Ballin in Bali

Being back in Bali just after a year was so surreal especially when I’ve been going to Bali annually for the past 3 to 4 years? Well this trip was even more special and very close to my heart as it was for a wedding! (Plus me being able to skip a couple days of school, rebel me ya haha!)

The wedding was oh so grand and one I’ll never ever forget. It was father lim’s close buddy’s wedding and my whole fam bam went up to Bali for it! Being quite frequent with Bali, we had everything pretty much planned out. However, this time with brother lim being legal, we decided to drop a visit to the ever so famous Rock Bar in Bali.

A little bit about Rock Bar Bali, it’s a open concept kinda bar on natural rocks 14 over meters above the Indian Ocean at the base of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali’s. AYANA resort itself is such an amazingly beautiful complex! My family and I got there at about 4.45pm to supposedly catch the sunset but it was a tad bit of a fail because it was pretty cloudy! But ahh the after-dark sensation when the sun fully sets is just amazing! The bar gets lighted up so nicely and it just feels so cozy! Especially with the breeze and finger food/drinks, yumz! Additionally, there’s a DJ there that spins house music!

All in all, I had spent a great time with my family there! The service was excellent, finger foods (especially the sushi, calamaris and thai fishcakes) and drinks were nice but more importantly the chill vibes/ambience was just so beautiful! Remember to take tons of pictures whilst your’e there too! Feel free to check my review out here





Keep exploring, seek and find. You know you might surprise yourself.

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Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust


*Big thanks to this amazing human being in the photo above aka Elsa, thank you for your utmost support and endless conversations about anything/everything under the sun. Our adventures shall continue and many more years of friendship to come!*






Recipe: Healthy nutty-licious granola

Crunchy crunchy yummy yummy! Homemade granola is actually really simple to make plus super customizable! Store bought ones can be oh so pricey and filled with excessively high amount of sugars. The main ingredient used here are raw rolled oats, pure peanut butter and honey. Additionally, I added raw nuts (cashews and almonds), raisins, goji berries, chia and flax seeds.


3 cups rolled oats

Half a cup of raw almonds (roughly chopped)

Half a cup of raw cashews (roughly chopped)

Half a cup of mixed raisins and goji berries

Half a cup of raw honey

1tbsp of chia seeds

1tbsp of flax seeds

2 tbsp natural peanut butter

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 large pinch of cinnamon


Preheat oven to about 170 degrees.

Melt raw peanut butter and honey together in the microwave to just loosen the mixture hence making the stirring in process easier.

Stir in coconut oil and microwaved mixture. Whisk/stir till combined.

Combine all the other ingredients into a mixing bowl and pour in the microwaved mixture. Use a spatula or clean hands to stir/coat the mixture evenly.

Lastly, sprinkle the cinnamon, chia and flax seeds over the coated mix.

Spread the mixture in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 14 minutes, until very lightly toasted/crunchy. (I prefer mine crunchier so I baked it for about 14 minutes). Move the granola around to prevent any burnt bits.

Leave it to cool for another 15 to 20 minutes on a cooling rack or use a fan and direct the wind towards the granola (faster alternative). It is important to let the granola mix cool as it’ll enable to granola to harden up and cool down before consuming/packaging it.

*I packed mine in mason jars and are able to store for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Additionally, to make this recipe vegan, opt for raw maple syrup instead of raw honey! I love having my granola with soy milk or as my smoothie bowl toppings* 

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Healthy home-made granola filled with goodness!






Recipe: Vegan Banana Oat Bread

Food! Don’t we all love to eat! I especially love me some sweet treats and this definitely hits my sweet tooth right in the bulls-eye. This recipe is a much healthier option than other recipes out there and actually only needs a couple of ingredients.

3 to 4 ripe spotty bananas (Peeled and mashed)
½ coconut sugar 
1.5 to 2 cups of purpose/plain flour (I used whole wheat all purpose flour) 
1 cup soy milk (reduced sugar) 
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 a cup of rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seed
1 tbsp flax seed
⅛ tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 170°C (340°F).

Roughly chop the bananas, place them into a large bowl and mash them with a fork to obtain a thick puree like consistency.

Add in the coconut sugar, the soy milk, the cinnamon and stir well to incorporate them.(You can use a whisk to whisk them together)

Add in the flour and mix it in a little at the time, do not just pour all the flour in. Then, tip in the baking powder and mix well.

Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil, pour in the batter and level it with a spatula.

Place the bread in the oven and bake the bread for about 60 minutes, rotating the loaf pan every 30 minutes to allow for even browning and cooking.

To prevent the surface of the bread from burning, remove the bread from the oven after 40 minutes and cover it with aluminium foil.

At the end of the cooking process, pierce the bread with a fork or chopstick to ensure it is cooked. If it is cooked, the pick will come out dry and with no mixture on it.

Make sure to let it cool for at least 20 minutes or so! Yes the temptation to just devour it right away is so strong but letting it cool and settle down really makes a difference so just be patient!

*FYI this banana bread is more of a denser bread and is best eaten warm! Vegan choco chips or swirling peanut butter in are great add ins as well!* 


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Yumz in my tumz! I hope you’ll try this simple yet healthy banana bread recipe asap and enjoy it as much as I do!



Mother Lim


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All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. – Abraham Lincoln

My Queen is strong, hardworking and radiantly beautiful. I aspire to be as remarkable and successful (or maybe even more). She is committed and loyal to the work she does, working passionately for the airline for coming 30 over years, seriously truly admirable. Pure determination and perseverance has landed her to where she is today, with others looking up to her as much as I do. I honestly don’t show enough appreciation or gratefulness to her (as much as I should) but I try my best time to time.

Many say we look alike, talk in the same kinda way or would mention that when I age, I will be exactly like her. Well, in these few years, I’ve definitely seen that I’m quite a bit of a “younger” version of her myself.  I pray that God watches over her continuously with positive vibes and good health. I am eternally grateful for all that you have done, the money you’ve spent on me but most importantly for being my best friend.

All that I am, is because you’ve always given me the best. Wishing you all the love and happiness you so richly deserve, Happy Mother’s Day!




I’ve been feeling so hurt, destroyed and just pure sad these couple of months. Much has happened and my heart hurts, it really does. But with that said, I know that I have to let things go and breakaway.

I fell for him, a tad too hard. I trusted him, a tad too much. It took me 7 years to actually get to him or should I say, 7 years for us to reconcile. We were friends. Now? Strangers. Maybe things escalated a little too quickly but at the same time it just felt so right and I trusted what my heart felt/gut feeling. But shit happens and things just turned to temporary bliss. He said/did several things that questioned everything that was happening between the two of us and one thing led to another… I lost him. I lost him, again. I honestly thought he genuinely loved me but I guess it was just some game to him because I’m pretty sure he just missed the feeling/idea of being loved. It never hit me that he was this sorta guy. (playerboys are a huge nono *pukes*).

I saw a great amount of good in him and I still do actually. He has the sweetest smile, a soul filled with determination and a kind heart, the list goes on. But he still managed to bring me so much pain. I shouldn’t be torturing myself like this especially when he isn’t feeling as hurt or affected. I decided to take a firm step in, to breakaway.

Letting go is never easy and it will never be. As much as it pains me, I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and maybe instead loving myself more. I need to improve on myself and treat myself way better. Well, I am slowly trying and constantly finding ways to improve myself mentally and physically. Things always happen for a reason and that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. We may never talk again/I doubt I ever want to but I sincerely hope he starts acting like a real man.

“C’est la vie.” There’s a time and place for everything and everyone in your life. Some will last a lifetime, and some won’t be permanent. It’s not the end of the world and things will get better. I may be a snail when it comes to letting go but I’m on my way. My friends constantly tell me that I deserve so much more and so much better, that I shouldn’t be letting jerks get to me. Well, I’m starting to see it too and yes I do deserve so much more. I should stop crying myself to sleep, being too understanding, caring too much, falling too hard too quickly and having expectations when they just lead to disappointments.

To anyone reading this: “You deserve someone who loves you with every single beat of his heart, someone who thinks about you constantly, someone who spends every minute of every day just wondering what you’re doing, where you are, who you’re with, and if you’re OK. You need someone who can help you reach your dreams and protect you from your fears. You need someone who will treat you with respect, love every part of you, especially your flaws. You should be with someone who could make you happy, really happy, dancing on air happy.” ― Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie







Barcelona Baby

Continuing from my London post, I shall now go on and tell you more about my trip to Spain, Barcelona. I took a flight out from London to Barcelona just a few days before Christmas. Barcelona has such amazing architecture! I loved all the buildings that I saw and how rustic things were. The weather was not as chilly as London and things there were a tad cheaper because of the exchange rate.

I have come up with some tips or should I say the must-dos when you’re in Barcelona. I’ll be breaking them up into 5 sections as shown below.

1. Shopping

Shopping in Barcelona is pretty exciting especially when ZARA, Mango, Pull and Bear and Stradivarius are all screaming at you especially along the stretch of Passeig de Gracia (it’s like our version of Orchard Road but with stand still stores). Those stores I mentioned (My favourite has to be ZARA of course) are also a tad cheaper as they originate from Spain unlike here in SG where the prices are marked up so damn high. Another shopping place I highly suggest you visit would be at Port Vell. The shopping mall there is called Maremagnum Shopping Centre and has everything you want in that mall. It even faces the beautiful port, how amazing is that!

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Strolling around Las Ramblas after doing some shopping!

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Bubble fun around the city square!

2. Sight Seeing

Sight seeing in Barcelona is a must. The beauty of the city, history and culture would leave you wanting to explore even more. I did tons of sigh seeing and especially loved those by Antoni Gaudí’s . Gaudí’s work is admired by architects all around the world as being one of the most unique and distinctive architectural styles. His work has greatly influenced the face of Barcelona architecture and you will see  countless of stunning examples of Gaudí’s work all around the city from Sagrada Familia,  Park Güell and Casa Batlló. They’re all so breathtaking so be sure to have a camera to capture all the pictures you’re gonna be taking! Other sight seeing spots that are highly recommended are to Camp Nou, Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter) and Las Ramblas.

For me, I took the 2 day busturistic pass that brought me around to all these sights, therefore not needing to worry about bus/metro/taxi fares. Additionally bus rides around Barcelona are stunning especially when seated at the upper deck. Do check out Busturistic (It’s the blue bus not red, there are 2 such companies doing these tours) for more information! The stop I boarded on was at Port Vell which was a walking distance from my hotel. The bus frequency was about 15 minutes and were very clean! A bonus is that there is wifi on the bus itself! Always a big YAY for free wifi!

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Inside Camp Nou.

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Crossed the street to take this amazing shot after my tour of Casa Batlló.


3. Food

Tapas! Paella! Churros! Bread! Seafood! Yum! I have to admit, Tapas was something my family and I had almost every day whilst we were in Barcelona. Well I did have Paella at this real fancy restaurant but I just didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted to. I felt so sick after just a few bites from it and all I did was nibble on the bread they gave instead. I’m not a huge fan of paella partially because of the wetness/how it feels in my mouth… BUT with that said it’s just something not to my liking. Paella is something you have to try especially when you’re in Barcelona.The paella I had was at this really quaint and well furnished restaurant called Elche. The portions are big and are normally shared between 2 pax. As I’m more inclined towards the whole idea of Tapas and did much research on where I should find the best Tapas in Barcelona, well I have to say, I definitely did find the best Tapas joint ever! The restaurant is called Cerveceria Catalana. It can be rather tricky to find especially when you have to walk through lanes/blocks to find it but it’s worth the hunt! (Do check my tripadvisor out for more information on my experience at Cerveceria Catalana). It can get really crowded so try heading there around 5pm to avoid large crowds! Nevertheless, the food is just so scrumptious and fresh tasting! Would definitely urge anyone reading this to visit Cerveceria Catalana as it would be a dining experience to remember, your stomach would gratefully thank you! As for other restaurants, try avoiding those by the main roads with tons of their staff luring you in to try their food as I can tell you honestly that they are over priced and not delicious at all. For seafood, visit La Paradeta. It’s a seafood food chain with restaurants around the city! It is a self service concept where you choose the seafood you want with your very own eyes and choose the method of how you want it to be cooked. There tend to be language barriers so try using google translate or simple words so as to convey what you want efficiently. For churros and desserts, many small cafes around offer them! A ever so famous one would be Chök – The Chocolate Kitchen. They’re more towards selling delicious donuts/cookies. Churros however are everywhere in Barcelona, just be sure to look out for the word Xurreria instead!

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Time for some Paella at Elche.

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Best tapas ever at Cerveceria Catalana! Remember to order some Sangria and deserts too!

4. Accommodation and Transportation

My accommodation was a package deal that came along with my airfare (British Airways). I stayed at TRYP Apollo hotel located at Parallel. I must say, this hotel exceeded my expectations and the free buffet breakfast was just marvelous. The rooms were all clean, toilets new and beds really comfy! The buffet breakfast has such a wide spread, I had so much difficulty choosing what to eat in turn over eating as I just wanted to have everything and anything! What I liked was that their bread were all freshly made and had dairy free/healthier options such as Soy milk, oats, wholewheat bread and freshly squeezed juices. For transportation wise, getting around was easy as where I was staying was a walking distance from everything. Well, if you already can’t tell, I love walking! So for me, walking was no problem. However if you prefer taking the Metro, it is equally accessible with the metro just in front of the hotel. Taking the taxi is also an option and is not as expensive. I took the taxi  from the airport to the hotel (vice versa) and especially after all the shopping back to the hotel when I had too many shopping bags to carry. It’s preferable to take a taxi once it’s rather late as the streets can get really empty and quiet.

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Brother lim enjoying his busturistic ride!

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Busturistic ride to Camp Nou. Sit on the uppder deck for the ultimate experience!

5. Finding your desired location

Things can get rather crazy especially when you’re trying to get to your desired destination. Due to the language barrier and how there are many streets and blocks in just one area, you are bound to get lost in Barcelona. I suggest using google maps and google translate as it helped me a whole lot however with that I still did get lost. I had to ask for directions in a Spanish accent (well I tried my best to sound Spanish) so that they could roughly understand what I was saying. Well big kudos to Dora as I picked up some Spanish from her since a young age! Try asking those working in the stores to help you if you were asking for directions. Another thing would be to roughly have a gauge of what you are looking for be it a picture or street name on hand. I kept pictures and street names on my phone which I had with me throughout the trip.

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Rooftop gazing!


Before I end off this post, please feel free to check my Instagram/Tripadvisor account out for more pictures. This was my very first time in Barcelona and definitely not my last! I loved seeing all the building architecture the most!  Every building had it’s unique touch! Gracias Barerlona!