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Adapting to foreign cultures during travel.

Every time I visit a different country (not as often as this phrase would have you believe), I love to experience what its local culture has to offer. Beyond the touristy facade, there lies a grittiness or a less-than-romantic perspective to each country that isn't...

Creating daily.

  I've always pegged myself to be a creative person. While it is a tad ironic that I majored in the sciences for a good part of my younger years, I have since discovered that writing and art give me way more joy than crunching numbers and scientific...

A girl can dream – my travel wishlist for 2018.

  Now that 2018 has begun, it's time to think about the different places I could potentially explore within the next 12 months. Mind you, it is a wishlist and it would be nigh impossible to visit all these places given the budget and leave constraints. But dreaming is...

Tchau 2017 and hello 2018!

    Once again another year has flown by and a new one has arrived. Every time a new year begins, I get all excited thinking about the endless possibilities and the things that I want to promise myself I will do. But quite frankly, each time I've hopped on the...

Viseu, so difficult to get to.

I happened to visit Viseu some time back for the purpose of running an errand. Little did I know that my journey that began at 7am in the morning would finally end at 11.30am in the afternoon. Oh. My. Word. Viseu is smack in the middle of the northern half of Portugal...

My love affair with Japan, almost 6 years on.

    I was browsing through my catalog of photographs and stumbled upon my old photos from Japan. I'd taken two trips there in total. Once in December 2011 and another in March 2012, only a few months later. Visiting (and perhaps even living!) in Japan had been one of...

LXFactory and true friends.

There are times when you go through difficult situations in life and nobody quite understands. While there are people who have gone through the same thing that you have, you are unique and your perspective is different. So it was with me the past few months. I was...

So… somebody gave you their two cents.

Life is hard enough to navigate as it is on your own. Between a plethora of well-meaning opinions from people around us to online articles that aim to educate and mass media that suggests our ideal lifestyle, we are inundated with thoughts from...

The minimalism bandwagon.

One of the things that intrigues me about the whole minimalism movement is the fact that it has its basis in intentional living. You know, the idea that you live conscientiously and intentionally, making every single thing count. Truth be told,...

Castelo Branco.

As its name suggests, Castelo Branco is a quaint little town that's pretty much stark white (branco means white in Portuguese). There were two main attractions we were interested in which prompted our little day trip. One was the famous Jardim do Paço and the other,...

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