Bali, Singapore, & Hanoi

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If you have been following my blog for sometime, then you know I have a great love for traveling. I am currently in a career transition phase bka not really working and thought this would be the perfect time to take a long excursion to a foreign place, that place was Asia. From July 7-July 19 I visited the great continent of Asia where I visited Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Please see below for some amazing photos *dust shoulders off* and all of my trip details! 

 Balinese Local Merchant

Balinese Local Merchant

Why Asia? Well, the people first and foremost. Whenever I travel it is very important to me to interact with the natives and learn something from them. Most people of Asian decent are kind and friendly, with a love for life. This was especially true in Bali, Indonesia. Also, if you don’t know Asia makes up 60% of the world population, so you are sure to meet plenty of interesting characters on your travels there. Secondly, I chose to visit Asia, because it is breath taking and full or culture. Lastly, since it takes forever to travel to the continent, I thought it would be smart to visit multiple locations. As mentioned above, I visited Bali, Indonesia, Singapore, Singapore, and Hanoi, Vietnam (please don't ask me how I decided on those locations and didn't include Tokyo or Thailand). 

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 Rice Terrace Tegalalang, Bali

Rice Terrace Tegalalang, Bali

Bali, Indonesia

Details:

  • Trip Duration- Jul 8-14
  • Airline- Alaska & Eva Airways 
  • Travel Time- 24 hours (19 hours in the air, 5 hours in lay overs) 
  • Currency- Indonesian Rupiah (1 IDR =
    0.0000690890 USD)
  • Cost- $ 2,458 total (breakdown below)

airline- $724 (flight there)

                               $823 (return flight AirChina) 

activities- $71 total 

                               $ 10 or free/donation Rice Field

                               $ 25 Bali Swing 

                               $ 4 Tanah Lot Temple

                               $ 2 Uluwata Temple

                               $ 5 Fish Pedicure

                               $ 15 Henna

                               $ .69 Padang Padang Beach  

                               $ 10 Sketchy Massage (I had 4) 

                               $ 0 Market

                               $ 0 Beach

lodging- $ 590

                                $ 356 Airbnb in Ubud    

                       https://abnb.me/odnxYgEcTO

              $ 234 Airbnb in Simemyak

    https://abnb.me/LIzRmLYcTO

food- $100 (an average meal was about $25) 

transportation- $150 ($75 for taxi from airport and $75 split between four people for travel between Ubud and Simenyak)

  • Recommendation Rating- 9 out of 10
  • Additional Facts- Go to Bali!! It is extremely beautiful, super cheap, and the people are so hospitable! Shopping is also amazing, I bought a swing (don’t ask why) . Lastly, if you’re a black traveler be aware of the stares and constant picture request. While I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Bali, I never quite adjusted to the stares, people rubbing our skin, or reaching for my hair. I know it’s innocent but it’s also sad to know that the only interaction some people have had with black people are the ones they see on tv. #travelingwhileblack
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 Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

 Simenyak, Bali

Simenyak, Bali

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 Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Singapore, Singapore

Details:

  • Trip Duration- Jul 14-16 (2 days) 
  • Airline- Scoot
  • Travel Time- 3 hours
  • Currency- Singapore Doller (1 SGD =
    0.733047 USD)
  • Cost- $ 998

airline- $73

activities- $ 73

                                   $ 0 Gardens by the Bay 

                                   $ 11 Cloud Forest

                                   $ 32 One Altitude Roof Bar

                                   $ 30 Fleek Hip Hop Club 

lodging- $ 577 (per person/2 people) 

                                 $ 257 Park Royal  https://www.panpacific.com/en/hotels-and-resorts/pr-pickering.html

                                 $ 320 Marina Bay Sands

 https://www.marinabaysands.com/

food- $ 200 ($35 average meal & drinks)

transportation- $75 (Uber & taxis)

  • Recommendation Rating- 9 out of 10
  • Additional Facts- I highly recommend Singapore for your travels. Singapore is very clean, modern, hi-tech (automated fast food kiosk), and a bit western. It is definitely the most expensive country in Asia so more your dollar won’t go as far as it did in Bali. The main language is English so it’s easy for Americans to communicate. Singapore is also very diverse, we found a hip hop club! I also highly suggest staying at Park Royal when you visit. 
 China Town, Singapore 

China Town, Singapore 

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 Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam 

Details:

  • Trip Duration- Jul 16-19 (2.5 days)
  • Airline- VietJet
  • Travel Time- 2 hours
  • Currency-  Vietnamese Dong (1 VND = 0.0000431209 USD)
  • Airbnb-  https://abnb.me/Mw9i68lqSO
  • Cost- $525

airline- $126

activities- $ 188

                                   $ 5  Karaoke  

                                   $ 98 Ha Long Bay Excursion

                                   $ 40 ($10 a meal) 

lodging- $136 

food- $75

transportation- $ 45 (taxi to & from airport) 

  • Recommendation Rating- 5 out 10
  • Additional Facts- Vietnam was probably my least favorite of the places I visited on this trip. While I find beauty in it, I was still a little disappointed with a few things. One of the main reasons we choose Hanoi was to visit Ha Long Bay which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Well, after a 3.5 hour bus ride to see the floating village we were informed that the government shut it down due to weather. It really sucked to waste a whole day traveling and only see the bays from afar. We were only on Hanoi for 1.5 half so time was very important. We end finding a karoake bar and club that was fun. Just be aware that Hanoi isn’t as developed and that shows. I also couldn’t take the smell of fish heads and whatever else smell that was happening in the Hanoi streets. I will say though, a highlight for me was visiting an art center on our way to Ha Long. The center only employs disabled and low income individuals to create these amazing pieces of art,  some pieces can take up to 10 years to complete. 
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Antelope Canyon

I tried to visit Antelope Canyon in Jan when I went to Horseshoe Bend but it didn’t happen due to time and lack of preparation— and I’m grateful it didn’t work out then. This time around I was able to take my time and truly appreciate the wonder. The land is also owned and operated by Natives, and that made it that much more sacred to be guided through the Canyons by our indigenous people and the rightful owner’s of this here land we enjoy.

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I said it a few years ago but I’ll say it again, I LOVE ARIZONA!! I’ve made it annual trip since 2015, the landscape is literally breathtaking. 

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Often overshadowed by the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon has gained major popularity since the social media boom. Created by rushing and powerful water, Antelope Canyon was discovered many centuries ago by Najavo tribes and given the English name ‘Antelope’ due to the many antelope that grazed here during the winter season. There are two canyons; the upper and lower. I visited the lower canyon because the upper one only has light at certain times. As mentioned above, the land is owned by natives so it cost a fee to visit, I paid $8 Navajo permit fee and $40 for the actual tour via Ken’s Tour. 

I visited in June so it was hot AF but none the less still beautiful. The actual tour was about 45 minutes. Our tour guide was a very well informed native thatade sure to point out certain angles and tell us origin stories. 

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I highly recommend everyone visit the canyons!! 

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Diamonds: Madison Rose Editorial

I’ve heard the term, “Diamonds are forever” countless times, but it wasn't until recently that the expression began to make sense. The diamond is a symbol of deep, everlasting love, and is also the hardest substance known on earth. Diamonds are such timeless pieces because they are complex and paradoxical beauties.

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Over the course of history, society has focused mainly on the beauty of the Diamond and not its power. The diamond is more than an adornment piece worn on fingers or gifted during anniversary’s, it’s a symbol of perseverance and strength. Ancient Greeks named the diamond "adamas,” meaning “invincible,” “indestructible,” “proper,” and “untamed.” Warriors in ancient Greece wore diamonds as the stones were thought to strengthen the warriors’ muscles and bring them invincibility.

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The diamond is also associated with activating the seventh chakra, Sahasrara, uniting the mind with the body. While a diamond is regarded as the strongest precious stone, it is also regarded as a stone of exceptional power as it’s able to reach into us and open many spiritual doors. The stone also attracts abundance, strength, power, courage, fortitude, creativity, imagination, purity, harmony, faithfulness, innocence, increased feelings of self-respect and love, and relationships full of pure love.

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Recently, photographer Jassieou teamed up with songstress Madison Rose, creative director Laci Jordan, and stylist Leticia Hunt to bring the true essence of the diamond to life. The editorial was published in FGUK Magazine, is entitled “Diamonds”,  and the images are attached for your viewing pleasure. Also, Madison’s debut single is entitled, “Diamonds” and the lyrics capture the power of the diamond perfectly as it relates to female empowerment and self love, check the song out on all streaming services.

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Beychella!

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Welp, here I am at another music festival. *Sigh*. I know every time I blog about a music festival I attend, I swear it is my last one-- well seriously I think this was my last one! On April 20-22, I attended one of the biggest music festival known to man, Beychella formally known as Coachella. If you know me, you know how much I stan for Beyonce so it was no question would I be attending my first and last Coachella with her as the headliner. Idk if I can even recall the rest of the festival because Beyonce's flawless, black AF, lit AF performance took all of my energy.  I could literally write an essay on how amazing her performance was but you all have seen it a thousand times online, so I'll just share my pictures. Enjoy! 

 I opted for the DC3 Survivor look in honor of Beychella !! 

I opted for the DC3 Survivor look in honor of Beychella !! 

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Coachella Details:

- cost: Expensive AF ($400 something)

- travel: drove form LA to Indio

- lodging: an expensive ass Airbnb ($400 something per person and it was like 8 people)