Author: Jen

Poistano

I’m sure whoever travels to Amalfi Coast w miss Poistano. It’s a jaw-dropping beauty. Wherever we went, people stopped to admire the view and say “Gosh, soooo beautiful!” That is true, though. It is THAT beautiful! When our ferry approached Positano, everyone was busy taking photos. Lonely Planet says “Positano is the Amalfi Coast’s most photogenic town”. I totally agree. Just look at the colour. All you need to do is clicking. You don’t need photoshop or anything else. The whole town is like colour palette, white,pink, yellow, orange. So please to the eye! Same with any other towns and cities we visited in Italy, Positano has had its rise and fall. Like Amalif, it was destroyed by a tsunami. It had been attacked by pirates in 15th century. In 18th century, it became a major port and trading hub for a short time. Due to poor economy, most of the residents moved to US during 19th century. From 20th century, it started to attract a lot of tourists after a road was built to connect Positano …

Happy Valentine’s day!

Love is in the air! Love is in the water, in every sip of your tea and coffee…   I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s day! If you have a husband/wife/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend, I hope everyday is Valentine’s day to you both. Love is big and small. It’s everywhere, everything, a glass of water on your desk when you are busy working/studying, a hug or/and a kiss before you leave home to work, hold your hand before cross the street, fresh coffee when you wake up, bear hug when you feel down… I wish you a very Happy Valentine’s day! If you don’t have a partner/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife yet, I hope you won’t give up on love. Before the Mr/Mrs Right shows up at your door, love yourself, make yourself happy, be responsible for your own happiness! We all love you. 🙂 With lots of love! Jen xx

Alamfi, Italy

From Salerno you can take ferry or bus to travel around Alamfi coast. We went for the ferry. It was the best decision. The view was spectacular, so I highly recommend it. Today’s Alamfi is a beautiful small town on the Alamfi coast, but super touristy, cafes, souvenirs shops, Gelato shops, restaurants and more and more shops. However, in the history, it has been a place with super maritime power. Its history can be traced back to 6th century. At some point, it had a population of more than 70,000. Unfortunately, a tsunami destroyed a big part of the city, and it has never been the same again. Amalfi cathedral is located at the heart of Amalfi. It’s a Roman Catholic cathedral that is dedicated to Saint Andrew. The present cathedral was built in 13th century alongside the old one which was built in the 9th century. Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Amalfi. His relics are kept in the cathedral crypt. The crypt is decorated with frescoes and sculptures. There is a bronze statue …

Australian Pure Micellar Water | Review

Remember I was disappointed by Sukin Micellar Cleansing Water because it stings my eyes when I remove my eye makeup. Recently I discovered a vegan brand. Discovered probably is not accurate in this case. We have been using their household cleaning products for a long time. I just didn’t know they have skin care products. It’s an Australian owned company, called Natures Organics. The company committed to provide products with plant-based ingredients since 1950s. The founder was the first one in Australia to process and stabilise Aloe Vera gel. You know the green gel helps to relieve your sunburn or insect bits. I saw it one day in the supermarket. So why not try? When I researched the product information on their website, I noticed they have a Material Safety Data Sheet for every single one of their products. How good is that?! Compare to some big companies that you can’t even find what basic ingredients in their products on their website. Anyway, move on. What they say about this product: “enriched with native Australian Kakadu …

Salerno, Italy

After an amazing day at Tropea (click the name to see the post of Tropea), we hit the road again. Next stop, Salerno. Travelling by car from one city to another in Southern Italy is easy. The motorways are really good. There are a lot of tunnels from Tropea to Salerno. However, we noticed the driving style is a bit of a worry. A lot of drivers basically were floating between lanes. They like to cut corners when they turn. They also cut you off when they change lanes even when the speed is 130 km per hour. So just watch out when you are on the road. Anyway, it took us more than 5 hours to get to Salerno. We drove along the coastline and stopped in quite a few places to see some small towns. Eventually we changed to motorway and went straight to Salerno. Compare to some cities we have been to in Italy, Salerno is a decent-sized city. It has a very long history, started probably from 194 B.C. The first medical school …

Comfy bed ideas

I am a bit speechless about the weather now. We are in the middle of a summer here in Australia. It’s supposed to be hot and sunny. Remember I was saying it was so hot in my post on Wednesday. Now it has been raining for two days. The temperature dropped almost 10 degrees. All of a sudden, I get that feeling that winter is on the way. For me, the best time in winter is staying in my comfortable and warm bed with jersey bed linen. I so much love them. I still remember the time I discovered the jersey sheets. I’m like…I would never use any other sheets on my bed in winter again. The normal sheet can be really cold. It just makes the sleeping time so painful. A good jersey sheet is made from nice cotton. It’s very soft. So you can have a better night sleep. I used to love wool mattress pads when I was in New Zealand. Now winter in Brisbane is not that cold. I haven’t had a …

KIKO Trio Blush and 3D Hydra Lipgloss

Hey lovelies, Happy Wednesday! Hope your week has been going well so far. It’s so hot and sunny today. Just too hot to go anywhere. I notice that lately I haven’t been very keen on makeup stuff. I haven’t bought any new things since I came back from the trip. It’s probably because the hot weather. Light coverage foundation, blush and lipgloss are all I need for everyday make-up. Speaking of lipgloss and blush, I have been using the one I bought from the trip, Kiko 3D hydra Lipgloss and Trio blush. I really like them. The KIKO Trio Blush I got is 05 Marsala, a matte dusty mauve pink. The colour is soft and natural looking. It is very easy to blend.  Doesn’t take much effort at all. I love the packaging too, very compact with a mirror inside. Handy to travel with.  I don’t think the lasting power is super good, but I am ok with it. I can have it on for over four hours in a hot summer day with a setting …

Modica, Sicily

Modica, as a city, was built in 1360BC. It was a Roman and Greek City back then, and it is a UNESCO Baroque towns in Sicily now. The town is famous for its chocolate and its mixture architectural styles of Sicilian Baroque and Medieval. The way the town was situated is very special. It was built around steep valley. The Upper Modica, the older part of town, is on top of the Monti Iblei. The Lower Modica is built along the valley bottom, which is also the newly built part after earthquake. Two parts of the town are connected with heaps of steps. We so much wanted to spend more time there. Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick visit at the Chiesa di San Pietro (Cathedral of San Pietro). However, the church itself is certainly worth checking out. It’s at the lower Modica. It was restored after the earthquake in 1963. Therefore, the church is a baroque style church. The outside is simply beautiful with 12 statues of Apostles. Inside, it has the frescoes made …

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask | Review

I have been thinking to share this one for a while. I can’t remember how I got this one. Hmm, I probably bought it during Xmas holiday. In general, I love The Body Shop products, especially their body butter and scrubs. Have your tried the honeymaina body scrub? It’s pure heaven. You will get baby skin after that, smooth like silk. I have tried their mask products before. However, I wasn’t very impressed. This one is different. It was a very pleasant surprise. The mask is designed to hydrate and plump the skin and leave a soft, dewy and youthful glow. It says it can be used 2-3 times per week. I think I use it whenever I feel I need a good hydrating mask. What they say about the product: ” Inspired by the European bathing rituals, 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly …

Agrigento, Sicily – Day 4

If you travel to Sicily and you are interested in history, Agrigento is a must-go. It’s one of oldest town in Sicily. For us, we really wanted to see the Valley of the Temples. We travelled from Ortigia to Agrigento with our rental car. I probably mentioned this in my previous posts. If you consider to drive in Sicily, it’s not a problem at all. The roads are fantastic. The most difficult part probably is driving in the little towns on their tiny narrow stone streets. 🙂 Anyway, the Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of course, it has to be! The Archaeological park is big, full of Greek temples and ruins. It took us more than half a day to walk around it. They do have a shuttle bus you can take in the park if you don’t want to walk that much. Although it was such a hot day, we enjoyed every minute. Temple of Juno is the first temple we saw in the park. It’s the closest one to the entrance. It …