After our first day in Vientiane, we flew to Luang Prabang the next morning. This place was my favorite part of the trip. You should definitely stop by Luang Prabang if ever you go to Laos. I wouldn't even mind skipping Vientiane altogether because there weren't as many things to do there. From waterfalls to caves to amazing Lao food, Luang Prabang had it all. After checking in our hotel, we got on a boat to the Pak Ou caves. The ride was about two hours. But before we got to the caves, we stopped by a rice wine village called Xang Hai village.

Look at this cute little guy we met at the village!

Finally, we arrived in Pak Ou caves. This was the view from the top.

These caves are packed with over 4000 buddha statues. They're divided into two, the Tham Ting (lower caves) and the Tham Theung (upper caves). The climb up the upper caves was actually pretty exhausting.

The boat ride back to Luang Prabang.

We had dinner in Tamarind that night. And it was by far one of the most amazing meals I've had. It's also a great place to experience an introduction to Lao cuisine. The waiters even explain everything you have on your plate when they serve it to you. You should definitely have a meal there if ever you'll be in Laos!

Sampler food platter (sausage, khai pene [river moss], buffalo jerky)

Purple Sticky Rice for dessert (my fave!)

Our second day in Luang Prabang was spent in Kuang Si Park. They had a bear rescue center by Free The Bears that had over 20 bears.

Then we went to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls.

Lastly, we roamed around the city to explore the temples and markets. We found this delicious Lao coconut cake called, khao nom kok. It was soooo good. It's really nice and creamy on the inside. One of my favorites!

After two days in Luang Prabang, we took the overnight bus back to Vientiane. Luang Prabang was definitely the highlight of our trip. It was such a lovely and quiet city, with a colonial charm.

xx Steph

So last weekend, we decided to do a spontaneous trip to Laos. I guess since it was close to Thailand and traveling there was way cheaper compared to the other countries we had in mind. And, none of us have ever been there so we were keen on experiencing new things.

Before we went there, we had absolutely no idea what Laos would be like. We also had no idea what Lao culture was like. I guess we thought it would be very similar to Thai culture. And yes, it really was. However, Laos was colonized by the French while Thailand has never ever been colonized.

We decided to take the overnight train to Nong Khai, which is the closest province in Thailand to Laos. We just bought our tickets in Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong station) on the day of our trip. The train departed at 8 PM. And the journey took about 11 hours. Our ticket was really cheap too. It was only for 688 Baht for the second class sleeper ticket. The train isn't too fancy but it was okay. They had a restaurant on the last passenger car that served some decent food as well.

We arrived in Nong Khai at around 7 AM. Then had our passports stamped. Next, we waited for the train to Thanaleng, which is the closest Laos station from Nong Khai. From there, we took a van to Vientiane city center. In Thanaleng, you need to get your passports stamped for arrival. And people need to get their visas done as well. Since I'm from an ASEAN country, no visa needed for me (yey!) But Europeans and Americans usually need to fill out some forms and pay the visa fee. I think it's around 1000 Baht or $30.

When we arrived, the van dropped us off near the Patuxai, also known as the Arc de Triomph of Laos so we took photos there and climbed to the top. It's only around seven floors. And definitely less exhausting than climbing up the real Arc de Triomph. I remember the elevator was out of order the last time I was there so I had to go all the way up by stairs. Admission fee was also cheap. It was less than a dollar.

Lunch at Benoni café. It's right beside Joma Bakery, which is pretty famous in Laos.

Presidential Palace

We wanted to go to Haw Phra Kaew. But, they were renovating it when we went there so we went to this other temple across, called Wat Si Saket.
Wat Si Saket

That Dam (Black stupa)

We spent 4 days in Laos. Two days in Vientiane, the capital. And another 2 days in Luang Prabang.

Stay tuned for part two of our Laos weekend on my next post!

xx Steph

September was a pretty busy month for me with midterms and everything. And, I'm glad that's it's finally over! So now, I'm thinking about a lot of all the events that I have coming up. And, I can't wait to get dressed up for all those special nights. And for all you ladies out there who always feel like the right outfit is impossible to find, you should definitely check out Prom Times UK!

Whether it's for a wedding or a prom, Prom Times has a whole variety of dresses to choose from. What I love about this site are the reasonable prices. In fact, you should check out all the stuff they have on sale. 

Here are some of my personal favorites:

2. A-line Strapless Chiffon Cocktail Bridesmaid Dress

As you can see, nude and neutral colors are my favorite. I remember my senior prom dress was this lovely white with gold sequins. I can't believe that was almost two years ago. Sigh.... I can't believe it, time flies so fast!

This last photo I think would be the best one out of all three. It's such a beautiful wedding dress, that's classic and elegant at the same time. And believe it or not, this dress is only £89.99! See what I mean by reasonable pricing.... Chiffon fabric is also one of my favorites since it's so lightweight and comfortable, perfect for all those special occasions. 

So there you have it! These are my picks from Prom Times UK. And if you're planning on buying these dresses, white or nude pumps would be the perfect pair. White pumps in canvas are perfect for all those special events. Plus, they're actually pretty comfy. And if you're looking for dresses with other colors, don't worry about it, they have them available in different colors as well!
My monthly dedication to posting a playlist didnt happen.... But four months late isn't too bad, right? Anyways, here it is! It doesn't really have a certain theme or anything. I'm listening to a lot of different types of music. This playlist will slowly escalate to more hiphop as you listen to it. Hope your ears enjoy my tunes this month~

It's been awhile since I've posted.... I don't even know where to begin. My travels the past few months have been so amazing. I can't wait to share all about it with you. I guess I'm just gonna do it chronologically and start where I ended.... Chicago.

Chicago was seriously one of my favourite travel destinations this year. And here goes another post about it..

Started off the day with a big and yummy breakfast from Yolk. 

Then we went to Navy Pier to get some 'tourist-y' things off the list. It's a big pier on Lake Michigan with a lot of activities to do. It feels more like a family place. But, it can still be fun if you bring some friends along.

When I was in Chicago, I stayed in the downtown area so I could see a really pretty view of the bean. It wasn't until this day, I finally got to see it up close though. 

And we ended our night watching the Nico and Vinz concert. I was never a huge fan or anything but I  discovered some of their cool new songs. And I'm definitely adding them on my next playlist.

Apologies for the absence. It's been a crazy past couple of weeks, flying all around the States. This is the first time in so long that I've just sat down and chilled. 

Anyways, here are some photos from the Art Institute Chicago. I definitely fell in love with the museum. I stayed there up until they closed and even that wasn't enough time for to see everything in there. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go back there in the near future. 

This is the coolest thing ever. It was a bunch of printers, printing endless tweets from all over the world, using receipt paper. There was no label beside this exhibit so I searched it online. Turns out, it's called Thermal Tweeter. There was paper all over the floor. And yes, it's totally the most wasteful thing ever. This was apparently a homage to all the waste created by checkout receipts. Unlike a store checkout, your tweet creates wastes. Basically don't tweet, and save the earth.

Went to the Kennedy Space Center today 'cause our neighbour, Ted, decided to drive us over there. It was really educational and everything. It definitely made me wanna be an astronaut. Hahaha.