Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Secret Lagoon & Lake Kerid - Day 4

We checked out from The Garage...Feeling sad already.

Uncle Siggi was so kind to come out and waved goodbye to us.

Secret lagoon. the water is clear. way too clear. My feet frozen when I walked out from the bathroom to the pool! yuckssss...what an experience! the water is so warm that I don't feel the -5 degree!!!my head is cold though.

Windy windy Lake Kerid!
Part of the Golden circle. 
yes, that's us. the strong wind is too strong. As if, I'd be blown away!!!~ I don't know why they charge 400ISK per person.

Fossatun Guesthouse!!! Checked in!~

Star Gazing...Nature trailers...Day 3

It's getting colder...windier....
but we still woke up extremely early for starssss

The clear skies gave us the opportunity to see numerous shooting stars.

The sky is filled with stars.

Psalm 8:3
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place

I see beyond the universe... in my heart, and I silently wished I could see the northern lights!
Stunning view from the hilltop in Vik

Day 3 - Black Sand Beach, Vik, Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss

Even the cemetery is more beautiful than ever.

found a gem just outside of our apartment!

black black sand...

The legendary Skogafoss!! We managed to climb to the top!
some parts of the water were frozen

icy roads and slippery...

My favourite spot! sitting in the middle of the road, on the way back from Vik

too bad.... Seljalandsfoss is too windy...we could only take the picture inside the car. my hat flew off when I tried to get down from the difficult!

Here's a cozy place. My favourite stay in Iceland, the Garage! should have stayed here forever!

Have to go to Skogafoss restaurant for dinner! hunt for northern lights!

and true enough!!! we saw northern lights at 7.30pm! 9.30pm, and 10.30pm!!! awwwww..... I wish I had a better camera to capture the lights!

I'll never touch it again. Minke Whale salad

Reindeer meat too >.<

I thought the restaurant has great review. Sometimes you cannot get the best of both worlds.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Iceland! here I am! Day 1 and Day 2

Day 1 at Reykjavik

It was indeed a memorable experience cuz I haven't seen snow in years!!!

It was -1 outside, and the sunrise is 11.22am. Reminds me of why I'm in Iceland again - to see the Northern lights!

We went to HallgrĆ­mskirkja church, a place filled with Christmas seasons feelings....

Strolling along the streets

So already hungry by 12pm!
but we only managed to find a proper restaurant at 1pm. Geiri Smart

I ordered Crackling Pork

Starter: Greek Yoghurt

Wendy ordered Duck leg confit

Dessert: Ris Ala mande (so sour!!!)

It's getting chillier with more snow coming down. It's time to head to The Garage Studio Apartment!
it's about 2 hours drive from Reykjavik!!!

Pleasant surprises from The Garage!! I'm loving it!

Itinerary for Day 1

Day 2 at Vik & Diamond Beach

Here's to more epic road driving experience

More than a scenic drive could offer!

Road is slippery, windy, blurry...

We drove more than 3 hours to Diamond Beach!

But we didn't feel it because it was way too epic! the scenery was breathtaking and I was so so amazed by the creation of God! Awwwwww.......

How could it be.....

it's interesting to see this big cubes of ice just laze around the beach...haha...just like that...

Nobody could have imagined how challenging it was for us to take those photos!!! the wind was blowing so strong that my hands, face, toes were freezing!

Despite how challenging and tough, we still had to smile into the camera!

Then here's what amazed me further!!!

those floating ice...I wonder how they were formed. insane! the blue colour and's truly beautiful!

Day 2 Itinerary

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lombok & Gili - 4 girls trip 2017

Arrived really late at Lombok International airport. We spent only 300,000IDR on airport transfer, about 2 hours drive to Anema Resort, Gili. I think it's a pretty decent price.
It's so funny that we got a free upgrade to a suite with private pool because the receptionist made a mistake. I like Anema Resort a lot because it is really quiet.

Lots of amenities, facilities but I didn't have the chance the explore their spa. I like the fact that it's an ala carte breakfast so we can order lots of food and lots of freshly squeezed juice, from 7am to 10am.

I tried their canoe. It is fun and could see some corals with some fish swimming under. But it's too hot..... the sun rises at 6am which makes 7.30am canoeing a super bright and sunny one. Canoeing is freeeeeee.

We spent a long time in out own private pool because it comes with Jacuzzi!!! I really needed a break and just chill.... Anema Resort is a nice place to chill and it's not very expensive.

We went to Bukit Meresek (I think that's how it's spelled), the waterfall place and dinner at Senggigi. a whole day tour like this costs 550,000IDR. A private van with a driver drove us 4 around.

I really love the nature! so much endorphins, we climbed the stairs, did a bit of trekking, did a bit of picnic, and feet soaking in the super cooling natural mountain water. Did many we-fies and we gotten our tour guide to take photos for us. we spent 420,000IDR (inclusive 3 spots and motorbike) for the entire waterfall trip. We paid for motorbike cuz we don't want to tire ourselves out and it saves us time! we need to rush to Bkt Meresek for sunset!!! cuz sunset is happening at 6.10pm!!!

So in short, our 5 days Lombok & Gili trip itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Checked in Anema Resort at 10.30pm
Day 2: Breakfast at resort, soak and swim in private pool, Outdoor trip - Waterfall, Bkt Meresek, seafood dinner at Senggigi
Day 3: Canoe at resort, soak in private pool again, checked out and depart to Gili Trawangan, checked in to Scallywags, lunch at The Banyan Tree, cycling, chilling and watched sunset at Malibu Beach Club (Gili T), dinner at Le Petit
Day 4: Snorkeling from 8am - 1pm, lunch at The Thai Garden, visited Scallywags Spa, dinner at Scallywags BBQ restaurant
Day 5: Chill at the poolside for breakfast, checked out and headed to the airport

I think I spent about RM1500, inclusive of everything, with spa and minimal shopping.

Quite a decent trip, though I doubt I would come back again. I would prefer spending RM1500 at some other new places for my own exploration and expedition.

Gili Air

At a hindsight, the people in Lombok are generally helpful, friendly, and they are simple minded (in a good way).
I had fun over the five days. I love the pictures that we had taken because the sun just made them extremely beautiful.

Sunset at the Malibu Beach Club, Gili T

I never thought sunset could be that fascinating but Bkt Meresek view was spectacular. It really one of those highlights.

Well, not sure if anyone would be reading my blog but it would be helpful if I list down all the expenditures for reference. maybe it would be helpful for my friends who are going to Lombok and Gili.

Expenses all in IDR (over 4 pax)
Airport transfer to Anema Resort, Gili - 300,000
Waterfall entrance and bike - 420,000
Picnic at waterfall - 50,000
Dinner at Senggigi - 772,000
Day tour driver with private - 550,000
Speed boat transfer from Teluk Nara to Gili T - 400,000
Snorkelling package with private boat - 1,000,000
Lunch at the Banyan Tree - 210,000
Dinner at Le petit - 212,000
Drinks at Malibu Beach Club - 280,000
Airport transfer from Teluk Nara - 300,000

I would think Gili T is really a must visit place. The water is so clean and clear, the sea is just wonderful. It's nice with nature and for a chilling sensation. I don't mean the weather because it's too sunny and hot but I meant the mood and tone of the place. many many tourists of course, a good place for sightseeing and cycling.... but not so good for the air cuz it's really dusty, with the kereta kuda swaying here and there......
taken in front of The Banyan Tree

Got stung by small jellyfish when we were out snorkelling. Thank God those were just small rashes and it heals within hours. Thank God!!!

I was feeling really nauseated... for whatever reason so I puked in the ocean...yikes...the fishes must be so happy to have food to eat....

Good bye!!!!