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Life in Vietnam 4

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I haven’t posted a Life in Vietnam photo essay in ages, so I thought now is a good of a time as any to show what I’ve been up to. Can you believe I’ve been in Vietnam over a year now? Time is FLYING!

I’ve been working a lot, but I’ve been trying to document my life here as much as possible. As always, there’s lots of food snaps, pictures that I just love, and random photos of HCMC. All photos were taken with my iPhone 6, and edited on my MacBook using CameraBag2. 

Hope you enjoy!

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Life in Vietnam 2

Life’s been going swell lately. I’m full force into my new job, and I’m really liking it a lot. I’m busy, but in a good way. I’ve finally established a routine and am managing my time better. I also just found out I’ll most likely be teaching summer school again and I’m going to start again at a gym next month…so YAY. That’s about as exciting as my life has been in the past few weeks, haha!

I also recently made another amazing order from w2beauty, so of course you’ll be the first to know when I get it. Also, a reader asked when I’ll be posting my nighttime routine, and I’m in the process of testing out a bunch of new stuff so I wanted to get some time in there first to see how it all works out before I post. Unless you just want to know what I’m currently testing, then let me know!

Without further ado, here are some photos I’ve snapped with my iPhone of my life here in Vietnam. Hope you enjoy!

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Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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After spending 2 days in Bali, Johnny and I set off to the tiny, tiny island of Gili Trawangan for some much needed R&R. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is located about 2 hours away from Bali via speedboat.

There are dozens of speedboat companies to choose from, but we went with Gili Cat, as they were highly recommended by Louise, a Glamtrotting contributor who lives in Bali. They are Australian owned, and have excellent safety standards. I’d heard some crazy ass stories of boats capsizing, so I definitely wanted to make sure we chose a safe company. A round trip ticket, including pick-up and drop-off in Bali was approximately 100USD per person.

After a pretty smooth 2 hour speed boat ride (I took a motion sickness pill and was asleep most of the time), we arrived in absolute paradise.

giliT24giliT19Gili Trawangan has the reputation of being a backpacker party island, but since we went during low season, I think we missed a lot of the shenanigans. Everything was chill and most of the beaches were completely empty at times.

Gili T is the ultimate island for rest and relaxation. It’s incredibly tiny (roughly the size of Central Park in NYC), and you can walk around the entire island in about 90 minutes. There are no motorbikes or cars, so if you want to get around, you have to ride a bike, walk, or take a horse cart. There’s hardly any internet, so you’re really “forced” to just take it easy. Digital detoxing for the win!

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While in Gili T, Johnny and I stayed at the gorgeous, luxury glamping ecolodge, La Cocoteraie. Each tent is outfitted with luxury lines, a fresh water shower, and gorgeous furniture. A yummy breakfast was served each morning, and the staff was extremely kind and accommodating. They had bikes available for daily rent to get around the island, and provided headlights to get back at night (there’s hardly any electricity in the center of the island, so it’s pitch black!). It’s located on the opposite side of the island from the infamous party area, so it’s quiet and calm at night. If you’re planning on going to Gili T, I highly recommend them!

giliT15 giliT6Each morning after breakfast, Johnny and I would put on our bathing suits, jump on a bike, and ride to the beach. He’d snorkle, and I’d read my kindle and drink cocktails. We’d take a break and have lunch, then go back out to the beach. Then we’d head back to the hotel, take a shower, go back out for dinner and drinks, then head back home. It was seriously the most relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. It’s hard for me to unwind, especially with Glamtrotting, but staying on Gili T forced me to put my phone away and enjoy every moment.

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If you’re in Indonesia, the Gili Islands are not to be missed. The beaches are absolutely breathtaking, the snorkeling is incredible, the people are friendly and the vibe is super chill. It’s the best of both worlds – if you want to party, you can, and if you want to just relax, you can do that too. I’m already dreaming of going back.

Things to do:
1. Eat a BBQ seafood dinner at Scallywags. SO GOOD.
2. Rent a bike and ride the perimeter of the island. Beware though, there are times where you will have to push your bike through the sand.
3. I don’t dive, but apparently Gili T has some of the best diving in the world. You can also rent snorkeling gear from one of the many places on the main road.
4. Head over to the west side of the island around 5:30pm to have a few cocktails and take in the breathtaking sunset. There are a few bars to choose from, but we usually went to the Paradise Sunset Bar.
5. RELAX and have fun!!!

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Bali – Day 2

For our second day in Bali, we started off by visiting Cantika Zest Spa. It was a magical, glorious, and utterly relaxing experience. Johnny got a body massage, while I took part in their beauty workshop and facial. I got to make my own facial scrub, toner, and face cream! I don’t want to go into too much detail about it though – you’ll have to wait for my article about it in Glamtrotting Magazine! Just know that if you’re ever in Bali, you’ve gotta go to the beauty workshop. It was fantastic!

After the spa, our driver picked us up, and we set off to do more sightseeing. We went to Goa Gajah, or the Elephant Cave temple, Tegenungan waterfall, and had lunch. Then we did what I love to do most – GO SHOPPING! I stocked up on some incense for the apartment, soaps, coffee, body scrubs, and face masks. Bali is magical, for sure.

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Bali – Day One

To say Bali is beautiful is an understatement. It’s literally one of the most gorgeous places I have ever traveled to. I don’t think I could get my jaw off of the floor at times. And even though our days were jam packed with sight-seeing, spa-ing, and eating, I was just so relaxed the entire time. There’s something about Bali that just brings out your inner peace.

Our first day, we set off with our awesome driver to see the Sacred Monkey Forest (which I was terrified of before we went but the monkeys aren’t even that crazy unless you provoke them), Tampak Siring (or the Holy Spring Water Temple), the picture perfect Tegalalang rice terraces, and we capped it all off with a tour and tasting at a coffee plantation.

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Stay tuned for our Day two, and my current beauty favorites! Thanks for sticking around!!

xoxoxo

 

 

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