Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Reminiscing Our Honeymoon in Italy 13 Years Ago

When we went on our honeymoon 13 years ago, we had very little money in our pockets. Our entire honeymoon (including expenses) was sponsored by our very generous relatives as part of our wedding gifts plus a little bit of savings from our very frugal wedding

To ensure that we could have a relaxing trip without the need to plan anything (planning the wedding was already exhausting enough!), we booked a Switzerland-Italy tour with a tour agency that is no longer in operation (though I'm still friends with our tour guide on Facebook; power of social media 😀). 

We spent the first half of our honeymoon exploring the very scenic and beautiful Switzerland, one of my favourite countries in the world to visit.

I realised I never did a follow up on the next half of our honeymoon where we explored the historical Italy! 


Milan (Milano)

We left the fresh air of Zermatt in Switzerland, home of the Matterhorn, and travelled to our first Italian city, Milan, the fashion capital of Italy. 

We visited the Castello Sforzesco (the brown building in the picture below) but to be honest, I had no idea what it was or its significance because we were so young and not as well-informed as we are now. Nevertheless, it was a really beautiful place. 


My most vivid memory from Milan is buying my first ever luxury bag from a Gucci store in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the MBS of Milan 😊


I still have the Gucci bag I bought till this day; it's one of my very treasured bags 😍


Be sure to try to spot Leonardo Da Vinci Statue in the vicinity, yet another prominent landmark in Milan 😊

Leonardo Da Vinci was part of the team that designed the famous Cathedral Duomo di Milan, the white gothic-style cathedral in the picture below.  


The cathedral was really unique and lots of intricate details were added as you can see! 
 

Venice (Venezia)

The next morning, we headed to Venice! You definitely cannot go to Italy without visiting Venice, the only city in the world built on water. 

We took a boat ride that brought us around the city so we could see it in a different light. 


We passed by the famous canals and the Bridge of Sighs, the white bridge in the picture below surrounded by loads of advertisements at that time due to renovation work. 


This picturesque sight (sans the adverts!) was what we came to Venice to see! Super beautiful!

One also should not miss visiting the Piazza San Marco and St Mark's Basilica, the other equally famous Venetian landmarks. 
 



Loving the beautiful architecture and soaking up the energy of the crowd!

Our tour guide brought us to a Glass Blowing Factory where we got to watch a demonstration of how they made their glassware. 


Although we really love the glass pieces, we were simply too broke to have afforded them. Instead, we decided to wander around Venice and take more photos of the area. 


I almost bought an Hermes wallet but decided against it as I found it 'pricey' (it was about SGD500 then, which was pretty pricey when you're broke)! On hindsight, I should have gotten it because the price of Hermes has gone up by so much!! Anyway, we bought souvenirs instead, the typical touristy thing to do 😅


Florence (Firenze), Tuscany

The next day we travelled to Florence, the capital of Tuscany, a region in Italy. Florence is considered to be the birthplace of Pinocchio!

We visited the Santa Maria del Fiore, yet another cathedral, this time with an iconic gold door.


We also explored the streets of discovered many canals and statues.






Look at us, so young and carefree (but broke 😅)! And admiring the 'rolling hills' of Tuscany!

We also stopped by the very famous Statue of David by Michelangelo


We ended the night with a Tuscany dinner.


Life is good! 😊


Pisa, Tuscany

The next day we visited another very famous landmark located in Tuscany, the Leaning Tower of Pisa!



The actual building itself is smaller than expected but well it's a big tick on my bucket list! 😁


Siena, Tuscany

We visited Siena next and at the time, I have never heard of Siena to be honest. We visited the Cathedral of Siena, which to amateurs like us look to be similar in style to all the other cathedrals in Italy.


We also spent time exploring Piazza del Campo, the most iconic location in Siena.



The scenery was so beautiful! Definitely one of the reasons to visit Italy!


Rome (Roma)

The last place we visited was Rome, the home of the Vatican City. A local tour guide brought us around and introduced us to the different landmarks in Vatican City. Of course, you can't go to Vatican City without visiting St. Peter's Square!



Some key landmarks to look out for include the Basilica di San Pietro aka St Peter's Basilica, which was built by architects including Michangelo, and Obelisco di Piazza San Pietro (the obelisk below).



We also walked to the Arch of Constantine, a triumphant arch dedicated to Emperor Constantine the Great (of course I googled this, I'm not a walking history book!).



And last but definitely not least, you can't go to Rome and not visit the Colosseum



Oh yes, and the Fountain of Trevi!




It looks nicer in the pictures than in person but it's a must-visit at least once in your lifetime to tick off your bucket list! :)

Finally, we ended the day with some free time at the shopping streets near the Spanish Steps.



Of course, I had to buy my first LV bag from their store in Rome! It was a Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 at just S$800+! You can't buy a speedy at this price anymore! I use it all the time and to this day, it is one of my favourite bags of all time!

That was such a memorable honeymoon for us! Really can't wait to travel to Europe again! :D

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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Littlest Girl's 3rd Birthday

My Littlest Girl turned 3 this year! How fast time flies!!!

The lucky birthday girl had 3 cakes that day!

One in school where she celebrated with her classmates. I'm thankful that she is doing well in a preschool that is well-suited to her.


One beef 'cake' at home from her daddy, who knows that her favourite food is beef steak!


And finally of course, her birthday cake with us! I got lazy and just decorated it simply with her favourite Hey Duggee characters.



Thanks to all the grandmas, aunties and uncles for your lovely ang pows and gifts!




She really enjoyed her birthday, especially this Baby Shark ice-cream cake 🤩

At 3 years old, my baby girl is starting to talk a lot, albeit less clear than her older sister at that age. But she makes up for it with her dare-devil attitude to try new things and amazing climbing skills (she definitely climbs with the ability of a 5-6 year old)! I'm definitely bringing her rock climbing once she is old enough 🤭 

She also loves pink (like mummy) and is very opinionated, as expected, about what she wears, eats or does! She loves to dress up but hates to take pictures. She'd only pose (unwillingly too if I might add!) for a photo if she is: 1) in a good mood or 2) threatened/bribed by this mummy! 😅 

Her favourite Jellycat is the rabbit and her current favourite toys are the many unicorns she has inherited from her sister, who had outgrown her unicorn craze (now my tween is into k-pop!). When she is sweet, she is sickening sugary sweet, but when she is nasty, oh boy, she is fiesty! But well, that's my girl hur hur 🤣

Happy birthday my darling! 
Mummy loves you no matter what! 😁

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Another COVID Christmas in 2021

This is the 11th year documenting my favourite season of the year! Not sure how many people will read this post but I'm still gonna document it for memory sake ☺️

Since our old 10 year old tree has reached the end of its life, we said goodbye to it last year and bought a new tree from Mason Home Decor. I love that the leaves look so realistic! This year I also had an extra helper to help set up the tree!
  

It's like a must for me to put up Christmas decorations all around my house during the Christmas season. It really lifts your spirits and puts you in a good mood!

This year I also did my own wreath using simple materials I bought from Daiso.




With the house all decorated, we were ready to welcome guests to our home!


I also made use of Christmas as a good excuse to buy myself a Christmas gift, a Lego Mosaic of me and the hubby via the Mosaic Maker at the Sentosa Lego Store.


The kids ended up having more fun than me piecing the whole thing together! Love it so much!



December is also when we would celebrate my mum's birthday and we decided to treat her to Paul's at Tanglin Mall, one of our favourite restaurants.


Since we're out and about, we might as well take loads of pictures with the beautiful decorations by the malls! Yet another annual tradition!



We also headed to Jewel as I had some Singapore Rediscovers vouchers left and wanted to utilise them at the Manulife Sky Nets.

I really love to take pictures at Jewel! It's such a beautiful place 😊



Before heading to the nets, we had lunch at the famous Burger and Lobster. It was good but of course cannot be compared to the original Burger & Lobster that we had in London.

However, the beautiful view from the restaurant absolutely made up for it!








After lunch, we headed to the Manulife Sky Nets by going through Jewel Canopy (the Sky Nets were located within Jewel Canopy). We visited in 2019 pre-COVID so it was nice to visit again, this time all decked out in their Christmas theme.



There were 2 types of Sky Nets, Walking and Bouncing. We read reviews that the walking nets were really boring so we decided to skip that and went straight to Bouncing.

You need to book a slot and wait for your turn before you can enter as they regulate the number of people inside.



You can see the whole fountain from the highest point, which can be pretty scary for people who are afraid of heights. It's cheap thrill for the rest of us! 😂




It looks way bigger from outside though, because once inside, it was actually a very tiny area with not much to do! Our slot was 1.5 hours but we got bored after just 20 minutes! We ended up finding a nice corner and hanging out together for the rest of our time on the nets!


It was an experience but once is more than enough!

We also checked out Rainforest Lumina held at Singapore Zoo at night. It featured light displays on the empty enclosures while the animals were at the Night Safari.






It was quite cool to explore the Zoo at night! We even bought a souvenir to support our local Zoo 😊


We always take the opportunity at the end of the year to soak in the celebrations.

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