Thailand.
There is so many things you can get and they are all so cheap
and I can't stop myself.
-inserts starry eyes emoticon-
started day 2 with breakfast.
I was feeling a tad guilty with all the snacking so I wanted greek yoghurt and fruits.
This ended up as part 3 of my breakfast, after eggs, hashbrowns and pancakes.
we then took a bus to Phuket town to explore the cafes.
Pity most of them were closed cos it was Sunday and it was really hot
so we popped into the first air-con, wifi-friendly place we saw.
we then wandered off elsewhere to have this amazingly fluffy soft banana cake with ice-cream.
I have a love/hate relationship with desserts that come with ice-cream.
I get so worried the ice-cream would melt before I finish the whole thing
that I practically shove the entire dessert into my mouth within 3 mins
then wondered if I ate anything at all.
the view of the sunset from our room.
It was gorgeous.
No photo can do it justice, really.
And being the adventurous (and ambitious) little buggers we are,
we touched down in SG, went to work,
and flew off to Taipei that very next day.
All within 24 hours.
It was a long planned trip with YC and my BFF
(I know, I know, people are mildly disturbed by our threesome holiday,
more so when I tell them we all stay in the same room but.. that is not the point)
Taiwan's convenience stores are amazing.
The drinks selection alone can make me weep with joy.
Everything just looks so damn good.
they even have roasted sweet potatoes!
I love sweet potatoes.
I love them so much, I go to every Family Mart I see
and scan around for the best looking potato to buy.
We arrived in Taipei really really early and couldn't check in,
so we whittled time away either at the hotel lobby napping,
or popping out every few hours or so to find something to eat in XMD area.
I also lost count of how many bowls of lu rou fan we had throughout the trip.
went to Shilin night market and saw this machine full of Totoro plushies,
it made me laugh.
They reminded me of Buns. Fluffy, furry and slightly dumb looking. HAHA.
had this 1000calories (or so) potato that was breaded, deep fried,
topped with ham, pineapple, corn, brocoli, tuna, bonito flakes and what-nots,
drenched with piping hot nacho cheese sauce.
Paid a visit to Jiufen and Pingxi the next day
for some tourist-y things to do.
with BFF Mella of 15 years and counting.
We survived each other for so long!
bamboo scribbles at Pingxi station.
Randomly, I glanced around and the first one I saw was dedicated to Super Junior.
I told Mella and she gave me a half suspicious look as if I wrote it.
I swear it wasn't me.
If it was me, it would have been solely dedicated to Donghae.
wrote our wishes on mega sky lanterns
and sent them up to the sky.
caught this beautiful sight on our plane ride back and I think,
I can't wait to go on another trip :)
Lastly, no blog post is complete without my slew of #ootds
so let the fun begin!
we celebrated V-day a bit earlier with date night,
in a LBD and some red lippie.
and had dress down Friday with flamingo shorts!
top (h&m) // shorts (mango)
bundled up in layers for cold weather
inner shirt & embellished knit (topshop)
always wanted a bright red coat.
coat (aforarcade) // striped dress (missypixie) // shoes (charles&keith)
made my crop top cold weather-friendly by layering it over another dress
striped crop top (zara) // basic black dress (topshop) // boots (taiwan)
the weather got much better just as we were leaving. Bugger.
inner shirt (topshop) // tartan dropwaist dress (missypixie)
and my most recent outfit - was feeling ultra glam that day cos it was YC's 30th.
off-shoulder top (missypixie) // printed splatter skirt (zara)
Apologies if you have already seen most of my photos on Instagram (@passionade)
but I really do update more frequently there!
Now off to perform bunnymama duties
(ie, rubbing bunny cheeks and saying stuff like, "oh you pretty little girl!"
Basically, sounding like a complete idiot.)
have a good weekend peeps!