Gold Coast Airbnb, Queensland Australia

Mini Vlog - one night in the Gold Coast Queensland, Western Australia.

Airbnb: Jan & Phil - Mermaid Beach https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/17031366?s=51

Featured in video: @paradoxcoffeeroasters

Camera: Nikon D750, 35mm Sigma Art series lens.

Music: "Run" by Tristan Barton via Artlist https://artlist.io

200hr YTT with Alchemy of Yoga / Travelling Yoga Photography

Teaching a whole yoga class for the first time can seem incredibly daunting.

Thank goodness 22 days of intensive 200hr yoga teacher training begins with practice teaching 1 person at a time. At first our teaching come out awkward and nervous as we all learnt how to discover our voices together. 

We practiced the same sequence over the 3 weeks, and slowly built up into teaching it to a full class during our final day. Split between 2 different studios, it was a yoga marathon to get through all 30 people on the same day, each taking a turn as student and teacher. We flowed from 6:30am to 4:30pm for our teach outs and ended up at the beach as the sun set, soaking up the achievements we had witnessed as a group.

 

 

Venue: Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, Costa Rica. @bodhitreeyogaresort

Yoga Training: Alchemy of Yoga @alchemyofyoga

 

Singapore Solo Adventure / Personal Work

I’m mad keen on facing my fears and pushing my comfort zone these last few years in the strive for some deep juicy personal growth. Solo travel was something I’d only heard of and I’d always admired people who were brave enough to do it.

Singapore had been on my radar for a while, it started with friends tagging me in pictures of Gardens by the Bay saying ‘this looks like a place you’d love’. They were darn right.

Yeah, Singapore was a pretty safe choice for first solo travel, I know. I felt safer walking the streets at night alone than I do in my own hometown, but it was the plant and greenery that drew me there.  

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AIRBIB

I stayed in an Airbnb in Chinatown with an Australian couple from Sydney, they were a listed as a super host but it was actually the interiors of their apartment that had me weak at the knees. Concrete feature walls are the way to my heart at the moment, it just needed some indoor plants and I probably would have moved in permanently. 

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COFFEE TOUR - East meets West

First day in the country I booked a walking coffee tour through Airbnb Experiences in Chinatown to get in amoungst the hawkers markets. Was Lei is a Singapore local and she explains the history and culture of coffee in Singapore and hows its made differently to western styles. The tour ends up at her cafe to make your own coffee using their commercial machines.

You even get the pleasure of viewing my terrible attempt at latte art from the end of the tour, I'm definitely not destined for a career as a barista, ever.

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GETTING AROUND

Public transport is super easy, it can get you anywhere you want to go, I only used an uber twice in 5 days. (Side note, Ubers and taxis are the same thing in Singapore compared to how segregated they are in Australia. Felt very skeptical when I was waiting for my Uber and a taxi turned up.)

TIP: if you’re going to visit Singapore and take the MRT don’t buy a tourist pass (learnt this after reading the MRT reviews on TripAdvisor) the tourist pass is overpriced, purchase an EZI-Link card instead. It’s similar to a Smartrider in Australia, you load it with money and then when you return it at the airport MRT station they’ll refund you whatever credit you have left on it.

SOUTHERN RIDGES

I thought I wouldn’t get time to visit the Southern Ridges so I didn’t put a lot of research into it and end up getting a little lost on the way. I caught a bus from Chinatown and ended up walking around in circles not really seeing anything. So I called an Uber to save the day and was so impressed by large trails that walk you through the trees.

It’s a lot less touristy than the other things I’d been visiting on my trip, a lot of locals use the trail for exercise. It takes you through big open green spaces with city views.  A bit of a trek so I’d suggest appropriate walking shoes unlike the sandals I wore. Totally worth getting lost, would recommend this to anyone visiting, and its free, so yeah.

THOUGHTS ON SOLO TRAVEL

Solo travel is pretty easy really, I found it super calming and chilled. It easy to change your schedule last minute with out effecting anyone. Plus I can get away with looking at Gardens by the Bay for 6 hours straight without worrying about boring someone else with my love of plants. 

Instead of staying in a private room in an Airbnb I’d opt for a hostel so I could meet other solo travellers, I tried a few travelling apps like Travello and Backpacker to connect with other travellers but didn’t really find anyone, so open to suggestions on that one. 

Impressed by how many Australians are in Singapore for work, other Australians seem to flock to each other when overseas. 

Wish I’d filmed more quality video content instead of just slapping everything on my instastory every time I saw a new plant, which is something I will be more intentional about on my next trip which is a whole other story.

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Plant lovers guide to Singapore / Personal Work

When I got back from my Singapore trip in March I was boasting about how good my photos were so naturally my friend wanted me to back up my statement and show her. Bursting with joy I happily opened my laptop and my lightroom catalogue with her. Which was the moment I realised I pretty much only took photos of plants… and she wasn’t a plant person.

If that sounds like you then you might be more interested in this blog post HERE which covers the travel side of my Singapore trip and has ‘less’ plants.

This blog post is for my fellow plant people. 

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SUPER TREES at Gardens by the Bay

Seriously, nothing beats seeing these in person. Even if you’ve trolled insta looking at pictures of it before your trip like I did, it still blows you away. It is a huge tourist attraction so there are enormous crowds that visit this, avoids the crowds by going in the early morning.

My first visit was on Saturday night to see them lit up (yes I visited them multiple times) and was gobsmacked by the number of tourists there. There was one point that it felt like a football stadium empting after a game. So the next morning I came back at 8am and had the entire place to myself.

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Apart from the obvious large attractions there is also a huge amount of impressive plants sitting around unnoticed by most of the tourists. I definitely got wrapped up in all the details in every little corner. Probably the best part about travelling solo was I had the freedom to stay as long as I wanted without worrying about someone getting bored of looking at every.single. plant. with me.

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CLOUD FORREST

Cloud Forrest left me absolutely speechless. I probably did the most instastories I've ever done one in one day here. I’m sure the average person would spend about an hour walking the loop but I took my sweet time taking in everything I possibly could. I stood to the side and just let people pass me on the pathway so I could sit back and emerse myself in present moment taking in all the senses. 

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FLOWER DOME at Gardens by the Bay

I'd suggest visiting Flower Dome first before Cloud Forrest as Cloud Forrest set the bar incredibly high for me. I was drawn more the cactus and succulents however there was sections of species from every corner of the world here. Felt a little strange looking at the Australian section and seeing a grass tree bigger than I've ever seen back home. I forgot to take a picture of it on my camera because I was too busy snapchatting this random grasstree on steroids to everyone. Plus a million tourists in Flower Dome as it was Sunday afternoon by this stage. 

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I've got another post about my Singapore trip if you want to know about:

- Thoughts on my first solo travel.

- My airbnb tours / experiences

you can read about it HERE.