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    unexpected neighborhoods : kampong glam

    If you’re visiting Singapore, don’t miss the often overlooked area of Kampong Glam! It’s my favourite part of Singapore, simply because there’s so much culture within the area. I particularly love Haji Lane, the old “hipster” street. It’s become much more upscale in the past few years, but has retained some of its alternative roots. Take a walk down the lane, making sure to stop in some of the stores. If you’re feeling hungry, I highly recommend Going Om. Going Om is a very zen, very down to earth kind of place, reminiscent of cafes in Nepal. And that makes sense, considering the owner was inspired by the Himalayas when…

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    unexpected haw par villa

    Haw Par Villa is a weird and wonderful little part of Singapore! Formerly known as Tiger Balm Park, Haw Par Villa was founded by the Tiger Balm Brothers, who had moved their business from Myanmar to Singapore in 1937. It’s filled with old Chinese myths and folklore, the 10 Courts of Hell being one of the more popular attractions. Would you ever wander through this place?      

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    unexpected wanderlust : a day in NYC

    It was Family & Friends weekend at the school I’m currently studying at, so my mom flew out to visit! During her visit, we took full advantage of our rental car and decided to take some day trips. One day was spent in New York City. Studying in a small town only makes me appreciate cities more- there was so much to see and do, and even when we didn’t want to do anything, just walking around was so stimulating. Love the city. Seeing Mumzies was so wonderful- that woman is the craziest traveler (#relatable) and so joyfully serendipitous. So much love for the most important woman in my life.      …

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    unexpected tips: IPSY for the glam traveler

    Alright, I’ve gotta admit it. As much as I talk about being a traveler who prides herself in carrying her life in a carry-on rucksack, I do love to put makeup on and dress up for evenings out. Balancing that inner girly-girl with the more prominent dirty hippie is certainly a challenge, especially when that girly-girl wants to carry an entire bag dedicated to makeup. Recently I was sent an ipsy glam bag, and that’s solved my problems! ipsy is a beauty subscription service that sends you a small pouch full of beauty-related samples every month for just $10 a month! It’s not too expensive, so your travel funds won’t be used up! The…

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    unexpected pouch packing (trip prep pt 1)

    NOTE: I’ve already written a very very general post on packing (so general and bad that its just embarrassing), but I’ve figured out the blogging/packing/travel thing out just a little more, so here’s a better post. I’ll probably make this a little trip preparation series, as I’m doing quite a bit of packing, not only for uni, but for my summer as well. ALSO ALSO recently I’ve been getting quite a few messages asking for advice and packing was something someone had asked me about and it makes me so happy to be of actual help so woo thanks guys xx ANYWAY   I am the worst unpacker. I can…

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    unexpected gap years

    “Anya, have you ever thought of taking a gap year?” “What’s that?” “It’s when you take a year in between high school and college to do something meaningful.” “No Mom, I’m going to graduate from high school and go straight to OSU.” ^^^A real conversation I had when I was twelve. When I was sixteen, this “conversation” happened. “Hey Mom guess what I’m taking a gap year didn’t I have such a good idea” My parents knew I was going to take a gap year before I did. When I was younger, I wasn’t considering one at all. Only through moving to Singapore did I realise that I had (and still…