sunset


I cannot emphasize how beautiful Norway is. I have always known Scandinavia was gorgeous, especially from the multitude of photos online. But nothing I've seen in pictures has prepared me for the beauty I saw through out my days in Norway. From the bus rides, to train rides and fjord cruises, it was perfection. I finally understand the beauty of God's work and why the term "natural" beauty exists. For real, Mother Nature is the most beautiful.

After everything I saw through out my whole scandinavian trip, I thought that was it. Especially since my final bus ride to the airport too provided me with a first class seat to "stunning view of Norway" part 10 (that's the title of the movie in my head). This was until I got on the aeroplane and it started moving.

Typically airports are pretty blah. They have the usual runways, maybe some interesting looking architectural buildings (ala the tower in Singapore airport) but nothing too special. Most people just await the point where the plane flies high enough so you get a nice aerial view of the city, bonus points if it is a night flight. BUT, this lift off from Bergen Airport made me want to both cry and squeal with delight at the same time. It was like a short film.
We first started off beside lush greenery and blue waters (I know!! How?! What?! Omg!) and then after the plane took off, you get the most stunning view of the islands dispersed around the Nordic sea. When the plane entered a cloud, I thought that was it. End of the movie, but no. We emerge from above the clouds to see a nice sunset and probably the prettiest thick fluffy cotton candy clouds I've ever seen. It felt so unreal. Like magic. But it WAS real and the clouds were moving. Occasionally the clouds would separate and reveal part of the ocean and more tiny islands; like a game of peek-a-boo. Eventually we cruised high above the clouds and the sun gradually disappeared beneath the horizon as the night crept in.

I highly doubt my words fully captured what I was trying to express, so here's a pictorial description in chronological order. 


bergen airport runway
bergen airport take off
bergen airport plane taking off
norwegian waters from the plane
view of norway from the plane
airplane in the clouds
sunset view from the airplane
view of the sky from the aeroplane
gorgeous view of the sunset and clouds in the sky
aeroplane view of the sunset and clouds
best view of norway from the clouds
airplane take off view
sunset from the plane
best plane take off views


Norway was impressive right from the beginning till the end of my time there, right till I left the Norwegian airspace. 

Photos were taken on my iphone6.
Although it barely captures half the beauty of what I saw (plus has some annoying reflections off the plane window), I had to share this experience! 

Best Plane Take Off Ever - Bergen Airport, Norway

6 June 2015 Bergen Airport, Flyplassvegen 555, 5258 Bergen, Norway

Panoramic Views of Prague
Other than beautiful sunsets Prauge also has one of the BEST panoramic views i've ever seen. Not only are there many different look out points, they are so easy to get to, and best of all, they are NOT filled with tourists.

I think I got lucky with this whole trip to Prague. Europe typically has lesser tourists during the winter, and I was fortunate enough to have 3 days of clear skies great weather when I was in prague. The beautiful weather meant that you could see the entire city when you climb up to get a bird's eye view of the city.

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The panoramas in Prague are so captivating with their myriad of colours - especially during sunset. Some buildings are pastel in colour, others vibrant shades of orange and yellow. From rustic architecture of the old town, to other modern looking buildings in the commercial districts, you literally get the greatest view from above.

Getting up to the look out points of Prague is also incredibly easy.
The photos in this post were taken in 2 different locations, 1st was from Petřín Hill, and the second set of photos with the gorgeous view of the river was from Vyšehrad.

Petřín Hill does not require any sort of climbing. No stairs or steep hills, but you have to buy a funicular ticket to get up there.
There are many other attractions atop Petřín Hill as well, and you could walk to the Prague Castle from there. We ended up entering the mirror maze - I got enticed by the image, however, it was pretty much an illusion. It was not as big as it appeared to be. Whilst we were in the maze there was a segment with contorting mirrors, and 2 little french girls there kept going "Je suis grosse!" and bursting into laughter. How adorable! It is no doubt a perfect activity for kids and families, but considering I'm (sort of) an adult, I did not find it as amusing or impressive. That being said, I did have a little fun with the funny mirrors that contort bodies, momentarily indulging my inner child.
Most of the attractions require an entrance fee and it was not worth it for the mirror maze unfortunately. Regardless, the view is stunning and that in itself deserves the trip up to Petrin Hill.

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Vyšehrad, however, was completely free to get to. We climbed for about a good 5-10 minutes, but the good thing is as you go up your view gets increasingly better. The good view and nice breeze made the climbing so much easier.
Right at the top of the hill, there is a beautiful church and garden. Perfect for a picnic. A Picnic with an awesome view. Why did I only think of this now?!

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I think it's a MUST to get a panoramic view of Prague. I love seeing the bird's eye view of any city - I think I practically do it in almost every european city i've gone to, but if you hate climbing stairs, or hills, take the funicular up to Petřín Hill. It is so so worth it.
You'll definitely NOT be disappointed with the view.

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If know i'll be walking for a long distance (usually practically the whole day) whilst traveling, my go to outfit would be something like this. Easy, cosy and comfortable. This pair of army green pants is so comfortable. It made so easy to climb up and down to take photographs, be it squatting down or climbing on rocks. Having a fluffy coat also makes it easy to lean your body / support yourself on your elbows while you lean over a rough edge to take photographs.
Now you know the things I do when I travel (and how silly I look at times)!

WHAT I WORE
Grey Coat: H&M (similar here)
Burgundy Scarf: Primark
Army Green Pants: myCK (similar here and here)
Boots: Timberlands

So, are you for exercising to get great views of a city or do you prefer being close to the ground and admiring the different streets and people from there instead?

Prague's Panoramic Views + Outfit

10 February 2015 Petřín, 169 00 Prague-Prague 6, Czech Republic

charles bridge colours
Everyone loves a beautiful sunset. There is something wonderful watching how the colours of the sky change from one to another and they bleed and blend into each other. I went to Prague over christmas, and unexpectedly, the weather was fantastic. There was no snow or rain and was sunny all three days I was there.

Having clear sunny skies meant that I got to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets ever. Its amazing how the colours of sunsets can be so different from day to day. Watching the sunset over the famous Charles Bridge in Prague was unbelievable because I just couldn't believe what I saw. It started off slightly cloudy with a little yellow and orange tones, and so I thought it wouldn't be one of those vibrant sunsets that we get to see during clear summer days. But when the sun began to set, the clouds started disappearing. The pink orange yellow was so unrealistic, but yet it was there right in front of me. Jerald termed it "paddle pop skies" because that exactly what it looked like. As if children's were splashing paint all over the sky or little angels above the clouds were eating paddle pop and they started melting all over the sky. Me and my imagination.

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Sunset over charles bridge and colourful houses

The most unexpected thing was that the sun was setting AWAY from the bridge, so on one side of the bridge you would have dusty blues and greys slowly darkening as the sun crept away from it, but on the other side, it was a burst of colours. I took these photographs on my Iphone6, and you know how sometimes colours appear a lot more vibrant on the iPhone? That was probably the first time I was using my iPhone to take photographs as my DSLR ran out of battery, and I remember being so impressed with the phone.

I remember thinking "What people were saying about the latest iPhone camera is SO TRUE. It captures the colours SO SO WELL." Good Job APPLE.

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I was walking from one baroque statue to another the whole 7 to 10 minutes the sun was setting, trying to position them such that the sun appeared to be setting behind them, and trying to capture these artistic shots I had in my mind. But well... These are the best i've got, unfortunately.

Whilst we were walking along the bridge, we saw the same couple we met while climbing up to the roof to the Battle of the Nations Monument in Leipzig. It just made the whole experience more heartwarming. That coincidental bump in reminds me of how the world is so big and yet so small, and that you will never know who you meet or who will come into your life again. Whose path you'll cross and whose life you'll impact, or who will impact you. #deepthinkingmuch?

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And this. This last photo is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE. Jerald was standing behind me as I used my iPhone to attempt to do one of those "artistic shots", and he just said "Ok don't move", then proceeded to rest the camera on top of my head and snapped a shot. It turned out better than he expected I would presumed, because he was thoroughly pleased with himself.

Charles Bridge Shot on Shot
That photo honestly just symbolised what I was doing on the bridge the whole time. Just so you know, my hands were almost completely outstretched so as to crop out all of the tall european (who am I kidding, most asians are taller than me too) tourists that were walking by. Sigh, the problems with being too short.

Would you like to see a paddle pop sky sunset? Or do you think it's too unrealistic? Comment below!

Sunsets Over Charles Bridge - Prague, Czech Republic

7 February 2015 Charles Bridge, Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic

Brighton isn't only associated with the Brighton Pier. Another thing this coastal city is known for, is its long rows of colourful huts located near the beach. And when everyone asked me "what else is there to do in Brighton?" I just went "Lets find the colourful houses!"

Brighton Colourful Hut Houses

Well...This got a little confusing for me.
See, Brighton is also a name of a city in Australia, which ALSO has cute little colourful huts. When I googled "Colourful Houses Brighton", images for Australia appeared, and I thought, "Damn. Did I get it wrong? Are there no colourful huts in Brighton (England)?" 
For the first half of the day in Brighton, I couldn't locate the colourful houses on the map that the tourist centre gave out for tourists. I was close to concluding that I was misinformed and got confused with Brighton in Australia.

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Then, by some awesome coincidence, whilst we were walking along the brighton beach, we found a shop selling postcards. Below one of the cards with an image of the huts, it read "HOVE". 
It was like a revelation at that point.
Turns out, Hove is a town that is probably about 30-40 minutes walk from the Brighton Pier.

This was why when I was reading articles/travel recommendations online they were being titled "Brighton and Hove". Silly me thought they were 2 different cities, just within close proximity, when in fact the two towns Brighton AND Hove both make up ONE City - according to Wikipedia.

Brighton Beach
Walking towards Hove, we were able to admire the beach and the waters, run along the rocky beach, and see boats that are lined up along the coast. It was quite enjoyable running along the rocky beach. Tiring, from the added friction as oppose to walking on land, but fun.
What's great about it, is you don't have to worry about sand getting into your shoes - my greatest pet peeve with sandy beaches.

Boats along brighton beachcolourful huts hove souvenirs

After chattering amongst ourselves and walking for what seemed like 30 minutes, we saw THEM. The Colourful Huts!
So, like little kids, the group of us started happily taking photographs of the rows of colourful huts. And being #tourists, we took photos WITH it as well. The walkway where the huts were along had loads of people; tourist, kids on scooters and bikes, couples walking their dogs etc.
Daryl and I met a really cute and friendly puppy which was on its first walk by the beach. Naturally, the little puppy was extremely excited. It kept jumping and standing up against us.

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After a while, we got tired of taking photographs, and tired of walking, so we sat on a bench facing the sea and just chilled out, ate snacks and watched the sun set. As the sun was setting we started talking about the different rays - nerd talk initated by Daryl! Hahaha.
After some discussing, googling, and learning about the different sun ray terms, we were all hoping to see some Crepuscular Rays when the sun was setting, and Anti-Crepuscular Rays when it passed the horizon. Seeing Crepuscular Rays is common, but sadly, the sky wasn't clear enough for the Anti-Crepuscular Rays.
Hopefully in the spring or summer we would go back to Brighton (or another coastal city) and we'd have more luck with them crepuscular rays.

P.S. I am very tempted to look through all my different sunset photographs and see if I can spot any anti-crepuscular rays in action!

Crepuscular rays Brighton england

Searching for Colourful Huts in Hove

27 November 2014 Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

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