a bare scene


The first semester of my third year has now been completed, and I am still trying to stay afloat as the stress of my upcoming papers are weighing me down. As you can imagine, it hasn't been the breeziest of weeks, despite the winter chills that is felt no matter how many layers of clothing I put on. Honestly thought that by conquering winter in Europe I'd be able to withstand Melbourne winter.. oh how wrong was I. It's ok though, I'm easily cheered up by the little things in life - my electric blanket, the upcoming holidays, and oh, other little things like pearls. 

I've never really considered pearls as an accessory I could pull off, so dainty and so classy - not exactly the aesthetic I associate much with these days. But after receiving a pair of these beautiful pearl earrings from Naked Pearls, I am convinced that there's always room for improvisation.

Naked Pearls believes in the concept of making the act of gifting easier. The pearls are specifically selected to ensure only the highest of quality and grade (AAA grade) are chosen so that the pearls will have its beautiful lustre and a surface that is 95% blemish free. I've personally seen how pearls have been harvested at a site in Raja Ampat, and understand the difficulty of harvesting a pearl of this quality. The pearl jewellery at Naked Pearls are rare, and of the top 1% of the pearl harvest. 

NOT ONLY THAT, Naked Pearls also believes wholeheartedly in giving back to the community. They support the Stop Hunger Now campaign, in which three meals are donated to a person in need for every jewellery that is sold. More information can be found here.

Naked Pearls believes in celebrating individuality, so I thought I'd team it up with a different style to what you'd usually see pearls paired with. Honestly had such a fun time pulling out this outfit!


let's wrap it up

aaaaaand, it is march 2015! honestly time speeds by so quickly i barely have enough time to settle before a new month comes by. it now has been about 3 months since i've left glasgow, then exploring malaysia and now i am back in melbourne. and - boy oh boy - does it feel strange. i wasn't quite sure what to expect, i mean i'm always away during summer/winter breaks so why would coming back this time be so different? why does it feel so different?

i love melbourne, it is so great to be back and i haven't even had the time to completely unpack and settle and now uni has started. crazy times catching up with friends and visiting missed food stops (ahh yes brunch culture!!!!) and trying to get my head space around the fact that, well - final year of my degree.

all these catch ups with friends have freshened up the feelings of post-exchange, i miss it i loved it i want to relive it. unfortunately all i have is my memories and my pictures and i guess this post will be about that, putting it down to words so that those memories won't tarnish. here goes.


East End, Glasgow  

Isle of Arran, Scotland

The day after halloween, struggling through kelvin way and up the hill on university avenue to make it to our 7am bus. Still inebriated, stinking like a distillery and clutching onto our pillows for dear life  as if a safety raft. 

As much as we did struggle, the trip to the Isle of Arran was astounding. Not only did we get to see some beautiful landscape and hike through 50 shades of green, hopping onto a massive ferry across the Atlantic Ocean and almost being carried around by huge wind gusts was also part of this adventure. Waterfalls and towering trees, fish and chips, good company, and sleeping on a patchy bit of grass with our pillows outside a whiskey distillery makes for an interesting day. Note that I know now to never travel drunk/hungover on a bus through windy roads.

Edinburgh, Scotland

In total, I visited Edinburgh 3 times. I love how easy it is to get from one city to another, it was only an hour away no matter bus or train. The first time round we caught the train onward chasing the sunset. Speeding by little towns and grassy fields as the sun bathed everything in it's warm hazy glow. No matter how many times I rode through the countryside, no matter how many times I recall these memories, I am always filled with a sense of euphoric awe - if that's not the term it is one now because that is exactly how I feel. Edinburgh is such a stunning city, with gothic architecture enclosed with rolling hills, Arthurs Seat a short trek away with wide and sweeping views of this beautiful city, fairy lights illuminating the laughter and joy throughout the Christmas markets. 

The Lighthouse, Glasgow

Nestled within Glasgow city is this little building called The Lighthouse, filled with quirky exhibitions and platform high enough to watch Glasgow bustling as dusk set in. Funnily enough, the exhibition that was running when we visited was about Melbourne 3000 - essentially Melbourne CBD. Interesting that I learnt more about Melbourne CBD whilst living in Glasgow as compared to when I was living in Melbourne CBD itself.

Warsaw, Poland

One thing was for sure, I did not prepare myself for the bitter cold temperatures. Warsaw was so interesting, so cool. So much of what we did was thanks to such great friends, Tomeks and Magda (shout ouuut), thank you so much for taking us around and being such great hosts. 



!!!!! I left my heart in Iceland and it's still taking its time coming back to me. I loved, loved, love Iceland. I don't know how much more I could express my completely and utter infatuation with this beautiful little country. First time in a snowy environment, first time travelling solo, first time seeing one of nature's greatest wonders - the aurora borealis. The idea of doing a solo trip was frightening, and whilst I did thorough research on safety and ease of traveling, I still worried, I wasn't sure if I would be comfortable, if the fact that I was alone in a completely foreign land would scare me and paralyze me, if I would just regret it but no. Despite being by my lonesome self, Iceland was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can't put how I felt into words, nor can I quite capture the magnificence of it into words. Raging waterfalls as it snow stormed, sweeping snowy landscapes, minimal modern architecture - Iceland was and is my ideal palette. Steaming in 34 degree celsius in natural geothermal baths as snowflakes flurried around me topped it right off just before my flight back.  Roaming through countrysides in search of the Northern Lights, wrapping my fingers around a cup of hot chocolate as I ponder on how, bloody, amazing, the, world, is. I would gladly go back in a heart beat.

Random bits of Scotland


And in the briefest way possible, that was it. I can hear people around me getting sick and tired of my talk from my exchange, I can't promise this will be the last of it because it was indeed the greatest decision I've ever made. I couldn't recommend it more.