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Posted on September 13, 2015

INDONESIA HOLIDAY REVIEW

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Indonesia is one of those places that easily gets forgotten. Especially overshadowed by their own traveller’s destination island of Bali. So commonly is Indonesia forgotten that many people don’t associate the two at all. Often clueless to the fact that Bali is not a country but rather located in the country of Indonesia.
After making my way to Bali I completely understood the utter obsession with the island that is larger than life. It has an exciting of making you wash away all of your stresses and just puts your mind and body in complete ease. It’s popularly known for its 5-star healing resorts and relaxation retreats.
With incredible dining options, over-the-top restaurants, and amazing spas Bali tops my list of places to visit.But to be fair Indonesia has so much to offer, mountainous cities that allow for breathtaking views and chilly weather to coastal regions to busy metropolitan cities. You can get a bit of shopping done at Mangga Dua in Jakarta (Chinatown). If you’re looking for souvenirs, fake designer bags, clothes, electronics or just about anything then this is where you need to visit.
After a too short visit to the lovely country I have photo documented just a bit of what it has to offer…By the way we visited both Puncak and Bali with a short stay in Jakarta. I do recommend you visit if you have the chance. It’s guaranteed to be a great time.  Read more
Posted on October 23, 2013

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BAHRAIN

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Bahrain is probably the most visited destination for Saudi residents both locals and expats. Its close proximity and liberality are huge draws to the Kingdom made of islands (33 islands to be exact). The country is often shamelessly coined a rather derogatory term in Saudi Arabia ; based largely on the western-liberal nature of the country. The term in arabic translates to “Saudi’s whore” which to me is appalling.

After my first ever visit to the country I was awe- struck at the pleasures it offered. To me it was the right balance of WEST meets EAST. So much so that I fell in love with the country. There is a certain sense of ease and calm throughout the country, not to mention the cleanliness. I was so pleased to see that everywhere you went people were respected despite their nationalities, living in sync with one another. With such a large expat community I felt that Bahrain has perfected the idea of comfortable living for everyone. Yes there is still a large social class difference between expats and natives but not once did I find a difference in the way they were treated. Everyone is treated with respect and class. Something that is easily forgotten while living in Saudi Arabia.

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Posted on February 11, 2013

TAIF TRAVEL EDITION

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1. Sightsee: If possible, be sure to stop roadside and view the breathtaking cliffs. It is also probably the best background scenery to take pictures. The view from different  levels up the mountain gives your viewing a different perspective. All the while still encompassing enormous panoramic view of the landscape.

2. Feed Monkeys/Baboons: I am certain these creatures that you are sure to come across on your visit are baboons and not monkeys that so many people refer to them as. They live within the mountain terrain and have become accustomed to the pesky visitors (us),  who take pictures and tend to feed them whatever we have in our cars. If you are an animal lover this will be a treat, as they are very comfortable with humans and will happily come directly to you to take what your giving. You can find them both on your way to Ta’if (along the highway) or up the mountain approaching the city of Ta’if. You are bound to see several cars parked and people engaging them, so that will be an indicator
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3.Telefrak/ Cable car & Amusement Parks : If you have a sense of adventure then the cable car is just for you! You can board the cable car at the height of the mountain, within the city (close to Ramada Hotel) and take a trip down the mountain and back up. Most likely the best way to view the amazing landscape but it is definitely not for the light- hearted. If the cable car is too risky for you, then challenge your inner kid in the over a dozen amusement parks found in the city.
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4.Fruit Market: Either on your way in or out make sure to visit the fresh fruit stalls. You can get everything from bananas to pomegranates there and a really good price.  Good idea if you’re planning to stay awhile in Ta’if to pick up a bunch of tasty treats to snack on while on your visit. And/or to pick up some goodies after a fantastic day trip to Ta’if to take home!
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5.Flower Power: Many people don’t know but Ta’if is well known for its flowers. They are considered the flower breeders of Saudi, so to say. If you have a green thumb this is a great place to pick up flower beds to plant at home. If you are like me and have no interest in gardening but love flower scentsare sure to pick up flower scented perfume. Close to the fruit market are a couple of perfumeries where you can find vials of flower scented oils and a selection of perfumes!
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 Enjoy xx
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