Month: December 2018

My Favorite Moments of 2018

My Favorite Moments of 2018

Another year flew by, and this time I felt like it flew by faster than all the other years. I looked back through my photo archives and was at awe at everything that has happened in 2018. I think it’s always good to look back 

Bali with Sharon Pieksma

Bali with Sharon Pieksma

It was by chance that Sharon Pieksma @sherpieksma and I met in Bali. We were both visiting the island for Feny’s Fashion Event and staying at the same hotel (Brown Feather Hotel, which was a beautiful hotel by the way). She is one of the 

Green Elephant Sanctuary | Phuket

Green Elephant Sanctuary | Phuket

You can’t just go to Thailand and not visit an Elephant Sanctuary.

During the last day of our Phuket trip, we knew we had to check out an Elephant Sanctuary while we were in Thailand. Luckily, Green Elephant Sanctuary was near Dream Hotel, in Patong. We made the reservation the morning of (luckily they were still taking bookings) and was picked up by one of their vans in a couple of hours. The price wasn’t that bad, about $75USD. It was totally worth it though! We didn’t know what to expect since it was our first time, but the guide gave us an overview of the history of the sanctuary and of the terrible conditions elephants had to go through everywhere in Asia.

Finally, the guide introduced us to the main residents of the sanctuary. We were all able to get up close and personal with them, and they let us (as long as we gave them food). Jenn (@jennleezy) gave them all hugs!

We had a tour of the compound right after. There were locals that took care of the elephants full-time by living next to them, and their families have been taking care of elephants for many generations. Then the fun part: mud bath! You can get wet and help clean up the elephants. Or you could stay dry if you’re not in the mood to get wet and muddy.

Afterwards, they get a nice shower session!

The entire experience was very memorable! So worth your money and time. You’ll never get this experience at zoos! This whole session took about 3 hours, so it doesn’t take up your entire day. You get a nice lunch afterwards (and it was amazing authentic Thai food)! Thanks for dropping by!

Dream on at Dream Hotel Phuket

Dream on at Dream Hotel Phuket

Our last stay in Phuket was at Dream Hotel. Hotels are way better for those that don’t like walking quite a distance just to get from the lobby/parking lot to their rooms. Everything is within range when you just want to walk out of your 

Best Stay Ever: Hyatt Regency Phuket

Best Stay Ever: Hyatt Regency Phuket

After Bali, we decided to visit another tropical destination since we were already in Southeast Asia. Our next stop was Phuket, Thailand. At first it felt a little bit like Bali, but with less wandering stray dogs and Hindu temples. We did feel the Thai 

That Villa Life: Hillstone Villa, Bali

That Villa Life: Hillstone Villa, Bali

We had the opportunity to stay at the Hillstone Uluwatu Villa (@hillstonevilla) during our trip to Bali.

It was in the southern tip of the island, so it was away from the tourist craziness and thankfully a lot more peaceful. I actually was able to sleep without any street noise or screeching creatures during the middle of the night. The views from our villa was amazing since we are just a couple of minutes away from the beach. The villa is incredible, we were amazed at how huge the property was! We all had our own rooms, and each room was very spacious. The service was phenomenal, we’d call for something and they would be at our door in no time. Jenn @jennleezy and Cora @lovemicorazon definitely enjoyed their time as well. If you’re looking for a more relaxing experience in Bali, Hillstone Villa is the place to be!

Welcome to our Villa, 3309!

Getting some sun. It rains less here since Uluwatu is further away from the rainforest/mountains. So expect a lot of sun, beach time, and tanning sessions.

Be sure to request flower petals ahead of time so you could fill up the pool. In reality, we were only able to fill up a portion of the pool, we wished we knew to request ahead of time.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Being extra in #Bali at @hillstonevilla with @lovemicorazon @jennleezy @theasia.collective

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The sunrise. It’s so calm and peaceful. Especially when everyone is still sleeping.

The beds are Instagram-worthy.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Views around the villa. I only wished I had more time to swim there. That’s also where we got food for breakfast, buffet style! Can’t complain about that. I have to complain about the heat though, but that’s another story.

Snapped some of the cool things I saw at the lobby. That rhino sculpture is so awesome! Thanks again for dropping by!