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

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

Blue Boat House

Hello my lovelies, how is everyone doing?

I usually post on Mondays but I missed yesterday. I finally submitted my MA dissertation and decided to take the time off. Literally to chill out and not doing anything. 🙂 I am currently packing my bags and I am very excited to have an extended holiday visiting family and friends back in Asia. Exciting things are planned and one of it involves a staycation with my girls. Just thinking of it makes me so happy. That’s what besties do huh, raise our happiness level to a height you feel like you are basically on cloud 9!

Looking forward to our get together made me reminisce our last holiday in Perth. Perth was great because of the girls. However, Perth was also great because of its lovely charm. The laid back vibe is just something else. One particular place I would like to share with you guys is the Blue Boat House.

Another name for it is the Perth Crawley Edge Boatshed but commonly known just as the Blue Boat House. It is a very instagrammable spot and I couldn’t agree more. The Blue Boat House is surprisingly easy to get to from Perth CBD. We took the Transperth bus no.950 and the ride was about 20 minutes. Since it is located just off the road (it is to your left while driving along Mounts Bay Road heading towards Fremantle), taking the bus is the easiest. Have your google map ready and while you are reaching the destination you will easily spot the boathouse. For those who are driving, it will be slightly difficult to get a parking slot because there is no parking bay for you to stop. However, you can drive ahead for about 500m and turn left into the Perth Dinghy Sailing Club. We were lucky to have the whole boathouse to ourselves and we stayed to take photos after photos till another group popped up. Trust me, if you want to take your pictures in peace do go early. The last thing you want to do is to take your shots awkwardly while have many pairs of eyes staring at you.

Take a look at the boathouse and you would want to make a trip yourself the next time you are in Perth.

Hope you are inspired as much as I am!

Till next time lovelies,

xx, Mielyn

 

 

 

 

 

Forte dei Marmi

Hi my lovelies! Hope everyone is doing great and started with a bang this week.

I am in the process of completing my dissertation this week and I can’t wait to start packing my bags to go visit my friends and family in Malaysia and Singapore. Thinking about it makes my heart warm and acts as an incentive to finish my task well. For me, travelling is the one of the top inspiration to work hard.

You work hard now, you get to play harder later.  🙂

As I was thinking about my next trip, I was reminded of the trips I have made so far. Wherever you go, you gain such good memories. That is one of the beauty of travelling. So in this post, I wanted to share with you guys a place I visited two summers back in a #throwback fashion.

Forte dei Marmi

italy_3You probably never heard about this place. To be honest I didn’t associate this place when I think about a holiday in Italy. But trust me, going to this place is worth it. We drove from Germany, passed through Switzerland to get to Forte dei Marmi. It was a 10 hour drive but it was definitely the most mesmerizing drive I have experienced.

Forte dei Marmi is an enchanting village of Versilia along the Mediterranean Sea. It is actually one of the most known and trendy seaside resort in Tuscany. However, here you won’t see the sight of tourist as you would in let’s say Rome. When I stayed there, I was pretty sure I was one of the handful from Asia. I mean I was a rare specimen. In this small seaside town, you are set against a backdrop of the Apuan Alps, where Michelangelo sourced his marble. It is more expensive than other towns and with overall chic vibe Forte dei Marmi is considered as the East Hampton of Italy. Apparently, Andrea Bocelli lives here while Armani has a villa. Yes you might have to fork out slightly more, but the amount of personal space you get is great. Mr. T and I had the most relaxing beach vacation ever. The noise level throughout the town was low, we either stroll or cycle to go to explore this beautiful town and laze at the beach which had a sun-bleached boardwalk down to the sea. On top of that, the location was great. Forte dei Marmi was our base to explore Cinque Terre, Pietrasanta, Florence and Volterra. At the end of the day, we had this inviting town to calm our sense.

If you have the chance, check out this place. For now, I hope you enjoy my #throwback pictures of Forte dei Marmi 😉

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Where we stayed: Hotel Bijou

Till next time loves,

xx, Mielyn