Jumping out of a plane

A couple of years ago I told myself, if I ever set foot in Dubai I am going to skydive.

Last month, that’s what I did.

Continue reading to hear a little about my adventure with Skydive Dubai.

Tickets booked, hotels booked and one thought kept bugging me. It is the promise I made to myself that I will do the dive. So I opened the browser, looked into Skydive Dubai and took the plunge. Simply because I do not want to leave any room for later regrets. After making the booking, I set the thoughts aside so I won’t spook myself. I do not have any phobia of heights but the thought of free-falling isn’t something I’m used to (of many of us!).

On the D-day, I was feeling the butterfly, anxiety whatever you can call it. Yes I am excited but since it is a novel experience I was nervous in all honesty. I was quieter than I am as the time neared for me to board the plane. Here, I would like to give a huge shout out to Skydive Dubai team. From the get go, the service was great. Registration and payment was straightforward and my funny instructor Carlos made the whole experience memorable. The instructions were easy to follow and most important part is just to hold my head high and smile. It was my moment. Not to forget Mr. T who was at my side for the whole duration giving me all the love and support. He is my rock!

When the time came, I went up the sky with 4 other divers, videographers and instructors. The moment I jumped, the fear left instantaneously and I was filled with adrenaline. I had a blast free-falling and at end of the free fall I was in awe of the view I get to soak in for about 5 minutes. Hovering above Palm Jumeirah with a greater view of Dubai city is still etched in my mind till this date. The word that dominated my sentences was ‘WOW’. Yes I ticked this off my bucket list, but what I took away from this amazing experience was the reminder that anything that is first always seems scary but it will eventually pass – leaving us triumphant against challenges.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post will inspire you to take the plunge to skydive!

And come join my on Instagram @mielyngrace. I look forward to seeing you there as well!

Xo, Mielyn

3 top things hiking can do for you

Hi everyone!

I was looking at my old photos and saw some that invoked soul enriching feeling. It was my photos from hiking at the Black Forest.

This trip was a surprise from Mr T last Autumn and we stayed at the amazing Hotel Traube Tonbach. Though the highlight was in fact spending a couple of days in this marvellous hotel, the pinnacle of this trip for me was our hiking day at the Black Forest.

I love a hike. But hiking in the chilly weather sort of made me taken aback for a bit to be honest. However, it did happened and I don’t regret it one bit. In fact, this trip made me go for a winter hike without any hesitation.

Now the good part, what does hiking actually do for you?

3. It gives you a breather. There’s something about fresh air filling your lungs, it exhales away the hustle and bustle of our busy busy life. You get to know that hey, there is clarity around us when we actively look for it.

2. It reminds you of the beauty we of Mother Earth. When you hike, especially when it is a long one, you tend to actually open your eyes and your senses. You get to know that hey, you become aware of the things that are actually around you.

1. The most satisfying part of what hiking can do for you. It reminds you of your ability. All the good stuff we often forget we have in us: Perseverance, patience, agility, sense of adventure, sense of wonderment. All in all, that CAN DO attitude. You get to know that hey, I am alive and I could be the best version of myself.

Hiking is a great activity. Schedule it in all season. You might just receive the inspiration that I did.

With love,

xx, Mielyn

Tap into your inner child and build a snowman

Hi everyone, hope everyone is having a great Saturday. 🙂 I was doing some reflection this morning and I would like to share one of it to you guys.

About a month ago, I experienced my first full snow. Everything looked like a beautiful white canvas, which I painted with lovely experiences. As a person who enjoy hiking, hiking in the snow was a completely new adventure leading to something remarkable – tapping into my inner child and building my first ever snowman.

On that day, building my snowman brought nothing but child like curiosity and determination. In the end, I was marvelling at my creation. My snowman was named Rocco. Although he might not be there anymore the next day, he will live in my memory and will always remind me of the joyous fun I had for the rest of my life.

I work with children day in and day out so my inner child is always triggered and it gives me some sanity in this at times insane life. Many times children show us how to de-stress and it is up to us to use that give we all have inside us. My snowman is one of my example, the ‘snowman’ could be anything in life that came out of sheer curiosity and wanting to live in the moment just like children do.

How often do you build your snowman? How often do you tap into your inner child?

Till next time,

xx Mielyn

Breakfast in a museum makes you feel very special.

Good evening everyone!

Hope you guys are having a good week. It is Friday!

When I was doing my research on Vienna for my trip last December, breakfast was an important component. My aim was to search for special places to load up on early morning. Basically to start the day with the highest gear. And I found the perfect place.

Kunst Historisches Museum Wien.

It perfectly complemented our museum run day. The interior is simply stunning. I was there with Mr T at 10am when the cafe starts operating. We were basically the first people there and it was great to take some nice photos without being in other people’s way. 😉

The cupola hall where the cafe was located was magnificent and packed with comfortable sofas. You have a choice of ordering their breakfast set or create your own combinations. I say definitely go for the set. I feel it was the best start to our day viewing the collections and exhibitions in the museum. Be sure to be there early as the crowds do get in around 11ish.

Hope this post inspires you check out the museum and this amazing cafe.

Thank you for dropping by! 🙂

xx, Mielyn

For the best view of Munich, I say climb up

Hello everyone! Hope you guys are having a good week so far. 🙂

It was my first time visiting Munich in December and scrolling through my photos I thought of sharing a place where you could get the most amazing view of the city. I remember feeling very content and extremely thrilled because of this place.

It requires 306 steps climb up.

Standing at nearly 300 feet tall with an impressive view of the city is Alter Peter, in other words St. Peter’s church. Climbing this won’t be an easy feat with narrow gaps at certain spots and big holes between the steps where you can casually see three stories down (if you easily feel dizzy, I suggest not to look down). However, when there is a will there is a way.

But hey we need to work hard for the best things in life. So girlbosses and manbosses out there, work it to earn it.

My advise is please do not stand at a spot for ages because there will be unhappy people around you mumbling under their breath. The viewing platform can be quite tight for people to move about, so be more aware of your surrounding. Other than that, soak in the view and enjoy every moment of it!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Winter night + Vienna = Romantic

Hello my lovelies!

It is Monday evening and I’m sitting here reminiscing my time in the beautiful Vienna city. Vienna is beautiful during the day but it is breathtakingly beautiful at night. The Christmas lights, Christmas markets, smells of food and the general laidback vibe just invites you to indulge in the festive spirit even when there is an overwhelming crowd. Some might argue that horse cart rides are totally touristy but doing it in Vienna, snuggling under a cosy blanket in the winter night, going around the culture rich city is something different.

Winter night + Vienna = Romantic

And I have just the right photos to set the mood and reset any mood on this Monday evening.

Signing off with my two horses (Sultan and Forgo) inviting you to head to Vienna for your next trip.

Thank you for dropping by my blog!

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

You do You in this new year

Hello everyone!

2017 has come and gone. Now 2018 is rolling as fast as it could. Last two weeks of December I had my first winter vacation with proper chill and snow and all that jazz. It brought me (well Mr T did) to Vienna and the breathtaking Kitzbühel. Although I was wrapped up like an onion, I certainly had the most amazing time.

The snowy landscape was beyond me and thinking of 2018 brought me back to it.

Here is my thought on how to tackle the new year.

‘Life has so much to offer when seen with a growth mindset. The new year is just like a beautiful white snowy canvas. It is up to you to colour it with your dreams. And most importantly, work for it.’

Have a great new year everyone! I will be back with more post on my travels. Till then, be you, be awesome.

Thank you for stopping by!

xx, Mielyn

Independence Day

Hi everyone!

It has been almost two weeks since I came back to London. I am still reminiscing about Malaysia. It was such a great trip. One occasion that had made the trip so sweet is that I get to experience our Independence Day celebration after a long hiatus. To be honest I can’t remember when was the last time I was back home during Independence Day. The whole vibe on that afternoon was amazing. People from young to old gathered with full of energy, blowing their vuvuzelas. The whole street was lit up by the community’s spirit and zest. Despite the blazing hot weather, I can’t help but feel proud of the country. It has come very far and still striving for the best. Every place has its fair share of positives and negatives, I believe Independence Day is a day that reminds us to focus on the positives and charge forward for a greater existence. It applies not only to a country but to each and every one of us.

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

Outfit: Zara jeans, Zara slip on, Zara long sleeve ruffle top.

 

A mini photoshoot

Hi my lovelies, happy midweek!

I have just started full-time job on Monday and gosh it had been busy everyday. I am trying to create a nice routine for myself. Mid week is just as busy but it is nice to crave a bit of time to write blog post.

As you know I spent 3 weeks back home and during that time I sneaked in a quick trip to Singapore. There I visited some of my very good friends and one of them happen to be a talented photographer. I am very lucky to have friends with varying talents. My friend Danny did a mini photoshoot at the Victoria Concert Hall and near Singapore River. It was just a casual shoot but I was definitely stoked with the result. I would like to share some of the shots he took with his beloved Leica. Enjoy and I will see you again this Friday with #pickabookfriday series!

OOTD details:

Uniqlo v-neck grey top, Zara jeans, Ted Baker heeled sandals, Daniel Wellington watch

Photo credits: @dannyimson

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn

Home is where the tummy is extra happy

Hi my lovelies! Hope all of you are doing well. Apologies for being away for quite a while. I was off to an extended holiday back home in Malaysia and sort of had a laptop break. Now I am back again in London and slowly getting into my usual routine.

Home. It is not that straightforward for me to define. London is my home because I’m based here with my loved one. Home is also Malaysia where my family resides. Both are near and dear to me. However, when I talk about the Malaysian home one thing comes straight to my mind other than family – FOOD. Food here is heavenly. Period. I credit the rich taste of Malaysian food to the diverse cultural influences we are very much proud of.

For me Home is where I look forward to so much for the love, carefree way of living and knowing there is happiness for the soul. In this blog post, I would like to reminisce the gastronomic delights of my home that time and time again never fails to uplifts my spirits.

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Do visit Malaysia, the place has a charm that will get you.

Till next time,

xx, Mielyn